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Check out my website: Modesty is for Suckers

Yup--the picture kind of says all you need to know about the personal side of who I am. Professionally, I am an author, and a fantasy editor with Hadley Rille Books since January 2011.

It's here! Beyond the Gate, available on Amazon

Returning to the Vale after university, Linhare is thrust into the long-standing grudges and precarious alliances that maintain her realm. But there is more to the peace than political intrigue: Ambition. Secrets. And a terrible deed, recorded in a scarred, red journal, that should have remained forever secret.
Wait's secret.
Unearthing his past was an accident; keeping it to herself was not. Then the damning journal vanishes, heralding a spiral of betrayal and dark magic that casts Linhare from Vales Gate and into a world of bolleys and Drumbul Lords, of gobbets and ghasty-haints. A world from which Linhare has little hope of returning--until Wait falls into Fae to pursue her, bringing with him hope, love, and more truth than she can bear.
Truth cannot remain entombed forever. Only long enough...

Publisher's Weekly says:
DeFino’s third novel, a romantic fantasy set in the same world as Finder and A Time Never Lived, follows the adventures of “gracious and genial” Princess Linhare, a veritable paragon of ladylike virtues. Returning to the Vale after six years at university, intrigue and treachery soon leave her stranded in the land of fae. The stoically fierce and barnacle-loyal guard Wait, burdened with a dark secret and a cursed past that only Linhare’s forgiveness and love can alleviate, soon rushes after. Along with Linhare’s best friend, Jinna, and Jinna’s lover, Egalfo, they embark on an Odyssey-like quest—with cursed pirate ships, a mad Dread Queen, seductive fairy lords, and treacherous slavers—to return to a kingdom very different from the one they left. Though hampered by slow pacing and repeated substitutions of romantic clichés for character development, the story unfolds into a quietly surprising and unexpectedly satisfying conclusion.

New! An original fairy tale, by me!
Jingle5cover"I haven't read an original fairy tale in ages, and now I'm reminded of what I've
missed. Jingle, the story of a beautiful child born to a terrible fate and the
catkin who loved her, is equal to anything Barbara Leonie Picard ever wrote.
Beautiful language, a simple story, and best of all, it felt fantastic the way
so little fantasy does today." Amazon reviewer

My critically acclaimed debut novel, Finder, was published in November 2010 by Hadley Rille Books. What? You don't think it was critically acclaimed? Well here's my proof:

"...DeFino’s first novel creates an exotic desert environment as a backdrop to the story of a young man’s coming-of-age and a young woman’s search for the only family she has left. VERDICT Compelling characters and a fascinating world background make this a good addition to most fantasy collections." ~Library Journal

To see the whole review, you can go here: Library Journal Review
Amazon Reviews
Goodreads reviews
And if you'd like to read a sample chapter of Finder <--there you go.

Feel free to wander about, see what's up. If you get bored here, head on over to the blog sisters-in-Hadley Rille Books (and one brother!) and I put up, Heroines of Fantas here we have all sorts of interesting guests.

Newly released (May 2012) A Time Never Lived

Publishers' Weekly says: A Time Never Lived Terri-Lynne DeFino Hadley Rille (Ingram, dist.), $28 (358p) ISBN 978-0-98496-702-5 This gripping sequel to 2010's Finder brings family drama and magical legend to life. When the psychic Finder Ethen and his beloved Zihariel disappear during their search for the lost Spice Way across the Iabba Desert, the focus shifts to Ethen's son, Victorio, whose Finding talent appears to have failed, and whose relationship with the mercurial Cesilee has grown strained in the wake of her affair with artifact-hunter Sulman "Sully" Kahvek. After a fiery vision of a burning landscape, Victorio, fearing for his father, sets out in pursuit of Ethen, with Cesilee and lonely nobleman Lord Dorquin Shiel in tow. Joined as well by the treasure-seeking Sully and the mysterious Myrie Raleven, Victorio's party begins a dangerous quest across a magnificently-depicted multicultural fantasy world for the legendary city of Valadur. This is a memorable saga of supernatural power and human love from the increasingly impressive DeFino. (May)
All my books are available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-a-million, and just about any local or indie bookstore near you (if you ask nicely.)


( 36 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 12th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
Who are you again? ;-)
Nov. 13th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
I'm not quite sure...
Nov. 13th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Nice to meet you. Where's that local newspaper article?
Nov. 13th, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
Why, hello! Newspaper article that was SUPPOSED to come out today looks like it will be out next week. :)
Nov. 13th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Does that mean that if we hang out there, we will not receive a good time? Because promises were made, ma'am. I expect those promises to be upheld.

