The Embers at Galdrilene – New & Improved!

I reviewed A.D. Trosper’s fantasy novel EMBERS AT GALDRILENE a few weeks ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the story but stumbled over the editing, a step some indie authors shortcut for a variety of reasons. When I learned that Trosper was re-launching a professionally edited version of the book, I shouted Hallelujah!

I’m delighted to let her tell you about the re-launch herself and have her answer a few questions I had after reading this engaging dragon/magic fantasy. A.D.?

I knew in the beginning that Embers probably needed work, but like a lot of cash-strapped first-time indie authors, I couldn’t find anyplace I could afford. I feel incredibly lucky I was able to find a wonderful lady who formatted. But everything else was so far out of range. I did put hours and hours into doing my best to edit Embers and make it look nice. But when I had the chance to get professional editing and design, I jumped at it. I wanted Embers to be the best it could be and wanted to deliver a quality product to my readers.

I chose to go with my own imprint because in expanded distribution, if places like Barnes and Noble see a Createspace ISBN number, they won’t touch the book, since Createspace is a part of Amazon.

You also asked how I come up with the people and place names. Friends helped come up with some, but most of the characters showed up in my head with their names already known to them.

You also picked up on social issues in the novel that parallel today.  I didn’t start with any kind of position, it just kind of happened. I really didn’t mean to make any kind of parallel to today. It’s just how the story developed in relation to what had to happen to give the characters their motivations.

Thanks, A.D. Congratulations on your re-launch. Your efforts are a credit to the indie publishing world.  Now here’s more about EMBERS AT GALDRILENE.

Get The Re-release Of “Embers At Galdrilene” By A.D. Trosper For Only 1.99 Cents From 11/17/12 Through 11/24/12 – Don’t Miss The Dragon’s Call!

Embers at Galdrilene has undergone a huge transformation! It now sports a beautifully  redesigned front cover, spine and back cover. It also has an awesome custom designed interior and has been professionally edited. All thanks to the incredible team at Blue Harvest Creative. And as an added bonus, when you read the final page of Embers at Galdrilene, you’ll get an exciting sneak peek for the prologue Tears of War, the second book in the Dragon’s Call series.

In celebration of its re-release, Embers at Galdrilene will be available for only 1.99 cents! But this price only lasts from November 17th to November 24th. Embers won’t turn into a pumpkin at the end of its re-release promotion, but it will return to its regular price of $3.95. Don’t miss out on this bestselling fantasy book. Wrap up the holidays with the gift of reading!

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“A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future” 

The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.

Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders…and soon six lives will be changed forever.

The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons’ call leads them on an epic and dangerous journey of discovery. They soon learn everything they’ve been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong.

With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call. But an evil from the past soon threatens their discovery and newfound joy. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more…

 WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT EMBERS AT GALDRILENE

“Evil lurks at every corner and eventually bursts, bringing forth a vivid confrontation that kept me at the edge of my seat, turning page after page.” ~ Annamaria Bazzi

“The characters are well thought out, and the plot is great. I loved Galdrilene itself, and the idea of the dragon eggs singing to those who are meant to hatch them.” ~ The Crooked Word

“I was so impressed by this excellent story! The characters and setting were vividly detailed, and the storyline was unique and enticing. I loved that the characters had strong bonds and connections to other beings, and Trosper did a magnificent job with pacing and stringing together the plot.” ~ Katie Jennings (author of the Dryad Quartet and When Empires Fall)

“There is something about dragon stories that is truly captivating and Trosper has certainly encapsulated this in her novel. This story follows the lives of young men and women as they escape a life of control and fear to find their true talents and true selves… Expect to be entertained with dragon fights, romance and witty comebacks in Trosper’s creation of an idyllic world. You are even given a rare insight into the workings of a dragon’s mind.” ~ Elizabeth Wright of Bestchicklit.com

“Anne McCaffrey’s Legacy… I was extremely wary when this book was immediately evocative of every story Anne ever told about dragons, their ‘Impression’ on their destined riders, and the immutable bond between the two. Like Asimov’s laws of robotics, Pern’s dragon lore is indelibly etched as ‘fact’ in my psyche and anything markedly different does not sit very well with me at all.

I am immensely pleased to say that A.D. Trosper did not let me down. There was enough of Pernish dragon-lore to satisfy my need for continuity, whilst at the same time enough differences to make this clutch of dragons her very own. Well done Ms. Trosper!” ~ Richard King

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Here is where I’m supposed to talk about myself in third person for whatever reason. But, even though there are a lot of people in my head, referring to myself in third person still sounds too strange.

Born in Kansas, I spent a lot of my childhood moving around. I lived in Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington State (around Seattle), and southern California. I had many great adventures growing up. I’m now settled down in Kansas with my wonderful husband, three children, my wonderful dog Katie, assorted cats, and small flock of chickens.

