Posts Tagged With: magic

Paranormal Romance, Traditional and Indie

If you love Paranormal romance, check out Indie Author News’ latest post. Only 99 cents for their Book of the Day, a collection of ten Paranormal romance tales called Psychic Storm.  https://plus.google.com/+Indieauthornews/posts/H1siuPQHJ8J

What is Paranormal Romance? Wikipedia defines it as: a subgenre of both romantic fiction and speculative fiction. Paranormal romance focuses on romantic love and includes elements beyond the range of scientific explanation, blending together themes from the speculative fiction genres of fantasy, science fiction, and horror.

My Paranormal Romance book, Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic, is now a Kindle Select book and will be on a Kindle Countdown Deal February 23rd through March 2, starting at 99 cents!

If you are looking for more mainstream Paranormal Romance, try Heroes and Heartbreakers 10 must-read Paranormal Romance books: http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/blogs/2013/10/10-paranormal-romance-novels-you-should-read-an-opinionated-opinion

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New Review: Djinn

 

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Djinn

by Laura Catherine

Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/djinn-by-laura-catherine/

Synopsis:

Kyra’s life is far from normal.

She’s been on the run for as long as she can remember and her father is the only stable thing in her life, but everything changes when the people pursuing them finally catch up.

Kyra is abducted by the handsome and mysterious, Will. He takes her to a secret compound where she is told the truth: She’s a Djinn, a genie-like creature with super powers and a love of dogs.

Kyra has to adjust to the Djinn and their rules, but her new life is far from perfect. Everyone is hiding something and the one person Kyra cares about most is forbidden to her.

There are secrets around every corner and more dangers than Kyra could ever imagine as she struggles to find herself and be with the one she loves.

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About the Author:

Laura Catherine is Young Adult author focusing on Paranormal Romance, Dystopia, and Fantasy.

She writes stories full of action, secrets, and magic. She loves creating worlds where anything is possible and everyone has a story to tell. She has an over-active imagination, spends a lot of her time daydreaming, and wishes pokemon were real so she would have one.

Laura Catherine lives in Melbourne, Australia.

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New Review: Eternal Destiny

 

Eternal Destiny

by Tahlia Newland

Genre: Paranormal, Metaphysical, Fantasy

Read my review here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/eternal-destiny-by-tahlia-newland/

Synopsis:

Intrepid traveller Ariel Malony and demon slayer Nick Walker face their deepest fears and their greatest challenge as they search for the Master Demon who holds the key to the future of mankind. Slay him and the world goes free; fail, and it falls irrevocably into violence and chaos.

Guided by a wisdom master of a mystical tradition that uses mind power as the basis of powerful magic, the assault party, including Kestril, the Magan Chiefs’ son, Layla, the flying Noble One, and Twitchet, the talking cat, must travel from the ancient granite walls of the Hermitage, up the kilometre high Steps of Death, and through a labyrinth of shifting gorges to the Palace of Skulls where flesh-eating demons demand to be fed. Even if Nick wins his struggle with the scars of his past and defeats the green-eyed head of the Cogin clan, they still must cross the scree slope, where the bones of Ariel’s father lie, and pass through the territory of vicious elementals to get to the ice caves beneath the summit where the Master Demon awaits.

The journey is extraordinary, the enemies are deadly and the ending is mind-blowing.

This is the final in the Diamond Peak Series: Lethal Inheritance, Stalking Shadows, Demon’s Grip and Eternal Destiny.

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18591119-eternal-destiny

Buy at Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FL8LVG8

Buy at Amazon UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00FL8LVG8

About the author:

I write heart warming and inspiring contemporary fantasy and magical realism .

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I’ve been writing full time since 2008, and I’m also a well-respected reviewer with over 300 published reviews.  All my novels have been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction, and several have received the AIA Seal of Excellence. My young adult magical realism novel ‘You Can’t Shatter Me’ also received a B.R.A.G Medallion for an outstanding independent novel.

My agent, before I went indie, was Debbie Golvan of Golvan Arts, Australia.  I studied writing  with, among others, Australian editor Selena Hanet Hutchins (BCA, Creative Writing), and was mentored by Catherine Hammond,  (BS in Education, MA in Literature/Creative Writing)

Before I began writing full time, I taught high school visual and performing arts and  wrote scripts for theatre in education as well as some unpublished  short stories for children. Full details can be seen on my Linked in profile.

I like and write stuff that’s out of the box.

