The Scent of a Magician: Decoding the Scents in THE SEA OF THE DEAD by Amy Kuivalainen

Amy Kuivalainen’s new novel The Sea of the Dead is here! Amy shares her fascination with scents and how she created them for the Magicians.

The battle for Venice might be over, but the war is just beginning… Penelope’s and Alexis’s adventure continues in this exciting second installment of The Magicians of Venice series.

Penelope has accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing on the horizon and the tide of magic on the rise, she’s going to have to learn her way around this new and dangerous world if she has any hope of outsmarting their enemies.

When Penelope’s friend and fellow archaeologist uncovers a scroll containing a magical secret lost in the Dead Sea for two thousand years, Penelope and Alexis must travel to Israel to find them before Abaddon and Kreios get there first.

To defeat Thevetat and his followers, they’ll…

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Atlantean Magicians and Ancient Scrolls in Amy Kuivalainen’s New Release THE SEA OF THE DEAD

The much-anticipated sequel to The Immortal City is finally here! Author Amy Kuivalainen talks about how the Dead Sea Scrolls inspired her new release The Sea of the Dead and shares more on the magicians of Atlantis and what’s to come in the series and beyond.

“…lives up to its predecessor. Kuivalainan is working in a new space in urban fantasy, one thatincludes sweet romance, mystery, mythology, and alternative history elements, which onlyexpands the series’ appeal.”

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About The Sea of the Dead:The battle for Venice might be over, but the war is just beginning… Penelope’s and Alexis’s adventure continues in this exciting second installment of The Magicians of Venice series.

Penelope has accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing on the horizon and the tide of magic on the rise, she’s going to have to learn her way around…

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THE Sea of the Dead is Live!

Happy Release day everyone! The Sea of the Dead is now live in Australia and I’m sure it will start popping up on all of your devices worldwide. This book was such a labor of love and so, so happy its finally out in the wild!

It’s a weird feeling trying to celebrate a book launch going into my seven month of lockdown BUT that doesn’t mean I won’t have a delayed party once they let me out. I’ll really, really need the night out by then.

Thank you to everyone who is reading, reviewing and sharing this series. It means the absolute world to me that you guys are getting behind my mad Magicians.

ALSO, Big News…THE KING’S SEAL the third and final book in the series will be out JUNE 2021. That’s right, no waiting a full year before getting the rest of the story. I’ve just finished a round of copy edits on this one and it’s honestly the best of me.

If you haven’t already, grab a copy of ‘The Sea of the Dead’ here!

There will be more ‘The Sea of the Dead’ related interviews and content coming in the next week so keep your eyes sharp and Happy Reading!

Ames x

July Update

I have found a quick block of time to write an actual newsletter this month…so how are you? Here in Melbourne, we are back in COVID lockdown and I have to admit, I’m getting over it. I’ve been locked down since March and even as an introvert, it’s starting to have it effect on me. One of the bonus’s is I have been reading a lot, and I have put some recommendations at the bottom of this of COVID reads that have been getting me through it.

In writing news, The Immortal City is getting an audio book which I am so excited about that I can’t even. I know I’m either going to be totally freaked out listening to it, or want to climb under the nearest table but I am still really excited about it.

I am gearing up to start a draft of the first Tarot Kings novel in August. For those who are on my Instagram where I spend most of my social media time lurking, you would have seen me talking about Tarot Kings.

For those that haven’t…Tarot Kings is going to be based in a future Venice, where magic has returned and the New Serene Republic is being ruled once again by a Council of Ten, with representatives from the four major magical houses based around (you guessed it) the Houses of The Tarot. It’s going to have a bit of a fun modern medieval vibe where magic and tech interact with each other.

Lots of magical creatures and fun. I currently have four books in this world that are kicking around my head and will be standalones, with characters crossing paths here and there. I’ve never written a series of standalones so I’m looking forward to the challenge. It might end up awesome or a total mess but I’m keen to jump back in and use up some of the research I did for Magicians and never got to use.

Okay onto my COVID Reads!

You all know, I have a girl crush on Jennifer Armentrout, but boy, did I love ‘From Blood and Ash’. It’s her first jaunt into epic fantasy and it was so good. It’s an epic fantasy world, with vampires. There’s nothing about that I don’t love. The next installment is out in September (praise rapid release) and I’m absolutely hanging for it. I love Poppy and Hawke is like next level fictional crush material. If you want something to really distract you from the current hellscape that is 2020, here it is.

With the current craziness of working from home and trying to figure out how to live in the world of COVID, I haven’t had a great attention span and I have found solace in novellas, specifically paranormal joy that is 1001 Dark Night offerings. I’ve always loved their stuff and my big find has recently been this Rebecca Zanetti bundle of Dark Protectors. Not only did it get me out of my reading funk but also made me do a big old binge on the rest of the full length Dark Protectors books.If you want a quick romance read with very cool world building look no further.

