After standing trial in the Summer Court, James is sent on a quest to kill the Cait Sidhe, the monstrous faery cat who manipulated him into betraying the Seelie faeries and destroying the magical barrier that protected them. When the time comes to kill the beast, James decides to trick him into helping undo his mistake. But the man beneath the beast, Cecil Morris, is just as dangerous, and his manor, Heatherfield, is full of wild and deadly magic. In trying to reach Cecil, James risks being pulled into the darkness with him.
Cai, accompanying James to Heatherfield, escapes from the Cait Sidhe’s prison and fights for his life against Heatherfield’s deadly magic, determined to keep his oath to kill the beast even if it means making James his enemy. Kallista and Alan, also captives in the manor, face a fight of their own as Alan’s Unseelie magic slowly consumes him.
Meanwhile, newly-appointed Noble Faery Deirdre and her human champion, Iain, head into an ancient tomb to find her drachma, an item that will help her control her powerful magic and save the Summer Court from destruction. She must undergo a trial to earn her drachma, but dark forces lurk inside, waiting to use her magic against her and against all she loves.
The Thrall’s Gambit is book five in the seven-book Winter’s Blight series.
My novel Tempest Cursed will soon be available to enjoy as an audiobook! The talented @franburgoyne is narrating. So excited for you all to hear this magical, Gothic tale brought to live. More updates to come.
Greetings, readers! I hope you are doing well and staying safe. If everything goes smoothly, you will have THE THRALL’S GAMBIT (Winter’s Blight #5) in your hands (Ereaders) on October 31, 2020! That’s NEXT MONTH! It’s the perfect slightly spooky Halloween read with Unseelie monsters, a magic manor, and the vicious, enigmatic Cait Sidhe. Look for the cover reveal in mid October!
I will update once/if the preorder is up by October 26. Thank you for reading, reviewing, and telling your friends about the series while you wait!
“If you want power, pain is a natural part of it.” – The Thrall’s Gambit (Winter’s Blight Book 5)
Greetings, readers! M.C. Aquila and I have been hard at work on Book 5. We are sending the book to beta readers next week! After that, all that’s left is final edits and proofreading. Here is an aesthetic board to give you a feel for the tone:
There are hints in this aesthetic. But as you can probably guess from the title, this book is a little more James-focused. Everyone gets their moments to shine as well, as usual!
Do you have any predictions about what’s going to happen? Honestly, after how Book 4 ended, I think anything is possible!
When Pearl searches for answers after her mother’s presumed drowning, she finds a boy with magic, Hake, instead. Their bond is tested when his monstrous nature is revealed and when the decaying sea-dwelling god who raised him seeks revenge on the island. Tempest Cursed is a loose retelling of Wuthering Heights in two parts
When Pearl searches for answers after her mother’s presumed drowning, she finds a boy with magic, Hake, instead. Their bond is tested when his monstrous nature is revealed and when the decaying sea-dwelling god who raised him seeks revenge on the island. Tempest Cursed is a Gothic YA fantasy retelling of Wuthering Heights.
I wanted to update you all quickly on what I’ve been working on. M.C. Aquila and I are currently hard at work writing Winter’s Blight Book 5, and we hope to get it out to you fall 2020. If you want updates on the writing process, check out my Twitter.
If you like our series and haven’t reviewed it yet, please consider doing so. I am so grateful to everyone who is reading and enjoying our books. It blows my mind and warms my heart to think there are people out there who adore our characters as much as we do. If you want to see our artwork and silly things relates to our books, check out our Tumblr!
I will also be releasing my debut solo novel this year, which is a Gothic fantasy retelling of one of my favorite classic novels, Wuthering Heights. Expect a blurb, cover reveal, and release date update in the coming months.
Though protected behind a barrier of magic, the Realm of the Summer Court is anything but safe…
Deirdre, James, and Iain finally reach Seelie Court to warn them of the impending war and heal Deirdre’s stolen magic. However, their greatest challenges are yet to come.
Deirdre must prove she can regain her magic and control it or risk losing her chance to belong in the Realm. When Iain volunteers to be her champion, he must undergo a trial of his own to prove his claims about the Iron Guard by joining the perilous Wild Hunt. James continues his quest for magic by communicating with Cecil, the enigmatic emissary of the Winter Court. Although the monstrous Cait Sidhe cannot be trusted, can James trust the man behind the beast?
As Alan and the army draw nearer to the Summer Court with each hour the dark magic aiding him threatens to destroy not only him but Kallista—and everything he is fighting for.
It’s finally almost here! You can currently preorder on Smashwords or you can wait and purchase the ebook on the release day on Amazon. You can also enter to win some goodies in our giveaway on our Instagram (wintersblightseries). For more details, head to our Instagram!