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~Newest Chapter: String of Stardust, N/A~
~Last Update: January 27th, 2023~
General website revamp.
Beloved Chronicles is a literary romantic fantasy webnovel series following a pair of reincarnating lovers and an imprisoned goddess in a centuries-spanning journey of love and loss, told with lyrical prose and a soft, bittersweet atmosphere.
Inspired by a myriad of sources ranging from vintage shoujo manga, classic literature, world history, Sound Horizon, Studio Ghibli movies, among other things—this is a passion project which I’ve worked on, in some form, since early 2010. Currently the series is on its first installment, String of Stardust.
The paperback for String of Stardust: Volume One can currently be ordered at [Barnes & Noble], or you can read it online below.
Please note that Beloved Chronicles contains mature content that may not be suitable for younger readers. A detailed list of content warnings can be found [here].
~Beloved ✧ Part 1~
༻String of Stardust༺
Despite her status as a noblewoman, Suzette always dreamt of becoming a baker; however, she never had the courage to fly away from her gilded cage. But once an ill-arranged marriage pushes her to the brink, she escapes with the help of her dear friend Hikaru, a mysterious man who lonesomely wanders the Earth. By his side, Suzette discovers a magical world unlike any she believed could exist—and most surprising of all, that this is not the first time she has known Hikaru...nor the first time she has been in love with him.
But that life ended long ago. Suzette is an entirely new person, and much has changed in their decades of absence. As much as she wishes to recreate the idyllic life of her new memories, there may be no choice but to also recreate its tragedy.
|✧Prologue:Midnight Drums||✧I: From the Forest Floor||✧II: A Medley of Woe|
|✧III: The Songbird’s Flight||✧IV: A New Dawn||✧V: A Fluttering Feeling|
|✧VI: Morning’s Embrace||✧VII: Bitter Dreams, Sweet Dreams||✧VIII: The Cruelty of the Gods|
|✧IX: Beginnings||✧X: Rainy Daze||✧XI: Our Love, Suppressed|
|✧XII: Songs and Daydreams||✧XIII: The Twin Stars||✧XIV: A Moment’s Rest|
|✧XV: The Solstice Celebration||✧XVI: Flower in the Snow||✧XVII: On the Outskirts|
|✧XIII: Cacophony||✧XIX: The Thirty-Year Secret||✧XX: A Little Music|
|✧XXI: City of Sorrow||✧XXII: Gentle Warmth||✧XXIII: Cracking, Crumbling|
|✧XXIV: Reconciliation||✧XXV: To the Tailor’s||✧XXVII: Bound by Stardust|
|✧XXVII: A Little Stroll||✧XXVIII: Reassurance||✧XXIX: Worries and Wine|
|✧XXX: The Man Who Loves Wildflowers||✧XXXI: Bare Hearts||✧XXXII: The Castle Ruins|
|✧XXXIII: The Light of the Moon||✧XXXIV: Brighter than the Sun||✧XXXV: Darkest, Coldest Night|
|✧XXXVI: Summer’s End||✧XXXVII: The Real World||✧Volume One end.|
~Beloved ✧ Part 2~
༻Hydrangeas for Concrete༺
~Beloved ✧ Part 2.5~
༻Under the Oak༺
~Beloved ✧ Part 3~
༻Reverie in Ruins༺
Dedicated to my mom and best friend Kim, whose endlessly selfless love made me believe a story as saccharine as this wasn’t so ridiculous after all. Thank you for your endless faith in me, and the many ways you touched this work without ever realizing. I hope this may honor your memory, until we meet again too.
Thank you to my father and sibling for your unconditional support of me; and thank you to my dear friends Meg, Mimi, Nikki, and Jon for inspiring me, and the incredible friendship you’ve always given to me. Special thanks go to Meg and Mimi for your immense help in developing this work, and staying by my side even in the darkest of times.
James Margaret Rose is an independant author and artist from Indiana, the United States.
To contact him, you may email him at [email@example.com], or find him on various social media sites under the monikers of hkrsztt and/or shoujorose. His blog may be found at [SpaceHey], and his non-Beloved Chronicles art and commission info may be found at [jm-rose.neocities.org]
☽O☾Lovingly created by [James Margaret Rose].