(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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Ready for Another Year of Great Reads?

Me too! First, I’d like to thank my wonderful readers for a fantastic 2015. I had a blast and I hope you did, too!

After releasing 6 novels last year, I took a much-needed breather for the month of December and caught up on my own to-read list! 😉 Since the new year, I’ve been back at work on a new 2-book series. I’m very excited about it, but I will forego teasing you until it’s closer to completion (I’m about 50k into the first book, first draft, so there are still sure to be some pretty big changes before the final version you will see!)

I did want to “warn” you that this year’s releases will be fewer and slower than last year. As some of you know, my husband is an active duty servicemember, and with his impending retirement after 20 years of service, we have some fairly massive life changes in store for us in the next few months, including a big move and all the fuss that goes with one.

Unfortunately from an writerly point of view, this is going to be fairly disruptive to my normal writing routine and to my release schedule. I have a firm goal of at least two new full-length novels being released this year, the soonest likely being in the spring (taking into account the amount of time it’s in my editor’s hands and any rewrites I may have to do) and the other planned for release no later than fall; anything beyond or between that will be a cherry on the sundae from my perspective.

From a readerly point of view, I understand how frustrating wondering about the next book can be, so I urge you to please sign up for my mailing list or follow this blog if you want to be sure not the miss the next new release when it comes out or any upcoming sales. (I only mention sales to my mailing list if they occur around the time of a new release, though; the list only receives an email at that time. I hate spam too!)

I deeply appreciate your patience and hope you will find it amply rewarded 🙂 I’ll try to do a better job of checking in here more often now that I’m back in the swing of things to let you know how the next book is progressing. Thanks again! I hope everybody is staying warm (or keeping cool, depending on what part of the world you’re in!)

Forged in Spirit Is Now Available!

Book Five of The Conquest of Kelemir series, Forged in Spirit, is now available at all the usual suspects!

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The High Lord of the Union is to be executed for treason in three days, and his appointed stand-in—Thane, Dread Lord of Eladria—is relieved to finally see the end of the matter…until a strange pair of trespassers from Lyntara end up in his custody and turn everything upside-down.

Suddenly dark secrets are coming to light, old loyalties are called into question, and new duties demand more of both Thane and his Mirror than either of them ever expected.

Forced to accept the word of a Lyntaran mage or risk the entire Union, they find themselves on the one battlefield they’re not ready for. Will they be able to stop the High Lord’s treachery from destroying them all, or will more than the High Lord’s mind be broken?

Find it today at: Amazon ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Kobo ~ tolino

It was so much fun for me writing Thane and Kesara again!  Please do let me know what you think, as I have another project involving them in the planning stages if their role in the Conquest of Kelemir is well received.

On that note, I suggest reading the Broken Mirrors Duology first if you have any interest in doing so, to maximize your enjoyment of all the books, but Forged in Spirit should still make sense if you haven’t/don’t want to. 🙂 A special sale on the first book in the Duology, Broken Mirrors, is coming up Monday, Sept. 28th on Amazon for those who’d like a copy! Please tell your friends!

Came across one of my favorite scenes

from Bound in Blood while refreshing my memory on something for Book 6. Here is an excerpt:

“You do realize it’s just a tree, right?” Gwyn tried, struggling to keep her voice light. Inside she was wondering what she was going to do if he decided to start randomly assigning enemy status to plants. She’d counted on having the relative safety of the woods while they traveled.

“It’s not just a tree to me,” he answered tightly. Then he sighed. “I don’t expect you to understand.”

“Then why not explain it to me? What can it hurt?”

“You’ll think I’m crazy.”

“Yeah, a little late on that one, buddy,” Gwyn muttered automatically, then she immediately reddened. Oh great. I hope he didn’t catch that.

“They talk to each other,” Dominic informed her, his words clipped and testy. “I’ve always been able to hear them if I’m close enough. Yes, even before the fever. No, nothing else talks to me that shouldn’t. No, they don’t instruct me to build shrines or go on murderous rampages. They don’t speak to me at all.”

She winced. Yeah, I think he heard me.

