28 February 2014

The Singer: Book Two of the Irin Chronicles Cover Reveal!

"Imagine a person created for you.
Another being so in tune with you
that their voice was the clearest you’ve ever heard in your mind."
~ Elizabeth Hunter, “The Scribe” The Irin Chronicles

Beginning in January, I am participating in the One Page a Day Challenge.  Hopefully by the end of the year, I'll have 365 pages worth editing.  I’m also trying to follow My Plan for 2014.  I may need therapy by December.  Oh wait…

alachi was the one man who understood Ava Matheson. 

Everyone else she’d ever met thought she was too hyperactive, or too emotional, or high strung.    

Not Malachi. He thought she was “a miracle.”

And now…he was gone. 

Ms. Hunter is set to enthrall us again, this time with The Singer, book two in the Irin Chronicles, scheduled to be published in May 2014.

Today, we get a sneak peek at the cover!
Copyright © 2014 Elizabeth Hunter. All rights reserved.
When you've lost everything you love, how do you fight the darkness?

Ava left Istanbul with a new identity, new name, and new magic she could barely control. Laid low by Malachi's sacrifice, she searches for help from the fabled Irina. But will the secretive women of the Irin race welcome or shun her? Ava's origins are still a mystery, and her powers are darker than any they've encountered before.

The Irin world hangs in the balance. And as the children of angels battle their own demons, ancient rivalries among the Fallen threaten to wreak havoc on earth.

Thousands of miles away, a warrior wakes with no memory of his identity or his people. Stumbling though the dark and twisted schemes of fallen angels, ravenous Grigori, and even his own leaders, he must find a way back to the one thing he remembers.

A single voice calls him.

Malachi has one mission.
"Come back to me."

THE SINGER is the second book in the Irin Chronicles, a contemporary fantasy series from Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries.

Find it on Goodreads

Can’t wait until May?  Read the Prologue and Chapter One.

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

Haven't read book one, The Scribe?  Read my review here.

ELIZABETH HUNTER is a contemporary fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance writer. She is a graduate of the University of Houston Honors College and a former English teacher. She once substitute taught a kindergarten class, but decided that middle school was far less frightening. Thankfully, people now pay her to write books and eighth-graders everywhere rejoice.

She is the author of the Elemental Mysteries and Elemental World series, the Cambio Springs Mysteries, the Irin Chronicles, and other works of fiction.

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27 February 2014

Slow Reading: Why I'm Not Worried About My Reading Goals

A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face.  It is one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy.  
~ Edward P. Morgan

Beginning in January, I am participating in the One Page a Day Challenge.  Hopefully by the end of the year, I'll have 365 pages worth editing.  I’m also trying to follow My Plan for 2014.  I may need therapy by December.  Oh wait…

haven’t written in a while.  I wish I could say it’s because I’m burning through my TBR list and getting ready to break my 2013 GoodReads record for books read.

But the truth is I’m tired.  And ready to slow down a little.  The body and the spirit were not made to be run at a frenetic pace.  It’s no wonder we crash and burn – some of us literally – when we have longer commutes, higher expectations at work and at home, and time spent with family or with friends is almost never just restful thanks to social media and the invention of the smartphone.

So right now, I am proudly eight books behind on my reading challenge.  Why proud?

Because I am taking the time to read thoughtful books and not just penny paranormals.  Not that penny paranormals aren’t fun or can’t have profound moments in them.

But I have had a hankering to delve back into the non-fiction world as a reader and not just a writer.  This means it will take more time to finish reading, especially when I’m writing (or highlighting on my Kindle app) in the margins and making notes to research more about minor subjects that come up.

The first non-fiction I read this year was Gary Paulsen’s Winterdance, a book about his first run of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race up in Alaska.  I never thought a dog musher could be a poet, but that man has the gift of poetically capturing the beauty, grandeur, and danger of Mother Nature.   

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His a man’s man, so you have to take the good with the bad, just as he did when running his dogs.  If I were facing impossible odds, over 100 miles per hour winds and snowstorms, I’d let loose a few choice words myself!

Reading Winterdance has renewed my taste for wilderness writing.  So now I’ve begun John Muir’s (my favorite book boyfriend – wait, does he count for that, since he’s the author – and dead to boot?)  Travels in Alaska. 

And I’m back in wilderness and writerly paradise.

Oremus pro invicem,
~ Mikaela

What to join me in taking the slow road?  Read more about taking it slow over at Chatting at the Sky!

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