Final back cover copy: Tenai trilogy

Or I should say, The Death’s Lady trilogy. I am most likely going to think of this as the Tenai trilogy forever, but I will make an effort to refer to it by the name I’m actually putting on the cover(s).

This time, I just want to show all the back cover blurbs in a row. I haven’t done that for the final drafts. So, here:

I. The Year’s Midnight

A gifted psychiatrist, Daniel Dodson is perfectly aware that he’s in a tough place personally following the death of his wife. Then a mysterious new patient offers a welcome professional distraction.

The world of swords and magic that Tenai so vividly remembers obviously can’t be real. The deadly enmity and long war that left such deep emotional scars obviously symbolize something else. But perhaps Daniel can use the signposts of those confabulated memories to aid Tenai in moving forward into a new life in the real world.

2. Of Absence, Darkness

Down the rabbit hole, but not to Wonderland.

Daniel never imagined that Tenai’s memories of her earlier life might be absolutely true. But when he and his daughter are swept up in the plots of her enemies and dropped abruptly into a world of dark magic and darker history, Daniel must find a way to aid Tenai against the all-too-real echoes of her past.

Though the hidden schemes of Tenai’s enemies offer peril enough, the worse threat comes from within: if Tenai cannot master the vast rage she still carries, her own fury may shatter her world.

3. As Shadow, a Light

Sometimes the past does not let go.

Tenai is determined that no one will use her to break the fragile peace of her world, even if that means she must support and defend the son of her bitterest enemy. But set against four hundred years of fury and hatred, that determination may not be enough.

Daniel has come to know far more about Tenai’s adversaries than he ever wanted to — more than she knows herself. Forced into unwilling cooperation with these enemies, Daniel must find a way to defy their plans, protect his daughter, and help Tenai overcome the shadows of her past — before it’s too late.

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7 thoughts on “Final back cover copy: Tenai trilogy”

  1. I am so excited to read this trilogy.

    One more spotting of repeated words in the second paragraph of book 1: two “obviously”s in short succession. Maybe instead:

    The world of swords and magic that Tenai so vividly remembers can’t possibly be real. The deadly enmity and long war that left such deep emotional scars obviously symbolize something else.

  2. Damn it, yes, fine. I’ll go take out the first “obviously.” Or change the second one. Or something.

    Obviously, I really CAN’T spot repeated words.

  3. Ha, maybe one addendum, for those who haven’t read the prelude but encounter book 2 first: start it with “Psychiatrist Daniel…” so his relationship with Tenai is immediately clarified as a professional one, as well as why it is his function to help her deal with her past and her fury.
    They may have become friends over the years, but her trust in him as a psychiatrist is an important part in their relationship and his rôle here.

    It also hopefully forestalls the immediate jumping to conclusions of some potential readers that there must be a romance if a man and a woman are both mentioned in the blurb.

  4. Book one is a fantasy, right? But the back copy makes it sound like it might be a realistic, not fantastic, book about a psychiatrist and a client who really does have delusions. I feel like it might mislead people about the nature of the book? Or maybe that’s just me? Just thought I’d throw this out there for what it’s worth. I’m willing to be convinced I’m all wet…

  5. Good points, both of you. Jeanine, the fantasy elements in the first book are so restrained, it’s practically not a fantasy at all. In fact, really, it isn’t. Now, the teaser in the back makes it crystal clear that if you go on with the story, you will at once find yourself in a secondary world fantasy. So … We’ll see! It’s a bit challenging to describe, that’s for sure.

  6. I’d drop the ‘gifted’ in the first one, just make it ‘psychiatrist Daniel…’. We’ll find out he’s really good soon enough.

    For Jeanine’s concern maybe work that sword into the blurb. umm… something like: The world of swords and magic that Tenai so vividly remembers obviously can’t be real however physical the sword she showed him was. or her detailed memories of the four hundred year war she’d led.

    Plus genre marking and whatnot in the keywords and cover image

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