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The Shades of Winter   A Novel of the Averraine Cycle

 

An aging band of sea raiders set out on one last voyage of revenge, and get a whole lot more than they bargained for.

Tam Isliefsdottir wasn’t planning to end her life in a futile attempt for vengeance, but when your brothers- and sisters-in-arms need you, what can you do? Leaving her son and her granddaughter behind and sailing to the shadowy island of Alvandir, she expected to die gloriously for the sake of her country, her king, and her own reputation.

Nothing is as it seems, however, and it hasn’t been for the last twenty years. Tam and her Kyndred are in for the surprise of their lives.

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The Agony and the Ecstasy of writing Your Third Novel

I must confess, I found writing my first novel (A Spell in the Country) incredibly easy.

Seriously: there was no pressure. I had a pretty simple plot, a good main character, with her own unique voice, and since I had no intention of ever publishing that book (it was the 90s and my chances, I knew, were in the negative numbers for getting a publisher) (and I was not wrong) so all I was doing was entertaining myself.

And Casting in Stone went together in about six months, because I had been telling myself that story almost since the day I typed “The End” on the first book.

But this one?

The Shades of Winter was two years of handwringing, whinging, and angst.

The first bit wasn’t so bad – I knew (I thought) who these people were and what they were doing.

And then, just past the mid-point, one of the characters threw me a plot twist that was so incredible, so interesting, so trope-twisting, that I HAD to run with it…

But for eight months, I wrote and deleted and wrote and deleted and wrote and deleted, groping to find the road back to the story I wanted to tell.

And you know what?

It isn’t over yet. There’s more to the Kyndred’s adventures, and more to all of the Averraine Cycle.

I hope you all come along for the ride.

 


About the Author

Morgan Smith has been a goatherd, a landscaper, a weaver, a bookstore owner, a travel writer, and an archaeologist, and she will drop everything to travel anywhere, on the flimsiest of pretexts. Writing is something she has been doing all her life, though, one way or another, and now she thinks she might actually have something to say.

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The Emperor’s Seal
Touching Time Book 1
by Amanda Roberts
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Mystery
Peking, 1902
The Emperor’s Seal – the divine symbol of the Emperor on earth –
is missing. The Empress will do whatever it takes to get it back.
Jiayi has a gift – she can travel through time just by touching
historical artifacts. More than anything, she wants to escape the
clutches of the Empress and run away to a foreign land. Finding the
Emperor’s Seal could be her only chance at freedom, but is she
willing to risk the wrath of the Empress?
Historian and wannabe archaeologist Zhihao has no love for the Empress or
the Qing Dynasty, but when the Empress orders him to find the Emperor’s
Seal in exchange for funding China’s first history museum, he
cannot refuse. It is only after he accepts the assignment that he
realizes the key to finding the seal lies in the hands of a palace slave.
Civil unrest and encroaching foreign powers threaten Jiayi and Zhihao’s
mission and lives as they hunt for The Emperor’s Seal.
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Amanda Roberts is a writer and editor who has been living in China since
2010. Amanda has an MA in English from the University of Central
Missouri. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, and
anthologies around the world and she regularly contributes to
numerous blogs. Amanda can be found all over the Internet, but her
home is TwoAmericansinChina.com.

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Oath Breaker
Legend of the Gods Book 1
by Aaron Hodges
Genre: Epic Fantasy
A century since the departure of the Gods, the Three Nations are now
united beneath the Tsar. Magic has been outlawed, its power too
dangerous to remain unchecked. All Magickers must surrender
themselves to the crown, or face imprisonment and death.
Alana’s mundane life has just been torn apart by the emergence of her
brother’s magic. Now they must leave behind everything they’ve ever
known and flee – before the Tsar’s Stalkers pick up their trail.
Tasked with hunting down renegade Magickers, the merciless hunters
will stop at nothing to bring them before the Tsar’s judgement.
As the noose closes around Alana and her brother, disgraced hero Devon
finds himself at odds with the law when he picks a fight with the
wrong man. The former warrior has set aside his weapons, but now,
caught between the renegades and the Stalkers, he is forced to pick a
side – the empire, or the innocent.
Grab this all new epic fantasy novel by NYTimes Bestselling Author Aaron
Hodges.
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand.
He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a
Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of
Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental
consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to
quit his job and see the world. Two years later, his travels have
taken him through South East Asia, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Central
America, and South America.

 

Today, his adventures continue…
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