ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., May 19, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Geminid Press, LLC is pleased to announce that two of its new urban fantasy novels, The Arrow (Children of Brigid Trilogy Book One) and Keeper Chronicles: Awakening, both from women authors, have garnered recent critical acclaim, including being named finalists in Foreword Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year Awards. The two books feature strong female protagonists who struggle as much with demons and apocalyptic mayhem as they do with profound and metaphorically universal coming-of-age issues.
In The Arrow, a powerful young healer, Fynn Kildare, discovers that a pharmaceutical company’s greed threatens humanity. The corporation, CainPharma, serves an ancient witch and they are about to produce a new drug called Hydravirus. The concoction is addictive and dangerous, and, as Fynn discovers, it’s also part of a greedy corporate grab for power. To stop it, she must embrace her family’s heroic past and become “the Arrow.”
We meet Rebekah Lorek in Keeper Chronicles: Awakening. Not only is she the perfect hostess to the guests at her lighthouse bed-and-breakfast, she has extraordinary abilities that are only now awakening. When Rebekah Lorek’s father is murdered by a demon in disguise, a dark world is revealed that forces her to accept her destiny or see humanity destroyed.
Reviews for The Arrow have included five-star ratings. One of these came from Foreword Clarion Reviews, which said, “Beautifully combining mythology, romance, and action, this story is fun to read even as it addresses some of the harder aspects of becoming an adult.” Self-Publishing Review echoed this praise in its review, saying, “…a beautiful story… a breath of fresh air for a fantasy book… a strong opponent to any other urban fantasy out there right now…” Red City Review added, “Mythology, betrayal, corporate espionage, romance; all of this and more has been melded together flawlessly in this novel.”
Keeper Chronicles: Awakening has also received several five-star ratings. Readers Favorite said, “If you’re looking for a compelling urban fantasy read with a rich plot, romance and mystery, then look no further than Awakening.” Self-Publishing Review agreed, saying, “A creepy and epic story to thrill urban fantasy fans from a talented narrator…” Foreword Clarion Reviews cited Wynter’s refreshing take on monsters: “Urban fantasy fans will find unique and enthralling characters in this suspenseful story…In a genre that is too often crowded with defanged vampires and misunderstood monsters, this book focuses on the dark and scary side of demons.”
In March, 2015, both books were named by Foreword Reviews as Fantasy Finalists in the IndieFab Book of the Year Awards program. Each year, Foreword Reviews shines a light on indie publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose work stands out.
About the Novelists
Writer and educator Maureen O’Leary, author of the novels The Arrow and How to Be Manly, lives in Sacramento, California. She loves African dance and drumming, working out, and reading other people’s books. She’s proud to call herself a believer in faeries, storytellers, goddesses, rock star gods, magic, destiny, and the healing power of love.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Katherine Wynter grew up with a deep love of books and reading. After putting aside childhood dreams of genetically engineering dragons, she began writing fictional worlds filled with demons, monsters, and unsung heroes. She is married and enjoys hiking and traveling.
About Geminid Press, LLC
Geminid Press, LLC, is an independent book publisher established in Albuquerque, New Mexico in August 2014. Inspiration for the company’s name originates with the Geminid meteor shower, which is visible in December, radiates from the Gemini Constellation, and intensifies every year. The owners of Geminid Press also happen to be identical twins born under the sign of Gemini. The company’s mission is to publish quality fiction and non-fiction books of up and coming writers.
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