The World of Jangbahar: Kitoi

Kitoi

Population: 1,263,375

Language: Jangba

Symbol/Flag: A back hand atop a golden orb

Kitoi is made up of a large peninsula on the southeastern border of Jangbahar and is directly south of the Republic. Bordered by the Bariq Sea on their western and southern borders and a small nation stretches along their Eastern border, this small yet powerful nation boasts a rich economy due to their sea port. Kitoi’s capital city, also entitled Kitoi, is sometimes referred to as the Golden City because of the city’s access to some of Jangbahar’s most precious stones. The country’s primary exports are gold and other semi-precious stones and unlike the Republic, access to an oasis fed from an underground pool refrains Kitoi from having to import fresh water. Kitoi does enjoy trade and they often import fine glass and dragon oil from the Republic. Kitoi also boasts a successful slavery trade, and while slavery is tolerated throughout much of Jangbahar it is only legal in Kitoi. Like the Republic, their government is largely based on democracy with new officials elected every decade.

The World of Jangbahar: The Republic

A. M. Deese’s novel Ignited will be released on March 27, 2018. Cover design and edits to the manuscript are currently underway. To celebrate the second book in the RadiantTeen young adult imprint, and the first book in A. M. Deese’s Dance of the Elements Series, bi-weekly blurbs about the world will be posted here.

Tiphaine, a French artist, and cartographer, returns as the force behind this new fantasy map. The Republic is the homeland of Jura and is the current superpower controlling the delicate balance in Deese’s novel. The second map fragment featuring Kitoi will be posted on August 24th.


The Republic

Population: 976,763

Language: Jangba, the common tongue of Jangbahar

Flag/Symbol: Purple background with a golden flame at its center and thirteen black stars circling the flame.

The Republic of the Sand Sea sprawls across the majority of Jangbahar’s desert land and is made up of twelve provinces, each governed by their corresponding member of the Thirteen. The entire Republic is governed by the Thirteen. The First and Second govern over the capital city and the provinces circle the Everflame in a pattern that mirrors the towers of the Glass Palace. Despite its vast size, the Republic is sparsely populated with the majority of its population living in the southern provinces such as Toik, Nutir, Irst and Elek. Toik and Nutir are the two largest of the twelve provinces while Ish, governed by the Thirteenth, is the smallest and most impoverished.

The Republic was founded after a series of Border Wars left the desert lands depleted. The Border Wars were a series of battles over the borders of Kitoi and the seven kingdoms of the Sand Sea. The people fought over water and access to the Everflame. Thousands died in war after war as people were deprived of water and murdered over nothing more than grains of sand. The face of the war changed with the appearance of Gregor the Great who seized power with a super-army he controlled through powerful blood magic. His reign of domination lasted for forty-three years before he was killed by Josper the Usurper.

Though originally known as a usurper, he was also remembered as a bringer of peace. It was Josper who united the kingdoms and Josper who suggested the system of the Thirteen for the seven ruling kingdoms and the six ruling merchants. The kingdom was united and Josper signed treaties with the Is’ Le Sp’Ar islands that were ruled by the sea king and the kingdom of Kitoi, which sat on the outskirts of the Sand Sea.

The people of the Republic speak the common tongue and nearly 100% of the population worships the Everflame, an inextinguishable flame where the people go to burn their prayers. The Everflame is housed in a glass tower in the palace and the flames are used to provide light and warmth throughout the entirety of the Republic.

The palace, arena dome, and government buildings are all constructed by Fire Builders. Similar to Dancers, these individuals have the ability to manipulate fire from the Everflame down into the sand, heating it to such a degree that it forms a smooth glass. Favored by Josper during the Dawn of Peace, this architecture is featured predominately in city buildings and courtyards. Since then, glass has become the chief export of the Republic, although its people also trade in dragon parts and bactrian. The largest import remains water, it is traded between the Sea King and The First, the First ensuring that the life-giving substance is rationed out to all free citizens of the Republic.


