Facing Your Fears with Sera Kane – Post + Giveaway

April 20, 2016

Facing Your Fears

When I was young, I was informed that writing wasn’t a career.  It was a hobby, a thing you did when you happened to have some time from doing your Real Life.  Going to college.  Getting a job.  Getting married, having kids.  Being “normal”.

It cannot be a surprise that ‘normal’ was never on my list of personal descriptors.  I thought I wanted to do the college thing, though it did not hold my attention too terribly well.  I knew I wanted a career—that was what I’d been told to do in order to be successful.  I was ambivalent about marriage, and terrified of children.

And here I sit in a coffeehouse with a Macbook—what in the world has happened to the old Computer Science major—trying to decide how to interact with strangers who think that my writing is valuable.  That this story I’ve painfully eked out despite my past, my thoughts, my fears, is something they find entertaining.  I just have to say, you, dear readers, are amazing.  Without you, so much of worth would be lost.  Thank you.

My name is Sera Kane, and today I am proud and honoured to introduce you to my novella Lord of Hearth, Lord of Hollow.

When I originally lurked around on DSP wondering if I dared to try, I was caught by an anthology call.  For cooking type things. Something of which I know essentially nothing about.  My spouse is the chef in our household.  I’ve failed at boiling water.

No.  Seriously.  He had to take over.  And, yes, the water did start boiling for him, almost immediately.

It would be a challenge, then.  A challenge to write a story that tied into cooking.  I could tap into my spouse’s knowledge, though, and, really, that’s where the recipe at the end came from.  A challenge to write under a deadline.  But I am lackadaisical at best when it comes to scheduling, so a deadline would force me to work at a steady pace.  A challenge to write for the sole purpose of trying to get it published.

It was the last that I most feared.

LoH is a story of two men hiding from their fears.  Aimes Cully is a full-blooded human, something unusual in a world where ‘fae’ blood has diluted the world.  When his brother—and only surviving family member—disappears after being accepted as a chef at the palace, Aimes sets out to be accepted, too.  But magic is possible through one’s fae heritage, so Aimes must find other ways to make up for his lack and that includes chancy raids into faerie rings.

Fae.  Faerie.  Elf.  So many misnomers for his kind, the Elfaegaard, and very little truth of his ancestry remains among the humans, mixed blood or not.  Keanewyeth Ordioral, however, is unaffected by any of these could-be slurs, for he is the lord of his own hollow.  A cursed hollow.  He is a prisoner within the home of his own lands.  For two centuries, Keane has been trapped here with no opportunity for escape.  He cannot leave and none come and so, he’s been alone.  Until a particular human is captured attempting to plunder one of his hollow’s rings, and, suddenly, Keanewyeth is reminded of the outside world and all that he has been locked away from, not the least of which is the love of another.

As their pasts cross, Aimes must come to terms with the truth of his family, and Keane must confront his so that they have a chance to overcome their fears and emerge into a brighter future, together.

Aimes and Keane are gentle reminders that we can reach beyond our current circumstances to find better things.  Not just running wildly in any direction, like Aimes, or hiding like Keane, but with focused purpose.  You are not defined by your circumstances, no matter how easy it is for others to try to do that to you.  You are valid and worthwhile, exactly as you are.

It’s so easy to let fear decide our reactions to things, but it doesn’t have to be a wall keeping us from our hopes and dreams!  When is a time that you’ve used fear to motivate you to accomplish your goals?  Is there a time you overcame your fear to do something anyway?  Or even a time when the fear kept you from doing it?

One thing you don’t need to fear, though, is boredom!  I’m pleased to announce an exclusive giveaway. One lucky traveler will be chosen to receive a copy of Lord of Hearth, Lord of Hollow.  Your entry fee is merely to comment here!  I need a chance to meet you, after all!  We can talk about fears, cooking, writing, anything you’d like.  I’m happy to answer questions or just shoot the breeze.  So, dear travelers, let’s meet!

Check out Lord of Hearth, Lord of Hollow today!

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Blurb:

Culinary school is hard enough for Aimes Cully without mixing in an utterly underwhelming physical appearance—too small, too delicate, too red-haired, too freckled, too human—added with the inability to magically improve the food—still too human—and facing the too beautiful, too fae-looking Aleksi’s teases and taunts. When rumors surface that Aimes’s older brother’s success is a lie, Aimes is determined to prove them wrong and show that pure-blooded humans are the equal of anyone with mixed blood.

But things get worse after Aimes is caught in a faerie ring and transported to the fae hollow of Lord Keanewyeth Ordorial. As the attraction heats up, it becomes obvious that there’s something wrong in the magical home. A cursed creature appears, and everything becomes jumbled as the secrets of their lives collide into a painful concoction of Aimes’s past and Keanewyeth’s present. But if they can meld their talents, they might be able to save each.

