Friday, August 31, 2012

New blog background design

Hey everyone, hope you had a good week.  Last week I received a comment about my blog background.  Michelle from Concise Book Reviews By Michelle said that it was difficult to read.  So I decided to change it.  It took me awhile becasue I am terrible at html code and all that goes along with it.  After some help from her, I finally got a new background and button.  I removed some things on the sidebars too.  Michelle was friendly and willing to help and answer my questions.  She even added a section to her blog called Help With Blog Design.  The book blogging community is the best.  Everyone is so friendly and helpful all the time.  I have had other fellow bloggers in the past answer and help me with all my crazy questions.  Rachel @ Parajunkee & Tawni @ The Book Worms have been great too.

Tell me what you think of the new blog design.  I personally like it and I agree it was difficult to read.  Now that's fixed, I hope to have a relaxing weekend. 

Hope you all have a great Labor Day weekend!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Stone of Darkness Blog Tour: Author Interview Resa Nelson

Please welcome Resa Nelson to Fantasy Book Chick!


Resa Nelson has been selling fiction professionally since 1988. She is a longtime member of SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America) and is a graduate of the Clarion SF Workshop.

Resa was also the TV/Movie Columnist for
Realms of Fantasy magazine for 13 years and was a contributor to SCI FI magazine. She has sold over 200 articles to magazines in the United States and the United Kingdom.
 
Her first novel, The Dragonslayer's Sword, was nominated for the Nebula Award and was also a Finalist for the EPPIE Award. This medieval fantasy novel is based on a short story first published in the premiere issue of Science Fiction Age magazine and ranked 2nd in that magazine's first Readers Top Ten Poll. The Dragonslayer's Sword is Book 1 in her 4-book Dragonslayer series. Book 2, The Iron Maiden, was published last December, Book 3 was published in May, and the final book in the series is scheduled for publication in November.
Resa's standalone novel, Our Lady of the Absolute, is a fantasy/mystery/thriller about a modern-day society based on ancient Egypt. Midwest Book Review gave this book a 5-star review, calling it "a riveting fantasy, very highly recommended."
Resa lives in Massachusetts.
 
Author Interview :
Tell us a little about yourself...
I tend to be either extremely serious and focused or a complete goofball.  I’m a hard worker, so when I’m not working it feels good to be silly.  I love all kinds of animals (something I share with my main character Astrid).  I let spiders live in my home as long as they find a territory and stick to it.  Or unless they’re really big – then I scoop them up and put them outdoors.
What do you enjoy doing when not writing?
Hanging out with friends is always good.  I love being outdoors, although I tend to go into hibernation mode during winter.  So when the weather is nice I really enjoy walking, whether it’s hiking in the woods or walking in the city.  In the winter, I like to bundle up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate and watch movies.
When did you begin writing?
I began writing short stories when I was in the 2nd grade, but I began making up stories to entertain myself long before I learned how to write.
Do you listen to music, drink coffee, etc. while writing?
I usually don’t eat or drink anything, because I sink into the world I’m writing about – everything else fades away.  But I either choose a “soundtrack” (a CD by one of my favorite artists) or I put on my default writing music, which is the soundtrack from a movie that I always watch the night before I begin a new novel.
What book are you currently reading, just finished reading or going to read next?
I’m reading a couple of books right now:  See You ‘Round the Square by Berry & Croft (a mainstream novel set in New Hampshire) and In the Garden of Beasts by Eric Larson (which is about a family of Americans living in Germany just as the Nazis were coming into power).
Who are some of your favorite authors?
I rarely read within my genre, although I make exceptions for books like the Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games.  I love mystery/thrillers.  Currently my favorite authors are Harlan Coben and Dennis Lehane.  But I grew up being a fan of Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, Edgar Allen Poe, Louisa May Alcott, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Jane Austen, Ray Bradbury, and Agatha Christie.
What other projects are you working on or have coming out next?
The 4th and final book in my Dragonslayer series is scheduled to come out this November – I’m so excited!  This is my first series, and I’m really looking forward to hearing how my fans like the last book in the series.  Right now I’m getting ready to start writing my next novel, which will be near-future science fiction combined with a murder mystery.  What my novels have in common is that the main character is always a woman who is smart, strong, and courageous.  There’s usually some kind of mystery as well as action and adventure.
Why did you choose to write this genre?
I write mostly fantasy, and I think that’s because I was such a fan of fairy tales and folk tales from all over the world when I was a little girl.  I still am.  I’ve always loved the Grimm fairy tales because they’re so dark.
If you could be any paranormal or have a supernatural talent what would it be and why?
I’d really like to see ghosts as clearly as I see people.  So I guess I want to see dead people.  J
Tell us why readers will enjoy reading your book...
My goal is to take readers into a fantasy world that feels like a real place with real people.  I don’t write about royalty – I write about everyday people.  I want readers to feel like they’re really in my world and that the story is happening right in front of their eyes – that’s what it feels like for me when I’m writing it.  Astrid was chewed up and spit out by a dragon when she was a child, so her entire body is covered with scars.  She feels insecure about a lot of things, but she’s driven by her sense of right and wrong.  She constantly has to deal with obstacles, but she always finds the courage to rise up and meet whatever challenge comes her way.  And even though my books can get dark and serious, I throw in as much humor as possible to give them some balance.  My books are full of twists and turns because I don’t want my readers to get bored!  I also want to point out that I like giving everyone a way to sample my work to see it they like it or not.  Before I wrote the novels, I wrote two short stories set in my Dragonslayer world, which were published in Science Fiction Age magazine. 
 
