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New Release! The Gladiator and the Guard

I’ve been waiting for this one for awhile and now I’m totally thrilled to introduce my readers to the new release, The Gladiator and the Guard, by Annie Douglas Lima. Annie is a fellow teacher and author. I could go on and on about her works and how great they are, but you’ll have to experience them for yourself.  So grab ’em quick with this new release and earn yourself the right to rave to your friends about how good they are! Here’s Annie to tell you more about her new release:
 I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach


First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?


The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!

 

And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

 

 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

 

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!



Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats) 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!

 

 

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

 

 
Now, enter to win an Amazon gift card or a free digital copy of The Collar and the Cavvarach!
Or find the giveaway at this link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/ad2fd99a3/?

 

The Collar and the Cavvarach – New Release!

sword isolated on white background; Shutterstock ID 109466807

sword isolated on white background; Shutterstock ID 109466807

About the Story:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences. One is that slavery is legal there. Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil. It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), an unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge. Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades. You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Want to Find out a Little More?

Click here to read a description of the setting and what life is like for slaves and others in that world.

Click here to read chapter 1 for free!

Click here to download The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon.

Click here to download The Collar and the Cavvarach from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats).

About the Author:Annie Douglass Lima

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AnnieDouglassLima

LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn

Google Plus: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus

The Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale

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It’s that time of year when we start to think about the long winter ahead and planning to cozy up with the good book!  That’s why we’re throwing the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale! You can get started shopping at the CLEAN INDIE READS FALL SALE  but before you go shopping, let’s have some fun blog hopping! Keep reading…

To celebrate the ongoing sale, the authors at CLEAN INDIE READS have created a blog hop that answers the question: Do the changing seasons influence your writing and/or choice of books to read?

My answer is … You bet!  In the fall I like fantasy… something I can curl up with and let my mind go into another world.  A world that doesn’t remind me that impending snow and cold are coming! Yes, that’s right, I’m Canadian.

In the winter, I am curled up by my fireplace enjoying a cozy mystery or  an historical fiction or two.  Something with a Christmas flavour—about love, kinship and good will toward others and it must have a happy ending.

Spring is a time of hope, renewal and anticipation so with my spidy senses tingling, I get itching for suspense. Something edgier to keep me on the edge of my seat and turning the pages. It has to be a page turner.

Lazy summer days lead me to seek the more humorous side of life.  I want a book that gives me a full out belly laugh!  A smile with my morning coffee. What more could I ask for?

One thing is for sure. No matter what your taste in reading, some great reading material to suit any mood can be found at the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale! Stock up , fill your Kindle or ipad and you will have reading material ready for any season!

When I’m not busy in the classroom, teaching or cozied up with a good book, I’m writing myself!  I’m excited to have my debut novel: The Jewel of Peru featured in the  Clean Indie Fall Sale. Please look for it and get it until October 11th, for 99¢.

Get it until Oct.11th for 99¢

Click here to get the New Release of The Jewel of Peru for only 99¢

The Jewel is a fantasy middle grade fiction that is filled with danger, intrigue and non-stop page-turners.  After his father’s ship is found abandoned at sea, Christopher makes and unexpected discovery on board—The Ultimate Treasure Chest! Inside is a message that beckons him to set sail after the treasure and his parents. When a savage pirate and a corrupt businessman join forces to steal the treasure for themselves, the gang gets caught up in pirate chases, time travel, and an underground network of spies. Will Christopher find the Jewel and his parents or will all be lost forever? I invite you to read the reviews at: http://amzn.to/1nbfTT2 , see the trailer and more at my author page at : http://www.amazon.com/Sharon-Skretting/e/B00HO9LF9A

The Fall Sale is  a great place to get dozens of clean reads for a great price. For those of you who have kindly stopped by this blogpost, go to my facebook page and like it during the Clean Indie reads sale for a fabulous chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card that you can use to buy more books or whatever you wish!  The contest is open to anyone, anywhere that contests are legal.  Please note the disclaimer below. To enter, please like my Facebook QuestTeaching Page at: https://www.facebook.com/QuestTeaching  and leave a comment on the page saying that you found me while shopping at the Clean Indie Reads Fall Sale.  While you’re at it, please let me know how you found out about the Clean Indie Reads Sale AND tell us if the season change your reading habits!  Then post your email so that if you are the lucky winner, I can gift you the card! (or if you don’t want to publicly post it, just private message me on facebook or hit the contact [gold envelope] at the top of this website to let me know that you liked the page) The contest will be open until the end of the sale on October 11, and a winner will be announced on October 13.

 Before you go, leave a comment and connect with me here, too. I would love to hear from you and answer any questions.  Then keep on hopping to get to know more fabulous indie authors on this Blog Hop. Please join the discussion on the following blogs, and you might win a prize or two! You can find the Hop schedule here:

THE CLEAN INDIE READ BLOG HOP SCHEDULE

Happy Hopping!  I hope you FALL into your next great read!

* Disclaimer: Comment by 11:59:59 PM Central time on October 10, 2014 for your chance to win. Please leave your email address with your comment. Winners will be contacted by the blog owner by October 13, 2014. Only one entry per ISP address. The contest is open to international readers unless stated by the blog owner. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. The giveaway is the sole responsibility of the blogger. Clean Indie Reads is in no way responsible for providing prizes during this blog hop. Void where prohibited