Who is Dakota Frost?

Dakota Frost is a woman who can bring her tattoos to life! The protagonist of the Skindancer series, Dakota is the best magical tattoist in the Southeast, and she won’t hesitate to tell you so! This site is the home for everything you want to know about the Skindancer universe, including the three published novels FROST MOON, BLOOD ROCK and LIQUID FIRE!

We’re revamping this site, so we hope to bring you more about Dakota’s world soon!

-the Centaur
Anthony Francis, author of the Skindancer series

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At Clockwork Alchemy 2023

the author at clockwork alchemy

Hey folks, I’ll be at Clockwork Alchemy this weekend, signing copies of FROST MOON, BLOOD ROCK, LIQUID FIRE, and everything else I’ve published. Come one, come all!

-the Centaur

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BLOOD ROCK eBook on Sale in February 2022

So on February 16-28 of this month, BLOOD ROCK will be back on sale for $0.99 wherever fine eBooks are sold – for example, Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Interesting that the folks at Bell Bridge put BLOOD ROCK on sale more than the others (or perhaps I just missed posting some sales).

BLOOD ROCK continues the story of Dakota and her weretiger daughter Cinnamon, facing their greatest challenge yet: getting Cinnamon into a good middle school. Oh, and there may also be magic graffiti, deadly fires, cranky werewolves, magical police investigators, and vampire romance.

I feel like you might enjoy it – so check it out!

-the Centaur

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Editing Dakota Frost #4

Several chapters in. Going well so far! I think the thing I really needed to do was print it out and get tactile with the manuscript.

Now, just 50+ chapters on #4 and then 6 more rough draft manuscripts to go on DF 5-7 and CF 1-3 …

-the Centaur

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Dakota Frost Will Return

Currently editing: Dakota Frost Book 4, SPECTRAL IRON.

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BLOOD ROCK eBook is on Sale

Available wherever fine ebooks are sold through Halloween! Here’s the Kindle link for convenience, but you should be able to find it on Nook, Kobo, Google and Apple …

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The Modanaqa

So I’ve always known that the werekin in Dakota’s universe lived in groups they called packs, but which we might call tribes, complete with drumming rituals:

Drums beat, strong and primal. Fire blazed from burning barrels. And on the broad floor of what had been a warehouse, a crowd of nearly-human shapes cheered on as a huge wolf the size of a tiger faced off with a stag the size of a Buick.

I started to think that maybe this job wasn’t worth it.

Ragged young boys ran the outer perimeter of the werehouse, human in form but snapping and snarling at each other with the voices of dogs. Wolves padded back and forth around the largest and scruffiest single group of men; both wolves and men stared at me with hungry eyes. There were other groups—tall, proud men I took to be werestags, another group crowded around a werebear, and many others. Or perhaps there was no relation between their human forms and their beasts—I had not seen any of them change yet.

Recently, working on a Cinnamon Frost book, I discovered the original group behind that community was indeed a “tribe”, the Modanaqa people, “the people who lived here before the Americans and the Europeans, the Cherokee and the Creek”. Historically speaking, that would make them a remnant of the Moundbuilder culture, ruins of which can be seen at nearby Etowah.

And now I’ve given them a language based on Mvskoke (Creek) and a script (pictured up at top) based on khipu (Incan knot writing). Amazing what I didn’t know about my own story!

-the Centaur

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FROST MOON on sale for 1 more day!

Get it while supplies last! Well, it’s an ebook, so the supplies will last, but the discount won’t!

Go check it out on AmazonKoboNook or wherever fine ebooks are sold!

-the Centaur

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FROST MOON eBook is on Sale!

Good news, Edgeworlders! FROST MOON is on sale through the 15th!

The Cover to FROST MOON

FROST MOON is my first novel, the tale of Dakota Frost, a woman who can bring her tattoos to life, and her very first encounter with the sharp edges of the Edgeworld she’s been dancing around all her adult life. She meets vampires and werewolves, weretigers and faerie, and soon is on the ride of her life when the police warn her about a serial killer attacking the magically tattooed near the full moon … right when a werewolf asks her to tattoo a design on him. Is he the killer … or the next victim?

Go check it out on Amazon, Kobo, Nook or wherever fine ebooks are sold!

-the Centaur

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Guest Post on Speculative Chic

So I talk a bit about the stories that inspire Dakota and Cinnamon Frost over at the Speculative Chic blog … to learn more about what’s behind the story, go check it out!

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