The brutal murder of Lavalé fey Avecath, the King's First Magistrate and advisor, interrupts Constable Inspector Reva Lunaria's day off. The victim's status makes this a high-profile investigation, bringing with it unwanted attention from Senior Inquisitor Ailan Malvaceä of the Sucra, the King's secret police. The manner of the victim's death makes this case even more intriguing. A body cut perfectly in half - from top to bottom - is a rare occurrence, even in a city filled with all manner of magic weapons. All of this would be challenging enough, but Inspector Lunaria must also deal with a new partner, Seeker Ansee Carya, who is clearly not up to her standards.As Reva faces a growing body count, Senior Inquisitor Malvaceä undertakes his own mission to find the same killer, but with a very different agenda. Reva's investigation takes unexpected turns as wild conspiracies, hidden addictions, and Dark Elf soldiers all threaten to distract Reva from tracking down the killer. Reva's only hope of stopping the serial killer from cutting more prominent citizens of Tenyl in half is to figure out how to work with Seeker Carya and overcome her own weaknesses.
About the Author
Geoff Habiger was raised in the shadow of roaring lions and peacock calls in Manhattan...Kansas, not New York. (That's the Little Apple, not the Big Apple, for those of you playing along at home. And the wild animals came from living behind the city's zoo.) Growing up Geoff loved exploring the woods around his home, sneaking into the zoo (don't tell anybody), and playing baseball and Dungeons & Dragons. He and his best friend, Coy Kissee, would spend hours reading comics, playing all sorts of role-playing games, and talking about books and movies. Geoff stayed in Manhattan for college, getting a B.S. degree in Geology at Kansas State University (Go Cats!). He then attended gradual school in Bozeman, Montana where studied paleontology with Dr. Jack Horner, got to dig up dinosaurs in Montana, and worked to mold and cast dinosaur bones. While he didn't graduate, he had a lot of fun and did meet his future wife, so that worked out well. Geoff currently resides in the wilds of the Monzano mountains, east of Albuquerque, with his wife, son, and two cats. He is currently working on sequels to the novels already published.
Coy Kissee is an avid player of all types of card games, board games, and role-playing games. He took his love for gaming and turned it into a business and is a co-founder of Tangent Games. He is the author of several books for Dungeons & Dragons published by Tangent Games. Coy lives in Kansas with his wife. He is currently working on several new projects for Tangent Games and is co-authoring his first novel, Unremarkable.
Read an Excerpt
The bell over the door jingled and the smell of fresh-baked sweet rolls and roasted cacao greeted Reva as she walked into the House of Theobroma. The smell brought a smile to her face, invoking a pleasant memory of sharing similar mornings with her father.
Reva walked across the small shop, the morning sun shining through the large glass windows. Outside, the morning fog was starting to burn off. It had been unseasonably hot for the past several days. Although it was High Summer, Tenyl was far enough north that its residents usually enjoyed moderate summer temperatures. The heat was starting to get on people's nerves, but there was a cool breeze blowing in from Black Elf Bay that morning, helping to dissipate the fog and cool the air.
Reva wore a simple white blouse of fine linen trimmed in green. Over this she wore a dark green vest of silk and linen. On her left collar was a small enamel pin of the Tenyl flag — a field of black with a red diagonal stripe running from upper right to lower left. A pair of silver, leaf-shaped earrings dangled from her ears.
Her trousers were baggy and loose, the color of fresh grass, and were more comfortable than her usual attire as a Constable Inspector. Despite her rank, all Constables were required to wear woolen trousers and puttee, which were constricting and a pain in the ass to put on.
Her left hand rested lightly on the hilt of a fine dagger in a black and red scabbard, a gift from her father when she'd joined the Constabulary. At her right hip was a thin-bladed sword. It was about a hand shorter than the regulation longsword, which made it nimble and quick in her hands at the expense of reach. The sword and scabbard clashed with her outfit, but other regulations required that Constables be armed even when off duty.
