Wednesday, July 20, 2016

SWORD OF SHADOWS by Karin Rita Gastreich

SWORD OF SHADOWS
by Karin Rita Gastreich

Sisters in magic, Eolyn and Adiana seek to revive a millennial tradition once forbidden to women. When war strikes, their fledgling community of magas is destroyed; its members killed, captured or scattered.

Determined to defend her people, Eolyn seeks to escape the occupied province and deliver to King Akmael a weapon that might secure their victory. Trapped by the invading army, Adiana is taken prisoner and placed at the mercy of the ruthless Prince Mechnes.

Even as their world is torn asunder, Eolyn and Adiana cling to a common dream. Courage and perseverance guide them toward a future where the Daughters of Aithne will flourish in a world set free from the violence of men.

"War propels the story forward, and the characters are at their best when circumstances are at their worst." -Publishers Weekly

This is the second book in THE SILVER WEB trilogy. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, or as the sequel to the first book, EOLYN.

EXCERPT
A hush of wings on the windowsill interrupted Eolyn’s thoughts. She looked up to see a Great River Owl, its proud silhouette outlined by moonlight.

Eolyn rose to her feet in surprise, keenly aware of its penetrating gaze, though she could not see its round eyes in the dark. A breeze ruffled its feathers. Its aura was impossibly familiar: intense shades of gold, burgundy, and forest green, shot through with streaks of deepest indigo.

She held her breath and let it go in a whisper. “Akmael?”

More than a question, it was a hope, a fear, an invocation.

A shimmer passed through the owl, followed by a flash of white light. Suddenly Akmael was with her, the heat of his hand upon her throat, the strength of his fingers intertwining in her hair, the demand of his lips upon hers, warm and full of passion. The magic of the South Woods blew through the window in a humid gust, swirling about them, begging Eolyn to remember who she was and what she once meant to him.

Akmael kissed Eolyn until she had no more breath to give. Then he paused and held her close, their foreheads touching as her fingers traced the familiar prominence of his cheekbone, the line of his jaw, the curve of his full lips.

All she could hear was his desire, carried on the rhythm of his heart. She dared not speak, for if she did, she might stumble upon words of caution or prudence or common sense, and none of that had any place here. Not when he was so near, nearer than he had been in such a painfully long time, closer than he might ever be again.

This is a gift from the Gods, Akmael had once said. To deny it would be an insult to them.

“Eolyn, I—”

She hushed him with a kiss.

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ABOUT KARIN

Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to THE SILVER WEB trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

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SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON by C. Lee McKenzie

SIGN OF THE GREEN DRAGON
by C. Lee McKenzie

When a wall of their cave hideout crumbles, three boys discover a skeleton, clutching a treasure map. They set off to trace the story of an old murder, but stumble into a modern crime, and confront ancient Chinese dragons.

EXCERPT
The earth quivered. Then, like a lightning bolt, a crack shot up through the ground. Rocks and dirt crashed down, pelting their heads and shoulders. Sam grabbed Joey’s arm and Roger’s shirt and scrambled from inside the cave, pushing them ahead.

Outside, they landed in a heap. When the earth settled into place, they rolled onto their backs, sucking air and panting.

“Okay, that’s it,” Roger said. “This is one mean mountain. And it’s trying to squash all of us. I’m going home.”

“You get no argument here,” Sam said. “I’ll get our gear.” He edged toward the cave and grabbed Joey’s backpack. Roger’s backpack straps stuck up from the pile of rocks, but Sam couldn’t find his at all. He switched on Joey’s flashlight and aimed the beam at the heap of rocks and dirt.

Inside, where a solid wall once stood, was a hole, and behind that hole was another cave. “What the ... ?” He blinked, and then looked again. “Hey! You guys got to see this!”

“No way am I going near that cave,” Roger said, and he backed away.

Sam poked his head inside to get a better look. He swung his leg over a boulder. “Wait here, then,” he said, glancing back.

Joey jumped up. “Don’t even think you’re going in there without me. I’m coming. And so’s Roger.”

