DebisZoo

Fantasy worlds. Magical inhabitants. Timeless battles between Good and Evil.

About debiszoo

Although I live in beautiful New Mexico, which is an excellent place to live, I find the world at large to be a trying place in which to exist. Therefore, I work hard to remove my readers from this world and transport them to one where good overcomes evil, and evil is punished; good is either inherent or learned, and good is always rewarded; and love—for a human, a cat, or a dragon—always wins. I revel in, angst over and would enjoy living the worlds I build, although I would need to learn to wield a weapon and dress a deer. And finally, I wish only to ensure that my worlds of fantasy keep the worries of life from seeping into them. I cannot; however, say the same for evil mages and misled trolls. I retired from writing for the federal government, where I took federal laws and turned them into plans and procedures understandable by the human brain. I have one wonderful husband, two amazing kids, and seven great cats. I also enjoy oil painting and crochet, probably in that order, on those infrequent occasions when I'm not writing.

Coming Soon–Very Soon! It’s Here!!

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Earlier, in the magical realm of Nesht, Mayra ara’Ferren, a powerful Ring-Witch, and her Clan, were tasked to investigate deadly attacks on the kingdom by something dark and unknown. By defying her Clan and her King, Mayra discovered that their attackers were enslaved dragons. With her sword, her powerful magic, and fierce witch-warriors to assist her, Mayra freed the dragons and helped them escape the clutches of a power-hungry king and a fanatical dragon. She quickly became the leader of her small band of witch-warriors. What none of the witches expected was how quickly and deeply they bonded with the bedraggled dragons they saved.

Enroute northward with the dragons, Mayra and her lover, Wolfe are leading the adventurous witch-warriors to the dragon’s home, a huge, stone Aerie to help dragon-leader Gaulte and the other rescued males liberate their mates and young ones. The missing dragons were taken by Hagan, an intensely evil dragon, and used as coercion to ensure obedience from the male dragons. But Hagan has taken more than females and young dragons; he has stolen something deeply magical—a talisman that only dragons can use to magnify and perform dragon magic. Valuable tool or deadly weapon—the object doesn’t distinguish good from evil, it is the intent of the dragon that decides whether it will benefit or destroy.

Meanwhile, Mayra wonders if she has made a terrible mistake. She had been with her Clan and its charismatic leader almost all her life—he is the father she never had. He betrayed her, but can she be a leader without his guidance?

Mayra has found her mate in fellow Ring-Witch Wolfe Sieryd, and her soulmate in the massive black dragon Gaulte. Wolfe, an assassin and wielder of powerful magic, is a strong shoulder to lean on for a new leader and a witch who isn’t always sure who her enemies are. And Gaulte, who still can’t quite grasp that a small human female rescued him, can only think about his stolen family. Mayra has mastered mind-speak—the art of varying levels of telepathy—and is resolute in rescuing Hesta, Gaulte’s mate, and their youngest nestling. He can’t help feeling affection for Mayra and his elder two nestlings already love her—but wait until Hesta, a fiery red dragon, finds out. Can she accept Mayra into this odd family group?

Hagan is a deeply evil dragon, stolen from his powerful and altruistic father, and raised by a gnome who taught him to hate all other dragons and humans. With a shapeshifting female and a gnome to assist him, Hagan will stop at nothing to prevent Mayra and Wolfe from saving the captured dragons and the magical talisman, even if he has to kill every dragon and every human in the cold north to do so.

When Mayra and Wolfe finally find Hagan, they quickly realize they and their witch-warriors are in for a battle even more challenging, and even less certain that the previous one. With Mayra still unsure whom to trust, she soon finds herself trapped in the depths of Hagan’s vast cavern home. Will she realize that a greedy female shapeshifter and a half-crazy gnome, who have duped Mayra with their pleas to help escape Hagan, might be just as dangerous as the evil dragon? And Hagan has no scruples, no pity, no conscience; he will torture and kill anyone to escape with the stolen talisman, no matter how long it takes and who must die to ensure that the magical talisman finds its way back into his long, covetous talons.

The Dragon Story- The Ring-Witches of Nesht

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The two volumes of The Ring-Witches of Nesht tells the everlasting tale of Ring-Witches Mayra and Wolfe and the mighty black dragon, Gaulte–from the magical beginnings as they free the enslaved male dragons of Ceshon Aerie, to their battle to find the Aerie’s stolen females and their young. Humans and dragons must learn to trust one another as they seek a common enemy–an evil dragon who has stolen a powerful talisman from the dragons, one that will enable him to control any dragon for his evil purposes–even Mayra’s beloved Gaulte. For the dragons are hiding a secret, one that may cost the witches their lives–the talisman is so deeply steeped in dragon magic that even the powerful Ring-Witches may be helpless before it.