Find the whole thing here. 😉

Bound in Blood is Now Available for Preorder!

Bound in Blood Whether regarded as man or monster, Dominic has always been alone. But the mistake of a single moment irrevocably changes everything and leaves not only his life but his entire mission and the fate of Kelemir hanging in the balance.

Bound against his will to a reclusive necromancer with secrets of her own, will he be able to find the answers his lord needs before the bond kills him?

Preorder today at: Amazon ~ B&N ~ iBooks ~ Kobo

This book was a lot of fun for me to write. Ok, who am I kidding, they’re all fun for me to write 😉 Elves, fated mates, and naughty necromancers, oh my! ❤

What’s Coming Next

It’s summer where I live, but although the days are feeling slower, The Conquest of Kelemir is picking up speed! Here’s a quick sneak peek at my upcoming releases. As usual, newsletter subscribers will receive an email as soon as they are available for preorder or purchase (click here if you’d like to subscribe! Emails are only sent for new releases!):

July:

Bound in Blood (Book 4 of The Conquest of Kelemir)

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Whether regarded as man or monster, Dominic has always been alone. But the mistake of a single moment irrevocably changes everything and leaves not only his life, but his entire mission and the fate of Kelemir hanging in the balance. Bound against his will to a reclusive necromancer with secrets of her own, will he be able to find the answers his lord needs before the bond kills him?

September:

Forged in Spirit (Book 5 of The Conquest of Kelemir)

The former High Lord of the Union was keeping many dark secrets which now stand between Lyntara and the absolute destruction of her and her neighbors. But with his mind broken, his replacement xenophobic, and Dominic unreachable, Gwyn is forced to navigate a battlefield like no other. This is one battle that she has no hope of fleeing.

There’s no outrunning the Dread Lord.

November:

The Beast of Lyntara (Book 6 & the conclusion of The Conquest of Kelemir series)

Stay tuned for more info closer to release time. 🙂

Cast in Stone is Now Available!

The second book of The Conquest of Kelemir series is now available for purchase at all the usual suspects 🙂

Amazon ~ B&N ~ Kobo ~ iBooks ~ tolino

Adie-300dpi-3125x4167 (30)After her parents are murdered by a brutal warlord, Celia makes it her ultimate mission to bring him to justice, but she can’t do it alone.

Rupert is a criminal mage whose sentenced execution is commuted if he agrees to serve as Celia’s Guardian until her mission is complete.

But what looks like the perfect opportunity for them both quickly turns into the perfect catastrophe. In the fall out, she is betrayed by those she trusted most. Now on the run, Celia and Rupert find not only their lives in jeopardy, but also their hearts.

Torn between her old vow and a new love, Celia must choose justice…or vengeance.

I hope you enjoy Celia & Rupert’s story as much as I enjoyed writing it 🙂

Have a Magical Valentine’s Day with Breath of Life!

I’m delighted to announce the release of my new fantasy romance novella, Breath of Life! It’s FREE for everyone this weekend only (February 13th-15th), only on Amazon!

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On the feast of the love goddess, Valentine is preparing to make a confession to her childhood sweetheart when an unexpected moment of passion derails her plan and lands her in the path of a dangerous mage. He practices a forbidden form of magic, and he wants Valentine to be his apprentice. Life and death hinge on her decision, but one thing is for certain: he’s not going to take “no” for an answer.

Have a very happy Valentine’s day! ❤

Winter’s Fallen is Now Available!

Winter’s Fallen, Book One of The Conquest of Kelemir, is now available for purchase! Find it at: Amazon ~ B&N ~ Kobo ~ iBooks

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Grace has survived all of her life by simply doing her duty and not standing out, like all the people of her village, until the day their ruling warlord decides to claim her as the season’s tax. In a moment of blind panic, she flees straight into the first storm of winter…and into the life of a mysterious recluse. Now stranded in his tower until the spring thaw, she finds more than her mere freedom in peril as no one and nothing is as it seems…

Get snowed in with your copy today:

Amazon ~ B&N ~ Kobo ~ iBooks