Books

About Heidi’s works:

All of my books are stand-alone works. They can be read in any order you choose. When I pick up a novel, I prefer a single-serve book that doesn’t force the reader to commit to a long series; my own books reflect this viewpoint. The Stories of Aligare books share a secondary world setting, but each story has different main characters and driving storylines.

Tinder Stricken

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Ebook available through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Indigo.

Paperbacks available through Amazon and Createspace.

Genre: High fantasy
Word count: 89 600
Cover art by Heidi C. Vlach

On Tselaya Mountain, all humans transform into animals as a consequence of age — but for fieldwoman Esha, goat horns began growing in when she was just a child. Now in her forties, unmarried and alone, Esha scrambles to pay for her own retirement before she is more goat than person.

But when Esha stumbles into the wrong patch of forest, a wild phoenix steals her heirloom khukuri knife. Unwilling to lose her treasure before she can sell it, Esha forges a deal with Atarangi, a back-alley diplomat who speaks to animals. Together, the two women climb mountain plateaus to reach the wild phoenix’s territory. With enough tact and translation magic, the bird might be convinced to give Esha’s retirement fund back.

But the question remains: why did the phoenix steal an heirloom in the first place? What debt could a wild, free creature possibly need to pay?

 

Serpents of Sky: Nine stories of dragons

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Ebook available through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Indigo.

Paperback book available through Amazon or Createspace.

Genre: Fantasy/sci-fi
Word count: 34 000
Cover art by Heidi C. Vlach

A collection exploring the many roles of dragons, in stories ranging from classical fantasy to dystopian sci-fi. Contains 9 exclusive short stories, including Raise (A story of Aligare), a novelette set in the Aligare world.

 

Remedy (A story of Aligare)

Remedy, a story of Aligare

Ebook available through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Indigo.

Paperback book available through CreateSpace and Amazon.

Genre: High fantasy medical drama
Word count: 96,300
Cover art by Melanie Herring

After a century of mining, Peregrine is tired. He is an aging korvi whose mining work has ruined his hearing and forced him to rely on keen-eared weasel companions. With mounting guilt, proud Peregrine decides to change his profession and learn to look after himself. If he is no longer a deaf miner, then beloved assistant Tillian will have a chance to live a life of her own — whether she wants that or not.

Peregrine has barely made his choice when a dreaded plague strikes his aemet neighbours. The first community hit is a tiny village led by Rose, a young mage recently hurried into her late father’s leadership role. When Rose sends out a plea for help, Peregrine’s wings and Tillian’s assisting skill may save dozens of lives. But miner and earferrin will part ways for the first time in Tillian’s short life, and they will think aboutwhether they should be parted for good.

Ravel (A story of Aligare)


Ebook available through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Indigo.

Paperback book available through Amazon and Createspace.

Genre: High fantasy romance/romantic friendship
Word count: 14,800
Cover art by Heidi C. Vlach

Aster Hane has all the things her aemet people cherish: a hard-working husband, new children, and a talent for her family’s traditional craftwork. What Aster doesn’t have is what she senses in the wind: knowledge of the world beyond her small village.

Then she meets Llarez of Arkiere, a korvi storyteller. With his jester’s approach to life, Llarez doesn’t mind doing an errand for Aster — and he doesn’t mind when Aster accidentally asks for more than she intended. With new thoughts planted in her mind, Aster begins to question whether her race’s ideal life is what she actually wants for herself. Llarez is glad to help her find the answer, but that only makes the choice harder.

Render (A story of Aligare)

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Ebook available through Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and Indigo.

Paperback available through Amazon and Createspace.

Genre: High fantasy mystery/coming of age
Word count: 101 100
Cover art by Melanie Herring

They built new homes under mountain maples, hoping for luck. But for the aemet folk of Aloftway village, there has been much work and meagre reward. After poor harvests and a brush with forest fire, now wolves are striking down folk who venture into the forest. Without a precedent in their legends to guide them, all aemetkind knows to do is hope and pray.

Rue is a young aemet coming of age in this troubled community. Named after a lucky plant, she has never cared much for luck. She believed from the start that it was folly to move here, and when fellow aemets start turning up dead, Rue is through waiting. With her chemistry skills, her keen mind and a guard dog at her side, Rue promises herself that she’ll solve Aloftway’s problems. But she’ll need help from Felixi, a game-hunting korvi — who knows more about the wolf attacks than he’s willing to share.


One Comment on “Books”

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