Seize Your Magic…

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To survive. To fight. To restore balance.


The Falkyn sisters bear a burden and a legacy. Their mother, the imperial magiel of the kingdom of Orumon, protects her people from the horrors of the afterlife by calling upon the Gods with a precious Prayer Stone. But war among the kingdoms has brought fire and destruction to their sheltered world. When a mad king’s desire to destroy the Prayer Stones shatters their family, the three girls are scattered to the wilderness, relying on their wits, and powers they haven’t yet mastered.

Assassin. Battle tactician. Magic wielder. Driven by different ambitions, Meg, Janat, and Rennika are destined to become all these and more. To reclaim their birth right, they must overcome doubtful loyalties within a rising rebellion; more, they must challenge a dogma-driven chancellor’s influence on the prince raised to inherit his father’ war: a prince struggling to unravel the mystery of his brother’s addiction to Heaven.

Bursts of Fire brings an epic political fantasy of revenge, addictions, and redemption. In an empire where magic has become suspect, love and loyalty—for one’s lover, one’s family, one’s country—are tested. If Heaven desires the very earth be burned, what place can those below hope for, when the flames come for them?


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 Fantasy Writers of America Blog. 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.

Bursts of Fire, the first in a seven-volume YA epic fantasy series, the Addicted to Heaven series, came out August 6, 2019 from Laksa Media, to be followed by Flights of Marigolds (2020).

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

Bursts of Fire
Book One of the Addicted to Heaven Series
Now available to pre-order from Laksa Media, or find it on Amazon!
Publication Date: August 6, 2019

Flights of Marigolds

Book Two of the Addicted to Heaven Series
Currently in publication – Look for it in Summer 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!