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NEW COVERS COMYENTI SERIES BOOK 1 AND 2!

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CALL OFF THE SEARCH: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HIRTFZE

CHILDREN OF THE SUN: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N2U9GE6

BOOK 3, CONTROLLER OF THE SENSES: COMING WINTER 2015!

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The Origin of Evil and Writing in Grey

 

We live in a world built on absolutes. Right and wrong. Win or lose. Polarised views. Religious, racial and political divides.

But what if life is not that simple? What if the world is not that straightforward?

We explain everything what we see and what happens in definite terms. Right or wrong? Good or bad? What if it’s possible to be just a little bit right and just a little bit wrong? What if life is not a matter of right or wrong, winning or losing? Not black and white? What if life is actually played out in grey areas? What if it is time for stories to reflect this?

How are right and wrong defined?

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In religion, ethics and philosophy, “good and evil” is a common dichotomy. It is the concept of all human desires, behaviours and values. A dualistic spectrum-wherein in one direction is life and continuity (good), and in the other there is death and destruction (evil).

Good is a sense of having the right desirable quality.

Likewise, most religious and philosophical interpretations agree that evil behaviour itself is an aberration; one that defies any understanding, save that the path of evil is one of confusion and excessive selfish desire (greed).

It is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are “good” (or right) and “bad” (or wrong).

Religious and philosophical views both tend to agree that goodness is built-in to human nature and is ultimately based on the natural love, bonding and affection that people grow to feel for other people and creatures alike.

We can argue about what sorts of things are good, but we all know what love is, or feel the loss of it when we don’t.

Morality ultimately comes down to sympathy and fellow feelings for others. That is something we share with other intelligent ‘higher’ species, which have a conscious.

But it seems that we are the only species that understand when we do wrong when we do, or to better put it; know when we do wrong and still do it. That is what separates us, I believe. What makes us human.

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 Is darkness just less light?

“Why do men kill?” “Because they can.” Quote from ‘Call Off The Search’.

We all are the sum of our experiences; we are what we get fed with from an early age. We become what we know. We learn and live by example. Is that true?

Like in nature, if an animal does not receive any form of love, physical contact, a warm start in life, and example in how to behave socially, they can’t recognize nor give love.

It seems that love is the key.

Deprivation of love and affection in a child leads to insecurity, a lack of, or very low, self-esteem, and it won’t know how to deal with attention and will seek it out somehow later on in life, as if to fill a void to compensate. Some children that were abused will as an adult even choose an abusive or violent partner, for that is all they have ever known. Another theory is that they want to be in control because it was taken away from them in an early life. Sadly, some will even start to abuse their own children. They often have a twisted sense of right and wrong. They have never received honest love and can therefore not give from their heart. And thus the cycle will continue…

Someone’s background is crucial if we want to understand certain behaviour. For me as an author it is very important to investigate this subject. I do this in every story I write. The very reasons as to why things happen to a person and the people around them: what makes a protagonist tick, but also how did they get where they are in life? What is their history and how does it impact them?

Our stories simply cannot be black and white any longer. If we want to portray believable characters they will just have to be imperfect. Grey. For no one can be the manifestation of goodness, not even in a story. Not only would it come across as very unprofessional (or boring to say the least), but it would also be very unrealistic, unless you limit yourself to writing fairy-tales.

But even modern fairy-tales have changed their course. It is a hopeful change and a proof that people are starting to understand that every bad thing usually has a good reason.

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Take for example the ‘Star Wars’ series by George Lucas that explores the background of Darth Father and how he became evil. And what about the book (and musical) ‘Wicked’, by Gregory Maguire, that explains the history of the Wicked Witch of the West, and the fact she didn’t die?

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For isn’t that usually the case; that the wrongdoer dies at the end? What else are we suppose to do with them? The audience wasn’t ready for anything else in the seventies, but we are now.

Just like in all fairy-tales the audience wanted, or expected, a gratifying end with ‘Star Wars’ and ‘The Wizard Of Oz’. But as time went on we grew ready for, not only the questions, but also the answers.

Even more interesting is the movie ‘Maleficent’, a Disney retelling of Snow-white, in whereby the story not only focuses on the why and how “the evil stepmother” became evil. This story does more. It is the opposite of what we are so used to reading in stories like these: the “evil” one does not die in the end, but changes back from evil to being good! That seems to be something new entirely!

