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Avila professor to have first novel published

February 23, 2011
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karinKANSAS CITY, Mo - -Karin Gastreich, a biology professor in Avila University's School of Science & Health, soon will be able to add another couple titles to her name.

Author and novelist.

Gastreich's novel, her first, is entitled Eolyn and is scheduled to be released May 6 by Hadley Rille Books in Overland Park, Kan. A formal launch party is slated for the next day, May 7.

According to Gastreich, Eolyn is a fantasy novel about a woman who inherits a tradition of magic that is forbidden to women in her world. In fact, the novel's heroine, Eolyn, lives in a world where women of her kind are tortured and burned. When she meets Akmael, destined to assume the throne of this violent realm, she embarks upon a path of adventure, friendship, betrayal and war. As Eolyn takes up arms against King Akmael, a fierce battle rages inside her heart: Must she slay the man she loves in order to free herself and her people?

"This is my first novel, and it draws upon my experiences as a field biologist in the sense that the system of magic is well-grounded in knowledge of the natural world," Gastreich said in an e-mail.

Gastreich also has been selected for the Spring 2011 Andrews Forest Writer's Residency as part of that organization's Long Term Ecological Reflections Program. More information about that can be found at: http://springcreek.oregonstate.edu/residencies.html.

You can read a summary of the novel and preview the first chapters at Gastreich's blog at www.eolynchronicles.blogspot.com.

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