Flame and Crystal Thorns

She vowed she’d never return to Faerie…
But vows were made to be broken.


As a human girl, Chloe is perfectly happy being back in the mortal realm where she belongs. She’s even become the town apothecary. When a fae from her past shows up begging her to return to Faerie, she utterly refuses.

But then she finds out an angry group of mortals are using iron to hold an entire castle full of fae hostage. And of course, the hostages include Chloe’s older sister and her sister’s beloved.

Reluctantly, Chloe packs a bag for what is supposed to be a short trip to Faerie.

But the mortals are more powerful than she expected. To fuel them, they have weapons, flames, and revenge. They won’t stop until they control every court in Faerie.

With the help of a new and mysterious magic and a devastatingly handsome fae companion, Chloe has to save Faerie before her sister and the other fae are killed.

If you like the rich world building of Throne of Glass, the enemies to lovers romance of Once Upon a Broken Heart, and the mythical creatures and twisty plot of The Cruel Prince, then you’ll devour Kay L. Moody’s breathtaking new young adult epic fantasy series.

Flame and Crystal Thorns is the first book in a new YA fae romance series. This is a spin off of The Fae of Bitter Thorn series by Kay L. Moody. It features a few appearances and minor spoilers from The Fae of Bitter Thorn, but it also stands alone as its own series. It can be read without any prior knowledge or reading of The Fae of Bitter Thorn.

Buy Flame and Crystal Thorns to enter the magical world of Faerie!


Meet Kay L. Moody

Kay L. Moody is the YA fantasy author of COURT OF BITTER THORN and THE ELEMENTS OF THE CROWN. Her books feature rich world building, slow burn romance, mythical creatures, and twisty plots.

As a lover of strong female characters, books, and the color pink, she enjoys diving into magical worlds where characters can overcome even their darkest struggles. She lives in the western United States with her husband and four sons. Connect with Kay directly when you follow her on social media @kaylmoody

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A Master Is Born

The seam between Prim Ordal and the Nether just got shredded… Nearly a millennium ago, the shadowkin of the Night Fold were defeated and banished. Since then, the free lands of Prim Ordal have slowly recovered, their fractures from the Barren Wars fading with the winds of time… But now those times have changed A ferocious blight has been unleashed, rapidly transforming living things everywhere into deathly perversions of themselves. As the darkness unfolds, a young huntsman without a past must seek the impossible… A power. A mastery, foretold by legend and forgotten by man. Now, coveted by a legion of darkeners and surrounded by powerful magites, Roscoe Coats faces the quest of his life. In a world where magic is feared and despised, he might just harbor the rarest of all… The clock is ticking. The scourge is spreading, the magic of the Ordal is mutating, as an advanced entity from the north, New Fate, tracks the magites at every turn, crafting its sickening scheme… Can the young Master rise before the Nether consumes? Or are some gifts too good to be true?

Meet Evan Bollinger

Evan has spent the better part of his life writing horror, scifi and fantasy fusions. A graduate of Dickinson College, he always knew his love for the written word would become something more. When not traversing imaginative worlds, he spends his time technical writing. He enjoys a good hike or run, and definitely a good lager. He is currently hard at work on the sequel to his first high fantasy novel, “A Demon Is Risen.”

Heirs of Power

Those gifted with power don’t get to choose a normal life. Kitty Fairlow’s hunting skills come from more than years of protecting her secluded village. She inherited an ancient spirit, a secret long kept, even from her. Until now. Grey-skinned creatures out of portals to a barren land rip Kitty away from her idyllic life. Her quest is to gather a group of heroes capable of defending their world against a race that devours life energy. Though she hasn’t prepared for this duty, she was born for it. She is a Constellation. And she’s not the only one. Kitty, along with a high-born dancer and snarky juggler who can’t stand each other, must find the rest of their kind soon. Because otherwise they’ll be dead before they even realise they are the last hope to save the world. Heirs of Power is free from Feb 20th – 24th

Meet Kay MacLeod

Authentic characters, innovative abilities, serious snark! Kay MacLeod is a fantasy addict from Nottinghamshire in England. She loves magical worlds and spends much more time in them than that boring real one. If Kay isn’t writing, or thinking about writing, she’ll be immersed in reading, gaming, playing bass at church, or painting miniatures. She grew up addicted to Terry Pratchett books, Magic: The Gathering, and lording it over her fellow nerds as the DM in Dungeons & Dragons games. Fortunately, this gave her plenty of storytelling practice and made her grateful that all the characters do as they’re told now other people aren’t controlling them. Kay’s gaming experience shines through in her works, from the Pokemon-inspired Maiyamon books to her epic fantasy, which readers say has a hint of a Dragon Age tale. With character development at the heart of each story, they’re backed up by distinctive magic systems and a dash of sarcastic humour that gives Kay MacLeod her unique voice.

