Volume One in the Beyond Tucson anthology seriesExplore Tucson, the Southwest and worlds beyond with the Tucson Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Meetup!
Fly from Tucson to a space bar and a mysterious island, rescue a timelost godmother, experience the secret life of a cat, be forever changed by a bug on a windshield, run with the coyotes, share chocolate with a lizard, and learn why the Djinn operate a Tucson cab service. While youre at it, keep an eye out for loose tongues.
Then leave Tucson behind to ponder whether we are figments of Gods imagination, do battle alongside Dante in Hell and Purgatory, rescue refugee elves, run away with two magical orphans, find out what a Cynch is, discover the surprising abilities of a preteen spy, and follow the life and death of a demigod.
Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse includes two novelettes by Māvarin author Karen Funk Blocher:
"The Jace Letters." An eleven-year-old girl gets an email from her godmother, weeks after Aunt Sandy disappears in a car crash in Sedona. Or was it Roswell? Sandy needs Jace to rescue her from a strange imprisonment.
"The Boy Who Saw." Two orphaned boys become friends as they run away to Māton, hoping to enroll at the Citadel College of Magic. As they make their way across Māvarin, they must use their nascent abilities as they encounter a villainous innkeeper, the ghost of a local lord's missing daughter, and a dying duke.
Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse also features stories and poems by:
Coming in 2019: Beyond Tucson: Peak Experiences. Our second anthology, set in the mountains around Tucson.
Introduction to Māvarin
Welcome to Māvarin, where circumstance, choices and magic can turn a person into someone very different. Human to tengrem, villager to royalty, friend to foe, daughter to mother, magician to trader... the one thing you can count on in Māvarin is that people change, one way or another.
The question of what makes us who we are lies at the heart of my trilogy, Heirs of Māvarin, and the trilogy that follows it, Mages of Māvarin. Māvarin is an "otherworld" equivalent of the Eastern United States. It is a place where magic works (for some people and against others), but literal monsters didn't exist until a generation ago. Most of all, it is the home of Rani Fost and his two best friends: Del Merden and Del's twin sister Crel. Their respective journeys have more to do with self-discovery than with surviving magic and treachery, finding a lost king or getting back to where they need to be - although there's plenty of that, too.
The first trilogy, Heirs of Māvarin, is under contract with MuseItUp Publishing. The first volume in this trilogy, The Tengrem Sword, is scheduled for ebook publication in December, 2018, give or take a month or two. All three volumes should be available in ebook and dead tree editions before 2019 is over.
A prequel novelette, "The Boy Who Saw," appears in the new anthology Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse, now available in electronic and trade paper editions. I also have a science fiction novelette, "The Jace Letters," in the same anthology.
More books about Māvarin are in various stages of preparation. Mages of Māvarin is about 95% written, which is to say that I'm still tinkering with it. (Leonardo DaVinci said, "Art is never finished, only abandoned.") I've also written a few scenes for the prequel, To Rule Māvarin, and for a further sequel, tentatively titled The Māvarin Revolutions. (The weekly serial Mall of Māvarin, which appeared in two of my blogs in 2005, is most likely apocryphal.) I am determined that these books, my life's work, will be published. These characters deserve no less.
site is perpetually under construction, with a one-person crew that
seldom shows up for work. It will eventually include a better map, more
background information on the setting and history of Māvarin, and more
information on the writing of the books. It will also be updated with
publication info as the books go to press. The heart of the site is the
character pages, which can be accessed below from a gallery of character
drawings by the well-known sf/fantasy artist Sherlock. Some of these
have apocryphal letters or journal entries by the characters, which do
not appear in the books themselves.
What is a tengrem?
twenty years before the events of Heirs of Māvarin, the mage Calezundi experimented on human beings to
create a six-limbed monster called a tengrem. Inspired by legendary
monsters of the Old World, Calezundi gave his tengremen equine bodies,
bear-like upper torsos, lupine heads with a single horn on the
forehead, fire breath, human speech and intelligence (at least
intermittently), and a highly variable, often savage temperament. Once
a human becomes a tengrem, he or she will never be fully human again.
However, the person can assume human form (and have a calmer, more stable
mind) with the use of a personalized magic necklace from a hidden lake. The necklaces aren't easy to get, and are easily stolen.
Most tengremen live in Gathmak, a forest in southern Māvarin. There they do the bidding of the mages of Māton, hoping to earn their necklaces and their freedom. Recently, however, an insane tengrem has left Gathmak, heading north with a talisman that could change everything--for the tengremen, for a teenaged boy named Rani Fost, and for the land of Māvarin itself.
the Māvarinū (and one Mātonan)
Click on a name or a face for info on that character.
Art by Sherlock
Fayubi the Seer Crel / Cathma Del / Carli
Shela Cados King Jor Baku Dener
Li Ramet / Liru Rutana Prince Talber
A Note About Character Names
A significant portion of Mages of Māvarin takes
place in an otherworld version of Māvarin, Sanlodal and Londer.
Virtually everyone in Cathma's Māvarin has a counterpart in that
other reality, but not necessarily with the same name. In addition,
certain characters undergo name changes as their own identities change over
time. Alternate names, if any, are listed on the individual character
profile pages. Sorry for the confusion, but it's thematically
important! Also, being a parallel world, it sometimes has names
that look or sound like names in our world. It was bound to happen:
don't worry about it.
The Māvarin Series
As of September, 2018, the projected series is as follows:
In 2005 my all-fiction blog, Messages from Māvarin, had a weekly serial, Mall of Māvarin, set several months after the events of Mages of Māvarin.
It's not the serious work that the novels are, but it does feature many
of the same characters. The same blog once featured the first
two chapters of an earlier draft of Heirs of Māvarin
(serialized in in early 2006, but no longer available online), numerous
works of Māvarin-related short fiction (2004-present), and brief
excerpts from To Rule Māvarin and The Māvarin Revolutions. Whatever I haven't taken down can be reached from the Messages from Māvarin sidebar. Please note that the samples bear only a passing resemblance to the current drafts.
Other Pages about Māvarin:
Musings from Māvarin (my old blog)
Other Pages on this Site:LOL Dogs: Because Dogs Don't Get Enough Attention Online
Karen's Credos and Curios
Karen's favorite quotes
Karen's Quantum Leap pages
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