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Yup--the picture kind of says all you need to know about the personal side of who I am. Professionally, I am an author, and a fantasy editor with Hadley Rille Books since January 2011.



My critically acclaimed debut novel, Finder, was published in November 2010 by Hadley Rille Books. What? You don't think it was critically acclaimed? Well here's my proof:

"...DeFino’s first novel creates an exotic desert environment as a backdrop to the story of a young man’s coming-of-age and a young woman’s search for the only family she has left. VERDICT Compelling characters and a fascinating world background make this a good addition to most fantasy collections." ~Library Journal

To see the whole review, you can go here: Library Journal Review
Amazon Reviews 
Goodreads reviews
And if you'd like to read a sample chapter of Finder <--there you go.

Feel free to wander about, see what's up. If you get bored here, head on over to the blog sisters-in-Hadley Rille Books and I put up, Heroines of Fantasy  where we have all sorts of interesting guests.

Newly released (May 2012) A Time Never Lived 

Publishers' Weekly says: A Time Never Lived Terri-Lynne DeFino Hadley Rille (Ingram, dist.), $28 (358p) ISBN 978-0-98496-702-5 This gripping sequel to 2010's Finder brings family drama and magical legend to life. When the psychic Finder Ethen and his beloved Zihariel disappear during their search for the lost Spice Way across the Iabba Desert, the focus shifts to Ethen's son, Victorio, whose Finding talent appears to have failed, and whose relationship with the mercurial Cesilee has grown strained in the wake of her affair with artifact-hunter Sulman "Sully" Kahvek. After a fiery vision of a burning landscape, Victorio, fearing for his father, sets out in pursuit of Ethen, with Cesilee and lonely nobleman Lord Dorquin Shiel in tow. Joined as well by the treasure-seeking Sully and the mysterious Myrie Raleven, Victorio's party begins a dangerous quest across a magnificently-depicted multicultural fantasy world for the legendary city of Valadur. This is a memorable saga of supernatural power and human love from the increasingly impressive DeFino. (May)
All my books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-million, and just about any local or indie bookstore near you (if you ask nicely.)

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...why does my favorite couple of months in the year have to come with allergies?? I want to stick my head in a bowl of ice and leave it there all day. Actually, that's exactly what I don't want to do, but I probably should. Ah, well--I can see a little bit through the gummy slits of my eyes, and once in a while I stop sneezing long enough to type, so I suppose I'll get some work done after all. Today--editor hat is firmly in place. With any luck, I will finish this edit today and get back to work on TSOW tomorrow.

To cheer myself up after a night of no sleep and a morning full of sneezles, I clicked through some of my reviews. Ah, how a stroked ego makes the itch more tolerable!

"...A Time Never Lived has everything a good epic fantasy should have...DeFino’s world is credible, well-built, and well thought out. It has the wonderful and all-too-rare qualities of several ecosystems, multiple cultures and languages, and a coherent series of shared myths across-cultures that makes the backstory have real depth..."

Sigh...that was a little piece of the one from Abyss and Apex last July. The shared myths I built into the backstory--the reviewer GOT IT! I was so afraid no one would. If you've read A Time Never Lived (or Finder!) leave me a review on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads. I've not done nearly as much soliciting of such things or marketing for this book that, by what I'm told, is even better than Finder. Between family life and the editing gig, I just don't have time! But that can't be an excuse. I have to make time as a writer, too, right?

And that reminds me of a decision I came to this past weekend--I want to do more on LJ than vent about my family and post links and comment on your pages. I used to post about the writing experience at least once a week. It's what we (mostly) ARE! It's what I should be sharing, what I WANT to be sharing. So--on Wednesday, there will be a post from the writer or editor's desk; and I already have something in mind.

It is Monday, however, and so I must point any of you who got this far in the direction of Heroines Of Fantasy. Karin is up with a chilling glimpse into October: The Eternal Return of the Vampire.

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I finished the edit. Life exploded and found it's level. And I got an amazing review from Abyss and Apex Magazine for Speculative Fiction. I just...I'm so thrilled! I had to share. Had to. Here's the link: http://www.abyssapexzine.com/2012/06/1113/

And because none of my functions seem to be working (like the hyperlink and the cut feature!) Here's the review:

Imagine the grandfather from The Princess Bride trying to talk is grandson into listening to him read a story. “It has everything! Pirates! Revenge! Miracles!” Well, there are no pirates here, no revenge. Instead, substitute me saying, “It has everything! Dragons! Gods! Miracles…”

Yes, A Time Never Lived has everything a good epic fantasy should have. It’s a long read, all three hundred fifty-four pages of it, but this is most assuredly not extruded fantasy product. DeFino’s world is credible, well-built, and well thought out. It has the wonderful and all-too-rare qualities of several ecosystems, multiple cultures and languages, and a coherent series of shared myths across-cultures that makes the backstory have real depth.

