Well ladies and gents, Rebel Queen is on schedule and looking strong. Lots of twists and turns in this one, we get to see more of Amesdia and are exposed to some rather interesting characters I’m excited for you to meet.
In an effort to get as many signed physical copies out there as possible, and find new fans who want the ebook earlier than it’s official launch date (Dec 1, 2015), I’ll be using Indiegogo. The reason is pretty straight forward; I’m not trying to fund anything. The manuscript is with the editor as I write this, the artwork is complete, the formatting is ready for Amazon/Kindle…really the only thing left is to get the word out there.
So, please go check out my Indiegogo for Rebel Queen and spread it around to as many people as possible!
Here’s a tinyurl for the campaign to make things easier for you radio folks. http://tinyurl.com/pabmbag
4 out of 5. Not too shabby. The write up was amazing though. Have a read.
Truth About Books Blog – Daughter of Vengeance review
Maybe you’re “not into fantasy”, or “not into chicklit”, or the thought of a female assassin is laughable. Check out what people are saying about Daughter of Vengeance and decide for yourself.
“Daughter of Vengeance” is an action-packed fantasy with a strong female heroine who has more than her share of tragedy, yet rises above it to maintain her goodness and sense of justice.
Michelle has a violent entrance into the world—a jealous confrontation between her father and the man who wants her mother leaves her an orphan. As she grows, she demonstrates magical powers and has a great beauty that set her apart—and they make her a target. When she’s imprisoned as a concubine for a lecherous Earl, she’s about to give up hope when an assassin (Samantha) takes her under her wing and begins to teach her how to fight; she also meets others who begin teaching her to control and use her magic. Michelle is soon plunged into a world of great danger as an enemy from her past and rogue assassins from the Brotherhood threaten her safety, that of the people she loves, and the kingdom itself.
“Daughter of Vengeance” is a gritty fantasy, and Michelle is a capable, resilient main character—from the beginning, you pull for her to find happiness (which makes the romance that develops toward the end of the novel very satisfying). Her refusal to feel pity for herself and to keep moving forward makes you empathize with her, rather than feel sorry for her, and that makes her a character you can invest in as a reader. The other main characters are equally well done—Fred and Samantha feel like friends by the end of the novel, while Wesley is a chilling villain in his unpredictable path toward seizing power.
I also enjoyed the world the author built—one filled with magic yet grounded in the pragmatic reality of the everyday, where people struggle to survive and plenty of evil roams. (Some of my favorite scenes, though, were the ones set in the afterlife with Michelle’s father—they were poignant and filled the book with a sense of fate and destiny concerning Michelle’s journey.) The book is well-written and well-paced; plenty of action, whether Michelle is being attacked or trying to take out a target, keeps the plot moving along. I also liked how Michelle’s trade—assassin—made me think about good and evil in the book’s world and how politics informs that dichotomy.
I would recommend “Daughters of Vengeance” to readers who like fantasy featuring a female hero and plenty of action, though the level of violence and some sexual content may make it inappropriate for younger readers.
Hey, if you like Game of Thrones…then you’re a fantasy fan after all. This book has teeth. Give it a shot, it’s only $2.99 on Kindle after all.
This is my third novel and something entirely new for me as it’s a different genre of fantasy altogether as well as being written in large part from the point of view of the female protagonist. Fantasy is a fairly niche market and tends to scare away new readers by being overly formulaic or needlessly detailed. The joy of reading is having something to use your imagination for; otherwise you might as well watch TV or play video games. I purposefully tell fantasy stories that are accessible to a wider audience who are entertained by magic, mystery and swordplay but have trouble losing themselves in the lives of characters whose names they can’t even pronounce.
A young lady is thrust into a world of espionage, betrayal and murder against her will. A survivor at heart, she befriends a master assassin who takes Michelle as her apprentice. Her new taskmaster is demanding and sparing in her praise, but Michelle is resolute in her desire to prove herself worthy.
After years of training and careful planning, she begins her life as one of the Kings many spies and returns to a world much more prepared for the trials that await her. Unknown to her, and her masters, a plot has slowly been unraveling which will not only destroy the fragile peace of the Kingdom of Rouen, but could descend the world into chaos and war.
Can Michelle rise above the short-comings and failures of her predecessors and set right the wrongs done centuries before? And will her life be the ultimate price she pays for the sins of others?