Rainbow Snippet Jan 19-20

Hello Snippeteers!

This is my first snip for this year. I submitted the fifth book in my Rowan House series, Double Six, on Friday and I’m snuggled in with the snow and noodling my next book. I hope wherever you are you are safe and warm.

From Double Six:

Petra trailed her fingers over the stocks set into the floor. She paused beside the newest addition to the dungeon. A large polished wine cask mounted on its side, adorned with cuffs and chains to secure submissives over its wide curved surface. She drummed her fingers on the cask. “Victor’s Vineyard. I know this winery. I had no idea they offered anything besides wine.”

“They don’t. It’s a gift from a former client and her submissives. They commissioned it.” Elaine shifted in her chair and crossed her legs.

“She must have been very grateful.” Petra stopped next to an iron and wooden device resting against the wall. She side-eyed the antique torture cabinet. “An iron maiden?” Petra rested her hand on her hip and quirked her mouth at Elaine. “Really?”

“Just for the head fuck aspect, it’s not functional. I’ve considered having it modified so I could use it for seclusion. But my sister insists it would destroy its value as an antique. Pity.”

Petra sauntered to the top of the polished wood whipping post and drew her fingers over the top of the post. “This is fantastic.”

Rainbow Snippets( https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/)is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

In this group, you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

 

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here.  Sign Up for her email list here  www.brendalmurphy.com

Books available at

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NineStar Press

Knotted Legacy

Both Ends of the Whip

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominique and Other Stories 

Review Goal Setting for Writers


Sandra’s Gerth’s Goal Setting for Writers is the book I wish I had found when I was struggling to get my first book-length manuscript written. I have ADHD, and although I have tons of energy and work hard, executive functions and organizational skills are something I struggle with on a consistent basis. I also tend to set ridiculously unattainable goals that leave me feeling like an imposter when I don’t achieve what I set out to accomplish. In the course of earning a master’s degree and working as a consultant, I’ve read many books on goal setting but was unable to consistently translate that knowledge into goal setting as it related to writing. Goal Setting for Writers bridges the gap between setting business goals and creative goals, and while aimed at writers, would translate to other creative endeavors.

Gerth explains why setting SMARTER (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound, Evaluated, Rewarded) goals is essential for success. She also provides exercises and examples to help you develop personalized writing goals. The chapters on goal The chapters on goal setting are concise and offer specific instructions and illustrations of action plans as they relate to writing a book.

It is the chapters that provide readers with a list of specific steps for writing a book, from conception to final draft, and that sets this book apart from every other book I’ve read aimed at helping writers complete a manuscript. The list of steps to finish a book alone would make this book outstanding but coupled with the advice on how to deal with obstacles to writing, motivation, and writer’s block this guide is a gem.

No matter if you are an unpublished writer struggling to complete your manuscript, or a seasoned professional trying to find ways to work faster and more efficiently, this book provides explicit, actionable instructions for developing writing goals, suggestions for how to motivate yourself to achieve your goals and gives solid examples and exercises to assist in establishing personal goals. If you can only budget for one writing book this year, make it this one.

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here.  Sign Up for her email list here  www.brendalmurphy.com

Books available at

Amazon 

NineStar Press

Knotted Legacy

Both Ends of the Whip

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominique and Other Stories 

 

Review: Plot Your Health Booklets

As hard as it can be to track your appointments and work schedule, if you add keeping track of another person’s agenda, it is enough to drive the most seasoned and committed planner nuts. At this point in my life, I need to track two kids worth of appointments for occupational therapy, orthodontia, and therapy, and keep track of their medications, and physician appointments as well as my own. There are those of you out there who use an electronic planner for this, and I salute your ability and if it’s working for you, keep going, you do you.
But if you are like me and prefer a paper planner, Plot Your Health booklets may be a robust solution to the problem of keeping everyone on track. Full disclosure, I trialed these for the developer/designer and am already a hardcore fan of her Plot Your Work planner for authors. I love my paper planner, and it works great for as an overview, but this past year we were trying different routines for each kid. We had home treatments to track and monitor as part of the kids’ health plans.
I was trying to keep it all in my planner. I tried highlighting and using different color inks. It was confusing because of my ADHD. I couldn’t remember which child was what color, or what color I wrote their individual appointments in so I was frustrated as hell.

