Summer Sale! HONOR for 99cents and HELEN for 1.99!

The Amaliad

You came for Thor, now read on for more!

issue XIX

Let's keep it simple -- when I have something exciting to share or a promotion I think you'd like to know about, I'll send it out in a newsletter no more than once monthly. I'll try to include a fun behind-the-scenes tidbit at the bottom for your entertainment, and I'll do my best not to waste your time or clutter your inbox unnecessarily! 

August Excitement!

In honor of my birthday this month I've got not just one, but TWO sales for you all!


HELEN OF SPARTA is just 1.99 for kindle this month! It's a great place to start if you want to dive into my bronze age mythic historical fiction as Amalia Carosella. Meet Theseus, Pirithous, Helen and her brothers--even Athena, Aphrodite, and Poseidon make appearances! Plus some of the old standbys: Menelaus, Agamemnon, Cunning Odysseus, and Ajax the Great! 

If you've already read it and loved it, I hope you'll do me the honor of telling a friend! 

Buy Helen of Sparta Now!

And for my SECOND trick:

For a limited time only, HONOR AMONG ORCS is available for just 99 cents on Amazon for kindle! This title doesn't go up for sale all THAT often so grab it while you can!! This sale ends on August 8th and you don't want to miss it!

If you're new to the Orc Saga, don't forget to grab your copies of Blood of the Queen and The Queen and her Brook Horse to go along with it!

Buy Honor Among Orcs!

Ariadne and the Beast is Available EVERYWHERE!

As Newsletter subscribers, Ariadne and the Beast has been available for you to read for FREE since you signed up--now it's available in wide release for just $1.99!

If you've enjoyed Ariadne already, please consider posting a review on Goodreads! Or Amazon! Or Anywhere you buy and talk books!


Imaginary Friends goes Wide, too!

After her mother's death, a lonely little girl imagines herself a friend named Donar to chase away her fears at night. When Donar is with her, she knows she'll always be safe.
Then she grows up.

Still just .99 cents, and also still available on my blog for free--but you can grab it now for kindle, kobo, nook, ibooks, etc, too! The price goes up to 1.99 this fall!



And Fate of the Gods is now available EVERYWHERE! 

Find FORGED BY FATE for FREE at any of the following retailers:  Kindle | Nook | Kobo | iBooks | Scribd | Playster

Or grab your copies of FATE FORGOTTEN:
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Tell your friends!
And if you enjoyed any of these books, please consider writing a review! 

August Giveaway

How about a signed paperback copy of POSTCARDS FROM ASGARD complete with beautiful new cover art? (US only--International users, I'll be happy to send you a mobi or epub instead of the paperback this round.)

All you need to do to enter to win is reply to this email and tell me what you've been reading this summer! I'll pick one person at random from the bunch!

But hurry! You only have until Thor's Day August 16 to enter!

Did You Know:

Happy Birthday to me! 

I started August with a surprise 3500 word day on the 1st and then promptly fell off the writing wagon, because it's birthday celebration time, and I've got big plans--

Playing Uno with my cousins!

Uno is a family tradition for our generation, and now that we're all grown up, we don't get to gather together as often. But a whole family of my closest cousins are back in town and I'm determined to take advantage of the opportunity presented.

Also there will probably be cider and the excitement of Wine Bottle Roulette: opening up borderline-old wine and tasting it to see if it's good still or already turned to vinegar. Oops. (Fortunately we have a vinegar crock to recycle the already on-its-way-out wine, too.)

July was stupendously productive, word-wise, considering all the summer comings and goings I was working around and here's hoping that August stays on trend--birthday celebration excepted--but in the meantime, how about a glimpse of what I started the month working on?

After so many years at war, even Priam could not fault the terms presented by the Achaeans. Should Paris lose—and there was no one in the palace who truly believed he would do otherwise—Menelaus would win Helen, of course, and reparations would be paid by Troy to the Achaean kings in the form of livestock, gold, and slaves. It would mean lean years for Troy, to be certain, but nothing they could not recover from once the war was ended and with it, the disruption of trade to and from the Hellespont. Just lifting the siege they’d lived under for so long would be enough to counter any resentment over the cost.

And should Paris win by some divine blessing, the Achaeans would leave at once. Keeping the prizes and plunder they had already managed to acquire to make up for their losses.

“They will not keep their word,” Helen had warned—not just Paris himself, but also Hector and Priam. “The gods will not let them. Whether Paris wins or loses, they will not go. Not until they have breached the walls and set fire to the city itself.”

“We must risk it,” Hector said. “We have no choice. Once the men heard of it—they have fought so hard for so long, and I do not blame them for their exhaustion, but we walk the edge of a blade now. If they believe for a moment we will not risk ourselves for their sakes, we will have more than the Achaeans to fear.”

“You will sacrifice your brother and me for nothing at all,” Helen said. Words Paris could not say. Not without it all sounding like a coward’s excuse.

Hector offered a grim smile. “Not nothing if it inspires the loyalty of our men. Not nothing if it gives them the heart to fight. Let the Achaeans betray us. Let them defeat Paris and refuse to leave our shores, after they have sworn as much before the gods. They will be cursed, all of them, and our men will know it. Our soldiers will fight that much harder. And I swear to you, Helen, if they do not keep their word, we will take you back.”

But Helen shook her head. “If Paris is dead, I will not have you waste any more of Troy’s men on my account. Let me go, I beg of you, and your men will know the Achaeans truly fight for nothing but greed. That this war Agamemnon and Menelaus have started has nothing to do with me.”

“You have my word, Sister,” Hector promised, and then his gaze settled again upon Paris, his jaw going tight. “We will begin this afternoon. After I have seen to the men. We’ll train here, in the palace.”

So the other men would not know how poorly he fought. So they would not think him weak, and lose heart. Paris nodded, unable to meet his brother’s eyes. His gaze shifting instead to Helen. Brave Helen, who was preparing herself already for the worst. For what she might do if he did not survive.

He supposed he had better prepare himself, too.


Just 6 chapters or so left to go and this little side-project should be wrapped up! I've only got 11,000 words to do it in, to keep it Novella length. With my track record... 


Wish me luck!

Currently Reading

By Madeline Miller


So many fun books this past month! Technically I just finished Circe--but I enjoyed it so much I wanted to make sure I featured it for you all, here!

As you may or may not suspect, my bar for mythic retellings of this particular variety is um--high. RARELY do I meet a book based on Greek Myth in which I agree with all the choices made by the author and a lot of the time I end up pretty disappointed. As a result, I dragged my feet a bit on reading this one--but I shouldn't have. It was TRULY delightful. Beautifully written and wonder of wonders, EVERYTHING Miller did in this book completely worked for me. If you like MY Greek Myth retellings, I have no reservations in recommending Circe to you, too!

Listening To

Imagine Dragons:
Smoke + Mirrors

Yeah, I have a problem.


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