Happy Ashes Day!

‘Ashes of the Firebird’ is live! I am so excited that this book is back out in the world, bigger and better than ever. I worked crazy hard on this rewrite last year – lockdown AF – and I’m thrilled it’s finally out.

Here is a quick blurb!

Anya’s magic is keeping Russia safe but not without a price, evil is brewing on the streets of Budapest, and new enemies are coming for her.

With her mind broken from the last battle with the dark magician Ladislav, Anya is trapped in the Land of Dreams and is fighting like hell to get back to her body.

Branded as Rogues and hunted by the supernatural world, Anya’s friends take her unconscious body to Budapest, a place of new allies where they will be safe. They begin their search for Yanka, Anya’s ancestor and the only person in history with enough power to change the tide of the brewing war.

Trouble finds them when Aleksandra saves mysterious demon hunter Mychal from an attack, bringing new monsters and threats to Anya’s door.

Filled with unforgettable characters, adventure, and mythology pulled deep from Russian and Finish folklore, this richly imaginative fantasy series by bestselling author Amy Kuivalainen dives deep into the world of magic, pitting those who would abuse it against those sworn to protect it.

You can check it out here!

This month I have finalised all of my edits for Firebird 4, The Exorcist and the Demon Hunter, that will be out next year. I am so psyched up about this book because it’s been such a long journey with it. I literally wrote this sucker five different ways before I was really happy with it.

In a quick ‘currently writing’ update, I am busy working on a passion project that I began during my honeymoon and I have to finish it. I won’t talk about it much yet, because it’s still very much in a draft stage, but I will tell you that it’s a book I got ideas for when I was about fifteen and have never quite had it come together the way I wanted. Now, it’s decided to get its act together and I’ve dived in head first. Don’t worry it’s going to be a standalone, and I’m a bit obsessed with the writing in this new world.So much myth, so much magic, a slow burn romance…all the good stuff.

I hope you all love Ashes and don’t worry about the cliff…Book three is going to be out early next year so you won’t have too long to wait!

Ames x

Ashes of the Firebird Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

And here we go again! ‘Ashes of the Firebird’ is coming on 21st June! ARCS are also up for request over on NetGalley!

This is the second book in my ‘Firebird Faerietales’ series that is having its re-launch through BHC Press. Boy, did I work on this beauty last year and I couldn’t be more proud of it. If you haven’t read book one yet, jump over here and check it out.

For everyone else, here is a blurb. The pre-order is also now live everywhere. If you want more info just click here.

BLURB

Filled with unforgettable characters, adventure, and mythology pulled deep from Russian and Finish folklore, this richly imaginative fantasy series by bestselling author Amy Kuivalainen dives deep into the world of magic, pitting those who would abuse it against those sworn to protect it.

Anya’s magic is keeping Russia safe but not without a price, evil is brewing on the streets of Budapest, and new enemies are coming for her.

With her mind broken from the last battle with the dark magician Ladislav, Anya is trapped in the Land of Dreams and is fighting like hell to get back to her body.

Branded as Rogues and hunted by the supernatural world, Anya’s friends take her unconscious body to Budapest, a place of new allies where they will be safe. They begin their search for Yanka, Anya’s ancestor and the only person in history with enough power to change the tide of the brewing war.

Trouble finds them when Aleksandra saves mysterious demon hunter Mychal from an attack, bringing new monsters and threats to Anya’s door.

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Get more info and pre-order here.

Sorcerers and Saints is live!

I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who’s ordered, rated and reviewed this passion project of mine! It means so much to me that it’s finally out in the world after so long.

I also wanted to let you know that I’m organizing a full podcast episode with Molly and Alyssa over at Queens, Quests and Tropes where I am going to talk all about Mara and Augustus in detail. I’ll let you know when it goes live!

As for me, I’m about to start my structural editing on Firebird 4. This one was also a massive passion project of mine so I can’t wait to get stuck into it.

Thank you again for showing so much love to S&S! It you need a blurb, please see below.

Ames x

Melbourne’s magic is broken, and it’s going to take a cursed saint, a surly sorcerer, and a hell of a miracle to fix. 

Born into a family of cursed saints, Mara Corvo has never met a heart ache she couldn’t heal. The price she pays for such a gift is that no one can remember her afterward…except for a drunk sorcerer that should never have been able to find her tea shop to begin with.

Augustus Vance has lived with his failure for over a century. In his effort to stop a rogue sorcerer, he killed the woman he loved, and left a hole in Melbourne’s magic that he’s never been able to fix. When a chance encounter accidentally lands him in Mara’s store, he has his first dangerous dose of hope in decades. 

If the women of the Corvo family have one golden rule, it’s to stay the hell away from sorcerers, and yet there’s a wild, dangerous magic in play, that keeps bringing Augustus to Mara’s door.

Only together, can they heal the hole in magic, and maybe with a big enough miracle, they might even be able to heal each other.

‘Sorcerer’s and Saints’ is a new fantasy romance for readers who loved ‘The Night Circus,’ ‘Chocolat,’ and ‘The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue.Please note, this is an adult fantasy and it has swearing and sex scenes.

