December 12th, 2012

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop

I have been tagged by Susan Elizabeth Curnow to participate in "The Next Big Thing Blog Hop." Before I start, you can read Susan's entry! 

I just recently did one of these for the new DARKSIDE Novel I'm working on, so let's go with something different.

Okay, on with the questions.
What is the working title of your next book?


Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wanted to write a best seller heroic fantasy version of the movie, PITCH BLACK, along the lines of something David Gemmell might have written, but with a large cast of characters a la George R. R. Martin, and without anyone sleeping with their sister.

What genre does your book fall under?

Heroic/Epic Fantasy. Not only does it fall under those generes, but apparently it's been crushed by them.

What is the synopsis or blurb for this book?

Three caravans have vanished traversing the Cowcheanne Way. Rumors of native uprisings and bandit armies grow more widespread each day, while the more devout whisper about the return of the Horde, a mythic foe from ages past.

Tasha O’Brienne is an Omai Master, and the lone surviving defender of the Kael-tii city of Namao. To some he is a hero; to others a traitor. Haunted by the deaths of his comrades, he hires on as a guard for the next caravan out, believing he has nothing to lose.

He couldn't be more wrong.

The Ashai warlord, Lord Myobi, joins the caravan with a contingent of his elite soldiers. Convinced that the Way hides an ancient and powerful weapon used to defeat the Horde during the Last Crusade of Man, he will stop at nothing to acquire it.

Lady Setanna, the king's widowed niece, is a famed swordsman, but her wayward behavior sees her dismissed by the nobles as a serious contender for the throne. Now her uncle means to name her heir, and so gives her command of the caravan to prove herself worthy. Unaccustomed to the intrigues of politics, Setanna finds her loyalties torn between the people she has sworn to protect, her uncle's approval, and her mission to find the weapon before the Ashai do.

As the horrific nature of the ancient weapon slowly comes to light, the growing distrust between the Ashai and Kael-tii threatens to tear the caravan apart. Can they set aside their differences in time to combat the menace that imperils them all, or are they doomed to join the ranks of lost souls claimed by the cursed Cowcheanne Way?

What actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Tasha O'Brienne: Rick Yune?
Setanna: Someone along the lines of Kristen Bell
Roclyn MaConmarra: Jason Stathom
Lord Myobi: Cary-Kiroyuki Tagawa
Connor: Daniel Craig
Mikhy: Lucas Haas
Brenn Shaunsie: John Boyega (Moses from Attack the Block)
Kieran: jamie campbell bower
Malaki:a younger Kristen Kruek?
Sindhara: Rachel Hurd-Wood

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Ha ha ha! Oh, you were serious. Let's go with self-published.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

About two years, here and there, on and off.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The lack of any other viable job prospects. I'm hoping I can sell it for enough to at least afford me to live in one of those big refridgerator boxes out by the dumpster behind Walmart.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Anything by Gemmell. And maybe Fifty Shades of Grey (No, not really--but it made you look.)

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

If you like Gemmell, Martin, or Jorden you should like this. There's lots of intrigue and action, and of course I always put my own unique spin on the genre.
Ta da! I would like to tag five terrific writers who will probably ignore this completely and write me hate mail for even suggesting they do this, but it looks like most of the writers I know tagged me first.

Oh wait--barbarienne, burger_eater, wldhrsjen3, msisolak, mrissa (You know where to send the hate mail; I'll be waiting.)