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!

Ames

MANIAE

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!

Ames

MAGGID

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!

Magikos

Continuing on my journey through ‘The Magicians of Venice’ and we are onto book 2!

I have a weird relationship with middle books in series’, and ‘Sea of the Dead’ is no different. It was important for me to show Penelope settling into her new life in Venice but I wanted her to have consequences for that choice. How her choices effected not only her own nature with her newly inherited magic, but how she would deal with her old life clashing with her new. I loved studying The Dead Sea Scrolls at uni so it was such a blast being able to use everything I had learned in this fun, magical world

Speaking of middle books, I’ve just finished a final proof read of the newly rewritten ‘Ashes of the Firebird’ before it heads off to my editor. It’s never not going to be a weird experience to revisit and renew a series that’s a decade old, but I still have so much fun with these characters that it makes a tough job a fun and rewarding one!

We are back in lockdown here in Melbourne which is depressing as hell, so I’ve been keeping busy working and playing too much Assassins Creed Valhalla. My demented Viking heart loves it so much!

Where ever you are in the world I hope your staying safe and sane,

Ames x

Canticle of Hearts

Part 3 used to be a hell of a lot different. In the original version I had a chapter of what the other Magicians got up to when they went to protect the other MOSE gates. It was cut in the final version but I always loved it. Aela in particular got her murder on!

In other news, I’m eyeballs deep in Ashes of the Firebird rewrites. I’m finding the process a lot kinder than doing the first book but I’m also not in lockdown like last year so I think that helps. There is of lot of AC Valhalla soundtracks and Heilung blaring in my office but that’s pretty standard when I write in this world!

Wish me luck on hitting my deadline!

Ames x

Twilight of the Immortals

I love part 2, of ‘The Immoral City.’ It was my fave bit to write in the book because Penelope finally gets the answers she’s been seeking, and of course, we step fully into the Magicians world.

The magical door of 39 Calle Dei Cerchieri came to me out of my deep love of hidden gateways, doorways, magical wardrobes and ward stones. If you’ve read my books you’ll know it’s one of my weaknesses that I can’t help revisiting.

I loved the idea of a palazzo that has had so much magic imbued into its structure that it’s become sentient. The doorway is guarded by the house itself, and it won’t appear unless it likes you or if it’s bombarded with some heavy duty magic.

When Penelope finds her way back to where the doorway opens to the world, I really wanted her to have to fight her own disbelief before the palazzo let’s her in. After that it’s definitely her ally, and who wouldn’t want to be friends with a magical house!

Ames x

A journey through ‘Magicians of Venice’

We have about seven weeks to go before ‘The King’s Seal’ is out in the world, so I thought I would do a series over view using the quotes for each of the sections of the books, and sharing some facts and inspirations for each one.

I originally thought of having this series up on Instagram, but I thought they would be fun to share on the blog too for those who avoid social media.

First ‘Immortal City’ fun fact: the kernel idea for this book started out as dream. It’s really bullshit when writers say this, but in my case it’s true. I had a dream about Alexis walking through the streets of Venice before going back to a magnificent library. I asked him where he came from and he said ‘Atlantis.’ I woke up, wrote the idea down because I’ve always wanted to write an Atlantis story. I couldn’t stop thinking about it, and the idea spiraled out of control. I kept writing down notes until I was finally at a point that I had to start writing or go crazy!

Writing this series has been such an incredible journey, and I’m going to be grateful to Alexis forever for turning up in my head!

Ames x