Announcing the release of The Wedding Hazard by Regina Duke

Today I have author Regina Duke on my blog. She just released The Wedding Hazard – the second book in her Colorado Billionaires series.

Interview

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I have a memory of tracing words from the page of a children’s book before I could read or understand what the words meant. That image has stayed with me all my life, with the feeling that I would someday fill a page with those squiggles. I was five at the time. But in a more serious vein, I wrote my first novel at age 13 on lined binder paper. From that day on, I knew I was a writer. I also knew that certain people did not think my emotion-filled stories were worthwhile. Why do high school teachers insist that we try to produce literary fiction? My love stories met with disdain. Now I get the last laugh.

Do you write full-time? If so, what is your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time to write?

At last I can say I write full time. I am in my third year as an indie author. I retired from my day job in 2006 and spent four years dealing with family crises. Then in January 2011, I decided it was time to pursue my lifelong dream of publishing my books, and I dived in by taking an on-line seminar about publishing digital books. The instructor emphasized that over fifty per cent of one’s time should be spent marketing, and how I dreaded that! And yet, I found that marketing and social media were actually fun. It was very different than writing, and it required a different kind of energy, but I can honestly say there is no part of indie publishing that I do not enjoy. I love it all. Well, editing is my least favorite part, but I love knowing my books have been edited within an inch of their existence. So even that part is okay.

I wish I could say I divide my days equally between writing and marketing. But that different energy thing gets in the way. When I am writing, I spend four or five hours a day at the computer, in the zone, getting the story down. When I am marketing, my day begins with social media and before I know it, five or six hours have passed. By then I am too worn out to write, so I have to do one or the other, but not both on the same day.

The hardest part of writing for me is the editing process, and it always takes more time than I expect. I do my own edit before sending the book to my “real” editor. Then I spend two or three weeks working through her suggestions and making changes. And throughout, I am proofreading, proofreading, proofreading.

Finding time should be easy since I am retired from my day job, but I still have to be disciplined. Often I get up extra early, make coffee, and sit down at the computer by five a.m. Then I work until I am bleary-eyed. When I reach that point, I take the dogs for a walk, run errands, or even (gasp!) clean house.

What is the best and worst advice you ever received? (regarding writing or publishing)

The best advice: Never stop writing. Keep writing the next story. As long as you are writing, you are a writer. You only fail when you quit.

The worst advice:  Polish every word, every paragraph, over and over before letting anyone read the book. My view: Save the the polishing for the editorial process. Don’t slow yourself down by perfecting a page or a chapter that may end up being deleted because it doesn’t move the story forward. If you want to tell a story, keep it moving. Once you’ve finished the first draft of the book, then you can improve upon it.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

The stories and characters keep coming. They populate my dreams and my waking thoughts as well. If I don’t write their stories down, I would never get a good night’s sleep. Knowing I can share them with others by publishing them as ebooks is a huge bonus.

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

Ah, yes, the “plotter” or “pantser” question. I confess that I used to be a pantser. Writing by the seat of your pants was fun, exciting, and very entertaining. But the editorial process was agony.

Today, I vow that I will outline the next book before I write a single word! But of course, it doesn’t happen like that. I make a general outline. Not a school outline, but rather a stack of pages with one-line descriptions of the action or point of that chapter. For example, in my new release, chapter one was: “Ashley returns to her childhood home to relay the news that her father  has died, but his ex-wife (her mother) has disappeared. Pool of blood, hidden room.”

Then I go on. Sometimes I cannot resist adding more, because after all, I am at heart a pantser, but I try to create several chapters’ worth of these plot lines before I let myself write. It makes the editorial process much easier because I don’t get half way through the book and realize I have written myself into a corner. That is the worst! So I am gradually moving to the “plotter” side.

About her book

Please tell us about your current release.

I am very excited that my newest title The Wedding Hazard was just released and I can share the news with you! It is the second book of my Colorado Billionaires series. (The first book was The Wedding Wager.)

Here’s the blurb:

wedding-hazard_smAshley Clair needs help. Her father has died, her estranged mother has disappeared without a trace, and now someone is after Ashley. Alone, broke, and in danger, she turns to Thor Security looking for protection, but what can she do to afford a bodyguard?

Thor Garrison moved to Colorado trying to forget the tragedy in Texas that changed everything. When the most beautiful woman he ever saw walks into his life, he vows to do whatever it takes to save her and win her heart. Too bad Ashley isn’t looking for love.

If this book is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?

