by D. Lieber
Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions.
When the optimistic and naïve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.
Clutching my new tambourine, I walked to a clearing to have more room to dance. Reilley grabbed the drum and started a beat. Like before, I moved to the rhythm. This time, my red skirt danced with me, and I shook my tambourine appropriately. We discovered that as long as I let Reilley choose the pace, we could improvise an entertaining performance.
We fed on each other’s energy and ended at a natural breaking point, exchanging smiles as the last beat echoed off the trees.
“You’re enchanting,” Reilley complimented smoothly.
“I’m only expressing your music and following your lead.”
He flushed with pleasure at the high praise.
“Could you do me a favor?” I asked him.
“Would you unplait my hair? It should be dry by now.”
His eyes gleamed like I’d given him a gift, and I turned my back to him. With long, deft fingers, he gently unbraided my hair. Undone, he ran his hands through the soft waves to separate them. I shivered.
“Thank you,” I whispered.
As his hands gently stroked the dark locks, I became aware that we were very alone. We’d been alone before, but this time was different. An air of anticipation settled between us. His hands stilled. Neither of us knew what should happen next, and the pressure quickly became uncomfortable.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.
She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).
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Do you have a day job as well?
Yes, I have a day job. I am a writer-editor for a Department of Defense agency magazine. The articles I write may not be as fun as writing fantasy romance, but at least I get to use that English degree.
How did you choose the genre you write in?
It’s the genre I enjoy reading the most. While my main genre is fantasy romance, I still like to explore offshoots. The Exiled Otherkin is also steampunk and adventure, and I’ve written a detective story, which I hope everyone will see in the next few years.
Do you ever experience writer’s block?
It’s not writer’s block as much as a working out inconsistencies or where the story should go next. I don’t force myself to write every day, so I never have to just stare at blank paper. When my story comes to a screeching halt, I have no problem taking a few days break to figure it out. That’s not to say those days aren’t filled with stress because they certainly are. However, I find the problems usually work themselves out while I’m doing something else. It’s often times something creative, like knitting. But sometimes it’s while my mind is relaxed, such as when I’m in the shower. I wish ideas would pick a better time to come to me than in the shower. I mean, there’s no good way to write them down in there, and I have to try and remember them all until after I’m finished.
Can you tell us about your upcoming book?
I am so excited about the book I just submitted to my publisher. It’s called Intended Bondmates:
Vampires may feed on humans, but nothing is as irresistible to them as fae blood.
Runa has long given up on being content with her life. Her only goal is to protect Mikhail until he awakens and gains his full magic. For the last thirteen years, ever since tragedy struck when they were children, she has protected him as was expected of his werewolf guardian. Though she has started looking for a mate, she can’t imagine what will happen once she’s free of Mikhail. But when he requests to be unbound from her before his awakening, she’s given the chance to return to her intended bondmate.
She expects a warm welcome from Konner, not foreseeing his bitterness at having been abandoned. Konner isn’t the only one who is bitter. His brother’s guardian, Rowan, has had to protect both faelings while she was with Mikhail.
It’s up to Runa to find a way to soothe these two demanding males if she hopes to make up for her past betrayals.
Are there certain characters you would like to go back to, or is there a theme or idea you’d love to work with?
I’ve been encouraged to write a spin-off about Sasha from The Exiled Otherkin, and I quite fancy the idea. I don’t have anything solid yet, but I’d like to revisit him and tell the rest of his story.
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER
D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.