Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale!

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Smashwords is kicking off its sixth annual Summer/Winter promotion!

Here in the Northern hemisphere, it’s mid-summer.  Readers everywhere are loading up their e-reading devices for summer beach reading and vacations. But what about the good people South of the equator, who are now in the middle of winter? They deserve to curl up in front of the fireplace and enjoy a good read too! That’s the story behind the Summer/Winter promotion!

You can check out all the amazing books on sale here. Check out all the fantastic authors and discover a new book to love.

If you are here and already have a fondness for members of the Guild… well I have great news! We’ve joined the sale. See the links below. And happy reading!

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Blade of Amber

Revenge is the whetstone for the Blade of Amber in book 1 of the Woern Chronicles! Start the adventure for 75% off with code SSW75!

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Born of Water Novel Companion

Background and character information that covers the entire Rise of the Fifth Order series written in a humerous vein from the view point of the Church of Four Orders (they have a sense of humor??). It has always been free!

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Born of Water

Book 1 of the epic fantasy trilogy the Rise of the Fifth Order. Discover elemental magic, unlikely friends, and epic fantasy adventure for FREE!

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Rule of Fire 

Book 2 of the Rise of the Fifth Order trilogy. Would you protect a girl whose forbidden abilities condemn her to death? The story continues in book 2 and you can pick it up for 1/2 price during the sale with code SSW50!

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Spirit of Life

Book 3 of the Rise of the Fifth Order trilogy. Can the coming war be averted? Discover the end to the epic fantasy adventure with this final book in the series for 1/2 price during the sale with code SSW50!

 

 

Playing the General

A lot of fantasy, and a lot of good, popular fantasy, focuses on the individual and/or the small group. As we saw in Autumn’s post (here) there are many different archetypes that may be included in a small group of adventurers out to complete a quest.

But not every story focuses on this facet of the story. In fact, there are a bunch of Epic Fantasies that turn this around on its head by focusing on the “General” and the large group action.

Now, this character doesn’t necessarily have to be a “General”, a King, a High Lord, an Admiral, or even a somewhat lesser ranked official or officer, just as long as they have some level of authority.

What separates the General from the Singular Hero is their responsibility and how they handle it. Like the Small Group dynamic, there are different kinds of Generals. Some of them will overlap with aspects of the small group, but others won’t.

1. The Field Commander (Lead from the Rear)

tywinWhen looking at possible roles for a “General”, the Field Commander’s job is the most daunting. It is their responsibility to orchestrate and coordinate the movements of an entire army on the battlefield. It is the Field Commander that gathers reports from all parts of his/her army and moves each piece in the way he/she thinks will best suit his/her goals.

Field Commanders very nearly never get their hands dirty. They sit in their tents, reading reports and moving markers across a map, trying to see their enemy’s moves before they happen and shield their own motives against discovery.

In a non-military setting, the Field Commander would be seen as the person who sends the small party on their quest. They have something that needs to be in order for the rest of their plan to be successful and they accomplish this through a mission given to a willing party.

A good example of a Field Commander is Tywin Lannister, from A Song of Ice and Fire. Tywin is not the sort to ride valiantly into battle and seek out the enemy face-to-face. Instead, he schemes and coordinates, plans and executes.

A challenge in writing the Field Commander is that there typically isn’t a lot of action to be had when you’re sitting at the back of the battle, watching things unfold. I have a character in my upcoming novel who fits this role and it was a struggle sometimes finding things to maintain interest. Interpersonal stress with advisors and the mental weight of the role are good ways to maintain tension and interest when writing these characters.

2. The Tactician (Lead from the Front)

tacticianThe Tactician, on the other hand, is going to be down in the mess of battle or the mud of the trenches, risking his/her life for the cause. Whether its a drive for personal glory, or an attempt to rally his/her men in a time of desperation, the Tactician feels right at home among the rank and file of the army.

Tacticians have a lot in common with the Hero (from Autumn’s post). They dash into battle without concern for themselves and lead their soldiers right into the heart of the fight. It is in the frenzy that they are most useful and at their best. They can see the ebb and flow of battle with their own eyes and, if they can take time away from killing an enemy, can micro-manage their forces with incredible precision.

