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Before I start posting away with my Hawaii pics, three quick things that I want to mention:

-this Wednesday, August 15th, Steven Harper, author of the amazing Clockwork Empire steampunk series as well as Writing the Supernatural Novel and many other books, will be doing a virtual chat on Shindig.  It’s a VERY cool thing, and you won’t want to miss it.  Click here to RSVP for the event.  Very important!

-a little over a week later, three fab authors, Rachel Caine, Chloe Neill and Christina Henry will be doing a Knight Agency chat on Twitter at 8 p.m. ET.  You won’t want to miss it!

-if you’re an instant gratification junkie, you can get a start on hearing from Chloe Neill, who’s Once and Future Podcast interview is up today.  Anton Strout does such a great job with his guests, and Chloe is so interesting that you’ll definitely want to check it out.

And now…

Hawaii Day 1.

Your cast of characters:

Su: the whitest  brightest red  peelingest person we know

Pete: knot guy, chauffer and comic

Ty: turtle boy, tiki-talker

Me: um, just me

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We arrived in paradise at about four o’clock local time, determined to at least see the beach and have a tropical drink before dropping like stones given the time difference and jet lag.  We succeeded and witnessed a beautiful sunset on top of it.

For our first full day, we headed to Hanauma Bay for snorkeling.  The caldera itself is gorgeous.  The color of the water is…perfect, and the fish are so used to swimmers that they’re totally unintimidated by our presence.  I wish I could have captured on camera everything I was able to witness with my eyes—the shimmering colors, the quicksilver movements of some of the fish, particularly the huge and most beautifully marked parrotfish, which was always in such a hurry.  I can’t wait to develop the pictures from my underwater camera to see how they turn out.  Hopefully, the silt and non-stop motion of the sea life will not defeat me.  I live in hope.

We arranged to go to a luau that evening, and had a wonderful time.  Our escort, Georgie, was a hoot.  She kept us entertained and informed, and we learned about the spirit of aloha as well as many other words in the Hawaiian language:

Smile = mino’aka

Kiss = honi

Until we meet again (which is what you say instead of aloha for good-bye, because that one is final) = A hui hou kākou

Pig = pua’a

Beef = pipi

We ate pineapple coleslaw, teriyaki beef, kalua pig, etc.  I’d been looking forward to the kalua pig ever since we began planning the trip, because I remember it as being the best stuff on earth (whole pig seasoned only with sea salt, wrapped in leaves and slow cooked all day in a deep pit), but, unfortunately, it wasn’t as amazing at this luau as I remember it from when I was a kid.  We drank tequila sunrises (me), mai tais (Pete & Su) and virgin pina coladas (Ty).  We watched traditional dances and even learned some hula.  Su is extremely thankful that the pics of this didn’t turn out at all, so there are no blackmail photos forthcoming.  (Sorry, Judi, I tried.)  We saw an amazing fire dancer and just generally had a wonderful time.

I’ve told this story before, but it bears repeating, since it’s one of my more colorful “how I met my author” stories.  Years ago, Steven Harper, aka Steven Piziks, came to me with an offer on the table.  It was the week before my wedding.  Was I interested in taking a look at his material?  If it hadn’t sounded so intriguing, sanity would have reigned, and I wouldn’t have wedged in reading a new submission in the midst of arguing with the caterer, coordinating guest arrivals and doing all of the last minute things that had to be done.  Sanity and I have never been close, and I was very glad for it that week.  I fell in love with Steven’s work and added “haggling with the publisher” to my To Do list.  I think you should add “reading his work” to yours!  Comment for a chance to win a signed copy of one of his steampunk novels or run out and be certain to get one today.

Steampunk by Steven Harper

I recently realized that when I finish THE HAVOC MACHINE, I’ll have written four novels and two novelettes.  That’s about 385,000 words of steampunk.  In other words, by the time September rolls around, I’ll have put more words into steampunk than any other genre I’ve touched–and I’ve written 17 books now.

I still don’t know what the hell steampunk is.

No, seriously.  My non-writer friends often ask me what kind of book I’m working on.  I say, “Steampunk,” and they quite naturally say, “Steampunk?  What’s that?”  And I have no idea what to say.