*Everyone is welcome to download a free “mini” ebook of those two stories at http://www.resanelson.com/files -- there’s no obligation or information gathering, just a quick and easy download.*
 
 
Synopsis for The Dragonslayer’s Sword (Book 1)

For Astrid, a blacksmith who makes swords for dragonslayers, the emergence of a strange gemstone from her body sets in motion a chain of events that threaten to destroy her life. Her happiness is shattered when her lover--the dragonslayer--disappears without a trace, and the life that she knows and loves implodes without warning.
Astrid lives in a world of shapeshifters whose thoughts have the power to change not only themselves but others. Everything Astrid knows to be true is called into question when she learns the truth about her past and the mysterious family from which she was separated as a child.
Reality turns inside out as Astrid gradually learns the truth about the people she loves as well as those she disdains. With the fate of dragons, ghosts, and slaves in foreign lands resting on her shoulders, Astrid faces the challenge of deciding who she is and how she will stand up inside her own skin. Will she withdraw and hide from the world that has disappointed her so much...or will she rise to lead others to freedom and peace?
 
Synopsis for The Iron Maiden (Book 2)
Astrid is reluctant to travel the winter route beyond the Northlands, even though it’s her duty. She’d rather stay home in her village, surrounded by friends and neighbors. Ignoring the bonds of tradition, she decides to spend the cold winter months in the warmth of her blacksmithing shop. Why should she leave the comfort of her cottage to serve and protect foreigners who might raid and harm her native Northlands?
Everything changes when a traveling merchant steals Starlight, the first dragonslayer’s sword Astrid forged and her last link to her sweetheart DiStephan. Having no time to alert her friends, Astrid races in pursuit of the merchant, determined to reclaim Starlight as her own and return home in time for dinner. Instead, her quest leads her to new lands, unexpected friendships with foreigners, and a harrowing encounter with the damage done by the followers of a new god that considers women as nothing more than servants to men. All the while, she must be ready to face any dragon traveling the winter route.
In Book 2 of the Dragonslayer series, Astrid must learn that deciding who she is isn’t a decision she can make just once. It’s a decision she must make every day.
 
 
Synopsis for The Stone of Darkness (Book 3)
In Book 3 of the Dragonslayer series, Astrid accepts her duty and follows the winter route--until she's bitten by a dragon. Everyone knows dragon bites are poisonous and deadly, so she reluctantly accepts her impending death. In a twist of fate, she survives. Desperate for an explanation, Astrid believes she has somehow been protected by the black stone she keeps with her at all times, a stone that emerged from the sole of her foot a year ago.
 Determined to find out what the stone is and what kind of powers it possesses, Astrid begins a journey that leads her to alchemists and an army of men under the rule of the powerful warrior, Mandulane, the acting lord of the Krystr army. Mandulane's mission is to spread the word of the new god Krystr, which preaches the evil intent of women and the danger they pose to all men, who are entitled to dominate the world. Rumors about this new god and army have spread, but Astrid is the first Northlander to encounter them.
Soon, she stumbles upon a secret of a far-reaching and mind-numbing plot that will impact the entire world. Astrid must find a way to spread the news of this threat and protect her people and everyone else at risk. She's convinced the answer lies inside the Stone of Darkness, and she must find a way to understand the stone and the powers she's convinced it must hold before it's too late.
*Book 4 will be published in November 2012*
 
Connect with Resa!
 
