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Winterland

Winterland

by Mike Duran · 35 comments

Download Winterland through Amazon.

THE STORY: Summoned into her dying mother’s coma, recovering addict Eunice Ames must traverse a surreal, apocalyptic dreamscape in search of three generational spirits who have imprisoned her mother’s soul.

Together with Joseph, a crippled drifter who serves as her guide, Eunice treks an abandoned highway strewn with debris from her mother’s “emotional” wars. Along the way, she encounters Mister Mordant, a perpetually whiny grub, Reverend Ash a fragile, supremely self-righteous minister, and Sybil, a beautiful sylph with a knack for deception. Eunice and Joseph endeavor to lead this peculiar brigade into the hell of her mother’s making, through the swamp of Mlaise and the volcanic plains of Cinder, to the Dark Throne where they were forged. Along the way, Eunice experiences, in awful living color, the forces that have shaped her mother’s descent into madness and disease.

Yet a more malevolent power conspires against Eunice. For not only is she forced to relive the psychological terrain of her own upbringing, she must now confront the darkness it has spawned… the one inside her. It seems Eunice has harbored horrors of her own; years of abuse, rejection, and generational sin have taken root. And no amount of psycho-babble and positive thinking can withstand the literal monster that is waiting at the end of this highway. Can Eunice destroy the spirits that have cursed her family and rescue her mother, or will the sun set on their hell forever?

The Wizard of Oz meets Dante’s Inferno in this e-book novella (27,000 words), a dark adult fairy tale about finding faith, redemption, and confronting the monsters of our psyche. Download through Amazon.

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Tony October 23, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Scott Nicholson!? Well. . .I’m impressed.

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Tony October 23, 2011 at 3:45 PM

And also: Sounds good. But I’ve already said that before.

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Jason Brown October 23, 2011 at 7:57 PM

My only disappointment is it being an e-book, since I prefer paper and ink. Is there a chance a print version could eventually become available?

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Mike Duran October 24, 2011 at 7:59 AM

At the moment, I have no plans for a print version, Jason. But I’m open to the possibilities. I’ll just have to see where things go. Appreciate your interest!

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Brooke Matsanka August 16, 2012 at 1:29 PM

I agree with Jason. I can’t afford an eReader, but I loved the Resurrection, and I’d like to read as many of your books as possible…just in print :)

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Christian November 4, 2012 at 10:14 PM

There’s Kindle for PC on Amazon and it’s free. Nowhere near as good as a physical book but still better than nothing.

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Gabriel October 23, 2011 at 8:32 PM

The cover art could use some work; right now, it looks like it was designed in MS Paint or by an amateur. Otherwise, the concept itself sounds intriguing. :)

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Tony October 24, 2011 at 12:43 AM

I agree. It looks nice, but something is missing. The text could also use some fixing up. Right now it looks apart from the rest of the cover, rather than blending with it.

Still, not bad.

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Brandon Clements October 24, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Definitely interested to read!

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TC Avey October 31, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Intriguing. I like the sentence about Oz and Dante, big fan of both!

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Deanna November 10, 2011 at 8:14 AM

I would like to read Winterland.

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SusanFreeman November 10, 2011 at 9:11 AM

I’d love to read this!

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Voni Harris November 10, 2011 at 9:49 AM

An adult fairy tale–I’m so there!

Blessings,
Voni

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Carlyn jones November 10, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Loved the description, can’t wait to read!

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Catherine Maher November 10, 2011 at 10:21 AM

This sounds oh so interesting to me. I love stories that are allegories and can give meaning in life.

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Heather Titus November 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

That sounds fascinating–I’d definitely like to try it!

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Julie Seedorf November 10, 2011 at 10:34 AM

I look forward to reading this. We all have those voices inside of us that we need to confront at some time in our lives.

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BJ Pramann November 10, 2011 at 11:03 AM

This sounds great! I’m in!

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Diana November 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

I’d like to read this, also! Go Kindle ebooks!

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Katie Salwei November 10, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Sounds interesting…can’t wait to read it.

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Grace Bridges November 10, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Yes please! Sign me up…

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Jonas November 10, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Love one!

Will have a review on my blog!

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R. L. Copple November 10, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Would be willing to read and review. Looks interesting.

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Toni November 10, 2011 at 7:45 PM

Would love a coupon code for winterland. Thanks!

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Cindy November 10, 2011 at 10:40 PM

My interest is piqued!

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Jonathan Myers January 5, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Mike-
I’m going to pick this up. This is a fantastic plot premise. Your writing the kinda progressive CSF I’ve been talking about. I’m really impressed with your creative talent and your spirtual fortitude. Just finished a CSF novel with writer Faith Massie. It’s gonna be published with Odyssey Illustrated Press. It”ll be under my Pen name -Alexander Crowe. You can check out OIP at odysseyillustratedpress.com. Jeff Gerke has been a continuous help in helping OIP develop and grow as a fledgling press. We’re trying to bring innovative CSF to the masses. Your stuff is really incredible. Keep writing, sir, I’m a real fan of what your creating.
in christ,
Jonathan

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Jonathan Myers January 5, 2012 at 7:22 AM

Mike-
I’m a professional illustrator. I studied under Biblical Illustrator, Brian Jekel. If you ever would like some art for your books let me know. I’ll do it free of charge sir. My art site is jonathanmyers.mosaicglobe.com

Let me know your thoughts.
Jonathan

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Diana Harkness February 7, 2012 at 5:50 AM

Mike, I tried to read your book over the last few months, but I simply was not interested enough in the characters to continue. I waded into the alternate world, but found nothing to convince me to go any deeper. I’m sorry, but I can’t review it because I couldn’t bring myself to finish it.

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