Norilana Books

Publisher info

Norilana Books is a Vermont-based independent publisher, established in 2006 in Los Angeles, and owned and operated by Vera Nazarian. With over 280 books in print, Norilana Books specializes in beautifully packaged hardcover and trade paperback classics of world literature, quality fantasy, science fiction, romance and women's fiction, and young adult titles.

Our authors include Tanith Lee, Sherwood Smith, Modean Moon, Eugie Foster, Mike Allen, Deborah J. Ross, William Sanders, Roby James, Catherynne M. Valente, John Grant, David Dvorkin, Leonore Dvorkin, Rosemary Hawley Jarman, Adam Campan, Dave Hutchinson, Lee Martindale, Michael M. Jones, JoSelle Vanderhooft, Ken Rand, Val Noirre, and the Marion Zimmer Bradley Literary Works Trust.

Our mission is to publish exceptional books.

See our complete Current Catalog of Titles in Print:

Smashwords Interview

What inspires you to be a writer?
Inspiration has little to do with it. Basically a writer has strong opinions and has something to say, to communicate to the world (and sometimes amuse the world in the process). If you like interpreting what you see around you, analyzing and describing and explaining to yourself, reasoning out loud, and then making others better understand; if you want them to see things your unique way, you usually become a writer of some kind. If you like words, language (English or any other), if you find beauty in the sound of speech, then you might end up writing. But most of all—if you secretly think of life as a story imbued with patterns and meaning, and if you like to wonder and dream and imagine “what if” possible alternate endings and adventures; if you like to put yourself into someone else’s shoes, then you will end telling different variations of this story to yourself and others. Oh, and of course you will have to write your story down. Because you won’t be able to rest otherwise. Some think of it as logorrhea (fun word), but you know it’s just passion that needs to be expressed. Every new book is your passion compressed into words.
What is your background, and when did you first start writing?
I was abandoned by urban elves on the doorstep of an apartment in Moscow, Russia, a mad changeling child wrapped in a blanket of leaves and dandelion.

Seriously, I was born in 1966, in the former USSR, the child of penniless intelligentsia parents. My schoolteacher mother had taught me to read early and introduced me to fairy tales of all lands and cultures, and to ancient Greek mythology. I was a six-year-old girl obsessed with the Homeric epics, knew passages by heart, wanted to change my name to "Athena," carved functional bows and spears out of wooden sticks in the back yard of the apartment complex and pretended to be an Amazon.

I was also a very sickly child, and spent most of my time out of school bedridden, and reading tons of books that my mother would bring me from the library. I read the classics, children's fantasies and fairy stories, novels of magic and ancient history -- all in Russian, of course. When we left the USSR, I was just finishing up 3rd grade, and had just begun to study English, my second language, at the same time as I was assimilating by osmosis my other native language, Armenian (later in school in the US, I studied Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and German).

We immigrated to Beirut, Lebanon and lived as refugees during the very beginning of the Lebanese civil war, then lived in Greece, and finally were admitted to the United States in 1976, the Bicentennial year. During my time as a refugee, I did not attend school since I did not know enough Arabic and was illiterate in Armenian (those were the only schools available), and instead my mother made me read an old borrowed children's encyclopedia in English for over a year, in lieu of formal schooling. Thus, I never finished 3rd grade and did not attend 4th grade.

I feel like my head is a cauldron of different cultures, East and West, all made familiar and comfortable -- so much so that I cannot imagine not knowing a little bit about everything all around the world. Linguistically I seem to have an innate ability to understand roots of words from many languages I have never formally studied, and to correctly infer meanings. Culturally it all mixes together into an acceptance of many possibilities, an open-ended permanent state of wonder.

And all that "wonder thinking" had to have an outlet. I started to write some time in Lebanon, still in Russian, and then switched over into English in the USA.
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Where to find Norilana Books online

