I thought my contribution to Stomp Vs. Romp might be a series of Haiku representing my protagonist, Mist—her status, her problems, her goals—and a few of the events of BLACK ICE (plus a foreshadowing of next summer’s book, BATTLESTORM.) I particularly enjoy this poetry form. It has elegance to it, even if I’m not very elegant in the way I write it!
Mist is very gun-shy when it comes to love, and with good reason. She’d much prefer a deadly battle than negotiating the dangerous paths of affection, though she has to confront both in BLACK ICE.
Though my paranormal romance novels focused most strongly on the romance, the love story in these books is of a more subtle nature, leaving me room and time to develop other aspects of the characters to their fullest. And there are plenty of battle scenes, both physical and magical, each helping to further delineate the characters and the challenges they face, both internal and external.
I hope you’ll enjoy BLACK ICE . . . and look for the mass market paperback of MIST on bookstore shelves starting in late July!
Out of a pale mist
rises the Valkyrie, her
eyes as bright as steel.
Once a Valkyrie,
never permitted to fight;
now a warrior.
Now a warrior—
and goddess, who wants no part
A flash of silver;
Sword batters sword in moonlight.
A cry, then silence.
“Give me a good fight,”
she said as she sheathed her sword.
“At least it’s honest.”
Magic is cruel
when cast against a foe who
has none in return.
All’s fair in love and
war, they say; but there is no
such thing as fair play.
can destroy what it most loves
in the face of lies.
Love is deadlier
than a blade, especially
when wielded by elves.
Beasts have claws that rend,
And yet the most vicious beast
can die of heartbreak.
Elves fight with nature;
giants, clubs; Loki, magic;
and I with my soul.
Ice paints the asphalt:
first clear, then red and blue with
the blood of soldiers.
Storm cracks, lightning falls.
She gathers fury in hand,
and sends it flying.
seeking the field of battle
where Odin awaits.
[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’]http://rabidreads.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/SusanKrinard.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]
Susan Krinard has been writing paranormal romance and fantasy since 1993, when a published author friend read a short story she’d written and advised her to try writing a novel. She sold her first novel to Bantam Dell, and has since written for Bantam, Penguin, Harlequin/ Silhouette, Harper Collins, St. Martin’s Press., and Tor Books. Her output includes twenty-three novels and twelve novellas and short stories.
Susan’s love for Science Fiction and Fantasy began when her fourth grade teacher read Madeleine L’Engles’ A Wrinkle In Time to the class. She attended her first Star Trek convention at the age of 14. Since then she’s continued to read voraciously and has attended numerous local and World Science Fiction conventions. Her first major urban fantasy series is the “Midgard” series, beginning with Mist, a July 2013 release from Tor Books.
Susan and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with her husband Serge Mailloux—whom she met because of a mutual love of the works of writer C. J. Cherryh—dogs Cagney, Nahla and Freya, and cats Agatha and Rocky.
The second installment in New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard’s first urban fantasy series.
Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie known as Mist one of the only survivors.
Or so she thought.
The trickster god Loki has reappeared in San Francisco, and he has big plans for modern-day Earth. With few allies and fewer resources — but the eyes of the gods and goddesses of an old world upon her — it’s up to Mist to stop him before history repeats itself.
Visit The Book Nympho to read today’s ROMP post by Brooklyn Ann, then VOTE for your fav!
I am so going to read those books!
Well, you’re in luck because BLACK ICE just came out on Tuesday! 🙂
These look interesting. I will have to add to my TBR list.
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This series is overflowing with Norse mythology, so if you’re a fan of Loki, Freya, and the like, then these books are for you.
I didn’t know haikus could be so interesting! I thought they were always artsy-fartsy, but this reads like a good movie!
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Susan did a fab job! I just threw haikus of my list of topic suggests for shits & giggles, but she surprised me by actually writing one. Hehe
This is amazing! My new favorite, Stomp rules!!
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You say that every time a new STOMP post goes live. 😉
Just the previous one with the Legos and This one. How does one beat a haiku?!
I know, I know. I’m just razing ya. But yes, Haikus FTW!
That is fantastic!! I have to read this series!! Go STOMP!
Glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for supporting Team STOMP!
Brilliant! If this doesn’t convince people to vote STOMP they can’t be convinced.
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My thoughts exactly!
Ooh these haikus are fun, now I’m intrigued about this series.
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This was one of the most original STOMP submissions I’ve received in the past 3 years. Love it!
These can be so hard to write, I am very impressed!
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I know! Susan did GOOD!
Not too familiar with these series, to be honest. But Black Ice would probably get my vote because. Haiku.
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This author deserves mad props for her haiku writing skills!
I remember seeing that MIST cover around some time ago – I’m going to have to check it out.
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You do that! 😛
Oh I have this one waiting for me to read it! Gots to find out what happens. Loved the haiku. Yep… team STOMP!
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YAY! Thanks for voting, Melissa!
So jealous right now….LOL I was never able to do Haikus. One time for English class we had to do one as an assignment and I had to look for inspiration A LOT on the internet lol.
Those are super though! Thanks for sharing Carmel.
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I wrote one about fish in high school; it was horrible. LOL
See this is what I like. Strong on Romance yet kick ass heroine. Battle scenes and magic! Still so very torn.
I’ll add it to my TBR. 🙂
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I like both too, but I’m forsaking romance for the month of August. Hehe
STOMP IT!! I like how all the haikus blended to tell a great little story. And, for the record, Valkyries ROCK.
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I read the book, and Susan did an excellent job of incorporating the story into her haiku. And, yes, Valkyries do rock!
I’ve never read any of your books but will check them out!
Thanks for stopping by!
You’re welcome… I’m fascinated by Black Ice Haiku. LOL! I just need to get the book. Do I need to start with the 1st book?
Haven’t heard of this one, but rockin haiku and the covers are nice
The haiku is certainly original as far as STOMP posts go!
Loved the Haiku – very creative! And I know I want to read this series already, just to find the time. I’m off to check ROMP and see which one I’m voting for this time 🙂
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You’d better vote for Stomp OR ELSE! 😉
I love this!! What a great post. This book just arrived a couple days ago, so yay!
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Nice! I used to hate getting mail before I started blogging cuz it was always bills, but now it’s mostly books. LOL
Haven’t read a haiku in a while
Well then, today is your lucky day!