A selection of cozy fantasy books including Small Miracles, How to Get A Girlfriend When You're A Terrifying Monster, The Lord of Stariel, Legends and Lattes, The Bachelor's Valet, Scales and Sensibility, Clean Sweep, Briarley, A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking, The Fairy Godmother, Paladin's Grace
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Cozy Fantasy Recommendations

What is cozy fantasy? There’s no strict consensus on what cozy fantasy is, but for me cozy fantasy is what it says on the tin: fantasy that feels cozy. That tends to mean a more intimate, smaller-scale focus than traditional epic fantasy. Bad things will of course happen, but the main characters are decent people,… Continue reading Cozy Fantasy Recommendations

indie publishing, Stariel

A Rake Of His Own Is Out: Launch Week Shenanigans

A Rake of His Own has been out a whole week, and I'm humbled and thrilled by its reception. It's always a bit nerve-wracking, releasing your book-chick into the wild and hoping it's fledged enough to fly! (You can order your copy here: https://books2read.com/ARakeOfHisOwn. If you're still uncertain whether this book is for you, check… Continue reading A Rake Of His Own Is Out: Launch Week Shenanigans

indie publishing, Stariel

Format news: Signed paperbacks of A Rake Of His Own and Audiobook Update

Signed paperbacks The good people at Good Books in Wellington are hosting a pre-order for the paperback of A Rake Of His Own, and I'll be signing these before they're sent out. Order your copy here: https://shop.goodbookshop.nz/p/pre-order-a-rake-of-his-own-release-date-28-october-2022?barcode=CIR1665023774 Good Books also have paperbacks of the rest of the series if you want to drop by the… Continue reading Format news: Signed paperbacks of A Rake Of His Own and Audiobook Update

indie publishing, writing

Anthology Announcement!

I'm excited to announce that I'm part of an anthology of fantasy romance fairytale retellings releasing later this year. This is my first time writing a short piece and participating in such a group project, and I had a ball (heehee) of a time doing it. More details on my own story to come. There… Continue reading Anthology Announcement!

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Fantasy-of-Manners Books

Fantasy-of-manners is a subgenre of fantasy where the societal setting lends itself to intimate, complicated social interactions and (you guessed it) manners. Think ballrooms and manor houses rather than battlefields. The name draws from ‘comedy of manners’, and while fantasy-of-manners books aren't always humorous, they often do have a whimsical / tongue-in-cheek tone.

Half a page of handwritten notes under the heading "Productivity and Balance"
indie publishing, writing

Productivity and Balance: Conference notes

This is my write-up of the notes I took during a session on Productivity & Balance given by Nalini Singh at the Romance Writers of New Zealand 2021 conference in Wellington. As such, her actual words have been paraphrased and filtered through the chaos labyrinth of my own brain, so you should attribute all the… Continue reading Productivity and Balance: Conference notes

A gold and green trophy shaped like a diamond placed in front of the four books from the Stariel series.
indie publishing, Stariel

Two events and an award

Whew, what a whirlwind of a weekend! The short version: Two events, a drink that was ON FIRE, and a trophy! The long version: This weekend was the annual Romance Writers of New Zealand conference for 2021. This was my second RWNZ conference (I wrote about my first time here), and because of our closed… Continue reading Two events and an award