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Cover Reveal for Sorceress of the Dryads

Read on for some updates and what to expect. But first I want to show you the COVER!! I’ve been waiting so long!

Sorceress of the Dryads is the second novel in the Legend of the Singer Duology set on the fantasy planet, Areaer.

The Overview:

The magic of the dryads does not come at a price, but it binds the Singer to the Pact of the forests. To keep her nature or be corrupted.

When the corrupted elven prince, Anakrim, takes the throne in the aftermath of the deaths of King Orenduil and Queen Alaria and promises the elven people the return of their long-lost magic, the forests of Elethri begin to languish…

The dryads and Tara-lin must join their magic as never before to end his menace in a way consistent with their natures and the healing of the forests. In the midst of the upheaval, Tara-lin finds herself in a position of influence she never wanted. With the help of the dryads, she must find and stay true to her song and try to lead the elves to discover and nurture their individual magic.

If you want to find out more about the series, you can go here, where I explain a little of how I came to write it and some aesthetics for the settings! If you just want to preorder, you can here.

But that is not all! From now until the release date on February 22nd, I plan to post a new piece of art, along with an excerpt and some explanation, every Saturday. More information, and links to each post as it goes live, will be added here, so bookmark this page to come back to every week if you’re at all interested!

I am also still working on the final edits with my editor. I cannot be sure of the exact date I will be done with those, but when I do, I will upload the content and the novel should become available for preorder at all retailers. I will announce when that happens here and make an update post about it, as well. The paperback is also as yet unavailable, for various reasons, including that I am very short on funds. When I can, I will make that available and let you all know!

Here’s the lineup for the next five weeks. As each post goes live, it will become an active link.

January 15: “Golden on the Wings of Eternity” written in Elethrian and Elethrian characters.

January 22: Eldazìn, elf Edge of Night

January 29: Alis, gryphon rider of Kushon and best friend of Tara-lin

February 5: Tara-lin, half-elf and Singer, protagonist

February 12: Eldor, Tara-lin’s human father

February 19: Lìrulin, Tara-lin’s elf mother

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ARC Review: Dust of a Moth’s Wing (The Age of Fire) by R. Ramey Guerrero

Dust of a Moth’s Wing

Series: The Age of Fire, #1

Author: R. Ramey Guerrero

Genre: Fantasy

Release Date: March 25th, 2022

Book Description:

The age of Fire begins in six days.

For fifteen hundred years, Slate and the other rebels have trained students to return Fire’s energy to the city of Wen. All have failed. Only one is left, and Nokhum’s past is less than ideal. If he cannot convince the Council of Elders to allow Fire magic to return, chaos will claim the city. The rebels are determined to avoid that end- even if it means sacrificing his student to chaos’s demons to make the Council believe Fire’s energy is necessary.

Magically talented people are disappearing.

Nokhum is convinced that his life-mate is still alive- no matter what everyone else says. Human slavers who salivate for magical beings have taken her. Realizing the Council of Elders will not help him, he seeks forbidden magics to find her. His plans are derailed when Slate sends him out of the city for training. Will his time in the Whisperwood be his undoing?

 

Rating: Compelling, awesome characters; fascinating world-building Continue reading “ARC Review: Dust of a Moth’s Wing (The Age of Fire) by R. Ramey Guerrero”

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Review: Obsidian: Awakening by Sienna Frost

Obsidian: Awakening

Series: Obsidian, #1

Author: Sienna Frost

Genre: Historical Fantasy (Grimdark)

Blurb:

A war fought for peace.

A former slave who trades away his freedom.

An oracle tormented by his visions.

A wife who lives to kill her husband.

A half blood son born from hatred.

A tyrant who fights for unity.

A girl destined to end the war.

A sadistic bitch called Fate who breaks them all.

Seven broken heroes, born on both sides of the war between an empire and a nomadic race of the desert, must survive being tossed into the midst of chaos and forced to decide what they treasure more: loyalty to their lands, or what they hold dearest to their hearts.

DISCLAIMER: The name of this series, “Obsidian,” is derived from the rock that must first be broken to form a weapon. This is, therefore, a grimdark tale of people who choose to break like obsidian. It is not a light read for anyone who needs trigger warnings of any kind, and is written for a specific audience who enjoys grimdark stories, with no incorruptible heroes in sight and no promise of a happy, fulfilling ending. Please refrain from reading if you need these elements in a story.

Rating: Unforgettable, Thoughtful, Heart-provoking Continue reading “Review: Obsidian: Awakening by Sienna Frost”

Indie Author Blog Tag

Greetings, this Monday!

Some of you may be unaware that I am an independently published author of several fantasy novels. Others of you doubtless already know this. Anyway, I occasionally do Blog Tags, and I decided to do this Indie Author Blog Tag by R.M Archer (https://rmarcher.com/2021/11/indie-author-blog-tag-and-giveaway-winner-announcements/). I discovered it on E.G Bella’s blog (https://egbella.com/2021/11/19/indie-author-blog-tag/).

