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19 October 2017 @ 07:33 am
Our new book  is out in the wild now!

You can find "Raid on Sullin" at Amazon, Smashwords and all the other usual suspects.

If you haven't started the series yet, this is your chance to get the first book "The Relics of Thiala" cheap. We have reduced the price to 99 cents for a month.


Originally posted by rynthjan at Book Release: Packmasters #2 - Raid on Sullin
28 September 2017 @ 07:53 pm
Our next book "Raid on Sullin" now has its own page on our website:


And more importabtly, you can find a 20 page reading sample of it on that page.


Originally posted by rynthjan at Raid on Sullin - Reading Sample

10 September 2017 @ 08:14 pm
In about a month, our next book will be released and today you get a sneak peek at the cover!

"Raid on Sullin" is the second book in the Packmasters series. Cat, Ana and their merry crew meet a new bestia, who you can see on the cover.

I am so happy with how she looks. Really captures the character!

And here is the book's blurb to get you curious:

The fallout of their first encounter with a real Packmaster has left Ana and her pack reeling.
So when Vandal’s bestia PI Ten shows up at the Lollipop and asks for help in finding a friend, it’s a great way for them to move forward. On top of that, Ten might just be a perfect addition to Ana’s pack even despite her being a herbivore.
However, said friend has been captured by the powerful Core World military, who are hunting down bestiae all over the galaxy. Torn between caution and eagerness to help, Ana and her pack agree to a brief scouting mission to the backwater planet of Sullin.
Of course things turn out a little worse than expected.
This time, it looks like they have bitten off more than even a carnivore pack can chew. There’s one of Ten’s old friends who might help, but that backstabbing bunny cannot be trusted - and the Core World military has deep, deep pockets…

Originally posted by rynthjan at Cover Reveal - Raid on Sullin
21 June 2017 @ 10:25 pm

Some of you might remember that we took a lovely vacation in France, in the Perigord Noir, last year in September. We rented a stunningly beautiful place near Cénac-et-Saint-Julien and had two wonderful weeks of perfect food and company and the most beautiful surroundings.

During the last days of that stay, I increasingly felt the urge to pour all that beauty and magic of the area into a story. A romance, of course, something historical to do justice to the rich history of the Perigord. With the river Dordogne being the dominat feature of the landscape, it was pretty obvious to me that my main character would be a fisherman - but what else? The Perigord Noir is home to some of the oldest human settlements (like the Caves of Lascaux), and almost every stage of human history has left their traces along the yellow cliffs. That was a lot of history to choose from.

In the end, I did what I usually do when I have no rational means of weighing the options. I went with something totally subjective and superficial - I picked the period in which I like the outfits best. So it would take place in the first half of the 17th century, in the time of musketeers, brigands and nobles. A certain BBC series which I adore for its look (if not the occasionally whacky plot and absurd woman's dresses) might have influenced my decision just a little bit.

One of the primary advantages of that setting was that the villages of the Perigord still look very much like they did in those days. Maybe they were less touristically developed, not as nicely renovated and a lot less squeaky clean, but the feeling of the locale would have been very close. So for several of the main locations in the book, I took my clues from real-life villages. Today I want to take you on a little picture tour through the Perigord Noir, both in real life and in the novel it inspired - 'The Blacksmith Prince' - and offer some actual visuals together with the descriptions in the book.

La Morangiasse (and its real-live inspiration: La Roque-Gageac)

Afternoon sunlight flooded the market square of La Morangiasse, gilding the stone houses that clung to the cliffside like swallows' nests. It struck sparks on the languid waves of the river, where mosquitoes played over the embankment, and the lengthening shadows brought the first relief after a scorchingly hot, late summer day.

Castelfort (and the real life Castelnaud-la-Chapelle)

Similar to La Morangiasse, Castelfort had been built against the side of a cliff, as high up as possible to remain safe in case of another flooding. But unlike their home town, Castelfort sneaked up all the way to the cliff's top, where the castle sat on its rocky promontory like a heavily armoured lookout. Also unlike La Morangiasse, this town had two market places - one down at the river, for everyday goods, and another one up on the cliff in front of the castle's main gate, surrounded by a goldsmith, two tailors, a cabinetmaker and a perfumer.

