So y’all probably know that within the romance genre as a whole I’ve written stories in a range of genres, right? Sexy paranormal romance (The Crystal Warriors Series), sweeter paranormal romance with sci-fi elements (Lightning Rider), paranormal YA with sci-fi elements (Freaks of Greenfield High, Freaks in the City). And then there are my Red Sage erotic romances… paranormal e-rom (Even Demons Get The Blues, Let Sleeping Demons Lie), sci-fi e-rom (From The Ashes), alternate-world historical fantasy e-rom (Scent Of A Man), romantic comedy e-rom (Kat On A Hot Tin Roof in Secrets Vol.30). And if you know me well enough to track back my very first manuscript which finalled in the RWNZ Clendon Award back in 2004, you’ll know it was a fantasy, so I can add fantasy to that list of sub-genres.
But you might not know I was so freaking clueless after completing that first manuscript, that when I turned up to my very first Romance Writers of New Zealand Auckland Chapter meeting in February of 2004, I didn’t know I was a romance writer. And I only suspected my manuscript with a blind heroine snatched from her home and transported to a world of magic and capricious gods was a fantasy — I didn’t know for sure.
So why join Romance Writers of New Zealand if I didn’t know I was a romance writer?
I joined specifically to enter the RWNZ Clendon Award in the hope of getting feedback about my manuscript — especially since I was already well into manuscript number two of what would eventually turn out to be a trilogy. And I hoped RWNZ Auckland Chapter members would turn out to be a nice bunch of people and I might learn a few things. And they were. And boy, did I learn a lot… and realize how much I still had to learn. Heck, I didn’t even know the difference between paranormal and fantasy, let alone how to calculate word-counts. (Back then it was convert your document to Courier or other acceptable non-proportional font, and double-line-space it so you’d get an average of 25o words per page, and multiply the number of pages by 250. Me? I was ahead of time *g* because I was using computer word-counts.)
Turned out my manuscript was a fantasy, and at the very least could be described as having romantic elements (given the manuscript didn’t have a traditional happy-ever-after due to the three-book arc I’d kind of planned in my head). And to my delight, that very raw first manuscript went on to final in the Clendon Award with enough encouraging feedback from first-round reader judges to make me realize that this was want I wanted to be: a writer. The rest, as they say, is history.
If you’re a fan of my other stories, so you know exactly what to expect (and borrowing from a previous post) here’s what you should know if you’re considering checking out The Seer Trilogy:
- This trilogy is very much a nod to my longtime love of epic fantasy, and I think it’s accurate to term them “fantasy with romantic elements” rather than romances.
- There are multiple characters and the main ones have point-of-view scenes (i.e. these stories are not restricted to only hero or heroine’s point of view scenes like the majority of my other books).
- There are a few made-up words to go with the made-up world that the main characters inhabit (when they’re not travelling across worlds and causing trouble back on earth, that is). Please don’t panic: it’s easy to figure out meanings from context, but there’s also a glossary at the back of each book.
- Each book could be read as a standalone as it has it’s own complete story arc, but they’re best read in order.
- Hope’s full story spans all three books, although the focus in the second and third books moves to her daughter Romana (Book Two) and her son Ryley (Book Three).
- The books do include love scenes (I’m primarily a romance writer after all!), but they’re not explicitly described love scenes like those in my Crystal Warriors books (or my erotic romances). I’d be quite happy giving these books to a teenager… if they liked fantasy with romantic elements of course.
- Clarifying the possible YA crossover appeal, Hope is twenty in the first book, Romana is eighteen in the second book, and Ryley is mid-twenties in the third book. And I’d recommend as more suitable for older teens due to sexual content (i.e. they do include love scenes).
- They’re longer books — each is around 100k.
- Yes, there’s a reason why the characters on two of the covers have freaky gold-colored eyes! (And the only reason why the character on the cover of Seer’s Promise doesn’t have freaky black eyes is because we figured that would be too… too… freaky!)
- Seer’s Hope (Book One of The Seer Trilogy) is FREE at a bunch of places — check out the Books page for updated download links.
- If you’re keen on a good deal, The Seer Trilogy Bundle (with all three eBooks) is out now for US$6.99 (or US equivalent where applicable).
Book One of The Seer Trilogy
Hope is snatched from her home and transported to a primitive world of magic and capricious gods. The Dayamari people believe she’s a Seer and their only hope of salvation, but she’s blind — she can’t see anything at all, let alone the future. She must accept her destiny and learn to wield the awe-inspiring powers the gods have bestowed upon her. And if she’s to save those she loves from the horrifying evil that lurks in the darkness, failure is not an option.
Book Two of The Seer Trilogy
Hope’s Sehani powers have finally grown strong enough to risk returning to Earth. Gods willing, she’ll find a way to rid her daughter of the soul-eater that possesses her, and convince Romana to return with her to Dayamaria.
Romana is captivated by the prospect of becoming a powerful Sehan like her mother. But her dreams are shattered when everything she’d hoped for is bestowed upon someone who couldn’t care less about wielding Sehani magic. Romana craves power with every fiber of her being… and when she finds a way to take what she wants the cost is devastating for gods and humankind alike.
Book Three of The Seer Trilogy
Ryley has traveled across worlds and discovered his soul mate living in the Earth town of Seaview… his mother’s hometown. Watching Rowan from afar is one thing, but actively interfering in her life? That’s against “the rules” in so many ways—especially when your mother is the most powerful Sehan in Dayamaria, and your grandmother happens to be a goddess. If anyone discovers where he’s been disappearing to—and why—there’ll be big trouble. But he can’t give Rowan up, especially now her strange powers have spun dangerously out of control. And then Dayamaria is threatened by a deadly predator immune to magic, and Ryley must choose between the woman he loves and the people he left behind.