The Exiled Otherkin
by D. Lieber


GENRE: Fantasy Romance



Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm 
has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a 
life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have 
numbed her emotions.
When the optimistic and na├»ve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts 
feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries 
to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.



Clutching my new tambourine, I walked to a clearing to have more room to dance. 
Reilley grabbed the drum and started a beat. Like before, I moved to the rhythm. This time, 
my red skirt danced with me, and I shook my tambourine appropriately. We discovered that as long 
as I let Reilley choose the pace, we could improvise an entertaining performance.

We fed on each other’s energy and ended at a natural breaking point, exchanging smiles as the 
last beat echoed off the trees.

“You’re enchanting,” Reilley complimented smoothly.

“I’m only expressing your music and following your lead.”

He flushed with pleasure at the high praise.

“Could you do me a favor?” I asked him.

He nodded.

“Would you unplait my hair? It should be dry by now.”

His eyes gleamed like I’d given him a gift, and I turned my back to him. With long, deft fingers, 
he gently unbraided my hair. Undone, he ran his hands through the soft waves to separate them. 
I shivered.

“Thank you,” I whispered.

As his hands gently stroked the dark locks, I became aware that we were very alone. 
We’d been alone before, but this time was different. An air of anticipation settled between us. 
His hands stilled. Neither of us knew what should happen next, and the pressure quickly became 


Author Interview
10 things you didn’t know about The Exiled Otherkin:
1.      Ember and Reilley’s personalities were inspired by the anime Karneval.
2.      Most steampunk stories are set in the Victorian Era, but The Exiled Otherkin is set in an alternate 2017.
3.      The truly tragic character is Liam.
4.      Originally, Ember climbed on the outside of the airship’s envelope without safety equipment.
5.      When Reilley goes missing, the crew is in Hong Kong.
6.      Originally, Dante was a vampire.
7.      Originally, I didn’t tell readers what happened to Sasha and Mac.
8.      Andrei was named after my favorite character from War and Peace.
9.      I added Duncan to the story in later drafts to make Helena more evil.
10.  When Reilley and Ember are running toward Records and they knock into a vegetable vendor, they knock over some cabbages. This interaction was added later as a nod to the 
cabbage merchant from the anime Avatar: The Last Airbender. “My cabbages!”


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s 
in English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, 
Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk 
cosplay with friends.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).

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D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner 
via rafflecopter during the tour.

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