“I don’t—” Roger didn’t have a chance to dodge away from Joey’s grasp.

“Move it.” Joey pushed Roger ahead of him. Roger was bigger in all directions, but Joey had the attitude that let him get his way. It also landed him in major trouble almost all the time.

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ABOUT C. Lee

C. Lee McKenzie has a background in Linguistics and Inter-Cultural Communication. Her greatest passion is writing for young readers. Sign of the Green Dragon is her third Middle Grade novel. Alligators Overhead and the sequel, The Great Time Lock Disaster were her first two. She has traditionally published four young adult novels: Sliding on the Edge, The Princess of Las Pulgas, Double Negative and Sudden Secrets.

AUTHOR’S NOTE:
I'd like to highlight the fact that I always have a free ebook (a different one every few months) available on my website for visitors.

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES by Farah Oomerbhoy

THE LAST OF THE FIREDRAKES
by Farah Oomerbhoy

16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn't seem so bad.

Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms--including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora's arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.

With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.

EXCERPT
For a second that felt like a lifetime, everything stopped; I felt like I was floating in nothingness. Then I blinked, and, when I finally opened my eyes and focused again through the tears, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.

I found myself standing at the mouth of a small cave situated on a hill and overlooking a quiet, moonlit valley. On my left, a dark forest stretched out as far as the eye could see, treetops glistening silver in the light of the full moon. The hills around us undulated into wildflower-filled meadows that lay sleeping in the dewy night.

Far down in the valley, I could see a little village, its lights twinkling in the distance. To my right, a waterfall splashed playfully into a small river that ran down into a lake, next to which the little village was built. The moon here was fuller and larger than I had ever seen it, and the night sky was awash with a fantastic array of glittering stars.

Had I passed through the tapestry? Where was I?

I looked around, disbelief clouding my judgment. I was still trying to get my bearings after that strange moment when I had been inside the tapestry and nowhere at the same time. It gave me a funny feeling, as though I had been lifted out of my own consciousness and then put back into my body.

A warm breeze brushed past my face and played with my hair. Gone were the cloudy grey mist and the cold, nipping wind of the English countryside. I drew in a sharp breath—the air was crisp and clear, sweet smelling, and fresh. The moonlit valley was filled with fruit trees, wildflowers, and rolling meadows.

“How did we come here? Where are we?” I asked, still confused.

“You really are ignorant,” said Oblek, glancing at me. “I take it your uncle didn’t tell you anything?”

I shook my head and looked down. Oblek had tied my hands with a rope he had with him while I was still dazed and looking around. It was humiliating, and the rough ropes cut into my wrists, rubbing them raw every time he pulled me forward.

I had to find some way out of this. And, at the moment, the only thing I could do was discover more about where I was. Then, when I got an opportunity, I could escape and find my way back up to the cave on the hill, where we had arrived out of the tapestry.

But then what?

Christopher was probably dead, and Aunt Arianna would doubtless blame me for everything since I had disappeared at the same time. I had no idea what to do. I didn’t really want to go back, and, now that my adoptive parents were dead, I had nothing to return to.

I was starting to panic. I had nowhere to go, and my mind was imagining an array of horrible outcomes of my kidnapping. My palms had become sweaty, and my racing heart was thundering in my chest as I half-walked and half-ran, desperately trying to keep up with Oblek’s giant strides.

“Why are you doing this?” I pleaded with my kidnapper.

But Lord Oblek said nothing. He didn’t even look at me. He just kept walking ahead and dragging me along behind him, with no more explanations as to what he was planning to do with me.

I was terrified, and I had no idea if I was going to survive this. But I tried to be brave. Maybe I could talk my way out of this?

“You do know that this is called kidnapping?” I said, trying to reason with Oblek.

He didn’t bother to answer.

“What will happen to me now?” I squeaked, my voice breaking, as I tried not to cry.

“Queen Morgana will decide what is to be done with you,” said Oblek, finally.

Queen Morgana! The woman from my dream? It was not possible that this, too, was a coincidence. It must be the same Morgana, the one who had tried to kill my real mother.

