Alpennia

A site about the published fiction of Heather Rose Jones.

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This site is just in the beginning stages of construction, so expect improvements and additions in the near future.

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Free e-story "The Mazarinette and the Musketeer"

The Mystic Marriage is out!!!

My Mabinogi-inspired short story "Hoywverch" is available at the audio podcast site Podcastle.org.

Free e-story "Three Nights at the Opera"

My convention schedule for 2015 (as firmed up so far).

Released in 2015

Cover image for The Mystic Marriage

The Mystic Marriage

A Novel of Alpennia
Heather Rose Jones

ISBN-13: 978-1594934414
Trade paper, 358 pp, $17.95
E-book $9.99
April 2015
Bella Books, Inc.

Antuniet Chazillen lost everything the night her brother was executed. In exile, she swore that treason would not be the final chapter of the Chazillen legacy in Alpennia’s history. A long-hidden book of alchemical secrets provides the first hope of success, but her return to the capital is haunted by an enemy who wants those secrets for himself.


Jeanne, Vicomtesse de Cherdillac is bored. The Rotenek season is flat, her latest lover has grown tediously jealous and her usual crowd of friends fails to amuse. When Antuniet turns up on her doorstep seeking patronage for her alchemy experiments, what begins as amusement turns to interest, then something deeper. But Antuniet’s work draws danger that threatens even the crown of Alpennia.


The alchemy of precious gems throws two women into a crucible of adversity, but it is the alchemy of the human heart that transforms them both in this breathtaking follow-up to the widely acclaimed Daughter of Mystery.

Released in 2014

Daughter of Mystery cover

DAUGHTER OF MYSTERY

A Novel of Alpennia
Heather Rose Jones

ISBN 13: 978-1-59493-381-3
Trade paper, 304 pp, $16.95
E-book $9.99
January 2014
Bella Books, Inc.

Margerit Sovitre did not expect to inherit Baron Saveze’s fortunes—even less his bodyguard, a ruthlessly efficient swordswoman known only as Barbara. Wealth suddenly makes Margerit a highly eligible heiress and buys her the enmity of the new Baron. He had expected to inherit all, and now eyes her fortune with open envy.

Barbara proudly served as the old Baron’s duelist but she had expected his death to make her a free woman. Bitterness turns to determination when she finds herself the only force that stands between Margerit and the new Baron’s greed.

At first Margerit protests the need for Barbara’s services, but soon she cannot imagine sending Barbara away. And Barbara’s duty has become something far more hazardous to her heart than the point of a sword. But greater dangers loom than one man’s hatred—the Prince of Alpennia is ill. Deadly intrigue surrounds the succession and the rituals of divine power known as The Mysteries of the Saints.

Heather Rose Jones debuts with a sweeping story rich in intrigue and the clash of loyalties and love.

The Lesbian Historic Motif Project

My annotated bibliography blogging project looks at published research of interest to writing historic lesbian characters.

Upcoming Events

These are my scheduled upcoming conventions. There will probably be a few more as well.

FOG Con, March 11-13, 2016 (Walnut Creek, CA)

MidAmericon (Worldcon 74), August 17-21, 2016 (Kansas City, MO)

Worldcon 75, August 9-13, 2017 (Helsinki, Finland)

(Some Past Events)

Reviews

[I]t’s a love story set against a background which ticks basically all my geeky boxes: The driving mystical force is theological, and it is both by logic and akin to magic. The idea that God and theology is out there to be explored and understood, and that we have the capacity to do so, and that this does not block out what is miraculous about it: I love the premise. (read more ...) (Sara Uckelman on LJ) and the same reviewer at amazon.de: A sweet and unusual love story, an alternate history where theology adheres to the laws of logic and of magic, an undercurrent of mystery and intrigue -- I could hardly put it down.

Dear publisher: this is My Sort Of Thing. Where do I sign up for MORE OF THIS SORT OF THING? ... This is a love story. It is also a coming-of-age. Politics enters in as well. Jones has a smooth turn of phrase and an excellent way with characterisation, although the pacing at times feels quite leisurely, and the fact that the main characters have academic, intellectual concerns rather delighted me. ... I am immensely interested in seeing more from this author in years to come. (Liz Bourke)

I just finished "Daughter of Mystery" and want to know when we can expect a sequel! (Gunnvor at amazon.com)

This story gets more interesting, more complicated, and more dangerous with every chapter. I read it all in one long day, and found myself with a tear in my eye and then laughing three sentences later. Highly recommended! (Laurie Cavanaugh at amazon.com)

I enjoy reading historical fiction, and this is one of the best I've read in a while. (Blue Dancer at amazon.com)

As a swashbuckling novel, there are the classic inheritance conflicts, mysterious parentage, swordplay, political dangers, dastardly plots, romance, and a manuscript that contains key revelations. The romance is sweet and true, but hardly free from obstacles: it's important to the plot, but there's so much else going on that it's not the only important thing. (Chris Laning at amazon.com)

I liked the pace with which the story was developed and the fact that the author ... neglected none of the subplots. (Penny at Goodreads)

A pleasant surprise. (Truevilgenius at Goodreads)

Other Mentions

Interview with me at Conversations at the Bar

Tami Veldura interviews me

Xena & Ubers podcast picks Daughter of Mystery as their Book of the Week

Social Media

I'll tidy up all my social media links Real Soon Now, but in the meantime:

Like me on Facebook

Follow @heatherosejones on Twitter

Read my LiveJournal blog (covers all my interests, not just writing)

And if you're interested in all my various research projects and assorted interests, check out my personal website: heatherrosejones.com. Eventually I'll be sorting out more of the writing-related material to this side.

More soon!