Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy World Teaches Courage and Tolerance

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After the Cat'clysm destroys most life on the planet Xunar-kun, only the Field Folk and the Trailmen remain. When her world is threatened, Alysa of the Field Folk must overcome her people's prejudices against the Trailmen to bring the two races together.

Author Tina Howe has outdone herself in her magical, creative, and realistic fantasy novel of one girl's courage in the face of prejudice and adversity. An entire world complete with religions, cultures, and original creatures comes to life in "Alysa of the Fields: Book One in the Tellings of Xunar-kun" (ISBN 9780976858515, Booklocker.com, Inc. 2006)

Alysa is raised among the Field Folk who hold prejudices against the Trailmen. However, her father trades with the Trailmen, and what she learns from these encounters between her father and the other race will prepare her for her future role. Later when the time approaches for Alysa to marry, she is prevented by her father's death. Instead she raises her little sister, a situation that gives her more strength for the greater trial to come.

The M'raudas, a form of mutant, were thought to have become extinct long ago. Now they have suddenly reappeared. When the Field Folk discover the M'raudas are stealing their children, they do not know how to defend themselves. Alysa, against the wishes of her people, decides to seek help from the Trailmen. She embarks on a dangerous journey to save her people.

Alysa is a character readers--both male and female--will embrace. She is far from perfect; she makes mistakes but she learns from them. She has courage to continue on despite her fears and others' opposition. Alysa will remind children and adults, as Howe herself states, "that a champion lives inside each one of us."

"Alysa of the Fields" is a fantasy and science fiction blend about life on Xunar-kun, a fictional planet that surpasses many less well-imagined worlds. Howe's extensive background in anthropology allowed her to create a believable world complete with different races, cultures, religions, and a history stretching back over three thousand years. Her post-apocalyptic world, which she credits to the Cold War's influence on her childhood, reminds us we must overcome prejudice and work together if we are to survive.

About the Author
Tina Howe holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Art. Her favorite college studies included physical and cultural anthropology, archaeology, studio art, and art history. Her love of creativity, her interest in diverse peoples, and her own struggles inspired her to write "Alysa of the Fields." Tina also illustrated the novel's cover, which won the 2006 Dream Realm Awards for Cover Art. "Alysa of the Fields" is the first in a proposed series of fantasy novels.

"Alysa of the Fields: Book One in the Tellings of Xunar-kun" (ISBN 9780976858515, Booklocker.com, Inc. 2006) can be purchased through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit http://www.tinafieldhowe.com. Publicity contact: http://www.ReaderViews.com. Review copies available upon request.

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