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Ragnarok, called the “Viking apocalypse,” is predicted to occur Saturday, February 22, 2014, at which point all the Norse gods and monsters will duke it out on earth. NPR notes the signs of the impending battle started with the giant oarfish that washed up in California in October:
According to Norse mythology, the end of times has been brewing for about 100 days. It all started when the wolf son of Loki broke out of prison and the giant Midgard Serpent rose from the sea. [More from NPR]
While news sources are referring to Ragnarok as an apocalypse or Armageddon, it’s really a battle fought between gods and monsters, one humans will (likely) survive. The more direct translation for Ragnarok is “fate of the gods.” Yes, Fate of the Gods like the World Weaver Press series written by Amalia Dillin. And no, it’s not a coincidence.
So as Ragnarok rages, stay out of the fray — pick up Forged by Fate and spend your weekend with Thor, he’ll keep you safe.
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After Adam fell, God made Eve to protect the world. — Adam has pursued Eve since the dawn of creation, intent on using Eve’s powers to remake the world with himself as God. The last immortal child of Elohim, Eve is charged with the protection of all humanity, and she has spent an eternity hiding from Adam and thwarting his plans. But this time, Adam is after something more than just Eve’s power — he desires her too, body and soul, even if it means the destruction of the world. Eve cannot allow it, but as one generation melds into the next, she begins to wonder if Adam might be a man she could love. And if he is, if he’s given up his quest to make himself a new god, it could change everything.
Eve’s struggle and Adam’s hopes have not gone unnoticed by the Council of Gods, who have forged a Covenant of Peace to protect the world and the dominion they stole in Elohim’s absence. Unknown to Eve, the Norse god Thor has been sent by the Council to protect her from Adam’s influence, and more, to protect the interests of the gods themselves. An alliance between Adam and Eve could undo everything they’ve worked toward. At the least, it could bring about Elohim’s return. At worst, the destruction of the world itself would cast the gods out to wander the void, ever weakening. With nowhere else to go, they cannot risk either option.
After watching Eve for millennia upon millennia, witnessing her fight against Adam’s will and her capacity for love and forgiveness, even in the face of her own misery, Thor will have to decide where his loyalties truly lie: with his fellow gods, or with Eve.
Shards of History by Rebecca Roland, is now available in the iBookstore!
Called “One of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read” by Good Choice Reading,
“A must for any fantasy reader” by the magazine Plasma Frequency,
As well as “a passionate tale that will engage both young adults and more weathered fantasy readers” by quarterly e-zine NewMyths.com,
This is a fantasy novel to put on your must-have list!
Also available through other ebook retails and can be ordered online as a trade paperback. Details:
Books make great gifts: they’re easy to wrap, they show up on your doorstep in a few days, no assembly required, no impossible-to-open plastic clam shell. Add to that the fact that children who read for pleasure for 20+ minutes each day score higher on just about every test than those who don’t, and you really can’t go wrong. Here’s our suggestions for the readers on your list:
For the Young Reader
Heir to the Lamp by Michelle Lowery Combs is a great read for ages 11+ (and a fast, fun read for adults who like YA books), the protagonist, Ginn, has waaay too many adopted siblings, is a starter on the school basketball team, and has a crush on the guy whose family just might be out to kidnap her and use her awesome new genie powers for dark purposes — oh, did we mention that Ginn just discovered she’s a genie? It’s a position that comes with an cool old lamp, the ability to wish things and have them happen, and a charming dark-haired guardian … who Ginn might have just wished into a flop-eared bunny. Oops.
Opal by Kristina Wojtaszek is a lyrical and beautiful retwisting of the Snow White tale set in the world of Fae and men, ages 13+. At only about 100 pages long, this slim novella is a great gift idea for young readers (or not so young) who’ve enjoyed films like Snow White and the Huntsman or The Hobbit, or adult fans of Patricia McKillip and Robin McKinley. A young fae woman, born an owl and knowing no life but that of nests and wings and feathers, is forced back into human shape after her mother’s death. A human prince, driven from his home by the cruelty of his father, must make his way in the dark and twisty forest of the Fae. Told in two different voices, their tales intertwine in this beautiful tale.
