FAE AND WITCHES AND GHOSTS - OH MY!
SPOTLIGHT ON BUZZ GUEST KEITH W. WILLIS @kilbourneknight ya'll! a cbg #fantasy #romance author of traitor knight. let's generate a buzz!
Today my BUZZ GUEST is Keith W. Willis. Keith is a Champagne Book Group author. His first published novel TRAITOR KNIGHT has won awards for both fantasy and romance. The series title is KNIGHTS OF KILBOURNE with the second book DESPERATE KNIGHT targeted for a summer 2017 release.
Here’s the Blurb for TRAITOR KNIGHT!
When Morgan McRobbie rescues a damsel-in-distress from a dragon, he expects she’ll swoon, murmuring “My hero!” Instead, Marissa has only loathing for the man everyone believes will betray Kilbourne. That’s fine with Morgan. A woman in his life would just complicate things.
A high-level informer threatens the kingdom’s security, and Morgan is out to stop him. Posing as a turncoat himself, he’s walking a fine line between honor and betrayal. A single misstep could result in disaster, and his mission is fraught with distractions: the pesky dragon, a pair of conniving courtiers, and the disillusioned damsel who’s certain Morgan can’t be trusted.
If Morgan’s going to save the kingdom, win the girl, and manage to stay alive, he’ll need to step up his game. Because the traitor is lurking in the shadows, and his scheme calls not just for the betrayal of Kilbourne, but also the destruction of Morgan McRobbie.
Awards for TRAITOR KNIGHT:
Preditors & Editors Readers Poll 2016 – Best Romance Novel
2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards – Finalist in Fantasy
Keith’s next book in the KNIGHTS OF KILBOURNE series is called DESPERATE KNIGHT.
No time... No plan... No options...
No one said saving the world would be easy.
DESPERATE KNIGHT is slated for a summer 2017 release. Keith is doing a GIVEAWAY RAFFLECOPTER CONTEST for this.
Here’s the BLURB for DESPERATE KNIGHT!
Morgan McRobbie and Lady Marissa duBerry swing back into swashbuckling action, facing old enemies, new threats, and a diabolical conspiracy. Not to mention a more personal battle, one with hearts and pride at stake.
As the pair escorts Prince Robert to the dwarf king’s court, a fiendish scheme is unfolding, intended to hurl men and dwarves into a devastating war. Morgan ends up sidetracked by a kidnapped dwarf and a centuries-old feud, while a mysterious wizard’s revelations shake Marissa to her core, throwing into question everything she thought she knew about her past and future. And the advent of a rival for Marissa’s affections threatens any hope of a happy ending—if they survive.
Once again, the desperate knight and indomitable damsel must hazard everything on a single throw of the dice, gambling on untested allies and unimagined weapons to save their world. And the odds have never been worse.
Keith has taken the time to answer some ‘normal’ questions and ‘not so normal’ questions for us.
‘Normal’ Question Spot
1. What is the name of your book?
My debut novel , out for about 18 months, is Traitor Knight
2. What is your book about?
Traitor Knight is a fast-paced fantasy/romance that’s an homage to both the Saturday-matinee swashbucklers of Errol Flynn and the bantering screwball comedies of the 30’s and 40’s. A dashing knight who’s thwarted at every turn and a fast-talking damsel-in-distress with trust issues meet, courtesy of a dragon with an inconvenient case of hiccups. As they dodge assassins and chase spies in order to save their kingdom, Morgan and Marissa must contend with lies and deceptions, mistaken motives and identities, and the unwelcome realization that they might just be falling in love.
3. What inspired you to write it?
I’ve always loved fantasy, and especially fantasy laced with humor (Sir Terry Pratchett and Christopher Stasheff, for example). When I began Traitor Knight I had the first scene pretty much fixed in my mind—I knew I wanted to begin with the traditional Knight vs Dragon trope, but turned on its ear a bit. So the only way my hero gets out of the first chapter alive is because the dragon comes down with hiccups. And the distressed damsel he rescues despises him for the traitor she (and everyone else) believes him to be.
Another strong inspiration (for the hiccupping dragon) was the classic Looney Toons short Knighty Knight Bugs, the only Bugs Bunny cartoon to win an Academy Award. This is where the notion of the hiccupping dragon came from…
4. Is it a standalone or a series?
Traitor Knight is the first of a series; book two, Desperate Knight, is set to be released this summer. And I have the third book in its beginning stages, along with a companion volume of short stories that provide a glimpse into the backstory of both main characters and a lot of the secondary characters. These tales were things that really didn’t belong in the novels, but were too good to just let go.
5. Do you have a favorite author?
Too many to name, but I’ll toss out a few: Terry Pratchett; Christopher Stasheff; Michael J. Sullivan; Robert A. Heinlein; Isaac Asimov; Rex Stout; PG Wodehouse; Dorothy Gilman; Georgette Heyer; Lauren Willig; and Phoebe Atwood Taylor. And eclectic bunch, to be sure.
‘Not so normal’ Question Spot
1. You have a favorite sword. What did you name it? Is there a special gem or sigil on it? How do you sharpen it?
I’m afraid I’m going to disappoint a lot of folk here, because my sword is pretty boringly prosaic. It’s a weapon, not a magical frou-frou. It has no mystic powers or mysterious heritage. And definitely no gems or sigils; they get in the way. No name, either. It’s actually the Clint Eastwood of swords---The Sword With No Name… It’s a rather utilitarian piece, sharpened to a fine edge by my local smith, who does nice work and comes highly recommended. And I use it when I have to. To kill people before they kill me.
2. You have a magical pet. What is it? What does it look like?
He’s large. Very large. With azure iridescent scales, leathery wings, a spiked tail, and faceted emerald eyes. Oh, and he can breathe fire. And cleaning out his litter box can be a real chore.
3. What magical place that you’ve read about would you like to visit?
The most magical place on earth, Disn… Oh. That’s not what you meant, is it? Well, I did order Fodor’s “Guide to Mordor on a Budget”, but after reading it, I don’t think I’ll go. No beach, and the natives don’t sound particularly friendly. So I guess my choice would be the Discworld. As long as I can take The Luggage…
4. You’re going on a quest to save the Queen who is trapped in a tower. What magical creatures or persons are on your team?
Hmmm. Not a lot of information here to go on, is there. How tall is the tower? What’s it made of? Are there guards? If so, are they big? Are they intelligent? Are they bribable?
All things considered, however, I think I’d bring my magical dragon (who is NOT named Puff…); my friendly neighborhood wizard, who might be able to cast an invisibility spell (if he’s having a good day); and my magical burglar and his magical lockpics. Oh, and The Sword With No Name…
Awesome answers Keith! And I think The Sword with No Name can classify as a name all by itself. Love your hiccupping dragon and the Knighty Knight Bugs video. Fun!
YOU CAN FIND KEITH AT:
Website -> http://www.keithwillisauthor.com/
Twitter -> https://twitter.com/kilbourneknight @kilbourneknight
Facebook (personal) -> https://www.facebook.com/keith.willis.581
Facebook (TRAITOR KNIGHT) -> https://www.facebook.com/TRAITOR-KNIGHT-191368320972613/
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