Wyrd Calling Is Published!

Wyrd Calling is now up on Amazon and available for pre-order! I spent the last 24 hours bouncing and dancing around like a thing possessed. I didn’t know I was capable of such glee and excitement!

There’s been a change of plans with the cover art. I’m still using the fabulous Reese but due to unforseen circumstances she can’t have the cover to me by November 7th. So, I, being the ingenius soul that I am, made up a temporary cover. Well actually a friend did, and I love it! It’s bold, striking, and wonderful.

This is the cover by John Lewis and I love it!

This is the cover by John Lewis and I love it!

So where can you find my wonderful, amazing, début novel? You can pre-order it for the very reasonable price of $3.99 right here on Amazon.

Official blurb:

No one escapes the Wyrd Sisters. Thalia gave it her best shot. She ran away and devoted her life to tricking black market traders out of their money. She could only run for so long. They always catch up with you, one way or another.

If you’re not entirely if it’s for you, then you can read the opening chapter hereIf you’re still really not sure, and I can’t imagine how that would possibly be the case 😉 Then you can read the latest review:

I was provided a free advanced release copy of  Wyrd Calling by Shen Hart, an author I know, in exchange for an unbiased review.

Wyrd Calling is a powerful and complex tale about a female shifter named Thalia who is bound by the Wyrd Sisters to solve a series of murders in a distant city.  She is ordered to assume co-leadership of a group of shifters, unwittingly paired with a partner from her dark (or should I say “even darker?”) past.  The book explores Thalia’s ambivalence about her life situation and her personal growth in the context of the pack and their mission.

Most striking to me is the author’s ability to develop characters that are complex and interesting, slowly and indirectly revealing bits and pieces until a fully relatable (or hateable, in some cases) character emerges.  There is something really unique about the way that the animalistic traits of the protagonist and her pack are conveyed.  Elements of the peaceful but distractible raven, the intimidating jaguar, and the predatory red wolf are interwoven to form Thalia, a head-strong, sensual, and sometimes brutal woman who repeatedly struggles for freedom from the Sisters as she leads her unruly pack of cubs.  And each character of the book is as thoughtfully developed as the main one.

The vivid imagery in Wyrd Calling, not only of landscape and cityscape, but of the subtleties of shape shifting itself – how the characters’ moods were reflected in the shifts of tails, ears, teeth, or jaws – was captivating.   There is also amazing imagery surrounding shadow dancing and the other energies.

I must admit, urban fantasy is not a genre I’ve read before.  I was afraid that I would be left in the cold by my lack of knowledge of the shifters, faes, elves, and other assorted beings found there.  Fortunately, all I needed to understand was woven into the story without disruption to the flow or pace of the book.

As I understand it, this is the first volume of a series.  I can’t wait for the next, not only because I’m left wondering what happens next, but because I want to fill in some of the hinted-at but not quite revealed back-story of Thalia (or is it Suriel?)!

Catherine.

Don’t forget, you can pre-order it here. 

Thank you to everyone for the love and support.

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Latest Review!

I was reading Wyrd Calling on my kindle, which is a very weird experience, when the latest (very positive) review of Wyrd Calling came through from one of my advanced readers!

I was provided a free advanced release copy of  Wyrd Calling by Shen Hart, an author I know, in exchange for an unbiased review.

Wyrd Calling is a powerful and complex tale about a female shifter named Thalia who is bound by the Wyrd Sisters to solve a series of murders in a distant city.  She is ordered to assume co-leadership of a group of shifters, unwittingly paired with a partner from her dark (or should I say “even darker?”) past.  The book explores Thalia’s ambivalence about her life situation and her personal growth in the context of the pack and their mission.

Most striking to me is the author’s ability to develop characters that are complex and interesting, slowly and indirectly revealing bits and pieces until a fully relatable (or hateable, in some cases) character emerges.  There is something really unique about the way that the animalistic traits of the protagonist and her pack are conveyed.  Elements of the peaceful but distractible raven, the intimidating jaguar, and the predatory red wolf are interwoven to form Thalia, a head-strong, sensual, and sometimes brutal woman who repeatedly struggles for freedom from the Sisters as she leads her unruly pack of cubs.  And each character of the book is as thoughtfully developed as the main one.

