The Un-Familiar – A Tale of Cats and Gods
Science, magic, and myth collide when the chupacabra returns in book 2 of the Chupacabra Trilogy.
The Un-Familiar picks up the tale of the chupacabra and his familiar, Señora Milagros Hernán, two years after Ye Gods! Now, Señora Milagros is ready to retire, but her replacement, Carmen del Toro, is missing. Without Carmen, the god they serve--a merciful god sometimes known as the chupacabra--remains weak and vulnerable to predation by other gods. Carmen is destined to be the most powerful familiar in millennia and whoever has her will have full access to the power she wields. With natural disasters striking in a most unnatural manner, Señora Milagros suspects there's something supernatural behind both the weather and her apprentice's disappearance.
Milagros will have to use cunning and some underhanded tactics to recruit help in her search from Police Captain Eddie Corredor, college-bound Kiki Cristatello, and best-selling author Jack Halliman. None of them are in a hurry to assist her, but Kiki's boss, the new oceanography professor, is more than keen to help. Is the charming Dr. Joe Raines interested in Milagros, or in her apprentice? The answer could have dire consequences, not just for Milagros's retirement, but for the whole world.
"There is magic in this book...a pitch-perfect tale that will hit the spot whether you’re a fan of fantasy or of science—or that most unusual of creatures: a fan of both." The Internet Review of Books
"...a purely delightful sequel to Lynne M. Hinkey's Ye Gods, the first book in the series...very recommended... You will not be disappointed!" Rambles.Net
About Lynne M. Hinkey (Charleston, South Carolina Author)
Lynne is a marine scientist by training, a writer by passion, and a curmudgeon by nature. An Olympic-caliber procrastinator, she honed her skill through years of practice and dedication to life on island-time. She uses her experiences living in the Caribbean to infuse her novels with tropical magic, from the siren call of the islands to the terror and hysteria caused by the mysterious chupacabra.
Her short stories and essays have appeared in The Constellation International Literary Review, Skylines, The Petigru Review, Infective Ink, Two Hawks Quarterly, and other print and online publications. Lynne's novels include "Marina Melee," "Ye Gods! A Tale of Dogs and Demons," and "The Un-Familiar: A Tale of Cats and Gods." Look for them at her publisher's website (Casperian Books), at your local independent bookseller (find them at IndieBound), and on Amazon, Smashwords, or other online booksellers. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, cat, and two dogs. When not busy writing or procrastinating, Lynne is teaches biology at Trident Technical College and the University of Maryland-University College.