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Painter 8 broke on me halfway through finishing this. Thank goodness I always save dobules because it ate the file. x___x I think I’ll go paint something really…simple…now…

And yes, the title is 100% a Dark Souls 3 reference.


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Hello, dear followers!

I’m very excited to announce that for the next 5 days (5/5 through 5/10) my first book, RAVENSGEM, will be on sale on Amazon for just 99 Cents! That’s like 88% off the paperback price, whoa :0


Don’t have a Kindle? No worries, the Kindle Reading App is available for basically every device out there, including your phone, your computer, and even your internet browser!

What is ’Ravensgem’? Ravensgem is a fantasy novella about a man facing the consequences of the mistakes he made in his youth, and a duel to the death against his only remaining childhood friend. The book is set in Gadeen; a fantasy world caught right in its age of sail. Gadeeans are not everyday people, by the way, within their veins runs the black blood of The Mountain, and only they can ignite the power hidden inside gemstones.

Want to learn more about this book? You can visit the homepage, where you can read a sample, listen to the 8Tracks soundtrack, head over to goodreads, and check out behind the scenes posts!

If you enjoy the FREE writerly content you see on this blog, please consider purchasing this book (or giving this post a reblog!). The money from this sale will go towards my Artist & Editor. I could not have done all of this without them~ ♥︎


Thank you for hearing me out! c:

Reasons to read the THEONITE Series:
  • Superheroes of color (lots of them)
  • A West African-dominated universe as expansive as the world of Westeros and better researched than any iteration of Wakanda
  • A female protagonist with no love interest
  • A fully realized conlang based on West African languages instead of European ones 
  • Superpowers
  • Superpowered warfare
  • Superpowered lacrosse
  • 10+ years of research on West African (mostly Mande) culture (also world history, linguistics, anthropology, martial arts, and too much other stuff to list here)
  • A fantasy world that provides healthy escapism for readers of color and healthy self-criticism for white readers
  • Space travel
  • Characters of all different sexualities
  • Talking holograms
  • Heart-gouging tragedy
  • An instant custom clothes printer
  • A society in which women are equal to if not favored over men in all professions and positions of power
  • Kid crime-fighters who can’t catch a break
  • Ice katanas
  • The power of friendship
  • An immortal cat

Start reading with the series’ pilot episode Theonite: Planet Adyn

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“In ten years you haven’t changed a bit.”

OH MY STARS, I GOT MY OWN BOOK NOW. My YA urban fantasy is officially out!




Walk with Opal down the Path to Dawn and Dusk, the hardest path for anyone to take.

Opal is a young girl living in Dewdrop, a bustling suburb southeast of New York. Life is a constant struggle for her, until she befriends newcomer, Hope Adaire. With the girls’ friendship slowly beginning to grow, Opal’s life begins to change in mysterious ways, as the secrets of Hope’s enigmatic life begins to unfold.

In the process of taking new paths and unveiling truths, a new world is discovered and with it, the discovery of a Gift a power that can make Opal stronger than she ever imagined. Yet with every truth, lies must be shattered. Now, when Dewdrop and the new world is threatened, this temperamental teen with too much emotional baggage, must learn how to control her Gift, and protect everyone living in her world and the new one—or face the consequences of unmasked truths.


  • ~Written by a nerdy black girl~
  • Features a black female MC struggling to understand herself
  • WoC dominated cast (damsels-in-distress free)
  • Diverse characters with magical powers (who also kick butt) 
  • Diversity in suburbia and SFF setting
  • Explores themes of light and darkness
  • Focuses on familial, self-love, and platonic love


  • Contains mild cursing 


  • First few chapters free on Wattpad~
  • Kindle version will be available for pre-order very soon!

This is my first novel from the 12 year old black girl who carried a huge folder around recess and wrote Opal Charm on looseleaf. Writing this long story and publishing it has been one of many dreams, and now I can check that off my list and get to work on the next one :)

Whether you purchase it or not, please reblog, like, screen-cap, do whatever to spread the word! Find more contact information on my tumblr page.

Thank you!


Hello, dear followers!

I’m seeing a lot of new faces (cutie faces at that!), so I thought I would remind you all about my books~

If you enjoy the content you see on this blog, such as Writer PositivityStory SeedsCharacters Questions, and Weird Promptsplease consider picking up one of my books as that directly enables me to create even more FREE content for you, along with paying my Editor and my Artist for all their hard work!

♥︎ You can pickup my books HERE ♥︎

Above you’re seeing a mini-ad for A SECRET NAMED SOPHIE, a Young Adult Novella by yours truly~ You can find more information below:

“To my dearest Niece…”

Sophie’s uncle is dead. The letter informed her that Philip Spencer, the man who’d been both friend and guardian, died and left her everything he had.

She doesn’t want to believe that her uncle is dead.

Hoping to find the truth, fifteen year-old Sophie leaves home and takes a train beyond the Smoke-Cities, to Jaycetown. In her heart, she hopes to find her uncle safe and the letter nothing but a cruel joke… except she’s going to find more.

She will enter a mansion she didn’t know existed, and find herself surrounded by photographs of people her uncle never talked about. Worst of all, a strange creature lurks in the darkness— but she can’t turn back.

