Announcing a New Release: Creatus

CREATUS - Final Front CoverToday we have a treat from another one of my Triberr-mates: Carmen DeSousa is celebrating the release of her latest work with a give-away. Given my own love of magical realism (another variant of the crypto-history I like to write), I couldn’t not spread the love. Without further ado, then:

In every myth there is a modicum of truth…
The reason we believe in Fairy Tales—and Monsters.

As the sun’s rays peeked above the horizon, lighting the abyss below her, she inhaled a deep breath, closed her eyes, and jumped. She didn’t scream; she didn’t look down. As much as she hated her life, she hoped it wouldn’t end this way. She’d really like to see him one more time.

Her life didn’t flash before her eyes as she’d always heard. Just an image of her mother covered in blood and her Dark Angel telling her he was sorry.

Creatus, by best-selling author Carmen DeSousa, is a new romantic-suspense novel with a supernatural edge that answers the myths and fairy tales you’ve heard about preternatural sentient beings.

Prepare yourself to believe.

Download Creatus:
Amazon US
Amazon UK

In order to spread the news, we are also giving away a $50 gift card! In order to qualify, just share this post’s URL in the Raffle Copter. Any social website you choose. The more places you share, the more entries you earn.

Contest ends midnight, Monday September 2, 2013. The drawing, which includes all participating websites, will be held Tuesday, September 3, 2013. The winner will be posted the same day.

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Release Day: Wytchfire

Wytchfire by Tonya CannariatoFor those who have patiently borne with me while school and life have gotten in the way, the news you’ve been waiting for is upon us: Wytchfire is live and in the wild at Amazon and Smashwords!


It clocks in at not quite 10K words, so it’s perfect for those evenings when you only have a few hours for your entertainment.

It’s another story based on a dream–though the scene I dreamed didn’t clue me in to how the story would end. The story is an intriguing melange of fantasy and science fiction. Imagine you awaken pregnant and amnesiac, and have to work to find the clues to your identity and location. This is Alice in Wonderland for adults.

I’ve kept the blurb short to reflect the brevity of the story. Without further ado:

Can she remember enough to save herself? Can she change enough to save her planet?

I’m still snowed under with a final this week, but I’m enjoying the new-story-release buzz for the moment. Enjoy it with me by downloading the book from either Amazon or Smashwords!


Cover Reveal: Wytchfire

Wytchfire by Tonya Cannariato

I got cover pretties tonight… So you get to share my excitement. Wytchfire will be here this weekend! 🙂

The super-short blurb I’m working from at the moment will be your next tease:

Will she remember enough to save herself? Will she change enough to save the planet?

Stay tuned…

What I Need to Know

"Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know." -Pema ChodronOnce again I’m to the point in my current class that I’d really rather do anything but the assignment in front of me. I’m glad I’ve learned not to rant all day about it, but waiting until the end of the day to produce my required pages is really getting old. I may have had good reason to wait, though, since I accomplished a lot this week.

I completed all my assignments this week.

I took three walks for a total distance of almost 6.4 miles.

I added 1,451 words to my novelette.

I even got to read another (fiction) book and hang out with an old family friend.

So it’s been a busy, productive week… except it’s after midnight on a Sunday night and I feel flattened. This whole work/school/life balance is a major challenge. Especially since I finally went back to the dentist Friday after 2 years… and got the predictably bad report that had been part of my reason for avoiding that pain. I inherited my teeth from my dad’s side of the family, apparently–my grandma lost all hers by her mid-20s, and my dad has more fillings and caps than original teeth. So I get to go back two times in the next month to get more fillings. Again. And I don’t do well with the pain killers they use. And I have a strong gag reflex. So I’ll be whining about my mouth for a while, meditating on what the meaning of tooth issues might be, and hoping that my husband can come up with a working nutraceutical fix for this issue too.

If anyone else has experience with an overly acidic mouth combined with soft enamel… I’m game to try what’s helped you. And I suppose I’ll count my blessings that at least so far I’ve managed to avoid root canals and crowns, given the ongoing pain my husband has dealt with over the past month with those procedures.

Book Review: The Magicians’ Guild

The Magicians' GuildI discovered Trudi Canavan a few years back as I was digging through book shelves at my local Barnes & Noble. I was in a phase where magic and magicians were particularly intriguing to me, so the blurb caught my eye:

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

This book highlighted one of the reasons I love fantasy: It gives authors license to explore gnarly issues in a context that strips our cultural conditioning from the dialog. The blurb had primed me to expect the class conflict, and the story delivered that in spades.

Sonea looked down at the trapdoor. Surely not … but if Faren said … though the magician might have managed to…

Suddenly she felt sick and cold. She had never considered that any of the magicians might be killed. Injured, perhaps, but not killed. What would the Guild do when they learned that one of their magicians was dead?

“Sonea.” Faren placed a hand on her shoulder. “He’s not dead. The trap leads to a sewage pool. It’s meant as an escape route. He’ll wade out of there smelling worse than the Tarali River, but he’ll be alive.”

Sonea nodded, relieved.

“But consider what he would have done to you, Sonea. One day you may have to kill for your freedom.” Faren lifted an eyebrow. “Have you thought about that?”

Canavan has managed to build the stakes so her main character has to choose to learn more than she wants in order to mitigate the risk of out-of-control magic while trying to fit into a part of her society that has completely discounted her value.

It’s a fast read with layered relationships that faithfully reflect the complexities between friends, between teachers and students, between high-status peers, and all the other characters of a fully fleshed world. I repeatedly returned to the maps offered at the front of the book–and still wished for more details than the sparse glossary at the end of the book.

The story is familiar enough to those who have read Harry Potter, but built in a world entirely of Canavan’s making. While I enjoyed it as far as it went, it wasn’t anything ground-breaking. For those who are looking for a new world in which to revisit the lure of power that comes with skill and wealth, and what it looks like for an outsider to dare to broach those rarified precincts, this book covers the waterfront and offers a collection of likeable, plucky characters to personalize the experience.

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