Empire’s Legacy Book One is FREE

For a limited time (Sunday July 23rd to Thursday July 27th), the Kindle edition of Empire’s Daughter, Book I of the Empire’s Legacy series, is FREE on Amazon.

For a limited time (Sunday July 23rd to Thursday July 27th), the Kindle edition of Empire’s Daughter, Book I of the Empire’s Legacy series, is FREE on Amazon.

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“… the world building is quite remarkable and the characters incredibly real. The reader is pulled in by the rich descriptions – the action scenes are brilliantly done, and the romance is unforced. This is a good one.” Rebecca Rafferty

 

 

 

While you’re there, you might want to check out Empire’s Legacy Book II, Empire’s Hostage. It’s not free, but it’s priced as low as Amazon will allow for the Kindle edition.cover ebook under 2MB smaller

Involving, evocative, intelligent—an outstanding historical fantasy.” – Maria Luisa Lang

For some of the background to the Empire’s Legacy series, take a look here.

What may still lie between the mountains and the sea….

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“…will you face east with me, and bow to that memory, and to what may still lie between the mountains and the sea?” 

Those enigmatic words seal a truce called in the fifteen-month war between the Empire and Linrathe, the country north of the Wall, binding the Emperor Callan, the Teannasach Donnalch, and their people. But in additional surety of peace, the truce requires hostages, children of the leaders. 

Lena is a Guardswoman on the Wall when this peace is negotiated, one of many women who rode north to defend their land. When the General Casyn asks her to take the place of one of his daughters as a hostage, Lena agrees, to learn that she will be sent to a Ti’ach, a house of learning, for the duration of the truce. Here, perhaps, she can learn more about the east, and what its place is in the history of the Empire.

 But not every student welcomes her, and Lena soon learns that the history of both the countries beyond the Wall and her own Empire are more complex, and more intertwined, than she imagines.  When circumstances take her even farther north, into lands of a people unknown to the Empire, all her skills of leadership and self-defense are needed to avert danger to herself, the Empire, and its fragile allegiance with Linrathe…at an ultimate cost beyond her imagining.

Empire’s Hostage, book II in the Empire’s Legacy series, is fast approaching release. It follows Lena, the protagonist of Empire’s Daughterinto a larger world and into greater danger, testing her loyalties once again.

ARCs will be available soon in either e-pub or mobi format.  Interested in reading, rating, and/or reviewing?  Send me a message.

The Good Dictator: Author Promotion

The most downloaded book in Portuguese, last April, now in a good English translation.

A guest post by author Gonçalo JN Dias, for his book The Good Dictator.the-good-dictator

Ready for a totally new point of view?

What could the opinion of one of the oldest countries in Europe about the USA be? There’s an object parked on the moon, but curiously, the unfolding of the story does not take place in New York, but rather, in Lisbon suburbs and in a small village between Portugal and Spain.

The main character, Gustavo, does not get along well with his parents-in-law, and his wife does not like Gustavo’s friends.

A genre-busting book that includes adventure, thriller, dystopia, utopia and an exciting love story.

It became the most downloaded book in Portuguese, last April, and it has now a good English translation (I would say, better than the original).

You can download the book for free directly from Amazon on February 18th & 19th.

See some reviews on the Amazon page or on the author’s official blog.

Lena’s World: The Social Structure of Empire’s Daughter

As to why there is this tiny, isolated Empire at the edge of the world, underpopulated and ring-fenced by the Wall, the mountains and the sea….well, to say more would need a big SPOILERS alert!

In Empire’s Daughter, men and women lead very separate lives, the women living together, primarily in farming and fishing villages, the men in mandatory military service.  Male children are taken at age 7 to begin military training; girls are educated in their own villages, and then apprentice to a trade.  Where did these ideas come from?

There isn’t one source, one society that I borrowed from.  The idea of male children being taken at seven into military training is from the social structure of the ancient city-state of Sparta, where exactly that happened.  Spartan boys were basically cadets until age 20, when they took on greater responsibility in the military; they could marry at 30, but did not live with their wives, but stayed with their military comrades in barracks….and that was the germ of the idea of the men and women living almost completely separate lives, except for a couple of weeks each year.

