This morning, when I opened my gmail, I got a bunch of congratulations on my novel winning the EPIC competition. I didn’t know what they were talking about until I opened the EPIC Book Award website and saw that my novel Eagle En Garde indeed won in the Fantasy category. The badge above arrived as an attachment to an email from EPIC, but the email itself didn’t contain anything except the word ‘CONGRATULATION!’ and some twinkling gif. I didn’t even think the congratulations applied to myself. What a strange feeling. I have never won anything before. I’m happy but I think I’m still processing.
Eagle En Garde, my sword and sorcery fantasy novel, was published in May 2014 by Champagne/Burst. It tells a story of a mercenary officer Darin Barclay and his fight against homicidal anti-magic fanatics during one memorable summer.
Darin lives in Talaria, a kingdom surrounded by a magic-resistant spell. While the king wishes to break the spell and invite magic back into the country, the fanatical sect of Cleaners resists the return of magic. Darin doesn’t agree with the Cleaners’ doctrine but he doesn’t dispute it either. He is a soldier, not a philosopher. Then he accidentally overhears the Cleaners’ hidden agenda to destroy all magic workers in Talaria, including witches and elves, and his orderly life turns upside down. His sweetheart is a witch, his daughter is a half-elf, and he has many elven friends. He can’t allow the Cleaners’ murderous scheme to succeed, can’t allow innocents to suffer. But what can a lone mercenary do against a horde of rabid zealots? His only choice lies in trickery and deceit to outsmart his enemies. And the anti-magic spell on the border suddenly becomes his only ally.