Let’s Extend the Fun: Excerpt From David B. Coe’s Children of Amarid

Wow! Hey kids, I got really lucky and was offered a chance to post an excerpt from David B. Coe’s Children of the Amarid to follow yesterday’s post. Enjoy!

Baden lay down beside the fire, and Jaryd did the same, not bothering this night to pull out his sleeping roll. The Owl-Master’s breathing soon slipped into a slow, even rhythm, but Jaryd lay awake for a long time. He thought about Amarid and Theron; about spirits and what it meant to be condemned to eternal unrest; and about the depths of emotion that could drive two friends to do such things to each other and to the Order they had created. Gradually the flames died out, leaving a bed of glowing coals that settled noisily. In the darkness, Jaryd could make out the bright stars overhead, and he picked out the constellations he knew: Duclea, weeping on her knees for her sons, and for her husband’s fury; Leora in her ceaseless dance; and Arick, lower in the sky and to the west, his fist poised to smite the land he had created for Tobyn and Lon.

When finally Jaryd drifted into a fitful, uneasy sleep, he dreamed of a mage. At first he thought he was seeing himself as he would be someday. But this mage carried a ceryll of deep red and a dark bird with strange, bright eyes. The mage moved toward him, extending a hand in which he carried a slender black object. He remained hooded, his face shrouded in shadow and unrecognizable. But as he drew near, Jaryd recognized the offered object as a black feather.  When Jaryd took it in his hand, the feather flared brightly and turned to gray ash.

He awoke to find Baden shaking him gently, the mage’s lean face somber in the silver light of dawn.

“A strange vision came to me last night,” Baden said. “I don’t know what it means, but I think we should be on our way.”

Jaryd tried to force himself awake. Baden offered him the last of the dried fruit and some water, both of which helped, and soon they had broken camp and started down the trail toward the town. They walked as quickly as the steep descent would allow. Baden, who seemed impatient to reach Taima, said little, and Jaryd spent much of his time on the trail reflecting on the story he had heard the night before. They stopped at midday by a small spring. They refilled their water skins, ate what was left of the dried meat, and continued down the mountain.

The acrid smell of charred wood and grain reached them a short while later, and from a small clearing near the base of the mountain, they caught their first glimpse of Taima. A haze of dark smoke hung over the town, and the blackened frames of several buildings stood like skeletons in the town center.

“Fist of the God!” Baden said, exhaling the words as if he’d taken a punch to the gut. “We’re too late.”

Children of Amarid by David B. Coe Re-Release!

CoA front3About CHILDREN OF AMARID:

CHILDREN OF AMARID is the first volume of the LonTobyn Chronicle, David B. Coe’s Crawford Award-winning debut series. This is the Author’s Edit of the original book.

For a millennium  the Children of Amarid have served the people of Tobyn-Ser. Drawing upon the Mage-Craft, which flows from the psychic bond they forge with their avian familiars, the Mages of the Order have fulfilled their oaths by healing the injured and ill, repelling invasions by the land’s enemies, and caring for the people in times of crisis. They are governed by laws handed down by Amarid, the first of their kind, who committed the Mage-Craft to the people’s protection. Only once in a thousand years has a mage defied those laws. Theron, a contemporary of Amarid, sought to use his powers to gain wealth and glory. For that he was punished, though not before he brought down a terrible curse on his fellow mages and all who would come after them.

Recently, dark rumors have spread across Tobyn-Ser. Children of Amarid have been seen destroying crops, vandalizing homes, massacring men, women, and children. Have the mages forsaken their oaths? Has Theron returned from beyond death to take his vengeance? Or does Tobyn-Ser face a new threat, one it is ill-prepared and ill-equipped to face?

With the land in turmoil and faith in the Mage-Craft badly shaken, it falls to Jaryd, a young mage with extraordinary potential, but little knowledge of the power he wields, to find and destroy Tobyn-Ser’s enemies before they destroy all he holds dear.

CHILDREN OF AMARID (The LonTobyn Chronicle, Book 1) | David B. Coe | Lore Seekers Press | $4.99 eBook/ $18.95 Paperback | 384 pages | June 22, 2016 | ISBN: 978-1622680498 | Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/355078.Children_of_Amarid?from_search=true

 Purchase links

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Children-Amarid-David-B-Coe/dp/1622680499

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About David B. Coe:

David B. Coe, who also writes as D.B. Jackson, is the award-winning author of nineteen novels and more than a dozen short stories.

