Auralia's Colors (The Auralia Thread #1)

Jeffrey Overstreet

Description from Goodreads: Cloaked in mystery, Auralia grows up among criminals outside the walls of House Abascar, where vicious beastmen lurk in shadow. There, she discovers an unsettling–and forbidden–talent for crafting colors that enchant all who behold them, including Abascar’s hard-hearted king, an exiled wizard, and a prince who keeps dangerous secrets.


some words borrowed from Wendell Berry

So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it...

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias...

Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts...

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.
--Wendell Berry



i am restless, restless
ready to leave this illusion but
i'm boxed in
swallowed the key only i
can retrieve
and the world is about to
turn for me for
life has begun to flow
from fingers again

and i will be free from myself


Dragons of the Watch (Valley of the Dragons #3)

Donita K. Paul

Description from Goodreads: Trapped in a forgotten city, bound by secrets, Ellie and Bealomondore must enlist the dragons of the watch to find freedom.

Ellie knows exactly where she is going. She just wants to experience the pomp and circumstance of a royal wedding, then settle into a simple life with a country husband.

With too many choices, Bealomondore’s future is a tangle of possibilities. He is respected, well-known, and admired among the elite of Chiril, but Wulder demands he narrow his focus and follow his Creator, one step at a time.