Rules

  1. Link back to the original tag (here!)
  2. Link to the authors you mention (or their books) in your answers
  3. Tag 5 other indie authors

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Silmavalien and Minth (Art for DragonBirth, Book One in the Return of the Dragonriders Trilogy)

It’s been about a month since my last post, so here is a post for a piece of art I did quite a long time ago! Actually, I did it along with a very kind friend, who drew the picture for me, since I am not very good at drawing faces! In fact, I am horrible at it, but I helped draw the dragon, and the coloring is mine! I am currently working on another picture or two, but it’s sometimes a very slow process, and I want to catch up anyways!

Today’s – or this month’s — featured picture is of Silmavalien and baby Minth.

Silmavalien with Minth, Dragonrider, dragon, Return of the Dragonriders, DragonBirth, Areaer, Fantasy, Fiction, Raina Nightingale, Midnight Rose
Silmavalien and the dragon hatchling, Minth

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Dragonsong Vale (Art for the Return of the Dragonriders Trilogy)

Hi. Some of you may have heard that I’ve been working on a coloured pencil piece for a while now. It’s not quite perfect. If I’m to get much better, I’m going to need to use slightly higher quality paper, since the paper I’m using is too inconsistent to allow for really smooth application of the pencil. It’s pretty amazing though, I think! Here, behold, Dragonsong Vale!

a dark-haired rider on a blue dragon with green wings in a tree. Background: forest fading into distance, with three dragons, one red, one purple, and one green and yellow flying over it; further back, mountains, and a blue sky with a few clouds in it
Dragonsong Vale

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The Ice-Wraith: Art for Children of the Dryads

Hello. I have decided that, in addition to posting whatever essays I happen to write, I am going to post every piece of art I get for my novels or world, along with something about the art and its place in the novel or world. I am going to start with my latest piece of art, but when I don’t get any new ones for some time, I will do this for older ones that have already been on my site for a while.

First, the picture:

a picture of an ice wraith, also of a scene in the fantasy novel, Children of the Dryads
The ice wraith, also known as a wailing wight or the Elven Bane, that Tara-lin faces in the tunnels under Nightshade Castle.

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Guest Post: Raina Nightingale & Kingdom of Light — Mariella Hunt

Louisa’s village – and the entire known kingdom – lives in complete darkness, using crude torches for what light they must have, and sleeping and going about their work either in the poor light of the torches or in complete darkness.

Guest Post: Raina Nightingale & Kingdom of Light — Mariella Hunt

The Wind Song (Tara-lin – Children of the Dryads)

Wind of the mountains
Wind of the hills
Come to my aid
Come to the aid of the trees


Wind of the mountains
Wind of the hills
Fly sudden swift
Turn the arrows’ way from us


Wind of the mountains
Wind of the hills
Hear me now!
Gust and blow and swirl around!


Wind of the mountains
Wind of the hills
Come with wildness
Wild and fierce and changing oft!


Wind of the mountains
Wind of the hills
Come, wild and strong
Blow my way, gusts and torrents!


Wind of the mountains
Wind of the hills
Answer to my call
Answer the need of your dryads!


Wind of the mountains
Wind of the hills
Hear me now!
Gust and blow and swirl around!
Fly sudden swift!
Turn the arrows’ way from us
Come, wild and strong
Wild and fierce and changing oft!
Come with wildness
Blow my way, gusts and torrents!
Blow sudden swift!
Turn the arrows’ way from us.


Excerpted from Children of the Dryads, Copyright © 2021 Raina Nightingale

Released June 3rd, 2021. (List price: $9.99 USD Paperback, $2.99 USD Ebook.)

Escape from the Valor Hall: An Excerpt from Children of the Dryads

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Escape from the Valor Hall: An Excerpt from Children of the Dryads

Over the weeks, more people arrived. Tara-lin was introduced to human ladies, and she found their company exasperating, for the most part.

It was not long before Lìrulin came to them. When Earnrìl had come back from the sea, she had borrowed her horse and ridden to them. It was now certain that she was pregnant. She stopped arguing with her parents about how she was going to go with her father.

One day, Tara-lin observed her mother and her father embracing. “I’d go with you, Eldor, no matter what, if I weren’t pregnant again… You must not die! You must not leave me with our second child an infant who’s never seen you.”

Tara-lin stood still, feeling horrible.

“I don’t intend to die,” said Sir Eldor. “We don’t know what this will be like, or what my role in it will be. But, if you don’t want that, we will have to make sure you don’t get pregnant again.”

“I love you,” said Lìrulin.

Tara-lin walked away. Just earlier that day, she had met a girl who did not irritate her as much as the other women – or men – around. Her name was Alis Luela, and though she spoke little she was definitely interested in what Tara-lin had to say about the animals and plants of the Elethrian forests. She was quieter than the other girls, and spoke little about herself and the other things interesting to them, and when she did ask Tara-lin a question it was about something in which Tara-lin herself had some interest. Continue reading “Escape from the Valor Hall: An Excerpt from Children of the Dryads”