Monday, December 30, 2013

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Mistress of the Wind 300Mistress of the Wind
by Michelle Diener
New Adult/Sci-Fi Fantasy
Paperback, 342 pages
Expected publication: December 19th 2013

Bjorn needs to find a very special woman . . . 

The fate of his people, and his own life, depends on it. But when he does find her, she is nothing like he imagined, and may just harbor more secrets than he does himself.

Astrid has never taken well to commands. No matter who issues them . . . 

She's clashed her whole life with her father, and now her lover, the mysterious man who comes to her bedroom in darkness and disappears to guard his mountain by day as a bear, is finding it out the hard way. And when he's taken by his enemies, no one is prepared for Astrid's response. 

It is never wise to anger the mistress of the wind . . . 

A captivating and magical adult retelling of the fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon.

Praise for Mistress of the Wind:
“Diener’s adaptation retains the familiar elements of the original, echoing both the structure and spirit of the classic, but true to form, she puts her own spin both the plot and the narrative, crafting an intricately alluring tale of self-sacrifice, steadfast devotion and enduring love.“ Flashlight Commentary
“The story is fast-paced and never boring, the world a beauty and Michelle’s writing so wonderfully detailed that I felt I was with Bjorn and Astrid on their journey.“ Book Bird Reviews
Author Michelle Diener takes this re-telling to another level. She doesn’t restrict herself to an East of the Sun, West of the moon retelling. Instead we are also given parts reminiscent of Psyche’s quest. Which just allowed for a much more richer story.  Paperback Wonderland

Norse mythology and creatures from my imagination in Mistress of the Wind
By Michelle Diener

Because Mistress of the Wind is a retelling of the Scandinavian fairy tale East of the Sun, West of the Moon, I used Norse mythology throughout the story.

Trolls are an intergral part of Scandinavian myth and folklore, and there are plenty of trolls in Mistress of the Wind. But I also introduced two other folklore creatures which came from my imagination or which were a tweak of existing folklore.

The first of these is the yggren. The great tree Yggdrasil is central to Norse mythology. Because I wanted to play with the idea of the harmony of wind and trees in the story, I came up with creatures that are the deadwood of the great tree itself--so imbued with magic they take on a sentience and become a people of their own. The word 'gren' means branch in Norwegian, so I put ygg and gren together and got a branch of Yggdrasil, the yggren. This is the part of writing fantasy that I really love.

Another magical race in the book is the vedfe. I used the idea of forest sprites, which are often found in fairy tales, who blend into their environment so well, they are impossible to see unless they want you to see them. We have sprites associated with trees, rocks and streams. I used the name vedfe, because 'fe' means fairy in Norwegian and 'ved' means wood. The wood fairies! Although I don't think you'd want to call Jorgen, the leader of the vedfe in Mistress of the Wind, a wood fairy to his face :).

I had a lot of fun playing with and tweaking myths and folklore to build the story in Mistress of the Wind, and I hope you have fun reading them!

Image of Michelle DienerMichelle Diener writes historical fiction. Her Susanna Horenbout & John Parker series, set in the court of Henry VIII, includes In a Treacherous Court, Keeper of the King's Secrets and In Defense of the Queen.

Michelle's other historical novels include Daughter of the Sky, The Emperor's Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies (loosely connected to The Emperor's Conspiracy).

Michelle's first fantasy novel, Mistress of the Wind, is set for a December 23, 2013, release.

Michelle was born in London, grew up in South Africa and currently lives in Australia with her husband and two children.

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  1. I am a huge fan of fantasy novels and this is the first new adult fantasy I have seen. It sounds like a really great book and I am eager to read it. I love that it features Norse mythology.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Steph, I just finished Mistress of the Wind...and all I can say is WOW! Definitely read it!

  2. Thanks for having me to visit, Diane :)

    1. Thank YOU for an amazing book! LOVED IT!

    2. Thank you, Dii. I am so happy you loved it. Nothing an author likes hearing more.:)

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    1. Me too! Love those magical Fairy Godmothers!

  4. Yes but my fairy tale would be a little dark like Bella from Twilight.

  5. I wouldn't mind living out "Beauty and the Beast" as long as I got to be the former and not the latter. Also, having the library given Belle in the Disney version wouldn't hurt.