The front room of the House of Theobroma faced to the east to catch the morning light. It was filled with all manner of small tables: some were square, some round, some made of wood, and some of forged iron or polished brass with colorful ceramic tiles set in patterns on their surfaces. The chairs were a similar hodgepodge of tall straight-backed chairs, squat stools, and military camp chairs. Reva thought that the chaos of the furnishings gave the small shop a quaint charm that was lacking in other establishments.
Baubles and prisms hung in the window, reflecting rainbows of light across Reva's light brown skin and tapered ears. She moved through the crowded room, waving greetings and saying "Reis se" to wish the customers that she knew good morning, which was nearly everyone. She selected a small wooden table carved into the shape of petals and painted a gaudy pink and white. The table was ideally suited to catch the morning light and it was always available when she came in. Reva suspected that this was not by chance, figuring that the other patrons always made sure that "her" table was ready for her.
Reva caught the eye of the owner as she sat down in a metal-frame chair with a heart-shaped back. Iliam Theobroma gave her a polite smile and wave. Within a few seconds a small plate with a sweet roll and a large cup of hot cacao topped with fresh whipped cream appeared before her. Reva reached for her belt purse but Iliam stayed her hand.
"Keep your hard-earned Skips, Constable," said Iliam, referring to the silver coins in her purse. The Royal Treasury called them Marks, but legend said that Tenyl was founded on the spot it was when King Arona, the first great elven King, had skipped a silver coin across the River Tenz and proclaimed to build a great city wherever the coin landed. So everybody called them Skippers or just Skips. "You do us honor with your patronage." He gave Reva a knowing smile and returned to the counter.
Reva reached for her fork. It was a morning ritual that she and Iliam had been performing for many years, ever since Reva had been a new Constable walking her rounds through this grove. She had made sure to visit each of the shop owners on her rounds. "Showing the green", the Constables called it. Many of the shop owners would bestow small gifts upon the Constables, and not a few Constables demanded the gifts as their due. Regulations officially banned all forms of bribery in the force, but since every elf in the Constabulary from the Lord Constable Inspector on down to the newest recruit started their career by walking rounds in a grove, a blind eye was usually turned to the practice.
Reva had not been a Constable or walked a round through a grove for five years, but she still received a few gifts as she always had. Her fork cut into the sweet roll. Honey, currants, and almonds clung in a sticky mass to the fresh-baked roll. Reva savored the bite.
Mornings were a chance for her to relax before the start of what was usually a very hectic day in the Constabulary. Today was a rare day off, well deserved after closing her latest case, so instead it meant planning how to get all of her errands done. Mother had asked her to pick up some new glaze for her pottery. Reva also needed to post a letter she'd written to her brother. And most importantly — for her own, as well as her mother's, sanity — she needed to get Gabii to learn a new phrase.
Gabii was a brilliant, blue and green parrot that Reva's boyfriend, Aavril, had brought back from Cantull as a gift. Aavril always brought her something from the places his cargo ship visited, but Gabii was the first pet he'd brought her. Aavril had taught the bird to say "Reva is sexy!" and Reva had thought it cute, at first. Gabii spoke using Aavril's voice, so it reminded her of him while he was away. Unfortunately the bird wouldn't shut up and now it was getting annoying. Mother was complaining that Gabii was starting to drive away customers. Reva had to get Gabii to say something new before Mother decided to pluck her for dinner.
Reva reached for the hot cacao, letting the heat from the porcelain cup warm her fingers. She breathed deeply, the aroma wafting around her silver-red hair. She was just about to take a sip, when someone stepped in front of her table, blocking the morning light.
"Whoever the hell you are, you have two breaths to move." Her voice was quiet and filled with implied menace, but the person didn't move. Reva looked up in annoyance, her turquoise eyes piercing through the person who dared disturb her morning ritual.
A young Constable — he couldn't have been more than forty-seven or forty-eight years of age — stood before her. He had long, hickory-brown hair and rather plain, muddy brown eyes. His right hand was clenched in a fist over his heart in salute. His uniform was sharp and neat, a green leather vest over a pale green wool shirt, brown trousers, and green puttee wrapped around his ankles and calves. He wore dark blue bracers on both forearms, with red trim and a birch leaf tooled into the leather, indicating his assignment to Betula Division. They were the patrol officers, walking their rounds throughout the city to protect and assist the citizens.
