It took a very long time to get here–more than four years after I started writing it!–but I am proud to announce the release of my debut fantasy novel, Thunderstone, now available at Amazon US in print and Kindle editions, and also at most of Amazon’s international sites. A Nook version is planned, but won’t be out for a few months. However, the Kindle version is DRM-free, if you’ve a mind to download and convert it to the format of your preference. If you’d like to try before you buy, it’s also available free to Prime members via the Lending Library program.
Young Mirya Thunderstone, like all Dwarf women, has lived her entire life inside her people’s mountain home. Frustrated by her confinement, she longs to take up her family’s legendary axe, and follow in the footsteps of her late, war-hero brother. But when an accident strands her outside the mountain, she finds there’s more to being a hero than wielding a weapon.
Joined by a playful otterkin couple, a deadly Elf warrior, a laid-back Native hunter and an outcast orc, Mirya must use both her axe and her wits to find the truth behind the war that claimed her brother’s life.
Thunderstone is vaguely YA-aimed, but younger and older folks should like it, too. In terms of kid-friendliness, it’s probably on the high end of PG: Some violence–not terribly graphic. It’s possible the social and philosophical issues might be a bit dense for them, however. If your kid can handle Narnia or Harry Potter, she can probably handle this.
While the story uses familiar fantasy structure and imagery, it is a bit different than most of the Tolkien-esque stuff you may have seen. The setting is a fantasy/alt-history version of the Pacific Northwest, and the characters’ cultures are loosely modeled on those of middle-ages Russia, Japan and Salishan tribes. In addition to the strong, feminist-minded protagonist, the story also features gay and PoC main characters, and a less-common take on the traditional hero’s journey.
I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about it, and if you enjoy it, please do leave a review at Amazon!