The Queen’s Advantage: Chapter 6

Part of the serial story The Queen’s Advantage

Banquet Table

Valentin tried to guide me toward his mother while I did my best to drag my feet without being obvious about it. I failed.

“What is wrong?” he asked.

“You didn’t tell me your mother was here,” I hissed under my breath.

He looked surprised. “Of course she’s here. Where else would she be?”

The simple logic of the statement only made it worse. Of course she was here. I knew Valentin’s mother still lived, and I knew she usually resided in Koan, but it had never occurred to me that she still attended official events. That was a research failure on my part.

Despite dragging my feet, Valentin had us positioned at the bottom of the stairs by the time the dowager empress had descended. I studied her from under my lashes.

Entertainment media through the years had led us to believe that empresses should be tall and stately, as sharp and beautiful as statues cut from icy crystal. Valentin’s mother was none of those things. She was petite, plump, and pretty. Laugh lines fanned out from the corners of her eyes and her dark hair was threaded with gray. When she smiled at Valentin, her whole face lit up. She wore her emotions on her sleeve, something that had come through even in her photos.

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Good News, Everyone!

I’ve got two awesome pieces of book news to share!

First, Amazon picked Polaris Rising as one of their best romances of the month! And it also shows up under the best science fiction & fantasy category, too! (Thanks to Mr. Mihalik for finding that one!) The ordering changes, so you may have to scroll to see it, but it’s there. :)

Amazon's best romance books of the month, including POLARIS RISING.

I am beyond thrilled that Amazon picked my book. I mean, look at the other books they picked. I’m dying to read Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas. I love her books and this series is so fun.

SFR Galaxy Awards 2018

My second piece of excellent news is that The Queen’s Gambit won “Best Serial” in round four of the 2018 SFR Galaxy Awards! I am so delighted!

This is the very first award I’ve ever won for my writing, so it’s extra special. :)

What a fantastic way to start February!

And if you read the title in Professor Farnsworth’s voice, you get ten bonus points. :)

Polaris Rising Chapter 3

I hadn’t planned to put up chapter three because the whole chapter was just over what I was contractually allowed to share, and I didn’t want to leave you hanging in the middle of a scene.

But HarperCollins shared it on their page (thanks to Ness on Twitter for the heads-up), so I asked permission to share it here, and my editor was kind enough to give me the go-ahead!

Head over to my Polaris Rising page to read the first THREE chapters (click READ MORE). Then don’t forget to preorder because we’re just one week away from release!! Cue the panic flail. 😂

Handy preorder links:
Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Apple Books | Kobo | Google Play | BookPeople – Signed!

The Queen’s Advantage: Chapter 5, Part 2

Part of the serial story The Queen’s Advantage

Ballroom staircase

Valentin returned with two crystal flutes of sparkling wine. He held one of them out to me with an unreadable expression. “Your drink, Queen Rani.”

I stepped away from Asmo and accepted the flute from Valentin with a genuine smile. I decided not to dwell on the happy little thrill I felt whenever he was near. He had been gone for less than half an hour, but it had felt like forever. “Thank you.”

Valentin turned to Asmo. “Thank you, Advisor Copley, for keeping the queen company.” The dismissal was impossible to miss.

Asmo ignored it.

“It was my pleasure, Your Majesty. Spending time with Samara is no hardship. She is enchanting.” He lifted my free hand and kissed the backs of my fingers. When he lingered, I pulled my hand away, forcing him to release me. His eyes lit.

I hadn’t been trying to entice, I had just wanted my damn hand back. “Thank you for the escort,” I said, keeping my tone polite.

“Have lunch with me tomorrow,” he pressed.

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Polaris Rising Chapter 2 and Audiobook Sample!

Happy Tuesday, everyone! We’re just two weeks away from Polaris Rising’s release. Two. Weeks. Ahhhhhh!

If you mosey over to the book page, you’ll find Chapter 2 has been added. Click READ MORE then scroll down. Enjoy!

Also, HarperAudio posted a sample of the audiobook on their SoundCloud account, which I will now attempt to embed:

You can preorder the Audible audiobook or audio CDs.

I have to say, it is deeply strange to hear someone else reading my book. The narrator does a fantastic job, but it’s lived in my head for so long that it’s odd to hear someone else’s interpretation.

I can totally understand why some authors don’t listen to their audiobooks. I don’t know if I’ll fall into that camp or not, because now I kind of want to hear how she reads the rest. :)

Also, don’t forget to check if you won an ARC. A couple people haven’t emailed me yet!