Cover Reveal + Pre-order Extravaganza: Memories of Ash

Posted by on Mar 16, 2016 in Cover Reveal | 6 comments

Cover Reveal + Pre-order Extravaganza: Memories of Ash

I am so excited to share the cover of Memories of Ash with everyone today–because it’s not just a cover reveal, it’s also a 99 cent pre-order extravaganza! There’s a Kindle Fire (and book swag) giveaway, plus pre-order links, and anyone who pre-orders can get a free digital art print of Hitomi. But that’s not all! Just for kicks, I’ve included a short interview with myself. We’re going to pretend that someone else is asking me these questions, because otherwise it’s just odd. Here we go!

Describe Memories of Ash in 3 words.

Walk with courage.

What compelled you to write your first book?

I always wanted to write a novel, so my senior year of university I decided I’d better buckle down and try. I chose a fairy tale (The Goose Girl) to give me an over-arching plot and narrative structure, and then went to town with it. I really wrote it as an exercise to test myself, not intending to do anything with it when I finished. But, by the time I finished, I loved my characters so much that I ended up working through over a dozen revisions to take it from “writing exercise” to my debut novel, Thorn.

If you could live in one of your books, which one would you choose?

Definitely the world of the Sunbolt Chronicles. Sunbolt follows Hitomi, a street thief with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, the dark mage who killed her father. Although there is a lot of darkness in Sunbolt, there’s also a lot of light. It’s a real world, in its way, and I love the diversity and vibrancy of the cultures and creatures that populate it. I’d have my choice of living in a tropical island sultanate reminiscent of historic Zanzibar, or among the nomadic desert tribes that eke out an existence alongside the cursed Burnt Lands, to name my two favorite options. Then again, in Memories of Ash, there’s the decaying grandeur of the capitol of a fallen empire that feels a lot like an Istanbul of old, right at the heart of the Eleven Kingdoms. Plus, I wouldn’t mind having shape-shifting friends and charms to keep my bread from burning.

What authors, or books, have influenced you?

As a young duckling, I imprinted on Tamora Pierce and Robin McKinley’s earlier works. I read pretty widely, but those are the authors I kept coming back to, especially McKinley’s Damar books. I am also an incorrigible Jane Austen fan, but my books don’t reflect that very much!

What are you reading now?

I just finished “Kingdom of Ruses” by Kate Stradling. In a kingdom where the eternal prince who rules is just a ruse kept up by the prime minister’s family (and most recently, Viola, our heroine), keeping the peace is a delicate thing. Enter a stranger who manages to take the place of the doppelganger the family uses, and Viola has her hands full.

Your first reaction to the cover in GIF format.


You were pretty blown away by the cover, weren’t you?

Yes, yes, I was.

This gorgeous cover was designed by Jenny of Seedlings Design Studio, who also designed the covers for Sunbolt and Thorn. Isn’t she amazing?



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.

Pre-order Memoris of Ash for only 99 cents!

Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble |  Apple  |  Kobo

A Special Treat For Those Who Pre-order…

MoA_PreOrder SpecialNot only is the pre-order of Memories of Ash on sale for only 99 cents, but anyone who buys the pre-order will receive a free digital art print of Hitomi by artist Grace Fong. Just email your proof of purchase to!

Haven’t read  Sunbolt (Book 1) yet?

It’s been knocked down to just 99 cents to celebrate the release and is available at most major e-retailers.

Nab your copy of Sunbolt from  Amazon  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  Apple

And finally, a Kindle Fire + Swag Giveaway…

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  • len132

    Excited! I also loved your short story, “The Bone Knife.” Do you think you’ll ever publish in that world again?

    • Thank you! As for the world of The Bone Knife–I really, really hope to write in it again! I have a larger story arc drafter for Rae, but have had a lot of trouble getting it written right (I have lots of “written it wrong” material I’m going to have to chuck). I’m planning to give it another try this summer, once MoA is released and I’ve had a few days to recover from all the excitement! I will definitely update my newsletter subscribers, and probably also blog and social media, if I manage to get anywhere with it.

      Usually, a book takes me 3-4 revisions once I have a strong draft (which I don’t), so it will still easily be a year before I can actually talk about publishing, assuming the writing goes well. 🙂 I wish I had better news for you!

  • Suzanne M.

    ?????? ?????
    I just spent the past two days straight reading Sunbolt and Thorn and you have quickly become one of my favorite authors. The world’s are rich and intricately detailed and the characters are neither cut outs nor overly perfect. They’re relatable, and certainly not in a cliche way.
    I feel like I have so many questions and things to say but I don’t want to clutter your page, just wanted to thank you for writing such immersing stories that took me away from the not so good things in reality.

    ???? and I look forward to the next stories to come =]

    • Wa Alaikum Assalaam! And wow! I am so thrilled that you read both books so quickly, and enjoyed them so much! Thank you for your words and support. Writing is a long, difficult road and it always makes such a difference to me to hear from a reader who fell into one (or both!) of my stories. 🙂 I’m not sure if you’re on Facebook or Twitter (or GoodReads) but I’m always happy to keep up with and chat with people there too. Do look me up if you’re on any of those! And thank you, again, for this comment. It means a lot to me.

  • Alina

    OMG! That cover art for Memories of Ash is amazingly beautiful. Extremely symbolic and eye catching. I’m so excited for you that Memories of Ash is finally making it into print!

    • Thanks so much, Alina! I absolutely love what my cover designer, Jenny, did for this cover. She’s completely amazing. 🙂 And yes! I am so, so excited to be ready to share this book. (Well, ready relatively speaking. I could probably keep playing with it for a few more months if I let myself!) 😀 Perfectionism has its drawbacks…

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