another shameless plug, this time with more of the awesome

Here is the start to the story Ivella, co-written by Revis and myself:

Ivella placed her hands in the warm soil and rejoiced in the abundance of nutrients that would help her crops grow strong and bountiful. Clumps of earth separated between her fingers to fall back to the ground, and she smiled as the heavy aroma of life reached her nose. There was much work to be done, but she believed in her land, in the traditions that had been passed down to her, and in her god.
Faith had always come easy to her, though. She’d been raised with large doses of realism in the hardships of being a farmer and even larger doses of worship of Hebon, the God of Plants and Earth. Ivella’s family never wavered in their trust of their god even when things stacked up to make it seem like they had been abandoned. They always carried on, with songs on their lips and the sun warming their backs, and got their hands back in the dirt to start over. Since it was all she had ever known, Ivella never had reason to question their way of life.
Even the Day of Chaos didn’t change that. The chaos beasts, twisted monstrosities of Accura’s imagination, crossed her family’s farm and destroyed everything in their path: crops, fences, the house, and her family. Ivella missed the massacre and carnage because she’d been on an errand to a neighboring farm that was spared. Some said it was luck, but Ivella felt it must have been divine intervention that had kept her alive when the rest of her family had perished. It was the only explanation.
When she returned home to the destruction, saw what was left, and then pieced together what had happened, Ivella went to work even as she shed her tears. Between sobs, she whispered prayers that her family would find peace on a wide open land with endless rows of golden crops ready for harvesting. Graves were dug in the family plot behind the house, and her mother, father, and younger brother were wrapped with care and placed gently into the earth they had all loved. Then Ivella sang prayers of praise to Hebon that she had been saved and she still had land to work as she cleared the rent and tattered crops to let the ground heal. She managed to salvage some here and there and set them aside to barter with neighbors for what she would need to continue on as she knew her family would want.
Over the days that followed, the fences were mended, and the buildings were patched up as best she could. She was a farmer, though, and would eventually need help from others to get them situated correctly before the winter storms sent temperatures plummeting. The crops she was sure Hebon had saved from the wrath of the beasts would be used in trade for those purposes. In every spare moment, when she wasn’t working, eating, or resting up to continue on with the hardships of putting the farm back together, she sent her prayers on with clear voice and a true heart.

Oh, if you wonder what I’m talking about… this is, of course, from my newest publication, an anthology, The Seven Sceptres (available now via Amazon: Paperback: CLICK HERE and Kindle: CLICK HERE):

The image shows the magnificent cover of The Seven Sceptres, a fantasy anthology with stories by: Michael Hansen, Matthew Blashil, Arden Ruth, and Ethan Stein.  Have you bought your copy yet?

And here are my own answers to the silly author interview questions I asked:

Q: What did you enjoy most about the story(stories) you wrote for this anthology?
A: There is a theme, regarding power, that I got to begin to explore in both of the stories I was a part of.  Do we give power to the right people?  Would the meek or the learned really be better with it than others?  It was interesting to me to see what these characters did with it.
Q: What else have you written that fans of your story (stories) can read?
A: The Erratic Sun, co-authored by Revis, but you already knew that.  You’ve been paying attention.  I also have a story in another anthology, Fauxpocalypse.
Q: What is your quest?
A: Life? Adventure? All that jazz? Though, not actually jazz.  I’m more of a classic rock kind of guy.  I guess, adventure is the right answer.  I seek it.  It seeks me.  Round and round we go.
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Blue.  Which shade depends on the time of day.
Q: And what else are you currently working on that you hope to publish?
A: Ack.  So many things.  I have two very different fantasy novels in the works.  One is about a family that goes on an adventure, surprise surprise, and the other is about a magician who sort of loses his way.  One is in editing.  The other is still a few thousand words shy of being done.  I also have submitted work for a couple other projects that are outstanding but may be coming this year…  And, I have another story I wrote a couple years ago that needs a minor rewrite and some editing and then it should be good to go as well.  So, lots?  I don’t know.  There are days when it seems like a lot.
I know I keep teasing that there will be details about ordering signed copies of the new book… and, well, you are just going to keep having to be patient.  I’ve ordered some, and I want to have them in hand so I can ship them out to you as soon as your orders for them come in.  So…  soon?  Yes, soon.  You can continue to be patient, right?  Perfect.  I knew I could count on you.
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