RJ Mirabal—Epic, Series, and Urban (to be honest, rural—with a hint of urban/suburban!)
The Rio Grande Parallax Series
Welcome to my booth. You must be drawn to the unique and unusual in fantasy because you’ve come to this odd corner of the Virtual FantasyCon.
I know you and I desire unforeseen adventures in worlds unlike our everyday world. But even then, we couldn’t relate to these stories unless basic humanity is at the core of every tale. My stories take characters from our own world with all their strengths, shortcomings, and emotional trials and thrust them into magical places that are both familiar and unusual.
And I’ve done what many authors do, whatever genre they may choose. I’ve based my stories on what I know. In my case, the setting, lifestyles, and cultures of the High Desert of the American Southwest. Specifically, the Middle Rio Grande River Valley of New Mexico. I didn’t know of any epic fantasy stories set in this region, so I latched onto the idea like a dragon on a cup of gold!
But I didn’t stop there. I love the traditional fantasy stories involving Dark Ages-type or urban settings and culture; I think dragons, elves, dwarfs, hobbits, vampires, werewolves, etc. are all cool… but I’m ready for more unique races and creatures. So my stories feature bats, ravens, Soreyes, Nohmin—wait!
Bats and ravens, OK, but what are Soreyes and Nohmin?
For that, you’ll have to read the books of my Rio Grande Parallax Series to find out not only about them, but for the chance to meet many, many more characters and creatures. You’ll also confront numerous mysteries and will have to pick yourself up off the floor as surprising reveals come at you, one after another.
Allow me, now, to introduce my trilogy to you because I know you’ll be hooked by a new sort of fantasy adventure and passion.
Imagine an epic struggle between warring clans set on the sprawling terrain of that enchanted high desert river valley. As mentioned above, my series takes place in the Rio Grande River Valley of New Mexico, but eventually much of the action takes place in the Valle Abajo, a magical, ancient alternative valley—isolated, yet parallel to the world we occupy.
Yet a few select individuals can pass through the Portal from the South Valley of Albuquerque, NM, into the Valle Abajo. And only they can lead the more peaceful clans of the Valle to fight a reign of terror wrought by the scheming, evil Soreyes.
Enter that world of amazing magic, gritty adventure, mystery, and passion through the pages of the following books of the Rio Grande Parallax Series.
The Tower of Il Serrohe, Book I:
Wrenched from a deteriorating lifestyle when his promiscuous wife kicked him out, anti-hero Don Vargas rents a dilapidated casita which – unknown to him – is actually a portal to another world. The bat, Nightwing, lures Vargas takes through a dusty portal on a Southwest contemporary fantasy quest into the Valle Abajo, where local clanspeople expect him to save them from the wily Soreyes’ mysterious Tower.
Will Don find purpose to his pointless life? Will he find love and friendship in a place he wouldn’t have believed possible? Who are these Soreyes, anyway? And where will his next beer come from?
Extreme Dust Storms May Exist, Book II:
It is five years after the final events of The Tower of Il Serrohe and Esther, a sixteen-year-old honor student athlete, suffers a mysterious accident and dreams of a valley much like her Rio Luna home, yet ominously different. Next, a bat repeatedly slams his body against her window during a powerful wind storm and she hears a whispering in the darkness.
It is Nightwing who persuades Esther to use her intelligence and resourcefulness to drive away the Soreyes from the Valle Abajo—the valley of her dreams.
However, new dangers threaten and a mysterious presence lurks in the background as the saga of the Rio Grande Parallax continues.
Zero Visibility Possible, Book III:
The adventure intensifies to a breakneck pace on to the shocking conclusion of the Parallax series. Unpredictable and impossible odds face two companies of comrades who have traveled far seeking answers to mysteries. The first company on the Saddle of the Mountains of the Sky, and the second, a hundred miles to the west on the barren Malpais. Both face deadly enemies and new enigmas.
Back in Rio Luna, Esther’s mysterious disappearance continues to confound her parents and her friend, Markey. In the Valle, though, questions surrounding Don are resolved. Meanwhile, the Soreyes heap new terrors on the clanspeople. Will the travelers return in time? Facing challenges far more insurmountable than bringing down the Tower of Il Serrohe, can the hapless clanspeople dare hope for freedom?
Excerpt from Zero Visibility Possible: “Zero Teaser!”
Amazon (Tower of Il Serrohe): http://goo.gl/7CsGi2
Amazon (Extreme Dust Storms May Exist): http://goo.gl/JK5wc3
Barnes & Noble (Tower of Il Serrohe): http://goo.gl/sGC0cS
Barnes & Noble (Extreme Dust Storms May Exist): http://goo.gl/SCewFl
Smashwords (Tower of Il Serrohe): http://goo.gl/QdrlgQ
Smashwords (Extreme Dust Storms May Exist): https://goo.gl/ZNVlOi
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RJ Mirabal has lived in the Middle Rio Grande Valley for most of his life. Recognized with awards for his teaching, RJ is now retired, pursues writing and music while volunteering with various organizations. The Tower of Il Serrohe (Finalist in 2013 New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards) is his debut novel and Book I of The Rio Grande Parallax series. Extreme Dust Storms May Exist, Book II, released summer of 2015; and Zero Visibility Possible, Book III, released summer, 2016.