Spotlight: Wyrd Gods + Author Interview

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Wyrd Gods
by Susana Imaginário
Published: August 22, 2019
Genre: Mythic Dark Fantasy
Pages: 394 (Print Length)

CW: Abuse (emotional), Animal cruelty, Chronic illness, Mental Illness, Cannibalism (only mentions of), Genocide (only mentions of), Gore, Violence, Racial bigotry (between fantasy races), Self-harm, Suicide, Suicidal thoughts, Torture

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The God of Time wants to destroy Eternity.

A mysterious immortal seeks vengeance.

And a reclusive deity does what no god should ever do: she answers a prayer.

As punishment, she is stripped of her powers and trapped in a mortal’s body. Now a Wyrd – a fated god – she is haunted by the memories and thoughts of her host and must hide her true identity in order to survive in Niflheim, the rival Norse Underworld.

There she discovers the afterlife is not quite what it used to be. Niflheim’s new ruler threatens the precarious balance of a world overrun with outcast deities and mortals alike.

To save her own sanity and find her way back to the stars, she must help the other Wyrd overcome their grievances to defeat this enemy, but those who would be her allies appear to have motives as hidden as her fragmented consciousness.

And yet it seems the greatest threat to her freedom comes from within, and the prize it seeks is her immortal soul…

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Author Interview:

1.What inspired you to write this book? OR Tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma, etc?

I found this ancient yew tree in an old graveyard back in the UK. I used to just sit there amongst the faded gravestones, imagining how it all would have looked like when the tree was young. This led to a series of incomplete historical fiction stories based on the idea of time travelling through trees. I liked the concept, but failed to make it work in the ‘real world’. Eventually I abandoned reality altogether and used the plot of another unfinished novel written years before, a sort of Clash of the Titans meets Stargate and set the story in Niflheim because I wanted to bring the Norse gods to the mix as well and so (after many drafts, revisions, edits, tears and curses) Timelessness was born.

  1. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

I learned that less is more when telling a story and that it’s a good idea to leave your ego out of it.

  1. What surprised you the most in writing it?

When I finished I had enough surplus material for another two books and despite how hard it was to write the first one and the overwhelming amount of disappointment that came after publishing it, I still wanted to keep writing.

  1. What does the title mean?

Wyrd roughly means fate or personal destiny, and since one of the themes in the series is fate vs the consequences of one’s actions, it seemed appropriate.

Besides, the story, as well as its structure, is a bit weird with a satirical undertone. Definitely not your typical fantasy.

And since the inspiration for Wyrd Gods came from several ancient mythologies and half the characters are gods, I had to mention gods in the title.

  1. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

No. I try really hard to keep reality separated from my work to avoid such comparisons (and complications).

  1. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

    Yes. Very much so. 

Wyrd Gods focuses on the thin line between selfishness and self preservation and how limited each individual’s perspective is and the consequences of assumptions and miscommunication.

There’s several lessons actually, but you’ll need to read the entire series to learn them.

  1. What is your favorite part of the book?

I have several. 

The horse riding scene because it was one of the first ones I wrote. The bedroom scene in the dark, mostly because it’s the one most people comment on and seems to make them uncomfortable. 

And, of course, any scenes with Loki. He’s just so much fun to write. 

  1. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

Ideth and Chronos. Ideth because she’s an almost complete opposite of me. I always have to think through her actions and motivations very carefully in order to make sense of them. And Chronos because he’s the personification of time. If his actions make sense, I’m probably not doing a very good job. 

  1. What are your immediate future plans?

Publish Nephilim’s Hex (in July, if all goes well). By the time this interview comes out I may have started, or at least announced, a Kickstarter to fund the audiobooks for The Dharkan, Nephilim’s Hex and Anachrony (books 2, 3 and 3.5 in the series) and of course, finish the series. Book 4, Anamnesis is drafted, but still needs a lot of work.

 

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Susana Imaginário is a misfit from Portugal. She moved to England to pursue a career as an aerialist and now runs a Board Gaming retreat in Ireland with her husband and their extremely spoiled dog.

Her hobbies include reading, playing board games, hanging upside down, poking around ancient ruins, talking to trees and being tired.

Her debut novel, Wyrd Gods, combines mythological fantasy with science fiction and psychology in a strange way.



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Book Blitz: Destiny, by D.D. Larsen

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Destiny
The Academy Series, #1
by D.D. Larsen
Fantasy Romance

Published: April 2021

Book 1 of the Academy Series begins with Destiny, a thrilling fantasy story with magical creatures and sizzling romance.

Despondent after a failed career move, Jamie returns to her remote hometown to rekindle old relationships and hopefully rediscover her life’s purpose. While visiting the local coffee shop , she meets the rugged stranger Wren, who works as a park ranger and always seems to be around when she needs him. But he also appears to have a strange connection to the mysterious wolf residing in the forest.

As Jamie grows closer to Wren, she stumbles into a paranormal world of dark magic, shapeshifters, and deep, supernatural connections. At the same time, Jamie discovers the mysterious powers that have lain dormant within her for years.

A paranormal story about shape-shifting wolf, a fantasy about a young woman with special powers, and a sexy romance with a mysterious stranger, Destiny heralds the arrival of a talented new voice in contemporary fantasy and romance.

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D.D. Larsen grew up in a small town in Colorado. As a child, she was always formulating stories in her mind. Now, she gets to share her books with the world. She loves romance novels, and writing about mountain settings comes naturally (pun intended). But she’s a woman of many interests, as proved by her bachelor of science degree in biological and chemical engineering and her passionate pursuit of ski racing and other athletic endeavors.

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Book Blitz: Avarice Twilight, by R.A. Davidson

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Avarice Twilight
Askeladd, Book 1
R.A. Davidson

Fantasy, Action/Adventure

Date Published: 05/03/2021

Avalon Academy; the most prestigious school for the learnings of magic and mana that welcomes all with talent. The mages Avalon Academy produces are so great that many important houses from other lands request that their children attend. It is this very institute that has garnered the attention of Aryn. At Avalon Academy, the brothers encounter hidden agendas that will create a storm, which will pull in the brothers and an unexpecting few.

Due to others’ desires, the brothers are forced to serve as the kingdom’s dogs to regain their freedom. Made to embark on the brothers’ journey are two women, each thrust into an unfamiliar world. Asteria, the lovely daughter of one of Avalon’s most influential houses, her healing touch and latent talent, may prove to blossom. Isla, the princess of a kingdom in distant lands; her notions of how the world makes her perspective deluded, her immense mana may make her a more significant threat than the mission itself. Leading them is a weathered veteran who only wants a peaceful life by the name of Utrix.

What awaits this group, doomed to be Avalon’s shield and sword? They set out with a destination… but will they reach it? Though plans can be made and orders are given, nothing can control the happenstances of the world. The five members will have to come to terms with that unavoidable fact. With nothing set in stone, what will the group encounter on their journey? The cruelty of the unknown will clash with the adamant resolve for the group to be free. Will they brave through the hardships, or build their pyre?

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