What's New?

Check out the "Deleted Scenes" page that's been added to the Fan Service section of the site! In celebration of the upcoming release of Prayer of the Handmaiden, I'll be adding to this page over the next few weeks with scenes that were cut from the original Sword of the Guardian manuscript. Enjoy!

Merry Shannon

Merry Shannon is a writer, costumer, and full-time social worker living in sunny Denver. Her stories are filled with adventure, fantasy, and plenty of sweet 'n sexy girl-on-girl romance.

Coming March 2015

Click here for the details about Prayer of the Handmaiden, the much-anticipated second book in the Ithyria series. Celibate priestess Kadrian must defend the kingdom of Ithyria from a dangerous enemy, and ultimately choose between her duty to the Goddess and the love of her childhood sweetheart, Erinda.

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An anthology of paranormal romance stories from some of Bold Strokes Books' most popular writers, including a ghostly mystery from yours truly called "Lucky Number Seven." Winner of the 2013 Golden Crown Literary Society Award!

Talon’s Prologue

Today I’ve added another deleted scene – this one was the prologue of the original Sword of the Guardian manuscript, intended to provide Talon’s backstory and explain how and why she began to live as a boy. It was cut from the final draft for many reasons, one being that it is a very violent event…

The Countdown To Prayer of the Handmaiden Begins!

Well, friends, the official release date for Prayer of the Handmaiden will be March 17th, 2015. Bold Strokes usually has pre-orders available early, so I’ll be sure to keep everybody updated when those open up. In the meantime, check out the spiffy cover! My talented fiancee turned one of my Daz renders into a painting…

If You Liked Sword of the Guardian, You’ll Love…

… Daughter of Mystery: A Novel of Alpennia by Heather Rose Jones.   No. Seriously. So this book is 18th century female bodyguard yumminess, with a mystical religion, an androgynous sword-wielding duelist, a spunky, scholarly heiress and a greedy villain. I’m in love. This is the kind of stuff the world needs more of! The…

First Out In Colorado Readers’ Appreciation Event

Had a blast yesterday at Blush & Blu, a laid-back, lesbian-owned coffeehouse / bar in downtown Denver, where the Out In Colorado group hosted it’s first readers’ appreciation event. It was a great chance to sit down with a few readers, drink coffee, and chat about books and any other topics that struck our fancy.…