Enter the Plot Your Health three-months-at-a-time booklets. It was the perfect thing for us to bring to our appointments, and it also enabled the kids to participate in their wellness plans. I was able to track appointment dates, medications/treatment and reactions to different therapies. The planner features color-in mood trackers. My kids enjoyed filling out their mood trackers. We made it a family thing and did it together. I let them choose which feelings they wanted to track and what colors they wanted to use for each feeling. This feature, in particular, was fantastic. It was the perfect way to get them to open up and discuss how their day went and what things might make the next day better. The small size makes it perfect to slip into my bag or jacket pocket to take to appointments. In a house where none of us is neurotypical the Plot Your Health is the best way I’ve found to keep myself and my kids on track.

You can get your Plot Your Health Planners here. For you writers out there, check out the Plot Your Work Planners as a way to keep you on track to write and publish your work.

Mood Trackers were great conversation starters

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here. Join my email group at www.brendalmurphy.com

Books available at

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NineStar Press

Knotted Legacy

Both Ends of the Whip

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominique and Other Stories 

Bring on 2019

This past year I wrote 59 blog posts, wrote and submitted three novel-length manuscripts, and two short stories. I also renovated a house and did eighty percent of the work myself. I have young children, a partner, and older parents with health issues that often require me to make an eight-hour drive to be there to help with their needs.
People ask me all the time if I sleep. The short answer is no, not much, but then I never have slept much more than six hours a night at any point in my life.
I also don’t watch television, or movies very much. I also left my part-time job this year as healthcare worker after 31 years, and that affords me more time to write. I am also extremely fortunate to enjoy excellent health.
Why tell all of you this? Because I’ve read the most incredibly stupid advice to writers about all the things you must do if you want to “be serious” about your career.
The types of articles and posts that contain this type of advice assume that what works/worked for them will work for everyone. This is not true. I’m going to say it louder for folks in the back THIS IS NOT TRUE!
Every writer is unique, what works for me, will most likely not work for you. I have wicked ADHD, which is why I don’t sleep and am driven to keep doing something, to move, to think, to create when most neurotypical folks are resting or sleeping.
I also tend to hyperfocus which means I can write in the middle of a busy street, or my living room surrounded by my family with all kinds of chaos going on. It doesn’t mean that I’m more serious than the next person it only means I have found a way to work that works for me.
And this is my advice for folks for 2019, find a way that works for you. Go ahead and read the books, try different methods, explore your options, and in the end trust yourself. You do you. My second bit of advice, please for all that’s good in the world and your sanity, don’t compare your output to anyone else.
The same folks who want to tell you that you must write every day like to say “we all have the same 24 hours a day.”
I want to point out that is not true. My 24 hours do not look like your 24 hours. We each have unique responsibilities and time constraints, physical and mental abilities, that make our 24 hours what they are, and yes we can control some of what our 24 hours look like, but work and family obligations are often beyond our control, as a mom of twins, trust me, even with the best-laid plans, two kids with fevers wreck your day, and may wreck your week!
My wish for everyone out there is to have a happy, sane and healthy New Year, filled with joy and that you accomplish your goals your way.

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here.  Sign up for her email list  here  www.brendalmurphy.com

Books available at

Amazon 

NineStar Press

Knotted Legacy

Both Ends of the Whip

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominique and Other Stories 

Review:Warrior of the World

Jeffe Kennedy’s third book in the Chronicles of Dasnaria series is a magnificent addition to the series. This book finds Jenna/Ivariel recovering from her battle to free herself from her abusive husband. If you haven’t read Exile of the Seas (reviewed here) the second book in this series, you are missing out on one of the best revenge fight scenes ever written.

