It’s Friday, so I thought I’d share a little snippet from my upcoming urban fantasy romance, To Tame A Wild Heart.
The scene below is one of my favorites, because it is the first time I’ve had a chance to delve deeper into a Hohlwen character. The Hohlwen (Hollow Ones) are immortal fallen angels made of darkness. They must siphon the “mana” of other living creatures to survive, and Zyne witches provide the most satiating meal. This book made me explore more about their history, their powers, and the dynamic between them and the Zyne (hint: because they pose such a threat, the Hohlwen have been conquered/enslaved by the ruling body of the Zyne, the Synod. They’re not too happy about that arrangement.)
You can see the visual inspiration for the Hohlwen on my Pinterest Board. Continue reading
I’m so excited to reveal the cover of my next book in the Zyne Legacy series – the first stand-alone romance set in this world. My favorite aspect of this story is getting to delve deeper into the workings of the Zyne Synod and especially the Hohlwen (immortal wraiths/fallen angels that serve the Synod). Of course, there’s plenty of magic, action, and romance too. 😉
To Tame a Wild Heart will be released later this summer!
Nomad and desperado Audrey Taylor has carved a living out of society’s fringe using her supernatural abilities and the wisdom of her truck-driver surrogate mother. Sleeping beneath the open skies and under the radar is all she’s ever needed. But when an ancient council of witches discovers her powers, Audrey is forced to submit to their control or end up stripped of her gifts and her memories. Audrey knows better than to rely on or trust anyone and she’s never worked well with others, so it’s just her luck to be assigned the withdrawn and irritable falconer as her mentor. Even more disturbing is her desire to penetrate his brooding façade and know the man underneath.
Corvin Wright has dedicated his life to the service of the Synod in the hopes of proving himself worthy of his family name. He values the solace of his duties and finds peace alone among the birds trusted to his keeping, but the Council no longer sees a use for his unique gifts. His sanctuary is in danger unless he can earn his place by babysitting one of the fledgling witches brought to train in the magical arts. The task is more daunting than expected when his assigned student turns out to be wilder and more broken than any creature he’s ever cared for. Her spitfire spirit and dangerous beauty challenge every ideal of the life he thought he wanted, and while Audrey wrestles against her captivity and the bonds of responsibility laid upon her, Corvin searches for a way to tame her wild heart before she breaks them both.
Read an excerpt here.
And without further ado….
This is an “added scene” that takes place several months before the events in Skydancer Book 1. Astrid is one of my favorites, and I look forward to telling more of her story as the series expands. For a glimpse into the world of the Zyne Legacy, including what all of the characters look like (as children and adults), visit my Rain of Ash Pinterest Board
Astrid wasn’t an Oracle. She’d only studied the basics of divination, and even that was sketchy. Still, she thought, zigzagging her way down the jagged hillside to the beach, it was Ostara – the Spring Equinox. For the briefest of moments, her little part of the earth would be cast in equal parts light and shadow. For the briefest of moments, the energies of the Conduit would be in perfect balance. If she was lucky – and prepared, which she was – she could maybe get a tiny glimpse of the future.
I’m moving “Mystic Monday” to later this week so that I can share a special announcement: It’s here! It’s finally here! The first book in my new contemporary fantasy series, The Zyne Legacy has finally arrived on the Kindle shelf!
I’m so excited about these stories and this world. I’ll be releasing five Zyne books over the course of the next 18 months, so I hope that readers love the universe and characters as much as I do.
It is with great pleasure that I unveil the cover of my next book! Rain of Ash is the first book of my Skydancer series – contemporary fantasies set in the Zyne Legacy universe of reincarnating witches, soul-sucking wraiths, and immortal half-demon shifters. It will be out on this Summer Solstice, June 21, 2015. I have lots of fun extras for the Zyne Legacy that I will be adding to the site between now and then, including the full paperback cover, but here is your preview. 🙂
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Available June 21, 2015
When her grandmother and sister die in a tragic accident, world-touring pianist Briana Spurrier returns to her small island roots after seven years abroad. Since she chose not to follow the path of her heritage as a reincarnating witch, Bri expects to tie up loose ends and move on with her “normal” life and career. Instead, a spell cast in her grandmother’s dying moments triggers her Oracle powers and reveals a curse that has plagued her bloodline for generations. A magical relic Bri once died to protect is now in her possession again, and an ancient enemy has resurfaced to collect it…and her soul.
Unprepared and untrained, can Bri decipher her chaotic visions in time to stop the demon of her past from claiming her last loved ones? Or is she doomed to echo mistakes she made centuries ago?