My guest today is fantasy author Kevin James Breaux. His debut novel, Soul Born, was recently released on November 30, 2010. Please join me in welcoming Kevin here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read the prologue and first chapter of the book here.
One lucky commenter will receive a $15 Starbucks gift certificate. As always, details are listed at the end of the post.
Kevin James Breaux is an award-winning author and artist. He is a member of the HWA and EAA. Along with having many short stories published, Kevin’s first novel SOUL BORN, an epic fantasy, will be released 11/2010. Soul Born is book one in a three book series, that runs over 110,000 words. For more information about Soul Born go to www.soulborn.net. Kevin lives outside of Portland, Oregon.
Kevin James Breaux’s Ten Years
by Kevin James Breaux
Imagine what I could have done in ten years. I could have learned to speak Japanese. I could have played every RPG video game ever created, and if I spoke Japanese I could have played the foreign ones too! Man, I could have built a spaceship in my backyard and flew it to the moon and back, if I wanted.
Seriously, that’s how much time I have spent honing my skills as an author and I admit there are days my mind starts to calculate all the hours I have invested crafting pretty words and the totals are insane. Oh, not to mention all the hours supporting my endeavors online; tweeting takes time!
I’m not complaining, I never would, this is my goal, my dream and my passion all rolled up into one tasty sugary treat and hard work makes a reward all the sweeter.
Would I take it all back, maybe do something different?
Do I wish it was easier?
Sure, but when is anything that is really worth it, easy? Think about it, George Washington did not use a steel bridge to cross the Delaware River. He crossed in a tiny boat, over frozen water with Leonardo Dicaprio up front yelling, “I’m king of the world!”
Me, I would have kicked Leonardo in the seat of his pantaloons, right off the bow of the ship if he was standing in-between me and success. See, there’s something you should know about me, I’m a fighter. I’m the pit-bull who latches onto a ham bone and there’s nothing you can do to make me let go, unless you want to lose a limb.
My ten years paid off when I won the lottery last December. No, not the state lotto, I won the publishing one. After all the work writing, revising, rewriting and submitting and submitting and submitting: I finally found a publisher for my fantasy novel, SOUL BORN.
Oddly enough, it’s not even my favorite or best work, at least in my opinion, but then again I’m one of those artists who tears up his work and throws it in the trash if there is the tiniest brush stroke out of place, no matter how long I painstaking worked at it.
Soul Born was the first novel I wrote, and now it’s the first novel I’ve had published. It’s the story of a world coming out of a dark age. Lands are beginning to prosper, when a warlord invades the southern tip of the island continent of Illyia. In the northern mountains a young mage by the name of Opal, a student in a school of magic users, devises a plan to stop the warlord that will earn her the respect she feels she deserves from her teachers.
Soul Born begins a series that will take the reader on a journey from the beginning of this world as it is born into fantasy.
Synopsis (Product Description):
All Opal wanted was to be respected as a wielder of magic, but her teachers passed her over time and time again. When a mysterious warlord embarks on a conquest to destroy the lands of Illyia Opal seizes an opportunity to step out from the shadows of her instructors and take her rightful spot among them.
Tala, an alluring young elf, was banished from her tribe, hunted and nearly killed by the beasts that dwell in the deep forests, but more than anything else she is a survivor. Joining forces with an ancient elemental power Tala finds herself in the center of an unrelenting human war.
Flesh like leather and bone as strong as steel Karn, a veteran from the first kingdom to fall, is fueled by vengeance. While pushing ever headlong into battle Karn begins to recall memories of another life; ghosts that haunt his dreams.
Through death of soul, their world is born.
One lucky commenter will receive a $15 Starbucks gift certificate.
1. Giveaway is open to US and Canada only.
2. Giveaway ends Thursday, January 13th at 11:59 PM EST.
3. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.
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