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10 Fantasy Romance Novels from Up-and-Coming Authors

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, it’s the perfect time to grab a new fantasy romance novel (I suggest you also pick up some good chocolate — just don’t get any on your e-reader), and it just so happens that I’m participating in a group-promotion effort with several other independent authors. We all have fantasy novels with romantic elements (AKA loooove stories), and we’re dropping the ebook versions to 99 cents between February 10th and 12th this year. (Even if you stumble across this post at some future date, the ebooks are still good deals, with most coming in under $5.)

I’ll mention mine first, because, ya know, it’s my blog. 😉

Encrypted

Professor Tikaya Komitopis isn’t a great beauty, a fearless warrior, or even someone who can walk and chew chicle at the same time, but her cryptography skills earn her wartime notoriety. When enemy marines show up at her family’s plantation, she expects the worst.

But they’re not there to kill her. They need her to decode mysterious runes, and they ask for help in the manner typical of a conquering empire: they kidnap her, threaten her family, and throw her in the brig of their fastest steamship.

Her only ally is a fellow prisoner who charms her with a passion for academics as great as her own. Together, they must decipher mind-altering alchemical artifacts, deadly poison rockets, and malevolent technological constructs, all while dodging assassination attempts from a rival power determined the expedition should fail. As if the situation weren’t treacherous enough, this new “ally” may turn out to be the last person Tikaya should trust. Those runes cloak more than mysteries, however, and he’s the only one who can help her unravel them before their secrets destroy the world.

Available on Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Smashwords | iTunes | Kobo.

“Tales of Love and Magic” from other independent authors:

The Rose of Shanhasson

Rose of Shanhasson fantasy novel

As Our Blessed Lady’s last daughter, Shannari must rule as High Queen or the Green Lands will fall into eternal darkness. Her destiny is to shine against the Shadow, protect the land and people with her magic, and keep the Blackest Heart of Darkness imprisoned. Her blood is the key, powered by the love in her heart. However, Shannari’s heart is broken, her magic is crippled, and the nobles must have forgotten the dire prophesies, because everyone wants her dead.

Only love can restore her magic, but her scars testify how love can be corrupted. So when a barbarian warlord conquers her army and professes a love like no other, Shannari’s first instinct is to kill the mighty Khul. Even worse, one of the Khul’s guards used to be an assassin–a very skilled assassin, if the darkness in the Blood’s eyes is any indication. The same darkness festers deep in her heart and draws her to the wickedly dangerous man as inexorably as his Khul’s unshakable honor. Her weakening heart is not only torn between love and duty, but also between two magnificent warriors.

Yet neither warrior will be able to help her when Shadow calls her name.

The Goddess Queen

The Goddess Queen Tracy Falbe

Queen Onja has called for Shan’s head and her Kezanada agents stalk him with enchanted weapons. For Dreibrand Veta, his growing list of victories has increased his influence in circles of power, but his fame has not endeared him to everybody.

The rebellion proceeds slowly for Miranda who cannot rescue her children until Shan defeats Onja. Shan has learned much since beginning the rebellion. His powers are growing. He has used his magic to kill, and, when the spring comes, his armies will fight the armies loyal to Onja. Despite Shan’s mounting confidence in his battle magic, Onja will tenaciously defend her throne, and Shan will discover that he does not know the powerful secrets of the Goddess Queen.

The Goddess Queen is the second book of The Rys Chronicles by Tracy Falbe. Normally priced at $4.95, it’s on sale for a limited time at $0.99. Enjoy!

Rowena Through the Wall

Fantasy Romance Campbell

When Rowena falls through her classroom wall and lands in an alternate world, she doesn’t count on being kidnapped―not once, but twice―and the stakes get higher as the men get hotter.

College instructor Rowena Revel has a magical gift with animals and a huge problem. Gorgeous tunic-clad men keep walking through the wall of her classroom. If that isn’t enough, she’s being haunted by sexy dreams in a rugged land. Curious, she checks out the wall and falls through a portal into the world of her dreams.

