When Flowridia, a witch granted power by an unknown demon, deceives an alluring foreign diplomat, she is promoted to a position of power to conceal her falsehood. Thrust into a world of politics and murderous ambition, she has her gentle heart and her Familiar to guide her – as well as a drunk Celestial with a penchant for illusion.

Meanwhile, Lady Ayla Darkleaf, Grand Diplomat of Nox’Kartha, smiles with predatory charm and wields her blades with a dancer’s grace. Flowridia falls into a toxic love affair, one she knows will end in heartbreak. But as Ayla’s legacy as a vampiric creature unfolds, Flowridia begins to see the broken woman behind the monster.

When a foreign emperor dies at the hands of a mysterious interloper, one who seeks to collect the greatest sources of power in the realms, Flowridia’s kingdom is charged to stop him. But Flowridia’s devotion is torn between duty to her own and the woman whose claws grip her heart.
In the ensuing clash of Gods, Flowridia must choose her loyalties with care – the fates of kingdoms rest in her hands.


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I had the good fortune to ask S D a couple of questions about her new release!

Why did you want to write this book, specifically?
I wrote this book for the same reasons I’ve written most of my other books – my friends were writing and I wanted to be cool like them. This one actually amounted to something.

What do you like best about it?
I like the multi-faceted relationships, both platonic and not. Flowridia’s relationship with Ayla is the core and heart of the story, but it’s not meant as a template for what real relationships should be like (if your girlfriend is like Ms Darkleaf, consider leaving). Etolié is a ‘ride-or-die’ sort of friend, but even she can be pushed to her limit. Real life is complicated, and so are the relationships between the characters.

Can you tell the readers something about The Sting of Victory that they might not know just from reading the book?
The prominent side-character, Etolié, everyone’s favorite drunk Celestial, is written to be high-functioning autistic. Her experiences and mannerisms mirror my wife’s, who experiences the world the same way.

In ten words or less, tell us why we should buy this book?
It’s got monsters, magic, and lesbians – plus a baby wolf.


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S D Simper

S D Simper

S D Simper has lived in both the hottest place on earth and the coldest, spans the employment spectrum from theater teacher to professional editor, and plays more instruments than can be counted on one hand. She and her wife share a home with their two cats and innumerable bookshelves.

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