And the valley of the river itself

When Jehan turned around on the very last ledge to offer his hand to Giraud again, he almost stumbled when he caught the view that spread out in front of him. The top of the cliffs reached out of the forest, and he had an unobstructed view all across the entire valley. Roughly a hundred feet below, the vast river had turned into a glittering ribbon that curled through the landscape, lined by fields and meadows, wedged in between the cliffs on either side. In the distance to his right, he could make out the ramparts of Castelfort on their own cliff, banners fluttering lazily from the towers. Faintly, the church bells from Castelfort tolled all across the valley. He could make out the the bridge of Beronsac as a pale line across the river, straight ahead, and the dark, ragged shapes of the ruins on top of the cliffs above that. All beyond was lost in a dull green sea of trees.
“My, will you look at that...” Giraud asked, breathing heavily and yet smiling. “Now, that view alone is almost worth the trouble, isn't it?”

I hope this glimpse into the world of 'The Blacksmith Prince' has been interesting and fun and maybe I even managed to show you something beautiful and new to you.
As always, if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments.
19 May 2017 @ 08:36 pm
The Blacksmith Prince has finished editing and is now in production - typesetting, formatting and all those little details that turn a story into a book. And as 'The Blacksmith Prince' in many ways is a proper fantasy novel (and a proper historical romance in others), of course there is a map.

We managed to get Kosmic Dungeon, who already worked with us on 'Softpaw', to draw a map of the principal locations of 'The Blacksmith Prince'. And I have to say, I think it turned out splendidly. Here, have a look yourself:
15 April 2017 @ 04:09 pm
Remember back in December when we talked about our plans for 2017? Remember I mentioned a fairy tale romance which back then was still called "Fisherman"?

Well, the final title we have settled on is "The Blacksmith Prince" and today you all get a first look at the beautiful cover designed by the wonderful Lady Tiferet:

And here's the blurb:

17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake here.

Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them - Jehan.

Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own...

Release date is July 14th, but you can already pre-order the book here:

Once the actual release rolls around, you will - as always - be able to get a paperback edition too.


Originally posted by rynthjan at Cover Reveal: The Blacksmith Prince
Originally posted by rynthjan at Release Day: Packmasters #1 - The Relics of Thiala

Our new book is released today!

Twenty years ago, the evil Packmasters used their genetically engineered bestiae in an attempt to seize control of the galaxy. The Core Worlders wiped them out, scorched their planets and kept the few surviving bestiae as trophies.

As one of those pampered pets, Cat doesn't care about old stories. But as soon as he crosses paths with Ana, she suddenly becomes his heart, his soul, the centre of his life - just like a real Packmaster of old. Together, they embark on a daunting quest to find out what really happened during the war.

Now their misfit pack must face down the darkness at the heart of Packmaster society before it can poison their bond. The truth will either destroy them or grant them the power to shape their own destiny.


You can find it here:
and various other retailers.
Originally posted by anne_barwell at Welcome Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus - The Relics of Thiala

A big welcome today to Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus - or rather Cat and Ana from The Relics of Thiala as they pop in for an interview.

First of all, a kind welcome to Miss Ana and Cat, who are joining us for a interview today.
Ana waved happily: “Hi!”

Cat looks like he has a toothache: “I still think we should have reviewed the questions beforehand…”

Well, this is how we do interviews - live and improvised. Just so there's no misunderstandings - You're a human, Miss Ana, right? And Cat is a ... what race exactly are you?
Cat: “A cat.”

Ana: “He is a genetically engineered cat anthropomorph, or what is generally called a bestia in layman terms.”

Cool. But weren’t the bestia just wild animal shocktroops the evil packmasters used during the war?
Ana: “That is just what Core World propaganda would like you to believe. Bestiae are just as intelligent as a human and just as much sentients as we are. Treating them like mindless animals is cruel and unethical.”

Oh, I am sorry. But back to the reason you are here today - there’s a book coming out, telling your story. How do you feel about that?
Cat: “Weird? I mean, yeah, it’s a pretty wild story and would probably make a great movie. But how would you feel when they make a spectacle out of your life?”

Exposed. Particularly if I were on the run, as I heard the two of you are. On the run from who, exactly?
Ana opens mouth, but is cut off by Cat.

Cat: “Bad people. But nothing we can’t handle. If they catch up with us they will get the same treatment as everyone else who bothers us.” *bares teeth*

Considering that you both left rather comfortable lives behind, those must be some really bad people. Ever had a moment you regretted running away?
Ana: “Never.”
Cat: “No, but maybe eventually we’ll go back and take what is rightfully Ana’s - “

Ana: “No, we most certainly won’t.”