Maybe steampunk is fantasy.  My publisher seems to think so.  My contracts call the Clockwork Empire books “works of fantasy.” Nowhere on any piece of paper I’ve signed does the word “steampunk” actually appear.  (It occurs to me that this could be the source of some serious weaseling at some future date.)  Certainly a lot of steampunk has a paranormal element or three.  Gail Carriger and Cindy Spencer Pape both rather famously write steampunk about werewolves and vampires and warlocks, for example.  We often have the big, world-shaking events fantasy is famous for.  In THE DOOMSDAY VAULT, the clockwork plague (which I based on the medieval bubonic plague) reshapes humanity.  And we have zombies, a fantasy trope, though mine are more objects of pity than of horror.  In THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE, a mad scientist uncovers the power to stop time itself and destroy the entire universe, which again sounds like fantasy.  In the upcoming third book THE DRAGON MEN, I use winged men and clockwork monsters taken from Chinese mythology.  But my steampunk books don’t actually use magic.  Neither do Cherie Priest’s, who set her books in nineteenth-century America and who uses zombies of her own.  So as an overall genre, steampunk doesn’t quite qualify as fantasy.  That’s okay–we love it anyway.

Maybe steampunk is historical fiction.  Well, alternate reality fiction.  A lot of steampunkers start by saying, “What would have happened if Charles Babbage had actually built his difference engine and, as a result, the Victorians had embarked on a computer age before micro-processors?”  Of course, there are a lot of other alternates as well.  What if Victorian women were given more independence than they actually were?  What if the Victorians were more tolerant of racial and religious differences?  What if the Victorians didn’t care so much about sexual orientation?  What if Victorian women wore corsets on the outside of their dresses?  And what if the Victorians were enough like modern people to allow modern readers to find them likeable instead of finding them really racist, scornfully sexist, and casually cruel?  So many alterations don’t just nibble at the edge of actual history–they collapse it entirely.  No, steampunk doesn’t quite qualify as historical or alternate reality fiction.  That’s okay–we love it anyway.

Maybe steampunk is science fiction.  I mean, you do have big machines that work with pistons and steam and brass.  And you have computers and robots and sometimes even spaceships and stuff.  For my steampunk, I created a bacillus-borne plague that nearly destroys humanity and a virus that cures it.  All straight-up SF.  Except none of this stuff has a hope of working in the real world.  The robots would collapse under their own weight.  Boilers are inefficient and unreliable sources of energy for anything smaller than a building.  A brass computer processor that poked out even basic computations would weigh several tons and be completely unsuitable for controlling the little spiders and mechanical horses that make steampunk so much fun.  So it doesn’t quite qualify as science fiction.  That’s okay–we love it anyway.

So maybe a better question is, why define it at all?  Steampunk is more of a movement than a genre.  It involves not just literature, but fashion, music, games, role-playing, philosophy, and even movies.  How can you define anything that shows up in all that? Sure, it makes my publisher’s marketing division nervous, but let them deal with it.  I’m in it for the awesome stories, the thrilling adventures, the powerful themes.  To define it is to pin it down like a butterfly on a board.

Once it’s pinned down, it can’t move anymore, and it dies.  Why would we want to do that?

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Steven Harper is, among other things, the author of the fabulous Clockwork Empire series for Roc and WRITING THE PARANORMAL NOVEL from Writers Digest Books.  Check him out on his website or follow him on Twitter.

I feel like a lot of my posts are titled “So Much….”  Contrary to exaggerated predictions in 2011 about the death of publishing, 2012 has been probably the busiest year ever, so far!  So, when I find a spare second to update my blog, I feel like I’ve got a ton all stored up.

To start with, I want to give a shout out and congratulation J. Kathleen Cheney on the sale of her wonderful historical fantasy series to Ace.  Based on our announcement:  J. Kathleen Cheney‘s OF AMBERGRIS, BLOOD, AND BRANDY, a novel of fantasy, suspense, and romance set in an alternate turn-of-the-century Portugal in which races of shape-shifters live in secret, and a fantastical underwater work of art and a psychopathic killer become tangled in a string of murders that threaten the stability of the entire nation, sold to Kat Sherbo at Ace Books.

And I’ve been remiss offering congratulations on a batch of other great new sales over the past month:

Kira Sinclair‘s three novels set in Sweetheart, South Carolina – a small southern town where the men are sinful, the women are feisty and Cupid always wins, to Laura Barth at Harlequin Blaze.

