Book Excerpt from The Rising Wind

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I’m happy to host an excerpt today, this time from “The Rising Wind”, an epic fantasy novel by author Ken Floro III. I hope you enjoy the snippet!

Book Excerpt

The two trolls at the edge of the camp bared yellow fangs and growled at Marcavius, drawing the attention of the rest of the clan. Then they began shuffling toward him, walking intermittently upright and on their knuckles, like apes. Each was massive, with visibly powerful limbs and a broad chest, layered with plates of chitin, like a lobster’s tail. Their mouths took up half their monstrous heads, framed by lantern jaws which opened deep and wide, and were filled with jagged triangular fangs.

As they advanced on him, Marcavius felt a paralyzing chill race down his spine. Suddenly, regretted the decision to try and rescue Balthazar. Not that it mattered now. The trolls were closing on him quickly and he had to act. As was customary at the academy before a duel, Marcavius raised his oathsword and offered a fencer’s salute to his adversaries.

When the trolls saw a weapon flash in the setting sun they paused for a moment. The rest of the clan was now on its feet, watching the commotion at the edge of the clearing. While he still had some distance between himself and his enemies, Marc then turned and dashed back into the forest. Behind him he heard the trolls suddenly howl and come charging after him with loud, thumping footfalls.

Marc ran for several paces before passing his cousin’s hiding place. Then turned and planted himself in a duelist’s pose, with his sword raised before him. A moment later, the trolls came crashing into view. They stopped when they saw their quarry obviously coiled for a fight. Like any predator, they were more cautious of prey that could defend itself. Grunting and snarling, they slowly began to move in opposite directions, clearly planning to surround the lone knight in front of them.

The Rising Wind

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Author: Ken Floro III

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

Have you ever dreamed of being swept into adventure alongside a dashing knight or two? Would you be outraged if you were suddenly thrust into terrifying dangers against your will? What if you found yourself trapped on a cursed island, in the middle of a haunted sea, surrounded by your worst enemies? When a conniving treasure-hunter hijacks the Rising Wind, its passengers will find themselves facing all this and more!

The same trick didn’t work a third time. When Marc stepped into the ring of firelight and shouted a challenge, his adversaries shrank into the shadows across from him – more cautious now than they had been earlier. Their broad limbs and hulking silhouettes prowled the darkness at the edge of the forest, disguising their numbers. Standing exposed, in the open clearing, Marc felt vulnerable, but he knew he couldn’t run. For an anxious moment, he just stood there, uncertain what to do next. The curse of inexperience was lack of foresight, and Marc hadn’t stopped to calculate an alternative in case his original plan failed. Now he had to think on the spot. Unfortunately the present circumstance was no place for contemplation. So, in that dangerous moment, he acted on instinct.

Author Bio

Ken was born and raised in the Southside of Saint Louis. By the way, did you know Saint Louis was named after King Louis IX? He was the only French monarch ever to be sainted, in part because he led two Crusades (which didn’t go so well), but mostly because his grandson, Phillip the Fair, sort of abducted the papacy to France after finagling one of his henchmen into becoming Pope. Since adding a saint to the family tree would put a little extra burnish on his royal reputation, Phillip had his pet Pope, Clement V, do him a solid. You’re welcome for the trivia.

Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, we were talking about Ken Floro III. After earning a degree in World Literature, followed by a degree in Culinary Arts, Ken soon made the obvious career move and went to work in medicine. If you’re having any trouble guessing why, then you’ve obviously never served time in the literary or culinary fields. A little taste of reality can suddenly turn a healthy paycheck, normal working hours, and long-term job security into sumptuous delicacies.

Despite the sudden change in his employment trajectory, Ken never turned away from his dream of writing. He’d nurtured a lifelong creative ambition, which had gained direction when a funny true story he wrote for a high school English class became so popular with his classmates they traded copies of it in the hall and passed them up and down the bus. After that, as they say, ‘the die was cast’.

