Cover reveal!

Book Four is now in the editing phase! This gives me time to work on the cover and schedule publication. I’m planning to release on March 31, 2016. More information and pre-order links to come, but in the meantime, here are the cover and synopsis!

Cover design by Michelle M. Welch. Artistic elements by Mauro77photo and Doodkoalex | Dreamstime.com
Cover design by Michelle M. Welch. Artistic elements by Mauro77photo and Doodkoalex | Dreamstime.com

Searra just wants to play her harp, and use her powers over the wind to turn away suitors she doesn’t really care for. But the other witches on Crescent Island keep trying to drag her into an ancient feud. Now she must not only seek help from workers of the water, earth, and fire, but she must find a way to control a much older, much stranger magic, and if she can’t it might mean her life.

Romance Week at Goodreads

From Goodreads
From Goodreads

It’s #RomanceWeek16 at Goodreads! To help celebrate, I’ve posted a chapter from Wind Witch, currently in progress and due for publication later this spring. It’s Chapter 16 (which Goodreads insists on labeling “Chapter One”) but it’s the sexiest chapter I can excerpt in a mostly stand-alone fashion. Look for an appearance from a character you might know from the Elementals series, and some slight spoilers to whet your appetite. Enjoy!

Something about book four

50 Gun Ship by Rif WinfieldI’ve been working away at Wind Witch, book four and the closing volume of my Elementals series. I’m approaching the halfway point, and I hope to finish this spring, although it’s too soon to announce a definite publication date. But I just had an opportunity to write some chapters set at sea on a warship, which means I got to haul out this book.

I’m a big fan of sea stories, and Water Witch came about in part because I’d done so much research for a series of fantasy sea stories I wrote (under my other name). I had piles of books and a head full of random ship trivia, and I was eager to put it all to use in a new project. And when it came to wrapping up Elementals, it seemed appropriate to revisit some of the people and places I’ve mentioned throughout the series, which means going back to sea. So it was back to my ship books!

The 50-Gun Ship is a great book if you’re looking for all the technical details: how big the ship is, how many guns it has, how many decks and what was on them, and so on. I haven’t even read all the details in it yet, but the most valuable material I’ve found is the cutaway drawings. The ship in Wind Witch is loosely based on the H.M.S. Leopard – “loosely” because I started writing from memory and then pulled out my book when I wanted to double-check the drawings, so a few cabins and such ended up in slightly different places. But the layout of the decks is the same, and here it is:

From "The 50-Gun Ship" by Rif Winfield, drawings by John McKay (c)1997
From “The 50-Gun Ship” by Rif Winfield, drawings by John McKay (c)1997

My scanner has a letter-sized bed, and this is part of a fabulous fold-out map, so I couldn’t capture the key. The high points:
1. Hold
2. Orlop deck
3. Lower deck
4. Upper deck
11. 24-pounder gun
12. 12-pounder gun
14. Quarterdeck rail
15. Main mast

Whether the scenes I wrote will make any sense if you don’t happen to have this diagram in front of you is something I’ll need to keep in mind during editing, and then get the opinion of my beta/proofreader. But in the meantime, I’m delighted and I think you should be, too. Or not. It’s up to you. But my characters will reach land in the next chapter or two, and then it’s off toward the end of the book. Wish me luck!

Fire Witch is live!

Cover design by Michelle M. Welch. Artistic elements by Yuriyzhuravov and Sergio_ksv | Dreamstime.com
Cover design by Michelle M. Welch. Artistic elements by Yuriyzhuravov and Sergio_ksv | Dreamstime.com

Book three of my Elementals series, Fire Witch, is now available!

Aura Fairweather has played many roles – from queens on the stage to the real king’s most scandalous mistress. But now she must play the most difficult part of her life. An old love has come back, bringing news of her long-lost family, and to rescue them she must embrace her power over the wild element of fire – a power she has always hidden before.

Fire Witch, like Earth Witch, is a standalone volume in the series – a new heroine, new adventure, and new romance, all in the same setting with some overlapping characters and events. You don’t have to read all the books or read them in order, although you’ll be in on all the references if you do.

Find Fire Witch in these formats:
Amazon Kindle $2.99
Smashwords (EPUB, Mobi, RTF, HTML) $2.99 $.99 until 10/24 with coupon**
CreateSpace (trade paperback) $11.99

**To celebrate the publication of Fire Witch, I’m offering a coupon for the Smashwords version. Enter coupon code QV23G at checkout and get Fire Witch for 99 cents! Coupon expires 10/24.

You can also read a longer excerpt, view the map for the world of Elementals, and read about the long road I took to write this book.

What else would you like to know? Ask me here or visit me on Goodreads – I’ll be happy to answer (reasonable) questions!

Now available in paperback!

createspace-screencaptureGood news for folks who like turning pages: Water Witch and Earth Witch are now available in trade paperback! (That’s the oversized paperback, which is what’s available in most print-on-demand self-publishing outfits.)

Head over to CreateSpace to order. The books should also soon be available at Amazon and other online retailers! Thanks to all my readers!

Cover Reveal!

I’ve been hard at work on Fire Witch, book three of the Elementals series. I’ll have more to post soon, but here’s a sneak peek at the cover!

Cover design by Michelle M. Welch. Artistic elements by Yuriyzhuravov and Sergio_ksv | Dreamstime.com
Cover design by Michelle M. Welch. Artistic elements by Yuriyzhuravov and Sergio_ksv | Dreamstime.com

Fire Witch
(coming Fall 2015)

Aura Fairweather has played many roles – from queens on the stage to the real king’s most scandalous mistress. But now she must play the most difficult part of her life. An old love has come back, bringing news of her long-lost family, and to rescue them she must embrace her power over the wild element of fire – a power she has always hidden before.

Earth Witch is live!

goodreads-capture-books1-2Book two of my Elementals series, Earth Witch, is now available!

Kat Benson makes her living playing cards, but won’t use magic because that’s cheating. Then she runs into a prince and finds herself in the middle of a whole new game, where it’s not just her money or even her heart that’s at stake. Because Kat has enemies she doesn’t even know about, and they’ve got the whole kingdom in their sights.

Earth Witch is a standalone sequel to Water Witch – a new heroine, new adventure, and new romance, with some overlapping characters and other elements. You don’t have to read book one first to read book two, but there are some Easter eggs for those who read them in order.

Earth Witch is available in Kindle format at Amazon. Smashwords has EPUB, Mobi, RTF, and HTML formats. All formats are $2.99.

You can also read a longer excerpt, view the map for the world of Elementals, and read a little about the writing process: how I named one of the characters and how I came up with the games that my heroine plays.

What else would you like to know? Ask me here or visit me on Goodreads – I’ll be happy to answer (reasonable) questions!