A GRIPPING YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE! by Annie Douglass Lima #freeonamazon

A GRIPPING YOUNG ADULT ADVENTURE!
 

About the Story:

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”), an unsharpened 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.

More About the Story


Set in a world alarmingly like our own, The Collar and the Cavvarach is the story of fourteen-year-old Bensin, a slave, whose status is made obvious to everyone by the steel collar locked around his neck. A martial artist who competes to win money for his owner, Bensin fights in tournaments with a cavvarach. But his greatest battle is the struggle to protect his little sister from the horrors of legalized slavery in a world where slaves have few rights. Desperate to keep her safe, Bensin struggles to find a means – legal or otherwise – to arrange for her freedom.

(For a fun introduction to the story’s setting and its culture, including an explanation of how cavvara shil works, click here.) 


Sound Like a Book you Might Enjoy? 


Click the play button below to listen to the first 15 minutes of the story as narrated by Joseph Baltz.

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About the Author
 

Annie Douglass Lima considers herself fortunate to have traveled in twenty different countries and lived in four of them. A fifth-grade teacher in her “other” life, she loves reading to her students and sparking their imaginations. Her books include science fiction, fantasy, YA action and adventure novels, a puppet script, anthologies of her students’ poetry, Bible verse coloring and activity books, and a fantasy-themed cookbook. When she isn’t teaching or writing, Annie can often be found sipping spiced chai or pomegranate green tea in exotic locations, some of which exist in this world.

 
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Pocket Full of Tinder (Noon Onyx #4) Newsletter Update – Last Chance!

Sharing for fellow Fantasy author and friend Jill Archer.

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If all goes well with Mail Chimp, I’m going to be sending out my first quarterly newsletter this week. This is your last chance to sign up before it goes out! If you don’t, you’ll miss out on all the good stuff and will have to find one of the subscribers and beg them to share it with you. 😀

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What’s going to be in the newsletter?

  • UPDATE: Pocket Full of Tinder
  • SNEAK PEEK: Frigore Luna, a new Haljan holiday
  • FIRST LOOK: Map of St. Luck’s
  • WHO SAID IT? Match the Quote to the Character
  • BE AN AMBASSADOR: 3 Awesome Things You Can Do
  • CONTEST: Fireball Laser Cut Wood Earrings or a $10 eGC

The update will give readers an idea of what to expect from book #4. I also share my draft back cover copy (still working on it; it may change; I’m worried…

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Eight Question Meme

I found this meme on author Vickie Taylor’s blog.
1. 1. What were you doing 10 years ago?
Same thing we do every day, Pinky. 😉 Uh, no….  Panicking over the hurricane season, I think. And writing and submitting stories, as usual. I’d started to study Celtic mythology of course and you know what that led to. 😉
2. What 5 things are on your to-do list?
1. Finish revisions
2. Write blog posts
3. Final review
4. Call mom
5. Finish follow up to The Artist’s Inheritance.; write more romances.
3. What are 5 snacks you enjoy?
1. potato chips
2. Italian ice
3. Tea
4. GoldFish
5. Popcorn
4. Name some things you would do if you were a millionaire:
1. Invent something better than the computer.
2. Pay off bills.
3. Pay off mortgage
4. Save
5. Probably get a few toys. (Playstation, WII, Kindlefire, Nook–what did you think I meant by toys? ;))
5. Name some places you have lived:
1. Florida
2. Maine
3. South Carolina
6. Name some bad habits you have:
 What Vickie said:
1. Worry too much
2. Assume the worst
3. Spend too much money
4. Did I mention worry too much?
7. Name some jobs you have had:
1. Student assistant in various offices at my University
2. Worked in a Nursery/craft store
3. Reviewed books for an online newspaper
4. Caregiver
5. Author
8. Name those you are tagging for this meme:

Guest post: Nicolette Andrews: The Prophetic Meaning Of Dreams

Today we have a treat for you, a fellow member of the Magic Appreciation Tour, Romantic fantasy author Nicolette Andrews has stopped by to talk about that favorite subject of most fantasy writers: Dreams. Welcome, Nicolette!

The Prophetic Meaning of Dreams

You awaken in a cold sweat you heart is beating against your rib cage and you fumble around in the dark for your significant other to reassure yourself that you are back in reality. Upon hearing the steady cadence of your loved one’s breathing, you settle in and drift back to sleep. This is the terrifying and urgent nature of our dreams. At times we all are woken from a nightmare of a loved one dying or even being chased by a masked murderer.

But what about our more mundane dreams, the ones where you are smoking cigarettes even though you’ve never touched them in your life or a dream where one color seems more vivid than any other that it leaves an impression on your waking self. Could our dreams hold a significant meaning to our everyday lives? Is our subconscious aware of something your conscious mind is not?

