The Verlisi War series

This wasn’t meant to be a series, just a single book. But I had ideas for another story, but they wouldn’t all fit in one more. So now I have three and possibly I should call it a trilogy.

Girl of the Rumours

Status: First Draft finished and revisions beginning.

Some tales might be better left alone…

When Aydel realized she could actually be the long lost daughter of a lord, she decides to use that position to bring help for the people in the forests near her. But most of the brigands she was told would welcome her are hostile instead and her presence seems to have made matters worse. Meanwhile her old family are working with a neighbouring lord and want her back, even to the point of sending out a ranger looking for her. She may have just made the biggest mistake of her entire life. But its too late for her to change things. And even if she did have a second chance, could she give up her new found freedom?

This was meant to be a bit of a parody about a girl who thought she was in a fairytale, but of course things actually turn out more like real life. It kept turning in a more serious story with higher stakes and deeper themes. It has little elements from Rapunzel (or Tangled) and Robin Hood as well as trying to twist fantasy cliches. And it has female brigands, and parrots, and tiny dragons, and endangered wild cats you’re not allowed to kill, but still want to put scratches all over your arms.

A Brigand No Longer

Status: Early outlining, not that I do intense outlining

A sequel to Girl of the Rumours about Joane, one of the brigands. Well at least she’s a brigand in the first book. Also It’s got more of Aydel in it and many other characters. And there is a war going on.

Book Three

Status: I have lots of ideas.

I can’t say much about this. It has prisoners, a girl named Carla and might have hints of Cinderella.

Lady of Courage (Working title, it will change)

Status: First draft pretty much done

A gearpunkish, political fantasy/alternative history about a girl who inherits the throne and must marry. Only there aren’t any eligible and capable men around. Except that guy who trying to take over the whole region and is a just a generally nasty person. Or maybe that person, but the council doesn’t like him. Or that guy, wait, why did he just die? And where are all the ships vanishing to?

Despite my lighthearted description this book is actually more tragedy than comedy and will make people cry. Even me. Lovely characters are going to die.

Even More Nebulous Ideas

Many more stories set in the world of Lady of Courage. Some quite connected, others not at all. Perhaps some genre melding, with detective stories.