My Colorado Billionaires series is set in the fictional little town of Eagle’s Toe, Colorado. It’s a lovely place, and it attracts a lot of good-looking bachelor billionaires. The stories may start out in some other location, but the characters end up in Eagle’s Toe. And I love giving characters from the earlier book cameos in the next. I think it’s fun to go back and visit with people we loved from previous stories. The title of the third will be The Wedding Venture. I’m already working on it.

About the Author

Regina Duke loves writing romance! She lives in northern Nevada, in the high desert, and loves it, even though she has to take allergy medicine every day. Oh, the sagebrush! When she’s not working on her next book, she competes in dog events with her little superstar, Buster the papillon.

You can find out more about her on her website. And feel free to follow her on Twitter.

Purchase her latest release, The Wedding Hazard, on Amazon

And don’t forget to start the series with The Wedding Wager – also available on Amazon.

Amblyopia and eczema update

As I have mentioned before on this blog, my daughter Lexie suffers from eczema (exacerbated by her allergies) and has amblopia. Since she just turned five and it has been about five months since I wrote about them, I figured it was about time for an update.

Amblyopia

Lexie was diagnosed with amblyopia in June of last year. We started patching her “lazy” eye at the end of August. At the time, her vision in her lazy eye was 20/60. We started with four hours a day of wearing the patch and then after two months the doctor dropped her down to two hours a day.

Getting Lexie to wear the patch has never been a problem, and we have been diligent about her wearing it though on a rare occasion we have skipped a day (due to illness or just plain forgetting) and we have sometimes left the patch on for longer periods (usually because we aren’t watching the time).

The ophthalmologist has been seeing her every two months to monitor her progress. Even I can see that she is doing better on the eye exams. At her appointment earlier this month, he finally said we are almost there. After 6 months of patching we are at 20/30. (The goal of course is 20/20.) If all continues to go well, we may be done with patches and glasses. Lexie will be thrilled. She doesn’t mind the patch (and even asks for it), but she hates to wear her glasses. I think some of that comes from the fact that no one in her preschool class or any of her friends wear them.

Eczema

Lexie was diagnosed with eczema at three months old. It has been a continuous battle to find a way to make her comfortable. We relieved a lot of her itching through NAET, but of course, she still has eczema flare ups. In October (during a particularly nasty flare up), we took her to see a new dermatologist who ended up prescribing some treatments that her previous doctor had already tried.

She set up a new routine of applying Derma-smooth oil (Fluocinolone acetoninde .01%)  to Lexie’s wet skin. We followed up with 2% Mupirocian Ointment (antibacterial cream) on any open areas and prescription hydrocortisone cream (2.5%) on the flare ups. And since all lotions bother Lexie, we put petroleum jelly on top to lock in the moisture. Since we were already wrapping her feet to stop her from scratching at night and it was working, the doctor said to keep it up.

At a check up three weeks later, they prescribed an oral antibiotic to clear up any infection on her feet. As soon as we gave her that and continued with the above treatment, she cleared right up. I know doctors don’t like prescribing antibiotics without cause but every time her feet are that scratched up I can pretty much guarantee you that she has a staph infection. And I know from personal experience that the infection increases the itchy feeling.  It is a vicious cycle – scratching causes the infection which leads to more scratching.

So from the end of November through the end of December, Lexie’s skin looked good. And then she got the flu. Any time that she is sick, her skin always gets worse. Back came the medicines. Throughout February, her feet and legs ranged from okay to border-line when we would need to begin wrapping them again. Lexie is adamant that we don’t wrap them. Of course, she is not a fan of treating her skin at all. She vividly recalls all the lotions and creams that weren’t supposed to sting or hurt but did. Also every time you put lotion or medication on her legs, it causes her to scratch. It is a Catch-22 – if you don’t treat her dry skin, she scratches. But the mere application of lotions or creams causes her to scratch too. I don’t think she is necessarily allergic to them but the sensation of something on her legs bothers her.

Surprisingly, her feet are still doing fine after both her birthday (lots of sugar) and Spring Break (going to places we don’t usually go which usually means extra scratching). Anyway, we will continue to control her eczema and patch her eye daily until it improves enough for the glasses to be removed.

Today’s Featured Author: Larissa Hinton

Today I am pleased to have Larissa Hinton, author of Everblossom and Angel Diaries, on my blog.

Interview

About the Author

Tell us a bit about yourself.

