Friday, August 17, 2012

Marva Dasef, Setara's Genie

Author name: Marva Dasef
Book Title: Setara’s Genie
Publisher: MuseItUp Publishing
Twitter:  @Gurina

Please tell us about yourself with the following favorites:
Food? See-food (If I see food, I want it)
Drink (non-alcoholic)? Coffee
Flower? Peonies
Day of the week? Monday (good shows on the ScyFy channel)
Time of day to write? Afternoon
Place to write? At my desk on my computer
Season? Autumn
Holiday? Christmas
Color? Green
Animal?  Horses
Hobby? Huh?
Sport? Double huh?
Song? Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Simon and Garfunkle
TV show? The one that’s going to be canceled because I like it.
Movie? Raiders of the Lost Ark
Book? Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
Author? Mark Twain
Word? Accepted
Quote? A person who won't read has no advantage over one who can't read. - Mark Twain (he has dozens of highly quotable quotes)

Now some easy one-word answers:
Coffee or tea? Coffee
Veggies or fruit? Veggies
Cat or dog? Cat. No, dog. No, cat. No, a cat-dog.
Plot or not? Plotter with room for pantsing.
Desktop or laptop? Desktop
Pencil or pen?  Pen
Rain or sun? Rainy sunshine
Mountains or ocean? Neither.
Plane or train? Plane, but only because I’ve never ridden a train.
Car or motorcycle? Car.
Run or walk? Walk.
Casual or dressy? Casual.
Indoors or outdoors? Indoors.
Reading: EBook or paperback? More ebook now.
Reading: Short story or novels? Short novels.
Theater or rental?  Rental.
Vampire or shifter? Shifter.
Horror or romance? Horror.

Tell us about your new/latest release:

Title: Setara’s Genie
Genre:  YA Fantasy

Logline: A girl, a genie, a few demons. What could go wrong?

Blurb: Abu Nuwas sits in the bazaar telling stories to the passersby he can tempt to pay. He relates the adventures of the bored daughter of a rich merchant, Setara, and her genie, Basit, as they encounter the creatures of legend and folklore: a lonely cave demon seeking a home; a flying, fire-breathing horse who has lost his mate; a dragon searching for his family; an evil genie hunting for the man who bottled him; and a merboy prince cast out of his undersea kingdom.

Short Excerpt:

She smacked her head against the rock wall and realized she had dozed off. How stupid of me. I’m waiting here for something to eat me, and I take a nap! She edged toward the entrance, kicking herself mentally. Why hadn’t she simply tried to push the bushes aside and get out?
She found the answer in the inch-long thorns on the shrubs, tied down so she couldn’t move them. When she pushed on them with her tied hands, she got a gash for her effort. Now, the mountain cats would smell blood, and it would be all over.
She retreated from the thorns and put her back to the wall. At least she could face the lions when they came.
A loud crash, followed by a slither of loose gravel sounded no more than twenty feet from where she crouched. Setara pressed herself harder into the cave wall, closed her eyes tight, and clenched her teeth.
Her eyes and mouth popped open simultaneously at what she heard next.
“Why can’t they clean up these blasted caves?” a deep voice rumbled.
Suddenly, a torch flared, and Setara could see the source of the voice. An eight-foot tall figure loomed in the light. A turbaned head nearly touched the now visible cave roof. Setara gaped at the man. Or was it a man? While his features were man-like, the three-inch fangs, sharp talons, and beastly snout belied his humanity. The being was dressed in the old style, with ballooning trousers tied at the ankles, and a brocaded vest which hung open to reveal a broad, hairless chest.
The creature held up the torch, which Setara could now see was a flame jetting from his upraised index finger. The monster glanced around until his gaze rested on Setara.
“Ah, a bargain made, goods delivered.” The deep voice chuckled, sounding like the beat of a drum. Huh huh huh. “Good evening, my dear. Please, come out into the light. Nothing to be afraid of, I assure you.”

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  1. Ooh, excerpt sounds interesting!

  2. Thanks for the release day send off, Penny.

    Please leave comments so I'll have a good pool from which to select winners. You don't want to just GIVE this to Cheryl, right?

    Everybody has til the end of the month to comment.

  3. Okay, a little competition with Cheryl and future commenters. Add my name to the pot for prizes, please. Marva I hope you are celebrating your release big time today! Have fun with it!!

  4. The story sounds intriguing! Congrats on your new release - and MY WIN! mX Xm. (fingers crossed!):)