Mindee Arnett

Onyx & Ivory Release Day

Dear Friends,

Today’s the day. After months, well actually years, Onyx & Ivoryis out in the world today. Looking back, this book is a little bit of a miracle. It came out of one of the darkest periods of my life, and to be honest, there for a long while I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to publish again. Thankfully, I was wrong.

Although O&I Is my sixth published novel, it’s easily the most “me” book I’ve written so far. It’s about a young woman who loves horses. They make her happy, give her purpose. Kate can even communicate with them with her mind. She’s also an outsider, a girl without a home, who never feels like she belongs. I’ve felt that way often in my life as well. But her journey is about overcoming and finding her way, something we also have in common. Maybe you will, too.

Thanks so much to my amazing publisher Balzer + Bray and my stellar editor Jordan Brown. He makes my writer a hundred times better. Also thanks to my agent, Suzie Townsend and the team at New Leaf Literary, and an extra big hug to all the members of my street team who helped get the word out.

Speaking of getting the word out–If you happen to pick up the book, please consider posting a review on any retailer website. Those reviews are crucial to a book’s success, and for a writer like me those reviews can either make or break our future.

Also, if you’re local, please come see me at Joseph Beth Booksellers in Cincinnati tonight at 7:00, or I’ll be at Books & Co in Dayton on Thursday at 7:00

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Musingly yours,


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  1. Hi, Mindee-- I'm a new reader of yours: I literally picked up Onyx and Ivory off Amazon on a whim, and it was one of the best fantasy novels I've read in the past few years! I spent a week on the beach agonizing over Corwin and Kate (how dare he ask her to be his paramour!) and as soon as I finished the book, I hopped online to see if there was more. Are there plans for a sequel? The story obviously leaves room for more, but it also provides enough emotional closure that I would be satisfied with it as it is. But... I'm in love with the characters and the world, so I'm hoping there are plans for more. Thanks for writing such a great book!
    • Hi Lena, Thank you so much for reading! I'm thrilled to hear you enjoyed it. It's always nice when someone takes the time to let me know. There will indeed be a sequel, Shadow & Flame. It'll be out May next year. Hopefully it'll be worth the wait. Cheers! Mindee
  2. Kasey
    Dear Mrs,Mindee I am reading your new book onyx and ivory. I think your book is an amazing piece. I expect a lot from you since it is hard for me to find a books I like. I love your book and I think you will make a ton of great books in the future.When I grow big I also want you to know that I want to be an author so I think of you as an inspiration for my young mind. Sincerely, Kasey Serrano
    • Dear Kasey, I'm so happy to hear this. I'm glad you found some inspiration and have been enjoying the book. I think being a writer is the best job there ever could be. It's really tough, but so rewarding, especially hearing from readers like you. I wish you the best of luck!