Review and Release of Kurintor Nyusi

Finally, after several months of editing and perfecting the manuscript to be exactly how I want it, my new diverse fantasy Kurintor Nyusi is ready for release!

Kurintor Nyusi is a diverse fantasy without my usual grimdark edge. My son has been asking for years to read one of my novels. With that in mind, I wanted to craft a tale that would possess the same depth, multi-layered plot, creative world-building, and exceptional characterization as my previous works, without the more…well…graphic elements that could scar a child for life. He’s only eleven, after all. Kurintor Nyusi delivers that and more!

The official launch date is March 14, 2018. Why? Well, for two outstanding reasons: #1 it’s Albert Einstein’s birthday (my son’s favorite). #2 it’s pie day. PERFECT! No Ides of March for me.

I’ll have links to this fantastic new fantasy soon! You can read an early review from D. Donovan, senior reviewer of Midwest Book Reviews.

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Midwest Book Review

“Many epic fantasy reads hold the same familiar trappings: destiny redirects a young life, heritage dictates its obstacles, the protagonist either rebels against or struggles to achieve his birthright, and new abilities come into play to change everything.

Kurintor Nyusi takes a different approach, adopting a focus on protagonist choices in the face of changing circumstances and emphasizing these changing options at different points during the tale.

The battles aren’t just physical confrontations, and they don’t always take place in the arena of a physical world, either. That’s just one powerful piece in a story that winds through threats and arrogance, strong female characters who wield swords and defy death, and one savvy girl’s devotion to her Da and her self.

One strength to note in the course of these events is the language Aaron-Michael Hall employs to describe scenes and characters: “Druehox was a smug churl who wouldn’t have given her the time of day had she wanted his attention. Since the opposite was true, his advances bordered on stalking. Every night, he appeared to have a different woman’s company. They doted and sniffed behind him as if he was the ruler of the twelve kingdoms.” An attention to atmosphere and psychological insights is just one of the strengths that lend a touch of the fantastic to even ordinary scenes and descriptions.

Another strength lies in the story line’s emphasis on developing mental as well as physical prowess. The descriptions of training and battles are well done, as are the explorations of how such training occurs on different levels. These insights influence into other kinds of preparations for survival against all odds: “You have to be aware of your battlefield, Damali,” he lectured, using his cover to mask his position. “There’s more to combat than speed and brute force. Use your mind and harness your true abilities.”

 From the loss of parents and the desire to carry on their teachings to unexpected new beginnings “Once the gate closed, Alyelu grinned. “I’ve shattered the mirror, Father, and buried the past. With your death, I’ll truly begin to live.”
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is replete with subplots that cover various forms of choice and transformation.

Wind these elements into an epic fantasy filled with satisfying battles, confrontations with self and others, and changing ties between present, past, and future for a powerful saga especially recommended for epic fantasy fans who like their action-packed stories seasoned with examinations of personal power and how that is cultivated.”

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New Year Reflections

2018

Wonderful New Year wishes to everyone!

I’ve made a post regarding my fantastic convention year in Atlanta, GA. I was blessed to meet some wonderful creatives and a few of my favorite professional actors and authors. Being a panelist with Christopher Paolini and Michael Livingston at DragonCon was a great way to end this busy year. However, meeting Colin Baker (Dr. Who) and J.G. Hertzler (my favorite Klingon, Martok, from DS9) was an extra special treat!

Year End Review

Some unexpected honors also helped to make 2017 a memorable year. My debut novel, The Rise of Nazil, is a Readers’ Favorite award-winner, and my Science Fantasy Duology (Rites of Heirdron and Orbs of Trenihgea) won two gold awards as well. Being recognized for my novels is a humbling and fulfilling experience. It’s difficult to share my work with the world, and I’m overjoyed that readers relish each well-crafted tale and email me expressing their love (or loathing) of the multilayered characters and the worlds in which they live.

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Thank you to everyone who purchased, read, and reviewed my novels. With the vast amount of literary works available to you, it’s an honor to have my novels selected and loved.

Enjoy this exciting holiday season and GREAT success in 2018!

New Releases!

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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.

 
🔗 https://goo.gl/h63DWf – Rites of Heirdron
🔗 https://goo.gl/Lsv1X6 – Orbs of Trenihgea

I’ll be having some giveaways for both the audio book and the ebook soon. If you are on Goodreads, you’ll have the opportunity to win a paperback copy of both science fantasy novels as well.

Stay tuned for more regarding this science fantasy romance duology!

Review of Rites of Heirdron audio book:

Rites Review

Ahmezurhran and Adnamax await!

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Author Interview – Antoinette Houston

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I am pleased to welcome multi-genre fantasy author Antoinette Houston to the Desu Beast Blog. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight. Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?

