Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Throne of Thorns

Hi everyone!  I’m switching gears here on Weekend Writing Warriors this week. I’ve just re-released Book 1 in my Edge of Night series, Betwixt and Between, and Book 2, Death by Starlight, is set to publish this Tuesday, July 10 (available for preorder here).  Death by Starlight has a shiny new cover that I’d like to share with you, so I thought I’d share a snippet or two as well, in order to celebrate and, uh, entice you to buy several copies 🙂

Death by Starlight is a gay urban fantasy set in Seattle (which you might guess from the cover). Zeke Stormshadow is a svarta, a dark elf, and in this scene, the ousted Queen of the Svarta, Ysolde, makes an unwelcome reappearance in his life.

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“I can tell you who it is you seek, Stormshadow.” The voice came loud and sharp from a dark corner behind him. Zeke turned swiftly, Alistair’s dagger in his hand.

Ysolde emerged from the shadow spell she’d cast around herself. Her skin was still as white as bleached bone, her lips burgundy, black hair cascading down her back, but she appeared smaller than when she’d sat on her throne of thorns and ruled from the roots of the great tree. Now she looked like any other svarta royal after a sleepless century or two. Her silver-blue eyes still cut into him, seeking weaknesses to exploit.

“And what is the price for this knowledge, Ysolde?” he asked.

Ysolde held her hands out, palms up, in a gesture that didn’t match the carnivorous glint in her eyes. “I seek a truce with you and your clan.”

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So shiny.

In Betwixt and Between, Ian and Zeke fought a battle against the queen of the dark realm in order to be together. Now, when they think they might settle into as normal a life as elves living among humans might be able to expect, a new enemy threatens to tear them apart. While Zeke helps the shaman Alistair in his hunt for an elusive mermaid, Ian is called to confront a wicked nymph preying on tourists along Seattle’s waterfront. Zeke and Ian soon discover that the defeated Queen Ysolde has spread her evil into the sea realms, and danger lurks beneath every wave, but it is too late to stop an escalating series of confrontations that lead to disappearances, death and the possible end of light in this world.

As Ysolde plots revenge and a mysterious prince seeks to win Ian for himself, the ancient war between light and dark sweeps Ian and Zeke into its maelstrom of hate, testing their trust of each other to the utmost.

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I’ve had some inquiries if my books are available in formats other than Kindle. At this time, only Gryffon Hall is out there on B&N, Apple, etc. One reason is because I’m re-releasing all my Loose ID titles and am just flat out overwhelmed. The other reason is that I’m experimenting with Kindle Unlimited to see how that goes., which means if you have a Kindle you can read the books for free! When the KDP select term is up, I’ll distribute the books to other retailers. If you’d like to know when that happens, you can sign up for my nifty newsletter here!

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Weekend Writing Warriors is a blog hop where writers from a wide variety of genres share from their work in excerpts of ten sentences or less.  Click the link to check out the other writers participating today.  It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book!

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Thanks to Robin Ludwig Design, Inc. for the fabulous cover!

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17 thoughts on “Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Throne of Thorns

  1. Yeah, I’m not trusting that’s really what, or all, she wants.

    Also, I finished reading all the Jacqui books last Sunday. So…*clasps hands together* More? Pleeeeease. 😀

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  2. Pingback: Weekend Writing Warriors ~ Bring Him Back | Alexis Duran

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