Despite warnings from the Kings of the Alliance and the elves of Hermstingle, a disgraced knight named Qualtan moves forward with his knightly Order, prompting war against his former allies. Only one thing can save them all: for Qualtan to reproduce the quest his uncle and father had undertaken many years ago to defeat Those That Stand in Shadow – to find the Master of the Great Beasts, the Dragon King, and bring him back in time to stop the battle.
Branko learns he will be sold into slavery when they dock in Charles Town, so he doesn’t hesitate to jump ship onto a neighboring sloop in the harbor. This boat will weigh anchor with him at the helm–once he decides what to do with the lady chained in the cargo hold who claims she’s a vampire.
Magda Dashkovari’s body has been given to science while she’s still living in it. Her prayers are answered when a pirate boards her boat, but she should have asked for her rescuer to be less bloodthirsty than she is…
Scientists hunt her in town, plantation owners hunt him from the north and south, Blackbeard blocks Charles Town Harbor to the east, and a war rages between settlers and natives to the west. These unlikely allies will have to link together to escape a life in chains…but will their trust in each other endure their journey to freedom?
They call me…Hero…Mercenary…Dragon Slayer.
But that wasn’t always the case.
There was a time when I thought that dragons were beautiful…
During my childhood, I believed that I was friends with a dragon, except the dragon never knew of this friendship. Days after my thirteenth birthday, my secret was no longer mine to keep. Soldiers arrived to slay the dragon so that a feudal lord could make his name amongst the nine kingdoms. It ended in abject failure. They were left to soak in a bloodbath of their own making. In a rage, the dragon destroyed the place that I called home, and killed the people that I called family. She also dismantled a thing that I called love. Reborn under a mound of ashen corpses, my empty shell vowed vengeance, forging a fiery path of retribution that could not be undone. Not by my own design, I inadvertently became a slayer of dragons. Curiously, dragon slaying isn’t my next job…
A princess is being held for ransom at a goblin fort. Wearing the stolen armour of a goblin knight, I attempt to rescue her to claim my prize. When I met her, she was Winter. Now, she is Spring. Maybe I can learn to love again…
15-year-old Marieke disguises herself as a boy to hide in the all-male archers’ guild of Saint Sebastian to escape her father’s killers. Soon she’s determined to discover the truth about her father’s mysterious past at the guild, and to help the most charming young Journeyman archer in the place win the annual guild trials – without ever letting him discover her secrets. Robin Hood meets Princess Bride and Mulan in this historical adventure set in 14th-century Belgium and packed with romance, humor, intrigue, and of course, longbow archery trials.
A dark shadow rises.
San Francisco in 1885 was a dangerous place for those who crossed Colin Doyle. To Nob Hill elite he was a successful businessman. To the underbelly of San Francisco he was The Mick, a criminal mastermind ruling from the shadows. If a buyer’s tastes ran to opium, a whore, or a politician, The Mick could name a price. No one who betrayed him ever escaped the city alive.
Nell Bishop is a fearless investigative reporter for the San Francisco Dispatch. She’s on the run to the Arizona Territory with the one witness who can expose Doyle’s corrupt empire and stop the plan to extend his evil dominion to the West.
Marshal Sam Tanner of Spirit Ridge in the Arizona Territory fought the visions sent by his Apache blood. They always foretold a death he couldn’t prevent. Then Sam dreamed of the coyote with golden brown eyes who warned of a black shadow spreading evil across the land. Did the message call him to help the beautiful woman who stepped off the stagecoach? Can Sam and Nell elude the mysterious dark riders who dog their trail or will the next vision mean death for both of them?
A woman determined to save a child…
A man creating his dynasty…
An escaped murderer determined to get revenge.
After her sister dies at the hands of her brother-in-law, Bernadette “Blaze” Cook is determined to save her eighteen-month-old nephew from his brutal father. Where better than several states away on a Texas ranch?
Andrew “Drew” Wagner has been looking forward to the arrival of his mail-order bride to start his family and be his docile companion. When she shows up toting a toddler, he is shocked but willing to accept the child. But he learns his wife earned the nickname Blaze not just because her hair is auburn—she has a temper and the will to protect those she loves.
Blaze and Drew must overcome their differences to battle the evil man determined to destroy them. Will the couple conquer the monster pursuing Blaze and her nephew?
About Kellie Doherty:
Kellie Doherty is a queer science fiction and fantasy author who lives in Eagle River, Alaska. When she noticed that there wasn’t much positive queer representation in the science fiction and fantasy realms, she decided to create her own! Kellie’s work has been published in Image OutWrite 2019, Astral Waters Review, Life (as it) Happens, and Impact, among others. Her adult sci-fi debut novel—FINDING HEKATE—came out in April 2016 from Desert Palm Press and the sequel—LOSING HOLD—came out in April 2017. She's currently working on a five-book adult fantasy series. The first book SUNKISSED FEATHERS & SEVERED TIES (March 2019, Desert Palm Press) won a 2019 Rainbow Award. The second book CURLING VINES & CRIMSON TRADES is launched on November 30, 2020! An excerpt from CURLING VINES won first place in an Alaska Writers Guild Fiction contest in 2020.
What inspires you to write?
