Chains of Merzai launches on multiple platforms for ebook and print on May 11th, and you can pre-order it for Kindle today!
The world is in chaos, and Eila Corbin, Seal Breaker and The Cause of It All, awaits her death. From her prison in Merzai, her lovers Aeri and Wells bring fleeting comfort and news of the world beyond her chains—a world now reshaped by magic and the technology to combat it. Despite her terminal sentence, there are those in power working to keep her alive. As the first Amakai to appear after centuries, they seek to protect her—or use her—to serve their goals. Caught between court intrigues, inter-Realm gambits, and obsession, Eila escapes into the Dream for her nightly lessons with the black dragon she unwittingly freed. Chains of Merzai is the third book in the Amakai series.
Once the proofs are received, I’ll be ready to announce a launch date, which should be in mid-May! Thanks to changes to the way Amazon handles publishing, I should be able to offer pre-orders the day of the announcement.
This sequel to The Grasp of Time will include 10 coloring pages in the print form, and a total of 12 downloadable illustrations for all readers. We were blessed to work with three talented illustrators: @myrielathena provided the cover art, and SpaceAcne and Tru Scruggs did the line art for the coloring pages.
Seal Breaker, the sequel to The Grasp of Time, is now in the hands of editor Ellen Klowden. If all goes according to schedule, we’re aiming for a January publication.
Funds are tight, however, and we are seeking a new illustrator (or more than one) for the coloring pages; Ms. Fuller is currently attending university and is unable to accept commissions for the foreseeable future. We’re looking forward to her availability for future books when her schedule permits.
When going through the final editorial pass before handing The Grasp of Time to our editor, I found myself brought to tears over WildFeather (a.k.a. Aeri). Not over some tragedy in her future, but of her in those early moments, when Eila meets her for the first time.
Since the whole series is mapped out to some extent (the first four books are in some stage of completion, and the last four have their basic structures in place), I know far more about her than I did when we first played out those introductory scenes. Seeing the whole situation from Aeri’s point of view in those moments broke my heart because her words carry so much more weight now than they did when we’d only begun to meet these characters ourselves.
She’s one of my favorites in this series. Always will be. And if you’ve read The Grasp of Time already and loved her, then I have good news. You’ll see her again in Seal Breaker, and several of the other books in the series.