New Book Giveaways!

To mark the release of The Slaves of the Horned God, I am conducting two paperback giveaways at Goodreads.

Giveaway #1

The first giveaway is a copy of The Slaves of the Horned God and The Heirs of Lydin, Book 1 and 2 of the Ap’Lydin Chronicles.

The Slaves of the Horned God by Aidan Hennessy

The Slaves of the Horned God

by Aidan Hennessy

Giveaway ends November 11, 2017.

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at Goodreads.

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Giveaway #2

The second giveaway is a copy of The Heirs of Lydin, Book 1 of the Ap’Lydin Chronicles.

The Heirs of Lydin by Aidan Hennessy

 

The Heirs of Lydin

 

by Aidan Hennessy

 

Giveaway ends November 12, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

 

 

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Esmes Indie Highlights/SPFBO: The Grey Mage by Aidan Hennessey

Review for The Grey Mage from Esmerelda Weatherwax Report.

The Weatherwax Report

I liked this one, it’s a nice short story that was a welcome change from a few doorstoppers I’ve just finished. It was part of Pornokitsch’s grouping and has been eliminated already.

http://www.pornokitsch.com/2017/07/spfbo-self-published-fantasy-first-26-reviews.html

There’s a bunch of reviews in that link, The Grey Mage is in there though.

I also really like this cover.


Bingo: Self Published, Non Human Protagonist


Plot:

The book opens with the main character running from slavers, he’s an elf who’s been captured after being thrown out of his country by his father. His father has disowned him because he’s unable to use the Art which is this worlds magic system.

He ends up being employed by The Grey Mage who’s exploring an archaeological dig looking for ancient relics, they end up finding secret passage ways and ancient things people haven’t seen in generations.

There’s also a war going on between the White Wizard and the…

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Journey to the Slaves of the Horned God

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There is about a month until the release of The Slaves of the Horned God and just like my previous post, where I gave an overview of Polnygar’s journey, what follows is material related to Bellaydin’s story.

After his traumatic experiences in Wishapton, Bellaydin will find himself relegated to the royal court, where he must contend with the both politics and war alongside the great nobles of the realm, and a group of similarly aged squires.

These squires come from the Great Houses of Emparia. Some of these Houses I have already detailed in a previous post, the rest are described below.

House Highcrown

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“Blood Will Out”

House Highcrown was once a powerful family, descended from a favoured illegitimate son of one of the last Tyron Kings. However, their decision to side with Henry de Morcor during the Emparian Civil War nearly destroyed the entire House.

The current Duke, Wulfric, lost his father and both his brothers during the Emparian Civil War and with his death the title will most likely pass to much distant relatives. The closest of these is Gaheris Highcrown, Wulfric’s two-year old grand-nephew. The grandson of Wulfric’s younger brother Emeth, Gaheris is keep away from court by his grandmother, Thea, and has little contact with the duke.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Highcrown include House Bluetowers and House Borrowdale.

House Mainstream

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“The True, The Loyal”

Anson Mainstream’s father was the famed Sir Barrison Mainstream, known as “The Iron Boar”.  Sir Barrison fought under King Henry in the Emparian Civil Wars. His reward for service was one of the minor Earldoms, Warding.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Mainstream include House Hastang and House Dekard.

House Tallcastle

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“Unyielding, Unbroken”

Lord Edmund Tallcastle was Henry de Morcor’s closest battle companion in the Emparian Civil War, and upon Henry gaining the crown Tallcastle was named Emparia’s premier Duke and the King’s closest advisor. Edmund’s only legitimate child married Henry, and despite her premature death and the deaths of her children, Tallcastle remained the King’s closest advisor, holding the position of Lord Chancellor.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Tallcastle include House Ballick and House Viensbury.

House Zalltor

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“Ours is the Glory”

House Zalltor were latecomers to the Emparian Civil Wars, only declaring themselves after Henry de Morcor had already won the Battle of Goriinch Hill. Despite this, their immense wealth was to prove crucial to the new King’s attempts to keep his crown. As a reward they were gifted the Dukedom of Georgeton, vacant since the death of Kalen Tyron, the most persistent of the Tyron pretenders.

Oswin Zalltor, Duke of Georgeton, is Lord Treasurer, holding the purse strings of the kingdom, and his three sons are influential figures at court.

Lesser Houses pledged to House Zalltor include House Withers, House Fenbridge and House Moorsworth.

 

The Slaves of the Horned God is due for release in early November.

Planting a tree (while getting carried away)

It’s often funny how interests can bleed over into one another, to the point where one almost becomes indistinguishable from the other.

Outside of writing, one of my hobbies is genealogy. Having done my own research, and built on that of other family members, I now have a tree of over 4,000 people linked to myself. It became a bit of an obsession, really. I love to see how the generations all interconnect.

With families being central to a lot of plot threads in The Ap’Lydin Chronicles, I started to build a rough family tree to keep track of who so-and-so’s father, daughter, cousin, etc. As the writing for The Slaves of the Horned God developed, a lot of these connections became important, and so the tree developed further.

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So now the fictional tree is at over 400 individuals (a small snippet to the right). Perhaps I went a bit overboard?

Nah! Pay no attention to those who tell you it’s probably irrelevant how Haakon de Morcor and Wulfric Highcrown are related to each other*.  It’s all useful knowledge, I absolutely assure you…

*(First cousins once removed. Now you know.)

 

Lessons Learned

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A good few rounds of editing is intended to turn a turd of a first draft into a polished manuscript for publishing. Sometimes, however, you don’t catch everything. Sometimes you don’t find them until you release your work into the wide world.

So here, in no particular order, are some things I’ve learned from my current works after their releases:

Why are you so irritating?

Sometimes a character you hope people will find charming and amusing, they instead will find annoying. Really annoying.  Even after you think you’d already ‘fixed’ him. So, best to tone him down for the next instalment. (I’ll protect the fictional character’s identity by leaving him nameless)

Let’s get going already!

First entries in series often suffer from the dreaded pacing disease that is called the slow start.  Let’s get moving quicker, next time, sans the infodumping.

Why is everyone shouting at me?!

This one is simple. Too! Many! Exclamation! Marks! In! Dialogue! Hopefully everyone cools off a bit next time.

Um…shouldn’t you be dead?

Sometimes people get injured. Sometimes they get injured badly. Sometimes they don’t get any treatment. Mysteriously, they live anyway. (Just…no)

Happily The Slaves of the Horned God won’t have any of these issues. (Now let’s make sure it doesn’t have a whole bunch of new issues…)