Author: Liz

Seasons of Soldark cover reveal

Seasons of Soldark cover reveal

It’s here! The cover for my upcoming collection in all its seasonal steampunk glory:

Designed by the talented people at Deranged Doctor Design, this gorgeous beauty will be launching on Kickstarter on September 5th! You’ll be able to get your hands on this book as a limited edition full-color interior hardcover, with character illustrations, chapter art, and more. The color edition will ONLY be available if you back the Kickstarter, so don’t miss out.

It contains all four of my Seasons of Soldark novellas, giving you four heartwarming seasonal stories to read whenever the mood strikes you. You can read them in any order, and they each standalone, making it a very stress-free read.

About the Kickstarter:

I chose Kickstarter for launching this book in order to make this launch extra-special! The platform allows me to essentially have a very fancy pre-order process, complete with limited edition swag–something I would never be able to do on normal retailers. These stories are very special to me, since realizing cozy fantasy was actually a genre people like, because I love it too. And I want to share these stories with as many people as I can.

Not familiar with Kickstarter? As I said, it’s basically a fancy way of pre-ordering. First, make sure you’re following the campaign on Kickstarter, and then Kickstarter will notify you the moment it launches (Sept 5). If you want to support the project, there are many different tiers of funding, all of which come with some kind of reward. For example, if you pledge $10, you’ll receive a copy of the ebook collection as a reward! Other tiers include paperback editions, and of course the Kickstarter exclusive: a hardcover with full-color interior. I can’t wait to show you the character illustrations, and art that will decorate every single page!

About the Novellas:

Spectacle of the Spring Queen

Mae Wright has always dreamed of opening her own seamstress shop, and when she inherits a premises in the illustrious city of Soldark, she thinks her dreams have come true. But misfortune strikes the moment she steps foot in the city, when she loses her money and her things after saving her dog from falling into the port. With the help of a local theater and its mysterious director, she’ll need to get back on her feet–but will her dreams of becoming a seamstress be the same after finding a new life in the theater? 

The Mechanical Masquerade

Verity Pennington has always wanted to attend the Midsummer Masquerade ball held by the elite society in Soldark. And when her best friend tells her she’s moving, and it’s their last chance to get in, Verity must tap into her creative side to pull off a mask that will allow her entrance. When a thief steals valuable clock plans from her father’s shop, and Verity knows he’s going to be at the ball, getting in isn’t just a fanciful idea anymore, but a daring escapade.

All Hallows Airship

After a childhood illness, Caz Coppersdown is finally heading out of Soldark on her own, though she doesn’t consider her great aunt’s estate anything exciting. She’s more interested in tracking down a big news story that’ll get her published in the Soldark Times, but her aunt’s All Hallows soiree doesn’t seem too newsworthy. That is, until a catastrophic blast in town points fingers at innocent people. She’ll need to dig for facts quickly, because the constables are calling..

The Clockwork Ice Dragon

Aurelia Sundon finally has a chance to get into the illustrious Inventor’s Guild. The only problem? The deadline for submitting her invention is Christmas Day. She thinks she’ll be able to swing it, until her ex-boyfriend shows her his competing invention, which has gone out of control and is covering the city in snow. As she decides whether to help him, the snow is getting deeper, and the clock is ticking…

Ok, one more time: Follow the campaign here!!

Announcing: Special Edition Soldark Kickstarter

Announcing: Special Edition Soldark Kickstarter

I am excited to announce I’m planning a Kickstarter for a special edition hardcover of the Soldark novellas–all in one gorgeous, color interior book!

Check it out on Kickstarter, and click “Notify me on Launch”!
(Cover sneak peek image for illustrative purposes only, not the real deal!)

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform, where creators can launch a campaign centered around funding a particular project.

Backers, people who pledge money to back the campaign, will usually be rewarded with…well… rewards! Campaigns often have different tiers of support, such as- pledge $5, and you’ll be rewarded with a copy of an ebook. Pledge $100 and you’ll probably get tons of shiny rewards. Each amount will have it’s own list of goodies. (And if a campaign doesn’t meet its funding goal, none of the pledges are charged, and there are no rewards to be had–but if it does, you don’t pay anything until the campaign ends.)

Kickstarter has long funded creative projects, and I’ve backed campaigns on there since 2013! I never really thought I would run my own, until it really started blowing up as a place to fund/create SPECIAL EDITIONS of books.

The Seasons of Soldark Novellas are getting bundled up into one omnibus collection, with a gorgeous new cover by Deranged Doctor Design. There will be super special character art by an illustrator, and there is also a FANTASTIC reward item that I can’t talk about yet. More on that to be revealed soon. There will be hardcovers, and they will have color interiors! (There will also be color interior paperbacks!)

This is an edition that you will ONLY be able to get from backing the Kickstarter.

So what do you do?

I would love it if you checked out the page on Kickstarter, and followed the campaign! (click “Notify me on Launch”) The campaign will launch late summer/early fall, the exact date TBD.

The Realm of Camellia Series is now Complete!

The Realm of Camellia Series is now Complete!

Wow. I can’t believe I finally get to say this, but the Realm of Camellia Series is now complete!

As I did an interview Live on IG last night, I realized I have been writing in this world for about SIX YEARS. It’s crazy to think that this time has come to an end. I have been through A LOT in those six years, and I think Kira’s journey in Camellia reflects on that.

Her story was always about finding balance, and about finding light in the darkness. And I hope her story and messages resonate with people out there, because I know sometimes it can be hard to find that light in dark times. I am so proud of Kira’s growth as a character, and I will miss writing Thistle’s snarkiness, Zowan’s strength and wisdom, Anzu’s steady stoicism, and Jun’s confident banter.