So many things inspire me to write! Favorite books or shows might spark a different idea, music might give me a specific feeling to play with, and research often gleans some pretty fantastic nuggets of inspiration. My family and friends are often a source of inspiration for me, too, even if they don't quite know it. Even my cats help me with animal-type inspiration. (For example, Zora, the winged fox-like creature from SUNKISSED FEATHERS & SEVERED TIES, is heavily based on my two cats! How they acted and reacted to things, how they played and fought really helped me when writing Zora.) And then again, sometimes the story just…comes to you, or the characters walk into your life and you have to write about them. For my most recent work, CURLING VINES & CRIMSON TRADES, I was heavily inspired by watching staff fighters since one of my characters Jax uses a staff as her main weapon. I also watched quite a few nature videos to see how vines would work since they feature heavily in my main character Orenda's life.
Tell us about your writing process.
Funny thing! I used to be a 100% seat-of-the-pants writer. I wrote my science fiction duology (FINDING HEKATE and LOSING HOLD) with that mindset of…let's just see where this will go. I often do the same with flash fiction pieces and short stories. But then I decided to write a five-book fantasy series and I just had to become a outliner. Normally I write out the big action goal for the story first – so for CURLING VINES it's about a woman who's trying to save her kidnapped wife by doing all kinds of nearly impossible tasks – then the character goals – so what the story is actually about/the heart of it, a woman who is trying to reconnect with her broken crafting/magic and learn to trust again – and then the sub-character goals. After that, I go chapter by chapter and outline the whole thing! Oooo, I haven't actually created character sketches before, but I usually have character boards/aesthetics with images of what my character is like. I recently commissioned my four main characters from Jhoca, an artist I discovered on Twitter, which was SUCH a treat for me. For daily/weekly practice, I'm a weekend writer! I have a really busy schedule during the week and quite frankly I'm usually too tired to write after work anyway, so I do most of my writing on the weekend. I carve out a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday and really sink into my world. I find that listening to instrumental music is helpful; right now it's a LORD OF THE RINGS soundtrack since I'm writing fantasy!
How do you develop your characters?
Creating characters is one of my most favorite things to do as a writer. I love crafting backstories and wounds, past loves and family drama. The story that came before made the character who they are right now, after all. It's important for me to build that up and know who the character is before I start writing. I always have a direction where I want the character to go, a wound they need to heal or a lesson they need to learn. But sometimes when I'm actually writing, the characters do go off on tangents! I normally write out whatever scene I'm inspired to at that moment then go back and see if it fits with where I'm trying to take the character. Sometimes it fits, sometimes it doesn't. If it's better than the original idea I had, I'll weave it into the rest of the narrative. If it doesn't work, I chop it out and save it for later! Hmm, I've heard of characters "talking inside writers heads" or how they won't "be quiet" but my characters don't talk to me in that way. I do think about conversations they might have and how they might converse back though, so that's something.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have lots of favorite authors, as do all writers. My current favorites are V.E. Schwab, Becky Chambers, Samantha Shannon, and Tamsyn Muir, but more are added literally every month!
What genres do you write?: Fantasy and Science Fiction, Romance
What formats are your books in?: eBook, Print
Where to find out more about the author
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To pursue his future, Leopold must first understand his past.
What does a former assassin do when he’s not out there… well… assassinating? Saving his species from extinction, of course.
At least, that’s what Leopold wants to do with every molecule in his body. But the task won’t be fast or easy, and he can’t do it alone. Enter Mastrodai—a mrrog prince who has absolutely no desire to rule, much to his father’s exasperation. He craves the ability to prove his worth as a mate and to somehow atone for his actions that led to Leopold’s torture at the hands of an enemy. Making humans official would be a good start.
But politics rule no matter what the species, and Mastrodai has to maneuver carefully and risk what he has built to give his mate what he deserves. And when he realizes both he and Leopold have deeper feelings for Alex, one of Mastrodai’s human slave women, he knows his future is out among the stars with his humans, not planet-bound with his kin.
Unfortunately, before they can set their plan into motion, Leopold receives a vision that sends him reeling and questioning everything he knows about himself. A vision he must investigate, back to where he began—Lex, the backwater planet where he spent his early years, and where he swore never to return.
Trigger Warning: Includes violence throughout, PTSD, a scene of graphic torture, and the start of a consensual menage relationship.
In 1772, amidst the ancient ruins and standing stones of western Ireland, a young woman inherits a fleet of ships and special powers.
To keep her magic, she journeys to the East Kingdom, where she falls in love with a warrior prince.
A baby’s laughter.
A mind uncaged.
Lance is known as Scourge, the warrior in the black armor, the dog of the warlord Ulfr Blackwolf. He was just a boy when Ulfr found him and molded him into the perfect weapon. He slaughters and pillages on command, merciless and numb, devoid of emotions. Then a baby girl laughs at him during a raid.
And everything changes.
When Gust, a talented healer, is out deer hunting and stumbles across a magnificent horse bearing a mortally wounded rider, he has no idea that his life is about to change forever. Gust applies all his skills to his patient, determined to save the rider’s life, and is rewarded when the man opens his eyes.
As friendship, and more, bloom between warrior and healer, so does the danger over the horizon. Ulfr has not forgotten, and Lance must take his first steps on the long road to redemption.