Friday, May 17, 2013

Dark Innocence by Rahima Warren Guest Post, Spotlight and Review


Dark Innocence “can take its place amongst Tolkien and the best of science fiction writers such as Ursula LeGuin.  It is a well-sustained, exciting and suspenseful narrative written in a lucid and powerful style.”
Harris Smart, author of seven books, editor,  film and television producer, formerly a Fellow in the Creative Writing Dept. at Stanford University

ABOUT Dark Innocence:
Long ago, an ancient, peaceful land was blessed and guided by the Goddess Zhovanya. Then, an all-powerful sorcerer called the Soul-Drinker conquered the land, banished the Goddess, and turned Her sacred Temple into a dark maze of suffering and evil. Keeping himself alive for six generations through orgies of human sacrifice, the Soul-Drinker has cowed the people, and is draining the very essence of life and spirit from the land.
The Circle, a dedicated group working covertly to end his horrific reign, is led by Rajani, a Warrior-Mage oath-bound to ensure that the Star-Seer’s Prophecy is fulfilled. The Prophecy foretells that the only one who can destroy the Soul-Drinker, bring back the Goddess, and restore the sacred balance of the earthly and divine realms is the “twin-souled dark innocent.”
But that dark innocent is an unlikely savior: Kyr, a youth born and raised as a slave of the Soul-Drinker, who blindly carries out the sorcerer’s brutal commands. How can an abject slave overcome the Soul-Drinker’s unbreachable sorcerous defenses? Even more impossible, how can he overcome his vicious upbringing, and become a man of courage and compassion who is willing to fulfill the demands of the Prophecy?
In Book One: Dark Innocence, Kyr begins an astonishing and arduous journey beyond the darkness that is all he has ever known.
Read an Excerpt here.

Buy:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AN7CBGQ/



Guest Post on being Swept Away by My Protagonist!

Why did I write this book, you ask? It wasn’t my idea. The main character had quite a journey to go on. The only way he could do it was to take over my life and turn me into a writer!

For many years, I had fantasies of what I call the “suffering hero” – not the usual intrepid dragon-slaying hero of many fantasies, but a hero enduring terrible torment, and through great courage and nobility of spirit, surviving and eventually finding his way to love. Then one day in December 1999, I wrote a little story in my journal.  My idea was to write down this inner character’s story so he’d stop bugging me. Big mistake!

That little story opened the floodgates to a passionate creative outpouring and I spent the next three years sneaking off to write whenever I could, staying up late, ignoring the laundry, etc. I surrendered to the current and it swept me along. What spilled forth onto my laptop was a dark, deep, sensual yet spiritual and healing fantasy trilogy, entitled THE STAR-SEER’S PROPHECY.

I had no plan. I just went with the flow and wrote what the protagonist—his name is Kyr, by the way—showed me. His story started out so dark that I was sure I would never show it to anyone, ever! But it was so much fun to write, I had to keep on going. Besides, it was the only way I could find out what happened next.

You know how they say to “write what you know?” When I reached the conclusion of Kyr’s story, I realized that, without planning to, I had woven into the story what I know, and that, with proper editing, it was a story worth sharing. Before Kyr took over my life, I was a psychotherapist. I’ve also been on my own inner journey of healing, and of developing my spiritual nature for over 40 years. In one way of looking at it, Kyr came to me so he could go on his healing journey, and that is the main focus of this story.

BOOK ONE: DARK INNOCENCE, begins the story of the slave Kyr’s arduous journey of healing and transformation from the evil and pain of the Soul-Drinker’s hell to redemption and love. It is a gripping, intense and yet inspiring story of mystery and intrigue, courage and endurance, secrets and forbidden love, set in an ancient world of blood sorcery and ritual magic.

Manipulated by enemy and friend alike, Kyr struggles to recover his true essence from the darkest of ordeals, to retrieve the light of his soul from the depths of remorse, and to discover the truth of Love, as he is propelled toward his destiny by the predictions of the Star-Seer’s Prophecy. Ultimately, he finds some inner peace, and falls in love with Jolanya, a Priestess-Healer called the Kailithana. Her sacred work is to heal the wounds of severe emotional, physical and sexual abuse. Once their sacred healing work is complete, Kyr is devastated to discover that she is forbidden to him by her vows as the Kailithana. Their story continues in Books Two and Three. Those two books will be out in 2014 and 2015.

So, why did I write this book? I wasn’t intentionally trying to write a book that would be helpful to others. (If I had been, I would have written a self-help book, not a fantasy story!) I was just having fun and following where my muse led me. However, with my background as a psychotherapist, I couldn’t help but write a book that is about inner healing and transformation, and it has turned out to be, according to one reader, “a fantastic and compelling fantasy story that I could both enjoy, and use as guidance through suffering.” May my creative adventure benefit you too!

(For her story of how reading Dark Innocence helped her transform her life, go here: http://www.starseersprophecy.com/tetja/ )

ABOUT Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy by Rahima Warren
The “twin-souled dark innocent,” Kyr, is a youth born and raised to blindly carry out the Soul-Drinker’s brutal commands. At first, Kyr’s one desire is death, the only escape from the Soul-Drinker’s hellish rule. Just when he is about to get his wish, the secret Circle rescues him. Now he has to choose between the familiar easy path of despair and death, or the hard path of healing, living, and a greater destiny, about which he knows nothing. How can a slave who has known only evil, pain and obedience choose to become a man of courage and compassion, and fulfill the Star Seer's Prophecy?


Rahima Warren’s Bio:
Rahima Warren is the author of Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy, a deep, rich novel of the healing journey. With Master's degrees in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, she was in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist for over 20 years. In 2006, Rahima retired to focus on her expressive painting, creative writing, and spiritual studies.
In her work with clients recovering from abuse, she was awed by the human capacity to heal, and to reach new levels of forgiveness, wholeness and happiness. She also learned to trust the psyche's own process. This enabled her to allow a dark and mysterious story to flood forth unhindered: Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy
Rahima is a third-generation native of California and resides with her husband in Northern California, where she periodically chases squirrels off the wild bird feeders, and deer away from her roses. Her life-long love of fantasy is her parents' fault: they left sci-fi & fantasy magazines with fascinating cover art lying around the house.

Links
Rahima Warren’s website- http://bit.ly/YDWLdo
Read an excerpt of Dark innocence: http://bit.ly/11AqQ0o

Rahima Warren on Twitter: http://bit.ly/12dIIxc
Rahima’s Facebook Fan Page: http://on.fb.me/XZu15l
Rahima Warren on Pinterest: http://bit.ly/WBau8l

Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy on Amazon: http://amzn.to/11eiksn
Dark Innocence: Book One of the Star-Seer's Prophecy on Barnes & Noble: http://bit.ly/WTiwvA


Giveaway Info
Rahima is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND a Grand Prize Giveaway of a Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with your choice of fan art, chosen from here: http://www.starseersprophecy.com/fan-art/, plus other goodies, including a signed copy of Dark Innocence for one lucky winner, shipped to anywhere in the world!

1)     To win a book: Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win a book. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends five days after the post goes live.

2)     To win the Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with Rahima’s fan art of your choice, or a signed copy of Dark Innocence, or other goodies, click the link to go to Rahima’s website here: http://www.starseersprophecy.com/blog-tour/ and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. A winner will be selected on June 21st.

Enter for the Grand Prize on Rahima’s website here: http://www.starseersprophecy.com/blog-tour/


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