Aeson: Black
Series: The Atlantis Grail Novella Series. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 45,220. Language: English. Published: May 30, 2022 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Prince, soldier, hero of Atlantis... Haunted by death and the blue eyes of a stranger... Faced with an impossible choice... Love or Duty.
The Atlantis Grail Companion
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 49,860. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2021 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Wixameret, TAG Fan! You hold in your hands the ultimate reference to the universe of The Atlantis Grail.... Things, places, rules, customs, stats, definitions, explanations, a complete (to-date) Atlanteo language glossary, maps, drawings, schematics, secret nuggets of new information not found anywhere else—it’s all here! And now, prepare to take a deep dive into the universe you love!
Aeson: Blue
Series: The Atlantis Grail Novella Series. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 39,710. Language: English. Published: March 20, 2021 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Science Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Aeson's secrets revealed at last! Before Gwen won Aeson's heart… Before they joined forces to protect two planets and humanity itself… Aeson faced death on his own. And lost.
Series: The Atlantis Grail. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 348,120. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2020 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
The End is Here, in a Fiery Cosmic Apocalypse! Gwen Lark knows how to Qualify, Compete, and Win… The time has come to Survive. The final battle is here, and Gwen, and everyone she knows and loves, are in for the greatest fight of their lives. SURVIVE is the fourth and final book in The Atlantis Grail series, now an international cross-genre phenomenon, optioned for film.
Series: The Atlantis Grail. Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 320,150. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
(5.00 from 1 review)
2018 Dragon Award Finalist — Best Science Fiction Novel The Games are Forever! It’s one thing to Qualify and Compete… Now she must Win. Gwen Lark is one of the few lucky teenage refugees to escape the extinction-level asteroid barreling towards Earth and reach the ancient colony planet Atlantis. Now she must compete in the brutal and deadly Games of the Atlantis Grail.
Series: The Atlantis Grail. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 173,140. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2015 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
It’s one thing to Qualify… But do you have what it takes to Compete? With Earth about to be destroyed by an asteroid, teenage nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark, and her friends compete for privilege, position, love, and survival onboard great starship arks, as they journey to the ancient colony planet Atlantis. Meanwhile, the fate of Earth and their families hangs in the balance.
Series: The Atlantis Grail. Price: Free! Words: 207,320. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2014 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance » General
(4.43 from 7 reviews)
Nerd, geek, and awkward smart girl Gwen Lark must compete against other Earth teens, including high school crush Logan Sangre, in order to Qualify for interplanetary rescue from an asteroid apocalypse, in this high-octane dystopian thriller from a Nebula Award Finalist, in the vein of DIVERGENT and THE HUNGER GAMES. Now optioned for development as a feature film series and/or TV series.
Cobweb Forest
Series: Cobweb Bride, Book 3. Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 115,350. Language: English. Published: December 31, 2013 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Historical » Renaissance
(5.00 from 1 review)
The world is broken… A dark Goddess rises. A mortal maiden must stop her. COBWEB FOREST (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Three) is the third and final book of the intricate epic fantasy flavored by Renaissance history and the romantic myth of Persephone, about death’s ultimatum to the world.
Cobweb Empire
Series: Cobweb Bride, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 114,700. Language: English. Published: September 25, 2013 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
In a world where no one can die, she alone can kill... COBWEB EMPIRE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book Two) is the second book of the intricate epic fantasy flavored by Renaissance history and the romantic myth of Persephone, about death’s ultimatum to the world. Now that she’s Death’s Champion, what will Percy do?
Lore of Rainbow
Price: Free! Words: 7,480. Language: English. Published: May 28, 2013 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fairy tales
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
Enter the one true realm of one thousand and fifty shades of grey... How did the world without color come to be? Discover the ancient mystery in this short story that started it all, the prequel to the monumental epic fantasy LORDS OF RAINBOW!
Cobweb Bride
Series: Cobweb Bride, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 103,710. Language: English. Published: March 8, 2013 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Historical » General
(5.00 from 3 reviews)
Many are called... She alone can save the world and become Death's bride. COBWEB BRIDE (Cobweb Bride Trilogy, Book One) is a history-flavored fantasy novel with romantic elements of the Persephone myth, about Death's ultimatum to the world.
Vampires are from Venus, Werewolves are from Mars: A Comprehensive Guide to Attracting Supernatural Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 10,700. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2013 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody
The critically acclaimed author of MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES tackles a hilarious new parody topic -- supernatural relationship advice! Admit it, you've secretly dreamed of dating a sexy brooding vampire or an alpha werewolf... Now, you can! Learn how!
Pride and Platypus: Mr. Darcy's Dreadful Secret
Series: Supernatural Jane Austen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 145,020. Language: English. Published: September 22, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Romance » Regency
When the moon is full over Regency England, all the gentlemen are subject to its curse. Mr. Darcy, however, harbors a Dreadful Secret... Shape-shifting demons mingle with Australian wildlife, polite society, and high satire, in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
Northanger Abbey and Angels and Dragons
Series: Supernatural Jane Austen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 96,660. Language: English. Published: August 6, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Romance » Regency
From the critically-acclaimed author of MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES... Dragons in the skies of Regency England! Gothic horrors collide with high satire in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic supernatural parody of Jane Austen's classic novel.
Old Farts
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,720. Language: English. Published: April 18, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Everyone knows that bookstores are such enticing places, filled with the complex scent of books, periodicals, freshly ground coffee, and infinite possibilities. Wonders, secrets, and delights lurk among the stacks... And yet, few know the real truth. Bookstores conceal unimaginable dangers! This very short story by two-time Nebula Award Finalist Vera Nazarian packs a very literary punch.
