Posts Tagged ‘Queen Titania’s Court’

As dawn draws near, Queen Titania steps down from her throne. After many lively dances and much good conversation, the magical moon is setting. Titania circulates through the diminishing throng, bidding her guests farewell. Occasionally she speaks with the fey folk who have made the evening’s success possible. The elves in charge of the feasting are apologetic over running short of honey cakes, while goblin guardsmen report a single incident of dueling was quickly resolved.

It is of little concern compared to the personal and diplomatic connections that were established this night. Now, all about the festival hall, the guests whisk away to their domains of origin. Mystic portals close one by one and enchanted music fades…

Until another year has passed, and the summer moon glows brightly once again!

This is where I thank all of you for making Queen Titania’s Court such a wonderful success. I appreciate everyone who participated, whether you offered up your own book or merely commented on a post. I’m especially amazed and grateful for the contingent of New Zealand authors who bring international exposure to Queen Titania’s Court.

I hope you all reap the rewards of your effort, whatever that means to you. Perhaps a few books sold, or new followers for your own blog, or just a chance to talk shop with new friends.

Thank you so much. I hope to see you again in 2023!

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Last but not least… Yes, it’s my turn in the spotlight. My character is Alemin, from my high fantasy novella, Prisoners of the Wailing Tower. It’s the latest in my Minstrels of Skaythe series.

Alemin stared in wonder. He had been meditating, waiting through the endless hours of his imprisonment, and now he was… here?

The chamber was huge, crowded with people in the richest and most outlandish attire. Many were dancing, while others mingled in gay conversation. Only, they were not all human. Some had wings, or animal heads. Some were unusually large, others impossibly small. Above their heads, a vaulted ceiling was studded with stars. At the center, a full moon flooded the scene with silvery light.

And there was food! Alemin smelled sweet fruits, marinated meats, and delicate pastries. His starved body demanded that he instantly find that buffet! Yet he hesitated. How was it possible that this could be real? He felt like a beggar in his tattered prison robe.

Yet, if this was a dream, he greatly preferred it to the heavy labor, brutal heat, and shortened meals of the Larder. Alemin was a minstrel, too, accustomed to performing no matter the circumstances. He casually strolled forward to make his greetings — and find that delicious banquet he smelled!

Character Questions

Tell us about the greatest mystery in your world. It is said that, long ago, all people had magic. Everything was shared among them, with no divisions of rich and poor, magic and commons, or even men and women. This seems like an impossible daydream, but there is evidence that it may really be true!

Who are the most dangerous people in your society? Mages, with our great power, have become dominant over the common people. With unlimited power, mages have developed a reputation for unrestrained cruelty. However, there are mages like myself and the other minstrels, who try to undo their evil and teach the world a better way. Most mages would probably say that we are the most dangerous people of all!

Author Questions

Are there any authors who inspire your work? Yes, and we should always acknowledge our forebears. As a kid, I discovered the fantasy of Andre Norton. She was the first author I realized I could save my allowance to buy her books. I also wrote extensive fan fiction for Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series. I love the lyricism of Patricia McKillip, and the philosophy of Ursula LeGuin.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why? I have always been fascinated by ruined cities and lost civilizations, which is a vibe I often bring to my stories. I’ve already visited places like Mesa Verde, CO, and I would love to broaden my horizons. If money and safety were not a concern, I would visit somewhere like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, or Machu Picchu in Peru.

Prisoners of the Wailing Tower

Alemin only wanted to help an innocent. Instead, he was caught by the dreaded hunter-guards. Now he finds himself flung into the Larder, where the very walls are steeped in nightmares and his fellow inmates are vicious killers. Worse, Warden Ar-Lizelle seems intent on tracking down his friends, the Minstrels, who have devoted their lives to undermining Skaythe’s tyrannical regime.

On the outside, the renegade mage Lorrah receives a premonition of Alemin’s plight. She’s desperate to save a man she cares for, but the Larder is commanded by someone she has hated for years and can’t bear to face: her cruel sister, Ar-Lizelle. Luckily, Lorrah is not alone. She has help from the fierce women warriors of Badger Squad. Yet even their combined forces might not be enough to get Alemin free from Dar-Gothull’s Larder!

