ABOUT THE BOOK
Series: Champion of the Gods #2
Author: Andrew Q. Gordon
Length: 99,775 words/296 Pages
Release Date: April 14, 2015
Blurb: Champion of the Gods: Book Two
After defeating Meglar at Belsport, Farrell returns to Haven to recover from his injuries, but Khron, the god of war, has other ideas. He gives Farrell a new mission: free the survivors of the ancient dwarf realm of Trellham from their three-thousand-year banishment. To fulfill Khron's near impossible task, Farrell will need the help of his distance ancestor, the legendary wizard Kel. But Kel has been dead for a thousand years.
Farrell finds information hinting that Kel is alive, so he moves his search to Dumbarten, Kel's birthplace. To reach Dumbarten unannounced, Farrell and Miceral disguise themselves as mercenaries on board a merchant vessel. Their journey is disrupted when pirates attack their ship. While attempting to subdue the attack, Farrell is struck down by one of Meglarâs minions.
Unconscious and trapped in his own mind, Farrell's only chance for survival rests with Miceral and the peregrine king Rothdin entering his thoughts and helping him sort fact from illusion. To reach Farrell, they will need to rely on an untested spell from one of Kel's spellbooks. If they succeed, Miceral can guide Farrell home safely. If not, Farrell will destroy not only himself, but Miceral, Rothdin, and everyone around him.
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Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.
He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of eighteen years, their young daughter and dog. In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. âinsidersâ, Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day and not get the shakes.
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If you could be any character male or female from one of your books, who would it be and why
I'd want to be Will from Purpose â surprised? Most people think I'd want to be Farrell. I've always wanted to be a 'superhero' but not in the Superman, big blue Boy Scout vein. Will is powerful, but has a dark side. He's not a goodie two shoes but he's also not without a strong moral compass. Oh yeah, and he's hot. What's not to like?? J
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I have no idea what a pantser is so I guess I'm a plotter. In my time â egad I sound old . . .wait, I AM old, sigh. A pantser is someone who walks up behind someone and yanks their pants down when they're in a crowd. That's so not me.
Are you tempted to write in other genres?
I'm not entirely sure how to answer this. It depends on what genre I'm 'writing in now' I suppose. To my mind I write in several genres already, Fantasy, Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, and MM Romance. If because all my books have LGBT characters that makes my genre LGBT Fiction and my books get slotted under sub-genres, then nope, I happy where I am now. J
Do you read reviews? How do you deal with the good, the bad, and the ugly?
Ah, this dreaded one. Part of me wants to say nope, I don't and mean it. But every time I think I'll just skip them, I see a review by someone who put a lot of thought into their review and while I know it's supposed to be for other readers, I still believe the person leaving the review wants the author to see it. So, if they took the time to read what I wrote, I should show them the same courtesy and read what they wrote, good or bad. (Or ugly.) I will say that I wish it were 'proper' to be allowed to respond because there are times I just want to say thank you for reviewing. But I've been warned not to do even that because there are some people who leave reviews that, even if at their core they want the author to read the review, will lash out that an author is commenting on a review. So I resist.
Do you have an image in your mind of your characters before you start?
I almost always have a physical image of the person in my mind when I write and that never changes. It's their character and personality that changes as I write. Not radically, but they do evolve. So a good guy doesn't end up bad (unless he's supposed to be but we don't know it til the end) nor does a bad guy turn good, but they rarely remain the same as when I started writing about them.
How do you fit in writing in such a busy life?
It can be a struggle. I've tried the tricksâget up early and write, write on your lunch hour, etcâthose don't work for me. If this were my day job, I suppose I could enforce more discipline on my writing, but since it's not, I have to work it around my work and Mike's and also his schedule and the family's. Sure it's a job, but it is not my principle one and that relegates it to 'if I can do it' status. That can make it hard to do some days.
Do you find the sex scenes easy or hard to write?
A bit of both. For the most part they come easily. But I'm not really a sex scene writer or reader. I find the lead up, the romance that gets you to the bed (or table, back seat of a car, on the grass under a tree, or whatever) far more exciting and interesting. So deciding when to actually use the pages to write a sex scene is much harder than getting the pegs in the right holes so to speak.
Which of the characters in your books did you have the most fun writing?
I find secondary characters are more fun to write. I think I had the most fun writing Jeanette in A Closed Door and Jursten in The Last Grand Master because I could give them quirky characters that didn't require That I also explore their depth â I didn't have to put them in a wide range of situations that require different emotions so I kept them fun most of the time.
When you finish writing a book, how do you say goodbye to the characters?
We're supposed to say good-bye? I don't really say good-bye because they always seem to come back in one way or another. Just when I figure there's no more interest in something, someone new reads it and pulls me back. It's best to not say goodbye.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing Book Three of Champion of the GodsâKings of Lore and Legend; I've started and need to finish the sequel to Purposeâno title yet, but I'll need one soon; and then I'm going to finish writing my contemporary MM romance Harp Strings. And just for kicks and giggles, I need to get Book Four of Champion done too. So I got a bit to do before the year's over.
