Spotlight & Author Interview: Bullets and Bones, by R.S. Penny

Bullets and Bones

Bullets and Bones

Bullets and Bones
Desa Kincaid, #2
by R.S. Penny
Next Chapter Publishing
Genre: sci-fi western

Desa Kincaid set out to save her world from the machinations of a madman.

She failed.

Now, she finds herself a prisoner in her own city, navigating a web of political intrigue. Hope beckons in the form of the mysterious Spear of Vengeance, a weapon forged by the gods.

To recover it, Desa will take a journey into the very heart of the ancient world and confront an enemy more powerful than any she has faced so far… Her own guilt.


Desa Kincaid Bounty Hunter

Desa Kincaid Bounty Hunter
Desa Kincaid, #1
by R.S. Penny
Next Chapter Publishing
Genre: sci-fi western

Desa Kincaid has spent the last ten years in pursuit of a man whose experiments have killed over a dozen people.

Blessed with the power to transform ordinary objects into devastating weapons, she journeys through trading ports, backwater towns, forests, deserts and the haunted remains of a dead city.

But can she stop her enemy before he unleashes something terrible on the world?


Author Interview:

⫸ What inspired you to write this book? OR Tell us a little about how this story first came to be. Did it start with an image, a voice, a concept, a dilemma or something else?

The Desa Kindcaid series started as a story on a website. It was sort of a protest against the plodding epic fantasy you got from authors like George Martin. I had three goals I wanted to accomplish.

Keep it exciting and fast-paced

Choose a setting other than Medieval England.

Start the characters in a dark place and have them move toward the light. (Too much fiction does the opposite).

⫸ What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?

It took me a while to figure out how to do combat with the magic system. It’s kind of a nuts-and-bolts thing. For instance, I discovered that in many cases, describing the effects of magic – “A blast of lightning erupted from Desa’s ring” – was more effective than using the magical jargon. “Desa triggered her Electric-Source.”

⫸ What surprised you the most in writing it?

How popular it became. I wasn’t expecting that.

⫸ What does the title mean?

If you’re referring to “Bullets and Bones,” I’m afraid that’s a spoiler. You’ll find out what it means by the end of the book. The third and final book in the series is called “Face of the Void.” That’s also a spoiler. But I’ll let you muse on what it might mean.

⫸ Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?

No. I don’t do that.

Except with Jeral Dusep (one of the villains of the Justice Keepers series). He’s a politician. I purposefully learned to imitate Donald Trump’s speaking style for his dialogue.

⫸ Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?

The series is kind of a denouncement of cynicism. You know, that attitude that says “All people are selfish; you can’t trust anyone?” Desa, in particular, starts off with a very cynical outlook and makes some poor decisions as a result. Over the course of the series, she learns to overcome that. I’m purposefully avoiding going into too much detail to avoid spoilers.

⫸ What is your favorite part of the book?

For Bullets and Bones, it’s got to be the train fight scene. That was so much fun to write. Though a lot of people like the haunted forest chapter.

⫸ Which character was most challenging to create? Why?

They all presented different challenges.

⫸ What are your immediate future plans?

I’m going to finish the third book in the series and then publish it.

Rich PennyAbout the Author:

I was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario where I attended Saltfleet High School and McMaster University. I’ve spent most of my life fighting for the little guy in one form or another, advocating for the poor, for environmental sustainability, for minority rights.

Throughout my twenties, I wrote about five novels and threw them all out because they weren’t very good. But I improved and honed my skills with each new manuscript. About two years ago, I had an offer from a traditional publishing house, but I chose to go indie instead. Writing is my passion; if I could dedicate myself to one thing, it would be bringing the ideas in my head to life.

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Freebie Blitz & Excerpt: The Weeping Empress, by Sadie S. Forsythe

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The Weeping Empress
by Sadie S. Forsythe
Fantasy, Action Adventure

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She shifted her focus, concentrating on listening to the hushed conversation to her right. Even though their voices were low, it wasn’t difficult to follow since the camp was so quiet.

