Oraiáphon

I might have just left this story to the reader’s imagination, except three things happened.

Some myths are true

Orpheus with his lute made trees,

and the mountain tops that freeze,

bow themselves when he did sing:

To his music plants and flowers

ever sprung; as sun and showers t

here had made a lasting spring.

Every thing that heard him play,

even the billows of the sea,

hung their heads, and then lay by.

Shakespeare; Henry VIII

Without readers, where would writers be? We are storytellers, and while I like telling my characters’ stories to myself, I prefer telling them to other people. But some of those readers become highly invested in the characters, and want to know more.

The last book of the Empire’s Legacy trilogy ended on an ambiguous note, with an epilogue that makes things clearer (for most readers. Some truly didn’t get it, even then.) But between the end of the last chapter and the brief epilogue is a three-year gap, and some important things happened in that time. I might have just left them to the reader’s imagination, except three things happened.

One was that in beginning the next, related trilogy, I realized there were a couple of major backstory pieces that had to be explained, and two, quite a few of my readers begged to know what happened in those missing years. The third consideration was that I was switching narrators (I write in 1st person), and while readers knew my new MC as a supporting character from the first trilogy, I thought they needed an opportunity to get to know him a bit better.

So I wrote those loyal readers a story that I hope meets their wishes, explains the backstory, and moves the character Sorley from supporting actor to a leading role. It launches February 29th in all markets. Here are the links:

Amazon US

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

Amazon AU

Soul Blade, by Aaron Hodges: A Blog Tour Post

Soul Blade is out today and is available for a limited time for $0.99 from Amazon.

I’m pleased to be participating in the blog tour of Aaron Hodges, promoting his newest book.  Aaron is the author of the #1 Amazon Bestselling novel Stormwielder, book 1 of the Sword of Light trilogy. It’s a Sword and Sorcery novel about a young man with an uncontrollable power over the weather. The trilogy follows his adventures as he learns to master his magic, while encountering your standard fare of magic wielders, dragons and Gods. Soul Blade, the third book of the trilogy, is out today and is available for a limited time for $0.99 from Amazon.

Soul Blade (The Sword of Light Trilogy #3)

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The Three Nations are crumbling.

Darkness is gathering.

And only one remains to stand against it.

 

Eric stumbles through the wilderness, searching, hunting – desperate for sign of his sister. But the girl is gone, stolen away by the power of the Soul Blade. With each passing hour its hold on her tightens, her spirit fading before the onslaught of its magic. If he cannot save her soon, it will claim her soul. And he will have to kill her.

Meanwhile, Gabriel is lost in the darkness. It is his whole world now, its presence absolute, suffocating. Time, hope, sanity, all have long since slipped beneath the waves of his despair. Only it remains – the unrelenting voice of the demon. It haunts the darkness, mocking him with false promises of freedom.

How long can he resist its call?

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32614241-soul-blade

Look for an author interview with Aaron Hodges on this site later this week!