Sunday, 12 November 2017

Sisters of Syr Announcement!


Another novel wrapped up, another on the way! As per usual with my books, the final page of Sun Huntress revealed the title of the next instalment in The Moon People saga -- Sisters of Syr -- and now it's time for me to get into some of the details!

After two divergences from the main storyline, we finally return to what is officially book three of the series (although in retrospect, Sun Huntress probably should've taken that title!). Netya, Adel, Caspian & co. all return to the forefront alongside our Sun Huntress protagonists Kiren and Vaya, with the story picking up at the exact moment Sun Huntress ended. I hope you're up to date with your reading, because major spoilers for the series up till this point lie ahead!

A little older, a little wiser, and with a firmly established pack behind her, Netya has stepped out of her mentor's shadow to take an apprentice of her own -- the impulsive young Kiren. Is she ready to rise to this new challenge? Or is Kiren simply too much of a huntress to ever embrace the skills of a seer? Perhaps more importantly, what does the future hold now that Netya's old rival Vaya -- a woman who has sworn to kill her -- is back among them?
Adel's coven has grown, their spectre looming large over the lands around them, and Alpha Orec struggles to keep the witches' clan of warrior guardians in line. A few small cruelties are inevitable choices a leader must make, but how far is Adel willing to go to preserve the fearsome status of her pack? As rivalries old and new come into focus, past friendships are broken and new ones rebuilt. All the while the seasons turn, and the Sun People continue their forays deeper and deeper into the Moon People's territory...

Sisters of Syr is currently 50,000 words deep, with much more still to come! This novel sees a culmination of many story threads that have been building up over the last few books, focusing primarily on the internal struggles of Adel's pack and the characters that have been established thus far. We will see what kind of a leader Adel has become, what kind of a woman Netya has grown into, and whether her old rivalry with Vaya can be confronted without any more bloodshed.
Unlike previous books that have focused on a single protagonist with occasional forays into the thoughts of others, Sisters of Syr will have multiple viewpoint characters throughout. My initial plan was to follow Netya and Kiren as the primary protagonists, but once I got started writing it became clear that many other characters also had important stories to tell this time around. Needless to say that Netya, Kiren, Adel, and Vaya will all be the heroes (or villains) in their own parts of the saga, with many other characters stepping in along the way. We may also be seeing a little more of the Sun People this time around, and it might just be time for Adel to confront the tragic loss she suffered at the end of Daughter of the Night.

There's a lot more to talk about with this novel, but I can't go into too much detail without getting spoilery! It's no understatement to say that this is one that I've been looking forward to for a while. Sisters of Syr is going to be arriving at some point in 2018, but given the volume of content I have planned it's hard for me to guess at exactly when it'll hit the online shelves. More updates to come closer to release!

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Sun Huntress Release!

It's here! Sun Huntress is now available for pre-order at various retailers in preparation for the book's release next Friday on August 18th!

From the blurb:

Disobedience among the great packs of the shapeshifting Moon People is to be punished, and young Kiren has disappointed her ruthless mother for the last time.

Banished with one final chance to prove herself, she is sent north on a journey to seek out the clan of the great witch Adel, a woman of terrifying renown and an old rival to Kiren's mother. Perhaps, with the witches' tutelage, she can learn the prestigious craft of a seer and finally secure the respect of her clan. But while the great packs may be at peace, ghostly strangers wander the lands of the Moon People; men who leave behind neither step nor scent.
The world beyond Kiren's den is full of mysteries, and her journey north soon becomes a quest fraught with danger as new friendships are born, romance blossoms, and the cruel bite of tragedy threatens to bring an end to the young woman's adventure. Though she is set on the path to becoming a seer, Kiren's journey will teach her of the huntress that lies within her heart.

Links to where the book can be purchased are as follows:
Google Play

I'm very excited to hear the response to this one, as it's a little different from my usual fare when it comes to writing these books. There are a few surprises along the way, some shifts in tone, and a departure from some of the signature elements of previous novels in the series. I wanted to shake up expectations this time around, and I think a side novel to the main series like this provided the perfect opportunity to do so.

Originally conceived as a subplot for book three of The Moon People saga, Sun Huntress ended up taking on a life of its own and spinning off into a separate 110,000 word novel. Throwing a cast of new characters together with some of the old, Sun Huntress returns us to the world of the Moon People five years after the events of Daughter of the Moon, paving the way for book three and planting the seeds of the tale to come.

Happy reading!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sun Huntress Cover Reveal!

Here we go! In all its glory (and another lovely piece of work from Duong Covers) the cover art for my upcoming novel Sun Huntress.

Work on this title has been ticking along, although a tad slower than anticipated thanks to various things happening over the holiday season and some developmental editing on the side eating into my time. That and, as always, the book will probably wind up being longer than intended. It's been an interesting one to work on, playing out somewhat differently than my previous novels in the series. I'm certainly hoping that people enjoy the unexpected turns it takes!

No release date in sight yet, but I'll post further updates when the novel is closer to going live. As with Daughter of the Night, I plan on offering free/advance copies to people signed up to my mailing list, so make sure you get in there if you're interested!