Book review – Convocation Of Kings

Title: Convocation Of Kings
Author: Valerie Douglas
Genre: Fantasy
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

convocation of kings“Convocation of Kings” is the sequel to “The Coming Storm”.

For me it was very nice to get reacquainted with the characters from the first book and follow them on more adventures. It’s a great read, like the first book. Be warned, if you start it, that there are a number of erotic scenes in this sequel. Nothing dramatic but some readers might be “surprised” by them.

I’m very glad that I read this book. The beginnings from the Coming Storm were picked up and worked out. I hope this doesn’t count as a spoiler.
If it does, then look at this little light and forget you read this.

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Why did I write my fantasy novels? – Valerie Douglas

Dear reader,

As I posted before about why Christine Ardigo wrote her first book, I also asked this of Valerie Douglas, the person responsible for starting the Alexandria Publishing Group. This is what she said:

Why did I write my fantasy novels? Because I missed high/heroic fantasy and I missed heroes and heroines – the kind of people you want to get to know, or aspire to be. The kind of people who run into burning buildings or who shield people many would say are getting their just deserts. Are they perfect people? Probably not, but in that one moment, they rose to the occasion and said “I will not let this happen”.

When Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings series, he envisioned the hobbits as the common people of England – not the wealthy or titled, but the ones who just wanted a good life for themselves and their children. Frodo, Samwise and their friends don’t intend to be heroes, they just want a little adventure. It’s the peaceful Shire, though, their home, and those friendships, that turn them into heroes.
That is what makes epic fantasy truly epic – ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

In The Coming Storm, I wanted to write about a people who had a belief system that emphasized being the best person you could be, to try to do the best you could for your people, and had an inviolable code of honor – yet they would be people you would still like, admire and want to get to know.

 

When I wrote The Servant of the Gods series it was at least partly because Anubis always got such a bad rap. He wasn’t a bad guy, his job was to help those who had died move on to the next world. I also wanted to write about someone who was willing to sacrifice everything for the greater good. No matter the cost. Even though the ending of the first novel is clear from the beginning, I still have readers who wish it were different. (Just FYI, it was always meant to end that way, the first and second books were written one after the other.)

Song of the Fairy Queen was inspired first by a work of art, then by the title (and a scene where Kyriay gets exasperated by this song inspired by her actions), but I also didn’t want to write a traditional ‘Fairy’ tale. In many fairy tales, the fairy are either twittering little things like birds, or cold and distant Fae. I also wanted to write about the price of leadership – the kinds of decisions and sacrifices that a ruler has to make for the sake of their people.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against anti-heroes, I just see more of them in fiction than in life. One piece of writing advice I’d always followed was “if the kind of book you want to read isn’t out there, then write it”. So I did.
It’s clear from the reviews that those themes resonate with some people. In the world we live in, that’s reassuring.

APG Indie Promotion – Not Magic Enough

Dear reader,

Welcome to Monday! I present to you a new Indie Promotion:

Not Magic Enough

Not Magic Enough
by Alexandria Publishing Group author Valerie Douglas

Ebook Short Description: For Delae – a lonely landholder on the edge of the Kingdoms – a frantic knock at the door on a stormy winter’s night brings more than a cry for help.
After centuries of war, Elves have little contact with the race of Men, but Dorovan can’t bring himself to ride past those so obviously in need. One small act – with enormous consequences. Not Magic Enough is a tale of love, honor, duty, and determination.

 

Where to find: this e-book is available from Amazon.com.

 

The Coming Storm – Blogtour!

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Welcome to Valerie Douglas’ The Coming Storm Blog tour.  Check back to The Finishing Fairies daily to find out where she’ll appear next.

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Excerpt from The Coming Storm

 

The orcs, those monstrous, bear-like things with their oddly hinged jaws were more than his small party could face, particularly Iric and Mortan. Despite their protest, he and the two other elves had taken their watch this night. In the end, both men had to admit they were too weary to be useful. What tricks men used to stay alert had long since worn off. They were completely exhausted, and both now slept deeply.

Alic gestured a warning and Colath tensed.

They’d had many nights like these, startled into alertness by some sign or strange noise. Once they’d had to kill a basilisk looking for a temporary den. Alic had been caught and frozen, to his shame, before the glare in those eyes.

