New Book by Annie Douglass Lima

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!

 Now for an excerpt of The Gladiator and the Guard:

The gritty sand stuck to Bensin’s bare feet as he circled his opponent. Sweat trickled down his face, and he could hear his own breathing magnified a hundred times across the arena, picked up by a microphone on one of the drones hovering above the ring. The crowd in the stands was silent in anticipation, or as close to silent as an audience of ten thousand ever gets.

I’ve got to find the right opening and finish this. Bensin’s life didn’t exactly depend on winning the match, but his freedom did.

Like a snake striking, the young man across from him lunged forward, cavvarach flashing through the air. Bensin brought his own cavvarach up to block it, and their blades met with a crash. His opponent shoved forward, weapon pressing against Bensin’s, trying to force him backward. Bensin gripped his hilt more tightly and shoved back, fingers clenched around the foam rubber, feet digging into the sand, willing himself not to give way. The ankle he had twisted in the previous match protested painfully, but he refused to pay it any attention.

Between their crossed blades, he could see the grimace on the young man’s face, the clench of his jaw, as they both strained to force each other off balance for the pin that would end the match. He wants this win bad. But not as bad as I do.

Bensin’s ankle was threatening to betray him. He found himself compensating by taking a quick step backward, and then another, and his opponent pressed his advantage. I can’t let him beat me! A spark of desperation prickled in his mind.

But the match wasn’t over yet.

 

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:


 

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/?

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s