“Dragon’s Revenge” is available!

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Evil Hagan is a terrifying threat to Mayra and Wolfe, and their new friends, the blue-skinned Phailites. But this magical team of warriors has a few tricks up their sleeves and they will rescue their beloved dragons, no matter what it takes.

Powerful Ring-Witches, Mayra and Wolfe have fled their kingdom, accompanied by their witch-warrior friends, escaping with the dragons they rescued. But once they reach the dragon’s cold homeland, they find an empty Aerie. Where are the dragon females and the younglings?

Barely do the witches have time to rest before they are winging their way to rescue the stolen dragons—but things seem to go wrong from the beginning. The witches quickly find themselves trapped in a vast system of caverns with Hagan, an evil, fanatical dragon, and his helpers—a greedy shapeshifter and a wrathful gnome.

Mayra is running out of time. If she doesn’t wrest a powerful talisman from Hagan’s control before he can use it, he will take control of all the noble dragons that Mayra loves. Hagan threatens to kill his hostages—the female dragons and their tiny offspring, unless Mayra leaves him to collect his terrible treasure from its hiding place.

Can Mayra and Wolfe rescue the dragons—large and small—and find the talisman before Hagan and his irrational accomplices destroy all that the mighty dragons hold dearest to them? It won’t be as easy this time, for Hagan, a wielder of dark dragon magic, dares the humans to battle him—the most savagely horrific dragon ever hatched.

Dragon’s Revenge is on Its Way!

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Coming in March, 2019

Earlier, in the magical realm of Nesht, Mayra ara’Ferren, a powerful Ring-Witch, and her Clan, were tasked to investigate deadly attacks on the kingdom by something dark and unknown. By defying her Clan and her King, Mayra discovered that their attackers were enslaved dragons. With her sword, her powerful magic, and fierce witch-warriors to assist her, Mayra freed the dragons and helped them escape the clutches of a power-hungry king and a fanatical dragon. She quickly became the leader of her small band of witch-warriors. What none of the witches expected was how quickly and deeply they bonded with the bedraggled dragons they saved.

En-route northward with the dragons, Mayra and her mate, Wolfe are leading the adventurous witch-warriors to the dragon’s home, a huge, stone Aerie, to help dragon-leader Gaulte and the other rescued males liberate their mates and young ones. The missing dragons were taken by Hagan, an intensely evil dragon, and used as coercion to ensure obedience from the male dragons. But Hagan has taken more than females and young dragons; he has stolen something deeply magical—a talisman that only dragons can use to magnify and perform dragon magic. Valuable tool or deadly weapon—the object doesn’t distinguish good from evil, it is the intent of the dragon that decides whether it will benefit or destroy.

Meanwhile, Mayra wonders if she has made a terrible mistake. She had been with her Clan and its charismatic leader almost all her life—he is the father she never had. He betrayed her, but can she be a leader without his guidance?

Mayra has found her mate in fellow Ring-Witch Wolfe Sieryd, and her soulmate in the massive black dragon Gaulte. Wolfe, an assassin and wielder of powerful magic, is a strong shoulder to lean on for a new leader and a witch who isn’t always sure who her enemies are. And Gaulte, who still can’t quite grasp that a small human female rescued him, can only think about his stolen family. Mayra is resolute in rescuing Hesta, Gaulte’s mate, and their youngest nestling. He can’t help feeling affection for Mayra and his elder two nestlings already love her—but wait until Hesta, a fiery red dragon, finds out. Can she accept Mayra into this odd family group?

Hagan is a deeply evil dragon, stolen from his powerful and altruistic father, and raised by a gnome who taught him to hate all other dragons and humans. With a shapeshifting female and a gnome to assist him, Hagan will stop at nothing to prevent Mayra and Wolfe from saving the captured dragons and the magical talisman, even if he has to kill every dragon and every human in the cold north to do so.