Here is my author bio…

The young adult fantasy and paranormal romance author, Larissa Hinton, grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Chesapeake, Virginia. She now lives in northern Virginia, but she always looks forward to going back to the sweet smell of the salty ocean.

Larissa has always loved writing since the age of 12 and hasn’t stopped since. After many years of writing whimsical tales of romance and fantasy, she is now proud to be a self-published author. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching English at a local middle school.

When seen out of the classroom, Larissa is shopping for the next great Wii game, searching for undiscovered treasure (a.k.a. sparkly jewelry) and plucking some fresh fruits (or vegetables, dependent on the year) out of her small garden.

Larissa Hinton is currently author of Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology and Angel Diaries: Volume One (YA paranormal romance). However, be on the lookout for Everblossom 2: A Second Anthology of Short Stories and Poems!

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

After writing my first book, Timestoppers, I knew that I was a writer. That feeling of joy right after finishing that book just made me feel complete.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

In short: A lot! My sarcasm is very apparent in my books and I do that on purpose. Some of the characters have some of my weird quirks and talents (like being able to pick up foreign languages quite easily).

Do you outline your books or just start writing?

I use to just start writing it, but I have learned the hard way (especially with Angel Diaries) that was quite possibly the worst thing for me to do. I would add all kinds of extra dialogue that was hilarious but it would slow down the plot.

Now that I write with outlines my writing is much tighter and more focused than ever before.

Her Latest Book

Please tell us about your current release.

My most recent release is Angel Diaries: Volume One, a young adult romance novel. Here’s the blurb:

He was forbidden. Uncontrollable. Never to be seen, mentioned, or otherwise talked about. Until the nightmares began. Searing the screams, carnage and death into her skull. Forever.

Before this, Lindsey had a normal life. Somewhat. She had a boyfriend who was acting strange, an ex-boyfriend who has been too flirtatious and a best friend who turned psychic.

Once upon a time, the hardest decision Lindsey had to make was who she would take to the upcoming Winter Dance: her boyfriend, Philip, or her ex, Luke. Now, she’s not even human. She’s an Angel.

This book is recommended for 16 years or older due to adult scenes and situations.

What inspired you to write this book?

To be honest, it came out of a slight frustration of writing the same type of story. I loved writing happily ever after stories with dreamy hereos and strong female leads (and of course with a heavy dose of sarcasm in a fantasy world). The problem was I didn’t know what direction to go in. I loved the fantasy world and romance, but there wasn’t a book like that. Then I read Twilight and everything changed. I decided to write my first young adult paranormal romance and ever since, my writing hasn’t been the same.

Which of your characters is your favorite? Do you dislike any of them?

Funny enough, my favorite character is Jia (she’s the side kick to Lindsey, the main character in Angel Diaries). I even wrote a full length screenplay about her in her adulthood. Additionally, I wrote a few short stories about her and included one of them in Everblossom: A Short Story and Poetry Anthology. What I love about her is her tough, weird, quirky, witty exterior and her soft, feminine, vulnerable shell that cracks through in the most unusual of circumstances.

I use to detest Phillip, Lindsey’s boyfriend in Angel Diaries. A lot of my readers knew I didn’t like him. Yet, in order to get the plot to work out, I had to learn to love him. Or at least, find out what Lindsey loved about him. And the more I delved into his character, the more I found out why I disliked him so much but loved him all at the same time.

Did the story turn out the way you planned from the beginning? If not, what change happened that you didn’t expect?

I didn’t realize how interwoven the theme of love is in the novel. I thought the main theme would be about responsibility and honesty. However, after I wrote the ending and fixed relationships in the novel, it just seemed as a natural byproduct of the novel.

Just for Fun

If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?

I would love to jump into Cassandra Clare’s world of Infernal Devices series with Tessa. Will and Jem. I love the steampunkery aspect of it. Really, any book with steampunk elements I would just love to be in. (As far as television series wise, I would love to join Artie, Claudia, and Myka in Warehouse 13.)

Do you have a specific snack that you have with you when you write?

I use to chew on cashews while writing. I love nuts, especially chewing on them while trying to figure out plot points. Unfortunately though, they have a lot of salt and they actually cause my teeth to stain for some odd reason. Therefore, I have laid off all nuts while writing instead I chug water.

Book Description: Everbloom

everblossomAn anthology that will quench your thirst for more than the ordinary.

Everblossom is a journey through poems and short stories that may seem ordinary on the surface but dig a little deeper and the world not only shifts. It changes.

