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


1 comment

    • donbay2013 on May 10, 2015 at 11:07 pm
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    Thanks for this information. It’s going to be hard to wait. For crying out loud, keep writing!

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