N.K. Jemisin‘s three books in a post-apocalyptic epic fantasy, in which a heroine searches for her lost daughter in a world torn apart by seismic magic, to Devi Pillai of Orbit.

Beth Cornelison‘s final installment of the Black Ops Rescues series and a new trilogy featuring three Louisiana brothers who take on danger and natural disaster to defend the women they love, to Keyren Gerlach of Silhouette Romantic Suspense.

Carol Berg‘s two books in the Sanctuary series, involving fantasy and forensics, to Anne Sowards of Roc.

Steven Harper‘s THE HAVOC MACHINE, fourth novel in the steampunk Clockwork Empire series, to Anne Sowards of Roc.

Congratulations to you all!   I’m really looking forward to all of these forthcoming releases!

Also, you know that saying about how you can’t please all of the people all of the time?  Well, on Magical Words, which I guest blog for regularly, AJ Hartley did a wonderful post a few days ago on Dealing with Negativity.  It’s something we all encounter, and it can be so damaging to your psyche and reputation, but I think his post helps put it into perspective.

In other news, Chloe Neill is giving away two ARCs of BITING COLD, the latest novel in her New York Times bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series here on her blog.  Contest ends at midnight on May 21st, so enter soon for a chance to win!

Kalayna Price is also running a great ARC giveaway for the latest in her USA Today bestselling Alex Craft series.  This one closes a day earlier, so you’ll want to check it out right away!

Lauren Baratz-Logsted‘s acclaimed novel THE BRO-MAGNET is currently free(!) on Kindle, so get it while it’s hot!

Posting tomorrow’s book birthdays today!  (In reverse order from my last week’s “yay, they’re coming!” sort of post.)

BAD BLOOD by Lucienne Diver (Samhain), Latter-Day Olympians, Book 1

Tori Karacis’s family line may trace back to a drunken liaison between the god Pan and one of the immortal gorgons. Or…maybe it’s just coincidence that her glance can, literally, stop men in their tracks. While her fear of heights kept her out of the family aerobatic troupe, her extreme nosiness fits right in with her uncle’s P.I. business.

Except he’s disappeared on an Odyssean journey to find himself. Muddling through on her own, she’s reduced to hunting (not stalking, because that would just be weird) brass-bra’d Hollywood agent Circe Holland to deliver a message…only to witness her murder by what looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon.

Suddenly, all of her family’s tall tales seem believable, especially when Apollo—the Apollo, who’s now hiding out among humans as an adult film star—appears in her office, looking to hire her. She knows the drill: canoodling with gods never works out well for humans, but she’s irresistibly drawn to him. Maybe it’s her genes. Maybe not.

Given her conflicted feelings for one hot and hardened cop, it’s a toss-up which will kill her quickest. The danger at her door…or her love life.

THE KILLING MOON by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit), Book 1 of the Dreamblood Duology

The city burned beneath the Dreaming Moon.

In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and amongst the shadows of its cobbled streets wait the Gatherers – the keepers of this peace. Priests of the dream-goddess, their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe . . . and kill those judged corrupt.

But when a conspiracy blooms within Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru – the most famous of the city’s Gatherers – must question everything he knows. Someone, or something, is murdering dreamers in the goddess’ name, stalking its prey both in Gujaareh’s alleys and the realm of dreams. Ehiru must now protect the woman he was sent to kill – or watch the city be devoured by war and forbidden magic.

THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE by Steven Harper (ROC Books), Book 2 of The Clockwork Empire

In an age where fantastic inventions of steam and brass have elevated Britain and China into mighty empires, Alice Michaels faces a future of technological terrors…

Once, Gavin Ennock sailed the skies on airships and enchanted listeners with his fiddle music. Now, the clockwork plague consumes his intellect, enabling him to conceive and construct scientific wonders—while driving him quite mad. Distressed by her beloved’s unfortunate condition, Alice Michaels sought a cure rumored to be inside the Doomsday Vault—and brought the wrath of the British Empire down on them.