By the way, the ancient historian Suetonius originally coined that phrase, claiming Julius Caesar said it when he crossed the River Rubicon – but in Latin, of course, iacta alea est. Ever since, those words have been used to indicate a portentous moment that affects the course of all subsequent history. In Caesar’s case, crossing the Rubicon sparked the first of the civil wars that ultimately destroyed the Roman Republic and replaced it with that institution most abhorrent to traditional Romans (who had all been conveniently killed or exiled by then): monarchy. In Ken’s case, in just means that English paper led him to focus on writing as a means to channel what the voices in his head kept telling him.

Wait! Did I say ‘the voices in his head’? Whoops, sorry. Just a little joke there – ha-ha! What I meant to say was that Ken turned to writing to express the, uh, inspiration he received from . . . the muses. That’s sounds less crazy, doesn’t it? Yeah, let’s go with that. The editor can fix all this later, right? Anyway, ever since that catalytic moment in high school, Ken has been writing as a hobby and a passion. Thus far, he’s published eight books, along with several other tidbits, all of which are available on his website, southsidecavaliers.com.

Links

Website: southsidecavaliers.com

Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/The-Rising-Wind-Chronicle-Company/dp/0984711767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371812065&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rising+wind+ken

Amazon (Kindle) http://www.amazon.com/The-Rising-Wind-Chronicle-Paperback/dp/B00CP6Q7W2/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1371812065&sr=8-3&keywords=the+rising+wind+ken

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-rising-wind-ken-floro-iii/1115635218?ean=9780984711765

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Author Interview with Intisar Khanani

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1)     What is the hardest part about being an author?

The writing. As an indie author, I have to do every part of book development and publication–I seek out editorial feedback, identify and work with a cover designer, figure out my marketing campaign, work on my author “platform,” and on and on and on. Some of these are exciting, some of them are things that I can do when I’m tired and spinning my wheels, and, with my background in business, none of them are really scary. But I am a stay-at-home mom with two little people who are small enough that I rarely get anything written until they’re in bed for the night. My writing “day” begins around 8 pm, and I’m already tired out from an active and exciting day (every day is exciting with little kids!). Writing creatively by that point is a real challenge. I’d much rather look at design options for a cover, spend time on social media, check out what people are reading on GoodReads–anything, really, than tap my depleted creative resources and write. Except that if I don’t write, the stories bang around in my head all day and I end up lying in bed at night thinking about what I should have written…

2)     Can you give us the synopsis of your book?

Hitomi is an orphan living in a foreign land–an orphan, a thief, a rebel, a girl with magical powers. In the first book, the underground movement Hitomi has joined learns that a key political family has been charged with treason and slated for execution. Hitomi volunteers to help them escape–only to be taken captive with them by her nemesis, Arch Mage Blackflame. Faced with monsters both human and not, it will take everything Hitomi has to escape with her life.

3)     Is this part of a series or a stand alone?
 
It’s a serial novella project. I’m anticipating about six installments, each around 45,000 words (just over half the size of your typical novel). It’s been fun to develop, since each novella has its own story arc, but also feeds into a longer storyline.

4)     How many hours do you write per day?

I try to get an hour of writing in a night. Sometimes it’s a struggle, since there are so many aspects of being an indie author. But it’s well worth it. When deadlines are coming up, I may end up staying up till 2 am each night, getting in a solid three or fours of writing or revising a night. It’s variable, but if I can get a book out a year, on an hour or two a night, so can most aspiring authors! 🙂

5)     What is your favorite book?

That’s a hard question. I guess the book I’ve re-read the most is Pride and Prejudice. I have a hard time assigning favorites–while I enjoy a lot of books, I rarely fixate on one. But Jane Austen will always have a special place in my regard.

6)     What are you working on now?
 
I’m banging my head against a wall over Book 2 in the Sunbolt Chronicles. So far, I’ve written three different Chapter Ones, encountered a phoenix (not sure how that’s going to turn out), and have yet to figure out if a new character is going to help Hitomi or not. He’s certainly being very reticent about deciding. Unfortunately, all the confusion means I’m almost two months behind on my self-imposed schedule. Hopefully, though, I’ll be able to make up some of that time as the plot falls into place. 
 
