Monday, April 28, 2014

The Rogue King by Aldrea Alien: Tens List with Excerpt

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Who are your 10 favorite authors?

Oof, it's always hard to narrow down a list of authors to a few, let alone numbering them.

Maurice Gee. The Halfmen of O and Under the Mountain were my childhood staples. The latter used to creep me out something fierce.


Anne McCaffrey. Dragonflight was my first step into adult fantasy. I read this book so many times that I know where to open the page for the scene I want. Plus … dragons. I wanted to live on Pern for a long time. Just maybe and time without Thread. I cried when I found out she died.


David Eddings. This was my first step into epic length stories and, within the first few chapters of The Diamond Throne, had completely fallen for the rough-around-the-edges knight, Sparhawk.


Melanie Rawn. Again, it was the dragons that drew me to the Dragon Prince (come on, how was I to resist that title?) and the magic … oh, the magic! Sunrunners, sorcerers … the series was a feast for me.


Andre Norton. I started out reading Gryphon's Eyrie and went on a mad Witch World hunting spree after The Year of the Unicorn. In fact, I highly recommend both.

Robin Hobb. I fell in love with The Farseer Trilogy and the less than perfect world she'd created.

J. R. R. Tolkien. I didn't get around to reading The Lord of the Rings until the first movie was advertised. Yes, it can be exhausting. Yes, it does drag and it's the only book I ever fell asleep reading. But there's a sort of strange satisfaction in finishing it. I've read the whole trilogy … three times now, I think, and The Hobbit a few times more.

Robert Jordan. I really adore his Wheel of Time Series, even with Rand being a whiny little rat at times. I've read all but the last three books more than once.

Jennifer Roberson. Her Cheysuli series. I cannot express how much I adore this series. It's just … wonderful.

Terry Pratchett. I caved to my fiancé's insistence that I read his books. So I started out by reading a short story and, next thing I know, I owned most of the Discworld novels.

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Title: The Rogue King

Series: The Rogue King Saga # 1

Author: Aldrea Alien

Published: April 22nd, 2014

Word Count: 65,000

Genre: Fantasy

Content Warning: Violence, Sex

Recommended Age: 16+

Outside is dangerous.
Such is the warning Koral has heard for twelve years. Born a product of genetic manipulation, he knows little else of the world beyond the steel walls of his home.
When fate gives him the choice between certain death and the unknown, there’s no question in what he must choose. But he’s about to find out the sands he must brave are full of more than mere monsters.
Providing the desert doesn’t kill him first.
This is a world ruled by instinct, where innocence is drowned in blood. Here, men are offered up to the great Serpent God, Lorric, only to emerge as the most feared killers on the planet: The Rogues.
With the god’s sights set on turning Koral into a legend, he must sacrifice himself to survive and be reborn as… The Rogue King


Shirain lifted her arms out towards the giant statue, the sound of her bracelets clacking together echoed across the ruins. ʺBehold our offering, Mighty Lord! Take his body as your own! Use him! Guide him in your ways so he may live to make you stronger!ʺ

The bowl slipped from his unfeeling hands to splash into the pond. Above, the statue's eyes glowed a deep red. Behind him, Koral heard Shirain continue talking, her voice faint and muffled. His blood grew hot, desire filling his body and fogging his mind. What had she done to him?

ʺYour gift is pleasing, dear child.ʺ The words tumbled out of a mouth Koral could no longer control. ʺThis body is young. Barely a man.ʺ Someone else flexed his muscles. His lips twisted into a cruel grin as his tongue ran over his sharp teeth. ʺHe will need much training.ʺ

ʺMy Lord,ʺ Shirain purred, giving him a low bow. ʺOnce more, you honour me.ʺ

Awareness of another's presence came crashing down on him, bringing with it an odd calmness. He knew little of magic or religion. Amelia's teaching on the subject had been sparse; most of what he had learnt came from the camp and no one had mentioned possession. Would he win if he tried to banish the intruder? Was this not his body?

A rough laugh escaped his throat as he unwillingly turned from the statue and waded through the blood to dry land. ʺHe fights me.ʺ

ʺHe showed promise as a fighter,ʺ Shirain said, sounding strangely proud. ʺI hope he pleases my Lord and proves more interesting to break than the others.ʺ

ʺYes, this will be… enjoyable.ʺ Again, his lips pulled back into something that resembled a smile in name only. ʺBy the time I've finished with him, everyone shall fear the very name of him—the name of Vengeance.ʺ


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Born and raised in New Zealand, Aldrea Alien lives on a small farm with her family, including a menagerie of animals. Since discovering a love of writing at the age of twelve, she hasn’t found an ounce of peace from the characters plaguing her mind.

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kathy p said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Loni Townsend said...

*shiver* Great excerpt, and loved the top 10! Grats Aldrea!

Aldrea Alien said...

Thanks for having me. ^_^

Loni: I could've added so many ... ten is a tough number to stop at.