I want to thank everyone who has joined me in this writing journey. Big thanks to Benjamin Thomas, my longtime beta reader, as well as Ben Daniels, Dan Foley, and Tori-Lynn Bell, the best writer’s group full of support, skill, and imagination. Another big thanks to Kimberly Grymes for joining me first as a reviewer, then beta reader, and writing buddy! Thank you to all the readers who have joined me throughout this epic journey, I hope you enjoy the final installment of Kira’s story.

It was more difficult than I predicted to finalize this series. I had invested so much in these characters and wanted to see their stories come to a proper close. There are some sad parts. There are some amazingly powerful moments. There are small but intense moments of love and family and friendship.

Enjoy, and thank you! I hope to see you all join in my next series journey, which I can’t quite tell you about yet! But now that The Starlight Dragon is out in the wild, I should be able to start working on the new series quite soon.

Realm of Camellia Read-Along 99c Sale

Realm of Camellia Read-Along 99c Sale

It’s almost here!

I’m hosting a group read of the Realm of Camellia Series in my reader group, Liz’s Literati, where we’ll read all three books in the series leading up to the release of the fourth (The Starlight Dragon, February 28).

And because of that, all three books are 99c for a limited time, so you can grab your copy and join us!

and then…

What’s the Read-Along all about?

Starting January 9th I’ll be hosting a read-along of the entire Realm of Camellia Series, leading up to the release of The Starlight Dragon on February 28th. Join in if you’d like to do a group read of the books, whether you’ve read them before, or if this is the first time. We can discuss the chapters, discussion questions, your favorite characters, Q&A’s with me about Kira’s story, artwork, and, the best part–prizes!

All you need to do is join my Facebook group, Liz’s Litarati. I’ll use the hashtag #ROCReadalong on all the posts in case you miss any and want to go back.

Here’s the reading order:

The Starless Girl: January 9-January 23
The Storm King: January 24- February 7
The Gray Mage: February 8- February 25

Feb 28: The Starlight Dragon releases!

My 3 favorite books read this year

My 3 favorite books read this year

I didn’t get to read a lot this year, but I did read some great books! Some of them are quite possible my TOP favorite books now. And I may or may not have given several of these books as Christmas gifts to friends this year…

What was your top favorite this year? Or top 3 if you can’t choose? Let me know in the comments!

In no particular order (because they are all equally brilliant!) mine are:

In Solitude’s Shadow (Book 1 Empire of Ruin) by David Green

One of my new favorite authors! I really enjoyed the first two books available in series! I hear there are 2 more coming, this year I think. This is Dark/Epic Fantasy. The magic is fantastic. The characters are so human (except the ones who are elves…). This series is muuuch darker than my stuff, though, so be warned.

Legends and Lattes by Travis Baldree

This book was so cozy and just feel-good fantasy that I really enjoyed it. Which is also no surprise as it was so popular, it got picked up by a major publisher! Superb writing and worldbuilding. This is definitely a book I can see myself re-reading for comfort, and it pretty much opened up the world of “Cozy Fantasy” to me!

Inked (Guilded Blood book 1) by Rachel Rener

This is urban fantasy at its finest! The main character is a tattoo artist, and quickly finds herself embroiled in the strange and dangerous world of Fae. This is also a new author to me, and I’ve just pre-ordered the 3rd book in the series because it is just that good.

The Starlight Dragon Cover Reveal

The Starlight Dragon Cover Reveal

It’s here! The Starlight Dragon is now available for Preorder, and you can finally see its beautiful cover:

Spoilers Ahead

If you haven’t read the other books in the Realm of Camellia series, and don’t want them spoiled, stop reading now!

After a year of hard training, Kira’s time at Gekko-ji is coming to an end. Her ceremony is cut short when Tigran and his army arrive with a powerful weapon and new laws prohibiting magic.

Now everyone in the Realm of Camellia is in danger.

When strange magic starts appearing across the realm, Kira must decide whether or not to continue playing the political game.

Or become a rebel.

As more anomalies appear, Kira and her friends set out to undo the evil wrought by the same man responsible for separating Kira’s family. In order to defeat Tigran, Kira must delve into a centuries-old mystery and seek out allies both old and new.

Can she unravel the secrets of the past and save the realm from total darkness?

The epic conclusion to the Realm of Camellia Series.

Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice is Live!

Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice is Live!

Kingdoms of Wrath and Ice is my first short story anthology, dedicated to icy villains. Each of the fifteen stories will leave you questioning who really is the villain, or just whose side you’re on.

As the editor and publisher of this anthology, I am so excited to share it with you!

A dangerous kelpie trying to protect her sacred lands.
An ancient queen, reawakened from a long ago death.
A Nordic assassin, bent on purging his court from corruption.

And many more stories of wrath and ice!

Happy Book Birthday, All Hallows Airship!

Happy Book Birthday, All Hallows Airship!

All Hallows Airship lands today just in time for peak autumn foliage here in Connecticut.

A catastrophic blast. A haunting memory. And she only has one chance to prove her family’s innocence.

All Caz Coppersdown has ever wanted is to be a journalist for the Soldark Times. But the chances of her parents letting her pursue a breaking story are slim. Secluded after a childhood illness, Caz finally gets to leave Soldark for a trip to the country to her great aunt’s estate, but she quickly finds out there isn’t anything newsworthy there—unless you count her aunt’s upcoming All Hallows Eve soiree.

Until the local airshow clashes with her aunt’s party plans—causing more than just pumpkins to be destroyed. When Caz meets one of the airship pilots and discovers something about her family’s past, Caz might have just found her big story.

But she’ll need to dig for the facts quickly, because the constables are looking for a culprit, and old ghosts are making themselves known on this All Hallows Eve.