New Release: Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak & Review by Mark Bierman.

Today I have the privilege of introducing a new release written by talented, multi-genre, author, Teagan Riordain Geneviene. I have also included my review of this exciting read.

Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak is the first of a collection of serialized novelettes categorized as Journeys, because the characters travel across the complex world Teagan has built, experiencing new cultures and meeting new people. These journeys will publish approximately monthly.  Length will range from 30 to 60 pages, or so.

What Amazon says:

Dead of Winter takes place in a fantasy world that resembles some countries in the past of our own world. In this monthly series we travel through many lands, each with a distinct culture. The adventure begins in the Flowing Lands at Forlorn Peak.The Brethren are fanatics who gradually took over the Flowing Lands. They say all beliefs but theirs are heresy. Women are little more than property. Emlyn is only twelve, but to the Brethren she is an abomination. Why? She can see ghosts and other things. That’s a secret she can admit only to her teacher, Osabide.The stronger Emlyn’s ability gets, the harder it is for her to hide it. Now she has also gotten a supernatural warning that she knows is not about the weather, “Winter is coming!”

Before you crack a page, the main protagonist, Emlyn Eriu has something to say to you, personally. Enter at your own risk; remember, you’ve been warned!

“Winter’s coming! I’ve heard it so! It was whispered to me, by someone whom I don’t know!

“Listen to me! My name is Emlyn Eriu, and I am not crazy! I see things that most cannot. I’m only twelve . . . but I see things most, by their end of days, have never! Listen to me! Don’t tell another soul what I just told you, for my life will be in jeopardy! I cry this warning to you alone, though its true meaning is not yet clear, I sense that danger is near! If you’re stout of heart, come follow me in this and my next journey, perhaps then, we shall see!”

My Thoughts:

Young Emlyn Eriu lives in a sexist and repressed world. The heavy-handed and chauvinistic Brethren of Un’Naf, rule her village, Llyn Coombe. Everyone except for her teacher, Osabide, think that she’s rattlebrained. The truth is, the young girl is “gifted” beyond any layperson’s comprehension.

This novella is the first of a series and wets the appetite for more. Brutal dictators, a thin veil between the realm of the living and the dead, and a mysterious, apocalyptical threat, that must be unraveled, beckons an ethereal finger in invitation to follow the young protagonist to her next journey. My spine tingles at the thought, but I’ll pluck up my nerve, say a prayer, and forge ahead into the next book, upon its release.

Five Stars!!

Meet Teagan:

Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene lives in a “high desert” town in the Southwest of the USA.

Teagan had always devoured fantasy novels of every type. Then one day there was no new book readily at hand for reading — so she decided to write one. And she hasn’t stopped writing since.

Her work is colored by her experiences from living in the southern states and the desert southwest. Teagan most often writes in the fantasy genre, but she also writes cozy mysteries. Whether it’s a 1920s mystery, a steampunk adventure, or urban fantasy, her stories have a strong element of whimsy.

Founder of the Three Things method of storytelling, her blog “Teagan’s Books” contains serial stories written according to “things” from viewers.

Major influences include Agatha Christie, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Robert Jordan, and Charlaine Harris

Connect with Teagan and purchase your copy:

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Born and raised on a farm near Brockville, Ontario, Mark Bierman's childhood consisted of chores, riding horses, snowmobile races across open fields, fishing trips to a local lake, and many other outdoor adventures. He was also an avid reader of both fiction and non. Transitioning towards adulthood also meant moving from the farm and into large urban areas that introduced this country boy to life in the big cities. After a short stint as a private investigator, he moved into the role of Correctional Officer, working at both Millhaven Institution and Kingston Penitentiary, until it closed.

72 thoughts on “New Release: Dead of Winter: Journey 1, Forlorn Peak & Review by Mark Bierman.”

    1. LOL, I’m trying, Pat. I seem to be gallivanting across the blogosphere. Fortunately the Journeys are already written, but adding to it a bit. Plus I’m editing thoroughly and adjusting things, adding “reminders,” finding the enticing stopping point, or adding one if necessary… all the things to make it suitable for a serial. 🙂
      Thanks for making the rounds. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Diana, I’m still on Cloud Nine from your review too. Thanks so much for making the rounds — and for pointing out the hooks. Emlyn’s situation continues to escalate throughout the overall story. Have a fabulous Friday. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I appreciate all your support, Jess. The exciting meat is on a rather slow roast, but there are plenty of carrots dangling as appetizers. 😉
      (Like many high fantasies, danger and violence continuously builds upon itself, but begins small.) Hugs on the wing!

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  1. Congratulations, Teagan. I’m so excited for you. As you know, I loved this first journey and I’m hooked for sure. Thank you for hosting, Mark. 💗

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    1. That makes two of us, Gwen. So much goodness packed into the first novella, with more to come. Thanks for coming by, I’d offer you a coffee, but it doesn’t seem to travel well via WIFI. 🙂

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    1. Aw, GP, I blush! ^^’ I appreciate all your encouragement and inspiration.
      I’m trying to get back to The Delta Pearl, but things last week in DC really incapacitated me. This week I’m still trying to find my balance. I hope to have a new chapter ready, but I’m afraid to promise right now. Hugs on the wing!

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  2. Oh my goodness! Mark, I’m flattered that Emlyn got into your head to the extent that you wanted to speak a warning from her point of view.
    That’s what means the most to me — when readers think of my story beyond the pages of the book.
    Certainly not when I wrote this ten years ago, and not even late last year when I decided to transform the novel into a monthly serial… I had no idea how much this story would feel appropriate to our current world. I guess, because I wasn’t making any sort of political statement. For once, it seems my timing was right.

    I’m thrilled that you took Journey-1 into this world — and that you enjoyed it. A happy wave from Emlyn and Osabide. Hugs on the wing!

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    1. I had to let her speak, Teagan, she is such a fascinating character with so much to say. She can speak freely on my post, because the people in her world don’t read my blog. 🙂

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