The Last Gift Series
The Prequel Novelettes
Solace Of Memory
Midwinter is a time for Remembrance.
When the candles are lit, the dead walk among the living. Devotions are renewed, vigils are held, and forgotten souls find their peace. But for Gabriel, who has never believed in the Gods, there is little peace to be had.
Gabe’s last year at the Academy of Tirit Mindel promised to be a great one: good friends, a chance at a coveted spot in the College of Science, and work that he loved at the school clinic. All that was changed by the call for volunteer medical students to assist in an outbreak of wasting fever.
Working with the dying in the sweltering heat of southern Miriel was hard, but coming back from the front lines of the epidemic might prove even harder. Haunted by what he saw and faced with unexpected personal loss, for Gabe, this Midwinter would be different than all those before it.
For the first time in his life, Gabe needs a little faith, and what the Gods won’t provide, his friends and found family might be able to help with.
The Greatest Adventure
All Paul wanted was to see the world.
Pulling himself up by his bootstraps, young Mirielee rifter Paul Marek thought that service to the military would be his ticket to adventure. After being in the right place at the right time to save King Warren Miri from an assassin, Paul is given a two year posting in exchange for a promise of wealth and freedom.
His job: to protect the infant princess of Lirin, Elenor Lirion. How hard could that possibly be? As it turned out, far more difficult than Paul ever expected.
With the ominous head of the Cerulean's Guild sending killers, the Lirion family keeping secrets, and anti-magic propaganda spreading around court, danger abounds. Add to that a profit-driven lover, a cranky palace midwife, a dear friend, and a gaggle of young children, and Paul's two years at Court were nowhere near the easy job he had been promised.
It was only supposed to be temporary... but how can a doena walk away from their charge when her life could depend on him? It might not be the adventure he wanted, but it was the one he got.
The Last Gift Series
The Chosen One set out to kill his father, the Evil King… and died.
Disabled since childhood, his little sister never expected the weight of a crown. Now, she might lose it before ever sitting on the throne. Beset by rebels, scheming politicians, and cutthroat bankers, Elenor must choose between accepting her father’s despotic rule or risking everything for her dead brother’s lofty ideals.
Meanwhile, from the rainy streets of Lirin to the scorching dunes of the Mondaer Desert, the ripples of her actions have inadvertently broken a chain of events five centuries in the making. Ancient forces move in the shadows, calling in debts and striking deals. A monster with a thousand faces fingers his knife, ready to kill, and a pair of fugitives run for their lives, unaware of the danger they carry with them.
Where Shadows Lie is a non-stop epic fantasy ride, featuring an lgbtq+ and disabled protagonist and filled with court intrigue, sizzling romance, and adorable baby dragons. Dive in and get swept away!
A Silence is Broken. The River Beckons. The Forgotten Wait.
With eighteen days until her tribunal and Water Rite, Elenor must find a way to save her doena and keep her throne. The threat of war looms larger and only an alliance through marriage has the potential to save it. But who to trust when all her closest allies have secrets of their own?
The past is creeping up on them, a web of maneuvers and lies spreading back to before the fall of the Empire. Gabriel can feel it constricting around them, drawing him ever closer to a future he never wanted. Confronting the truth of his heritage may be the only way to save Lirin, but at what cost?
Perhaps one the desert has already paid. Shaken after the death of the Red, the Mondaer must choose their path forward. Protect the new Gatekeeper and Incarnate as they have always done, or embrace a future without reliance on Gifts? Fedrik and Fay’s safety depends on the answer, and it’s not looking good. Would they be better off trusting Daemon, or is North right that he intends to use them as a weapon?
These Gossamer Strings is the final installment of the first arc of the Last Gift Series. Threads torn asunder are weaving back together and the Gatekeeper is coming for his Incarnate.