03 December 2014
Winter is coming
And so are the wereswans.
Every June, when the Seven Sisters grace the sky for the Solstice, those blessed by the gods transform from humans into swans to spend one night in their true forms.
For millennia, these swans have been hidden away in the safety of lore, but in New Zealand, the largest and most respected of the tribes came under attack while transformed. The lone survivors--the tribe’s leader and his three daughters--barely escape and are forced to settle elsewhere.
Each sister carves her own path in dealing with the aftermath of the loss, with events converging on the same Solstice. Follow the sisters through their journeys and learn about the love that started it all in this four-novella series.
Book One - Ember's Secret
Ember only wants two things out of life: to be reunited with her sisters, and to see people come back to her café. Catering to people she never sees again, she experiences a loneliness that can’t be filled. As one of the last Whakamanu—a descendant of the Maori bird-god Tane—she has to hold on to the secrets of her tribe. Family first.
Gourmet TV personality Austin Garten, host of the popular show Back Road Eats, needs more in his life than Breadbasket America grilling. He’s tired of the safe routes, the easy and dependable foods that the Network loves to display. When his RV breaks down in Wyoming, and he learns about Kai, a Maori restaurant outside of Casper, his interest is piqued. Once he meets the proprietor, he realizes he’s wants more than just her food. He wants her.
Ember isn’t too sure. The Solstice, the Maori New Year, is fast approaching, and with the heat in her kitchen ratcheting up, she knows she can’t keep her secret for much longer. But will Austin be able to accept her? Or will her secret drive them apart?