This role is much more common in a lot of fantasy because it can still focus on the individual while they play a larger role in the fight. Aragorn from Lord of the Rings; Jaime Lannister Robb Stark from ASoIaF, all fit this role. They’re generals, but they lead their men rather than direct them.

3. The Strategist (Lead from the Middle)

king_in_forestStrategists are a much different breed than the Tacticians. They may still find themselves in the heat of battle, but when they do it is because they choice to fight, rather than felt the need to. Where a tactician makes adjustments on the fly, manipulating the flow of battle as it happens, the Strategist has planned everything out and knows what needs to be done.

The Planner and the Strategist find themselves in very much the same role. Both will lay out what needs to be done and will direct their assets towards the completion of the task. Strategists are methodical about how they will complete their task, sometimes to a fault. If there is a downfall with being a Strategist, it is that every plan must be fluid, because not even the best laid plans entirely survive first contact with the enemy.

Tyrion Lannister is definitely a Strategist. He lays things out and then waits for them to come to fruition; sometimes he finds himself at the sharp end of a weapon.

4. The King/Queen in the Castle

queenThe King/Queen in the Castle is much like the Field Commander, but on an even more grand scale. He/She manages the war, or the overall mission in a less-militant setting. The Field Commanders report to the King/Queen in the Castle and take their orders from him/her.

The King/Queen in the Castle truly sees the world on an epic scale. They don’t see the faces of their enemies or their allies, they see pawns on the playing board.

Sauron from Lord of the Rings is a fantastic example of this role. He sits in his mountain, pulling strings and manipulating armies on a vast scale.

 

In nearly every story some of the roles are present. They may not earn more than a mention as a hero and his small group set out on their journery, but they’re there, leading the rest of the world while our protagonist garners all of the glory 😉

What other roles do you see “Generals” fitting?

Diversity in Fantasy

by A.M. Justice

Over the past year or so, I’ve had several conversations about diversity—or the lack thereof—in fantasy. Opinions on this issue can be roughly divided into two camps:

  1. There’s a lack of diversity because authors “write what they know” and naturally create characters who resemble themselves
  2. There is plenty of diversity in fantasy; you just have to read the right authors

Diversity in fantasy falls along a spectrum.

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I love every series shown here, with the two on the ends vying for all-time favorite. Nevertheless, J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings sits pretty far to the left on my scale: all the protagonists in LOTR are white and all but Eowyn are male. George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire and Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series fall in the middle of the spectrum. Both series include roughly equal numbers of male and female protagonists as well as supporting characters with nonwhite features and/or LGBT orientations. However, the main characters all fit squarely within the European diaspora, and most are heterosexual. Finally, over on the right side we have Ursula K. LeGuin’s Earthsea Cycle. Ged, the central figure in Earthsea, is distinctly not European; he and most people from his world have black hair and complexions ranging from reddish brown to black (resembling Native Americans and Africans), and only the Kargish have pale skin and light eyes. As for gender balance, two of the Earthsea books lack female voices entirely, but the role of women is a bedrock theme of the series and we see Earthsea mostly through female eyes in the other four books.

Perhaps the last frontier of diversity is sexual orientation. While the Earthsea books feature main characters with a broad range of racial characteristics, there are no LGBT protagonists. In fact, other than Cersei in the Song of Ice and Fire, who might have had a lesbian affair (Martin was a bit vague about it), Ammar in Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Lions of Al-Rassan is the only fantasy protagonist I can think of who isn’t strictly heterosexual.

I think fantasy offers plenty of gender diversity, but the principal characters still tend to be white and heterosexual (and young and healthy—elderly or disabled protagonists are very rare). It could be that I’m reading the wrong books. When I informally surveyed the Guild of Dreams members, Autumn, Steven, and Chantal all chimed in with lists novels they’d written or read featuring protagonists who are not white and/or not heterosexual (and Chantal wrote a blog on this site about disabled characters). The winds seem to be blowing the field toward greater diversity, and that’s a good thing. Earthsea’s Ged opened my mind and shaped my beliefs (I gleaned my personal philosophy from the Earthsea books the way others gain theirs from Thoreau’s Walden). Ged’s physical features played a relatively minor role in the books’ influence on my value system, but the fact that he was heartbreakingly heroic and not white had a huge impact on my imagination.