From the author who brought you Iwishacana/Acanawishi, she now brings you a dash of everything from dark fantasy to the paranormal to even romance. So prepare yourself to delve into the three stages of the flower from bud to blossom then back to seed, you’ll go through them all with a whole new perspective on what it all truly means.

Book Description: Angel Diaries

angelofficialHe was forbidden. Uncontrollable. Never to be seen, mentioned, or otherwise talked about. Until the nightmares began. Searing the screams, carnage and death into her skull. Forever.

Before this, Lindsey had a normal life. Somewhat. She had a boyfriend who was acting strange, an ex-boyfriend who has been too flirtatious and a best friend who turned psychic.

Once upon a time, the hardest decision Lindsey had to make was who she would take to the upcoming Winter Dance: her boyfriend, Philip, or her ex, Luke. Now, she’s not even human. She’s an Angel.

This book is recommended for 16 years or older due to adult scenes and situations.

 

Larissa’s author bio is listed at the beginning of the interview or you can find out more about her on her blog.

Everbloom is available on Amazon.

Angel Diaries: Volume One is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Gods and magic in the fantasy novel

Last week, I wrote about incorporating gods and religion into the fantasy novel. Since many works of fantasy also include magic, I wanted to address magic and gods.

As I have said before, all magic needs established rules to be believable. How do the gods play into these rules? Are they the ones who established them? Are their powers also limited to these rules?

Here are some questions to get you thinking as you are building your world.

1.) How does your god or gods view magic?

2.) Is there a god of magic?

3.) Is magic a gift from god? Or is it the gods answering the participants “prayer”?

4.) If magic is really the result of the gods responding to the “magician,” why would they do this? Is there any restriction on what they can do? What prevents them from always saving the day?

5.) If you are calling on a god for help, do you call on the same god each time or does it depend on which god would be the most helpful?

5.) Does your religion require priests or priestesses to be magicians?

ritual6.) Is magic forbidden and if so, why?

7.) Does your magic involve rituals (religious or otherwise)? Do the participants expect an immediate response or will the ritual take effect three months later?

8.) Does your magic revolve around spirits or magical beings sent to do tasks?  (“I, Ago the mighty, summon you using your true daemon name to do my will…”)

With my trilogy, The Elemental, I did not involve gods in the story so I did not have to  address these questions. There were two types of magic – innate (Elementals) and learned (Learners) but neither received these powers as a gift from God. In my current work in progress, magic was bestowed on the disciples of the gods and so only descendants have magic. My gods are a little further removed from the current story.

Five years ago today…

Five years ago today, I was pregnant with my daughter. Her due date was still a little over three weeks away. There was no way I would have guessed that my weekly checkup with the fetal maternal specialist would result in Lexie’s birth the following day.

Let me give you some back story…I turned 35 a few months after getting pregnant. This made me what the doctors consider “advanced maternal age.” My doctor suggested I see a maternal-fetal  specialist to be tested for Down syndrome since being older increases the baby’s chances of having it. My test came back with an elevated chance so the specialist suggested a sonogram as a follow-up test.

That sonogram at 16 weeks would change a lot of things. One of the first things they noted was Lexie had situs inverses, which means all her organs are flipped. Her heart and stomach are on her right instead of the left. In addition, they noted that her inferior verna cava (the major vein that brings blood from your lower extremities to your heart) was what they called “interrupted” (meaning it didn’t go where is was supposed to go).  Both of these are rare developmental defects and  together possibly a sign that she could have polysplenia (multiple spleens) or asplenia (no spleen). They suggested doing an amniocentesis to rule out any genetic problems (Downs, trisomy 13 and such) as these are also common with these two indicators.

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Sonogram picture at 35 weeks – just 2 weeks before her birth.

The amniocentesis came back normal and let us know that we were having a girl. But the specialist suggested monthly (and later every other week followed by weekly) sonograms to watch her growth progress. Two months later he sent us to a cardiologist for a fetal echocardiogram to check out her heart and the incomplete IVC. The cardiologist verified what the specialist already saw on one of the sonograms. Lexie had a hole in between two chambers of her heart. The good news was he said the incomplete IVC was a non issue as her blood didn’t follow the “normal route” but did get back to her heart, which was the important part.

At my next sonogram in January, they noted an elevated amount of amniotic fluid (polyhydramnios). The specialist said that often times (like 99%) it is due to gestational diabetes. I had already taken the one-hour glucose test and failed but had passed the 3-hour test. But with the elevated fluid level, he had me take the three-hour test again, but I didn’t have gestational diabetes.

