I’ll be at AnomalyCon this coming weekend in Denver. AnomalyCon is Denver’s premiere steampunk and alternate history convention, and they have a mighty fine history track. If you’re in town, you should come!

Here’s the panels I’m on for the weekend:

Fri 5pm – Anthropology of Mythological Monsters – Were the monsters of old based off of real creatures? Why has history been obsessed with monsters? A discussion from the depths.

Fri 6pm – Ancient Civilizations – From the very ancient to the near modern, history has a way of romanticizing features of our past that make us want to rewrite the stories about them.

Sat 11am – Is This A Kissing Book? – Romance in Science Fiction and Fantasy is a common theme, and some might argue that this makes those stories “women’s books.” Why is there a struggle to tell stories with the common theme of relationships and maintain a serious science fiction theme? When is this done well?

Sat 5pm – The Female Gaze is Coming For You – Romance’s assault on the patriarchy, and how putting romance and sexuality in the hands of women with agency can reclaim the genre.

Sun 10am – Writing Destiny – Is writing a choice or a compulsion? What about those authors that say that their characters guide the story, as though they were real people? And how do you harness that before the white coats come to take you away?

Sun 11am – Religion in SF/F Outside the West – A discussion and exploration of representation in fiction of religions outside Anglo-Christian.

I will also have a table out in the foyer where I’ll be selling my book, so stop by and say hi, and maybe pick up some new reading!

The wait is finally over! The Bone Flower Goddess, the final book in the Bone Flower Trilogy, is out today.

Death is her gift.

BoneFlowerGoddess2Discovering the truth about her forgotten past sets Quetzalpetlatl—former Queen of Tollan and High Priestess of Quetzalcoatl—on a new journey, to rebuild her life from the ashes of the Feathered Serpent’s deception. Her top priority is to rescue her son from the underworld, but the Lord of the Dead will only resurrect him in exchange for the most powerful of the gods: Quetzalcoatl himself.

For such a dangerous mission, Quetzalpetlatl needs help. She finds allies among the gods, but the only one willing—and powerful enough—to take on the Feathered Serpent is the one god who’s responsible for so much of her personal pain these last thirty-five years. The Smoking Mirror holds the key to everything she’s ever longed for…if she’s willing to give him the one thing he’s sought for countless bundles of year.

But with Tollan’s throne and the future of the Tolteca empire at stake, is the price one that humanity can afford to pay?

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And, with the trilogy now complete, an omnibus edition is also available, at a discount to buying all three books separately.

Who is Quetzalpetlatl?

OmnibusIn Mesoamerican lore, she is mentioned only as the woman the gods used to bring down the legendary priest-king Topiltzin-Quetzalcoatl—Mexico’s King Arthur.

But now her story is told at last.

Born the only legitimate daughter of the king of Culhuacan in the Valley of Mexico, Quetzalpetlatl was destined to be the obedient wife of the future king. But when her mother becomes pregnant with the god Quetzalcoatl’s son, Topiltzin, she’s thrust into the middle of a war among the gods, played out on earth through the humans who worship them.

Faith leads her to become the High Priestess of Quetzalcoatl, but ambition wins back her stolen throne, and, together with Topiltzin, she founds the legendary city of Tollan and ends human sacrifice.

But that is only the beginning of her journey—one that started eons ago in a walled garden guarded by dark magic, and was set in motion by the mysterious beckoning whisper of a stranger from beyond the stone walls….

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And, as if that wasn’t enough, The Bone Flower Throne is now free, free, free!

Gods, Blood, Magic

Bone Flower redo 3A darkness has taken control of Culhuacan, one of the Toltec’s most powerful kingdoms. The bloodthirsty sorcerer god Smoking Mirror has sent her patron god—the benevolent Feathered Serpent–into exile, but the Feathered Serpent is determined not only to regain his sacred city, but also to end human sacrifice all together.

Princess Quetzalpetlatl barely escaped Culhuacan with her life, but when the Feathered Serpent tasks her with helping his mortal son Topiltzin fulfill his divine mandate, she eagerly embraces her destiny. Finally she can avenge her father’s murder at the hands of the Smoking Mirror’s high priest, and return home.

Yet the price for involving herself in a war among the gods is high, paid in blood and loss. But for Topiltzin—who’s more than just a brother to her—she’s willing to do anything. Even sacrifice her own heart.

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I’m pleased to announce that the final book in my Aztec epic fantasy series, The Bone Flower Goddess, is at the editor for the final proofread and will be out for sale early in March. I’m not setting a firm release date, because I want to put it on sale as soon as I have it finished, but it will be out by March 15th, in both ebook and paperback. Read more about the book below.

BoneFlowerGoddess2Death is her gift.

Discovering the truth about her forgotten past sets Quetzalpetlatl—former Queen of Tollan and High Priestess of Quetzalcoatl—on a new journey, to rebuild her life from the ashes of the Feathered Serpent’s deception. Her top priority is to rescue her son from the underworld, but the Lord of the Dead will only resurrect him in exchange for the most powerful of the gods: Quetzalcoatl himself.

For such a dangerous mission, Quetzalpetlatl needs help. She finds allies among the gods, but the only one willing—and powerful enough—to take on the Feathered Serpent is the one god who’s responsible for so much of her personal pain these last thirty-five years. The Smoking Mirror holds the key to everything she’s ever longed for…if she’s willing to give him the one thing he’s sought for countless bundles of year.

But with Tollan’s throne and the future of the Tolteca empire at stake, is the price one that humanity can afford to pay?

OmnibusWith the trilogy complete, I’m also collecting all three books into an unabridged omnibus edition. The ebook edition will go live at the same time that Goddess goes up, and it will be sold at a discount over buying all three of the books in digital. I am making a paperback version as well, but at this point am only planning to sell it at conventions because of pricing issues  related to the sheer size of the book. You can read the blurb for it here.

Also, going forward, I’m planning on investigating options for an audio book version of the trilogy.

 

The third installment in my weird western Aztec West series, The Dance of Destiny is now available for sale! This novella is a companion story to “The Hearts of Men” (which you can pick up free at your favorite online retailer), and follows the story of the villainous Coyolxauhqui in the days leading up to Mextli’s rebirth:

DanceofDestiny01Coyolli once was a terrible sorceress turned goddess, but like the rest of her divine kin, the Spanish Conquest snuffed her from the hearts and minds of humanity, and left her dead in the underworld. Until she reawakens in the desert outside the tiny southwestern town of Aragon, once known as the legendary city of Aztlan.

The world she knew is gone, replaced with new peoples, new politics, and new conflicts, but at least her nemesis the Sun Lord is nowhere to be found. It’s a world ripe for the picking, if she can once again regain her godhood.

But the horrors of her past have followed her through to the present, and when Lord Sun’s return becomes all but inevitable, she realizes the only way to become a goddess again is to let the dance of destiny play out, and make him murder her again….

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With some new projects coming down the pipeline, I wanted to open up the doors on my street team and invite all readers to join. What does a street team do? Well, they read an author’s newest works and post reviews of them at places like Amazon and Goodreads, or even on their personal blogs. The purpose is to help the author get the word out about their newest works, so if you enjoy a particular author’s work and want to encourage them to produce more of that work you love, one way you can help is by joining their street team. You get free books, often before they’re available to the general public, so that’s awesome, right?

Different authors have different requirements and expectations of street team members, but I’m going the no-commitment route at this point. You can chose what ARCs to receive based on your personal tastes and time availability, and whether or not you wish to review. I hope you will, but I won’t require it.

If you’re interested in joining, mosey on over here and join the mailing list.