Declared enemies of the Crown, Alice and Gavin have little choice but to flee to China in search of a cure. Accompanying them is Dr. Clef, a mad genius driven to find the greatest and most destructive force the world has ever seen: The Impossible Cube. If Dr. Clef gets his hands on it, the entire universe will face extinction.

And Gavin holds the key to its recreation…

THE ROPE DANCER by Roberta Gellis (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

She Bewitches With Her Dance…

Carys’s livelihood depends on her agility, beauty, and balance. She enchants crowds with her exhilarating rope dance, but one wrong move leads to disaster—a twisted ankle and no way to survive. Alone and unprotected in war–torn England, she has no one to trust but a handsome stranger—a man most unlikely to give up his wandering ways.

He Enchants With His Song…

Telor is a man skilled with his hands. A gifted musician who rejects city life to travel the country on his own terms—free of any master. Taking on an injured girl will only slow him down. But Carys’s bold nature and haunted past intrigue him, and he soon discovers that beneath the beautiful exterior is a woman with a passion to rival his own.

With over eight million books in print, award–winning author Roberta Gellis sets the standard for captivating medieval romance filled with passion and pageantry.

BLACK DAWN by Rachel Caine (Berkley JAM), Book 12 of The Morganville Vampires

With its eclectic mix of vampire and human citizens, Morganville, Texas, has always been a risky place to call home. But with the invasion of the vampire’s deadliest enemy, Morganville isn’t just in danger—it’s dying…

Ever since the draug—mysterious creatures that prey on vampires—took over Morganville, the lives of student Claire Danvers and her friends have been thrown into turmoil. Most of the town’s residents have evacuated, but Claire, Shane, Eve and Michael have chosen to stay and fight.

Using the city’s water system to spread, the draug have rapidly multiplied. Things in Morganville look grim, especially since vampire Amelie—the town founder—has been infected by the master draug’s bite.

Now, if Claire and her friends don’t figure out how to cure Amelie and defeat the draug, it looks like Morganville will become little more than a ghost town…

POWERS by James A. Burton (Prime Books)

Albert Johannson lives off the grid. He’s forgotten more than he remembers about his past, but those snippets he’s retained tell him two things: he’s lived a long, looong time and he doesn’t trust anyone, particularly gods. He’s not any too fond of demons either, particularly the one that materializes in his kitchen wanting to hire him for a special mission. It’s as deadly to cross a demon as to deal with him, so Albert reluctantly agrees to investigate, putting him in the path of a prickly arson detective named Melissa el Hajj with trust issues of her own. Clashing at a crime scene, they uncover a broken seal that seems ancient enough to have been forged by Solomon himself. The seal cries out to Albert that he must mend it or something dark and dire will happen. Albert, who has a special affinity for metal, must first discover exactly what that will do to his kind – and he’s only just beginning to understand who and what he really is.

(Check out the interview with James A. Burton on Examiner.com!)

“Happy Birthday to me, I’m a hundred and three….”  Oh wait, no, no I’m not.  Just feels like that sometimes!  Anyway, I’m taking part of the day to do fun things, like have lunch with the fab Kira Sinclair over in glamorous St. Pete Beach, but before I go, I wanted to leave you with the thought of some really fun books releasing any day now!  (May 1st to be exact.)  I’ve provided some tweetable snippets below, in case anyone out there wants to help spread the word or go forth and pre-order!

POWERS by James A. Burton (Prime Books)

Out 5/1! POWERS by James A. Burton: not your usual hero & heroine, secrets as deadly to remember as forget http://bit.ly/IQSFe5

BLACK DAWN by Rachel Caine (Berkley JAM)

A town run by vampires invaded by the one thing even they’re afraid of…how wld U fare? Black Dawn by @rachelcaine http://bit.ly/IrsQyS

THE ROPE DANCER by Roberta Gellis (Sourcebooks Casablanca)

Beautiful dancer, traveling man, a haunted past & a war-torn country…the makings of epic romance from Roberta Gellis: http://amzn.to/HL4Zhw

THE IMPOSSIBLE CUBE by Steven Harper (ROC Books)

Ragtag teams flees England w/a cure for the Clockwork Plague that will upset empires: The Impossible Cube http://amzn.to/IZrzmp

THE KILLING MOON by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

LJ says THE KILLING MOON by @nkjemisin “shines for its remarkable characters and graceful prose”! See 4 yourself 5/1! http://bit.ly/HMI19m

BAD BLOOD by Lucienne Diver (Samhain)

Gods & gorgons, murder & myth: BAD BLOOD by Lucienne Diver is out 5/1! http://bit.ly/HIEyKg

Fun fact of the day: Steven Harper (aka Steven Piziks) and I go way, way back to the week of my wedding, ‘lo these many years ago.  He had a debut novel and an offer on the table.  I fell in love with the novel (IN THE COMPANY OF MIND) and ended up negotiating his contract and tying the knot with my husband all in the same week.  Needless to say, it was a pretty good week.

