Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Indie Author Spotlight: Today I welcome Annie Douglass Lima who is sharing her new release YA fantasy book called The Collar and the Cavvarach.

About the Story:  

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire's most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie's escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?  

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with "have a rack"), an unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Want to Find out a Little More?

Click here to read a description of the setting and what life is like for slaves and others in that world.

Click here to read chapter 1 for free!

About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:

Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com

Excerpt:  Excerpt: A Slave Could Come in Handy

The four officers looked them over, and Bensin swallowed. Watch officers always made him nervous, even when they weren’t in uniform.

“A slave could come in handy,” the first woman admitted. “He’s the likeliest person to be able to get in and take a quick look around without alarming anyone.” She glanced at Coach Steene. “You don’t mind letting him do this?”

“It’s his decision to make.”

“Okay.” She turned to Bensin. “It could be dangerous. Are you willing to take the risk?”

“Yes, ma’am. If it could help my sister, I’ll do anything.”

“Tell you what, then. Go in through the garage and see what you can see. Just get an idea of how many people are in there, if you can, and what parts of the building they’re in. If they’re who we think they are, they’ll definitely be armed, so pay attention to what weapons they have, and don’t do anything to get them suspicious. Try to stay out of sight, but if anyone spots you, you’re on the run from your owner and you’re just looking for a place to spend the night. Those bruises will help your story. If they tell you to get lost, you leave right away. Got it?”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“You’re not on a rescue mission,” Officer Shigo reminded him. “Just reconnaissance. If there are criminals in there, don’t try to tangle with them. If you see Ellie or any other prisoners, don’t try to free them. No heroics. Just come back and bring us the information, and we’ll decide what to do with it.”

“Yes, sir.”

“If these people are really dealing in slaves, how do we know they won’t try to kidnap Bensin, too?” objected Coach Steene.

“We told you it’s risky,” one of the officers pointed out.

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