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Monday, July 31, 2017

Guest Post & #Giveaway: The Eldritch Heart by Matthew S. Cox @mscox_fiction

Please help me welcome author Matthew S. Cox to Full Moon Bites for a guest post about what draws him to this genre, and a giveaway!

Thanks for inviting me to do a guest post on Full Moon Bites, and for participating in the Eldritch Heart review tour. I’ve been asked what drew me to this genre (fantasy).

Sometime in my tweens, I discovered D&D (a roleplaying game for those who aren’t familiar with the acronym) which has a sword-and-sorcery setting. Those early days of inventing characters and having them go on stories was a lot like novel-writing by committee. Only, we didn’t write anything down and did it purely for entertaining ourselves. Ever since, I’ve always had a fondness for fantasy. I didn’t discover Tolkien until much later, and I confess that I initially didn’t much care for The Hobbit.

This distaste came from two sources. One, I had been commanded to read it by a teacher as part of English class. Two, in our gaming group, we had this kid who always played characters like hobbits and he was the single most irritating character you can imagine. Out of the game, the kid wasn’t irritating, but his characters constantly did the most asinine, annoying, disruptive, and generally stupid things imaginable. It’s one of the few cases where the other players would try to kill him off sometimes.

Between having to read it for school and my (still somewhat present) instant distaste for hobbits/kender type fantasy races due to that player, I skimmed over it and never looked back… until I discovered Lord of the Rings.

My fictional tastes span between science fiction and fantasy, not an uncommon occurrence among fans, so much so that the genre is sometimes called SciFi/Fantasy as if they were one in the same.

When I first started writing, I spent a good few weeks trying to make up my mind if I wanted to do a sci fi or a fantasy novel. Admittedly, there’s vast amounts of both, but I wound up thinking that my sci fi setting was more unique than the fantasy one, so I went with that.

However, I still have a nostalgic affection for wizards, dragons, healers, and fantasy critters. When the initial idea for The Eldritch Heart came to me, it took the form of a “YA princess story,” which my brain categorized right away as a fantasy tale. Of course the same story could’ve been transplanted into a high-tech science fiction setting, but it felt “right” to me that it’s a fantasy story.
The Eldritch Heart
Matthew S. Cox
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: August 1st 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Princess Oona Talomir enjoys the little things that come with her station: a handmaiden, her lavish bedchamber, and scores of fancy dresses―the duty to win a decades’ long war, not so much.
Oh, did I mention assassins?
Seers foretold the conflict would end by her hand. From the moment she drew her first breath, the neighboring kingdom has been trying to kill her so she could not grow powerful enough to destroy them. The king, fearing for his daughter’s life, has kept her confined to the castle grounds for most of her sixteen years. With the tide of war turning against them, the burden of her crown becomes too much to bear, yet one thing lifts her spirits amid the gloom.
Her servant girl, Kitlyn.
Alas, in a kingdom obsessed with the god of purity, she is terrified to confess her forbidden love. When her father makes a demand she cannot abide―marry a prince to forge a military alliance―Oona panics. He is handsome and honorable, but he’s not Kitlyn. Unable to admit why she cannot obey, Oona does the only thing she can think of, and runs away.
Alone and unprepared in the wilderness, she prays the gods will let Kitlyn find her—before the assassins do.

Author Bio:
Born in a little town known as South Amboy NJ in 1973, Matthew has been creating science fiction and fantasy worlds for most of his reasoning life. Somewhere between fifteen to eighteen of them spent developing the world in which Division Zero, Virtual Immortality, and The Awakened Series take place. He has several other projects in the works as well as a collaborative science fiction endeavor with author Tony Healey.
Hobbies and Interests:
Matthew is an avid gamer, a recovered WoW addict, Gamemaster for two custom systems (Chronicles of Eldrinaath [Fantasy] and Divergent Fates [Sci Fi], and a fan of anime, British humour (<- after="" also="" and="" cats.="" deliberate="" fiction="" fond="" happens="" he="" intellectual="" is="" it.="" life="" nature="" of="" p="" questions="" reality="" science="" that="" the="" what="">


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  1. Thanks for hosting today, Holly! :)

  2. I've not read Lord of the Rings, but this does sound really interesting. I've been looking for something new to me!

  3. sounds like a great book thanks for sharing


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