A Dance of Water and Air will be out in about a month, so I'm sharing some 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. Today's snippet picks up not long after the last with Edmund's reaction to what his father told him. (Peregrine is his private secretary and friend.)
Edmund wasn’t stupid or naive; he knew the best way to seal an alliance such as this one was with a marriage and a child. But, somehow, he hadn’t consciously thought about it. Perhaps he hadn’t wanted to because if he’d thought about it, he’d have to accept that the marriage would be his.
“Are you all right?” Peregrine hovered for a moment before sitting beside Edmund on the couch.
“I’ll have to be, won’t I?”