Andrew Q Gordon on The Eye and the Arm (Champion of the Gods #2) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Interview, Rafflecopter Giveaway

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Title: The Eye and the Arm (Champion of the Gods #2)
Author: Andrew Q Gordon
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: AngstyG
Publication Date:04/14/2015
Genre/Sub-Genre: Fantasy, Gay, Gay Fiction

Blurb:

Champion of the Gods: Book Two

After defeating Meglar at Belsport, Farrell returns to Haven to recover from his injuries, but Khron, the god of war, has other ideas. He gives Farrell a new mission: free the survivors of the ancient dwarf realm of Trellham from their three-thousand-year banishment. To fulfill Khron’s near impossible task, Farrell will need the help of his distance ancestor, the legendary wizard Kel. But Kel has been dead for a thousand years.

Farrell finds information hinting that Kel is alive, so he moves his search to Dumbarten, Kel’s birthplace. To reach Dumbarten unannounced, Farrell and Miceral disguise themselves as mercenaries on board a merchant vessel. Their journey is disrupted when pirates attack their ship. While attempting to subdue the attack, Farrell is struck down by one of Meglar’s minions.

Unconscious and trapped in his own mind, Farrell’s only chance for survival rests with Miceral and the peregrine king Rothdin entering his thoughts and helping him sort fact from illusion. To reach Farrell, they will need to rely on an untested spell from one of Kel’s spellbooks. If they succeed, Miceral can guide Farrell home safely. If not, Farrell will destroy not only himself, but Miceral, Rothdin, and everyone around him.

Prism Book Alliance® recently reviewed The Eye and the Arm (Champion of the Gods #2). You can find the review here.

Interview:

1. We are here today to talk about The Eye and the Arm. What can you tell us about it?

This is Book Two in the Champion of the Gods series, and the sequel to The Last Grand Master. I won’t rehash what’s in the blurb, but this book starts the trend of taking the reader around the ‘world.’ Farrell and Miceral set out to find his distant ancestor the legendary wizard Kel. Farrell believes Kel holds the answers to how to defeat Meglar. There will be new a new race of beings introduced and some new places. There is also a shift in important characters. We’re moving away from Haven and out into the world. We’re also going to get to see the world through Miceral’s eyes for a while. ☺

2. Tell us more about Farrell?

This might be the hardest question to answer. How I see Farrell might be slightly clouded. To me he’s confident, yet insecure. He’s sure of himself and his magic, but has had to make his way without many close friends because of who he is and what he can do. He’s determined to win, but he’s worried about winning at all costs and what that will mean. He can be romantic, playful, serious and deadly. And it is the last trait that scares him the most because there are times he enjoys it too much.

3. What about {In the Every Inferno} {hehe I do this all the time!} The Eye and the Arm makes you the proudest?

Aside from the cover art, (which I love, but I didn’t make) I think this is going to be a more emotional book than the first one. We’re going to see and feel Miceral’s pain as his worst fear comes true when Farrell is hurt by magic and Miceral can’t stop it or make it better. This book will show that Miceral’s not as fearless as he always appears on the outside.

4. How many books are planned in the Champion of the Gods series?

Five total. There is an excerpt in the back of the book for Book Three—Kings of Lore and Legend. Books Four and Five don’t have titles yet, but they’re written—it’s still in rough form, but they’re written.

5. What can we expect from future installments?

Oh my, there is so much still to come. We’re going to visit the last two continents of Nendor, see the birth place of unicorns and peregrines, met the rest of the gods, Farrell is going to look back in time—not travel back, but look back—we’re going to meet new creatures—She Who Guides is my favorite—see new realms, and Farrell is going to come face-to-face with Neldin who is going to interpret events in a way that shatters Farrell world view. Lots of stuff to come for sure.

6. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?

Oh wow, start early and write often. As you know, once you have kids, it’s SO much harder to write and publish. I don’t regret having ‘lil q, it’s so amazing, but it totally crimps my writing time. The sooner you get your legs under you as an author and get a feel for the business as a whole, the sooner you can thrive.

7. What is the nicest thing a reader has said to you in a review, email, in person, or on social media?

Funny how I can easily remember the worst thing anyone said to me, but the nicest is harder to pick. Probably the nicest was when I was posting a story on Gay Authors and a reader told me the story made him feel like he was part of their lives. One of the downsides of publishing books is that you have to fit them into the publishing model. Fan fiction and free on line fiction gives you the freedom to waste pages on things that would otherwise end up on the cutting floor. So when I got the email thanking me for the story I was pretty thrilled.

8. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?

Greenwode by J Tullos Henning is my current read. Next up? That’s a tough one, I think it’s going to be Draven’s Gate by Cheryl Headford, either that or Cate Ashwood’s new book, Thirty Things.

