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So first, yes, LAST BOOK of the Son of no Man series is coming out SEPTEMBER 20th and the link is HERE for pre-orders!
Now, let's start with where we are! Literally, because I'm still there. Dragon Con.
I’ll start by explaining: Dragon Con is a huge (like 5 hotels + big) conference for fans by fans. Meaning it is a geek’s Christmas. It covers art, books, pop culture, filmography, writing, a “Walk of Fame” line up of guests, books signings, talks by celebrities, parties, and cosplay. And the cosplay is everywhere. In my first day I hung out with a wookie (no stilts but still like 7’ tall), saw a dalek, dodged a contingent of Mandalorians and walked in the wake of a dozen Barbies!
So while husband got to see some of his favourite actors/actresses from Serenity and ask questions of David Weber, I tagged along and attended some writing panels and workshops with the likes of Patricia Briggs and Cat Rambo.
I realized that I am a generalist nerd. I can talk about most of these topics, but I’m nowhere near hardcore on any one of them. Except for writing. In writing, I could hold my own fine, and even had more experience than some of the speakers. It’s not a writing conference, so that’s ok, and I still learned some new tricks and tips.
I'll share pictures when I get back, but let's get to the final message from this supportive group of fun-loving geeks.
I think we all need to let go a bit and just get silly. My writing does that; silliness like a fairy dragon that thinks people stink, or a witch casting spells when she sneezes. Like a dragon skull with a dagger in it that will change the course of one poor kid during the French Revolution (it came up…)
I’ve been editing a lot but now I’m back to writing. That’s how I’ll get my silliness out!
To that end, I’m asking a question: Where do we go from here?
Below are two book blurbs. Which would you like to see out in the Summer/fall of 2024? Let me know below! And share this around! The more votes, the better.
Option 1: Lione
The Warrior will bring down Lione, or so the prophesies say.
Aurion Illica is proud to be a Councilman of the Lionian Sovereignty. But as corruption taints the Council, assassinations shake the Sovereign's power, and the rebellions of the slave races, particularly the Nurmi savages of the Corelands, threaten to extinguish the greatness of Lione, Aurion must choose between Lione and his own life.
Lania is the Warrior of the Nurmi, born as a half of the religious incarnation of prophecy. She will destroy Lione and free all people from the monsters of the south, killing as many Lionians as needed to achieve her goal.
But as they cross paths, Aurion begins to see that the Nurmi are not mere savages, and Lania is forced to recognize that not all Lionians are faceless Conquerors. Only by working together can the two mortal enemies save both peoples in this time of great upheaval.
Option 2: To walk into the Sands
Should the Seers ever leave the lands of Nanterac, all the peoples will perish.
Askaran knows he must walk into the sands before his sanity slips and his tainted blood destroys the only waters on the desert world of Nanterac. But his home city is overrun and the only remaining desert seer is a child needing his protection. Insanity must wait.
When Funanya stumbles across a mysterious lone hunter in the desert, she considers it to be a great fortune. But in capturing Askaran, she unwittingly accepted custody the last desert seer as well. Now, Funanya's own people want her dead. Once enemies, Askaran and Funanya must rely on each other to set the seer on her prescribed path and save the waters of the desert world.
All the monsters of Nanterac, human and demonic, will stop at nothing to claim the powers of the seer. Only Askaran’s demonic and Funanya’s spear will stop them, if they can hold off the demon tearing through Askaran’s mind long enough.
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D. Lambert, author
Fantasy novels that entice, inspire, and entertain.