When Mayra and Wolfe finally find Hagan, they quickly realize they and their witch-warriors are in for a battle even more challenging, and even less certain that the previous one. With Mayra still unsure whom to trust, she soon finds herself trapped in the depths of Hagan’s vast cavern home. Will she realize that a greedy female shapeshifter and a half-crazy gnome, who have duped Mayra with their pleas to help escape Hagan, might be just as dangerous as the evil dragon? And Hagan has no scruples, no pity, no conscience; he will torture and kill anyone to escape with the stolen talisman, no matter how long it takes and who must die to ensure that the magical talisman finds its way back into his long, covetous talons.

Alas…The End is in Sight

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Alas…the End is in Sight

I’m winding up “Dragon’s Revenge,” which is the sequel to “Dragon Rings.” Denouements can be difficult, not as a final product—the book—but as the end of what I’ve been writing, I have to decide what events are worthy of remaining unresolved till the end of the book. and what should be taken care of right away. I have to figure out what will best satisfy the reader. I want to hear lots of ‘Ahhh, that’s what that meant…’ and ‘No! You’re kidding me! I love it,’ but please, no ‘Crap, that’s stupid.’ Or ‘You have got to be kidding me!’ See the subtle differences? Hopefully, my endings leave the reader with a warm, contented fullness and not gas! And you want to find another of my books (like ‘Summerbird Rises’) not the Delete button!
Looking forward to hearing from you!

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How Much Do You Love Your Cat?

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Living with Elliot, Moggy, PeiWei, Anny Catt, Chiisai, Cookie, and Fred

Call me crazy, but it’s true—we have collected seven cats. The youngest two are foster failures, that is, we were foster parents and somehow they, along with two other orphans, so ingratiated themselves into our hearts that we could never bring ourselves to return them to the shelter. They were adopted. We’re so weak! Another cat is Anny Catt (do you buy yarn? Do you recognize the play on a name?) and she is very tiny—5 pounds at her last vet visit. She is nice enough to share her bedroom suite with us and hates all other living beings except my husband and me, and after ten years, I am still on probation. The other two are brothers (Elliot and Moggy), and they are a geriatric pair.

We have a huge house, a sunroom, and a 30-foot outdoor cat tower, in other words, our cats are very protected and very spoiled. Now that you’ve been introduced to our feline menagerie, I’d like to talk about medicating cats. Both Anny and Moggy have hyperthyroidism. One day I happened to notice that Moggy seemed to be a shadow of his former self but also running around like crazy cats. And as we thought about it, it seemed Anny Catt was much the same. We knew something was wrong. No matter how much we fed them, it wasn’t enough, they grew thinner, pooped like madcats, and continued to run around all day and all night. The vet gave us the same medication for both cats, and thus began the battles of wits, strength, and unrelenting determination. Yeah, cats got that, too. I think they are part donkey.

There are things to remember when trying to get a pill smaller than a baby aspirin into a cat:

  1. Expect pain. They have teeth like little knives; those small jaws shut fast and tighter than a clam.
  2. Expect more pain. They have claws that are just as sharp (trimming claws? No, thanks) and almost as fast.
  3. Yeah, yeah, more. They’re stronger than they look, something along the lines of a wolverine, and fight administering the pill worse than said critter.
  4. They are fast! They have the reflexes of ninjas when confronted with “the pill.” They react a lot quicker than we do to when being clutched and to external stimuli!
  5. Forget purrito’ing them. Even with a Kevlar blanket and Velcro, their ninja-like skills thwart every attempt. There hasn’t been a towel made that will hold Anny in a purrito.
  6. They’re drama kings/queens. If by some chance, the medication does touch their lips, they promptly present a Lawrence Olivier Shakespearean death scene. Poisonnnn…and out it comes.

Moggy only has one tooth left in his head, and it’s a canine, but he will still snap at me if I try to pill him. The vet was fast and elegant, like a ballerina. She deftly placed the offending tablet in its desired location, tipped his head back and it was gone! When we try, it’s a creepy feeling—like poking your finger in a bear trap. The two times we did manage to get it into him, he waited, and then actually spit it out, just like in the cartoons! Phoot, and it’s gone. Our daughter, on the other hand, has skills as if trained by Ringling Brothers. Without chair or whip, she gives pills and trims claws for any cat in our house (except Anny Catt, who sits under (and in the middle) of our king-size bed and growls). She has the other brother cat, and a foster failure, too. We think she practices the dark arts.

After another visit to the vet, where she said, “It’s just like this, just pop it in!” and gave us sympathetic looks, we (brainstorm!) decided to buy a pill grinder and hide the pill in food. We tried a variety of food: hamburger, raw and sautéed; chicken, white meat, dark meat, innards—grilled and minced; sardines (never again!); and even canned tuna for humans. After many failed attempts, we discovered a cat food that is so nasty it must be heavenly, yet it disguises the taste, because now Anny Catt takes her meds every morning, like a little pig.

