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Valena D'Angelis
Valena D’Angelis Author Interview

Tempest of Bravoure follows a runaway mage who must face a false king while also facing her own demons. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

My first, almost innate answer is Star Wars. I loved the movie Rogue One and wrote my story around the same emotions that I got from the movie. I wanted Star Wars in a D&D-inspired setting. I am a huge fan of “fighting is the only choice we’ve got.” I love to see heroes go through hell and back, develop bonds, fight side by side for a cause bigger than them. There is a certain selflessness to it that I admire, being ready to give your life for the freedom of your sisters and brothers.

Ahna is an intriguing and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

I wanted to create a powerful yet vulnerable heroine. There are not enough epic fantasy books where a woman with that kind of history takes on such a crucial mission. Ahna’s past makes her who she is today, the good and the bad. She carries a lot of shame, but she keeps on fighting, because her moral compass and ideals are stronger than the pain she endured. Ahna relies on logic and knowledge to solve most of her problems today, but she does become emotional when things get too difficult. Despite what she’s been through, she has an unending curiosity for everything mysterious. She gets a kick from the unknown. Though she will never admit it to herself, Ahna wouldn’t be able to live without the thrill of adventure.

What were some themes that you wanted to focus on in this book?

Fighting for a doomed cause while still having the hopes to succeed. The rebels knew the chances they’d win were close to none, yet they kept on going, because it was better than not fighting. We live brave. We die free. That is Kingdom Ascent’s motto. One other theme was dragging your past and owning it. We all have secrets. We all have done things we regret. Some of us carry a history we loathe. But it doesn’t define who we are. We make our own identity, and there is always a way to redemption. Well, maybe not for Xandor!

This is book one in your Tempest of Bravoure series. What can readers expect in book two?

Book Two, which is coming out next week, will follow Ahna on her next quest to find the lost magi. She believed them and her husband to be dead after the war, but she has just found evidence that they might have saved themselves. This story will be very different from the first one. Kingdom Ascent was about unity and freedom, while Castaway is much more about moving on, inner conflict, finding a way back home and all the challenges that come with it. There is a stronger focus on the characters and what they have to deal with after the end of a war that tore thousands apart.

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We live brave. We die free. 

Darkness has fallen upon the golden kingdom of Bravoure. Once the beacon of an alliance uniting four races, Bravoure is now under the oppression of an elven prince from beneath the surface. Not even the Dragonborn from prophecy was able to stop him from conquering the land. Ahna, a runaway mage, rises above the decades of grief and returns to the fight, where she joins the united soldiers of the Resistance. Despite her origins, she is accepted by these brave heroes who will never let their differences stand in the way of freedom. She and the rebels soon embark on a covert mission to save the kingdom, but the past and the secrets she keeps will soon come knocking, and Ahna will face her demons as she faces the false king.
Tempest of Bravoure: Kingdom Ascent is the first book of the Tempest of Bravoure series.

Growing Up is a Tough Job

Daniel Boyd Author Interview

Daniel Boyd Author Interview

The Devil & Streak Wilson follows a man who sells his reflection to to the devil but finds the price was too high. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling supernatural western?

The Doppelganger or “Double-Walker” has been walking through folklore, literature, and movies since before the Bible, and it struck me as a natural for the Western. As I wrote it, the traditional Western characters — cowboys, lawmen, saloon gals, bounty hunters and even the town barber — seemed to respond to the notion in ways they don’t usually do, and I have to say it surprised me.

Steak Wilson is a fascinating and well developed character. What were some driving ideas behind his character development?

Growing up is a tough job, and not everybody gets it right. I remembered the confusion, hard lessons learned, and absurd fun of being just a little too young, and tried to put it into this guy. If I did it right, readers of all ages will relate to it.

The idea of selling one’s soul to the devil is captured in a unique way in your story. What were some themes you felt were important to explore in this book?

I haven’t had any use for God since I became a grown-up, but I’ve often wished there were a Devil; the character has given so much to literature and the arts, I thought it was time to take a whole new look at him. And I’ll say right now, if you know a young person in search of guidance, and you think Devil-Worship might be right for them… well, just let them read this and their parents, teachers, and clergy will never forget you for it.

What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?

A sequel, GONE TO GRAVEYARDS, is ready to go if this one sells well enough.

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The Devil & Streak Wilson by [Daniel Boyd]


THE KID THEY CALLED STREAK WILSON had a way with a gun, and he was tired of being treated like a boy.

THE DEVIL DIDN’T SEEM LIKE A BAD SORT and he offered a deal for Streak to live his dreams without losing his soul.


Streak Wilson found himself framed as a horse thief, chased by bounty hunters, hounded by the Devil… And headed for a showdown with the deadliest killer in the territory—


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