That was the basilisk’s magic, their method for capturing their prey.

No shame to him, though, as basilisks here were as common as salamanders – that is, not common at all. They were southeastern creatures.

Then Colath caught the scent of what alarmed Alic, a faint stinging in his nostrils. A boggart or boggarts, and near. He nudged Jalila gently. She rolled over, instantly aware and awake.

The two men were so deeply asleep they dared not nudge them to consciousness for fear they would cry out. As cruel as it was, it was still much better to press a hand over their mouths and frighten them awake than it was to risk an outcry. He nodded to Jalila to wake Iric, while he went to Mortan.

Mortan bucked beneath his hand, but then his eyes opened enough to see Colath’s face in the dim glow cast by elf-light. Abruptly, he subsided, but he looked more alert than he had in several days, the little bit of sleep and fright charging him with energy. It wouldn’t last, Colath knew, beyond a few hours. He hoped it would be enough.

Tapping his sword, he drew it, so the two men could see it. Nodding, they drew their own.

 

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Elon of Aerilann, Elven advisor to the High King of Men, helped negotiate the treaty between Elves, Dwarves and men. He suddenly finds that fragile truce threatened from without by an unknown enemy and from within by old hatreds and prejudice. With the aid of his true-friend Colath, the wizard Jareth and the Elven archer Jalila, he goes in search of the source of the threat.

Ailith, the Heir to Riverford, fights her own silent battle. Her father has changed, but her quest to discover what changed him puts her life and very soul in danger and leaves her only one direction in which to turn. Elon.
To preserve the alliance, though, Elon will have to choose between his honor, his duty and everything for which he fought.

Amazon | Goodreads

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A Convocation of Kings (The Coming Storm, #2)

 (The Coming Storm, #3 (Novella))

 (The Coming Storm, #4(Novella))

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valerie-douglas-001Valerie Douglas is a prolific writer and a genre-crosser, much to the delight of her fans. A fan of authors of almost every genre from Isaac Asimov to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, she writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and as V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance. Who knows what will pop up down the road!

Happily married, she’s companion to two dogs, four cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.

You can find more information at Valerie Douglas Books, or at Alexandria Publishing Group.

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Book Blast – The Coming Storm

The Coming Storm, By Valerie Douglas

Spanning an epic series of books, ‘The Coming Storm’ by Valerie Douglas takes you to the heart of a conflict between magic users, and those without magic, good and evil, love and loss.
Join Ailith and Elon as they have to choose between love, duty, and everything they’ve battled for.

about-the-book-valerie

Elon of Aerilann, Elven advisor to the High King of Men, helped negotiate the treaty between Elves, Dwarves and men. He suddenly finds that fragile truce threatened from without by an unknown enemy and from within by old hatreds and prejudice. With the aid of his true-friend Colath, the wizard Jareth and the Elven archer Jalila, he goes in search of the source of the threat.

Ailith, the Heir to Riverford, fights her own silent battle. Her father has changed, but her quest to discover what changed him puts her life and very soul in danger and leaves her only one direction in which to turn. Elon.
To preserve the alliance, though, Elon will have to choose between his honor, his duty and everything for which he fought.

Amazon | Goodreads

series-buy-linksA Convocation of Kings (The Coming Storm, #2)

(The Coming Storm, #3) (novella will be 99¢ during the blast)

(The Coming Storm, #4)(novella will be 99¢ during the blast)

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Read more reviews on Amazon

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valerie-douglas-001Valerie Douglas is a prolific writer and a genre-crosser, much to the delight of her fans. A fan of authors of almost every genre from Isaac Asimov to Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, she writes classic fantasy, romance, suspense, and as V.J. Devereaux, erotic romance. Who knows what will pop up down the road!

Happily married, she’s companion to two dogs, four cats and an African clawed frog named Hopper who delights in tormenting the cats from his tank.

You can find more information at Valerie Douglas Books, or at Alexandria Publishing Group.

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And to celebrate her book blast, Valerie’s lowered the price of The Coming Storm on a Countdown Deal. Head on over to the page and see what it’s set and and grab your copy at the lowest price you can! Her novellas Not Magic Enough & Setting Boundaries have also been priced at $0.99 for the duration of this project.

