Kate Elliott is the pen name of Alis A. Rasmussen, born 1958. (wikipedia entry).
Her website is
http://www.kateelliott.com/, her twitter is @KateElliottSFF, and she is also on tumblr. You should read her books.
Really, you *should* read her books. Epic, awesome, great. Just go read them. Now would be good.

Cold Steel by

Book three in the Spiritwalker trilogy. Short, totally spoiler-free review is “aahhhhh, read it!” but three words may not be enough...

Black Wolves by

book 1 in The Black Wolves trilogy. First up, the blurb-y bit, stolen from Goodreads because I cannot condense what this...

Cold Magic by

Book 1 in the Spiritwalker series Catherine Barahal is an orphan. Her mother and father died and she came to live...

Jaran by

Novels of the Jaran, book 1 The Chapalii empire rules over all the known galaxy. Earth and all her allies have...

Shadow Gate by

Crossroads #2 The blurb on the back cover of my edition of this book gives away a pretty big spoiler for...

Spirit Gate by

Crossroads #1 Once The Hundred was a place of peace and safety. The Guardians delivered justice and the reeves flew in...

In the Ruins by

ISBN: 1841492736 Book 6 of Crown of Swords Feather Cloak was fertile, the only pregnant woman left among her people The...