(Early) Fall Update: New Titles, New Name!

Hi everybody! An update, at long last!

It’s been a long, difficult summer here. We’ve been dealing with moving, illness, my husband’s retirement from active duty and search for a civilian job, house hunting in a new area, a worsening of my chronic migraines (no Mirrors to help me out, alas 😉 ), and did I mention moving??

Thankfully, my book-related news is much happier.

  • Winter’s Fallen is once again free for the time being at all my sales channels. Maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but with cooler weather on the horizon where I live, it felt like the right time. 🙂
  • I have released two new fantasy romance novels, this time under the name Amanda Dery.

Why the change of name?

When I first released Broken Mirrors (almost two years ago now, if you can believe it!), I was hard-pressed to find fantasy romance that wasn’t full of graphic content that I usually ended up skipping over. I made the decision, as I started writing my own work, not to include graphic content just because it’s a “genre expectation.” I saw no reason why romance HAD to be “steamy” to be romantic! Eight full-length, non-explicit romantic fantasy titles later, I’d like to think I succeeded in proving my point. 🙂

However, as I wrapped up the Conquest of Kelemir series, I did have an idea for a story where more mature content was appropriate. I first considered trying to change it around to avoid writing that kind of content, but then I realized that I was doing the very thing I hadn’t wanted to do when I began: writing to expectations, instead of what the story itself demanded.

So I decided to write this story as it wanted to be told, even if the result was more explicit than my norm, and see where that took me. I wasn’t sure the finished result would ever see the light of day, to be honest, and I was fully prepared to file it away under “failed experiments,” but the people I showed it to loved it!

So ultimately I decided that, to avoid confusing and disappointing readers who are particularly interested in non-explicit romantic fiction, I would release it under Amanda Dery rather than A. F. Dery so it would not be confused with my “sweet” titles. I am also posting a clear content warning at the end of the description on every title that has mature content, to minimize the chance of unwelcome surprises.

I understand that my choice may disappoint those of you who only read non-explicit romance, and I’m very sorry for that. However, I did not want to do this and say nothing about it, because then that could create confusion if you end up seeing two “Dery” authors writing in the same genre on Amazon!

I also want to assure readers that yes, I will be continuing to release A. F. Dery titles as well, which will continue to be “sweet” as far as content goes. There will not be any crossover of stories or characters between the two names either, so please don’t be concerned you will miss anything! Barring any further life upheaval (*fingers crossed*), I am still hoping to have another full-length A. F. Dery release out by the end of the year, and there will be another short fiction release as well that fans of Broken Mirrors should particularly enjoy. Please stay tuned!

In the future, I will not be posting about the “Amanda” titles on this blog (nor will I ever be notifying readers who signed up for A. F. Dery’s newsletters about them. This is a one-time announcement only on this blog to explain what the difference between them is.)

Demons Dreaming - High Resolution - Book 1For those who are interested in these new titles, you can learn more about them under “Amanda Dery” at http://ringdroppress.com, or you can find the first one, Dreams Awake, here at Amazon. Like Broken Mirrors, it was written as a “duology” or two-book series, and both books are currently available.

Thank you very much for your patience and your support ❤ I love writing these stories, and I love sharing them with you!

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It’s Been Real Quiet Around Here Lately

…because I’ve been hard at work finishing up the last book of The Conquest of Kelemir series, The Beast of Lyntara. This will be the longest book in the series, but I hope the extra pages will fly by so fast you won’t even notice 😉

Just today I received the cover art (from the very talented FrinaArt, who has made all but 2 of my novel covers), and I couldn’t wait to share it with you!

The Beast of Lyntara ebook cover

Isn’t it beautiful? I’m still working on the official blurb (if you follow my blog, you know I struggle mightily with my blurb writing!) but readers of the series can probably guess what’s coming next. We’re about to find out what happened to Merrick, former High Lord of the Union, after the rather disturbing events at the end of Forged in Spirit, as well as untangle the mystery of how he ended up magically bound to the Union in the first place (and why). Will the bond be broken and the Union be freed? Will Lyntara and the mystery woman Gwyn met in Bound in Blood be saved? And what in the world is going to happen to Kelemir in all of this?

