Swans of Atlantis excerpt

To get you in the mood for some beachy summer reading, here’s an excerpt of Swans of Atlantis, due out this July:

Read the excerpt.

And in case you missed it, here’s the book trailer:

I hope you’re as excited as I am!

SWANS OF ATLANTIS has a cover!

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I’m so glad I can finally show you what I’ve been working on! Here’s a little bit more about the book:

14-year-old Katrina Kamiya’s got some pretty good relationships going in her small, magical hometown of Atlantis, Massachusetts. But when she finds out that her long time friend, Matt Michaels, wants to get married to his controlling girlfriend, Katrina starts noticing something off about them.

Until now, Matt had been keeping his relationship problems a secret, but the closer she looks, the more Katrina believes that his problems, and their heartbreaking consequences, are too important for him to ignore. And now, she’s determined to make him face them. Will he hear what she has to say? Or will her feelings about him only get in her way?

If everything goes my way, it’ll be available in July — which means I have to get back to work!

Cover reveal is coming!

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On Tuesday, June 6, the cover for SWANS OF ATLANTIS will be revealed! If you’d like to see it a whole day before everyone else, AND have exclusive access to a prequel story for the book, you can join my newsletter right now at clmannarino.com/news

See you then!

And the title of my next book is…

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It’s so exciting to finally share that. I still can’t believe this story is actually happening. 🙂


Good news: my next book finally has a title! Stay tuned for the announcement on Tuesday, or join my newsletter to find out what it is tomorrow.

I’ve been saying

I’ve been saying
“I don’t need more friends”
for years.
Funny how,
now that I want them,
they all seem to have
drifted away.

Copyright © 2017 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved.

How much?

How much do you
Enough to
your day job?
Enough to
every time you have a free minute?
What are you willing to
Because you’ll have to say no,
you know, and
just to the things you
like doing.
We all only get
hours in a day. So
what will you spend
day doing?
Are you willing to take a
How about two?
Are you willing to
the hard things
as well as the good? Are you willing to
if you have to? Or maybe even
give up
parts of your dream that
no longer work?
Do you know how to set goals,
for yourself? Are you willing to
save, and
save, and
save, knowing you may
get to leave your day job?
How hard are you willing to
work? How much do you
this thing you’re doing? Do you
it enough that it
doesn’t matter
how long it takes anyone else to appreciate it?
Is it enough that,
for a long time, the
person guaranteed to love it
is you?

Copyright © 2017 C.L. Mannarino All rights reserved.

Give it patience

Give it patience
Holy joy
Prepare to be the author of your
A revelation,
An opportunity.
Be held
And encounter love
Weakness to victory,
Testimony to healing.
Walk with me.


Copyright © 2017 C.L. Mannarino
All rights reserved.

Describing Frightened

It’s worrying your fingers while you wait for the dentist to come back and give you Novocaine for a wisdom tooth withdrawal.

It’s being the last group to perform in a series of short plays, and realizing you can’t remember your first line the second you get on stage.

It’s walking down the hall to find your basement door open, and then it hits you: where did you last see the cat? Did it get out?!

It’s the ticking clock in the back of your mind, counting down the days to when you move out for good. It’s wondering if it’ll really be alright, or if you’re just opening the door for something waiting in the wings.


I’m this close to finishing the prequel short story draft for my news friends, which I avoided all weekend because sad things are tough to write, and I wanted to get it right the first time. (I’ll be talking more about this, and some other changes I’m making, in the next news issue.)

Oh, and there’s also been progress with book edits. Somehow, they’re making it through all my efforts at procrastination.

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Describing Sarcasm, #ROW80

It’s the biting comment you make after someone in a position of power over you says something mind-bendingly stupid, and yet those in the room fall for it.

When you roll your eyes and plaster a fake smile on your face, just so you can get through the conversation without screaming.

It’s the laugh you emit when people try to convince you they’re interested in what you have to say, even though you’ve been bought this way before, and it didn’t end well for you.

When you play nice and agree to work with something that clearly isn’t right, so you make every act elaborate and unnecessary to make sure everyone knows what position you’ve taken.


Forgot this part until about half an hour ago. 🙁

Handwriting the book 2 prequel short story. It’s either going to be longer than expected, or just the right length, with some changes I had no idea I’d have to make because what plays out in my head is different than how I planned it at the end of 2015. Go figure! Now, to choose which version to go with: the longer, or the more pre-planned…

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