Surprise Releases!

⚔️SURPRISE RELEASES⚔️

‘The Lion and the Star’ and ‘The King of Swords’ are now live on Amazon!

As you guys may remember this is the first book I wrote as a full time author, and it was in month 6 of lockdown, so I was in the mood to write something fun and full of adventure, magic and romance. Writing it literally kept me sane, so it means so much to me that I can finally share it with you all!

Link is here, so go and check them out if you need some spicy paranormal romance in your life!

April Ebook Sale!

Spread the word, ‘The Immortal City’ is going on a $2.99 sale across all ebook retailers! If have haven’t tried it yet, or you have been harassing your friends to give it a short, now is the time to get it cheap! It very rarely goes on sale so take advantage while you can.

Ritualistic murders in Venice lead an archaeologist to the last survivors of Atlantis…

Penelope Bryne is ridiculed by the academic community for her quest to find the ruins of Atlantis, but when an ancient and mysterious script is found at a murder site, she flies to Venice determined to help the police before the killer strikes again.

Penelope has spent her entire life trying to ignore the unexplainable and magical history of Atlantis, but when she meets the enigmatic Alexis Donato, everything she believes will be challenged…

‘The Immortal City’ is a fantasy full of magic, mystery and romance…perfect fans of ‘A Discovery of Witches’!

King of Swords Cover Reveal!

Ohhh isn’t it just the prettiest!

As promised, here is a description to get you excited:

And here’s a description as promised!

In the year 2210, magic has replaced technology and Venice is once again the center of a powerful empire, but everything is not as serene in the new republic as it seems. People are going missing and anyone who tries to investigate it, ends up meeting the same fate.

Stella is an unregistered magic-user, and a creator of tarot decks, two things that are illegal when they go together. She’ll do anything to protect her secret, even ignore the attentions of Dom Aladoro.

Dom knows power and what people will do to get it. As the heir of the most prominent shifter family in Venice, and a member of the Council of Ten, his life is one of wealth, privilege, and any woman he wants…except for one that he met by chance at Carnevale and who has spent the last eight months ghosting him.

When Dom stumbles across a fight in the dark streets of San Marco, he has no idea he is about to come face to face with his mystery woman. He has a duty to arrest her for her magic, but when Stella tells him of her plan to find the missing people, Dom will risk his position and reputation to help her find them.
They are going to have to work together, and ignore their growing feelings for each other, if they going to find out who is behind the abductions. Three things easier said than done.

From glittering palazzos to dockside brothels, their search will take them into the dark heart of Venice, where money and power has always made the rules, and the price of life comes cheap to those who are only interested in profit.

‘King of Swords’ continues Dom and Stella’s story that began with the short story ‘The Lion and the Star.’ Please note, this an adult fantasy romance book, so it contains sex scenes, violence and swearing.

PNR Sale Shout Out!

Hey Everyone,

My good friends Nikki Kardnov and Alessa Thorn have gotten together with some other great PNR writers and are having a promo on the 26th of March! Make sure you go and give them some love! This is going to be a great new way to get free Paranormal Romance every month, so make sure you subscribe to their list to get those dark and sexy monsters in your inbox.

I’m currently working like mad to prep everything for my Tarot King’s launch next month so you might see me in your inbox more than usual in the next couple of weeks. I’m so pumped to finally be able to share this fun and magical world with you!

Ames x

The Lion and the Star – Cover Reveal and Teaser Blurb!

Isn’t it beautiful! If you look closely it also contains objects that are clues for the short story. With any luck this is going to be released in the first fortnight of April. I’m not going to do a pre-order on it, so make sure you keep an eye on your inbox for an email to say when it’s live. I’m so excited to writing fantasy romance in a future Venice, and I hope you guys love this new world as much as I do.

Teaser blurb

Carnevale has always been a night of decadence, desire and an indulgence of all things forbidden. As eternal as the city of Venice itself, it’s a time to be someone else, or let loose your darkest truth…

 In the light of day, Stella is expected to act as the heir of the publishing house she will inherit. Carnevale is her one night a year to misbehave, and the party she is at is boring her to tears. 

That is of course until she catches the eye of Dom Aladoro. The sexy as sin, shifter prince of Venice who is absolutely off limits…except at Carnevale where masks stay on as everything else comes off. 

‘The Lion and the Star’ is a short story that introduces new readers to ‘The Tarot Kings’ world. It also features an exclusive first four chapters of ‘The King of Swords’ that continues Stella and Dom’s story. Please note that it contains sex scenes, and swearing. 

The King’s Seal Cover Reveal

Look at this magnificence! I’m so in love with it! I have adored all the covers done for this series but this is definitely my favorite. I can’t wait until you all get a chance to read this book.

