Summer Break: Refreshed, Revised, Renewed

What I did this summer…

Remember having to write this essay when we were kids? I recall slumping in my seat, my pencil hovering over clean, lined paper, trying to explain the “nothing-ness” of my summer. Because doing nothing stood out to me. Sure, I went on bike rides and visited the beach and went to the movies and saw friends. But there were no deadlines, assignments, expectations. There was the freedom to do NOTHING. The freedom to be STILL.

I had the great joy of re-experiencing this pleasure of summer. On July 20th, I turned in to my editor the manuscript for the second book in The Legacy of the Heavens trilogy, DREAMS OF THE DARK SKY, then left for a three-week sojourn in Finland. And though we traveled far and wide on the road trip and visited and rediscovered family, there was always a sense of stillness and the freedom to do nothing but look at the sky, the water, the fields, the trees, the sunsets. My heart is so full of gratitude for the renewed connection with my family and a reconnection to the natural world. Being able to do nothing this summer, makes it possible for me to feel like I can now do anything this fall. If you are interested in reading about my last visit to Finland two years ago, I wrote an essay about it for Literary Hub. You can read it here.

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Dreams of the Dark Sky Available for Pre-Order

It seems like The Song of All just came out?! Oh, wait! The Song of All did just come out on February 20th from Night Shade Books/Skyhorse Publishing. And Dreams of the Dark Sky, book two of The Legacy of the Heavens trilogy, is already available for pre-order in hardcover and paperback on Amazon. Since DOTDS is now officially out on Amazon, I thought I would share the back cover copy here. For those of you who haven’t read or haven’t finished reading The Song of All,  SPOILER ALERT.

In the aftermath of a devastating clash between gods and men, two unlikely allies―one immortal and one human―must band together to survive in the sequel to the epic fantasy debut The Song of All.

The war between men and immortals that raged across the frozen Northland of Davvieana has ended. For men, the balance of power between Believer and Brethren, between honoring the gods and honoring the sword, has shifted to favor priests over Hunters.

But it is the legacy of one man’s love for his son that shapes the lives of all who survived.

While Irjan, the once-legendary immortal hunter, has saved his son’s life, he cannot save Marnej from the men who will make him a killer, nor can he save the immortal girl he’d promised to protect from the secret of her birth.

Raised by Irjan among the immortals, Dárja has been trained to fight by a man who once hunted her kind. Prisoner among the humans, her hatred for them is challenged by the chance to give Irjan what he has always wanted―his son Marnej returned to him.

Together, Marnej and Dárja, human and immortal, must find a way to trust one another if they are to live long enough to learn the truth behind the secrets and lies that have forged their lives.

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