Fantasy author Annie Lima Douglass Annie Douglass Lima discusses Gladiators

I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach



First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?


The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  


Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 

for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!

 

And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

 

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

 

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon 

for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!



Author spotlight-Michael S. Fedison

Hello, everyone! I’m still working on that getting back to normal thing. In the meantime, I’ve a guest for your reading pleasure. For lovers of SF and YA , Mr. Michael S. Fedison is here to talk about his new release, The Eye-Dancers. Michael, you have the podium, sir!

I want to thank Juli for giving me this great opportunity to post on her website!  I really appreciate it!

Late last year, I published a Young Adult sci-fi/fantasy e-book called The Eye-Dancers.  This was a novel I felt I was meant to write.  The four main characters are inspired by friends I knew growing up, and the themes in the story—the challenges, joys, and struggles of adolescence; the bonds of friendship; the mysteries of what we term “reality”; the concepts of quantum physics and parallel worlds; and an exploration into the oneness of all existence—are all things that resonate on a deep level for me.

I had a lot of fun writing The Eye-Dancers, and it is my hope that it takes readers of all ages on a wild and imaginative ride.

Here is a brief overview of the story . . .

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eye_dancers_lowres_copyMitchell Brant is not your typical seventh grader.  He is a compulsive liar, who adamantly defends his lies, no matter how outlandish they are.  When he is tormented by a recurring nightmare of what he has come to call “the ghost girl,” he is certain that no one will believe him. Three nights in a row, he has dreamed of this “ghost girl” and her blue eyes that expand and swirl when he gazes into them.  He is sure she is not of this earth, and that she is trying to draw him in to her world—wherever that may be—through the hypnotic power of her eyes.

Desperate to tell someone about his dreams, he decides to confide in Joe Marma, his best friend. To Mitchell’s surprise, Joe believes him; because he, too, has been having the same dreams—three nights in a row.  They soon discover that their friend, Ryan Swinton, is also haunted by the “ghost girl.”  What does it all mean?  Who, or what, is this girl?  And will she indeed transport them to her world the next time they fall asleep and dream?

Banding together, and convincing their classmate Marc Kuslanski to stand watch as they sleep, the three boys, along with Marc, are unwillingly thrust into an empty blue void.  When they awake, they find themselves in a world that seems much like their own, and yet very different at the same time.  The layout of the streets, the contours of the land, the feel of the place is familiar, almost like a replica of their town on earth.  Yet the differences are puzzling.  Old-fashioned cars that resemble 1950s designs; currency they’ve never seen before; an absence of PCs and cell phones.  Even the spelling of words is slightly off.  They wonder if this is all an extension of their dreams—or if it is actually real.

To solve the mystery, they need to work together, as a team.  Joe, a natural leader and take-charge person, is short, with a chip on his shoulder, eager to think with his fists instead of his head.  Ryan is the class clown, always wanting to elicit a laugh, but unable to make a decision on his own, preferring to go along with the group.  Marc is a science whiz, and looks at the world through a rigid lens of rationality and logic.  He continually tries to view their situation through scientific reason.  This naturally collides with Mitchell’s storytelling and less logical, more intuitive nature.

Marc suggests they are in a parallel world, a variant of their hometown in a different universe, and the mystery deepens when they spot a poster of a kidnapped girl nailed to a telephone poll.  They realize with astonishment that the picture is of their “ghost girl,” who is, evidently, not a ghost at all, but a seven-year-old girl named Monica Tisdale who has been missing for several days.  It all adds up, though the conclusions strain belief.  This kidnapped girl has somehow managed to pull them into her world, in a parallel universe, because she needs their help.

Marc rejects this explanation, and attempts to find a way back home based on the principles of quantum mechanics.  But Mitchell, Joe, and Ryan understand—the only way to return home is to rescue Monica Tisdale from her kidnappers.  Questions remain.  Why were they chosen, from a different universe, to come to her aid?  If she has such great powers, why wasn’t she able to communicate with people from her own world through the vehicle of dreams?  The answers are elusive—for the boys and even for Monica Tisdale herself.  They were chosen.  That’s all that really matters.

Throughout their experience in Monica’s world, each of the boys must confront not only the dangers of the situation, but also himself.  Mitchell learns that he doesn’t need to puff himself up through lies to be heard and appreciated; Joe discovers that fighting isn’t always the way to solve one’s problems; Ryan realizes he has what it takes to stand up and be decisive when he needs to; and Marc comes to understand that science and logic and theories cannot always solve all of life’s mysteries.  There are some things that can never be fully explained or comprehended.

