Author Copies of THE IVORY TOMB!!!

I got my author copies of THE IVORY TOMB today!!!

They’re so beautiful!!! I’m just so grateful to Lisa Marie Pompilio (designer) and Peter Bollinger (artist) for this incredible cover, and to the team at Orbit for making the whole book so gorgeous.

Getting to finally hold my book in physical form is always a really emotional experience and never stops being magical! It really makes the whole thing real and feels like such an accomplishment! I can’t wait to share this book with all of you!!!

The Unbound Audiobook At Last!

Today THE UNBOUND EMPIRE (book 3 of Swords & Fire) is finally out in audio!!! I’m so incredibly glad to be able to share the end of this series with my audio readers at last.

Three years ago, when THE UNBOUND EMPIRE came out, I had no idea that the audio publisher for the first 2 books wasn’t going to do the 3rd. When I did find out, I was devastated, since I know I have many readers who for a wide variety of reasons ranging from life circumstances to disabilities find it difficult or impossible to read print books. The idea that my audio readers wouldn’t get to find out how the series ends was heartbreaking to me. I couldn’t even make an audio version myself, because I didn’t own the audio rights.

But I never gave up, and neither did my agent, and eventually Blackstone (who does the Rooks & Ruin audiobooks) acquired the rights to THE UNBOUND EMPIRE and made the audiobook, bringing back the same wonderful narrator who did the first two, Saskia Maarleveld! And today, I finally get to share it with you!!!

Thank you so much to all my audio readers for your patience, and I hope it’s worth the wait!

Here it is on Libro fm and Audible!

Anthology Alert!

I have a short story in DON’T TOUCH THAT, this delightful SFF parenting anthology! I was excited to participate because so often in SFF parents are absent, dead, evil, or (if we’re lucky) just off adventuring on their own. It’s rare that we get to see them BEING parents while also having adventures! As an adventure mom myself, I’m always particularly excited to see characters like that, so getting to write this short story was extra fun.

A ton of really fantastic authors have contributed, most of them parents themselves! I’m honored to have my work appear alongside theirs. My story, “Called to the Office,” is about a hero mom who has to attend a meeting with the headmaster of the hero school because her kid (a student there) is in trouble. Contains a pragmatic badass mom, her sentient sword offering commentary from the peanut gallery, an impulsive but good kid, and some magical surprises. Enjoy!

Finally, an Audiobook for THE UNBOUND EMPIRE!

I’m absolutely thrilled to finally be able to announce that there will be an audiobook for The Unbound Empire!

For years, the single question I get asked most often has been “When will there be an audiobook for The Unbound Empire?” And every reply has been so hard, because the truth was that my publisher decided not to make an audiobook for TUE when it originally released, and I had no control over that decision. The audio rights for the book sold along with the print rights, so I no longer have the legal right to decide what happens or doesn’t happen with an audio version of that book—I couldn’t even make one myself! It was heartbreaking to have to tell readers who rely on audio that I had no idea whether they’d ever get to experience the end of the story.

But now I can finally answer that question with a resounding YES, there will be an audiobook, and it releases this October!

I’m so excited to share that the audio rights were picked up by my audio publisher for Rooks & Ruin, Blackstone Publishing! You can preorder now or buy it when it comes out from the audiobook venue of your choice!

Buy The Unbound Empire from (I personally use because I love that the profits go to independent bookstores instead of a big corporation!)

Buy The Unbound Empire from Audible

I can’t wait to share this book with my audio readers at last!!! Happy listening!


BEHOLD this absolutely glorious cover designed by Lisa Marie Pompilio with art by Peter Bollinger! I love it SO MUCH!!!!!!!!

Design: Lisa Marie Pompilio. Art: Peter Bollinger

I have been incredibly fortunate to get absolute cover SORCERESS Lisa Marie Pompilio for all my books so far. Every time I think “She can’t possibly match the last one, it was SO GOOD,” and every time she and the incredible, breathtakingly talented artists rise to the challenge.

I love so many things about this cover! I love how tactile it is, all the BONES, the nods to previous books, the little subtle hints about things in this one! I’m so extremely excited to finally be able to share it with all of you!!!

I also can’t wait to share the book itself, but alas, we must wait until December for that. (I’m working on copyedits even now!) You can preorder it now, though!

SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!


I’ve just learned that The Tethered Mage ebook was picked as a Kindle Monthly Deal, and will be on sale on Amazon US for the month of March for $2.99!

Better yet, Barnes & Noble appears to be matching that price, at least for now, if you prefer to buy from a bookstore!

