Rebecca Gomez Farrell
Published by: Meerkat Press
Publication date: August 22nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
To end a civil war, Lansera’s King Turyn relinquished a quarter of his kingdom to create Medua, exiling all who would honor greed over valor to this new realm on the other side of the mountains. The Meduans and Lanserim have maintained an uneasy truce for two generations, but their ways of life are as compatible as oil and water.
When Vesperi, a Meduan noblewoman, kills a Lanserim spy with a lick of her silver flame, she hopes the powerful display of magic will convince her father to name her as his heir. She doesn’t know the act will draw the eye of the tyrannical Guj, Medua’s leader, or that the spy was the brother of Serrafina Gavenstone, the fiancèe of Turyn’s grandson, Prince Janto. As Janto sets out for an annual competition on the mysterious island of Braven, Serra accepts an invitation to study with the religious Brotherhood, hoping for somewhere to grieve her brother’s murder in peace. What she finds instead is a horror that threatens both countries, devouring all living things and leaving husks of skin in its wake.
To defeat it, Janto and Serra must learn to work together with the only person who possesses the magic that can: the beautiful Vesperi, whom no one knows murdered Serra’s brother. An ultimate rejection plunges Vesperi forward toward their shared destiny, with the powerful Guj on her heels and the menacing beating of unseen wings all about.
Readers of all ages will enjoy Wings Unseen, Rebecca Gomez Farrell’s first full-length novel. It is a fully-imagined epic fantasy with an unforgettable cast of characters.
Top 10 List
Top Ten Writing Environments
Thank you for hosting me, Cas and Lovely Paranormal Books! I’m sharing my Top Ten Writing Environments with you today.
- My home office: The single most important writing environment for me is, of course, the one I use the most: my laptop with an attached flat-screen monitor on my desk. Depending on where I’m living at the moment, that desk may be in its own room (preferred!) or in a corner of the living room (current). Usually, there is no music, and if I’m really on a writing binge, no background noise of any kind. Except for the cats begging for dinner.
- Coffee shops: Whether called a café, coffee shop, coffee house, or any combination thereof, these spaces are my go-to for writing when I need to escape that home office. And because I’m also a food and drink blogger, I love trying new cafes all the time. I meet up with a fellow writer at least once a week at a different café for a few hours of assured productivity. Just getting that change of scenery can be recharging…as can be discovering a fabulous new place to take friends for a cuppa in the future.
- My backyard: We are lucky to have an apartment that also has a large shared backyard! Our cats are even luckier, because they’d go stir crazy if stuck inside all the time…like I tend to get! When the mood strikes, I head downstairs with my cup of coffee and my laptop, plop onto a beach chair, and get my writing groove going with a fresh breeze through my hair. Then I water my potted plants on a break, once I see how droopy they are.
- The beach: That beach chair in #3? It’s also important for when I absolutely must get some sea air to recharge. I’ve spent three-quarters of my life within half an hour of the ocean, so when that drained feeling comes on me, I head down to the nearest shoreline STAT! Otherwise, I turn into tumbleweeds. But with my beach chair and a sweatshirt—Northern Californian coastlines are cold! —I am set for a few hours of writing time and a few feet-in-the-water Instagram pics.
- The park: Sometimes, even a 15-minute drive to the ocean feels too far away. When I need a change of scenery and the great outdoors but can’t quite fit in a beach excursion, I load my laptop into one of my messenger bags, grab a blanket, and pull up some grass in any number of sunny parks in walking distance. Living in Oakland, that includes Lake Merritt, which isn’t quite as scenic as the ocean and involves dodging geese, but it certainly does the job of escape.
- Sleep: The visual landscape of dreams inspires me, so sleep is an essential writing environment. Whatever disparate threads I’m thinking about may come together in the web of a dream and give me a hint as to where I should go next with a writing project. Or maybe they’ll inspire an entirely new one! Though I’m still a bit afraid to delve into that recurring nightmare from my childhood about a giant eyeball that keeps growing…
- Beer gardens: My husband and I do a lot of work on the weekends because we are blessed to have our careers also be passions we’d pursue as hobbies otherwise. We’ll take our respective laptops and find a nice outdoors beer garden and get to work separately, but still enjoying each other’s company. I’ll likely order a flight of beers to see me through two hours or so of productivity, because how can I know which beer I like the most if I don’t sample them all? These are food blogger problems.
- A restaurant table: To make this work, I must have a notebook on one side of the place setting and my camera on the other and enough elbow room to work with both. Why? Because in this environment, I am likely writing for my food blog! I love getting invited out to try a restaurant’s new menu, and that involves multitasking by jotting down my thoughts on the combinations of flavors and textures in each dish while taking multiple snapshots to get the lighting just right for when I write up a full post on the experience later.
- My desk, AFTER DARK: Bow chicka wow-wow! Okay, I’m not going there, but I am going to low lights with either a glass of absinthe or wine, and the oh-so-relaxing feeling of a deadline staring me down. Yes, I mean relaxing sarcastically! Funny enough, when I do really need to get something done that night, I find it easier to stay focused if my environment and drink is soothing. I regularly write into the evenings as a night owl, but I only pull those big guns out when I need to loosen the mind enough to perform on a tight schedule.
- At a writing retreat: I imagine this to be in a sun-drenched breakfast nook at a beautiful country inn. I can only imagine it, because I’ve only applied to a writing fellowship once in my life. But they sound amazing! I would love to get away for a week or more and just have permission to write. I imagine cool morning mist, friendly faces when I need to surface for human companionship, and the near endless clicking of my fingertips on keys. Someday.
Author Bio: In all but one career aptitude test Rebecca Gomez Farrell has taken, writer has been the #1 result. But when she tastes the salty air and hears the sea lions bark, she wonders if maybe sea captain was the right choice after all. Currently marooned in Oakland, CA, Becca is an associate member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Her short stories, which run the gamut of speculative fiction genres, have been published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Pulp Literature, the Future Fire, Typehouse Literary Magazine, and an upcoming story in theDark, Luminous Wings anthology from Pole to Pole Publishing among others. Maya’s Vacation, her contemporary romance novella, is available from Clean Reads. She is thrilled to have Meerkat Press publish her debut novel.
Becca’s food, drink, and travel writing, which has appeared in local media in CA and NC, can primarily be found at her blog, The Gourmez. For a list of all her published work, fiction and nonfiction, check out her author website at RebeccaGomezFarrell.com.
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