Inking Against Invisibility — Longreads

I loved this. I just can’t even say how much. Yes, it made me cry, because I’ve been there, being told you’re being ridiculous and “that doesn’t happen to people.” But hearing it from someone else’s lips is healing, somehow. And if you haven’t picked up any of Talia’s books yet, I’ll put a link to my favorite at the end.

In the face of chronic pain, invisible illness, and medical discrimination, Talia Hibbert turned to tattoos to reclaim ownership of her body.

Inking Against Invisibility — Longreads

The Semi-Royal ARC's are out…

It’s getting close now, book buddies…The Semi-Royal will be out in a little more than two weeks! Rhodie and Arron have been taking up a lot of room in my head for a while now, and I know this is a story you won’t soon forget. Can’t wait until the 7th? You can get an advance reader copy in exchange for an honest review on Booksprout right now. Here’s the link: https://booksprout.co/arc/28271/the-semi-royal

It’s also available for pre-order on Amazon for just $0.99, but it won’t stay at that price long. Everyone who pre-orders can send me an email to claim their free romance manifesto printable, so jump on it if that sounds like something you want!

I can’t wait for you to dive into this sweet tropical romance and let me know what you think!

The Ex-Princess is one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2019!

My jaw is still recovering from the massive drop it experienced last week when I heard the news…my debut novel? One of the best books of 2019? Out of all the romances published? The only indie book highlighted, no less? It’s hard to express how AMAZING it is that a sweet, non-steamy, indie published romance made this list, friends. I can’t really understate how unusual that is.

I’m incredibly thrilled that my book’s on this list, especially since The Jinxed Journalist just came out and I’d really like to get more readers into this wonderful series. It expresses so much about family and justice and real romance that’s close to my heart, and it’s so unusual to find that, in a sweet fantasy romance context no less! So much fantasy is very dark, and I want my books to be light and slightly silly and hopeful. I want them to be feel-good, even if they make you cry a little bit.

A special thanks to everyone who reviewed the book, especially in the early days when PW was trying to decide if they’d even look at it. You contributed to this success! You rock.

Back to work…you’re going to love Rhodie and Arron’s story, so I’d better get back to writing it! The first draft of The Semi-Royal is almost done! If you haven’t read The Ex-Princess, it’s just $0.99 right now, so go grab your copy: https://amzn.to/35tjrbi

Work-in-Progress Wednesday

“Did you mean to give me a ‘come hither’ stare?” Abbie asked.

Parker grinned. “I was just enjoying watching you. I didn’t know it would summon you, but I’m not sorry it did.” He held out a white-gloved hand. “Would you like to waltz with me?”

“Are you any good?”

“I excel at many things, dancing among them.”

Abbie rolled her eyes, but she set down her plate on the nearest table and brushed any lingering food particles off her hands, lest she dirty his tuxedo. “I think you just wanted a way to touch me in public.”

“If you’re waiting for me to deny that accusation . . .” He led her toward the center of the room. “. . . you’ll be waiting a long while.”

Oof, it’s been a long time since I’ve done this. Yet as Abbie placed her right hand in Parker’s lifted left, she was surprised how good it felt to be in his arms, however removed the rest of their bodies were. Abbie smiled as she remembered her lessons from Mrs. Andel, the famous Trellan dancer who’d married a member of Brevsporan aristocracy. Let your hand perch upon his shoulder like a baby bird . . . He put the right amount of pressure on her upper back and held his arm out stiffly, gently supporting her hand, and she stepped backwards following him into a basic box step.

“Well, that answers that question.”

“What question?” Abbie asked.

Keep your gaze over your partner’s shoulder, children, well to the left; romantic as the dance is, if you try to look at your partner, you’ll drift right and get all tangled up. There had been rampant snorts and giggles at that.

“The question of whether you know how to follow,” he said, and she could hear the teasing in his voice.

“That all depends on who’s leading.”

Keep your hips up, Abelia. She’d had no desire to touch her hip to Norman Barkus, who smelled like sweat and potato chips and kept pushing on her hands instead of indicating turns with his lower body like he was supposed to. But Parker’s hip seemed glued to hers, and she could sense him turning before she knew what was happening.

I’m leading.”

“I sensed that.” She tried to hide a smile. “You’re good at it.”

“I should be. I’ve had ample practice.”

With whom? Her mind demanded to know. Whose hips have you been touching? Those are my hips. She did not ask, but she was glad she didn’t have to make eye contact with him, lest he see her question there.

“My first sister loves to dance but often lacks what she considers to be a suitable partner. I have accompanied her and her book club friends on numerous occasions. Or I did, before I became intolerably busy.”

Her jealousy subsided with this new information and she felt a little foolish.

“You should still go. All work and no play makes Parker a grumpy Gus.”

“All work and no Abbie, you mean.”

The Un-Queen is out now! You can download your copy for just $2.99. Grab it today!

In Defence of Romance: What it Can Do in a Fantasy Story (Or ANY Story)

Yes. This. All day, this. THIS THIS THIS.

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Today is the start of Wyrd & Wonder (hosted by Lisa, Jorie, and imyril), a month dedicated to the celebration of all things fantastical. Look forward to essay posts, lists, reviews, and more.

Let’s get started!

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“But Kathy, who’s going out of their way to attack romance in fantasy?”

Well, no one in particular. But I’ve always come across people–both on the internet and in real life–who look at romance in fantasy with a kind of…disdain, and it’s something that’s been bothering me for a long time. And with some of the recent complaints about Arya’s character development in GoT, I thought, why not, I’ll write a post on the topic.

So to be clear, I have zero problem with people disliking romance or criticizing the romance they find in stories (I mean, I criticize them all the time). Romance isn’t the end-all-be-all–the holy grail for…

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