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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Dragon Clan Genealogy

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Green_dragon_FreeFor the present, most of my stories are set on the World of Aldura and some of the characters appear in more than one. It can become difficult keeping everyone straight in my mind so that details in one story don’t contradict another. Since one of my hobbies is genealogy, I sometimes resort to utilizing family trees to organize and keep all my fictional characters in place (and spark the old memory). Above is a partial lineage chart of the Dragon Clan showing ancestors of the Clan’s main characters in The Sword of Isyndral.

Trivia: Both Timalas and Tayril of the Njae (of The Sword of Isyndral) are Phaedra’s brothers and are descended from the Kalwyn Njae who managed to escape Arael’s Rest before it fell to the Halurdow. As you can see, Gareth Telrae [The Sword of Isyndral with a cameo appearance in On Treason’s Trail] and Thaenad Telrae [of Kaserie’s Choice & Choices & Phaedra] are brothers.

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April’s Spotlight

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Sword_of_Isyndral_final_butterfly_3When her parents are murdered by traitors, Allena Telrae becomes Chief of the Dragon Clan in the midst of a battle. Though ill-prepared and untested, she takes command of her over-matched garrison as enemy forces stream through Dragons Keep’s gate. Allena unsheathes the Sword of Isyndral to summon allies. Will they come or will her people be decimated? Conditions grow desperate when the Dark God himself joins the battle. Can she solve the puzzle of the Sword to defeat the enemy and thwart the Dark God?

[See a list of all the Tales of Aldura here]

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Trivia_Bits This story sat on a burner of the story stove for over a year. I’d open it occasionally, tweak it, add a bit but it didn’t want to ‘go anywhere’ past a certain point. I finally realized that I was trying to tell it from the wrong POV/setting. After that change, the story flowed and nearly wrote itself.

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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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