on March 25, 2015
An earth-like world of high-tech humans faces the reality that their world is not as safe as they thought it was. Five people are thrown together to quietly get to the bottom of an unfathomable mana event that must stay quiet. If the population of Terath becomes aware of the truth, it will spark a civil war. That war would pit the majority of the population against the powerful minority with the ability to harness and manipulate mana. The resulting cataclysm would decimate the population and tear apart the foundation of society.
The five people chosen for this must reconsider everything they thought they knew about mana, even as they learn to trust one another’s abilities. They must embrace everything they never wanted in order to prevent the devastation of their world. One of them will be forever changed. Love will be denied, badassery will be unleashed, and Terath will never be the same.
Even success comes at a price.
Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, a fantasy/sci-fi writer, a dancer, and a mom of two. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. Particular loves include badass heroines, Star Trek, British accents, baba ganoush, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.womenofbadassery.com. Very active onFacebook, T witter (@ZenDiPietro), and Pinterest.
PLEASE WELCOME ZEV TO BOOKHOUNDS
- What is on your nightstand?
I have a compact subwoofer and speakers combo, a couple of shoe heel inserts (so that’s where those went), and several empty MAC makeup containers, for the Back 2 Mac program. You have to love a free lipstick. Also, there’s the bottom half of a Valentine’s mailbox, which holds a handful of perfume sample tubes, and a ceramic statuette of Eros and Psyche. Most importantly, there’s a plastic wind-up Doozer from the Fraggles.
- What author would you totally fan girl?
There are lots! If we can include the dead, I’ll say Jane Austen and Louisa Mae Alcott. If we’re talking strictly the land of the living, I might go with Peter David, because he wrote Star Trek books and really captured the characters.
- What makes you cringe?
Green bell peppers. I don’t know why, because I like the red ones. But if I accidentally get a taste of a green one, my face contorts like Jim Carey’s and I have to spit it out.
- Are you worried that your google history will get you into trouble?
Nah. Any odd details like the mechanical construction of weapons can be easily explained by the fact that I’m a writer. Though I do love history and have spent many hours looking at Kennedy assassination reports. I wasn’t born until decades after that, though, so I’m pretty sure the secret service won’t come looking for me.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
Both. I get the worldbuild and the characters in my head, and start roleplaying them in my mind, I outline the story and the scenes. And then my characters do whatever the heck they want. They really surprise me sometimes, but I roll with it because it’s always better than what I had planned to do.
The first pic is my Gamble. I bottle-raised him and he was my best buddy for 14 years. I lost him just a few days ago, but can’t neglect him but he’s still my guy.
The second pic is the devious usurper, Jellybean. I got her on New Year’s and she’s been making us laugh ever since. She is a food ninja and will steal from your plate if you give her half a chance. This pic shows how little she cares about my getting Book 2 of my series edited. It also shows that she likes to lick the keyboard.