If you’ve been thinking of picking up the ebook, now is a great time to grab it!

Also, a huge, heartfelt thanks to all my readers for giving this little book enough staying power that it’s still drawing this kind of interest nearly five years later even though it was never a big splashy marketing kind of title. Your word of mouth has made all the difference. Thank you!!!

News Roundup: 2021

Concluding my news roundups from previous years, here’s a roundup of some of the news from 2021, the year that The Quicksilver Court released! 2021 being the year that it was, some may have slipped through the cracks.

  • The Speculative Shelf included The Obsidian Tower on this list of top 10 books of 2020!
  • The Obsidian Tower made this list by Geek Girl Authority of underrated books of 2020!
  • Fantasy Book Cafe included The Quicksilver Court on this list of anticipated 2021 book releases!
  • Every Book a Doorway included The Quicksilver Court in this Must-Have Monday list!
  • Forever Lost in Literature posted this wonderful review of The Quicksilver Court!

News Roundup: 2020

As I continue to consolidate my webpage, here’s my news roundup from 2020, the year The Obsidian Tower released!

News Roundup: 2019

As I continue to consolidate my News page, set your time machine to 2019 for a roundup of all my news from that year!

News Roundup: 2018

As I update my web page, I’m combining my News and Posts pages, and consolidating old news into these roundup posts to archive them! Here are all my news posts from 2018, the year THE DEFIANT HEIR released.

The Tattooed Book Geek and Every Day Should Be Tuesday included me in their lists of Top 10 New-To-Me Authors in 2017!

The Book Smugglers included THE TETHERED MAGE on their list of the Best Books of 2017!

Fantasy Cafe included THE TETHERED MAGE on their list of their favorite books read in 2017!

The Fantasy Hive included THE DEFIANT HEIR on their list of most anticipated fantasy books of 2018!

Unbound Worlds included THE DEFIANT HEIR in their 52 in 2018 Sci-Fi & Fantasy reading challenge!

The Fantasy Cafe included THE DEFIANT HEIR in their list of Anticipated 2018 Speculative Fiction Releases!

Fantasy Book Critic included THE TETHERED MAGE in their list of top debuts of 2017!

My Twitter thread on fighting in ballgowns went viral, and was featured in The Mary Sue, among other places.

Kirkus posted this article by Thea James on sequels in 2018, inspired by THE DEFIANT HEIR.

THE TETHERED MAGE has been longlisted for a Gemmell Award! (And its cover, too!) I am incredibly honored to find THE TETHERED MAGE on the list for a Morningstar Award, along with many other amazing debut authors.

The Library Ladies published this lovely review of THE DEFIANT HEIR!

THE DEFIANT HEIR is on this list from Unbound Worlds of the best SFF books of April 2018!

THE DEFIANT HEIR is on this amazing list from of 15 books to look forward to this spring!

THE DEFIANT HEIR made the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog’s list of the best SFF coming out this April!

THE TETHERED MAGE is on this great list of 10 books for Harry Potter fans from PopSugar!

The Tenacious ReaderPowder and Page, and Fantasy Book Review published great reviews of THE DEFIANT HEIR.

CultureFly picked THE DEFIANT HEIR for their list of the 15 best new fiction books to read this spring!

Blue Book Balloon,  Girls in Capes, and The Irregular Reader published lovely reviews of THE DEFIANT HEIR!

Check out this wonderful review of THE DEFIANT HEIR from!

THE TETHERED MAGE was shortlisted for a Morningstar Award!!! 

Fantasy Cafe posted this amazing review of THE DEFIANT HEIR!

THE DEFIANT HEIR made the list of the best books of 2018 so far!

Locus posted this review of THE DEFIANT HEIR.

See the reveal for the gorgeous cover of THE UNBOUND EMPIRE, Book 3 of Swords & Fire, at Girls in Capes!

THE DEFIANT HEIR appears in this BookRiot list of 20 books that put the F/F in SF/F!

Liz Loves Books posted this wonderful review of THE DEFIANT HEIR!

THE TETHERED MAGE made the BookNest Fantasy Awards longlist for Best Debut Novel!

THE TETHERED MAGE was shortlisted for a BookNest Fantasy Award for Best Debut novel!

The Quill to Live called THE DEFIANT HEIR one of the best books of 2018!

Espresso Coco included THE TETHERED MAGE in their Books of the Year (Fantasy) post for 2018!

Acquisition Announcement: Orbit Books will be publishing my second trilogy, set in the world of Swords & Fire! Read the announcement here!