On a mission for the Wizard Enclave, Orielle ventures into the dangerous Wilding, a strange frontier filled with magical creatures. There she encounters sprites and wraiths, gobbers and wyre.
All view her as prey.
Here are snippet quotations from the novella:
After peering around, Orielle lifted a hand. Golden magic limned her fingers, both warning and threat. “Come out and play.”
He stood on his toes. Yellow claws extended from his fingers. Wyre. Partially shifted. Real trouble, for wizardry had little defense against a fully shifted wyre.
The two wyre jumped. Even fearing them, Orielle admired their grace. They splashed into the water, knees bending to land lightly.
Two gobbers tumbled to a stop as the tall figure straightened. He wore hide breeches but no shirt. Golden hair straggled over his bare shoulders. A golden pelt covered his broad chest. Long claws revealed his partial shift. Wyre.
Gobbers, Wraiths and other Terrors
Shifting fog caught her eyes. She gasped as the fog lifted from the ground. Misty tendrils rose, a cloudy mass that shaped into a head and thin shoulders, a torso with separating arms, wisps of hands and elongated fingers. Wraith.
The silvery glow left the gobber’s round eyes. It yowled. Stubby claws jerked at her skirt. The shifting weight destroyed her balance. Orielle stumbled to her knees.
She tugged hard. The icy-fanged wind ripped at her exposed skin. Gritting her teeth, Orielle hauled back with her whole weight. “Let him go!” she flung at the fanged wind.
Dark Fae known as the Kyrgy
Bone-white horses threaded through the trees. Snow-white riders wore cloaks of ice blue and storm purple. In their frozen marble faces, black eyes spoke for them. ‘Who? From where? From when? Why?’
“Kyrgy deal in bargains, my offer matched to yours. Remember that. You have much to learn of the Wilding,” Lady Bone warned. “I hope you survive to complete our bargain.”
The rider swung her sword again, cleaving downward. Volk’s blow shattered Saircuista’s sword.
Her only Ally ~
The Rhoghieri had more weapons than the sword he hadn’t used. Knives, including a long belt knife as thin as a poniard. He looked like a man heading for trouble, not just happening upon it.
“That’s three questions,” Grim protested. “You could let me answer one question, Orielle, before you jump to the next.”
From M.A. Lee, we have two Regency mysteries with a dash of suspense.
From Remi Black, we have the second novella in the Fae Mark’d World series, Spells of Air.
We also have the audio Podcast fromThe Write Focus.
Mysteries Fused with Romance
First up, we have two of the three Keytitles in the Hearts in Hazard series. All three have strong male protagonists. With The Key for Spies, Lee also achieved 1.5 million published fiction words. With all the titles that she’s published since 2019, she’s over 2 million published words.
The third book in the subseries is The Key with Hearts. We’ll celebrate that novel in February.
On January 15, The Key for Spies.
Spies and traitors. Lies and treachery. Unexpected love where bullets fly.
One traitor destroys loyalty. What will two traitors destroy?
Here are three links.
View the trailer for The Key for Spies: https://youtu.be/Ehc7VxUxCp4
The ebook and paperback can be published at online distributors everywhere or ask for it at the library:
Watch the bundle trailer here: https://youtu.be/PqjouEJtbjY
For Writers, the January series of The Write Focus.
January starts with a free opening scene.
Last year was Remi Black’s short story, “Godriana’s Font”. You can get the entire story free with this Book Funnel link: click.
The year before was M.A. Lee’s “The Lion’s Den”, also available as a freebie through Book Funnel: here.
This year, things are little hectic. (Okay, a LOT hectic.) If we manage the recording, it will be the opening scene from “The Poisoner and the Faerie Huntsman”. You can access the story as a freebie through Book Funnel: also here.
The starting series for 2023, our fourth season, is Discovering Characters. Enjoy!
Visit The Write Focus website for more information and links to every episode.
Here at Writers Ink Books we will Celebrate Five Anniversaries … and Two New Releases still to Come.
Five to Celebrate in November ~
The corrupt dame Neehla wants the swordsman Hethan to bring a Green mage to Senric Keep. There she will reincarnate herself in Saisha’s younger body. She bespells Hethan to rip away Saisha’s power.
Hethan and Saisha first met in Baien Castletown. Although they were attracted, her magic prevented him from pursuing any connection.