When I created Knownearth, I peopled it with a broad range of physical types. Sometimes I amuse myself by playing casting director for the Woern Chronicles. Many of the actors I would like to see in the movie check “African American” on their U.S. census forms. Yet the residents of Knownearth wouldn’t do that; they have no concept of race. They shrug off skin color differences as easily as hair color, because their world is so far removed from present day earth that people are no longer classified (or judged) according to which continent their ancestors came from (thank you, marooned spacefarer trope!). My imaginary societies also have total gender equality—eliminating racial and sex discrimination from the picture freed me to explore power relationships without the confounding influences of gender and ethnicity.

Woman-on-the-Edge-of-Time-225x225I wonder why we don’t see a broad palette of character types from more authors. Are other fantasy authors simply writing “what they know”? For authors writing contemporary urban fantasy, this makes sense. I doubt I could write believable characters who practice magic in housing project stairwells. There’s also the risk of backlash when authors create characters outside their own ethnic group. In college, I told my writing professor how much I admired Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time. When I mentioned that Connie, the protagonist, was Hispanic, my professor dismissed the book as inauthentic, because a non-Hispanic author “couldn’t possibly capture the Latina experience.”

Yet the question remains: why is epic fantasy so often a whites-mostly affair? Just because the societies in these stories are based on feudal Europe doesn’t mean the characters themselves have to look like Vikings. Populating a made-up world only with people who look like the author shows a lack of imagination. When an author invents a world, he or she also creates an opportunity for different skin pigmentations to be no more remarkable than different hair colors, or for sexual orientation to carry no more significance than a preference for tea over coffee. In such a world, characters’ deeds will matter, not their physical characteristics.

A world where people are judged only by the content of their characters remains a dream, but increasing diversity in fantasy may be one way to turn it into reality.

 

Photo on 7-25-12 at 12.24 PM #3_2A.M. Justice writes fiction from distant times and places and chronicles journeys in the here and now. To see more of what’s on her mind, drop by the KnownEarth Works website, follow her on Twitter, or hang out on her Facebook page.

Epic Fantasy New Release!

by Autumn Birt

A story three years in the making has reached its conclusion with the release of Spirit of Life, book 3 in my epic fantasy trilogy on elemental magic the Rise of the Fifth Order!

And to celebrate, I’m having an epic sale!

Born of Water, book 1, will be free on Amazon US, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes until June 2nd – and maybe longer if Amazon US doesn’t notice the sale is over. 😉  Rule of Fire, book 2, is on sale for only 99 cents until June 2nd as well. Find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Smashwords, and Kobo. AND the final book, newly released Spirit of Life, will be only 99 cents for its new release weekend! It is already live on Amazon, Smashwords, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, and should be available on Kobo soon!

Begin the adventure… and discover its end.

Would you protect a girl whose forbidden abilities condemn her to death?

Welcome to the world of Myrrah, ruled by the Church of Four Orders – Fire, Earth, Water, and Air. But there exists another gift, dubbed magic, which is considered an aberration by the Church. To be born with the powers of magic is to be condemned to death. To be born with the ability to control an element is to born to a life serving the Church… and obeying its rules

Seventeen year old Ria has mastered her forbidden gift of magic despite the Church’s pursuit. But for those who have protected her, the price will be paid in blood. War threatens those who have given her and others, who harbor the power of magic, refuge. As High Priest Sinika gathers the might of the Church, friends in the forest of the Kith prepare to fight, while a few join Ria to take on a greater challenge – a race to avert the coming war.

Return to the world of Myrrah with Spirit of Life, the final book in the Rise of the Fifth Order series!

It is time for the story to end.


What people are saying about the Rise of the Fifth Order Series!

