Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Special Guest Anna Steffl Talks About the Solace of the Uniform With Giveaway!

I am very pleased to host fantasy author Anna Steffl today. She's going to talk about the delicate subject of clothes and...um...not clothes. And she has a rafflecopter giveaway as well as offering to give away copies of her epic fantasy, the Solace trilogy, to one lucky reader who comments on this post!

The Solace of the Uniform
by Anna Steffl

If there’s one thing that can mask a person’s quirks, it’s a uniform. When you put that sucker on, you disappear into a role. Sometimes that role is quirky, but people expect the role’s quirks, not your own—think of the dominatrix’s uniform.

Alas, my Solace series doesn’t feature a dominatrix (though one has a starring role in a future book). My uniformed characters are Arvana, a nun, and Degarius, a military man. If that reminds you of Sound of Music, well fine, but throw some dragons into the mix because it is fantasy.

While researching cloistered life, I discovered that during the Middle Ages most religious slept in their old habits. There was no slipping in and out of uniform for these people. My military man is on the road on horseback. He doesn’t have the luxury of changing into lounge pants to kick back in the recliner for a snooze. He, too, is always following THE RULES.

So what happens when Arvana and Degarius catch glimpses of the people beneath the uniforms and fall in love with those slivers of true self? It ain’t easy. I’m such a mean author that I put them in their best uniforms when they  finally have to confess their feelings.  Talk about torture!

 If you want to see how that works out for them,  leave a comment below for a chance to win the complete Solace ebook trilogy (Seeking Solace, Solace Shattered, Solace Arisen). What uniform do you wear? Why? Right now I’m in the writer’s dominatrix uniform—t-shirt, no bra,  and pajama pants. It means I can’t answer the door or take out the garbage, but I can and will make my characters suffer and love me for it in the end.

About Anna Steffl
Anna Steffl lives in Athens, Georgia, home of the New World gods of football and alternative music. She has held a string of wildly unrelated jobs, from frying chicken to one that required applying for a Department of Defense security clearance. She is a past president of Georgia Romance Writers and a Golden Heart Award finalist.
Tweet her @AnnaKurtzSteffl

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About the Solace Trilogy

   Seeking Solace
The first book in the Solace trilogy follows Arvana, the only Solacian capable of seeing the Blue Eye's revelations, as she reluctantly leaves her cloistered refuge to seek a champion to wield a relic against the resurrected draeden. The obvious champion is the charismatic Prince Chane Lerouge, who possesses the one remaining sword the ancestors used to end the Reckoning. But the unknown warrior, Captain Degarius, unrelentingly pursues a rumored lake monster with a blade whispered to be blessed. Will Arvana's mission earn her the elusive solace she seeks or spiral her heart—and the world—into a second Reckoning if she chooses the wrong man? Downplaying magic in favor of romance and fantasy, Arvana's adventure boasts strong characters in an immersive, realistic new realm.

   Solace Shattered
One relic is lost in an act of fidelity when Paulus's blessed sword falls into undeserving hands. One relic is won by testing the strength, endurance, and mercy of the champion who proves himself worthy of the Blue Eye. But two souls are shattered in the process. Though Arvana serves her penance by choosing a champion, the pure joy of a shacra evades her until a forbidden moment of tenderness. Will the single kiss endanger the fate of the world and destroy her heart's longing for solace? This fascinating trilogy continues with greater stakes and deeper romance in an unforgettable fantasy world.

   Solace Arisen
This final installment of the Solace Trilogy finds Arvana contending with the choices she's made and the fate of the world on her shoulders. In the depths of winter, the Scyon releases the powers of Hell to bring forth a second Reckoning that will overturn world order. But from the deepest desperation, the fugitive outcasts reluctantly embark on an impossible quest. Armed only with a single blessed sword, a dangerous relic, and the remnants of a shattered love, will solace arise?





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