Giveaway: Children of Lubrochius by Matthew D.Ryan
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Children of Lubrochius
by Matthew D.Ryan
The vampire, Lucian val Drasmyr, has been defeated, but not destroyed: Now he serves another evil: Korina Bolaris, a young and gifted sorceress bent on subverting the power structure of Drisdak. Only Coragan of Esperia can hope to stop them. But is even he prepared to face the dark cult who claims her as their own: the Children of Lubrochius?
“I am a Child of Lubrochius,” Korina said. “I came here to hire you and offer you an opportunity few ever have. Are you interested?”
“I see little profit in it,” said the first man, “save vague promises of uncertain future rewards.”
Korina paused. Clearly, she was not explaining the up-side of her offer well enough. She needed something to lure the men in; something the Shadowhand could not provide, but the Children could. “Have you ever robbed from a wizard?” she asked, changing the topic as the obvious lure occurred to her. She reached into another small pouch on her side and pulled out four Kaldtarri rings, her fingers gently caressing one, feeling the band of iron and the grotesque gargoyle-like head. Sidipius had come through and provided her with ten Kaldtarri Primes and two Kaldtarri Secunduses, an ample beginning supply: enough to begin a formidable hellring. All she needed were the recruits. Men such as these.
The men stared across the empty space at her, at first saying nothing in reply. Finally, one of them broke the silence. “No, we have not,” he said.
“Why?” she asked, though she knew the answer.
“They have magic. They can snoop you out no matter how good you are.”
“How about a baron or a count?”
“Do you know how many thieves have gone to the gallows for trying?” the thief said. “The nobility just hire wizards. It’s a lost cause.”
She smiled, and one by one dropped three of the rings on the table in front of them. “Is it now?” she said.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Matthew D. Ryan is a published author living in upstate New York on the shores of Lake Champlain. Mr. Ryan has a background in philosophy, mathematics, and computer science. He has a black belt in the martial arts and studies yoga. He has been deeply involved in the fantasy genre for most of his life as a reader, writer, and game designer. He is the operator of the web-site matthewdryan.com which features his blog, “A Toast to Dragons,”a blog dedicated to fantasy literature, and, to a lesser extent, sci-fi. Mr. Ryan says he receives his inspiration from his many years as an avid role-player and fantasy book reader. He has spent many long hours devising adventures and story-lines for games, so it was a natural shift moving into fantasy writing.
Mr. Ryan is the author of the exciting dark fantasy novel, Drasmyr,, its sequel, The Children of Lubrochius, and a growing number of short stories. His first novel, Drasmyr, has consistently earned reviews in the four and five star range and serves as the prequel to his upcoming series: From the Ashes of Ruin. In addition to Drasmyr and The Children of Lubrochius, Mr. Ryan has published several short stories on-line, including: “Haladryn and the Minotaur,” “The River’s Eye,” and “Escape.”
1.) Is writing your only profession?
Yes. I have a medical condition which prevents me from holding a normal job. Writing is an outlet that I can pursue in spite of this condition, because if it takes me down for a week or two, or even a month, I can always pick up where I left off with little discontinuity. Also, I live with and take care of my father who is getting on in years. That’s kind of a second profession, but I balance the two well enough.
2.) Who was your favorite character to write? Why?
The vampire Lucian val Drasmyr, of course. Why? Well, he’s kind of like my sinister alter-ego. He’s the bad guy you love to hate and he just exudes a certain level of sinister coolness. Also, he allows me to express my dark side without actually hurting anyone. I mean he’s just a character in a novel. But he’s one-part philosopher, one-part poet, and one-part sinister force of the preternatural.
3.) Who are some of your favorite authors?
Of course, as a fantasy aficionado I have to list J.R.R. Tolkien. He stands supreme. But there are others I have found to be giants in the field. Robert Jordan is one. I read his entire “Wheel of Time” series and loved it. He, of course, introduced me to Brandon Sanderson (my current favorite) and I’ve read a good deal of his work, my favorite series of which is the “Mistborn” series. Other favorites include Tad Williams, Mark Lawrence, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and others.
4.) What is your favorite writing snack you eat or drink while writing?
Probably tea. I drink a lot of tea. I try not to drink soda, because it messes up my breathing; I think I might have developed an allergy to it or something. Lately, though, I’ve been drinking flavored water; I started buying those water flavor bottles in the grocery store just to experiment and I found out that I liked it, so I purchased a handful and now drink that when I write.
5.) What makes you mad enough to want to throat punch a person? LOL
Moral relativism. There’s even a discussion about it in my novel between two priests. One is a relativist, the other an absolutist. Although I don’t fully agree with the absolutist (and, in fact, he comes across as a bit gruff and belligerent in that particular exchange), he summarizes the relativist position quite nicely: it’s like arguing with a cloud that never assumes a position you can deal with. It is useless and actually, in my view, quite dangerous. I’ve been against moral relativism, for a lot of reasons, since college when I studied philosophy.
6.) What is your favorite TV show?
Generally, I don’t watch TV except news and news opinion shows. I usually watch “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” “The Five,” and “The O’Reilly Factor” regularly. Of those, I think “The O’Reilly Factor” is my favorite, but not by much.
7.) What would be your favorite vacation spot (with no money limitation)?
The Moon, maybe, or Mars. If I’m forced to stick to Earth, I’d like to see (and not necessarily in this order) Rome (particularly the Vatican), Athens (Plato’s old stomping grounds), Jerusalem (birthplace of Christianity), China (lots of neat history and philosophy), and probably some of the old ruins in South America. Basically, just about any place on the planet would probably serve. I’m not picky, and most places have an intriguing history if you look into it deeply enough.
Links to the Author on the Internet
Author’s website: http://matthewdryan.com
Author’s Smashwords Page: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/matthewdryan
Author’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000038781652
Author’s Amazon Author Central Page: http://www.amazon.com/author/matthewdryan
Author’s Goodreads Page: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/579148.Matthew_D_Ryan
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