Reva continued to stare hard at the Constable over the cup of cacao still poised at her lips. The Constable was beginning to wither under her stare.
"C ... Constable Inspector Lunaria," he finally stammered. "First Constable Aescel demands your immediate presence in his office."
"No." Reva took a long sip of the cacao — now merely warm — and had the small pleasure of seeing the Constable's eyes go wide.
"I plan on spending today in rest and relaxation, since I damn well earned it." She set the cup down.
"But Constable Inspector, the First Constable sent me personally to get you. He said it was most urgent and I was to, quote, Get her ass here without fail unquote."
Reva sighed. So much for my day off. "Very well, proceed." She gestured to the Constable with her hand.
"The First Constable said 'immediate' and 'urgent.' I assume you are prepared to gate us there with your magic."
"Uh ... no, ma'am." The Constable's right hand finally dropped the salute.
"No?" Reva raised her voice slightly and glared at him. "You aren't prepared to use your magic, or are you unwilling?" She pointed a finger at him. "I should report you for dereliction of duty."
"No, Inspector!" The Constable almost yelped with dread. "I'm not a magic user. I was ordered to find you and bring you to the First Constable. I tried at your home and your mother —"
"You went to my home and bothered my mother?" She was working very hard now to hide her smile. How green was this Constable?
"Yes, ma'am ... I mean, no, ma'am." The Constable licked his lips and looked around for help. The other patrons were all staring at him, clearly on Reva's side. He took a breath and said, "I mean that I went to your home on the First Constable's orders and your mother was kind enough to say that you'd be here."
Reva smiled inwardly; he'd recovered nicely. "So you didn't bother my mother and you are not a magic user?"
"Good." Reva picked up her cup of cacao — now barely warm — and took a drink. "I can finish my breakfast, then."
"But, Inspector," he whined slightly, starting to panic. "The First Constable told me to bring you immediately. He was most insistent and said he'd kick me out of the Constabulary if I failed."
Reva picked up her fork and took another bite of her sweet roll, cocking her head in thought. She desperately wanted her day off, but if Aescel had threatened this moss-behind-the-ears Constable to find her on her day off, it could only mean that something serious had happened. Damnit.
She took a long pull on the cacao, draining the cup before setting it down. Picking up the sweet roll she stood up and motioned to the Constable. "Very well, Constable. Let's not keep the First Constable waiting."
Reva walked into the chaos that was the Acer Division of the Royal Tenyl Constabulary. The large room occupied half of the second floor of the main Constabulary building. The Royal Tenyl Constabulary had been established in the earliest days of the city through a Royal Writ, answerable to the city's Mayor and tasked with keeping the peace. The Constabulary was meant to be apart from the military, a force that could deal with crime and threats to the city without threatening the noble's hold on power.
For centuries, the Constabulary had been based out of a group of buildings in the port along the River Tenz. The small cluster of buildings had been collectively called Port House. They had been grim and dank, often a hazard to the Constables that worked there, and sometimes a death trap for prisoners whose cells sometimes flooded with the tides. But Port House, along with nearly half of Tenyl, had been consumed by a massive fire that ravaged the city two hundred years ago. After the fire, the Constabulary was moved to temporary accommodations in a stone stable at the top of Poplar Hill in Hill Grove. Over the years, the temporary accommodations had become permanent and the Constabulary soon occupied not only the existing stables but many new buildings. From the beginning the Constables and people called the stables New Port House, or just New Port, even though the buildings were a dozen blocks from the port and the river.
While Betula Division constables patrolled the groves throughout Tenyl, Acer Division was tasked with investigating all of the major crimes in the city. That included everything from theft to murder. The division room — it was affectionately called the "stable", in reference to the building's origins — was a forest of tables, stools, stacks of parchment, and elves. The Constables in Acer Division worked around the clock, though most of the Inspectors and their Seekers tried to work a normal shift during the day.
