I am a huge fan of the first Felix book, Murder in Absentia, so I am beyond excited that In Numina is just as wonderful a book. It is a fantasy. It is a detective story. It is a historical. I love all three of those genres, but the mix of them has proven to be one of my favourite blends of all. Rome (the basis of his imaginary Egretia) is endlessly fascinating, and the true to life details Mehr adds to the story sent me off in happy research spirals. I spent afternoons reading about how Romans could tell a tavern was also a brothel, or about the tool they used to exfoliate, or cuisine. Then I’d return to the novel to read about hiring a gladiator or dabbling with magic.
Felix is a great character. He’s flawed, but he learns. I always root for him. He always seems genuinely curious, and that is a pretty important trait in an investigator. Reading about his adventures is a joy. I found myself smiling as I read. In Numina is going to be one of those books I read again and again. I suggest reading with a nice glass of wine.
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I have read most of Estrada's back catalog now- roughly 90% I would estimate, so I feel confident recommending this book.
Estrada is a master at genre hopping, having published poetry, sci-fi, fantasy, middle grade/ya, and now non-fiction. His writing style is warm, witty, and willing to tell it like it is, however that is may shift throughout life.
In reading his work, I've found many quotes that leave me breathless. I get out my notebook, and copy them down to refer to later. It's like having a friend's voice right there giving bits of wisdom without all the expectation to reciprocate! Here's two I particularly appreciate:
Get to know J.D. Estrada! The cool thing is, he has something different to offer on each social media platform. Follow them all to get bookish delights, 00Bananas, weird food taste tests, original music, sock themed entertainment- and more!
I had the pleasure of meeting Shane Wilson during the Brain to Books Cyber Convention and Book Expo. He recently published a book, so of course I must tell all of you about it. Be sure to check out his social media! He's always up to something.
Novel about maintaining a muse and grip on reality
The Smoke in His Eyes, a story about music and sanity, and how an artist’s inspiration binds them together
Aberdeen, NJ, May 18, 2018 — Every artist needs inspiration, and where they find it is often up to chance. This is what the main character in Genz’s newest publication wrestles with. The Smoke in His Eyes is a magical realism novel written by Shane Wilson, to be released on May 18, 2018 by GenZ Publishing. The Smoke in His Eyes will be sure to sing sweetly to your senses. It tells the story of TJ, a musician plagued with visions from a traumatic event in his childhood that confuse his grip on reality. He meets a fellow artist named Muna who helps him make sense of the visions, and yet she seems to be made of smoke herself. His journey through his relationship with her explores what an artist’s relationship with his inspiration is like. This story will weave its way into your heart like a melody you’d want to listen to again and again.
A graduate of Valdosta State University in south Georgia, Shane Wilson feels both at home and out-of-place as a child of the southern United States. He holds a Masters in English and taught college English in Georgia before moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina in 2013. Shane’s first novel, A Year Since the Rain was long-listed for the 2017 Southern Book Prize. He is the winner of the 2017 Rilla Askew Short Fiction Prize for his story “The Boy Who Kissed the Rain,” whih has subsequently been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His poetry has appeared in anthologies such as Tethered by Letters and the Stonepile Writers' Anthology, Volume III. He is currently working on a new novel and a collection of short stories.
The Smoke in His Eyes is available now in paperback and on Kindle.
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