As I prepare to release my first Age of Magic book (a Kurtherian Gambit Universe fantasy series), and to celebrate finishing that book today, I thought I’d share some snippets from my already published book, Tears of Devotion. Enjoy!
The man’s eyes opened, and he stared at the clouds floating across the sun that glimmered and wavered as if barely there. Yellow rays of light warmed the man’s skin, accompanied by a gentle breeze. A breath of fresh air alerted his senses, pulling him into the present, reminding him that he couldn’t lie there forever.
For a moment, he wondered if he were in heaven, but a shooting pain in his back told him that thought was wrong. He sat up with the piercing question of who he was and why he was here.
A glance at himself revealed tattered blue robes, and a sandal on his left foot but none on his right. He glanced at his surroundings, curious, hoping for a clue among the weeping willows that lined the reed-filled river, but found none.
Waters raged inches from the man’s feet, tossing froth across small rocks like a rabid dog hoping to eat all in its path, all but the life-size statue of a woman in the middle of the river, where the water soothed to a low whisper. The moment the man’s gaze met the face of the statue, he wished he had not wasted so much time looking elsewhere. He thought of diverting his eyes, to look at the maples in his periphery, or the gentle sky he still knew was above him, but he couldn’t. The statue’s slender neck led the man’s eyes to the soft chin and the perfectly formed pouty lips of this sorrow-filled angel. The marble formed a sleek nose below large eyes that stared into the sky as if to thank the heavens for her beauty.
A leaf came to a rest as it drifted along the river, floating against the statue’s base like a gentle hand caressing the woman’s leg. At that moment, the man thought he would give anything to be that leaf. Hours passed, and the statue seemed alive at moments, but always full of sorrow, and always staring at the heavens in gratitude.
Part of him hoped, maybe even believed, that if he lingered here long enough, the lapping waters would break the stone and reveal a living woman beneath. But another part of him said that no woman alive had ever been so beautiful. It couldn’t be possible. (more…)
This is one of the characters from my FALLS OF REDEMPTION trilogy – can anyone guess who? First 5 correct (or semi-correct?) guesses gets a #Free Audiobook! US and UK only. Comments below!
More Fun Art?
Also, what do you think? I love this artist’s work, and think I’ll commission her to do more. Maybe a piece on Cammie from my Reclaiming Honor series? How about my others – what would you like to see there? Thanks for the feedback!
By the way, this will be the cover of a short story spinoff probably. So stay tuned, and join the newsletter to keep up to date!
PS – if you have the Land of Gods ebook (Falls of Redemption book 1), the Audiobook is only $1.99. That’s a serious steal.
RETRIBUTION CALLS, the second book in my epic fantasy trilogy was reviewed this week by the website DatBeardedBastard.com. Go check it out! He does a beard based review – that’s right, five beards means your book is great. Haha. Go check out the website to understand.
I’ll just share the end of the review with you, so you have to go to his website to see how he got there (careful, has spoilers):
What will I rate this book you ask? Will it be as good as book one? Well since the last book was a Golden Beard Award winner it has some pressure on it for sure. After reading the book I was grading it based on the story, characters, setting, and overall tone. The book delivers on all of them just as the previous volume. I still think the first book was my favorite based on the development of Narcel and was worried that it would not hold up.
I was wrong. We got more development on Narcel and how he became Equitas. We get more on the transformation of Sinoda to Adonis as well, something that was lacking in the first book. I also like the development of Amaris as well. It was nice to see a strong woman for Equitas to be attracted to that is not a psycho hose beast for sure.
In all, I would have to say that this is an excellent book that I could find no faults with (To be fair for the review I did look for them too). If you haven’t read this series yet WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?! Go read them now. You won’t be disappointed. We got another perfect 5 on the beard scale and the pressure is now on to see if Justin can pull off the Hat Trick! We shall see.
The best fantasy books of the last several years deserve to be read by a larger audience than just the loyal fans, so I thought I’d highlight some of those amazing fantasy books for you all.
First, remember that it’s all subjective — I’ve included Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind because I truly loved reading the book (and book 2 in the series). However, there are plenty of people who have negative things to say about the book, and the complaints make sense, even if I totally disagree and think Mr. Rothfuss is a genius.
Second, some of these books are indie, so even the loyal fantasy nerds may not have read them.
Here are the Best Epic Fantasy Books
If you’re in the market for some awesome fantasy books, the first resource you’re likely to use are fantasy book reviews, am I right? If you trust others’ opinions on what fantasy books are great, consider Outnerd’s reviews. It’s a new website, that, after seeing these wonderful fantasy book reviews below, told me it’s one to follow.
(Warning – Spoilers Ahead) (more…)
FALLS OF REDEMPTION is available, the full fantasy series in one boxset, and readers are loving it!
The Book Description:
When his brother vanishes, Narcel is next in line to rule his city, but only wants a simple life with the girl he loves.
Little does he know, the heavens have greater plans for him. He’s taken from his village and forced to fight for a neighboring clan, but when war breaks out in the land of Braze, he must choose sides between the family he knew as a boy and the brothers in arms he’s formed as a man.
Forced to become the warrior he never wanted to be, torn from everything he thought he knew about life, Narcel builds the courage to set things right. But his actions propel him and his lands into an inescapable path toward war and destruction.
This omnibus edition contains almost 700 pages of epic military fantasy adventure, political backstabbing, and warfare. It includes Land of Gods, Retribution Calls, and Tears of Devotion.
Get the Fantasy Trilogy for 60% off the price of the individual books (at $9.99) (more…)