The Undine’s Tear Media Kit

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To be released: May 14, 2019
Publisher: My Secret Wish Publishing
ISBN (hardcover): 978-0-9947364-7-5
ISBN (paperback): 978-0-9947364-5-1
ISBN (ebook): 978-0-9947364-6-8
Genre: Young Adult Science Fantasy, Historical Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
Series: Rise of the Grigori
Volume: 1 of 3
Distributor: Ingram
Size: 6”x9”
Pages: 446

Tag Line:

She was raised to save her people—as long as she doesn’t go crazy and kill them all first.

Super-Short Description:

Calandra is the most powerful undine healer in three thousand years—her people's last hope for salvation. But all the powerful healers go mad eventually. Will she go crazy and kill them all, or can she find a way to save everyone… including herself?

Medium Description:

Calandra is the most powerful undine healer in three thousand years—her people's last hope for salvation. In order to save them from the humans they fear, she must choose between enslaving the man she loves or trusting a cryptic, seditious message left behind by the mother who abandoned her as a baby. But if she can't find the brother she's never met, she doesn't have a hope in Tartarus—and all the powerful healers go mad eventually. Can she save everyone before she goes crazy and kills them all?

Long description:

She was raised to save her people—as long as she doesn't go crazy and kill them all first.

Calandra is the most powerful undine Healer to be born on Sirenia for three millennia. She has been raised to be the saviour of her people, the only one with a hope of healing the Heartstone that hides their civilization from the human race. However, she has questions. Why must her kind capture human males to survive? Why do all the powerful Healers go mad? And why does her aunt, Queen Adonia, seem determined to hide the truth about her people's history?

Across the sea in England, Zale is unaware of his merman identity until a series of accidents leaves his father dead and his friend blinded. Fearing his own elemental powers, he flees from his home and becomes a spectacle on display for money. When the beautiful and mysterious Abela frees him and tells him that he is the last male of his kind, he finds himself on a quest to save his mother and the sister he's never met from the same dark forces that pursue him. But if he can't control his powers, he may destroy everything he's trying to save.

Meanwhile, the Heartstone is failing, and along with it, the protective barrier it powers. To save the stone and her people, Calandra must choose between enslaving the man she loves, or trusting a cryptic, seditious message left behind by the mother who abandoned her as a baby. And the Madness is calling…

In this young adult science fantasy, join merfolk, sphinxes, dragons, and humans as their lives become entwined on the search for the true meaning of redemption. But when they find it, will it be all that they had hoped for?


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Author Bio (Short):

Talena Winters writes books, magazine articles, a blog, musical theatre, and knitting patterns, plus edits other people's work, all while drinking copious amounts of tea and hot chocolate. She is addicted to silver linings and wants to be a mermaid when she grows up.

Author Bio (Long):

Talena Winters is addicted to tea, chocolate, books, yarn, and silver linings. She writes page-turning fiction for teens and adults in multiple genres, coaches other writers, has written several award-winning songs, designs knitting patterns under her label My Secret Wish, and is lead writer for Move Up magazine. She currently resides on an acreage in the Peace Country of northern Alberta, Canada, with her husband, three surviving boys, two dogs, and an assortment of farm cats. She would love to be a mermaid when she grows up.

For more about Talena Winters, please see her author media kit.


Advance praise for The Undine’s Tear:

“Wow. Just WOW!!”
- Candace Marshall, early reader

5/5: “I couldn’t put this book down!”
- Jessica Renwick, author of The Book of Chaos

“Readers! Reviewers! Anyone with a pulse! You want to read this book. It’s fantastic!”
- Ellen Michelle, editor, owner of Constellate Publishing

5/5: “Unbelievably captivating!”
- Dawn Gutek, early reader

4/5: “Talena Winters has hit it out of the fantasy ballpark.”
- Melodie, Goodreads reviewer

“Don’t miss this journey into a secret world of magic, family, love and loss.”
- Suzy Vadori, Award Winning Author, The Fountain Series

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Press Release (Also here)

The Undine’s Tear Promises A Thrilling Read For Fans Of Gritty Young Adult Fantasy

May 9, 2019

Canadian author Talena Winters will release her fourth novel on May 14, 2019, a gritty historical urban fantasy take on mermaids, dragons, sphinxes and angels set in the real world at the cusp of the nineteenth century.

The Undine’s Tear, the first of a trilogy, is about a race of merfolk called undines, who have lost the ability to produce their own males. They both fear and need humans, enslaving human men to survive. Calandra, a healer of immense power, must repair the damaged power source for the barrier that hides their island, which is on the verge of complete failure. The only problem is, the most powerful healers of her race have always gone insane and caused immense destruction while the stone continued to deteriorate. Calandra, desperate to find a solution, discovers that there may be a living undine male and begins to question everything she’s been raised to believe.

“As Calandra begins to question her worldview, she sees how her culture’s skewed perspectives on gender and power have led to a self-perpetuating problem,” says Winters.

Winters said she set the story near the end of the Atlantic slave-trading era partly by accident—she has been developing the story for nine years, and while plotting previous iterations (which were originally set much later in the nineteenth century), she kept getting more and more interested in the back story of her characters, each time moving the time period backwards a generation. The Undine’s Tear is the third novel she plotted in this world, but the first one to be worthy of taking to completion.

“As a person of faith, I believe the setting was divinely inspired. The story deals with a lot of issues such as control and love in relationships, and deep cultural biases regarding gender, race and diversity. This story is perfect for the era it is set in, while, at the same time, I hope it speaks to my readers about issues we face today,” says Winters.

The novel, as well as the prequel eBook novella she released in the same world earlier this year, The Waterboy, are Winters’ first forays into the young adult and fantasy genres. Her previous work has been women’s fiction. But the diverse genres are about par for the woman with many talents, whose other credits include musical composition, editing, journalism, and knitwear design.

“This is the story idea that made me want to learn to write fiction. Almost ten years and several other stories later, I’m so excited to see it go out into the world. I hope my readers love it as much as I do,” says Winters.

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Talena Winters

Phone: (780) 618-5507
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