Happy Sunburner Launch Day!

Happy Sunburner Launch Day!

It’s officially arrived: launch day for my second book, Sunburner! I wrote the first draft of Sunburner in the fall of 2015, so this book has definitely been a long time coming! I can’t wait for all of you to read the continuation of Kai and Hiro’s adventures. 

Here’s the blurb, if you’re wondering what it’s about:

Kai, the newly-crowned queen of Miina, finds her reign threatened by a plague of natural disasters that leave death and destruction in their wake. Are the gods truly angry at the peace between the moon and sunburners, or is something more sinister to blame? Kai’s throne and her very life may be forfeit unless she can appease the gods’ anger and her peoples’ superstitions.

Determined to find a solution, Kai and the Sunburner Prince Hiro embark on an extraordinary and dangerous journey to discover the true cause of the plagues. What they find is an ancient enemy determined to plunge their world into eternal darkness — and one desperate chance to save it. 

And as always, if you do read it, I would love, love, love you to leave an honest review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Reviews make a huge difference to readers, and may be the difference between a new reader giving the book a chance or not. So please help this author out, and leave a review! 

New books ahead!

New books ahead!

They say that professing a goal to the world will help motivate you to keep it. So, in that spirit, I wanted to share a new challenge I’m embarking on this fall. (I can’t believe it’s fall already!) Thus far, I’ve written one book each year for the last three years. But, I’m interested in getting more books into the world in the hopes to build some more fans and momentum for my author side-biz. So, I decided to set a bold goal for myself: I’m going to write three books in the next four months. Plus a novella.

Before you tell me I’m crazy to sign myself up for such madness, let me explain. If I write 2,000 words a day for the next 120 days, I’ll have written 240,000 words, or three 80,000 word books (that’s a little less than 300 pages per book). Now, that may seem like a lot, and it is in some ways, but in other ways it’s not. I write about 1,200 words an hour. So really, this equates to about 1.5-2 hours of writing per day. All this year, I’ve been getting up to write before work, between 5-5:30. If I keep that up, and write consistently each day and on the weekend, I can do it. I’m excited at the prospect. I’ve already plotted the books out, and started September 1st. So far I’m on schedule, in fact, I’m a little ahead of schedule, at 20,032 words!

So what are these books, you ask? The first is a third book in my Moonburner series, which will be called Starburner. It’s going to be set about 20 years after Sunburner ends, and will feature Kai and Hiro’s daughter, Rika, as the main character. It starts when the black sails of invaders appear on the horizon, and will have a prominent romantic angle. The book will take the characters to an entirely new island in the world and feature a new culture and characters. I’m really excited about the story! I’m aiming to release this book May 2018.

The other two books will be book two and three in my Confectioner’s Guild trilogy. The Confectioner’s Guild is a young adult fantasy mystery about a young chocolate-maker who finds out she has the ability to make magical food, right before she’s framed for the murder of her guild master. Book 2 features a prominent mystery element as well, as Wren and her friends investigate a kidnapping that unfolds while a hostile power lays siege to their city. In the third book, the bad guys have taken over (spoiler!), and they must repel the foreign invaders and take their city back. I’m also halfway done with a prequel novella that features one of the main characters. The world of the Confectioner’s Guild is loosely based on the west coast of the U.S. (especially Washington!) and the city, Maradis, is based on Seattle. So you Pacific Northwesterners will find yourself in familiar territory. I plan on releasing these three books (if all goes according to plan) in September, October, and November 2018. The novella will release earlier in the year and will be a freebie to get people excited about the trilogy. 

So, that’s my crazy plan. I’m pretty good at sticking to goals I set my mind to, and so I’m really hopeful that I can pull this off. I’m just so excited to bring these stories into the world, I don’t want to wait another few years to write them! Plus, the process of writing a book is getting easier each go round, which is lending me extra confidence and courage. Hopefully I’ll be reporting back in the new year that I have some fantastic new stories to share with you! If I can edit them all in time. And that, my friends, is a problem for another day.

 

Sunburner Cover Reveal!

I’m so excited to share the cover reveal for my second book, Sunburner! This cover was also designed by the talented Sarah Hansen (like Moonburner), and she did a fantastic job capturing the feel I wanted for Sunburner! This second book focuses on both Kai and Hiro’s point of view, so we decided to put Hiro on the cover to have a nice contrast to the Moonburner cover.

Want to know what that creepy monster is? You’ll just have to read the book! It officially launches September 26, and is available for preorder now! Preorders are eligible for some exclusive bonuses and swag, including deleted scenes, a high-res digital poster of the cover plus map of the world, plus a Moonburner/Sunburner bookmark! 

 

Now without further ado, here it is!

BOOK REVIEW: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee

BOOK REVIEW: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, by Mackenzi Lee

A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is an absolute gem of a book. It has everything you want: adventure, friendship, young love, and laugh-out loud humor. I could not recommend this book more highly!

