Books & Broadswords Cover Reveal & Snippet

For those of you who wanted a copy of the Books & Broadswords and Rocks & Rapiers serial stories to keep, since they’ve now been taken down, I present to you, Books & Broadswords, Volume One. It’s up for preorder now, and will be available June 11:

Books & Broadswords Volume One cover. A teal open book, broadsword, and decorative swirls cover a purple dragon-scale background.

This novella-length volume includes two romantic fantasy stories set in a shared world, each with a guaranteed happily ever after, plus a new bonus epilogue.

Books & Broadswords

The only thing Feora likes more than stealing the king’s gold is using it to buy books. But when a handsome, persistent knight interrupts her day, Feora must decide if saving his life is worth revealing her true nature.

Rocks & Rapiers

Zenira never wanted to sell her rock collection, but when the new landowner raises her rent, she’s out of options. Armed with a sketchy rumor about a collector who will pay for stones others might consider worthless, Zenira sets out, but she’s met with an icy scowl, a muddy manor, and the overwhelming urge to mend the mess—owner included.

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And before you ask, yes, there WILL be a print version, but it may not go up for preorder. It will be available at release, though, and if the preorder happens, of course I’ll let you know. :)

Some other questions:

So, Volume One? 👀

Yes. There may never be a Volume Two, but I do have a new idea for another story, I just have to find the time to write it. Volume One is there to indicate it’s a collection, as well as leave room for future stories.

Did the stories change?

Hopefully not a lot, but I haven’t gotten the edits back yet, so I don’t know. I also added a brand new bonus epilogue for people who buy the book, so you’ll get a little extra even if you’ve already read the stories.

Did you say bonus epilogue?

Yep! It’s around 5k words, which is about half of Books & Broadswords, so pretty hefty, and it features two chapters: one from Ansel’s point of view and one from Baldric’s. If you wished the stories were open door, this epilogue is for you. If you didn’t… well, maybe skip it. :)

And because you made it this far, here’s a little peek at the epilogue. This hasn’t been edited yet and is subject to change, etc, etc.

This snippet is from Ansel’s POV and takes place ten years after the stories.

“I didn’t realize Baldric had mated,” Feora murmured.

My eyes narrowed at the odd note in her voice. I’d hadn’t spent a decade with a dragon without learning something of possessiveness, but I kept my voice mild as I asked, “You know him?”

“He’s my cousin. We were born around the same time, so we grew up together.” She huffed out a soft laugh. “Or at least as together as dragons ever get. We drifted apart as the years lengthened.”

My jealousy died, and I nudged her forward. “Let’s go say hello.”

The icy dragon’s eyes raked over me before landing on Feora and warming slightly. A wry smile touched his mouth, but it didn’t stop him from tugging his mate closer as we approached.

The woman at his side huffed at him. “Dragon, quit being ridiculous. I’m not going anywhere.”

Baldric brushed his lips over her temple with a barely audible rumble. “I warned you, witch.”

“You might’ve left out a few pertinent details. Like how you followed me to the bathroom. You’re lucky I love you.”

“I am lucky,” he murmured, completely unrepentant.

We stopped just shy of what would’ve been the normal distance for a human conversation, and the icy dragon dipped his head at Feora. “It’s good to see you, cousin.”

“You, too. Congratulations on your mating.”

Before Baldric could respond, his mate asked me, “Does she follow you to the bathroom?”

I glanced down at the possessive woman currently plastered to my side and grinned. “It hasn’t come up yet, but I’m going to assume so.”

“Damn right,” Feora muttered at the same time Baldric said, “See?”

The woman’s gaze flashed between us, then she smiled in relief. “Is this your first summit, too?”

“It is,” I assured her. “I’m trying to figure out how to escape back to our room as soon as possible.”

Her eyes widened and she glanced around as her voice lowered. “Can we do that?”

“I don’t know, but I’m going to vanish first and ask forgiveness later. Perhaps you should do the same.”

She held out her hand even as Baldric growled. “I’m Zenira, and this is Baldric, my grumpy dragon.”

I had to lean forward to take her hand, but one look at Baldric’s face and I decided it was better than attempting a step closer. “I’m Ansel, and this is Feora.”

“A pleasure,” Zenira said. Her eyes roved around the space. “So, do you think escaping at the same time would make us less inconspicuous or more?”

“You do realize half the room can hear you?” Baldric asked mildly. “And even if they couldn’t, escaping a ballroom full of testy dragons unnoticed would require a miracle.”

“So what you’re saying,” Zenira said slowly, mischief in her growing smile, “is that I don’t need to be sneaky.” She winked at me. “I hope I get to see you again later in the week.” Then she stood on her tiptoes and whispered something in Baldric’s ear. The dragon’s eyes widened, then he snatched her up and began to shoulder his way through the room.

I glanced down at Feora, and she shook her head. “Don’t even think—”

I scooped her up and strode toward Malaki’s corner and the door I hoped led straight to the servant’s staircase.

“Put me down right this instant,” Feora demanded, but her arm was curled possessively around my neck and her body was relaxed. “No one abducts a dragon. It’s not done!”

“It is now, Lady Dragon. But if it makes you feel better, I’ll let you have your wicked way with me once you’ve been successfully abducted.”

Her breath hitched and her eyes glowed with desire. “I’m going to devour you,” she promised, her voice husky. My head emptied of all thoughts except getting her into our room and out of her clothes.

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If you have any other questions, drop them in the comments and I’ll do my best to answer them. :)

17 thoughts on “Books & Broadswords Cover Reveal & Snippet”

      1. Hi,

        If you do decide on an audiobook, I would love to read Zenira’s point of view for you (I have “experience” since I have read the story to my parents 😁). My native language is french, so I have a slight accent that might be interesting to listen to.

        I can’t wait to get my hands on the book! Thank you for these wonderful stories.

      1. I assumed you probably wouldn’t be but ai have the rest of your books in audio so I had to check. I have them all on kindle too though so I’m happy to add this one to the kindle collection!

  1. It’s pre-ordered. Woo-hoo!
    What’s that I hear? I hear the thunder of footsteps of the Book Devouring Horde from the Ilona Andrews site to pre-order. 😁🏃🏃🏃🏃🥰

  2. Yep, the BDH is here and clicking pre-order.

    I’d buy this anyway, but it’s the year of the dragon. I HAVE to now. Totally obligated to buy all the dragon books.

  3. Thank you so much for the stories and the snippet too. I can’t wait for it to be printed. I am also dead-tree all the way. Please, please, please have it printed as I am definitely going to buy it a copy for me and one for my daughter.

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