Finally, they learn that everything is connected.  Events and people that seem so far away, a universe away, are, in actuality, much closer to us than we ever dared to think.

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For much more information on The Eye-Dancers, including where it is sold, please visit www.eyedancers.wordpress.com.

Please check out The Eye-Dancers on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Eye-Dancers/213004492164436.

And please follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/msfedison27.

Thanks so much for reading!

Thanks for being with us, Michael and best of luck with The Eye-Dancers! Folks, if you’d like to check his book out it is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and Kobo.

Fantasy Book Sale

The Magic Appreciation Tour, a lovely little group of Fantasy authors with which I’m involved is having a sale–and some free goodies are involved. All books are magical fantasy to some degree, all books are under $5. Do check it out , won’t you?

Haunting YA debut from Debra Glass

Haunted by Debra Glass

Published by Champagne Books.

(My review copy came from Ms. Glass herself. Thank you, Debra!)

In Debra Glass’ YA debut Haunted, Seventeen-year old Wren has had a hard last few years. Involved in a car wreck that killed her best friend Kira, Wren nearly died. Well, okay she was technically dead. She came back with the ability to see the dead. She also had a really ugly scar that makes her the pariah of the school. So her parents do the only thing they can to help: they uproot the family, and move to Columbia, Tennesee, purchasing the spacious Polk House (AKA Ransom’s Run)—the one that Crazy old lady Polk died in. Little does Wren know the house is haunted, by the ghost of Jeremiah Ransom, who as a young man joined up with the Confederate army during the war, only to come home wounded, and die, in Wren’s own bedroom. Well, okay, at the time, it was his bedroom. Are they destined for each other? hmmmm…..
Wren’s already got enough to worry about, what with starting a new school, and trying to fit and make friends, and dodge the creepy Goth chick that seems after her. But she can’t ignore the fact that she has fallen for Jerimiah, despite the unfortunate fact that he’s a ghost. How is she to cope? Will she end up like crazy ole Ms. Polk, or will be able to snap out of it, do the right thing, and send Jeremiah where he belongs. Or will creepy ole Briar force the decision upon her, and harm her in the process? You’ll have to read to find out. I enjoyed this very much, and in fact, was in tears in several places. That’s usually a good sign, in my book. 🙂 I’m a fan (and friend) of Debra’s so I’d give everything she does 5 stars… and for her first YA effort this too deserves them, I think. 🙂 I must say I couldn’t figure out how it was going to end, and there’s a neat little twist in the epilogue I wasn’t expecting, which gives a hint for a possible sequel? Maybe….maybe.

Debra’s spent years involved with the Shoals Ghost Walk in Florence, Alabama, so she knows a thing or two about ghosts, and that research shows well in Haunted.

Best known for her steamy romances Debra branched out into teen fiction with Haunted and the result is charming. Ms. Glass weaves a poignant tale of teen love, with all the earmarks one comes to expect from her works—lots of cool tidbits about the Civil War are threaded herein. But don’t tell the kids that. 😉 I think fans of Supernatural and Meg Cabot’s Mediator series will thoroughly enjoy Haunted. If you’d like to check it out, you can find this book in Print and ebook via Champagne Books (in ebook and print), Amazon for Kindle and in print, and at AllRomanceBooks.

Want to know more about the story behind Jeremiah Ransom? Check out Debra’s essay on her site: Ghostly Ever After.

Update and Author Blog-in: The End of the World Sucks

Hi again. Happy Sunday. 🙂 I hope ya’ll are having a good weekend. We are. I’ve been writing my little fingers off. Working on a new book and getting ready to release my first!  Nothing on the new books pile this week. I’m still reading those several from the library I told you about last week. Interesting stuff. For you YA fans,  I am almost finished with Heather Burch’s Halflings, so look for a review of that, soon, and I’m still reading Deception by Lee Nichols.

Enjoying it too. Word of caution, if you have it on your TBR list? Do not look at the last pages of the book. I made that mistake and saw a major spoiler that had me going “OH MAN!!!!” *headdesk* Why do publishers *do* that????

Oh, well….

I saw this via my mail *waves to Kate Policiani* and thought y’all might find this dystopian novel interesting.

via Author Blog-in: The End of the World Sucks «.

Also, via Library Girl reads and reviews, I saw there’s a .99 cent sale going on on some good  books–Ann Charles and Terri Giuliano Long just to name a few. Check it out here.

And that’s me for this weekend. Back to writing. Working on Book Two….:) Details soon, patience, grasshoppers!

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