Audiobook for Rites of Heirdron

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Back in December 2016, I decided to publish Rites of Heirdron in audiobook format. However, there was only one narrator that I wanted for the voice of Zrahnz Uleryn (and the compelling cast). I fell in love with Victor Bevine’s narrations listening to the Drizzt series from R.A. Salvatore. All of his character depictions and emotional aspects he brings forth are captivating, drawing you further into the plot and characterization.

After listening to his narration (and acting), I wanted him to narrate my novels as well. Albeit, I wasn’t certain if he would accept such a small project or have the time.

When he responded with a yes, the same day, I was ecstatic! I always remain professional, but it was hard not to fangirl just a little when talking with him.

We had a few setbacks (he is so busy) and a delay, but the complete audiobook will be out very soon on audible! I think I am fangirling a little right now.

You can enjoy an excerpt of Rites of Heirdron, narrated by Victor Bevine below!

Author Interview – Tom Fallwell

It is my pleasure to welcome fantasy author Tom Fallwell to the Desu Beast Blog. His Rangers of Laerean series includes: A Whisper in the Shadows, Where Shadows Fall, and The Shadow of Narwyrm. Tom also writes a monthly story (Stormguard) in SciFan Magazine.

Time to find out more about Tom Fallwell and his journey as a writer.

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  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

I had for a time, but because I was in another career, I didn’t have time and didn’t think too much about it. Once I retired, I found the time, and discovered the urge to start writing all those stories in my head.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I wrote a short story, a sort of romantic/mystery/inspirational tale, which was well received by those who read it. A friend encouraged me to keep writing, so I turned to a story idea I’d been playing with in my head for quite a while. Once I started writing, it just flowed out and in a few months, I had a full novel. The inspiration for the tale actually came from playing a video game, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. I’d created a character and a bit of a backstory for her, named Delina. She is the MC in my first novel, which is now being rewritten.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

Mostly Fantasy, though I also enjoy writing Science-Fiction and Science-Fantasy.

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  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

The latest novel is coming this summer (2017) and is called, Dragonblood Throne: Legacy. It is actually a rewrite of my first novel, expanding upon that story a bit and planning it to be a two-book series. The original novel was Dragon Rising.

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

For Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, I believe the message is Love over Hate. Love conquers all things, and I think that is pretty much what this story is about.

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

The Lord of the Rings, because of the in-depth world building and true-to-life characters that Tolkien created. I aspire to be as meticulous in my own works as Tolkien. Another is any and all of the Conan stories by Robert E. Howard, because of the larger-than-life aspect of the main character, Conan. He was stubborn to a fault, mighty, and determined, yet at times, he showed an inner compassion for others you would not expect.

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

I’m currently working on a new fantasy novel which I am co-authoring with another author whom I’ve found I have much in common with. I can’t say a lot about all that just yet, but I think the story we are creating will be epic!

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

No

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

This is from the end of a battle scene in which the main character, Delina, loses herself in a fit of pure rage.

Moving too fast for Horath to follow, Delina grabbed both his wrists and squeezed with a strength that caused the Spy Master’s eyes to bulge in shocked surprise. Piercing agony raced through his arms and his daggers fell to the ground as his hold on them loosened.

 Delina’s face was a tortured mask of indignation as she pulled the spy’s face to within inches of her own, showing her teeth in a snarl of pure hatred, her eyes reflecting the anguish of her soul. In that moment, she had no conscious thought beyond hate. Hate for this man who’d killed Morlok. Hate for Kargoth who’d stole the man she loved from her side. A growl of rage escaped through her clenched teeth.

 Horath’s pain was suddenly overridden by the acute realization that he was about to die. He opened his mouth in a last second attempt to speak a surrender in the hopes he might survive this ordeal, but it was too late.

 With growling scream of pure fury, Delina jerked both of Horath’s arms, ripping them their sockets, leaving behind torn and bloody shreds of flesh. Horath’s last sight was the enraged dragonblood holding his arms up like trophies. Then, wailing in dying agony, Horath fell to the ground, sobbing from the sheer torture of his pain.

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

This is a quote from Ranger Baric in Where Shadows Fall of the Rangers of Laerean series. He and his companion Ramura are talking about the grief one must endure when someone you love is lost.

“Grief must come, but it’s still grief and there’s no part of the body that can hurt more than the heart.”

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

Write because you love writing, first and foremost, and never let anything drag you down. Keep writing, no matter what. Also, write to please yourself, not others.

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

If you would like to learn more about Tom or his fantastical novels, follow/friend him on Amazon, Website, Facebook, Smashwords, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, his Podcast, and you can join his Mailing List.

Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog! I look forward to reading more of Stormguard and the next in the Rangers series.

Outlanta Convention

Where will I be this weekend? I will be at the amazing Outlanta Convention May 12th – 14th at the Marriott Century Center in Atlanta, GA.

15002501_735727426586906_5790235716610344788_oCome out and join the fun for an action-packed weekend! Do not forget to stop by the Dealer’s room and visit my booth. I will always have a warm smile, peppermints, fun stories, and friendly hugs. Oh, do not forget about the great novels and swag!

Hope to see you there.

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I am waiting for you!

New Release!

After much deliberation and planning, the graphic companion to The Rise of Nazil series is available on Amazon!

The Guardians' Rise Front Cover-SMThe Guardians’ Rise is an introduction to the fantastical land of Faélondul. It is a companion graphic with a prelude to The Rise of Nazil, containing over thirty custom illustrations commissioned for The Rise of Nazil Epic Fantasy Series. Meet many of the intriguing characters, species, and creatures found within the pages of The Rise of Nazil, Seed of Scorn, Piercing the Darkness, and Blood of Oisin. There are a few bonus images from the Science Fantasy novels Rites of Heirdron and Orbs of Trenihgea!

This collection of illustrations and bonus content is not available anywhere else. If you are in the Atlanta area, stop by OutLantaCon this weekend for a personalized, discounted copy!

Love classic Epic Fantasy with a modern EDGE? Faélondul Awaits!

Turning the reader off: when “self-promoting” turns into “self-absorbed”

Interesting and quite correct.

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I’m on a lot of social media nowadays.

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It’s something you pretty  much have to do, whether you’re a brand-new, fresh-out-of-the-box indie author or a well-known and traditionally published household name. You gotta Facebook blog, Tweet, Instagram, and Snapchat yourself and your books all over the place. It’s just the way it is.

But despite decades of having been advertised to, it seems that most of us. including all the advertising “gurus” who are now hawking their wares all over the net, haven’t learned a damned thing.

No. Seriously, you just keep doing those things that don’t work.

You need to listen to yourself and think a lot harder about what it is your advertising is for.

This is pretty important. If your FB page and Twitterfeed is populated entirely by either people offering to advertise your book (for a price) or other authors hawking their stuff, you haven’t hit…

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TrekLanta 2017

I had a fantastic time at TrekLanta’s annual Star Trek Convention. I not only met some amazing new readers, Trek fans, and cosplayers, I also battled Klingons, attended a Klingon wedding, and met one of my favorites of all time – J. G. Hertzler – Martok of DS9 and many others!

What an epic weekend! Thank you for coming out to meet me and a HUGE thank you to J.G. for being such a sweetheart and chatting it up with me all weekend. He is a remarkable person.

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Just a few highlights from the weekend!

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I met the BEST Scotty cosplayer that I have ever seen. I admit: my mouth gaped when he walked over to me.

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Defending my vendor booth with John Caballero!

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J.G. as Martok. LOVE!