The Fiddler’s Talisman is the third book on the blog tour!
Post by Annie Douglass Lima, Author of Prince of Alasia
An urban fantasy story that will grip you and leave you wanting more.
Fed up with the dirty city and a disenchanting life as a fashion model, Beauty’s world is at least safe. But the illusion of safety shatters the night that she frees herself from her self-imposed fears only to be thrust into the magical underbelly of the city, where forces that want to save humanity and evil beings that want to feed off humanity’s despair fight for balance and power.
Driven from both the comforts and the trappings of her old life, now hunted by a cadre of sinister, rat-faced business men, Beauty’s only hope is to join with a strange magical ally. Together, with the help of fae creatures in unlikely guises, they must seek out an enchanted, improbable artifact that can heal the city before evil tips the balance, once and for all.
This powerful coming-of-age fairy tale follows the path of a young heroine who chooses to take fate into her own hands for the first time in her life, and of the consequences that her choice has on the magical beings of the city.
Why This Story?
Penumbra started as a short story years ago, but the main character got into my head. Beauty is my response against the many young heroines popular today that rely solely on other’s for their strength and happiness. In this story, on this journey, Beauty is finding herself. It’s as much an inner journey for her as it is a traditional fairy tale.
I also had lots of fun creating my own creatures of magic and fantasy and playing with traditional fairy tale tropes in a modern setting. Part of the joy of being an independent author, for me, is being able to write a story the way it wants to be written, serving the characters and the plot rather than a preconceived market put on me by an outside person. The result, in this case, is positive, and I have high hopes for my future work as well.
In celebration of Discovery 4 at Discover Authors being my first round robin blog tour, and as it is my birthday month, I will be giving away three (3) ebooks. You can enter in many ways, up to three times. First – comment on this blog. Second – link to either the Amazon or Smashwords page via social media, and either comment here or email or tweet at me that you have done so with the link to your site so I can follow you. I’ll count two social media links as separate entries. On August 20th (the day after this blog tour ends), I will do a drawing and announce the winners!
Writing of “The Cephalopod Maid” is going along swimmingly! (See what I did there? It’s a joke, cuz cephalopods live in the ocean!) I need to think a little more about where the story wants to grow, but that’s okay, because I have to focus my time and efforts on commissioned work for the next week. Well, commissioned work and drumming up more paid-for work. So unfortunately, a free short story needs to take the back seat. Which makes me sad, because I’ve also added another two layers to the cover art, and now I can’t touch that until next week either.
Here she is! I’ve got one layer of shading left to do on the maid, and then I get to add the details. You can’t see in this photo, but there is a really lovely green shade to her face that goes into her body.
In other news, our office/work space is almost completely set up. We’ve got several different pots on the fire, and we’re hoping that we can keep it all going. And we’re trying to settle into a work routine. We’re still weighing whether or not we’ll look for a part or full time job for one of us or try to push the freelancing. I think right now the plan is to keep all door opens, apply for positions as they come up and we find them interesting, and push the freelance. It’s tough to find a balance of doing paid work, looking for future paid work, and developing art and writing that will hopefully eventually become paid work and to grow as an artist.
Starting Friday, I’ll be taking part in a Discover Authors blog tour for Penumbra, so for ten days, I’ll be posting the books for the other authors on the tour. I’m excited to participate. I’ll also be running an ebook giveaway for Penumbra as part of the tour, so keep watch for that!