Rites of Heirdron Review

Another fantastic review for the Science Fantasy Romance Rites Of Heirdron from Midwest Book Reviews. Thank you, D. Donovan!

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Rites of Heirdron is Book 1 of a powerful fantasy telling of a prince betrayed, a planet laid to waste, and a series of political alliances and special interests that don’t bode well for the world. It’s a recommended pick for readers of military sci-fi and stories that embrace interplanetary conflicts and political systems.

A young bastard prince is tasked with putting together clues about how his world has been broken and how a shattered people can be put back together again – but like Humpty Dumpty, the task seems impossible, with pieces widely scattered and no clear template for restoration in sight.

If this sounds like a typical one-dimensional fantasy, be advised that Rites of Heirdron is far more complex than a simple plot overview could provide; and this is because it juxtaposes many different concerns and interests as well as different methods of problem-solving and viewing the world.

What happens when left-brain thinking, for example, encounters information beyond its ability to analyze? The clash between linear beliefs and thinking processes and the type of perception that comes from accepting a bit of magic and psychic influence on the world makes for one of the many engrossing sub-plots in Rites of Heirdron: “In most cases, the pursuit of knowledge is paramount. However, in dealings of faith, trust in those who’ve come before you. Greater men have forfeited their lives pursuing that which is forbidden. Your analytical mind is in conflict with your faith.”

Another facet (picking just one of many) is the prince’s love for a special woman who is one of many in his harem: an unusual love which defies the rules. The story of their evolving romance is just one of the threads that links the story with diverse pieces of personal and political intrigue.

No light affair, Rites of Heirdron‘s dual focus on changing worlds and hearts moves deftly from personal to political realms, incorporates a quest that could change everything, and tasks its characters with growth and purpose beyond their familiar upbringings. It’s a recommended pick for readers who like their sci-fi spiced with more than light romance, but who want that romance wrapped in the heavier cloak of sacrifice, duty, and life-changing decisions.

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Bibliobattle with Me, This Saturday!

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CALLING ALL NEW YORK CITY BOOK LOVERS!

On Saturday, March 25th at 3 PM, I will be the moderator of the next Bibliobattle at Kinokuniya NYC, near Bryant Park. Our topic this time is dystopian novels. To learn more about Bibliobattle, check out my last blog post on the topic here. We have a few battlers in place, but we can always use more people who are willing to talk up their favorite dystopian novel! Tomorrow is the last day to sign up, so if you’re interested, please let me know! You could win free booooooooks….

Also, we’d love to have you there as audience members! If you have a free hour this Saturday, come join us and help us choose the winner!

Hope to see you guys there!

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Author Interview – TJ Morris

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Author Spotlight
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Today I would like to welcome cross-genre author TJ Morris to the Desu Beast Blog. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I have. I have been writing since I was in high school. I started my novel in the 90’s and recently found new inspiration and have not looked back!

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I was researching schizophrenia and Cromwellian history. I wrote a sentence and followed the character from there. I let some people read it, great trepidation there; when they said it was really good I finished it.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

I have written a bit of poetry, a few short stories (character sketches), and science fiction. Science fiction is my true love.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The Cathedral” is the novel currently on the stands, I have a novelette titled “Dahmba,” and the sequel “The Cathedral” will be out soon be out, “Heaven’s Gate.”

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Through my research into topics that interested me, a background in gaming, and a fertile imagination, I envisioned my characters and followed them through their stories. I am an organic writer and truly believe the characters drive the story line and not the opposite.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

His given name is But for the Love of Jesus Christ We would all be Damned Smith, the III: BC for short. He is a conflicted fellow and you really cannot tell what his disposition is … good or evil. He has a path to travel and it is difficult and full of emotional turmoil, conflicted characters draw me.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

It is hard for me to name a least favorite. Even my antagonists draw me. The point of a good foil is to make the interaction dynamic. I believe I accomplish this and my story is buoyed as such. The characters drive the storyline both antagonist and protagonist.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

I actually think I relate most to a secondary character in my second novel, “Heaven’s Gate.” He has had a number of struggles in life including alcohol abuse and contempt for the organizations in which he is engaged. He refuses to toe the line if it is not a correct one to toe. His name is Popatus. As a person he has motivated and inspired many, as a human he struggles. He represents to me the plight of most of us.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Life is a journey. We all have to travel it and no one is guaranteed an easy walk. Life is about the trials and your success/failure. What do you learn? How do you improve? How do you triumph?