Resa’s website:  http://www.resanelson.com                                                                       
Free “mini” ebook of Dragonslayer short stories:  http://www.resanelson.com/files
Ebooks ($4.99 each) are available directly from Mundania Press at:  http://mundania.com/author.php?author=Resa+Nelson (get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
Paperbacks are available from Mundania Press, Amazon, and Barnes&Noble:
http://mundania.com/author.php?author=Resa+Nelson (get a 10% discount at checkout with the coupon code MP10)
Thank you so much Resa for taking the time to answer the interview questions
and let us know about your book!



 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review: The Ultimate Sacrifice (The Gifted Teens #1) by Talia Jager

The Ultimate Sacrifice by Talia Jager

Book: The Ultimate Sacrifice (The Gifted Teens #1)
Author: Talia Jager
Publisher: Talia Jager
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Kassia is a 16-year-old girl just trying to have a normal life. This is somewhat difficult because she has the ability to inflict pain on others with her mind, which is why she was sent to a special institute for kids with various gifts. It is here Kassia met her best friend Mira.

Their lives will change forever after Mira is attacked and Kassia finds out her talent is much more powerful when she saves her. Little did she know that this act would attract the attention of demons.

Suddenly she is on the run from them with her boyfriend, Mira, and a few of their close friends. Realizing she can't outrun the demons, she seeks the guidance of a shaman. The shaman tells her the heart breaking news that the only way to protect her friends and the institute is through her own death.

Join Kassia on her journey of friendship, love, and the conflicts she must face to protect those around her.


My Review:
I really enjoyed reading The Ultimate Sacrifice. Some of my favorite books has a school/campus setting. So yes this is now on my favorites list. This is about friendship and just what you will sacrifice for those you care about.

Kassia lives at the Glendale Institute, a school for the gifted. All the students here have some kind of special gift or power. There are mind readers, dreamers, compellers and ones who can see the future. Then there is Kassia, a mind blower, someone who can cause pain and kill with just her mind. She hates her gift because most of the students are afraid of her and she doesn't want to hurt her anyone if she gets angry. Kern, a head demon is determined to kidnap Kassia and turn her against the world. Kassia and her friends set out find a way to keep her safe. Will Kassia make the ultimate sacrifice to save her friends?

This for me was an interesting read, I loved how the author brings so many different elements into the story. Friendship, romance, action and of course all the cool gifts. It was also an emotional story, I laughed and was sad right along with the characters at times. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.

This e-book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.


Connect with the author: Goodreads  Blog  Facebook  Twitter 

Purchase the book: Amazon  Smashwords

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?





Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

Last week I read:

Mercenary (Little Death Bringer, #1)
 
Mercenary (Little Death Bringer #1) by Catherine Banks
 
Being raised by the King and Queen of the Elves has given Marin quite a diverse background. Burdened by her humanity and femininity, she must push herself and train every day just to hold her own against the elves around her. Amadis, Queen of the Elves, continues to try to turn Marin into a lady, but the one thing Marin desperately wants is to be the first girl to graduate Macon Academy to be a mercenary. Just when she thinks the goal is within reach, a kidnapping attempt puts those around her in fear. Why would someone want to kidnap her? And what is this fire building within her that she never noticed before?

Her worries seem to be compiling as not only the kidnapping attempts make her uneasy, but now her feelings for her best friend, Favian, are changing in a way she does not understand. She must begin to deal with the surmounting issues of her femininity, her ever increasing passion for fighting, her feelings for Favian, and the reason there are people trying to kidnap her.
 
You can read my review here
 
I'm currently reading:
The Ultimate Sacrifice (The Gifted Teens, #1)
 
The Ultimate Sacrifice (The Gifted Teens #1) by Talia Jager
 
Kassia is a 16-year-old girl just trying to have a normal life. This is somewhat difficult because she has the ability to inflict pain on others with her mind, which is why she was sent to a special institute for kids with various gifts. It is here Kassia met her best friend Mira.

Their lives will change forever after Mira is attacked and Kassia finds out her talent is much more powerful when she saves her. Little did she know that this act would attract the attention of demons.

