TRUE FORM A Magic Realism Gem!

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Sarah Christine Lalonde’s new novel, TRUE FORM,  is Magical Realism at it’s best. Powerful immortals come to life in this original, imaginative, and inspired story. Lalonda’s beautifully crafted characters will enthrall you until you fall under their spell. You will be taken through time to ancient Egypt where it all began and back again into the present were life and death battles will determine the fate of human and immortals alike and keep you turning the pages wondering what your fate will be.  This magic realism inspired story also tells a deeper truth about immortal and mortal foibles, revenge, and redemption.  I do see a sequel in the future that will continue this fascinating story.  I highly recommend this exciting foray into magical realism.



DELPHI ALTAIR Strange Beginnings

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Aliens, Watchers, Wizards, And a Secret That Could End All Life on Earth!

On the day of her mother’s funeral, Megan Donnelly finds a mysterious package on her dresser wrapped in faded brown paper and twine.  She has no idea where it came from or how it got there.  Somehow, despite her grief, the bundle of faded brown paper and twine has a strange power over her, as if she were spellbound.  Inside the package, Megan finds an old leather-bound journal.

Curious, Megan begins to read the story about a strange girl named Delphi Altair.  Delphi, who lives with her foster parents in an old Sea Captain’s manor, discovers she is being pursued by dangerous alien creatures who are trying to kidnap her or worse. Donovan, a new student at her school, befriends Delphi and together with Nikkos, an alien Watcher sent to protect Delphi, embark on a treacherous journey into the unknown.

Megan, fascinated by the journal, comes to realize Delphi’s mysterious quest is more than a story, it is terrifyingly real and Megan is somehow involved. Megan’s life is about to change in ways she could never have imagined.

                  Praise for Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings

A beautifully written and epic novel “Simply put: this exceptional epic fantasy novel, by K.D. Dowdall, is beautifully done and should be picked up by any fan of epic fantasy stories. I am very impressed by Dowdall’s ability to weave together so many characters and storylines into a cohesive whole, it reminded me of the way Dickens and Tolkien are so deftly able to do this. The story takes place mostly in three settings: in a briny, seaside town sometime in the past, in a beautifully evocative land called Janji, and then in a familiar-seeming town sometime in the present day. Whether Dowdall is evoking other worldly magical creatures or earthly ones, her scenes are drawn with such detail that they will pull you in, time and time again. I highly recommend this book. You’ll be hooked and waiting for the next one.”

—Kirstin Lenane, author of, The Scare: A Halloween Story

An out-of-this world, magical, and thrilling epic fantasy

“This mysterious, magical, and thrilling first novel by K.D. Dowdall, is an epic fantasy adventure that will whisk you away by land, by sea, and to a far away realm that we sometimes conjure up in our dreams and nightmares. Dowdall’s vivid imagination and beautifully drawn scenarios are evocative of Tolkien’s, Lord of the Rings and Paolini’s, Eragon. I highly recommend this beautifully written epic fantasy and science fiction trilogy.”

—Kathy Lauren Miller, author of, The Starling Trilogy

Magic, magic, and more magic!

“K.D. Dowdall deftly weaves science fiction and fantasy in her debut novel where creatures and characters abound. I particularly enjoyed the lush and vivid settings of both the little sea town and the majestic (and at times bizarre) planet, Janji. This fantasy novel is reminiscent of, The Neverending Story and The Princess Bride.”

—M.L. LeGette, author of, The Orphan and the Thief

An Inteview with Ben Starling, Author of Something in the Air



Welcome, Ben and thank you for joining me. What have you been working on recently? Can you tell us about your new release?

Thank you for interviewing me, Karen. I’m excited as my short story Something in the Air has just been released on Amazon. In this new short love story, the focus is on a returning soldier, a veterinarian and an urban environmental concern. Here’s a little bit about it:

Daniel thought war was tough. That was till he fell in love.

What if it’s true that you can never really go home? Returning from a soul-crushing war, Daniel Dragan is determined to put the past behind him. But with his beloved uncle dead and the town’s economy in a slump, there may not be much to keep him in San Prospero, California.

That is till he is startled by veterinarian Willow Dixon at the roadside lookout above their hometown’s new factory. A desperately needed job offer there may offer Daniel the chance he needs – but all is not as it seems at the factory and Willow, determined to save the inhabitants of her animal sanctuary, wants the factory’s operations stopped. Sometimes the road home is neither the one we expect. Nor the one we left behind…

It’s on Amazon at

Is this your first book? How many books have you written?

This is the first story in a series that will consist of one novel and several short stories set in the same world. I’m currently finishing up the second short story in this series – the title of which will be released soon!

The novel in this series, Something in the Water, is already complete and available for pre-order on Amazon now.

Tell us a little more about yourself. How did you get started writing?

My upcoming novel, Something in the Water, was inspired by the loss of my partner at forty-five years of age to ovarian cancer, just thirteen weeks after her diagnosis. In the aftermath, an old friend challenged me to turn that grief into something positive.

Remembering a conversation with a charismatic Polynesian fisherman (I visited there once) about his people’s vision of death and the afterlife, I began to write. Through the written word, I hoped to explore and capture several extraordinary events that happened around the time of my girlfriend’s death. The books kind of took off from there…
What do you do when you’re not writing? What is one thing that would surprise us?

I’m a freelance editor, working on business plans, articles published in specialist magazines and some fiction.

Something surprising? Well, I still coach boxing. My love of the sport is so much a part of me that it’s really like breathing. But I suppose most people see me as quite quiet, so perhaps the love of boxing is surprising. I enjoy the technique and the strategy of the game. It’s fascinating, always changing. I stopped competition some years ago, but am still coaching others.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with those particular images/artwork?

Would you believe…I did? I know it’s meant to be a no-no to design one’s own cover, but I am a self-taught graphic artist and really enjoy the process of coming up with cover concepts and bringing them to life.

For me, it somehow completes the creative circle of creating a novel or short story. In the initial stages, I toss ideas back and forth with my editor. After we agree on an image and a design concept, then the whole cover seems to come to life on its own.

Is there a certain type of scene that’s harder for you to write than others? Love? Action? Racy?

O dear, yes. I am quite squeamish about writing the love scenes! And it’s quite a challenge to make them believable and also to keep similar scenes new and fresh each time.

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Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

Antarctica! And I’d love to visit Tonga one day again too. Beautiful, contrasting environments. We live in such a complex world with so many fascinating species to see.

What book are you reading now? 

Lost For Words, by Alice Kuipers, a British-Canadian author. It’s a gripping YA novel that I am just getting into. I make a real effort to explore genres outside my own. There is something new to learn everywhere. I’m looking forward to learning from Kuiper’s distinctive style.

Thanks for interviewing me, Karen. I look forward to reading your work too.


Ben Starling is passionate about marine conservation and boxing, both central themes in his upcoming novel. His interest in marine life has taken him across three continents over the past three decades. He is Oxford’s only ever Quintuple Blue (varsity champion five years running), was Captain of the university boxing team, and coached and boxed competitively until about five years ago. He is 6’3”and 185 lbs. Ben graduated from Oxford University with a Master of Arts and an M Phil. He was born in the USA but has lived in the UK since childhood.

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