That morning, Reva could sense a change in the room as she made her way across the stable. Elves milled about like normal, holding their cups of tea and pastries, but their conversations were quiet and subdued. It was obvious that they all knew what the matter was — the stable grapevine worked faster than a crystal ball. She wanted to stop and ask what was up but she knew she'd find out soon enough. She threaded her way across the stable to First Constable Aescel's private office. She knocked and entered after a curt "Come in."
Aescel's office was barely big enough to hold a desk and chair (no simple table and stool would do for the First Constable), a cloak stand, and some boxes holding stacks and rolls of parchment. There were no other chairs; Constables who met with FC Aescel stood. The room had originally been a tack room and a stable door was to Reva's left that had at one time opened onto the stable. Some long forgotten First Constable had fixed the bottom half of the stable door so it wouldn't open and installed glass in the top half to allow him to see what his people were doing.
Reva shut the function door and stepped in front of the window to face FC Aescel's desk. "Reporting as ordered, First Constable." The words were perfunctory, almost glib. She didn't bother coming to attention. She figured she was owed that much since it was her day off.
"You're out of uniform." First Constable Malys Aescel frowned at her. The First Constable was into the middle of his second century, an eighty-year veteran of the Constabulary. He had gold-blond hair that was braided into a shoulder-length tail and was beginning to grey at the temples. His birch-colored skin was wrinkled around moss-green eyes and he had a strong, beak-like nose that had been broken at least once in his younger days. His ears were strongly tapered and set close to his head. Like all the other Constables, he wore the regulation leather vest and bracers with a deep blue shirt underneath.
"It is my day off," Reva replied.
"Since when did I ever give you a day off?"
Aescel gave a halfhearted smile. "We've got a bad one on our hands, Reva."
"Murder." It wasn't a question. Aescel always referred to murder as "a bad one."
"Do we know who the victim is?" Reva asked. She figured that it had to be somebody important for Aescel to pull her in on her day off.
"We do. That's why I sent for you, even though I knew it was your day off. But you're one of my best and I know you're between cases right now."
Reva nodded. Her last case had involved a lady who'd poisoned her husband and children just so she could run off with a bard. She and the musician had both committed suicide rather than face a trial.
"This one is going to get political, too."
Reva let out a sigh. That meant Royal involvement in some form. The original writ given to the Constabulary gave them authority to investigate all crimes committed within Tenyl, even on Royal grounds. That was still true, but it meant a lot of people watching everything that she did and second-guessing her every decision.
"Who's the victim?"
"First Magistrate Lavalé fey Avecath."
Reva's mouth fell open at the name. She'd expected the victim to be a minor noble, maybe a baron or something. Not the King's foreign advisor. "Shit," she managed to say at last.
Aescel gave her a wry smile. "Yeah, that pretty much sums it up." He leaned back in his chair, rubbing a hand over his hair.
"Look, Reva. I've already had two messages from LCI Gania and one from the King himself." He held up a paper with the Royal seal affixed with a blob of wax. LCI Gania was the Lord Constable Inspector, who ran the Constabulary and reported to the Mayor. "They are already screaming for answers and they want us to find the murderer yesterday!" Reva nodded and absentmindedly grabbed a strand of her hair, sticking the end in her mouth. She'd been doing this ever since she was a little girl whenever she was thinking hard about something, and she'd never been able to break the habit. "What about the Green Cloaks?" she asked.
Aescel winced. Green Cloaks was the unofficial name given to the Sucra, the King's secret police. They were an organization that seemed to be made from myth and rumor, most of it probably spread by the Sucra themselves. They served the King as spies and informers and, if the rumors were true, performed kidnappings, assassinations, and other unspeakable acts, too. The Sucra and the RTC had a tenuous relationship at best. The Constabulary was tasked with solving crimes and finding the truth. The Sucra worked at hiding the truth, except when it served their purposes.
"You can expect their involvement," Aescel said. "But I've been assured by LCI Gania herself that we have jurisdiction to find the murderer."
"Did you get it in writing?" Reva asked.
"I did." Aescel pulled a parchment from a pile on his desk and handed it to Reva.
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Today I am interviewing [Geoff Habiger and Coy Kissee, the writing duo behind the new fantasy novel, Wrath of the Fury Blade, the first book of The Constable Inspector Lunaria Adventure series].