After years of war, women are scarce. Rowena finds herself in a heap of man-trouble when she ‘accidentally’ marries distant cousin Ivan. Enter Cedric, who dabbles in black magic and has an even blacker heart. Throw in a Viking, the local wolf-king, a band of brigands and a goth-clad student who follows her through the portal, and Rowena is off on a rollicking adventure.

Unwanted husbands keep piling up, but that doesn’t stop her from falling for the wrong brother. Not only that, she has eighteen year old Kendra to look out for and a war to prevent. Good thing she has the ability to go back through the wall. Or does she?

Dragon Rose (Tales of the Latter Kingdoms)

Dragon Rose

The shadow of the cursed Dragon Lord has hung over the town of Lirinsholme for centuries, and no one ever knows when the Dragon will claim his next doomed Bride.

Rhianne Menyon has dreams of being a painter, but her world changes forever when a single moment of sacrifice brings her to Black’s Keep as the Dragon’s latest Bride. As she attempts to adjust to her new life — and to know something of the monster who is now her husband — she begins to see that the curse is far crueler than she first believed.

Unraveling the mystery of what happened to the Dragon’s Brides is only the beginning…

The Unfinished Song (Book 2): Taboo

Taboo

A DEVASTATING SETBACK

Enemy tribesmen attacked during the Initiation. Dindi used the magic of the corn cob doll to protect herself and others but at a terrible price. Now her dreams are in shambles. In despair, she decides to step into the forbidden faery ring, and dance herself to death with the fae. Then she discovers another choice that saves her life…but breaks the ultimate taboo.

A DESPERATE OUTREACH

After being unfairly exiled from his own people, Kavio may have found a new home, but only if he can protect it from another attack by the enemy. He gathers a small group to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory in search of the ultimate prize…peace.But by the harsh laws of their land, they cannot both break taboos and keep the peace. They will each have to choose, what, or whom, to betray.

The Chocolatier’s Wife

The Chocolatier's Wife

ROMANCE, MAGIC, MYSTERY…. AND CHOCOLATE

When Tasmin’s bethrothed, William, is accused of murder, she gathers her wind sprites and rushes to his home town to investigate. She doesn’t have a shred of doubt about his innocence. But as she settles in his chocolate shop, she finds more in store than she bargained for. Facing suspicious townsfolk, gossiping neighbors, and William’s own family, who all resent her kind – the sorcerer folk from the North — she must also learn to tell friend from foe, and fast. For the real killer is still on the loose – and he is intent on ruining William’s family at all cost.

The Chocolatier’s Wife is a truly original, spellbinding love story, featuring vivid characters in a highly realistic historical setting.

The Princess of Dhagabad

Princess of Dhagabad

THE CURSE OF ABSOLUTE POWER.

THE MAGIC OF TRUE LOVE.

When, on the day of her age-coming, the princess opens a mysterious bronze bottle—a gift from her grandmother—she has no idea that she is about to unleash a power older than the world itself. Worse, she is not prepared for the bearer of this power to be a handsome man whose intense gray eyes pierce her very soul. Hasan, her new slave, is immeasurably older and stronger than anyone she has ever heard of, and he is now hers to command—if she can handle him, that is.“Truly compelling” — Booklist

“A fine recasting of Arabian Nights material into a fable for our times.” — Locus

Once Upon a Curse: Stories and Fairy Tales for Adult Readers

Collection of short stories -- fantasy love stories

STEP INTO THE WORLD OF MYTH AND MAGIC…

Fair maidens, handsome princes, witches, and fairy godmothers all show their dark and dangerous side in this anthology inspired by myths and fairy tales, retold by some of the best authors in this generation and by some upcoming new talents. Told with a dark twist, focused on the lure of the gorgeous evil, this collection will take the readers on a wild ride through magical realms of Ancient Greece, old Russia, medieval Europe, and modern day America.

