One Week to Go

Flattered by Flowers (Songs of the Amaranthine #8). The short story will release next Monday, and for those who pre-order, that often means it’ll show up on your e-reader the evening before. (As an avid reader & frequent pre-orderer, I’ve come to adore Release Eve deliveries!)

Yesterday, I put the finishing touches on ALL the uploads, including the anthology, which is off to the printer. This time around, I created back ads for my Patreon exclusive stories:

As you probably know by now, the print anthology collects Songs 5-8. Hemmed in Silver, Captured on Film, Bathed in Moonlight, and Flattered by Flowers. It’ll release 5/22 alongside the audio edition, narrated by Travis Baldree, who’s also been narrating Bard & Barbarian. (Nice segue.)

So much to be excited for! Thank you for supporting my stories wherever they’re found. ::twinkle::

Cover Reveal

Kimiko and the Cycle of Moons (Amaranthine Interludes, #2). To help celebrate the Lunar New Year, which coincides with the Emergence in the Amaranthine Saga, I’m unveiling the official book cover for the upcoming serial, Kimiko and the Cycle of Moons, which will be told over on my Patreon once we reach the Community Goal of 400 supporters. It will be available to those pledging $4/month or more. That’s the Twinkle tier! ::twinkle::

“Loosely based on the old Amaranthine tale, ‘The Wolf and the Moon Maiden,’ this serial will involve three sisters, twelve pledges, and the long-awaited stirring of a sleeping landmark.“

When does the story take place?
Kimiko and the Cycle of Moons picks up where Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal leaves off, following the entirety of Quen & Kimi’s courtship.

So just the kisses?
No, no. The whole Miyabe family gets involved, and stuff’s definitely happening in the vicinity of Kikusawa Shrine … AND at the Starmark compound … AND at New Saga High School. I can promise lots of familiar faces and a few hoped-for answers to longstanding questions. ::twinkle::

How long before the story kicks off?
That’s up to you guys, really. My community goal is 400 patrons, and as of this posting, we’re sitting at 159 … which is aaalmost 40%. So it may take a little time. Or it could go lickity-split. Thanks to everyone who’s excited for more Kimi/Quen moments.

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ART: Uncle Laud

“I have two fathers.” In the aftermath of the accidental proposal, I’m sure Quen would have liked Uncle Laud’s opinion on the matter. After all, Laud practically raised him. Quick Reminder: Laud Starmark is one of Harmonious Starmark’s younger brothers. As you can see, Laud strongly resembles his mother (Radiance), having inherited the Ambervelte pack’s distinctive coloring.

Uncle Laud | art by FoxOfTwilight

. . .

Wolfs has tails!” exclaimed Ever, his own a blur. “But dogs is best.”

Tenma asked, “Are you a dog?”

It was exactly the right thing to ask. “Yeth! Like Da. Him’s mine.”

Lapis interjected, “What of poor Eloquence?”

“Yeth.” Ever belatedly acknowledged the dragon a wiggle-fingered wave and patiently explained, “Him’s mine, too. My bruvver.”

“And the silent lout over there?” inquired Lapis.

“Rise. Him’s mine, too.” In a loud whisper, Ever explained to Tenma, “Him’s Kiff.”

The dragon lord chuckled. “I was referring to the one with no ready excuse for his reticence.” At Ever’s obvious confusion, Lapis offered a broad hint. “The one with white hair.”

“Uncle!” With that, Ever slid from Tenma’s lap and trotted across to Laud, who sat on the floor beside the door.

Eloquence explained, “Laud Starmark raised me and remains my mentor. My den is his den.” He tried to think of a way to explain their relationship so a human could understand. “I have two fathers.”

Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

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Can we just take a moment to appreciate Quen’s training hair?

REMINDER: I have a (novel-length) serial story planned called Kimiko and the Cycle of Moons. Once I reach my community goal of 400 patrons, I’ll begin posting exclusive chapters. “Loosely based on the old Amaranthine tale, ‘The Wolf and the Moon Maiden,’ this serial will involve three sisters, twelve pledges, and the long-awaited stirring of a sleeping landmark.” If you’re looking forward to more Quen & Kimi, join the ranks. We’re currently over 1/4 of the way to that goal. forthright on Patreon >>