The Exiled Otherkin
by D. Lieber
GENRE: Fantasy Romance
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.
Men and women dashed around the room, gleaming with sweat and smudged with black smears. The fires burned low. A large furnace at the center of the room had a thick chimney leading from it into the ceiling. Some people were moving piles of what looked like coal, while others tended a huge machine. It consisted of a number of large metal coils attached to gears. Some of the coils were wound tight while others were loose. The gears attached to the coils were meshed with gears that had magnets on them. Ropes, made of a material I couldn’t identify, were threaded through the center of the magnet gears.
We passed through engineering and climbed to the main deck. The wooden deck sprawled before us. The chimney from engineering came up through the floor and reached toward the cloth bubble above us.
Shy pointed to a cabin on the left. “That’s where you’ll bunk with the rest of the deckhands, Ember. I still have inventory to do. I trust you both can get settled?” He disappeared below deck.
I walked toward the cabin, and Reilley followed.
“I wish we were bunking together, Ember,” he said, slumping his shoulders. I didn’t respond and entered the cabin, shutting the door in his face.
A Word With the Author:
1.Did you always want to be an author?
No, I always liked to write, but I wrote mostly poetry and short stories. My first year of college, I was a history major. When I was younger, I wanted to be a paleontologist or archeologist. When I realized that my favorite parts of history were the stories and folklore, I switched to being an English major. Even while studying English, I wanted to be an acquisitions editor. But after graduation, I got a job as a magazine feature story writer. After I had confidence in my writing abilities, my true desire to write fiction finally presented itself.
2.Tell us about the publication of your first book.
Black Rose Writing published my first novel, Conjuring Zephyr, in 2016. I went through the same painful process of rejection many authors experience, though I’ve never received a truly mean rejection letter. Most of the rejection letters were professional, not that it made me feel much better. There is really no way to prepare for the pain of rejection. However, I persevered and Conjuring Zephyr was accepted not long after I started submitting to agents and publishers. I found Writer’s Market online database to be an excellent resource for finding appropriate publishers and agents.
3.Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre in which you write?
In fantasy romance, I love to read Anne Bishop and J. R. Ward.
4.What's the best part of being an author? The worse?
The best part of being an author is the sense of accomplishment I feel when I’ve completed a story. The worst part is the mood swings that accompany the creative process. One minute, I feel what I just wrote was the greatest thing to ever leave my pen. But the next day, I’m positive that it was actually terrible, and I shouldn’t even be allowed to hold a pen.
5.What projects are you working on now?
As for what I’m currently working on, let’s just say I’m doing a lot of research about western expansion in Canada. As for what readers are likely to see on bookshelves next, I’m so excited to talk about my fantasy/paranormal romance, 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.
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).
Book Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM2fewELAj0
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.