NEW RELEASE and Author Spotlight ~ Eye of the Soul by Terri Rochenski
Today I have the pleasure of hosting fellow author, Terri Rochenski and showcasing her awesome ‘just released’ adult fantasy novel, Eye Of The Soul. We have a group Giveaway and an interview! But first let’s see what the book is about:
Series: Pool of Souls #1
Publisher: J. Taylor Publishing
Release Date: October 7, 2013
That should be Hyla’s first thought as her people are chained and imprisoned for no imaginable reason.
Instead, Hyla finds herself traveling through a land void of Natives, with human soldiers pillaging in desperate pursuit of her, and in search of the mystical Pool of Souls—home to the one man who can save her people.
Or so she believes.
Led by her faith in the deity Fadir, Hyla is met along her journey by Jadon—a human male and fierce King’s warrior, and his childhood best friend Conlin—one of the few Natives aware of his Fadir-given Talents.
Protected by Jadon, guided by Conlin, and with an unfailing belief in the purpose of her pilgrimage, Hyla carries on.
Like her, though, another searches for the Pool, and should he gain access first, everyone she loves, and everything she knows, could be lost.
Cursing her arthritic fingers, Miri squeezed out a rag and draped it over the human man’s hot forehead.
“I’ve seen a lot more harvests than you, old goat,” she muttered, lifting his eyelids. “I’m thinking you’ll never catch up either. Doubt you last another half-moon’s phase.”
Miri pushed to her feet and stretched her hunched back. A heavy sigh slipped past her wrinkled lips as she glanced around the sick house. Keeping the night watch wasn’t too bad—she’d volunteered often since her old bones wouldn’t allow much sleep.
“Joints wasted, hearing all but gone …” Miri yanked on the long white braid lying over her shoulder. “I’m the old goat.”
She shuffled down the aisle, woolen kirtle swishing in the silence. A cool, autumn breeze rustled the crimson leaves of the magnolia and palm fronds overhead, drawing her gaze upward. Violet streaks lit the pre-dawn sky.A dog barked, yipped, and fell silent.
Miri peered across the village green to the thatched buildings beyond. A shadow passed between two cottages. Another three hurried toward the neighboring dwelling.
“Sight fading or my mind, too?” Miri rubbed her watery eyes, blinked, and leaned forward. Light flickered through the palm trees behind the outlying homes.
The flames drew closer, weaving between the trunks.
Humans from the mainland? Miri’s hand clutched at her throat. Soldiers. Fadir have mercy.
The men crept through the village, taking up positions at every doorway. Two brutes, more horse-like in size than human, approached the sick house.
Sputtering torch held high, the first strode forward, dark eyes intent upon Miri. A green surcoat covered broad shoulders and fell to his thighs. The golden wheat sheaf of the city of Varosh adorned his chest.
Cold sweat beaded upon Miri’s brow. Breath burst from her lungs, and she moved back, clutching the door jam.
The second soldier stepped closer, chains and shackles clanking in his hand. He stopped two paces away from Miri, and a smile stretched his stubbled cheeks, revealing rotted teeth. “Good morning pointy-ears.”
Miri stared, heartbeat thundering in her ears. She’d been called worse in her eighty-three birth passings but never with such malice.
A single cry rang out across the village, and doors crashed inward. Screams rent the air.
“Don’t fight Native woman,” rotten-teeth sneered, shackles outstretched.
“W-why?” Miri whispered, taking a step backward.
A scowl narrowed his gaze, and his fist shot forward.
Bursts of light and pain exploded through Miri as she crumpled to the floor.
Miri’s people huddled on the village green as fall’s pale sun crested the trees. Cold metal had been clasped around their necks and ankles. Many trembled in the cool air, little more than night clothes covering their nakedness. Miri held to her braid with a white-knuckled grip, her head and its egg-sized bump throbbing in time with her pulse.
A handful of other battered Natives who had attempted flight were the last to join them, the soldiers tossing them forward like sacks of potatoes.
Let’s hear what Terri has to say:
So tell us, Terri, how long have you been writing?
TR: I started a true passion in 8th grade when Gundi, a little gnome in my brain, decided that I needed to share his story. Kinda took off from there.
Characters chattering in the brain. I get that too. 😉 Did you always aspire to be an author?
TR: Actually, no. My journey didn’t truly begin until I met Anne Tyler in my mid 20’s and she encouraged me to write a story I had in my mind. She mentored me through 2 historical romance novels and even wrote letters of introduction to a few agents. I received a ton of rejections and gave up on both novels to move onto my passion – fantasy.
Tell me about Eye of the Soul. Was there anything in particular that inspired you to write the story? Do you have a favorite character? Why?
TR: A few year’s worth of personal experiences inspired Hyla’s story. You’ll have to check out my stop at J.A. Belfield’s blog to read my post about that. As for a favorite character … I suppose Jadon. He’s the too-good-looking-for-his-own-good soldier who all the ladies salivate over. Well, all but ONE lady. He learns a few humbling things which make him a better man.
I like Jadon, too. Probably my favorite. Do you have any other projects in the works you’d like to share?
TR: Other than book #2 that I’m still slaving over, I have another standalone fantasy novel in the works. The tentative title is The Crystal Portal. The world has a Tuscan feel to it, one I can’t wait to dive back into one of these days.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
TR: Total plotter. I have binders with tabbed sections, timelines, outlines, character interviews … you name it, I plan it. NO writing begins until these are done. Have to have my eggs in order!
Fantasy fan or paranormal?
TR: I’m actually a fan of both. I prefer fantasy, but I’m extremely picky about books in that genre. Medieval & high (WELL WRITTEN) tug at me more than others. As for paranormal, if the story is engaging I’ll read it.
Are you reading any books other than your own?
TR: I’ve read a handful in the past few months, but the best worth mentioning? Fantasy – A Cast of Stones by Patrick W. Carr. Paranormal – Caged (Holloway Pack #3) by J.A. Belfield.
Any tips you’d like to share with other writers hoping to be published one day?
TR: It’s funny how many times I’ve been asked this one! LOL! Be stubborn. Keep writing. Keep submitting. Don’t give up.
Thanks so much, Terri.
On to the Giveaway!
Paperback of Eye of the Soul, notebook, pen and bookmark.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Terri started writing stories in the 8th grade, when a little gnome whispered in her brain. Gundi’s Great Adventure never hit the best seller list, but it started a long love affair with the fantasy genre.
Today she enjoys an escape to Middle Earth during the rare ‘me’ moments her two young daughters allow. When not potty training or kissing boo-boos, she can be found on her back patio in the boondocks of New Hampshire, book or pencil in hand.
And lastly, I too am giving away a copy of Eye of the Soul to celebrate the book’s release for the October New Release Giveaway. If you’d like to win an e-book copy, here’s the Rafflecopter to enter: Enter HERE!
This entry was posted on October 17, 2013 by Laney. It was filed under Author Interviews, Blog Tours, Books, J Taylor Publishing, New Releases and was tagged with Adult Fantasy Novels, Author, Eye of the Soul, Fiction, J. Taylor Publishing, laney mcmann, Terri Rochenski.