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Also in Gloaming Status & Inspiration
Standalone Contemporary Science Fantasy Romance
Theogony wanted to be a research physicist, but at twenty-nine years old, she’s little more than a TA. Demoralized, she retreats to her grandmother’s house, where she grew up, hoping to rekindle the passion she once had for her work. Instead, she has to plan a funeral.
When Gran dies after a series of bad omens, and Theogony discovers a set of journals suggesting their family were Ferriers of the Dead, Theogony begins to question her long-held belief that science can explain everything. There’s an underworld where the dead go, but sometimes, unlucky souls don’t make it across, and Gran was one of the unlucky ones. Only a Ferrier has any chance of finding her soul in the abyss between Life and Death.
Now, Theogony’s got to make a choice: leave Gran’s soul to an eternity in darkness, or take a risk on the irrational, and exchange her life for the chance to save a lost soul… while possibly losing her own in the process.
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The Sea at Midwinter Status & Inspiration
3-Book Contemporary Fantasy Romance Series
There must always be three priestesses from the line of Avalon for when the world decides it’s ready to host magic again.
Delta Attwater is the last descendent of the long-forgotten priestesses of Avalon. When she gets pregnant, she thinks the line of magic is secured—but she doesn’t count on falling for the father or how terrible storms and climate change will threaten the return of magic altogether.
Praise for Also in Gloaming
“Ostara’s cast of secondary characters is strong—from Clemence, a young Harbinger whose fate echoes Theogony’s, to Elliot Fisher, a dying man who seems to know more than he should, to Alom, the godlike being who holds the universe. Their characters, as well as Theogony’s and her Gran’s, will stay with you, as will the book’s musings on life, death, grief, and what might save this world of ours.” — Amanda, Goodreads
“An incredible first work by Holly Ostara, this book touches on so many philosophical topics including the greatest among them, what is the meaning of life? The depth of this story lingered with me long after the final page. “ — Christy, Goodreads
“This was such a fascinating read, especially in the way the author tackles our assumptions about death, folklore and the true meaning of life. I’m excited to see what Holly Ostara publishes next.” — Beulah, Goodreads
“A truly beautiful first effort from Holly Ostara, that hits so many emotional highs and lows it sort of leaves you reeling after it’s over.” — Samantha, Goodreads