About Deby Fredericks

Deby Fredericks has been a writer all her life, but viewed it as just a fun hobby until the late 1990s. Her first sale, in 2000, was a children’s poem under her byline Lucy D. Ford. Deby writes for adults, while “Lucy” is oriented to young readers.

Fredericks has long been involved in SF fandom, including running and writing for fan clubs, hosting anime viewings in her home, and helping run conventions. She also has volunteered as RA and ARA for the Inland Northwest Region of SCBWI, International.

Web site: http://www.debyfredericks.com

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Today I’m featuring a forthcoming novella. New Zealand author Sam Schenk is bringing out their witchy urban fantasy, Running Interference. It’s the sequel to A Gap in the Veil (pictured at right) and the character is Aiden Latimer.

Aiden pauses, uncomfortable in a slick suit, blue with black suede shoes. This is what one wears to a ball, but he’s never worn anything like this in his life. It’s a little too big, and the soles of the shoes are slick so he’s walking carefully. He’s a sneaker guy. With any luck, all eyes will be on his twin sister, Aya, whose smile lights up the room. She’s wearing light natural makeup and absolutely nails a fitted, peach coloured full length gown with a trail, despite having never worn something like this before.

Together, they find their seats. Aiden makes sure he knows where everything is — where the band will be playing, the best place to observe all the dancers, and he takes a look at the name cards on the surrounding seats to see if there’s anyone he knows. Next, he’ll check out the food and pile up a plate for both he and Aya to nibble while he gets used to his surroundings.

Character Questions

How does magic work for you? Is it different from the usual? Most people think about magic as like, brewing potions and working with herbs, or even working with the dead. But I think it’s time for a new kind of witch. My powers revolve around technology. I can sense the people behind the screen, and I can make sure a wifi cloud follows me. It’d be super useful if mom let me have an updated phone.

Who is your best friend? Stephen has been my mate since we were toddlers. I used to visit his place and go on his Minecraft server to help out. I guess that’s when he started ordering me around (laughs). Now that we’re getting older, it’s more serious. He’s great at finding things for us to do to make a brand online – including a task to embarrass a high profile hacker. That’s going to be dangerous, but I’m excited to try (and the money will get me enough for a new phone)!

Author Questions

How do you handle multiple points of view in a story? For me, multiple viewpoints have to compliment and foil each other. I love choosing contrasting point of views to help to world build without infodumping. While Running Interference and A Gap in the Veil don’t have multiple POVs, what I love to do is have one ‘weird’ pov character that sees the world in a very different way, and one that’s closer to what the audience would perceive.

Is the landscape important in telling your stories? How do you use it? Landscape builds culture. It’s important to have an understanding of the difference between a people who live underground, in trees, on mountains, on the ocean. It provides resource constraints — a people living on the ocean will need to solve for fresh water, and vegetable nutrients, land based construction materials etc. A people living in a mine may have good material wealth, and may be good at trade, but may be hopeless with animal husbandry. By contrast, I love transient or immigrant characters, because you can explore characteristics that might be inherent, or developed without roots.

About Sam Schenk

I was born in Canada, raised in Texas, and matured in New Zealand, where I’ve lived for the past 20 years. I’m a business analyst by day, a mum, writer, and gamer by night.

I love speculative fiction, particularly dystopia, transhumanism, and anything that normalises the rainbow and outside the normal curve of humanity. I’m a sci-fi and fantasy nerd, and love anything that explores life outside of the modern-day.

My first publication came out in 2021, A Gap in the Veil, in association with Contemporary Witchy Fiction. It’s been amazing to be part of the New Zealand speculative fiction gang, and meeting some amazing writers. I’m looking at producing another part to the collection in the same universe, which will be middle grade.

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Everybody welcome Bob Ironspell-Cabas, star of M. H. Bonham’s urban fantasy, That Dragon Was In No Way My Fault. It’s the starter for her series, The Ironspell Chronicles.

“Seriously, Elryn? You think that Titania would want to talk to me?” I looked at my unofficial partner in disbelief. By the way, my name is Bob Ironspell-Cabas, but everyone calls me Ironspell because lot of people laugh when I tell them I’m a wizard named Bob.

Elryn rolled her eyes as she typically does when I say something stupid. She agreed to help me go through the mail piling up at the post office since our latest adventures since she lost a bet with my fiancee, Luna.

