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Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents’ whims is a matter of survival.

Rohesia, daughter of the duke, spends her days hunting “outsiders,” fugitives who’ve snuck onto her father’s island duchy. That she lives when even children who resemble her are subject to death hardens her heart to tackle the task.

Fastello is the son of the “king” of the raiders who steal from the rich and share with the poor. When aristocrats die in the raids, Fastello questions what his peoples’ increasingly wicked methods of survival have cost them.

An orphan raised by a convent of mothers, Cateline can think of no higher aim in life than to serve her religion, even if it means turning a blind eye to the suffering of other orphans under the mothers’ care.

Kojiro, new heir to the Hanaobi empire, must avenge his people against the “barbarians” who live in the duchy, terrified the empress, his own mother, might rather see him die than succeed.

When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival—but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.

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About Amy McNulty

amy2Amy McNulty is a freelance writer and editor from Wisconsin with an honors degree in English. She was first published in a national scholarly journal (The Concord Review) while in high school and currently writes professionally about everything from business marketing to anime. In her down time, you can find her crafting stories with dastardly villains and antiheroes set in fantastical medieval settings.


Today we’re getting to know another one of our fabulous authors! This time, it’s the incredible Amy McNulty!

What was the first book you wrote? Published?Luna cute 003 (Medium)
Nobody’s Goddess, a YA romantic fantasy, is the first manuscript I finished and the first one I published! I did, however, write a manuscript called Dreamalgam that was 120,000 words long and still only “half finished.” It took me nine years and I finally shelved it. I did mine some material from it for Nobody’s Goddess in the end, though.
What is your ultimate goal as an author?
I would love to be able to make a modest living as an author so I could afford to spend more time writing fiction instead of writing business content. However, to get to that point, I need to put a lot more books out. I need more time to write so I can (I hope) one day have more time to write. It’s a conundrum.

What is your favorite genre to read? Why?
YA fantasy or dystopian because I love immersing myself in fantastical settings. I specifically enjoy YA because I relate more to characters struggling to find their places in the world.

What is the most challenging part of your writing process?
Drafting! With one exception (when I wrote the first draft of Nobody’s Goddess in nine days!), I take longer than I’d like to write the draft. I have much more fun editing the manuscript and polishing it.

kISeGCcCDo you have any go to snacks while writing?
I tend to give myself an energy boost mid-afternoon with hot or iced tea and yogurt or a granola bar.

What is the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
Never give up, even when you feel like your writing isn’t good enough.

What’s the best thing about being a writer?
Getting to spend time in imaginary worlds with imaginary people in my head and not feel like a crazy person for doing so.

If you couldn’t be an author, what would be your next choice for a dream job?
There’s literally nothing else I’d rather be! I used to want to be a translator (not an interpreter) of French or Japanese, but I struggle with anxiety so I couldn’t bring myself to study abroad. But I’ve always wanted to be an author as well.

What is your favorite place to write?
On a futon using a laptop table in my office. It’s where I do most of my writing, fiction and non-fiction.

Tell us something fun about yourself, completely unrelated to writing!
I’m a huge geek and I fell in love with anime when I was 12 years old after I asked my parents for a doll that I discovered was from Sailor Moon. I still love anime and manga to this day, and I contribute to Anime News Network as a daily streaming reviewer.