The Un-Familiar

Lynne M. Hinkey


THE BOOK: The Un-Familiar: A Tale of Cats and Gods.

PUBLISHED IN: July, 2016.

THE AUTHOR: Lynne M. Hinkey.

THE EDITOR: Roberta Bender.

THE PUBLISHER: Casperian Books.

SUMMARY:  He’s back! The dog-god of Mercy, sometimes called the chupacabra, has returned, and Senora Milagros is ready to retire. But her apprentice, Carmen del Toro, is missing. Before she can curl up and enjoy her new life as Fifi, she’ll have to find and unite Carmen and the god.

Milagros knows the god is like a vortex, pulling people in to the events they must be part of, to fulfill a purpose that only He knows. With natural disasters occurring in a most unnatural manner, she suspects there’s a connection between Puerto Rico’s unusual weather, Carmen’s disappearance, and the god’s bigger plan.

Without his familiar, the god will remain weak and vulnerable to predation by other deities. Miagros needs to find and unite Carmen and the god before it’s too late. It’s not only her retirementat stake, but the whole world’s future.

The Un-Familiar is the second in the Chupacabra Trilogy (the final installment, Ye Goddess! A Tale of Girls and Gods, is in development. In The Un-Familiar, science, magic and myth collide when the chupacabra returns to Puetro Rico for a madcap, fast-paced chase around the island.

WHY THIS TITLE: As humans are wont to do, we messed up our words. Familiars aren’t helpers to witches, but to the gods. With one familiar retiring and another missing, they’re both in limbo, leavin the dog-god of mercy unprotected.

WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO READ IT: Caribbean islands, mythical monsters, gods, and climate change. What’s not to love?

REVIEW COMMENTS:  Although this is a sequel to ‘e Gods, A Tale of Dogs and Demons, I wrote it with the intent that it would stand alone. Beta readers and my publisher’s editor have confirmed that it does.

AUTHOR PROFILE:  Lynne is a marine scientist by training, a writer by passion, and a curmudgeon by nature. An Olympic-caliber procrastinator, she honed that 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 debut novel, Marina Melee, was released by Casperian Books in 2011.

When not busy writing or procrastinating, Lynne is an adjunct associate professor of biology. She lives in Charleston, SC with her husband, cat and two dogs.

SAMPLE CHAPTER: Since this book won’t be released until July 1, it isn’t posted online yet. It should appear for pre-order in the next few weeks, including a “take a look inside” link to va sample chapter.

WHERE TO BUY IT: The publisher’s Website (, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the online booksellers. It will be available in print beginning July 1, and in e-formats beginning Sept. 1, 2016.

PRICE:  $15 print, $2.99 electronic.



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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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