DJ: Hi Geoff Habiger & Coy Kissee Thanks for agreeing to do this interview! For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourselves?
Geoff Habiger & Coy Kissee: Sure. And first we’d like to thank you for offering to interview us. We’ve been “authors” for several years, with books published for role-playing games, and Geoff has a best-selling coloring and activity book about dinosaurs (Dinosaur Learning Activity Book). Wrath of the Fury Blade (and our supernatural historical fiction novel Unremarkable) are our first actual works of fiction that we have had published.
We’ve been avid (rabid?) readers since we can remember. Geoff tried to write fiction back in high school and college, but never got beyond a first draft stage back then. (Some of those drafts are still floating around somewhere on an old 5.25” floppy disk – lost forever do to the obsolescence of computers.) We both grew up in Manhattan….Kansas – not New York. (That’s the Little Apple, not the Big Apple for folks playing along at home.) That’s where we met, as we attended high school together. Geoff currently calls New Mexico home with his wife, son, and two cats. Coy resides in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife and one cat.
DJ: What is Wrath of the Fury Blade and The Constable Inspector Lunaria Adventure series about?
Geoff & Coy: The Constable Inspector Lunaria Adventures will be a series of books that focuses on Constable Inspector Reva Lunaria and her job as a Constable in the elven city of Tenyl. Basically, Reva is a cop in a city in a fantasy world that we have created. (In fact, the city and Kingdom of Tenyl originally started out as part of the campaign setting we created for Dungeons & Dragons.) The different “adventures” that Reva will experience all revolve around crimes committed in the city (generally the major ones, like murder, kidnapping, etc. –though the occasional clash with over-zealous adventurers also takes place). Wrath of the Fury Blade is the first adventure in which we introduce Reva, her new partner, Seeker Ansee Carya, and several other characters as they attempt to track down a serial killer stalking the elite members of the city. Of course, this is harder than it seems since Reva doesn’t like her new partner, gets “assistance” from the King’s Secret Police (the Sucra) who have their own agenda beyond just finding the killer, and must deal with some of her own personal demons.
DJ: What were some of your influences for The Constable Inspector Lunaria Adventure series?
Geoff: My biggest influence was (and is) all of the great crime fiction that is out there, like Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus series or PD James’ Inspector Dalgliesh novels. (Not to mention all of the mystery TV shows on PBS.) For me, the Lunaria stories are primarily crime fiction stories about murders and other violent crimes. They just happen to be set in a fantasy world. I’ve also been influenced by Terry Pratchett, Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, and numerous others.
Coy: The plethora of police procedural TV shows that my wife and I watch on a regular basis, along with the Hawk & Fisher books from Simon R. Green.
DJ: Actually, where did the idea to co-author this book from? Have you done this before, or had you two been joking around with the idea and finally decide to give a go for real?
Geoff & Coy: We have worked together before on other projects – primarily related to our game company, Tangent Games. We have always loved playing games – board games, role-playing games, and card games, and we decided back in 2004 to make our own games. We have several supplements published for role-playing games, and have two card games (and an expansion) published through Tangent Games. When the ideas for these stories came about, it was only natural that we’d work together as we had done that so well through Tangent.
DJ: Could you briefly tell us a little about your main characters? Do they have any cool quirks or habits, or any reason why readers with sympathize with them? (aka What makes them compelling?)
Coy: Reva is an atypical female fantasy character. She’s not a damsel in distress, she’s not a princess looking for her prince, and she’s not a barmaid for the “real” main character to flirt with and/or conquest. She’s a cop, plain and simple. Her job is her life – and she’s good at it. She has high expectations of herself, and holds others to the same standard; unfortunately for them, in most cases, as she does not suffer fools. She is fiercely loyal to her family and to anyone who she considers to be a true friend (which to her means that they are the family she has chosen rather than the family she was given). She’s also got her own issues. She’s got a short fuse, and an often ineffective filter between her brain and mouth. I can’t speak for other readers, but I completely identify with Reva, since she’s basically a female elven cop version of me. I don’t know if Geoff intended that when he came up with the idea for her character, but I told him that explicitly during the editing process, which made it really easy for me to find her voice.
