It’s Launch Day for Mirror’s Despair by J.A. Dowsett and M. Damodred!

Oof, this book has been a long time coming. Officially we started writing this series in 2013, I think? It was around then, anyways. But that’s only part of the story of how this series came to be.

Let’s start at the beginning, shall we?

In 2006, living in Windsor for school, I ran my very first Dungeons and Dragons game. Murandy was one of the players. Tendro was a character she ran into in the game and decided was interesting enough to keep around.

In the summer of 2006, I moved back home to Oshawa for the summer and decided to run a sequel to my game. One of the players invented a character named Caralain and by now Tendro and Elizabeth had become main characters.

Near the end of the summer, the player who played Caralain told Murandy and I about a dream she’d had where the characters from the game had crossed over to a mirrored reality where evil versions of themselves and everyone they knew existed. I was so intrigued by her description of this world, I decided to run a session of our game in this ‘Mirror World’ to see what would happen.

The players had so much fun, we decided to consider their adventures ‘on the other side’ as canon in the long-running story we were telling through our game sessions.

Fast forward to 2008 or so when Murandy and I moved to Ottawa and we both worked at a hotel together. The game was continuing, now with Aryth, Caralain’s daughter, as one of the players and Odark and Abraxas featuring heavily in the plot. However, Murandy and I were looking for a way to keep ourselves entertained at work, so we started writing a story set in the Mirror World, starring Mirena and Tendro.

It sucked.

By that I mean, it wasn’t written in such a way that it was interesting to read, it was just a series of conversations between characters that, if printed, probably would have spanned over a thousand pages.

We knew we had a good story and we talked about fixing it up to make it worth sharing with other people, but it always seemed like too much work.

In 2013 we dug the story out intending to work on it. It was while discussing where to start that inspiration struck. Why not start over?

We knew the story so well. We’d essentially lived it. So why not restart and tell the story properly this time?

So we did and the rest is history.

It has been an incredible journey, and as you can see, a long one. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that joined us on the way, whether as a player of the original game, or as a reader of the series at any stage of its production. We could not have gotten this far without all of you and we are forever grateful.

That being said, we are proud to finally be able to provide you with the final instalment of our beloved series:

Mirena’s back to claim what’s hers; this time, Tendro is ready for her. 

Following ten tense years of absence, Mirena Calanais suddenly resurfaces as the Avatar of the Destroyer. With Abraxas’ dark army at her back, she’s determined to reclaim what she feels is her due; control over the lands the Panarch’im once ruled.

His political career and his marriage both drying up, Tendro Seynor long suspected this day would come, but what he isn’t prepared for is Mirena’s return to his personal life. There’s more to Mirena than her persona as the Dark Avatar; she’s the mother of the son Tendro hasn’t seen since the day he was born. As her presence in his life grows, Mirena confides in Tendro that she’s being haunted by someone who should be dead. As this vengeful presence closes in on her and the Destroyer’s hand thouches the world once more, they begin to realize their son may be at the center of it all and his innocence hangs in the balance.

Can Tendro and Mirena put aside their rivalry for the sake of their families, or will the bad blood between them finally escalate to the point where it has the power to tear the entire world apart?

Page count: 242 | Genre: Dark Fantasy, Romance, Fantasy

Purchase Links:

Mirror World Publishing




Justine Alley Dowsett is the author of nine novels and counting, and one of the founders of Mirror World Publishing. Her books, which she often co-writes with her sister, Murandy Damodred, range from young adult science fiction to dark fantasy/romance. She earned a BA in Drama from the University of Windsor, honed her skills as an entrepreneur by tackling video game production, and now she dedicates her time to writing, publishing, and occasionally role-playing with her friends. 
With a background in Drama and Communications from the University of Windsor, Murandy Damodred enjoys fantasy fiction with strong romantic subplots. She is an avid role-player and is happiest when living vicariously through her characters. Though she’d rather think of herself as the heroine of her next novel, in the real world she is a new mom living in Windsor, Ontario, training to become a nurse. 

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Giveaway Information:

ONE entrant will be selected randomly using the Rafflecopter platform to receive choice of 1 of the books from the Mirror Worlds series located here It is the entrant’s responsibility to read about the books and make their selections. Sapphyria’s Book Promotions shall be held harmless if winner does not like the content of the book selected as a prize.

This giveaway is open to all U.S. entrants with US mailing addresses/Kindle accounts and who are 18 years of age or older. The giveaway is scheduled for October 16, 2020 through November 20, 2020 and winner will be selected via Rafflecopter. There is no other way to enter this giveaway. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the winner notification email from Sapphyria’s Book Promotions to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. Void where prohibited and no purchases are necessary to enter this giveaway. See Rafflectopter for entry options. Sapphyria’s Book Promotions reserves the right to not award any books if entrants do not follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form or the information in the Giveaway Information section.a Rafflecopter giveaway

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  1. Congrats and kudos to you both, Justine and Murandy! All the best! It’s time to celebrate your awesome achievement. Cheers!


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