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Slaying Dragons

Regular readers of my blog might have picked up on something, I’m promoting the snot out of my latest series, Blades of Leander (in particular the lead book in the series, Child of Fate, which I just released). This blog continues in the vein, although with a very personal twist. It also debuted on my friend J.E. Taylor’s blog last week. I guess you could say I’m guest posting myself. Um, or something like that. Anyhow, without further delay, here it is:

I was a kid once, farther back than I want to admit. It was back in the days where television was analog and distorted by poor antenna reception. The invention of the VHS tape seemed like a miracle on par with curing leprosy. Unto this fragile and sheltered childhood entered the movie, Conan the Barbarian. In that 129 minutes my life was changed.

I began to seek out fantasy wherever I could. I started, of course, with the Conan books by Robert E. Howard (and later L. Sprague de Camp and others). I went from there wherever I could, to J.R.R. Tolkien and Terry Brooks and beyond. No matter the story, I was hungry for more. But beyond wanting a rich fantasy life I wanted to be like the heroes in the stories. As a kid I’d play and pretend to slay dragons and rescue maidens. Eventually I became too old to do that (especially if I ever wanted to have a girlfriend), but I never forgot.

Wanting to be a hero is a part of almost every boy’s upbringing. I won’t dare to guess how many girls these days want to be heroines rather than princesses (my own daughter wants to be a mix of the two). I grew up learning everything I could to make me able to be that guy that can take care of himself and help others when the situation called for it. Everything from first aid to joining the military to becoming a competitive powerlifter. I want to be the guy who a mugger will look at and decide not to challenge. I want to be the guy who can rip the door off the crashed car that’s on fire to get the people out. I want to be able to slay the dragon threatening the maiden.

With that in mind my newest book is a high fantasy book called Child of Fate. It’s the first book in the Blades of Leander series. The characters are as real as fictional characters can be, with quirks and weaknesses aplenty. They’ve got their talents and strengths just like a regular person, but what’s most important about them is that they’re identifiable. These are the kinds of characters that we like because we understand them. We can remember feeling the same way at times. By living vicariously through the characters in Child of Fate we can answer the “what if” questions.

And isn’t it safer to read a book than it is to buy a sword and drive to the nearest national border and start attacking the border guards? I don’t want you getting tased or enduring a body cavity search, so please consider Child of Fate a safer and more entertaining alternative.

Child of Fate, by Jason Halstead

Pick up your copy of Child of Fate at any of these sites:

Amazon

Amazon UK

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Smashwords

 In Print

To learn more about Jason Halstead, visit his website to learn about him, his books, sign up for his newsletter, or check out some free samples of his books at http://www.booksbyjason.com.

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