Book Brief: Prince of Malorn

Prince of MalornPrince of Malorn
by Annie Douglass Lima
Genre: YA action adventure/fantasy
Word count: 170,000

One major obstacle stands between seventeen-year-old Prince Korram and the throne that is his birthright: Regent Rampus. Temporary ruler of Malorn, Rampus has no intention of giving up his position when the crown prince comes of age – or of allowing the prince to live long enough to reach that age.

Desperate to build an army of his own to stand against the regent, Korram treks into the Impassable Mountains to try to recruit the one segment of Malornian society not under Rampus’s control. But can he lead a band of untrained hunters and gatherers to victory against the full might of the Malornian military? Or will they all be crushed by the grasping hand of the regent before the prince can claim his rightful throne?

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Annie, how did you come up with the title for your book? Does it have any special meaning? 
Korram, the main character, is the Prince of Malorn. His identity is part of the theme of the book, since he must leave his palace and venture into the wilderness where no one knows (or cares) who he is.

Who was your favorite character and why? 
The villain Dannel. He’s clever, conniving, has a sense of humor, loves the thrill of danger, and does whatever it takes to make money from whomever he can. Oh, and he has no moral standards to speak of. (I wouldn’t want to meet him in real life!)

Does your book have any underlying theme, message, or moral? 
Prince of Malorn features the theme that no matter how great someone is, people who don’t know him aren’t likely to care much about him or listen to his message unless he will humble himself, give up his rights and titles, and become one of them.

What would/could a reader or reviewer say about this book that shows they “get” you as an author? 
“This is the perfect complement to the other books in the series. Although each could be read on its own, Prince of Malorn ties the other two together and rounds out the picture of the events that took place in that world and the characters involved in them.”

Give us an excerpted quote from your favorite review of this book:
“Prince of Malorn has action, suspense, adventure, tragedy, and humor…. Lima is a master of her craft, and I will be looking for anything and everything this author puts out.”

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Who Cooked Up the Best Flash Fiction Entry?

burgers and dogsIt’s time to grill our readers to find out who they thought submitted the tastiest story in this week’s flash fiction challenge.

Remember, the winning entries will all be included in the next edition of the IU Flash Fiction Anthology.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time.

Whose flash fiction story has the awesome sauce this week?

  • DW Davis (33%, 15 Votes)
  • Frank Lilly (17%, 8 Votes)
  • Yvonne Hertzberger (17%, 8 Votes)
  • Jon Jefferson (11%, 5 Votes)
  • Lois Nelsen Lewandowski (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Dick C Waters (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Mary Ellen Courtney (4%, 2 Votes)
  • John Kenny (4%, 2 Votes)
  • Melissa Bowersock (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Tena Carr (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Mark Morris (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Robert Middleton (0%, 0 Votes)
  • J.Y.Frimpong (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Morgan Winters (0%, 0 Votes)
  • JR Barker (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 46

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit are eliminated from the poll. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

Write Like No One Is Reading

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by Julie Frayn

My fingers fly across the keyboard, dialog flows, characters evolve and grow minds of their own. Then they lead me somewhere a little …. um…. dirty.

A line of dewy sweat jumps from my brow. I dip my big toe in, but snatch it back. The water is too darned hot. I dive in again, my heart beats a little too fast. Type, type, type. Delete, delete, delete. Self-doubt overtakes my mind and embarrassment pinks my cheeks.

I think I need a shower.

Why are my characters doing this? Did I really just write that? Is that even a real body part? My hand flies to my mouth, agape at one sudden and horrific thought. Continue reading “Write Like No One Is Reading”