June’s Spotlight

Battle of Stryker Pass

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An implacable enemy. A desperate stand. Stryker Pass is the last hope of Clovis Telmar’s people to stop the invading Halurdow. Outnumbered six-to-one, the followers of the Twin Gods prepare for their ultimate battle, an all-or-nothing defense of the pass leading to the soft heart of all the Kalieri Kingdoms. Clovis Telmar, son of the Chief of the Wolf Clan, holds the key to the defense of Stryker Pass, but why should the anxious, exhausted defenders follow the lead of a 12 year old boy?

[You can see a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia Tidbit: I hit a “stall” (think brick wall) in a story. The MC was a quiet, reserved person, and I needed to discover more about him. I needed to learn some of his “whys.” And so the Battle of Stryker Pass was born with the MC fifteen years younger than he is in the stalled story. [Side note: the other story is still sitting bubbling on a back burner of the story-stove.]

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May’s Spotlight

Jezrei’s Justice

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Elderly and frail, Jezrei is tasked with the safety of more than twenty children when the City of Azraelis is attacked by an enemy bent on slaughter and subjugation. How can one old man hope to stand against an entire army?

[You can see a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia_BitsThe inspiration for this story came from a comment by one of my sisters after our mother died (our father was already deceased). We were sitting at the kitchen table some time after the funeral and she looked at me and said, “You realize that we no longer have a generation between us and the grave.”

The comment hit home because I had never thought about it that way before. There is a certain comfort/security when your parents are still living, that isn’t there after they are gone. I started thinking about the elderly and considering how they might view/react to various situations. Those thoughts resulted in this story about an elderly man and his actions amidst death and destruction when the enemy assaults his homeland, and a non-fantasy flash fiction piece named ‘Time.’

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March’s Spotlight

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Kaserie, a slave girl possessing potential magical powers, is held by the ruthless and brutal Halurdow, who intend to corrupt her talent for their own use. She escapes and flees to the Temple of the Twin Gods where she must not only confront her formidable enemies, but also her own father.

[You can see a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia Tidbit: This was the first story of the series known as ‘Tales of Aldura’ that I completed, and it was the catalyst for writing Choices. Kaserie’s Choice sprang from a writing prompt posted in a very small on-line writing/critique group to which I belonged. The group was unique not only for its small size (the owner/moderator intentionally kept it at less than 40 members), but also because 4/5 of the members were readers only. It was those non-writers who (imo) made that group the best of any writing/critique group I’ve participated in. Their reactions, comments, questions were invaluable.  Regrettably it no longer exists (hasn’t for many years). I still miss it.

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February’s Spotlight

Kalieri Tales_Choices_AlduraChoices: Ranger Thaenad Telrae, aided by a pack of Black Wolves, rescues a group of women and children from certain death at the hands of the butchering worshippers of the Dark God. As he guides them toward safety, a traitor within their group exposes his every move to pursuing enemy forces. Are Thaenad’s skills and magic capable of neutralizing the traitor and overcoming the enemy?

[You can see a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia Tidbit:  The Tales of Aldura were not written in time-line order. In fact, the ‘Thaenad stories’ (three stories in which Thaenad plays a part) have so far been written in reverse order. The inspiration for Choices resulted from a reader of a different story (Kaserie’s Choice – set later on the time-line) who wanted to know more about Thaenad.  And two short character interactions in the story Choices sparked the story Phaedra.

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My ‘Field of Dreams’

Stack_of_booksA reader requested a ‘reading order’ for the Tales of Aldura (i.e. what order they should be read). There really isn’t one since all of the Tales published so far are written as ‘stand-alone’ stories. 

To aid the reader I’ve listed them below in time-line (historical) order. A more detailed list which includes descriptions and links is available here.

World of Aldura: Land of Alarel

  1. Friends is set in the northeastern part of the Kingdom of Alliandrae and is the earliest in the time-line.
  2. Phaedra is set both in the northwestern portion of the Kingdom of Alliandrae and in the land of the Njae called the Eld Forest (or Eldwood). This story begins before Sword of Isyndral starts, and ends before Sword of Isyndral does.
  3. Sword of Isyndral is set in the northwestern portion of the Kingdom of Alliandrae. It begins during Phaedra and ends shortly after Phaedra. [coming in April 2015]
  4. Jezrei’s Justice is set in Azraelis, the capital city of the Kingdom of Galdona.
  5. Choices is set in the Kingdom of Galdona. It begins about three years after Phaedra and shortly after Jezrei’s Justice.
  6. Battle of Stryker’s Pass is set in the Kingdom of Galdona and begins within a moon-turn of Jezrei’s Justice.
  7. Kaserie’s Choice is set in the Kingdom of Galdona approximately eight years after Jezrei’s Justice.
  8. On Treason’s Trail is set in the Kingdom of Alliandrae and begins about fifteen years after the Battle of Stryker Pass.
  9. Stormhawk’s Warning is set  in the Kingdom of Kier and occurs immediately following On Treason’s Trail.
  10. Duty’s Call occurs many, many years after Stormhawk’s Warning. It is set in the Kingdom of Klatinan. [All of the Duty stories have the same MC.] [coming soon]
  11. Duty and Justice is set in the Kingdom of Klatinan and occurs immediately following Duty’s Call. [coming soon]
  12. Duty’s Price is also set in the Kingdom of Klatinan and occurs within a moon-turn of Duty and Justice. [coming soon]
  13. Duty with Honor is set in the Kingdoms of Vladesh and Ryland and begins approximately a year and a half after Duty’s Price. [coming soon]

World of Aldura: Land of Ipsen

  1. Alliandre is the only story, at this point, which is set in the Land of Ipsen on the World of Aldura.

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