Today I am so pleased to welcome Ginn Hale to Joyfully Jay. Ginn has come to talk to us about her latest release, Master of Restless Shadows. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Lord Vediya’s leg and buttocks bumped up against Narsi’s thigh. His skin felt warm. The bedding smelled faintly of rose cologne. Lord Vediya snuffed out the bedside lamp, then settled back down, with his back pressed against Narsi’s chest and his hair spilling across Narsi’s shoulder.
“So is this an average day for you?” Narsi asked at last.
“Lying naked next to a handsome man I’ve just met?” Lord Vediya asked. “Not as much as you might expect.”
“No. All this intrigue, magic, ghosts and secret passages. Somehow I’d thought you spent more time penning strange and thrilling stories and less of it living them.”
“Had I been blessed with a more fertile imagination, I probably would. But alas, for the sake of my art I must burden myself with an adventurous life.”
“You say it so cleverly that I feel I should pretend to believe you,” Narsi replied. “But none of what I’ve witnessed today could possibly be written about.”
“Which is why I am forced to sell anonymous erotic tales to a local pearl-drop publisher,” Lord Vediya muttered. “Not that I’ve had the time to even whack off one of those recently.”
“You really published anonymously? I thought I had read everything you’ve written.” Narsi couldn’t keep the disappointment from his voice.
“Oh, trust me, they weren’t masterpieces of forbidden beauty, not by any stretch of the imagination. Trash, actually.” Lord Vediya sounded genuinely dispirited. “We needed money to buy into this place and the Fat Goose. The property belonged to a relative of one of my old classmates, so he brokered us quite a bargain. Still, it came dear.”
“Morisio Cavada, you mean?” Narsi asked. He recalled that Morisio had come from a prosperous family of scholars and merchants before he’d joined the crew of the Red Witch. He even recollected a mention of the young man’s uncle owning several taverns in the capital.
“God’s tits.” Lord Vediya gave a tired laugh. “You truly have read every page of my memoirs, haven’t you?”
“More than once.”
“You’re just extraordinary . . . ,” Lord Vediya murmured.
Narsi couldn’t think of a response to that. Lord Vediya sighed and shifted his back against Narsi’s hips. The sensation of supple bare skin against his naked body nearly undid all of his previous resolve. Then Narsi felt the tension of consciousness drop from Lord Vediya’s muscles. His breathing slowed and settled into a decidedly unarousing snore.
Freshly graduated Master Physician Narsi Lif-Tahm has left his home in Anacleto and journeyed to the imposing royal capitol of Cieloalta intent upon keeping the youthful oath he made to a troubled writer. But in the decade since Narsi gave his pledge, Atreau Vediya, has grown from an anonymous delinquent to a man renowned for penning bawdy operas and engaging in scandalous affairs.
What Narsi?and most of the larger world?cannot know is the secret role Atreau plays as spymaster for the Duke of Rauma.
After the Cadeleonian royal bishop launches an unprovoked attack against the witches in neighboring Labara, Atreau will require every resource he can lay his hands upon to avert a war. A physician is exactly what he needs. But with a relentless assassin hunting the city and ancient magic waking, Atreau fears that his actions could cost more than his own honor. The price of peace could be his friends’ lives.
Ginn Hale lives with her lovely wife in the Pacific Northwest. She spends the many cloudy days observing plants and fungi. She whiles away the rainy evenings writing fantasy and science-fiction featuring LGBTQ protagonists. Her first novel, Wicked Gentlemen, won the Spectrum Award for best novel. She is also a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Rainbow Award winner.
Her most recent publications include the Lord of the White Hell, Champion of the Scarlet Wolf and The Rifter Trilogy: The Shattered Gates, The Holy Road, His Sacred Bones.
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