Choices

Eclipsis: Lady Amalie's memoirs, 2

Amelia Herzog has found a home on Eclipsis—or so she hopes. She's been tested for the telepathic gift of crypta she shares with the 'Graven, the telepathic aristocracy who rule over this Protected World, and offered a place in the elite seminary of La Sapienza. Soon, Amelia hopes, she'll become Eclipsian Amalie and leave her Terran self behind.

So why does Amelia feel that she's back in high school? Starting a new kind of education, at thirty-five, alongside students in their teens, is bad enough. But in this regimented and class-conscious society, Amelia seems to break a taboo every time she opens her mouth. Her only comfort is the telepathic "visits" of her lover, Dominic, Margrave Aranyi, visits which break one of the biggest taboos of all. And when she's finally ready to take her place among other gifted people, doing the demanding work she has trained for, something is holding her back from participating—something she doesn't understand and can't control.

Despite hard work and good intentions, Amelia faces some difficult choices. Should she dedicate herself to becoming a sibyl, the most powerful position for a gifted woman? Or has life on Terra, among the ungifted, made it impossible? Can she hope for love, perhaps even marriage, with a gifted man? Or is Eclipsian marriage, with its strict sex roles, too limiting for a gifted woman to endure? And in reaching her decisions, Amelia is forced to question the motives of the one person she thought she could trust. Is he her lover—or her enemy?

Selected Works

Fantasy, Women's Fiction (e-books)
Book Six in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Five in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Four in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Three in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book Two in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Book One in the ECLIPSIS series of Lady Amalie's memoirs.
Short Story
A queered version of the Cinderella story in the 4th Gay City anthology, "At Second Glance."
Newsletter article
Describes the typical upbringing of middle- and upper-class children in Austen's time.
Romantic Comedy, M/M/F Menage
A breezy tale of love, lust and secrets set against the backdrop of Regency England.