Imagine a world where stories of a mythological creature has an element of truth but the creatures are very rare.
The Korean a nine-tailed fox, Gumiho, a shape-shifting succubus tricks unsuspecting travelers, Brazil’s pink dolphin, Boto Cor De Rosa, wanders the banks of the Amazon, or the Hiisi, an elf-king of Finland rides his hundred horned elk through the remote hills. Real, but uncommon and seldom seen, and creatures hiding in wild places in the world.
Until today. Human beings invade every part of the planet, from the headlands of the Amazon river to the remote ice flows of the Arctic, or the highest mountains of the Himalayas. People are driving these creatures into the open.
Like the black bear or cougar wander into a subdivision, mythological creatures tangle with humans at greater and greater frequency. Even more frightening, these creatures are now invasive species migrating, like a poisonous tropical spider appearing in a midwestern Safeway with the bananas.
This is the magical world of Takakush, a dark paranormal fantasy. The Lukas family of hereditary priestesses living ordinary lives in Olympia, Washington. They run a business, pay bills, and go to school. These powerful women also are avatars for four Lithuanian Goddesses. They channel the deities and the goddess’ gift them with powers, but at a cost.
Mother Mina Lukas volunteers at the children’s hospital and local nursing homes and uses her gift of healing to help the patients. She also cares for her ancient mother, Regana, the mentally declining goddess of the occult, fate, and magic and her fifteen-year-old daughter, Gabby, who struggles to control her fire goddess powers.
Eldest daughter Professor Elena Lukas’ fiance cancels their wedding, she returns home to her eccentric family and faces her destiny. Dedicated at her birth to the Lithuanian Forest Goddess Mediena, Elena must decide if she will commit to serve as a priestess and avatar for her lifetime. Or turn her back on the bonding and live a normal life.
Prepared to hide in a local liberal arts university, Elena arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest. Early investigations lead her to believe this may be a deadly creature of dark magic.
Takakush offers readers magic, mythology, mystery, and a small touch of romance.
Takakush, the first book in the Genus Magica series, releases in January 2021 and available on Amazon in kindle unlimited, paperback and ebook format. http://tiny.cc/TakakushNovel. Genus Magica Book Two publishes in late 2021.
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Raine Reiter weaves together an empowered, female-centered narrative with rich descriptions of nature and an ever-present sense of mystery. Her vivid, flowing prose takes readers of dark fantasy into a world that looks and feels real, while still evoking the enticing paranormal creativity shared by authors such as Richelle Mead and Kat Richardson. Follow Raine on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. Check out Pinterest to see the world of Takakush.