The Queen of Dreams (The Dashkova Memoirs #6)

Book 6 in The Dashkova Memoirs is LIVE!

Things should be getting easier for Katerina “Kat” Dashkova. The former princess of the Russian empire wields considerable sorcerous powers, has learned to control the unruly prophecies in her head, and is a member of the Transcendental Society—a group dedicated to protecting the ideals of the Enlightenment from the tyranny of the supernatural—under the leadership of a quasi-immortal Benjamin Franklin.

Except the god Veles has laid claim to her former homeland of Russia, and unless she can stop him, the world will be his next conquest.

To reach Veles, Kat and Ben must travel through the realm of dreams in Baba Yaga’s hut—a transdimensional craft owned by a trio of dangerous witches. The hut will help them reach their destination, but it contains dangers of its own, things that even the hut’s mistresses have forgotten. Things that only need a little magic—or the whiff of prophecy—to escape.

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The Queen of Dreams is the sixth book in The Dashkova Memoirs historical fantasy series. Get it now as an  ebook for $4.99 or in paperback for $13.99.

Book One – Revolutionary Magic

Book Two – A Cauldron of Secrets

Book Three – Birds of Prophecy

Book Four – The Franklin Deception

Book Five – Nightfell Games

Book Seven, Dragons of Siberia, will be released in the spring!

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Ask the Author Episode 6

Check out what it looks like behind the scenes. This week we get a tour of Tom’s writing space.

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Ask the Author Episode 5

This week we find out what Tom finds difficult about writing, where some of his ideas come from, and who is his favorite character to write.

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Ask the Author Episode 4

This week we learn which books Tom is reading, and where the inspiration for the Alexandrian Saga was derived. Leave any of your questions in the comments. Have a great week!

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Ask the Author Episode 3

In today’s installment of Ask the Author, Tom discusses his writing routine and how it has evolved over time. Enjoy! As usual, feel free to leave a question in the comments.

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Ask the Author- episode 2

As promised I’m continuing to make the Ask the Author series. Leave any questions you’d like to have answered in the comments or send me an email.

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Ask the Author Episode 1

Today I’m starting a new video series called Ask the Author. Every Tuesday I’m going to be posting a video answering questions asked by my readers. If you have a question you’d like me to answer, please leave it in the comments or drop me a message. I can’t wait to see what questions you all have. Here is the first installment of Ask the Author.

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Nightfell Games (The Dashkova Memoirs #5)

Book 5 in The Dashkova Memoirs is LIVE!

Katerina “Kat” Dashkova has become a potent sorceress using her magic to help Ben Franklin and the Transcendent Society in the fight against Russia and the Otherworld forces that threaten the civilized world.

But her powers are useless when a plague of monsters descends on Philadelphia, threatening to plunge America into chaos. As Kat searches for the source of the supernatural creatures, she encounters a mysterious benefactor offering favors for assistance, learns a dire secret that could doom the Society, and must face a contest against an unexpected foe from her past.

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Nightfell Games is the fifth book in The Dashkova Memoirs historical fantasy series. Get it now on Amazon as an ebook for $4.99 or in paperback for $13.99.

Book One – Revolutionary Magic

Book Two – A Cauldron of Secrets

Book Three – Birds of Prophecy

Book Four – The Franklin Deception

Book Six, The Queen of Dreams, will be released in early winter!

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The Franklin Deception (The Dashkova Memoirs #4)

Book four in The Dashkova Memoirs is LIVE!

When Thomas Jefferson’s longtime companion is murdered with dark magic, Katerina Dashkova and Ben Franklin must find the killer before the war-hungry Federalists learn the truth and use it to maneuver America into a war with Russia. Unfortunately, the unknown assassin isn’t the only one causing trouble: a certain rusalka with a magical hold on Kat’s future has made an impossible demand that will test her loyalty to her new country to its very limits.

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The Franklin Deception is the fourth book of The Dashkova Memoirs historical fantasy series.  Get it now on Amazon for only $4.99, or in paperback for $14.99.

Book One – Revolutionary Magic

Book Two – A Cauldron of Secrets

Book Three – Birds of Prophecy

Book five, Nightfell Games, will be released in August!

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10 Weird Facts about Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin is one of the most well known figures of American, or even global, history.  Most know him as one of the Founding Fathers, or that he “discovered” electricity with a kite, key, and string.  You might even know that he was a prolific inventor.  But most don’t know much beyond those few facts.

While Ben Franklin is a lot of things, he’s also one of the characters in my new historical fantasy series The Dashkova Memoirs.  While researching his life to get a feel for the man behind the myth, I learned about many aspects of his character that made me appreciate him even more.

He’s not at all the caricature of the historical figure he’s become.  He was a flawed, brilliant, sometimes devious man who changed his mind about many subjects during the course of his long life.  He loved and lusted, and was unfaithful to his wife, while simultaneously practicing his Virtues.  He had ideas and beliefs and was not afraid to use the tools at hand, most often his printing press, to change public opinion.

He was above all, a modern man born in a colonial time.  In the course of my research, I found many aspects of Ben Franklin that would feel familiar to people today.   So I’m going to share some of these quirks and interesting facts about Ben Franklin that you were, no doubt, unaware of.

1) To prove that European intellectuals were far too pretentious and concerned about unimportant matters when it came to science, Ben wrote the paper Fart Proudly to show the importance of researching bodily matters.

2) He practiced “air bathing” for better health.  At the time, the common wisdom was that cold weather caused sickness.  Ben, however, understood that people were the problem and being cooped up all winter with each other led to sickness, so he would sit in his open window, naked as the day, to help with air circulation and disease prevention.

3) Practiced what we now call “sock puppetry”, using multiple aliases in his pamphleteering to give the appearance that many people had similar views, sometimes arguing with himself through different names.  His most famous alter ego was Silence Dogood.

4) Practiced Thirteen Virtues as a way to improve his character.  Though never all of them at once, knowing that he was fallable and practical.  What’s even more remarkable is that he came up with this system at the age of twenty.

5) Nearly electrocuted himself trying to kill and cook a turkey with electricity.

6) Created a drinking club called Junto (which means “To join”) in which its members met informally over drinks to discuss the issues of the day.  Many of his social inventions came from this club, or others like it.

7) A large number of bodies were found in Ben Franklin’s basement in 1998.  It was presumed that they were taken from graveyards to study human anatomy, which was in its infancy in those days (and very illegal).

8) The First Mythbuster.  Jamie and Adam would be proud, or visa versa if Franklin were alive today.  Ben Franklin solved the myth of mesmerism, which involved a force called animal magnetism, using his wits, the scientific method, and the placebo effect (which was unknown at the time).

9) Ben nearly lost his life chasing a “wind-spout”, or tornado, in Maryland to help prove his theory that water spouts were really made of air.

10) He was a great swimmer and once swam 3.5 miles up the Thames from Chelsea to Blackfriars.  He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1968.

These ten items are only a glimpse into Ben Franklin’s amazing life.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading the various texts about Ben during my research for The Dashkova Memoirs.  If you’d like to read more about a fictional fantasy version of Ben Franklin, then you can find my books on Amazon.

Book One – Revolutionary Magic

Book Two – A Cauldron of Secrets

Book Three – Birds of Prophecy

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