Not so the wise and cranky Moggy. O Moggy, of the eighteen years, brother of the alpha cat, Elliot. Yes, he thinks he is royalty. And therefore, he shall not take that pill. We tried cat food after cat food, all the way up to paying almost $3 for a small, single serve can. The other cats became resentful of that tiny bowl of precious yummies, and growling would commence. It got to the point where Moggy was afraid to put his face in the bowl, lest someone ambush him. So he quit eating his “Exclusive Kitty.”

We next tried half-and-half. We warmed it up. Nope. Next came whipped topping. Moggy liked that well enough, as long as it didn’t have meds in it. I guess he smelled it; he sulked and crept away, shooting us dirty looks over his shoulder. My hubby, Steven, puzzled as to why the cream method was no longer working, actually tasted a ground-up pill. It was awful. The taste lingered for over two hours, he reported, with more sympathy for the furbabies.

Finally, we hit upon cream cheese. It must be able to disguise that taste, given its own strong flavor (and smell). We tried softened cheese at first, but it was a royal pain to mix a crushed orange pill into a tablespoon of cheese (any more is just too much, for some reason, and he won’t finish it), so we switched to whipped cheese. It worked! For a while. So we warmed it up a bit, and he ate it up.

And that’s where we stand now. Every morning, he gets his little spoonful of cheese, with the pill, on a TV tray, because the slighted cats decided they would have a go at cream cheese if it meant they were getting something special.

And we wonder what lengths others go to in order to keep their uncooperative pets healthy.

 

Top Customer Review from the U.K.

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Since I can’t get Amazon to share my Amazon.UK reviews with you on my two books currently available, I thought I would share them with you here. All of these reviews were copied from Amazon, UK, exactly as written, except that I’ve removed names and left their initials. Thanks to my American and British readers, as well as those from other countries, where I haven’t figured out yet how to retrieve their comments. I really appreciate so much the reviews that are left for my books!.

 Dragon Rings

Magical fantasy!!  5.0 out of 5 stars

By ML H.on 26 November 2017

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Magical fantasy remains my enduring favourite genre for the rich talent it produces. There are a lot of authors and new releases to choose from and often it is hard to separate the wheat from the chaff but occasionally an author appears on my radar who really grabs my attention. This was the case with Dragon Rings (The Ring-Witches of Nesht Book 1) which to my mind is a fine example of fantasy fiction. Of particular note here is the imaginative world building, which is a must for all good fantasy whilst characters and their development is up there with the best.
It’s hard to write in any genre without falling back on established tropes but these remain in the main avoided with a strong narrative and a highly intriguing plot where multiple threads are skilfully handled and resolved. Overall Dragons Rings proved an excellent start to a series I think many readers will enjoy and I for one am eager to read the next instalment.

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Very Good! 5.0 out of 5 stars

By J. E J. on 11 November 2017

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Dragons and witches-what a wonderful combination! As a fantasy fan, Debi Ennis Binder had combined two stalwarts of fantasy fiction and made them into a wonderful story that is hard to put down.I am always a little shy of new authors but any concerns I had proved mis-founded as page after page I found myself enthralled by her story. Written in an easy going style that keeps all the elements of the plot in focus, I turned the last page and was only disappointed that I had finished the book.

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Enjoyable.  5.0 out of 5 stars

By C. S. 13 November 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

I suspect I am addicted to this genre but I increasingly find myself abandoning books half way through because they fail to meet my expectations. Mostly it’s a plot that ends up meandering along and you know it’s not going anywhere but with this novel I had no complaints at all. It’s hard to bring something original to the table when there are so many novels about witches and Dragons but this one was and very well written as well. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it and I think other Fantasy fans would too.

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Summerbird Rises

Excellent book!  5 out of 5 stars

ML H. 10 December 2017

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

For anyone looking for a new Fantasy genre author who writes a wicked story then Debi Ennis Binder should be on their list. I first read Debi’s Dragon Rings Dragon Rings (The Ring-Witches of Nesht series) and was impressed with both the quality of her writing and the breadth of her imagination. Choosing between her two books would be hard but with Summerbird fresh in my mind it just takes the edge as my favourite so far. In the main this is down to the character of Summerbird Asii. Described as a truly inept seer she is wonderfully nuanced to create a vibrant and endearing character that readers will warm to. I certainly did! Beyond Summerbird’s character the story hangs nicely on a superb plot with more wonderful world building. Definitely a book for genre fans who appreciate good writing and are looking for a thrilling new series.