What I loved about Warrior of the World: world building so rich I got lost in it; elephants, yes, freaking battle elephants; the way Jenna/Ivariel finally embraced her inner strength and responded to the challenge of war by taking advantage of the negotiating skills she learned as a princess, and her deadly fighting skills ultimately embracing her destiny and calling. I was particularly impressed with the skillful way Jeffe addressed Jenna’s past sexual abuse, writing with the sensitivity and respect that such a fraught storyline deserves.

This book would work as a stand-alone but will be a richer reading experience if it is read as the third book in the series.

Jeffe Kennedy has once again crafted a beautiful, evocative narrative with solid character ARCs, and best of all, an epilogue that weaves this collection of novels into the Twelve Kingdoms/ Uncharted Realms series. As a fan of both series, I can’t wait to see how this will tie into The Twelve Kingdoms/ The Uncharted Realms series, because, let’s be real, Battle Elephants!

ABOUT JEFFE KENNEDY

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, has also been nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and is a finalist for RWA’s RITA Award. The second book, The Edge of the Blade, released December 27, 2016, and was a PRISM finalist, along with The Pages of the Mind. The next in the series, The Shift of the Tide, released August, 2017. A high fantasy trilogy taking place in The Twelve Kingdoms world is forthcoming from Rebel Base books in 2018. She also introduced a new fantasy romance series, Sorcerous Moons, which includes Lonen’s War, Oria’s Gambit, The Tides of Bàra, and The Forests of Dru. She’s begun releasing a new contemporary erotic romance series, Missed Connections, which started with Last Dance and continues in With a Prince. In 2019, St. Martins Press will release the first book in a new fantasy romance series, Throne of Flowers. Her other works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.

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Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here. Sign up for my email list at www.brendalmurphy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rainbow Snippet December 15-16

Hello Snippeteers!

This will be my last Rainbow Snippet for the year. I’m taking two weeks off to enjoy the holidays with family. Whatever you have planned for this weekend be sure to include some time just for you. Today’s snip is from my WIP Elaine’s story, book five in the Rowan House series. I’ve just finished the first draft so please excuse any errors. 

From Elaine’s story:

 A soft tap at the door, Petra’s gardenia perfume tickled Elaine’s nose and she ignored the knock, willing Petra to go away and leave her in peace to gather up the bits of her shattered heart.

Another knock, more insistant than the first. “I’m not receiving,” Elaine shouted.

“Open the door.”

“Go away. Is that more clear?” Elaine covered her face with her hands.

“We need to talk, and hiding is not going to make it better.”

“Thank you, doctor. Tell me where to send your final bill.” Elaine rested her arms on her knees and leaned back against the door.

“I’m not leaving until we talk.”

The thump and vibration of what had to be Petra’s shoulder against the door shook the door where Elaine leaned against it and rattled the knob.

“Open the door, Elaine. Now.”

“Or what?”

An explosive kick against the door rattled the hinges.

This door is older than you are, and if you damage it, I will take it out of your skin.”

Another kick, louder than the first made Elaine jump to her feet,  she twisted the deadbolt knob and yanked the door open. Not caring if the murderous thoughts in her head were reflected on her face.

Petra strolled past her and turned to face her.

“I didn’t invite you in.”

What are you? A vampire? For fucks sake, Elaine, stop acting like you’re thirteen and just lost your first girlfriend.”

Elaine slammed the door shut. “It that supposed to be therapeutic? Make me angry, so I stop feeling sad?”

“If you were honest, none of this would have happened.”

“Oh, so it’s my fault?”

Yes.”

Elaine clenched her hands into fists. “What?”

Petra’s gaze was steady. “If you were honest about how you feel about Robin, you would have never given her to me. And she would never have agreed.”

Rainbow Snippets( https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/)is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).

In this groupyou’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted.    You can find her on Facebook by clicking here.  Or if Twitter is your thing follow @BMurphySideshow  

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Both Ends of the Whip

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rainbow Snippet December 8-9

Hello Snippeteers,

Sorry it’s been so long, I fell down the NaNoWriMO rabbit hole and just surfaced. This week’s snip is from my work in progess, Veronica’s story:

Millie worked steadily her eyes fixed on some vision only she could see, her concentration evident as she pressed the weight off her chest. Sweat poured off Millie’s forehead with the strain and her arms started to tremble. Veronica wrapped her hands around the bar, worried Millie would not be able to rack the bar on her own. “Last one?”

