An urban fantasy story that will grip you and leave you wanting more.
Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.
Driven from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.
This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.
Why This Story?
Penumbra started as a short story years ago, but the main character got into my head. Beauty is my response against the many young heroines popular today that rely solely on other’s for their strength and happiness. In this story, on this journey, Beauty is finding herself. It’s as much an inner journey for her as it is a traditional fairy tale.
I also had lots of fun creating my own creatures of magic and fantasy and playing with traditional fairy tale tropes in a modern setting. Part of the joy of being an independent author, for me, is being able to write a story the way it wants to be written, serving the characters and the plot rather than a preconceived market put on me by an outside person. The result, in this case, is positive, and I have high hopes for my future work as well.
In celebration of Discovery 4 at Discover Authors being my first round robin blog tour, and as it is my birthday month, I will be giving away three (3) ebooks. You can enter in many ways, up to three times. First – comment on this blog. Second – link to either the Amazon or Smashwords page via social media, and either comment here or email or tweet at me that you have done so with the link to your site so I can follow you. I’ll count two social media links as separate entries. On August 20th (the day after this blog tour ends), I will do a drawing and announce the winners!
Penumbra is available at Smashwords and Amazon.