Yseult: A Tale of Love in the Age of King Arthur

Yseult

For the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying – to marry the father of the man she loves. Marcus’s son Drystan would have saved her from a loveless marriage, but with her relatives being held hostage, Yseult cannot endanger them and must go through with the wedding. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening to descend into the Dark Ages – only Arthur’s battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization.

Yseult is a retelling of the tragic tale of Tristan and Isolde, a story older than Romeo and Juliet or Lancelot and Guinevere; an Arthurian romance with roots going back far into the realm of legend and the undying tales of King Arthur.

A historical fantasy novel by Ruth Nestvold, Book I of The Pendragon Chronicles.

Also available on Kobo, B&N, and Smashwords with the coupon GY28S (good until Feb. 14).

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Comments (11)

Only one other available elsewhere than Amazon ? Well, I only buy one then.
(Already own Encrypted of course;)

Ah, sorry about that. I just grabbed the links that were on the promo page over at http://ebookpromos.wordpress.com/. I’m sure lots of these ladies have their work up elsewhere too, though it can be hard to get prices changed for a short two or three day sale at outfits where you don’t directly upload. I couldn’t change the price of Encrypted at Apple or Kobo, for instance, because that’s one I distribute through Smashwords, and it takes time for changes to filter through.

Oh “The Goddess Queen” is also available at Smashwords (but not at that price). And I also own “Taboo”…

It’s quite possible that more of those books are available elsewhere, but I only posted the links the other participants sent me. It was enough work just putting everything together, without chasing down the authors on all venues, but I’m sorry if anyone is disappointed. Do forgive me!

I think I may have just died a little of excitement. Ten stories in my absolute favorite genre. Happy Valentines day indeed. I am not going to run out of things to read for a long time. 🙂 (Loved Encrypted, Enigma and the EE series.) I am eagerly awaiting for Decrypted and the next EE.)

Thanks for giving these ladies a try, Nicolette. I hope you enjoy the stories! 🙂

Thanks so much for your insight on this, Lindsey! It’s hard to get out of the gate with books sales, but these are some interesting ideas.

I did try to obtain all of these books but I was only able to purchase Ruth Nestvold’s Yseult at the price offered at Kobo. I already own Encrypted of course, but you will be happy to know that it does display at 99 cents. If anyone is curious as to the price that these are listed at on kobo, these are my findings. The Rose of Shanhasson is $3.09. The Goddess Queen $5.16. Taboo $3.97. Dragon Rose, Rowena Through the Wall, The Choclatier’s Wife, and The First Sword are not available at all! On a bright note, there were some other books offered for free from these authors and I downloaded all of them. These are: ‘Bloodgate’ and ‘The Horse Master of Shanhasson’ by Joely Sue Burkhart; ‘Rys Rising: Book 1’, ‘Union of Renegades (The Rys Chronicles Book 1)’, and ‘Challenging Lessons’ by Tracy Falbe; ‘Bad Vibrations’ by Christine Pope; and ‘The Painted World,’ and ‘The Devil Eats Hope’ by Tara Maya.

If I like any of these, I will gleefully buy more. I am still disappointed that this sale was not offered on kobo though!

Thanks for giving them a look at Kobo, Laurie! I’m glad to know the price updates are going through so quickly these days, and that Kobo and Apple adjusted Encrypted to 99 cents for the sale.

Your welcome Lindsay! Also wanted to say that I am about halfway through reading ‘Bad Vibrations’ by Christine Pope and am really enjoying it. I will definitely be buying books from this author – although the only one that I can currently purchase at kobo is ‘Dragon Rose.’ And I neglected to mention that ‘Never Ever After’ by Ruth Nestvold is also free on kobo.

Thanks for the recommendations! There are some great new stories to tide me over while I await ‘Decrypted’!

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