Nov. 13th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
Well, it all depends upon what sort of good time you're looking for. :::wink, wink:::
Nov. 13th, 2010 02:36 am (UTC)
but...but...but, that man said for a good time call...I even paid him for the information.
Nov. 13th, 2010 04:42 am (UTC)
You got ripped off, baby!
Nov. 13th, 2010 02:28 pm (UTC)
Hahaha ... love this! :)
Nov. 13th, 2010 03:30 pm (UTC)
I figured with my blog addy being on the book jacket, maybe I should have a greetings page should some poor, unsuspecting soul show up here, curious about who the hell I am. It really doesn't give them much, huh? Ha!
Nov. 14th, 2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
I like it as is. Lighthearted and giving a sense of your personality, which is what draws and keeps people. It's fun, and welcoming.
Nov. 14th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC)
WHAT!!! No good time?! Screw this. I'm out of here. Dear, get the kids, grab our bags, let's go!
Dec. 10th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha! Hadn't you seen this before?
Dec. 16th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Just a note to say how MUCH I'm enjoying FINDER!! Now, no one bother me--I'm READING!!

Dec. 16th, 2010 05:49 pm (UTC)
Heheheee! Thanks, Jamie!
Tara Maya
Jan. 10th, 2011 05:33 am (UTC)
post an excerpt
I would love to feature an excerpt from your book Finder on my blog “500 Words.” It’s free. Just send me 500 words from anywhere in the book. (It’s nice if it’s different from the sample offered on Amazon.) You can also send me anything else you’d like to post with the excerpt – author bio, blurb, artwork, etc. I will link to your book’s Amazon page, blog, etsy store (?!) or any other site you’d like to promote.

If you’re interested, let me know, if not, no problem.

Take care,
Tara Maya
Jan. 10th, 2011 03:20 pm (UTC)
Re: post an excerpt
Hey! Thanks for stoping by! I sent an email to my publisher about the exerpt. When he gets back to me, I'll let you know what he says. Thanks for asking!

I'm curious--where did you hear about Finder?
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:33 am (UTC)
Love it ...Love it...
You have captured the essence of men in general...In the finder...most erotic yet not profane...I love it so far...I am heading out Ziharial now...
It's quite refreshing to read about the plump girls getting some...I haven't known much ugly plump girls.

When I read this I knew you were of the plump class yourself.I truly wanted to.. to...see you. And I am NOT at all disappointed...You ARE DELICIOUS...

Keep Writing and creating emotions in us..me..he-he-he.
Mar. 24th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
Love you writing
You sound Erotic...and totally stimulating...if I was a wicked guy...I would want to get with you...I blushed while reading the first few pages...Oh I have just begun.
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:31 am (UTC)
Ah-hah! You've just taught me -- by example -- how to post an introduction to my livejournal blog. Thank you!
Jun. 22nd, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
:) You've never seen this before? Yeah, I tried a "real" blog but didn't keep it up. I have peeps here, I figured it was a good place to stay. The welcome page works well. Did you see my naughty fan mail just above yours?
Jun. 22nd, 2011 04:56 pm (UTC)
Yes, I saw it...Not sure what to say about that. It'll be a while before I put up my welcome page, but will do it soon.
Jul. 22nd, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
file hosting
An cool weblog post there mate . Thanks for the post !
Oct. 15th, 2011 11:03 pm (UTC)
Any particular reason it's not also on iBooks? That's where I usually Buy Things.
Oct. 15th, 2011 11:34 pm (UTC)
That's a good question. I'll ask my publisher and get back to you!
Oct. 16th, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
It's not on iBooks. No real reason why. When I asked my publisher, he said he hadn't really thought about it! Now he's going to look into it.
Oct. 12th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your work - and keep up the smile.
Oct. 13th, 2012 04:58 am (UTC)
Thank you, darling!
Sep. 25th, 2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
This be interesting.

Finder is my Fan name.
Sep. 26th, 2013 02:02 am (UTC)
Oh, really? Why's that?
Sep. 26th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
Because I can. I am weirdly good at it. I have walked into places that other people were tearing apart and found what they couldn't.

There's no odd feeling involved. I just think, "I'll try here." But it may just be that I don't consider it an odd feeling because I've had it all my life.

The strangest example of it was when I was at a Con, in the dealer's room, and was talking about it with some people, and one of the dealers showed me a picture of some obscure piece of military transport, told me there were only two still in existence (or ever made, it was like seven years ago), and said, "Where would you look for one of these?"

I'd never done it that way. I said, "Ohio?"

He owned one.

He lived in Ohio.


Edited at 2013-09-26 05:17 am (UTC)
Sep. 26th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
That is fantastic!

My "Finder" was inspired by my husband, who seems to have skills like yours. He once found his wedding ring buried in the sand, on an empty beach we had left three hours earlier. When we were in Ireland, he just knew were to go to get anywhere. His finding skills are uncanny.

You, him--there must be others. Magic does exist in the world! :)
Sep. 26th, 2013 07:09 pm (UTC)
Oh HALE yes.

Your hub do sound similar. Has he ever been known to recognize someone's character long before anybody else takes any notice of it? I've spent my life (literally since toddlerhood) trying to give people some warning, and being ignored. It feels like the same thing, whatever that thing is.
Sep. 26th, 2013 09:09 pm (UTC)
Actually, my darling is a bit obtuse about such things for the most part.
Sep. 26th, 2013 09:20 pm (UTC)
Now that is extremely interesting to me personally.

And I have no idea where to take this thought.

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