The Everflame

The Republic of the Sand Sea was once a lush and fertile land until the Everflame appeared. It spun through the forest setting everything to flame and leaving nothing in its wake. Its fire was not like ordinary fire, intense heat scorched the land and its flames never ceased. Those who had the gift to manipulate the flame banded together and forced the flame into its current home. They built it atop a stone wall so it could not escape and spun glass walls around it so they could keep the flame in their sight. The flame proved valuable, its inextinguishable flame provided light, shelter, and warmth. The people began to thrive around the flame, worshiping it as their god. But there are whispers of what would happen if the Everflame was to ever escape, vague memories of the destruction it once caused.

Old Hollow: The Town of Old Hollow by Ambrose Stolliker

The History of Old Hollow

Early Spring, 1865. The Army of the Potomac has cut a path of destruction through large swathes of enemy territory in its relentless pursuit of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s once-vaunted Army of Northern Virginia. Union cavalry men have raided every town, village, and hamlet in the Virginia countryside between Petersburg and the James River in search of food and supplies for the Northern Army’s men and horses. Every town, that is, but Old Hollow. Even as nearby towns like Cumberland succumb to the Yankees, Old Hollow remains virtually untouched, as if protected from the outside world by some unknown, unseen force.

The town’s beginnings are a mystery. No record exists to tell the story of how and when it first came into being. Some in neighboring communities say it was founded by English settlers in the late 17th century who tried and failed to eke out a living as tobacco farmers. Others say its history goes back further, that the town began when a small group of colonists wandered west after being exiled from Jamestown for practicing witchcraft and Devil worship. No one knows for certain.

Whatever its origins, Old Hollow and the outside world are on the verge of a violent collision with the arrival of a trio of Union cavalrymen seeking shelter for a wounded comrade. Led by Captain Benjamin Lawson, the Yankee soldiers think they have stumbled upon a quiet, little town that, somehow, someway, the Union Army has missed. What they don’t know is that something diabolical awaits them in the dark recesses of an ancient, white tree in the forest north of town. That something is hungry.

The She-Wolf of Kanta: Thomas Farrell’s Mill by Marlena Frank

Thomas Farrell’s Mill

When Thomas Farrell inherited his father’s mill, there was only a single grinder, and it was human powered. The hard physical labor meant a high turnover rate, and the mill was anything but profitable.

After the invention of Liquid Lead, and the harnessing of werewolves to do the hard labor, Thomas not only gained a profit on his mill, he expanded it. He added grinder after grinder, in a haphazard fashion, gleefully improving on the equipment and finding ways to streamline his workforce.

Only something happened shortly after he built the sixth grinder. Some say Thomas had a mental breakdown after witnessing one of his human workers be mauled. Others said he fell from the scaffolding that crisscrossed the grinders. Regardless, shortly after the grinder was finished, all talks of expansion abruptly stopped.

The Mill is now a well-known feature of Kanta, with its tall smokestacks and regular influx of trappers for supplies and trade. Behind it’s castle-like walls and guarded entrances, grinders churn all day and all night.

 

The She-Wolf of Kanta: The City of Kanta by Marlena Frank

The History of Kanta

Kanta used to be a small city with big hopes and dreams. The people pushed back the wilderness and claimed the land for their own, creating a haven amid the old forest.

Then the werewolves came. They surged each night, and diminished the population in droves, adding survivors unwillingly to their numbers. The streets were stained with blood. Cries could be heard all through the night. Finally, only three buildings remained: the jailhouse, the pub, and the mill. When the city was on the brink of destruction, a madman had a crazy idea.

Thomas Farrell found a way to harness the werewolves’ power. With a concoction he called Liquid Lead, he helped the city of Kanta truly fight back. More than that, he turned werewolf trapping into a profit.

The city is now a destination for survivors, but also attracts scavengers and thieves. The desperate suffer in Kanta and the naïve often meet grisly ends. The werewolves are a blight, but the city of Kanta is truly diseased.