Suddenly she is on the run from them with her boyfriend, Mira, and a few of their close friends. Realizing she can't outrun the demons, she seeks the guidance of a shaman. The shaman tells her the heart breaking news that the only way to protect her friends and the institute is through her own death.

Join Kassia on her journey of friendship, love, and the conflicts she must face to protect those around her.
 
Next I'm going to read: Well I'm not quite sure yet.  :)
 
What are you reading?
 
 
 

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Book Review: Mercenary (Little Death Bringer #1) by Catherine Banks

Mercenary (Little Death Bringer, #1)

Book: Mercenary (Little Death Bringer #1)
Author: Catherine Banks
Publisher: Catherine Banks
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
Being raised by the King and Queen of the Elves has given Marin quite a diverse background. Burdened by her humanity and femininity, she must push herself and train every day just to hold her own against the elves around her. Amadis, Queen of the Elves, continues to try to turn Marin into a lady, but the one thing Marin desperately wants is to be the first girl to graduate Macon Academy to be a mercenary. Just when she thinks the goal is within reach, a kidnapping attempt puts those around her in fear. Why would someone want to kidnap her? And what is this fire building within her that she never noticed before?

Her worries seem to be compiling as not only the kidnapping attempts make her uneasy, but now her feelings for her best friend, Favian, are changing in a way she does not understand. She must begin to deal with the surmounting issues of her femininity, her ever increasing passion for fighting, her feelings for Favian, and the reason there are people trying to kidnap her.


My Review:
Mercenary is a non-stop action fantasy. There are laugh out loud moments, and a tiny bit of romance. I really loved this new elves series. This book kept me up late reading into the night, I just didn't want to put it down.

Marin is a human who has been living with the elves in the royal castle since she was four years old when the king found her by the side of the road. Her "mother" the queen has been trying to teach her to be a proper lady, while her "father" the king just wants her to be happy. Then there's Favian, the prince, who has been her "brother", best friend, partner and protector. Marin has always wanted to be a mercenary along with Favian. She kicks butt every chance she gets and loves every minute of it.

Marin and Favian are heading back to the academy, after a break, where they both attend mercenary school. Before they make it there, they are attacked by some men who are trying to kidnap Marin. Once they do make it back to the academy things change for Marin. Her classes/training schedule has been changed and gets a lot harder. She learns that she will perform her final test to graduate sooner. Then there's the students who don't think a girl should be a mercenary or be attending academy. She has so many things to deal with already and now someone wants her kidnapped. Marin finds things out about her past, there are ogre attacks and a budding romance with Favian.

I really enjoyed reading this. Marin is such a strong character but at the same time she lets her emotions get the best of her. Then there's Favian who is always trying to protect Marin while secretly, I think wanting to court her. Catherine did such a good job creating this world. It was easy to invision the surroundings and it felt like I was there in this fantasy world. I loved the ending. It's like the end of one chapter and the begining of something new and exciting for Marin and Favin. I'm excited to read the next one. I am definiely recommending this book. I loved it ~ 4.5 stars!

This e-book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.


Connect with the author: Goodreads  Blog  Facebook  Twitter

Purchase the book: Amazon  Book Depository  Smashwords 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Feature & Follow


Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's View & Alison Can Read


Q: Worst cover? What is the worst cover of a book that you’ve read and loved?

My answer:  Bite Me! (Bite Me #1) by Melissa Francis.  I wouldn't say it's the worst cover but I almost passed it up.  I was scrolling the bargain books one day on Barnes & Noble and saw this.  I saw the cover and thought what is this?  So I read the summary and decided to purchase it.  It was such a fun book.  I loved the characters and the story.  The author Melissa Francis is so nice and funny too.  You should check it out!

Bite Me! (Bite Me, #1)

 
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!



My Teasers:
Mercenary (Little Death Bringer, #1)
"I can protect myself, Favian.  I have been going off in the forest alone since I was six."

16% on Kindle ~ Mercenary (Little Death Bringer #1) by Catherine Banks

Monday, August 20, 2012

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?



Welcome to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading! This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… you never know where that next “must read” book will come from!



