Read us on Radish!

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In addition to all the usual channels, several of our titles (with more to come) are now available on Radish, a serialized fiction site where you read (and purchase) books in bite-sized pieces that take 8 – 15 minutes to read.

A Queen from the North is currently available complete, with other stories posting twice a week. A special epilogue to The Art of Three will initially be available on exclusively on Radish after that novel finishes posting.

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The Art of Three gets an Honorable Mention in the 2017 Rainbow Awards!

artofThe Art of Three has received an Honorable Mention in the Bisexual Romance category in the 2017 Rainbow Awards. This means that a judge gave it at least a 36 out of possible 40 points and does not imply that the book has or hasn’t made the finalist list (which will be announced later in the year).

honorablementionThe judge says, “I was smitten by this book and couldn’t put it down. The authors are fantastic storytellers, navigating the reader through complex emotions, varied landscapes, jet-setting life-styles and the social minefield of colleagues, family, neighbors, and the Church. The plot races on, slowing down for the tender p
arts where love and affection blooms unfettered by extra words, and by extra physical descriptions of sex. I noticed the lack of on-screen intimacy, but didn’t miss it. In fact, the already complex plot would’ve been all-too busy with extra thrown in. I recommend this book without reservations.

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A Queen from North now available!

queenfromebook-1A Queen from the North is now available in ebook! The paperback is in production and should be available mid-month.

Amazon reader kashmir1 says, “A wonderful, refreshing take…. The main characters were three dimensional and relatable. Loved the inclusion of characters from the LGBTQ+ community, including the first genderqueer character I’ve ever seen in published fiction! I read this book in a day because I just could not put it down. I’ve been reading romance novels for over two decades and this is hands down one of the best.”

Suzi says,”This is a wonderfully complex alt-history romance that is both enjoyable to read and meaningful about how royalty works – and what it means to be a 21st century woman caught up in traditions that are centuries old.”

Jill calls it, “gorgeous worldbuilding” and A.R. Prosser says, “This is really a book that I could read again, one I’d like to have on gloomy days to lift myself out of this world and into one a couple steps to the left where history made very different turns.”

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A Queen from the North – preview!

A Queen from the North comes out on May 23, 2017 in ebook. (Right now the preorder is only up on Amazon, but we’ll have all the other major distributors up this weekend). Paperbacks will be available mid-June, and the audiobook (How excited are we? And our narrator is amazing!) will be out in late summer or early fall.

A Queen from the North is and M/F romance set in a modern but not-so-united kingdom where the wounds of the Wars of the Roses have never healed. The story is both a bit dark and a lot funny and contains raven prophecies, grad school rejections, fighting the paparazzi off with a pair of flip-flops, a genderqueer court witch, lesbians in the House of Lords, and Canada.

If you want a peek at our world, the opening of the book is below:

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ON TENTH ANNIVERSARY OF IMOGENE’S DEATH, ENGLAND MOURNS ITS PRINCESS

15 September

Year 20 of the Reign of King Henry XII

Arthur stared out the window of the car and watched the countryside pass in a blur of autumn colors. Visiting his late wife’s grave was always sad, but the ritual unsettled him far more now than when she had first passed. Then, he had been too mired in his own sorrow to notice what else went on around him. Now, ten years on, he resented the public intrusion into his life and the requirement that he perform a grief that, while yet deeply personal, had been dulled by time. But the public still desperately cared. Perhaps because he had never remarried; perhaps because his people, who had loved Imogene and adored their relationship, hoped he never would.

“Your Highness, may I address something to you?” Georgina, his sixteen-year-old niece, asked from beside him.

He snorted softly. “Since when do you speak to me like that?” Certainly, she had not been so formal an hour ago when she declared she would return from the burial site in his car and not the one shared by her sister, Princess Hyacinth, and her mother, Princess Violet.

“I am trying to get you to take me seriously,” the girl, milk-pale and prim blonde with a witch’s green eyes, declared. She took after Violet, Arthur’s sister. Arthur himself was taller, broader, with brown eyes and dark brown hair already going gray at the temples. In part because of conversations like this one.