The Roman Empire’s military structure also influenced how I envisioned the lives of menroman_soldiers_at_rest2 in the Empire. Roman soldiers served 25 years in the military, and could not (officially) marry unless they were of officer class, although they often formed permanent relationships with local women.  But again, it was that sense of a primarily masculine life that influenced how the men live in Empire’s Daughter.

The lives of women were influenced by a number of sources: Icelandic and Viking women, for one, where women frequently were completely responsible for farming and fishing and all the other work woman_blacksmith_-_eng-_i-e-_england_loc_24225694456while the men were at sea, either fishing (Iceland) or raiding (Vikings).  The apprenticeship of girls at twelve to a trade is simply based on long practice throughout much of the world, for both boys and girls: even my own grandfather was apprenticed at age twelve to a coal merchant in England, in about 1896. (The photo is from England, c 1915-1920)

Now, as to why there is this tiny, isolated Empire at the edge of the world, underpopulated and ring-fenced by the Wall, the mountains and the sea….well, to say more would need a big SPOILERS alert.  You’ll have to read the books to find out!

Empire’s Daughter, book one of the Empire’s Legacy series, is currently available from Amazon in e-book format or paperback.  Look for book 2, Empire’s Hostage, around June of 2017!

Roman soldier picture: By Pablo Dodda (Flickr: Roman Soldiers) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

Woman blacksmith picture:  Bain News Service; taken in England c 1915-20; courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  No known copyright restrictions.

 

Day 2 Hallowe’en Book Giveaway!

Five Star rated on Goodreads and Amazon . Free for Hallowe’en weekend in all Amazon markets!

Spinnings Final Cover“I had to find reasons to return, to walk the old city, to keep the faerie paths clear…”                                                    In An Absent Dream

“I could see that from each bone, each skull, a fine thread ran, attaching it to the next, and
the next, creating a cat’s cradle that gathered more and more threads as they ran towards and disappeared into the alcoves.”                                                                                      The Spider’s Spinning  

Five Star rated on Goodreads and  Amazon.  Free for Hallowe’en weekend in all Amazon markets…stories just right for reading on Hallowe’en night! Read on your Kindle, or your Kindle app for iOS or Android.

Last Day of Spinnings Release Giveaway!

For the rest of today, you can download the first book in the Empire’s Legacy series: Empire’s Daughter, free from Amazon.

Today is the last day of the giveaway accompanying the release of my pair of short stories, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.

For the rest of today, you can download the first book in the Empire’s Legacy series:  Empire’s Daughter, free from Amazon.

Links for both books are below.  Please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you download either book!  Thanks.

Spinnings

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Empire’s Daughter

Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk 

 

 

 

Two days left for a free book!

Today is Day 4 of the giveaway accompanying the release of my pair of short stories, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.

Today is Day 4 of the giveaway accompanying the release of my pair of short stories, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.  See pre-publication reviews here. To accompany this release, I’m giving away the first book in the Empire’s Legacy series:  Empire’s Daughter, free from Amazon.

Links for both books are below.  Please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads if you download either book!  Thanks.

Spinnings

Amazon.com      Amazon.ca       Amazon.co.uk

Empire’s Daughter

Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk 

I helped write this…

I’m Pyxel, named for the cat in The Cat Who Walked Through Walls.

pyxelHello, I’m Pyxel, named for the cat in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls by Robert Heinlein.  So I have a good literary pedigree to help write books.  I helped my human write both Empire’s Daughter and her latest short story volume, Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse.  It’s just been published, and my human and I are giving away  Empire’s Daughter for a few days in its honour.  Spinnings is really inexpensive, so I’d appreciate it if you’d buy it along with the free book, because I really like the treats I get every evening, but I’m told they cost money, whatever that means.  Oh, and my human said something about leaving reviews on Amazon or Goodreads?  I think I’ll go jump on my sister now, just to bug her. Here are the links to both books:

Spinnings

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Empire’s Daughter

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Readers love Empire’s Daughter!

Empire’s Daughter is proving very popular among readers right now!

Amazon rankings March 25As you can see, Empire’s Daughter is proving very popular among readers right now! Don’t miss out – download for free until March 29th at the following links:

 

Amazon.com     Amazon.ca     Amazon.co.uk 

And while you’re at it, check out my newest book here:

Spinnings: Brief Fantasies in Prose and Verse

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and don’t forget to leave a review at Amazon or Goodreads!