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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS “Spiraling Fate of A Strazmei” BY James Quinlan Meservy

JQM Literary Spotlight Presents “Spiraling Fate of A Strazmei” by James Quinlan Meservy

 

 

 

First, let’s get to know you a bit.  Tell us something unique about yourself:

Something unique? What have I not already shared?  I really don’t remember.  So, how about I say this.  I come from a yours/mine/ours family and have four brothers, and seven sisters.  I have one biological brother, one step-brother, one half-brother, and one adopted brother.  Then I have three biological sisters, and four step-sisters.

 

 

What is the Genre and Audience for this book:

Spiraling Fate of a Strazmei, A Realm of the Light Short Story, is a companion short story to my Realm of the Light Series, and as such it is a YA title.

 

What was the inspired you to write this book:

Zrete-Vi-Addock is who inspired this story.  You first meet Zrete in Denizens Among Us, The Realm of the Light Book 2, as a member of Raz-No-Yedenie, or in other words, The United.  When Zrete becomes a Creature of Rai, she chooses to follow the beliefs of the Serpent Faction (that all Creatures of Rai are equal in the eyes of the Creator), and eventually becomes the head of that faction, the Strazmei.

Now comes the inspiration.  Spiraling Fate of a Strazmei shows the transition in Zrete’s thinking from follower of the Light to follower of the Serpent Faction.

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Tell us about your book:

Spiraling Fate of A Strazmei takes place right after Arctyrus, Amyrith, and Vulktyramous Hunter leave Buz-Perr-Addock for the Rhineland, an event which is chronicled in Denizens Among Us, The Realm of the Light Book 2.

The story is about the rest of Zrete’s life.  I don’t want to drop too many spoilers here, but I will add that Zrete and Wolf do marry, become King and Queen of Myrr, and unite the neighboring kingdoms in peace.  But at what cost?

 

Where can we purchase your book:

 

Spiraling Fate of a Strazmei, A Realm of the Light Short Story is exclusively available in:

Hidden Worlds: The Dwelling (A Scifi & Fantasy Anthology Volume 1)

 

Available on Amazon TODAY:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B1V4TKQ

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Heart of the Phoenix King part of the Glimpses of Time and Magic Anthology by Joanna White

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS The Heart of the Phoenix King part of the Glimpses of Time and Magic Anthology by Joanna White

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I used to be involved in taekwondo and I loved it! Since then, I’ve gotten a bit lazy, haha.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Fantasy – people in their 20s and 30s who love fantasy books

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

I loved the idea of the early colonies and I had already done Jamestown in a previous story. So, Roanoke gave me the chance to play with the fantasy elements of it and still be true to history.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Roanoke and what happened to the early colony is a mystery. No one knows how the colony disappeared. Some people think it was a fight with Native Americans, or disease, but the truth is far, far worse. Every thousand years, a new Phoenix King rises and now, this one has come to Roanoke.

 

 

 

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Leap of Faith by Ariel Paiement

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Leap of Faith by Ariel Paiement

 

 

 

FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Ariel Paiement here, everyone! I’m a Christian speculative fiction writer in the business of crafting engaging, character-driven fantasy and sci-fi with Christian themes and morals. A unique fact about me is that I went to school for accounting, initially, am now working as a credit analyst, and teach English. I’ll be doing my Masters in Composition/English so I can teach college level English, so I’m doing a 180 from what I started out thinking I’d do. But English and writing of all types have and always will be my passion, so I’m happy with where I’m headed at the moment.

WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

This short story is a YA historical fantasy. Those who love a good romance set in Victorian England will enjoy this story, especially if they like a little bit of power exchange between a couple.

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

It was actually a combination of things that inspired this story. First off, I wanted to revisit an idea I’d had in the first series I ever wrote, entitled the Gate Chronicles. I’ve come a long way since those books and those days as a younger writer, but I still really love the base concept of a magical organization that balances the use of magic and the relations between various magical entities on Earth. So I decided I wanted to at some point write a series about how that organization formed, and Bram was the head character for that set of books. When the idea of the anthology being historical fantasy came up, the two ideas clicked together along with a few other threads. Those other threads were my experiences at school with my best friend and the dynamic of that friendship and then my love for Victorian England (and romances). I had my setting at that point as well as the fact that it would be a romance, predominantly, set in a fantasy version of Victorian England. The last thread came from the friendship I mentioned earlier. My best friend and I had a strong give and take of power in our relationship, and for the first time in my life, I figured out that it was not only freeing but also not wrong to want to submit to a man. I wanted to share that experience and the perspective I have of submission and dominance in a format that would send other readers a strong message that there are people who truly do find freedom in a relationship like Alantha and Bram’s. Often, I’ve heard from friends that having submissive tendencies or being a full-blown submissive is the opposite of being a strong independent woman. This has come both from feminist friends who openly look down on a woman who submits herself to a man and from Christian friends who don’t see the need for submission as normal. People have mocked submissive women for being brainwashed or allowing men to abuse them or take advantage of them. And while it’s certainly true that at times, men take advantage of women with that sort of personality or desire, not all do. I wanted to show the journey of self-discovery that a strong, independent woman can take to find strength even as she submits and to find freedom in belonging to a man that way. Beyond that, I wanted to show that tension between when it’s abusive–which is embodied in Alantha’s ex, who was both insane and abusive–and when it’s a beautiful thing between two people, as it is in the case of Alantha and Bram. I understand that this may turn some readers off. But there are more than enough stories telling young girls, boys, and young women and men that wanting to submit or wanting to dominate is a bad thing. There are also more than enough stories that wrongly make those desires into an abusive or entirely sexual thing, which they are not. So I wrote the kind of story I don’t often see. Setting it in Victorian England allowed me to bring the concept to life in a way that might be more palatable to the modern reader since that sort of picture (the submissive woman and dominant man) is one of the things that many people think of, either in a negative or positive light, when they think of Victorian England.