Who the hell was she?

Suddenly all of this seemed extremely scary. I hoped that I was still dreaming and that there was no way I had actually traveled through a magical tapestry into some strange land. It all seemed very exciting in books. But actually being kidnapped and then hauled around like an animal, traveling deep into a land I knew nothing about, was not my idea of fun.

I had to get away from this horrible man, and fast.

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ABOUT FARAH
Farah Oomerbhoy is a young adult writer with a master’s degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. Her debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of The Avalonia Chronicles started on Wattpad where it received a Watty Award in 2015 and over 1.5 million reads. Since publication, The Last of the Firedrakes has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA’s Benjamin Franklin Awards, become a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and become an international bestseller. Farah lives with her family in Mumbai, India where she can be found checking for magical portals in every closet.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

THE DRAGON IN THE GARDEN by Erika Gardner

THE DRAGON IN THE GARDEN
by Erika Gardner

There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and, oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four hours.

It’s time to find out why she has this power.

Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s future.

EXCERPT
The bright-green dragon lay curled at the foot of the apricot tree, partially covered by vines. My mother called the color jade green—the same shade as my eyes. As a child she talked to all the statues, but I only spoke to the dragon. I named her Daisy. Sitting down next to her now, the tears welled up at last, spilling over my cheeks. I wrapped my arms around my legs, making myself into a little ball of five-year-old misery.

“Child, why are you sad?” said a woman’s voice.

“Who said that?” I asked, wiping my cheek.

“I did.”

“Where are you?” I stood and peered at the plants and statues around me.

“Right here.”

“Are not,” I retorted.

A soft laugh filled the air and the woman spoke again. “Perhaps you are right. Easy enough to fix, I suppose.”

The breeze picked up. The space beneath the apricot tree shimmered. Ripples warped the air like the heat over the barbecue when my father cooked. The sweet notes of wind chimes filled the yard. Grandma and Grandpa didn’t have any wind chimes. I whirled around to find the noise. Under the branches appeared an enormous green dragon’s head.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH ERIKA
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I think that all kids start out storytellers. (I mean look at some of the whoppers we used to tell!) Some just keep going. I certainly did. I loved reading more than almost anything else so it seemed the most natural thing in the world that I would write my own books someday. Every night that I can remember I’ve fallen asleep making up new adventures. I drive around town choreographing swordfights in my head. When I go running I’m devising new spells. Even if I had never been published I would still be writing.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Oh, that’s easy. I’d ride the dragon, Daisy (also known as Gwrydd). Who wouldn’t?

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

Hmmmm… that is a hard one. I actually learned a TON while researching The Dragon in The Garden. Most of it had to do with angel lore (Did you know that there are more than one kind of fallen angel?), dragons (The name Gwrydd means green in Welsh.), and swords (The sword Durendal from The Song of Roland really does have a legendary female twin, Durendala.). But I think the most fun fact I learned is that you can grill sauerkraut and it is delicious!!!

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

Hands down, Alex. He’s the brother of my main character, Siobhan (pronounced Sha-vaughn). He’s handsome, goofy, can dance, and best of all he’s a professional chef. Can you say yum? And I mean that on a lot of levels!

-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?

I love many genres: historical fiction, mysteries, memoire, sci-fi. However, my favorite go-to is fantasy so there I enjoy Glen Cook, Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, Kim Harrison, Mercedes Lackey, and David Eddings. I’m also part of a fabulous critique group named the Beer & Bacon Babes (yes, we call ourselves babes- cheeky grin) so any of their works I always love to settle back and enjoy. Currently from our group Wendy Spinale has recently released Everland (a steampunk retelling of Peter Pan), M. Pepper Langlinais put out The Fall and Rise of Peter Stoller (a spy thriller set in 1960’s London), and if you have a small child in your life you MUST check out both the Isabella and Alexander series of picture books by Jennifer Fosberry.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I think I would have a hard time with the more literary genres, particularly the modern ilk. For instance, Gone Girl is an amazingly well-written book, but I intensely disliked almost every character in it. The lone exception being Nick’s sister, Margo. Now I realize that this visceral reaction is likely what Flynn sought to achieve, however, for me? I want characters who are people I can relate to, respect, even my villains need to have some complexity, some thwarted desire that we can understand. I’d like people to finish one of my books and feel lifted up, like their day just got better, not weighed down and depressed.