My current binge obsession is with Ilona Andrews and their ‘Hidden Legacy.’ I have had a bestie of mine trying to get me into Ilona for the past 5000 years but it never hit right when I tried to get into them. Then came Connor and Alessandro from Hidden Legacy for me to fall madly in love with. This series came at the exact time I needed it, and I binged the shit out of it.

I can’t wait for the next book out in August! I should also make a note that this binge also kicked off an Innkeeper series binge but I loved the Hidden Legacy world the best.

My final binge series is an indie one, and its also in KU which is a bonus for me because I read them ALL in like a week…its Deborah Wildes ‘Jezebel Files’ books. Like Hidden Legacy its a PI set up in a world of magic (specifically Canada) and its a freaking blast. Not only is it hilarious, the main character is great and the love/ hate interest has ruined biscotti for me forever (read it and find out why). I’m really obsessed with Levi. It’s a problem (or is it?). I highly recommend checking it out as they are great and probably saved my sanity back in June.

Okay that’s all from me. I hope that you are all wearing your masks and staying safe. If you’re like me you’re about ready to throat punch the next person who uses the phrase ‘unprecedented times’ or tries to talk about their fucking iso-bread fixation (I didn’t bake before iso, and I’m not about to start now – please for the love of God, stop asking). So take a deep breath and remember we all hate 2020, and try and be kind to yourself and others.

Ames x

BHC Press Acquires Firebird Fairytales Series by Fantasy Author Amy Kuivalainen

Here’s the big news that I’ve been sitting on since October!! Make sure you duck over to my Instagram and watch the video 🙂

Joni Firestone at BHC Press has acquired world rights to the Firebird Fairytales series by fantasy author Amy Kuivalainen. Titles include Cry of the Firebird, Ashes of the Firebird, Rise of the Firebird, The Exorcist and the Demon Hunter, and Of Starlight and Midnight.

Also included in the deal is The Blood Lake Chronicles spinoff featuring character Eldon Blaise. Titles include Wylt, Blaise, Kingdom, and Once.

“The idea for the series came to me while on a flight,” says author Kuivalainen. I’d just finished reading a short story by Neil Gaiman where a woman is given a firebird egg for her mantlepiece. I wondered if a firebird egg hatched, would people go on quests looking for it?”

Amy_photo twoDrawing upon her love of Russian and Finnish fairytales, Kuivalainen based much of her inspiration on Russian myths about Baba Yaga and Yvan…

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BHC Press Launches New Online Store at Bookshop.org to Help Support Independent Bookstores

My publishers have kicked off their new store and have great discounts..which means if you buy “The Immortal City” you get a great discount! Go and check them out!

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BHC Press is pleased to announce they have launched their new online storefront in conjunction with Bookshop.org to help support the independent bookstore community as well as several new initiatives to help support libraries and make their books more accessible to readers.

“We’re always looking for ways to help support the book community, independent bookstores, and libraries,” stated Joni Firestone, co-founder and co-publisher at BHC Press. “That’s why we’re so excited about Bookshop.org and the benefits and support they are providing to independent bookstores. There’s nothing more magical than a book, and we’re thrilled to lend our support and help to the book community.”

Over 200 titles are available for purchase at the BHC Press storefront, including many award-winning books for both adults and young adults. Books are available to purchase in both hardcover and trade softcover. Every purchase through their storefront benefits and supports independent booksellers.

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March Update: Writing in the Time of the ‘Rona

How are you all? Keeping sane as much as possible?

Like many of you, I’m now working from home and trying to keep away from the public in general. I keep seeing all these posts everywhere about what famous writers wrote while they were in quarantine and all I can think is…please fuck off. Chuck Wendig recently did a blog called “It’s Okay that you’re not Okay” and it really hits this COVID19 situation on the head as a creator and discusses the weird drive to create a masterpiece on one hand while completely having a slow moving break down at the same time.

I’m one of the ridiculously lucky ones in that I’m okay being at home and not going out to work everyday. I’m usually stuck in a cubicle so I’m looking on the bright side here of being in my own space and being able to manage my anxiety. I don’t have people on a freak out around me, I can keep updated on the government health websites and not the mainstream media hell loop.

In my writing space, I’m in research and planning and dreaming mode. I’m trying to figure out where I go from “The Magicians of Venice” and my research always dictates my writing and not the other way around. So I’m giving myself permission to not put pressure on myself to write everyday, but to start absorbing non-fiction history and classics and refilling my well. I was really empty at the end of last year after finishing “The King’s Seal” so I feel like I have a lot of well to refill. Maybe there is blessing in having a slower year all round.

