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One Risk. One Chance.


Peace in the seven realms of Shangril: shattered. Nobility of the magiel race: broken. Lands of the High King’s opponents: usurped. And Heaven may no longer be attainable.

Meg and Janat Falkyn, fugitive daughters of an imperial magiel, escape to the edge of the world to take refuge with their youngest sister, Rennika. There, they may have the chance to fulfill their mother’s wish and restore their people’s access to their Gods–by recapturing a fabled prayer stone.

But to accomplish the theft, whom can they trust? The ambitious High King’s sister thirsts for power. A calculating regent enriches himself with a steam-driven textile monopoly. A charming swindler sets up an elaborate scheme. They soon find that unraveling secrets hidden in castles, alleyways, and brothels threaten to expose everything.

With rebels stalking the sisters, and the High King’s armies on the march, Meg’s time is up.

Flights of Marigold tells an epic tale of the addictions, survival, revenge, and redemption of three magiel sisters in an insignificant hinterland. Can they hold onto happiness, dreams, and sisterhood when desire becomes addiction?


Meet Susan Forest

Susan Forest writes science fiction, fantasy and horror, and is an Aurora-winning editor for Laksa Media Groups.

Susan’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s Science FictionAnalog Science Fiction and Fact, Intergalactic Medicine Show, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and OnSPEC Magazine, among others. Her collection of short fiction, Immunity to Strange Tales, was published by Five Rivers Press, and her nonfiction has appeared in Legacy Magazine, Alberta Views Magazine, and the Science Fiction and several blogs. Bursts of Fire is nominated for the 2020 Prix Aurora Award (YA Novel), her short stories, “Back,” “Turning It Off,” “The Gift,” and “For a Rich Man to Enter” were finalists for the Prix Aurora Award, and her novella, Lucy, won the Galaxy Project, juried by Robert Silverberg, David Drake and Barry Malzburg.

Flights of Marigolds is the second in a YA epic fantasy series, the Addicted to Heaven series (Laksa Media), following Bursts of Fire (2019).

Susan was the editor for Technicolor Ultramall (Edge), a finalist for the Prix Aurora Award in 2013. Strangers Among Us, and The Sum of Us, both from Laksa Media, won the Prix Aurora Award in 2017 and 2018. The third in Laksa Media’s social issues anthology series, Shades Within Us, was released in 2018 and was a finalist for the 2019 Prix Aurora Award.

Susan served two terms as Secretary for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (2012-2016). She has judged the Endeavor and Sunburst Awards, teaches creative writing in Calgary, and presents at international writing conventions several times each year.

Susan is a painter and visual artist whose landscapes have been displayed as part of the Stampede Western Showcase in Calgary, Alberta.

Works In Progress

Flights of Marigolds
Book Two of the Addicted to Heaven Series
Now available to pre-order from Laksa Media, or find it on Amazon!
Publication Date: August 2020

Scents of Slavery

Book Three of the Addicted to Heaven Series
Current writing project!

Shadow Spy

Alternate history fantasy novel set during World War Two
Ask about Susan’s research trip to the battlefields of France!