But back to the subject at hand: why would the Faerie Court want to talk to me? Don’t tell me I pissed them off, too. “Look, the queen just sent an invitation…” Elryn held up a piece of mail that looked like just another one of those too-good-to-be-true offers that say that I’m cordially invited to stay in a timeshare unit if I can sit through the boring sales pitch.

“You sure she got the right Ironspell? I mean, what would Faerie want to do with me?” I grimaced as I plucked the invite from her hands. “Shit, it’s real. I guess I’m going to have to go.”

Character Questions

Who are the most dangerous people in your world? Oh fuck. You know we have so many bad guys, I can’t pick just one. Fallen angels (we call them Watchers), Void Daemons, the Drow, and, of course, the Cult of the Messiah. The Cult is a religious group whose main purpose is the eradication of all Supernaturals on Earth

Who is your best friend? Gosh, I always say that Tuzren — oops, I wasn’t suppose to say his name, was I? — I mean, Tuz, is my best friend. He’s a daemon from Onoys — a realm in another plane. But I have other close friends, my werewolf financee, Luna, my unofficial Elf partner, Elryn, and my Jotun partner, Vetr.

Author Questions

Are there any authors who inspire your work? Wow, well, Gary Jonas is a friend and fellow urban fantasy writer who encouraged me to write this series. I also like to read Orlando Sanchez, RL King, and Jim Butcher to keep my mind in urban fantasy. I read other urban fantasy writers as well to get a flavor of what people are reading.

When did you know you were a writer? Before I was four years old. Seriously. I attempted to write a book when I was five, seven, and eventually wrote a book when I was 15.

That Dragon Was In No Way My Fault

Bob Ironspell-Cabas, known as Ironspell, is a rookie officer on his third day in the Denver Police Department Supernatural Unit or DPDS. His partner and mentor takes him to the Denver Zoo, thinking that it’ll be a good training opportunity. Instead, they discover a deranged sorcerer has let loose a dragon from the Supernatural portion of a new exhibit called, “The Magical Zoo.”

With a crazed sorcerer and a pissed-off dragon on the loose, Ironspell must use his knowledge and his magic to stop both. Otherwise, Denver is in for some serious trouble. What’s more, the sorcerer has taken hostages and threatens to feed them to the werewolves in the Lycanthrope House.

The problem is Ironspell isn’t exactly a wizard — he learns his spells by reading magazines like Popular Wizardry. Can Denver and the Denver Zoo survive Ironspell’s attempts to save the day?

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M. H. Bonham (and friend)

About M. H. Bonham

I am an award-winning author of more than fifty books living in the wilds of Montana as a Colorado refugee. Because I love confusing people, I go by Margaret H. Bonham with my pet books and M. H. Bonham in my science fiction and fantasy. I train in shotokan and ninjitsu martial arts, I race sled dogs, and podcast. I frequent science fiction conventions, so be sure to check out my blog for places I’ll be at.

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Today we welcome Frankie, who’s visiting from Robin Banks’ LGBTQ and neurodiverse urban fantasy series, Margin Street Zeroes.

Frankie peered through the door with eyes roughly the size of dinner plates. They didn’t see anyone they knew, which was too bad because they had so much to tell them. But they did see a big buffet table! They crept over to it and began to stuff their face and pockets. Elegant slices of cheese went straight into their mouth. Cherries and chocolates were stored for later. After all, they were Gio’s favourite foods!

After a bit, they spotted a fountain with some sort of glittery drink. They immediately snagged a glass. It wasn’t a single malt, but it wasn’t too bad! Then they noticed a throne at the head of the room, where a lady was talking to one of the guests. Frankie guessed they were supposed to go thank her for the hospitality, but first, just one more drink!

Character Questions

Who is your best friend? Gio! She is the most wonderful person in the whole wide world! He’s clever, and pretty, and kind, and just so good at EVERYTHING it blows my mind! We met totally by chance and I still have no idea why she wants anything to do with me, because he’s so great and I’m all over the place, but I’m not complaining. Am I lucky or what?

I wish he didn’t worry so much about stuff because I know that there’s nothing she can’t deal with, but, huh, his brain kind of misfires sometimes, I guess. She’s still the most wonderful and perfect person ever, though! Oh, we got married! Twice! But we only had a proper ceremony the second time, with a viking boat and everything! And one of our best friends did the actual marrying bit, because he’s, huh, well, technically he’s a god, but he only does turnips and staple foods so you’d hardly know it. And our other best friend who’s his boyfriend — our other friend’s boyfriend, I mean, not Gio’s — he was there, and our landlady and my uncle who is also technically a god but mostly he’s just a huge pain in the ass, but don’t quote me on this! And the raccoons wore tutus, because Gio kinda likes stuff like that even though he’ll never admit to it, not even under torture.