The book features Henry Montague (Monty), a philandering Earl’s son who can’t seem to get his life together. The book begins when he and his best friend Percy depart on their one-year tour of the continent. It will be Monty’s last year of freedom and debauchery before he returns home to manage the estate with his overbearing father. It seems that they will have a grand time–so long as Monty ignores the fact that he’s head over heels in love with Percy.

When Percy is afflicted by serious illness, Monty, Percy, and Monty sister, Felicity, set off on a rollicking adventure to find a mysterious alchemical cure. Waylaid by highway men, kidnapped by pirates, and chased by a dangerous French Lord, Monty has plenty to keep his mind busy (other than thoughts of Percy!)

Monty is delightful protagonist. He’s hilarious and irreverent and just self-aware enough to not be insufferable. As Monty and Percy grow closer and romance blooms, you find yourself rooting for Monty to get over himself and learn how to truly share his feelings. It’s a refreshing change of pace to find a hero that is so unheroic. Somehow, this only makes you love him more.

If you like reading humor, or adventure, or historical fiction, or romance (really if you’re a breathing human being), I highly recommend this book!

Ten Best Asian-Inspired Fantasy Books

Ten Best Asian-Inspired Fantasy Books

Ever since I was a little kid, and my family hosted Japanese students, I’ve had a special place in my heart for Asian culture. My Japanese “big brothers” introduced me to a new world of sweeping calligraphy, honor-driven samurai, and mythical creatures unlike any I had seen in western fairy tales. I think that’s why when I set out to write my first book, Moonburner, the Asian-inspired setting felt right. If you’re like me, and can never have enough Asian-inspired fantasy in your life, try some of these favorites!

Click on the covers to head over to Amazon to find out more. 

Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

This one-of-a-kind fairytale retelling imagines Cinderella as a cyborg on the mean streets of New Beijing. This book has it all—handsome princes, evil space queens, deadly plagues…this sci-fi future will be unlike anything you’ve ever read.

A Mortal Song, by Megan Crewe

This book set on the slopes of Mt. Fuji turns typical YA tropes on their head. Sora is a kami, a magical Japanese spirit who is fated to protect her people and all Japan from a ruthless horde of demons. Or is she? It turns out she’s really a human switched at birth with no magical powers at all! Dun dun dunnnn…

Serpentine, by Cindy Pon

This sweeping tale is set in the kingdom of Xia, and tells the story of Skybright, a handmaiden to a wealthy girl, who begins to notice some very alarming changes (cough *snake-tail* cough). Filled with Chinese mythology and magic, Skybright’s story of transformation will enchant you!

Stormdancer, by Jay Kristoff

This steampunk fantasy follows Yukiko on an impossible journey to capture a legendary beast thought to be extinct. The lush worldbuilding and snappy dialogue between Yukiko and a certain not-to-be-named-cuz-I-don’t-want-to-spoil-it character makes this one a favorite!

Bridge of Birds, by Barry Hughart

This hilarious book tells the tale of wise man Li Kao and Number Ten Ox (you read that right) as they try to find the cure for a mysterious illness. Irreverent and charming, I promise this medieval mystery is unlike anything you’ve read before.

Monstress, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

This art-deco-steampunk graphic novel is just flipping gorgeous! It tells the story of Maika, a teenage girl struggling to understand the trauma of war and her psychic link with a monster of deadly power. With 11 volumes currently out, this one will keep you happy for days!

Shadows on the Moon, by Zoe Marriott

Is romance more your thing? This book is touted as Cinderella meets Memoirs of a Geisha, and features 16-year-old Suzume, who is trained in the mythical art of shadow-weaving, which allows her to recreate herself in any form. Full of mystery, illusion, and heart-break, this book is haunting and heart-wrenching in one go.

Eon: Dragon-eye reborn, by Alison Goodman

Lovers of dragons and epic fantasy will be delighted by this read, which features Eona, who has disguised herself as a boy in order to become trained in dragon-magic. Will she find her dream, or her doom?

The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadows, by Fuyumi Ono

Translated from the original Japanese, the blurb for this one says it all: Once confronted by a mysterious being and whisked away to an unearthly realm, Yoko is left with only a magical sword; a gem; and a million questions about her destiny, the world she’s trapped in, and the world she desperately wants to return to. If you want truly inspired Asian fantasy, look no further than this series!

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Julie Dao

Releasing October 2017, this much-anticipated debut features Xifeng, who must choose between a destiny full of dark magic and the boy she loves. Definitely don’t miss this one when it launches!

Moonburner, by Claire Luana

Ok, I’m a little biased, but I thought I’d sneak this one in here! Mulan meets Sarah J Maas in this thrilling tale filled with celestial magic, death-defying adventure, and enduring friendships. Check it out!

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