The vivid imagery in Wyrd Calling, not only of landscape and cityscape, but of the subtleties of shape shifting itself – how the characters’ moods were reflected in the shifts of tails, ears, teeth, or jaws – was captivating.   There is also amazing imagery surrounding shadow dancing and the other energies.

I must admit, urban fantasy is not a genre I’ve read before.  I was afraid that I would be left in the cold by my lack of knowledge of the shifters, faes, elves, and other assorted beings found there.  Fortunately, all I needed to understand was woven into the story without disruption to the flow or pace of the book.

As I understand it, this is the first volume of a series.  I can’t wait for the next, not only because I’m left wondering what happens next, but because I want to fill in some of the hinted-at but not quite revealed back-story of Thalia (or is it Suriel?)!

Catherine. 

First Review!

I sent out the ARCs (Advanced Reviewer Copies) of Wyrd Calling at the weekend and I got my first review back earlier!

A quick book review! I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of Wyrd Calling by +Shen Hart . You can’t find this for sale yet, but when it goes up, you may want to get a copy!

Do you enjoy reading books with shallow characters and a barely realized setting? If that’s the case… don’t pick this up. This thing goes deep. From the very beginning, it’s clear that both the characters and the world have been given considerable thought. I read the book and knew that we had just barely skimmed the surface of what there was to see. The main character is not a shallow bimbo or a straw dummy used to advance a story. She is someone with a long, complicated history and an actual personality. We get glimpses of her past as the story unfolds, but we don’t need to have everything spelled out. You don’t get your hand held with the cliché “history of everything told by a third party”. You experience the story and touch its history as you go along. The relationships between the characters are just as deep and intricate as the world is. The people in the world (Is “people” the right word? You’ll see what I mean!) don’t all have the same voice (something new writers seem to have a problem with), wants, skills, or personalities. They aren’t just static pieces that dance to the author’s tune (Dance, my pretties!). They grow and change and the entire experience is better for it. I don’t want to give away the story, but it’s a magical adventure from the very first word and leaves you crying out for more.

This genre (urban fantasy) is not my usual fare, but I’m almost sad I’m reading the book now. If I was reading this a few years from now I could keep reading the next books, which is exactly what I want to do!

Benjamin Beaulieu

To say I’m happy is a huge understatement! I am grinning like a Cheshire cat and bouncing around like a fool. To see people enjoying my work is an absolutely incredible feeling.

I have thanked them a number of times before but I have to do it again – thank you to all of my advanced reviewers, you’re all absolute stars and godsends.

Shen.

A Favourite Scene.

With the release date being tentatively set for 7th November I’m sharing some scenes and background information which had previously being kept exclusively to the newsletter.

Today I share one of my favourite scenes from Wyrd Calling with you!

Please note that this is not the final copy of the scene. It will be copy edited and proofread at least three more times before publication. 

I had to fight to stop myself from hopping from foot to foot as I stood for a moment and looked around the store, I had to decide how I was going about it. I had, of course, brought my largest bag with me. A shiny thing caught my eye, and I made myself walk slowly and calmly over to a collection of pearl bracelets. They weren’t really my style, but I couldn’t help running my fingers over the smooth pearls and watching the way the light moved over them like a pale cream oil slick, various shades shifting and moving. I was captivated, for a moment anyway. Then it was gone, onto the next thing. A pitch-black silk top quickly grabbed me; it shone deep blue in the light, reminding me of the feathers I desperately wanted to shift. I felt my eyes changing and the familiar painful itch of a couple of feathers down my spine as I looked the top over. I took a deep breath and settled myself. No shifting, especially in public. The top had thin straps and draped itself over the wearer’s body, showing every curve without clinging too tightly. I had to have it. So I did.

Don’t forget that I’m looking for reviewers! If you’d like a free ebook copy of Wyrd Calling in exchange for an honest review, just leave a comment.