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~ Thorn ~

For Princess Alyrra, choice is a luxury she’s never had … until she’s betrayed.

Princess Alyrra has never enjoyed the security or power of her rank. Between her family’s cruelty and the court’s contempt, she has spent her life in the shadows. Forced to marry a powerful foreign prince, Alyrra embarks on a journey to meet her betrothed with little hope for a better future.

But powerful men have powerful enemies—and now, so does Alyrra. Betrayed during a magical attack, her identity is switched with another woman’s, giving Alyrra the first choice she’s ever had: to start a new life for herself or fight for a prince she’s never met. But Alyrra soon finds that Prince Kestrin is not at all what she expected. While walking away will cost Kestrin his life, returning to the court may cost Alyrra her own. As Alyrra is coming to realize, sometime the hardest choice means learning to trust herself.

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For the inside story on Thorn, plus reviews and an online media kit, go here.

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~ The Bone Knife: A Short Story ~

Rae knows how to look out for family. Born with a deformed foot, she feigns indifference to the pity and insults that come her way. Wary of all things beautiful, Rae instantly distrusts their latest visitor: an appallingly attractive faerie. Further, his presence imperils the secret her sister guards. But when the local townspeople show up demanding his blood, Rae must find a way to protect both her sister’s secret and their guest. Even if that means risking herself.

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What was I thinking? A heroine with a happy family? To find out why I wrote this short, as well as check out reviews and grab the online media kit, go here.

 

sunbolt_cover_e-small~ Sunbolt ~

Book One, The Sunbolt Chronicles

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

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Visit the dedicated page here for more info on The Sunbolt Chronicles, including an online media kit.

 

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~ Memories of Ash ~

Book Two, The Sunbolt Chronicles

In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind the charges.

Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery.

If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.

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Want to Know More?

Visit the dedicated page here for more info on The Sunbolt Chronicles, including an online media kit.

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I have more bookmarks featuring The Sunbolt Chronicles than I know what to do with–help me find them a happy home! Drop me a note at booksbyintisar (at) gmail.com with how many you’d like, and I’ll get them in the mail to you as quick as…well, within a few days. Promise! International addresses are fine too.

  • Melissa Donaldson

    Thank you so much for your books. Thorn is my constant companion and comfort book and the Bone Knife pulled me in to the story immediately. I am almost afraid to start the Sunbolt Chronicles because I won’t be able to wait tor the next to come out. Please keep up the amazing work!

    • Hi Melissa! Thanks so much for your words–it’s always amazing to hear from people who connect with my stories so deeply. I know they mean a lot to me, but when I send them off into the great wide reading world, it’s hard to imagine that they’d find places in other people’s hearts too 🙂 Sunbolt is a very, very different read from Thorn (much more action packed, and the themes are a little slower building–but it has sequels!). I’ll be very curious to hear what you think of it. 😉

  • sibyl

    You have a lovely voice as an author. My family and I would love to read more of your stories. Peace and fun to you from the Baldwins in California.

    • Thank you so much! I’m so honored that you and your family have enjoyed my books. They have been a lot of fun to write! 🙂 And thank you so much for your well wishes. Wishing you a wonderful year, filled with peace and fun as well!

  • Raeanne

    I just read “Thorn”, and immediately moved on to “Sunbolt”. I loved them both!!! And I’m so happy I’ve found them. I haven’t read such an interesting book since I finished “The Queen’s Thief” series by MWT. And I adore those books, so it says a lot for you to measure up to them!! I hope you continue to write for many years. I can’t wait for the sequel to “Sunbolt”!

    • Oh wow! I love MWT’s writing, so you just made my day! (Or week!) I am so very glad that you enjoyed both books. I was a little hesitant when I set out to publish Sunbolt, since it’s such a different read from Thorn. Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Anna

    Hi, I found your books via a recommendation on Grace Draven’s blog. I’m glad I did as I enjoyed all three. Best of luck in the future, I’ll look forward to your 2015 releases.

    • Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed my stories. I just read Entreat Me by Grace Draven and enjoyed it too–though she found me first! 😉 I’m now working away on Book 2 of the Sunbolt Chronicles, which, despite my best intentions, will be a full length novel. So much for a novella serial! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Judy

    My nieces recommended “Thorn” to me. I loved it and have since read “Bone Knife” and “Sunbolt”. I can hardly wait for more. You are an excellent writer.

    • Hi Judy – and Yay! I am so glad you enjoyed my stories. I promise I’m working on more! My children are still small, so it can be a bit of a struggle to get those writing hours in. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by, and for your kinds words.

      • Judy

        Having 5 children of my own (they’re all grown now) I know how hard it is to have time for anything else. My reading time has always bedtime for me. The only authors that have kept me reading well past when I should be sleeping are Terry Pratchett, Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley, and you. Your writing is definitely worth the wait.

        • Thank you so much–I am so honored to be grouped with such authors! McKinley and Lackey were two of my favorite authors growing up. 🙂 I really appreciate your kind words and support. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and new year!

  • leah

    I loved your book! Will there be a book 2 for the sunbolt chronicles???

    • Thank you–and yes, there definitely will be! It will actually be a full-length novel, because apparently my brain prefers longer forms. That’s part of why it’s taken so long to write and revise! I’m currently in a beta-reading round for “Memories of Ash,” and I’ll have a final revision and polishing phase… so I’m hoping for a late summer release. Overall, I envision the series having a total of four books, so there will be a good deal more too! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Vivi

    i have read both Thorn and Sunbolt in the last few days. I really enjoy your style of writing and the depth and variety of the character you create. I am very much looking forward to reading more (soon I hope).

    • Thank you so much, Vivi! You made my week! I am working on Book 2 of the Sunbolt Chronicles, hoping and planning for a summer release, so hopefully you’ll have something soon! Thanks so much for stopping by.

  • Esther

    I’ve read all your books and have just finished re-reading ‘Sunbolt’. I can honestly say it’s one of the best books I’ve read recently, absolutely can’t wait for Memories of Ash!

    • *Beams* You just made my morning! It’s such an honor to find out your books is on the re-read list for someone! I am so thrilled that you enjoyed my stories so much. I am hard at work on Memories of Ash… I know it’s taking a while, but I am doing my best to make it the story it needs to be! Thank you for reading (and waiting!). 🙂

  • Margo

    Will the be more of Rae’s story? I loved her! Please say there will be more :). You are phenomenal author.

    • Yes, there will! And thank you so much. I love Rae dearly, and I do have a full story arc planned for her. I got tripped up in the revision and fleshing out stage, and after being blocked for months, I switched over to the Sunbolt Chronicles. However, I am planning to return to her story very, very soon! 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

  • Joanna Shi

    ** spoiler alert **
    This story was fantastic! The characters are enthralling, and I very much enjoyed the unexpected twists in the antagonist’s character development. Khanani brings out a type of inner strength in women and children that is not often depicted, and weaves a tale of personal growth with a rare wisdom of life, love, and morality. 5/5 stars! I wish she would write a sequel to this story.
    I would love to know more about Thorn’s life and how she handles herself as soon to be queen of her new kingdom.

    • Oh yay! I am so glad you enjoyed Thorn! Thank you so much. Although I don’t plan to have a direct sequel, I am hoping to write a companion story arc featuring Rae, from my free short story “The Bone Knife.” Rae will end up working with Alyrra, so you will get to see a bit more of some of the characters from Thorn and see how they fare as Alyrra continues to come into her own. Thanks for reading!

      • Joanna Shi

        I can’t wait! =D

        • Me neither! There is never enough time for all the stories–not as a writer, and definitely not as a reader. 😉

  • Corvid52

    I love, love Ms. Khanani’s books. They are so well written and the stories are beautifully told. I am currently enthused about the Sunbolt Chronicles and very much look forward to the next one. Any idea when we might see the next one? Everyone should read this series.