Wildflower, The Wildflower Series Book OneAngel Fire (Angel, #2)Last week I read:

Wildflower (Wildflower #1) by Amy Maurer Jones

Angel Fire (Angel #2) by L.A. Weatherly










Mercenary (Little Death Bringer, #1)This week I'm reading:

Mercenary (Little Death Bringer #1) by Catherine Banks











The Ultimate Sacrifice (The Gifted Teens, #1)Next I'm going to read:

The Ultimate Sacrifice by Talia Jager









What are you reading?

Friday, August 17, 2012

Feature & Follow

 

Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's View & Alison Can Read

Q: What blogger inspires you? It can be any kind, it doesn’t have to be a book blog.

A: I would have to say that the gals from Paranormal Wastelands inspires me.   They have the funniest and coolest posts.  My favorite is when they have character interviews.  I wish that I could write posts like they do.  Also to have the spunk they have when interviewing characters from books.

If you have never visited their blog you should.  Paranormal Wastelands

Have a great weekend!

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Book Review: Wildflower (Wildflower #1) by Amy Maurer Jones

Wildflower, The Wildflower Series Book One


Book: Wildflower (Book One in the Wildflower Series)
Author: Amy Maurer Jones
Publisher: Amy Maurer Jones
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book review copy

Summary from Amazon:
Wildflower pulled out a quill. It looked like any ordinary quill. Only, I knew what she was capable of doing once her fingers finished guiding it along the parchment. She began sketching an outline of a cluster of birds with the black ink. There were at least a half a dozen in the flock.

“With each new life we breathe our souls will migrate toward one another. Our souls will carry us over land and water to be reunited again and again.” she smiled as she replaced her quill and began chanting in her native and mysterious language.

Like magic, the ink evaporated off of the paper and swirled in circles in the air until it found purchase on skin. A cluster of delicate birds were suddenly embedded at the nape of her neck. I felt tingling warmth spread over my chest. When I looked down I found one more imprint engraved over my heart.

I glanced down at the winged figure permanently seared into my skin and smiled. They would not separate us. We would be one forever because my heart would always belong to Wildflower, in this life and every future life.
 
My Review:
Wildflower is a beautifully woven story about love and reincarnation. I love the cover, fits the book perfect!

In past time, Wildflower is a native american teenager. She is in love with an englishman named Joshua Bangs. However, her father has set her up to marry a warrior named Paco. This creates a love triangle that doesn't end well.

In modern day Laney is a native american teenage girl who is dealing with everyday teenage drama. She has been dating Jordan but things have not been going so well. Some people look at her differently because of her beliefs. They think she is some kind of freak and witch. When she draws things from her dreams the image appears on her skin as a tattoo. She has been having dreams about a former life as a girl named Wildflower. One day she meets the new guy at school, Joshua Bangs. She feels like she knows him and instantly connects with him. Their friendship turns to love when they realize that they are Wildflower and Joshua from a past life. They seem to have the same dreams about their past life. Then they come to realize who Paco is in modern day. It seems that they will have the same fate as Wildflower and Joshua or will they?

I really liked how the story flowed and I loved the characters. The song lyrics throughout the book was a nice touch. I'm not usually one for historical aspects in a book but I loved this one. The way the author wove the past and present together was great. This is my favorite book so far that I have read by this author. I can't wait to read the sequel.

This e-book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
 
Find the author: Goodreads  Blog  Facebook  Twitter 
 
Purchase the book: Amazon  Book Depository 
 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Angel Fire (Angel, #2)
My Teasers:

"I know you're still in love with her.  But you and I really care about each other, and in a few days we could both be dead.

pg. 545 Angel Fire (Angel #2) by L.A. Weatherly                                    

Friday, August 10, 2012

Feature & Follow

Feature & Follow is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee's ViewAlison Can Read
This week's question:
What would you do over if you were to start your blog again from scratch?
My answer:
I would read up on how to change html code so I wouldn't have so much trouble changing my layout/background.  Other than that I can't really think of anything.  I am happy with my blog.
*I have a giveaway going on ~ click here to enter*

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

A Prince from the Shadows Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

  Congrats to Katie, you are the winner! 
I have sent your info to the author who will send you your prize.  Thanks to everyone who entered!




A Prince from the Shadows Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

A Prince from the Shadows (Heroes and Flame, Blood and Myst, #1)
 by J. Curtis Mace


Summary from Goodreads:

A reluctant prince determined to be a better man than his father, the king, has ever been, Jeodyn spent his last year alone in the wild studying the banned art of manipulating the Myst, an act of rebellion but more in remembrance of the old ways. Now, everything he learned and everything he’s ever known about himself will be tested, when he’s called to do what his father should but never will: defend their family.

