Category Archives: Lands of Hope

Cover Reveal: Perilous Embraces

The third book in the series “Shards of Light” is coming out July 4th, and I can honestly say there’s been no Tale of Hope like it. Pre-order now and free your mind next month!

The first two books start with different heroes at close to the same time. They each have a contained plot (with windows, perhaps, through which to view the other characters) and you could read them in either order. Captain Justin and the Stealthic Feldspar pursue separate quests, circling around the edge of a conspiracy that’s larger than either suspects. The endings clearly show there’s more adventure ahead (“there’s always more” – Salling’r the Bard), but they stand alone. Also, shorter.

But now the plot deepens. And in W’starrah Altieri you meet the woman who sees that conspiracy, catalyzes the entire city and brings these other heroes together. Eventually.

Before the blurb (in which I wrote something) let me show you the cover (about which words fail me).


W’starrah Altieri can see the future, ranks high in her church, and is without question the most beautiful woman in the North Mark. But the prophecy she knows to be true will either break her heart, destroy her home or end her life.

In 2002 ADR, the jewel of the southern empire is the city of Cryssigens, where life is an unending carnival of display, while intrigue brews beneath the surface. Nobles, guilds and House Cups scheme with and against each other, even in the best of times. But civil war stripped the city of its Overlord, and now factions emerge daring all in a bid to succeed to the throne.

One of the leading lights of Cryssigensian society is W’starrah Altieri, the Lavender Lady, high-ranking priestess of the sect of Argens Stargazer; while others see only her dazzling beauty her eyes are filled with foreknowledge of the future. She willingly risks life and reputation to save her city, but juggling visions, rivals, suitors and the occasional assassin pushes the real world further from her grasp. Who could expect that in the midst of this she would meet the promised love of her life, or foresee that he too is doomed?

Perilous Embraces is the third book of the series “Shards of Light”. It is highly recommended that you read The Ring and the Flag and Fencing Reputation first.

What is it About New Books?

Almost everything about my chronicling work has been truly fun and rewarding. But this has to be one of the top three: when you’ve ordered another box of books and they come in. It’s a Christmas you make for yourself.

Based on sales in 2016 I had enough to order more copies of previous titles, including the long-awaited new covers for the first two tales in the Shards of Light series.

Why, whatever could this be?

I had to wait a few days after the books came in, for my in-house model to schedule me in for a shoot. Then we got to work.

Tough… to cut… the tape








Then, of course, it was just glorious. Here, have a few thousand words each.

Why, it’s BOOKS! MY books, in fact. I wrote these.
The money shot. “Ooh, look it’s a bat!” A bat, seriously Genna? Stick to music!

















Do these books make my career look fat?








And of course, the true destiny of any good box. Cat playground.













So now I’m stocked for the fairs and library talks ahead, and personally I cannot wait. There’s a real sense of accomplishment, having multiple titles, being able to match a tale to the request of the readers I meet. For now, the new cover for The Ring and the Flag is available on the Zon, with Fencing Reputation to follow very soon. You saw it here first!

May 6th at Bear Library Author Meet & Greet

August 19th at Dover ComicCon

November 4th at the Hockessin Art & Book Fair