Tuesday, April 30, 2013
This one is traditional fantasy with a (sweet) romance. It's novella length, clocking in just over 30,000 words. So about a third of a full-length print book.
Yes, yes, I know. A little different than The Paris Affair. If you've been around this blog a while, you're probably not surprised in the least. I'm a shameless genre hopper.*
Anywho, here's the cover, the blurb, and the link to buy on Kindle (hint: Prime members can borrow it for free!).
The water beckons…
Illista and her sister fled their homeland when invaders killed their parents and tried to enslave the girls’ innate water magic. Now disguised as servile Waki, Illista serves the Segra people on the dusty high plains, far from the warm oceans of her childhood.
One night, lured by the siren song of the Segra’s sacred lake waters, Illista sheds her Waki disguise for a swim and becomes witness to a murder attempt on the Segra chief’s only son and heir.
Joral’s marriage to the daughter of another tribe will seal the peace between the warring nations and strengthen both halves of the Segra people against invaders from the West. When he is poisoned and nearly drowned on the night of his betrothal, a mysterious sprite of a woman saves his life.
Was the attempt on his life the workings of a rival, or was it tied to the sudden arrival of Western mercenaries who seek the missing water witches?
A secret revealed…
When Joral discovers Illista’s secret, will he sacrifice her to secure peace for his people? Or will he follow his heart for the sake of a water sprite who may be the Segra’s only hope for restoring the rains to the drought-ridden land?
*FYI, I do have a follow-up or two to The Paris Affair in the works, including a holiday-themed short that is in work, and a sequel on the drafting board. Did I mention genre-hopping? Because in the middle of the Paris sequels, I'm planning a little romantic suspense and maybe some sci fi. And I have a sequel or three to Call the Rain also on the drafting board. It's a big board, ok?