Noirlok, Lord of the ShadowLands and Father of the Night’s rebellion, knows no man will stand between him and his revenge. He'll either have the love he defeated the heavens and waited an age of the world to reclaim, or he'll destroy the House responsible. Since overcoming a mortal death and taking charge of the dark legion known as Shadorym, he has vowed to see the Blood of Vallyn pay for taking that love, and his life, from him.

When Jeodyn's sister, Jynn, disappears, the fight to defend what they all have at stake begins.

J. Curis Mace Guest Post:

A Brief "History of Erthlynd"

The story of Erthlynd as a story began with Jeodyn, literally. Well, it's kind of a “chicken or the egg” thing. Almost. The story itself came first (noted in another post later in the tour), but once I knew what I had to tell, the characters and the landscape came quickly after. With them, I found the eldest histories of my world, and everything grew from there.


Jeodyn, Leye and Raab were characters from the start, and so was the Incyn Vi'Ari, the spark of life that Jeodyn would ultimately have to defend. This fire was just as much a character in the story as anyone or anything else and is just as powerful, even more so.And once I committed to searching that fire for its meaning, I found the rest of the story of Erthlynd.

In the my original story, it’s loosely inferred that “the Old World” is our world, and that we used it’s every natural resource to no end, until one day that world (Earth) had finally had enough. It revolted against our existence and actually destroyed itself to berid of us.

After the “coming apart of all things,” there was nothing, only lifeless rock existing in a void.
I wanted to create my own theology in Erthlynd too, and what I came up with was the Chronicles of the Indyl. The word “Indyl” is another word for soul in my book; it’s that power of identity inside oneself that makes them who they are and lives on after they die. It’s told in the Chronicles of the Indyl how when one has been a kind and caring person in life, they will leave this world after death and go below the great stone of Erthlynd into the void to burn with the Father. And those who’ve lived dark and wicked lives will be relegated to the heavens to burn as a stars and light the night in retribution for their sins.

When the Old World was broken, all the Indyl of those lives lost went into the sky to pay for what they’d done. So many so that a second Watcher was called to join the first moon in keeping them. And for time unmeasured, theirs was the only light in existence.

While the world remained in darkness and utter absence of life, broken bits of the world that was passed in the space of what remained, circling around a central "void" of energy holding them in place along their axis. Larger pieces of stone took in smaller pieces; these collided with other substantial drifts to form still larger ones, until one main drift (Erthlynd) was formed.

Still, no life existed. Nothing, except wind and stone and light and dark.

Then on the largest open space of the drift to later be known as Erthlynd, a small blue flame appeared. With this flame, the first rains in a countless age fell. With the first drops of rain, the blue fire grew larger and more rains fell, until rivers ran in torrents over the space of the new drift and pooled in lakes where it could.
Another change happened not long after that first. Now raging amid the heavy downpours, the blue flame showed a bit of green, and the first blade of grass since the breaking pierced the ground, another first in the new world. And like the rains affected the blue flame, so the grass and small shrubbery affected the green. Before long, the fire on the plain was a raging inferno of blue and green, and lush, green life was a part of the world again.

Erthlynd was teeming with plants and trees and green things of all kinds. The lush forests were still thickening and rains were still falling to feed them, when the next change happened.

The blue-green fire darkened at its center and took on another color, unmistakably red. This brought about the first blood born life into the new world of Erthlynd. Grubs and worms burrowed into the ground and tilled the earth. Small fish appeared in the wet places of the world, and rodents made their homes its dry corners. All the small creatures appearing in the world gave rise to the red flames in the new Fyres of Creation, the Incyn Vi’Ari. And as the red flames grew larger, so did the creatures being born from it.

Then yet another change happened, one that the maker of such decisions was most likely hesitant to commit. It’s unknown whether this next change was willed to be by some greater force, or if the force of being was great enough to manifest itself all on its own. But for better or worse, it was done.

First, a great wind fanned the flames of the Incyn Vi’Ari and fed them to a fierce height; this brought about the giant creatures of the world, great dragyns and the like. But it brought with them, something else.

Beneath the light of the roaring of the flames, shadows fell. Shadows of the evils life had once forgotten returned, and with them, Man was introduced back into the world.

