If you’ve read Tanya Reimer’sSacred Land StoriesLegends on the Prairies and Ghosts on the Prairies you’ll be delighted to hear that the concluding story Cursed on the Prairies will be published next month. An emotional journey that proves we can’t escape our destinies, Cursed on the Prairies is the culmination of a trans-generational timeline that started in Legends… and continued in Ghosts… If you haven’t read the Sacred Land Stories, now is your chance to read the first two before Cursed on the Prairies comes out.
This is alternate history suspense, incorporating the paranormal and magical realism, and infused with romance. They are stories that concern the Sacred Lands of the Ghost tribes in the prairies of Saskatchewan. But they also touch on the interwoven loves, hopes, dreams and tragedies of lives lived on those prairies by both the tribes and the settlers. Although each book in the series is a standalone story which can be read without any knowledge of the other two books, the greatest enjoyment is likely to gained by reading them in sequence.
With lingering spirits, a troubled girl, dark rituals, a love potion, cursed men plaguing their lands, a prison break, and the earth itself trying to suck them in, Cursed on the Prairies is a Sacred Land Story that shows that the prairies are a place full of secrets that even a ghost can’t bury.
Dave Weaver’s latest novel The Unseen, which has been available as an eBook since Friday the 13th May, is now available in paperback.
In a recent review on RisingShadow, Seregil of Rhiminee said “The Unseen has a touch of British coolness that separates it from other horror novels. Although it’s partly a traditional supernatural story, it has freshness that makes it different and entertaining.”
If someone believed that you were a hero from a legend, would you live up to it, or would you run?
Travelling across the country in 1892 to settle land on an unexplored part of the prairies, Alex hopes to find himself, to find a reason for his pitiful existence, and to have one last adventure with his dying friend. What he actually finds in the heart of the lonesome prairies is Sacri, defending land with her very soul. She believes he is the Man of Legends sent to save Sacred Land. Her determination entrances him. Despite everything, Alex finds himself praying to a God that he thought had abandoned him, in the hope that just maybe there is some truth to Sacri’s stories.
Sacri wants Alex to believe that he is the hero from her legends. Alex is a lot of things. He’s a painter, a sculptor, and a dreamer. He was just fired from a good job, grieves for a woman he hoped to marry, and is known as the local drunk. He’s terrified of fire, of losing his friend, and of being alone. He is a lot of things, but hero isn’t one of them.
To add to Alex’s unease is the certainty that Sacri’s brother, often merely seen as a silver shadow riding his horse across the horizon, will happily kill him if he turns out not to be the man that Sacri thinks he is.
Available from today in eBook formats on all popular platforms, Legends on the Prairies will also be available in paperback in November.
On RisingShadow.net, Seregil of Rhiminee has posted a review of The Unseen, the latest novel from Dave Weaver. Seregil admits that he is a big fan of horror and starts by saying that The Unseen is a welcome addition to paranormal horror fiction. He says that it’s “an entertaining and intriguing novel, because it’s simultaneously a horror story and a paranormal thriller with elements of psychological horror.” He comments that “The Unseen has a touch of British coolness that separates it from other horror novels. Although it’s partly a traditional supernatural story, it has freshness that makes it different and entertaining.” He observes that The Unseen “has a surprise ending that suddenly steers the story into a new direction” which is “an intriguing twist that will thrill readers”, adding that he thinks “it’s good that the author has not settled for an ordinary ending, but has thought of something different”.
Describing Dave Weaver as a “versatile and talented author who has written interesting speculative fiction novels” Seregil says that, in The Unseen, Dave “easily creates a strange atmosphere that is filled with supernatural menace”. He has “created a fully three-dimensional protagonist in John Mason” and the supporting characters are “interesting and well-created”. One of the reasons why John is such an interesting protagonist is that “he is not perfect and has made mistakes. He is tormented by his past and has feelings of guilt. He has problems with alcohol, but he has gotten treatment for it”. Once he moves into his new cottage in Hambleford, John comes to believe that it is haunted by Evangeline Foret, a young girl who was found hanged in nearby woods almost 100 years ago. Seregil compliments Dave on creating “an intense, strange and hallucinatory atmosphere by gradually revealing what happens to John and what he finds out about the past events related to Evangeline”. He says that Dave “effectively infuses the story with dark eroticism and feelings of guilt” which “adds plenty of depth and punch to the story” and about which Dave “writes well”.
Seregil enjoyed reading The Unseen and says he’d “like to see Dave Weaver write more this kind of fiction, because he has potential to become a thrilling horror author. He has all the necessary talents to break out into the genre and cause amazement with his fiction.” He concludes by recommending The Unseen as an excellent novel for anyone looking for an entertaining and gripping story, that keeps you intrigued by various twists and turns and surprises you with its ending.
“Don’t you believe in legends?” Such a simple question, yet what Sacri really wants Alex to believe is that he is the hero from her legends. A hero meant to save land sacred to her tribe.
