How is it September already? I don't know where the summer went! Not only that, but A Dance of Water and Air will be out in about a month, which I am not at all ready for. But, I thought I'd share some more snippets from it in the lead up to release day. 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 marry 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 whom 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. Hopefully, I'll have a final cover to share soon (the draft was so pretty!). For now, here's a snippet in which Edmund finds out the terms of the alliance from the king (it went over six sentences. Sorry!). Edmund speaks first.
“Not at all. However, the promises of increased trade and mutual protection were not enough on their own to secure the alliance we needed.”
Edmund wasn’t surprised, though he hadn’t been privy to the particulars of what Father wanted, aside from Aither standing with them should Tycen press their aggression. “What did they ask for?”
“Queen Hollis and her advisors required more assurance of our compliance, and truth be told, I wasn’t upset to have more of theirs. They’re Air wielders, so they’re different from us, but Water and Air are compatible. Even if I would have preferred an alliance with no deeper entanglements.”
“Father?” A rush of cold spread through Edmund’s veins.
“You and Queen Hollis will wed with the expectation of a child being born within two years. The alliance will be secured by blood and all the stronger for it.”