The Tales of Tarya

The Tales of Tarya

Harlequin’s Riddle is the first book in the Tales of Tarya trilogy. Released in June 2017, it follows Mina as she tries to uncover the fate of her brother, Paolo. He vanished after joining the travelling players, so Mina decides she will join them to uncover clues to his whereabouts. She soon discovers their creativity is drawn from an otherworldly realm known as Tarya. As she learns the art of improvised theatre, her own unique gifts become apparent. Tarya is a place of dreams, wonder and magic. But the more Mina uncovers, the more she begins to see there is a dark side to the players’ art.

The second book in The Tales of Tarya series will be released in 2018. Subscribe to my email list (below) for an exclusive first look at the second cover and an invitation to the launch. New subscribers will also receive an exclusive short story about Mina’s story telling gifts.


“This book weaves together the Commedia dell’Arte form of thearte, bits of history and fantasy into one of the most original ideas I’ve seen in a long time. Mina has an amazing talent for storytelling, which means so much more than she realises. Leaving her small town, she sets off with a troupe of travelling actors in the hope of finding her missing brother, who left with a similar troupe ten years earlier. Ahead of her, is adventure and intrigue as she discovers that her storytelling ability can lead her to the amazing realm of Tarya. I am so looking forward to the remaining books in this trilogy.” ~ George Ivanoff, author of the Other Worlds and You Choose series

“‘Harlequin’s Riddle’ has an involving charm based on a homage to storytelling and performers through the ages. It is also keenly observed with well created settings. Lots of historic research behind the story of the travelling players. It’s rather like an involving painting of a period in which you can lose yourself as you discover more details. I’d recommend it for those who enjoy magic realism and period fantasy.” ~ Hazel Edwards, Australian Reading Ambassador and author, There’s a Hippopotamus on my Roof Eating Cake

“Clearly written with a lot of passion, this is an impressive debut novel from a gifted storyteller. Nightingale weaves into the fabric of her novel an almost philosophical pondering about the power of creativity in all its forms.” ~ Wendy J Dunn, author, Falling Pomegranate Seeds

“The story was like a rich puzzle box, slowly unveiling its secrets and twists at a satisfying pace. This debut novel hooked me in from the first chapter with an alchemical weave of words that didn’t lift their magic once.” ~ Elizabeth Foster, author, Esme’s Wish

“This is an intense and personal fantasy that unfolds slowly as the protagonist learns about the world, about friendship, love and betrayal… We get to see a world based on the premise that our performances represent a reflection, or a shadow, an image or dreams taken from another place. We see a northern Italy where the Commedia dell’ arte is woven into the fabric of society. The world is well described and engrossing in its complexity, the characters come to life in front of us.” ~ Cary J Lenehan, author, Intimations of Evil