Description (Warning may contain spoilers)

The concluding chapter of The Magicians of Venice is a treasure hunt through time, drawing on figures of magic and history as Penelope hunts for a lost relic capable of defeating the demon Thevetat and his followers.  

The search for the legendary seal ring of Solomon has begun, and Penelope must sift through its long and convoluted history, from lost emperors to crusaders, court magicians, Renaissance alchemists and popes, if she has any hope of finding it.

As Penelope’s magic continues to grow with the magical high tide, she and Alexis will rely on each other more than ever to keep those they care about safe from the ongoing assault by the priests of Thevetat.  

With the tide of magic finally at its peak, the final battle against Thevetat will begin and no one will be the same once it is over.

Grab a pre-order here!

Venice, Magic and Greek Gods

Hey everyone!

It’s been a while, but damn, have I been busy. 2021 has really taken off with a running start and I’m so excited for all the books I plan on putting out this year.

If you are on Instagram, you would’ve seen that this week I’ve started going through all of my structural edits for ‘King of Swords’ and it’s accompanying short story ‘The Lion and the Star.’ I am OBSESSED with this new Tarot Kings world, and I’m really looking forward to sharing it with everyone as soon as I can. In the next few weeks I’m going to start doing some cover reveals with some descriptions for both of these. I’m going to tease on Instagram but do the actual reveal here first, so keep your eyes your inbox!

In the next little bit, I’m going to start doing the cover reveals for ‘The King’s Seal’ too! I’ll also have some dates for the ARCS. I’ve seen the cover for it and it’s my FAVORITE out of all the books, and that’s huge because I’ve loved all the covers.’The King’s Seal’ is also my fave book in the series and I’m so pumped that it’s finally going to get out in the world.As above, the actual reveals are going to be done here on the blog first.

I have been editing like a mad woman so I haven’t had a chance to do a lot of reading but my Greek gods, history and myth obsession is continuing. I’m researching for a future book at the moment involving those things so I’m fixating hard. I have managed to read the below that are Greek Gods at their messed up finest. 

The first one is LORE by Alexandra Bracken. I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this one. I’m really effin hesitant when it comes to YA or NA books, but this really blew me away. Even though the protagonists are about 19, how they act and the story itself felt more adult with no whiney characters or love triangles. The premise is that Zeus has punished the gods with a game called the Agon, which turns them mortal for one week, and at the mercy of being hunted by the bloodlines of Greek Heroes. It was a wild read and a lot of fun. The research in it was amazing, and you know I’m weak for books that really blend history and myth in a modern setting. You can check out the full description here, and I highly recommend.

The second Greek gods book I’m fan girling hard over is ‘Wings of Fury’ by Emily R King. This one is based in an Ancient Greece, in the time before Zeus over threw Cronus. The main character, Althea is determined to protect her sisters and bring down the tyranny of the Titans. The world building is amazing, and has female characters that are bad ass. It’s so refreshing to see the Golden Age from a woman’s perspective and with a woman’s voice. I can’t wait for book 2 that will be out in October (fuck yes to rapid release). You can check this book out here.

Finally, because I’m obsessed with it, I’m recommending ‘The Blood of Zeus’ on Netflix. If you’re someone who is currently pulling a face because it’s animated, STOP THAT. It’s insanely good anime. It’s visually gorgeous and the storytelling is excellent. Like, good enough for me not to hate Zeus…and I fkn HATE Zeus in general. I will warn you though, the violence is graphic and Apollo is so hot it should be illegal.

Okay, that’s all from me because I have to get back into editing, but expect another post with a cover reveal later in the month.

Ames x

December 2020 Wrap Up

I have to admit, I am feeling a bit spaced out today so you’ll have to forgive me if I’m a little all over the place with this blog. It seems that my usual end of year tiredness has gone to a whole new level this year in true 2020 style.

I had meant to write a full blog about the ‘Cry of the Firebird’ rewrite but was so wrecked from the rewrite itself, that November is kind of a blur. If you are on my Instagram (the only social media I am on regularly) you would have seen that I lost my German Shepard to cancer in the last six weeks too so I’ve been tired and devastated, and not fit for human consumption.

But I am back now and will give you a shorter update on Firebird, because I am still getting a lot of messages about it and books I’m releasing in 2021.

The Cry of the Firebird

Firstly, the new version is going to be released in September 2021. I say new version on purpose because I have, quite literally, re-written this book from scratch in past few months.