“Just finished Born of Water book 1. Amazing, can’t wait to read the next one. Instant fan, keep up the amazing work!!!” – Edward Brady

“I read a lot of fantasy and I’d rate this as a great new author and a great new story! I can not WAIT for the next book and will check back often for it!” – Katy Reany 5 stars on Amazon

“I would recommend it to fantasy adventure fans, those who like a little romance, and anyone who is a fan of magic! I know I will read the next installment!” – W. Stuart 4 stars on Amazon

“I loved two battle scenes in particular. The battle at the Temple of Dust and the battle at the Temple of Wind. Fire versus water. Air versus Earth. Thrilling!” – Futureboy 4 stars on Amazon

“I’m biased, because this is exactly my sort of book. But maybe that bias should make me more critical…but there is absolutely nothing to dislike about Born Of Water…We’re not simply reading about this quest…we’re there with them.” – Stewart Bint 5 stars on Smashwords

“I’m halfway through Rule of Fire and I’m already looking for news of the next book. I’ll admit to being a fantasy addict, which means I’ve read an awful lot of books over the years from Tolkien onwards and I can honestly say your storytelling and character development are up there with the best of them. Keep writing (please!).” – Ian Leggatt

 


 

AutumnAutumn (also known as Weifarer) is a travel and fiction writer currently based in Maine where she lives in a small cottage lost in the woods, which she built with her husband with the supervision (and approval) of two Cairn terriers.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bucknell University in Studio Arts and English, Autumn once considered a career in illustration. However, an ecology course at Virginia Tech led to a Master of Science degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine in Orono. Since graduating with her M.S., Autumn has worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This is a great job that not only lets her help the environment and protect local agriculture, but also gives her a paycheck big enough to support her writing habit!

You can learn more about her and her many writing projects on Autumn’s blog and website AutumnWriting.com.

You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Google+. Stop by and say Hi!

Photographing Fantasy #3: The Revenge

Twice now I’ve posted about how my love of the outdoors influences the way I read and write fantasy fiction (here and here, for those who are interested).

Speaking for myself, I think I truly started to appreciate epic and heroic fantasy more once I started spending a great deal of time outdoors.  So much of fantasy literature takes place in the wilderness, in imaginary times that precede any sort of industrialization or modern conveniences, that I found myself enjoying it all that much more when I could think back to days I spent in the woods or on hiking trails, smelling that cleaner air, hearing the crinkle of leaves, feeling the icy cold of a mountain stream run through my fingers.

Even if a fantasy is set in a more urban or wastelands setting (like, say, City of Scars and Path of Bones), as both a writer and a reader I still feel that spending time outdoors and learning to savor all of nature’s details really lets me capture and appreciate fantastic settings much more clearly, which is why I still make it a point, regardless of where I am or what time of year it is, to get out and snap some inspirational photos.

The Frozen Sea

The Frozen Sea

View From the Edge of the Known World

View From the Edge of the Known World

What Secrets Lie Buried Beneath the Ice?

What Secrets Lie Buried Beneath the Ice?

Looking Up in the Moments Before the Dragon Came

Looking Up in the Moments Before the Dragon Came

A Tree With Deadly Intent

A Tree With Deadly Intent

Rest Here, Ye Weary Traveler

Rest Here, Ye Weary Traveler

CAUTION: Troll Pond Ahead

CAUTION: Troll Pond Ahead

What the Hero Saw (After An Arrow Took him the Back and Sent Him to the Forest Floor)

What the Hero Saw (After An Arrow Took him the Back and Sent Him to the Forest Floor)

 

Steven Montano writes fantasy, blogs, goes on a ridiculous number of hikes, is a husband and father of two, and works as an accountant.  All he needs to do now is learn to use that damn katana he bought.  Check out his lunacy at http://steven-montano.com/

Book Release: PATH OF BONES

Available now!

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Cover Art by Barry Currey

Return to the world of Malzaria in the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy adventure CITY OF SCARS.

Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their way north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors. Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won’t rest until she locates the last of the Skullborn.

Azander Dane, fallen Dawn Knight, pursues Ijanna to help her as a way of making amends for the crimes of his past. Aided by an exiled giant and gripped by a magical disease that is slowly driving him mad, Dane must brave the dangers of the Phage-controlled city of Kaldrak Iyres in order to reach the Dream Witch in time.

