Now Avaliable: VALCORIA AWAKENINGS!
The battle for Amigus is over, and orphan-turned-hero, Yuiv, is settling into his life as junior lord of the house of Trauel. The loving family and peaceful life he’s so long yearned for seems to be within his grasp; that is until Yuiv starts having vivid nightmares. His glowing Kalyra eyes mark these dreams as supernatural, proof that he has the gift of Farsight—a power held only by the Al’Kalyra or Arch Sage.
As frightening as the idea of being Valcoria’s prophesied savior is, the terror of what Yuiv witnesses in his sleep is much worse. Pain, grief, blood and death descend upon him as he sees through the eyes of men, women, and even children who have been touched by the light of YaJiann.
The Children of the Crystal Star are awakening, rising above turmoil and strife to embrace their destinies as defenders of Valcoria. But all light casts a shadow, and with the heroes come the horrors born of blood and shadow. A dark threat looms; monsters that are far closer than anyone realizes—anyone except for Yuiv. And the revelation is nearly too hard for him to bear as it can mean only one thing.
The battle with the darkness is not over. It has only just begun.
This anthology is part of the Valcoria series. So you may want to start with Book 1: Children of the Crystal Star— but it’s not necessary. However, as a promotion, it’s only 99 cents. So why not grab it as well?
Jason King is my favorite high fantasy author. I discovered his work with the Age of the Infinite trilogy, which is probably my favorite fantasy story to date. Valcoria is a much more dynamic setting with trains and guns… which makes it feel fresh in an overwritten genre. In fact, it has one of my all time favorite short stories to launch the series. You should definitely read the Prelude: Crown of Darkness. Also only 99 cents!
Whether or not you get into the entire series, my short story in this collection, Ice Witch, has some personal significance. I wrote it not long after my Grandmother passed away. She was very proud of her Icelandic heritage, some of which rubbed off on me. So for this story I named the main character after her, but I gave a lot of her traits to the mentor. I must have done something right because that story was put first in the anthology (and Jason has suggested he wants to incorporate the character from this story into the series later on).
If you love a good fantasy, get Valcoria Awakenings now!
For those of you who aren’t into fantasy, how about some Cyberpunk? Divergent Fates, the anthology set in the dystopia dreamed up by Matthew Cox, is on sale for just 99 cents this week.
Cox is my favorite Cyberpunk author, weaving three huge series together in this mind expanding world. (All on sale for 99 cents this week!) I set this story, Special Project, in Korea. I spent two years there on a mission for my church and I had a lot of fun revisiting that culture as I imagined their place in this broken future.
So both of these anthologies are me bridging significant people and events from my life and using them to write in other authors’ sand boxes. Also, many of the authors featured in these collections are good friends and associates. Cox even wrote one of the stories in Valcoria Awakenings. If you love a good short story, or need to get back to some fresh short story reading, pick up one or both of these awesome anthologies. (And between all these links, you should have PLENTY of cheap books to get you through the long, cold winter!)