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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Company Assassin by Claudia Blood - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Claudia Blood and her new book, “Company Assassin”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Claudia and to increase your chances of winning!

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

Company Assassin

by Claudia Blood


GENRE: Fantasy



It’s Duff Roman’s eighteenth birthday, but no one is lighting candles.

Turning eighteen in the orphanage on Kalecca means starvation for those who aren’t hired into a Family. Outside the Family compounds lies the jungle. And in the jungle lies death. And Relics—the only real currency on Planet Kalecca.

The orphans are Duff’s family, and he’s sacrificed everything to keep the orphanage running, even his chance to move on. Now, at eighteen, he has no choice but to leave. Without him to bring in extra money, the orphans will starve under the Company’s control. Duff's only chance to save them is to find a spot on an independent crew and hopefully find a Relic to sell.

A seemingly chance encounter with Z, leader of the most feared independent crew, offers Duff his opportunity to score a Relic. And offers Z a chance to relieve the guilt he feels over his past.

But a company assassin has plans to lay waste to Duff's future, and the orphanage as well.



Z from Chapter 10

Z took a small sip of the best whiskey they had at the Inn. It burned the back of his throat. He stood as if he didn’t care that he was the only freelancer in the place. He stood as if he’d only come here to enjoy some whiskey. It was good. It left a sweet smoky taste in his mouth. But he was here to gather information and to sort out a few things before going back into the jungle.

He’d gotten good at watching a room without seeming to. The Families had finally calmed down enough to resume the conversations that had stopped when he’d walked in.

They all recognized him as an ex-company man. The first time he’d come in here, there’d been bets on how long before he ended up dead. No one knew that he had something over Ravenne, which made him harder for her to kill. Not impossible, just harder.

He took another sip of the whiskey and closed his eyes as if he was just enjoying a drink. That allowed him to focus his senses on the conversations. No one was talking about the orphanage or Duff. They’d been long forgotten. There seemed to be a general unease in the room. Too many high ranked Family men were here. Odds were good they would meet in secret later. There was definitely something going on.

He’d also noticed that there seemed to be less Relics in the normal spots and that the company was paying a bit less. That would be a troublesome trend.



What Would I Tell a New Author?

I think there are three things that a new author should do to be successful.

Know Yourself

I think this concept is the one that will bring you far in this world.

There is so much advice out there about how to be a writer and what to do. There are so many people who say their way is THE way. Without having a base on knowing yourself, it's easy to get yourself stuck. Writing is hard and so much of it is a head game.

One of the best things I ever did was take the Becca Syme - Strength Finders for writers. That class shed light on how I'm wired and reinforced that it was just fine.

So I worked to embrace my process. Outlining doesn't work for me. It kills the story. I have six novels that I outlined that I may never write.

The point is that it's okay. Knowing yourself will give you a base for the rest of it.


I would add 'experiment with process' to know yourself. Try plotting. Try pantsing. Use a spreadsheet. Try free form writing. Try Save the Cat, flashlight method, W plotting, plot embryo, 3 act structure, hero's journey.. The list goes on and on. Use what you learned above and evaluate how each of the methods feels to you.

Did you sigh when you thought about using the method? Were you excited to start?

Collect the stuff that works and throw away anything that doesn't. This is all so personal.

Know What Motivates You

Writing is hard. It is super easy to give up. It is easy to do things other than write. So when it's hard, what is going to keep you going?

As an example, even though I am an introvert, I am socially motivated. I have writing friends that I do sprints with. It just works because I feel like I am letting them down if I go watch a youtube video. :)

So if you can know yourself, experiment, and find your motivation, you have the tools to succeed.



Claudia Blood’s early introduction to Dungeons and Dragons, combined with her training as a scientist and a side trip into the world of IT set her up to become an award-winning author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

For her latest release, visit her at www.ClaudiaBlood.com.






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  1. Claudia ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your exciting new book trilogy and good luck on the book tour! :)

    1. Hi Ally, Thank you so much for having me on your site. I read your bio. Wow, you are busy. How do you do it all? :) Your cats sound wonderful. :)

      Thanks again!!!!

  2. Sounds like a very interesting book.

    1. Hi Sherry, I'm glad you found it interesting. Thank you for stopping by. :)

  3. Sounds like an interesting book, thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Victoria, Thank you for the comment. :) Glad to be here.

  4. I really love the book cover.

  5. I really like your Guest Post.