When the summer holidays begin, Aurora thinks she’s just a normal teenager about to have another boring summer. Then, for her seventeenth birthday, Nana Brin gives her a long-silent Oracle that has been passed down through their family for generations. The mysterious Oracle soon awakens in response to the creeping Darkness that is escaping and destroying all worlds. Aurora must quickly find the courage to come to terms with her calling as the Huntress of the Dream.
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Sails snapped in the wind, ropes creaked and strained, and the Flora de la Mar moved through the thick fog bank. She was a fifteenth century three-masted square sail warship under the command of Beaumont Seabring, adventurer and time dimension traveler.
Seabring muttered under his breath. This fog was not natural. He was having a hard time keeping his bearings. The compass tattooed onto his forearm glowed and pulsed, but he could not get a clear reading. He removed his wide-brimmed leather hat and scratched his head before putting it back on again. Then he tugged at his beard and twirled the ends of his moustache, deep in thought. The warning system that encircled the compass was not flashing an alert, so the fog held no danger. At least, not any kind of danger he and the compass had encountered before. And yet they were powerless, being led to some unknown destination.
What do you think of e-books? Have they helped authors?
e-books have opened an amazing world of opportunity for authors to reach more readers than ever before. I remember having to wait weeks, and sometimes, even months, to finally get a copy of a new book from a favourite author. Even though I love technology, and the practicality of e-books, I have a love-hate relationship with them.
I love that because of e-books I can read many books in a shorter amount of time. I hate that I’m not totally convinced that’s a good thing.
I love that I can carry hundreds of books with me in my e-reader–especially when I’m travelling and space is an issue. I hate the way my eyes get tired and strained from reading a digital screen for a few hours.
I love that I can get a copy of a book quickly but I hate that I can’t snuggle up in my favourite chair and dog-ear pages that I want to go back to.
I love that author’s can self-publish their e-books in a timely manner–the process of creating a print book can take months from beginning to end. I hate that authors can publish so quickly. I sometimes miss the gap that used to exist between the release of books from authors.
I love print books. There is something so special about the smell of a book; the way the pages feel under your fingertips as you turn the pages; the soft sound it makes when placed on a bedside table; the way the cover starts to feel soft and worn after it’s been handled for a while. I hate that e-readers are one-dimensional and don’t offer a multi-sensory experience when reading.
I love the Green factor of e-books, less resources used are always better. I hate that print books aren’t as Green and use more natural resources to create.
I love that e-books seem to have more people reading–and sharing about what they are reading.
I love that I’m hearing people say they are starting to buy print books again.
I think that anything that gets people reading is a good thing–so, yes, I do think e-books have helped authors.
Ingrid Koivukangas, BFA, MFA, is an award winning environmental artist, writer, designer, Reiki Master and educator.
As an artist Ingrid works intuitively at sites creating new works in response to sites and their energies and histories both natural and human. Her work encompasses many media including site specific ephemeral, large scale public works, writing, video, photography, sound, web, sculpture, painting, drawing and printmaking.
Ingrid's artworks have been exhibited in Canada, the USA, Europe and Asia. She's been featured as an artist in residence on CBC-TV; has had numerous gallery exhibitions; has many site specific ephemeral works left in situ and large scale permanent public art projects.
Ingrid's artworks have been included in many publications and books including: Art in Action: Nature, Creativity and Our Collective Future, published by the Natural World Museum and the United Nations Environmental Programme and Art + Science Now: How scientific research and technological innovation are becoming key to 21st-century aesthetics by Stephen Wilson, Professor of Conceptual and Information Arts at San Francisco State University. One of her favourite publications to be included in is Scholastic Book's Now See This! Art That Influences.
Ingrid has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with Distinction, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan and a Master of Fine Arts, Environmental Sculpture, from the University of Calgary. You can view her work at: www.ingridkoivukangas.com
Ingrid lives on Salt Spring Island with her husband Robin, two dogs, Lucy and Scout, and a fierce cat named Hunter.
Ingrid Koivukangas will be awarding an Eco Heart Oracle Deck valued at $28 US, (the Eco Heart Oracle is an integral part of the Hunters of the Dream trilogy) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour (International Giveaway).