Death of the Grinderfish

The air is lethal in Altenbyrne. There is no escaping the poisonous fog within the kingdom’s walls. The river is infested with deadly grinderfish, and creatures beyond the walls prey on those who venture out. Without a lifemask, no one can survive. While the wealthy get all the lifemasks they need, people like Tristin and his sister, Makenna, only get one. After Tristin’s disastrous attempt to steal a new mask for their dying mother, he and Makenna are forced to flee or face the king’s Angel of Justice. They cross the treacherous river to where a ragtag group of outlaws live. Though they’ll be safe there, Tristin dreams of a better life for all of them, and he’s going to steal more masks from the rich to get it. But stealing lifemasks is punishable by death, and Tristin can’t hide forever. The Angel is coming …

Meet Douglas R. Brown

Douglas R. Brown runs into burning buildings for a living. He began writing as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter/paramedic in Columbus, Ohio. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy and horror where he can draw from his lifelong love of the genres. He has been married since 1996 and has a son and a few dogs. He has had four books published to date. Douglas has given his work a new home under his own imprint of Epertase Publishing.

Legends Reborn

When a technologically superior army advances from the western sea, the mystical Light of Epertase determines that corrupt King Elijah is no longer fit to rule the kingdom. The Light determines his daughter, Princess Alina, is the kingdom’s only hope for salvation. Evil men plan to steal the Light from her soul. Epertase’s fall appears inevitable.
But all is not lost, for a long-banished warrior lurks in the outer mountains. His name is Rasi and he prepares for blood. Deadly men plan to sacrifice Alina for the Light of Epertase that lives within her soul. Rasi plans to kill all who try. The kingdom’s fate hangs in the balance.


Meet Douglas R. Brown

Douglas R. Brown runs into burning buildings for a living.
As a career firefighter in Columbus, Ohio, he rediscovered his love of writing as a cathartic way of dealing with the daily horrors of seeing people die.
After having four books published by a publishing company who ultimately closed their doors, he has since ventured out on his own.
And if risking his life, occasional soul-crushing book reviews, and being the father of a teen-aged boy isn’t enough of a beating, he’s also been learning jiujitsu for a few years. What the Hell is wrong with him? (The answer is probably Freudian of some kind.)
BTW, did he mention he’s been married since 1996. So, yeah, he’s pretty busy.

Children of Kathaldi

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“Look, I’m not writing this to feed my ego. Or to get free drinks, or have ladies throw themselves at me. I’m sure that will all happen, but it’s not why I am doing this.” – Dirk in chapter 1.

The Kathaldi Chronicles are an epic tale of a long forgotten evil that has returned to conquer the world.

The Kathaldi hate the gods. The gods are afraid of the Kathaldi. The last time they tangled most of the world was destroyed.

The only hope is a small group of friends. Join Dirk as he tells their story. Who is Dirk?
He’s a thief. And a scoundrel. Now he needs to help his boyhood friend save the world.
Some wonder why Dirk would help. Look, he’s a jerk, not a monster.

And if the world is destroyed who would Dirk steal from?
Does that make him a hero? Hopefully the ladies will think so.

There is adventure, heroes aplenty, magic, monsters, evil deeds, and lots of laughs as Dirk tells how he saved the world while his friends were nearby.

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Lords of the Winter Stars

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It’s a galaxy at war.

In Rimwords Conspiracy, Book One of this science fantasy fiction, Arun Dyem fights for her people’s survival on her planet of Hettamir against the space pirates who threaten to take over. Tragedy ensues and in Book Two, an Ally princess races to freedom with her newborn. She turns for help to the Treetop Witches who are forbidden to interfere with human destiny. In Book Three, much time has passed and the space witches try to prevent a human child’s return to the Allies, but her telepathic power lets her escape. Will this spell triumph or tragedy for a galaxy at war?