Why? There is a lot of answers to this question but the main one is that it needed to be. I wrote this first book nearly twelve years ago, when I was still learning what I was doing. Not only that, I didn’t have the resources I do now, I didn’t even have an internet connection, and relied a lot on the books (some outdated now) from my small town library.  The story and characters are still the same but everything from representation to pacing is better. I’ve always done my best in the research department but there was some fails that I wanted to fix up as well. I’ve learned so much in the past years and I really love this story and wanted to have it be the best possible version it could be. Now I can honestly say that it is.

How? I’m putting this in incase that people are wondering about writing craft. I don’t really believe in giving writing advice but this I have learned, and keep learning every book, that is PLAN YOUR SHIT. The first three Firebird books I was a hard core panster. It wasn’t until I started writing ‘Wylt’ that I discovered beat sheets and how I could plan in a way that was helpful and not hindering.

In my ‘Cry of the Firebird’ rewrite, I busted out my trusty beat sheets and rearranged the story in order to fit them. This is what I meant about pacing earlier. The original story had saggy bits, and so I rewrote the important info in these sections into other ones to help speed the pace along. I used a combination of Jami Gold’s Basic Beat sheet (I use her Romance Beat sheet whenever I write any romance at all) and Derek Murphey’s Plot Dot (I highly recommend checking out anything Derek does on craft, he has a good YouTube and so much resources). Both of these are like plotting for pantsers. I always do a major outline now, and how I get there I can let the pantser out a bit. If you want more info on how to plan and the different ways, I recommend you also have a look at Reedsy’s ‘What is Plot’ because it gives you a really thorough overview, as well as multiple story structure breakdowns you can look at.

As mentioned above, I have a lot of characters in this series and unlike Magicians of Venice, where I only have Penelope and Alexis points of view, the first three Firebird books have many. These I did my best to combine where possible instead of having them broken up into smaller sections. This helped speed up the pacing and also gives the characters more depth. I’m not saying you shouldn’t do more than two points of view in a story, but be careful, it’s easy to become messy.

I am going to be rewriting books 2 and 3 in the new year too, so if I learn more helpful tips, I’ll post them.

The King’s Seal (and other Magicians stuff)

The final instalment of ‘Magicians of Venice’ will be out in June 2021. It’s already gone through editing and I’m hoping to do cover reveals and give ARC dates early in the new year. This book almost killed me, and I mean that in the nicest way. It’s the biggest, most research heavy book I’ve ever written and even though its been a year, I’m still a bit in awe that I managed to pull it off. I love it intensely, I think it’s the best I’ve ever written and honestly don’t know what book is going to top it for me. I really love this series, but this one is my favourite and I can’t wait to share it with you all.

Thank you to everyone who has been messaging me about how much you are enjoying ‘The Immortal City’ audio book! Unfortunately, I don’t know when ‘The Sea of the Dead’ will be out in audio too but as soon as I’m told, you guys will be too.

King of Swords (The Tarot Kings. Book 1)

This is a fun project that I’ve been talking about here and there on social media. I have finished a draft of the first book and I am currently doing some final tweaks before I send it my editor in the new year. A few things I can tell you, it is paranormal romance adventure which means that even though the world has a lot of other stuff going on in it, it is a romance story. There is kissing and more sex and the focus is on the characters coming together. It’s going to be a big world that I want to get right in the first book, but also leave plenty to be revealed in the others. I currently have four planned and they are standalones, but with linking characters so you can enjoy it as a series if you want to aswell.

Why am I writing romance after something like Magicians? Because I really enjoy it, and 2020 has really taken it out of me so much that all bigger projects were shelved. The time I thought I had to work on bigger historical fantasy, I used up with Firebird rewrites. Let’s face it, all my books have romance in them, I just made it more obvious with this series. I wanted a Venice world that I could pick up and write in any time because I’m never going to get sick of writing Venice.

When? I’m aiming to release book 1 ‘King of Swords’ sometime in 2021 where it’s not going to clash with my other two releases. It will very much depend on how the editing process goes as well. I’m also going to release ‘The Lion and the Star’ a short story that features my main two characters meeting before the events in book 1. This will also have a decent sample of book 1 in it too, as I’m not planning on releasing any ARCS (at this stage anyway). This series will also be digital only, so sorry paperback fans. I really want to keep my indie branch as green as possible, and paperbacks are a massive pain in the ass for many reasons. I will have some cool cover reveals and descriptions to share with you all when I have a better idea around release dates.

That’s me done..this blog has gotten out of control so I’ll sign off. I’m doing a lot of planning and soul searching in what I want in 2021, and tending to this blog more is high on the list. I’m going to be doing my announcements here first over social media in the future so make sure you subscribe to get it in your inbox.

I hope you all have a great and safe holiday season however COVID permits,

Ames x