The Duke in His Castle
Price: $3.42 USD. Words: 32,930. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Horror » Occult
This 2008 Nebula Award Finalist novella THE DUKE IN HIS CASTLE by Nebula Award-nominated author and award-winning artist Vera Nazarian is a dark, lush, erotic fantasy in the vein of Mervyn Peake's GORMENGHAST, with interior illustrations by the author.
Three Names of the Hidden God
Price: Free! Words: 7,520. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
(5.00 from 1 review)
What occult mysteries tie together a magical disappearing lake, a courageous young birdcatcher, a hidden god, and the savage politics of an ancient kingdom? Discover the wonders and wisdom of the Compass Rose in this new fantasy short story by two-time Nebula Award nominated author Vera Nazarian, set in the same mythic universe as her critically acclaimed novel DREAMS OF THE COMPASS ROSE.
After the Sundial
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,400. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
AFTER THE SUNDIAL by two-time Nebula Award Nominee Vera Nazarian is the author's first short fiction collection that focuses specifically on science fiction works, bound by the common theme of time and temporal exploration, and can be viewed as a companion volume to her earlier collection, SALT OF THE AIR which focused on fable, myth, and fantasy.
Mansfield Park and Mummies: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights
Series: Supernatural Jane Austen. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 172,390. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Parody, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Spinsterhood or Mummification! Ancient Egypt infiltrates Regency England in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic monster parody of Jane Austen's classic novel Mansfield Park.
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,100. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Essay » Sociology
THE PERPETUAL CALENDAR OF INSPIRATION: Old Wisdom for a New World 366 Days of Insight from the Inspired.Us Blog by Vera Nazarian The premise is simple... New bits of common sense, inspiration, and insight to jump-start your day. What if it inspired all of us?
The Witch Who Made Adjustments
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 12,630. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2012 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Holiday » Halloween
(4.50 from 4 reviews)
A humorous and deeply heartwarming fantasy novelette of a witch who may not be as "terrible" as she seems -- a witch who came into a turn-of-the-century town, just a few days before Halloween, and changed the lives of the entire populace, and especially young Tommy, a hardworking boy, and his impoverished family.
Salt of the Air
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,400. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2011 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fairy tales, Fiction » Fantasy » General
An unforgettable first collection of fantasy short stories from a two-time Nebula Award Nominee and award winning artist Vera Nazarian. "Cautionary, sensual stories of love, reversal and revenge upend fairy tale conventions in Nazarian's lush collection... Sumptuous detail, twisty plots and surprising endings lift these extravagant tales." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
The Young Woman in a House of Old
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 11,150. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2011 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
(4.50 from 2 reviews)
The young girl lived in a big stone house with ivy-covered walls and with old men and women who were all her kin... So begins a mysterious short story of a peculiar little girl growing up in a very strange house filled with antiquity and dark wonder. Hold on to your heart.
Lords of Rainbow
Price: $5.99 USD. Words: 162,370. Language: English. Published: October 16, 2011 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
In a world without color, illuminated by a silver sun, she is willing to fight for one man unto death... Another is willing to die for her. An unrequited love... War. Mystery. Exultation... An epic fantasy of unspeakable wonder... "...Strange, poignant, and exquisite.... her novel about a world without color — strange when what she writes is so colorful." — Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Clock King and the Queen of the Hourglass
Price: $3.42 USD. Words: 38,450. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2011 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Romance » Time travel
(5.00 from 1 review)
A far future "dying earth" science fantasy tale about identity, erotic desire, flying water and a mystery... "This is science fiction the way that Jack Vance's Dying Earth books are science fiction." — Charles de Lint
Wrought by Moonlight
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,060. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2011 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Erotica » Historical/Gothic
Enter a night of moon-induced sensual madness and silver faerie magic, when rising blood thickens the flesh and every kind of coupling is possible! WROUGHT BY MOONIGHT is an elegant, erotic short fantasy retelling of Shakespeare's A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM. "Val Noirre" is the erotica byline of an acclaimed writer working in other genres under another name.
Mayhem at Grant-Williams High
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 30,490. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2011 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Halloween, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Horror
Think _your_ high school experience was Hell? Vampires, werewolves, mummies, ghouls... and brickhead idiot students. Welcome to Grant-Williams High. (Includes Two Adventures in One Volume)
Dreams of the Compass Rose
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 124,100. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2010 by Norilana Books. Categories: Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
"A clever concoction of vignettes and short stories knitted into a morality tale about the temptation of illusion and the price of truth... an exotic setting reminiscent of Tanith Lee's Flat Earth series.... The author's sumptuous language will resonate with Lord Dunsany and Clark Ashton Smith fans.... Nazarian's vital themes and engaging characters are sure to entertain." (Publishers Weekly)


The Atlantis Grail Novella Series
The Atlantis Grail Novella Series explores various aspects of The Atlantis Grail Universe with in-depth new original content including storylines and outtakes in novella form, written from the POVs of various favorite popular characters such as Aeson, Xelio, Oalla, Keruvat, Erita, Brie, Logan, Anu, and many others.
Aeson: Blue
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Aeson: Black
Price: $4.99 USD.
The Atlantis Grail
A dystopian teen adventure and romance series about competition to survive an asteroid apocalypse on Earth and be rescued by the space colony of Atlantis.
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Cobweb Bride
Cobweb Bride
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Cobweb Empire
Price: $3.99 USD.
Cobweb Forest
Price: $5.99 USD.

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