Three men sat with their heads lowered and close together for conversation. Their skin was tanned to the point of appearing leathered, and they all had the sinewed look of someone used to manual labor. They appeared comfortable in their environment, and Chiyo envied them for that.

“Muhjah says they’ll take us as far as the next town before leaving us to our own fates,” the first said.

“Hmph, our fates? That’s one way to put it I guess. I rather thought mine was going to be behind the walls of the Danbire Workhouse,” the second quipped acerbically.

He was ignored as the third nodded and noted, “Devi, I’ve been there. Big enough to get lost in.”

“And we all had better get lost. I’m as glad as the next man to miss out on conscripted service, but if we get caught, we might have been better off to just suffer through it,” said the first.

“Oh, come off it! How many people have ever come back to your village after service? In mine, I can think of one, and he wasn’t worth much after that. Why do you think villages send old women like Andela there? They’re no use to anyone anymore anyway,” snapped the second.

Chiyo followed his gaze as he indicated the woman she had spoken to earlier in the evening. The speaker flinched as a harmless clod of dirt hit him in the side of the head, and Andela made a withering face at him. Chiyo thought that Andela had been surprisingly quick for someone looking so frail. The man simply brushed it from his hair and continued.

“Me, I’m glad to be taking my chances out here. That said, I’ll be glad to part company with them.”

He looked over his shoulder as if by having spoken of Muhjah and his partner, they might suddenly materialize out of the night. There was a general agreement among the group. More than one shuddered.

Casting another furtive look over his shoulder the old man continued again, “They say he never should have been born at all, and if you ask me, that’s the same as being dead.”

“Well, no one asked you,” Andela interjected. “You should just shut up. There’s no cause for such ridiculous tales tonight.”

The men grumbled, but Chiyo noticed that there was no more talk. The men hunkered into themselves. Their fear was almost palpable. She heard similar stories around her and always the names Muhjah and Senka were mentioned. These, she supposed, were their two intrepid rescuers.

Though Sadie does write on occasion, she is predominantly a reader. She hails from the Southeastern United States, has twice lived in Northwestern England, now resides in the American Midwest. She holds degrees in Anthropology/Comparative Religion, International Criminology, and Social Change (big data stats and social policy), loves local coffee shops, geek culture, everything bookish, and tea (steaming with milk and sweet iced). She is married, with two daughters and two moderately neurotic border collie – Australian shepherd/cattle dog mixes.

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Spotlight: Burn Red Skies by K.E. Rosero

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Burn Red Skies

by K.E. Rosero
adult high fantasy
Out Nov. 11, 2020

Final Fantasy meets the “First Law” universe

It starts with a rift that burns a thousand scars into the sky.
It makes the winds stop.
It makes the stars go dark.
It awakes an ancient beast.
And with it, a new reign of blood.
It is the Summoning.
And at the heart of it is fire.

When the Summoner’s army blazes through her village, Dove is forced into hiding. Torn from everything she knows, she begins training in the elements with only one goal in mind: to find her brother. She just needs to get past the Summoner’s army—but how can she slay a dragon that is already dead?

Copyright Credits: Audio: J.T. Peterson – Sky Productions Trailer Titles: DesireCreator Sound: Stefano Cremona, Wistan Sound Trailer Master: Franziska Haase

Available on Kindle Unlimited
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K.E. Rosero, Filipino American author of debut novel BURN RED SKIES, is always finding herself in odd places–from hiking across Germany to draw castles, to training in a Muay Thai boot camp in Thailand, to practicing the fine intricacies of Chinese calligraphy in Taiwan. This Bay Area native left home for college in Portland and somehow ended up studying Chinese in Germany.

Through her experiences, she realized that the story was in the journey, not the destination. Based on her adventures, she decided to write a fantasy novel with fire, flame, swords, and martial arts. And dragons.

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