This Friday, Harmony Ink is having a sale on all three of the Dreams of Fire and Gods eBooks! That’s including the first novel, Dreams, which won Best LGBT YA Novel at the Rainbow Awards last year.
Each one is just $1.99, so the entire trilogy is just about six dollars!
Here are the blurbs and buy links for each one:
- Dreams of Fire and Gods: Book One
A thousand years ago, two factions of gods, the Stronni and the Taaweh, nearly destroyed the Kingdom of Dasak by warring for the land and the frightened humans who lived there. Then suddenly the Taaweh vanished and the Stronni declared victory.
Now, as tensions escalate between the emperor and his regent, Vek Worlen, the vek’s son, apprentice mage Sael dönz Menaük, finds himself allied with a homeless vagabond named Koreh. Together they flee the capital city and make their way across a hostile wilderness to the vek’s keep, mere steps ahead of the emperor’s assassins.
But Koreh has dreams—dreams of the ancient Taaweh—and he knows the looming war between the emperor and the vek will be nothing compared to the war that is about to begin. The Taaweh are returning, and the war between the gods may destroy the kingdom once and for all.
- Dreams of Fire and Gods: Book Two
A thousand years ago, two rival factions of gods, the Stronni and Taaweh, nearly destroyed the Kingdom of Dasak in their war for power. Then the Taaweh vanished and the Stronni declared victory.Now, tensions between the human emperor and his regent are at an all-time high. The regent’s son, apprentice mage Sael dönz Menaük, has fled the capital with his master and united with a vagabond named Koreh, but assassins dog their footsteps. The future is more uncertain than ever.Since the Taaweh city of Gyishya reappeared, the mages of Harleh have weakened, cut off from the source of their power. Sael and his father struggle to keep their respective cities from crumbling under the strain or being destroyed by the gods. Then Koreh learns of a dangerous Taaweh plan to rescue their queen from the Stronni—a plan only Koreh and Sael can execute.But they may not get a chance. In Harleh Valley, a young man named Donegh pieces together what happened. Intent, he makes his way through an increasingly alien landscape to carry out his mission: assassinate the Dekan of Harleh, Sael dönz Menaük.
- Dreams of Fire and Gods: Book Three
Long ago, two factions of gods, the Stronni and the Taaweh, nearly destroyed the Kingdom of Dasak in a great war. The Taaweh vanished when their queen was imprisoned, and the Stronni declared victory. A thousand years later, a young nobleman named Sael and his lover Koreh have rescued the Taaweh queen. In the process Koreh was killed, and now an injured Sael struggles to heal from both injuries and grief. Unknown to him, Koreh embarks on a journey across the land of the dead, trying to make his way back to Sael—and to life. But time moves differently in the underworld, and decades pass while Koreh travels.In the living world, tensions between the emperor and Sael’s father, Vek Worlen, who is regent of the eastern kingdom, have soured beyond repair. Worlen conspires with the assassin Donegh to break into the imperial palace and challenge the emperor to a duel to the death. But the goddess Imen has chosen a young priest named Gonim as her champion. Through him she discovers the Taaweh have returned, and her enraged king threatens to destroy Dasak and all its human inhabitants. Sael must save his world, must confront the gods and persuade them not to destroy humankind. But it seems hopeless. If only Koreh were at his side…
The Rainbow Awards winners were announced last weekend, and to my surprise and delight, the first novel of my Dreams of Fire and Gods trilogy—Dreams—WON in the Best LGBT Young Adult category!
I consider this novel, and the other two in the trilogy to be among my best work, so I’m thrilled by this news. The Rainbow Awards were huge this year, with hundreds of submissions, and Dreams was up against a lot of fantastic books.
This is what some of the judges had to say about it:
Oh, this one was a pure pleasure to read. I would gladly place this book in the hands of any young person, and urge them to lay aside all else to fill their hearts, minds, and souls with the beauty of James Erich’s Dreams. (Cherie)
Dreams was absolutely an outstanding read for me. This is the first book in a trilogy and without doubt I shall buy the next two installments to this story. (Rosie)
Wow, this one came as a surprise because although I enjoyed fantasy when I was young – it isn’t my go to genre as an adult. I thought the writing and story very engaging. (Janet)
So onward and upward! Dreams of Fire and Gods is now completely finished and available through Dreamspinner, Amazon, and other resellers. So if you’ve heard horrible things about what I put my characters through in Fire (the second book), rest assured that it all turns out well—and unpredictably, if I do say so myself—in the final book, Gods!
Join me tomorrow (Thursday, 10/16) from 3pm to 6pm on the Harmony Ink Facebook page, as I discuss Gods, the third and final installment of the Dreams of Fire and Gods trilogy!
Here is the cover for my new YA fantasy novel, Gods, designed by the fabulous cover artist, Paul Richmond! (Paul designed the first two in the trilogy, as well.) This is the third and final installment in the Dreams of Fire and Gods trilogy.
One of the things that jumps out immediately, if you’ve seen the first two covers in the series, is how misty and blue it looks, compared to the others. That’s because the valley of Harleh, in which much of the story takes place, is enveloped in a mysterious bluish cloud cover.
The novel is scheduled for release on October 17th! I also have a chat scheduled for that day. I’ll post about that again when it rolls around.
Or perhaps you’d say it’s done with the final edits. I turned my last edits in yesterday, so all that remains is for Dreamspinner to put together the galley proof and me to go over it. Then it will be done! Look for a release date in about six weeks (mid October)!
I’m very excited about this! The trilogy ended with a much bigger bang than I could have anticipated when I began writing Dreams two years ago. Each subsequent book expands upon the one before, adding more viewpoint characters (this one has four — I didn’t go completely insane) from different areas of the culture in the Kingdom of Dasak, so we now see what life is like for nobles (represented by Sael), peasants (Koreh), assassins (Donegh), and priests (Gonim).
We also finally talk directly with the gods (the Stronni and the Taaweh) and learn more about what motivates them and where they live. We see the Great Hall! We get more detail about life in the city of Harleh and we finally meet the emperor in the imperial palace!
I just signed a contract with Harmony Ink Press for book three of my YA fantasy trilogy Dreams of Fire and Gods!
Things are moving fairly quickly on this one — quicker than I could have hoped. I can’t give a definite publication date yet, but I expect it to be out this fall!
It took a couple weeks longer than I anticipated, back when I was working out my writing schedule for the year, but Dreams of Fire and Gods: Gods is finally finished!
I finished polishing it up and sent it to my publisher yesterday afternoon. I can’t even begin to describe how good it feels to get that one out the door!
I don’t know, of course, how soon it will be published. Harmony Ink is pretty busy these days, so it may not be for six months or so. I’ll let everyone know as soon as I have a release date.
I’m currently tossing around ideas for my next novel. Maybe something about cavemen… or maybe a science fiction novel….