A Dance of Water and Air is finally out in the world! I'm so excited to share this book for you—I'm always excited to share my stories with you, but there's something about this one that makes me even more anxious. Perhaps it's just that this is the first book of a new series, set in a new world. All of my previously published books are set in the same world, in a series of linked stand alone books. A Dance of Water and Air is different. Not only is this a new world, but it's also the first book in a duology that continues a story. The romance in Dance ends with HEA (though you'll see more of Edmund and Arden in the second book), but there are some plot points that aren't resolved in this one. For that, you'll have to wait just a little while until book 2, A Harmony of Fire and Earth, comes out in March.
I had so much fun creating the world in Dance. It's fantasy romance, set in a world of elemental magic with a main characters who is demisexual and cis and one who is bisexual and trans. I loved figuring out how the magic would work and also how it would be reflected in society and the individuals who possess it. And I had just as much fun getting to know Edmund and Arden and the characters who make up their little found family. Edmund, heir to the throne, is told he has to make an alliance marriage with the queen of a neighboring kingdom, and because he is the dutiful prince, he does what he must for his country. He doesn't expect to fall in love with Arden, the brother of the queen he's meant to marry. An already tangled situation is complicated further when someone tries to kill Queen Hollis, and Edmund is blamed. Arden rescues him when he is arrested, and they flee, trying to figure out how to keep their kingdoms out of war and their own future.
If you'd like to know more about the characters and inspiration behind the book, you can find me on various blogs over the next couple of weeks. There is a Release Blitz for Dance going on over the next few days (with a giveaway!), and I'm at From Top to Bottom Reviews today talking about writing fantasy romance with royalty and sharing some recs. Next week, there will be a blog tour for Dance (with another giveaway!). I'll post the stops in a few days.
Thank you so much for reading! I love Edmund and Arden and their story so much, and I hope you do too.
About A Dance of Water and Air
Arden is the younger brother of Aither’s queen and a wielder of Air magic. Raised in the politics of the court to support his sister’s rule, he understands the alliance is important to Aither, even as he worries about his sister marrying someone she’s never met. When Edmund arrives in Aither to prepare for the wedding, Arden is tasked with helping him settle in at court. As they spend more time together, Edmund and Arden develop a close friendship, then stronger feelings, but with Edmund’s wedding approaching, they must hide their feelings, even from themselves.
When someone tries to assassinate the queen, Edmund is blamed, and Arden rescues him before he can be executed for a crime he didn’t commit. To prevent a war between their kingdoms and protect them from a dangerous enemy, Edmund and Arden will have to discover who wants to pit Aither and Thalassa against each other and mend relations between the two kingdoms as they evade those searching for them—all while finding a way to be together.
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