Xenia Melzer on Love and the Stubborn ~ Guest Blog

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Title: Love and the Stubborn
Author: Xenia Melzer
Publisher: DSP Publications
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre: Fantasy
Release Date: 12/16/2016


All is fair in love and war. By now, Renaldo has found out the hard way how utterly stupid this statement is once you’ve met your match. And Casto won’t give an inch in their ongoing war for love.

After a tumultuous start to their relationship, Renaldo and Casto seem to have finally reached calmer waters. But just when Renaldo starts getting comfortable and thinks he can relax, things get out of hand again. His old enemy, the Good Mother, is dangerously close to defeating the divine brothers by reaching out to what is most dear to him. Casto still clinging to his stubborn pride is all the plotters need to drive him and Renaldo apart. Burdened by the secrets of his past, Casto fights with everything he’s got not only to save his life, but also to secure his future happiness. Facing the destruction of everything they have built together, Renaldo and Casto must choose between pride and love.

Inspiring Music

Inspiring music

Before I start telling my readers which music inspired (and still inspires) me to write the Gods of War series, I have to admit that I’m really bad at multi-tasking when it comes to writing. I need absolute silence, so that I can listen to the voices in my head. – Which can be as creepy as it sounds.

Many of my scenes and plot lines are written and replayed in my head long before they make it on the screen of my laptop. When I’m out running or cleaning or waiting on the kids, I have scenarios running through my head. I tweak them until I’m satisfied and then I type them in. Sometimes I get an idea for a new scene that has no connection to the rest of the story and then I have to see where it will fit in.

I often get the inspiration for scenes from my favorite bands. I’m a fan of melodic metal and the more pathos a band has, the more I like it. I’m a real sucker for epic scenes with matching music. Enough to forgive little inconsistencies in the picture. (Like the ending scene of Game of Thrones, Season Five, when Daenerys’s fleet sails for Kings Landing. No way are they going to stand like that for the entire journey, but who cares? The visual is wonderful.)

Blind Guardian is at the top of my favorite bands list. They put epic to a new level with their booming background choirs and symphonic orchestras. Their songs always tell an interesting story, too. My favorite album is At the Edge of Time, my favorite titles Curse my Name (from At the Edge of Time) and The Bard’s Song (from Somewhere far Beyond). Many of their songs are inspired by fantasy books and listening to Blind Guardian always puts me in the mood to write or gives me great ideas for plot lines.

Another band that makes my fingers itch to start writing is Nightwish. I just love the combination of metal riffs with a female opera voice. My absolute favorite song is Sleeping Sun, which I also have installed as my ringtone.

There are many other bands, like Avantasia, Epica, Sirenia or Within Temptation that can trigger an entire story inside my head.

I also find bands like Sabaton, Hammerfall, or Gloryhammer extremely stimulating when writing battle scenes. They tend to glorify heroes of the war (mostly of wars long gone or heroes from legends). The gods of war in my books have some of the traits the heroes in the songs epitomize. Renaldo and Canubis are definitely not nice. They can be cruel and uncaring and they view Ana-Darasa and the people living on it as their personal property.

But they are also heroes, men who can’t be defeated, invincible and masters of the sword. I like the contrast in their personalities, the glimpses of humanity in the unrelenting gods. As Renaldo’s relationship with Casto deepens, the reader gets more insight in the reasons behind Canubis’s and Renaldo’s behavior. Insights that will help understand them better in the course of the following books, where the two sometimes do things that even I find appalling.

The divine brothers are difficult characters, but that’s also what makes it so much fun to write about them.


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About the Author


Xenia Melzer is a mother of two who enjoys riding and running when she’s not writing stories. She doesn’t like beer but is easily tempted by a Virgin Mojito. Or chocolate. Truffles are especially cherished, even though she doesn’t discriminate. As a true chocoholic, she welcomes any kind of cocoa-based delight.


You can contact her through her website: http//www.xeniamelzer.com

Or befriend and follow her on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/xeniamelzer/


Farewell Giveaway
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