Alex is a lot of things. He’s a painter, a sculptor, and a dreamer. He has just been fired from a good job, grieves for a woman he hoped to marry, and is known as the local drunk. He’s terrified of fire, of losing his friend, and of being alone. He is a lot of things, but hero isn’t one of them.
Travelling across the country in 1892 to settle land on an unexplored part of the prairies, he hopes to find himself, to find a reason for his pitiful existence, and to have one last adventure with his dying friend. What he actually finds in the heart of the lonesome prairies is Sacri, defending land with her very soul. She believes he is the Man of Legends sent to save Sacred Land. Her determination entrances him. Despite himself, Alex finds himself praying to a God that he thought had abandoned him, in the hope that, just maybe, there is some truth to Sacri’s stories.
To add to Alex’s unease is the certainty that Sacri’s brother, often merely glimpsed as a silver shadow riding his horse across the horizon, will happily kill Alex if he turns out not to be the man that Sacri thinks he is.
Alternate history with paranormal and romantic elements, Legends on the Prairies, a Sacred Land Story is about growth, friendship, love, and the importance of believing in ourselves.
“This prequel doesn’t just add depth to the tale we already know,” says Peter Buck, Editorial Director of Elsewhen Press, “because, as well as providing some history for those characters, it gives us an insightful story about two people who are driven to fulfill a destiny they don’t necessarily understand or even fully believe. It’s a story about how the goodness in a person’s heart can overcome cultural division and social stigma, which is even more remarkable for having occurred in 1892. You don’t need to have read Ghosts on the Prairies to be charmed, moved and ultimately inspired by this book.”
Legends on the Prairies, a Sacred Land Story will be published in digital formats in August 2016 and in paperback in November 2016.
Notes for Editors
About Tanya Reimer
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Tanya enjoys using the tranquil prairies as a setting to her not-so-peaceful speculative fiction.
She is married with two children which means among her accomplishments are the necessary magical abilities to find a lost tooth in a park of sand and whisper away monsters from under the bed.
As director of a non-profit Francophone community center, Tanya offers programming and services in French for all ages to ensure the lasting imprint and growth of the Francophone community in which she was raised. What she enjoys the most about her job is teaching social media safety for teens and offering one-￼on-one technology classes for seniors.
Tanya was fifteen when she wrote her first column. She has a diploma in Journalism/Short Story Writing. Today, she actively submits to various newspapers, writes and publishes the local Francophone newsletter for her community, and maintains a blog at Life’s Like That. Legends on the Prairies, is her second Sacred Land Story for adults and the prequel to Ghosts on the Prairies, her debut novel.
On the Risingshadow website, Seregil of Rhiminee has just posted a review of Can’t Dream Without You by Tanya Reimer. Describing it as “refreshingly different”, he goes on to say that it’s “one of the best and most original paranormal novels I’ve read in quite a while”.
Seregil starts by outlining the story and main characters and pointing out that this is a “different kind of a story about darkness, dreams, love and survival”, with an “intense and dramatic atmosphere” enhanced by the Tanya’s skill as a writer. He then gives some background about the Whisperers, an essential part of the story, and says that although it includes these complex mythological elements the story “unfolds gradually and flows nicely towards the end”. He compliments Tanya on the way that she “seamlessly combines mythological and post-apocalyptic elements with contemporary elements and maintains an approriately mysterious and strange atmosphere throughout the story”.
Part of what makes the story work well is that the “characterisation feels convincing” and the “narrative shifts fluently” between the main characters, each of which have “their own feelings, thoughts and motives, and readers get to know them during the story”. He especially liked the way that Tanya writes about the nuanced relationships between her characters.
One of the highlights of Can’t Dream Without You, says Seregil “is that Tanya Reimer has created an interesting Dreamland and writes fluently about dreams” adding “I’ve seldom read novels that feature dreams in such a powerful and enchanting way”.
He concludes by saying that “Tanya Reimer is an author to watch, because her novels and stories are good and she manages to surprise readers with fresh ideas” and “has a gift for writing original and thought-provoking stories”. He thinks that Can’t Dream Without You is “exactly what a contemporary and paranormal speculative fiction novel should be… different, exciting and interesting, and that’s why it deserves to be read”. His final remarks: “Captivating and fluently written entertainment for adults!”
You can read Seregil’s full review on Risingshadowhere.
What if the cottage of your dreams turns out to be a house from hell? The Unseen is a darkly erotic tale of guilt and obsession – hallucinatory and horrifying, with a shocking finale.
DARTFORD, KENT – 12 April 2016 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce a deal signed with author Dave Weaver for his latest novel The Unseen.
Dave Weaver is not constrained within any single genre. His previous work has encompassed YA fantasy and futuristic science fiction, but his latest novel has more in common with his 2014 paranormal journey through Japanese culture, Japanese Daisy Chain. This time, however, the story unfolds in an apparently idyllic cottage in a little village tucked away in the heart of Essex. But even within this novel, Dave does not feel obliged to limit himself: a paranormal story, yes, but with elements of a crime novel and a dark passionate thriller.
