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Year of the Mountain Lion [Kindle Edition]

Maria Schneider , John Dotegowski
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Book Description

Cursed as a drought-bringer, Jolan lives a harsh life of nomadic exile in the desolate desert that surrounds her former home. Now, though, she is being hunted by those who have already cast her out for purposes she cannot fathom. Unfortunately for her pursuers, Jolan is not helpless and she is determined to survive.

A gripping short story by skilled author Maria Schneider that shares a powerful woman's refusal to surrender in the face of either nature or the society that abandoned her.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 183 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Darwin's Evolutions; 1 edition (20 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00578ZQ6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #901,256 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Maria Schneider grew up in New Mexico where the desert environment required that she embellish the landscape with her imagination. After working in the computer industry for twelve years, she decided technology moved too slowly, and again put her imagination to work, creating messes and then inventing characters to handle all the clean up. She currently resides near Austin, Texas.

"Executive Lunch" is the first in the humourous Sedona O'Hala mystery series.

"Under Witch Moon" is the first in an urban fantasy series and was released October 2010.

For more information about Maria visit:

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining story 4 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
First of all - the cover art. Fantastic. I know you aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover, but let's be honest, we all do. You get exactly what the cover leads you to beleive - a story with a strong female lead set in a harsh, desert world. Jolan is being hunted by her clan who now want her back after realising they made a mistake by exiling her in the first place. Jolan has learned to survive on her own and now doesn't want to go back. Seeing both Jolan's resourcfullness and her compassion made this a really engaging story. I liked the ending and was glad she does what she does (no spoilers!). Well written with great characterisation.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative and rich in detail 22 Jun. 2011
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For a short story, "Year of the Mountain Lion" is packed with rich detail, an imaginative plot, and strong writing. It left me wanting more, as any good story should, and I found myself intrigued by the protagonist Jolan and her backstory. There was a good tension throughout, and enough hints to a much wider universe and cast. But ultimately, this story is about Jolan and her own personal journey in exile.

The cover art by John Dotegowski is gorgeous, also rich in detail, and perfectly captures the type of character Jolan is - brave, resourceful, and independent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly atmospheric 26 July 2011
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This is a gripping, exciting story, but perhaps its most memorable characteristic is the atmosphere and sense of place. Set in a desert not unlike south-west America, it leads us through Jolan's journey through a landscape we can feel in all its parched, searing reality. It's perhaps this quality of making us feel every step of the story that makes us care so passionately about Jolan and her survival.

As the other reviewers have said, the cover is stunning, giving a perfect preview of a fine tale.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I WANT MORE! 18 Aug. 2011
By tibet - Published on
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This book was like a bag of potato chips, you cannot stop with just a short story! Maria you have to go back to the drawing board and continue this story. I am not even drawn to this sort of story, I admit I loved the Clan of the Cave Bear series but never since then. I picked it up because I love your Sedona O'Hala series so thougth what the heck, I could use a stort story in my Kindle. What a treat I had, but I wanted more more more please follow up on Jolan. Don't miss this one you will get right into the story and the strong female lead. I have never written a review before but had to this time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent story! 23 Jun. 2011
By Annie B - Published on
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Year of the Mountain Lion is a great fantasy adventure story. Jolan is a very strong character who has struggled against all odds and won--and you know at the end she will continue to win.

The writing is excellent and the story is very fast paced. It was very easy to slip into this alternate reality because the writing is smooth and Jolan is an extremely interesting character. Once I started it, I couldn't stop until I finished. I just had to know what happened next. It made for very compelling reading, that's for sure. There's a lot more I want to say, but if I did it would spoil the story for others and I wouldn't want to do that. Just be aware that the story has several positive messages and gave me some things to think about, and the end made me smile.

Overall, great short story and perfect lunch break read!

I did receive a free copy from the author with no obligation for review. The opinions expressed here are my own and no arms were twisted in the writing of this review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I WAS HELD CAPTIVE! 22 Jun. 2011
By Karen - Published on
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First, I'm not generally a fantasy reader, but I do LOVE short stories. Having read other works by Maria E. Schneider, I knew she was a good story teller, and she really came through on this story. From the very first sentences, I was hooked, intrigued by the character Jolan. I don't want to give the plot away, since it's a short story, but let me say this: if you enjoy a truly well-told tale, with characters you can root for, and an ending that will make you smile, get Year of the Mountain Lion and read it now. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Short - I Want More 17 Aug. 2011
By Kindle-aholic - Published on
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Part of Darwin's Evolutions shorts (99 cent eBook). I really liked this one. The creation of myths, a community's fear (and their response), the fight for survival, and a very strong heroine. Jolan was banished from her tribe because of fear and superstition. They expected her to die on her own, but she didn't. They are now failing and need her to save them. I really hope Schneider writes more in this world. I enjoyed this first taste
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5.0 out of 5 stars More, Please! 12 Aug. 2011
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Maria Schneider has another hit on her hands. This short story was frustrating only because it stopped at the really good part! I immediately thought of Ayla and Jondolar from the Cave Bear series, although Year of the Mountain Lion isn't about prehistoric people. I would love to see the characters *fleshed out*, and the story picked up right where it left off. Of course, a *prequel* about Jolan would be good too!

It has a presence that makes you feel as if you are *right there* with Jolan and Aponi and Putla. Just in this *way-too-short* story, I got a real feel of the land, the creatures, the environment and the people.

I hope Ms. Schneider is turning this into a LOOOOOONG series. Highly recommended!
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