This weeks Friday Feature Author is Jeremy Laszlo (The Blood and Brotherhood Saga, Clad in Shadow)
When I first opened Jeremy’s website, I was struck by his choice for cover art: dramatic, strong, passionate, dark. Yet, when I read his bio, his first sentence showed me an entirely different man.
“First and foremost I am a father and a husband.”
Fans of The Dante Chronicles know how I feel about family, and its importance to me...from the moment I read Jeremy’s opening statement; I knew I had to feature him here on my site.
Jeremy lives in southern Louisiana with his wife and children, but has also spent time living in North Carolina, Florida, and California during his time in the United States Marine Corps, where he served 8 years in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, the war on Terrorism, and the humanitarian effort in Liberia.
Jeremy has been many things in his life, and amongst all of them, he calls himself a romantic. Having read his book of poems, "Clad in Shadow", he is also passionate, determined, and possesses a quiet, inner strength that allows him to be confident in his vulnerability.
He has always dreamed of publishing his work, and seeing it on a bookshelf in a store; however, like many of us, found that with the huge shift to digital media that dream was in his own hands. Jeremy believes in leading by example, and tells his children that they can live their dreams. With Jeremy as their role model, their futures are unbounded.
I grew up reading fantasy novels like so many other children do and found them inspiring, each of them lighting a fire in my imagination I longed to keep burning forever. The peoples and places you visit between the covers of a good book have always been an escape for me and to this day I read fantasy novels more often then not. I have read more fantasy books than I dare to count, however if I were to guess I would say no less than two thousand or so books. As I read I often wonder about things within the books that are often not explained. As a staple of nearly all fantasy books magic is a prevalent theme, yet often the source of the magic is obscure. The reason for the magic is left unexplained. The consequences of using magic too is often left out, and all these things I ponder whilst I read.
I began writing The Blood & Brotherhood Saga several years ago as the story had been playing out in my head for what seemed like an eternity. I knew the story as if I had witnessed it myself. I knew the characters as if we had regular meals together and spoke frequently. I knew the world they lived upon, as I had created it with my own imagination leaving no detail, reason, or consequence obscure. I wanted to create for readers a fantasy experience that left no questions unanswered. I did not want to use the "because there just was" logic to magic. Everything had to have a reason and a source. Everything needed to be woven precisely leaving no holes in the story. Everything had to create a cycle of sorts, tying in all reasoning's and logic into the story to make it more believable than any other fantasy world I had ever visited. Thus I created Thurr.
Imagine if you will, a world created by many gods each equally powerful, each of them working towards the same goals. All of the gods give from themselves an equal portion of the life force that sustains them to create the world and all life upon it. As the world flourishes, as civilizations grow and prosper the gods watch. As the peoples of Thurr grow in population and expand territories are created and disputes lead to battles and wars. As the peoples upon the world perish, the life gifted to them returns to the gods. The gods watch and study their creations and begin to realize that the lives they have made are complex and show attributes and traits that are unknown and unexpected by the gods. Out of want of these experiences and attributes the gods decide to walk among the races of mankind, hiding in the flesh of mortals. All the lessons of man are learned in secret, before returning to the immortal plane, but one god learns something unexpected and she uses the knowledge to her advantage.
Becoming more powerful than any one of the other gods through the use of her secret the goddess attempts to subvert her peers, but she is not powerful enough. Detained in the plane of the immortals the goddess must watch as her peers return to Thurr to reveal themselves to the races of men. Once there, the gods create champions among men, lending them more life power and great abilities. Wars among the races of men erupt across the face of the world as nearly all of the goddess' followers are slain, yet as each of them dies her power grows. However she is bound to the world of Thurr, and being detained she can gain no more followers, and as the other gods' followings flourish over centuries, her power wanes having no more followers. Once again all of the gods are equals save the goddess who betrayed them. To keep their equality however the gods keep champions upon Thurr to provide balance.
The goddess who betrayed her peers finds a flaw in the other gods' thinking and decides to create a champion of her own, but weakened as she is, she cannot sustain a champion on her own. Thus she makes a pact with a mortal, to him unlimited magical power, but the power has a price and a burden.
Imagine yourself in a world where there are many gods you can chose to serve. Though you do not have to serve any of them, by serving one you might be blessed with great powers or abilities. For you the sacrifice is minuscule, in fact you will not notice the price you pay for the power at all when serving most of the gods. What if you were not inclined to serve a god though? What if you did not trust the gods? What if you found yourself again and again in impossible situations where the only viable solution seems to be service to a god? What if that god promised to help you? What if they offered you unlimited magical power unlike anything ever seen before upon the face of the world? What if you could become the most powerful, most feared person to walk the earth? What would you sacrifice? What would you give? Would you care where the power came from? What would you do with it?
You need to visit Thurr. Take a journey with Seth and Garret and see what paths they choose. What you find will be sure to surprise you. What story would be complete without a strong woman you may ask? None! That is why you might like to get to know Sara, she is entirely too mischievous for her own good, but who doesn't like a naughty girl? Meet the gods, meet those who worship them, meet the champions of Thurr, and witness the birth of Vampires and Werewolves unlike you have ever before imagined.
The Blood & Brotherhood Saga Starts here:
The Choosing (Book 1 of The Blood & Brotherhood Saga)
The Chosen (Book 2 of The Blood & Brotherhood Saga)
The Changing (Book 3 of The Blood & Brotherhood Saga)
As an added bonus to readers I will be giving away a $20 amazon gift card to one lucky person who has liked The Blood and Brotherhood Facebook Fan page in the month of May.
For more information about me or my books please feel free to visit my website (where I am also giving away a free kindle and amazon gift cards)
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