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The streets are a perilous place for a young laundry maid dismissed without a character for indecent acts. Roz knew the end of the path for a country girl alone in the city of Rotenek. A desperate escape in the night brings her to the doorstep of Dominique the dressmaker and the hope of a second chance beyond what she could have imagined. Roz’s apprenticeship with the needle, under the patronage of the royal thaumaturgist, wasn’t supposed to include learning magic, but Celeste, the dressmaker’s daughter, draws Roz into the mysterious world of the charm-wives. When floodwaters and fever sweep through the lower city, Celeste’s magical charms could bring hope and healing to the forgotten poor of Rotenek, but only if Roz can claim the help of some unlikely allies.
Set in the magical early 19th century world of Alpennia, Floodtide tells an independent tale that interweaves with the adventures.
A Novel of Alpennia.
About the Author
Heather Rose Jones is the author of the Alpennia historic fantasy series. She has sold short fiction to the anthology series Sword and Sorceress and Lace and Blade, as well as to the audio magazine Podcastle. She has non-fiction publications on topics ranging from biotech to historic costume to naming practices.
Heather creates the Lesbian Historic Motif Project blog and its associated podcast, presenting research on gender and sexuality in history as a resource for authors writing historic-based fiction, as well as promoting lesbian historical fiction in general.
She has a PhD from U.C. Berkeley in Linguistics, specializing in the semantics of Medieval Welsh prepositions, and works as an industrial discrepancy investigator for a major Bay Area pharmaceutical company. In addition to several decades of participation in historic re-creation groups, she is active in science fiction and fantasy fandom.