Galdrilene’s Dragonriders are back and so are the Shadow Riders. The conflict heats up in this second book of the Dragon’s Call series by A.D. Trosper. The scope of the story blossoms from just the first eight riders to a brewing world war, as the riders must go to back to their homes to convince the nations that not all dragons are black and magic does not cause insanity. Game of Thrones in its scope, Tears of War shows us more about the world the riders must deal with and the kind of enemies they have. I cringe at the power of the Shadow Riders and found myself seriously worried for a few of my favorite characters. With a name like Tears of War, you know bad things are going to happen and if your eyes are dry at the end, you must have skipped a few chapters. A great read, and I eagerly look forward to the next one in the series.
A.D. Trosper “unveils” another engrossing and delightful story. (See what I did there.)
I have enjoyed other books by this author and I am always struck by the ease with which Ms. Trosper creates her worlds. Her language is unadorned and straightforward. The prose itself quickly slips into the background as the setting she creates fills your imagination. The world-within-worlds reality of Unveiled is truly fascinating and I can’t wait to see what further lands are explored in the sequel(s) to this book.
Moreover, Trosper manages to put us smack dab inside the heroine’s head and never lets it slip. Jo, short for Josephine, is an ordinary if extremely stubborn young woman who has never suspected anything supernatural about her life. But when her mother dies, she discovers just how wrong she was. From her unusual parentage to her decision to join the ranks of Reapers (guides who help souls to the appropriate afterlife), she has to embrace a new worldview which she does with a only a smidge of kicking and a good dollop of sarcastic snark. She is tough and vulnerable at the same time; you can’t help but love her. As for her counterpart and reluctant partner-in-crime Caius, he has a Darcy-like haughtiness that just begs for a comeuppance. The two mains play well off each other, with a great deal of enjoyable spark. I bet their relationship will bear further watching.
Trosper’s mix of angels, demons, and older gods is fun and fresh. If you love paranormal romances with a strong sense of snark and humanity, Unveiled should definitely be on your TBR list.
Well, folks, Quest of the Dreamwalker is officially out today, and I’m so excited. Like kid-on-Christmas excited. It feels surreal to think that I can call myself an author. I know my novella, Son of Anubis, came out in January, but this one has more emotion attached to it. It’s bigger. More official. And as my publisher quipped, I now have a book “list.”
But in a way, I feel as if I just sent another kid off to college. Honestly. Cara’s story has been hanging around in my desk drawer for decades. I often used to read it, tweaking the language or the dialogue, adding descriptions and re-routing the plot by just a hair. I loved playing with that story. It was like my hobby.
No, it was more than that. It was my touchstone, reminding me that I am more than my daily existence. That my quiet uneventful life does not define the real me. That I have something greater to strive for.
Now, it is done. Truly and finally “fini.” No more playing with it. No more smoothing of edges. No more honing of arcs.
Happy as I am, I already know I will miss it.
But only for a while. Because life goes on, right? What feels new and odd now, soon becomes normal again. And we adjust.
So tonight I will drink a toast to Cara, Khoury, Falin and Archer, whisper a “Look, Mom, no hands” to the air, and pack away the hundreds of pages of marked up words that are now obsolete.
And then I will take out one of the handful of other manuscripts that need my attention and I will fall in love all over again.
Because isn’t that really why we’re here? To fall in love as often as humanly possible in any way we can.
And that’s how I want to live. Falling in love, every damn day.
Look for Quest of the Dreamwalker, ebook or softcover, on Amazon.
For a free sneak peak of the first two chapters, check out my BHC Author page here.
I’m so excited. I have SPECIAL NEWS! Today is the cover reveal for my epic fantasy, Quest of the Dreamwalker! Check it out!
This book has been a long time in coming, but it’s finally here. I owe thanks to so many people for helping me make this a reality, most especially the lovely crew at Blue Harvest. The cover is gorgeous and I can’t wait to show you the inside.
A few of you may know about this story already. I’ve spoken of it often enough in the past. This is a very personal book for me. I’ve grown so much as a person and a writer over the intervening years, and the book has shadowed me the whole way. Continue reading “Cover Reveal for Quest of the Dreamwalker”