I can't remember exactly how we first met, but at some point we started exchanging manuscripts, and I credit Huntress with making me more aware of all my passive verbs and my overuse of the word 'which.' She's one of my most valuable critique partners. I've also read Wilder Mage, the first book in The Magic Withheld series, and an early draft of Mage Revealed, both of which I highly recommend if you like urban fantasy ala Jim Butcher style. Don't know Huntress? Here's what other bloggers you might know have to say about her...
"A do-or-die writer, Huntress is honest, honed, and ornery. Her characters are bold and deep and meld together like the colors in a Van Gogh painting. I enjoyed working with her in the early days of Unicorn Bell and reading her awesome stories!"
Tara Tyler, author of Pop Travel The Cooper Chronicles, Book One and Broken Branch Falls Beast World, Book One.
"CD is an awesome writer with a generous heart, a genuine spirit, and a devotion to friendship. She rocks. Now, go buy her book before I go all Ninja on you!"
Alex J. Cavanaugh, author of the Amazon best sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm.
"Carol is truly one of the blessings in my life. Although shy, she's a great listener and always knows how to calm me down. She's been my critique partner and friend for years. Congrats on the release!"
Charity Bradford, author of The Magic Wakes, and Stellar Cloud.
"I'd say that I'm not sure what to share about Huntress, but when I think of how gifted a writer she is, how spectacular she is when providing critiques, and how much fun I have interacting with her in Bloggy-land and Facebook, well, I guess I DO have something to say. So for Huntress, I make this wish: May the golden threads you've woven for this and every story reap you all the bountiful fruits your hands and heart can hold, okay, maybe overflow a little...or a lot :-)"
Struck with enough malevolent Spirit to turn him into a raving beast of a man, Bert Reese fights to remain human. Alone, he walks a slender path between sanity and madness. Then, an unlikely source enters his life to help—one of the now-hated mages.
But Ashleigh is different and calms his butchered senses. Her fierce nature is the only rock that stands between him and the crevasse that is beast. In all ways, she walks beside him toward a new beginning. But at the end of their journey lies the one who used Spirit against him. Questions arise; did Tiarra, head of the Imperium, lose her magic, die, or simply give way to the new order? Or, like a spider, does she wait for a mage to blunder into her web?
Forced on him without a care for his humanity, Bert is the mage who should not exist, born with a different kind of magic.
And the gates of Hell are no match for the magic he wields.
Author C.D. Coffelt’s world of magic started in Wilder Mage with the words “The earthquake wasn’t his fault. Not this time.” It continues in Mage Revealed, the second book of the three-part series. Watch the book trailer on YouTube.
Excerpt from Mage Revealed:
Energy slithered around him, encased him and…
All the elements slammed into him at once filling him like a bursting dam, sloshing into a maelstrom of Fire, Earth, Air, Water, and Spirit. Magic filled him, cascaded into every pore of his skin until there was nothing left that was of his essence.
He raised his arms. “I am a wizard,” he said.
His words echoed, like the roll of a bass drum in an empty coliseum.
From his fingertips, fluid lightning forked and shot into the empty sky. A violent whirlwind as tall as he wanted it to be caught up a whirl of leaves. A roar of Fire sprang from the palms of his hands, crowned his head. And Spirit, the silvery element waited for his command, to charge into any foray he so chose.
He turned to the panting women, frozen in the grip of panic and fright.
“I am a wizard,” he said again.
C.D. Coffelt lives outside Skidmore, Missouri with a bemused husband and way too many cats. She is a member of the Missouri Writers Guild. But despite that bit of conventionality, she adores all things fantasy with a special love for urban and epic.
With a passion for good writing and Doritos as companions, locating Middle-Earth on a dusty road in rural Missouri wasn’t difficult. All it took was a little Magic, hours of reading, and an overactive imagination.
She blogs as Huntress on www.spiritcalled.blogspot.com, Facebook, Twitter, and her writer’s critique site, www.unicornbell.blogspot.com. Find her books at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Congrats, Huntress :)