Welcome to July’s edition of my monthly newsletter. This was originally sent to subscribers last Friday so if you don’t want to miss out, make sure you sign up for the newsletter! It’s free and virtually painless! And it also comes with some Sand Dancer short stories!
Phew, It’s a HEATWAVE
Hi everyone! Tru here!
Well, it feels like I’m living in Sandair right now as England suffers a heatwave. Air conditioning isn’t common in this country, so I’m surviving with lots of ice, and many fans pointed in my direction.
Since British people LOVE talking about the weather, I’ll ask:
What’s the weather like where you are?
Are you enjoying the summer or simply surviving it? ☀️
(If you’re from a hot climate and have any tips for surviving the heat, then please share them! I can’t take it anymore! 💀)
In other news, I visited the zoo a few weeks back and got to meet their new red pandas! Seems many of you are red panda fans so here’s a photo.
Looking for more YA Fantasy?
This week my small press released a new Young Adult fantasy book based around an #OwnVoices character with OCD who can see visions of the dead! If that doesn’t sound interesting enough, then check out the absolutely gorgeous cover:
Foretold by Violet Lumani
Cassandra sees death and devastation all around her. In vivid detail.
It’s the price of living with her OCD and extreme anxiety. In every situation, Cass imagines the worst possible fate for everyone in her life. Her dad in a pool of blood after a break-in. Her beloved older neighbor, homeless. A splinter in her finger turned to gangrene.
But this time, it’s not her imagination. The boy next door, Colin, is destined to die. Cass has foretold a real death before; she knows this is a true vision.
Desperate to save Colin’s life, Cass immerses herself in a secret organization of soothsayers that promises to teach her how to change the future she foresees. But as she descends into their hidden world of divinatory magic and predictive technology, she discovers there’s always a price to pay for unraveling fate’s strands. And cheating death will cost her everything.
Meme of the Month
Yeah we’re still doing book memes! It’s too hot for anything else!
Though feel free to email me your own because I need more reasons to procrastinate writing books 😂
More Races from my Upcoming Fantasy Book!
An exciting update for you all: my upcoming adult gaslamp fantasy IS NOW FINISHED! Final edits have been implemented and I’m just waiting on the cover art. By this time next month, I’ll be announcing this beauty, so prepare yourself 😉
In the meantime, here are four more races from this world of gods and mortals. Don’t worry if you miss any, they’ll be added to my website in time.
The Seren are a cherub-inspired race and are the shortest of the domains, averaging at 4-foot in height. They have pastel-coloured skin and wings they use to get around. Seren are incredibly artistic, however they are banned from singing due to their siren-like manipulation.
They come from the summer isles of Arcadia, ruled by the literal statue god Serenity.
The Necro are an undead-inspired race. Whilst not technically dead, their skin is deathly pale and cold and they do not need to breathe. They can manipulate the physiology of mortal bodies, however they also hunger for flesh and blood.
They come from the frozen domain of Witheryn, ruled by the face-eating god The Nameless One.
The Zephyr are a bird-inspired race with massive wings that allow them to fly. Most Zephyr are obsessed with technology, however, and spend their lives inventing new gadgets. They hate small talk.
They come from the sky domain of Tempest, ruled by the machine god Zyclone.
The Leander are a lion-inspired race with sharp teeth and claws who value challenge and competition. They often engage in sports and take every opportunity to dominate the other domains and prove themselves superior.
They come from the desert domain of Obituary, ruled by the lion-cerberus god Lionheart.
Character artwork designed by the lovely Seraphim!
I’ll be back next month with the final four races! And hopefully more… 😉