For Mystery Readers
If they like Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series (One for the Money, Takedown Twenty) they’ll love The Haunted Housewives of Allister, Alabama. A cozy mystery complete with zany extended family, paranormal hijinks, a haunted Velvet Elvis painting and all the crazies and kooks who’ll do anything to get it away from Cleo Tidwell. Now, Cleo was happy with her Southern suburban existence, and you’d think that getting rid of a tacky black velvet painting would be a good thing … except this particular painting might have just possessed her husband, and that’s something she’s determined to see set right! Who would have ever thought a well-raised baton twirling coach would end up in a highway car chase, investigating murders, and being kidnapped — with her mother-in-law, of all things?! (And don’t forget that the sequel, The Weredog Whisperer by Susan Abel Sullivan, is coming out after Christmas!)
For Readers Seeking Something Different
Say you’re looking for a gift for a reader who used to love high fantasy but got bored with it, or a New Adult fan, or someone who just loves great adventures: try Shards of History by Rebecca Roland. Still encompassing the noble ideals of second-world or high fantasy, but with the flavors of the Southwest, Shards of History’s strong female protagonist, Malia, must try to lead her people away from the path of certain destruction, fight the unknown enemy, and fix the very sky that’s shattered and falling in shards around them. Think Scott O’Dell meets Anne McCaffery’s Dragons of Pern. (Also suitable for teen readers. )
For Fans of Fairy Tales
If they love TV’s GRIMM or spend their time delving into the classic volumes of Andrew Lang, Charles Perrault, and Brother’s Grimm, then they’re going to love Beyond the Glass Slipper: Ten Neglected Fairy Tales To Fall In Love With. Not only does Beyond the Glass Slipper bring together ten slightly obscure fairy tales, editor Kate Wolford sets them up with introductions and notes in the margin to provide context and continuity in a lighthearted but enlightened way.
Fairy Tale fans can also get behind the short story collection Wolves and Witches written by sisters Amanda C. Davis and Megan Engelhardt. A mix of short stories and poetry, all renditions of fairy tales, with a pleasing mix of darkness and humor. It’s amazing how well the sisters’ voices blend; while they don’t collaborate on individual tales, it’s often hard to tell one’s writing apart from the other’s! Great for book clubs.
If Mythology is their thing…
Try Forged by Fate by Amalia Dillin. A mix of Norse, Greek, and Egyptian mythology blends seamlessly with the Biblical Garden of Eden in this fantasy novel which stretches from Creation to Modern Day. After Adam fell, God made Eve to protect the World. The story follows Adam, Eve, Thor, and more. And continues in book two of the trilogy, Fate Forgotten.
Find out more about these and other World Weaver Press books.
New! For readers who love it all: romance, mythology + fairy tale fantasy
Three novellas of winter magic and loves lost and regained, A Winter’s Enchantment features The Devil in Midwinter, a new modern-day mystery with a fantastical twist; Taming Fate, a never-before-read installment in the critically-acclaimed “Fate of the Gods” series; and Opal, the hauntingly beautiful retelling of Snow White previously released by World Weaver Press.
Rather give an ebook than a paperback, but aren’t sure how one can gift electrons? We’ve got an answer for that too. See our How to Gift an eBook guide!
By Rhonda Parrish.
Have you looked at the calendar lately? We’re getting awfully close to the November 30 deadline for Fae submissions which means it’s time for another update from the slush pile.
First of all, can I just say I am incredibly impressed with the submissions so far (even the ones I’ve passed on). For the most part the stories are great and, at the risk of jinxing myself, everyone has been following the submission guidelines! Okay, I shouldn’t totally geek out about that, but I am, because it’s so rare. So thank you to everyone who has submitted so far, I think you’re all amazing.
