With The Gray Mage releasing on August 31, I wanted to do something new to help celebrate the release!
I’m giving away a set of The Starless Girl and The Storm King, along with a green tea candle, to two winners! All you have to do is enter below, and sign up for my emails. Bonus entry points for following on Facebook and Instagram.
I’m all about opposites and contrast. So the magic in the Realm of Camellia is too. Light magic is visible, Shadow magic is invisible. Light magic is solid, and you can touch it. Shadow magic is intangible.
If you could choose, which would you rather have?
Light magic allows you to create anything you can think of, summoning a solid object made of Light, that can be used for anything (tools, weapons, clothing, anything depending on your skill to imagine it).
Shadow magic can be almost anything that’s not visible/tangible. Moving things with wind, controlling the weather, plants, etc. This one has a lot of possibilities too.
Coming August 31, 2021, The Gray Mage is the third book (out of 4) in the Realm of Camellia series. I’m not going to include the description here since it’s a little spoilery if you haven’t read the first two books, but you can read the blurb here on the product page.
Today I’ve got some fun book news to share with you, as J.D.L. Rosell stops by to spill the tea on his new fantasy release, The Throne of Ice and Ash, book one in The Runewar Saga.
Ok, J.D.L, spill it!
Hey folks! I have a new first book in a series out today — which is actually a heavily revised version of the first novel I ever wrote! The Throne of Ice and Ash is an epic fantasy with a lot my favorite things from the genre: big military conflicts, tons of political intrigue, and huge character trauma and growth. It’s inspired by Norse mythology and may, with some accuracy, be considered “Game of Thrones between Vikings and Egyptians.” This book begins my grandest epic to date, and I hope you’ll join me in beginning the journey!
How about some tea?
“Tea? What’s tea? Pass the ale or mead!” – probably one of the characters in Throne
I have been sitting on this news for a little while because I was waiting for all the paperwork to go through!
I have established an LLC for my publishing business, Tourmaline & Quartz Publishing! I picked the name for two of my favorite gemstones which are black and clear (white) representing contrasts but also words on the page. Tourmaline is said to repel negative energy, and quartz embodies power.
What does this mean for me?
Not much will change for me immediately, as I’m still learning how to parent two entire human beings while balancing my various publishing projects, but this is the start of a big upgrade.
I’ll be publishing my books going forward under my new publishing house, but I’m also looking to expand in the future to publish works by other authors, which is huge, exciting, and a little scary! My focus will be fantasy and sci-fi, and I’m looking forward to considering calls for anthologies as well.
Additionally, all of my editing and formatting clients will now be served under the umbrella of the company.
This is a really exciting step in my publishing career, and I appreciate everyone who has been there for me during this journey. I’ve learned a lot and can’t wait to grow some more. If you want to follow the publishing journey, subscribe over on my new website! www.TourmalineandQuartzPublishing.com
Because I want my stories to be available for anyone to read them. I want to share my fantastic worlds, and my fierce heroines with as many people who want to read them!
Today I’m going to share the story of Petra and Maisie Everturn, whose brother has gone missing while looking for an alchemycal artifact. Petra and Maisie run Everturn’s Finest Tea Shoppe, which was left to them by their parents, who both disappeared on an expedition to a far off land years ago.
When their brother Jiordan goes missing too, the sisters are determined to find him. But they soon discover he was searching for a highly dangerous artifact called the Alchemyst’s Mirror, and has entangled himself in a world of danger, mystery, and secret societies.
The sisters must work to find Jiordan or the mirror, before the mysterious alchemyst’s society finds them first.
It’s a story set in a steampunk setting, of family, mystery, adventure, and–my favorite–tea.
Lately, I’ll say to my husband, “guess what I’m working on?” And he’ll reply… “New book covers again?”
Yep. You got me.
My Arcera Trilogy covers were still not right, so I decided to take another look at them. So today I’m sharing with you a new cover reveal!
I’m really in love with these covers, all featuring a silhouette of Sylvia! Most of them feature scenes from the wilds, except for book #2–the location of which I won’t mention, because, spoilers!
Keep scrolling to see the first paperback of Meadowcity with the new cover. And you can get the trilogy in ebook, paperback, or audiobook with these lovely new covers.
