Friday, April 22, 2016

Eolyn - Book One of THE SILVER WEB by Karin Rita Gastreich (VBB, guest post, excerpt, and GIVEAWAY)

I have the pleasure of having a guest post by author Karin Rita Gastreich who answers...

ELF:  What is one of your hobbies and how has it enriched your writing?

KRG: Dance has been an important part of my life almost as long as storytelling. Growing up, I trained for many years in classical ballet, jazz, and tap. Like a lot of little girls, I dreamed of being a professional dancer, but during my high school years, I turned away from those ambitions to devote myself to a career as a scientist.

Through my undergraduate and graduate years, I never gave up dancing. Dance not only kept me in shape, it provided an important creative outlet and helped me make new friends. As the years went on, I moved away from classical dance and into modern. I even had the opportunity to perform. Most recently, I’ve picked up flamenco, which I thoroughly enjoy for its passion, drama, and elegance. 

When I began writing Eolyn, I wanted to give my protagonist the sort of experience I had had with dance; to find companionship among a group of performers, and to undergo the exhilarating demands of the art. So I invented Mage Corey’s Circle, a loose take on a traveling circus, and threw Eolyn into the middle of it. For added spice, I made sure all the performers were closet revolutionaries. In the end, the chapters that follow Corey’s Circle were some of the most entertaining for me to write.

I also made dance, along with music and other arts, an integral part of magic in Eolyn’s world. According to the traditions of the Eolyn’s people, magic exists in many forms, including Primitive Magic. Primitive Magic is not less advanced than other forms of magic. Rather, it is considered the source of all magic; innate to the human spirit. Rhythm, dance, and music are all part of Primitive Magic.

In many ways, I think of writing as a kind of choreography. To this day, I often listen to music while envisioning scenes in my head, just as I used to do back when I choreographed dances for a performance. Every time dance appears in my writing, it is a tribute to everything this wonderful performance art has given me in my own life.

Like Eolyn and her people, I consider dance a form of magic. After all, the world would be a very dull place without it!


by Karin Rita Gastreich


GENRE: Fantasy



In a land ravaged by civil war, the Mage King Kedehen initiates a ruthless purge of the magas. Eolyn, last daughter of the magas and sole heiress to their forbidden craft, seeks refuge in the South Woods.

When she meets the mysterious Akmael, heir to the throne of this violent realm, she embarks on a path of hope, seduction, betrayal, and war. Desire draws Eolyn toward Akmael’s dark embrace, but fate binds her to Corey of East Selen, a cunning mage whose ambition challenges the limits of love and loyalty.

Can she trust either man?

Hunted in a realm of powerful wizards and brutal deceptions, Eolyn must find her own path to freedom or she will burn on the pyre.

"Vigorously told deceptions and battle scenes, with a romantic thread." -Publishers Weekly


A Nest of Vipers

Mage Corey closed the distance between them. His magic spread in a hush through fallen leaves, surrounding Eolyn, cutting off all retreat, and daring her to defend herself with a counter spell. He stopped just in front of her, his face a breath away.

“Sometimes I like to imagine you and I live in a world where we do not feel compelled to keep secrets from each other,” he murmured.

Eolyn’s throat went dry.

“Indulge me in this fantasy and tell me: Why do you desire to go to the King’s City?”

Eolyn willed her eyes to remain steady on his. “It is a child’s wish. I had a friend growing up. I believe he lives there. I wish to find him. That is all.”

Mage Corey studied her a moment. Then he stepped away and continued his walk. The autumn earth released Eolyn’s feet. She quickened her pace to catch up with him.

“A friend,” Corey asked, his voice a mask of idle curiosity, “or a lover?”

“A friend. We were only children when we knew each other.”

“I see. I am sorry, Eolyn, but I cannot take you to the city, not because I object to you finding your friend, but because I am averse to leading fawns into nests of vipers. Still…” Corey stopped, his expression thoughtful. “I know many people in the city. If you give me the name of this friend of yours, perhaps I could...”

Eolyn’s expression put a stop to his words.

“I see I am pressing too hard. Very well, Eolyn. We have had a fair exchange: one truth for one truth.” Touching Eolyn’s chin, Corey brought her gaze back to his. “Perhaps we can continue down this path when I return.”

On April 21st and April 22nd, EOLYN will be available for free download on Kindle as an "Earth Day" promotion.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Karin Rita Gastreich writes stories of ordinary women and the extraordinary paths they choose. She lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she is part of the biology faculty at Avila University. An ecologist by vocation, Karin has wandered forests and wildlands for over twenty years. Her past times include camping, hiking, music, and flamenco dance. In addition to The Silver Web trilogy, Karin has published short stories in World Jumping, Zahir, Adventures for the Average Woman, and 69 Flavors of Paranoia. She is a recipient of the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer’s Residency.

Twitter: @EolynChronicles



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  1. Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?

    1. Hello, Mai! I do a little of both. I always have an idea of where a story is going once I sit down to write. But if the characters start pulling me in a different direction, I generally follow their lead.

    2. I love your questions, Mai. I have to get around to writing them all down! Thanks for coming by!

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    1. I am very sorry to have taken so long to welcome you, Karin! I hope the tour is going well (and I was amazed at those beetles on your FB page!). Thank you very much for taking the time to interact with my visitors!

  3. Great post = thanks for sharing the excerpt :)

  4. Sounds good, I can't wait to read it.

  5. Sounds like a great read.

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    1. Happy to do so, thank you for coming by, Tammy!

  7. Will we see a flamenco dancer sometime, some story?

    1. Great question, Mary! I actually have two stories in progress that feature dancers. One is a short story that I wrote for an anthology being produced by DGS games. The other is an urban fantasy/paranormal romance called The Hunting Grounds. If everything goes as planned, The Hunting Grounds will be released this autumn.

    2. I love seeing authors' techniques, Mary. Great to hear about the upcoming stories, Karin!

  8. Wishing you a great weekend and thanking you for the giveaway

    1. Thank you, James! I hope you are having a great weekend, too.

    2. Thanks for visiting, James!

  9. Thanking you on this wonderful Sunday for giving us this opportunity to win

  10. I have enjoyed learning about the book. Thanks for sharing it.

    1. Happy to share, Patrick! Thanks for popping in!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Bri. Thanks for the visit!