This year the Mensa World Gathering is being held in Florida at BillyBeaver(TM)’s Fantasyland and several Faerie citizens have been invited. The Gap between the Mundane and Faerie dimensions hasn’t been open long and with rumors of an upcoming war amongst the High Elves Bishop Aiden wants Vern and Sister Grace to keep an eye on things. Or as Vern would say… he and Sister Grace are babysitting and the pay is too low.
Karina Fabian’s Magic, Mensa and Mayhem began as a serialized story that was reformatted into a novel. Fabian pulls all of the subplots together towards the end. Even some of the characters that seemed minor play a larger role in this caper than they thought.
Very little escapes Fabian’s wit. She pokes fun at theme park tourists, environmentalists, reporters and pop culture. Checking the Faerie guests into the hotel reads like the classic Abbott and Costello “Who’s On First?” routine. Another highlight is the reputed showdown between Sister Grace and the Greek muse, Euterpe. Fabian, Vern and Sister Grace are bound to have a following of fans after reading this adventure.
Learn more about the cases Vern and Sister Grace solve at Dragon Eye, P.I.
I wanted to take a moment of your time to introduce you to Vern and Sister Grace, the stars of Magic, Mensa and Mayhem.
Vern is your average North African Faerie Wyvern with a not-so average lifestyle.
Immortal and androgynous, he and his kind are no more evil than any other natural phenomenon. In fact, they’re rather preferable to many natural phenomena; as Vern would tell you, he never wantonly destroyed anyone’s property or took anyone’s life–unless he was hungry, or had been provoked, or (just on occasion) if it would be funny. Most of the time, as long as the locals treated him with respect, tossed him a cow when he came calling, and left his treasure alone, he was a benevolent neighbor. Can you expect similar treatment from a hurricane?
Around 870 years ago, the Faerie St. George trapped Vern in a holy spell. By the time the saintly mage knight was done, Vern was little larger than a gila monster, with no fire, no flight and just enough of his former knowledge to speak Latin and understand most aspects of human life. St. George the told him he could earn back all his former abilities and regain his dragon glory by serving God and Man through the Faerie Catholic Church. He started as the Pope’s pet, became his bodyguard and advisor, been a scribe, a convent watch-dragon, served as a warrior for the Church, and pulled a plow for a monastery farm. When the Gap opened between Mundane and Faerie, he felt a calling to come to our dimension. Now he’s living in an old warehouse on the seedy side of Los Logos which also holds to office of Dragon Eye, PI. He’s a professional problem-solver, no job too big or two little, wisdom of eternity, knowledge of the ages, virginity verified…you know the drill. Flights extra. Saving the multiverse, lots extra.
Sister Grace is a High Church Mage with Faerie Our Lady of the Miracles (FOLM). She stands not much higher than five feet, has eyes the metallic blue of the calm Mediterranean and hair of a silvery red color that few have ever seen and (since she keeps it tucked under her wimple) few ever will. She entered the FOLM as a child, both because of her sincere desire to follow the Lord and because of her unusually strong natural magical talent., which is channeled through her beautiful but not-quite-human voice. Her first years at the convent were spent in seclusion and strict training until her abilities were well harnessed to God’s will. She has taught others and served in several magical capacities, including proelium ecclesiae, or “Defender of the Church.” This is an assignment she does not talk much about, but it was after this last duty that she took a sabbatical to move across the Gap and study Mundane religious music. She attends Little Flower Catholic Church, and Father Rich coaxed her into serving as cantor. After working with Vern to defeat a beast summoned by an inchanted song, she became a partner in Dragon Eye Private Detective Agency. She lives in the warehouse with Vern, where she has her own “workshop” and has gotten her private investigators’ license. Together, they’ve saved our world and Faerie several times. As Vern would say, “It was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
April 7th is Karina Fabian Day! You’ll be able to read my review of her newest book, see what Karina had to say in her interview and get her thoughts on Creating a Magic System. Until then… enjoy the book trailer for Magic, Mensa and Mayhem!
Magic, Mensa and Mayhem
Next week Karina Fabian will be stopping by for a visit. If you don’t already know Karina here is some information to introduce you to her.
After being a straight-A student, Karina now cultivates Fs: Family, Faith, Fiction and Fun. Winner of an EPPIE award for best sci-fi (Infinite Space, Infinite God) and a Mensa Owl for best fiction (World Gathering), Karina’s writing takes quirky twists that keep her–and her fans–amused. From an order of nuns working in space to a down-and-out faerie dragon working off a geas from St. George, she juggles the stories from at least three different universes. Mrs. Fabian is President of the Catholic Writer’s Guild and also teaches writing and book marketing seminars online. Visit her website at http://www.fabianspace.com.