‘Cry of the Firebird’ is LIVE!

Happy Launch Day Everyone!

I am so excited that this book is finally out in the world again! If you want to hear all about the Firebird world, please jump onto ‘Queens, Quests and Tropes’ and listen to this weeks episode. Molly, Alyssa and I do a deep dive into what you can expect from the series and ALL the spin offs.

You can grab a copy of ‘Cry of the Firebird’ here, and please don’t forget to leave a rating or a review on your fave sites to help other readers find it.

Here is a blurb for anyone who wants it:

Filled with magic, adventure, and mythology pulled deep from Russian and Finish folklore, Cry of the Firebird is a dark fantasy that dives deep into the world of magic, pitting those who would abuse it against those sworn to protect it.

A firebird is reborn on the borders of Russia, a gate to a world of monsters and magic is breaking, and only a reluctant, untrained shaman stands in the way of a flood of supernatural darkness…

Anya is still reeling from the death of her grandfather when a strange encounter with the Finnish God of the Dead changes her life forever: Her family has been guarding the gates to the Russian otherworld on their farm for centuries, and she’s the new gatekeeper. Worse, if she doesn’t awaken her magical abilities and assume her new role, the gate will break, unleashing a flood of monsters and dark gods into their world.

As Anya struggles to make sense of her changing world, she can’t deny the strange encounters. She’ll need to accept her fate and work with the legendary firebird if she hopes to survive—and protect humanity.

I hope you all enjoy it!

Ames x

Firebird a Top Indie Fave on B&N!

So excited to wake up to the news that ‘Cry of the Firebird’ has been selected as a Top Indie Fave on Barnes & Noble! You can check out it and other great titles on the list here!

Also, I wanted to give you a heads up that I’m going to be a guest on the hilarious book podcast “Queens, Quests and Tropes” that you can listen to here on Spotify.

One more week until Firebird is out and in the world again!

Hope you are all doing well, wherever you are in the world,

Ames x

‘Cry of the Firebird’ Book Show interview

Back in May I had a lot of fun doing a Zoom interview with my amazing editor Chelsea for the Publisher’s Weekly 2021 Book Show Expo. It’s now become live on Youtube for everyone to watch if you want to learn absolutely everything about ‘The Firebird Faerietales’ world and what to expect from some of the characters and monsters!

It was the first time I’ve ever done anything like it before so I was really nervous, so I apologize for the ‘ums’ lol. Check it out here.

I hope you are all doing okay where ever you are in the world, I’m still in lockdown and trying not to be too bummed out about it. I’ve just finished up a round of structural edits for book 2, ‘Ashes of the Firebird’ that will be out June next year.

Stay safe!

Ames x

Publishers Weekly on ‘Cry’

An amazing thing to wake up to! Publishers Weekly have given me an extra nice review for ‘Cry of the Firebird.’ For those that have been around for a while, you might understand why I am tripping out so hard. This book has had many lives and for it to be reborn again, this year, and getting this kind of love, it really is a bizarre feeling but a total blessing. You can read the full write up here!

Melbourne has gone into lockdown again, so I’m trying to stay positive and focused on the books I want to finish off in the second half of the year. First up will be ‘King of Wands’, and then I really want to finish off ‘Sorcerers and Saints’ a book about magic and Melbourne that I feel like I’ve been trying to write on and off for about seven years. Spliced in between these will be my inevitable rounds of structural edits of ‘Ashes’ and ‘Rise.’

I’m technically on holidays until the end of the month so I’m trying to catch up on some of my most anticipated reads of the year, namely ‘Mr Impossible’ by Maggie Steifvater and ‘Any way the wind blows’ by Rainbow Rowell. Not to mention ten Paranormal Romance books I want to get through lol. I have been so smashed with rewrites that my haggard old brain is going to take a while to catch itself up enough to really dive into some books that I didn’t write.

Hope you are all well and safe, wherever you are!

Ames x

Cry of the Firebird Cover Reveal!

Look at this beauty!

For those that a new around here, ‘Cry of the Firebird’ is full of magic, adventure, and mythology pulled deep from Russian and Finish folklore, and is a dark fantasy that dives deep into the world of magic, pitting those who would abuse it against those sworn to protect it.

Although I will miss my red cover, the Finn in me thoroughly approves of the new colors,

Ames x

King’s Seal is Live!

I seem to have a bit of a technical malfunction and my scheduled posts didn’t go live for me! Argh! Has to be something right?

King’s Seal IS out in the world and I couldn’t be happier. It’s been such a long journey from start to finish and I’m a little emotional now that it’s over. I am really happy that people can read the complete journey and aren’t waiting for any more installments.

Next up of course is the re-launch of ‘Cry of the Firebird’ in October! I have been slogging away the last few months on getting books 2 and 3 all rewritten and ready for their structural edits. Talk about another long journey. It’s been a crazy amount of work but I am really happy and proud how it’s pulled together.

I’m hoping to get some time off in July because this little writer is WRECKED. It’s been such a full on year and I’m burned out. I’m really looking forward to crashing out and spending some quality time with with To Be Read pile. It’s been suffering since I’ve been doing the rewrites because I literally have no energy left to read at the end of the day. On my list is Maggie Steifvater’s ‘ Mr Impossible’ straight up. I love Maggie, and I think it will be the perfect start to refill my well. I have a stack of paranormal romance to continue on with as well as a trip into the JSTOR rabbit hole one last time before I start working on ‘King of Wands.’ Thank you every one who has been messaging me about Tarot Kings love, and how excited they are for the series to continue! It’s such a passion project for me so I’m so happy you are loving it as much as I do!

Anyway that’s all I got today, I have to go and finish my final read of ‘Rise of the Firebird’ and then I can collapse.

Ames x

Sons of Light

The quote that started it all..I couldnt have it in the book itself because of copywrite but when I saw this while studying the Dead Sea Scrolls, it was like a bell going off on in my head. It was a few years before I finally got to writing the Magicians, but I never forgot it.

Only a few days to go!



Confession…I’m obsessed with a good madness curse. In ‘The Sea of the Dead’ a curse is placed on a jar containing a prophecy. Who ever opens it, is cursed to not only be mad but prophetic, which ensures no one will believe them anyway. It’s always fun to write mad characters too!

Seven days to go until ‘The King’s Seal’ is out in the world! Im going to be posting things pretty consistently in the next few weeks so be ready for it. It’s my favorite book I’ve ever written so I’m going to be stoked to finally talk about it!

Apart from counting down to Kings Seal, I’m currently eye balls deep in rewrites of the Firebird books. Book 2 has been submitted and I’m onto Book 3. It’s been the hardest rewrite I’ve ever had to do but I’m thrilled with how it’s all pulled together.

Back to it!



Part 2 of ‘The Sea of the Dead’ is probably my fave in whole book. I loved the idea of a child raised by immortal Magicians, and what that person would be like as an adult. Elazar is one of my fave characters in the whole series, and I can’t for you to see what mischief he gets into in ‘The Kings Seal’….only 14 days to go!