Geoff: (No, I didn’t start with Coy in mind when I first created Reva, but he’s right, she is him. LOL That does make it easier for me to write her character at times. (grin)) If Reva is very much like Coy, then Ansee Carya has a lot of me in his character. Ansee always sees the best in people, maybe naively at times, and has a habit of trying to not shake people’s branches and cause trouble. He tries to please everybody, which inevitably means that he sometimes pleases nobody. He is also curious and a thinker, trying to look at each situation in multiple ways before making a decision. Ansee is not a complete Boy Scout, as he has causes he is passionate about, such as how the half-bloods in the Kingdom are treated. (The Kingdom has several “Purity Laws” which define by law who is an elf, and thus a citizen, and who is not. Those that are “halpbloeden” (half-blooded) are shunned, ostracized, and abused with Royal approval.) This passion causes Ansee to sometimes lash out, which does lead to trouble for him.
DJ: What is the world of Ados and setting of The Constable Inspector Lunaria Adventure series like? ((the environment, weather, people, religion, technology, architecture, government, etc; is it violent, peaceful, patriarch/matriarch, etc.))
Geoff & Coy: The Kingdom of Tenyl, where the city of the same name is located, is located on the planet Ados. Ados was originally developed as a campaign setting for our role-playing games and has many unique and different cultures, people, and races. The inspiration for the Kingdom of Tenyl was actually Nazi Germany, as Geoff pictured elves as the epitome of arrogance and striving toward racial purity. (Elves goose-stepping along a grand boulevard filled with massive statues just didn’t seem all that far-fetched.) Tenyl has a hereditary monarchy with a King currently on the throne. While politics touch our characters lives in small ways, all of that is in the background for them.
Tenyl is located in the Northeastern part of the main continent, so it experiences weather similar to what you might find in the Atlantic coast of Canada with the same seasonal variations. The elves are obsessed with their ancestry and while they have “moved out of the forest” their cities reflect their woodland heritage.
They have many different architectural styles, from massive trees grown and shaped though magic to become important buildings, to buildings more resembling the wood and plaster “post-and-beam” styles of Europe. One of the things we wanted to do was to make the city of Tenyl feel lived-in, so it has a variety of styles to reflect the stages of growth of the city as well as the status and power of the citizens in different parts of the city. Ados is a world dominated by the gods, who actually use the common people as pawns in a great game they are playing. Religion doesn’t come to the front for this story, as neither of our main characters is very religious, but religion is ingrained in the world and the different societies and cultures. (Religion actually plays an important part of the plot in our second Lunaria Adventure book – Joy of the Widow’s Tears.)
Ados generally, and Tenyl specifically, is a world filled with magic. It is commonly used and found throughout the world, though its access is limited more for economic reasons than for its abundance. (As with many areas of power, those who have it and can wield it will try to control it, so magical items are considered expensive.) Most people get by with mundane, non-magical solutions to problems, but magic is prevalent throughout the society. In Tenyl, access to magic either comes from faith (praying to the gods) or through study at the wizard academy. (This provides another plot point as Ansee Carya is a sorcerer – a spell-caster who can tap the innate magical energies to cast his spells so he doesn’t have to study magic in the same way that wizards do.)
There are many other smaller ways that we have tried to make Tenyl feel like a living city, and not just a backdrop for our characters, from what the different neighborhoods in the city are called (they are known as “groves”), to their preferences in beverages. (The elves of Tenyl are obsessed with cacao (or chocolate) in the way that many Americans are obsessed with coffee. Reva adores nothing more than to have a cup of hot cacao in the mornings to start her day. We even mention that there are different ways in which cacao can be prepared, to show that the Kingdom is not isolated.)
DJ: How do you outline and break up who writes what? ((Alternate chapters or certain POV characters?)) And I’ve also read that some authors who co-write books will edit each other's chapters, too.
Geoff: We each have different strengths. I am more of the creative type, while Coy is much better at ensuring that content and characters stay true to what we have written. For Wrath, I wrote a first draft of the entire story, then gave it over to Coy for massive editing, because I can’t remember to write the word “that” to save my life, and I never met a comma that I either didn’t put where it didn’t belong, or left out where it was supposed to go. So once we had the drafts and first round of edits, we then sat down at our respective computers and got on Facetime to read the story aloud and to find all the other mistakes that we missed the first time through.
