That’s right: the K.L. Schwengel who hosts WIPpet Wednesdays has another book coming out, and soon. I should be working right now, but why would I do that when I have the opportunity to share this with you, instead?
What’s it all about, you ask? Well, to answer that, it might be best to go back to the first book in the series, First of Her Kind:
Everyone, it seems, wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt. All Ciara wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.
And that won’t be easy.
Not only are they in complete opposition to each other, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there’s Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There’s no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants? Or her power?
None of which will matter if Ciara can’t overcome her fear and learn to use her gifts.No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control.
Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever trapped between darkness & light?
(description yoinked from Goodreads, where the book has a 4.6 star rating average.)
So on to the description for Emergence, which I had the pleasure of beta reading a few months ago, and which is in my humble opinion even better than the first book, because OMG THE THINGS THAT HAPPEN.
These books are darker than what I usually read (or write), but I’m really enjoying the story.
I guess… kind of minor spoiler alert for the first book, what with characters reappearing and all?
Emergence ~ Book Two of the Darkness & Light Series
The battle for Ciara’s power has drawn the full attention of the Emperor and the Imperial Mages, forcing Bolin to put duty above safety and take her to Nisair. It won’t be an easy trip, even with an Imperial escort and a Galysian elder accompanying them. Especially since Donovan has found himself some new allies, one of who wields a dark magic that has literally gotten under Bolin’s skin.
For Ciara, coming to terms with the increasingly tangible manifestation of her power could destroy her. Even if they make it to Nisair–something that grows more unlikely by the day–there is no surety of safety for Ciara, or any of them. Not with Donovan willing to gamble everything to achieve his goals, or Bolin’s uncharacteristically reckless behavior, the result of which is the attention of something that has everyone worried.
Loyalties will be tested, lives will be lost, and no one will emerge unchanged as they find things are not always so clear on the line dividing Darkness and Light.
So there you go. If you think that’s great, head on over to the author’s blog, where she has generously shared chapter one with all of us.
Seriously, go. I’ll wait.
So there you go. Here’s a little information on the author, and I’ll keep you all updated when I have an official release date (tentative date of 3/17), etc… There might be another surprise in store, but I’m just going to have to be all kinds of mysterious about that for now.
About the Author
K. L. Schwengel lives in southeast Wisconsin on a small farm with her husband, a handful of Australian Shepherds, Her Royal Highness Princess Fiona the Cat, and assorted livestock. Growing up as the youngest of nine children, and the daughter of a librarian, Kathi spent many hours between stacks of books, and secluded away in dusty archives, drawn to tales of medieval heroes and conquering knights. With so many characters and ideas spinning in her head, she had to get them onto paper or risk what little sanity she possessed. She has been penning wild tales of magic and mayhem as long as she can remember, but opted to follow her artistic muse first. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spending many years working as a freelance artist, grocery clerk, art teacher, graphic designer, stable hand, advertising account coordinator, dog trainer, and process technician (among other things) she answered the call of her writing muse. When not writing, Kathi trains and trials working Australian Shepherds, still paints, dabbles in photography, graphic design, and anything else creative her assorted muses send her way.
Kathi’s work is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and other on-line retailers in both paperback and e-book versions. Signed copies are available via her blog.