Tuesday, June 20, 2023

Blurb Blitz + #Giveaway: Entheophage by Drema Deoraich @dremadeoraich @GoddessFish


by Drema Deòraich

GENRE: Medical Mystery/Ecofiction


Dr. Isobel Fallon thinks she's found a treatment that will help her son and others suffering from Milani Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder. What she doesn't realize is that harvesting the source of this treatment in the only accessible place on earth it grows, a coral reef in the Nlaan Islands, is going to have consequences far beyond the disruption of the fragile ecosystem on one small reef.

CDC researcher Nadine Parker and her team are baffled. Lukas Behn’s daughter Kyndra has contracted a bizarre new virus that leaves her screaming in pain. But they can't identify any physical, biological source for that pain, not in Kyndra, nor in the dozens, then hundreds, and finally millions of children worldwide succumbing to the same virus. And no one seems to have made a connection between what's happening with the infected children and the events on a small coral reef in the South Pacific.

Eventually, Nadine has to face the unlikely truth, and the enormous implications of it. The children aren't sick. They're changing. But will anyone else believe her?

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T’nei translated for Isobel. “Why are you here?”

Isobel fought the urge to look at Travis. “To harvest a special coral from the reef.”

No,” T’nei snapped. “Anyone could do that. Your men could do that. Why are you here?”

Isobel’s mind raced. What was Mtuji after? “I’m the lead scientist. I know which coral to harvest, and how it’s processed. Only I can do that.”

Only you? Among all your people?”

Isobel pursed her lips. “No. But I’m the one who began this research in search of medicine for a very rare disease. I found what we needed in a special coral. I learned that coral grows here.” She paused. “I started this project. I came here to finish it.”

T’nei translated her words for Mtuji.

The other women murmured among themselves, staring at Isobel as if they could see through her, see the truth of the matter. The elders among them wavered. Some argued. The younger ones held their ground.

Isobel’s stomach knotted.

At length, the crone spoke aside to T’nei, who turned to Isobel.

And if we say no, go home?”

Isobel’s jaw tightened. “Then we’ll go home, and I’ll start again. Find another way. But it took me years to find this coral. Thousands of children are born with this illness. None survive it.”

Mtuji absorbed her words in silence.

What would you do,” Isobel went on, “if your children were born this way and I could save them? If you had to watch your children die because another nation’s leader denied me access to their reef?”

T’nei hesitated, then translated Isobel’s words.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Drema Deòraich is a writer of speculative fiction that asks big questions. Her short stories have been published in numerous online journals, as well as a few semi-professional zines. Her debut novel “Entheóphage,” a medical mystery/climate fiction novel released in October of 2022, has been nominated for the 2023 Ursula Le Guin prize. Drema is still hard at work on her science fantasy trilogy, “The Founder’s Seed,” with plans to release book one in late 2023.

When she isn't writing, Drema helps her legal-eagle boss to save the world one case at a time, pets her husband's cats, watches the starlings mob her birdfeeders, or spends time in Nature, surrounded by flora and fauna.

Visit Drema’s websites at: Drema Deòraich and Niveym Arts LLC

Follow Drema on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook



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Drema Deóraich said...

Thank you for hosting Entheóphage! I’m lurking, and ready to answer questions and comments from your visitors!

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting.

Bea LaRocca said...

Entheóphage sounds like a story that I will enjoy reading. Which part of writing this story was the most difficult for you? Which part was the easiest?

Sherry said...

This sounds like a good book and I really like the cover.

Drema Deóraich said...

Bea, this story was a joy to write. Maybe the hardest part was planning the story ahead of time, trying to get the details in the right order and time the reveal perfectly. The research was fun, but because I wanted it to be as close to real as possible, it took me a few months to chase down all the data I would require to make it so. Maybe the easiest part was writing that first draft. I had already plotted out every scene and chapter, so I knew ahead of time what went where. All I had to do was let the characters talk and I wrote down their words. (Or something like that. ;-) )

Drema Deóraich said...

Thanks, Sherry! Duncan did a beautiful job on that cover!

Marcy Meyer said...

The cover looks really good.

marisela zuniga said...

the cover looks nice

Drema Deóraich said...

Thanks, Marcy and Marisela! Duncan's so talented!

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a fantastic read.

pippirose said...

The book sounds very interesting. Great cover!

Drema Deóraich said...

Thanks! Duncan did a beautiful job on it!

Drema Deóraich said...

Thanks, Debbie! Remember, you can read it FREE on Kindle Unlimited! You can also order it, if you prefer the paperback, from your favorite bookstore!

Daniel M said...

looks like a fun one

Drema Deóraich said...

Not sure about fun, exactly, but hopefully intriguing and captivating!