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An oath betrayed. A centuries-long curse.  A kingdom teetering on the edge of destruction.

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Kristin J. Dawson is a non-recovering chocolate and romantic English movie addict who loves to read science fiction and fantasy. You can find her most often indulging her favorite things at 2 am — night owls unite! 


Kristin writes high fantasy with political intrigue, a bit of romance, and of course, magic. When she’s not writing, toting her kids around to sports practices, or cleaning out the chicken coop, she’s probably trying to talk her friends into more shenanigans.

An oath betrayed. A centuries-long curse. 
A kingdom teetering on the edge of destruction.


In a world of magic, Nicoleta is unremarkable, except for her cursed, stuttering tongue. No special powers, no renowned apprenticeship, just the terrible, stammering aftereffects of the Lilac Plague.


Until she opens the ghostly blue vision from her mother.


Instead of words of endearment, the vision reveals that Nicoleta’s mother was a Guardian entrusted with a magical key — a key so powerful that those who rule will do anything to find it.


The burden of protecting the key now falls to Nicoleta. In a race against the crown, she must find the treasure and the true heir, the only one who can stop the curse from being fulfilled. Impossible? Almost certainly. One false step spells disaster. But Nicoleta is no fool. Where those before her died trying, Nicoleta forges a new path, relying on her wits and some unlikely allies.


Do you dare face the Lilac Plague? This coming of age, young adult fantasy adventure with mysterious magic, evil emperors, and a thread of romance will leave you amazed and clamoring for the next book.”

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In The Lilac Plague, there is a language of magic, created by a linguist who combined two of the ancient cultures my book was partly inspired by. You can read the entire oath in the book, but here’s a snippet!


To bind the key with your soul…
Va poltim o kaga met ditaveshi


To imprint duty on your heart…
Va skalm taut dpi dabaveshi


Protect the key while it protects you…
Mezenai to kagareshi mezenzai veshreshidi

 

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A terrible secret. A vengeful empress. An unstable empire

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018
                                                                 About the book:

TITLE: The Knight’s Secret

SERIES: The Mage Conspiracy, Book 1

GENRE: fantasy / adventure / romance

FORMATS: epub, mobi

PUBLISHER: Twigboat Press

SYNOPSIS
A terrible secret. A vengeful empress. An unstable empire.

Sir Corbin, retired Hero of Jerkum Pass, dies on the eve of an urgent mission. His granddaughter Kelsa dons the old man’s armor and his wrinkles and sets out to complete his last quest. She ventures to the capital of the Iron Empire. The city is in an uproar. The emperor has been slain by rogue mages. The new empress is livid. Now, every mage is suspect, including Kelsa’s mother.

Hidden behind a magic ring, Kelsa infiltrates her grandfather’s old regiment. As the mission leads her down a path of dark suspicions and lustful adventures, Kelsa struggles to live up to her grandfather’s legacy. Yet the more she examines it, the more holes she discovers, until Sir Corbin’s secret past threatens to expose her.

Unravel The Knight’s Secret, the first fantasy adventure of The Mage Conspiracy series. Discover a world of romantic entanglements and political intrigue where lies cut deeper than any sword.

AUTHOR BIO
Jeffrey Bardwell writes epic fantasy with elements of darkness, steampunk, and romance set in the Metal vs. Magic Universe. His character-driven books are guaranteed to include gritty realism, political intrigue, lurid entanglements, dry wit, and dragons in differing proportions. He devours fantasy and science fiction novels and is most comfortable basking near a warm wood stove. When not writing, Jeffrey enjoys cooking, gardening, and shooing baby dragons from the compost bin.

The author lives on a farm and in a prior life worked as a community ecologist. He is overfond of puns and alliterations. He is also an unabashed history and mythology enthusiast and would love to hear from you.

Email: jhbardwell@gmail.com

Bookbub Author Profile:
https://www.bookbub.com/authors/jeffrey-bardwell

Blog: http://twigboatpress.com/blog

                                                 
                                                 Now, for the Interview:
What makes you passionate about writing?
I love creating new worlds and populating them with fun characters
Do you have a writing routine?
It’s how I whittle the days away between breakfast and dinner.
What is the title of your book?
The Knight’s Secret
What genre does your book fall under?
intrigue / fantasy / romance
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Hmmm, for the old hero, Corbin, someone weathered and distinguished like Ricardo Montalbán.
For the old mage with a sharp tongue who loves him? Carol Channing
The young heroine who undertakes the dangerous quest to save her mother? Dakota Fanning
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A woman undertakes a perilous quest to save the only mage who matters, but can she infiltrate a vipers’ nest of secrets to save them all?
Is your book self-published or represented by an agency?
The book is published through Twigboat Press
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About three months
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Any old spy novel where the protagonist has to disguise herself/himself to live among “the enemy”
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
I was inspired by the cyclical nature of oppression throughout history and how tyrants attack and oppress minorities to prop up their own regimes.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
How well do we truly know our older relatives whose stories bear only a semblance to the truth? What if we could live in their skin and speak in their voice? What if circumstances forced us to?
Where can we find your book? (Please live links work best)
https://www.books2read.com/the-knights-secret

Can we Imagine Justice?

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Today we Interview Ward A. R. Dill and his book Imagining Justice

Where was I born?

Providence Rhode Island

Where do I live now?

Northern New Jersey

Ward Portrait

What makes me passionate about writing?

The process of writing is arduous and intense. Consequently, for me to begin, I have to be compelled by a passion building mix of topic, characters, and context. This mix comes from personal experience or some social justice issue. It is exciting writing conversations and writing scenes that surprise me.

How long did it take to write the first draft?

I spent a few years being confronted by news accounts of people being killed by police. (more…)