Fiction

Works of Fiction


Tower in the Crooked Wood
Five Rivers Publishing
ISBN 9781927400913 $12.99
eISBN 9781927400920 $4.99
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They were stolen in the dark to work for a night and a day, building a tower for the wizard Krummholz on faraway Copper Island, in a place where the trees grow twisted in a poisoned bog. Some of the unwilling workers were returned bewildered, bruised and marked by whips — others died as the uncaring wizard called new workers to his tower. Now Jenia is the only one left of her family willing to leave her orchards and walk five hundred miles in search of her abductor, and the answers to questions burning inside her.
Why was she stolen out of the dark? What is wrong at the heart of the tower? And why does the magic twisting the very trees strike a strangely familiar note? All Jenia knows for sure is that she will not let herself be made a prisoner again, not by magic nor by force of arms. When a soldier tries to trap her in a lord's garden, and a village of gentle people tell her to give up her hopeless quest, Jenia has to choose where to place her trust: in friends, in strength, or in the cunning in her own two hands.
And then the wizard Krummholz sends his call out again….
Review of Tower
A wealth of realistic detail lends authenticity to this engrossing tale of a young arborist, “a scholar of trees.” Paula Johanson has created a magical alternative world both mythic in feel, and hauntingly evocative of our own.
— Eileen Kernaghan, author of The Snow Queen 

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Opus 6 
an Okal Rel Universe Legacy Anthology
edited by Lynda Williams and Paula Johanson
Reality Skimming Press
ISBN:
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Contributors to Opus 6 were tasked with portraying failure, but not necessarily in a bad way. After all, the inspiration for the topic was Amel's multiple failures in Avim's Oath, Part 6 of the Okal Rel Saga, and Amel comes out ahead in the end. One suggestion to sum up the theme was "Fail. Try again, fail better."
Paula Johanson took on the job of editor. Author Randy McCharles looked at planned failure in a story set during Erien's childhood on Rire. In "Passion Past", Elizabeth Woods tackles a miscarriage of romance. The story by M. Alexis Pakulak deals with a grim situation from a time when Lorels were earning their bad reputation with the rest of Sevildom, while Angela Lott takes a humorous perspective on Perry D'Aur's failure to cope with her little granddaughter who is -- after all -- Alivda. So it s hardly Perry's fault.
The Stories:
"Seek and Hide" by Randy McCharles
"Passion Passed" by Elizabeth Woods
"Dresu Bondage" by M. Alexis Pakulak
"Acquiring Alivda" by Angela Lott
Dive in, enjoy, and remember there's more than one way to bomb the next time you need to fail better.
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Tesseracts 7
edited by Paula Johanson and Jean-Louis Trudel
Tesseract Books
Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
ISBN: 978-1-895836-59-2 (library binding) US$23.95
ISBN: 978-1-895836-58-5 (paperback) US$9.95
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Readers will find both familiar and new authors in this seventh volume of speculative fiction and poetry showcasing the very best in Canadian literature (including French-Canadian authors whose works are translated into English), as well as a special international Spanish translation.
Tesseracts7 includes top Canadian talents such as: M. A. C. Farrant, J. Marc Piche, Jan Lars Jensen, Eileen Kernaghan, Gerald Truscott, Andrew Weiner, Lydia Langstaff, Judy McCrosky, Scott Ellis, Nancy Johnston, Richard Stevens, Natash Beaulieu, Melissa Yuan-Innes, Pierre Sormany, Dora Knez, Lia Pas, Carl Sieber, Allan Weiss, Jacko Benoit, Carolyn Clink, Eduardo Frank, Aaron Humphrey, E. B. Klassen, Candas Jane Dorsey, Bob Boyczuk, Cory Doctorow, Teresa Plowright, Yves Meynard, Karl Schroder, Shirley Meier, David Annandale, Michael Skeet, Mildred Trembley, Paula Johanson, Eileen Kernaghan, and √Člisabeth Vonarburg.
The Tesseracts series is still releasing new volumes and winning awards.

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