Author Questions

Are there any authors who inspire your work? I don’t know about inspiring my work as such, but my favourite writers are Spider Robinson, Tom Robbins, and Emma Bull. I’d give at least a kidney to be half as good as them. Tom Robbins writes the bounciest stories ever, Emma Bull writes characters I end up feeling I know better than most of my friends, and Spider Robinson is just all-round fantastic.

Margin Street Zeroes

My family is pretty simple, when you get used to it. There’s me, Frankie, Ben, and AK. Frankie and I are with each other, and Ben and AK are with each other, but not like that. They don’t want to be with each other like that, though, so it’s cool, even though it took me a while to get used to it. Ben and I are best friends, and so are Ben and Frankie. Frankie and AK are also good friends, largely because Frankie is the friendliest person ever and a natural wonder, but AK is pretty cool, too. AK and I don’t always get on, but we try. I like people of all genders, and so did Frankie, but now that we’re together they really only like me. Ben also thought that he liked me, but that’s because he hadn’t got himself quite figured out. I like Ben a lot, but not like I like Frankie, and that used to be super awkward until we straightened it all out. AK doesn’t really like anyone – not like that, anyway. Mostly he likes sci-fi, brewing his own booze, and chilling. Somehow, it all works out.

We’re all university students, but AK isn’t actualy enrolled, because he doesn’t legally exist. We live in our house because a librarian rescued me from a snow storm. We have three semi-domesticated raccoons, but that’s not really our fault; they lost the ability to speak, and now we feel responsible for them. Oh, and Frankie can spot lies and teleport, and they could technically break reality, but they don’t want to, so that’s not an issue. We can all open magical portals, and AK is the god of turnips, but we don’t hold that against him. It’s all good, really. This is the story of how we got there.

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About Robin Banks

I was born a while ago, and these days I don’t regret it too often. A fan of peregrinations with a terrible tendency to get myself marooned, I currently dwell with an excessive number of dogs right at the end of the big cabbage field. That’s the big field with the cabbages, not the field with the big cabbages. Don’t be silly.

I enjoy road trips, dogs, guitars, and getting into scrapes. My favorite writers are Tom Robbins, Spider Robinson, and Matthew Stover, Rory Miller for non-fiction. I refuse to be landlocked, because you need to have *some* standards. I like Irish coffee with condensed milk in lieu of cream. You can’t help some people.

There is a rumor going around that I might in fact be a collection of raccoons hiding inside a hoodie, but that’s not been confirmed to date, possibly because I bite.

I have also written about neurodivergence as Ash Banks (https://www.amazon.com/Ash-Banks/e/B08TMMNPZH), and about self-defense and recovery from violence and trauma as A.R. Banks (https://www.amazon.com/A-R-Banks/e/B09JHP4FT5).

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Kelly “Thorn” Henderschott is here today, from Sheryl R. Hayes’ urban fantasy, Chaos Hunt.

“Mr. Kelly Henderschott of the Conclave of Rancho Robles.”

Thorn bit the inside of his cheek as the butler announced his entrance into the ballroom. What possessed me to choose that name for this identity? He must have been drunk at the time.

He made his way to the Faerie Queen and bowed low. “Queen Titania, Elder Marcus sends his greetings. He regrets that he is unable to attend in person and has sent me in his place.”

“Yes, I do know Jordan Abbey. I heard that she made an impression on the Court. Elder Marcus specifically requested that I tender apologies necessary for her behavior.”

“Yes, she is living up to her title of Chaos Wolf, much to everyone’s chagrin. She still prefers the company of vampires and refuses to have anything to do with the Black Oak Pack. I can’t blame her because one of the younger members of the pack bullies her and the Alpha Wolf refuses to do anything about it. Personally, Montgomery and I have a wager about when Jordan finally decides she’s had enough and about how much damage she’ll do.”