In honor of his latest release, the wonderful steampunk novel THE DOOMSDAY VAULT, I’ve asked him to come guest blog for me.  I present to you:

GEEK OF THE WEEK: FANFICTION

Enter “fanfic” into Google and you get about 9,900,000 results.  These results include fan fiction sites for Harry Potter, Twilight, Zelda, Naruto, the Jonas brothers, Lord of the Rings, and yes, even Star Trek.  Fanfic writers spend hours laboring over their own stories about Harry’s post-Hogwarts adventures or Bella ditching Edward or Sam declaring his undying romantic love for Frodo.

And some people snort in derision.  Such a waste of time.  What an utter lack of creativity.  You’re stealing someone else’s work.

Yeah?  Bite me.

I’m what people call a “real” writer, in that I’ve written and sold a dozen-odd books to New York publishing houses.  And I started by writing fanfic.

When I was in college in the late 80s, I joined a group called Stellar Operations Command, a group that combined fanfic with role-playing. We used the Star Trek universe, but not the Star Trek characters themselves. You created a main character and assorted minor characters for yourself, and you were put on a ship with about six other people. Every month, the captain sent out “orders,” basically an overview of what was happening on the ship, and then you wrote a story about your character’s adventures. You could also include other people’s characters, but you couldn’t kill or otherwise change them.

You mailed a copy of your story to everyone else in your group, and they mailed their stuff to you.  (This was before e-mail, so everything was done on paper.)  Stellar Operations Command was huge, with hundreds of members nationwide.  Weirdly, it didn’t survive the Internet, and it faded away in the late 90s.  Such a shame.

My character was the communications officer on his ship, and his name was Rusty.  He had several friends–a med-tech named Randy, a security officer named Nora, a Kaatian science officer named Mrrit.  I must have written 300,000 words about them during my tenure with SOC, enough for three novels.

And by god, I loved every minute.

Why?  SOC fanfic granted me freedom.  Since the setting was already created for me, I could concentrate on character.  I had a dump truck of fun developing Rusty.  He was one of the first long-running characters I created, and still I miss him sometimes.

SOC also forced me to write.  With a monthly deadline, I had to get to that keyboard on a regular basis.  Between SOC and my job at a local newspaper, I learned to write to a deadline, a skill that has served me well over the years.

Finally, fanfic was a safe place to romp around in.  I could do nearly anything I wanted, write purely for myself, tell stories on paper just for fun.  I could take risks, be silly, stupid, or outrageous, safe in the knowledge that the other members of my ship would still read every word.  That meant a great deal to me.  In the process, I learned how to write realistic dialogue, describe people and places, set a scene, build suspense, add plot complications and foreshadowing.

Eventually I started writing my own short stories, and editors bought them.  I moved on to novels, and then novel series, including the Clockwork Empire, of which The Doomsday Vault has just come out.  (Go buy a few dozen copies for the kids.)

And then I sold a Star Trek book.  And a Battlestar Galactica book.  And a Ghost Whisperer book.  Know what?  They’re all freakin’ fanfic.  And they paid very nicely, too.

Still think fanfic is a waste of time?

Since my writing went pro, I’ve been forced to give up fanfic for the simple reason that I only have so many writing hours per day, and I have to choose the one that will support my family.  But a waste of time?

Never!                                                                  ___________________________________________________________________

Steven Harper usually lives at http://www.theclockworkempire.com and http://spiziks.livejournal.com .  His steampunk novel THE DOOMSDAY VAULT, first in the Clockwork Empire series, hits the stores in print and electronic format November 1.

I’m so excited about these fabulous new releases, out today!  Everything from fantastical to sensual, historical, inspirational….

