Let it be known: on this day, the Ides now four moons gone, a new website was born. Simplicity is key, here. If you haven’t noticed, I’ve been remarkably silent lately—even for me. The main cause is that I haven’t been writing; I’ve been researching (chiefly). There’s a historical fantasy novel in the works, and I want to do it right. So the last ten months have been spent battling my supremely stubborn sleepiness to absorb as much information as possible in preparation for the next novel.

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ruvillie:

Another commission for SaturnineTenshi

COMMISSION INFO HERE

That second image, Ruvillie. lol

ruvillie:

finished~ Commission for SaturnineTenshi

COMMISSION INFO HERE

WIP

To quote my response:

"Splendid! Amazing! Super-marvy and tubular. Or maybe not tubular. Forget I used that word.

If you can’t tell, I’m satisfied. You did a wonderful job, Ruvillie. Captured a side of the character hitherto untouched visually, and I truly appreciate that. The attention to detail is also welcome; I don’t usually know what to expect from an artists, but I’m glad I happened to search “commissions” on Tumblr. That sack! I can’t understate how happy I am with your take on Almi.”

You need to commission this artist. She does a damn fine job. Thanks!

"She could have rambled with all the fervor of a woman who had loved one entity for longer than most races live, and with the inviolable, unquestioned certainty found in dementia. There were references dated and sealed with meticulous care which she would have enthusiastically opened with the mirth of one proclaiming a lifetime of honors and awards. But that singular event was freshly disturbed; its pores still drifted on the faint zephyr of remembrance."

Everautumn

"I was pregnable once,” Merill thought to contribute. She remembered how troublesome it made getting around, having a ripe belly. Couldn’t roll properly, couldn’t hop properly, couldn’t romp or flop properly. There were the cravings for roasted cabbage—she loathed cabbage, with its leaves and growing in rows. And labor! Merill passed out during childbirth. She’d endured burns, lacerations, rips, serrated teeth, nails, hooks and a trove of unmentionable harm-inflictors. Labor trounced them all and wriggled gleefully in the spray of blood and gore. “Being pregnable is no good. No good at all. Like growing a bitter melon in your belly."

Everautumn
the-catawampus:

kiikiibee:

Commission for Demipersimmondaine, his character Almi.(Cute and insane, one of my favorite combinations)

That’s me. Changed my URL. Friggin’ lovely. That’s what this is. Friggin’ lovely. Thanks, Kii!

the-catawampus:

kiikiibee:

Commission for Demipersimmondaine, his character Almi.

(Cute and insane, one of my favorite combinations)

That’s me. Changed my URL. Friggin’ lovely. That’s what this is. Friggin’ lovely. Thanks, Kii!

The two core Flameforged Saga novels, Within Ruin and Everautumn, are 50% off from now til Christmas through Kobo and Amazon. If you don’t already have them, they’re at a great price ($1.99). If you do, sharing is also super-favorable—my books are DRM-free.

The prequel novella Where Madness Roosts is still only $0.99. Prices cannot go any lower or that would have been discounted too.

Amazon: Where Madness Roosts | Within Ruin | Everautumn

Kobo: Where Madness Roosts | Within Ruin | Everautumn

Hooroo and happy holidays!

THE FLAMEFORGED SAGA by Darrell Drake

Sword & sorcery. Romance. Misadventure. Catawampus elves. Toads. Many-fanged maces. Undead passion. Despotic wizards. Wicked schemes. Interplanar conflict. Adjectives and nouns. The Flameforged Saga includes:

WHERE MADNESS ROOSTS
WITHIN RUIN
EVERAUTUMN

Titles are listed according to chronology, but Where Madness Roosts was written as a prequel and will contain some spoilers for Within Ruin. The books were, however, written as modular titles. Descriptions below.

WHERE MADNESS ROOSTS - A Flameforged Story

"Decidedly flippant at times, morbid at others, and grim when it needs to be. I’d liken it to Alice in Wonderland, only more grounded—at least in the scope of a high fantasy world."

Almi and Merill have lost everything. Now, they live only for vengeance.

What should have been a routine diplomatic meeting has gone terribly awry. Their beloved king is found dead, murdered by one of the seven in attendance. Swearing revenge, Almi and Merill scoff at the idea of a whodunit.

Everyone is guilty.
Everyone will suffer.
Everyone will die.

Join the sisters in a world warped by the heedless onset of madness. Follow as reality gives way to the weight of their despair, and they struggle to survive long enough to exact retribution.

(Also includes “The Scratching”, a short story.)

WITHIN RUIN - The Flameforged Saga Book I

Virgil, the weaver sovereign. A master of thaumaturgy, he works sleeplessly to reclaim the might of a shattered kingdom and reforge the love he once knew.

Descarta, the queen confined. She detests her domineering king and the role he’s forced upon her. Like clockwork, he haunts her every night with beside incantations, ostensibly to heal her and return normalcy.

When Virgil offers Descarta a chance to journey beyond the ramparts in search of a cure for the blight crippling their realm, she eagerly accepts. They set out with his elven wards, clingy and erratic creatures, and Descarta comes to discover a world darker and more caustic than she could have imagined—one dominated by mighty magics, beastly foes and great secrets.

The quest before them is rife with hazards both hidden and behemoth. Only by enduring the precipitous path can the royal pair find what they seek.

And learn that even ruin can bring about the deepest of relationships

EVERAUTUMN - The Flameforged Saga Book II

Undeath meant only that they could wait forever.

Everautumn is a realm beyond common reality and common knowledge. Where retching volcanoes, unrelenting heat and ashen forests canopied with tufts of flame dominate scarcely hospitable terrain. A realm in the midst of conflict spanning millennia.

Almi and Merill have died. Their hearts no longer beat in the fashion they once did. Extirpated and deposited in the harsh, lava-sown world of Everautumn, they now survive as something seated between elf and undead. For six years they have endured, because they trust he will come.

Accompanied by Descarta, the artificial weaveress; Elissa, the once-forgotten daughter; and Hafstagg, the paunchy warrior, Virgil has been sailing in search of a way to keep his promise to revive the elven twins. And he will stop at nothing to do so.

Everautumn plans to challenge that.

Merill the curious cat. This is how she watches the kitchen happenthings.

Merill the curious cat. This is how she watches the kitchen happenthings.

The two core Flameforged Saga novels, Within Ruin and Everautumn, are 50% off from now until Christmas through Kobo. If you don’t already have them, they’re at a great price ($1.99). If you do, it’s the season for gifting.

The prequel novella Where Madness Roosts is still only $0.99. Prices cannot go any lower or that would have been discounted too.

Unfortunately, there will be no Amazon deals this year, as Amazon requires an exclusivity agreement in order to enable deals.

Update: In order to bring the discount to those who prefer Amazon/Kindle, I’ve lowered the price to $1.99 (which also cuts royalty rates in half, but that’s not important). I’ll raise it to $3.99 once more when Christmas is over. It’ll take a few hours to update. You can find the books on Amazon here.

"Unnatural, unorthodox, amoral: those pretensions crumble when confronted by true happiness. You shouldn’t give another the authority to draw a line defining the boundaries of acceptable joy."

Everautumn