QSFer Belinda McBride has a new MM fantasy book out:
They met because of a sword.
The acclaimed metal mage Sai Raine took a commission for a live blade, and met the man who made his life complete. But their happiness was short-lived. Lieutenant Arick Weste vanished on a battlefield, leaving no clues behind except one of the pair of blades made for him by Sai.
Wild with grief and anger, Sai Raine let his forge grow cold as his heart. As a mercenary, he sought his lost love on battlefields all across the land, never losing hope that Arick still lived.
But all soldiers must eventually fall, and when Sai was finally defeated, it was to an enemy soldier who was far too familiar. Sai might survive the battle, but will he survive the ultimate betrayal?
Belinda was born in Inglewood, California, but grew up far to the north in the shadow of Mt. Shasta. While her upbringing seemed pretty normal to her, she was surrounded by a fascinating array of friends and family, including various cowboys, hippies, scoundrels and saints.
She has a degree in history and cultural anthropology, but in 2006 made the life-changing decision to quit her job as a public health paraprofessional and stay at home full time to care for her severely disabled niece. This difficult decision gave Belinda the gift of time, which allowed her to return to writing fiction, which she’d abandoned years before.
Belinda’s hobbies include soap making, dog shows, collecting gemstones, travel, and Chinese martial arts. She has two daughters, three Siberian Huskies, two Salukis, and an array of wild birds that visit the feeders in the front yard.
As an author, Belinda loves crossing genres, kicking taboos to the curb, and pulling from world mythology and folklore for inspiration. She won the Passionate Plume in science fiction for her m/m romance An Uncommon Whore and the EPIC in paranormal romance for Blacque/Bleu, and in science fiction for The Bacchi. She, along with co-authors Cherise Sinclair and Sierra Cartwright were nominated for an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award.