Now the dame’s dark spells brings them together.
Can Saisha disentangle Hethan from the sorcery? Or will she be trapped and turned into a wraith while the dark dame inhabits her body?
Back in 2016, Edie Roones published her second book (which is actually the first book she wrote — and rewrote — and reworked — and revised — then totally gutted and wrote again — then revised one more time during 2016 to publish it ~ on the 5th! And we celebrate it now!
Discover more at this site: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MFHDUOZ
Edie’s currently working on the final book in the Seasons in Sanswardquaternary. A corrupt invading army. Gitane Witches working dark spells. Scattered mages and swordsmen determined to fight evil.
Book 1: Summer Sieges https://www.amazon.com/dp/B014OMJBFY
Bk 2: Autumn Spells https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MFHDUOZ
& Bk 3: Winter Sorcery https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BK88CDV
with Bk 4: Spring Magicks — coming soon
Dream a Deadly Dream
The exiled wizard Alstera wandered into Vaermonde, seeking an opportunity to rid herself of the Fae marks that shackle her power. The nightmares of the fugitive comtesse Cherai offer the chance to serve one of her penances and free one element of her power.
Can Alstera stop the poisoned nightmares before they kill Cherai? Or will she fall into the tainted blood magic before she frees Cherai from those sorcerous deadly dreams?
Published in 2017, the dark epic fantasy Dream a Deadly Dream is the second book in the grim Fae Mark’d Wizard series.
Bk 1: Weave a Wizardry Web https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074HJG1P7
Bk 2: Dream a Deadly Dream https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077CTRD9V
And Bk 3: Sing a Graveyard Song https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BK9DYDK
The opening trilogy is a best-bargain bundle of this epic fantasy, released this summer as Tangled Spells. Available as an ebook or a massive paperback here:
This novella, intended to be a short story, brings to the forefront two secondary characters from Christmas with Death. (See below. It’s also a 2017 November publication to celebrate.)
Jack Portman had never forgotten Filly Malvaise.
Then she walked into his local pub and into the clutches of a loan shark.
Can he rescue her before she falls victim to evil?
Published in 2020, “The Lion’s Den” is set in the London of the early 1920s with the Bright Young Things. The returned soldiers of the Great War — like Jack Portman — have settled uncomfortably into their lives.
You can join M.A. Lee’s newsletter to receive a free copy of this novella. Then you can celebrate a bargain! Email us at email@example.com.
Christmas with Death
A November 2017 publication for the Christmas market, Christmas with Death was never on the plan until M.A. Lee’s sister wanted to see the next book with Isabella Newcombe and Madoc Tarrant.
Christmas is for miracles, merriment, and murder.
An English country Christmas in 1919 should be a joyful celebration. Isabella Newcombe, however, discovers only petty sniping and bitterness when she and her friends are invited to Emberley.
Rumors of affaires and drug addiction as well as accusations of blackmail sour the holiday atmosphere. Then the four friends discover the body of a fellow visitor, shot dead and left lying in an ice-skimmed pond.
With multiple motives and suspects, will Scotland Yard solve the crime before Isabella is the murderer’s next target? Will an imperfect murder be impossible to solve?
Christmas with Death is the second novel in the Into Death series. Each novel of the Into Death series is complete and not a cliff-hanger. Enjoy a richer experience by reading all three books in the Into Death series. All three books are available in paperback and ebook.
We would not be Writers Ink Books if we didn’t also celebrate a nonfiction publication.
Discovering Your Plot
On the 29th of December, barely making 2019, DiscPlot released.
What do writers want from plot?
What do writers need from plot?
Are those questions the same? Not really.
As wordsmiths, we writers know that wantand need are two different words.
The want is a circumstance that we writers can control. We want plot specifics to help us craft story and exceed reader expectations.
The need is a circumstance of obligations from reader expectations of story. While readers may want the comfort of the genre elements (the tropes), they also wish to have their interest and curiosity piqued.
Can we writers deliver on the expectations and the surprises in order to please our readers?
That’s the involved question that Discovering Your Plot hopes to answer.
This guidebook covers plot structure and the necessities of genre expectations so we writers can anticipate what readers want.
It is NOT a list of tropes by genre or even a list of tropes that every novel should have.
DiscPlot explores the six most common plot structures.