“I always take you seriously, George. You know that.”

“You have to get remarried.”

Arthur turned his head to look out the window again. One of the prerogatives of being first in line to the throne was that he didn’t have to acknowledge things people said if he didn’t want to.

“I am serious.”

“Yes, you’ve just said.”

“Look, Arthur, the way I see it –”

He turned his head and raised an eyebrow to her. He hardly expected her to use titles or call him sir in private, but at least an uncle would do; some indication that at nearly forty he deserved a bare modicum of respect. But Georgina, who had demanded to be called George since she was eight, was bold, brash, and a teenager — a combination which God had ordained would always skirt the edge of terrible.

Arthur’s gaze was enough to make her falter for a moment, but she continued. “The way I see it, you have three choices.”

“And those would be?”

“You get over yourself, get married, produce an heir –”

“Yes, I am familiar with the concept.”

“Never remarry and become a tragic, mythological figure –”

“Well on my way already, don’t you think?”

George soldiered on. “Or embrace full-on loserdom, change your name, move to America, and have lots of sex with women who will sell the story to the papers.”

Arthur was glad the privacy partition between them and the driver was closed. “That’s startlingly specific.”

George had the poor grace to look pleased with herself.

“Well,” Arthur said as if he was indulging a child much younger than this princess, “what do you suggest I do?”

“You need to get married. Urgently.”

“And why is that?” Arthur was willing to listen to her. At least for now.

“Because, as you know, when I turn eighteen, and you don’t have an heir, my mother is going to announce that she’s taking herself out of the line of succession. Which makes me next in line after you.”

“And?”

“And I don’t want it.” George sat up straighter, as if to indicate her distaste for the weight of the crown.

“You’re the only young woman in the kingdom who would say that.”

“I’m not suited to be queen and you know it. Find a woman who is, and the country will be happier. I’ll be happier. And so will you be. You want a companion, not the friendship of your strange niece who plays hostess for you.”

“And?” Arthur prompted once more. The look on George’s face said she wasn’t done.

She leant towards him and dropped her voice to little more than a whisper.  “I had a dream.”

“Again?”

“Yes.”

“It’s been a while,” he said amiably, as if George were an ordinary child with run-of-the-mill nightmares.

“Yes.”

“Which one was it?” he asked as the car accelerated past rolling hills and old stone fences back towards the congestion of London.

“The one where all the ravens were dead.”

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Tremontaine S1 is now in hardcover and paperback… and people like it!

tremontaine_s1_printTremontaine is here, and people like it, including:

The Washington Post: “The real magic is how well six authors can spin together a narrative. The book is a prequel of sorts to Ellen Kushner’s ‘Swordspoint’ series, but stands perfectly well alone…The story is a joy, and literally swashbuckling. Overseeing all the machinations is the Duchess Tremontaine, a villain so laughably scheming that you can’t help but root for her.”

Tor.com: “more dazzling and provocative than you can imagine…more diverse than ever before, and more bursting with ideas and strangeness.”

Lightspeed Magazine: “deliciously satisfying.”

Locus Magazine: “Well-paced, excellently written…delighting in the opportunity to fully indulge in its drama of manners (and swords), it’s one of the most accomplished and purely enjoyable things I’ve read in a while. I recommend it highly.”

Want to know more about how we wrote it? Check out our team’s recent AMA on Reddit.

Want to read it? You can grab it from Amazon or wherever you buy books!

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The Art of Three is on PolyWeekly

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Click the logo to list to our episode!

Or, how to write a book while crying in Vienna at 3am.

If you wanted to know more about how and why we wrote The Art of Three, what we learned from it, and what a tenderhearted nerd Racheline is, this is your podcast moment.

Thanks to our lovely host, Cunning Minx, for a great conversation!

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So about that thing we left open at the end of The Art of Three

The Art of Three was always intended as a standalone book. Because we love the characters, we do have some thoughts on a possible sequel (that is not disrupting the happy triad in any way, don’t worry — we’re all about the cozy here), but we did want to address one big giant spoiler thing, and why we left it open. It wasn’t for a sequel.

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