Thanks so much for the interview!
Thanks for answering my questions!

Sunbolt

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Author: Intisar Khanani

Genre: YA Fantasy

The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.

When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.

Author Bio

Khanani_Runaway Pen PhotoIntisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters. Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar is hard at work on two new projects. The first is a companion trilogy to her debut novel Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife. The second project, The Sunbolt Chronicles, is a novella series following the efforts of a young mage as she strives to bring down her nemesis, a corrupt and dangerous Arch Mage who means to bring the Eleven Kingdoms under his control.

Find the author online

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17317370-sunbolt

Intisar’s Website: http://thornthenovel.com/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/booksbyintisar

Author Interview Barry Nelson

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I’m interviewing Barry Nelson on my blog today, the author of “Assassination Anxiety” and “The McKenzie Files”. Thanks for answering my questions, Barry!

1) What is the hardest part about being an author?
In my case it’s having enough time to finish all the future books that I have planned. In addition to my McKenzie Files series I have twenty other projects planned. But overall I’sd say that the hardest part of being a writer, or a beginning writer is dealing with rejections. Which can be numerous.

2) Can you give us the synopsis of your book?
In Assassination Anxiety our heroes, Colin McKenzie, Diane Christy, and Kelly Lytton are investigating an assassination attempt on the life of the Uninted Protectorate’s President. They are called in because of the arcane details surrounding the incident. During the investigation they meet a group of more advanced Reploids called the Enforcers. The Enforcers are not just reploids. They are also enhanced with cybernetic technology designed to make them more powerful. They have to try to stop the Enforcers from making a second attempt against the President’s life.

3) Is this part of a series or a stand alone?
This is the second part of a series. I have just completed the third book in the series. Which I hope to see released before the end of August.

4) How many hours do you write per day/week/month (choose time period yourself)?
20 to 30 hours a week.

5) What is your favorite book?
A world War two book titled The Last Battle. By Cornelius Ryan.

6) What are you working on now?
A WW-2 horror story called Dogs of War. Which I hope to have finished by the end of this year.

Assassination Anxiety

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Author: Barry Nelson

Genre: Science-Fiction Adventure

The three captured and reprogrammed Brelac Reploids have proved their worth to the Protectorate in a fierce battle against the powerful cybernetic weapon Succubus, developed by traitorous Dr. Fenlow. The Reploids, commissioned to form a special unit known as the Silencers under the jurisdiction of the military’s Central Intelligence Division, are back on Maseklos Prime, working at menial jobs while the CID keeps a close eye on them. That changes when President Drennan is almost killed in a bizarre assassination attempt.

Colin McKenzie and his team are ordered to uncover whoever’s behind the assassination attempt and to find and destroy the frightening weapons responsible for the horrible death and destruction at the President’s last election campaign address. After the first attempt on the President’s life, it’s certain more are sure to follow.

Meanwhile, Colin remains curious and wary about his dark past as a Vendetta operative formerly working against the Protectorate. The more he learns about his previous life, the less he likes it. Even more worrisome is the odd dreams he’s been having.

As Colin, Diane, and Kelly chase leads in their case, they realize they may be up against unstoppable weapons – but they are the Protectorate’s only hope.

Author Bio

 Barry K. Nelson is a writer living in Clairton PA area. He is 53. Single. No kids. The author of the McKenzie Files science fiction series. His two books are on the market now. McKenzie Files, book 1. And Assassination Anxiety, McKenzie Files book 2. He is currently working on the third installment of the series. Which will be titled, Obliteration. McKenzie Files Book 3. His interests are reading, writing, movies, gardening, video gaming. He also likes Marvel comics, Hell on Wheels, Walking Dead, and Pawn Stars.