Military Wife Pens Young Adult Fantasy Debut Surrounding the God of War and His Sacrificial Bride

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

LOUISVILLE, KY (July 11, 2017) • What would it feel like to be sacrificed to gods you didn’t believe in? Amber R. Duell may not know what lies beyond death, but she does explore a vivid mythological world engulfed in a modern war in her newly released young adult fantasy novel, Fragile Chaos.

Amber points to the story of a 500-year-old Incan girl found mummified on a volcano as inspiration for her story. “Did she think she would ascend to some special place?” Amber mused and gave birth to the story of Cassia Stavros and Theodoric trapped in a delicate balance between feuding immortals.

Fragile Chaos is a relentless tale of revenge, inner turmoil, and budding romance reminiscent of the legend of Persephone and Hades. Amber’s story sweeps across national borders and realms as the God of War and his sacrificial bride fight to end the mortal war.

Fragile Chaos is a “…great book for anybody who loves the myth of Cupid and Psyche…I loved the…mashup of modernity with the mythological,” Abby Reed explains, author of When Planets Fall.

About Amber R. Duell

Amber R. Duell was born and raised in a small town in Central New York. While it will always be home, she’s spent the last six years living in Germany and Maine as a military wife where the next step is always an adventure.

For more information, visit www.amberrduell.com.

About Radiant Crown Publishing

Established in 2016 Radiant Crown Publishing is an independent publisher of dark, diverse, and subversive speculative fiction. Antiheroes and characters whose stories are pushed to the margins are welcome here.

For more information, visit www.radiantcrownpublishing.com.

Fragile Chaos: Bradley Pittman and Jamie-Lee Lewis

Meet the audiobook producers behind Amber R. Duell‘s Fragile Chaos!

“Jamie-Lee Lewis, aka Jaylew, hails from the island of Jamaica. Since a small child, she’s always had a hyper imagination. She enjoys writing and telling stories, singing and composing songs, entertaining and edifying, playing different characters as well as creating them through drawings, and finding the beauty and fun in everything she does. She is currently a professional and passionate Youtuber.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Bradley Pittman is a producer and freelance musician living and working in Atlanta. He received a bachelor’s degree in audio production from Georgia State University in 2016. Though he most commonly works on musical projects, he began self-producing audiobook chapters in 2015 as a way to unite his love of studio production with his love of literature. “

Cover Reveal: The She-Wolf of Kanta by Marlena Frank

Audiobook

ISBN-10: 1-946024-22-8

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-22-0

eBook (ePub Edition)

ISBN-10:1-946024-21-X

ISBN-13:978-1-946024-21-3

ASIN: Coming Soon!

Release Date: April 17th, 2018 (March/May of 2018)

Synopsis:

A pair of yellow eyes caught the moonlight and locked onto hers.

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.

Advance Praise:

FROM THE EDITOR

Being female is a liability in the city of Kanta. As a young woman, Mercy is the sought-after prey of not only werewolves, but also of the dangerous and desperate men of the city. Her father has managed to keep her safe by keeping her on its outskirts, but he can’t protect her forever. Now she wants to become a trapper just like him, catching werewolves for the bounty offered by rich and frightened men. When Mercy’s first catch is a female, nearly worthless, her own value as a trapper is called into question. She’s not even woman enough to attract a male wolf that would bring a higher price. When her father decides to attempt to sell Mercy’s she-wolf to an old acquaintance, it may very well be Mercy who becomes the merchandise. The She-Wolf of Kanta is an old-fashioned thriller—with werewolves, a possibly mad scientist, and even a mysterious fortress. It is also a timeless exploration of gender expectations and the value of life, whether it be human or not. What determines who will be predator and who prey? –Luann Reed-Siegel

Spotlight: Marlena Frank

Introducing Marlena Frank who has recently signed her young adult dark fantasy filled with werewolves and horrifying thrills entitled The She-Wolf of Kanta with RCP. It is slated for release in April of 2018 under the imprint Legion. Rebecca Treadway will handle cover design. Editing, map-making, and more will soon be underway. For now, get to know Marlena Frank as an author.