Speaking of “The Magicians of Venice”…I have good news. At this stage, “The Sea of the Dead” is still going to be out on the 17th of September. I know a lot of book dates have been changing but so far, mine isn’t. I don’t have cover reveals to do yet (although they won’t be far away) but I do have a description. Beware it contains spoilers for “The Immortal City”:

The battle for Venice might be over but the war is just beginning…Penelope and Alexis’s adventure continues in the second instalment of The Magicians of Venice series. 
Penelope accepted her role as the new Archivist for the magicians, but with war brewing with the priests of Thevetat and the tide of magic on the rise, she’s going to have to learn her way around her new and dangerous world if she has any hope of outsmarting their enemies. 
When her friend and fellow archaeologist Tim uncovers a scroll containing a magical secret, lost in the Dead Sea for two thousand years, Penelope and Alexis will travel to Israel to find him before Abaddon and Kreios do. 
To defeat Thevetat and his followers, they’ll need to find a weapon capable of ending him for good, and as her old life collides with her new, Penelope will pay the ultimate price to keep the secrets of the magicians safe.
Fuck. Yes. Dead Sea Scrolls are where its AT. I will write about inspirations and reference books and all sorts of goodness in the next coming months. I really loved writing this one. It was research heavy, despite doing a unit about the Scrolls at Uni, and was so much fun to write my own spin on them. Also, there is loads of Magicians and Alexis and Penelope.
Speaking of Alexis. I commissioned the AMAZING @SNCINDERART on Instagram do a commission of him in his tower! I was so not ready for the finished product. ARE YOU READY? (you aren’t).
Stay safe everyone…I’m going to go and stare at this until I feel better about life.

 

Flash Christmas Sale!

 

‘The Immortal City’ is currently in Barnes and Nobles 50% off Bestseller Sale from today until the 31st of December so the Nook version is only $2.99! Bargain! Also, if you are after a paperback or hardback you can get them 15% off at BHC’s online store.

Nook: https://bit.ly/2PsRB9g
Paperback: https://bit.ly/2EkIgtV
Hardback: https://bit.ly/36LbXQL

(Note: if you are a hardcore Kindle junkie don’t forget Amazon will price match if you request it 😉)

 

Description:

In the heart of Venice, a woman is sacrificed to a forgotten god, sparking a mystery lost for thousands of years…

Dr. Penelope Bryne is ridiculed by the academic community for her quest to find the remnants 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. Little does she know, Alexis has spent the last three years doing his best to sabotage Penelope’s career so doesn’t learn the truth—Atlantis had seven magicians who survived, and who he has a duty to protect.
As Alexis draws her into the darkly, seductive world of magic and history, Penelope will have to use her heart as well as her head if she is to find the answers she seeks.

With the new MOSE system due to come online, and Carnivale exploding around them, Penelope and Alexis will have to work together to stop the killer and prevent dark magic from pulling Venice into the sea.

The Immortal City

‘Fans of fantasy, murder mysteries, and romance will admire Kuivalainen’s skill …’ Publishers Weekly

In the heart of Venice, a woman is sacrificed to a forgotten god, sparking a mystery lost for thousands of years.

Dr. Penelope Bryne is ridiculed by the academic community for her quest to find the remnants 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. Little does she know, Alexis has spent the last three years doing his best to sabotage Penelope’s career so doesn’t learn the truth—Atlantis had seven magicians who survived, and who he has a duty to protect.

As Alexis draws her into the darkly, seductive world of magic and history, Penelope will have to use her heart as well as her head if she is to find the answers she seeks.

With the new MOSE system due to come online, and Carnivale exploding around them, Penelope and Alexis will have to work together to stop the killer and prevent dark magic from pulling Venice into the sea.

 

Now available across all you e-retailers (and don’t for get its a Barnes and Noble ‘Top Indie Pick’ so its on sale over at Nook!)

Check it out here 

On Day-Jobs and Starving Artists

On Day-Jobs And Starving Artists

Re-blogging this one from Chuck Wendig’s Terrible Minds blog because holy shit snacks is it relevant. Even with physical books to wave at people, I still get the pitying looks from people who love to say things like, “You still work full time? Aren’t you published? Does that mean you’re not any good at it?” Which as you can imagine, will either earn you a short reply or a throat punch depending on my mood. I’ve written and worked full time since I was eighteen because I can’t write well when I’m stressed about things like rent and food and adequate chewy things for my dog. Starving artist myth is destructive and bullshit, but Chuck says it better than I can:

“…beware the privileged advice that demands a kind of sacrifice on your part in service to your art — especially if that comes with any dose of shame or judgment about what constitutes a real artist, a real writer, a true visionary.”