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Well, aside from the theme I discussed above when talking about what inspired the story, the short story serves as an introduction into Bram and Alantha’s world. Since they will be the ones to lead, shape, and form the organization that will be the basic focus of the series that I’m going to be developing to go before the Gate Chronicles, it seemed appropriate that this story tell the tale of how they ended up meeting and how their relationship becomes what it is. Without giving away too much, I told this story because I wanted to set up the two characters that will be the backbone of the historical fantasy/fantasy adventure series I’m planning to build. I don’t know when I’ll get around to working on this series since I have several other books/series that I’m working on right now and don’t want to spread myself to thin, but I can say that I wait with anticipation for the moment when I have the chance to tell more of Bram’s and Alantha’s stories. They are some of my favorite characters to date, and I’m excited to further visit the events and adventures they live through.

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Aggressive Behavior (Freelance Familiars 4) by Daniel Potter

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS Aggressive Behavior (Freelance Familiars 4) by Daniel Potter

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

I am washed out mad scientist. Sadly I was far too deep in before I realized the funding situation for mutant animals was too dire to build a career. I had to tunnel out of academia with nothing but a bic pen.

 

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Urban fantasy with a good splashing of humor.

 

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WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

The Freelance Familiars series as a whole came about as a total lark. I had gotten myself stuck on the rock goddess scifi I had been working on and nanowrimo was coming up. I tell myself lets try something completely self indulgent. We’ll start with the urban fantasy awakening to the magical world trope but everything is awful. We’ll have our hero not get magical powers of his own but instead be a familiar. Didn’t want to go with a standard black cat so I picked my fav larger kitty, the mountain lion. I started writing, had a ton of fun ruining Thomas’s day and won nanowrimo for the first time. Aggressive Behavior was a reintroduction to the series for me. I had spent a few years working on other projects. It was great to find that all these characters are still a ton of fun to write and puzzle out what makes them tick. Its not what inspired me to write the book but how these characters inspire me to explore them and their world further.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

Freelance Familiars follow one Thomas Khatt after he’s been transformed into a mountain lion and awakened to the hidden magical world. Sure if he were bonded to a witch or wizard he’s a powerful weapon but their employment terms are life long and the pay is literally kibble. Instead with a combination of wit, stubborness and the occasional fang, Thomas rips open a place for himself in this crazy world. He’s aided in his quest for independence by Rudy, a pyromanical squirrel and O’Meara, a nuclear powered fire magus. Together they’re facing down an entire magical society, witches, wizards, werewolves and most foul, the talking animal union.

 

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WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:

Amazon has the books in ebook, print and audio formats. Series page: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074C682XX?ref_=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

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Cover Reveal for the Re-Release of Dark Magi by Joanna White!

Cover Reveal for the Re-Release of Dark Magi by Joanna White!

 

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King Vaxon is sadistic and cruel. After taking the crown of Castre for himself, he’s finally squelched the rebellion of Magi who fought against him. The remaining ones will be thrown in an arena to fight to the death.

Vaxon knows it’s unlikely they will fight each other at first. For this reason, he’s sending his own son, Kyren, into the arena with them. As a powerful Dark Mage, Kyren’s job is to kill the Magi. If he doesn’t, then his own father will kill his wife and children.

Kyren will do whatever it takes to keep his family alive. Even if that means he must die after slaughtering his own comrades. Is it possible to rebel in a fight you’ve already lost and still keep your families alive?

Fans who love fast-paced action combined with fantasy and magic will love and enjoy this 40,000 word, action-packed, character-driven story.

Visit the landing page to find out when it’s coming back!

https://mailchi.mp/5b1d0e6bf9b2/darkmagi

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JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS A NEW RELEASE FROM  Kelly Blanchard: Chronicles of Lorrek Box Set 1

JQM LITERARY SPOTLIGHT PRESENTS A NEW RELEASE FROM  Kelly Blanchard:

Chronicles of Lorrek Box Set 1

 

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FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:

Known as the Muse in the writing community, I was born in Texas but lives in Florida with my husband, who is often the one who tries to saves characters lives by convincing me not to kill them. How successful he is–that’s up for debate. Although stories have always been a major part of my life, I only began writing seriously when I was twelve. I focused on honing my skills and finding my writing style. Later, I attended a community college, studying English. As I earned my degree, I worked as a tutor and a teaching assistant, learning teaching techniques along the way. These days, I use those techniques as I mentor aspiring writers and encourage them along their way. I am a huge fantasy fan but I also love science fiction. I have created a massive universe with several series already written and many more planned to write–all in the same universe with familiar characters, and everything is connected. I enjoy the challenge of seeing what exactly happens when you pit medieval magic against high technology, and I seek to fully explore the shades of gray in all her characters–good and bad. It’s quite an adventure for sure.

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WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:

Epic fantasy and science fiction

 

 

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:

It was initially inspired by Loki from Marvel’s Thor movie. I really liked the character and wondered, “What if he was actually a good guy but just completely misunderstood?” So I based Lorrek off of Loki and changed his story entirely. There’s no norse mythology in my books or anything like that, but that is where the initial inspiration came from.

 

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TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:

The Chronicles of Lorrek follows Sorcerer Prince Lorrek of Cuskelom when he returns after being missing and assumed dead for ten years. He discovers that, in his absence, his reputation has been marred, and he has been accused of some terrible crimes. However, as he seeks to clear his name, he soon discovers it won’t be easy. A war between the kingdoms looms on the horizon. To protect some, he must sacrifice others. He finds himself walking a very thin line between good and evil.

 

 

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