She is the last piece of the puzzle.

“I leave to you all of my earthly possessions.”

M. Kirin presents: A Secret Named Sophie, a novella about family and the lies that transcend time.


PS: As with any of my books, if you purchase the Paperback version through Amazon, you will get the Kindle Edition for FREE~ ♥︎

Serpentine is a Kindle Daily Deal!

So thrilled that Serpentine is a Kindle Daily Deal for just 99c today! If you haven’t had a chance to buy the book, today’s the day to grab it for under $1!

Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this sweeping fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self—even as she falls in love for the first time.

“Vivid worldbuilding, incendiary romance, heart-pounding action, and characters that will win you over—I highly recommend Serpentine.”—Cinda Williams Chima, bestselling author of the Seven Realms and Heir Chronicles fantasy novels

“Serpentine is unique and surprising, with a beautifully-drawn fantasy world that sucked me right in! I love Skybright’s transformative power, and how she learns to take charge of it.”—Kristin Cashore, New York Times bestselling of the Graceling Realm Series

“Serpentine’s world oozes with lush details and rich lore, and the characters crackle with life. This is one story that you’ll want to lose yourself in.”—Marie Lu, New York Times bestselling author of Legend and The Young Elites

I wrote Serpentine to focus on a strong female friendship and delve into the idea of monstrous beauties. This is the perfect time to pick up the title as Sacrifice, the sequel, will be out September 27th! Check out the amazing jacket illustration below!



Hello dear followers~ In celebration of an awesome re-release, I’ve decided to run a sale! From now until JULY 12TH you will be able to purchase my YA book “A Secret Named Sophie” for only 99 cents~

Get this book on Amazon Kindle
Get this book DRM-FREE (on Gumroad)

Want to know more about this book? Well, you can check out the Book Trailer or even better, read a couple chapters on Wattpad!

And, as always, if you’d prefer to pick a physical version of this book you can do so here: Buy Direct & Buy on Amazon.

if you enjoy the content you see on this blog, such as Writer Positivity, Story Seeds, Characters QuestionsWeird Prompts, and Writing Playlists? Then please consider picking up this book as that directly enables me to create even more FREE content for you and the rest of the people who enjoy this blog!

Thank you for your time, have a lovely day~ ♥︎

You’d think being abducted by aliens would be the worst thing that could happen to me. And you’d be wrong. Because now, the aliens are having ship trouble, and they’ve left their cargo of human women - including me - on an ice planet.

And the only native inhabitant I’ve met? He’s big, horned, blue, and really, really has a thing for me…

Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon

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Now available in Kindle, paperback, and hardcover format!

A tale of swordplay and sorcery, mortality and music, set in modern-day Japan. Start the new bestselling YA fantasy readers are calling “epic” and “captivating” now!

You can also get in on a massive Japan-themed giveaway to celebrate the release here:

Sora’s Life was full of magic–until she discovered it was all a lie.

Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess.

As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.

With its breathtaking action, heart-wrenching conflict, and unexpected romance, this vivid standalone YA fantasy will delight fans of Julie Kagawa and Laini Taylor.

Fantasy novel based on elements from Norse mythology
Follow Arvid on her adventure through a dark, dangerous World full of secrets, gods, giants, shapeshifters and much more.

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Samle 2: Pages 214-222

Welcome to the world of NALZAMBOR …

Nath is a special warrior. He is a man destined to be a dragon. In order to become a dragon, he must save the dragons.

For countless years Nath has been on a quest to become a dragon, but his meddling with the other races tends to get in the way. The way of men is not the way of Nath Dragon his father has warned him. Yet, Nath, unable to control his fascination of the world men, elves, dwarves and even the despised orcs, tends to get caught up in their affairs. To earn his scales, there is a high road he must follow.

With his close friend and ally, Brenwar the Dwarf, Nath, armed with a magic sword he calls Fang, travels to the Mountain of Doom, the Free City of Narnum and to Orcen Hold where nothing but trouble awaits.

Will Nath Dragon, hero of the realm and protector of dragon kind choose the right path or wind up on a dark one?

The Chronicles of Dragon Collection by Craig Halloran

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A Shard of Sun: Book 3 of the Summer King Chronicles - Kindle edition by Jess E. Owen, Joshua Essoe, Jennifer Miller. Children Kindle eBooks @

A Shard of Sun: Book 3 of the Summer King Chronicles - Kindle edition by Jess E. Owen, Joshua Essoe, Jennifer Miller. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading A Shard of Sun: Book 3 of the Summer King Chronicles.

**“A Shard of Sun” **(Book 3 in the Summer King Chronicles) is now available as an e-book on Amazon! If you prefer a physical book, that’s okay too– those will be out a bit later this year so stay tuned. This is the third in a series of family-friendly fantasy books, aimed at young adult readers (but also fun for those of us that are a bit.. ahem .. older as well!!). The characters are all fantasy creatures and sapient animals. I painted the cover for all three.

PREDOMINANCE is the first installment of a trilogy by H. I. Defaz. Drama, adventure, and a heated love triangle are just that tip of the iceberg in this paranormal-romance novel that will take your breath away.

Now available on eBook and Paperback at your favorite book retailers.