Destiny Sets by Karen Faignes

Shaytonian Chronicles – Book 1: Destiny Sets
Karen Fainges

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Karen Fainges works as a trainer in business and computing. A wife and mother, she started thinking up sci-fi stories at the age of 10. Editor of the K-tips business and computing ezine, she longed to present her fiction to the world. So she took those long ago stories, a love of the absurd and wrote about beings that were not humans. Sometimes you see a lot more about humanity and yourself when you are looking at someone else.

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Favorite Authors & Why

There are so many brilliant books out there and more are being written every day. Still, there are some old favourites that keep you coming back. Here are ten authors I really admire and what I think makes them special.

Terry Pratchett

Terry writes characters – he steals plots. Anyone that has read a bit of history will recognize many of the situations in his Discworld books in particular. What makes him one of my favourite authors is the way he tells the tales through different eyes. His characters have flaws and charms, honour and cussedness and always the ability to realize the universe is a strange, strange place, and often, that is wonderful. He explores the great truths about what is truth and justice and makes you laugh doing it. If he didn’t do such bad puns at times, I would list him as a god.

Lois McMaster Bujold

This woman is incredible. She writes space opera that way it is meant to be done. The characters are incredibly intelligent, insightful and able to laugh at themselves. The worlds are filled with interest and depth and the violent space battles are all done in a tasteful way. If I grow up to be half the woman Cordelia Naismith is, I will consider myself fulfilled.

Laurell K Hamilton

Hamilton does everything wrong. She splits infinites with gay abandon, she preaches, she misspells words, the list goes on. So why is she one of my favourites? Well, because I enjoy reading her books. Her characters make me care for them. I find myself working to defeat the bad guy, save the good guy and bed him afterwards. Anita Blake is not perfect, and she knows it, but she does try hard and she holds on to those things she does value with a grip of iron.

Robert Lynn Asprin

The Myth series in particular make me laugh. That bumbling through making courageous decisions only in hindsight and saving the world by mistake, I love it. The range of characters from the petty to the pretty and the fighter to the lover, are all people it would be interesting to know, although for some, you would like it to be from a distance. Asprin writes atrocious puns and for some reason I forgive him because he delights in it so much. Reading his books sweeps you away and makes you feel everything will work out all right eventually.

Tamora Pierce

Pierce is supposedly a children’s author and I don’t care. Her books have almost had the words read off them. She takes strong people that have had hard lives and makes their worlds harder, and they come out like glistening diamonds.

Kerry Greenwood

An Australia author, she is just amazing. Her knowledge of history, Australia and people make her a fascinating read. I normally are not that fussed about who dunnits but Greenwood makes me care and I can reread each books a dozen times and still find bits I like. Again, her characters are brilliant and I am not just saying that because one of her best is a size 22 lady from Nimbin.

About The Book
Book Genre: Scifi/Fantasy Vampire
Publisher: Writers Exchange
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Destiny Sets is the first novel in the Shaytonian Chronicles.

Lightning sears a scene against the eye. Trapped between reality and death, every scrap of life is fighting for existence. To stop fighting is to die.

Some precious moments of peace can be stolen from small pockets of calm. Life can take a breath and wonder at the harsh beauty. But only for a moment, then struggle resumes. And others watch.

The Shayton Chronicles begins in Destiny Sets, the story of one man. He is that drop of chaos that can spell success or failure.

Born from a vampiric race of slaves, genetically moulded to provide comfort for their masters, he alone decides to be truly free. Irreverent humour and a fierce need to know ‘why’, war within him and entire worlds are changed.

“The Stainless Steel Rat with fangs.”

Painting the mythic vampire
The deep royal blue sky of the Italian Riviera provided the perfect backdrop to the posed woman. She was an otherworldly figure set amongst the ancient columns. Her softly accented voice broke the stillness. “Are you sure about this?”
She watched as he added a daub more paint, “I am sure. You said it yourself, the best way to deny something it is to say it is true.”
“And what if the Council finds out?”
Alfredo dabbed on a different colour. Going by the look on his face, he still did not have the skin colour the exactly right colour of purple. It had been frustrating him all evening. There was a timeline that neither one of them had mentioned, but it loomed in their thoughts. He was getting older, and no one lived forever. His words dragged her out of the wave of sadness that swept through her. “This mythical Council of yours, what if they do notice the paintings? They are just paintings.”
“The Council is no myth. They rule our world.”
“I thought the King ruled your homeworld?”
Lisa started to shrug but remembered in time not to move from the pose. “His rule is absolute, so long as he leaves all the day to day decisions, like whether to exile his daughter to Earth, to the Council.”
“And you, as this poor exiled waif are concerned that one of those ‘day to day’ decisions may be objecting to this painting?”
Lisa snorted at the sarcasm in his voice, knowing it was meant more to chide her out of the doldrums than anything else. “They defend of the safety of Shayton. They hold dear her anonymity. It keeps her from being destroyed by those that fear the different, which, my dear, you must agree describes most humans remarkably well.”
Alfredo nodded, “And trust me, the picture of a masked dancer with obviously fake wings…” Lisa snorted again at this description of her body, “will ensure that any little slip ups like the one in Venice, will be seen as a publicity stunt and nothing else. Your Council will thank us.”

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3 responses to “Destiny Sets by Karen Faignes

  1. burtmorgret

    Thank you for hosting today:)

  2. Wendi Galbreath

    What an awesome post!

  3. Great guest blog, thank you for sharing!

    Pit Crew 🙂

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