Immortal Defiance (Dulcea’s Rebellion, #1)
by Laura Maybrooke
Publication date: October 10th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal,Romance
Some things never die. Hope. Heroes. Defiance.
Things take a strange turn for Dulcea, the elven enchantress turned war heroine and Dragonmistress, when a countryman’s betrayal lands her in enemy hands.
As she awaits her execution, a stranger with mysterious powers offers her another chance at life. Will she die here or risk what sinister fate he has in store for her?
Can Dulcea reclaim her rightful place and lead her army once more? Or does Krath, the man who travels the Realm of the Dead as one of its own, prove to be the obstacle that fells her rebellion?
… Or will this immortal vampire warrior turn out to be the best chance she has of defying the ancient evil arising in the west?
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Guest post: Q. “In what ways has writing affected other aspects of your life?”
(A.) Seth Godin is known to have said: “Here’s the thing: The book that will most change your life is the book you write.” I believe this is true. Writing has touched many aspects of my life and made me, I dare say, better because of it. I have been writing for about 25 years now, and I believe this has made me more productive and more emotionally aware. During that time, I have learned a lot about myself and learned a whole slew of things I otherwise would not know. Writing has been an escape, a comfort, a thrill, and a friend. It has helped me score good grades in school and pull off a few university-level diplomas.
Here are a few ways in which I believe writing has affected my life:
More knowledgeable Medieval history. Availability of different products in the olden days. Ancient war tactics. First pianofortes. Different ways to color fabrics. Names for the different parts of a sword. Weight of metals. Poisonous plants. These and many more are all subjects I have researched for the fantasy romance adventure series Dulcea’s Rebellion, of which Immortal Defiance is the first book. Writing makes you curious, not only about things pertaining to your current writing project, but about the world in general. You never know when something you read can help move your story forward.
A better career. Until the beginning of this year, writing has been only a hobby for me. I completed several books over the years, but I never seriously thought they would ever be published. I work fulltime, and I love my job. Writing, however, has made me more eloquent, and gotten me interviews and opportunities early in my career I don’t think I otherwise would have gotten at that time. I have been asked by a future boss if I wrote for hobby – that they could see if from my application. Flexing my creative muscle has led me to new opportunities, and I firmly believe I would not have had the career path to the position I now enjoy at work without the creativity and thirst for knowledge that writing has helped to bolster in me.
Never lack a thing to do I have a favorite fridge magnet, according to it: “I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here”. I am never bored or without a thing to do. Even if all other plans for entertainment fail me, I can always escape to a world of my own. These characters are so familiar to me they almost feel real, and I have laughed, loved, and grieved along with them. Pen a few stories, and I’ll guarantee you, too, will never again be without company.
Learn dedication and persistence. To be the best you can at something, whether writing or something else, it requires persistence and dedication. Few people are innately so talented they do not need to work for their success. Whatever your craft, you will necessarily face some critique at some point in your career of it, but you must not let it dampen your spirits. Like Roy T. Bennett said: “The one who falls and gets up is stronger than the one who never tried. Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” I have despaired over my work, agonizing over no word being good enough for print, but I have persisted through those times. It is natural to feel defeated by your craft sometimes, but by not giving up, you learn to hone it through dedication and persistence. That is what I feel has happened to me; I am much more tenacious and persistent than I would be without having been a writer for 25 years.
“I live in my own little world. But it’s ok, they know me here.” (Who besides me has this fridge magnet; raise your hand!)
That’s sometimes what it feels like. Who says stories aren’t real? I live in the land of the Midnight Sun and Polar Nights, together with my husband and daughter, and a cast of fantasy characters running around in my head. It’s busy here. Care to stay and chat a while?
Laura Maybrooke is an 80s’ child, who works too much and writes too little, but who’ll never say no to a thrilling romance, a high fantasy adventure, or a cookbook full of delicious treats she’d like to bake one day.
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