Born literally from the bellies of beasts, Man’s first generation was birthed and raised by any of the bloodborn with the size to sustain it. Mortal men grew up at the teats of animal mothers, learning the language of feral fathers. But their differences were quickly and easily noticed. The shadow of pride found its way to the hearts of the new two-legged animals, and the darkness of greed wasn’t too long behind it.

Some evils are so dark and so ancient, they never die.

Before their second generation was fully matured, the race of Man had established its idea of dominance over their animal forbears. They no longer hunted each other to survive; man killed animal because he could, and later he did, even for sport. And once the separation from their ancient ties was complete, the war between man and the creatures of Erthlynd had begun.

Survival was one motive of this first war. Dominance was the other, and men eventually looked to the Incyn Vi’Ari to turn the tides in their favor. The race of animals knew better from the start, that nothing was needed at such a price. And they knew what it would cost the world to lose such a power to the greed and destruction of the new race planning to take it.

On the fields of the Genesys Plain, every species of Erthlynd creature assembled to stand against the race of man coming for the Incyn Vi'Ari. When the two sides clashed again on the Plain, the First War of the world was begun.

It ended when the earth revolted again to bend the will of Man to its own.

The First War raged for days, and when it looked like man and animal would simply annihilate each other, the very foundations of Erthlynd intervened. The ground shook beneath the battle and raised up against them. Very quickly, the animal's feral instincts alerted them to the coming destruction, and they fled. Thinking the battle won, the men left standing pushed further onto the Plain, towards the Incyn Vi’Ari, only to be killed by the tumult of raging stone and pitching earth.

The end of the First War marked a beginning to the First Age of Erthlynd, and the world was forever changed.

Where the southern half of Genesys Plain once was, the Genesys Mountains stood afterward. And beneath the highest summit known as Ilsfore’s Peak, the fabled fires of the Incyn Vi’Ari burn unchallenged, safe from man’s misguided influence. For now.

After the War, those of the two races who fought in it were changed too. The men who’d sought to overtake the Incyn Vi’Ari went home to find themselves mutating into the likeness of the animals their fathers were once born from, a likeness altered by hearts of men they could not deny.

Twisted creatures of man and animal known as Du Al’Kynd roamed the dark places of Erthlynd. Some died off in the agony and shame of that they’d become, and some chose to stay hidden from the world to repent for what they’d done. Others embraced the change and paired man’s love for lust with the animal ease of breeding to grow their populations thick and wreak havoc however they can.

The animals that fought that day on the Plain were changed too. They left back into their own corners of Erthlynd to find themselves evolving. At first, they thought it some retribution for failure, when they grew arms and hands with fingers and bendable joints. They thought it a curse, when they first of them learned to speak. But this race of Du Al’Kynds later embraced the change as the gift it was, and they swore to use it as such.
These Du Al'Kynds charged themselves with the protection of the Incyn Vi’Ari. Saerador is the Lord of all DuAl’Kynds who swore the same oath, and he is the start of Jeodyn’s line. Jeodyn is born the Blood of Vallyn, and Vallyn was born from the magical union of Saerador and Aradyl, a Du Al’Kynd man and a mortal woman who each embodied the greatest strengths of their own race. But that’s another story of mythical conception and giving birth to even greater change, one to tell another time...

Make sure you add A Prince from the Shadows on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14061570-a-prince-from-the-shadows

You can purchase your copy at:
http://lulu.com/spotlight/jcmace11



Now for the giveaway!

J. Curis Mace has been kind enough to offer a PDF copy of his book and a set of digital images to one lucky winner!



Please leave your name and email address
in a comment to win! 

*Contest ends August 15, 2012*

Rules/Guidlines
I enjoy hosting contests/giveaways for my followers and readers, but I do ask that you please read the following before entering:
·         You must be 13 years of age or older to enter.
·         A valid email address is required (only used to contact the winner and/or send e-book or coupon code).
·         You do not have to be a follower to participate, although I like new followers.
·         All winners will be chosen randomly using Random.org.
·         I am not responsible for items lost or delayed in the shipping.  I am also not responsible for e-books or coupon codes lost in cyberspace.
·         Winners will be posted on blog as soon as possible. 
*Once a winner is chosen I will send the winner's name and email to the author/publisher and they will send the prizes to the winner.*
Thank you J. Curtis Mace
 for having me be a part of your blog tour!