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Book Title: Bird of Chaos
Series Title: The Harpy’s Curse
Author’s full name: Susie Mander
Author website: www.susiemander.com
Book sale site: http://amzn.to/1stDf7Q
Book website: www.harpyscurse.com
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Susie's Biography: One liner
Susie Mander is author of Bird of Chaos: Book One of the Harpy’s Curse. www.harpyscurse.com
Susie's Biography: mid-length
Susie Mander is the author of Bird of Chaos: Book One of the Harpy’s Curse. She has been published in Australian Doctor, the Hills Shire Times and the District Reporter and was recently short listed for the AlburyCity Short Story Award.Susie studied fantasy at the University of Sydney as part of her Bachelor of Arts in English which she received in 2006. She also has a Bachelor of Teaching/Master of Teaching in English (2009) from the University of Sydney.
Susie writes to explore philosophical ideas believing fiction provides a vehicle to examine the human condition through scenarios that are often more memorable and less prescriptive than non-fiction.
If you’ve enjoyed her work, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads (or ideally, both).You can sign up to Susie’s sporadic newsletter for exclusive members only material here or contact her online at www.susiemander.com
Susie's Biography: 300 words
Susie Mander is the author of Bird of Chaos: Book One of the Harpy’s Curse. She has been published in Australian Doctor, the Hills Shire Times and the District Reporter and was recently short listed for the AlburyCity Short Story Award.
Susie’s first encounter with fantasy was hunting for fairies with her grandmother in the garden when she was five. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, the first book she read was The Lord of the Rings.
She went on to study fantasy at the University of Sydney as part of her Bachelor of Arts in English which she received in 2006. She also has a Bachelor of Teaching/Master of Teaching in English (2009) from the University of Sydney though due to the education system’s preoccupation with “serious” literature–i.e. realism–she has only had the opportunity to teach fantasy once.
Susie writes to explore philosophical ideas believing fantasy provides a vehicle to examine the human condition through scenarios that are often more memorable and less prescriptive than non-fiction.
She has a phobia of sharks which she has tried to overcome by learning to scuba dive. When she’s not writing she’s on an outing or doing activities like pottery and papier mache, anything to keep her sane.
Susie was born in Sydney. After a stint on a small farm, boarding school and a few attempts living overseas, she moved back to Sydney where she now lives with her husband, cat and baby.
If you’ve enjoyed her work, please consider leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads (or ideally, both).
You can sign up to Susie’s sporadic newsletter for exclusive members only material here or contact her online www.susiemander.com
Blurb
The final Tempest rides on the power of a storm. It blasts the cold of winter and burns like the summer sun. It spares no one.Verne Golding the Third is heir to the Tibutan throne and destined to stop the Tempest. But Tibuta is fractured by civil war and Verne’s family is divided by ambition and cruelty—and she, unlike them, is ungifted. Her allies urge her to take power to unify the nation and protect it against evil, but only a Talent can rule Tibuta. Verne must overcome her impediment and find a way to rise above prejudice and her own self-doubt to take on the challenge.The only thing standing in her way is her mother.
Synopsis
Verne Golding III must decide whether or not to initiate a coup against her mother to unify her fractured nation and face the final Tempest. In the beginning Verne looked up to her mother. She admired her like a god, believing her to be a beautiful and just Queen. By five she started noticing cracks in her mother’s composure. By seventeen she was ready to kill her. Motivated by a desire to save Tibuta, Verne must overcome her mother’s cruelty and unify a nation plagued by a growing civil unrest fuelled by the increasing threat of Typhon’s final tempest, a storm that has escaped the bonds of the compass.The only problem is she doesn’t have her gift and suspects her mother is stealing it. She must decide how far she is willing to go to save the nation she loves and whether she is willing to take her friends down a path of damnation and chaos to do it.
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  • Death is the hand that chokes. It knows no master & is no slave. Yet it conquers all.
  • In a perfect world we would live collectively, with one consciousness, one body of knowledge.
  • I became bored with fear. A child’s mind is like that; never truly appreciative of danger.
  • They were not blind to suffering they were embarrassed by it.
  • They convinced themselves it was wrong to draw attention to any disparity between people.
  • Knowledge trumps ignorance.
  • I noticed him the way one might notice a fine painting hung in an otherwise drab hallway.
  • I fell in love with Drayk’s story first. His body second and thirdly his mind.
  • He taught me to open my ears and nose. He taught me to really feel Tibuta, to love his city.
  • People will flail themselves from hunger. But still the Tempest will come
  • Can there be freedom when our perspective is restricted to that which we see down our nose?
  • Our perspective is all we know.
  • We cannot know another’s truth.
  • Our passion blinds us to the hopes and feelings of those around us.
  • We are the victims of our shortsightedness, our desire, our rage.
  • Security is an illusion. We seek that which gives us a semblance of it—routine, predictability
  • We are all subject to a higher power.
  • To realise you are different is both a blessing and a curse.
  • To see the world from on high, understanding the intricate patterns, this is a true gift.
  • Ignorance, too, is a gift
  • Waiting is the hardest thing
  • Whichever way I let my mind wander it inevitably chooses the path of disaster
  • Responsibility is a burden. Shouldn’t an individual be rewarded for carrying it?
  • If they treat their bodies like canvases they invite the world 2 judge them like pieces of art
  • Faith is what draws us to the water when we hear of a tsunami
  • Its our nature to thumb our nose at terror & believe good will prevail.What choice do we have?
  • I often wonder what it might be like to have no expectation of grandeur, innocent &unassuming
  • To be unsullied by the need for knowledge. This would be an accomplishment
  • It is easy to ignore your conscience when your intentions are good
  • A woman is expected to wait for the sake of a man’s pleasure? To maintain a contradiction?
  • Shame is for women who do not realise that our pleasure is the gods’ gift
  • A man without a purpose remains half asleep, his potential lying in wait, disintegrating
  • Our decisions are embroidery made of interconnected threads, each choice is a tiny stitch.
  • No one is born a rebel. Each of you had to find rebellion in your own way
  • She must be brave enough to write history as she wants it to be remembered
  • You discredit me not because of my substance but because of my delivery
  • Grief is self-centred
  • Death is nothing new. We see her slumped over in doorways indistinguishable from sleep.
  • Hold your tongue. Do not show your weakness. They will not forgive it.
  • Strategy by committee can never work, that pretence of collaboration, that spreading of blame
  • Death is beautiful. And ghastly, too. It brings peace and panic; it is an enemy and a friend
  • There is always fear. War is fear. Life is fear. Death is fear. I must bury my fear
Author headshots
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Book cover and map
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