I cared about her characters, too. In fact, they nearly breathed on the page. Victorio’s longing for his father and his Finding gift, Quin’s shattered heritage and his conflicted love, Azah’s unrequited care and Myrie and Sully’s secrets all felt real and their pain became my pain, their joys lifted my soul.

And then, there were the dragons. Myth and legend, lost and found, tossed aside by time and yet choosing their own fate – DeFino’s dragons were real beings, and their choices and history were unique in all my fantasy reading.

This one’s an original. Don’t miss it.

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Publisher's Weekly says: A Time Never Lived Terri-Lynne DeFino Hadley Rille - This gripping sequel to 2010's Finder brings family drama and magical legend to life. When the psychic Finder Ethen and his beloved Zihariel disappear during their search for the lost Spice Way across the Iabba Desert, the focus shifts to Ethen's son, Victorio, whose Finding talent appears to have failed, and whose relationship with the mercurial Cesilee has grown strained in the wake of her affair with artifact-hunter Sulman "Sully" Kahvek. After a fiery vision of a burning landscape, Victorio, fearing for his father, sets out in pursuit of Ethen, with Cesilee and lonely nobleman Lord Dorquin Shiel in tow. Joined as well by the treasure-seeking Sully and the mysterious Myrie Raleven, Victorio's party begins a dangerous quest across a magnificently-depicted multicultural fantasy world for the legendary city of Valadur. This is a memorable saga of supernatural power and human love from the increasingly impressive DeFino. *


Modesty is for suckers, but let me tell you, I didn't expect THIS good of a review!!! Woohooo!!! I'm AWESOME!
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I can tell you what it is, but not what it says. My Publishers' Weekly review is posted!!! But for some reason, we've been unable to access it. I know the reviewer starts off calling it "gripping," but no idea what comes after that! AGONY AND WOE!!! I hope that I have something to share by the end of the day, and that it is happy-share, not commiserate-with-me share. :)

That will get its own post, so here I'm going to share a link to Heroines of Fantasy (as I do EVERY Monday!) wherein Karin Gastreich talks about NON-fantasy books that have inspired her writing life.

My launch was FABULOUS! I sold every book I had, and even had to dip into my private stock to provide extras. What a gas, eh?

signing

And because it has been far too long:
sleepy boy

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Some of the deets are slightly off, but otherwise--wooooeeee! I'm very pleased!

If you're interested, it's here.
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Honestly, I did this interview so long ago, I don't remember answering the questions! It was like reading it fresh. Hmmm....maybe I shouldn't admit to such things.

More ConQuest report later, but here's this: http://www.ambersistla.com/blog/2012/05/30/writer-wednesday-terri-lynne-defino/

(Sorry, the hyperlink thingy isn't working at the moment!)
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ConQuest was outstanding. I got to see old friends, meet some I've never met in the flesh, hugged many of them, had dinner with all of them (and lunch and breakfast.) It was like being in a dorm with all your best buds. And I got to be QUEEN! Sparkle Queen, book queen, queen of the world. At least, that's how I felt. Eric, Lisa (our publicist/PR maven), Karin and Eric's whole family not only crowned me (really--I got a crown!) but planned for months to make it the weekend it was.

There is more to come, but it's going to take me at least today to gather my thoughts--and swipe pics from the internet, because I had only my cell phone camera. From the signing on Friday to saying good-bye to everyone on Sunday afternoon, it was festival time in Kansas City; for us at least.

A couple of quick links today:
Our guest blogger on Heroines of Fantasy this week is the venerable Dr. Debra Doyle. The Players on the Other Side takes a funny and fantastic look at what makes a really great villain. Debra was one of my instructors at VP--wise, wise woman in more ways than I have room to list here. Read what she has to say, and never create another flat villain.

Speaking of Viable Paradise, time is running out! Submissions close on June 15th. This year's instructors are Patrick and Teresa Nielsen Hayden, Steven Gould, Steven Brust, Sherwood Smith, Elizabeth Bear, James Macdonald, and none other than Dr. Doyle herself. If you're stalling--DON'T! If you've the means to go--do. It'll change your life.

My soul sister, Diana, put up my book trailer and an excerpt of ATNL up on her blog--The Write Catch. Go on over and read the opening chapter! 

My giveaway is still going strong! Woohoo! 292 signed up to win ATNL at the moment, and 210 for Finder. If you want a shot at either of them, both are still open over at Goodreads: A Time Never Lived and Finder

And lastly--looky dis! A Time Never Lived is up on Amazon. It says "out of stock" but that just means they haven't gotten their supply of books yet. And at Barnes & Noble Woohoo! Never gets old.

