The Perfect Magical Fantasy for the Holidays

I'm participating in a number of writer challenges on Instagram. One recent challenge asked: Why is my story important? To answer this question, I focused on EOLYN, Book One of the Silver Web Trilogy. What drew me into Eolyn’s story was the immense courage and strength she demonstrates when confronting a brutal system intent on … Continue reading The Perfect Magical Fantasy for the Holidays

SWORD OF SHADOWS Kindle Countdown

https://videopress.com/v/62bufi58?preloadContent=metadata Dive into the darkest moments of Eolyn's magical journey in Sword of Shadows. The Kindle edition is on sale through the end of next week. Sword of Shadows can be enjoyed as a stand-alone novel or as Book 2 of The Silver Web Trilogy.

EOLYN’s Day in the Sun

EOLYN has made the Amazon Best Sellers list, occupying the No. 1 slots for "Sword and Sorcery" and "Epic Fantasy." She also reached the top 100 Kindle Best Sellers overall, slipping into slot 100 this morning. It's been a thrilling weekend, watching her rise through the ranks. Thank you to everyone who took a moment … Continue reading EOLYN’s Day in the Sun

Free Read Fridays: Brothers in Magic

I'm testing the waters with some video content on my Instagram account. Called "Free Read Fridays," each episode will include a brief (1-minute) reading from a randomly selected page in my novel EOLYN. I will occasionally cross-post here, but the best way to catch Free Read Fridays is to follow me on Instagram. This week's … Continue reading Free Read Fridays: Brothers in Magic

Kirkus Reviews ‘Daughter of Aithne’

I was excited (and nervous) last week to receive Kirkus Reviews' assessment of Daughter of Aithne, the third and final installment of The Silver Web Trilogy.  Nervous before I read it, excited afterwards. All three novels of The Silver Web have received positive reviews from Kirkus, but Kirkus seemed to like Daughter of Aithne best of all: "Thankfully," the reviewer writes, "[Gastreich] ends her series with the … Continue reading Kirkus Reviews ‘Daughter of Aithne’

Cover Reveal: Daughter of Aithne

I'm delighted to announce that Daughter of Aithne will be released this spring in Kindle and print editions! Cover art and design for this third and final installment of The Silver Web is by Thomas Vandenberg, who also did the covers for the first two books in the series, Eolyn and Sword of Shadows.  The image shows Princess Briana's first encounter with … Continue reading Cover Reveal: Daughter of Aithne

Not-So-Benevolent Sexism

The night I watched Hillary Clinton accept the Democratic nomination for president, something shifted inside of me. More than shifted; there was movement of seismic proportions. A complete re-ordering of my internal universe. Until that moment, part of me believed that this was impossible; that as long as I lived, a woman would never be nominated … Continue reading Not-So-Benevolent Sexism

Swords and Shadows

I want to express my deepest thanks for everyone's support during last week's post. I'm always shy to share personal matters on my blog, but your responses moved me deeply and were a great help in getting me through the week. I'm back home now, moving forward with new projects and old ambitions. And...we are … Continue reading Swords and Shadows

Spring is Coming

Yesterday, during a lengthy walk along Tomahawk Creek, I came across these daffodils, among the first green buds to emerge this spring. The season is changing; we all can feel it, even the plants. Especially the plants. Spring is coming. I'm celebrating this year's spring in a special way, with the release of the second … Continue reading Spring is Coming

Cover Reveal: EOLYN, Book 1 of THE SILVER WEB

In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of the magas. Eolyn, last daughter of the magas and sole heiress to their millennial tradition of magic, seeks refuge in the South Woods. When she meets the mysterious Akmael, heir to the throne of this violent realm, she embarks … Continue reading Cover Reveal: EOLYN, Book 1 of THE SILVER WEB