Need more? Click here!

2022 Publishing Schedule Update

I wanted to give everyone an update on this years releases so you will all know what to expect. I’m late on this than other authors because I was finalizing my editing schedule with my publishers.

What’s coming up??

First, we have ‘Ashes of the Firebird’ due to be out in June. The pre-order and ARCS are getting prepped to go out so if you are on Netgalley you will be able to request this soon (I’ll give it a shout when it’s live). I’ve also got a cover reveal happening really soon!

Second, ‘Sorcerers and Saints’ has had a date change to the 8th of March! Hurray! The editing and proofing went really well and it’s in its final proof and formatting check at the moment. A MASSIVE thankyou to everyone who has pre-ordered this book, it means the world to me.

Third, ‘Rise of the Firebird’ (Book 3) has had it’s publishing date moved to (tentatively) March 2023. I know this will upset some of you but it’s out of my hands. It’s going to be worth the wait, the sheer amount of work I put into this book last year is the reason you didn’t get another Tarot Kings. This shit is epic.

Fourth, I’m going to be doing some editing for Book 4 (Spin off 1) of the Firebird Faerietales in late March and once it’s done I’m going to be working on ‘King of Wands.’ Because the release of Rise has been shifted, I’m going to work my butt off and get you the second Tarot Kings out in the second half of the year. Boom! Zahir is on fire in my brain and I can’t wait to dive back into this world.

Releases will look like this:

1.Sorcerers and Saints (Stand alone) MARCH

2. Ashes of the Firebird (Firebird Faerietales Book 2) JUNE

3. King of Wands (Tarot Kings Book 2) SEPT/OCT (may move because it’s my indie and I suck at waiting to release them)

2023

4. Rise of the Firebird (Firebird Faerietales Book 3) MARCH

PHEW. I’m tired just looking at that.

Ames x

Sorcerers and Saints Update

Just a super quick update!

S&S has gone off to my writing partners for a round of critiques before it’s going to the editor. I wanted to thank everyone who is messaging me at the moment, and who is excited about the book. It really is a labor of love, and I’m excited to see what you all think about it.

For those who want it, I have put a pre-order up here on Amazon. For all my KU readers, don’t worry, it will be in KU once it goes live.

Thanks

Ames x

New Book Announcement!

It’s finally happening! I am finishing off ‘Sorcerers and Saints’ a standalone, based here in my beautiful city of Melbourne. For those that are new around here, I have been trying to write and finish this book for about seven years now. I wrote half of it right before the pandemic hit in 2020, and after that the world imploded, I started on the Firebird Faerietales rewrites and edits and this book got shelved again indefinitely.

Over Christmas I finished off round two of my structural edits, and I was really in need of something a bit lighter to work on, and I’ve picked up ‘Sorcerers and Saints’ again. Maybe it’s all about timing because I’m feeling really good about the story and how it’s coming together.

But what about ‘Tarot Kings’? Never fear. ‘Tarot Kings’ is happening this year as well. Even though I will have another two books to edit for 2023 releases, I won’t be doing extensive rewrites. This is going to free me up to get the rest of the ‘Tarot Kings’ done. Last year I was just too busy with what was already on my plate, and being lockdown for most of the year didn’t help either. Don’t worry. Zahir is on his way. I really needed a palette cleanser after Firebird though, and ‘Sorcerers and Saints’ is providing that and getting me into the right head space to write ‘Tarot Kings’ again.

SO…here is a blurb so you all know what you’re in for with S & S and I hope to have it out in the world by Easter. And keep an eye out because I also plan on sharing some sneak peek chapters in the coming weeks!

BLURB

Melbourne’s magic is broken, and it’s going to take a cursed saint, a surly sorcerer, and a hell of a miracle to fix. 

Born into a family of cursed saints, Mara Corvo has never met a heart ache she couldn’t heal. The price she pays for such a gift is that no one can remember her afterward…except for a drunk sorcerer that should never have been able to find her tea shop to begin with. 

Augustus Vance has lived with his failure for over a century. In his effort to stop a rogue sorcerer, he killed the woman he loved, and left a hole in Melbourne’s magic that he’s never been able to fix. When a chance encounter accidentally lands him in Mara’s store, he has his first dangerous dose of hope in decades.   

If the women of the Corvo family have one golden rule, it’s to stay the hell away from sorcerers, and yet there’s a wild, dangerous magic in play that keeps bringing Augustus to Mara’s door. 

Only together can they heal the hole in magic, and maybe with a big enough miracle, they might even be able to heal each other. 

‘Sorcerers and Saints’ is a new fantasy romance for readers who loved ‘The Night Circus,’ ‘Chocolat,’ and ‘The Invisible Life of Addie Larue.’  

Research Tips and Tricks!

For NaNoWriMo I recently did an Instagram live with Molly Tullis about research and some of the tips and tricks I have for doing it. As you know, I love my research, so I thought it would be good to put all my rambling notes into a blog for anyone who might be interested in it. I’m going to put it in dot points so it doesn’t turn into another ramble because I can and will talk about it all day.

