Governed by Whimsy

Available for Pre-Order. I’m finally ready to set the release date for the fourth story in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection. This is the solo digital edition. The print anthology will be coming along later, probably in May. An audio edition of the 4-story collection is already contracted, so you can also look forward to Travis Baldree’s narration.

His whims drove off her predecessors.
Her whimsy drives him to distraction.

Songs of the Amaranthine 04, Governed by Whimsy

To Ambrose P. Merriman, a stage actor who’s gained acclaim on three continents, reaver escorts are more trouble than they’re worth. Easy-come, easy-go, he hardly bothers to learn their names anymore. But the director and producer of their theater troupe, who are already dancing on the fringes of acceptability, won’t risk losing their independence by neglecting this duty to the In-between.

Reaver Greta Demerara comes with suspiciously excellent references, but by the time the Evernhold brothers realize she’s carrying considerably more baggage than anyone bothered to mention, the train’s already left the station. What’s more, it’s quickly apparent that Greta’s no easier to deal with than their star. It’s either a game of cat and canary or a courtship. And Ambrose would give almost anything for a look at the script.

Release Date: April 4, 2020
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Songs of the Amaranthine, #3

Songs of the Amaranthine is a collection of short stories set in Forthright’s Amaranthine universe. Before the Emergence, the clans were nothing more than whispers and mysteries and legends and lore. But every so often—in out-of-the-way places or shockingly close to home—an unsuspecting person stumbled into a fateful encounter with someone who was decidedly other. An eclectic collection, spanning continents and centuries. Tales of adventure, discovery, friendship, rescue, belonging, and love. Each short story stands alone and can be read in any order.

He had one job. Becoming a family pet wasn’t it.

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Because details…

Sealed with a Sock. I’ve been filling out address labels all afternoon, and I thought you might enjoy a peek. Because I’m mixing things up. (Well, let’s hope I haven’t mixed up your mystical digits of finding.) What I mean is … we updated the address labels in honor of Tamiko and the Two Janitors. Because labels can be swag, too. ::twinkle::



If you want a signed copy, the first batch of books will ship first thing Friday. Details on placing that order are on this page – SIGNED BOOKS >>

All the Things, All the Places

All Systems Go. Details are my delight (even when they stage an ambush). I’m slouching in to report that ALL the things have been variously uploaded to, implemented at, and ordered from ALL the places. Tamiko is at the printer. The rubber stamp for this book’s personal touch is ordered. New address labels are on the way, as is assorted swag. Oh, and I had to buy BIGGER blue mailers for readers who are already asking me to ship signed books in multiples greater than two. Travis has the manuscript and a run-down of the cast’s personality profiles so he can begin narration. (He sent me audio samples last night, and I may have been grinning foolishly throughout my listen.)


And because I know you want to ask…

  • Print editions should begin showing up for pre-order in virtual bookstores this week. Nope, I don’t know exactly when. Processing varies.
  • Ebooks should begin showing up for pre-order in virtual bookstores (other than Amazon, where it’s been available for ages) within the next few days. Again, I don’t have any way of knowing when. This stuff’s mostly automated.
  • Yes, I’ll be picking up my fanfics again. Mood Stripes and Savvy will be back this week.
  • If you’ve already placed your order with me for a signed copy of Tamiko and the Two Janitors, I’ll be getting back to you in the next day or two to answer questions and confirm your orders.
  • According to tradition, I’ve revealed the title and summary of Bk4 at the end of the print edition. Will you peek ahead or won’t you? (I’m strictly a no-peeking reader m’self.)
  • And because I really never stop … I’m participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this month, working up the next Songs of the Amaranthine short story, which I’d like to release later this fall.

Signed Copies

Open for Pre-Orders. Tamiko and the Two Janitors will release later this month. As promised, I’m now accepting pre-orders from those wanting an author-signed copy. Order details are under the SIGNED BOOKS tab, or simply click here >>

This book is longer (yay!) which means print and shipping costs are higher (yipe!), so I need to nudge up your cost for Bk3 to $25 USD. You can still request copies of Tsumiko or Kimiko for $20 USD. Bookplates will also be available for those who purchase their print book locally (or just happen to want ALL the things).

Amaranthine Saga 03, Tamiko and the Two Janitors by FORTHRIGHT

I’ll keep track of orders, but I may not respond to your email immediately. Patience, please! I’m up to my twinkles getting every little thing ready for release day. Fwee! This is so exciting!

Pre-Order Tamiko

Tamiko and the Two Janitors. Great news! The digital edition is now available for pre-order for those who buy ebooks on Amazon.

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Amaranthine Saga 03, Tamiko and the Two Janitors by FORTHRIGHT

In doing her part for world peace, she puts one crosser’s whole world at risk.  Conspiracy theories, werewolf scares, and protest rallies have hampered the peace process in America, where social and political unrest keep most Amaranthine from declaring themselves. Those not in seclusion rely heavily on illusion to mask their true nature.

As the newly appointed principal of a small elementary school, Tamiko Reaverson is doing her part for world peace. She rallies her community’s support and applies for Hisoka Twineshaft’s school revitalization project, which will bring Amaranthine to her hometown. Little does Tami realize that Fletching was founded by one of the oldest and largest urban enclaves in the United States. And two of her staunchest supporters—janitors at her school—share a secret neither wants exposed.

Release Date: July 22, 2019

AUDIO: Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

Coming Soon! You can now pre-order the audio edition of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, which is narrated by Travis Baldree. Here it is on Audible. And my publisher tells me that the audiobook will also be available through other distributors, such as OverDrive, Hoopla, OneClick (RB Digital) in the library market, iTunes, Google,, Kobo, Findaway, and other smaller distributors in the retail market. Whew!

Audio 02 Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

Releasing: March 19, 2019

Pre-Order Update

Amaranthine Saga Bk2

I just approved the cover for the audio edition of Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal, narrated by Travis Baldree, which releases March 19, 2019. That’s less than a month away!

Amaranthine Saga Bk1

You can still pre-order the audio edition of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, narrated by Travis Baldree, which releases really, really soon—February 26, 2019. I have heard enough audio samples to be quite giddy. You won’t want to miss this!


There will soon be another short story in the Songs of the Amaranthine collection, and it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon. Fun Fact: the site lists stories like these as “two-hour reads,” something you can enjoy in one sitting. Followed by Thunder releases May 4, 2019.


And while we’re at it, let’s mention the third installment in the Amaranthine Saga. Tamiko and the Two Janitors will release July 22, 2019 and will become available for pre-order in April.