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“I believe that everybody deserves a second chance.”  ‘City of Dreams’

In fairy-tales and High Fantasy, good and evil are represented very clearly, more than in any other genre. Especially Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ and ‘The Lord of The Rings’. The elves, dwarves, men and hobbits are on the good side, the orcs are clearly on the dark side. However, there is one character that is different: Gollum. Gollum’s desire for the Ring is not his fault. The Ring caused him to have a split personality in the first place. Under centuries of the Ring’s influence, Gollum had come to love and despise the Ring, just as he loved and hated himself. Throughout the story, Gollum was torn between his lust for the ring and his desire to be free of it. Gollum wants the ring, but Smeagol doesn’t. In ‘The Two Towers’, Smeagol says that he hates Gollum and wants him to go away.

So no, not evil. Just disturbed.

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For is evil not just good tortured by his own hunger and thirst? Are we not all black and white inside? Or rather… grey?

Was that the start of a new change in literature, I wonder?

With my own writing I hope to add to that change. I especially have tried to do so with ‘The Queen’s Curse’ and the “villain” Sempervirens. This sorceress has had a disturbing upbringing which led to her evil ways. In fact, it appears that she is the one that hurts the most.

Someone’s abusive background should never be an excuse for wrong-doing, but an explanation. Can Sempervirens change her evil ways to become good?

Doesn’t change ultimately comes from within?

“I love the girl you once were and the woman you were supposed to be. Not what they made you to be. I do not believe this is all you. You were not responsible what happened to the girl, but the woman you are today can still change, if you just let go of that negative side of yours. Then you can at least start to love yourself…finally.” ‘The Queen’s Curse’

We all know deep down that we love seeing good prevail to give us hope. To feel better and safe again. To make us feel we are not alone perhaps, and give us courage and inner strength.

Justice, revenge, redemption are things we all need to see happening, and if not in real life then let it be in a story. We do what we can in our own little ways and find purpose and meaning, to make a difference, saving the planet by recycling, reducing waste, being kind to animals and each other. Isn’t that good enough?

I write because I want to do more.

My writing acknowledges that there is indeed evil in the world, but there is also good in each and every one of us, and that we can all help each other find it.

And hopefully in the process, when people read my books I will touch some hearts and minds.

 

Books by Natasja Hellenthal

The Queen’s Curse (lgbt Fantasy)  http://smarturl.it/thequeenscurse?IQid=qr

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Chained Freedom (Paranormal Fantasy) http://smarturl.it/ChainedFreedomNH

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Call Off The Search, Comyenti Series #1 http://smarturl.it/calloffthesearch?IQid=qr

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Children Of The Sun, Comyenti Series #2 http://smarturl.it/cots2

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The Comyenti Series Book Bundle, Volume 1 and 2 (Supernatural lgbt Fantasy) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00P1F2TMG

City of Dreams (Fantasy novella, coming 27th of November)

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Sky Whisperers (YA Dystopian lgbt Fantasy, coming March 2015)

Social media:

My author page: http://www.amazon.com/Natasja-Hellenthal/e/B00CMNVPX4/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

My facebook author page: https://www.facebook.com/authorNatasjaHellenthal

My facebook group (Speculative Fiction Book Club): https://www.facebook.com/groups/568952729881225/

My website: https://natasjahellenthal.wordpress.com/

Twitter: @natasjahellenth

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THE COMYENTI SERIES by Natasja Hellenthal- an introduction

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This series introduces a unique humanoid species: comyentis who can merge their minds with animals to gain special powers for the greater good. They are beautiful empaths with a love in their heart for all life. But who are they truly? And where do they come from?

Why are they on the planet Bhan? What is their tragic history with humans; their number one enemy, and how come comyenti’s with all their power were once overpowered? Can they come to terms with that and overcome their aversion to humans? What is their one weakness and how can they rise above this? Can comyenti Sula accept being stuck in between two worlds? Can any comyenti really and should they? How powerful are the comyenti’s really? What will the future hold for the comyenti species if they survive at all?

Book One: ‘Call Off The Search’ introduces Sula Comyenti, a nomad halfling who feels neither completely comyenti nor human, and she is neither straight, nor lesbian.