Links

http://b-nelson.org

Purchase from Createspace: https://www.createspace.com/3710272

B&N Paperback: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/assassination-anxiety-barry-k-nelson/1115749939?ean=9781935563679

B&N Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/assassination-anxiety-barry-k-nelson/1106978782?ean=2940013289543

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Assassination-Anxiety-McKenzie-Files-Book/dp/193556367X/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1373614821&sr=8-3&keywords=assassination+anxiety

Book Excerpt The Chosen

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I’m hosting an excerpt on my blog today from “The Chosen”, a M/M fantasy romance written by Annette Gisby. The novel sounds great, and I’ll be hosting an interview with the author later on.

Book Excerpt

“He’ll need some wizarding robes, too,” said Severin to Iri, the royal tailor. “What do you think might suit?”

“With his colouring, purple would go well,” replied Iri, a wizened old man with as many cracks in his face as old parchment. What little hair he had, just two tufts of it by his ears, was grey, as were his eyes. His back was stooped as if he spent a lot of time bent over sewing and cutting tables.

“No, not purple. My father would never allow that.”

“Of course. How about a deep red? Or even jade? That would set off his dark hair brilliantly. How about some paler colours? Yellow or blue?” The tailor moved over to the bed where bolts of fabric in various hues lay. There were silks, linen, cotton, velvets, furs, and more, all haphazardly piled on Havyn’s bed. Iri lifted up a swathe of pale yellow and draped it across Havyn’s shoulders.

“No, not yellow,” said Severin. “Try the jade and the ruby.”

Once again, Havyn’s shoulders were draped in the different fabrics. Iri and Severin both nodded. “Make a set in the jade and the ruby,” said Severin. “He’ll need new tunics and leggings as well as hose. And formal wear for the betrothal ceremony. I think the ruby would do for a formal robe.”

“Of course, your highness. Anything else?”

“I think that’s everything. Will you have it ready by the time we need to leave?”

“We’ll get started right away. The wardrobe should be finished in about five days.”

“Excellent. Thank you, Iri.”

“What is going on in here?” demanded Ildar from the doorway. “Severin? What are you doing with my apprentice?”

“Iri and I were just sorting out Havyn’s new wardrobe,” said Severin, waving to Havyn that he could get dressed again. Havyn quickly pulled on the tunic and leggings Ildar had given him on his first night at the palace. A fierce blush heated his cheeks.

“Havyn is my apprentice!” snapped Ildar. “He is my responsibility. Furs and velvets? Silks? A wizard has no need for all of that. I will ensure Havyn gets all the clothing he needs, not you.”

Havyn wondered how the wizard could talk back so forcefully to a prince without worrying about execution. Maybe wizards had no fear of death.

“He’s my responsibility,” protested Severin, his hands on his hips as he stared the wizard down. “I bought him. He’s mine!”

The Chosen

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Author: Annette Gisby

Genre: M/M fantasy romance

The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn’t interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.

Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.

With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?

Author Bio

author1Annette Gisby grew up in a small town in Northern Ireland, moving to London when she was seventeen. Being a very small town there were no bookshops and a small library. When she’d devoured every book she could get her hands on in the library, she started writing her own stories so she would always have something to read later.

When not writing she enjoys reading, cinema, theatre, walks along deserted beaches or wandering around ruined castles (great places for inspiration!) New Zealand is her favourite place and she hopes to travel back there one day. She’s a fan of Japanese Manga and Anime and one day hopes to learn Japanese.

 She currently lives in Hampshire with her husband, a collection of porcelain dolls and stuffed penguins and enough books to fill a small library. It’s diminishing gradually since the discovery of ebooks but still has a long way to go.

http://www.annettegisby.n3.net

https://twitter.com/havyn

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/252221.Annette_Gisby

http://glbt.theromancereviews.com/mypageprofile.php?location=annettegisby

Links

http://www.amazon.com/The-Chosen-ebook/dp/B00DFKVJ5C/

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Chosen-ebook/dp/B00DFKVJ5C/

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thechosen-1222707-143.html

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/326842

Book Review: From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad

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Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: MG Fantasy

Rating: 4 stars

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions.

