I’m excited to announce that the audio book for Rites of Heirdron is live on audible and the second novel Orbs of Trenihgea is available for pre-order on Amazon! It has been a busy year, but both novels released by the deadline.
They poisoned his planet, massacred his people, and violated his mother.
Then, they came for him.
After an interplanetary betrayal decimated his world, Zrahnz struggled to protect his people and reclaim his legitimacy as their ruler.
Now, he has received the Rites of Heirdron and vows to defend the Triax planets torn asunder by a corrupt galactic council, and the “shadow whisperers” who have manipulated them all.
With the aid of First Commander Lezayen and his QuNytwanian fleet, Zrahnz must unite the factions that deceived them in the past. The ensuing battle is for more than the survival of Triaxeyn, it’s for the liberation of the galaxy.
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I am thrilled to announce that Rites of Heirdron narrated by the phenomenal Victor Bevine is live on audible! To celebrate the new release, I am gifting five FREE audio books in exchange for honest reviews.
If you love Science Fantasy Romance and would like to receive a free copy, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject RITES. I will be using an online randomizer to select five winners.
What is Science Fantasy?
Science fantasy is a mixed genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy. Where science fiction does not permit the existence of fantasy or supernatural elements, science fantasy explicitly relies upon them.
They poisoned his planet, massacred his people, and violated his mother. Now, they’re coming for him.
A bastard prince born to a dishonored queen, Zrahnz is the last hope of a dying world nearly decimated after a treacherous interplanetary betrayal. He struggles to reclaim his legitimacy as a ruler and for his planet’s survival. But as he endeavors to unravel the manipulations of the past, a debilitating illness threatens his sanity and his life. If he cannot save himself, his planet will succumb to the corrupt intergalactic alliances aligned against them.
The irrepressible allure he feels for an Earth-born visitor, Itanya, threatens to overwhelm him, yet through her, Zrahnz discovers the secret that can ease the devastating agony of his illness. Could she be the key to his survival and the future of Triaxeyn?
With Q-1 Raydren at his side, and with the influence of the Oracles, he discovers corrupted truths and a forgotten prophecy. But he must make a crucial, life-saving decision, or else his people and everyone he loves could be destroyed.
I am extremely elated to announce the coming audiobook for the Science Fantasy Romance Rites of Heirdron (book I)!
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.
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.
I am dedicating this post to an upcoming release. The Science Fantasy Romance novel Rites of Heirdron is a love of mine that was almost derailed. This duology was inspired by another novella series that I was co-authoring. It was not the content or development of that series that I was assisting to create; it was the lack of that development. It was frustrating.
I took that spark of inspiration and created an entire universe and a unique cast of characters that I immediately fell in love with. In the beginning, it was a story just for me. I enjoyed the subtle nuances and breathing life into my character creations. However, the more I shared with others, the more I was prompted to publish. It was not unlike my first novel, The Rise of Nazil.
Just as with all of my writing, I have characters illustrated or purchase stock photos that resemble how I imagine them. It was the same with Rites. My great friend, Julie Nicholls convinced me to move beyond just that image and create something more. As I designed the poster (or told her my thoughts and left the designing to her expertise), the characters came more alive. Once she asked to feature her illustration of my poster in her fantasy magazine, the surreal was no longer that. That is when Rites of Heirdron truly existed as more than just a story for me; I desired to share it with everyone.
Although there have been many obstacles and unforeseen complications, Rites of Heirdron will release in 2017. That is an exciting proclamation for me, and even more so with the completion of Rites of Heirdron II (which I will be placing in the hands of my editor, Morgan Smith, soon). The duology will be available in 2017, and I could not be happier.
Please enjoy a sneak peek of Rites of Heirdron. The Prelude and first two chapters are posted HERE for your reading pleasure.