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Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Clutter of Fear with Angelica Hart and Zi


William Wordsworth wrote,
“What are fears but voices airy?
Whispering harm where harm is not.
And deluding the unwary
Till the fatal bolt is shot!”
Sit in any boneyard and look at the tombstones and you shall see a date, a dash and another date. Birth and death bridged by a simple short line; that dash. And there it is, the beginning and end of lives, two events none of us hold any control. But that dash, that unassuming dash that all important dash, the totality of individual existence, we each can direct. Yet, how many dashes are cluttered with fear? Did you fear birth? But oh so many fear death, and how is that so? During our dash of life we have learned to fear. I contend, maybe we should all unlearn or never learn that treachery.

Perception is reality. Granted we can each frame our own perceptions through choice. John Putman stated, “Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.” So, laugh in the face of traditional fears and teach yourself that courage is the grandest way to dash between those two fixed dates in each of our lives.

These are not scary stories but odd twists of life, word colored by imagination. The images are magnified for effect. You control the fear. You control the panic. Or do we? Run and hide or marvel and enjoy. It is your choice. Choose wisely. Remember that dash of you is precious.
And a similar dash coated by fear can be found in KILLER DOLLS a contemporary romantic thriller, which will be coming out in September 2009. This is a captivating story of terror. Not the terror of the supernatural but that which is part of our world ever since terrorists brought their war to our shore. It isn’t always about the fear that is, but the fear that could be.
As each child in this story receives a handcrafted doll created by Letti Noel, you fear for that child knowing terrorists have planted ricin capsules in the doll’s core. You watch the child’s joy, and you, the reader, gulp horror.

At the same time, you experience undercover F. B. I. agent Taut Johnson’s fear, his fear of not being able to protect those children, his fear that he might lose Letti Noel, the woman who charmed his soul and captured his heart, his fear that even if he saves her, he would have to leave her. And then there is Letti’s fear, fear that her innocent creations would be death’s pawn, fear that she has found her partner of forever, but that his past would not allow him to claim that forever.

Then there is another dash, a simple line delineating the fright doused tale of SNAKE DANCE, a sci-fi fantasy with a release of February 2010. It chronicles the strange, provocative, and unusual planet Starling where the chickalas of wRen’s Nestling fear their very protectors, the Kin. None, though, would speak of that fear, few would defy it, and many would run from it. Still, the haunt slithers under the surface clam.
wRen stands against fear, against all the Kin proclaim to be good and right, and against the dark legends of the Asp, so as to be with VeIper, her heart, and enemy to the Kin. VeIper denies fear as he seeks to free his species from ethnic cleansing and crosses boundaries to win the awe of the beautiful and defiant wRen.

Fear, though, still embeds the dash. Mong, a slayer, has claimed wRen and vows to destroy those of VeIper's kind, beginning with VeIper. Fear for his life forces wRen to sacrifice herself to a life of submission. Meanwhile, VeIper fears he cannot overcome the impervious, hypnotic power of Mong and save wRen from that existence.

We bring you into the dash of the character’s lives. But will that dash… their lives… be long or short. You must read to find out.

Angelica Hart and Zi
Killer Dolls ~ September 2009
Snake Dance ~ February 2010
Champagne Books


lastnerve said...

Loved the blog and the books look so good! I love Champagne books! Congrats on your upcoming releases!


Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Val, Since we are true advocates of Champagne Books, we fully agree that they are great! We are thrilled to be one of their authors. However, the best part of all this is meeting wonderful, friendly people like you.

Melissa Blue said...

Woo hoo! Fantastic review. Now I'm going to have to buy this book too!

Melissa Blue

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

We can feel your excitment right across the Internet! Let's dance! If your TBR list is as long as ours you'll end up with a library. You're words were so generous, thank you.


When Killer Dolls comes out I'm buying it asap.

Allison Knight said...

Killer dolls! Wow, what a fascinating plot. Now I understand the title. A real thriller.


Allison Knight

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Loretta, You are a dearheart! That is the best compliment possible. To quote Clarence E. Hodges, "For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude." And we owe you a thank you.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Allison, If we can get one person to not sleep, or bite their nails or do a double-gulp, then we have done our jobs as authors. Your words flatter us.

deb said...

I am so in love with killer dolls and I haven't even read it yet. It is just one of those you just know you are going to love.
Debby Creager

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

We hope once you read it you'll love the characters, the flow of words, the evolving story, the threat that lingers, because we write for that hope, that every reader falls in love... with the story. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "...all the sweet serenity of books." To paraphrase him... all the sweet serenity of your words. We are fully and graciously complimented.

Lisa S said...

WOW, Great Post!! Very intense and very true! And from what I've heard so far Killer Dolls sounds like true fear will be leaping out of the pages at me, and I Just Can't Wait!!

AstonWest said...

Sounds like a pair of winners!!! Good luck with your upcoming releases!

fcammer2 said...

I'm looking forward to Killer Dolls. Its gonna be so good! I have quite a few books from Champagne too! I love their authors & books! :)

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Lisa, We're so glad you came by. We can't wait either, can't wait until our story has you keeping all the lights on. It isn't a ghostly fear that will haunt you in KILLER DOLLS but the realization that this sort of thing can happen. We so appreciate your comments.

Linda LaRoque said...

Wow, you guys really have a way with words. I love the dash analogy. Look forward to your books coming out.


Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Aston, Thank you for taking time out of your space travels to visit with us here. For any of you who don't know, Aston West is a character in T.M. Hunter's HEROES DIE YOUNG. It is on our TBR list in a big way. Again, great to see you.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Sherry, We also have quite a few books from Champagne, and fully agree the authors are fabulous. We are so honored to be among them. We're also looking forward to the release of KILLER DOLLS, but even more to seeing your reactions to the books. It's all about entertaining the reader. Thank you for your wonderful comment.

Angelica Hart and Zi said...

Linda, We are so honored by your comments, for you are an author's whose writing we admire so much. We recently picked up INVESTMENTS OF THE HEART, and can't wait to start reading it. Thank you for your complimentary words.

Candace Morehouse said...

Gotta love those dashes and the suspense of finding out what happends after. Great post, Angelica and Zi.