August’s Spotlight: New Release

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[2nd story in the Duty Series]

Duty_and_JusticeWhile returning from a mission, Stormhawk Ranger Jatham Draben aids a starving family who had fled their homes to escape threatened harm. Deciding to investigate, he detours to their village.

Can Jatham decipher the puzzle of a Lord accused of abusing his tenants, but who demonstrates quite a different persona in everyday interaction with them? 

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July’s Spotlight – New Release

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Well – it would be available but Amazon is having a problem:

It appears that we’re currently facing a technical issue due to which Kindle books don’t have the ‘Buy box’ on their detail page on Amazon US Store.

Our technical team is aware of this problem and is working hard to fix it as soon as possible.

 

Duty’s Call

(1st story in the Duty Series)

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Jatham Draben follows his dream of becoming a Stormhawk Ranger. On his first mission he discovers a plot by one of the Dark God’s followers, a Chorkan he calls Red. This enemy intends to conquer the Kingdom of Klatinan.  Will Jatham be able to block Red’s activities and preserve those he’s sworn to protect?  [Set in a period generations after all the previous Tales of Aldura, this is the first story in the ‘Duty Series’.]

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

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Trivia Tidbit: Nothing like writing a series backward … which is what happened with the “Duty” series. This first story was the last one written.

©2010-2015 – susan-stuckey.storytellersinn.com – All Rights Reserved

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Story Chains …

(or that is what I call them) come in interesting ways for me.

Kaserie_Cover_Mine_alduraOne of the first stories I wrote was Kaserie’s Choice. A reader commented that they really wanted to know more about Thaenad, a Ranger who arrives to help Kaserie, and the Black Wolves who accompany him.  That request became Choices. [Kaserie’s Choice also spurred another story that occurred earlier: Jezrei’s Justice.]

I wrote Choices,Kalieri Tales_Choices_Aldura and in that story the MC and his cousin have a discussion.

“What worries you, Gwen?”

“You. Even considering the burden you bear in taking care of us all, you’ve been too quiet on this journey. Is Phaedra still refusing to marry you?”

Thaenad shuddered. He coughed to clear his throat. “Much has changed since we last talked. Phaedra and I were married, and I was widowed within the same moon-turn.”

At the time it was just a comment, but later my thoughts returned to that conversation and I wondered what had caused Thaenad to be widowed. Thoughts about that sparked the story Phaedra.

Phaedra_AlduraDuring Phaedra there is a scene where she enters the Kalwyn Njae’s ancestral home of Arael’s Rest:

Here lay a crushed skull, there an adult skeleton’s fingers clasped those of a child. Phaedra refused to disturb those two and made a wide arc around them. She tip-toed through a graveyard without markers, filled with spirits who could not rest. Her people, the Kalwyn Njae, lay here in the hundreds, their bones undisturbed since the Rest’s fall. The anguish of mothers, wives, sisters, children, husbands and fathers beat upon her, soaked into her skin and brought tears to her eyes.

Those two lines in Phadra sparked the story, Tears of a Seeress, which will be available soon.

The above is a short example of how/why some of my stories get written in reverse order. In the time-line of Aldura the order would be: (1) Tears of a Seeress, (2) Phaedra, (3) Choices, and then (4) Kaserie’s Choice — the opposite of the order in which they were written.

©2010-2015 – susan-stuckey.storytellersinn.com – All Rights Reserved
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Duty Series Coming Soon

ToA_DutysCallWithin a month the first story in the “Duty” series will be released: Duty’s Call.

This is the first in a four story series about a Stormhawk Ranger named Jatham Draben. He is the youngest son of Rurik Draben, a noble in the Kingdom of Fynd. These stories detail his discovery of plots by a Chorkan he calls Red and his efforts to stop those schemes.

  1. Duty’s Call (novella)
  2. Duty and Justice (short story)
  3. Duty’s Price (short story)
  4. Duty with Honor (novel)

All four stories will be available before year’s end. Hope you enjoy!

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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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