The additional amniotic fluid was now something else that they would need to watch. Soon we started doing sonograms every other week. On the weeks that I didn’t have a sonogram, I was meeting with my OB. That means every week I had an appointment.

At one of my February appointments, the fetal-maternal specialist noted that I was having contractions. They hooked me up to a monitor but after an hour when they hadn’t stopped, they sent me to the hospital where they were able to stop the contractions. Yes, this was an eventful pregnancy.

So five years ago today, I went to see the maternal-fetal specialist. He noted that my ever-increasing amniotic fluid level was now four times the amount of a normal pregnant woman. The concern was if my water broke that the gush of extra fluid could pull the umbilical cord out possibly cutting off the baby’s oxygen. So the specialist suggested another amniocentesis test to see if Lexie’s lungs were developed enough for her to be born.

On March 12th at 1 am, we received a call from the specialist. Her lungs were developed enough. He wanted us at the hospital later that morning for a c-section. So less than 24 hours after my appointment we were in the hospital and by noon, Lexie was born. She was 3 1/2 weeks early and weighed 7 lbs 10 oz.

Of course right after birth they whisked her away to the Neonatal ICU to run tests on her due to the situs inverses, the incomplete IVC and the hole in her heart. After numerous tests (including one in which they temporarily stopped her heart), they decided her heart was fine. Through a sonogram, they discovered she had multiple spleens. Most of them were really small. Another test revealed that at least one of them was working.

Lexie in the NICU - 2 days old.

Lexie in the NICU – 2 days old.

Before they would allow Lexis to have food, they did a barium swallow test, tracking the barium as it traveled through her system. This was done when she was two days old and again, everything proved to be fine. So even though she has an array of “differences” than a typical newborn, everything seemed okay.

At three days old they moved her out of the NICU and into the intermediate nursery for the next five days while we worked on a reflux/aspiration issue that occurred whenever she took a bottle.

So after a stressful pregnancy (for us not her) and a stressful first few days of life (for all of us), we brought our beautiful baby girl home when she was eight days old. None of the issues they were worried about have ever caused her a problem. Instead she just developed new ones – amblyopia, eczema, and allergies to pretty much everything. Of course, none of that will even be thought about tomorrow as we celebrate her fifth birthday.

Today’s Featured Author: Andre Alan

Today I have an excerpt from Andre Alan’s book Heaven’s Fate.

Excerpt

Only thirty minutes before, Jeremiah Cek lay in his bunk reading a new novel he had picked up on his downtime. Now he sat in the cockpit of his AF-157 with a scramjet engine and smooth, rounded curves to prevent radar detection. Squadron leader Cek, tag-name: Honey Badger, a name earned through his fearless tactics. He had received the secure message on his wrist communicator from his captain, Charlotte ‘Sky’ Landry, commanding him to form up his squadron and double time it to High Garden Clearing. They approached the city; he could already see fires burning in the distance.

“The target is painted hot, Honey Badger,” said Masi Lawrence, tag-name: Wolverine, and the Honey Badger’s second in command.

Squad leader Cek and the two other fighter pilots flying in formation behind him switched their heads-up-display to view the infrared spectrum and located the large red dot that was their target flying in circles above High Garden Clearing. Fires created by the dragon’s breath had produced a thick layer of smoke that sat low in the air.

“Target in sight,” said Honey Badger. “Weapons free. I repeat, weapons free.”

“Roger that,” said Wolverine. “Let’s light ‘em up!”

“I have missile lock,” said Warthog, the last member of the team. He flew in formation to the left of the Honey Badger. “Repeat. I have missile lock. Bombs away.”

The laser-guided missiles left the airplane’s weapons chamber from a compartment underneath the wings and quickly climbed to speeds in excess of Mach ten. Each of the three pilots flying towards High Garden Clearing released two hydrogen-powered heat-seeking missiles and watched on their radar as the rockets found their target. The missiles exploded against the scaly, stronger-than-steel plates of the dragon’s green hide, brightening the night sky over the city in a burst of energy. The beast let out an agonizing shriek. Xiuhcoatl fell to the ground, sending up a plume of dust and debris.

“Our work here is done, boys,” said Honey Badger. “Let’s leave the cleanup to Captain Sky. First round’s on me tonight.” He smiled, hearing the cheers of his fellow pilots. Joyous sounds coming through his headset were abruptly replaced by an everlasting silence.

