Playing it safe and writing
With writing there should be a level of honesty that an author should embrace, be it directly or indirectly. Stories should take you, the writer, on a journey so that you may in turn take your reader on one. If you are too much of a chicken to take a flashlight and shine it into all the dark corners of your psyche then you shouldn't have started writing the book in the first place.
I know, I know. As an author, how can I say that? Writing a good story means you have to bleed the best and worst parts of you and society onto the page. If you aren't willing to do that—if you aren't brave enough to do that, why bother?
Readers want characters and stories they can relate to, worlds that they can temporary escape to. By lacking bravery in the telling of a story, an author risks serving up the literary equivalent of gas station sushi. It’s may be sushi, but you can’t discuss the effects of ingesting it with random strangers and not leave them appalled by your lack of manners.
I say all of this because I am on the verge or writing a series that will take me to an emotionally dark place. I have to go there if I intend to do my characters and their stories justice.
If I am unwilling to shine that beacon into the darkness, I may as well never write the books. A book done in fear of exploration is not the journey it can be. It is an abomination to the writer spirit.
First of Spring
The Gardinian World Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Date of Publication: June 4, 2015
Number of pages: 310
Cover Artist: Greg Simanson
Caution: The Gardinian World Novels are a trip into a paranormal world where the gods of Gardas are real, the sex can be downright raunchy, and more than a few four letter words litter the page.
Forged from a childhood filled with bloodshed and death, Trent had been raised with a blade in his hands. He lives the life of a warrior and carves through his enemies as if seeking redemption for his mother’s ultimate sacrifice. As the acting Mikko of the Order of Rockys, Trent leads the most dominant Lycans in the world. For that reason alone, he has no use or understanding for those who wallow in their vulnerabilities, rather than exercise their power over their own destiny.
Aryana doesn’t dream of everlasting love. Her life is ruled by a song that echoes from the halls of Oblivia, a fate that came to her under the thundering hooves of the Mares of Night. She is going to die, but with no clue as to when or why, Aryana is forced to do everything she can to negate the haunting words of fate,
“Weakness dies and you are weak.”
But the gods are merciless in their meddling in the lives of powerful mortals and the ones they love. How far will Trent have to fall for the weak female who steps in his life and claims his soul?
Aryana supposed she should be thankful that she at least got to know her Soul’s Mate. Many never were graced with the knowledge of what their mate’s soul looked like. At least she had that. If only she could live forever, know him forever. Love him forever. But her time on earth was measured in days, if not hours. She should get started memorizing every inch of the ones she loved so that they could ease her when she went to Gardas’ eternal embrace.
About the Author:
Kelsey Jordan is the author of The Gardinian World novels. Though she has a preference for all things paranormal and romantic, Kelsey admits she just writes what her muse demands of her. It’s less painful that way. When she isn’t enjoying the momentary benefits of playing god to the many characters that live in her head, she can usually be found curled up with a book, killing something in a video game, or spending time with her family. At some point in the day she is probably drinking more than her recommended dose of coffee, but don’t tell her that. She doesn’t care about recommended servings.
As a Texas native and self-described Air Force brat, Kelsey now lives in Georgia with her husband and their tutu-wearing minion.
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