For Love and Fear Author: L.D. Carson Genre: Paranormal Romance
Welcome to Pathoca, a land whose gods and magic rule over the realm of emotions and thought. But don't be fooled, the mortals are not the only ones susceptible to their pathos. After a brutal war destroyed everything he held dear, the god of fear has disappeared into hiding. But the persistence of one mortal may be the key to bringing him back to power. Are they both willing to make the sacrifices it will take?
Frykstra was watching her as she dusted the shelves in his study. This was the largest room on the second floor, and his favorite in which to spend time. Originally it was the master bedroom, but Frykstra’s love of books deemed it a more fitting place than the sitting room for his collection. Hand-built shelves were filled with gothic novels spanning over decades, teeming with societies’ worst fears. Taxidermied crows and ravens perched along the tops of the units, and dark baroque paintings filled the walls. Overall, the contents of this one room embodied all of the deity’s true enjoyments, where the rest of the house seemed a sad façade. Even Frykstra himself appeared to slip more into his true self in this room, especially when he curled into the large chair before the fire to read Udolfo or some other frightful tale. “It’s not just about the ability to conquer,” he said, “It is about the ability to pick apart the human psyche. To know a person’s fear is to know his moral standing, his past, and potentially his future.” The god’s voice growled with an inner joy so strong that Bakrin turned to him. His eyes glistened with terrible ideas, and a smile stretched across his face. This was the first time Bakrin had seen him smile in his human form, and noted how the smile stretched almost as far as the one he had given her in his god state, inhumanly far, and slightly menacing. However, the sight did not bring terror to her heart, so much as awe. It seemed that nearly everything he did brought awe to her. Something about this demeanor made every mundane thing he did fascinating to watch. His current state, for example, was both frightful and intriguing. The combination of child-like joy and nearly sexual hunger in his face as he was curled in his chair, surrounded by books, and lecturing about the deconstruction of a person’s carefully built sanity through the exploitation of his greatest fears, was simply and strangely heart-warming.
Born and raised in an artistic family on the South side of San Antonio, TX, L. D. Carson has never been one to keep her imagination to herself. Entertaining anyone who would listen with fantastic tales of adventure through words and pictures became her favorite past time at an early age. This passion and dedication won her first publication in high school in a number of different poetry anthologies and a first place award in the Poetry Society of Texas. She went on to receive her BA in English from Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi. During her studies there she was invited to join Sigma Tau Delta, the university's English Honor Society, and got weekly publication of a comic in the Island Waves Student Newspaper. In April of 2012, she began her foray into the world of self-publishing with her young adult novella “Fire in the Sky: Evolution,” and since then has completed a trilogy of that story as well as co-authoring a children’s book, “Snorkle the Fail Dragon.” that story as well as co-authoring a children's book, “Snorkle the Fail Dragon.” Links writtenbyldcarson.com facebook.com/authorldcarson