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Post-War Westria: what happens 

When I originally plotted Golden Hills of Westria, I had intended to write a book approximately twice as long. However the 150,000 word limit required me to stop when the first part of the story had been told.

Anyone who reads history knows that winning the peace can be harder than winning the war. At the end of the book, the Sun army has been defeated, and Jo and Luz are engaged. But there are still a few questions. What can they do about the Sun garrisons that are still in Westria, Elaya, and Aztlan? Where is the Iron General? Will Jo and Luz ever make it to bed?

Not only do I have a vocal group of fans asking me what happens next, the characters themselves are demanding to be heard. Scenes keep downloading in my head, and I need a context in which to place them.

So, for all of you who have been asking, here is the first draft of the Prologue and Chapter One of the next book, whose working title is The Turquoise Scepter. I don't yet have a contract for this one, though there are some small press possibilities. If after reading this chapter you want to know more, let me know via the forum. If enough people are interested, I may be able to release it on subscription...

Still Available

At Long Last, the Music of Westria Is Here!

We have succeeded in not only recording but producing the CDs for the best songs in the original Westria series. The Wandersong and Jewel Songs are available for $15.00 each. See our music page, or click either CD cover below, for more information.

Wandersong CD Cover> Jewel Songs CD Cover
The Wandersong Jewel Songs

The Golden Hills of 
Westria, Now in Paperback

Cover of The Golden Hills of Westria

For twenty-five years,the kingdom of Westria has been at peace.

But things are changing. Those who came of age fighting the sorcerer Caolin are now dealing with the uncertainties of middle age. Their children have grown up in the shadow of their parents' legends. The Seneschal's daughter Luz goes to the College of the Wise, while King Julian's son Johan seems to be going to the dogs. And then he disappears.

But worse is in store for Westria. On the Sea of Grass that lies beyond the Barren Lands a fanatical cult led by a charismatic priestess has acquired a general, and they are seeking the fabled Golden Land on the shores of the Western Sea. When these "Suns" fight their way across the Southwest to reach Westria, King Julian will face a challenge for which nothing in his past has prepared him. But it is Jo, fighting for both life and sanity, and Luz, struggling with the temptations of power, who are the only ones who can finally face this foe.

"Westria is back! Fans of the series will rejoice, and it's sure to win new readers to a wonderful series. Paxson's sense of place in postapocalypse southwestern North America is exquisite, but even stronger is her characterization. The passions of the new generation ring true, but not forgotten are the older folk, with their concerns--and their perspective. I love this book--could not put it down."

--Sherwood Smith, author of Crown Duel.

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