“I can neither confirm nor deny the recent deaths in Rancho Robles, nor Jordan’s involvement in the situation.” He smiled. “But if you are curious about her latest misadventures, I can tell you about her attempt to find a lost dog…”

Character Questions

Who are the most dangerous people in your world? You wouldn’t believe it to look at them, but that would be Jordan and Mac. She’s a werewolf who has chosen not to follow the Pack Traditions. He’s the vampire who enables her. Neither of them seem to realize what a dangerous game they are playing. And I’m afraid it’s going to come back to bite them both.

What kinds of things do your people like to eat? I’m a vampire. My dietary options are pretty limited. But I do prefer a good human B- when I have the choice.

Author Questions

How do you handle multiple points of view in a story? Each POV gets their own chapter. The majority of the chapters will be from the POV of the main character, but there will be several from secondary characters for necessary information that the main one has no way of knowing.

If you could travel anywhere in the world (assuming complete safety) where would you go and why? The question is where wouldn’t I go? If money and were no object and my safety guaranteed, I would love to do a worldwide tour visiting every country and continent.

Chaos Hunt

Werewolves are apex predators. So why does she feel like prey? Territory, honor, the trust of her peers – Jordan Abbey has earned none of these from the supernatural residents of Rancho Robles. The werewolves shun Jordan as a creature without honor for siding with the vampires. The vampires dismiss Jordan as an unruly pet who needs to be kept on a much shorter leash. Chased out of the wilderness and not allowed to shift within the city, she is without any place for her inner wolf to run free.

Someone is killing the servants of vampires. Soon vampires themselves fall victim. Each attack is linked directly to Jordan, fueling rumors that she is working to undermine the vampires’ grip on the city. The werewolves dog her steps, harassing her whenever and wherever they can.

Then, in the heart of vampire territory, the corpse of a werewolf who bullied Jordan is discovered. The children of the Wolf and the Bat are ready to go to war, and Jordan is caught squarely in the crossfire. Can one woman prevent the annihilation of the only place she calls home?

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About Sheryl R. Hayes

Sheryl R. Hayes can be found untangling plot threads or the yarn her cats have been playing with. In addition to writing, she is a cosplayer focusing on knit and crochet costumes and works full time at a Bay Area water company.

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Our guest today is Pip Leighton, from The Secrentary and the Ghost. Gillian St. Kevern is another New Zealand author who offers this gothic romance for your reading pleasure.

A man of average height, chestnut brown hair, and an air of avid interest enters the ballroom, gazing around him with rapt attention. He is so distracted that he immediately collides with another guest. He is profuse in his apologies, and retreats to a corner where he can gaze at the gathering, his delight plain on his cheerful face. He pats the front of his suit, feeling for a notebook, only to collect himself — taking notes at a ball would be unmannerly in the extreme.

Character Questions

What does the law think of your activities? The law generally takes a dim view of anything that cannot be pinned down with facts — indeed, my investigations of the preternatural elements of our world are usually dismissed as fancy! Still, as I am careful not to overstep the bounds of good manners when conducting my investigation, I have yet to suffer any effects more bruising that spurious reviews of my published work.

Who is your best friend? Thomas Cross, Lord of Foxwood. He is much more than my employer, but a dear, dear friend — indeed, I should say he is my life’s companion. I came to Foxwood hoping only to find a tolerable employer. I never expected to find my other half.

Author Questions

Is the landscape important in telling your stories? How do you use it? Setting is basically another character! Gothic vibes demand a remote, isolated environment, preferably with lots of mist and forest. But big cities can be isolating too. I love world building, and researching locations for stories is a lot of fun.

When did you know you were a writer? I knew I was a writer when I started getting frustrated when the characters in the books I read at the time weren’t doing what I wanted them to do. I’d put a book down halfway through, and come up with an ending that I liked better, spending weeks building it in my head. Then one day I realized I could write them down!

The Secretary and the Ghost

Pip Leighton is in a fix. His sister’s marriage hinges on him staving off the family’s impending financial ruin by taking the job of secretary to Lord Cross, a reclusive man with a temper befitting his name. Developing a passion for his employer was not on the cards. Neither was getting caught up in the deep mystery surrounding Foxwood Court and its resident ghost, but Pip has never been one to shirk a duty.

As Pip delves deeper into the past, he discovers that his only hope for a future with Cross may depend on a man long dead — a man with a curious resemblance to himself.

