In this epic, coming of age, action-packed fantasy the bastard prince Ledarrin is caught in the shadows of a dynasty as his brother goes on a murderous rampage to secure his birthright, overthrowing the realm. Ledarrin’s world is shattered. As he goes from the palace to the dungeon, hope for the survival of the realm seems lost. He escapes, only to be hunted by a legendary assassin. Meanwhile, demonic hordes, trapped for ages by a curse in the Underworld, await their release upon the sacrifice of the king–with plans for revenge on humanity. And so begins a heart-pounding adventure into a deadly future: a journey of loss, seduction, and betrayal. Ledarrin is joined by aging warriors and unlikely allies as they race to find the Creed of Kings, the ancient scrolls that can thwart the demons, but when Ledarrin’s true identity is revealed, he must choose between a destiny of blood–or soul.
Targeted Age Group:: 14 – Old
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
In Blood & Soul the simple but “Big Question” is: does a person have freewill/volition/soul (Soul – mind, will and emotion) or are our lives dominated and determined by DNA/blood (in atheistic terms) and/or superstition/deities/collective consciousness (in ephemeral terms)? All that’s really boring until you boil it down in to the lives of two characters – pictured on the book cover. What is inspired me to write is simply put in that I love this. My motivation on and ongoing basis stems from a deep desire to create a story that will give you impactful feelings, blow your mind, worry you, melt your heart, and make you braver – in diverse ways. You know? Like when I was kid sitting on the front row at the theater watching those words trailing away into space and that Star Destroyer comes flying over my head. When Indiana Jones shoots the guy who thought he was so awesome with his sword skills. Jones just wipes his forehead and seems bored with it and I was rolling on the floor. When William Wallace gives his speech, “They can take our lives, but they can never take our freedom!” When Maximus stares down the emperor of Rome and says, “I will have my vengeance in this life or the next.” When Aragorn lift’s his sword and says, “By all you hold dear on this good earth. I bid you stand, Men of the West!” With that said, these moments must be framed skillfully by the storyteller or the mere words risk coming off as campy. I strive to craft these types of moments into my stories because I believe in the depth of my being that’s what the reader wants from the type of books I write.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
They came to me over the course of a few years. I was moved by a piece of music or a line or scene in a movie and WHAMMO! I took those thoughts and crafted the characters.
About the Author:
I believe if writing a good book is like catching a fly with chopsticks, writing a great book is like catching a gnat with pool cues. I leave to the readers to decide about Blood & Soul.
I have no wife or dog, but I have cookies and I’m housebroken. I scribble by ear so don’t tell me my participle is dangling unless you want me to split your infinitive. I write heroic fantasy fiction. I build stories listening to the likes of Two Steps From Hell. I enjoy gritty fantasy and historical fiction without the gunpowder. I’m solidly an ambivert. I think that means I can live on the land or in water.
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