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy can no longer stand the toughness of her uncle and wants a better life. But one day she discovers not only the existence of magic, but also a villain hunting her down. The villain uses magic and magical technology to kidnap Alyssa to the Fiji Islands. As much as she wants to go home, she has to face some dangerous challenges first. Not only that, the villain himself must also be defeated. Can Alyssa succeed, even with the help of her mentors?

From Frights to Flaws is a delightful read for children of ages eight and up. It’s the story of twelve-year-old Alyssa, struggling to stand the toughness of her uncle, who dreams of a better life. One day, a marble figure starts talking to her, and her babysitter is attacked by magic. While Hailey and Alyssa try to convince her uncle it was magic who did it, not them, their uncle doesn’t want to believe them. But an evil villain is after Alyssa, and ends up kidnapping her. With the help of the marble figure, Simon, and a bunch of brand new friends, Alyssa may have a fighting change…

This is fantasy for children at its finest, with quirky, loveable characters, enjoyable magic and a dark, threatening villain. Alyssa and her cousin Hailey make a great team. I loved Simon and his adoration for tech gadgets. The magic in this book was fun to read about, always unpredictable. The writing was okay as well, although it could’ve used another round of editing.

A delightful read for children, and even for adults.

Character Interview Deltan Skies Tour

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I’m hosting a character interview of Quintanelle, the main character of “Deltan Skies”! Quintanelle is an interesting character, as you’ll find out soon!

Character Interview

Me: Hello, Quintanelle.

Quintanelle: Hello, Noah.

Me: So, tell the readers a little about yourself.

Quintanelle: I’m a 32 year-old Teolian Elf. I grew up in the elven city-state of Teolos and just graduated from the Teolian Mage Academy. I’ve moved to New Delta to start a new life.

Me: Why did you move away from Teolos?

Quintanelle: Teolos is ruled by three factions: Warriors, Rangers and Mages. The Teolian Warriors are one half of the military. They are all-male and basically serve as city guards and assassins. The Teolian Rangers are the all-female other half of the military. Their main job is to protect the Forest of Illywn, which surrounds Teolos. The Teolian Mages are the most powerful faction. They’re magic practitioners who make up the non-military portion of the government. At the top of the hierarchy is the Mage Council, made up of eleven mages, plus the heads of the Warriors and Rangers. They set the policies and their subordinates do their bidding.

The Council brainwashes us to hate and fear the outside world in order to keep us loyal to the mother-state. They’d cut the city off from the rest of Terrall, but they can’t for a wide variety of reasons.  I’ve moved away from Teolos because I don’t like what they do and don’t want to spend my life being a part of it.  I would’ve moved away long before I did, but simply wasn’t able to until I graduated and became a full mage.

Me: Is there anything good about Teolos you’d like to share?

Quintanelle: I enjoyed my classes. Did you know mages have to have a rigorous study in sciences, like chemistry and physics? It’s one thing to simply harness divine energies to affect the physical world, but quite another to know how the harnessing affects the world.

Me: Could you give us an example of that?

Quintanelle: My hand can light on fire when I channel the Deity Elohim the Holy, who spins the air molecules around my hand so fast, my outer layer of skin lights on fire.

Me: That sounds painful.

Quintanelle: It isn’t. I can easily squelch the flames and my hand will be back to normal, no lasting scars or burns at all. That’s why it’s magic!

Me: You really haven’t talked about your personal life.  Tell us about your family.

Quintanelle: I don’t really want to talk about my family. I stopped talking to them once I moved.

Me: Alright, are you dating anyone?

Quintanelle: I dated a fellow student at the Academy for a decade, but the relationship fizzled out before I moved. I’m not interested in dating again for a while.

Me: Friends?

Quintanelle: I had friends in Teolos, but like my love life, those relationships fizzled out before I moved.

Me: How do you like living in New Delta?

I hate living in such tall towers. The walkways between them frighten me. It’s also unsettling living around everyone I’d been taught to hate, but I’m slowly coming around.

