Category: News and updates

Alia Terra: A Minute with the Cast!

Alia Terra: A Minute with the Cast!

Image depicting two characters of Alia Terra. The Tower Princess has short, dark hair. She wears roundish glasses and a white ie (traditional Romanian tunic) with embroidery in red thread. Her tiara is coppery with swirls, rebel curls poking out from underneath. The Tower Dragon is covered in purple scales and wears narrow glasses over which their brown eyes gaze with playful kindness. Their wavy horns complement their majestic presence.

Exclusive! The Dragon Realm is buzzing with anticipation as the cast of Alia Terra step onto the stage! In an dazzling appearance, the cast will answer questions in the forest auditorium. Entrance fee is one small rock. Fallen leaves are also accepted. See you there!

As we near the end of our preorder campaign, consider the exclusive add-ons, the hardcover, and letting people (and dragons, and kittens, and critters, and cryptids) about Alia Terra.

Read here the character sheets with portraits by Matthew Spencer.

Kogaionon: the Sacred Mountain and the Other Realm

Kogaionon: the Sacred Mountain and the Other Realm

Illustration in color of mountain range and a sun setting with mosaic tile effect (by Ava Kelly). The colors are rich and deep, from yellows, oranges, to purple, blue and greens.

Today, an update about the Romanian concept of the Other Realm and how it fits with the Alia Terra stories. I hope you enjoy it. We are so close (so close!) to being able to add a hardcover, so please let people know about our queer, nonbinary, aromantic story project. Emily’s fingers are ready to type updates and posts about it; let’s get her to work. (^_^)

Read here.

The Nonbinary Folkware of Alia Terra

The Nonbinary Folkware of Alia Terra

What do we do when traditional folkwear is available in the eternal men’s/women’s binary but we have nonbinary characters? We reinvent! An update on the design of characters in Alia Terra with Romanian inspiration. Illustration by Matthew Spencer.

Gender diversity is important in the real world, and through stories we strive to impress this message. Read about it here.

Thank you for joining us on this journey through the Dragon Realm! We appreciate sharing this project!

Alia Terra: Salt and bread

Alia Terra: Salt and bread

Have you heard? We reached out first stretch goal and so we’re getting bookplates! Signed by me and Matt, their design is not in the works. Thank you everyone! Emily’s update talks about what happens next.

In the meantime, an update on a Romanian folk tale I remember fondly from childhood, and a Romanian custom of receiving guests. All with photos from the Turda Saltmines in Transylvania. Read about it here.

Thank you for joining us on this journey through the Dragon Realm! We appreciate sharing this project!

salt blocks in a wooden cart against a black wall made of salt from the turda saltmines in romania

Alia Terra: The genders of words and pronouns in Romanian

Alia Terra: The genders of words and pronouns in Romanian

photo of sunset over cityscape with handwriting of phrases in romanian and english: Domnia sa, soarele, surprins la apus. and Their lordship, the sun, surprised while setting.

As the Dragon Realm buzzes with news of the three stories, my first update to the project talks about the genders of words and pronouns in Romanian. Currently, in Romanian, we don’t have an official, ungendered, third person pronoun. What we do have is a polite, formal set. Dumneasa, in third person. It means, in literal translation, “their lordship” as it’s the modern, compact form of “domnia sa.” More about this here.

We are absolutely thrilled to have reached our first goal for Alia Terra! Thank you everyone! Minimum funding gives us one illustration per story, but if you’re like me, your inner dragon will want the hoard of pretty drawings to increase! Emily’s update talks about what happens next.

Alia Terra’s talented illustrator, Matthew Spencer, talks about his process and the stages of our main graphic image here.

Thank you for joining us on this journey through the Dragon Realm! We appreciate sharing this project!

Release Day: Vast

Release Day: Vast

Release day!

Vast: Stories of Mind, Soul and Consciousness in a Technological Age is the first anthology from Orchid’s Lantern edited by C.R. Dudley. Ten stories exploring the boundaries between the physical world and the mind, on the backdrop of technological progress.

My short Luz Beyond the Glass looks at what it takes to achieve symbiosis with the planet that sustains us.

Details here and here.

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Release Day: Havesskadi

Release Day: Havesskadi

Havesskadi, the first installment of the Dragon Souls series is out now!

Links NineStarPress | GoodReads | Amazon | Smashwords | Barnes & Noble | Kobo |

On social media Tumblr | Pillowfort | Twitter | FB | Patreon |

Giveaway on Rafflecopter!

Tags high fantasy, dragons, mythical creatures, magic, shifters, sentient castles, asexual, slow burn, #ownvoices, LGBTQIA+

The red dragon is hunting her own. Up in the icy peaks of the northern mountains, Orsie Havesskadi spends his days hiding from her, but eventually he is found and his dragon magic stolen. Cursed to wander the lands as a mortal unless he recovers his magic before twenty-four rising crescents have passed, Orsie embarks on an arduous journey. Spurred by the whispers in his mind, his quest takes him to a castle hidden deep in a forest.

Arkeva Flitz, a skilled garrison archer, discovers an abandoned castle in the woods. Trapped there, he spends his days with his two companions, one cruel, the other soothing. One day, a young man arrives at his gates, and soon they are confined by heavy snowfalls and in danger from what slumbers in the shadows of the castle.

Havesskadi: February 24th

Havesskadi: February 24th

Who is ready for February 24th?

In Havesskadi, the country of Danv is inspired by Dacia, a.k.a. ancient Romania. In these lands, Feb. 24th is still celebrated, since old times, as the Dragobete.

The day for blooming love, Dragobete is one of the two Romanian events marking the arrival of spring.

On Feb. 24th, read about Orsie and Ark making their way through a cold winter to find solace in each other.

Preorder here!

Havesskadi: Exclusive Cover Reveal & Preorders

Havesskadi: Exclusive Cover Reveal & Preorders

Happy end-of-winter or end-of-summer, depending on hemisphere, everyone!

Orsie’s arduous journey and Ark’s magical entrapment are back on paper, both physical and virtual. The first installment of the future Dragon Souls series, Havesskadi is an #ownvoices ace story with dragon shapeshifters and their magical dragonsouls.

LGBTQ Reads has hosted a lovely exclusive cover reveal for Havesskadi‘s new look. Check it out!

Good news! Preorders are available for Ninestar Press, here.

More good news! Between 14 feb. and 17 feb. 2020, everything is 40% off at Ninestar Press, so be sure to check out my works with them.

Be crimes, do gay! And lavish kindness on yourself.