 

 

 

 


Synopsis:

The Huntress Becomes the Hunted

Mercy has always dreamed of becoming a werewolf trapper like her father. In Kanta, one must learn how to survive one way or another. A dark-skinned, blue-eyed young beauty, Mercy understands that she brings out the beast in monsters and men. When a routine werewolf delivery turns into a vicious assault from a pair of human traffickers, Mercy’s life changes forever. Somehow she must endure in a dangerous city where women and werewolves are hunted.


1. First, tell us a little about yourself. When did you want to become an author? What inspires you to do what you do? Who are you?

I’ve always enjoyed telling stories. When I was very young I started writing them, and that turned into fanfiction that I did for fun. College came and I turned away from writing for almost a decade, until I rediscovered it again in 2010. I wrote a fantasy story on a whim and got it published. That’s when I knew I was hooked.

Outside of writing, I’m very active in the Atlanta cosplay community. I got involved two years back, met some great friends, and have been a regular con-goer ever since. I mostly cosplay anime characters that I love or admire. Our group has even started making CMVs (cosplay music videos), usually with a dark flair. At my day job, I work in IT, but that’s not as much fun to talk about.

2. What are some quirky and or unique aspects about you and your writing?

I’ve always been drawn to monsters. My mom used to put on horror movies while my two sisters and I got ready in the morning, so I was exposed to a variety of horror. Sometimes it was dark and gruesome, sometimes cheesy and funny, but always entertaining. I’ve been drawn to werewolves since as long as I can remember, and they seep into my work often.

Regarding myself, my house is decorated in all sorts of fantasy and horror memorabilia. Some guests get nervous when they see the mantelpiece covered with human skull replicas, or come across my sister’s animal skull collection. Our living room has classic horror movie posters like The Raven and Army of Darkness staring down on the guests, and Han Solo adorns the space above the most comfortable chair. Most of our friends have just grown used to it, but some guests are put off by how much fandom merchandise we collect, including Batman, Disney, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and various anime that we enjoy.

3. RCP “was founded in 2016 to showcase quality fiction, diverse stories, and unexpected protagonists.” What does that mean to you?

To me, this means shining a light on voices that might not normally get the attention they deserve, whether it be due to race, gender, or socioeconomic level. In my story, there are plenty of male characters who could have taken the spotlight. They all have legitimate story arcs that I could have chosen to explore, but I went with Mercy instead. She was someone who might be easily overlooked in a typical fantasy book, but I felt she had a powerful story to tell of her own. She has the odds stacked against her from birth and she has to work hard to claw out a piece of existence for herself. To me, I think that’s both powerful and inspiring.

4.What do you think makes a great young adult dark fantasy story? How do you think your piece The She-Wolf of Kanta fits into or varies from that description?

A good YA dark fantasy story requires two major aspects: the coming-of-age of a teenager and an inexplicably dark world that the poor teen is stuck in. Coming-of-age is thrown around often when talking about YA, but I think a main theme is transformation. What this really means is the way the teen must learn to grow up, whether that be due to a relationship, violence, abuse, or something simple like moving across the country. The dark world is fairly self-explanatory, but what it typically means is a world that nobody would actually want to live in until the hero changes it for the better (if they can).

In The She-Wolf of Kanta, Mercy is thrown into an unforgiving world where people are regularly hunted by werewolves. She’s doubly unlucky by being female since women seem to be targeted more by werewolves. On top of that, her father even wishes that she was a boy instead, and considers her sex a curse. As the story progresses, she encounters more and more dangers that she must somehow survive. This fits in well with the concept of a YA dark fantasy. I chose not to include a romantic subplot, which are common in YA novels, because Mercy is too concerned with trying to survive.

