Authors: Robin D. Owens
“I keep telling myself that she just can’t get much better, but with every book she amazes and surprises me!” —
The Best Reviews
Praise for the futuristic fantasy of
Robin D. Owens
Winner of the 2002 RITA Award for Best Paranormal Romance by the Romance Writers of America
“Another terrific tale from the brilliant mind of Robin D. Owens. Don’t miss it.”
Romance Reviews Today
“A taut mixture of suspense and action . . . that leaves you stunned.”
“Thank you, Ms. Owens, for this wonderful series.”
Night Owl Reviews
“Sexy, emotionally intense, and laced with humor.”
“Each story is as fresh and new as the first one was.”
“[A] wonderfully imaginative series.”
“The romance is passionate, the characters engaging, and the society and setting exquisitely crafted.”
“Maintaining the ‘world building’ for science fiction and character-driven plot for romance is near impossible. Owens does it brilliantly.”
“[Owens] provides a wonderful, gripping mix of passion, exotic futuristic settings, and edgy suspense. If you’ve been waiting for someone to do futuristic romance right, you’re in luck, Robin D. Owens is the author for you.”
—Jayne Castle, author of
“Engaging characters, effortless world building, and a sizzling romance make this a novel that’s almost impossible to put down.”
The Romance Reader
“Owens paints a world filled with characters who sweep readers into an unforgettable adventure with every delicious word, every breath, every beat of their hearts. Brava!”
—Deb Stover, award-winning author of
Almost an Angel
Titles by Robin D. Owens
AT DREAMS MAY COME
(with Sherrilyn Kenyon and Rebecca York)
HEARTS AND SWORDS
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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
To all those who love Celta,
thank you, you amaze me.
I want to thank here those who helped me compile a complete cast of characters of the series, and most particularly the speaking (or yowling) parts for the audio books on Audible, in random order: Erica Brown, Antonia Witt, Kelly Self, Frances May, Kathleen Mancini, Nykki Williams, Cathy O’Connor, Sandi Dreer, Megan Bamford, Faith Bodley, Kathleen Courtade Collins, Darla Maxwell, and Christy Aaron.
And to my beta readers, including Crystal Jordan, friend and author, Michelle Kaye, and Sandra Kaye . . . the rest didn’t say they wanted named, so I am respecting their privacy. All wonderful and helpful!
Hero, architect, Fam Pinky (a cat who became a Fam).
Heroine, FamCat Felonerb.
The Turquoise House (TQ)
Antenn Blackthorn-Moss’s Family:
Mitchella Clover D’Blackthorn
Adopted mother, interior designer, FirstFamily GrandLady (heroine of
Adopted father, FirstFamily GrandLord, tracker (hero of
Cousin by marriage of Trif Clover Winterberry, Chief of all the Druida City guards (police), (hero of
Draeg Betony Blackthorn
Adopted cuz, warrior (upcoming hero of
Tiana Mugwort’s Best Friends:
Camellia Darjeeling D’Hawthorn
GreatLady D’Hawthorn, businesswoman/cook, owner of teashops (heroine of
), FamCat Mica.
Glyssa Licorice Bayrum
FirstLevel Librarian (heroine of
Tiana Mugwort’s Family:
Artemisia Mugwort Primross
Sister, Healer (heroine of
), FamRaccoon Randa.
Mother, devotee of the Intersection of Hope religion, Healer.
Father, former judge, writer of legal articles.
Brother-in-law, private investigator (hero of
), FamCat Rusby.
The Temple People:
High Priestess GrandLady Ulmaria Meadowsweet D’Sandalwood
Of GreatCircle Temple.
High Priest GrandLord Alb T’Sandalwood
Of GreatCircle Temple.
Lucida Gerania of GreatCircle Temple
FirstLevel priestess and rival of Tiana Mugwort.
The Intersection of Hope Ministers:
Chief Minister Younger
Reflecting the childlike self.
Chief Minister Foreman
Reflecting the vital adult.
Chief Minister Elderstone
Reflecting the older, wise guide.
Chief Minister Custos
Reflecting the inner guardian spirit.
Others, in order of appearance:
GreatLord Muin (Vinni) T’Vine
Friend of Antenn,
prophet of Celta.
GraceLord Hymale Equisetum
Enemy of the Mugworts, founder of the Traditionalist Stance movement.
FamCat to GreatLady Camellia D’Hawthorn.
FamCat to GreatLord Laev T’Hawthorn.
FamCat to Garrett Primross.
GreatLord Rand T’Ash
Jeweler/smith (hero of
), Fam-Cat Zanth.
GreatLady Danith Mallow D’Ash
Animal Healer (heroine of
Farmer, cuz to GraceLord Equisetum.
GraceLord Majus T’Daisy
Newssheet owner and editor.
GrandLord Walker T’Clover
Statesman (hero of the novella
in the collection
Hearts and Swords
GentleLady Avellana Hazel
Daughter of a FirstFamily House, artist, fiancé to Vinni T’Vine.
GreatSir Tinne Holly
Owner of The Green Knight Fencing and Fighting Salon (hero of
GreatSir Nuin Ash
Eldest son of T’Ash and D’Ash, fire mage.