It is NOT a list of characters for plot or story. It is not a list of the “17 characters your novel needs” or the “characters used by famous authors”, as listed on social media sites.
It’s a detailed examination of the major sections of a novel.
It’s NOT a word-based or page-based formula of a novel’s structure.
By the end of Discovering Your Plot¸ writers will have the tools to construct a story as well as diagnose problems with pacing, tension and suspense, and sequencing events.
Discovering Your Plot is Book 6 in the Think like a Pro Writer series and the second of the Discovering set of how-to guidebooks for writers at all skill levels. While the approach is for newbies, every writer can benefit from this fresh look at any novel’s framework.
The Discovering set covers Characters, Plot, Author Branding, and Sentence Craft as well as completing a Novel—from the seeds of idea to publishing the manuscript.
Find DiscPlot at this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0838PTN49/
DiscPlot is part of the Discovering Your Writing four-book best-bargain bundle, available in ebook and paperback. As of this writing, the paperback cover has not arrived … although it is close. I will add a link when the ppb releases … and then I’ll celebrate another Best-Bargain Bundle!
Assassination. A fugitive comtesse. A lethal sleep-spell.
Wyre and wraiths. Wizardry against sorcery. And regicide.
In Dream a Deadly Dream, a sorcerer’s plot to kill the king weaves together past and present, dream and reality, to create a nightmare that can kill.
The Fugitive Comtesse
For three years Cherai, the comtesse Muirée, has hidden from the conspirators who assassinated her father. Now, in the weeping season, a sorcerer has woven a lethal sleep-snare to entrap her. Although she doesn’t know it, she holds the key to the conspirators’ chance to seize the throne of Vaermonde, a chance thwarted when they killed her father too quickly. The poisoned nightmares sent by the sorcerer will compel Cherai to turn herself over to her father’s murderers.
Only a chance-met wizard can free her from the sorcerous sleep-spell.
The Exiled Wizard
Alstera wandered into Vaermonde, seeking an opportunity to rid herself of the bindings on her power. When she encounters Cherai, she realizes the nightmares are caused by a sorcerer. Breaking a simple sleep-spell without any expectation of extrinsic reward should remove one of the bindings. Selfishly, she attaches herself to Cherai.
Yet the sleep-spell is not a simple one: it is a powerful sleep-snare, designed to kill once the conspirators have the document that Cherai’s father hid. Alstera must use forbidden blood-magic—another crime against wizardry—to slip her powers through the binding sigils tattooed on her wrists.
Will the poisoned nightmares kill Cherai? Can Alstera free her from the sorcerer’s web before the conspirators kill the king? Threats come from both enemies and friends, from steely blades and magickal spells.
Dream a Deadly Dream, a novel of 119,000 words, is the second book in the Fae Mark’d Wizard series.
1st is Weave a Wizardry Web
3rd is Sing A Graveyard Song
Visit Remi Black’s blog or her page on this website to discover more.
The wizard Alstera continues her quest to restore access to her bound powers. A nightmare of foul sorcery gives her an opportunity. She tracks the evil to a snow-smothered village deep in the mountains.
A vengeful woman wielded spells based in sorcery. To fulfill her revenge, she re-animated a corpse, turning the dead man into a death-walker.
When Alstera and her friend Raul arrive, the suspicious villagers don’t trust them. Too many have died mysteriously, victims to a monster that don’t dare name.
Alstera is shocked when she discovers the sorcery re-animated a corpse. Walking Death drinks blood to retain a semblance of life.
But to fight the death-walker, she must once more rely on primitive and forbidden blood-magic.
With her powers bound, she had to use blood-magic in Vaermonde (Dream a Deadly Dream). She wanted to avoid another use. She wanted an easy battle against sorcery.
Yet this battle isn’t easy. She can’t find the sorcerer. She can’t find the death-walker. And a wizard from the Enclave is in close pursuit.
She knows the Enclave wizard comes to discover if she is keeping the wizard tenets
or if she is crossing the tenuous barrier that separates wizardry from sorcery. Every time she uses blood-magic is a mark against her.
If he returns her to the Enclave, the wizard council will strip away all her powers.
Then Walking Death claims his re-animator as a victim.
With only a small portion of her powers freed, not enough against the death-walker, can Alstera wield blood-magic to defeat a blood-spelled monster?
Remi Black’s Sing a Graveyard Song is available now, exclusively on Amazon.