As for the stories themselves, while I’m still seeing a disproportionately high number of pieces set in forests in medieval Europe, a growing number of submitters seem to have really taken my advice to think outside the box and be specific to heart. I am encouraged by the growing number of pieces set in specific locales and with fairies which are a little different from the norm. Please keep that up. Some of the stories on my short list are of the more traditional fairy in a forest variety but I’m hoping to greatly outnumber them with other varieties. For example, one of my favourite submissions to date is one the author described as being ‘steampunk lite’ and another is an urban fantasy set in Indianapolis. So yes, please keep up the variety of settings and fairy types. I love it.
I am still missing a few elements that were on my wish list for this anthology, so if you’re stuck for an idea of what to write about, maybe take a look at the specific things I asked for in the guidelines. I haven’t got a tooth fairy story yet, for example, or the perfect arctic fairy, a silkie (selkie), imp, or any modern time-traveler types*. Those are all very sort of general descriptions but I bet they could make a great jumping off point to start something creative and awesome.
I’ve also received a fair number of “Does this story sound like something you’d like?” emails. And while I totally understand the inclination to write those, truthfully my answer is always, always, always going to be, “Send it and we’ll see”. I cannot judge how much I’m going to like a story or how good a fit it will be for the anthology based on your description. I need to read the actual piece. I know that can seem like a big step to take if you’re a beginning writer (and sometimes even if you’re not) but it really is the only way I can tell you how I feel about your story. So when in doubt, submit. J
If you’ve got any other specific questions feel free to leave them as a comment to this blog post or email me at fae[at]worldweaverpress.com . I’d love to hear from you and I’d especially love to read your fairy stories. Keep ‘em coming!
*It’s possible these types of stories are sitting in my inbox and I haven’t read them yet. The oldest unread submission I have right now is from October 21st.
About the anthologist: Rhonda Parrish is a master procrastinator and nap connoisseur but despite that she somehow manages a full professional life. She has been the publisher and editor-in-chief ofNiteblade Magazine for over five years now (which is like 25 years in internet time) and is the editor of the forthcoming benefit anthology, Metastasis. In addition, Rhonda is a writer whose work has been included or is forthcoming in dozens of publications including Tesseracts 17: Speculating Canada from Coast to Coast and Imaginarium: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing. Her website, updated weekly, is at http://www.rhondaparrish.com. More information about submitting to the Fae anthology can be found in our open calls for anthologies.
We’re pleased to announce Fate Forgotten by Amalia Dillin, a new novel in the Fate of the Gods series is available in paperback and ebook today, Tuesday, November 5, 2013.
Praise for Forged by Fate, first in the “Fate of the Gods” series:
“You won’t be able to deny that Miss Dillin is a genius … This story was absolutely amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve read before … a complete game changer.” — Parajunkee
“An amazing fantasy world which succeeds in cleverly incorporating history, mythology and biblical figures. The seamless integration of Norse and Greek gods was inspired and I can’t wait to see where this series heads next.” — Book Chick City
“One of the more fascinating and haunting books I’ve read in quite some time.” — JC Andrijeski, author of the Allie’s War series
“A beautiful, sweeping story that puts on display the power of every interpretation of love, and the truth of what can be accomplished when people choose peace over strife. I couldn’t put it out of my mind for days.”— Trisha Leigh, author of The Last Year series
To win the world, Adam will defy the gods, but his fate rests in Eve’s hands. — Since the gods returned Adam’s memory six hundred years ago, Thor has been a scourge on his lives. But when Adam learns that Thor has been haunting his steps out of love for Eve, he is determined to banish the thunder god once and for all. Adam is no fool: Eve still loves the man she knew as Thorgrim, and if she ever learned he still lived, that he still loved her, Adam would lose any chance of winning Eve to his side, never mind liberating the world. But after everything Thor has done to protect Eve, everything he’s sacrificed, the thunder god won’t go without a fight. Not as long as Eve might love him again.
