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It’s that time, kiddies!

The FINAL book in the Den of Shadows series, “Promises to Keep”, has been released! The early buzz on the board is that fans are loving it, and that Amelia makes some MAJOR changes to her world. It’s shocking, it’s exciting, it’s epic… Have you picked up your copy yet?

Promises to Keep

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Yesterday, Amelia gave her fans a special Valentine’s Day present: the announcement of new titles officially under contract!

From the thread on her forum, Amelia says:

    I do love to be able to give good news!

    Official upcoming titles, under contract, are:

    Poison Tree (2012)
    Promises to Keep (2013)
    Maeve’ra Trilogy (2014, 2015, 2016)

    Thanks for the interest!


Poison Tree is out this June. Check out the updated Book Page to learn more about the synopsis AND get a brief glimpse!

Promises to Keep‘s narrator is Jay Marinitch, last seen in All Just Glass! According to Amelia on her forum, “Some chapters are narrated by Brina di’Birgetta. The book starts on Christmas Eve, and some events do take place at Haven #2, so some of you can probably think what other characters are likely to show up.”

Amelia once said that Promises “will cause some major changes in Nyeusigrube if I am brave enough to publish it.” Looks like that bravery found her at last! Exciting!

The Maeve’ra Trilogy is what it sounds like: a sequel to the Kiesha’ra Series! It follows three “Children of Obsidian”, descendants of serpiente priestess Maeve (Maeve’ra literally translates to “children of Maeve”).

The Maeve’ra Trilogy is tentatively:

Bloodwitch (Vance Ehecatl’s story)
Bloodkin (Kadee’s story)
Bloodtraitor (Malachi’s story)

These stories take place in 1802 and forward… during the end of the original Midnight’s reign. We wouldn’t be surprised to see all of Amelia’s creations on display: vampires, shapeshifters (serpiente, avians, falcons, Azteka, Mistari?), Tristes, Macht witches, and the battle between Mayhem and Midnight! What old friends might we run into from the Den of Shadows series? Are any of the falcons still alive from the Kiesha’ra, nearly 2000 years before the Maeve’ra? We’ll find out in 2+ years!

Thanks, Amelia, for keeping your fans informed!

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July 10, 2012
$15.99 [Hardcover Edition]
$10.99 US [Kindle Edition]
Large format hardcover: 272 pages

CLICK TO READ AN EXCERPT! Prologue through Chapter 2


Alysia has quickly moved to a position of responsibility in SingleEarth, working among shapeshifters and witches who fight against vampires, but she is hiding secret alliances that could put her fellow mediators at risk.

The rich stew of the author’s creations—SingleEarth, vampires, shapeshifters, Tristes, the Bruja Guilds—are at full boil here in the story of two 20-ish young women trying to out run their very different pasts, and figure out where they fit in and who they might become. Each has landed in a more “normal” place, and each wonders if, like a tattoo that can’t be covered up, they can ever really fit into “normal.”

-Text from Amazon.com and Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov
Delacorte Books for Young Readers (c) 2012
Cover art by Miranda Adria

Synopsis from Nyeusigrube.com:

Alysia Greengray considers herself a realist. She certainly isn’t an optimistic idealist, convinced that the world would be a better place if everyone learned to get along. A few years ago, she had been a hair away from either death or jail, wishing she were a sociopath so it would stop bothering her that no one cared, that nothing mattered. It had been an assassin named Sarta who saved her from herself, who had brought her into the Frost ring of the Bruja Guilds, she would have died on the streets. So how did she end up as the human representative of the North American Single Earth Mediator’s Table?

Sarik kuloka Mari, a Mistari shapeshifter, was raised by her father, as a shining symbol of his power, and as his heir. Stifled by the rigid Mistari laws and driven to join the wide world that her native culture denied her, she ran away from home and all she knew when she was a teenager, and was taken in by SingleEarth Haven. Since then, she has flourished, happy in a way she never had been before. Now, she is the Elavie representative of the North American Single Earth Mediator’s Table- and she will do anything and everything in her power to see that her new life, her chosen world, remains safe.

Now, someone is hunting SingleEarth. First a Triste is targeted, then a shapeshifter; finally Michael, the vampiric representative of the Table, is hit with a firestone bolt. So far, there have been no fatalities, but only because SingleEarth has many powerful healers, and its members are willing to bare their throats if necessary to help their own regain their strength.

The Table convenes. Alysia recognizes the bolts; how could she not? She was once a member of Onyx, after all… not that she would admit that to SingleEarth. This is a new kind of hunt, now: a hunt for a villain who would stalk an organization focused purely on peace- the villain responsible for Alysia’s having to become a bleeder, to save a vampire’s life and protect her own secrets. Sarik and Alysia are the ones chosen to speak to Onyx’s leader to try to find information on why their people have been targeted.

