Making up for lost time, living life to the fullest :)

I’d like to start this post with an apology to everyone who contacted me in the last 10 years and whose notes I missed! I was looking through the website’s contact form submissions and realised they were directed to an email address I hadn’t been checking for some time (silly me!).

This is probably just one of many things overlooked as I grappled with challenges that made me lose track of my writing life, readers and the many friends I made when I first started my publishing journey.

I’ve previously thanked everyone who reached out over the years even when you were met with silence at my end, and I’d like to thank you again! I wish I’d been able to be more present for all of you who reached out, do forgive me for that lapse!

Time marches on with blithe disregard for our pleas to wait till we catch up. At the same time, I’ve discovered there are many ways of living life to the fullest, even when your best laid plans are coming awry.

I can say that, when I was unable to write (or at least write well) for a long period of time, I was blessed to discover the joy of art and illustration, something I hope to speak about more in future 🙂

I also feel, with some certainty, that I grew and matured quite a bit in these last few years. I suspect Mesmer #3 (The Amarinth Heir) became the better for it. I suppose we will never know. Perhaps I’m comforting myself and you too by looking for silver linings 🙂

What I am certain of is that having Lea and Gabriel develop into full, complex characters over the three books was immensely satisfying. I love them so very much, it makes me so happy to have completed their story 🙂

The publishing landscape today has changed drastically from when I first started the Mesmer Trilogy. Or, is it me who’s changed? I’m not too sure 🙂 It does feel in many ways like I’m starting all over again as a writer, and maybe that’s not a bad thing…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned and relearned, it’s that starting over is an opportunity to rejuvenate, rediscover yourself, and give yourself permission to change for the better. That’s part of living life to the fullest. I also think it’s important to recognise that life is not only a journey but also an experience.

Life is not only a journey but also an experience.

I hope anyone reading this will take to heart that doing your best is often a courageous act. Living life to the fullest takes courage. We don’t applaud ourselves enough for not only beating the odds but for taking on those odds in the first place. Part of that process is to pivot, change your mind and yes, even change your heart. This is not cowardice. It is simply us being human, works in progress, finding our path and ourselves in an ever-changing world.

I’m so glad I never gave up on completing the wonderful story that the Mesmer trilogy is to me. I’m also so grateful to have met so many fans of the books and its characters and its enchanting realm! Your passion for the story kept that writer’s fire in me lit though the years. Who knew that kindness could be such an inspiration? 🙂

So, what’s next? Well, life continues! My original plan was to follow the Mesmer Trilogy with books set in the other two kingdoms of Makliaven and Lorien. That’s still the plan, but I have some other projects I’m working on right now that will probably take up my time for this year at least.

I will try to be more active here and on social media from now on. If more Three Towers Fantasy books are out, you’ll be the first to know once you sign up for email updates by following this website. You can also follow me on social media: my handle is @iamariswrites on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

I’ll sign off with the shameless mention that reviews of the Mesmer Trilogy are always welcome! 🙂 If you enjoyed the series and feel it will bring joy and magic to others, do spread the word! 🙂 Have a great weekend, everyone 🙂

Cover Reveal – Mesmer, Book #3: The Amarinth Heir

And here it is, my fabulous cover for the final book in the Mesmer Trilogy: “The Amarinth Heir”!

Coming Soon, Mesmer, Book #3: The Amarinth Heir!

A hidden kingdom in a forbidden forest. A realm she can’t escape without the trust of a mage. But trust and magic make complicated allies – when time is running out.

When Lea’s presence in Verlaine leads to the unexpected discovery of a secret hidden long ago by an ancient enemy, a secret that has the power to alter the fabric of Lea’s and Gabriel’s very different worlds forever, the Lorien spy must make a choice between protecting the kingdom she never believed she could betray, and saving the world – and mage – she never imagined she could come to love.

*Apologies, folks, but the initial release date of November/December 2012 proved a bit too ambitious for me. As a further update to those who are waiting, all I can say is, when Book 3 does come out, you’ll absolutely love it! Cheers to everyone, and may the year come to a close with much joy and happiness to us all (Mayan prophecies regardless)!:)

‘Mesmer, Book 2: Favoured’ is out now on Kindle and Smashwords!

Yay, Book 2 in the Mesmer Trilogy is finally out on Kindle and Smashwords! For those who’ve been waiting, my apologies for taking a bit longer than I’d expected to get ‘Favoured’ out there. I hope you enjoy reading the continuation to Lea’s adventures in the magical realm of Verlaine!:)

 MESMER, BOOK 2: FAVOURED

(A Three Towers Fantasy)

A hidden kingdom in a forbidden forest.

A realm she can’t escape without the trust of a mage.

But trust and magic make complicated allies – when time is running out…

As Lea races to outsmart Gabriel Amarinth and escape his magical kingdom, her stubborn loyalty to her home realm begins to waver. To her dismay, she finds herself turning fascinated by her charmed sanctuary – and its magi master. But when strange accidents and deadly disasters stalk Lea through the halls of Gabriel’s castle, it’s obvious that someone in Verlaine isn’t happy with her change of heart.

Get Mesmer, Book 2: Favoured on Kindle US, Kindle UK or Smashwords now!

Note: The ebook should get onto other online retailers very soon. I’ll keep you guys posted. Cheers:)

Sanctuary (Mesmer, #1)’s final free run on Kindle (20-22 July 2012)

Hi folks,

The exclusive term on Kindle Select for Mesmer, Book 1: Sanctuary (A Three Towers Fantasy) is finally coming to an end – scary how quickly 3 months zipped by like that.

Enrolling the book in Kindle Select was an interesting experience. It gave me an opportunity to organise free promotions on Amazon that would have been tricky to do otherwise. The trade off to get 5 free days on Select however was to keep my book exclusive to Kindle for 90 days. Exclusivity has never been my cup of tea … which was why I’d always intended to launch the book under Select and then branch out to multiple retailers; I see no reason to change my plans:)

My three months on Select ends on July 25, so I’ll be putting Sanctuary (Mesmer, #1) out on multiple online retailers (ie Smashwords, Kobo, B&N, Apple etc) by the end of the month/August. If you’re someone like me who enjoys access to a variety of online retailers, do keep a look out for the book’s second launch:) Better yet, simply sign up for free email updates from this website, and you’ll know as soon as it’s out:)

On that note, a heads up that I’m setting the ebook free for a final 3 days on Kindle this weekend, from Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July. Have fun, and have a great weekend reading some good books!:)

SANCTUARY (MESMER, #1) is free for a day, Saturday May 26th!

Don’t you just love freebies?:) For some fantasy, adventure and romance, pick up Sanctuary (Mesmer, #1) this Saturday May 26th, free on Kindle for a day! Have fun:)

Kindle US    Kindle UK

A hidden kingdom in a forbidden forest.

A realm she can’t escape without the trust of a mage.

But trust and magic make complicated allies – when time is running out.

When Lea escapes ruthless pursuers within the shadows of a dark forest, she unwittingly stumbles upon an enchanted kingdom. But Verlaine is not the sanctuary it appears to be. And when its magi sovereign refuses to let her leave, her encounters with strange sorcery and malicious fey become the least of Lea’s problems.

Soon, Lea must find a way to outwit Gabriel Amarinth’s web of enchantment without betraying who – and what – she really is; and before a traitor can destroy all she’s fought to protect in her beloved home kingdom of Lorien.