Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Guest Blogger: Karina Fabian, Author of Greater Treasures (Giveaway)

Being a private detective in the border town of the Faerie and Mundane worlds isn’t easy, even for a dragon like Vern. Still, finding the wayward brother of a teary damsel in distress shouldn’t have gotten so dangerous. When his partner, Sister Grace, gets poisoned by a dart meant for him, Vern offers to find an artifact in exchange for a cure. However, this is no ordinary trinket—with a little magic power, it could control all of mankind. Can Vern find the artifact, and will he sacrifice the fate of two worlds for the life of his best friend?

Purchase at: CreateSpace or a Kindle version from Amazon.

Pages: 130
ISBN-13: 978-1484848296
ISBN-10: 1484848292

Why I Love Writing Vern and Why You’ll Love Reading Him

By Karina Fabian

Once again, I have a DragonEye story to share. For those that don’t know, DragonEye stories involve Vern, a dragon who lives in our world and works as a detective, solving mysteries and saving the world when magic and technology become more than anyone else can handle. He’s a character I created somewhere around 2006 and who first appeared in “DragonEye, PI” in Firestorm of Dragons (http://www.amazon.com/Firestorm-Dragons-Michele-Acker/dp/1896944809) in 2008. Since then, Vern has provided me with a steady line of stories, from flash to novel size. Greater Treasures is a novella/novelette, incidentally.

Vern is my favorite character to write. For one, he’s a dragon, which means he considers himself a superior species. So much of my life is spent with self-doubt that it’s refreshing to immerse myself in a character who is supremely confident in himself, even when events make him feel like he’s failing. He’s also got a snarky attitude. He can say things I’ll only think, make snide remarks, and give people insulting nicknames, and it comes completely natural to him. I’m not sure what that says about me, but I do enjoy it. Of course, that is part of his charm and his humor. Even in the most serious of situations, he can find something amusing, whether a pun or an ironic twist. He does slapstick pretty well, too. I laugh when I write his stories. Finally, he’s smart—genius smart. Of course, that’s easy to write when I can Google whatever would come to his mind naturally.

Vern is different from me. If I knew him in reality, I’m not sure how close of friends we’d be. (Although in my world, he does know me, as I am his biographer.) But that is the point of writing—and reading—fiction: to escape the world and even who you are for a time, to explore someone else’s personality and problems, and hopefully, to come away refreshed and a little better than when you started the book.

I hope you feel that way after reading Greater Treasures. I know I did after writing it.

Winner of the 2010 INDIE for best Fantasy (Magic, Mensa and Mayhem), Karina Fabian has imagination that takes quirky twists that keep her--and her fans--amused. Nuns working in space, a down-and-out Faerie dragon working off a geas from St. George, zombie exterminators—there’s always a surprise in Fabian’s worlds. Mrs. Fabian teaches writing and book marketing seminars, but mostly is concerned with supporting her husband, Rob Fabian as he makes the exciting leap from military officer to civilian executive, getting her kids through high school and college, and surviving daily circuit torture…er, circuit training. Read about her adventures at http://fabianspace.com.

Find Karina at:
Website: http://fabianspace.com, http://dragoneyepi.net
Blog: http://fabianspace.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/karina.fabian
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/KarinaFabian
Google +: https://plus.google.com/103660024891826015212

Visit the book's tour page at http://dragoneyepi.blogspot.com/2013/04/greater-treasures-book-tour.html

Giveaway Information:

E-book: Here’s your chance to win a free electronic copy of Greater Treasures. Leave a comment or question for Karina, Vern, or Sister Grace.

Grab bag: Vern gripes about the junk in his warehouse in Greater Treasures, but he and Grace have started going through boxes, and they’ve agreed to send something to one of my readers. Leave a comment or question for Karina, Vern, or Sister Grace.

Please be sure to include your email address so Karina can contact you if you win.


Karina Fabian said...

Thanks for hosting me today. Since we're giving away two prizes, shall we take comments until Friday, then pick a winner?

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a plan, Karina. Friday deadline works for me.