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

I would have to say first is “Foundation and Empire” by Isaac Asimov. His antagonist, the Mule. is an intricate character who would not be considered a power in most circles. The disruption to the Seldon Plan he causes defies everything the great minds predicted.  Next is Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse,” the visceral nature of the main characters pain and path really quantifies the struggle between good and evil and the knife’s edge one walks when taking justice into one’s own hands. I would be remiss if I did not include “The Hobbit,” and “The Lord of the Rings.” This book really sparked my interest in reading in high school.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

The aforementioned Asimov, Clancy and Tolkien. I think in terms of my emotional content I would have to include Nathaniel Hawthorne … the darkness of his works with the overall message is compelling. Johnathan Edwards … never has anyone portrayed vitriol in terms of our destiny to try and do good as he did. Finally Walt Whitman … his style and relentless pursuit of topics that were pariah was inspiring.

  1. With what author would you love to have a conversation?

I think I would have to say Nathaniel Hawthorne. How does a customs clerk write stories that encapsulate the struggle between good and evil in such a human setting? His societal commentaries were potent, accurate and strong. The best summation of this is the sexton’s last words in “The Minister’s Black Veil:” when man does not vainly shrink from the eye of his Creator, loathsomely treasuring up the secret of his sin; then deem me a monster, for the symbol beneath which I have lived, and die! I look around me, and, lo! on every visage a Black Veil!”

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I am in the process of publishing my second novel, “Heaven’s Gate.” I am really excited to be starting a steam punk novel, “The Cogsworth Conundrum,” which will use the imagery of steam punk one sees at conventions. I want to bring the steam punk aura into the forefront by writing imagery about the Waldos (Heinlein), actuators, articulated steam driven mechanisms to bring the background of our conventions to the forefront. I also have another novelette coming out, “Star Walker,” which will have a story about an African Queen who leads her people from oppression, to freedom and strength.

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  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

I would change my prologue. In hindsight I have worried the juxtaposition of time could confuse readers. I still believe it was important for continuity in the book but some of my younger readers have said the time shift threw them of; not so with more advanced readers.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

BC wiped his tears and looked deeply into Raysa’s eyes. “Life has a value above any other thing in this galaxy. I detest its taking. Had I not taken these lives, my life and yours would have been forfeit. I could not lose you any more than I could lose myself.”

“But you don’t even know me,” she said.

“I know,” he replied, “but I know the purity that I see when I looked into your pathways … and that innocence is worth the world.”

  1. Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?

“You are adjudicated!”

  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Hammer the keys. If it isn’t what you want continue. If you are afraid someone will critique you, continue. Follow your characters and see what is around them and in their minds. You will be amazed at where they take you. Find someone you can talk to about your work; it will inspire you and keep you going.

  1. Are there any future events you would like to announce?

I will be at Treklanta April 28th through the 30th. I will also be attending Wholanta May 5th through 7th

  1. Do you have any links that you would like to share?

Tjmorrisauthor.com and boldventurepress.com

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Desu Beast Blog. I am looking forward to reading The Cathedral and your other future works.

It was also a pleasure meeting you at the SciFi and Fantasy Expo this month. You are a fantastic new talent!

For more information about TJ Morris or his novels, please visit his WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, and SMASHWORDS.

Read long and prosper!

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Atlanta Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo

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I enjoyed another fantastic Expo this month. The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Expo was a two-day event in Dekalb, GA. There were some amazing creatives in attendance and some informative and enjoyable panels. I love meeting new authors and readers! I hope to meet more and chat with my new friends at future events and on social media!

Pencil me in for next year.

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Atlanta SciFi and Fantasy Expo

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If you are in the area, come out and join me at the Atlanta SciFi and Fantasy expo tomorrow! I would love to meet and chat it up with you.

What is this event?

