Guess who’s having a release party?
Well, okay, so the romantic, lovey-dovey side of me… Occasionally I cross-post from my other pen names, like right now. Because this party needs some L-O-V-E from people who love reading. And fantasy. And romance. Or maybe you’re just an ally of the LGBTQA community… all are welcome!
Book Release Party for A Question of Counsel
These heroines don’t settle for being damsels in distress — they’d rather kick ass and fall in love. A high fantasy romance to steal your heart. ♥
When: May 27th @ 8pm (EDT) + the After Party on May 28th.
Where: On Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/450660561775319/
What’s involved? On the docket: games, videos, some chatter about characters, excerpts, and PRIZES. That’s right… guests can win STUFF. Interesting things. Useful things. Shiny things. Like these:
Winner = Love Struck pendant necklace + $40 Amazon gift card
2nd Runner up = eBook(s) of the winner’s choice (up to $10 value)
3rd Runner up = eBook(s) of the winner’s choice (up to $5 value)
& smaller giveaways of Amazon gift cards, gift certificates for my publisher, Less Than Three Press, and a couple copies of one of my very first romance novella… which just happens to take place in the same world as this new book.
Did I mention the winner gets something shiny?
(Love Struck pendant from Wildflower and Company)
And the reason why I chose a heart with an arrow through it?
Come to the party and you might just find out.
OR buy the book and find out why it makes me giggle. A lot.
About A Question of Counsel
In short? There’s these two gals, both with pretty screwed up families. One’s the disgrace of her family; the other is the only free member still alive in her family, and she’s starting to become an alcoholic. Their brothers are jerks. Their jobs have ups and downs.
And then they fall in love… a mix of complication and simplification all rolled up into one.
Oh, and there’s fighting, throwing knives, a very well-placed arrow, a rickety table, and one very confident best friend who (from the author’s perspective) is a complete and utter attention whore.
But here’s the official “about”…
Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.
When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family—a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.
Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…
And for a little fun… an excerpt:
Before she could make another foolish mistake, Aeley rushed from the room. The night was nothing like she had planned and not what she needed.
Aeley did not stop. The sound of heavy boots pounded the stone floor behind her.
The steps slowed as Mayr caught up. “Seriously, that’s it?” he asked. “That’s how you thought you’d get out of that?”
“I have something to do.”
Mayr snorted. “Right, just as much as I believe it, I’m sure.” He poked her hand. “Just as much as I know this thing isn’t nothing. You went almost white when you read it. What’s it say?”
“It says you need to mind your own.”
“Aren’t you just the joy of the Four Goddesses?”
“No. Unless you’re going to tell me what this is, you don’t get to use my first name. It’s Head Guard if you’re going to just lie to me.”
Aeley stopped in the middle of the corridor and sighed.
“I’m not giving this up so you can stop with the sighing and the huffing, and don’t even begin stamping your foot.” Wrapping one hand around her elbow, Mayr’s tender grip helped keep her steady. “I’ve known you since we were kids. Don’t make me steal that thing. I know something’s wrong and you’re being stubborn. Again.”
She considered her options. It was better if no one else knew what was happening. To have received the summons in front of her guests was humiliating enough. She did not have to share the details.
But Mayr was not a guest. He already knew the truth of what had happened in Oly Valley. He had been there by her side, making sure she returned home alive. What harm could there be in telling him the fight was not yet over?
I owe him that much. And he didn’t say a word in front of anyone. He could’ve, but he didn’t. He deserves to know. “Come on.” Aeley pulled him through the halls to her study and pushed him into the room before slamming the door. On the way to her desk, she tossed the scroll at him.
“What? You’re going to make me read it?”
“Always something,” Aeley grumbled and spun around. “They want me to go there, to Council, to watch him receive his ultimate judgment. They’d said I wouldn’t.”
Mayr leaned against the wall. “No, they said you possibly wouldn’t. You slipped in that extra—”
He threw up his hands. “Fine. If it bothers you that much, don’t go.”
“I can’t,” Aeley said resignedly. “The Councilmen are expecting me to be there to help them put Allon away permanently. He’s a danger to everyone. His men caused so much damage. I hear some of the children they captured are still terrified. That isn’t how I want things to be. We can’t disappoint them and let him off easily.”
“So then go.”
“I don’t want to.”
“Ae, choose one.” His tone softened as he approached her. “I’ll back you on any decision, but you’re going to have to choose one. Either you’re the perfect Tract Steward or you hide. Of course, if you hide, Allon wins, and then what good is your superiority?”
Part of her wanted to throw the decanter at his head. Just when she thought he was being sweet, he hit her with the blunt truth.
“Don’t say it. You hate me.”
“You have no idea,” Aeley muttered.
There’s my shameless self promo for the day. Hope to see you at the party!
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