I’ve studied philosophy & meditation for many years, (which informs the metaphysics in my stories),  and I’m an avid reader, prolific reviewer, extremely casual high school teacher and occasional mask-maker.

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Though I trained as a teacher when I left high school, for most of my working life I was a performer . I started as a dancer, then moved into mask, mime and visual theatre. I spent five years doing a niteclub dance/mime act with my husband in Sydney and about 13 years performing in schools in Australia and New Zealand.  I’m a hopeless case of being slave to my creative impulses, but I’m never bored.

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In March 2012 I set up the Awesome Indies site to  evaluate and list indie and self published books that meet the same standards as traditionally published books. Happily, all my books met the stringent requirements for addition to the list. Now I’m just part of a team that keeps it running.

I live on a beautiful property in rainforest about two and a half hours drive south of the city of Sydney in Australia. I have a teenage daughter and a husband, who is also a teacher.  We live only 6 km from the main highway but grid power doesn’t reach us, so our electricity is solar and  water generated.

You’ll find more photos of my performing past here , and ones of my masks in performance here.

 

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The Awesome Indies Magical Mystery Tour

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Today I’m joining the The Awesome Indies Magical Mystery Tour, hosted by the Awesome Indies. From the 27th to the 30th September you’ll have the chance to pick up some special offers or win some awesome prizes at all the blogs participating in the tour, including mine.

Why is it called the Magical Mystery Tour? Because it highlights the magical and mysterious qualities of some of the books listed on the Awesome Indies. Also, there’s  a chapter of a mystery at each blog, and a tour for you to take and read the full story. Inside the scenes you will find the key you need to enter the Giveaway for an  Amazon gift card. (First prize is a $25 card, second prize is $15 and third prizes is a $10 card.)

All you have to do is start at the Awesome Indies, follow the links from blog to blog, read the story and pick up the clue to the mystery key to enter the draw when you get back to the Awesome Indies. While you’re at each blog, read about the author’s book and enter their giveaway or pick up their special offer.

If you haven’t started the tour, pop over to the Awesome Indies and start now: http://wp.me/p3HF9i-1wW

If you’re on the Magical Mystery Tour already, then read on …

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Discovery 4: Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

(Book 1 of The Convergence series)

By Kate Policani

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal

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Buy on Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/3910971

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Links to all the wonderful reviews of my book can be found here: http://katepolicanisreviews.wordpress.com/2012/10/27/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic/

Read an excerpt at the book page.

Synopsis:

I’m a normal girl. I am. I love shoes, fragranced body care, and hair products. I love all the chick flicks that have come out in the theaters in the last 2 years (and a lot of the old ones) and I obsess about my wardrobe.  I respond positively to most of the marketing directed at females in my age group.

My name is Colleen Underhill, and the only abnormal thing about me is that I just discovered I am, or I transformed into, a magician; not the disappearing bunny kind, but the power-shooting-out-of-your-hands kind of magician.

My problem now is that I do NOT believe in magic. Well, I believe in it. I have seen it shoot out of my own hands, but I oppose it in a moral sense; no hexes, no spells, no incantations, no potions, no amulets, no tomes, no casting circles, no eye of newt, none of that. I have to be very clear because people pressure me about it. Whatever they say about “how it’s done,” this is a morality issue for me and I will not cave in to their pressure.

But what do I do now?

Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16045564-don-t-judge-a-book-by-its-magic

Book 2, Sorcery Loves Company is started!
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Summer Shakeup Title 6: War of Odds by Linell Jeppsen

As part of a summer shake-up, I have decided to snag some of the most interesting-looking reads on my “to-read” list and bump them up! I chose War of Odds by Linell Jeppsen for the sixth book in my Summer Shakeup. The title didn’t grab me as much as the synopsis. It sounds like a read full of twists and excitement.

Synopsis:

Sixteen-year-old Sara Giddings is a lost and lonely girl after the death of her mother, and like many young people forced to deal with life’s tragedies, Sara begins to dabble in drugs and alcohol.

All of that changes when her father takes her to the tiny community of Ashbrook, which overlaps the land of the fae. Here, a young sprite named Pollo discovers that Sara is not a typical teenager, but a witch with immense, untapped power- the power to heal.

Pollo, a cat named Hissaphat, and the wood nymph, Muriel convince Sara that her powers may be the only key to healing what ails the fae, and Timaron, king of the Unseelie court.
Soon, Sara and her two friends, Nate and Chloe, are thrust into a dark and deadly world as they endeavor to free Timaron, whose mind has been possessed by demons and who, in his madness, has declared war on humankind.

