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Friday, February 7, 2020

The Kronicles of Korthlundia by Jamie Marchant - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Jamie Marchant and her new book, “The Kronicles of Korthlundia”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post – except the Available at Amazon picture, which takes you directly to the Amazon Book Sale Page.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Jamie and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

The Kronicles of Korthlundia
by Jamie Marchant


GENRE: Epic Fantasy



“Magic, love, hate, torture, heroes, and a story that will never stop blowing your mind!”
~ Cheree For Love of Books

The three volumes of The Kronicles of Korthlundia plus The Ghost in Exile: A Korthlundian Kronicle brought together for one low price. In addition to the novels, the collection features several bonus short stories, previously available only to members of my readers’ club.

The Goddess’s Choice--In a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people from opposite ends of the social hierarchy.

Crown Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that she’s going insane--or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s will. Robrek is a lowly farm boy with incredible magical powers. He has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him a demon.

Thrown together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter. Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined kingdoms into civil war.

The Soul Stone-- A match made by the goddess is threatened by an Ancient Evil.

As Samantha and Robrek prepare for their marriage and coronation, they are met with opposition on all sides. Not all believe that the peasant sorcerer is worthy to be king, and the young couple must perform delicate political maneuvers to prevent the joined kingdoms from breaking apart.

As the church splits over opposition to their union, an unseen force is poised to release an ancient evil that was last defeated a thousand years ago. When the Soul Stone is broken free of its bonds, all life in its path succumbs to its power. How much will the new royal couple have to sacrifice to free the joined kingdoms of its evil?

The Ghost in Exile—A special Kronicle outside of the series that tells the story of Darhour. The novel takes place at the same time as The Soul Stone. The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.

His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to question why he really ran from his daughter.

The Shattered Throne-- Queen Samantha’s spirit brightens as the festival of renewal approaches. The Ancient Evil that drained life from the land has been destroyed, and life is returning to the joined kingdoms. The birth of her heir gives her even more reason to celebrate. But a coup orchestrated by the unlikely alliance between a freedom-loving count and a fanatical church shatters both her plans and the ancient throne itself.

With her infant daughter missing and death and destruction spreading, Samantha finds herself faced with an impossible choice: save her daughter or her people. Already torn between a mother’s love and her duties as a queen, Samantha learns that an even greater danger threatens: the goddess herself is fading. What sacrifices will Samantha have to make to stop an evil god from taking Sulis’s place?



At bedtime, Alvabane sat at her dressing table brushing her long hair. It had once been a bright, rich red, but it had dulled with age and was now mostly grey with only a few strands of color to remind her of what once had been. It seemed a metaphor for her life—small flashes of color to remind her of her once bright purpose.

One of those flashes, Erick, set her nightly goblet of fortified wine next to her hand. She needed the strong alcohol to dull the pain of her joints so she could sleep. She turned to thank him, but the words died on her lips as she saw the reproach in his eyes. Alvabane turned back to her mirror. Tonight was the night of the new moon. She should have been preparing to perform the rites of the dark gods, not preparing for bed. “They have forgotten us,” Alvabane said. “The Soul Stone does not live.”

Erick made a mewing sound, reminding her what he’d sacrificed to serve her and the dark gods. She herself had cut his tongue from his mouth when he came to her as a ten-year-old child. He had surrendered it stoically.

“Do you think you have sacrificed more than I?” She turned to face him. “I performed the rites faithfully every new moon for decades. And for what, I ask you? The power of the Stone remains trapped behind the shield the demon Armunn created from his own soul. That shield can’t be destroyed. The Soul Stone won’t live again!



Top 3 Mistakes Writers Make in Creating Fierce Female Lead Characters

I grew up in the 1970s, a time when fierce female leads weren’t easy to come by. Wonder Woman played by Lynda Carter was one of the few, which is why Wonder Woman remains near and dear to my heart. (I adored the recent Wonder Woman movie.) Wonder Woman was one of the few that showed this little girl that women could be powerful, that women didn’t need to be passive and rely on men to save them. While, fortunately, strong female characters are much more prevalent today than they were in my childhood, they are no less important. They teach young girls (or adult women) to take responsibility for their own lives and happiness, and they teach young boys (or adult men) to respect and treat women as equals.
There was a time when I was happy to applaud any female character who wasn’t a doormat, who acted for herself. But the growing number of strong female leads has made me more critical. Here are the top #3 mistakes that I believe writers make in creating fierce female leads. They are all mistakes that I have personally had to overcome in my own writing.

Mistake #1: Giving the female character no flaws.

All real people are flawed. All real people make mistakes. Even the best people have some less than ideal traits, so a character without flaws is nothing but a caricature. In my own writing I never had a problem writing strong, but flawed, male characters, but I was scared that any weakness would invalidate my female characters’ fierceness. I created feminist icons rather than living, breathing women. Such characters are both uninteresting and unbelievable. Flawless women can’t serve as role models because no one can identify with them. They are dismissed as merely make believe because that is all they are.

Mistake #2: Denying the physical differences between women and men.

Whether we like it or not (and I’ve often resented this fact), the average man is physically stronger than the average woman, and the strongest men are stronger than the strongest women. Men are taller, have more muscle mass, and greater reach. In today’s world, those differences matter little. A gun is a great equalizer in a fight. But in an epic fantasy world, those differences matter. With training and conditioning, a woman can become a great warrior. A well-trained woman can easily best an untrained or lesser trained man in a fight. But an untrained woman, unless she is very lucky, will lose to even untrained men because women are smaller and weaker. She will need to use something other than her fists to save herself. If a writer is going to create a bad-assed woman who beats up on men, she needs to be sure to explain how the woman got that way. And if said bad-assed woman comes up against an equally well trained and experienced man, she’s going to need something in addition to fighting skills to come off as victor. Likewise, any army that relies on physical combat is going to be composed of mostly men. A writer can put a few women in the ranks and certainly have women in positions of leadership and directing of the battle, but any medieval army that has an equal number of women as men will lose. Like flawless women, characters that ignore this reality are dismissed as make believe.

Mistake #3: Treating all traditionally female abilities as weaknesses to be avoided.

Yes, cooking and embroidery were once about all women were allowed to do, but that doesn’t mean that a fierce bad-assed woman can’t also be a great cook or like to make her own clothes. Yes, women were once often treated as little more than decorative objects, but that doesn’t mean that after saving the day, a bad-assed woman can’t clean up well, know what she looks good in, dress to attract sexual attention, and still maintain her bad-assed credentials.

In the end, the key to creating fierce female leads is remembering that women are people, too, with everything good and bad that goes into making us human.



Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice, which was published in April 2012. Her other novels include The Soul Stone, The Ghost in Exile, The Shattered Throne, and The Bull Riding Witch. In addition, she has published a novella, Demons in the Big Easy, and a collection of short stories, Blood Cursed and Other Tales of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has also appeared in the anthologies Urban Fantasy, Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds, and Waiting for a Kiss. She claims she writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and five cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady.  She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son









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  1. Jamie ~ Good morning! Welcome back! It is so great to have you here again! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

    P.S. ~ Fabulous guest post! I really enjoyed your choice and your spin on the topic - it was a great read! :)

  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

  3. Your book sounds interesting. I hope that it is a success.

  4. Happy Friday, thanks for sharing the great post!

  5. Thanks for hosting me. I'd be happy to answer any questions readers might have. I'll be checking back throughout the day.

  6. I like how much thought you put into developing the female characters. I'm sure many authors are inspired by Wonder Woman.
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