Writing under his own name (http://www.DavidBCoe.com) he has most recently completed a contemporary urban fantasy called the Case Files of Justis Fearsson, published by Baen Books. The first two books,SPELL BLIND and HIS FATHER’S EYES came out in 2015. The third volume, SHADOW’S BLADE, has recently been released.

Writing under the D.B. Jackson pen name (http://www.DBJackson-Author.com), he writes the Thieftaker Chronicles, a series set in pre-Revolutionary Boston that combines elements of urban fantasy, mystery, and historical fiction. All four books in the series, THIEFTAKER, THIEVES’ QUARRYA PLUNDER OF SOULS, and DEAD MAN’S REACH, are available from Tor Books.

David is the author of the LonTobyn Chronicle, his debut trilogy, which received the Crawford Fantasy Award as the best work by a new author in fantasy. He has also written the critically acclaimed Winds of the Forelands quintet and Blood of the Southlands trilogy, and the novelization of director Ridley Scott’s movie, ROBIN HOOD, starring Russell Crowe. David’s books have been translated into a dozen languages.

He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his Master’s and Ph.D. in U.S. history from Stanford University.  He co-founded and regularly contributes to the Magical Words group blog (http://magicalwords.net), a site devoted to discussions of the craft and business of writing fantasy, and is co-author of How To Write Magical Words:  A Writer’s Companion.

Find David online at his website http://www.davidbcoe.com, on Twitter, on Facebook or sign up for his newsletter.

My Interview with Patricia Briggs!

image1-2I had the marvelous opportunity to speak with the incomparable Patricia Briggs while attending DragonCon.  This is me with her.  (I’m the short one!)

Note her T-shirt…”To protect against the nudge.”

You can listen to the whole interview below. Warning: Smack dab in the middle there is a break in the sound…just let it play on and it will pick back up. There are also some points where Patty fades out a bit in the second half.  (Blame her, she played with her microphone. ) Warning: This interview is full of SPOILERS.

Thank you, Patty and Mike, for letting me invade your hotel room and do this interview. This was a highlight of my con.

#HoldOnToTheLight

Today is my birthday and I’m acknowledging it by sharing this part of my story. 

I sit in the bathroom, lips numb and fingers tingling. I can’t breathe and while I know I’m not dying, I am waiting for the other shoe to drop. I know, just know, that something bad is going to happen. What it is, I can’t vocalize. I wait for it to  reveal itself. My chest is so tight I cling to the front of my shirt as if my fingers could pry the iron bars encasing it apart. My mind is buzzing like it is full of bees, my thoughts are warped and slow as if I am under water.

That is a panic attack. It feels awful.

I used to work at a nonprofit organization devoted to helping people with mental health problems. Screening for Mental Health invented National Depression Screening Day. I helped launch the National Alcohol Disorders Screening Program and the National Eating Disorders Screening Program. I championed youth suicide prevention and even testified in front of a Senate Subcommittee about our program, the SOS Suicide Prevention Program. I handled questions from multiple Senators including (and this is not a political post) the then Senator Clinton. We got an appropriation passed and distributed hundreds of videos and collateral materials to schools across the country. I attended the private White House signing of the bill and shook the President’s hand (Bush, 43) when he thanked me for my contribution. I stood in the Roosevelt Room and knew I had done something good.

So why wasn’t I seeking help? Because anxiety is sneaky and even when you know the facts it is hard to see the sun.  But I did it. I talked to my primary care doctor, got started on a treatment plan, added yoga to my self-care routine, and focused on healthy eating and a regular sleep schedule. I got better and have been better since.

I’ve spoken to innumerable people who suffered with various forms of mental health issues. What I learned is  that many high-achieving people deal with these problems. No one is safe. It can be a part of your family history or the result of a traumatic event. It can develop slowly so you don’t realize it is happening until you are at the bottom of a tunnel and can’t see the top. The moral? Get help. Talk about it openly. You’ll be surprised how many people will share their stories with you.

About the campaign:

#HoldOnToTheLight is a blog campaign encompassing blog posts by fantasy and science fiction authors around the world in an effort to raise awareness around treatment for depression, suicide prevention, domestic violence intervention, PTSD initiatives, bullying prevention and other mental health-related issues. We believe fandom should be supportive, welcoming and inclusive, in the long tradition of fandom taking care of its own. We encourage readers and fans to seek the help they or their loved ones need without shame or embarrassment.

Please consider donating to or volunteering for organizations dedicated to treatment and prevention such as: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Home for the Warriors (PTSD), National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Canadian Mental Health Association, MIND (UK), SANE (UK), BeyondBlue (Australia), To Write Love On Her Arms and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline. I would also add Screening for Mental Health at www.mentalhealthscreening.org