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Title: Windbrothers: Desert
Author: Sean Michael
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Drama, Fantasy, Gay Fiction
Release Date: 05/24/2016
Banished from his homeland, Surial is sent to Azize to run the family business. When he wins a slave, Kade, in a dog race, Surial is unsure what to do with him, as he doesn’t believe in slavery. Kade’s way with horses leads to him being relegated to the stables, where Surial becomes drawn to the big, quiet man.
A proud warrior at heart, Kade has been a slave for too long, and when he is passed to yet another owner, he goes without a fight, no hope left in him. When he discovers Surial’s secret, a fragile friendship blossoms between the unlikely master and the unwilling slave as Kade shows Surial that what lies within him is not a curse but a gift.
In a world of magic, Surial and Kade face their fears and hopes amid dangers that threaten both of them as their friendship is put to the test. What lies at the end of their trials is something more precious than either of them has ever dreamed of.
1st Edition published as Windbrothers by Torquere Press, 2007.
Characters Who Won’t Let Go
I can’t speak for other authors, but for me, the characters I write live in my head. I’ve often said that I don’t actually write the stories, I just take dictation for the characters. The stories belong them and no matter where I think things are going, or how it’s all going to happen, they can easily twist and shift on me and fighting that only leads to a lack of being able to write. They’re in charge.
Most of the characters go what I call ‘dormant’ after I’ve told their story – they sort of fade into the background of my mind to give room to other characters. But some of the characters stay with me for a long, long time. Surial and Kade from Windbrothers are two such characters. I have, in fact, been working on them since before I was first published.
Surial arrived first, lonely and unhappy in a city that wasn’t his. Kade came next, beaten and enslaved, but a fierce, proud warrior at heart, and he had information about Surial that Surial himself didn’t have. While I had to push them off to the side before I’d written the entire Windbrothers saga so that I could work on other stories, let other characters have their say, they never completely retired from active duty.
I had more or less let go of the idea of completing the books. They were at a good stopping point and while I knew in my head that their story was far from finished, they were at a good ending if that was all there was to be. The characters wouldn’t let go, though, and I had the idea that one day I would have to come back to them. They would insist.
Then DSP Publications came along and not only wanted to reprint Windbrothers, they wanted the rest of the story. Surial and Kade sprang back to the forefront of my brain with a resounding yes! They were still there, still waiting, very patiently, for the rest of their story to be told, but they never did let go. And I’m so glad I’m getting the opportunity to play with them again, to listen to their story as they dictate it to me. I’m so pleased that one day has turned into today.
I don’t know if they’ll finally let go once I have finished the fourth and final book, but I hope they don’t ever disappear completely from my brain. They’ve been a part of me for a long time and for that I am glad. Characters who won’t let go are a boon and a joy and I’m so glad to be able to share Surial and Kade’s story with you.
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If you’d like an ebook copy of Windbrothers: Desert, please leave a comment (including your email address) and I will pick a winner on Monday May 30.
About the Author
Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.
Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.
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