Mermaids Vs. Faeries

Amethyst Epiphany is the debut of my Bound By Color trilogy. As I’m sure you’ve come to notice by now it centers around my fae girl Calliope Griffin and the relationships she makes in her father’s country. She struggles from going from ordinary girl to finding herself to be a fae princess and all the responsibilities that come along with it.

Well, lately I’ve been thinking a lot of the mermaids I’ve included in that series. I have ideas, but I’m not entirely sure if I’ll act on them or not. But I do have a bit of something rattling in my mind for a spin-off series tied to the Bound By Color trilogy that centers around my mermaids since they aren’t the prominent characters of these books.

I was thinking of having appearances and mentions of Calliope and the land-dwelling company from time to time but centering on Lyssandra who is the first mermaid Calliope meets in Amethyst Epiphany, and her first true friend from her father’s country.

For now, however, I am trying to stay focused and continue my work on the Bound by Color Trilogy. I keep getting scenes from the third book, but I’m not finished with the first. I might have to write these scenes down and even start on the third book before going back to the second which sounds very backward to me, but my mind isn’t being too cooperative so it may be the way I have to go. We shall certainly see.

My question is if you had to pick would you be: a mermaid or merman or a fae? 


I’m really excited about my novel.

So much so that there’s a short story out today that’s based around the Amethyst Epiphany universe. You can find that here:

This story revolves around my main character’s parents. So you get to see a bit of their personalities and you get to learn a little bit about her Uncle Oliver, as well. Not to mention her grandmother who has always been one of the those characters that truly makes you wonder if some people aren’t evil but just completely and irrevocably heartless. However, I digress. Go read the story!

I’m sure you’ll enjoy it as much as I did writing it.

Quite excited about this book coming out.

If a parent forced you away from the one one you loved and insisted you come home, would you listen or would you follow your heart, even if it meant breaking every rule you’ve always followed?



by: Linda M. Crate

I looked at her. She loved him, and I knew it. It broke my heart to know my sister would have to break her heart to keep a promise to our mother. It was selfish, and I have to admit I really hated my mother right now. How could she be so vicious and heartless? Lycoris said people mourned differently, and perhaps that is true, but to angrily lash out at the people that loved you – well, that didn’t seem healthy to me. Nor did I want to go back to The Realm of Normalcy. It was full of petty, little people with lack of imagination. Not to mention there was no Delphinus there for Ly, and my Qua…oh, goodness, knew I didn’t want to let her go. Yet I had to. I had made a fool of myself, and well, she probably didn’t want to see me again…not after what I had accused her of. Especially given she had been innocent.

Still I had blamed her, and I hadn’t apologized. I was too ashamed of mistake. Too proud to admit I was wrong. I was hoping she’d just forgive me.

Little chance of that happening now.

Mother was making us go home, and Lycoris looked as if she would rather take a knife through the heart. Delphinus I knew had to be a wreck. His father was on the verge of dying, his mother already gone. He was about to become a king without his Queen. We all knew that he wanted Lycoris to be his queen.

My sister would have loved to be his queen.

Yet our interfering mother made us promise we wouldn’t come back to Ladriél. She amended it later to say we could come back when she was dead, but that was little comfort to Lycoris whose heart was shattering more and more the further we drew away from Delphinus. My eye’s watered, too. I tried to brush them away without Ly noticing, but she did, and she hugged me.

“It will be okay, Oliver, at least we have each other.”

I nodded. Yet it was a hollow solace, and we both knew it.

Lycoris gripped my arm tightly suddenly. “Oliver, you have to promise me something.”


“You have to promise me you’ll take my child back to Delphinus when he or she is old enough to understand.”

“We’ll go together.”

“No, the fae that made the prophecy told me I wouldn’t be joining you…”


“Everyone dies Oliver. I just hoped I’d be able to see his face again, but if I am to die, then perhaps…it’s better that the last view I got of his him was his kiss.” She ran a hand through her raven locks. “But I won’t talk of this as I can see it distresses you. Just promise me, okay?”



