Saturday, March 13, 2021

Blog Tour and Giveaway: Takakush (Genus Magica #1) by Raine Reiter

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Takakush by Raine Reiter. This blog tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have a fantastic guest post from the author as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a great prize pack. Be sure to check out the other stops on the blog tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Takakush
Series: Genus Magica #1
Author: Raine Reiter
Publisher: Twanoh Press
Publication Date: January 25th 2021
Print Length: 286 pages
Genre: Contemporary Dark Urban Fantasy

A fantastic tale that weaves a spell of ancient mysticism and modern charm." --Tim Marquitz, Author of the Demon Squad series, The Enemy of My Enemy series, and more

When Professor Elena Lukas returns to her cozy Pacific Northwest hometown with a broken heart, she’s plunged back into the fate she tried to escape. Like her mother and grandmother before her, Elena must now dedicate her life to a powerful ancient Lithuanian goddess. Although she is prepared to live as a priestess hiding in a contemporary tourist town, she arrives to find that a series of so-called animal attacks have terrorized her forest.

With the help of a handsome detective from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Elena uses her expertise in invasive and endangered species to identify that these are no normal animal attacks. The woods are stalked by a dark, mystical creature bent on ravaging the area in an attempt to quell its insatiable hunger. When her little sister goes missing, Elena realizes that the beast can only be vanquished if she is brave enough to face it in-person, embrace her identity as a high priestess, and expose her powers to the man she is growing feelings for.

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.

A fifth generation Washingtonian, Raine lives in the gloomy Pacific Northwest and prowls the rainforest with her silly spaniel, Luke.

- If you could be any fantasy creature, which would you choose and why?

What a difficult question. It would be amazing to fly like Pegasus, shapeshift like the pĂșca a mythological celtic fairy, or grant wishes like the Jinn. But, I think if would be fun to be a Scandinavian wish granter the Fossegrimmen. It is an attractive young man who sits naked under waterfalls, his fiddle. That sound cold and I like being female but the part that would be cool was the ability to play the music of nature, creating the creaking sounds of the trees, the roar of rapids and the chittering of a eaglets high in their aerie.
Photo by Simon Leonardo

Would you like to play the fiddle? Next summer solstice, go to a waterfall at midnight, and throw in a haunch of meat into the water. It the Grimmen accepts your gift, he will teach you to play the fiddle. But be warned, if there isn’t enough meat on the bone, he’ll only teach you to tune the instrument.

People believe the famous Norwegian fiddler named Torgier Augundsson sold his soul to the Fossgrimmen to play the violin. From anonymous medieval troubadours to the violinist Pagnini and Tartini , a Faustian musical bargain for musical virtuosity is common. My favorite is the devil and bluesman Robert Johnson at the crossroads.
Four winners will win a Takakush prize pack containing a Takakush t-shirt, sticker, magnet and a signed copy of the book. 

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