Friday, November 11, 2022

Quest of Fire: Desperation-- Author Guest Post + Enter to Win!


Desperation JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Quest of Fire: Desperation by Brett Armstrong, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Quest of Fire: Desperation Title: Quest of Fire: Desperation 
Series: Quest of Fire #4 
Author: Brett Armstrong 
Publisher: Expanse Books 
Release Date: September 13, 2022 
Genre: Christian, Epic Fantasy

Guarding his nation’s last hope, a teen must escape enemy lands.

While Anargen, Caeserus, and Bertinand are held captive in Stormridge, the war to restore Ecthelowall’s Commonwealth has been waged for months. Their friend Terrillian is on its frontline and hopes are high.

For Barons Fenwrest and Sornfold the fight is too close to their children, whose union represents the only viable challenge to the Monarchists claim to Ecthelowall’s ancient throne. Enter Thomas Fenwrest, an orphan and page to Sir Hurstwell, who is captain of Baron Fenwrest’s guard. The pair must escort the teens to Castle Yerst expecting boredom to be their only danger. Everything quickly spirals out of control when the Monarchists somehow deliver a devastating blow to the Restoration army and Thomas and Sir Hurstwell face the increasingly difficult task of keeping their charges alive. Ancient sorcery and bitter grudges combine to ensnare them. As desperation sets in for the Restoration and Thomas, to where will they turn for hope?

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Brett Armstrong

Brett Armstrong, author of the prize-winning novel, Destitutio Quod Remissio, started writing stories at age nine, penning a tale of revenge and ambition set in the last days of the Aztec Empire. Twenty years later, he still tells stories enriched by his Christian faith and a master’s degree in creative writing. His goal with every work is to be like a brush in the Master artist’s hand and his hope is the finished composition always reflects the design God had in mind. He writes to engage, immerse, and entertain with deep, thoughtful stories. Continually busy at work with one or more new novels to come, he also enjoys drawing, gardening, and playing with his beautiful wife and son. Brett’s book The Gathering Dark is a 2020 Selah Awards Finalist in the Speculative Fiction category.

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World-building is one of my favorite parts of storytelling! It's such a rich topic to discuss and worth a craft book all its own. I could definitely go on for long enough to fill out several chapters worth of thoughts on the topic. Taking a much narrower bite out of it though, I’d like to share some of what I think is an oft overlooked aspect of world-building that is pretty critical to shaping memorable story worlds and definitely something that factors into how I developed the Lowlands in my Quest of Fire series.

Like every aspect of writing, good world-building is an act of balance. It’s easy to get lost in dreaming of complex magic systems, fanciful creatures, and dramatic landscapes. Those things are of course important but I would argue there is something equally important but easy to lose sight of. A lot of world-building is about the little things, or things that seem little next to the examples above. What do people eat? Where do they work? Does the protagonist come from a hardworking society or a laid back one? And world-building is just as important in historical fiction as it is fantasy. Having written both I can attest that the process if very similar.

Little things quickly become a big deal in world-building because they are incredible opportunities for making the story world relatable to the reader. When your story is set in a place the reader cannot reach physically, there’s a persistent need to ground the reader in the story with things they can experience in real life. For example, the smell of fresh baked bread catching a hungry protagonist’s attention and hoping they have enough to buy it while walking in the Roman Forum. Most of us have had fresh baked bread (and if you haven’t you really need to try it!), but none of us have walked in the Roman Forum while it still thrummed with the heartbeat of the Roman Empire at its zenith. Nobody has physically walked the forgotten pathways through the Tagel Mountains to Old Emeral, as my characters do in Quest of Fire: Desperation. But many have sat around a campfire, telling stories and singing songs late into the night. Perhaps even bittersweet stories about loved ones lost as is the case in one particular scene.

World-building is about putting in the foreground of the setting something readers can anchor themselves to from past experiences and emotions. Then you populate the midground with things that are somewhat familiar but perhaps have a touch of the fantastic, like Spiritswords sheathed within scabbards or discussions of the group’s quest taking place in hushed tones between members of the group. In the background, you can feel free to populate the space with the incredible. At least that is the formula for most scenes. There are moments to bring fantastical elements to the foreground, but to make those truly impactful, they need to be well-timed and are an exception rather than the normal manner of handling things. If you plunge readers deep into reach and creative waters, be ready to pull them back up for a breath of something they know so that they can dive back down and explore more with you willingly. 


(2) winners will receive a $25 Amazon gift card, a copy of Quest of Fire: Desperation, a digital map of the western Lowlands, a digital copy of a limited-release short story about a character in Desperation, and Quest of Fire's theme music.

Quest of Fire: Desperation JustRead Giveaway

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  1. I like the cover and I enjoyed the guest post, Quest of Fire: Desperation sounds like a great fantasy to read!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!


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