Kathlena L. Contreras

In other incarnations, Kathlena Contreras has been a small business owner, a copy editor for three nationally distributed magazines, editor of a small literary magazine, an assistant medical librarian and a data manager. She currently lives with her husband, four dogs and assorted livestock on the edge of the woods above the valley east of Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.

Most commented posts

  1. Zero Tolerance Strikes Again — 4 comments
  2. What’s in a Name? — 2 comments
  3. This Magic Moment — 2 comments
  4. The Making of Springtime in Hades — 2 comments
  5. Crooked Magic — 2 comments

Author's posts

Oct 08

The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord My rating: 5 of 5 stars Like many writers, I read a lot. This book was recommended by C. Gockel, another writer whose work I enjoy. One of my favorite stories is her novelette, “Magic After Midnight,” included in the anthology Once Upon a Curse. Her …

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Aug 20

Fated Magic

Fated Magic cover

Kathlena L. Contreras – A Land of Enchantment Novel – A dangerous wizard. A gifted seer. A love that could change the future. Seeress for the mob… Emilia Dunmoor is a woman out of place and time. Thrust into the modern world, she scrapes out a meager living telling fortunes to curious tourists. It’s a …

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Dec 17

Love Comes in Unexpected Packages

I saw this on The Passive Voice, a writer’s blog I read. Besides being way cool (LOVE Mrs. C’s red chopper!), it brought tears to my eyes. So nice and warm and gentle after all the ugliness of the election. Merry Christmas, joyous Yule, and happy holidays to you! Love, Kathy

Nov 24

When the Pig Came to School

Every once in a while, I think about posting a review for a book I’ve read. Like many good intentions, I never quite manage to get around to it, instead spending my writing time on my own books. Well, this time I’m finally putting thought into action. My stepmom, Ewa Carlsson, who designed my Flying …

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Oct 30

Fateful Magic – Chapter 3

Vadim Dragovich

Here’s the latest installment of Fateful Magic. If you missed the beginning, you can read it here. It’s fun looking for images to go with the chapters. At first, I was going to include one of Tiff, but then I decided, no. It’s got to be Vadim Dragovich (pronounced vah-DEEM), the Dragon of Russia and the …

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Oct 15

Fateful Magic – Chapter 2

Well, the votes are in, and the title Fortunate Magic for the newest Land of Enchantment book got a thumbs-down. My personal favorite is Omenous Magic, but voter’s choice is Fateful Magic. So Fateful Magic it is for now. Here’s the next chapter. To read from the beginning, start here. Vadim pushed up from his chair …

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Sep 25

Fateful Magic – Chapter 1

I’ve been trying to figure out a title for my new story. Since it’s set in the Land of Enchantment universe, It needs the word “magic” in the title. But what kind of magic? Since the story revolves around fortune-teller Emilia Dunmoor, it has to include something about the future or foreseeing. Prescient Magic? Imminent Magic? …

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Sep 02

A New Land of Enchantment Story

After finishing Could It Be Magic, I hit a dry spell and so took a break for a few months. At last, I decided that writing something was better than writing nothing, so I started on a new story. I talked about writing something like this in my post on Reylo Trash, but didn’t really have …

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Jun 27

What Happened to Goodreads Giveaways?

Goodreads, the social book site, has for some time offered a program in which readers can enter to win a paperback copy of books they’re interested in. It’s great for readers, of course, because they can get free copies of books they’d like to read. It also offers authors exposure for their books and a chance …

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Apr 18

Amazon and the Attack of the Zombie Scammers

It’s a day just like any other. The sun is shining, birds are singing. A neighbor calls a cheerful greeting as Mom and Dad see the kids off to school. Then, from across the street, a scream splits the air. A young mother flings her phone away and presses her children back from the menace on the screen. A teenage …

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