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$2.99 Ebook Sale: Awakenings by Edward Lazellari

Place holder  of - 32The ebook of Awakenings, the first book in Edward Lazellari’s Guardians of Aandor series, is now on sale for just $2.99! Purchase your copy before the next book in the series, Blood of Ten Kings, is released on December 4th. Hurry, this sale will only last for a limited time!

About Awakenings:

Cal MacDonnell is a happily married New York City cop with a loving family. Seth Raincrest is a washed-up photographer who has alienated even his closest friends. The two have nothing in common—except that they both suffer from retrograde amnesia. It’s as if they just appeared out of thin air thirteen years ago, and nothing has been able to restore their memories. Now their forgotten past has caught up to them with a vengeance.

Cal’s and Seth’s lives are turned upside down as they are stalked by otherworldly beings who know about the men’s past lives. But these creatures aren’t here to help; they’re intent on killing anyone who gets in their way. In the balance hangs the life of a child who might someday restore a broken empire to peace and prosperity. With no clue why they’re being hunted, Cal and Seth must accept the aid of a strange and beautiful woman who has promised to unlock their secrets. The two must stay alive long enough to protect their loved ones, recover their true selves—and save two worlds from tyranny and destruction.

Awakenings launches a captivating fantasy saga by an amazing and talented new storyteller.

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Fantasy: Keeping It Real

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The characters in Awakenings live in our world, the one where Obama is president, Bloomberg’s the mayor, and no one can figure out the physics behind Donald Trump’s hair. My New York could be the setting for a Jonathan Franzen story, or a place where Carrie Bradshaw parties with her girlfriends. And it’s this universe that’s invaded by the “fantasy” elements. That mainstream/fantasy mix is the vibe I aimed for in writing Awakenings.

Take Callum the cop in the novel… I could have faked all the police actions in the book, but wanted the interactions between the cops to be authentic. I spoke with a friend in the NYPD to determine what the likely course of actions would be in certain scenarios. I got the correct signal codes for jobs, and more importantly, how the NYPD would communicate under those circumstances. There are also ramifications to the actions that occur, and I wanted the cause and effect to seem logical. A police officer should be able to read those scenes, and even with the fantastic elements introduced, not be pulled out of the story because it lacks credibility.

The irony is writers of fantasy expend tremendous effort to make the worlds in their story as “real” as possible, whether it’s about a boy living under the stairs, a girl who leaves the farm to save her dog from a crone, or a hobbit that wonders what’s beyond the Shire. We love these stories and come back to them because, except for Charlie Sheen, most of us fantasize about being something else (or somewhere else) instead of trudging through our daily existence for little pay and no accolades. We all want to be powerful heroes, great lovers, or sports gods. There has to be something recognizable in the universes these stories take place it. Fantasy stories tap into a primal part of ourselves that improve our regular lives. It’s why people crowded around the poet Homer three thousand years ago to hear him recite tales of gods and heroes. We fantasy readers get it, and I’ve seldom met a fantasy fan I didn’t like.


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