    • Thank you so much! Book 3 is in the works, but I don’t dare give an estimate of a release date. I learned the hard way around this time that my writing takes the time it takes. However, I can pretty much guarantee it won’t be this year, since I usually take 3-4 revision rounds and there just aren’t enough days left in the year for that! I will definitely update both the blog and my newsletter as the story develops, so those are both good ways to keep track of me. (Newsletter goes out no more than once a month and the subscription box is in the side bar, if you are interested!)

  • Najla

    I decided to re-read “Sunbolt” before starting “Memories of Ash”. I’m so happy I did !!! My only complaint: what will I read now? When can we expect book 3? Your characters are so deep, a combination of good, evil caring…human.
    I so enjoy your writing.I think I’ll re-read, “the Bone Knife”, and “Thorn”. Please continue the excellent work,

    • Hi Najla – thank you so much! And yeah, I can completely empathize with the “now what do I read?” unhappiness–I’ve been there many times myself with my favorite authors. So very honored to have done the same to you! 😉 I am working away on Book 3 now, but I’m afraid most of it is still in outline form, and it’s very, very hard to predict a release date or even timeframe at this point. I will definitely update my newsletter as the writing progresses, though, so that’s one great way to keep tabs on me (and poke me–poking always helps!). Thanks so much for writing!

  • ram

    There are a few awesome moments in my scifi/fantasy addiction: reading foundation by Isaac Asimov and discovering his collections, Tolkien, so on. I read your book, Sunbelt, on flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco and you have left me amazed. Fire and Ash was just superb. I read your books every month waiting like a dad to be, for the new arrival. Thanks

    • Thank you so much, Ram! I well remember the awesomeness of discovering Asimov’s Foundation series, and am honored to be grouped together with such works. 😉 I’m afraid the writing process is slow for me, but I am definitely working on the next story! I hope you will enjoy it as much as the first two books. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!

  • Hannah

    I read “Thorn” and “The Bone Knife,” and I’m aching for more! Your Sunbolt Chronicles isn’t quite my style (just personal preference) but I’m so excited for your next books with Rae to come out! You have a lovely unique writing style that I just can’t get enough of ????

    • Hi Hannah! Thank you so much for stopping by. Sunbolt and the Thorn books are very different reads, aren’t they? 🙂 I am hoping to work through another draft of Rae’s story starting in January (if all things writing cooperate with me!). I do have a short story featuring her younger sister Bean that I’m considering releasing to newsletter subscribers, so we’ll see about that! 😉 And hopefully by the middle of next year I’ll have a pretty good grasp on when Rae’s full story might come out. I’m sorry I don’t have more news for you. Thank you so much for reading, and for stopping by!

      • Hannah

        Will Rae’s new story feature the faerie from “The Bone Knife”? Or is he a one-time appearance?

        • Hi Hannah! Right now, Stonemane does play a minor role in the new story, but he’s not a major player. His half-brother shows up too, which I wasn’t expecting. 😉 However, this is still in draft form, so things may change. However, I’m pretty sure the final story will still have at least Stonemane in it. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Christina Buxton

    I’m anxiously awaiting your next book! Absolutely love your writing style and characters (and I won’t lie I’m mildly obsessed with Val) . So please keep doing what you do, myself and all the other readers in my family think you are an amazingly gifted writer!!

    • Thank you so much, Christina! And ha! You are not the first reader to develop such an obsession… 😉 He will be back in the next Sunbolt book, though I still haven’t figured out the details. Val can be tricky like that. I am so tickled that the readers in your family have all read my stories. That just made my evening–thank you!

  • Thanks so much, Elisha! I’m so happy you enjoyed my stories so much. As for other books… hmm. That’s a hard call. I really enjoy indie authors such as W.R. Gingell and Andrea K. Höst. If you’re looking for more diverse reads, Anela Deen is another indie worth checking out. I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump (which is why this is a hard question to answer). However, I just read “A Monster Calls” by Patrick Ness and that was devastatingly beautiful. Prior to that, I’ve mostly been reading graphic novels and comics! If you’re looking for a super fun, diverse comic, be sure to check out Princeless! I actually borrowed it first from my local library and binge read all the available issues. 🙂

    • Elisha

      Ah no that’s great I’ll make sure to check them out ????????