 I am a chocoholic, I love manga and anime and enjoy RPG videogames. I’m addicted to the Sims. If my video card was working properly, I would be playing them now. I am never without a pen or pad, always writing notes on something. I do not act my age and you can’t make me. I have a little boy and have been happily married for 12 years come July 16. I make unique leather accessories from jewelry to bookmarks and purses. I have an eclectic love of music. I listen to metal, country, new age to classical, RnB and soul.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

Honestly, no. I’ve always had a great imagination, loved books, adored video games, but I wanted to become a great cook first and then went to school for that. I learned then that cooking, well, while I love experimenting in the kitchen I do not have the passion to push it further than ‘hobby-level’. All the time while I was in school, from elementary to culinary; I’ve been writing stories.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

My fortieth birthday and a cousin that convinced me to give Createspace a try. I hit forty and decided that I needed to do something with all the files and notepads and journals of stories that I had collected over the years. Somebody would enjoy them and I might enjoy it.

  1. What genre(s) do you write?

When I started, I had no clue there were so many and even more sub-genres. I’m still learning the exact placement of my writing, but so far it’s been fantasy, paranormal, urban fantasy, space opera. I’ve other stories that I’ve yet to place but I think they may fall in one of the dystopias and one I believe is considered a ‘Timeslip’ story.

  1. What is the name of your latest novel? 

My latest novel has been the final book to my space opera: Beyond Human. A trilogy that popped up after finishing my second book.

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

I dreamt it. Most of my stories were dreams that wouldn’t fade until I wrote it down. As with my very first story, it was only supposed to be a single book, but somehow it multiplied and turned into a trilogy.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

That’s a hard one. I supposed it would have to be a character I haven’t introduced yet. She’s stuck with me for a looong time and I’m still trying to perfect her story. But my second favorite is Rita from my Red Summer series.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

The least favorite? Don’t really have any, the ones that go un-named? Maybe the ones that have like one scene or are simply there for information. Those are the hardest characters to come up with. The no-face ones.

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

Rita. After allowing a few friends to read her story they’ve all come back telling me that she pretty much me. I hadn’t meant for Rita to be that way. I was trying to make her different, but I realized that she was after the four hundredth re-write. Not many paranormal stories with a female lead that’s not your normal black girl. I had given her a lot of my habits and characteristics without even realizing it. Taste in music, desires as far as friends and uncertainty as far as her direction in life.

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

No. Sometimes people ‘read’ too much into a story. This is just a story I made up for pure enjoyment. No lesson or philosophical meaning to be found between the lines. Just a story I created to escape reality for a bit. Adventure, fun, imagination. I’m not deep like that.

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  1. What books have influenced you the most?

Why? Piers Anthony’s Xaneth series. Steven R. Boyett’s Ariel. Richard and Wendy Pini’s Elfquest – I enjoyed the twisting of the normal formula of fantasy. A play on puns. A swearing and dangerously curious Unicorn. Taking something and recreating it your own way.  I don’t want to follow the usual story lines. I want new ways of storytelling.

  1. Who are a few of your favorite authors?

Piers Anthony, Steven R. Boyett, Richard & Wendy Pini, Steve Perry, Robert Asprin, Terry Brooks…

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

I Don’t Know! That’s one question that’s hard to answer. To have a conversation is the problem. My mind would more than likely draw up silly questions no matter what I did. I doubt that I would be able to get my voice to work anyway. But, I think the first Author I’d love to speak with would be Piers. His were the first books I read, my introduction to fantasy.- waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in elementary school.

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

Sure! I’m working on the final book to my Red Summer series – Its title is still a work in progress but it’s sub-title will be ‘Tying up loose ends’ Because that’s what I’ll be doing. I’m also working on my Time slip series and my Epic Fantasy story Wonderlost, which you can read on my website, I’m finishing it and moving on to the 2nd book.

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

Lol, sure. All the typos that I missed.

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

The explosion was an ominous sign of things to come. Honey and Sammus find that their ‘rough patch’ only gets worse and outside interference bring big changes they never expected. Bo finds himself confused and unable to get over what he did to Evvie. His mental stability spirals out of control as he attempts to fulfill his sister’s revenge.

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

“Fine, be a @!%#! about this. I’ll be the monster you want.” – Bobby Acosta (Wil’s Winter)

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

Just do it! Don’t hesitate, as it is, you can always go back and fix things, but the feeling is wonderful when you have that very first book in your hand.

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

I’m going to my first book convention in July! July 22nd! The Atlanta Kickback at the College Park Convention Center. I’m nervous as all get out, but I’m excited as well! I’ll also be at the Onyxcon in August! Excited for that one too!

To learn more about Antoinette, please visit her FACEBOOK, TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, or AMAZON pages.

Thank you for stopping by the Desu Beast Blog. I’ve enjoyed your books and your banter! I am looking forward to meeting you at the Kickback.

Antoinette

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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Coming to Audible soon!