“All right.”

“Thank you,” she  remarked, her knuckles white and taut, clenched tightly enough to cut off circulation.

“Ly, he’ll always love you. If you want to leave, then go.”

“I.don’t.break.promises,” she said through gritted teeth. She glared over her shoulder at our mother. I knew that she hated her, too. “I, I …”

“I hate her, too.”


“Well, I do. She’s making us both unhappy, and all because Richard died. I understand she’s upset, but she doesn’t have to punish the living for the sake of the dead.”

“Well said,” Lycoris whispered. “I wish she could see it that way. She thinks she’s protecting us, when she’s only breaking our hearts.”

Both of us fell silent as we gazed out into the night. The moons of Ladriél were full tonight. One was silver and one amethyst. I couldn’t help but stare at it. “I’ve never seen an amethyst moon.”

Lycoris smiled. “It’s beautiful, it’s the color of his eyes.” She suddenly clenched her fists in an attempt to prevent herself from crying again. I hugged her tightly and she sobbed into my shoulder. “I know life isn’t fair, Olly, but I hate this. Why is she being so cruel?”

“I don’t know. But we’ll have each other. As small a comfort as that is.”

And I knew that was a small comfort indeed. Mother didn’t seem to realize she wasn’t the only one grieving. Yes, we missed Richard – we weren’t monsters, after all, and he was our brother. Yet our hearts belonged with the fae and mermaids we were leaving behind. It didn’t seem as if she cared how badly our hearts were shattered as long as we were safe. I had half a mind to jump off that boat and swim back to  Ladriél, but I knew that mother would never forgive me if I did, and as much as I hated her in that moment – I knew that I’d regret alienating myself from my family. Besides, I had to be strong. For Lycoris’ sake if nothing else.

It’s funny how I get the greatest ideas, sometimes, just by walking home from work. I’ve gotten some ideas for the second book of this series entitled Crimson Betrayal, but most of my ideas are flowing forth for the third and final novel of this series Emerald Restoration. I, however, have to tell myself constantly that I need to finish the second before I can go onto the third.

My muse is persistently resisting this, insisting I write the third then the second which makes no sense to me, at all. I usually say go where the inspiration flows, but I definitely think it’s a better idea to finish the second before starting the third.

Amethyst Epiphany is an universe I know I’m going to have a hard time letting go even after I finish the series. The characters and I have grown so close over the years, and I’ll probably end up writing short stories about the characters after the series is done.

I’m curious, though, as to what you would like to be or what you would be if you were part of a fantasy world? If you were a part of my universe which would you prefer to be: a lamia, a naga, an elf, a mermaid, a chimera, a siren, a faerie, a vampire, a dwarf, a druid, a nymph, or a sprite? And which one do you think you’d really be (based on personality, etc.)?

Ideas & Books

Do you believe in magic?


(The above photo is myself in medieval maiden adventures along with my grandmother).

Hello everyone! I am the writer and poet Linda M. Crate.

Writing to you all today because I’m very excited for my upcoming publication Amethyst Ephipany that is due out sometime in 2014 by the publisher Assent Publishing under their imprint Phatasm Books.

It’s a fantasy novel centering around Calliope Griffin who learns that fantasy may be more reality than she could have ever envisioned it would be. I don’t want to give away the plot or any spoilers, but it features primarily faeries along with the races of: mermaids, elves, vampires, half-vampires, half-trolls, trolls,  wereleopards, etc. I do have a lot of halflings because in my eyes love is blind – it doesn’t care if you’re a dwarf in love with a fae.

Calliope is trying to find herself in a world she never existed, and as with our world it’s constantly trying to change her and make her different.

I am currently working with the publishers right now, but we haven’t started editting or anything yet. Still, I’m excited! I’m still a little doe eyed and misty about it, I think it won’t hit me fully until the finalization takes place.

Happy magic hunting, everyone! What does magic mean to you?