Coy: Geoff has done all of the writing. We go through the events of the book at a high level, then discuss in more detail as things come up. My role on our books is primarily editing and proofreading, but my other focus is to ensure continuity of character and story in order for the characters to always act in character. I also provide streamlining and polish to the overall end product. As I stated before, it was very easy for me to make sure that Reva acted in character, since I’d do whatever she did under the same circumstances.
DJ: What was your favorite part about writing Wrath of the Fury Blade?
Geoff: Creating a new world in which to play and geeking out at the different Easter eggs to role-playing games in general (and D&D specifically).
Coy: For me, it’s the collaboration. Geoff is a very creative person, and I am much less so, but our strengths complement each other very well. I have a very critical eye when it comes to the content that I consume for entertainment, from books and music to TV shows and movies, and I cannot count the number of times that, after I have finished with the product, I think “That was good, but it would have been so much better/cooler if they would have done this…”. By working with Geoff, I was able to put those types of thoughts into practice rather than just theory.
DJ: What do you think readers will be talking about most once they finish it?
Geoff: For me I hope that readers will come away with a couple of things. The first is the strong characters that we have created – especially Reva. As Coy mentioned above she is not the “damsel in distress”, or the princess looking for her true love. I wanted Reva to be a strong and empowered woman and I think that comes through. She has her lighter moments, and is fiercely loyal, but I wanted her to be somebody that would be able to solve any problem that was thrown at her.
The second is the world we have created. As George Lucas did with the Star Wars universe, making it appear lived in and used, to the way that Ian Rankin makes Edinburgh and Scotland come alive in his Inspector Rebus novels, I wanted to make Tenyl seem alive and lived in. Some readers may find that we went over the top in Wrath, and maybe we did a bit, but I wanted the world that Reva, Ansee, and all the others inhabit to be real to the reader. I wanted them to smell the hot chocolate in the air when Reva walks into her favorite cacao house. I wanted them to understand how the idea of racial purity is a strong undercurrent for everybody living in the Kingdom. I might have overdone it, but with a fantasy setting that’s never been described before I felt that it was necessary to do more to describe the world, rather than less.
Coy: I’m hoping for a couple of things. First and foremost,
DJ: Now that Wrath of the Fury Blade is released, what is next for you?
Geoff: We have a second series that features vampires in Prohibition-era Chicago. The first book in that series, Unremarkable, was released in February and I am nearly finished with the first draft of the second book in that series. In addition, I am about half way through the first draft of the next Constable Inspector Lunaria Adventure, Joy of the Widow’s Tears.
Coy: Geoff is working on writing the sequels to both Wrath of the Fury Blade and our first novel, Unremarkable. I am working on being the primary writer for a new, unrelated novel.
DJ: Where can readers find out more about you?
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BMERYK
Author Newsletter: (still in progress – but you can sign up on our website.)
DJ: Before we go, what is that one thing you’d like readers to know about Wrath of the Fury Blade and The Constable Inspector Lunaria Adventure series that we haven’t talked about yet?
Geoff: That Reva is a fun and exciting character to write, who is practical, no- nonsense, and not without her flaws, but whose strong will and desire to get to the truth will make readers want to come back for more.
Coy: There’s definitely more to come, so if you like what you read and want more, you’ll be happy to know that we have plans to extend this series at least into a trilogy, if not further.
DJ: Is there anything else you would like add? (Or add your own question).
Geoff & Coy: Just that we will be adding a lot of background information about Ados, Tenyl, and Reva and the other characters to our website in the near future.
If you want to get more into the “nuts and bolts” of the world we’ve created that’s where you’ll be able to find it.
DJ: Thank you so much for taking time out of both of your days to answer my questions!
Geoff: My pleasure. It was fun to explore Reva and Wrath of the Fury Blade with you.
Coy: Thank you for your time and for the opportunity to let us promote ourselves and our products to your audience. We truly appreciate it!