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New York, NY (March 18, 2013) – World Weaver Press (Eileen Wiedbrauk, Editor-in-Chief) is pleased to announce the trade paperback edition of Shards of History by Rebecca Roland, will be released due to popular demand on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
In addition, Roland’s new short story collection, The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories, including a tie-in to Shards of History, will be released in digital edition on Tuesday, June 4, 2013.
We are thrilled to add the trade paperback edition of Shards of History to the World Weaver Press catalog Roland’s dark and beautiful new collection, The King of Ash and Bones, is a must-read for anyone who can’t get enough of her rich fantasy worlds.
Praise for Shards of History:
“One of the most beautifully written novels I have ever read. Suspenseful, entrapping, and simply … well, let’s just say that Shards of History reminds us of why we love books in the first place. 5 out of 5 stars!” — Good Choice Reading
“Fast-paced, high-stakes drama in a fresh fantasy world. Rebecca Roland is a newcomer to watch!” — James Maxey, author of the Dragon Age trilogy and Greatshadow: The Dragon Apocalypse.
“Roland’s beautifully woven, suspenseful debut novel draws readers into a groundbreaking fantasy panorama and resonates in the heart with its genuine, personal portrayal of loyalty, relationships, and sacrifice. I eagerly await more stories about the Jegudun and Taakwa!” — David J. Corwell y Chávez, author of “Encounter at Boca del Diablo” (Tales of the New Mexico Mythos)
Only she knows the truth that can save her people. Like all Taakwa, Malia fears the fierce winged creatures known as Jeguduns who live in the cliffs surrounding her valley. When the river dries up and Malia is forced to scavenge farther from the village than normal, she discovers a Jegudun, injured and in need of help. Malia’s existence — her status as clan mother in training, her marriage, her very life in the village — is threatened by her choice to befriend the Jegudun. But she’s the only Taakwa who knows the truth: that the threat to her people is much bigger and much more malicious than the Jeguduns who’ve lived alongside them for decades. Lurking on the edge of the valley is an Outsider army seeking to plunder and destroy the Taakwa, and it’s only a matter of time before the Outsiders find a way through the magic that protects the valley–a magic that can only be created by Taakwa and Jeguduns working together.
The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories:
An exiled man returns to his family and the life he left behind. A king is determined to avenge his people. A man doomed to die gives his wife her greatest wish. A suspected affair leads to a shocking and wondrous surprise. Roland works her magic again in this four-story collection of eerie and enchanting works, including Rasmus’s story from after Shards of History.
This four-story collection also by Rebecca Roland will be available in ebook via Amazon, Nook, Kobo, and other online retailers.
Rebecca Roland lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she writes primarily fantasy and horror. Her short fiction has appeared in Everyday Fiction, Uncle John’s Flush Fiction and in Stupefying Stories, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. When she’s not writing, she’s usually spending time with her family, torturing patients as a physical therapist, or eating way too much chocolate. You can find her online at Spice of Life, her blog, or follow her on Twitter @rebecca_roland.
Parajunkee gives Forged by Fate a four star review that gushes praise and excitement! The review site touts Forged by Fate, the first novel of the new trilogy, as “absolutely amazing. It’s like nothing I’ve read before and I’m happy about that.”
Further stating that “What really made this story brilliant was Amalia Dillin’s ability to seamlessly combine the different stories, mythology, and religions into one…you won’t be able to deny that Miss Dillin is a genius.”
Read the full review at Parajunkee.com.
In an NPR essay, Saladin Ahmed wrote of the lynch pin of epic fantasy world building: the map. For works of second world fantasy, the inclusion of the map once was a splendid means of entry into a new world. Then it became so ubiquitous that yet another tired old map that looked vaguely like Europe with a few extra lumps and bumps neared the status of a joke.
I can recall conversations from the past decade when my fantasy-reading friends would hear a certain speculative novel was bland, and they’d immediately ask: “Did it have a map?” A derisive snort followed. Of course, in the decade preceding that, I would buy only books that had maps between their end papers and opening chapters. No map, no deal. How quickly our tastes change. Read the rest of this entry
Do you pin? You don’t have to be a Pinterest user to appreciate the gorgeous “Opal’s Winter & Animals” image collage World Weaver Press has put together. Gorgeous snow photography, winter woods, and — most importantly of all — fabulous animal photographs. Cedar Waxwings and reindeer, hawks, owls and snowshoe hares, deer, dogs, doves, foxes and more, all frolicking in the snow.
It’s an insanely cool natural wonderland of photography from varied sources. Some of which we’re showcasing in this post.
The creatures of Opal are either human or Fae. While the Fae often take human forms, they are shape-shifters who might take the form of a woodland animal for a few minutes or a few years. Most of the creatures in our “Opal’s Winter & Animals” Pinterest board are Fae-forms of the assorted characters in the novella.
When World Weaver Press designed the cover art for Opal we wanted to convey that sense of winter, and the unending forest. While the front cover features the main character in human form, the back cover pays tribute to her first form: the snowy owl.
Opal’s author, Kristina Wojtaszek, not only grew up with a deep appreciation of the woods and their animals, she earned a degree in Wildlife Management. Yesterday she described her experiences working with owls in the Sarett Nature Center – a must read for owl-lovers.
The journey of the owl-daughter features prominently in Opal – and so does the story of the White Hare.
Below, Kristina Wojtaszek digs up some juicy tidbits on the snowshoe hare, and after having read it, all we can say is, “Whoa… who knew?”
The snowshoe hare is also called the varying hare, because its coat changes from brown in summer to white in winter, but “the varying hare” varies in other ways as well.
Have you ever heard of a carnivorous rabbit? Did that just give you a mental image of Monty Python’s Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog? But we’re talking fact here, not odd British humor. And snowshoe hares are not the only lagomorphs that occasionally eat meat. In fact, they often resort to cannibalism. They don’t hunt, mind you. They eat carrion, meat from dead animals.
But why, you may wonder, do these snuggly-looking salad eaters dine on the occasional bloody banquet?
It’s probably partly due to where they live. You might be a vegetarian yourself, but try living hand to mouth through a harsh northern winter and tell me what green things you find to live off of! Bark and brittle twigs only go so far, especially when you’re expending a lot of energy just to stay warm.
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