Millie grunted her answer and lowered the bar again, her knuckles white. Veronica held on lightly, letting Millie handle the weight, assisting her only when she racked the bar. Millie lay on the bench, chest heaving, eyes closed. Veronica walked around to the side of the bench and picked up Millie’s water bottle. She looked down at Millie memorizing her expression. A look of satisfied exhaustion filled her features, Veronica pushed aside her desire to be the cause of her expression instead of her work out.

Millie opened her eyes and Veronica stared back unable to hide her want, dazed by the heat she saw in Millie’s eyes. Kiss her. Do it. Don’t think. Kiss her now.She leaned over her unable to resist the invitation she saw in Millie’s eyes. Millie’s hand came up and gently cupped the back of Veronica’s neck. She hesitated, her lips a whisper away from Millie’s. The door slammed open and Benita entered followed by Roxy. Millie let go of Veronica’s neck and sat up quickly. Veronica stepped back and thrust the water bottle into Millie’s hand. A flush rose in her face, and she caught Benita’s curious look as she shifted her gaze from Millie to Veronica.

“Did I miss the show Millie?” Roxy’s loud voice and incurable flirty attitude filled the space and the sexual tension between Veronica and Millie melted.

Millie snorted. “You did. But if you show up Tuesday you can watch my ass when I squat.”

Veronica forced a laugh, desperate to cover her awkwardness and disappointment. “Now your fan club is here, are we done?”
Millie tilted her head to the side, her expression shuttered. “Sure. Sorry to keep you from your book.” She turned away from Veronica her posture rigid.

Damn. She’s pissed off. Because I almost kissed her? Or because I didn’t? What is wrong with me? Even if she wanted me to kiss her. I can’t fuck this up I don’t want to hurt Myfanwy. Or make things awkward where I work. Fuck me.

 

Rainbow Snippets( https://www.facebook.com/groups/RainbowSnippets/)is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, readers, and bloggers to gather once a week to share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers plese!).

In this group, you’ll find anything from romance and historical fiction to mystery and YA. The common thread is that every story’s main character identifies as LGBTQ+. The snippets could range from zero flames to full-on sexytimes, anything goes content-wise. The only rule is snippets will be 6 sentences long–one for each color in the Pride flag.

 

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted.    You can find her on Facebook by clicking here. If Twitter is your thing follow me @bmurphysideshow 

Website: www.brendalmurphy.com

Books available at

Amazon

NineStar Press

 Rowan House Series 

Knotted Legacy 

Both Ends of the Whip

Sum of the Whole 

Other Works

ONE  

Dominique and Other Stories 

 

Review: Best Lesbian Erotic of the Year, Vol. 3

Best Lesbian Erotica, Vol. 3 edited by Sacchi Green is an outstanding collection of short fiction. The heat level of this one is off the charts. I started reading it on the plane on my way home from a conference and quickly decided after reading the opening story “Ninjutsu” by Valerie Alexander that I would be wise to finish reading the rest of the stories at home.
This collection features the most diverse group of stories to date in this series. Women of color, women who are neuroatypical, women who are recovering from cancer, older women, and women recovering from trauma are represented in this well written and well-edited collection. They are written as whole characters, not merely as foils, or means to tick a checkbox for diversity.
The stories included vary in heat level from smoking hot (I”m looking at you Valerie Alexander), as well as Sommer Marsden’s “Husher” and R. D. Miller’s “Perfume,” to sweetly sexy. I particularly enjoyed the poignant  “Trying Submission” by Xan West and “Jani-Lyn’s Dragon” by Nat Burns. Bravo Sacchi Green for this glorious collection.

It’s available for pre-order here, go ahead  I won’t tell.

