She’d been missing for a decade, a decade of tough choices, harder decisions, and more blood and death than he could’ve imagined. Yet seeing Alana in the flesh, even for that blink of time, shredded him more than any of the missions he’d accepted from the Treaty since her disappearance.
He hadn’t known it was her.
How had he not?
Ana. His Ana.
– Ashes, Sophie H. Morgan
This past week, on the 21st of April, it was Ashes’ one year anniversary. It’s hard to believe only a year has passed since my debut book crept into the world, hopeful of being liked. I feel like I’ve journeyed for longer than that, picking up pieces of wisdom and criticism along the way, and learning so, so much about writing and the business of it.
In that year I’ve been privileged to make friends with so many fantastic authors who’ve shared their experiences. I’ve had another book, the second in the Divided Kingdom series, release. And I’ve had the news that my publisher may be closing down.
Life is like a box of chocolates. That may be true, but not for the reason Forrest Gump asserted (I always agonise over the included leaflet to pick one!) Life is one big treat, filled with the good (caramel), the bad (coffee, bleh) and the average (strawberry). It’s important to remember when your mouth is dripping with the taste of bitter beans that we all should be grateful for what we have. I know I am. And there’s always something good on the menu.
I’m excited about another year in this business we call stories. So much has happened in the space of those twelve months; it stands to reason this time next year, so much more could have occurred! The third book in the Divided Kingdom series will hopefully be released, either by Samhain or another publisher. I’m working on two other books, in two different worlds, one a light pararomantic comedy, the other a dark pararomantic fantasy. One or both could be out or planning on being released.
So you see there is much to look forward to on the writing side, and on the reading front. I have found new authors in the past year: Rosanna Leo, Selena Robins, Lauren Smith, D.B. Kennison, Sarah McLean, Lorraine Heath, Sabrina Jeffries, Larissa Ione and more! How many fantastic stories are waiting for me to discover them? That is the benefit of another year.
And it all started from hitting ‘send’ to Samhain. 🙂
If you haven’t read the first in the Divided Kingdom series yet, click here to find out what Goodreads’ members make of it, or read down for a blurb. 🙂 Happy reading!
Secrets can burn
Reared from birth to rule the Phoenix territory, Ana fled her future and her past when her parents were murdered. Now she secretly leads a rebellion to stop the human ruler, Edward, from experimenting on supernaturals.
When she finds herself cornered by an assassin, she knows just what to do: Roast him and toast him. Then recognition sends blue-tipped flames licking through her veins. It’s Cade, the royal bodyguard who once rejected her youthful confession of love.
When Cade regains consciousness from the force of Ana’s punch, he’s still reeling from shock—and fury. He’d loved the princess, and for ten years he thought her dead. Though his inner jackal growls with desire for her, she is the key to completing his mission for Edward—hunt down the rebel known as Liberty.
Ana can’t believe Cade doesn’t know the truth about Edward. If she can convince him of it, his blade could turn the tide of the rebellion. But first they must get beyond their past, or the whole kingdom could go up in smoke.
Contains incendiary sex between a phoenix princess with a secret identity, and a jackal shifter who can take a lot of heat. Boys from the “hood”, a king jacked up on enhanced DNA, and killer heels. Anybody got a match?