She needs to come to terms with ALL her sides to be able to accept who she really is. Sula has to live her life in hiding because of her unique abilities and to protect herself. Her kind has been brought to the verge of extinction by humans and she might very well be the last one. But she has one dilemma; her search has not led to another comyenti and time is running out: she needs to mate with a human in a last attempt to save her species. But can she overcome her loathing for humans to save her kind from complete annihilation? When she comes across an attractive sensitive farmer, Felix, she thinks he might be the answer. She finally starts to follow her heart as well but with what consequences?

Just when she thinks she has made the right decision, a mysterious dark beautiful stranger turns up, other comyenti Shazar, and with him new dilemma’s arise and danger. We slowly learn more about his past and adventures. But can he be trusted? This is the start of a confusing time for Sula and falling for Felix’s sister, Feline, might or might not help with this.

One-click it here: http://smarturl.it/calloffthesearch?IQid=qr

Book Two: ‘Children Of The Sun’

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The story continues…

Will Sula and Felix ever find out the truth about what really happened to Feline and Shazar’s involvement in her disappearing?

When twenty years later Shazar’s human mate, Ashanna, abruptly dies, he sets off to visit and reconnect with Sula. However, he is closely followed by Twello, his adopted human son who has his own secrets. When they enter Rosinhill they soon discover that Shazar’s iniquitous plan from twenty years ago has worked: Sula has born him a son: Aigle. And with him new hope arises and a new different future for the comyentis is about to begin…
Strenuous relationships follow with Shazar’s and Twello’s arrival, which threaten the life Sula has built for Felix, herself and their children. And that is not all: there is a new danger; much worse than Shazar could ever be, and one that is about to engulf the comyentis and with that their new hope.
Who are these strange shapeshifting creatures and what do they want from Sula and her children? Can the comyentis stop them before it’s too late?
And who are the comyentis really, where do they come from, why are they on Bhan and what is their connection with their new found enemy?

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Meet me and my books on guest blog

Today I’m featuring on Chris Graham’s blog (-:

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http://thestoryreadingapeblog.com/2014/04/03/meet-guest-author-natasja-hellenthal-writer-of-fantasy-fiction-2/

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Meet Guest Author Natasja Hellenthal, writer of Fantasy Fiction

Meet Guest Author Natasja Hellenthal, writer of Fantasy Fiction.

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NEW RELEASE OF EPIC LGBT FANTASY IN PAPERBACK AND KINDLE

NEW RELEASE OF EPIC LGBT FANTASY IN PAPERBACK AND KINDLE

To celebrate this the Kindle version is only 1 dollar/77 p but it only lasts 5 hours so get yours quickly! Click on the picture to go to the book on Amazon (-:

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ORDER YOUR PAPERBACK COPY OF EPIC LGBT FANTASY ‘THE QUEEN’S CURSE’ TODAY

Already out on CreateSpace and available in 5-7 days on Amazon! (Kindle version is available here:http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CMEQD30)

Get your paperback here: https://www.createspace.com/4271817 

3rd Edition, revised and edited by M. Jackson, March 2014

“A lyrical captivating fantasy with some beautiful imagery.”
–Rob Ross, author of Juggler’s Blade

“A very traditional, spiritual romantic fantasy with strong lesbian/non violence themes”
–Matthew Graybosch, author of Without Bloodshed

Synopsis:  It’s time for change! In a country with a cursed justice system, two women; the mysterious Queen Artride and her loyal bodyguard Tirsa, set out on a secretive perilous quest.

They hope to find the sorceress, who might just be the only person powerful enough to be able to lift the terrible curse from their land and its people, but she lives somewhere deep within Dochas; the strange Magical Land.

Time is against Artride and Tirsa as they only have three weeks to save Tirsa’s teenage brother’s life, sentenced to hanging for a petty crime.

The women are soon drawn to each other, but can their love ever be?
Struggles and questions arise as things get increasingly more difficult: Can they trust one another and the magical creatures they meet who seem to have their own problems?

And more so; will the evil sorceress actually be willing to help them and if so… for what price?

Enter the world that is ‘The Queen’s Curse’ and cling to Artride and Tirsa to experience a mind-blowing, heart gripping psychological drama where nothing is certain.

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