Our countdown is almost finished. This time next week, High Maga should be available in print and ebook format the world over.
|Full cover, front and back, for HIGH MAGA.
Art by Thomas Vandenberg, cover design by Heather McDougal.
When the going gets rough, who would you prefer to have at your side: a brave knight or a cunning mage?
Mage Corey of East Selen
The chemistry between Eolyn and Corey crackles with tension. Their relationship is one of constant disagreement, wary admiration, and latent attraction. Although Corey might be considered a minor character, his fate is tightly intertwined with Eolyn’s. The final outcome of the saga, to be revealed in the third book Daughter of Aithne, will depend crucially on the resilience of this besieged friendship.
We are getting very close – only two more excerpts left before High Maga is released on April 4th!
Today we meet two of the youngest members of Eolyn’s Aekelahr, Ghemena and Tasha. This scene happens shortly after the invasion of Moehn. Eolyn’s coven has been attacked, and Ghemena and Tasha taken prisoner. But little Ghemena is not one to remain bound and imprisoned. Already, she is planning her escape…
Chapter 13 (excerpt)
Sitting up, Ghemena looked around the bare tent, illuminated by a thin shaft of light streaming through a break in the canvas. Catarina and Tasha slept, bodies curled side by side on the hard dirt floor, faces swollen from the many tears they had shed. With growing dread, Ghemena realized Mistress Adiana was not with them.
My original plan for today’s post was to write about two of Eolyn’s students, Ghemena and Mariel, but I’ve decided instead to talk more generally about Eolyn’s coven and its place in the history of Moisehén.
Some exciting news that extends beyond our HIGH MAGA countdown.
As some of you may know, our interdisciplinary studies course, Ecology through the Writer’s Lens, did not make enrollment this spring. I suspect the competition was a little two stiff (we had three other equally fantastic travel courses offered at our tiny university) and the price a little too steep.
So, Dr. Amy Milakovic and I have reimagined the course and will be offering it again for fall semester. This time, our focal ecosystem will be PRAIRIE. As part of the course, we will visit the Konza Prairie in western Kansas, a long-term ecological research site and a world-class conservation center. I have been reading Prairie: A Natural History by Candace Savage, and I am getting very exciting for this new adventure! Prairie is a magnificent ecosystem in so many ways, but little understood and invariably under appreciated.
Here’s the new video we’ve put together about the course:
In recent weeks, I’ve also, after much deliberation, decided to accept a position as co-coordinator for the Native American and Pacific Islander Research Experience (NAPIRE) Program. I have been involved with this program, in one capacity or another, since 2006, and have talked about it often on the blog.
I was a little nervous about accepting the co-coordinator position, as it involves a lot more responsibility — certainly a different level of responsibility — compared to being a research mentor, which has been my focus of activities for about eight years now. I suspect I will not be doing much writing in Las Cruces this summer, but the rewards of assuming this new role will almost certainly compensate for that. I met the new coordinator, Barbara Dugelby, at the NAPIRE workshop last January. She is deeply committed to the program, wonderfully organized, and very clear in her communication. I think she’s going to be a joy to work with.
All this to say: We are going to Costa Rica this summer!! Stay tuned because as those of you who follow me know, this means weekly posts about fantastic adventures in one of the most beautiful places I know.
If you are unfamiliar with NAPIRE, check out this information video produced by the Organization for Tropical Studies:
Last but not least, some of you may have noticed that the word count for Daughter of Aithne has frozen up during the last couple of months. Don’t worry! I am still making progress, though it has been harder with the onset of Eric’s illness and the launch of High Maga just around the corner. But I have been working hard, whenever I can, on a revision and rewrite of the first 70,000 words. This is why the word count has not changed, though the novel is moving forward. I am very pleased with what I’ve been able to do, and glad I’ve taken the time to go back and tie up some loose ends before continuing.
The Goodreads giveaway for Eolyn ended this morning at 12am. The winners will be contacted shortly to arrange sending out their free signed copies. Congratulations to all of you!
I have a second giveaway planned for High Maga this month. As soon as Goodreads approves it, the giveaway will go live. Four signed copies are up for grabs, so make sure to get your name on the list. Good luck!
On Friday, we continue our countdown to release day with an introduction to two more members of Eolyn’s coven: the young magas Ghemena and Mariel.
Have a great week!