Thanks for all the well-wishes before I left! I am happy I left the computer home. I wouldn't have had time to check it--but it was nice to see all that when I got home. More later!

ConQuest

May. 23rd, 2012 04:58 pm
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Off I go! I've decided not to take my computer, so I'll see you all on Monday! Wish me luck! Woohooo! So excited.
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A Time Never Lived is up and available on Nook and Kindle. Look!
Kindle/Amazon

Nook/B&N

It's here! It's really here! This never gets old.
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I'm not going to say anything except that I have the BEST friends, and in particular, an amazing sister-in-HRB, Karin Rita Gastreich.

Check out Heroines of Fantasy today.

(By the way, if you have trouble posting in Blogspot, please let me know. There are glitches we are trying to figure out.)
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The release of A Time Never Lived is coming up fast. A little less than two months! I thought I'd give a little sneak peek here, in case anyone was interested.


If you've not read Finder--Spoiler Alert! )

ARCs!!

Mar. 14th, 2012 10:52 am
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They came! They came! They're here, they're here, they're HERE!!! And they look FABULOUS!!! Egads, there is only so much cover art detail I was able to see on my computer screen. I am so excited! And inside. INSIDE! My words! My story! My characters! A real book. There they are. I see them all. Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!!!

Of course, I have no picture, for I've a camera but have no idea how to use it, and the daughter who sends me the pics I take with my camera is out in France and can't email them to me, and I've no emailing service on my phone to email them to myself. If I can get in touch with her, I'll see if she can send me a pic. If not, you'll have to take my word for it that they've arrived!

It doesn't get old. It NEVER gets old. I am so excited and happy! 

Can you see the fireworks coming out of my brain??
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Egads, it feels like I just wrote last Monday's post, and here we are again. I have two things to bring up. One is that it's my week over at Heroines of Fantasy. As promised, we're writing a story! A Valentine's story. It was a lot of fun last time around. I hope it is this time too. Ready, set, go here to play along!

Second, I'm puzzling over something. For those of you who have read Finder, you know my author bio pic is of me as a toddler. This one here:



I love this pic. It is ME. Who I am at my core.  

But then I thought--meh, might as well use my crazy-lady pic:

It is also ME. Crazy glasses, wild hair. I even have my Finder hoodie on, though you can't see it. But my mom sent me this pic a few weeks ago--



--Perfect, right? And it got me thinking that it might be kinda fun to have a different baby pic in each book. I'm not a real fan of the author pic. That's just me. I don't like faces on my characters on the covers of my books either (though I did promise my artist he could do a face for Beyond the Gate, that's another story.) But I don't know. I'm weird. Maybe this is a terrible idea.

So, I'm asking all of you--what do you think?? Baby pics? Or go with the "norm" and do a not-so-normal adult author photo? What I will never do, I'm afraid, is normal. It's just not who I am.
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Remember the Indie-Love Christmas contest I entered? I won! Woohoo! Three months of advertising on the site. Very exciting. Thank you for voting for me!! It means more to me that you DID than winning does. Seriously. I am humbled.

Humility is NOT the same thing as modesty, so my motto stays intact. :)

If you've not gone over to Heroines of Fantasy, GO! The conversation is great and maybe a smidge controversial. You know you want in on it.

The mock up for my cover is all finished! I love it. ARC, here we come!


UFFDA

Dec. 30th, 2011 05:38 pm
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Beyond the Gate is now down to 161,161 words. Many more will be going next week. My ending...yeah, lots of extra stuff I just didn't need. Very excited.

The big news this week is FINAL COVER ART!

The font/formatting is being done as I write this. The interior is formatted and ready to go, including the map!




A book. A REAL BOOK! It never gets old. Now I sit back and wait for my ARCs to arrive, for reviews to come in (I HOPE!!!) and May 25, when it flies out into the world. Whew!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!

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This is the lower continent and further south than the last map went. In A Time Never Lived, the characters start out in Bosbana, cut across the Bloodbane to Tinnangar, then follow the Bihn Iabba River down through the Kinnai Valley, and into uncharted territory to the city of Ladur, on the banks of Agreardon Spill. And here, my dears, there really DO be DRAGONS!

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So I'll let this one speak all by itself. Not finished yet; still some coloring and shading to do, but getting there...

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I'm FINISHED!!! A Time Never Lived is done, final, finished but for copyediting. From 179,478 down to a slightly zaftig but comparatively svelte 145,043. I did things I didn't think I'd do, had no IDEA I would do--but I did them, and I'm glad. And this book is KILLER.

If I do say so myself.

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