Okaay… Your story is called ‘The Relics of Thiala’. Can you tell me something about that? What does it mean?
Ana: “It refers to the stuff we found on Thiala - a former Packmaster planet. Leftovers from the time before and during the war. And as it is true for most relics, maybe we would have been better off leaving them buried…”

Oh. Did something go wrong?
Ana and Cat look at each other.

Cat: “When does it ever not?”

Very true. But sure you had good moments during your adventure together?
Ana looks doubtful. Cat pats her hand.

Cat: “Of course we did. We are a family, a pack, just being together makes us happy. And our ship does have an awesome assortment of gorgeous food.” *grins*

Family? Just the two of you or are there more?
Ana: “Our pack has three more members. Ferret, Bear and Wolf, the latter one you can see on the cover of the book.”

Well, he definitely doesn’t look like family there.
Cat: “Of course he does! He looks ready to shred anyone who hurts his pack.”

Wow. A cat defending a Wolf. Did it work this well between the two of you right from the start or did you have to put some work in?
Ana giggles.

Cat hisses: “None of your business.”

That sounds like a bit more than just a little work. So one last question. A human girl and her ‘anthropomorphic’ family sounds exotic, but why do you think our readers should have a look at your story? Anything someone from our world can relate to?
Ana: “Well, we are just trying to figure out our place in life, so I think that’s something people can relate to, even if their life doesn’t revolve around government lies and stealing spaceships.”

Cat: “Or stealing people and information from secret government bases. Or keeping a pack of different species happy. Or playing space renegade when really nothing in your previous life has prepared you for it.”

Ana *rolls eyes*: “Just don’t remind me.” *laughs* “But if you have a cat I’m sure you will be very much able to relate to me. It’s a special kind of bond. Basically if you feel you have a special bond to any kind of animal you will probably love this book because that is what I have with my pack.”

Cat *purrs at her*

Packmasters #1 - The Relics of Thiala
By Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus
Twenty years ago, the evil Packmasters used their genetically engineered bestiae in an attempt to seize control of the galaxy. The Core Worlders wiped them out, scorched their planets and kept the few surviving bestiae as trophies.

As one of those pampered pets, Cat doesn't care about old stories. But as soon as he crosses paths with Ana, she suddenly becomes his heart, his soul, the centre of his life - just like a real Packmaster of old. Together, they embark on a daunting quest to find out what really happened during the war.

Now their misfit pack must face down the darkness at the heart of Packmaster society before it can poison their bond. The truth will either destroy them or grant them the power to shape their own destiny.

Buy Links:
Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU23QNL
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/691548
Createspace https://www.createspace.com/6319052
And others on http://www.brackhaus.com/the-books/relics-of-thiala/

About the Authors
Beryll and Osiris Brackhaus are a couple currently living their happily ever after in the very heart of Germany, under the stern but loving surveillance of their cat. Both of them are voracious but picky readers, they love telling stories and drinking tea, good food and the occasional violent movie. Together, they write novels of adventure and romance, hoping to share a little of their happiness with their readers.

An artist by heart, Beryll was writing stories even before she knew what letters were. As easily inspired as she is frustrated, her own work is never good enough (in her eyes). A perfectionist in the best and worst sense of the word at the same time and the driving creative force of the duo.

An entertainer and craftsman in his approach to writing, Osiris is the down-to earth, practical part of our duo. Broadly interested in almost every subject and skill, with a sunny mood and caring personality, he strives to bring the human nature into focus of each of his stories.

Email osiris@brackhaus.com
Website http://www.brackhaus.com
Twitter @brackhaus
Facebook Osiris Brackhaus
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6427435.Osiris_Brackhaus
18 January 2017 @ 03:55 pm
The Relics of Thiala will be released in a little less than a month. The pre-order is up and running (see here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU23QNL), and the next step is mailing all the reviewers and long-time readers who asked for advance copies.

Of course, one nagging fear when sending those mails is the question if I remembered everyone who asked. And the answer is, as usual: probably not. So if you are a reader or reviewer and interested in an advance reader copy - please let me know.

I may be scatterbrained, but I surely don't want to keep our books from you. And we are so looking forward to publishing this one!

21 December 2016 @ 11:57 am
Time flies when you are mostly spending it in a couple of other universes.

We have been busy bees, working on getting the first book in the Packmasters series ready for publication.

That of course includes getting a cover. Darbaras, the artist we've commissioned for all three books, has done an awesome job at capturing the characters for the covers. Each cover of the three books will have one of the main characters at the center. The first one has Wolf, and here it is:

I think it looks pretty damn awesome.

Release is planed for February 2017, but it's already available for pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MU23QNL