The Guard (working title) will be the prequel to the Alchemist of the Arch Saga, and follows Hazel Templeton through the events that lead up to AotA.
This story was originally meant to be a romance, but filled out before I could even get out of the planning stage. Some folks think the most romantic romances are the ones that end in or involve a surprise pregnancy, well…my flirting with the plot I had hoped to keep simple bore unexpected fruit in the form of a two-generation saga through multiple worlds requiring lots of research into the arcane arts…
I’ve not had kids yet, but if the above doesn’t describe at least a portion of the experience, I’m going to be sorely disappointed.
Anyhow, the story still involves a romance since the events lead to the birth of the main character for AotA, but that is no longer the crux of the story line. Someday I’ll write a romance, perhaps, without having it suddenly swell into a burgeoning motherload of tragedy and intrigue and betrayals, but obviously, this is not that day.