Syliri and Bruce are coming soon. There's a checklist of things to ensure are done before publishing. Compared to writing the actual story, that checklist is miserable. But, it's worth getting done. The closer I get, the more I can't wait to share this tale with you all.
August 2nd. Dar Tania 2: Set's Dream will have a promotional price of $0.99 as an eBook until mid-August. If I could control paperback pricing, I would discount that as well.
I'm working through final proof of Dar Tania 2: Set's Dream, or what I have been naming "Syliri & Bruce." For reasons I cannot explain right now, not because I can't list them off but because the hold this story has on me won't let go, I am crazy excited about it.
I always wanted to tell stories around some of the epic and tragic characters in the Forsaken Isles, while also continuing my arc of powerful female protagonists. Syliri fit the bill and this story became personal and deeply fulfilling to write. I'm not going to say something corny, like "I'm Syliri." But, I will say that Syliri's isolation and aspirational dreams of being not the way she is, it touched me.
Maybe it's all the negativity in news these days, but IF a red dragon, medusa, and a human ranger can all get along, then surely...
My outline for Set's Dream focused, like all my books, on three things: an ideology, action, and oppositional bad guys. While writing, I often found myself relating parts of my life to bits here and there in Set's Dream. I'm not going to give away the 3 parts of Set's Dream, but I will for Dar Tania:
Well, I've already outed the Slaadi as the bad guys...
Slaadi are an alien race that dwells in the untended clutter of the Abyss. Able to make themselves look like anything they want (they're shapeshifters), they usually masquerade as whatever race they're dwelling with.
Morbatten, through the writings of Sage Alaura, recognizes levels of Slaadi as per the power ranking of dragons by color. That is, Green, Blue, Red, Gray, Black. Gray and black are distinctions the Slaadi themselves use and so Tania adopted that after Red.
The rest of this posting is about how Slaadi society works.
At Azuros +, Slaadi reproduce by creating transformant worms. Acting like parasites, these take control of a targeted host. Each worm contains a pearl of sentience from its maker. This enmeshes with the host giving the Slaad total access to their memories. Slaadi prepare targeted hosts by inscribing an Abyssal rune on their right shoulder. It looks like a spiral set of scars.