I can live for two months on a good compliment. - Mark Twain
Carving by zheka: zheka-art.weebly.com
There is a huge grizzly bear in the bedroom.
Mina and Darwin don't have time to think much about this before they and the bear fall through the portal into another world, Bagastana, "the place of the gods," where the supernatural beings from all the world's mythologies live. Even with Bear's grudging assistance, getting home will be a problem. The only known portal back is far away; it is guarded by a powerful creature who calls himself "The Maker," and he will kill Mina and Darwin if he discovers their real connection to Bagastana.
Along the way, the twins encounter shape-shifting animals who worship a deceitful tiger, are kidnapped by giant ants, forced undercover by misogynist horses, nearly devoured by eagles, and asked to make a great sacrifice by evangelizing fish. Mina and Darwin begin to develop their own magical abilities, and as they grow in power and knowledge, they begin to understand why the Maker would want them dead. They also learn how the Maker imprisons some of those who challenge him in his Living Clay, a substance that traps his victims where they are unable to see, hear, breathe, or die.
BAGASTANA is the story of two young people who, while trying to get home, discover who they really are. The story is multi-layered with deeper religious and political meanings, and this MG fantasy novel is complete at 73,000 words.
You can request the complete manuscript by emailing me at kate AT katekaynak DOT com.