A gathering of geeky gurus and geniuses sharing their genuine love for science fiction and fantasy art, entertainment, and media. Connect with industry professionals, collaborate with local artisans, and discuss interests with friends old and new during this 2 day celebration of fandom. The best part is that knowledge and exploration are FREE during the Expo!

Where will we be?

North DeKalb Mall
2042 Lawrenceville Hwy, Decatur, Georgia 30033

For more information, please visit their WEBSITE.

I cannot wait to meet you!

Faélondul Awaits!

Author Interview – Rose Castro

Author Spotlight

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Today I would like to welcome author Rose Castro to the Desu Beast Blog. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I’d always dreamed of writing something that others could enjoy. So, yes, I guess I have.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

Life. My health challenges one of which is losing my eyesight. This reality has pushed me to aspire for what matters.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Young Adult Fantasy & Contemporary Inspirational Romance

  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy series

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  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

Jesus Helguera was a Mexican painter. His work possibly among the most reproduced and or reprinted throughout the homes of Mexican descendants, especially popular in the Chicano community.

The ‘Grandeza Azteca’ fueled my curiosity as a child. I’d often see this print in calendars; many in which my family owned, and didn’t even realize the impact it had on me. Then I came across ‘Caballero Aguila.’ This painting sealed the deal for me. I was determined in learning more about the people depicted in his art, about the civilization, the Aztecs.

Through my limited research, I found out of the artist, and I’d come to know ‘La Leyenda de los Volcanes.’ There are many wonderful pieces he created, but these three were my official foundation.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

Viviana is the protagonist of the story, and for reasons, you’ll learn as you read the series, holds a special place in my heart. I don’t want to reveal too much too soon.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

Mr. Anderson. His role isn’t a breakthrough in Elemental Linx, but, the seed is there. Those who are reading between the lines might grasp it. In the next book, Five Pendants of Creation, I think many readers will find Mr. Anderson as detestable as me.

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Zoe. I know she’ll be someone many will find insufferable in book one. And I’m OK with that. But as the series moves forth, Zoe inadvertently lets you in, and readers will catch a glimpse of the very guarded teenager. Underneath it all, she’s just a girl who’s had to deal her entire life with serving as a reminder of something she had no control over. Rejection has always clouded her, and I find myself, personally, akin to the feeling.

  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

Everyone has a story. Although this series is of the fantasy genre, it serves as a reminder that at every moment of every day our fellow humans are dealing with highs and lows.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This story of Santiago’s journey spoke to me on a deeper level that I’ve never experienced from any other book. It was very transforming and liberating in so many ways.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Paulo Coelho, of course. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Dan Brown, and Pearl S. Buck. There are others, but these take the top spot for me.

  1. With what author would you love to have a conversation?

Probably Dan Brown. He does a lot of research for his stories, and I’d like to know what if any formula he uses to sift through good and bad research for his books.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

I’m currently wrapping up Anika’s Way, which will be my second contemporary inspirational romance novella. Then I start on Five Pendants of Creation, book two of The Tetrad Prophecy series.

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

No. I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason. It’s all part of a learning process, and although I have more than my fair share of cringe-worthy moments, I accept these because without them I might not appreciate the process as much as I do.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

“I sat pensively trying to form a correlation between the Lummi tribe and Aztecs. Both had myths or legends centered around the sun and the moon which I found quite interesting. I’d have to give it more thought later, as Ollin’s eyes were now open and staring right at me.”

  1. Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?

This is a small excerpt from A Shining Star. I love it.

She took the crystal in her hand once again, recalling the first time she’d set eyes on the shining star—the very day she’d almost lost her life and, oddly enough, the day that had allowed relationships to mend and begin to heal.”

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  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Stay the course. If you are anything like me, you’ll have many ups and downs and people doubting you. But you owe it to yourself to do it.

  1. Are there any future events you would like to announce?

I’ll be sharing events via my website and Facebook page. I have a speaking event happening in April, but the details of this are still being worked out. Just stay plugged into those two sites to be in the know.

You can learn more about Rose Castro by visiting her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, and TWITTER.

Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog. I enjoyed reading A Shining Star, and cannot wait to read Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy.

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