Lodestone-peddler Melaine is desperate to stop hustling her raw magic for a tuppence. Her rare gift of infusing her magic into a lodestone to sell for another's use and never keeping any for herself is nothing but a degrading path to an early grave.
Yearning for a better life, Melaine pledges her magic to the powerful but sinister Overlord, sorcerer-ruler of Highstrong Keep. But the haunted castle may hold far worse dangers than the reclusive ruler.
Can two dark hearts find the light?
"Beauty and the Beast meets Howl's Moving Castle! This grabbed me pretty much right away and I plowed through it in one night. I was quite happy that "Beauty" had a lot more agency in her story: she gets to choose her path to the Beast. Overall, this is a haunted castle story with a plucky heroine and a Byronicly tortured hero. What more could you want? Recommended!"
"LODESTONE is a dark fantasy tale with immersive world building and a compelling heroine following a plot with hints of Beauty and the Beast. The world and magic system give Forrister a lot of room to write more books in this world, and I hope she does because there is a lot to love here. Between the setting, the protagonist, and the magic, I’m not sure which is my favorite because they were all done so well."
"This was the first book that I have read by Katherine Forrister and I was pleasantly surprised to find an enjoyable new author to follow. Overall, I thought this was an engaging novel and I found it to be well-written. The protagonist, Melaine, was so well-crafted (she seemed like a real, normal sort of person - flawed, but not obnoxious). She was a strong female character who was smart, resourceful, and determined. All in all, a fun read and interesting new literary world to visit!"
"I really liked Melanie's character. A strong woman, not allowing herself to be consumed by the life forced onto her. She had a goal and did what she needed to do to obtain it."
"I really enjoyed the magic here and there’s actually more than just the lodestones that people like Melaine can make. The much more insidious magic is when objects are imbued with a spell that seeps into the holder."
Headstrong and passionate archaeologist Carmen O’Dwyer encounters a culture she never imagined when she is collected from her home on Earth to be a curio in a museum on the planet Paz. Though treated as a feral animal on display, Carmen convinces the curio behaviorist, a native who shows keen interest in Carmen, to see that she has more than a primitive intellect and help her escape.
(Forthcoming from Inkshares, Inc. Release date not yet announced)
It’s 1921, and for Guy Barrett, “home” is a suitcase as he jumps from city to city to oversee hotel openings. Still, his hectic life of travel beats the orphanage where he spent his childhood. But when he learns that his long-lost parents died and bequeathed him their mansion and estate, Guy rushes to the small town of Wakeforest. What he finds is a tacky mansion—a patchwork of architecture from three different centuries—and a young, beautiful caretaker who claims to have lived there for 261 years.
(Forthcoming from GenZ Publishing in 2022)
Katherine Forrister is an author of speculative fiction with a love of fantasy, history, science, and romance. Her dark fantasy romance novel, Lodestone, is forthcoming from GenZ Publishing in 2021, her historical fantasy romance, The Hand-me-down Maiden, is forthcoming from GenZ Publishing in 2022, and her science fiction romance novel, Curio Citizen, is forthcoming from Inkshares, Inc.
Prior to her writing career, Katherine attended Kennesaw State University, and Gwinnett Technical College, focusing on the subjects of theater and performance studies and veterinary technology.
She lives near Kansas City with her family, where she enjoys local festivals and conventions, hiking, playing open-world video games, and curling up on the sofa to read on cold winter days.