I am not a dream expert or a scientist, what I am is a fantasy writer with an active imagination.  What would you do if your dreams came true? Imagine falling asleep at night and in your dream world you see in perfect clarity, your much hated boss getting canned for some shady dealings. You would wake the next morning refreshed and maybe a bit pleased. How surprised would you be if when coming into work the next day and you see your boss carrying a box of his things towards the elevator? How would you react?

In my novel, Diviner’s Prophecy, Maea is a woman born with the ability to see into both the past and future. That is until a spell is put upon her that stripped her of an identity and a past. Her powers are crippled and she was fight to regain her past and save her kingdom from an unknown destruction.

Unlike you and I, when Maea dreams she is looking into the future, seeing what may come to pass. What would you do with that kind of power? What if we already have that power lying dormant within us?

Take deja vu for example: where does that come from? What if our waking mind forgets what our sleeping minds have foretold?

Have you ever ran into someone at the market or the gas station and thought: I was just thinking about you but I cannot remember when. Perhaps the secrets to these questions, these feelings of premonition, lie in our subconscious, our dreaming minds. As I mentioned, I am not a scholar or a specialist; what I am a fantasy writer with a lot of time on her hands.

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Thank you to Juli for letting me take over her blog for today and if you would like to read more about prophetic dreams, check out my Romantic Fantasy Novel: Diviner’s Prophecy now on sale at Amazon, B&N and Smashwords. You can connect with me on my blog, on facebook and on twitter. And happy dreaming.

Diviners-Prophecy-ebookAbout Diviner’s Prophecy:

Maea is a diviner, the last of a once influential family of women who could see into the past and future through visions. Though she holds immense power, once sought after by kings, she is helpless. A spell has wiped away her past and crippled her abilities, leaving her dependent upon her foster mother and her companion. Maea wants to trust them but their evasive behavior in regards to her missing memories makes her wary. They claim an accident caused her memory loss. Maea, however, remembers the night the man took her life away. She suspects they are accomplices to the act and further believes they plan to use her in her their own political plottings.

At the royal court, the first diviner speaks to Maea through a vision and charges her with an immense task: to stop a catastrophe that threatens to destroy her, her kingdom and all life in the realm. She must navigate the dangerous waters of court intrigue where foes appear as friends and no one can be trusted. Is she plays the game right, she will regain her past and save her kingdom. If she fails, it means the destruction of every living thing.

About Nicolette:

Nicolette Andrews, a romantic fantasy author, lives in San Diego California with her husband and two daughters. Apart from a good book, with healthy doses of romance, fantasy, intrigue and mystery. She enjoys spending time with her two daughters and her husband. She can often be found enjoying the California sunshine but she is usually behind a computer screen working on her next novel.

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Thank you for being with us, Nicolette and best of luck with Diviner’s Prophecy, and all you do! Folks, I hope you enjoyed Nicolette’s chat. If you’d like to check her out you may do so at the links above.

March 25th is #TolkienReadingDay! @Genreundregoun

Hi, all, I hope you had a good week.

Sorry I was so silent. Aside from being away at mom’s for the solstice, I had trouble signing into WP. *grr* (Isn’t “Save This Password” supposed to, you know, save your password and not redo your password?) Anyway, movies. I have a review to write up of The Hobbit–I’m still gestating it but in a word–wow! Also, I missed the ending of Once Upon A Time!

Again! (Note to family: do not call me on Sunday Nights, after 8PM or before 9PM unless it’s an emergency ! Grr!). *sigh*

Anyway, speaking of Tolkien, the Genre Underground is hosting a Tolkien Reading Appreciation day sale.Image

And featuring 20 fantasy novels in honor of the master of Fantasy! Organizer, fantasy author Christopher Kellen, author Karin Rita Gastreich, and several others are involved, along with…oh, yes that’s right. Me. 🙂

The Artist’s Inheritance is $.99 at AmazonBarnes and Noble and Smashwords.

Y’all know this one, right? 😉

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The balance between good and evil can be an art… or a curse.

Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor’s art. Until Trevor inherits his brother’s house, and with it, his part of a family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

 

 

And if you’d like a fantastic dark short story (so I’ve heard it’s fantastic. ;)) House of Cards also is involved in Tolkien Reading Day Sale.

House of Cards, supernatural fantasy story by Juli D. Revezzo
Available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble and Smashwords

House of Cards

Can you gamble with Fate?

A young nobleman escapes the Reign of Terror in 18th century France to find himself dragged into an even worse fate–a hellish underworld wherein he is cajoled and put on trial by a demon tribunal for crimes he never committed. Can he  thwart his fate, one worse than the guillotine?
Genre: Horror, Supernatural, Mythic. $.99

Author’s Notes: In this story, the hero faces a trickster who gives him three tarot-related riddles and puts him on trial for crimes he never committed.
You can see Christopher’s post and the list of participating authors here: http://www.genreunderground.com/?page_id=336

So…go poke around, check out some great stuff, and spread the word. ;)Meanwhile, I’ll be catching up on some writing work I must catch up on and hopefully getting that review up here soon. Meanwhile, Happy Monday!

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?