With only her two friends and a band of magical misfits, Sara must travel across a dying world. Hunted and haunted by forces even the faeries fear, Sara must reach Unseelie and face the prince of darkness himself, wielding a power she barely understands, to save the faerie king and the fate of two worlds.

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Speculative Salon on Writing Magic

Please visit my post on Speculative Salon! http://speculativesalon.blogspot.com/2012/10/creating-magic-by-kate-policani.html

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What power would you choose?

Colleen suddenly gains several fantastic powers at the start of the book. Which one would you like best?

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Virtual Release Party: The Terminology of the Convergence

 

At SPRU, Colleen learns some pretty crazy terms for amazing things she didn’t think existed.

Glossary of Terms

Mag-O – The nickname for Colleen’s Dorm

Skupdyn – A regular person, nonmagical

Sproo – A nickname for SPRU, Seattle Pacific Regional University

Teimnydduus – People who can manipulate Tximar and use it to manipulate Txen

Teimnydd – The Txenar of a Teimnyddus, used to manipulate the world around them

Txenarjuma – Tapestry of energy

Txenar – Energy thread

Tximarshu – River of life power

Tximar – Free-flowing life power

Tximonni – Life power fortune, a tendency for events to progress to benefit a Teimnydduus because of positive Teimnydd energy

Vrevzirma – Time Sight, the ability to see the future

Vrevzirmaocht – Time seer, one who has the ability to see the future

Vyxheuus – Pocket dimension, a small dimension outside our own

Vyxhepiocht – User of pocket dimension

Ysizao – Controlling spirit of unknown nature that responds to spells

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A Review of Don’t Judge a Book By Its Magic

Huge thanks to Fox Cutter, who has reviewed my upcoming book here: http://foxcutter.livejournal.com/2012/10/18/ Fox was my Kickstarter hero, contributing the amount that made the difference and I got my funding! He’s written a very insightful review with a lot of great detail.

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Author Blog-In: Elementary Magic by R. Leonia Shea

Here is the next book!

R. Leonia Shea

Available as an e-book from the following retailers –

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Elementary-Magic-Relic-Hunter-ebook/dp/B00736TWKI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341576489&sr=8-1&keywords=Elementary+Magic

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elementary-magic-r-leonia-shea/1111394912?ean=2940033230495

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/161562

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Elementary-Magic-Relic-Hunter/book-lfU_ghUkakeEWvs1mak93Q/page1.html?s=EGjH6qIGjUGPUt-t_JPUow&r=1

itunes: http://itunes.apple.com/be/book/elementary-magic-relic-hunter/id533035270?mt=11

Diesel: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/item/SW00000161562/Shea-R.-Leonia-Elementary-Magic-Relic-Hunter/1.html

Short Description:

A girl releases one demon and all of a sudden her Ph.D. is useless. As the only black listed archaeologist on the planet, Dr. Arienne Cerasola needs a job. When a family friend hires her to find a magical tree, it seems like a good idea. The problem is Arienne isn’t that talented as a witch. If she were, she would have been recruited by the United Coven and Alliance, not discouraged from ever practicing the craft. Looking for a new life, Arienne sets out on a quest to find the tree.  With a Shaman and the trickster spirit, Coyote, to (maybe) help her – she hopes to prove to herself that she can do something useful with her meager talents. After all, with magic comes fantastic possibilities….and…

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Kickstarter for Pre-order, Pre-release Copies, and Other Goodies!

Take a second to check out my Kickstarter project if you are thinking about buying my next book! I’ve got discounts and some fun ways to get my book before it’s available for sale.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/523666041/dont-judge-a-book-by-its-magic-book-launch

If you’re feeling adventurous or would like to get featured in my upcoming Virtual Release Party, there are some options there too.

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Trailer video: How to Win Friends and Influence Magicians

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Don’t Be Afraid!

Don’t be afraid! Come along with me through my story. Suspend your disbelief and open your heart. Wrap yourself in beautiful words.
Don’t be afraid! Immerse yourself in the emotions of another. Make them your own, just for a little while. I promise they won’t take you over.
Don’t be afraid!
Nobody will judge you here in these pages for being too susceptible, too emotional, too gullible. If you can’t feel it, you can’t be swept up in the magic. You can’t become someone else.
Don’t be afraid!
When it’s over, you can go back to your life, your limits, your reality. But for now, let go. Let me take you on a journey of amazement using only letters and punctuation. I’ll bring you back safe, and if you want, nobody has to know you were ever between these pages.
Don’t be afraid!

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