Leirah and the Wild Man
Leirah and the Wild Man: A Tale of Obsession and Survival at the Edges of the Byzantine World is a historical thriller set in the 11th century.
dreams of stealing a Viking longship, hunting pirates, and freeing the
world's thralls. As if by magic, the dragon boat of her fantasies
appears at her backwoods homestead, and a crew of seductive outlaws
invites her to join them in terrorizing the rich with disguises based on
the monsters of local folklore. But Leirah fears their secretive
interest in her favorite brother Aven. She takes him and flees on an
epic journey down the length of the Danube, from the Black Forest to the
Black Sea, through the gates of Constantinople, and into the last
stronghold of the Goths.
Leirah and the Wild Man: A Tale of Obsession and Survival at the Edges of the Byzantine World is available in hardcover and ebook editions.
Jean Michelle Miernik is one of the most beautiful, evocative writers I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Her work is lyrical, mythical, and sometimes delightfully strange, with a sly, deft sense of humor that catches you off guard in the best possible way. I'm so excited to read this! If you like historical fiction, you should read it. If you like pirates and/or dark fairytales, you should read it. If you like the strange and gorgeous, you should definitely read it.
The Grove of Thorismud
Rosemary accidentally sets off a hundred-year sleeping curse that ends the golden age of peace in her little forest kingdom. Several generations later, the next dynasty of Vepres falls to another curse that leaves its sole surviving heir, the Crown Prince Gustav, transformed into a beast.
Twenty years after Gustav's curse and a hundred years after Rosemary's, two aspiring heroes converge upon Vepres to take the throne: a farmer named Johann and Bellynda, a nomadic wolf huntress. Bellynda frees Gustav from his spell and easily wins the crown. She gives Johann the post of bishop, but he is not satisfied to take orders from a foreign woman.
Rosemary adores her new husband Johann, but the frustrated bishop begins to treat her with escalating cruelty. Rosemary finds comfort and protection in an intimate friendship with her husband's rival, Queen Bellynda. Treasonous plots and secret alliances complicate Rosemary's wish for harmony, and so does Bellynda's confusing encouragement of the attraction between Rosemary and Bellynda's own husband, King Gustav.