5. How has writing affected your outlook on things? Has it made you take chances or see things in a different light?

When I went to college, I never thought that I would ever write seriously again outside of the occasional fanfiction. I considered my love of it a lost part of my life. When I submitted my first short story on a whim back in 2010 and it actually got published, I thought maybe I’d give it another chance. That was when the floodgates opened, and suddenly I was writing like mad.

In college, I worked on my Computer Science degree, which engulfed me for a good seven years. When I finally emerged, I had forgotten what it was like to read for fun. Since I started writing regularly, I finally gained the motivation to attend writing conventions, be part of writer groups, and in the past few years have started seeing myself as an author. It took some time to realize that and adopt it as part of my identity. Allowing myself to write again helped rekindle my love of it and allowed me to enjoy it even more after such a long hiatus.

6. What are you most excited to share when it comes to The She-Wolf of Kanta? Ex). The world, the characters, a specific scene?

I’m most excited about an aspect that will probably be the most controversial. The enslavement of the werewolves within Thomas’ mill is painful to read about, but it’s also revealing of the nature of the town and its lack of humanity. Werewolves by definition can’t choose how they lose their humanity; however, others can. Werewolves are still, essentially, people. Yet, Thomas and others forget this because they no longer recognize them as humans. This cycle happens often in history: it’s easier to justify torture and enslavement when people are seen as animals.

7. Finally, do you have any advice and or tips for aspiring writers out there, especially women?

It’s easy to excuse writing as a non-essential part of life and put other things ahead of it. I often hear other women say that they simply cannot find the time, which, though understandable, also means that it’s not a priority in their life. Carve out whatever time you can to write, even if it’s only thirty minutes each day. Don’t listen to people who try to convince you that it’s a waste of time. Only you are capable of telling your story, and there’s no way to tell how well it will be received if you never write it.

Cover Reveal: Old Hollow by Ambrose Stolliker

Audiobook

ISBN-10: 1-946024-19-8

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-19-0

eBook (ePub Edition)

ISBN-10: 1-946024-18-X

ISBN-13: 978-1-946024-18-3

ASIN: Coming Soon!

Release Date: February 27th, 2018 (February/April of 2018)

Synopsis:

Come Forth, O Dark Ones, and Avail Thee of Our Blood.”

Spring, 1865. The Southern armies are close to defeat. Union Cavalry Commander Philip Sheridan has loosed his scouts into the Virginia countryside in search of an opportunity to intercept and destroy General Robert E. Lee’s Rebel army and bring the war to an end.

One such scout is Captain Benjamin Lawson, a man haunted by the scenes of senseless slaughter he has endured from Antietam to Gettysburg. On a dark, rainy night, Lawson’s party of scouts stumbles upon a large group of Rebel cavalry. All Hell breaks loose. Only Lawson, Sergeant Jordy Lightfoot and Corporal Emil Boyd manage to escape into a thick forest.

There, Lawson discovers the young corporal has been gravely wounded. Determined not to lose another man under his command, Lawson heads for a small town called Old Hollow in the hopes of finding a doctor who can help the dying boy. What he finds there is far more terrifying than anything he’s witnessed on the battlefield. Soon, he and his men are in a fight for their lives against a twisted preacher who has struck a diabolical covenant with an ancient, unspeakable evil.

Advance Praise:

FROM THE EDITOR

The Civil War has left scars both physical and unseen. Few towns in the South have escaped devastation, but one has been left mysteriously unscathed. After Union scouts survive a harrowing battle with Rebel soldiers, they seek help for a wounded man in Old Hollow. Instead of aid, they encounter a nervous woman who warns them to leave, a doctor who seems strangely reluctant to help, and a preacher who ministers to his congregation in a most unusual way. There is evil in Old Hollow, but it may not be solely supernatural. It may also be in the deeds people do to one another and the lengths they will go to to save their own skins. –Luann Reed-Siegel