The day is finally here!
For as long as he could remember, Vasiht’h planned on starting a family, a plan that surviving the war only made more urgent. The temple on Anseahla has summoned him at last to pick up his new kits, an errand he decides will be an excellent opportunity to have some alone-time with his partner, Jahir. But his partner is now an imperial prince-consort, and Vasiht’h himself has more responsibilities than he anticipated, and it isn’t long before their private getaway turns into a huge production. And that’s before the children join the party!
But becoming a father is only one of the changes that Vasiht’h must accept as he moves into this newest phase of his life. For the longest time he’s thought of himself as living in an Eldritch shadow. If he wants to thrive–if he wants to lead his contingent of Glaseah to a fuller life themselves–he has to accept that sometimes a supporting role is just an excuse to stay out of the limelight….
Heartskein is a cozy science fiction novel and returns to the dreamhealers in their new roles as powers in the Eldritch Empire: Jahir is now a married man and a prince, and Vasiht’h an administrator, a lord, and a father! But no matter what changes, some things stay the same: like a bond of love stronger than wars and unconquered by time. Come unwind, and meet the babies!
Here’s the second of the two books bought by the Major Pieces Kickstarter: another pastoral, revisiting Jahir and Vasiht’h as all-grown-up adults. I wanted to use this one to demonstrate to their loyal fans that despite all the changes in their life (including Jahir’s marriage!) they’re still the same unbreakable pair that made a commitment in Mindtouch. And honestly… this was a fun book to write. I leaned hard into the things people requested and that I secretly wanted to do more of anyway: more sweet scenes, more fun, more references to backstory, more babies, more fantastical Alliance locations, more Eldritch culture and language, more of Vasiht’h being practical and a not-so-closet romantic, more of Jahir being fun to look at and listen to. I even snuck in a cameo, which is something I’m beginning to do more often. Long time readers will be suspicious of all the stuff in this book that sounds like foreshadowing… because they’re right. There are great events coming! But between now and then… babies.
You all asked for it; I had the pleasure and fun of delivering. I call that a match as perfect (and likely to last) as the dreamhealers themselves. Enjoy!