C.K. Donnelly: Trine Rising

To attend this online event, you must purchase a copy of Trine Rising from Changing Hands Bookstore via Eventbrite. You'll receive the Zoom link by email within 24 hours of the event's start time.*

Author C.K. Donnelly discusses her 20-year journey to the debut of her YA Fantasy novel: Trine Rising.
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Mirana Pinal knows she’s different. In her homeland of Kinderra, only a small minority of people are born with one of three magical powers—Seeing, Defending, or Healing. Mirana, however, was born with all three, making her a rare Trine, one whose powers can bring peace to the war-ravaged land—or destroy it.  Only two other known Trines exist in the current age, Tetric Garis, a hero to Mirana’s people, and the Dark Trine, the ruthless leader of an enemy regime, who is determined to rule Kinderra under the guise of bringing peace. Trines must train to use their powers, but Mirana has no interest in using them to become a warrior-hero; she’d rather heal the sick and injured with her boyfriend Teague, a brilliant herbsman who yearns for powers of his own. She keeps her powers a secret, but fate has other plans.

When Mirana receives alarming premonitions of a Ken’nar attack on Kinderra, she is forced to reveal to her people that she is a Trine to warn them of the impending assault. What she doesn’t tell them is that in the same visions, she watches herself unleash unspeakable powers of devastation, crystallized in the image of a watchtower exploding with light. Tetric Garis takes her under his wing and begins instructing her how to use her powers safely, but Mirana fears she will cause more peril than forestall it. As the battle draws near, Mirana must search within to discover the true nature of her powers and summon the courage to determine her fate.

BONUS! Hand signed book, bookmark, entry to giveaways and free download of a Kinderra background to upload for Zoom event with the purchase of Trine Rising.

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While other kids read comic books under the covers with a flashlight at bedtime, C.K. DONNELLY wrote fan fiction and fantasy stories.

She used her love of writing to pursue a career in journalism and was honored with several press awards for business and economic reporting. She has also held careers in healthcare, and current runs her own freelance writing and marketing support firm.

She resides in Arizona with her oh-so-patient husband and her little black dog (who is equally patient). She no longer writes under the covers by flashlight. Usually. Visit her website at

Leah LeMoine is managing editor of PHOENIX magazine, where she writes "Read It," a monthly column on books written by Arizona authors. A lifelong bookworm, LeMoine reads about a book a week and is a member of three book clubs.