And in January….

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In January, Valerie is visiting blogs, talking books and sharing her experience. As author of more than 20 books, she’s got a lot to say about indie publishing and would love to visit with you.

If you’d like to join in you can sign up here or fill the form out below

 

APG Indie Promotion –

Dear reader,

It is Monday again, so I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion:

The Last Resort

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by Alexandria Publishing Group author Valerie Douglas

Ebook Short Description:When Jack Spencer, Head of Security for Fairview Mountain Resort, calls about a missing coed, computer tech and sometime troubleshooter Carrie Anderson answers. Jack knows Carrie has a unique set of skills – on the side Carrie is part of a team that helps domestic violence victims escape their abusers.
Complicating things for Carrie is the handsome new attorney who just joined the team.
What she finds in her search for the missing girl, though, will test her ability at making people disappear and put all their lives in danger.

 

Where to find: this e-book is available from Amazon.com.

 

APG Indie Promotion – Setting Boundaries

Dear reader,

It is Monday again, so I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion:

Setting Boundaries

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by Alexandria Publishing Group author Valerie Douglas

Ebook Short Description: After centuries of war an uneasy peace has finally been negotiated between Elves, Dwarves and Men, thanks to Elon of Aerilann, Elven councilor to the High King of Men. One final task remains, one last bone of contention – to set the boundaries between their lands. It’s a task that will be easier said than done. Although all of the lesser Kings signed the Alliance, not all of them wish to see it succeed and some are willing to oppose it. Violently.
For journeyman wizard Jareth it’s the opportunity of a lifetime.
What he doesn’t know is that the journey will test him to his limits and forge a friendship that will last for centuries. (Setting Boundaries is the first book in the The Coming Storm series.)

 

Where to find: this e-book is available for free from Amazon.com.

 

Indie promotion – Click

Dear reader,

It is Monday again, so I present to you: today’s Indie Promotion:

Click

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by Alexandria Publishing Group author Valerie Douglas

Ebook Short Description: What if you were with the wrong man when you met the right one?

 

 

Where to find: this e-book is available from Amazon.com.

 

 

Have your ever bound magic?

Dear reader,

Our valued writer from the Alexandria Publishing Group, Valerie Douglas, has released her latest work, “Magic Bound”.

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Congratulations, Valerie, for bringing out another book for our readers to enjoy!

About the book: Homicide Detectives Sasha Gutierrez and Rafaela (Rafi) Stratford (Blood Bound) find themselves investigating a series of murders that seem to have been committed by paranormals. As a werewolf himself, Sasha knows that neither his people nor vampires were the killers, despite the evidence. Desperate for clues they turn to Rhian Lewis, the proprietor of an occult bookstore…and a witch. What she finds turns them all into targets…

You can find the book on Amazon.com, and of course all the other Amazon subsidiaries, so get your copy from Japan if you like!

Cover Reveal of Valerie Douglas’ new book Magic Bound!

Magic Bound – Book 2

Magic Bound by V.J. Devereaux (Valerie Douglas)

Homicide Detectives Rafaela Stratford and Sasha Gutierrez (Blood Bound) find themselves investigating a series of murders that seem to have been committed by paranormals. As a werewolf himself, Sasha knows that neither his people nor vampires were the killers, despite the evidence. Desperate for clues they turn to Rhian Lewis, the proprietor of an occult bookstore…and a witch. What she finds turns them all into targets..

Magic Bound is the second in THE BOUND SERIES, an erotic m/f/m paranormal read. In honor of the cover reveal the author is offering Blood Bound for 99¢ for the weekend!

She is also offering up a $25 Amazon Gift Card for one lucky winner! Who knows, you could win and get even more of Valeries amazing reads!

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Valerie DouglasValerie Douglas is the multi-published author of novels of fantasy, mystery, suspense and romance, among them, The Coming Storm series, Heart of the Gods, Song of the Fairy Queen, The Last Resort, Two Up and Dirty Politics. Under her pen name of V. J. Devereaux she’s also the author of several well-reviewed erotic romances – Cherry’s Jubilee, Special Delivery and Demon’s Kiss. Valerie lives in the beautiful heartland of Ohio with her beloved husband, two dogs, three cats, and an African clawed frog named Hopper.

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