Me: How is the job search going?

Quintanelle: I’d rather not talk about it either.

Me: Not going too well?

Quintanelle: Something like that.

Me: Well thank you for taking the time to talk.

Quintanelle: I’m happy to do it.

 Deltan Skies

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Author: Noah Murphy

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

A young elven mage named Quintanelle Fillion flees from her totalitarian homeland to New Delta, a dense metropolis made up of hundreds of mile-high towers. She finds employment working for New Delta’s top private detective, a human named Alfonso Deegan, and his red dragon associate Mordridakon. Quintanelle’s first case thrusts her in the middle of New Delta’s own problems.

After millennia of oppression, members of the disenfranchised avian race have taken complete control of the criminal underworld, but what they want is the one thing they can’t steal. To achieve their goals, the avians’ charismatic leader enlists the help of a goblin shaman cast out from her own suffering people. Together they create a risky and daring plan that involves everyone from the city’s inept mayor and a corrupt city senator, to Quintanelle’s new boss and even her own family.

As their plan unfolds, a dark reality emerges. New Delta stands on the brink of total annihilation, and Quintanelle may be the only one who can stop it.

 Author Bio

_MG_2009Noah Murphy grew up in Montgomery County, Maryland which features prominently in his writing. After graduating from Goucher College with a double major in philosophy and religion, he began a pet sitting service. In his spare time Noah volunteers at a not for profit parrot rescue. His love of animals provides inspiration for many of the anthropomorphic characters in his books.

Part of the generation just before autism awareness began, Noah was diagnosed at age 26. For him, a later diagnoses was a hidden blessing. Being forced to be “normal” gave him the skills and knowledge to publish and run a business.  Autism also unhinges his mind, allowing him to approach situations and characters in strange new ways, and seriously enough to make them work.

An avid writer, Noah Murphy is the author of the fantasy novel Deltan Skies, and the superhero novel Ethereal Girls.  He  also enjoys sharing his opinions on life, literature and popular culture with his 29,000 followers on Twitter and on his blog.

 Links

twitter @murphyverse
Website: www.k23detectives.com
Amazon book page: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D2B98IO

Author Interview with Ken Floro III

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I’m hosting an interview for author Ken Floro III, author of the fantasy novel “The Rising Wind”.

Author Interview

1) What is the hardest part about being an author?
So far, the hardest part is finding time to write in those tiny spaces between being a parent and husband, and working a regular job. However, writing has been my hobby and my passion for more than twenty years now, so it’s always deeply satisfying when I get a chance to sit down and create.
2) Can you give us the synopsis of your book?

After graduating into the Imperial knighthood, Marcavius and his cousin book passage aboard a merchant ship, the Rising Wind, to visit their family estate before reporting to the legions. They know no ship dares tread the heart of the Mennaidran Sea, yet along their voyage a strange fog suddenly sets the Rising Wind adrift in those haunted waters. Fortunately another passenger offers his skill as a navigator to save the day, yet he insists that the ship first detour to a nearby island to replenish its supplies. There the ship’s unlucky passengers soon learn that the monsters and magic of legend are no mere myths! Friends, strangers, and even bitter enemies must work together in order to survive and escape. Yet some of the greatest dangers they’ll face are destined to come from one another.

 3) Is this part of a series or a stand alone?

This is the first book in a series. Two other titles are already available. One, “In Her Wake is a direct sequel, while “The Taming of the Direspear” is an indirect prequel that explores more of the world of Avorath and some of its cultures.

4) How many hours do you write per day/week/month (choose time period yourself)?
I don’t have any sort of dedicated schedule. I work on my writing whenever I have the free time to do so. Since I’ve become a parent, my availability for writing has diminished considerably, but I still keep at it.
5) What is your favorite book?
Edward Gibbon’s “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” His use of language is majestic, and he was the first writer to ever truly astound me by how easily he could capture grand, sweeping, and poignant insights into the human condition with casual phrases that would occasionally meander tangentially from his main narration of Roman history.
6) What are you working on now?
Well, since I’m already brilliant, handsome, happily married, and a proud parent, now I’m just working on becoming rich and famous. Just kidding. I’m currently working on a third book in my Southside Rangers series, a story about dangerous creatures invading the country and the government’s clandestine efforts to not merely stop the invasion but to keep it a secret for increasingly mysterious reasons.

