Vern’s Warehouse Dogs

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As promised earlier this month, today, I’m spotlighting Karina Fabian’s latest DragonEye story, the novella Greater Treasures.

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?

And now for a few words from the dragon himself:

Vern’s Warehouse Dogs
By Karina Fabian

I have dogs. I know that sounds weird for a dragon. I never had dogs before I came to the Mundane world. Even among humans, dogs don’t have the status in Faerie that they do here. But I’ve found them to be useful creatures.

While my warehouse is a reasonably comfortable lair, it’s not what I’m used to. Too many entrance points, too exposed. Too many humans–even worse, too many Mundane humans who don’t know how to respect the dragon. Sneaking in for a photo, hoping to swipe a scale, or thinking I’m going to leave my treasure nice and exposed–seriously? (Not that it’s not a good idea, but since my run-in with St. George, I’m not allowed to trick and eat treasure-hunters.) Nice thing about a mountain cave is I can find a quiet spot where I can let my guard down. Not so with the warehouse, but with a dog to keep watch, I can relax knowing that they’ll sound the alarm should any Mundane try to sneak around.

Hot Dog came with the warehouse. He was a nasty piece of work, made meaner by the months of neglect that followed the death of his master–the only human able to control him. The owner’s wife gave the warehouse and all its items to the Church in part because she didn’t want to deal with the mongrel, but couldn’t bear to have it “put down.” Guess she hoped for a miracle. She got me. A few minutes with his neck between my jaws and we came to an understanding. After that, he picked up fast that any human I respected, he’d better respect, too. We had a good year together before I ate him. (It was early in my career and cases were few and far between. Like I said, Hot Dog and I had an understanding.)

Now I have a couple of Labradorish mutts, Riff and Raff. They have a big bark, but friendly temperaments. Back when I didn’t have reliable heat, we kept each other warm on winter nights. More prosperous times and the fact that Grace loves them mean they’ve stayed off my menu for the past ten years. They’re getting gray around the muzzle. I may have to eat them someday, but when I do, it’ll be an honor and not just a luncheon.

If you haven’t already become acquainted with Vern and his human partner, Sister Grace, you can find Greater Treasures in Kindle and print formats.

Information on the novels in the series can be found at the following links:
Live and Let Fly, which is discussed here on my blog.
Magic, Mensa and Mayhem, which is also reviewed here on my blog.

Stay tuned later today for my review of Greater Treasures!

If you’d like to see more of Vern and Karina’s posts, as well as enter drawings for e-books, check out the rest of the book tour.



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I’d Rather Write about Interesting Times

This is a guest post from Karina Fabian, author of the recently released Live and Let Fly. (See previous post for my review.) She’s appearing here as part of her blog tour; you can see the whole calendar for the tour on her Website.

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Karina Fabian

You know the old (supposedly) Arabic curse: may you live in interesting times? I’m one of those blessed people who had never lived in a really “interesting time.” I grew up in a stable and loving home, enjoyed college, had an exciting few years as an Air Force Officer, met the man of my dreams, and have since settled down to raise kids and write books. I’ve had some hard times, but I’ve never been shot at, tortured, driven insane, been under an evil spell, or lost everything I owned or loved.

Trust me, I am not complaining. I thank God every day. But my life would be boring to write about, which is why my blog seldom gets into my daily life. I’d much rather write about all those awful things happen to my characters. Continue reading

Talking about middles

Last week, my friend Jeannette de Beauvoir had a lovely post about beginnings on her blog. I told her that I don’t find beginnings challenging, but middles can be difficult. After a little back and forth, she asked me to do a guest post on writing middles. It’s up today over on her blog. Go check it out — and read some of her other posts while you’re there!

If you’re here visiting from Jeannette’s blog, welcome. If you want to learn more about who I am, check out my About me page. Browse through my blog entries to get a feel for the sort of things I talk about. If you’re interested in seeing some of the things I’ve written, the fiction category on my blog has some flash and excerpts from longer works, the Short stories and Articles on writing pages have links, and the Hartshorn Publishing page lists things I’ve put up for sale myself. Feel free to poke around — and please, do say hello while you’re here!

Scarlett Archer on first lines

1,001 First Lines is a collection of classic first lines, grouped by genre. I don’t always agree with the classifications used (I wouldn’t put Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland under comedy, for example), but that’s to be expected: I don’t think any two people are in complete agreement on genre boundaries. (Watch for my new blog series on Defining the Genres for more outspoken opinions on this.)

I noticed two things while reading through the accumulated openings. What I mostly noticed is that there is no one-size-fits-all, even in a given category. First lines can be short, long, filled with punctuation, or as plain as Dick and Jane. The second thing is that there are excellent openings to books I didn’t like (Bridge to Terabithia) and mundane openings to books I loved (Storm Front). Continue reading

The Magic of Christmas

(Today’s post is a guest post from Erin Kendall of Turtleduck Press. Enjoy!)

Christmas. It is my most favorite time of year: snow-covered streets; beautiful lights on houses and stores; people dashing around in a buying frenzy; our Christmas tree (which I swear looks more beautiful every year, even though technically it’s the same tree); family and friends, love and gifts, Christmas carols and hot chocolate by the fire…. Continue reading