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Do you love urban fantasy? Intrigued by the thought of secret societies fighting to remain secret? Military espionage, shapeshifters, and Elves in a world similar to our own. Exactly who can be trusted?

Find out when you pick up Tiger’s Paw for free today through Sunday.

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Launch Day is Here!

I’m very excited to announce that Tiger’s Paw: A Novella is now available on Amazon via Kindle and Paperback!

This novella launches my Clean New Adult Christian Urban Fantasy series The Therian Way.

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What if history didn’t quite play out the way we know it? What would stay the same? What would change? Even in a world where Elves and Humans coexist, there are secrets. Not all the old legends are accurate, but neither are they false. Hidden among the Humans are the Therians, those gifted with the ability to shift into beasts. How long they will remain unseen by Human eyes depends on how well they adhere to their code of life and honor – The Therian Way.

When secrecy is vital to survive among Humans and Elves, the Therian Way offers balance. The Fringe, a militant group of discontented Therians, threaten to expose their race to Mankind. It falls to General Baran to track down and remove the Fringe Nest before time runs out. Who can he trust when the fate of his people lies in the Tiger’s paw?


Tiger’s Paw originally started out as an entry in a short short story contest in 2013, which is when Baran first made his presence known and of course he wasn’t content with just the brief glimpse that turned into the first chapter of the book. The first draft revealed that there was a lot going on in this new story world that couldn’t be told in just one story. And The Therian Way was born.

There is a lot more to come in the world of Therians, Elves, and Humans with Book One releasing this winter.

I hope that you will enjoy coming to know Baran and his world starting with Tiger’s Paw.

Called by God to Write

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

It’s funny how often I’ve read that verse and only applied it to the spiritual side of things – a call to a specific ministry within the church. But this time I sat down and thought about what that verse means when applied to all areas of my life. It means: I am called to be a writer. I am called by God to be a writer.

I was feeling a bit burned out when I read this verse due to being in the middle of my final editing round for Tiger’s Paw and prepping to get it ready for release. But this verse reminded me in the middle of my writer’s blues that my gift of creativity isn’t just happenstance. It was given to me by God and He is the one who has called me to be a writer. I write fantasy, which I and many of you know is not always considered a real call by well-meaning Christians, and God can and does use fantasy to reach people.  My stories don’t usually fixate on the salvation experience, right now I only have two planned stories where a character coming to God is written into the plot; instead, my stories focus more on the Christian journey. My characters are flawed but I don’t want to write them in a way that seems to glorify their flaws. I acknowledge the grittiness of a fallen world but I don’t dwell on it. I want to write stories about hope, about the light in the darkness, not the darkness around the light. But most of all I want to write the stories God has called me to write. For me that’s fantasy with a focus on epic and urban, right now urban fantasy is at the fore.

Every Christian is called to do something for God. Our natural talents and inclinations can point us in that direction. For writers, whether we write Christian or secular fantasy, we are called by God to write stories that glorify Him. That doesn’t mean we have to focus on the salvation experience or include the “come to Jesus” call or even have our beliefs up front and center in every single story. It means that we are called to write the stories we need to and those can range from allegory to the grittier side of writing. But ultimately our writing is for God because He is the one who called us to this craft.

“Do You Have an Encyclopedia for Your Books?”

“Do you have an encyclopedia for your books?”

This is almost word for word the question that my brother, who is not a big fan of fiction, asked me rather out of the blue today. He then went on to expound on the question by asking about entries for character profiles, world background, history, names, and creatures. For fantasy writers in particular, this “world encyclopedia” can take the form of Bestiaries or The Monsters of “” or Inside/Exploring the World of Narnia/Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit, etc. I normally see these extras published after a series is truly established, such as between books two and three in trilogies or later on for larger series, or when the series has ended.

As for myself, I have a ton of background and the folklore for my series established and written down but I never even thought about publishing my notes in a sort of Bestiary or Encyclopedia. Now thanks to my brother’s impromptu question, I will start to seriously consider putting together something for The Therian Way at least. I also happen to be a total geek when it comes to my favorite fantasy books so I LOVE the behind-the-scenes for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit and The Chronicles of Narnia and I have many world-building (ranging from weapons to creatures) books that let me continue gathering all this information that helped to form the literary magic of the books and also for the more faithful adaptations into single books. This is especially true with Tolkien’s books because he built the world of Middle-Earth from languages to creatures and cultures and I am of the belief that you can’t really appreciate his writing genius until you read all the background material. And yes, I have read The Silmarillion and The Unfinished Tales along with The History of Middle-Earth.

Ahem, okay, let me rein in my geeky-ness.

As a pantster who only outlines as much as I need to in order to get my initial framework, I can go off on tangents in my note taking when I’m figuring out my next story because I’m building the world for my fantasy and deciding what rules apply and why. This leaves me with a LOT of background and history that I know about but it will probably never make it into its own story. Especially with Urban Fantasy, because I’m writing about an alternate timeline where specific events haven’t taken place and I don’t have a close mirror to our world when it comes to politics so I have some historical presidents, such as Washington and Lincoln, who are specifically mentioned at least in passing but there are far more fictional presidents and vice presidents…especially in the modern era. I also have events that played out differently than they did in history. All of this makes it fun for me but I can only slip so much history into these stories without messing up my pacing or slipping into longwinded speeches. But while I will occasionally venture into Historical Fantasy by going back to specific important events in the history for the world of The Therian Way and its characters, I will still have a ton of material where I, as the author, can see how all the threads connect. This material will probably never be seen by any of my readers, except some pieces I share with my brainstorming buddies, but I don’t consider that a waste. I NEED to know how the dots connect even if I’m the only one who sees some of the lines.

