Thursday, December 2, 2010

KC May--The Kinshield Legacy

K.C. May grew up in the mid-western USA and in Hawaii, and earned a B.A. in Russian from Florida State University. After a year in Taiwan teaching English and studying Mandarin Chinese, she lived in the Arizona desert where she founded a Rottweiler rescue organization, studied karate, went backpacking, tried sky-diving, did some downhill skiing, got a couple motorcycles, wrote software, and spent time on the shooting range. In 2010, she retreated to cooler, greener Georgia. She earns her living as a full-time writer.
Product description: The Kinshield Legacy is a 122,000-word epic fantasy adventure about Gavin Kinshield, a sword-for-hire trying to avoid becoming king.
Two hundred years ago, a mysterious stone tablet with five magical gems was abandoned in a cave. King Arek had disappeared, and the kingdom of Thendylath was left in ruins, with only warrant knights to keep the peace. Warrant knight Gavin Kinshield is a man of many secrets. Unless he can find a suitable replacement, he'll be Thendylath's next king. All he really wants is the letter written by his ancestor Ronor Kinshield, champion to King Arek, confessing the truth of how the king perished.
Daia Saberheart, warrior of the Viragon Sisterhood, wants to find the future king and help him claim his rightful place. Blacksmith Risan Stronghammer wants to reward him with a powerful weapon. And the sorcerer Brodas Ravenkind wants to capture him, steal his secret and claim the throne for himself.
But when Gavin finally tracks down Ronor's letter, he gets far more than he's bargained for, for the truth of King Arek's demise is far darker than he ever imagined.
Q: What will e-readers like about your book? The feedback I've gotten from readers so far is that the story is fun and engaging. One reader even told me he didn't want it to end. I hope readers will like the characters, the action and the puzzle that Gavin unravels.
Q: Why did you go indie? I'd started querying agents and entered The Kinshield Legacy in a novel competition. It won first place for the fantasy & science fiction category. The prize was a hardcover publishing contract with a small press. At the five-year mark, that publisher reverted rights back to me. That was when I decided to publish it myself in Kindle format.
Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? There are so many great writers in fantasy and science fiction, but the ones that come to mind first are Lois McMaster Bujold, Robin Hobb and Brandon Sanderson for fantasy. For science fiction, I favor David Brinn and Kurt Vonnegut, but I was initially attracted to the genre by Theodore Sturgeon.

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