The Rising Wind

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Author: Ken Floro III

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure

Have you ever dreamed of being swept into adventure alongside a dashing knight or two? Would you be outraged if you were suddenly thrust into terrifying dangers against your will? What if you found yourself trapped on a cursed island, in the middle of a haunted sea, surrounded by your worst enemies? When a conniving treasure-hunter hijacks the Rising Wind, its passengers will find themselves facing all this and more!

The same trick didn’t work a third time. When Marc stepped into the ring of firelight and shouted a challenge, his adversaries shrank into the shadows across from him – more cautious now than they had been earlier. Their broad limbs and hulking silhouettes prowled the darkness at the edge of the forest, disguising their numbers. Standing exposed, in the open clearing, Marc felt vulnerable, but he knew he couldn’t run. For an anxious moment, he just stood there, uncertain what to do next. The curse of inexperience was lack of foresight, and Marc hadn’t stopped to calculate an alternative in case his original plan failed. Now he had to think on the spot. Unfortunately the present circumstance was no place for contemplation. So, in that dangerous moment, he acted on instinct.

Author Bio

Ken was born and raised in the Southside of Saint Louis. By the way, did you know Saint Louis was named after King Louis IX? He was the only French monarch ever to be sainted, in part because he led two Crusades (which didn’t go so well), but mostly because his grandson, Phillip the Fair, sort of abducted the papacy to France after finagling one of his henchmen into becoming Pope. Since adding a saint to the family tree would put a little extra burnish on his royal reputation, Phillip had his pet Pope, Clement V, do him a solid. You’re welcome for the trivia.

                Now, where was I? Oh, yeah, we were talking about Ken Floro III. After earning a degree in World Literature, followed by a degree in Culinary Arts, Ken soon made the obvious career move and went to work in medicine. If you’re having any trouble guessing why, then you’ve obviously never served time in the literary or culinary fields. A little taste of reality can suddenly turn a healthy paycheck, normal working hours, and long-term job security into sumptuous delicacies.

                Despite the sudden change in his employment trajectory, Ken never turned away from his dream of writing. He’d nurtured a lifelong creative ambition, which had gained direction when a funny true story he wrote for a high school English class became so popular with his classmates they traded copies of it in the hall and passed them up and down the bus. After that, as they say, ‘the die was cast’.

By the way, the ancient historian Suetonius originally coined that phrase, claiming Julius Caesar said it when he crossed the River Rubicon – but in Latin, of course, iacta alea est. Ever since, those words have been used to indicate a portentous moment that affects the course of all subsequent history. In Caesar’s case, crossing the Rubicon sparked the first of the civil wars that ultimately destroyed the Roman Republic and replaced it with that institution most abhorrent to traditional Romans (who had all been conveniently killed or exiled by then): monarchy. In Ken’s case, in just means that English paper led him to focus on writing as a means to channel what the voices in his head kept telling him.

Wait! Did I say ‘the voices in his head’? Whoops, sorry. Just a little joke there – ha-ha! What I meant to say was that Ken turned to writing to express the, uh, inspiration he received from . . . the muses. That’s sounds less crazy, doesn’t it? Yeah, let’s go with that. The editor can fix all this later, right? Anyway, ever since that catalytic moment in high school, Ken has been writing as a hobby and a passion. Thus far, he’s published eight books, along with several other tidbits, all of which are available on his website, southsidecavaliers.com.

Links

Website: southsidecavaliers.com

Amazon (Paperback): http://www.amazon.com/The-Rising-Wind-Chronicle-Company/dp/0984711767/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371812065&sr=8-1&keywords=the+rising+wind+ken

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