There’s a good reason that’s the country named in the series title. By this story’s end, we will have come full circle as winter falls again in Kelemir…possibly for the last time. (And for those curious, yes, Lord and Lady Eladria both play a significant role in the events yet to come. You didn’t really think I’d leave you hanging  after Malachi’s observation in Forged in Spirit, did you? 😛 )

Broken Mirrors: Extra Fluff

With Broken Mirrors on sale (only through midnight tonight, so hurry on over to Amazon if you still need your copy!), I thought it would be fun to share this.

It may not be immediately obvious in its e-book form, but totaling 464 pages in print (over 115,000 words), Broken Mirrors is a pretty hefty book, and that’s after it was trimmed down. There was some extraneous “fluff” that had to be trimmed because, fun as it was to write, it slowed down the pacing too much and wasn’t really necessary to the story.

In this particular scene from Chapter 5, which still survives in a much leaner form in the final version of the book, Thane and Kesara are chatting in his laboratory. (My apologies for any imperfections you may see, this was cut before the book was edited).

“Pity,” she said with a sigh. “Another day and I could have caught up on my reading.”

“Reading? You can read?” Lord Eladria looked startled and she tried not to smirk. Really she did.

“Did you think Eladrians had some exclusivity when it came to literacy?”

“I never really thought about it, to be honest,” he admitted. “I know some of our neighbors do not take much of an interest in it. Many Eladrians do not, either. It is not exactly a priority for those who don’t need it. What sorts of books do you read?”

Kesara coughed a little, her cheeks suddenly warming. “Oh, you know, just the sort that goes around…”

“Ah,” said Lord Eladria gravely. “Has it…illustrations, then?”

Suddenly Kesara realized how fascinating the stone floor was. Why, if one looked without focusing one’s eyes over much, one could almost make out patterns! Look, there’s a…circle!

“There’s no shame in needing pictures to help figure out the big words, Kes,” he said sweetly.

Kesara looked up sharply, eyes narrowed in suspicion, and sure enough, though his face remained grim, Lord Eladria’s mouth twitched and his shoulders shook slightly.

“It is an adventure story, my lord,” she said firmly.

“I’m sure it is,” Lord Eladria managed to say before a questionable coughing fit overtook him and he turned away.

Kesara scowled. So easy for him to be critical, she thought, him with walls of books. I have to take whatever I can get my hands on. And what did he call me? Kes? Three little syllables are two too many for the Dread Lord of Eladria? She crossed her arms over her chest.

“Oh, pray don’t look so indignant,” Lord Eladria said, turning back around as he wiped at his eyes with his sleeve. “You’re certainly not the only female enamored of…those kinds of books. I remember having to track one down that Graunt wanted, poor sod I was, I had no idea why the book merchant was snickering over the Dread Lord of Eladria requesting ‘The Ballad of Red Morgana.’ I thought she’d just taken some odd interest in music.”

Kesara unfolded her arms, her ire somewhat assuaged but her pride still guarded. “I don’t read them for the, uh, adventurous bits.”

“No, of course not,” Lord Eladria agreed soothingly. But his eyes were suspiciously crinkly at the corners, even though his mouth was set in its usual lopsided line.

“Just for the story,” she insisted. “I’ve always enjoyed hearing about other people’s lives, even if they are fictional people.”

“Oh, keen on gossip?” he asked innocently.

“Of course not gossip.” Again the arms were folded. “Just…news.”

Lord Eladria looked at her in silence, his dark brown eyes sparkling not unlike his glass beakers.

“What?” she asked irritably. “It’s not the same thing at all, my lord.”

Still silence.

“It’s just…interest…normal, healthy interest in other people. If not that for that, I’d never have known about the ague passing through here, or the need for workers, and you’d be surrounded by nothing but Eladrians, your floors downstairs would have been filthy while everyone else was sick and your head would be pounding, and at least one of those is bad, my lord.”

Lord Eladria turned away again with a suddenness and an odd choking sound that renewed her scowl. Finally he turned back, lips still twitching, and said, “Yes, headaches I can bear, but filthy floors in rooms I never go in? Completely unacceptable. Thank goodness for your interest in the welfare of others.”

“No need for sarcasm, my lord,” she muttered.

I don’t know about you, but I strongly suspect Graunt’s request was just to mess with him 😉