* * * He wants to forge a new empire, at any cost. And she’s the only one standing in his way.
Professional adventurer Sylvia Thorne just wants to travel through the wilds between cities for a living, but when the governor of Skycity declares war on her home, she must embark on a quest that will determine the fate of the Four Cities forever.
And if she’s not careful, it won’t be just her life she’s risking—but everyone in Meadowcity.
Governor Sorin Greyling of Skycity is obsessed with knowledge. When he discovers the Four Cities’ darkest secret, he’ll stop at nothing to obtain the knowledge and power that has remained hidden for centuries.
Will Sorin’s discovery make him a legendary leader? Or will it drive him down a dark path of destruction?
But it was insane for me in LOTS of GOOD ways! I’ve grown so much as an author this year, this whole blog post is about all the exciting things I’ve accomplished, because why not celebrate the good things? Post contains affiliate links.
I always like to do a “looking back” post this time of year around my birthday.
I’m an optimist. But I struggled a lot this year, too, like everyone else in the world. Being pregnant during covid was an interesting journey, and I don’t think any of us will ever forget this year. But I don’t like to focus on the bad stuff.
I am an optimist. It does not seem too much use being anything else.
So first, here are some of my non-publication achievements:
– I learned how to cut my toddler’s hair! And nobody got hurt. Now if I only wanted to brave my own hair without messing it up…
– My Etsy shop did almost 400% better than 2019 (yep, 400%). If you didn’t know, I sell handmade papercut bookmarks. And I came very close to making 1,000 sales before I put it on vacation mode for maternity leave. Next year!!
– I had a baby!
– I gained several more wonderful editing clients and grew my freelance editing portfolio.
I’ve got a few things planned for 2021. I’m hoping to release 2 new books in the Everturn Chronicles. After that, well, who knows!
I hadn’t actually planned on releasing all of the books I did in 2020, and you can see how that turned out. I think originally it was just going to be the Writer’s Notebook, and The Storm King. But I had a golden moment in time with my toddler’s sleep schedule where I could write and do work during his nap and while he was in bed mornings and evenings.
Fortunately, as I was already a stay/work at home mom, my schedule didn’t actually change much this year. I just had less places to go/things to do with the toddler during his waking hours. I can’t wait until we can get out and about again, now with his little brother, too!
“Liz Delton is a wonderful steampunk author who infuses her novels with action, humor, whimsy, and charming characters set in a unique fantastical world.”
Elizabeth Chatsworth, Author of The Brass Queen
This was one of my absolute favorite books to write, and it’s definitely got one of my favorite cover designs! I’m already working on writing book #2, The Thief’s Amulet, and just started messing around with the new cover–because if I’m going to procrastinate writing, I might as well do it with another writing-related project, right?
“A fast paced tale of mystery, sisterhood, and tea.”
H.L. Burke, Fantasy Author
“If you enjoy steampunk or mystery adventure stories, then I recommend reading The Alchemyst’s Mirror. It was a mix of Indiana Jones and Sherlock Holmes, but with two sisters leading the story.”
The Plum Report
To keep on celebrating this book, I’m going to start releasing some of the recipes featured in the blog tour, but with more pictures! When I decided to include “tea shop recipes” in the blog tour, I test baked all of them. Today I’m going to share a really yummy one, Elliot Everturn’s Raspberry Crumble Bars.
The Recipe: Raspberry Crumble Bars
Flour- 1 Cup Oats- 1 Cup Baking Powder- 1 tsp Brown Sugar- 3/4 Cup Butter- 1/2 Cup (1 stick) Raspberries- 2 Cups (fresh or frozen) Lemon Juice- 2 tbsp White Sugar- 1/2 Cup Flour- 2 tbsp
Mix the flour, oats, baking powder, and brown sugar in a bowl.
Melt the butter, and stir it into the mixture until crumbly.
Pour two thirds of the mixture into an 8×8 pan (or pie dish)
In a small bowl, mix the raspberries with the lemon juice, white sugar, and flour.
Spread the raspberries evenly across the crumble in the pan.
Sprinkle the remaining crumble on top.
Bake at 350F for 35 minutes
Cool and cut into squares
Top with lemon glaze: Powdered sugar with a dash of lemon juice added until it reaches desired icing consistency.