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ANNOUNCEMENT: Shadow of the Hook, by Erik Schubach

QSFer Erik Schubach has a new FF fantasy book out in his Urban Fairy Tales series: Shadow of the Hook.

I taught you to fight and to fly, what more can there be?

Robyn and Amanda fall off the path to Perchta’s garden, where the Avatars were retreating to in order plan against the Elders resetting of the mortal realm. They find themselves in a land where imagination is the most dangerous of weapons… Neverland.

Everything we know about Pan, the Hook, and the Lost Boys gets all turned around. After a daring rescue, our heroines learn that time is up and the Elders have started their march.

With new allies, they need to find a way back home to join their fellow Avatars as they prepare for the most important confrontation in the history of mankind.

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I stumbled as we stepped into Perchta’s gardens from the world of man. Before we were fully out of the folds of the Goddess’ magic which allowed all of us Avatars to travel the twisting paths between realities my Mandywolf said, “Wow, it’s like Neverland.”

I tried to cover her mouth before she could finish voicing the thought, and I lost focus on our destination for an instant. That was long enough, and the ground beneath our feet bled away into the nothingness of the night sky. We were falling!

Mandy was growling out my name, desperately grasping the air between us to get to me somehow, “Robyn!” Even now she tried to protect me when we were helpless to the pull of gravity. I glanced down as I tried to stabilize my fall instead of spinning at the whim of the air rushing past us. A chain of islands lay below us, cloaked in fog, and ocean waves glittered all around them in the pale moonlight.

The moon… it was huge, taking up half the horizon. I noted in a panic, it was a full moon. But the full moon was days away. Amanda’s expression turned from panic and need to somehow protect me into something more primal and savage as her body writhed and reformed, her clothing squeezed her and I could hear bones breaking from that constriction until the fabric failed and shredded.

Where once was my mate, was now her inner wolf set free. A midnight black killing machine that was all fang and claw. It whimpered in a panic to find itself falling, then howled at me with an animalistic glint in its eyes.

Though larger than any wolf found in nature, for a werewolf of one of the cursed, it was quite small like my Mandy in her human form. But now my mate was buried in the mind of this animal, for her wolf owned the nights of the full moon.

I looked down to see the ocean far below and getting steadily closer, Amanda’s now freed weapons rig falling faster as it had less wind resistance than us. She would survive, it took more than falling a mile into the ocean to kill a wolf.

I… might, with my enhanced strength. I sent a silent prayer to my Goddess, Perchta, that by the grace of the Queen of Nature I would live yet another day to stand against evil as her vassal. I twisted in the air and made my body as streamlined as I could, turning my fall into a dive as the ocean rushed up to meet me.Chat Conversation EndType a message…

Author Bio

I got my start writing novels by accident. I have always been drawn to strong female characters in books, like Honor Harrington. And I also believe that there is a lack of LGBT characters in media. So one day I came up with a story idea that combines the two… two days later I completed the manuscript for Music of the Soul.

My writing style may not be the most professional nor grammatically correct, but I never profess to be an English major, just a person that wants to share a story. I maintain that my primary language is sarcasm.

Each of my books features strong likeable female characters that are flawed. I think that flaws and emotional or physical scars make us human and give us more character than simply conforming to some “social norm”.

You can follow Erik online via his website, on Twitter, on Amazon, on Blogger, on Facebook, and on Goodreads


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