I’ve been an avid lover of fantasy since I was young child. Dragons, elves, fairies, dwarves, and other denizens of the fantasy world as well as magic have always fascinated me. As I grew up, I developed an interest in vampires, zombies and my interests branched out to take in paranormal and urban fantasy.

I don’t have any special writing credits to my name other than a wildly active imagination and the ability to form that imagination into written stories.

Want to know more or connect with me? Follow the links, I promise there is no wicked witch of the west at the end…most of the time

CONNECT WITH A.D. TROSPER:

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Embers at Galdrilene – Well written fantasy

When I read fantasy, I trust the author to build a world that is real and believable and help me as a visitor to this new world navigate without difficulty. Author A.D. Trosper doesn’t disappoint in her novel Embers at Galdrilene (Dragon’s Call).

From the first pages, the story drew me in. In this world, people who have magic skills have been raised to believe they’ll go insane if they use those skills. Magic users are required either to voluntarily surrender to the authorities or others will turn them in. Once in custody, magic users are executed. It isn’t a difficult leap to see frightening parallels to situations in our own world in the not-so-distant past and even in parts of the world today.

Embers at Galdrilene follows several magic users who defy the authorities to learn the truth, link with the dragons who have called them, and eventually fight the evil that has spread in the world since magic was suppressed.

I particularly enjoyed the way the author created vivid and unusual scenes, including: living people traversing the world of the dead; dragons and humans bonding and communicating to help each other; men and women becoming bondmates; and evil people using vile shadow magic.

The story is told from multiple points of view, but Trosper handled this transition with skill and I was never confused about whose head I was in. As the story progresses, there is a time when all the main characters are seeing a new place for the first time. These chapters slow the pace and offer duplicative material but not so much that I grew bored. If there is a fault in this novel, it lies in missing words. Nothing that hinders the meaning but sufficient occurrences to draw my attention away from the story.

Though I’m not a regular reader of fantasy, I enjoyed my time in this world. I’m invested in the characters and look forward to Trosper’s next book in this series. If you enjoy reading fantasy, I recommend you give this book a read.

NOTE: Embers at Galdrilene was re-edited and re-released in December 2012. I interviewed Trosper on my blog during the re-launch. Kudos to the author and publisher for making a terrific story an even better experience for readers.

Going visiting – Blog style

Would you like some coffee?

Most families in our farming neighborhood saw Sunday as a day for resting and visiting. A day of resting and visiting AFTER you milked the cows at 5 a.m., had breakfast, went to church, and ate Sunday dinner–and BEFORE you milked cows again that night. Between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. there were a few hours for visiting.

The whole business of visiting is different these days. Particularly in the social media world. As I’ve made new friends in the worlds of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Goodreads, I’ve watched authors go visiting blog style. Just like Sunday afternoon visits on the farm, blog visits are a chance to share the news, deepen existing friendships and make new friends.

There were a few ‘rules’ to Sunday afternoon visits: catch up on neighborhood news, enjoy the lunch that will always be served, and leave when it was time for chores. I don’t know all the rules of blog visits yet, but they seem to be about the same: chat about appropriate topics and don’t stay to long. The lunch part is left to readers bringing their own cup of coffee and a bagel.

I’ve hosted Diane Glass and Debra Engle, the authors of Winter, here and I’ve made a few visits myself. Each discussion has been different, reflecting the personalities of the blog hosts. Here are three blogs I’ve been invited to visit recently to share thoughts about writing my memoir.  I hope you’ll click on the links below, catch up on our discussions and share your thoughts.  There’s nothing bloggers like more than to have readers jump into the conversation.

Rachelle’s Window  Rachelle Ayala wrote MICHAL’S WINDOW, a look at the biblical story of King David from the perspective of David’s first wife Michal. As a lover of historical fiction, I find these kinds of stories fascinating because they take someone many people know well (King David) and show the events from the perspective of a lesser known character. Rachelle is true to the biblical story while weaving a fascinating tale told from a woman’s perspective. 

A.D. Trosper Audra Trosper raises goats and writes fantasy. How interesting a combination is that? I haven’t read her book EMBERS AT GALDRILENE (Dragon’s Call) yet, but how can I resist when I know the author understands the seriousness of milk fever in dairy cows and goats?

All Dressed Up J.P. Lane and I connected because of clothes. She’s an expert on historical clothing and I needed to know what men’s underwear was like in 1910. Just let it be said that men wore far more then than they do today. Joan recently released The Tangled Web, a story of international intrigue, murder and romance played out in New York, London, Prague, and a Caribbean island.

As society changes, so do things like Sunday afternoon visits. Blog visits are one way I’m keeping up with friends. How about you? What do you see as the new way to visit?

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