Sunday, March 6, 2016

A Few Fantasy Tales

I have about three true fantasy stories in my back list. Two are gay and one is hetero.

Hanson and Graber, The Price of Magic  is a revision of Hansel and Gretel, with  couple of guys who are tired of their mundane lives in a medieval village somewhere. They hear about a wizard and vow to go find out how to do magic. They learn that magic is expensive to gain but maybe worth it in the long run... Here is the blurb and cover.

Blurb and Cover:
When life-long friends Hanson and Graber learn there may be a great wizard on the far side of the
woods behind their village, they decide to seek him out. The source of the information may be suspect, but the lure proves too strong. In hopes of learning magic to rise above their current status as Hanson the Pigs and Graber the Firewood, they set out on this quest.
When they meet wizard Holzy, they are both intrigued and intimidated. He makes them labor and suffer, but eventually begins to teach them the practice he calls “the feat of the wand,” which turns out to impart much energy and knowledge as well as unsuspected pleasures to both young men. A submerged attraction between Hanson and Graber also comes to the fore as Holzy awakens urges and desires they had hardly even dreamed.
Eventually Holzy screws up, which allows Hanson and Graber to gain the upper hand. Can Hanson and Graber apply their new powers to gain freedom from Holzy’s binding spell and be acknowledged as his equals? Will they go home in triumph or be consigned to the salt mines?
The price of magic is often high..

The Sorcerer's Apprentice features a somewhat frivilous young man who gets caught up in a powerful anti-magic movement in his home city. He flees to a distant region where he feels he will be safe and finds a sorcerer in a type of exile who agrees to give him the further training he needs to become a true mage. In time, they have to go join forces agaiinst the anti-magic ruling group and fight to survive and save the country. 

Blurb and cover: 
Driz aspires to be a great mage, but he’s done poorly the last few years of his schooling and cannot enter the mage university. Instead, he seeks a mentor in the remnants of the once-great magical race of Melcovia, now mostly driven into hiding by the brutal government of dictator Congerson.
Cory has hidden out in a remote estate in the foothills of the great mountains and sorely misses contact with others of his kind. When he hears a telepathic call from a youth seeking a mentor and master, he feels it’s a dream come true. But can the frivolous Driz buckle down enough to learn the discipline and control he needs? And can he ever become the true partner and soul-mate Cory has never found?
When Congerson’s minions and a rogue mage strike against the last empowered folk in Melcovia, Driz’s family is in dire peril. Which path will he choose—staying to work with the master who is also stealing his heart, or breaking his indenture to try to save the lives of his mother and siblings?

He Comes With the Dark is a short novel length tale and a rather different one. The heroine is an artist frustrated with her life in the Bay Area who moves to Sedona to try to re-energize her muse. What she finds is a disembodied ancient spirit bent on seducing her! I am not sure I did justice to the idea but I gave it my best and I think the story works. It is one I may revise a bit and try to bring out in a new version before long. And I totally love the cover!! One of my very favorites.
Blurb and Cover
One paints with line and color, but the other paints with powerful, sensual magic...
Stifled by her restrictive mentor and clientele in the Bay Area, artist Arabella seeks a new home in
Sedona, Arizona. The ambiance rejuvenates her creativity even as she encounters an earlier denizen of the region who turns her narrow life inside out. How can an invisible entity possibly awaken her deeply sensual nature and school her in the carnal pleasures she’d felt were greatly over-rated? Will she be able to channel this new energy into some incredible artistic efforts?
Zeth fled Lemuria when a natural catastrophe of earthquake, volcanic eruption and tsunami swallowed his homeland. He led a boatload of survivors on a quest to seek a new home. The group struggled and splintered disastrously, leaving him one of a few survivors. After a terrible conflict, he is condemned to remain a disembodied spirit until he can again become human and modify the tragic events in which he played a large part. Millennia later, he finds a new resident making her home in the spot he has come to consider his. Using only the power of his intellect and energy, can he seduce this artist into visualizing a likeness that he can take to create the new body he requires?
Once incarnate again, how will Zeth manage to gather the folk needed to reverse the ancient curse and repair broken karmic patterns? Perhaps Arabella is also the magnet drawing several of them to the scene. Once he is a man again, Zeth must first enact the ancient drama anew, then choose whether to accept his freedom to go on to the spirit realm or remain to live a normal span as a human...with Arabella...

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