 

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here. Website: www.brendalmurphy.com

Books available at

Amazon 

NineStar Press

Knotted Legacy

Both Ends of the Whip

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominique and Other Stories 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review: Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 4

I have been a fan of the Best Women’s Erotica series since the very first volume. If you follow my blog, you also know I have a thing for short stories and anthologies. I have found some of my favorite writers through anthologies such as this. This year the anthology’s theme was Outsiders and Risk and features one of the most diverse collections of authors and stories in this series to date.
I was particularly stoked to see a few stories that featured diverse women, women loving women, trans characters, and unique situations. The heat level is what you would expect from a volume of erotica. Eliza David’s “Protest of Passion,” Megan Hart’s “Seven Sweets and Seven Sours,” as well as Alyssa Cole’s “Essential Qualities,” and Calliope Bloom’s “O Captain! My Captain” are poignant as well as hella sexy.

If you are looking for a sexy little something to keep you warm on cold winter nights you can not go wrong with this collection. It is available for pre-order now if you have a mind to give your one-click finger a workout. Bravo Rachel Kramer Bussel for another sexy well-edited collection. 

 

Brenda Murphy writes short fiction and novels. She loves tattoos and sideshows and yes, those are her monkeys.  When she is not loitering at her local tea shop and writing, she wrangles two kids, one dog, and an unrepentant parrot.  She reviews books, blogs about life as a writer with ADHD and publishes photographs on her blog Writing While Distracted. You can find her on Facebook by clicking here. Website: www.brendalmurphy.com

Books available at

Amazon 

NineStar Press

Knotted Legacy

Both Ends of the Whip

ONE  

Sum of the Whole 

Dominique and Other Stories 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review:Seasons of Sorcery

I may have mentioned, once or twice, okay so all the time, of my love for short stories, and my adoration for anthologies.  When I read about the Seasons of Sorcery anthology, I squeed a bit, mostly because it has stories set in two of my favorite worlds by two of my favorite authors Jeffe Kennedy and Grace Draven. As a bonus, I was treated to stories by two new to me authors.

I devoured the collection, staying up past my bedtime again, enthralled by this excellent collection of stories.  This anthology is a fantastic twist on the typical seasonal collection of short stories. And mind you, I have nothing against that sort of thing, but this collection of stories fits together like a well-made pair of chain-mail gloves.

I particularly loved Grace’s story that puts a new hella sexy twist on merfolk, and if you are a fan of Jeffe’s Twelve Kingdom’s series you know that any story featuring Harlan and Ursula is going to be filled with witty dialog, and aching sexual tension. I had not read Amanda Bouchet or Jennifer Estep before this, but after reading their stories, I am ready to dive into their fantasy worlds as well.

Every story in the collection works as a stand-alone, with well-paced plots and solid story arcs. If you are looking for a  seasonal read that is out of the ordinary (in a good way), then Seasons of Sorcery is the book for you. It is out now an all the usual e-book retailers

Seasons of Sorcery

An anthology of fantasy novellas for all seasons from the hottest authors of fantasy romance and urban fantasy.

Amanda Bouchet

Grace Draven

Jeffe Kennedy

Jennifer Estep

WINTER’S WEB BY JENNIFER ESTEP

An assassin at a renaissance faire. What could possibly go wrong? Everything, if you’re Gin Blanco. This Spider is trapped in someone else’s icy web—and it seems like they don’t want her to leave the faire alive . . .

A CURSE FOR SPRING BY AMANDA BOUCHET

A malevolent spell strangles the kingdom of Leathen in catastrophic drought. Prince Daric must break the curse before his people starve. A once-mighty goddess trapped in a human body might be the key—but saving his kingdom could mean losing all that he loves.

THE DRAGONS OF SUMMER BY JEFFE KENNEDY

As unofficial consort to the High Queen, former mercenary Harlan Konyngrr faces a challenge worse than looming war and fearsome dragons. His long-held secrets threaten what he loves most—and he must make a choice between vows to two women.

A WILDERNESS OF GLASS BY GRACE DRAVEN

The stretch of sea known as The Gray rules the lives of those in the village of Ancilar, including widow Brida Gazi. In the aftermath of an autumn storm, Brida discovers one of the sea’s secrets cast onto the shore—a discovery that will change her world, mend her soul, and put her in the greatest danger she’s ever faced.