The Saints and the Slaveholders
In the course of mere days, the incomparably ambitious Aine Pennington has been transformed from singer and bank heiress to the Lady Aria, peer to the realm and fiancée to Prince Valentino of the Tsiarkeh royal family. She’s never held more power.
Yet the Duchess is plotting. The Crown wants a taste of her tender young flesh. The Ring of Empire is calling out, and the gods are shifting their pieces into place.
For all her brilliance and fortune, Aria has never been less in control.
Darcy Patton has never had power, but he imagined himself to be in control: a successful lawyer, the personal attorney for his cousin Aria, and the object of lust for every woman in Milford. Yet his pursuit of the perfect reciprocal lover—and the broken hearts he leaves behind—send a seductive slave into his house and his entire life into chaos.
And then there’s Kira Amano, who has never known power or control at all. The useless little sister of Aria’s closest friend, Kira wakes one morning to find herself abandoned by her goddess in a pact with the Father of War—transformed against her will, an irremovable collar around her throat, into a Saint in a faith she’s never held.
Kira has power now. But whose?
In the rapidly colliding worlds of politics, ambition, and faith, where does true power lie? Who are the masters and who are the slaves? And can the young men and women of Milford take control of their rapidly changing destines before it’s too late?
The Saints and the Slaveholders is the exciting second venture into the gaslamp fantasy of K.C. Causey’s Turalynn.
The Sword and the Songbird
Aine Pennington is young. Beautiful. Famous far beyond County Pim and through all of Turalynn for her rhapsodic voice. Between her concerts, her bank fortune, and her mastery of the futures markets, she can buy and sell most earls and lords.
And she wants so much more.
Her best friend Kiyoe Amano wanted more, too, and has worked for all of it. She’s survived abusive parents and pedophilic bishops to become a naginata champion and a Marwbrite reverend, mere days away from summoning her last demon and becoming the thirteenth occultist in the history of the faith.
But upheaval is afoot and the gods are watching. And when Kiyoe inadvertently releases a demon plague of lust upon the quiet agricultural city of Milford, the ramifications will change both their lives forever.
Now Kiyoe is fighting for her life as the church that facilitated her abuse struggles to temper a power they may soon be unable to control. And Aine is climbing higher and faster than she ever dreamed possible—and maybe losing herself and her dreams in the process. As their fates and their gods pull them in different directions—as Kiyoe forges an alliance with the powerful Drionnic clergy Brendan Fitzharris, and as Aine finds herself forced by circumstance into the politically ambitious and cutthroat Tsiarkeh royal family—can their already frayed friendship survive the strain?
A novel of power, magic, and lust, The Sword & The Songbird is a visceral, fast-moving adult gaslamp fantasy—an LGBT-friendly work of character minus the saccharine romantic clichés. A natural fit for readers of Jacqueline Carey’s award-winning Kushiel’s Legacy novels and Ellen Kushner’s Swordspoint, The Sword & The Songbird is a story of broken relationships—of finding out that what you thought you wanted may be just as bad, or worse, than what you already had.
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The Saints and the Slaveholders is complete. Routine publishing and formatting tasks remain. The second novel in the Turalynn series should be available in the second quarter of 2019. Thanks to Harrison Demchick and Rafael Andreas for their stalwart and continuing efforts in the publication process.
The second draft of the third novel, The Crown and the Crisis is in progress.
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The Saints and the Slaveholders goes to the first round of editing on the 24th of this month. Wish me luck.
Preproduction on the second novel in the Turalynn series, The Saints and the Slave-holders is in progress.
The conclusion of the The Exile is posted in the blog. Read the final confrontation between the Tsiarkeh sisters.
Episode 13 of The Exile is up in the blog. Tania goes to confession. Will she receive absolution, or pay the horrible penance for the death of hundreds.
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I missed last week's post, so you'll get two episodes of the Exile today. Tania dines with the Craobhachs, and Tselenah discovers more fallout from the bungled military expedition.
The latest episode of The Exile is up in the blog. Can things get any worse for the Eternal Throne? You bet!
The latest episode of The Exile is posted in the blog section. Catch up with the happenings in the previous generation to the events depicted in The Sword and the Songbird.
After some "artistic differences" with the honorable Mister Gilliland, Rafael Andres stepped up to the plate and knocked it out of the park with the gorgeous cover seen left of here. That was the final step to publication. The ebook is now internationally available on Amazon. You can see his other work at his web site.
The Exile, a short story of Turalynn, will be published here over the coming weeks. Scene 1 was posted today. Read, comment and share.
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Cover Art for The Sword & The Songbird has been awarded to extraordinary British artist Alan Gilliland. You can see his portfolio at https://reedsy.com/#/freelancers/alan-gilliland
Concept art and cover reveals will take place as the work schedule is solidified. We're going for quality, not speed in this project, but the book can't be published without a cover.
Editing of The Sword & The Songbird is complete. Many thanks to my terrific editor Harrison Demchick for his hard work and suggestions. Mr. Demchick made me a better writer. What higher praise can there be for an editor?
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