Flames Over Frosthelm

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An Investigation Gone Awry
Sometimes, your case takes a left turn. Or three or four. Marten Mingenstern and Boog Eggstrom are provisional inspectors, fresh out of Inquisitor’s Guild training and eager to prove themselves. Assigned the mundane task of tracking down stolen jewels, they instead uncover a mysterious cult set on destroying the city. After a thief explodes, they earn the enmity of a vicious noble, the Chief Inquisitor gets bought off and goes rogue, they are seized by barbarians, and they are sentenced to death at least a couple of times. In a final, frantic race with prophecy, they face ruthless fanatics, a city turned against them, and terrible forces long buried.

Flames Over Frosthelm is the first novel about the Inquisitor’s Guild, the investigative arm of the government of Frosthelm, a medieval city-state where criminals thrive, nobles scheme, and dark secrets lurk. Expect intrigue, mystery, swordplay, adventure, politics, romance, and the strong bonds of friendship. And a little magic along the way. Described as Princess Bride meets CSI, this new novel is a tale of classic adventure with a healthy dose of humor.


If the description above was too much, you might prefer this

TLDR Summary Haiku

Young inspectors flail
Against a rising darkness.
Fighting, jokes, and more.


About the Book

Flames over Frosthelm is a full stand-alone novel clocking in at just over 120,000 words. Beginning, middle, and end, and no waiting for sequels to find out how the adventure ends (hear that, George R.R.?). There is swordplay, violence, death, and some romance, but the book does not include anything terribly hardcore. Think PG13 or Harry Potter and you’re probably in the right place.

Author’s Note

Ever since I started reading the Oz books and Andrew Lang’s fairy tale compendia in elementary school, I have loved fantasy. As I grew as a reader, I branched out into heroic and epic fantasy, starting with tales of heros like Conan and John Carter, set in places like Middle Earth and Witchworld. I also adored comedic fantasy, from Terry Pratchett to Neil Gaiman to a host of others, and my favorite tales were those where young heroes and heroines grew (or were forced) to play a role beyond their station, in many cases learning on the fly and making it up as they went along.

There are so many great authors working now trying out new ideas, pushing the fantasy genre in interesting new directions (some of them full of sparkly vampires or brooding antiheroes with anime hair). Despite all that innovation, it is hard for me to resist the draw of the classics. In this book, I’ve tried to weave together many of my favorite threads from the books of my childhood, to write the kind of book I have always loved reading, both at 13 and at 49. If I’ve succeeded, this story should provide a fun mix of humor and adventure, an introduction to a new world and a few new cultures, with derring-do and jokes along with some solid emotional touches, against a backdrop of a classic fantasy city, bustling with taverns, markets, nobles, politics, religions, thieves, and warriors.

There’s magic, but it’s limited to rare wizards, scholars, and artifacts, not pervasive, and it’s not well understood. Everybody you meet is a human with human goals – no elves, dwarves, dragons, trolls, or Klingons. Although moral complexity is fascinating, and even the best people are not always their best selves, in general I like my good guys good, my bad guys bad, and the stakes high. I hope you do too.

Please enjoy Flames Over Frosthelm.

As Fire is to Gold

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As Fire is to Gold [Chronicles of the Ilaroi – Book One]

Accept Your Fate Or Start a Fight That Is Doomed to Fail?

When dark elves abduct Sara and magically transport her to a strange world, she finds herself at the centre of a deadly conflict between three powerful wizards.
Brought there to fuel the powerful spells of Golkar, one of Ilythia’s three Guardian wizards, Sara finds herself alone in a strange world with nowhere to run to, no one to turn to and nowhere to hide.
Her fate seems certain.
But has the wizard got more than he bargained for?
As war breaks out across the land and the citizens struggle to save what they can of their own shattered lives, the fate of Ilythia will depend on one young girl and her desperate struggle for survival.

Avoiding Capture is One Thing, Fighting Back Is Something Altogether Different

Read the conclusion to this story in When All the Leaves Have Fallen [Chronicles of the Ilaroi – Book Two]