Sesskia’s Diary, part 139

4 Nevrine (continued) The mage shook like a dog, and fire flew off him like water. “Bitch,” he screamed, and fire wrapped me again. This time I went insubstantial and jumped away from it, which made his eyes and mouth go wide. He flung fire at me again, and again, and I let it pass…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 139

Sesskia’s Diary, part 138

4 Nevrine I’m snuggled up against Jeddan’s back right now, too overwhelmed by the events of the evening to feel self-conscious about it. He’s a good friend, but he’s also a man, and…I don’t know why that makes me feel awkward, because it’s not as if I expect him to attack me, and he doesn’t…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 138

Sesskia’s Diary, part 137

3 Nevrine So much warmer tonight, even if it is just a shed. We came to a little town, a Balaenic town, well off the main road just at sunset. They were fortified as if they expected an attack and had an elderly rifle they pointed at us when we approached. It took both of…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 137

Sesskia’s Diary, part 136

1 Nevrine I’m frustrated because I felt so close to understanding the see-inside pouvra today, and just couldn’t make it work. Jeddan’s more patient than I am, because when we sat down to eat, and I complained, he just shrugged and said, “tomorrow, then.” Tomorrow, unfortunately, we have to do something about food. We’ve got…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 136

Release day–Burning Bright!

Today marks the release of my latest book, BURNING BRIGHT. It’s an alternate history Regency-era adventure, with magic and pirates–how’s that for a mouthful! I wrote this book on a personal dare, challenging myself to write historical fiction, and I think it turned out pretty well. The magic system is one I had constructed for…Continue reading Release day–Burning Bright!

Sesskia’s Diary, part 135

30 Coloine It’s been an awful day. I suppose I shouldn’t have expected anything less; 30 Coloine has been a terrible day for me every year for the last six years. Fortunately, it ended well—quite a surprise, actually. I think I might be able to sleep tonight. We’re making good time now we’re on the…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 135

Sesskia’s Diary, part 134

29 Coloine (continued) “Listen to me, you idiot,” I said in a low voice that didn’t carry any farther than the three of us, “you can either be a hero in this, or I can make you look so foolish no one will obey you ever again. This is the new world. That village is…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 134

Sesskia’s Diary, part 133

29 Coloine I’m so sick of talking to people. I’m no diplomat and I’m sure as hell no leader, and I’ve done more talking in the last two days than any human being should be expected to do. And we’ve delayed our journey by a day, which has made me tense and irritable, but what…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 133

Sesskia’s Diary, part 132

28 Coloine (continued) Lost track—okay, I told them the reason each of them only had one pouvra is that when the magic wakes up inside you, it has to take shape somehow, and that shape is a pouvra that meets your need. After that you have to learn to bend your will to the magic…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 132

Sesskia’s Diary, part 131

28 Coloine (continued) There were actually three of them, two women and the man Baltan. One of the women, short and with gray-streaked hair, had her hand stretched out toward Jeddan, as if she needed the gesture to work her pouvra. The other woman, who was young and very pretty, was standing a little ways…Continue reading Sesskia’s Diary, part 131