Ex-advertising man John Mason is driving to the small town of Hambleford to view a cottage that is for sale, when he is caught in a sudden hailstorm. It brings back memories of the crash a year before in which he lost his wife Judith; a crash caused by a woman in white standing in the middle of the road – a woman who was nowhere to be found after the accident. As the hailstorm lashes his car he has a vision of her, with empty eyes and a silent screaming mouth. John had been having regular dreams about her ever since the crash, but lately they have been replaced by dreams of an idyllic cottage on a hillside like the one in which Judith had wanted them to live. John is special – he sees things that others can’t. Since childhood he’s had strange experiences but has tried to shut them out; now he thinks Judith is trying to contact him, that she’s been sending his mind images of the house where her spirit will join him again, and that Pine Cottage in Hambleford is literally the cottage of his dreams. But things aren’t all as they appear and John quickly becomes convinced that a spirit other than Judith is trying to manipulate him.
Available from Elsewhen Press on popular eBook platforms in May, The Unseen will be published in August in a paperback edition.
Notes for Editors
About Dave Weaver
A graphic designer by day, Dave has been writing by night for over a decade. With numerous short stories published in anthologies and webzines, he has had three novels published by Elsewhen Press – Jacey’s Kingdom (2013), Japanese Daisy Chain (2014) and The Black Hole Bar (2014). He is a big fan of science fiction, and has written many futuristic tales. But much of his writing also hovers on the shifting borders between fantasy and reality, a world of glimpsed ghosts and shadows, unspoken secrets, demons from the past and uncertain visions of the future.
Elsewhen Press publishes Can’t Dream Without You, the first of The Dark Chronicles from rising star of Canadian speculative fiction, Tanya Reimer.
DARTFORD, KENT – 8 January 2016 – Elsewhen Press, an independent UK publisher specialising in Speculative Fiction, is delighted to announce the publication today of Can’t Dream Without You by Canadian author Tanya Reimer, the first of her tales from The Dark Chronicles.
Legends say that, tens of thousands of years ago, Whisperers were banished from the heavens, torn in half, and dumped on a mortal realm that they didn’t understand. Longing for their other halves, they went from being powerful immortals to lonely leeches relying on humans to survive. Over the years, they earnt magic from demons, they left themselves Notebooks with hints, and by pairing up with human souls, they eventually found their other halves. Humbled by their experiences, they discovered the true purpose of life and many were worthy of returning to the heavens. But many were not.
The Dark Chronicles are stories that share the heartache of select unworthy Whisperers on their journey back to immortality after The War of 2019. Can’t Dream Without You is one such story, in which we meet Steve and Julia. Steve isn’t a normal boy. He plays with demons, his soul travels to a dream realm at night using mystical butterflies, and soon he’ll earn the power to raise the dead. Al thinks that destroying him would do the world a favour, yet he just can’t kill his own son. Wanting to acquire the power that raises the dead before Steve does, Al performs a ritual on Steve’s sixteenth birthday. He transfers Steve’s dark magic to Julia, an innocent girl he plans to kill. But Steve is determined to save Julia and sucks her soul to Dreamland. From the dream world, he invokes the help of her brother to keep her safe.
Five years later, Steve can’t tell what’s real or what’s a nightmare. Julia’s brother wants to kill him, a strange bald eagle is erasing memories, and Steve’s caught in some bizarre bullfight on another realm with a cop hot on his trail looking to be Julia’s hero. All the while, Steve and Julia must fight the desperate need to make their steamy dreams a reality.
Can’t Dream Without You is published in digital editions today by Elsewhen Press. It will be published in a print edition in April.
Notes for Editors
About Tanya Reimer
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Tanya enjoys using the tranquil prairies as a setting to her not-so-peaceful speculative fiction. She is married with two children which means among her accomplishments are the necessary magical abilities to find a lost tooth in a park of sand and whisper away monsters from under the bed. As director of a non-profit Francophone community center, Tanya offers programming and services in French for all ages to ensure the lasting imprint and growth of the Francophone community in which she was raised. What she enjoys the most about her job is teaching social media safety for teens and offering one-on-one technology classes for seniors.
￼Tanya was fifteen when she wrote her first column. She has a diploma in Journalism/Short Story Writing. Today, she actively submits to various newspapers, writes and publishes the local Francophone newsletter for her community, and maintains a blog at Life’s Like That. In 2014 her debut novel Ghosts on the Prairies a Sacred Land story for adults was published by Elsewhen Press, followed by Petrified a young adult Whispering novel, from Sunbury Press.
We joined Dave Weaver in Waterstones in the heart of St Albans for a reading and signing evening to launch the book on an unsuspecting public. Waterstones laid on drinks and nibbles, Dave laid on the entertainment with an introduction about why he wrote Japanese Daisy Chain, followed by a reading of one of the chapters, The Cat. He told us how he liked Japanese culture and spirituality and how Japanese ghost stories were the best in the world, so it was a good choice of chapter to read that perfectly demonstrated what he had said with a gentle yet chillingly spooky tale.
The evening was a great event and we can only hope that more branches of Waterstones follow St Albans’ lead to host local authors and not just the blockbuster bestsellers.