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Sunday, 09 August 2015 15:45

A Budding Relationship

There's something about starting a new novel. It's like a budding relationship. You get that tingle in your stomach and chills when you think about it. Parts of you are unsure about where it will lead, but your heart is telling you to jump in because it feels so right. It also feels like that moment when you first find out you are going to have a baby. There is so much promise, anticipation, and hope. You don't know what each day will bring, but you are constantly filled with wonder at all the changes this new creation is bringing to your life. 

It has been five years since Eyes of the Goddess: Book Two of the Fianna Cycle was published and nine years since the first book Warriors Within was published. I will never complain about how slow my favorite authors are in getting the next book out! Life got in the way and it always will, but I also wasn't sure where I wanted the third book to start from. I thought it would be 18 years into the future when the Child of Prophecy Eibhlin (Ay LEEN) mac Nessa mac Art has to fulfill her destiny to save Ireland. But after taking a course in preparing your plot (you never stop learning as a writer), I decided that there was too much to tell during those 18 years and I would be shortchanging the characters and my readers. 

So Through the Mist will start off right where Eyes of the Goddess ended. I'm committed to having the first draft completed by Halloween where there will be a promotion for my readers to download the other two books. If you are interested in following along my wriitng journey, you can do so in a couple ways. (Braedon, I hope you are reading and paying close attention as you have waited most patiently!)

Follow this blog as I will update it weekly, subscribe to my mailing list on my website www.janinedetilliocammarata.com 

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You can get visuals of my characters and setting on my pinterest page: Janine De Tillio Cammarata

I'd love to hear your suggestions, comments and questions!

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What's Being Said?

  • "Eyes of the Goddess, Book Two of the Fianna Cycle, takes up where Warriors Within left off. Present-day New York City is entwined with 3rd century Ireland by their respective inhabitants, Michaela Sommers and Maecha Ruadh Mac Art, heiress to the throne of Tara. Michaela is involved in a search for the drug lord who killed her father, Police Narcotics Officer Jack Sommers, while Maecha is about to embark on a voyage to Alba (ancient Scotland) to free her father, King Cormac, who had been kidnapped by the Picts. The two worlds are connected by the dream travel of Michaela, the chief druid Finnius Amergin, and Natalie, a child who exists in NYC but is destined to save ancient Ireland from ruin. Cammarata's keen knowledge of Celtic lore and skill in martial arts combine to create an exciting story of ancient battles, gods and magic, honor, loyalty and love. Young adults who love a good adventure story will certainly love this one. While Eyes of the Goddess can be read as a stand-alone, readers will want to start with Warriors Within to experience the full epic tale."

    Joan Weiskotten

    Young Adult Librarian
    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library

  • "Cammarata's action packed storytelling never lets up. The urgency of the pacing draws the reader into Maecha's world quickly, but it is the fierceness of her loyalty and love that defines the narrative. Well-developed details ground the magical elements and make a world where people time travel in their dreams and are friends with gods believable. Jumping from the ancient past to modern day is at first jarring, but as the characters' lives weave together, their complicated relationships deepen the meaning of the story and give it a powerful sense of destiny fulfilled. "

    The US Review of Books


  • "I SO enjoyed your work, I didn’t want to put it down, and then didn’t want it to end. I am very excited for the next book in the series, to continue my adventure with the sisters."

    Judi


  • "I usually read mysteries or non fiction. Every once in a while I like to try something different. If you like J.R.R. Tolkien or the Chronicles of Narnia this is a good fit. I enjoyed the story line and the character development. I wonder if and when book 2 will be available?"

    Marla


  • "I really enjoyed this book. I love Celtic stories. I really enjoyed the dreaming aspect to the book as well. How in our dreams we can go anywhere . The characters in this book , knew that and took advantage of it.

    I had read "Warriors Within", which was her first book. I looked forward to reading this sequel (Eyes of the Goddess) and was not disappointed. I look forward to her next book!!"

    V. McCarney


  • Adult Journaling Workshop Reviews

    "Being able to take time to journal and focus on myself has been an incredible experience."


     

  • "I bought The Warrior Within at a fundraiser although it was not the type of book I usually purchase. I have been missing out..! I was immediately hooked and disappointed that it took so long for Eyes of the Goddess to be published. Please know that I purchased Eyes of the Goddess through Amazon and appreciate how quickly it was delivered. I am amazed a the skill of the author in being able to transition from the present to the past without losing the reader in the process. I love the Celtic aspect and the storyline continues to keep me addicted to this trilogy. I am eagerly waiting for the next (and unfortunately the last) book to be published. A whole new world of books has been opened to me though my initial purchase of The Warrior Within"

    Ann Frantti


  • "Your book is excellent – a picture of Celtic landscape and adventure remained in my mind long after I completed the novel - I am looking forward to your sequel!"

    Mary


  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • Adult Writing Workshop Review

    "This well-thought-out course covered the essentials of creative writing in a logical progression. Class discussion and activities as well as assignments were thought-provoking and stimulating."


     

  • Adult Writing Workshop Reviews

    "Through this class I was finally able to complete something that I am confident about."

    "It bumped my thinking from left-brain to right-brain--a whole new mind!"


     

  • "I just wanted to let you know that I loved your book. I have been an avid reader of fantasy based novels or most of my life and I found this one refreshing and highly engaging. I truly hope there will be a few more books in this cycle. Thanks!"

    Rebecca


  • "I loved learning about the Celtic lore that is written about in this book! Can't wait to read the next one :)"

    Cie


Events & Workshops

  • CREATING CHARACTERS TO PROPEL PLOT

    Wednesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 31, June 7, 14 from 6:30-8:30pm

    (No class May 24)

    Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library: Piracci Board Room

    Adults 18+

    Registration required and is open!

    Great plots consist of twists and surprises and include complicated and intriguing characters. Knowing and understanding your characters is the first step to writing a compelling and engaging story.

    In this 6-week writing workshop, participants will delve deep into the minds and backgrounds of their characters to get to the heart of their plot. Group critique is optional, but encouraged. Each session builds upon the previous, so commitment to all six sessions is recommended.

    Come with a new idea or novel in progress.

    Complimentary copy of Warrior's Within to all participants.

    Register at: CPH Library Website