9. Rapid Fire Time

Sushi or pasta? Sushi, but don’t tell my Italian family.
Beach or Mountains? Mountains all the way
Coffee, black, cream and sugar, or handcrafted? Black with the occasional raw sugar tossed in.
Sex or Chocolate? Seriously? How does anyone choose between them—fine, Sex.
Windows or Mac? Mac.
Harry or Draco? Who? Just kidding. Draco.
Cry or Scream? Scream. I’m a loud person.
Favorite beverage? Mt. Dew—Voltage.
Multiple choice questions or essay questions? Essays, I’m a lawyer, I always need to explain things. (See what I mean?)
Hugs or Kisses? Kisses—there’s nothing better than a good kisser

10. What are you working on? What is next?

I’m finishing the up Book Three—Kings of Lore and Legend, then I’m going to finish a novella that follows the end of Purpose, and then I want to finish a Contemporary MM Romance before the end of the year as it’s been kicking around for 2 years now.

Thanks for having me, today.

Excerpt:

Vernack shook his head and turned back toward Miceral and Farrell. “Top of the stairs, last room on the left. Number eight.”

Key in hand, they ascended the switchback stairs toward the fourth floor. Farrell stopped at the landing on the third floor. “Keep going, Ral. Someone is following quietly behind us. I’m going to see who it is.”
“Be careful and let me know what’s happening.”

“Of course. I’ll need you to help me question Leo when I catch him in the act.”

“Leo? How do you know who it is?”

Farrell moved a few steps into the third-floor hallway and engaged a spell. He magically added the sound of a second set of boots as Miceral continued up the stairs. “Call it a hunch.”

Moments later, Leo appeared, barely making a sound. Farrell silenced his real footsteps, then fell in behind the man. “It’s Leo. Head to the room, but be ready to come out when I say to.”

“Are you sure you’ll be safe?”

Leo paused and appeared to listen. He gave no indication he sensed Farrell’s presence. Instead, he looked right and then left, glancing directly at Farrell before he walked up the last flight.

“Positive. The man’s not a wizard.” Farrell heard a door open and shut before he crept up to the fourth-floor landing. Leo stood a few feet ahead of him, peering down the hall at room eight. “He’s standing in the hallway, looking at our door. Let me get behind him, then come out when I tell you.”

“Agreed. Just be careful.”

Leo inched closer to their door, seeming to listen intently. Farrell stepped into the hallway, closing the distance between him and their stalker.

“I’m ready.”

He heard Miceral stomp to the door and turn the knob. As he expected, Leo quickly turned and made for the stairs. Farrell released his spell and created a shield around himself that touched both sides of the hall. Looking startled, Leo’s hand went to his weapon.

“Any reason you’re spying on us?” Farrell tapped his staff on the floor, and a pale blue nimbus erupted from the tip and outlined his shield.

“Who’s spying on whom, Master Kelvin? Any reason you silently made your way behind me with your shield raised?”

“I’m asking the questions.” He let the blue light pulse a bit brighter. “You can willingly answer them, or I can make you.”

Leo stared at him, but Farrell didn’t flinch.

“It wasn’t wise to follow after us like that, sir.” Miceral stood behind the man, sword in his left hand.

“Silently walking up the stairs, listening and looking about as you went, made plain your intentions.”

Farrell noted a hint of fear as the man tensed. “A Muchari and a wizard are a conspicuous couple. One might wonder if you are really Elgin and Kelvin and not some other famous friends of the prince.”

While not prepared for Leo to have made the connection, Farrell kept his stoic expression. “One might wonder if we were Khron and Falcron, but it doesn’t answer my question. This is the last time I will ask you to explain yourself.”

Leo stared hard at him, as if trying to judge his resolve. When his shoulders drooped just a bit, Farrell knew he understood the situation. Leo turned to face Miceral. “One does not forget the face of the greatest warrior our race has produced. Especially not when you were present to see him best someone as renowned as Master Baylec.”

“Great balls of Neldin.” Miceral slid his sword back into its sheath. “Leothan. It’s been almost fifty years since I’ve seen you.”

“I’ve been traveling for a bit.” Although he visibly relaxed more, he kept stealing glances at Farrell, who maintained his shield.

Miceral held out his arm, and the two clasped forearms. Using a hand to turn Leo, Miceral approached Farrell. “Kelvin, this is Leothan. He and I used to spar together under Baylec’s watchful eye. Though it was many years ago.”

About the Author:

Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. ‘insiders’, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day and not get the shakes.

Author Links:

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/andrewqugordon,
On Twitter: @andrewqgordon,
Or just email him: andrewqgordon@gmail.com

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