I hope this countdown series has given you an insight into the creation of The Master and the Sorceress. It was previously published with a different cover – equally beautiful – but the model is the same. She embodies Katrine and I wrote the story with her in mind.
Last of all. Timelines are important to any story, especially a series. The Master and the Sorceress occurs two months after The Lady and the Pirate, and covers a period of almost seven months. The story takes place in Costa, a town south of Wildecoast, on the way to Brightcastle, in Brightcastle and in Wildecoast. Sign up to my newsletter for a FREE map of Thorius
Both Vard and Alecia (Princess Avenger and Princess in Exile) have cameo appearances in The Master and the Sorceress but not together. The witch, Hetty, is Katrine’s mentor and she has a supporting role to play in book 7 as well. One thing I love doing is revisiting earlier characters in later books, so you get a chance to see what they’ve been up to. That will continue in book 8.
Night hounds are introduced to the Queenmakers Saga in this volume. They are large, scary beasts with red eyes and retractable hind claws like cats. These creatures are drawn to Katrine’s magic but there is more to them than meets the eye.
I used this photo of a rottweiler to create the night hound concept and think it works well. It’s amazing how a relatively innocent family pet can emerge a terrifying beast after some tweaking. Check out the cover.
Another creature which makes its debut appearance in this book is the dragon. That’s all I’m going to say about it because…spoilers.
The Lady and the Pirate was the springboard for Katrine’s story. She was so feisty and capable and yet vulnerable. I knew she would make a great heroine.
But who could stand up to a strong and beautiful sorceress? The hero turned out to be a master goldsmith, James Tomel. He is the oldest of seven boys and was expected to take on his family’s farm. However, from a young age, James knew he would never be able to do that and turned to working with gold. He actually made the chain mail choker worn by Queen Adriana when she visited Brightcastle in Princess Avenger– book 1.
But James harbors another secret career and this causes friction between himself and Katrine. James and Katrine are opposites – one a wild and impulsive spirit who wields forbidden magic, the other a pillar of the community who craves order and control. I hope you enjoy their journey.
Once there was a young noble woman called Katrine Aranati, who was so much more than first appearances would indicate. She came from a farming family south of the king’s seat of Wildecoast in Thorius. Katrine had an older sister, Esta, who often disregarded her but still expected her to help when she was in a crisis.
Katrine’s story begins in The Lady and the Pirate, as the two sisters come face to face with the Singing Pirate on the high seas. The ladies are disguised and carrying on a clandestine operation as smugglers to aid their failing farming estate. Katrine, as Lady Star, hurls a few fireballs his way and chases him and his elven allies off her ship.
Being a witch makes Katrine stand out more than she would like, and Esta doesn’t understand. She is afflicted with melancholy which is only made worse when she has a magical encounter in the Crystal Cave. You can read all about Katrine’s adventures and Esta’s love affair in The Lady and the Pirate. It’s on special for 99 cents for the next three days!
It’s been awhile coming but I can finally reveal the new cover of The Master and the Sorceress.
Pretty darn beautiful thanks to Dar Albert. You may recognise the gorgeous model from the last version of this cover which featured Katrine and her splendid black stallion. The horse has been replaced on this cover by a night hound, complete with scorching red eyes.
Here’s the blurb:
A DESPERATE SORCERESS
Katrine Aranati no longer knows how to deal with the woman she has become. She runs headlong into a man whose heart’s desire is order and control.
A MASTER JEWELER
James Tomel is outwardly a pillar of society, but he hides more than one secret. His life plan has no room for a dangerous liaison with a reckless stranger.
When they are thrown together on a trip to Brightcastle, fierce creatures from legend pursue them, but even more perilous are the feelings swirling between them. As their hearts and bodies come together, one will flee while the other demands an accounting.
The Master and the Sorceress is the seventh book in the epic Queenmakers Saga, combining the sweeping high fantasy world of Thorius with sizzling romance. If you like magic, danger and mythical creatures, wrapped up in an ‘opposites attract’ love story, you’ll adore The Master and the Sorceress.
If you’ve read The Lady and the Pirate, you’ve met Katrine, the heroine of The Master and the Sorceress. She captured my imagination as a secondary character in her sister Esta’s story. In fact, I took a break from writing Elf Princess Warrior to write The Master and the Sorceress – I just couldn’t get Katrine out of my head. I hope you love her story, coming early in January. I’ll post the pre-order soon.
Lady Esta Aranati will do anything to
ensure the safety of her estate and its people, even to smuggling on the high
seas. She leads a double life, a mask and wig the only shields that protect her
A DARING PIRATE.
Samael Delacost roams the ocean, living off
the hard work of others, ignoring the voice that whispers ‘you don’t belong’. Until
one night, Sam boards Esta’s ship and discovers she’s no easy prey.
Thrown together by a treasure hunt, the unlikely partners strike sparks off each other. Against her better judgment, Esta tries to help Sam find his mother, but what she discovers will change their lives forever.
Can Sam and Esta find their way through danger, political intrigue and societal rules to forge a life together? Or will their differences and their pasts dictate the future?
To celebrate, I have book 1 in the saga, Princess Avenger, available FREE on Amazon until October 11th!