Beset at every turn by evil magic, powerful assassins and dark revelations, Dane and Ijanna will ultimately find themselves in the ruined city of Corinth, where ancient artifacts may hold the key to the world’s salvation…or its untimely doom.

E-Book: $4.99

Grab a copy now!

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PATH OF BONES Cover Reveal

Coming Friday February 7th!

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Cover Art by Barry Currey

Return to the world of Malzaria in the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy adventure CITY OF SCARS.

Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their way north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors. Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won’t rest until she locates the last of the Skullborn.

Azander Dane, fallen Dawn Knight, pursues Ijanna to help her as a way of making amends for the crimes of his past. Aided by an exiled giant and gripped by a magical disease that is slowly driving him mad, Dane must brave the dangers of the Phage-controlled city of Kaldrak Iyres in order to reach the Dream Witch in time.

Beset at every turn by evil magic, powerful assassins and dark revelations, Dane and Ijanna will ultimately find themselves in the ruined city of Corinth, where ancient artifacts may hold the key to the world’s salvation…or its untimely doom.

E-Book: $4.99

Print Edition: $13.99

Check out the page on Goodreads!

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Steven Montano is an author, accountant, and blogger, part human and part…well, were not entirely sure, but he sure does write a lot of books.

Steven is the author of the Skullborn novels (City of Scars, Path of Bones), the Blood Skies series (Blood Skies, Black Scars, Soulrazor, Crown of Ash, The Witch’s Eye and Chain of Shadows), Tales of a Blood Earth 1 and 2, Crucifix Point, and something black…. He’s currently hard at work on Blood Angel Rising, a paranormal action/horror/thriller; Vampire Down, the next installment of the Blood Skies series; and The Black Tower, the conclusion to The Skullborn trilogy.

He and his family live in Michigan, where even zombies fear to tread.

Visit Steven’s official website at http://steven-montano.com/

An Excerpt from PATH OF BONES

PATH OF BONES, the sequel to CITY OF SCARS and the second book of my epic fantasy Skullborn Trilogy, releases in exactly one month.  Enjoy this snippet from early in the novel, when a large scale excavation in a ruined city is interrupted by some brutal creatures of the desert…

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Kala looked towards the dig. Slaves ran in every direction and mercenary soldiers drew their weapons and made for some unseen threat at the edge of the square. Crogas barked orders, and Vance drew his blade and moved down the steps.

A blur of razored steel and black fur moved down near the pit, a giant hunter cat with smoking skin, a lashing tail and disproportionately huge claws and teeth. Diamond black eyes glittered in the morning gloom, and a tongue lined with dark spines licked across its slathering and oversized jaws.

Razorcats!” someone shouted.

The one Kala saw had the shredded and bloody corpse of a serving girl under its claws. More cats moved into view near the squat stone fountain, the tents, and the ruins of nearby buildings. The Razorcats’ black eyes were like cold dead mirrors and their growls sounded of breaking glass. There were least a dozen in all, and maybe more.

Two of the cats jumped into the slaves and slashed bodies apart in a storm of blood and limbs. Shrill screams rang out, pitiful and mewling cries. A dozen mercenaries pushed through the slaves, hacking down those who got in their way. The Razorcat’s tongues snatched off heads and their claws crushed skulls.

Armed men descended on the Razorcats with flashing swords, but the beasts of the Bonelands were stronger and faster, and the mercenaries were hacked to pieces.

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Crogas and Kala both called on the Veil from their separate positions. Crogas was suddenly aloft, floating on an invisible disc of force that carried him high into the air. Kala lifted herself from the ground on freezing wind that rippled her hair and swept her up like she rode on the back of an ocean wave.

The air crackled with the smell of death. Her lions stayed behind her in spite of their roars, obeying her silent will. Down below she heard Vance order her personal guard to form a perimeter around the manor and wait for his orders.

Crogas fired molten blades from his hands, and the air burned. The Veilcrafted missiles dodged around Cabal mercenaries until they found the Razorcats. Gritty roars turned to painful hisses as the burning projectiles sprayed the cat’s insides to the ground. Two of the creatures fell.