Which means Adam has to find a new ally. The enemy of his enemy, complete with burning sword and righteous resentment of the gods. But in order to attract the Archangel Michael’s attention, he needs Eve — an unmarried Eve, willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
It shouldn’t be too difficult to find her in the future. Not now that he knows how to look.
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Amalia Dillin began as a biology major at the University of North Dakota before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn’t stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats — to pull her chariot through the sky, of course. You can find her online at amaliadillin.com or follow her on Twitter @AmaliaTd.
The #ThorLove bloghop is coming November 5-8, and signup begins today at blog.amaliadillin.com. Participants are asked to sign up ahead of time, post a Thor-ode during the blog hop, and visit (or “hop” to) the other participating blogs who’ll be hosting their own #ThorLove entries.
And there will be prizes! The bloghop hosts are giving away a slew of Norse/Thor literature and swag! The Grand Prize will feature a signed print copy of both FORGED BY FATE and FATE FORGOTTEN, an e-edition of Elsker and Endre, (Marvel’s) Thor comics, an ARC of HOUNDED by Kevin Hearne, Thor and Avengers movie trading cards, and of course some awesome Fate of the Gods/Elsker Saga sundries! Also, one runner-up will get a Thor graphic novel, e-edition of Fate Forgotten and Tempting Fate, and e-editions of Elsker and Endre, plus sundries!
More details and a chance to sign up here.
We opened up to submissions for Fae at the beginning of the month, and now that stories have been coming in for a couple weeks, I thought we’d do a quick update blog to let you know how it’s going so far and what I’d like to see more of going forward.
I’ve received about 50 submissions so far which is enough for me to notice a few trends and, even more important, begin to get a feeling for what the shape of this anthology is going to look like. That makes me able to give a more detailed idea of what I’m looking for in submissions.
I want to see something new.
Each of the stories which I’ve placed on my short list offered me something I hadn’t seen before. I’m getting a lot of fairy tale retellings, and some of them are very well written, but they aren’t new or they aren’t new enough. (Note: This isn’t a “fairy tale” anthology, oh no — it’s stories about fairies, hobs, pixies, and their kin, not folktales per se)
If you’re going to send me a story I’ve heard before, you have to re-make it as something spectacular that only you could have created. Simply swapping the gender of a character or telling the story from the villain’s point of view isn’t going to be enough to win a spot in this anthology. If you can show me something I’ve never seen before, however, your chances of making the short list (and eventually the table of contents) are good.
I’d like to see more variety in story settings.
So far I’m seeing a lot of stories set in some sort of nebulous modern time setting (advanced technology such as cars and electricity exist but we’re never actually given enough detail to know exactly where or when the story is taking place) and even more set in some sort of nebulous middle ages setting (no running water, people using carts and horses but again, no idea where or precisely when the story is being set).
I want a setting I can really, if you’ll pardon the cliché, sink my teeth into, and I don’t want every story in this collection to share the same world, the same time, the same place. I’m looking for variety. If you submit a story set in 1880s Yellowknife I promise you it is going to stand out from the crowd more than if you submit a story set in Anycity, Anytime. I promise.
Gimme space fairies. Desert fairies. Jungle fairies. Arctic fairies. Make up your own world that’s completely unlike anyone else’s. Set the fairies in your own city and make sure I can tell what city that is. Make the setting matter.
Genre bending is fun.
I love straight fantasy and I’m happy to read straight fantasy fairy stories, and if they are well-written and have something new to offer I’ll be pleased to make a space for them on my short list but again, I’m looking for something new in these stories and one way to stand out from the crowd is to mix, bend or blend the genre you’re writing from.
Steampunk fairies. Time-travelling fairies. Killer fairies. Ghost fairies… Read the rest of this entry