ABOUT ERIKA

Erika is a sixth generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended the University of California at Davis and completed degrees in Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books and a scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was completed at age five) she turned to writing full-time in 2011.

On a personal level she loves spicy food, twilight, dark chocolate (with sea salt-yum!) and nickel slots at Vegas. Erika lives for time with friends, a nice glass of red wine, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" & "Doctor Who" and good conversation. Her favorite things to do are running, cooking, reading, needlework, gardening... and of course, writing. Erika's music of choice is heavy metal. To pick her out in a lineup you should know that she is very short, fairly loud, and has dark eyebrows. The rest, as her hero Anne McCaffrey once said in her bio, "is subject to change without notice".

Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their three amazing kids, and their chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations, or to debate which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it's Brave New World), you can find her online at erikagardner.com.

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Monday, July 11, 2016

LOVE, ALCHEMY by Eden Ashley

LOVE, ALCHEMY
by Eden Ashley

Daveigh Little is no stranger to bad choices, but when one of them lands her in hot water, she finds herself on the run from a ruthless criminal who places a price on her head…and then there is Ethan.

From the moment she first laid eyes on Ethan Remington, Daveigh knew there was something very different about him…she just didn’t know how different.

With the habit of showing up exactly when she needs him the most, Ethan displays an uncanny intuition towards Daveigh’s whereabouts. But then the tables are turned and soon Daveigh realizes that it is Ethan who actually needs saving.

EXCERPT

The Party

Cooper’s fingers dug into her arm with bruising force, leaving Davey no choice but to defend herself. Punching out with the heel of her free hand, she struck him in the nose. Rearing back in pain, he immediately let go and she struggled to keep her footing. Recovering, Cooper snarled and lunged to retaliate. Davey scrambled but wasn’t fast enough to escape his reach. And then suddenly she didn’t have to. A dark figure stepped into Cooper’s path, and seconds later, Cooper was on the ground bleeding and wearing a dazed look. He wouldn’t be getting up anytime soon.

Deeply shaken, Davey opened her mouth to thank her rescuer, but he had already gone. Swallowed up by the dancing mass of sweaty teenagers.

Davey wanted to be home at once. All she could think of was cuddling with Hogan while reading him a bedtime story before tucking him in. She ran outside, yanking a hoodie over her head to protect against the chill. Gulping in the misty fresh air, she calmed down enough to slow to a stroll and began what would be a long walk home. But there he was. It hadn’t been her imagination. Remington stood on the shadowy road, blocking Davey’s path.

She stopped several yards from his position. A safe distance away, she hoped. “What do you want?”

His reply was so low she could barely make it out. “I needed to be sure.”

Davey’s heart was thudding out of her chest. Had he seen her dealing? “About what?”

“That you were okay.”

“Oh.” She hadn’t expected that. “If you were so worried, why didn’t you stick around?”

“The directive tonight was recon only.” Remington took a step closer. “I think I may have compromised it by causing a scene.”

Weirdo alarm bells ringing at full volume, Davey took two steps back. “I’m sorry saving my ass messed up your mission. Thanks anyway.” Going in the other direction would get her away from him but also make the trek home thirty minutes longer. It really didn’t seem like a bad trade off.

“What did that guy want from you?”

“It’s none of your business.” Davey quickly started walking.

Remington followed. “You could have been hurt.”

“Again, none of your business.” She doubled her stride, but he kept pace effortlessly. Forging ahead for about fifty feet, Davey stopped. “What the hell are you doing?”

“I’m escorting you home.”

Flabbergasted, her mouth opened and shut. “Why?” she finally asked.

Remington watched her for a quiet moment. His features were oddly attractive in the glow of the streetlights. “I swore to serve and protect. It’s my job to keep you safe.”

