Today we are hosting author Melodie Campbell, celebrating the release of ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, book 2 in her fantasy series and sequel to ROWENA THROUGH THE WALL. Melodie has recently participated in our Tales of Love and Magic promotion, featuring great books from Dragonwell Publishing and several other very talented authors. And now, on to Meoldie’s post:
I’m a former comedy writer gone rogue, by writing fantasy. My Land’s End series has been called “Game of Thrones Lite” by reviewers, and also, “The Princess Bride with sex.”
ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, book 2 in the series, has just been released. I’m currently writing book three and have discovered a fascinating thing about fantasy.
Here’s the trouble with magic: if you allow a mage to be all-powerful, what’s to stop him from killing everyone he doesn’t like, grabbing the girl, and getting his way all the time?
Nice for him, but not much of a story for our readers. So…I have learned that the thing about writing books with magic in them is you need to establish limits to that magic. In fact, you need rules.
These rules need to be logical, and they need to be consistent. They can’t be too complex – readers must be able to understand them.
In ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD, Cedric is the main user of magic. He is also the villain (Author insert here: or is he?) Cedric is learning magic, and becoming more powerful. He has gone over to the dark side to pick up more power. He can create armies of ghostly faceless warriors. But he has a major limit. He can’t do magic from a distance. Therefore, he can’t kill or inflict harm on someone he can’t actually see.
Rowena is also a user of magic. But she is an ‘infant witch,’ untrained. She has a magic bracelet, and no idea how to use it. Then she finds out that with the bracelet, she can channel magic. So if someone is around, happening to use magic, she can misdirect it. But she doesn’t know how to create it herself.
These limits on magic allow me to create a lively and funny plot in ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD. There is misfiring magic all over the place. A Roman Legion gets taken out of time, and time itself is in jeopardy.
We take care of that one in book three.
A man stood in front of me, dressed in a tunic with rudimentary chainmail. He was very blond with blue eyes and extremely well-armed, with broadsword and two daggers.
He scanned to and fro. His eyes settled on me. His whole face lit up.
“Hail Rowena,” said Gareth.
I tried to step back but before I could, Gareth moved forward and grabbed my arm with one huge hand.
I heard Kendra scream behind me.
Then he swung me up like a child into his arms, turned and walked through the shimmering band of light.
Melodie Campbell achieved a personal best this year when Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich. She has over 200 publications, including 100 comedy credits, 40 short stories, and 4 novels. She has won 6 awards for fiction.
ROWENA AND THE DARK LORD is NOW AVAILABLE at the special introductory price of .99! (regular price $3.99, after May 1.)Buy Link: