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At Flying Tiger Press, you’ll find stories about people– people grappling with new magical abilities, venturing on journeys of self-discovery, finding love in unexpected places.
The battles 
fought are on home ground. The stakes played are closest to the heart.

Flying Tiger books. Where magic gets personal.

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Flying Tiger Press is the imprint for fantasy by Kathlena L. Contreras and K. Lynn Bay.

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Oct 11

This Magic Moment

Here’s a sample of This Magic Moment, a Land of Enchantment short story available on Amazon.


Amethyst Rey stared at what lay inside the little box on the linen tablecloth.

A ring. White gold—or platinum. Candlelight glittered on the spray of diamonds surrounding a stone the size of her little fingernail. It was a purple so deep and rich it looked fake.

An amethyst. Of course. And she somehow knew it wasn’t fake.

The murmur of other diners in suits and little black dresses wove in and out of discreet piano music. Amethyst’s concession to dressing up consisted of a silk boatneck top, broomstick skirt in shades of indigo, purple and violet and a silver concho belt.

She concentrated on keeping her voice low and reasonable. “You have got to be kidding me.”

Across the table from her, Jas Harker wore an ever-so-earnest look. “Never.”

She should’ve known something was up: dinner at Blue Coyote in Santa Fe, Jas dressed in a sport coat and opened-collared shirt, opening the door of his emerald-green Infiniti IPL convertible. Good-looking as always with his black hair freshly barbered into stylish disarray, those deep, dark eyes, the mismatched brows, one with a little quirk to it.

She shook her head. So much charm…so little reliability.

“What are you up to now?” she said.

He carefully pushed his dessert plate aside and folded pale, clever fingers in front of him. “I want you to marry me.”

Amethyst leaned an elbow on the table. Candlelight traced a glass cut on the side of her thumb—occupational hazard for a stained glass artist. “I got that part. What I’m wondering is what else you want.”

“What else do you think I want?”

With Jas, there was always something else. But since she’d been enjoying a very nice night out with him, she probably shouldn’t mention that.

“Maybe one binding isn’t enough,” she said. “Maybe now you want the legal kind.”

He sighed and took a sip of wine. “A man usually asks a woman to marry him because he loves her.”

“Except you’re not a man.”

He leaned close and whispered, “Try me.”

She held her ground. “A professional collaboration seems to be working pretty well. Anything closer…” She turned sideways and crossed her legs. “Um, no.”

His mouth ticked up on one side. “Ah-ha. That’s what this is about. ‘Amethyst, insecure in her abilities, rejects a degree of closeness that might reveal her mediocrity.’”

Her face went hot. “Mediocrity? Mediocrity?”

He wore an innocent look. “Am I wrong about that?”

She spluttered and swept a hand around her. The restaurant disappeared. Piñon pines and juniper trees replaced the other diners. Instead of faux-painted walls, a night sky with stars like slivers of glass surrounded them. Crickets’ music took the place of the tinkling piano.

“Nice.” Jas grinned and drew a finger along the candle flame. It turned a rich rose color and twined patterns upward in the darkness. “So much more intimate.”

“That wasn’t—I didn’t—” She fumbled at the magic. Nothing happened. She tried again.

He caught her hand. “Here. Let me.”

The restaurant blinked back in. The ring was on her finger, too.

Amethyst yanked it off and plunked it back into its box.

He watched with amused tolerance, the kind of look one would use with a puppy’s silly antics. “So you aren’t insecure.”


“Are you sure?”


He leaned back, twirled the stem of his glass between his fingers. “So. Are you up to a challenge?”

She folded her arms. “Name it.”

“How about a little contest of wizardry?”

“Let me guess. You win, I marry you.”

“Exactly the stakes I had in mind.”

She snorted a laugh. “I don’t think so.”

“Then you don’t trust your powers.”

Amethyst gave him a sweet smile, tipped her head to one side and sent him into the middle of the parking lot. One Brooks Brothers shoe remained underneath the table.

For good measure, she put on a curse that would make the sole come off the first time it was exposed to water.

Melodie set down her tea. It hit the coffee table with a thunk and a jingle of ice. “You did what?”

Amethyst pulled her fingers through her hair. “I know. But I was mad.”

What were best friends for, if not to point out massive stupidity?

“And so you agreed to marry the man if he can best you in wizardry.” Melodie angled into her end of the couch and folded her arms. “Didn’t it once, maybe, vaguely occur to you that he might be setting you up?”

“Well…maybe after I got back to Albuquerque.” She stirred the ice in her glass, avoiding Melodie’s eyes. Colors from the stained glass panel on the wall behind her reflected in the ice, turning them into cubes of green, gold, vivid sky-blue.

“And then?”

Amethyst sighed. “When I got home, I couldn’t find my way to the front door.”

Melodie burst out with a laugh. “What do you mean? Your front walk is straight and ten feet long.”

“Ever heard the saying, ‘He led me down the garden path’? That’s what happened. I wandered that path for fifteen minutes before I could break the illusion.” Amethyst made a face. “Complete with sphinx moths, night hawks and evening primrose.”

“I guess I shouldn’t say anything about it sounding pretty.”

