Once there was an Eastern Empire of grandeur and beauty and learning. Then it disappeared, leaving only snatches of story and faint memories in a little sea-bordered land far to the west, where invasion from both north and south now threatens. Could the Eastern Empire still exist? And if it can be found, will it come to the aid of its long-forgotten province?

The Novels of Empire’s Legacy

Empire’s Daughter:

Leste, an island nation, grows short of food. Raiding a nearby land, rich in grain and livestock, while its army is occupied on its northern frontier, will be simple and quick. But they haven’t counted on spies among them.

Lena, a young fisherwoman, is inspired by her Emperor’s message: to defend their land against this invasion, women must learn to fight. Answering his call separates Lena from her lover, the first sacrifice in what becomes a deadly battle for her land, not just with Leste, but with unexpected enemies from within. Caught up in the intrigues of the Emperor, watching the world she has known since childhood change irretrievably, can Lena reconcile the village girl she was with the soldier she has become?

Empire’s Hostage

Eighteen months of war on the northern border has exhausted both sides.  Lena’s Emperor asks her to stand as hostage to a temporary truce. Sent to live among people who were the enemy only days before, Lena learns the secret reason behind their invasion of  her land – and challenging their leader over it may prove to be her worst decision yet.

Far more than the success of a truce is now in Lena’s hands, but in a place she neither knows nor understands, she needs help. But how do you convince someone who hates you and everything you stand for to work together to save both your lands?

Empire’s Exile

Lena is exiled for treason, along with a man she barely knows – or likes. The need to survive builds a fragile trust, then a closer friendship, until violence shatters their peace. When news of brutal and devastating war in both their homelands reaches them, they join the search for the lost Empire of the East, their last hope for support. Only the small chance that legend is truth can save their countries, but this quest may cost Lena everything – and everyone – she loves.

Empire’s Legacy: the complete first trilogy

Evocative of Europe after the decline of Rome, Empire’s Legacy is a story of love and sacrifice, choice and consequence, and the deep longing for home.


Can a musician heal, when a physician cannot?

In the aftermath of war, Sorley – Lord Sorley of Gundarstorp – is called upon to be many things: translator, diplomat, advisor to two leaders. The treaty that won peace has brought new danger: a corrupt official with enormous power. The only man whose subtle mind could counter this threat – the man Sorley loves – is dying. His death will leave a woman bereaved, a child fatherless, and a country defenceless. Can Sorley’s music convince the gods to save a life – and if so, at what cost?

Empire’s Reckoning

How many secrets does your family have?

For 13 years, Sorley has taught music alongside the man he loves, war and betrayal nearly forgotten. But behind their calm and ordered life, there are hidden truths. When a young girl’s question demands an answer, does he break the most important oath he has ever sworn by lying – or tell the truth, risking the destruction of both his family and a fragile political alliance?

Continuing the story begun in the first trilogy, Empire’s Reckoning asks if love – of country, of an individual, of family – can be enough to transcend the expectations of history and culture, and to find uncharted paths to peace. 

Read the first chapter here…and hear Paths Untrodden, Sorley’s song for Cillian.

You can also hear a wonderful dramatic reading of the first chapter of Oraiáphon here.

Empire’s Heir (September 2021)

Some games are played for mortal stakes.

Gwenna, heir to Ésparias, is summoned by the Empress of Casil to compete for the hand of her son. Offered power and influence far beyond what her own small land can give her, Gwenna’s strategy seems clear – except she loves someone else.

Nineteen years earlier, the Empress outplayed Cillian in diplomacy and intrigue. Alone, his only living daughter has little chance to counter the Empress’s experience and skill. Aging and torn by grief and worry, Cillian insists on accompanying Gwenna to Casil.

Risking a charge of treason, faced with a choice he does not want to make, Cillian must convince Gwenna her future is more important than his – while Gwenna plans her moves to keep her father safe. Both are playing a dangerous game. Which one will concede – or sacrifice?

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  1. Hi, I’m a screenwriter and I’ve always tried to create entertainment about and for women. I wrote, among other things, Beethoven, Mystic Pizza and Indecent Proposal, and directed 4 films, too. Now I wrote a short, entertaining and funny kindle book. I’m wondering if you would look at my little book and possibly review it. This is my author page and the book, The Tom Cat.


    It’s humorous romance. I think of it as a fairy tale for adults.

    Here is a short summary:

    Tom Knightly was born rich but orphaned as a small child. As a result he grew up with too much of everything but love. Now, as a handsome and spoiled young stud on the prowl, his only accomplishment is the trail of broken hearts he’s left behind him. Superficially, Tom might appear to have it all, but in reality he’s unhappy because when you lack the ability to give or receive real love, life is empty. Salvation comes in the form of the adorable and devoted Kaylie Malone, owner of the Sit ’N Knit store. Finally Tom finds true love, and he knows this is the woman who could change it all, his one chance at happiness. Unfortunately, he blows it. His emotional journey to regain Kaylie’s heart and earn her forgiveness takes him to a place no man has been, inside the world of felines. Magical forces trap Tom in the body he richly deserves, that of a tom cat. His only hope is a devoted and abused dog, Harry, who becomes his zen master. Can this pup teach Tom Cat unconditional love so he can deserve to be human again? And will he learn fast enough to save Kaylie and his new best friend from dark forces that are circling and threaten them?

    Claire Cook, bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Wallflower in Bloom writes of THE TOM CAT: “After I finished reading THE TOM CAT, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to adopt a cat or become one. Wildly original, quirky and charming, Amy Holden Jones’ debut novel is purr-fectly delicious.”

    There is no sexual content. It’s appropriate for all ages including YA.

    The target audience is women and young adults.

    It’s available now at https://smile.amazon.com/Tom-Cat-heartless-player-became-ebook/dp/B01I5IXF3M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1468249227&sr=8-1&keywords=the+tom+cat+by+jones

    If you contact me I’ll send it to you.


    1. Hi, Amy. I’ll gladly review The Tom Cat, if you don’t mind waiting a while…I have three books in the queue before yours…so I’m guessing maybe 6 weeks to two months before I get to it. It sounds delightful and given I have two cats of my own, how can I say no?


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