Blood Song

Title: Blood Song
Genre: Gothic Fantasy Romance
Age Group: Adult
Length: Novel
Status: Querying

2018 Fall Fiction Fest winner
2019 On The Far Side contest winner
2019 The Catherine contest winner


Musician Ceridwen Kinsley lives on the brink of destitution with her family in a dilapidated house in the old district of Teneboure. She’s still coping with the trauma of her mother’s death, which stole her ability to sing, and now she’s witnessed a murder committed by something not quite human. Things cannot get any worse—until the reclusive Lord Protector Drystan Winterbourne shows up at her door looking for the heirloom she found at the murder scene.

However, Drystan’s visit comes with an enticing offer as well: play music for him at his castle in exchange for the money her family desperately needs. At first, Ceridwen is put off by Drystan’s unkempt appearance and harsh demeanor. Not to mention the secrets he keeps or the odd ailment that plagues him at times. But as he reignites her passion for music and she draws the recluse out of his lonely tower, her feelings for Drystan transform from fearful indifference to love. It’s the perfect arrangement, until Ceridwen discovers his secret—he’s the monster haunting their city.

Ceridwen yearns to flee the horrible truth, but turning her back on the man she loves proves just as hard, especially when she learns that Drystan’s ailment is the result of his struggle against dark magic. Ceridwen’s music can help Drystan control his monstrous side, and together they can halt the dark magic threating to overwhelm their country—if she can see past the monster to the man within and reclaim her gift of song that tragedy stole.