Thursday, April 02, 2009

Magic, Mensa and Mayhem

Magic, Mensa and Mayhem
By Karina L. Fabian
Publisher: Swimming Kangaroo
March 2009
$13.99 (print- US) 11.99 pounds (print – UK)
$3.99 (electronic)

Available soon from Ingrams, Amazon and Kindle

Publisher's Weekly:
Religion and humor suffuse this well-imagined and densely plotted comedic mystery, based on a short story of the same title. Cursed by St. George to serve the Faerie Catholic Church, dragon detective Vern now sleuths in the mundane world. His latest (unpaid) assignment is to babysit a group of faeries attending a Mensa meeting. Vern quickly has his claws full juggling crises, from invisible brownies to two elves whose rivalry threatens to become interdimensional war. Distinctly memorable and occasionally silly supporting characters, from Brunhilde the Valkyrie to Native American trickster Coyote, steer the action. While the conclusion sticks perilously close to genre formula and the narrative is jumpy throughout, most readers will forgive the clichés (and Vern’s groan-worthy puns) and chuckle all the way through.

Magic, Mensa & Mayhem made me laugh, everything from quiet chuckles to outright snorts. A quick read and an enjoyable one. --Jody Lynn Nye, author of An Unexpected Apprentice and the Myth, Inc series

…."Wisdom of the Ages, Knowledge of Eternity, and I end up a babysitter at the Smart Humans' Convention."--Vern

(note: Mention Michelle Falsetta as the model from Brunhilde)

2: Interview with Jane Lebak:
--Live interview on Snark Infested Waters with Taylor Kent

3: Interview with Vern on Larion Will's website:
--Guest blog on character creation on

4: Interview about Florida and Gater Louie scenes:

5: Information and interview of Vern;

6: --Information about Magic, Mensa and Mayhem at New Book News,

7: Interview at
--Worldbuilding post and interview on

10-11 EST Second Life: Meet & Greet
To get to the meeting: Click on the link that says teleport now and that will open their software and after logging and they land in my living room. We will also have the surf boards out so that after the meeting we can surf around the marina. Also just on the other side of the marina is a Christian "night club" called Grizzlies where they can dance and mingle. Or they can just hang around and chat at my place.

--Review at

10: Interview
--Talking about blog tours at

11: Review:

12: Plotting MM&M on Writer Wow:
--Interview on Imperfect Clarity

13: Interview with Nancy Famolari:

14: Book review; The Fairy Ring'
--Book Review:
--Interview on Mommyblog, Mama Bear Knows Best
Live chat 8 PM EST at Author! Author!

15: Book Signing at Minot AFB BX 10-2
--Interview at
--TWEET TOUR: -- Look for #mm&m

17: Guest post about writing funny on Ascroft, eh?
--Talking about worldbuilding: Speculative Friction

18: Book Signing at Minot AFB BX 10-2
--On blog with Karen

19: Interview and Review (Up through 26th)

20: interview and review

21: Guest column on worldbuilding:
--Interview with Deb:


23: --Interview:

24-25: Review and interview with Cathi Hassan:

27: Vern interview on "Scribblings":

28-29: Review and interview at

If folks register on the website,The home of DragonEye, PI, website. they get a free story ("Amateurs," an Honorable Mention in Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, 2008), and subscription to "A Dragon's Eye View," with special offers on stories and products.

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The author is having a trivia contest for people who have read Magic, Mensa and Mayhem. On April 30, she'll post 10 questions whose answers can be found in the book. She'll accept answers until May 15. The winner gets a free copy of Live and Let Fly, the next DragonEye, PI, novel. Folks can find the details on

About Karina Fabian:
Although a Mensan, KARINA FABIAN lives a life of "F’s" — Family, Faith, Fiction & Fun. Winner of an EPPIE award for best sci-fi (Infinite Space, Infinite God) and a Mensa Owl for best fiction ("World Gathering: Magic, Mensa and Mayhem"), Karina’s writing takes quirky twists that amuse her — and her readers. A fan of comedy improv, she came up with Dragon Eye, PI, started after watching a film noir skit on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? and it has grown into one of her favorite worlds to write in. Learn more about Karina at and more about Vern and Grace at Karina lives with her husband and children at Minot AFB, North Dakota.
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