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Mansfield Park and Mummies Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights  by Vera Nazarian

For your FREE reading pleasure, I've just posted the first three chapters of the hilarious Jane Austen parody Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights.

Enjoy! :-)
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Published on February 23, 2010 01:50 • 274 views • Tags: jane-austen, mansfield-park, mansfield-park-and-mummies, mashup, monster, parody, vera-nazarian

In the wake of her hilarious Jane Austen parody Mansfield Park and Mummies , Nebula Award-Nominated author Vera Nazarian offers something altogether different—an unprecedented, limited time FREE e-book download of her classic novel Dreams of the Compass Rose, soon to be reissued in print by Bricktower Press.

Dreams of the Compass Rose by Vera Nazarian

The title is available now, and will be for 90 days, in its entirety, as a FREE download, in various e-book formats from Smashwords, and other online retailers.

After the initial free download period (ending September 15, 2010), the title will be available for sale at the regular retail price.

Copies downloaded during the free period will remain yours permanently—completely free-of-charge, without any DRM restrictions, to be enjoyed on your various reading devices.

(Note: since this is a copyrighted work, we ask you kindly not to share your complimentary copy.)


In the vein of The One Thousand and One Nights , Tanith Lee's Flat Earth, and Catherynne M. Valente's The Orphan's Tales ...

The Compass Rose universe—an ancient milieu where places have no names, cities spring forth like bouquets in the desert, gods and dreams walk the scorching sands in the South, ice floats like mirror shards upon the Northern sea, islands that do not exist are found in the East, death chases a thief on the rooftops of a Western city, immortal love spans time, and directions are intertwined into one road we all travel....

You come to this place when you wonder, and sometimes, only when you dream.


"A clever concoction of vignettes and short stories knitted into a morality tale about the temptation of illusion and the price of truth... an exotic setting reminiscent of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series.... The author's sumptuous language will resonate with Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith fans.... Nazarian's vital themes and engaging characters are sure to entertain."
—Publishers Weekly

"I love this book. Dreams of the Compass Rose is a story-cycle in which we keep coming back to the same characters, except from different viewpoints and different times in their lives. It's set in a land of desert empires that never was, though it could easily be our world -- far in the future, or deep in the past. Some of the stories are brutal, some are like dreams. All of them are engaging and resonant, creating a new mythology that feels so right one might be forgiven for thinking that it's the cultural heritage of some forgotten country or people that have been lost to history. It reminded me of those wonderful, dream-laden story-cycles that Clark Ashton Smith and Lord Dunsany were writing around the turn of the last century. Dreams of the Compass Rose has a similar stately lyricism, a compelling and visionary voice that speaks to the heart of the reader."
—Charles de Lint

"An intricate multi-level story... a kind of Aesop's Fables... spoken with a voice from the Far East, hypnotic as the desert sands."

"Nazarian's story cycle treads the borderline between the episodic novel and the short-story collection... her imagery is rich, vivid, and memorable, not to mention being remarkable because she realizes it not in her native language, Russian, but in English.... this is a singularly appealing book by a new voice in fantasy."
—ALA Booklist

"A banquet for readers who savor fluid language."
—Black Gate

"Nazarian's prose is well constructed and her exotic settings are vivid and realistic. There's almost a fairy tale quality to the book, and it differs enough from the usual array of usurped thrones and quest stories to warrant your time."
—Science Fiction Chronicle

"Dreams may well become a landmark in the architectonics of the fantastic."
—Nick Gevers at Infinity Plus

"This is a novel to be read and reread in small doses as pieces of the puzzle are put together."
—The Denver Post

"The colorful strong writing style that Vera has worked on for years has come to full fruition."
—Marion Zimmer Bradley, Author of The Mists of Avalon


DOWNLOAD your complete FREE E-Book Here:

Available formats include:

Epub, Kindle (.mobi), PDF, RTF, LRF (Sony Reader), Palm Doc (PDB), Plain Text

Vera Nazarian immigrated to the USA from the former USSR as a kid, sold her first story at the age of 17, and since then has published numerous works in anthologies and magazines, and has seen her fiction translated into eight languages.

She made her novelist debut with the critically acclaimed novel Dreams of the Compass Rose (2002), followed by epic fantasy about a world without color, Lords of Rainbow (2003). Her novella The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass with an introduction by Charles de Lint made the Locus Recommended Reading List for 2005. This first collection Salt of the Air, with an introduction by Gene Wolfe, contains the 2007 Nebula Award-nominated "The Story of Love." Recent work includes the 2008 Nebula Award-nominated, baroque novella The Duke in His Castle.

Ancient myth, moral fables, eclectic philosophy, and her Armenian and Russian ethnic heritage play a strong part in all her work, combining the essences of things and places long gone into a rich evocation of wonder.

In addition to being a writer and award-winning artist, she is also the publisher of Norilana Books.

Official website:

Norilana Books is a Los Angeles-based new independent publisher, owned and operated by Vera Nazarian since 2006. With over 270 books in print, Norilana Books specializes in beautifully packaged hardcover and trade paperback classics of world literature, quality fantasy, science fiction, romance and women's fiction, and young adult titles. For more information visit


Vera Nazarian, Publisher
Norilana Books, P.O. Box 2188, Winnetka, CA 91396
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Published on June 10, 2010 16:08 • 417 views • Tags: ancient-world, dreams-of-the-compass-rose, fantasy, free, free-book, free-ebook, legend, myth, mythic, vera-nazarian
I am happy to announce that Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons is now available! :-)

Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons by Vera Nazarian

Dragons in the skies of Regency England!

Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.