TOP TIPS FOR RESEARCH

#1 Keep your shit together

  • Use a notebook, Scrivener file, Word doc, a notes app…use ONE place to put all your research so you don’t lose it or are searching through a hundred random scraps of paper trying to find that one bit you really need.
  • Also keep a note of not only that really interesting thing you found…but WHERE you found it. Note down the book, movie, journal article, really cool podcast that you heard/read it so that you can reference back to it if you need to. If you are super organised make a Bibliography.

#2 Use the free Resources available to you (and there are many)

  • Use libraries and ebay to source expensive reference books. Students will often off load text books they no longer need on places like ebay to make some extra money and you can get really good deals. I’ve gotten a lot of books this way.
  • Use online resources. Not just Wikipedia (though it can be a good place to start). I’m talking about JSTOR, Gutenburg Project and Online University resources. A lot of uni’s like Yale are putting their lectures up as podcasts so you can get ALL the information you need without having to do any of the assignments 😛
  • Google Translate, Earth and maps is your friend.(Please if you use Translate, re-google the phrase to cross reference it means what you think it does and vice versa)
  • A lot of gallery’s and historical buildings have virtual tours that you can go on.

#3 Not all of your research needs to be used

  • Learn everything you need to in order to feel confident writing in the world you have created. And then get started. You are always going to have extra things that pop up when you write the story anyway.
  • Readers don’t need to know everything but it helps if you do. The more comfortable you are with your topic the more it will come across in your writing. You want readers to be enjoying the world you create and for that you need your descriptions to be seamless, but most importantly, relevant.

#4 Treasure Hunt (my fave bit)

  • Keep your eyes out for hidden jewels, those facts that make you stop and say “shit, that’s cool.” You might not use it in your current book but those facts are worth noting down in case you want to use them in another book or series. ALOT of Tarot Kings is research left over from Magicians.
  • No research is a waste even if it doesn’t end up in the book you are working on. It will hang out in the ether of your brain and make your writing more authentic…or it will mutate and become another book.

#Travel is nice, but not a necessity (or recommended in a pandemic)

  • This is more of a side note that a dot point. Please do not listen to privileged advice from writers who say shit like ‘you have to go to a city to write about it.’ For a lot of us that’s not possible, and it’s also TOTAL bullshit. As above, Google maps and earth can literally give you the ability to cruise around a city from behind your laptop. It’s also important to remember that you are writing your fictional version of the city, and it doesn’t have to be exactly the same. It won’t be, even if you do go to that place.
  • One thing I have found really useful is reading travel and food blogs of people who have been where you want to go. The whole point of travel and food blogs is that they are sensory, and you can get a really good sense of a vibe from them.

So that’s it folks, my top tips. I hope if you are doing NaNo it isn’t driving you too crazy.

Happy researching!

Ames 🙂

So, what now? A bit of an update

Firstly, I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has been reading, rating and reviewing ‘Cry of the Firebird’! It was a strange experience to be re-launching a book but its finding new readers and I’m really so proud of how it all came to together.

So what am I doing now? I’ve been getting this question a fair bit so I thought I would share what my general plan is for the next six months.

First up, I’m getting the structural edits back for ‘Rise of the Firebird’ at the end of this month. It’s the third one in Anya’s trilogy and it’s MASSIVE. I want to point out that all of these are a 120k words plus so it’s why I’ve basically been working on them all year and why you haven’t gotten another ‘Tarot Kings’ book yet.

‘Rise’ is huge so I think its going to take me until at least December to get it done. With a glimmer of hope that lockdown is easing up, I’m hoping my mental health will be on an upswing and I’ll be able to get through the editing a lot easier than the other two. Advice: Never try and rewrite a trilogy in a pandemic when you have ADHD. It’s done, and I’m proud as shit but man, was it maximum effort to get through it. I love this series so much, but I’ll be glad when the ‘Rise’ edits are done and out of the way.

After the above is finished, I fully intend to jump back into “Tarot Kings” starting with Zahir’s book. For those that listened to my interview with “Queens, Quests and Tropes” you will know I have been busily planning all three of the next books (Wands, Cups and Coins) because ideally I’d like to write them all back to back. I feel like after this year of basically continual lockdowns, I really need to write something fun and Zahir definitely fits that description.

That’s the plan, and hopefully the next six months won’t be as disruptive as the last two years and I’ll be able to get some fresh new stories down on the page.

As a part of my scaling back to focus only on writing, I have given up on Facebook entirely. You may recall a few months back I said good bye to Good Reads as well. Facebook has increasingly become a place that I don’t want to be over the past eighteen months and with posts only being seen if I throw money at them, it’s not worth my time. The only social media I currently have is Instagram, because I really enjoy the bookstagram community.

This newsletter is always going to be the best place to get updates on what I am doing, and what is upcoming, so please subscribe so you can get the info straight into your inbox. I’m going to be a lot more active in this space, now I’m not juggling other platforms, and I have some fun stuff planned like sneak chapters of King of Wands that I am going to share.

I hope you all keeping safe wherever you are in the world, keep those masks on and remember to be kind to each other…this pandemic has been a real fucker so lets be nice.

Ames x

‘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