Unconvinced, she gestured toward the house where the party raged on. “So a cop is going to show up and escort every one of those kids home too?”

“No.”

She folded her arms. “Then why are you following me?”

Remington shifted. “I don’t know.”

It wasn’t really an answer, but the way he spoke, as well as the manner of his movements, made the words seem true. Plus, Remington hadn’t appeared comfortable admitting them.

“What’s your name?”

“Officer Remington.”

“Well, I don’t like cops. Give me something else to call you.”

“Like what?”

Davey rolled her eyes. “Like your first name.”

“Oh.” Remington smiled. The expression transformed his features, and she thought he should do it more often. “Ethan.”

“Okay, Ethan. Walk me home.”

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ABOUT EDEN

Realist, cynic, and hopeless romantic all rolled into one, Eden lives in a small, sunny town in SC where thunderstorms inspire her best ideas. When not daydreaming about her next novel, Eden can be found curled up with a musty old paperback and a cup of coffee...or mired deeply in her next plot to take over the world. She enjoys reading or watching anything with supernatural elements, so writing paranormal and fantasy romance is a natural fit.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

CYCLE OF THE SIX MOONS SERIES by Adelle Yeung

CYCLE OF THE SIX MOONS SERIES
by Adelle Yeung

Book 1: THE STARRIEST SUMMER

Fifteen-year-old Michelle saves the world on a daily basis…with her trusty video game controller, of course! Naturally, she jumps at the chance to play an experimental virtual reality game.

The beautiful fantasy world of Starrs? Check. The power to mold matter? Check. No reset button? Wait, she didn’t sign up for this!

Turns out Starrs is really real, and to make matters worse, Michelle’s interference awakens the Cycle of the Six Moons, a series of devastating trials that will devour the universe.

Fighting the apocalypse was way easier when danger stayed on the other side of the screen, but Michelle finds a secret weapon in her new-found powers. She uses them to rescue the crown prince of a powerful magic kingdom from their sworn enemies, a technologically-advanced cult that strives to eradicate magical blood.

Michelle starts to fall for Prince Jayse, the only one who believes Michelle to be a savior rather than a curse. But not even video games could prepare her for what the cult has in store for them…

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Book 2: AN ECLIPSING AUTUMN

Deciding last minute to stay in Starrs, Michelle continues her epic adventure as Goddess. After all, learning how to save the world sure beats a year of pre-calculus. With her friends by her side, Michelle travels to a city of scholars to learn the lore of the Cycle of the Six Moons.

At first, the exotic retreat turns romantic, as Michelle spends her free time exchanging sweet letters with the crown prince, Jayse. But, during her studies, Michelle learns something that drastically changes her game plan. Powerful blood must be spilled to end the Cycle…blood that only runs through her veins and the prince destined to fall in love with her.

During a celebration honoring their enlightenment, Michelle and Jayse are whisked off to a rogue city as trophies of a tournament, where only the strongest can claim a taste of their blood. Gallant as ever, their guardian, Gediyon, enters to prevent harm to his friends. Unfortunately for the contestants, the Cycle’s latest trial prevents everyone from waking from a cursed slumber…

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EXCERPT
After a moment, I hear the familiar high pitched clinking of metal against stone. I try to scream, “Is someone there?” but it probably can’t be heard from the other side.

I look at Jayse, who’s leaning against the wall, and I signal to him to do the shouting for me.

He calls out the same thing. “Is someone there?” He must put all his air into it because as soon as he’s done, he falls back against the wall and starts to slide down.

I rush to his side and help him stay on his feet, using my hand to fan him viciously, hoping it’ll cool him down or help him breathe easier or whatever. I don’t know if it does anything.

The hammering has stopped momentarily. Then, far away and muffled, I hear someone shout back, “Yes! Yes, stay right there! We’re coming soon.”

I sigh with relief and look at Jayse. He’s sweating so much that the blood on his jaw has already washed away. I wipe the sweat on his forehead with the back of my hand.

“You want to sit down?” I whisper.

