The Solitary King is FREE until 2 July!

*klaxon sounding*

The Fair Chronicles are on sale!

From 30 June to 2 July, The Fair Queen is just 1.99 and The Solitary King is FREE!

Need a reminder of what’s in store for you when you dive into the Fair Realm?

Get both books now for less than $2! And the final book, The Fair War, is coming later this year!

Happy reading, folks!

Lyndsey

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My Summer TBR 2022

We’re heading into summer soon, and I’m just coming out of a huge reading slump where I could only concentrate on thrillers. But I’m getting back into writing so I’m going to make a (hopefully triumphant) return to fantasy books for my summer TBR.

Here are the books I plan to read and listen to between now and the end of September. We’ll see how many I actually to read and if any non-TBR books sneak their way onto my shelf…

Kingdom of Lies by R.S. Williams

This is my current read and I’m really enjoying it. It has a male MC and is more sword and sorcery-esque than my usual fantasy reads, but it’s really refreshing to read something different to the usual female-led YA romantic fantasy. There’s still a romantic subplot, lots of political intrigue and royal escapades, and there’s a strong Arthurian vibe to it. So if you’re a fan of The Sword in the Stone or Merlin, I’d highly recommend checking out this series.


Caraval by Stephanie Garber

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This one is a library book that I need to read pretty quickly before they call it back, it’s been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get round to it for that long! But it’s one I’ve always wanted to read and is some of my favourite authors and people’s fave book, so I’m really looking forward to entering the world of Caraval and getting lost in this magical, twisted game.


All These Bodies by Kendare Blake

Another library book, and a paranormal thriller this time, set in historical times. I believe it’s inspired by true events, a series of murders/suspicious deaths in a small town in the US two hundred years ago, but the author has added a vampiric twist… Looking forward to jumping into this one!


Kingdom of Feathers by Alice Ivinya

This is one of my most anticipated releases of the year, the series finale to Feathers of Snow. I preordered the ebook, but waited until the paperback was available to start reading, and it’s just been published so I’ll be ordering this very soon!

If you haven’t read any of the Kingdom of Birds and Beasts series yet, I recommend it if you like unique fantasy worlds with fairytale inspired plots and swoon worthy romance.


Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen McManus

This is a standalone YA thriller by the author of One Of Us is Lying, and I’m excited to see what it’s like as I love her other series. I don’t know much about it apart from the blurb on the back, the tagline is:

Two dead Homecoming Queens. Five years later, is the killer back?

Full. Body. Chills. Amirite? Can’t wait to jump into this creepy murder mystery and find out whodunnit.


Now, you might not think five books is particularly ambitious, but I’m a very slow reader and I’ve got so much writing to do over the next three months to stay on track with my schedule that I’ll be lucky if I actually manage all of these. So which one do you think I should read next?

Lyndsey

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Mid-year update 2022

How is it June already? 2022 has absolutely flown so far, and as we’re now halfway through the year I thought it was a good time to check in and do a little update on my reading and writing progress.

Reading

I set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 36 books for 2022 – I’m an incredibly slow reader and I don’t have a lot of time to read between work, writing, being a mum and all of the other plates I’m spinning. But I’m really pleased with my progress so far, I’ve read fourteen books and am on track to hit my target.

I fell into a huge reading slump while I was editing The Solitary King at the end of last year. I couldn’t get into any fantasy books, I started several and just ended up putting them down and trying something else – nothing to do with the books themselves, and I’m looking forward to going back to them (I’m halfway through A Court of Silver Flames on audio and a few chapters into House of Sky and Breath on audio, so it’s definitely not because I chose badly!). I ended up grabbing a couple of crime/domestic thrillers from the library and they turned out to be exactly what I needed, so I’ve been predominantly reading thrillers all year. But I can feel the slump coming to an end, and I’m ready to jump back into my one true love, fantasy.

Here are the books I’ve read in 2022 so far:

And I’m currently reading I Know What You’ve Done by Dorothy Koomson. Then it’s back to fantasy for some of my favourite authors’ new books, including Kingdom of Feathers by Alice Ivinya.

Writing

After editing and publishing TSK, I was so completely burnt out I couldn’t write a word for months. I’m only just coming out of my burn out and it feels so good to be inspired and motivated again.

I’m currently working on a new WIP, it’s the next email subscriber exclusive story, A Fair Vendetta, and you can find out more about it and the rest of my upcoming short stories for subs in this blog post. My plan is to publish all five shorts on Amazon as ebooks, and give them away free to my email list, and once they’re all published I’ll compile them into a collection called Fair Tales which will be available in ebook and paperback.

I’m also really excited to be cowriting a short story for an anthology with the absolutely incredible Shana Vernon! We’re working on a villain romance/redemption story for Jafar from Aladdin, which we’ve titled Three Dark Wishes. It features a gender-swapped Aladdin and Jasmine, and a romantic arc for Jafar and our female Aladdin (all names will of course be changed, we’re not planning on getting sued by Disney!).

And I’ll also be getting back to The Fair War, book three in the Fair Chronicles, as soon as I can, but at the moment the muse is really pulling me towards these two stories, and who am I to argue!

Publishing

Back in January, I published the second book in my The Fair Chronicles series, The Solitary King. It’s doing really well, and was a fantastic launch, more than quadrupling what I achieved with The Fair Queen. Reviews are coming in steadily and they’re really positive. I’m actually planning to have a few free days to celebrate the release of an upcoming anthology, so keep your eyes peeled if you’d like a copy of TSK for FREE!

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Then in April, Once Upon a Name was published, a short story anthology that I put together with some of my Enchanted Anthologies friends and coauthors, and a whole host of new teammates! Working with such a big team (twenty of us) was an incredible experience and I learned so much from every one of my coauthors, about writing, publishing, marketing and more. My story, Baroness of Blood and Bone, is an urban fantasy centred around a female alpha of a pack of wolf shifters and her quest for vengeance under the Blood Moon. It’s unlike anything I’ve ever written before and I actually loved it, so don’t be surprised if somewhere down the line I do write a full length urban fantasy series!

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And today marks exactly one month to the day Enchanted Forests comes out! We enjoyed working together on Enchanted Waters so much that we decided to do it again (and again, but more on that soon!). As you can tell from the title, these stories focus on forests and woodlands, featuring all manner of magical and mythical creatures including unicorns, elves, and a talking racoon. My story, One Fair Eve, is a spin on the goblin market with a young man in Victorian England searching for a way to get into the prestigious musical conservatory he dreams of, and finding more than he bargained for.

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And that’s it for the first half of 2022 so far! Seeing it all written down like that, I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved this year, alongside all of my other commitments and responsibilities, and being thrown some serious curveballs.

How is your 2022 going so far?

Lyndsey

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