Sarik had distrusted Alysia from the moment she joined the mediator’s table two weeks ago, and the humans’ sudden, intimate knowledge of Onyx does nothing to disarm that distrust. Neither does the fact that, as they step into the shadowy Onyx Hall, the leader greets Alysia as an old friend. Why have they come here- when the villain is obviously one of their own?


* Publisher’s Weekly Review of Poison Tree, “[A]ction scenes are brilliantly executed, with a speed and brutality that fits the high-powered players. …fascinating, believable, and ready for further adventures.” – 6/11/2012 – http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-385-73754-8

* Kirkus Review of Poison Tree, “Readers may need to chart it all to keep things straight. … Enriched with plenty of fighting and weaponry … Possibilities left open for plenty of sequels … Complicated, but suspenseful.” – June 2012 – https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/amelia-atwater-rhodes/poison-tree-atwater-rhodes/#review

Did you know..?

* Before it was “Poison Tree”, this story’s working title was “Tiger Eyes”! [2]
* Ravyn, from Midnight Predator, has a cameo in this novel! [3]
* Originally slated for a January 2012 release, Amelia announced on her Nyeusigrube Forum that the publishing date has been moved back to July 2012. [4]
* It is speculated on the Nyeusigrube Forum that the Mistari, tiger shapeshifters, are involved in this novel! [5] **CONFIRMED on publishing!**
* “Poison Tree” had been up for publication post-“Midnight Predator”. When it was passed on, Amelia began publishing the Kiesha’ra instead, starting with “Hawksong” in 2003.

In the Author’s Words

“After All Just Glass, I’m planning on another long-time-in-the-works story currently titled Poison Tree, which deals with both SingleEarth and the Bruja guilds- two major organizations, one introduced in Shattered Mirror and one in Midnight Predator, who are polar opposites when it comes to their philosophies. Poison Tree will also teach a little more about Tristes, a breed referenced briefly in In the Forests of the Night and Midnight Predator, but never discussed in detail. After that… well, I have some exciting stories I am playing with, but I have not decided for certain what will happen with them.” [1]

“The most interesting thing about writing Tiger Eyes (beyond the fact that I got to work with Bruja again, and finally learn more about Tristes) was that it is narrated by dual protagonists. They don’t like each other, they don’t respect each other, and they certainly don’t trust each other- but they are both SingleEarth mediators, and so they play nice, smile and act sincere. The mutual feelings are well justified, of course, because both characters have layers of secrets.

This is SingleEarth, the place where people go when they want to hide from who and what they used to be. Who doesn’t have secrets?

But they are both in danger now, both targets of an assassin who is trying to send a message… if only they could understand it.”

About SingleEarth: “SingleEarth is an international organization dedicated to allowing peaceful relations between all the inhabitants of Nyeusigrube, mortal and immortal, human and less so. Though they acknowledge that they cannot force every creature in the world to lay down the deep-seeded prejudices of predators and prey, they work to provide safe havens for those who seek peaceful community. Within SingleEarth, vampires, Tristes, shapeshifters, witches and humans live peacefully, side by side.”

About the Bruja Guilds: “Bruja is a centuries-old fighting guild. The members of its three rings- Crimson, Onyx and Frost- include many of the world’s most dangerous hunters. Most of its members are human; some are less so. Some hunt for revenge, some for profit, some for glory, and some simply because they can. The only thing they have in common is that each one of them is a predator. Rumors say the Bruja Guilds were first founded by a vampire fighting against the reign of Midnight, but no such over branching purpose exists today. There are predators and there are prey; all that matters is that you’re not the latter.”

A Brief Glimpse

From the Nyeusigrube website… (c) Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Her hair, windblown and dripping rain, fell in her face in great disarray. Sahara did not bother to brush it back as she knelt in the shadows, balancing the crossbow on one raised knee. She loaded it carefully, and then waited, while the rain plastered her clothing to her skin. Everything went still, in complete, black concentration.

People were coming and going near the doorway. At this distance, in the rain, she could not tell who was who. Even so, she knew from the movements of one what he was- a vampire. The rain obliterated any scent or sound that could give away the species, but Sahara could recognize the undead a mile away.

She flipped the crossbow down and took aim. She pulled the trigger, and heard him cry out as the bolt hit his stomach. The sound made her flinch, but she did not wait around for the crowd to react. Instead, she hooked the crossbow across her back and fled into the hotel room she had reserved earlier for just this escape.

With the lights off and the curtains drawn, there was nothing about the room to alert them. She could easily wait here for the flurry to die down. Her heart was pounding, and her breath fluttered in and out of her lungs in quick, shallow gasps. She wasn’t afraid of getting caught; this plan had been well formed, and her opponent had little in the way of defense.

The fear came from a different source. She knew whom she had just shot; the sound of his voice had put a face to the anonymous victim. That sound of pain would echo inside her brain for the rest of her life.

