I've been sharing snippets from The Merchant's Love for a while now, and I though it was time to mix it up a little. Today, I have a snippet from A Dance of Water and Air for you. Dance will be out on October 1st from NineStar Press. This is the first book in a fantasy romance duology that isn't connected to my Tournai series. It's the story of Edmund, a prince who must leave his kingdom to marrying the queen of a neighboring kingdom to seal a necessary alliance, and Arden, the queen's brother. They become friends and then fall in love, which is a problem considering who Edmund is supposed to marry. Then someone tries to kill the queen, and Edmund is blamed. Arden saves him, and while on the run, they have to figure out how to keep their kingdoms out of war and somehow be together. Edmund is cis and demisexual; Arden is trans and bi. The fantasy story carries over to the second book (expected to be published in March 2019), but Edmund and Arden get their HEA in this book. And after that long introduction, here's a snippet from the beginning of Dance.
Edmund swam, long limbs slicing through the clear, warm water. His mind quieted in the repetitive motion, in the weightlessness and the comfort of being surrounded by his Element. Everything washed away, leaving him calm and relaxed, the only time he ever was lately.
If only he could stay there.
He imagined it for a moment. Spending his life swimming and sailing. All his time in the soothing embrace of the water, or at the shore or bank, feeling Water’s power, learning to use its magic. It was a lovely dream. A lovely, impossible dream. With that thought, tension—the tension his morning swim had briefly dispelled—came flooding back.