Thanks for having me, Cate.
Farrell noted the dust kick up as they walked down the rarely used corridor. âThe Great Hall was already here, albeit smaller than its present size, but Heminaltose built most of what we consider the main complex.â
âWho built the Great Hall, then?â
âDwarves?â Miceralâs expression surprised Farrell.
âYou couldnât tell? I mean, who else builds doors like the eastern gate?â
âRight, butâ¦.â Miceral craned his neck, checking out the tunnel again. âThere hasnât been a dwarf spotted in the Seven Kingdoms in centuries.â
âMillennia, actually.â Farrell tried not to smile. âThese tunnels weâre in right now are at least five thousand years old.â
âDoes any of this have to do with where weâre going?â
Now he couldnât hold back a grin. âMaybe.â
Miceral laughed. âMaybe? Thatâs all I get?â
âWell, it is privileged information, but as concubine to the Lord of Haven, I suppose youâre trustworthy enough.â He wiggled his eyebrows at Miceral, earning a deep, loud laugh that echoed off the tunnels. âFor years after Heminaltose discovered this place, he and his students cataloged and charted everything they found.â
They turned a corner and came upon a dead end. Farrell touched a stone in front of him, and the wall vanished in a flutter of light. âThis marks the southern boundary of Haven. Heminaltose closed it to almost everyone to preserve whatâs south of here.â
He summoned dozens of globes of wizardâs light and sent them into the pitch-black corridor. âThese tunnels are miles long. Master Heminaltose created permanent Doors at various intervals to help with travel and exploration.â
After they walked a few paces, Farrell pointed back to where Haven ended. A statue of Honorus stood to the left and one of Lenore on the right. âWith this spot firmly in his mind, he would open a Door to this location, then bind it to make it permanent. If you would like to see what permanent Doors look like dormant, give me your hand and you can look through my eyes.â
Miceral hesitated âYou know how much I dislike mind magic.â
âI know, but the amulet already gives you the power to enter my mind. All you need do is concentrate on me as you would when we speak mind to mind. Once you have a link to me, focus on looking through the link.â
âI can do this anytime I wish?â
âAnytime I donât resist.â He wiggled his eyebrows for emphasis. âEven the smallest resistance can thwart all but the strongest minds. But since I wonât be resisting, youâll have no problem.â
âItâs that easy for you?â
Farrell cocked his head to the right. âWhatâs that easy?â
âTrusting me. Youâre not worried about what I might do when inside your mind?â
He shook his head and looked down. âNo, Iâm not. I couldnât be with you like I am if I doubted you. I thought you knew that.â
Miceral reached out and tilted Farrellâs chin up. âIâm sorry. I do know how much you trust me. Sometimes I get so caught up in my dislike of someone else in my head that I forget the someone is you.â
âI know.â Farrell inched closer and pressed their lips together. âForget I asked and letâs keep going. I think youâll really like whatâs ahead.â
âWait.â Miceral grabbed Farrellâs arm. âI want to see what it looks like.â
âRal, you donât have to do this. Iâm sorry I even suggested it.â
âI know I donât, but I want to.â He rubbed the back of Farrellâs hand. âI want to experience the things you want to share with me.â
He almost asked Miceral for confirmation but decided not to risk a different answer. Closing his fingers around Miceralâs hand, he opened the link to his mind. âYou donât need to close your eyes, but it might help this first time.â
âThen what do I do?â The hint of anxiety nearly made Farrell call it off.
âReach out like you're going to speak to me.â He waited until he felt Miceralâs mind touch his. âNow relax. Can you feel my tug in your head?â
âGood, now follow it with your mind until you can see what Iâm seeing.â
Miceralâs clumsy attempt tickled Farrell, but he kept control as Miceral traced the line Farrell created to his sight. Once certain his partner saw what he did, Farrell engaged his wizardâs sight, and the lines of power flared to life.
âAmazing!â Miceral nearly jerked his mind away, forcing Farrell to clamp down to keep it locked in. âIs this how the world looks to you?â
âOnly when I use my wizardâs sight. This is what the hidden energy lines of the permanent Doors look like dormant.â He caught himself before he looked over. âWatch as I open the Door.â
Farrell extended his hand, moving with the slow, deliberate pace of a novice. He watched the energy engulf his hand and remembered the day Heminaltose taught him how to open a Door. A burst of light jumped from his hand to the space between the lines. The energy flattened and spread out until it filled the entire space. An instant later, a brilliant flash of light filled his wizardâs sight.
Miceral leaped back, pulling their hands apart and breaking the link. âGreat Lenore!â
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