DRINK DEEP (Fifth novel in the New York Times-bestselling Chicagoland Vampires series) by Chloe Neill from NAL

“A strong-minded, sharp-witted heroine who will appeal to fans of Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series and Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake.” —Library Journal

“In short, Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampires are an absolutely vital addition to any avid Vamp Lit fan’s bookshelf; fascinating, funny, at times infuriating but always fabulous, it is a series that has only gotten better with each new release and stars a panoply of captivating characters, including a heroine that you will come to love ever more as you get to know her, and a hero to—quite literally, in Merit’s case—die for.”                        —Heroes and Hearbreakers

Clouds are brewing over Cadogan House, and Merit the vampire can’t tell if this is the darkness before the dawn, or the calm before the storm. With the city itself in turmoil over paranormals and the state threatening to pass a paranormal registration act, times have never been more precarious for the vampires. If only they could lay low for a bit…

Then magic rears its ugly head when Lake Michigan turns black. The mayor insists it’s nothing to worry about, but Merit knows a panic is coming. She’ll have to turn to friends old and new to find out who’s behind this, and stop them before it’s too late for both the vampires and humans.

THE DOOMSDAY VAULT (First novel in The Clockwork Empire series) by Steven Harper from Roc

“Steven Harper manages to consistently create compelling worlds and appealing characters.  He’s definitely a writer to watch.” —Sarah Zettel

“The Doomsday Vault is an engaging steampunk thriller.” —Alternative Worlds

In a clockwork Brittania, Alice’s prospects are slim. At 21, her age and her unladylike interest in automatons have sealed her fate as an undesirable marriage prospect. But a devastating plague sends Alice off in a direction beyond the pale-towards a clandestine organization, mad inventors, life-altering secrets, and into the arms of an intrepid fiddle-playing airship pilot.

NO TURNING BACK by Bryan Anderson and David Mack from Berkley

An exceptional memoir about one man’s truly inspirational outlook on living, no matter the odds.

Before you dig into this book, there are a few things I think you should know. First, I was a soldier, and I still talk like one-in other words, I swear. So, if bad words bother you, just squint and pretend you don’t see them.

I want you to know this book is not about the war in Iraq, and I’m not pushing a political agenda. Even though I’m going to tell you about the day I was wounded and what I went through during rehab, this book’s not just some war memoir or a pity party. I just want to share some of my stories with you. This book is not about being wounded. It’s not about struggling.

This book is about living. It’s about life.

In this inspiring memoir, Bryan shares his infectious love for life that touches anyone who’s faced hardship. No Turning Back is a testament to pure hard work, perseverance, and hope for a better life- no matter what shape it takes.

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER DARK by Jasmine Haynes from Berkley Heat

“A highly erotic journey for two lost souls desperately seeking solace…captivates from the opening sentence.” —Romantic Times

“The opening of the DeKnight saga is a super erotic tale.” —Genre Go Round Reviews

She’s pushed all the limits-but can she finally free herself completely?

Bree Mason wants more out of life, but she is ruled by fear and controlled by her secrets. And there’s one great secret she’s hidden for years, even from herself. But now a tragedy is causing her carefully constructed world to unravel…

Bree is like no other woman Luke Raven has ever known. He’s always given her what she’s asked for. But now he craves more-a lot more. Luke wants a relationship outside their strictly sexual affair. But can he help Bree exorcise her demons and free her from her abusive past?

THE FIRES OF WINTER (reissue) by Roberta Gellis from Sourcebooks Casablanca

“This epic is perfect for readers who like an extra dose of history in their romance.” —Publishers Weekly

“Roberta Gellis is a superb storyteller of extraordinary talent.” —John Jakes, #1 bestselling author of The Gods of Newport

A maiden who will not marry

For the lovely Lady Audris, taking a husband would mean losing her home. She is content to concentrate on her special gift, weaving gorgeous tapestries that often contain hints of the future. But nothing predicts the arrival of Hugh Licorne, confident in his strength and single-minded in his determination-to have her.
A battle-hardened knight who needs a bride

From the moment Hugh sets eyes on Lady Audris, he knows he has found the woman destined to be his wife. She’s courageous and beautiful, delicate yet strong. But winning her trust and defending her from her enemies will be the greatest battle he has ever faced.