It wasn’t her fault. None of this would have been necessary, if that two-faced traitor hadn’t gotten in the way.

Alternate Covers:

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[1] Blog Tour Stop: Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, Author of Token of Darkness http://thebookbutterfly.com/2010/03/blog-tour-stop-amelia-atwater-rhodes.html – March 5, 2010
[2] Wyvernhail, Signing, Other Stuff, http://www.myspace.com/atwaterrhodes/blog/309235795 – September 17, 2007
[3] Topic : Q&A with Amelia Atwater-Rhodes – April 2011 http://www.randombuzzers.com/the-buzz/boards/topic/121881/#post_121881 – April 2011
[4] New Stuff to Read! (we’re live!) http://nyeusigrube.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=0&t=3991&p=101248#p101248 – June 28, 2011
[5] Nyeusigrube Forum topic: Poison Tree?, http://nyeusigrube.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=21&t=3850&start=0 – July 1, 2011

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POMcoverDec 9th, 2008
$15.99 US
Large format hardcover: 224 pages

Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, sixteen-year-old Erin has spent half of her life in therapy and on drugs, but now must face the possibility of weird things in the real world, including shapeshifting friends and her “alter,” a centuries-old vampire.
-Text from http://catalog.loc.gov/
The Library of Congress Online Catalog



Sixteen-year-old Erin Misrahe just wants to be like everyone else in her new school. But Erin has more to worry about than passing AP Chemistry or making friends. In times of stress, she has always been overcome by her alter ego, Shevaun, whose violent behavior wreaks havoc on those around her. Erin can never remember anything about these episodes, and she’s grateful to have been spared them for a while.

But when a protective friend comes back into Erin’s life, he insists that Shevaun is a vampire who actually exists apart from Erin. Shevaun has dangerous allies, like the handsome witch Adjila—and they’re determined to sever Shevaun’s connection to Erin once and for all.
-Text from RandomHouse

Delacorte Press (c) 2008
Cover by Cliff Neilson


Amelia Atwater-Rhodes Book Video Award 2008 Finalist (Persistence of Memory)


* The Book Girl Reviews
* Young Adult Book Reviews
* TeenReads
* Vampires.com Review

In the Author’s Words

From SlayGround, Blog Tour:
Persistence of Memory… was a story I started in 2000, when I was in tenth grade, and did not finish until 2007. I experienced writer’s block about halfway in, and put it aside for years, not just once but twice.

Did you know..?

* Amelia had started this story (“0113 Untitled”) when she was in high school. Many of the original characters were named after members of her fencing team. It wasn’t until years later, when Amelia spent the night in the emergency room comforting a close friend, that Amelia returned to Erin’s story to finish it!

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HSCoverJuly 8th, 2003
$9.95 US/ $14.95 CAN
Small format hardcover: 243 pages
$5.50 US/ 7.99 CAN
Mass Market paperback: 256 pages

In a land that has been at war so long that no one remembers the reason for fighting, the shapeshifters who rule the two factions agree to marry in the hope of bringing peace, despite deep-seated fear and distrust of each other.
-Text from http://catalog.loc.gov
Library of Congress Online Catalog

Buy HAWKSONG at Amazon.com!



Danica Shardae is an avian shapeshifter, and the golden hawk’s form in which she takes to the sky is as natural to her as the human one that graces her on land. The only thing more familiar to her is war. It has waged between her people and the serpiente for so long, no one can remember how the fighting began. As heir to the avian throne, Danica will do anything in her power to stop the bloodshed- even accept Zane Cobriana, the terrifying leader of her kind’s greatest enemy, as her pair bond and make the two royal families one.

Now Danica must convince her people that Zane is just as committed to peace as she is- though she can’t help fearing that, despite his word, he will strike as swiftly and as leathally as the cobra that is his second form. Among the serpiente, she’ll have to pretend to be in love, though when they’re alone, her reserve threatens to keep her and Zane worlds apart. And in their midst are dissenters who will do whatever it takes to destroy this union.

Trust. It is all Zane asks of Danica- and all they ask of their people- but it may be more than she can give.

-Text from inside jacket of Hawksong
Delacorte Press (c) 2003
Cover art: Cliff Nielsen



In the Author’s Words

From BooksByTheirCover Blog Tour:
Several years ago, my agent asked me if I would consider writing a series, and I told him pretty flat-out, “I don’t write series.” At the time, Hawksong was meant to be a stand-alone book. Only once I finished it did I realize there were too many unanswered questions for the story to be over there. As I worked on Snakecharm I realized the challenges within required a conclusion about the daughter, and as I worked on Wolfcry I realized something was missing, so I went back to [write] Falcondance… Eventually I ended up with a five-book series, when I had never planned to have more than one.

Did you know..?

* Hawksong and the rest of the series were originally nicknamed “The Quillergy” by Amelia and her fans before finally receiving the title of Kiesha’ra for Snakecharm.

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