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Very much enjoyed this book  5.0 out of 5 stars

19 November 2017

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

A tale of ying and yang. Of good and evil. Having already read Dragon Rings I was keen to get stuck into Summerbird Rises, and whilst I loved Dragon Rings this is hands down my favourite of the two. It is beautifully written, and Debi weaves her own enchantment to create magical worlds and characters that really get into your mind as you read. As with Dragon Rings, the plot is quite complex, but what I really like is that despite the multiple threads they all find the right degree of resolution towards the end. Very much looking forward to the next release in this series.

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Good strong Fantasy  5.0 out of 5 stars

By C. S. 20 November 2017

Format: Kindle Edition

The backbone of any good fantasy novel has to be the world building. If an author is to transport a reader to a different time and place then they need to make it believable and this is what Debi Binder does really well. I felt immersed in Summerbird’s world (worlds) from the first page as they are quickly brought to life through an endearing back story and whimsical prose. This is my second novel from the same author and on both occasions, I have enjoyed reading them immensely.

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Binder does a very good job in weaving them together in a believable fashion  5.0 out of 5 stars

By: G. L. 28 September 2016 – Published on Amazon.com

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

I read this book while it was still in its early version. I thought it was perhaps a little long at 750-pages. I was wrong. The writing in this book is very well done for a first-time novelist and Ms. Binder carefully avoids the rookie mistakes most authors make. In particular are the characters she portrays in this story are well-thought out and very real. In particular are her descriptions: while vivid, they are not overdone. I had no real philosophical problem with the way the story ran or the method of advancing the plot. The only possible criticism I can make are the sheer number of characters in this work, but in the end Ms. Binder does a very good job in weaving them together in a believable fashion. For fans of this genre, I give it five stars and hope to see more from Ms. Binder in the future.

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Absolutely fabulous   5.0 out of 5 stars

By: D. B. 23 November 2017

Published on Amazon.com

Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase

Summerbird Asii is truly an inept Seer, If that description isn’t intriguing enough to grab a readers attention I have no idea what is! More importantly, it sets the tone for what is an absolutely fabulous fantasy novel. One that doesn’t meander through endless pages of waffle but takes us on a spritely adventure full of vivid characters and wonderfully imaginatively described settings. One of the most enjoyable fantasy novels I have read in a long time.

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Summerbird discovers her roots and we get to tag along for the Ride!  5.0 out of 5 stars

JLC 22 May 2017 – Published on Amazon.com

Format: Kindle Edition

Summerbird Asii knew she was different. She could actually “see” things, but she could never tell others just what she “saw”. That meant she used real “Magic”, her crystal ball showed “real” events, and that could get one killed in these parts, that would just not do! The land of Isterr had changed, people watched everything, everyone was suspicious of everyone else. You had to keep your thoughts to yourself even. Summerbird remembered when her Grandfather was around, things were vastly different. You could walk around, birds chirped, people sang, were happy. Then everything radically changed when that dark Castle appeared.

Debi Ennis Binder has spun a tale. A magical fantastic tale full of mystery, suspense, intrigue with a touch of Romance twinned in amongst the pag es. It’s a tale of adventure as well as a tale of becoming. Summerbird’s true self emerges as the events unfold. This opens up the complex, well developed worlds of Isterr and Emythor, one is very dark, dangerous the other very magical and light. The companions she takes with her or meets on her journey, Orkney, her sweet cat, Miffin Griffin, and others are not exactly as they seem. There is more to them, they only show Summerbird the side they want her so see!

I really enjoyed this early glimpse into these worlds. Debi weaves a well written tale that kept my interest. So if you like adventure, magic and fantasy with romance, pick up a copy! You will not be disappointed!

I was given a copy but the Honest Review is freely given.

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Summerbird Rises is a nice first effort by Debi Ennis Binder   4.0 out of 5 stars

M. 4 March 2018 – Published on Amazon.com

Format: Kindle Edition

Summerbird Rises is a nice first effort by Debi Ennis Binder. It’s not a perfect novel, but I found it enjoyable to read overall. By the end, I was interested in reading the next book in the series to see how the story progressed. Since the second novel isn’t out yet, I’ll have to wait. This book would be nice for fans of light, easy-to-read fantasy stories.

 

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