However, I will probably put together and release my own bestiary. I’m enough of a mythology and cryptozoology enthusiast that I always have an interesting assortment of creatures who may share nothing more than a name with a beast of legend. 😀 And even an encyclopedia for the different worlds I create might be beneficiary to my readers because if you have that, then I can, theoretically mind, worry a tad less about how I’m going to rehash the events of past books without eating into the actual plot’s momentum. Because my series have strong interconnecting arcs from book to book, there will always be some recap but an encyclopedia would allow me to avoid inserting a long recap in the front of my books. The long recap can work but I know that sometimes you just want to get on with the story. An encyclopedia can be a happy medium.

Although I would caution authors about keeping an eye on the spoilers when you write entries for key characters or legends. For example, instead of writing something that reads “Character A – A marvelous person. Saves the day against these bad guys and that monster along with this monster in Books One, Two and Three,” have an entry more along the lines of this:

Oberon – Race: Fairy. Age: ?

The King of the Fairies. Husband to Titania. Ally to Humans. Appears in Books One, Three, and Five as well as in the novellas X, Y, and Z.

In other words, use your encyclopedia as a hook, especially when it comes to characters or key creatures/monsters. It should be like the book summary. You give just enough information to grab a reader’s interest in reading upcoming books and how “Oberon” will be involved in those books after they’re already familiar with his behavior in previously read books.

Have you written or considered writing and publishing an encyclopedia/bestiary for your series? Or do you prefer to keep your encyclopedic world-building entries for your eyes only? As readers, do you like knowing how all the dots connect? Or do you like to imagine your own lines?

 

Tiger’s Paw Snippet – Weekend Writing Warriors – Part 13

Thirteenth and final entry for the #8sunday Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop –


A Tracker.

Why a Therian Tracker had come after me was the question of the hour. Biting back a frustrated growl, I gazed down at her. Either she was the Fringe recruiter or she was about to ruin four months of undercover work. I intended to find out. We would need to talk in private, though, too many Elven and Therian ears around who might overhear us in spite of the nearly deafening music. I nodded to the narrow door to my left and she preceded me, too confident in her mannerism. That’s right, little mouse, let’s see who sent you into my trap…


The above is an excerpt from my WIP novella, Tiger’s Paw, the prequel to The Therian Way, my urban fantasy series. This entry is a direct continuation from last week’s, which you can read here. This is also my last entry for the foreseeable future since this is the end of the first chapter. Maybe I will start posting snippets from the opening chapter of the next book by January.

Tiger’s Paw excerpt (c) Kimberly A. Rogers and kimberlyrogerscfwriter.wordpress.com blog.

Tiger’s Paw Snippet – Weekend Writing Warriors – Part 12

Twelfth entry for the #8sunday Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop –


Nevertheless, this had to be done to protect both the Therians and the Elves in the long term.

Movement on the other side of the room caught my attention. I watched, testing the air, as a tall, lithe woman wove her way through the crowd toward me. She moved like a Therian, but I couldn’t catch a scent to identify which branch she belonged to, only the scent of cinnamon and vanilla clinging to her, and she wasn’t using her power in such a way that I could narrow it down beyond the fact that she was definitely among the predators. She sauntered up to me, her lips curving in a slight smile that did not reach her hazel eyes. If this was the Fringe recruiter, it was no wonder so many of the unmated males were falling for it. A pretty smile and promises of more than she said would be more than enough for some of the young males. Then, she twitched the front of her black leather jacket aside just enough for me to see the emblem stitched onto the lower left side of her tan shirt: a paw set within a circlet of ash leaves.


The above is an excerpt from my WIP novella, Tiger’s Paw, the prequel to The Therian Way, my urban fantasy series. This entry is a direct continuation from last week’s, which you can read here.

Tiger’s Paw excerpt (c) Kimberly A. Rogers and kimberlyrogerscfwriter.wordpress.com blog.

 

Tiger’s Paw Snippet – Weekend Writing Warriors – Part 11

Eleventh entry for the #8sunday Weekend Writing Warriors blog hop –


A woman with all the characteristics of a typical Elf, slight ethereal glow, doe-like eyes, and slightly pointed ears, brushed her hand against my arm. Baring my teeth slightly, I allowed her to catch the faintest glimpse of the tiger within. Her emerald green eyes widened and I could smell her fear spike sharply before she whirled away, vanishing back into the crowd. Other Therians watched her leave then cast searching gazes toward me until I glared, forcing those who considered interfering to back down for fear of a confrontation that would injure innocents. But, there were at least six Therians who merely hid their smiles of approval from the Elves surrounding them. I’d spent the last four months scaring Elf maidens as a part of my cover, a Therian who wasn’t quite content with the Therian Way, hoping to be approached by the Fringe recruiter. So far the distasteful action had yet to gain me what I wanted, the recruiter. It was not in keeping with the Therian Way to be cruel to those who were weaker than oneself…I should have been protecting them instead.


The above is an excerpt from my WIP novella, Tiger’s Paw, the prequel to The Therian Way, my urban fantasy series. This entry is a direct continuation from last week’s, which you can read here.

Tiger’s Paw excerpt (c) Kimberly A. Rogers and kimberlyrogerscfwriter.wordpress.com blog.