True love knows no bounds, and it never, ever dies—especially in the heart of a fighter like Venture Delving.
Growing up in a world ruled by the elite Crested Warrior class, Venture and Jade are inseparable. But there is no escaping the terrible truth—he’s a lowly bonded servant, and Jade is Venture’s wealthy master’s daughter. The world tells them that Jade must marry a Crested man, and that Venture will always be bonded scum.
Venture will do anything for Jade, anything to prove them wrong. And the powers that rule their world will stop at nothing to keep him from winning the title that could change his life and the world as he knows it, forever. That title is nothing less than Champion of All Richland.
Venture must leave behind everything he knows and become what everyone tells him he can never be—a champion prize fighter. Little does Venture know, his quest will put those he loves most in terrible jeopardy and rip the powerful nation of Richland apart.
Readers call VENTURE “gritty without being dirty or gory.” Some say VENTURE “reminds me of The Princess Bride, but more serious—and with prize fighters!” Set in an alternate world, VENTURE is filled with colorful characters who will capture your heart, packed with action, and complete with twists you’ll never see coming.
If you’ve been patiently—or impatiently—waiting for more of Venture Delving and Jade Fieldstone, your wait is over. THE RIGHT ONE, a new novella, is available now.
Venture had more to tell me about his time training with Dasher and Earnest, and about what it was like dealing with Jade when he came home to Twin Rivers. Grab your copy on Amazon, Nook, Apple iBooks, Google Play, or Kobo.
Sixteen-year-old Venture Delving always believed he was meant to be a champion fighter, in spite of his status as a bondsman. But Venture’s confidence is shaken by an unexpected challenge from his old friend and rival, Lance. On the road with his trainer, Earnest Goodview and the reigning Champion of All Richland, Dasher Starson, Venture has already been struggling to adjust to his double life—up-and-coming fighter, and bonded servant to wealthy entrepreneur, Grant Fieldstone. Now, Spurned by Grant Fieldstone’s daughter, Jade, and rattled by his failure on the mat, a deadly encounter has Venture questioning everything.
Soon he’ll return to Twin Rivers, just in time for Jade’s sixteenth birthday—the day every eligible bachelor in Springriver County has been waiting for. Amidst the rumors that Jade’s been waiting for this day—and for another man to have his chance to court her—will Venture be able to serve Jade and her father? With his dream of marrying Jade coming undone, will his equally impossible dream of becoming Champion of All Richland survive?
THE RIGHT ONE takes place during some of the time that lapses in the novel, VENTURE.
Just as she neared the front steps, Jade froze. Were those footsteps? Her heart was beating so fast, she couldn’t be sure. She glanced around her anxiously. Where was Lightning?
“Lightning?” she called softly, coaxingly.
She sensed a flurry of movement behind her. Too big to be Lightning. Just as Jade’s mouth opened to form a scream, a hand clamped over it.
“Hush.” Dasher’s voice was ever smooth, even in a breathless whisper. His arm wrapped around her, pulling her to his chest. “It’s just me.”
Jade relaxed, and Dasher lowered his hand, but her heart was still thudding. Dasher’s arm held her tight. A part of her wanted to turn her face to his chest and hide there, safe in his arms, and pretend none of the events of the past several months had ever happened.
She pulled away. Nowhere was safe anymore, and she could never forget Venture.
Dasher took her hand and led her to the door with a couple of swift strides. “We don’t have much time.” He let go her hand and fished the key out of his pocket. Sensing her hesitation, he paused. “What’s the matter?”
“Nothing,” she lied.
Dasher frowned, not entirely believing her. Venture wouldn’t have believed her at all.
“No one saw you?”
She shook her head.
Dasher turned the key in the old lock. The click was so loud in the stillness of the night. Jade cringed, but Dasher didn’t seem to notice. “We will be careful. We will be quick. No one will know.”
Venture would know, eventually. And if he found out about Dasher’s part in it, he’d kill him. Jade followed Dasher into Beamer’s Center. She was going to learn everything she could, and she was going to get Venture back, no matter what the cost.