(Season’s War, #1)
Publication date: September 1st 2022
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
A mystery of a monster on the rampage ignites the passionate love triangle between a witch and two warriors with a help of a mysterious cat.
After ten years of peaceful solitude, exiled-mage-turned-village-witch, Lady Inanuan of Thorn, has her life turned upside down when a half-dead warrior is dumped on her doorstep. Soon she learns that no good deed goes unpunished in the Black Forest—not even if your friend is Leshy, the Forest God himself.
Expelled from her position as a court mage for her sharp tongue, Ina’s had ten years to learn how to survive in a harsh environment. The forbidden healing she performs links her life energy with her unexpected guest Marcach, captain of the guards, and Ren, his best friend, a traveller from lands so far away that many consider them a myth.
With unnatural monsters on the loose and unrest in the capital, everything points toward rebellion, and clues that both men discover indicate Ina’s involvement. Ina learns her magic is not what it seems, and her past comes back to haunt her.
An old mistake will see her dragged back to the court and thrown right into the middle of the political struggle. To make things worse, her heart succumbs not to just one man but two, and each expects the worst of her.
Will the woman who does not believe in love be able to choose? And can she clear her name and learn to control the Chaos before it burns the kingdom down?
Taking the life distraught her, but Ina didn’t have the time to think about it. The noise of the fight led to the entrance of another room. Well, the wreck of one, at least. Mar was there, struggling with three opponents that attacked him simultaneously. He was working hard with his axe and dagger. The weapons glided through the air in precise cuts, wounding the monsters. Ina’s hand closed on the peridot, and she drew on its power, deeper and deeper. Her sorrow turned to anger at the sight of the troll smashing heavy fists into Mar’s chest. Whips of pure fire coiled around her, animated by Chaos magic. Anger and Chaos poured into the stone, and a torrent flooded back, shaping the whips into vipers, beautiful and deadly, as Ina lashed them at the troll. Coils of destruction shot out, slamming into the attacking creature. The beast roared and turned to the source of the pain.
The light glowing in Mar’s eyes flared, feasting on Ina, magnificent in her magic. His beautiful distraction gave him the perfect opportunity again. His axe cleaved through the air, crushing one dog’s head, killing it instantly. Ina held her ground, her fire vipers lashing at the troll, leaving deep gashes of burnt tissue behind. The beast leapt backwards, trying to avoid the pain, but Mar was there to stop it. This formidable display of Ina’s magic terrified the remaining canine to turn tail and run, whimpering into the darkness.
“Ina, stop!” shouted Mar as he ducked to avoid a strike from the vipers, and Ina lowered her hands, letting the energy dissipate in the air. Again, the monstrous troll turned back to her, giving Mar the opening he needed. His axe rose high and cleaved its collar bone so deeply that he could see the heart pulsing through the gap. Then, with a final stab of the dagger, it was stopped dead.
The beast landed on the floor with a heavy thud, and without glancing at it, Mar ran to his woman. In the light of her pulsar, he saw she was crying, her body and hair coated with blood and fluid, his heart aching at her pain.
“Are you… wounded?” He asked and felt immense relief when she shook her head. There was something in his spitfire’s posture that held him back. “What happened back there?”
Ina shook her head and walked toward the exit, and her silence worried him more than he was willing to admit.
Olena Nikitin is our pen name. We are an enthusiastic couple of writers who are fascinated by the fantasy/paranormal romance genre and decided to write a book we would love to read
Behind the Pen name:
Olga – is Polish, armed with a wicked sense of humour and typical Slavic pessimism she is the wicked witch from the East. She has written stories since childhood, initially mostly about her work. As an emergency physician, she always has a story to tell and often not much time to write.
Mark is a typical English gentleman whose charm, refined taste and an impressive collection of books were tempting enough to make Olga leave her homeland. Don’t tease him too much; this man has an impressive sword collection and he knows how to use it. He also can fix everything, including Polish syntax in English writing.
See more on our website: www.olenanikitin.uk
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Judy Thomas says
You had me at “cat”. 🙂
Terri Shaw says
This sounds like a great read.
Angelica Dimeo says
I love the plot and coverart
Saundra McKenzie says
Looking forward to reading this one. Sounds good.
Maria Malaveci says
Sounds so so good!
Marcy Meyer says
The cover looks really pretty. Sounds really good.
Barbara Montag says
I love everything about this book – genre title and cover!
Thank you for sharing this with us.
Autumn Chaos by Olena Nikitin sounds like a fascinating and entertaining read.
Cathy French says
Lovely cover! I am so jealous over her hair
Shelly Peterson says
This is a beautiful cover.
Julie Bickham says
I look forward to reading this!
Margaret Smith says
Congratulations on the book release. Sounds like a really great book.
Abigail Gibson says
Looks like a great book!
What an exciting book! Great cover and excerpt. I’d love to read more.
David Hollingsworth says
Sounds like a really great book!
wendy hutton says
beautiful cover, this sounds like a wondferful book
Latifa Morrisette says
Sounds like a good read.
Sarah L says
My niece would like this book.
Thanks for the contest.
Interesting that you’re a couple who write under the pen name of one person. I’ve never really read much fantasy type stuff, but this piques my interest because it has a magical cat in it and I like cats.
The book sounds good, but I am really interested in seeing what this combination of authors can work up!
Cynthia C says
The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.
This sounds super good and one I would love to read this summer.
paige chandler says
I love this cover. Good work
Susan Smith says
I like the cover and excerpt. Thanks for sharing!
We found this combination of female and male POV works really well especially in romantic settings.
Olena Nikitin says
Thank you everyone for such lovely comments. We were simply lucky to find such talented cover artists. We love to write as a couple it gives book proper male and female POV that works really well espec in romance scenes. I hope you will be tempted to get our book and enjoy Ina’s adventures as well as her portrait on the cover 😀
Antoinette M says
I like the excerpt & cover.
Thomas Gibson says
Congrats on your tour!
Ann Fantom says
This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.
Dreaa Drake says
Beautiful cover! Sounds so good!
Amy Green says
I went for the cover and stayed for the story! I truly love this heroine because she’s just so me.
Olena Nikitin says
Thank you so much 🙂