Young and naive Catherine Morland is constantly surrounded by angels only she alone can see. Leaving her country home for the first time, to embark on a grand adventure that begins in fashionable Bath, our romantic heroine must not only decrypt the mystery of the Udolpho Code but win her true love Henry Tilney.

Meanwhile she is beset by all the Gothic horrors known to Impressionable Young Ladies—odious demons, Regency balls, elusive ghosts, pleasure excursions, temperature-changing nephilim, secret clues, ogre suitors, and a terrifying ancient Dragon who has very likely hidden a secret treasure hoard somewhere in the depths of Northanger Abbey.

Gentle Reader—this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.

Read an Excerpt (First Three Chapters)...


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Published on December 22, 2010 23:12 • 260 views • Tags: angels, austen, comedy, demons, dragons, humor, jane-austen, mash-up, mashup, nazarian, nephilim, northanger-abbey, parody, regency, romance, satire, vera-nazarian
Available now on Amazon Kindle , NOOK Book and many other ebook formats...

The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass
by Vera Nazarian

The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass by Vera Nazarian

A far future "dying earth" science fantasy tale about identity,
erotic desire, flying water and a mystery...

"This is science fiction the way that Jack Vance's Dying Earth books are science fiction."
Charles de Lint

"... believable character development, glimpses of science behind the solemn nomenclature, and enough irreverence to permit an occasional smile. Whether you expect a royal convergence, romantic destiny, or just a boost to a lackluster gene pool, what you’ll get is less definitive — and more interesting."
Faren Miller, Locus

The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass

Locus Recommended Reading List, 2005.

Rich Horton' Virtual Best of the Year 2005.


Eons in the Future . . .

. . . At the End of the World . . .

She is humanity's only hope.

Many billion years in the future, the sun is a huge bloated golden Day God that fills the sky, and the earth is a barren desert. The last remaining water has pooled at the bottom of the Pacific Basin in a thick toxic sludge-lake called the Oceanus by the sterile post-humans that inhabit its salt-encrusted shores.

Liaei is different from the others. She is a fertile female created out of ancient homo sapiens DNA from the dwindling genetic stores, and has been manufactured by the horticulturists in a genetics lab. Liaei has been brought to life for one mysterious purpose -- she is to become the Queen of the Hourglass.

Growing up in Basin City, fostered by the quasi-female modern human Amhama -- the same technician who put her cells together -- Liaei knows she does not belong. She is lively and vibrant and has a savage full head of hair and eyebrows unlike the smooth doll-like humans around her. She is also curious and inquisitive, asking more questions than even the harmonium in all its complexity can answer -- harmonium technology powers everything, can regurgitate histories of civilizations, process liquid toxic waste, conjure music out of the air, run the agricultural hothouses, and fly hovercars, and yet its origins too have been lost in the murk of the ages and it cannot satisfy the restless mind of Liaei.

What does it mean to be the Queen of the Hourglass? Why do love and emotions seem to mean other things to her than to others? And what is that meandering ribbon of light up on the distant Basin Walls, a mysterious bit of ancient technology called The River That Flows Through the Air? Can water flow uphill?

Soon, when she reaches ancient sexual maturity and undergoes the proper training, the Queen of the Hourglass will embark on a journey to meet her consort the Clock King, and there will be even more questions.

But now, the harmonium-based machines are failing, and suddenly humanity is running out of time.

Available now, for only $2.99!

(Amazon Kindle and many other formats)

The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass
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Published on September 11, 2011 16:02 • 127 views • Tags: amazon, ebook, far-future, kindle, mystery, science-fantasy, science-fiction, sex, sexuality, sf, space, time, time-travel, vera-nazarian

Lords of Rainbow by Vera Nazarian

All this week! Enter the Kindle Nation Daily Giveaway sponsored by me and my novel...

And win a Kindle Fire!

Details below!

In a world without color...
Illuminated by a silver sun...

She is willing to fight for one man unto death.
Another is willing to die for her.

A remarkable epic fantasy.

Lords of Rainbow

Lords of Rainbow
by Vera Nazarian

Lords of Rainbow by Vera Nazarian

Ebook Edition in various DRM-Free formats:

Download Now, for $2.99! (... the price of a loaf of bread...)

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Smashwords (Epub, Kindle (.mobi), PDF, RTF, LRF (Sony Reader), Palm Doc (PDB), Plain Text)

And now, as promised, enter to win a Kindle Fire , here!

Good luck! :-)
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Published on December 02, 2011 18:09 • 268 views • Tags: book, ebook, epic-fantasy, ereader, fantasy, giveaway, kindle-fire, lords-of-rainbow, novel, tablet, vera-nazarian
It's here at last! The hilarious new parody in the Supernatural Jane Austen series!

When the moon is full over Regency England, all the gentlemen are subject to its curse...

Mr. Darcy, however, harbors a Dreadful Secret.

Shape-shifting demons mingle with Australian wildlife, polite society, and high satire, in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.

The powerful, mysterious, handsome, and odious Mr. Darcy announces that Miss Elizabeth Bennet is not good enough to tempt him. The young lady determines to find out his one secret weakness -- all the while surviving unwanted proposals, Regency balls, foolish sisters, seductive wolves, matchmaking mothers, malodorous skunks, general lunacy, and the demonic onslaught of the entire wild animal kingdom!

What awaits her is something unexpected. And only moon, matrimony, and true love can overcome pride and prejudice!

Gentle Reader—this Delightful Illustrated Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.

So grab your copy of Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret, but be warned: you will laugh so hard, you will need new underwear!

Official Pride and Platypus website...
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Published on June 30, 2012 00:21 • 171 views • Tags: elizabeth-bennet, humor, jane-austen, mash-up, mr-darcy, parody, pride-and-platypus, pride-and-prejudice, satire, vera-nazarian