He slides down, then stops himself. The hammering on the other side of the stone barricade has continued, but another sound is louder, closer. The sound of sharpening blades.

I swallow a lump in my throat and look back down another hall to the right, the one we’d have taken if the lanterns didn’t lead here. Something is definitely coming this way. I light the hall with a steady stream of fire. Several yards away, the digger scrapes his scythes against each other. When the fire reaches him, he sprints forward and I scream.

AN INTERVIEW WITH ADELLE
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I had always liked coming up with stories when I was younger. I’d make up outrageous explanations for why people acted a certain way, often delving into the fantastic and supernatural (aliens had taken over my dad so that’s why he’s grumpy!), and this eventually turned into a desire to write. I wrote my first story in second grade. I threw myself and my classmates into a haunted house.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

I’d spend every meal with my main characters, force them into a day of peace, hug them a lot, and tell them I love them, while resisting the urge to tell them to act a certain way, so that they won’t change the story as I had intended.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

People who live closer to the equator are more touchy-feely than those who live closer to the poles. I implemented this in The Starriest Summer when Michelle visits Lereli for the first time, she notices that a lot of the villagers greet her with hugs. In The Last Winter Moon when she goes up north, the locals are much more distant.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks and pizza with?

Drinks and pizza are pretty casual, so I’d say Dre and Wolf. They wouldn’t mind chugging some beer and chowing down on some greasy grub.

-What do you enjoy reading in your free time?

I actually find myself reading more nonfiction than novels. I like to learn how to do things or how things work. Survival books fascinate me.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Probably military fiction. The military isn’t a big part of my life, and I don’t think I can create a whole story in that genre alone.

ABOUT ADELLE

Adelle Yeung is the author of The Cycle of the Six Moons trilogy, a young adult fantasy adventure.

She is also a voice-over artist who can't go a day without a cup of tea. When she's not writing or recording, she enjoys sewing costumes, baking sweets, and escaping on video game adventures. She lives in California with a cat that dreams of eating the pet bird.

She has provided script supervision for the independent animation, Shattered Heaven, and is head script editor and one of the co-writers for the upcoming game Fiona Frightening and the Wicked Wardrobe.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

SONG OF THE OCEANIDES by J. G. Zymbalist

SONG OF THE OCEANIDES
by J. G. Zymbalist

Song of the Oceanides is a highly-experimental triple narrative transgenre fantasy that combines elements of historical fiction, YA, myth and fairy tale, science fiction, paranormal romance, and more. For ages 10-110.

EXCERPT
Blue Hill, Maine.
3 August, 1903.

From the moment Emmylou heard the song of the Oceanides, she recognized something godly in the tune. As it resounded all across the desolate shoreline of Blue Hill Bay, she recalled the terrible chorus mysticus ringing all throughout that extinct Martian volcano the day her father went missing down in the magma chamber. Aunt Belphœbe followed along, guiding Maygene through the sands. “Why don’t you go play in that shipwreck over there?” Aunt Belphœbe pointed toward a fishing schooner run aground some fifty yards to the south.

When Maygene raced off, Emmylou refused to follow. By now the chorus of song tormented her so much that an ache had awoken all throughout her clubfoot. Before long she dropped her walking stick and fell to the earth. Closing her eyes, she dug both her hands into the sands and lost herself in memories of the volcano. How could Father be gone? Though he had often alluded to the perils of Martian vulcanology, she never imagined that someone so good and so wise could go missing.

The song of the Oceanides grew a little bit louder and increasingly dissonant.

Opening her eyes, Emmylou listened very closely. The song sounded like the stuff of incantation, witchcraft. And even though she could not comprehend every word, nevertheless she felt certain that the Oceanides meant to cast a spell upon some unfortunate soul.

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ABOUT J. G.

J.G. Źymbalist began writing Song of the Oceanides as a child when his family summered in Castine, Maine where they rented out Robert Lowell’s house.

The author returned to the piece while working for the Martha’s Vineyard Historical Society, May-September, 2005. He completed the full draft in Ellsworth, Maine later that year.

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