Kala’s vision turned red. Spiky tendrils of ebon frost oozed from her fingers. Spectral tentacles twisted around the bodies of two more Razorcats and crushed them, squeezing out blood and guts until the bodies exploded across the ground and covered nearby slaves and soldiers in a nauseating splash.

Only a few of the predators remained. Drazzek and Gallaean led the next wave of soldiers through a crowd of mutilated slaves in a clang of rushing steel and battle cries. Drazzek’s black armor and white skin stood out in the tide of bodies, and he moved with the grace of a dancer as his raak’ma sliced through a fast-leaping Razorcat and opened it from groin to throat. Gallaean took a claw wound across his armored chest, but he hardly seemed to notice as he swung his heavy flail and murderously bludgeoned the offending creature to a bloody pulp.

The soldiers mopped up the last pair of cats. In just a few short minutes it was all over, but the price paid was heavy: thirteen Razorcats had killed twenty-seven slaves and a dozen armed soldiers.

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Steven Montano is part man, part…well, we’re not sure yet.  But he sure writes a lot of books, including the Blood Skies series (Blood Skies, Black Scars, Soulrazor, Crown of Ash, The Witch’s Eye, Chain of Shadows), The Skullborn Trilogy (City of Scars, Path of Bones, The Black Tower), and something black….  He lives in Michigan, where he shovels snow more often than he actually goes to work.

Learn more at http://steven-montano.com/

Photographing Fantasy #2

A few months ago I posted here about the lure of the outdoors, and how it pertained to writing epic and high fantasy.  Even in work as dark as my own, fantasy seems to always embody a bit of that “green” aspect — the return to nature, to simpler times, before technology and those stupid humans managed to ruin everything and burn down all of the trees.  (The Lorax would have made a fine vengeful druid, if you think about it.)  Even epic fantasies that take place in a more urban setting are often featured against a backdrop of nature being overtaken by progress, of what had once existed peacefully being overshadowed by the dark specter of progress.

But it all starts with that natural wonder.  Getting outdoors is terrific fuel for the fantasy-writer’s brain, so once again I present to you some highlights from my family’s recent nature-hopping adventures here in the Northwest, searching for goblins, dragons, dark faeries, and whatever else might be lurking out there in those deep, dark forests…

Khazad-dum's Little Brother

Khazad-dum’s Little Brother

I was almost disappointed when Dark Elves DIDN'T jump down on us from those trees...

I was almost disappointed when Dark Elves DIDN’T jump down on us from those trees…

The fires of Heaven.

The fires of Heaven.

Three Seers

Three Seers

Lair of the Bog Beast

Lair of the Bog Beast

On Stony Shores

On Stony Shores

A Dragon! (Oh...wait...)

A Dragon! (Oh…wait…)

A Dragon!

A Dragon!

 

Steven Montano is an accountant by day and an author by night.  Sadly, he doesn’t own a superhero costume.  He’s also hopelessly addicted to books, films, music and video games, the darker the better.

Visit Steven’s official website at http://www.bloodskies.com

 

Book Release: City of Scars

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It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.

Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperate to escape her destiny.

Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation. Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive.

City of Scars is the first volume of The Skullborn Trilogy, an all new epic fantasy adventure from the author of Blood Skies.

Enter to win a signed paperback copy on Goodreads, or buy the ebook now!

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About the Author

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Steven Montano is an accountant by day and an author by night.  Sadly, he doesn’t own a superhero costume.  He’s also hopelessly addicted to books, films, music and video games, the darker the better.

Steven is the author of Blood Skies, Black Scars, Soulrazor, Crown of Ash, The Witch’s Eye, Tales of a Blood Earth 1 and 2 and something black….  He’s currently hard at work on Blood Angel Rising, a horror novel; Chain of Shadows and Vampire Down, the next two installments of the Blood Skies series; and Path of Bones and The Black Tower, the remaining books of The Skullborn trilogy.

He lives in Washington State with his wife, two children, a dog of below-average intelligence, and a ridiculous number of books and bottles of wine.

Learn more about Steven at bloodskies.com