Bane and Shadow cover and pre-order links!

The second book in the Empire of Storms trilogy will be out February 28th, 2017. This is the follow-up to last year’s Hope and Red, set in a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, where two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

Here is the jacket copy:

Red is being trained as a cold-blooded assassin by the biomancers. As he becomes increasingly embroiled in palace politics, he learns that even life among the nobility can be deadly.

While terrorizing imperial ships as the pirate Dire Bane, Hope stumbles onto a biomancer plot of such horrifying scope that it makes even the massacre of her childhood village seem small in comparison.

With the biomancers tightening their grip of fear over the empire, Hope and Red struggle to fill their new roles and responsibilities, but the cost will be greater than any of them realize.

Summer Days and Summer Nights

I’m going to be in Stephanie Perkins’s next anthology! This has been such a fun anthology to write for. Stephanie is a DREAM editor, the company is beyond stellar, and I cannot wait to read the other stories. It’ll be out May, 2016.

NOTE: My characters are the only ones in the cover actually working.

Announcing HOPE & RED

Finally I can start talking about my next project after This Broken Wondrous World!

It’s in Publisher’s Weekly:

Orbit Has ‘Hope’ for Skovron

In a three-book world English rights deal, Devi Pillai at Orbit preempted Jon Skovron’s Empire of Storms trilogy.Jill Grinberg at Jill Grinberg Literary Management handled the sale, done jointly with Anna Jackson at Orbit UK. The first book in the epic fantasy series,Hope and Red, follows a warrior named Hope who is set on avenging the massacre of her village, and a thief named Red who is focused on saving the slum where he grew up. Orbit said the book was pitched as “a swashbuckling adventure” and compared it to Brent Weeks’s Night Angel Trilogy and Scott Lynch’s The Lies of Locke Lamora. Skovron is the author of various YA novels, including Misfit and Man Made Boy.

And its on the official Orbit blog:


In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose.

A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance.

A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven after drugs and disease take the lives of his bohemian parents. He is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist.

When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and Red come crashing together, and their unlikely alliance takes them further than either could have dreamed possible.

Now, don’t worry. I’m not leaving YA. But this story, you guys…this is the story of my heart. It had to be told. <3