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About Gillian St. Kevern

Gillian St. Kevern (she/they) is dismantling capitalism one novel at a time. They blend their lived experience as a member of the LGBTQ community with worlds of magic and mystery, creating characters that linger long after the final page has been turned. For a free sampler of Gillian’s work, visit http://www.gillianstkevern.com

When not immersed in fantastical worlds, Gillian house-sits everything from elderly beagles to Machiavellian donkeys. Gillian is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance Writers, and, with co-host Jamie Sands, runs writing streams on YouTube, focused on empowering writers and other creatives.

social media links:

Website: https://www.gillianstkevern.com

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8337607.Gillian_St_Kevern

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Gillian-St-Kevern/e/B00GJICO4M

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/gillian-st-kevern

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Here today is Arrow, a non-binary youth from Onesies and Ouijaboards. New Zealand author Jamie Sands offers this YA spinoff from the popular novella series, Mt. Eden Witches.

Arrow stands with eyes wide and staring. A skinny teenager of indeterminate gender, they wear torn black jeans and an oversized black hoodie with thumbholes in the cuffs and purple lined cat ears on the hood. Their hair is dyed black with bright red highlights on their floppy fringe. They wrap their arms around themself as they look all around at the finery and strange things on display.

Character Questions

How does magic work for you? Are your spells different than the usual? Honestly I’m only just starting out, the whole magic thing is really new to me. From what I can tell from talking to the witch librarian mine seems to be pretty similar to his, so I guess that’s your answer.

What kinds of things do your people like to eat? People eat all kinds of things, we have a really great Japanese restaurant my best friend’s family runs, but I guess usual food is like sandwiches, sushi, burgers, that kind of thing. My favourite thing is bubble tea, especially with pearls.

Author Questions

Do you enjoy co-writing with anyone, and how do you make it work? I co-run writing/productivity sprints with fellow kiwi author Gillian St Kevern and at the moment we’re writing separate books in a shared universe (a magical Victorian England). It’s led to very funny messages at random times, asking things about the rules of magic, or when it’s appropriate to wear a cape with one’s suit. We’re fans of each other’s work and communicate quickly and honestly and I think that’s the real key to co-writing successfully!

What social media do you like, both personally and for promotion? I have recently embraced the world of Tiktok and it’s such a wonderful community on there. Booktok people are so warm and friendly, and I’ve been able to reach wider audiences than before through my videos.

Onesies and Ouijaboards

Be careful what you wish for… Arrow is fifteen, non-binary, and bored. It’s one thing to read about magic, or watch ghost hunting shows. But Arrow yearns for something more. When they try out a prosperity spell from a magical library book, things start to go very very right. Until they don’t.

Arrow’s good luck seems to be affecting a lot of the people around them. From A students suddenly failing quizzes to freak accidents, their good luck seems to be double-sided to say the least. Arrow’s best friend Ren knows not to mess with the unknown, but Arrow’s spell might just affect him all the same.

Arrow’s got to learn about how to wield their magic fast when the power they’ve drawn down proves to be beautiful, but dangerous as well. 

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About Jamie Sands

Jamie is a non-binary, pansexual kiwi who’s always been wondering ‘what if?’ They write stories about ghosts, monsters, magic, love and how the world could be. Jamie grew up in Wellington but now lives in Auckland with their wonderful spouse and a round cat.

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Author Lyndi Alexander is up! Her character, Bee Warrick, comes from the YA fantasy, The Lost Chord.

Clutching her crystal ball-music box, Bee Warrick steps cautiously into the ballroom. She winces at the volume of the music and takes a moment to calm herself. “It looks like fairyland,” she whispers to herself. She watches the patterns develop as dancers in pairs swirl around the floor, and finally catches the rhythm of the music. Its joy makes her smile, and she continues inside to join the party.

Character Questions

Who are the most dangerous people in your world? I think fathers are. They hurt people. My father always takes my brother to visit and never me.

Tell us about the greatest mystery in your world. People are. They say they don’t understand autism. I don’t know what is autism — I am not a thing that starts with A. I am a girl. I don’t know how I cross dimensions. It is just the music. One minute I am at home, and then I am in some other world. Maybe some people think that is magic. But I travel with six friends from different dimensions, and we are good people.

Author Questions

How do you handle multiple points of view in a story? I grew up on TV shows with large ensemble casts, and I love to tell a story the same way. I separate narration by chapters, because I feel that’s less confusing for the reader. It adds depth to the story, trying to keep track of who knows what, and what the consequences will be.

