Illise Montoya was born and raised in California, where she currently lives with her husband and son. A storyteller since the age of six, Illise cultivated her skills writing poetry, short stories, and fan fiction. At the age of 22, she enrolled in Full Sail University, graduating valedictorian with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. A strong believer in art for art’s sake, she also writes free serial fiction online. In her spare time, Illise enjoys video games, reading, and going to the beach.
LGBT Fantasy Romance
Nyx is a feline shape shifter, lost and alone, host to a fierce and ferocious being that lies deep inside her. She harbors a deadly secret and is running for her life when she is saved by Elmiryn, a cursed warrior on a quest for revenge. The pair quickly become unlikely allies and embark upon a perilous physical and mental journey that will put both their skills and sanity to the test. Ultimately, they form a unique and powerful bond through their shared trials and tribulations. Together they continue onward and follow a path that leads to new and remarkable discoveries of both the worlds around, and within them.
N is for Nyx: An Eikasia Prelude
Nyx's little brother Atalo is a monster. After he assaults her with a banana, pages from her most precious book are ruined. The book is all the girl has left of her estranged father. Upset at how her feelings are disregarded by her family, the eleven-year-old tries to repair the damage, only to realize that perhaps it isn't the book she's really so upset about...
An Eikasia prelude about love and family.
Sample N is for Nyx
Reflections: An Eikasia Prelude
Elmiryn just wants to have fun. What seven-year-old wouldn't? But people are always putting expectations on her to be a "proper lady." When the girl's birthday rolls around, it only seems to get worse, and little Elle has had it. Her cousins seem to know what they'll do when they grow up, but do any of them know who they're going to really be?
An Eikasia prelude about being true to yourself, no matter what.
Sample Reflections: An Eikasia Prelude
Tooth and Nail: An Eikasia Prelude
Little Nyx struggles to convince her family and herself of her good intentions, but when the darkness of war looms over her household, all it seems anyone can think of is surviving the next few weeks. Tooth and Nail is a quick look at a werecat family during wartime, but more than that, a girl's struggle to accept that sometimes, it isn't about how you look, it's about what you do.
A prelude to Eikasia: Tributaries.
Sample Tooth and Nail: An Eikasia Prelude