“Not,” Amethyst said, “under the circumstances.”

“You’ll just have to tell Jas the bet’s off, Wiz.” That was the nickname Melodie had given her in their UNM days. Short for ‘whiz kid.’ “If you’re gonna marry him, it’ll have to be for the usual reasons.”

“Bad ones?”

“Have I ever mentioned that cynics are annoying?”

“We’re talking about Jas here.”

“Point taken,” Melodie said. “But still. I don’t think this is an arms race you want to join.”

“The only thing is, I already have.” Amethyst shifted in her seat. “When he went home, he didn’t have a front door.”

Would you like to read more? This Magic Moment is available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia and other Amazon stores around the world.

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Oct 05

This Magic Moment

New Release by Kathlena L. Contreras

A Land of Enchantment short story – Book 4 –

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What’s a wizard-woman to do when the rich, good-looking CEO of a major computer security corporation asks her to marry him?

If the woman in question is Amethyst Rey and the CEO is charming, devious Jas Harker, the wizard she wouldn’t trust to walk her across the street, the answer is a definite NO! But Jas isn’t the kind of man to take “no” for an answer. When a semi-friendly contest of wizardry escalates into an all-out magical duel, Amethyst has to decide if she wants Jas out of her life completely…

Or a permanent part of it.

Available on Amazon, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia and other Amazon stores around the world.

Author’s note:

Although this story takes place about a year after the end of Crooked Magic, I actually wrote it first. This story was so much fun for me that it was hard to keep it under wraps until Crooked Magic was finished.

Aug 31

99-Cent Sale on Flying Tiger Books

September is Sale Month for Flying Tiger books

To celebrate the release of Crooked Magic, $0.99 promotions are running through the month of September for most Flying Tiger Press titles. Check them out on Amazon.

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Aug 20

Crooked Magic

Kathlena L. Contreras

– The Land of Enchantment – Book 3

Wizards are back and selling their services to the people in power. Amethyst Rey has just been outed as a wizard, and now she’s for sale to the highest bidder—whether she wants to be or not.

Amethyst just wants to live quietly as a stained glass artist. But when she and Talys, her familiar, confront another wizard who’s meddling in local New Mexico politics, she lands herself square in the sights of the shadowy figure called Ragman, a headhunter who supplies wizards to corporate clients.

When the game of cat and mouse with Ragman and his hired thugs turns deadly, Amethyst is forced to partner with Jas Harker, the wizard who almost ensnared her last year. But charming, devious Jas always has his own agenda. And this time, he’s maneuvering to pick up where he and Amethyst left off.

Click here to read a sample of Crooked Magic, or… Amazon buy button

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Also available at Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia and other Amazon stores around the world.

May 12

Crooked Magic Blurb

Okay, so the book is finished and the cover is ready. The only thing left is the all-important blurb. What’s the story about?

A lot– maybe most– authors hate writing blurbs. I won’t say it isn’t hard. I can sit down and spend hours putting a blurb together, then days after that tinkering with it until it seems right. And I do have to get myself in a certain frame of mind to write one. But actually, I don’t hate doing it. Sometimes it’s even kind of fun.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my first stab at the blurb for Crooked Magic. What do you think?

Wizards are back and doing what they did in past ages—meddling in the affairs of ordinary folk. But as far as Amethyst Rey is concerned, a bunch of other wizards who’ve been out of the world for however-many centuries aren’t gonna come stomping in and rearranging the world to suit themselves. Albuquerque is her town, and she’ll protect it.

That was the idea, anyway—until Amethyst lands square in the sights of the shadowy figure who calls himself Ragman, a broker who sells wizards’ services to the highest bidder. If she wants to keep her freedom, Amethyst will have to take extreme measures. And the most extreme is partnering with charming, devious Jas Harker, who’s determined to pick up where Amethyst broke things off last year.

May 10

Enchanted Pins

Ahem ahem ahem. ::Author taps mic,  blows into it. Trumpet fanfare plays::

Ladies and gentlemen! At long last, I’ve finished Crooked Magic, the sequel to Familiar Magic. It’s currently in my beta readers’ hands, then I’ll need to do interior formatting and work up a blurb, but I’m targeting for availability in June. Crooked Magic will be published under my Kathlena L. Contreras pen name.

All of the Land of Enchantment books and stories take place in New Mexico, USA. While I was reading through the book, it occurred to me that most people won’t be familiar with much of what I talk about and describe. Pueblo-style architecture, kiva fireplaces, bancos and nichos, arroyos and xeriscaping, Maria pots and Navajo hogans are all familiar items in the Southwestern U.S., but more or less unheard of in other parts of the country, much less the world. So I thought it might be nice to give readers a place to actually see some of these things.

Enter Pinterest. I’d already pinned the covers for my books and some art that I thought captured some of my people, but then I thought, hey! I can pin the places Amethyst goes, recipes for some of the food she eats, pictures of New Mexican scenery and more.

I’ve been having a blast. If you’d like to see what I’ve done so far, click here to see the boards I set up for Crooked Magic and Familiar Magic. You can view them without a Pintrest account, if you don’t mind the bar asking you to sign in. You can also sign in with your Facebook account, if you have one. But of course it’s more fun–and you can re-pin and comment–if you have a Pintrest profile.

If you’d like to hear when Crooked Magic goes live on Amazon, you can email me from my contact page or sign up for my mailing list at the top right corner of the homepage. Not long after Crooked Magic is available, I’ll also be releasing This Magic Moment, a Land of Enchantment short story. It takes place after the events of Crooked Magic.

Now on to the next one!

Crooked Magic by Kathlena L. Contreras


Mar 16

Crooked Magic – The End Is In Sight!

I’m as amazed as anyone. I’ve been slowly plugging along on Crooked Magic, the sequel to Familiar Magic, when I suddenly realized it: I’m closing in on the finish line! I’m working on the scene before the climax. I figure I have about 6,000 to 8,000 more words to finish.

In the spirit of seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, here’s an excerpt from Chapter 2 of Crooked Magic, which will be published under my Kathlena L. Contreras pen name:

Amethyst Rey.

Her name came as clear as if someone had whispered it from the back seat. She whipped around, any impulse toward laughter gone. The street behind them was thick with the glare of headlights, the glow of signs and street lights.

“Did you hear that?” she said. ‘Hear’ wasn’t the right word, but there wasn’t one better.

“What was it?” Talys wasn’t alarmed. Just…curious. Interested.

“My name. Someone’s thinking my name. Someone close by.”

He peered into the mirror once more. “Ah. I’d perceived we were being followed.”

“You—” She pushed a breath through pursed lips. No point arguing about why he’d neglected to mention it earlier. She shot a narrow look back. “Well, let them follow this.”

She reached for the magic. A coil of Talys’ silver energy held her back.

“Wait,” he said. “I see some value in discovering who should be so presumptuous. Don’t you?”

“I don’t know.” She dug through the junk heap of spells in her mind. One conjured a doppelgänger. Another used light to baffle and bewilder an enemy, perfect for the circumstances. A third made the hunter follow his own tracks until the spell was dispersed—or until the hunted decided to put an end to the hapless circling.

She sighed. “I guess you’re right.”

“Confidence, love,” he said, flipped on the signal and turned left onto a side street.

The stores in the strip malls on either side of the street gave way to a back alley, then the windowless, metal-roofed blocks of what must’ve been warehouses or industrial buildings. The street dipped down and the busy flow of traffic on Menaul disappeared.

“I changed my mind. This is not a good idea.”

“Patience. Just a moment more, I think.”

He flipped the car into a U-turn, pulled to the curb and twisted off the lights.

Amethyst pulled her seatbelt out, let it snap back.

Talys reached over and put a hand over hers. “Be still.”

She knotted her hands together in her lap. Headlights appeared up the street, one—no, two cars.

“Shit,” she said. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 15

Dissecting a Sentence

Dave Barry is one of my all-time favorite humorists. Here’s his take on how to diagram a sentence.

Ask Mr. Language Person

Q. Please explain how to diagram a sentence.

A. First spread the sentence out on a clean, flat surface, such as an ironing board. Then, using a sharp pencil or X-Acto knife, locate the “predicate,” which indicates where the action has taken place and is usually located directly behind the gills. For example, in the sentence: “LaMont never would of bit a forest ranger,” the action probably took place in a forest. Thus your diagram would be shaped like a little tree with branches sticking out of it to indicate the locations of the various particles of speech, such as your gerunds, proverbs, adjutants, etc.

Dave Barry

Thanks to The Passive Voice.

Feb 23

People think…

People think that stories are shaped by people. In fact, it’s the other way around. ― Terry Pratchett

Feb 02

What the Hack?

I’m suddenly seeing the word hack word come up in popular usage. “Productivity hacks for writing.” “Healthy hacks for game day.” “Simple life hacks.”

I’m having a lot of trouble with this word. What does it mean? Okay, it’s being used as a noun. Reading from context, it seems to have about as much meaning as the word thing, as in, “Hey, pass me that thing.” As in, pretty much none. So I googled it (which, BTW, is a nice, clear slang term).

I couldn’t find the definition. About the closest usage seems to be, “a quick solution that solves a problem, but does not solve it particularly well, or in a particularly good way,” from the Online Slang Dictionary. But even this definition still doesn’t quite fit.

So here’s my theory: hack sounds cool, vaguely techie with a quick, sharp ring to it.

I’m a writer. I love words. Conventional words, slang words, old words people hardly use anymore, words that once meant one thing but now mean something else. The most fun thing about words is finding a word that’s exactly right for what I’m trying to convey. So this word hack really bugs me, because it conveys exactly nothing.

Hack for cough tells you exactly how that cough sounds and feels. Hack for cut expresses the violence of the motion. Hack for a computer break-in suggests its illicit nature. Hack for an untalented professional conveys the slap-dash nature of their work. But life hacks? What the hell is that?

One of two things will happen with the new usage of the word hack. It will either go the way of 23 skidoo and bitchin’ as its coolness fades, or it will settle down into an agreed-upon meaning. Either way, it can’t happen soon enough for me.

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