When did you know you are a writer? When I was 8 years old and wrote my first story, about how my cat caught and killed a rabbit. Fortunately, most of my current stories are less tragic.

The Lost Chord

A poisonous wave is spreading disease and discord across the eleven known universes. Seven special people, known as Keys, must strike the Lost Chord in order to restore the balance. Among those Keys is Bee Warrick, an autistic teenager from Earth who has traveled between the realms for years without realizing it. Can Bee help the Conductor find the other Keys before a bitter enemy strikes the wrong chord and shatters the universes?

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About Lyndi Alexander

Lyndi Alexander dreamed for many years of being a spaceship captain, but settled instead for inspired excursions into fictional places with fascinating companions from her imagination that she likes to share with others. She has been a published writer for over thirty years, including seven years as a reporter and editor at a newspaper in Homestead, Florida. Her list of publications is eclectic, from science fiction to romance to horror, from tech reporting to television reviews.

She’s a single mother of seven with two children on the autism spectrum, a quilter, a gardener, and woman of all trades. When she has time, she blogs on a variety of subjects, including autism, science fiction and life at http://awalkabout.wordpress.com

Even the loneliest heart can’t withstand the power of magic.

Where love and danger intersect….


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Please welcome Sheriff Chuck Davis of Gallup, New Mexico. This character is from David Lee Summers’ historical paranormal novella, Breaking the Code.

Sheriff Chuck Davis blinked as he entered a room full of dancers in bright gowns. Did some of them have wings? He realized he held his revolver and holstered it. The last thing he knew, he’d been standing in the desert when a skinwalker appeared from behind a mesquite bush. He fired at the creature which looked like a human-sized snarling coyote that stood on two legs. There had been a bright flash of light and then he was here … wherever this was. A majestic figure at the front of the room stood. “I am Queen Titania. Welcome to our realm, Sheriff Davis.”

Character Questions

Who are the most dangerous people in your world? By far, the most dangerous people in my world are the Nazis who are trying to take over Europe. We have some good people in town who want to enlist and stop them, but there’s a shape-changing monster called a skinwalker scaring people and it may have even killed a young man. I’m not sure yet, but I wonder if there’s some connection between this monster and the Nazis.

What is the weather like where you live? It’s winter where I live in Northern New Mexico. We’ve just had some bad snow storms which are making it hard for me to track down the skinwalker, but you can be sure I’ll find it.

Author Questions

What’s your process for deciding where to submit your work? In the case of Breaking the Code, the editor came to me and asked for a story pitch. I sent her two ideas that she rejected, but the third time was the charm and she asked me to develop the story that became Breaking the Code. Of course, most of the time we aren’t lucky enough to have an editor soliciting stories from us. Once I’m satisfied enough with a story to send it out, I look at the genre, characters, and tone and think about markets where the story might be a good fit. I also think about editors who would enjoy the story I created. All of this has been helped over the years by networking with authors and editors at conventions.

How do you handle multiple points of view in a story? I like telling stories from multiple points of view. The challenge is not to have too many point-of-view characters. I try to identify the main characters who drive the narrative and let them tell the story. Most of the time, I write my stories from a limited, third-person point of view. Effectively, I follow one of my primary characters for a scene or a chapter and tell the story as though I’m watching the action over their shoulder.

Breaking the Code

1942. Gallup, New Mexico. Marine recruiters have come to town looking to fill their ranks with a secret weapon against the Axis powers — what would become Navajo Code Talkers — but not everyone supports the prospect of young native men going off to war.

When one new recruit is found dead, and a rancher’s cattle are mutilated, whispers of witchcraft and skinwalker filter through the town, and interest in enlisting wanes. Is there evil afoot, or is that just what opponents to the cause want everyone to think? Whether guided by magic, mischief, or malevolence, without a doubt, nothing is as it seems…

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About David Lee Summers

David Lee Summers lives in Southern New Mexico at the cusp of the western and final frontiers. He’s written novels about space pirates, vampire mercenaries, mad scientists in the old west, and astronomer ghosts. He’s edited thrilling anthologies of space adventure that imagine what worlds discovered by NASA’s Kepler mission might be like. When he’s not writing or editing, David explores the universe for real at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

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