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Welcome to another Friday Author Spotlight! This week I have RJ Mirabal returning with the third book in his series, Zero Visibility Possible. If you haven't read the first two, you can check them out on his Amazon Page.
RJ Mirabal is the author of Southwest Contemporary Fantasy Series: Rio Grande Parallax. Book I: The Tower of Il Serrohe (Finalist in 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards); Book II: Extreme Dust Storms May Exist; Book III: Zero Visibility Possible. RJ has lived in the Middle Rio Grande Valley for most of his life. A former teacher, he now purses writing genre bending fantasy and playing the hammered dulcimer while volunteering with various organizations. RJ enjoys exploring New Mexico’s wilderness on his four-wheeler and traveling with his wife, Cheryl.
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The adventure continues at a breakneck pace on to the shocking conclusion of the Parallax series. Impossible odds face two companies of comrades who have traveled far seeking answers to mysteries. The first company, on the Mountains of the Sky, and the second, a hundred miles to the west, on the barren Malpais. Both face deadly enemies and new enigmas.
Back in Rio Luna, Esther’s mysterious disappearance continues to confound her parents and her friend, Markey. In the Valle, the Soreyes heap new terrors on the clanspeople. Will the travelers return in time? Facing challenges far more unsurmountable than bringing down the Tower of Il Serrohe, can the hapless clanspeople dare hope for freedom?
Get it today on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Page Foundry/Inktera, Scribd, 24symbols, Apple iBooks, and from his publisher Black Rose Writing.
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So how did this concept come about?
Years ago, I imagined a unique setting for a fantasy short story which lead to a new genre I’ve created: Southwest Contemporary Fantasy. I feel this new twist will interest many fantasy readers.
I grew up in New Mexico steeped in the culture, spirituality, and lore of this unique land. That and the combination of high desert, mountains, plains, and narrow river valleys has defined my vision and imagination.
In addition, I have loved fantasy since I could first read and so I write.
A comment from a reader (Austinrim) posted on Book I’s Amazon page captures exactly the response I seek: “Man, Mirabal sure has some imagination! It was so cool reading about that part of the Rio Grande Valley, and in two parallels, no less. I was sorry that I ran out of pages to read. Could have just kept reading about Don and his adventures. I was able to picture so much of it in my mind, even the house north of Rio Luna. The map was a great idea and helped me with my vision as I read.”
My original short story lead to a series of novels starting with The Tower of Il Serrohe, Book I (published 2012). In this story anti-hero Don Vargas, wrenched from a deteriorating lifestyle when his promiscuous wife kicked him out, rents a dilapidated casita which – unknown to him –is actually a Portal to another world. The bat, Nightwing, lures Vargas through that dusty portal on a southwest contemporary quest into the Valle Abajo, where local clanspeople expect him to save them from the wily Soreyes’ and their mysterious Tower.
Complications arise, spawning the dramatic conclusion of Book I.
Five years later, in Extreme Dust Storms May Exist, Book II, Esther, a sixteen-year-old honor student athlete and cousin to Don, suffers a mysterious accident and dreams of a valley much like her Rio Luna home, yet ominously different. When a bat repeatedly slams against her window during a powerful wind storm, she hears whispers in the darkness.
That bat is Nightwing, who persuades Esther to use her smarts and resourcefulness to drive the Soreyes from the Valle Abajo – the valley of her dreams.
Once she’s there, new dangers threaten and a mysterious presence lurks in the background as the saga of the Rio Grande Parallax continues, leading to a gut wrenching cliffhanger…
The adventure intensifies in Zero Visibility Possible, Book III, at a breakneck pace to the shocking conclusion of the Parallax series. Impossible odds face two groups of comrades who have traveled far seeking answers to mysteries. The first company heads for the Saddle of the Mountains of the Sky while the second, a hundred miles to the west on the barren Malpais, is led by Esther. Both groups face deadly enemies and startling enigmas.
Back in Rio Luna, Esther’s mysterious disappearance confounds her parents and her friend, Markey. In the Valle, though, questions surrounding Don are resolved. Meanwhile, the Soreyes heap new terrors on the clanspeople. Will the travelers return in time? Facing challenges far more insurmountable than bringing down the Tower of Il Serrohe, can the hapless clanspeople dare hope for freedom?