Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Prince

 


Destiny will always test the greatest of leaders.

Theo never imagined life outside the king’s castle. But when the queen’s funeral reveals the king’s true colors, Theo must rely on his sister, her allies, and his friends to get him to safety. With the help of mercenaries and the native tribes of the plains, Theo must learn to face his destiny and open his mind to the diverse world he’s been thrown into.

 read an excerpt...

“There’s no time for this,” Alice clipped, “you two are leaving the castle and then you’re leaving the kingdom. Ashti will get you to your first waypoint. From there she’ll explain the rest.”

 “Your Highness—”

 Alice placed a hand on Oli’s cheek. “In another life—” she choked on her words and tried to smile through the tears pooling in her eyes. “In another life, maybe I could have kept you by my side. But our destinies now lie in different directions.”

 


Oli swallowed hard. “I will see you again, cross my heart,” he promised her.

 “I will count the days until we see each other again,” Alice said through the knot in her throat. “Your duty is to my brother and your friend,” She shook her head and swallowed hard. “You need to go. Get him out of—”

 Oli leaned over and planted a kiss on Alice’s lips. It was quick and subtle. As Oli pulled away, Alice followed, trying to hold the moment as it vanished too quickly.

 “When I return, my princess,” Oli began as he started shuffling the prince towards Ashti, “we will finish this moment.”

Without another glance, Oli, Theo, and Ashti ducked into the other room and vanished.

Alice turned towards the door where the banging persisted. She raised her hand and the iron trimming glowed white once again. The doors burst open and four Knights tumbled onto the floor.

Alice dropped to her knees and began to weep.

 

about Antony Soehner...

 


Geek by heart, author by trade.


Raised on a healthy diet of geek and pop culture, Antony has come to share his love and appreciation for role-playing games, geek culture, and fantasy adventure. If it’s random comic book facts, Star Wars trivia, or just the measly obscure movie reference, Antony is there!

 

Website: Antonysoehner.com

 

Twitter: @AntonySoehner https://twitter.com/AntonySoehner

 

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AntonySoehner/

 

Instagram: @AntonySoehner https://www.instagram.com/antonysoehner/

 

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17220779.Antony_Soehner

 

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/antony-soehner

 

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Antony-Soehner/e/B075Z3GM57/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

The book will be $0.99 during the tour.


more personal "stuff" about Antony Soehner...

Does this book have a special meaning to you? i.e. where you found the idea, its symbolism, its meaning, who you dedicated it to, what made you want to write it?

This book holds lots of meaning in my heart. Originally titled, “My Pandemic Project,” I started writing this book as a way to cope with the chaotic world around us. I was manic and in need of something to do while we weren’t allowed to do much. Eventually, the story and characters grew with me as I started going to therapy and healing past wounds. Much of the meaning behind this book specifically is to show what kind of bravery it takes to stand up not only for others but also for yourself against abusers no matter who they are.

Where do you get your storylines from?

My storyline is influenced by two things. The chaotic world around me and also the Hero’s journey trope. The hero's journey is one of my favorite story tropes because it’s a call to do what is right and preserve the teachings that are taught along the way. I lined my story with real-world parallels so that I could give readers a sense of heroship in themselves and inspire them to speak up for what they believe in.

Was this book easier or more difficult to write than others?  Why?

“The Prince” was probably the easiest story of my ten current publications. I sat down and told myself to ignore every rule and guideline I had given myself for the previous projects. The only thing I was going to do was puke everything out onto the page and clean it later. I had nothing but time and was committed to relaying the story in my mind. I think the writing process itself took me only four or five months. Top five fastest books I’ve written and number one on the most fun list for sure.

Do you only write one genre?

Professionally, yes. I’ve stuck to fantasy because it's the genre I know best and love to read the most. It’s easy to create and depending on what I’m doing, I can make up whatever I want. Personally, I have an array of projects on my computer that aren’t fantasy. I like to challenge myself and see what I can do as a writer even if those projects never see the light of day. Practice doesn’t make perfect but it always makes you better.

Give us a picture of where you write, where you compose these words…is it Starbucks, a den, a garden…we want to know your inner sanctum?

My writing happens at my personal desk in my home office. Pink walls, Star Wars posters, and all my nerd gear on display. But where the real writing happens is in my backyard. I live in the house where my parents started our family and in the backyard is a tree my mom planted when they moved in during the mid-’90s. Under her tree is usually where I can go to create, ponder, and break myself through to the next great scene if I’m stuck. With a bit of love, it’s always green back there in an area that is usually dry and brown. There are birds everywhere and if it's late enough, there is a curious fox that wanders their way back there with me. It’s like having my own fantasy world contained within our reality. I love it. 

And finally, of course…was there any specific event or circumstance that made you want to be a writer?

I’ve always been a writer. Ever since I was in 3rd grade when I would fill every composition binder my teachers would give me. But my true inspiration for becoming a writer is my mom. She too is an author and writer with over 50 books to her name. I’ve watched her build an extensive career through an ever-changing market and has been such a pivotal role in the local self-publishing scene along the Denver-Front Range. She was my first fan and remains my number one fan today!



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5 comments:

AuthorAntonySoehner said...

Thank you so much for hosting and having me on your page. I can't wait to hear from readers!

Bea LaRocca said...

I enjoyed reading your interview and am looking forward to reading your book, is The Prince strictly a stand-alone story or part of a series?

Sherry said...

I love the cover and think this sounds like a very good book.

AuthorAntonySoehner said...

Bea, this will be the first of a saga which I'm currently working on book 4. Thank you for the question!

Stormy Vixen said...

I enjoyed the post and The Prince sounds like a great book for me to read! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!