A plume of dragon fire ignited the gas tank and the other pilots watched their leader’s plane explode. Wolverine regained his composure. He knew the task to see them safely back to base had now fallen to him. “Break off,” shouted Wolverine into his helmet. “Evasive maneuvers. Stay with me, Warthog. We’re going in for another shot. We need to drop this bastard if we want to have any hope of making it out alive.”

Warthog, Sal Diamond, was a young, chubby kid that could barely grow a mustache. He still remembered vividly the day that Jeremiah Cek had come to his home town of Queens. He knew that trying to kill a dragon without the advantage of surprise on your side was suicide. He wanted nothing more than to pull back on his throttle until it was jammed and run afterburners until he arrived back home. Yet the soldier in him wanted revenge for his squad leader, his friend and mentor. Sal tucked his emotions away as he had been taught in basic training and formed up on Wolverine. They swung back around to engage the target.

Masi Lawrence sent a signal to his commanding officer on the ground.

Charlotte peered down at the two-way wrist communicator. A message beeped in her earpiece. The note from Wolverine saddened her at first. By the end of the message, she was merely angry; it read: first strike failed. SQNLDR  KIA. Engaging target. Requesting ground support. She spit on the ground in frustration, wondering how her small contingent had become involved in the never-ending war between the Ura and the people of High Garden Clearing. The capitol city of Ardile, which held the seat of political power, would no doubt hear of this ruthless attack by the Ura and demand that troops be sent to the Ura Forest. There would be an outcry from the public to destroy the main base of the demons, and their capitol city, The Ura Star. Charlotte relayed a message to the wizard resting in his tower.

Sebastian was now fully recovered from the physical and mental toll of imbuing the Tundra Sword with its rightful magical properties. He received the message from Charlotte on the communicator she left for him. His instructions were clear: should the battle turn ugly, signal the mages located in Consonance and have them open a portal to send the heavy-hitting mech-tanks for assistance.

Charlotte, along with Thame, periodically peeked around the corner of the red brick building they now hid behind. They were watching the heavy mech-tanks sweeping down the streets. The tanks were being controlled remotely by soldiers still on the large military base in Consonance.

“The reinforcements are here,” said Charlotte. “We need to pull back to Sebastian’s residence and get a portal to Consonance.”

“We can’t just leave these people here like this,” said Thame.

“They are not my responsibility,” said Charlotte. “You are. My orders clearly state that I need to get you back to the Pyramid ASAP after completion of the Tundra Sword.”

“I brought this upon these innocent people. I must see them safe.”

“If you wanna be a hero, then do it on your own time! I have orders. Orders that must be obeyed.”

Thame did not like the ominous tone in Charlotte’s voice. He looked in her direction, and the butt of Charlotte’s las-gun sped towards his face. He was rammed into unconsciousness and immediately his mind was whisked away to the Oresme Sphere.

Book Description

Heavens Fate book cover 01Thame Elliot, an expert Rietsu martial artist, is consumed with thoughts of avenging his father’s death and rebuilding the legendary Tundra Sword. Little does Thame know that his aunt, the first empress of the human continent, Eioda, Autumn Augustus, has set the nation on a course that can only lead to war with the Orcs. The mystical inhabitants on the planet, Threa have been plunged into a struggle for the ancient artifacts buried in the mysterious, Consummate of the Trust. Not only that but his aunt is hell bent on marrying him to a corrupt military admirals daughter while Thame’s spiritual guardian, Masaya from the Astral Plane tries to manipulate him in order to keep the heavens from falling apart. The fate of mankind rest in Thame’s young hands but does he even want the responsibility that goes along with being the chosen one. Or will Thame’s spiritual twin, imbued with dark powers granted by the evil one, assassinate him before he can fulfill his destiny.

Author Bio

Dre03Andre Alan was born and raised in Hartford, CT and attended college in New Haven, CT. After graduating with a degree in international business and a brief career as an IT data analyst in the insurance field, Andre Alan decided to follow his lifelong passion of creating fiction entertainment. With a small amount of artistic talent, some of his first memories are of drawing TMNT’s. After a brief, failed stint as a poet and a short lived comic book series, everything fell into place to pursue fantasy novel writing. An avid video gamer when there is time and an addict for Ramen Noodles. Andre is a sports fanatic and a lifelong student of international business; if the television is on (which it rarely is) it will be tuned into ESPN or CNBC.

You can find more about Andre on his website. You can also follow him on Twitter or check out his Facebook page.

You can get Heaven’s Fate at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.