Due to an unforeseen difficulty (i.e. my husband's job is taking us from Wisconsin to Virginia) I have come to the grim realization that I will not be able to hit publish on Shadow War by June 2021. (If you know me, this will not come as a surprise.) Rather than rush to hit a deadline in the middle of packing and cleaning and house hunting, I think I'll concentrate on writing a good story, even if it takes longer. Hopefully, the quality will make the wait worth it. That's the plan.
Please don't kill me...
Oh. I'm also working on a novella, Shadow Army, that I'm hoping to publish shortly before Shadow War.
Life with the Innkeeper's team of rebels is anything but easy. Not only does Brenorra have to learn how to infiltrate criminal operations and withstand brutal interrogations, but she has to come to terms with the fact that the man who betrayed her is now working with the Innkeeper, and the success of their missions depends on his information. Captain Arramy is not one to run from a debt, however, and he owes Bren much more than he can repay. As the weeks turn into months, Bren's anger and distrust slowly grow into grudging acceptance and tentative friendship, and then, before she can stop it, that friendship becomes something deeper – something she is afraid to put a name on, because it would mean forgiving the man who took her father from her.
Then, in the aftermath of a raid gone horribly wrong, Bren is caught by the caerhundars. Once again crossing the sea by boat, this time Bren is in shackles, chained to fifty other people in a cargo bin, bound for the Coventry's secret military base hidden in the Colonial mountains. Mistaken for a farm girl, Bren is sent to the labor camps, and is only trying to survive when her language skills land her in the Paradazh Headquarters. It means close and constant contact with the very people who are still hunting for the real Brenorra Warring, but... how better to spy on them?
Surrounded by enemies, Bren must tread a razor's edge if she is going to aid the Illyrian forces moving in on the Coventry fortress. As the war for freedom rushes closer, she will have to find the courage to face the truth: the fight for her freedom might not be as painful as reaching for the love she longs for.
With the discovery of a new lead in Nimkoruguithu, Bren Warring is pulled back into the intrigue surrounding her father's death. After having a chance at a new life on Aethscaul Island, Bren hopes that all she'll have to do is solve another code, but it soon becomes clear that there is much more at stake than finding her father's last binder full of secrets.
When a devastating betrayal nearly costs Bren her life, trust becomes a treacherous commodity, and friends become suspects as the fight to bring down the Coventry moves from the jungle of the Colonies to the glittering ballrooms of high society on the Altyran Coalition continent.
Through it all, Bren must discover just how far she is willing to go to finish what her father started – and how much of herself she is willing to lose.
Brenorra Warring's father is going crazy. That's the only conclusion Bren can come to when a fire destroys everything they own, and his only answer is to take a job in the uncivilized Coalition Colonial Region on the other side of the ocean. Then disaster strikes at sea, and Bren is left with nothing but the clothes on her back, the things in her father's satchel, and the discovery that he was lying about his reasons for leaving. There are secrets hidden in his satchel, and someone powerful is willing to kill to keep those secrets hidden.
On the run, Bren makes an alliance of necessity with two very different men. The first is fighting to bring down the shadow organization stalking her, no matter the cost. The other is a brilliant but icy war hero who has been branded a wanted man by his commanding officers. Both are enemies in their own right, and both have their own reasons for finding Bren.
With danger rising on every side, Bren must find the strength to leave behind everything she has ever loved and forge ahead as someone she never imagined she would have to be, because whether she likes it or not, the freedom of thousands depends on her ability to keep her father's secrets.
In this spellbinding debut, Pennymaker cherry-picks the best of several genres, weaving a touch of steampunk flair through a wide-ranging political-thriller, with riveting sea battles and edge-of-your-seat action, richly imagined settings, and amazing characters.
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