I was discussing with someone the merits of the show (and book series) for Game of Thrones recently. I call that series Political High Fantasy. It's very much a fantasy world but the story is all about the pride, prejudice, and lust for power. All things very much relate-able in our current climate. I don't plan to get into any heavy debates over The Mad King, The threat from across the not-so-Narrow Sea, or whether or not The Wall will really keep out the Others. That's all for you to make up your own mind about.
But it made me think of how much we love to read for escapism, but also to help us deal with the current issues plaguing our world. Its easier to look at our problems through a fictional lens and allow it to play out safely on the page or through the small screen. In that medium we can cheer for the underdog, or step into she shoes of the hero and do things that we in our normal lives could never dream to do.
And as I was explaining all of this to my friend (who has never seen the show or read the books) it began to make me realize that in writing too, I have worked through those same frustrations. My Chronicles of the Uprising series is very much a political fantasy. It is not the High Fantasy of Master GRRM, but it is a tale of political uprising, struggle for freedom, and a journey to find whether or not peace can actually be attained.
So with all that in mind, why not have a sale? Give you a political fantasy to sink your teeth into.
See what I did there?
Try a new take on the aftermath of the apocalypse, and the trials of the enslaved... under the fictional lens of humans vs supernatural.
Dissension (Book One of the First Trilogy)
Free with Kindle Unlimited
In the new world order, being supernatural is a crime.
Vampires once thought to be mythical, have been discovered, assimilated, and enslaved. Used for blood sport in the gladiatorial arena, their immortal lives are allowed to continue only for the entertainment of the human masses.
Mira, a proven warrior with a blade as sharp as her fangs, has spent the last thirty years in the arena, where life and death are determined by the stroke of a sword and the cheers of her fans.
The only way out of this never ending battle, is in a body bag, and Mira's not going out that way. Always looking for an escape, Mira's latest attempt leads her straight to Lucian Stavros, the city's Regent, a human, and the man directly responsible for her people's enslavement.
With freedom and survival in the hands of her enemy, Mira must decide how far she is willing to go to obtain them.
Transition (Book One of the Second Trilogy.)
FREE August 25-28th
Peace is just a breath between battles for Mira. Hardened by slavery and war, she longs for the simpler life, knowing that it might never be hers to enjoy. There is always another battle waiting to be fought, another foe on the horizon. Peace between humans, vampires, and otherkin may be nothing more than a dream, but Mira holds out hope.
It is during this brief respite that Mira is gifted one of her greatest weapons. Though it brings with it memories of a time when she was not so jaded, it also comes with a reminder of terrible pain and loss. Awakening deeply hidden emotions within her, if Mira can use this to her advantage, she'll have a new ally in the next battle to come.
Retribution (Book Two of the Second Trilogy)
99C August 25-28th
Immortality is never guaranteed...
As much as Mira dreams of a simpler existence, blood and violence are her way of life.Former gladiator turned freedom fighter, she has carved a trail from New Haven to Caldera Grove and back, freeing her people, the vampires, from enslavement by the humans.
But with victory almost within reach, a new and powerful enemy emerges. One who'll be satisfied with nothing less than complete subjugation--or destruction--of all supernatural beings.
With a secret army of his own, he's more than prepared for any resistance Mira and her patchy rebel forces can offer, and demands their immediate surrender.
Never one to back away from a fight, Mira believes she's ready for anything. But with the battle lines drawn she will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Kill or be killed.