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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Death of a Pen Name

Yesterday, Maeve Alpin, a pseudonym I used for my steampunk and sci-fi books passed on. At one point I thought since I was branded as the Celtic Romance Queen, I needed a different name for my other genres but when the classification of sci-fi fantasy became more common Maeve’s death was imminent. 



Pretty much all my books, except I Love You More, fall somewhere in the sci-fi fantasy range. And  Maeve caused extra promotion work—I had to have two websites, brand two names instead of one, etc. Sadly, it became clear Maeve’s days were coming to an end. 

It wasn’t immediate, I had to stretch my funds to redo the covers of those books and to reformat them. Yesterday, the last three books that carried Maeve’s name for several years were transformed to—by Cornelia Amiri. They were the time-traveling fantasy romance duology of As Timeless As Stone and As Timeless As Magic, and a short romantic fantasy novelette, The Ghost Lights of Marfa. 


It was a privilege to use Maeve Alipn as the author name of  my books for that brief time. She served me well. So, I take a moment to reflect on Maeve Alpin and say my final goodbye to her. RIP Maeve. 



Regency Society forbids their romance, but can their love transcend time with the aid of robots and magic?

Little does Ricard know when he sets the broken head of an ancient Egyptian statue onto its body, the stone figure will transform before his eyes into the most beautiful flesh and blood woman he’s ever seen. 

Seshat, an ancient Egyptian Priestess has awakened in 19th century Paris, after centuries as a stone statue. Though enchanted by the wondrous inventions of steam-servants and a steam-carriage, she is enthralled by the inventor, Ricard. He ignites her sensual desires and in a steamy night of carnal magic, Seshat transforms Ricard’s life forever. But how far will he go to secure her happiness? Is Ricard’s love for Seshat powerful enough to transcend time?



With her bell skirt and layers of petticoats knotted, Felicity shamelessly straddles her motorized steam bicycle and rumbles down the streets of London. 

When a dark, handsome and half-naked bystander captures her attention, she crashes into a brick wall. 

After tinkering with a time machine, Heru, an ancient Egyptian, is swept through the ages to nineteenth-century London. He rushes to the aid of a woman in ridiculous clothing, riding a noisy brass-horse. 

Once he lifts her into his arms, he doesn't want to ever let her go. However, her father will stop at nothing to steal the time machine. 

How will Heru protect Felicity and the time machine and keep them away from her father?



Adventures Of A Small Town Single Mom - Beamed To An Alternate Dimension. 

Taking off, with no money and no prospects, to a small town in the Texas desert may not be the smartest move. However, when Kristy, a down-on-her-luck single mom, loses her job and gets evicted, she follows her intuition and heads to Marfa Texas to show her five-year-old son the famous ghost lights. 

3 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

So sorry Maeve is going away. Must have been murder keeping up with two sites. Hopefully, now you'll have more time to write under Cornelia. :)

Kathy Heare-Watts said...

As an avid reader, number one, I am in AWE of authors and their creativity. But OMG, how some author manages multiple pen names is crazy. I know of one who has either 4 or 5 depending on the genre. I think it was at the suggestion of her former publisher to keep them separate.

As a reader, it gets confusing trying to keep up with what all names an author is using. I am not one that needs a different pen name for different genres. Personally, when I find an author that I like their writing style, they keep me interested and engaged in a story--I am happy with placing their name with that book. I keep up with books on Goodreads, and if they have multiple pen names, keeping up with all of them is a bit hectic.

Cornelia Amiri said...

Thank you Tina and Thank you Kathy for your wonderful comments. I'm glad all my books are now under my name only, Cornelia Amiri. I totally agree with your feedback.