Author Bio:

Sera Kane has loved the written word for essentially forever, in this particular case, somewhere in the range of thirty years or so.  She writes to share the fantastical things that go on in her mind on a daily basis.  Her secret-but-not-so-secret desire is to write pieces that are impossible to put down.  And, also, to kill off a beloved character.  She has not succeeded at either of these things, but be warned that she wants to!

She currently lives in southern California, but she’s been quite a few places in her day!  Her favourites include Washington– the state, not DC– Texas, and Japan.  Her house is filled by an exceedingly tall husband, a very swift son, a derpy German Shepherd, and a grumpy yet loving Shih-Tzu.  If she ever won the lottery, she’d have houses in all three of those places and breed Shepherds in at least one of them.

Social Media:

Website: http://serakane.com
Blog: http://serakane.com/writes
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Twitter: @serakaneworlds

7 Responses to “Facing Your Fears with Sera Kane – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Susan says:

    I have social anxiety and the thought of getting up in front of a room full of strangers and teaching was nerve-wracking. However, I love learning and wanted to share that at the college level, so I earned a PhD and set out to be the best teacher I could be. I still hate being in the public eye, but the number of students who told me I was the best professor they ever had made it worth all the fear.

  2. Jen says:

    I have a pretty strong anxiety about heights – even just climbing stairs if they have gaps. But, I have dealt with it to do things like a hot air balloon flight or climb to the top of mountains, lighthouses etc.

    Thanks for the post – your new story sounds great. I love fantasy stories and cooking. :-)

  3. Lisa says:

    Hi there. I don’t cook much anymore since I’m an emptynester now. Occasionally I’ll get a craving for something that’s done scratch so I’ll drag out the pot & pans. Mostly I eat convenience foods or take out.
    Thanks for sharing your post. The story looks interesting.

  4. Sera Knae says:

    Susan, that is so amazing to hear! Thank you for sharing! For what it’s worth, this random-isn stranger on the internet is very proud of you and your accomplishments. Thank you for working so hard to push through those fears to fulfill one of the most important roles in our country: teaching the next generation.

    Oh, Jen, I can definitely relate! I have agoraphobia as well, and I also force myself to do those ‘scary’ things as well! Though I’ve never had the opportunity to go up in a hot air balloon or climb a mountain–gads, but that sounds fun, though!–I did celebrate my 30th birthday by skydiving! Keep following your path and not letting fear stop you from the amazing things that are a part of your life!

    Thank you for the compliment about my blurb! hehe I really hope everyone enjoys my story!

    Was it difficult to transition, Lisa? I have quite a long ways to go before I join the Empty Nest Club. My son is only six, after all! I’ve heard it can be hard to adjust your life, but also that once you have it’s amazing!

    Are convenience foods like food from convenience stores? I would only suggest that if you live in Japan! Their benri (convenient) stores have amazing food! I miss being able to pick up soba or onigiri for a quick meal.

  5. Lisa says:

    Yes & no. He went to school for 2 years, then took a break for monetary & health reasons for another 2 years or so then left again. The first time he was going to a regional campus & staying at my parents house so he came back for summer breaks. Now he’s at the main campus & there full time. He’s also extremely busy with full class loads & jobs so doesn’t have much time for visiting/chatting with mom. He’s had a lot of difficulties since he left the second time with both his mental & physical health and there’s been some tough crises we’ve had to deal with. Fortunately he had the surgery he’d been needing in December so he seems much more stable & well on the road to recovery.

    I’ve enjoyed not having to share the bathroom & not having my solitude interrupted when I’m grouchy. Mostly I’m glad he’s becoming an independent adult who will have a solid education & who’s had the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds. We’re not nearly as diverse here as where he’s at.

    Convenience foods for me are like frozen dinners, canned soup, deli items. *shudder* I never eat things from the convenience stores. Yuk.

  6. Trix says:

    I’m thrilled that a computer science major turned to the arts, though in a way I think it’s not that different from writing. I’d bet you have an easier time plotting and outlining than most, thanks to programming skills…

  7. Sera Kane says:

    Haha, spelled my name correctly this time! I was too excited about getting to talk with you!

    Oh, Lisa, that sounds fantastic for him! It’s incredibly difficult to deal with health issues, especially when they are severe enough to affect our daily lives. I have focal dystonia in my right arm as well as severe anxiety and depression. There are days when it’s a struggle to get up and get moving, much less actually accomplish things. I’m happy that he’s becoming independent with good exposure to others of all types. I wish him the best of luck moving forward! And also you, of course! :)

    And phew, that sounds so much better than food actually from convenience stores! I’ve recently tried these new things that I know can not think of the name. lol They’re like Australian pasties, of a sort? Sort of like a handheld potpie. I’m pretty impressed with them.

    Hey, Trix, thank you! I’m a huge fan of OOP, actually. I strive to use objects in my everyday life as much as possible. lol I’m actually horrific at outlining. It’s always been one of my banes! I do a lot of plotting, though it’s normally all mental! Sometimes I need to actually sit down to plot out how things will go, but, for the most part, I just sort of let loose and eventually soundboard off of someone. lol Were you in the comp sci field?

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