The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer
The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.
When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?
Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer
Author: Andy Peloquin
Official Launch Date: August 21st, 2015
Publication Date: July 11th, 2015
Paperback Price: $15.99
Digital Price: $3.99
Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book-ebook/dp/B012EI9M4A/
Amazon Paperback: http://www.amazon.com/Blade-Destroyer-Last-Bucelarii-Book/dp/1515038955/
Book Launch Event:
Andy Peloquin–a third culture kid to the core–has loved to read since before he could remember. Sherlock Holmes, the Phantom of the Opera, and Father Brown are just a few of the books that ensnared his imagination as a child.
When he discovered science fiction and fantasy through the pages of writers like Edgar Rice Burroughs, J.R.R Tolkien, and Orson Scott Card, he was immediately hooked and hasn’t looked back since.
Andy’s first attempt at writing produced In the Days: A Tale of the Forgotten Continent. He has learned from the mistakes he made and used the experience to produce Blade of the Destroyer, a book of which he is very proud.
Reading—and now writing—is his favorite escape, and it provides him an outlet for his innate creativity. He is an artist; words are his palette.
His website (http://www.andypeloquin.com) is a second home for him, a place where he can post his thoughts and feelings–along with reviews of books he finds laying around the internet.
He can also be found on his social media pages, such as:
10 Things You Need to Know About Me:
- Hot wings, ALWAYS!
- I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
- I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
- Marvel > DC
- I was born in Japan, and lived there until the age of 14.
- Selena Gomez and Five Finger Death Punch are both in my playlist.
- Aliens are real, but it’s self-centered of us to believe that they would come to visit Earth.
- Watching sports: suck. Playing sports: EPIC!
- I earned a purple belt in Karate/Hapkido/Taekwondo.
- I dislike most Christmas music, aside from Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
“Creative, gritty, and beautifully dark…fantasy addicts will love it!” — Peter Story, author of Things Grak Hates — http://peterjstory.com/
“The fantasy world has a compelling new antihero…the Hunter will terrify and captivate you.” – Eve A Floriste, author of Fresh Cut
“From the first words on the page this fantasy holds the reader spellbound even after the book is finished…his character is very well-defined even if his past is a mystery. Root for an assassin? Oh, yes, one must!” — Carol Conley, for InDTale Magazine
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I’m a bit of a mutt, to be honest. Born and raised in Japan, Canadian by nationality, and with French and American parents.
I’ve spent more time abroad than in my home country (of Canada), and I love it!
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
Blade of the Destroyer started as a piece of prose I wrote many, many moons ago (at the tender age of 17). The piece was about a man fleeing some terrible predator, and the fear he felt was very raw and visceral.
When I started writing again in 2013, I looked at some of my old works to see if they sparked anything. This story fascinated me. After all, what could incite such fear in a person that they would rather die than surrender? It made me think, “What if the main character was the ‘hunter’ rather than the ‘prey’?” From there, “the Hunter” was born.
How do you create your characters?
That’s an interesting question, and one I can’t really answer. The characters sort of come to me as I’m writing them, and they take shape on their own. I try to keep the characters as realistic and consistent as possible, all while letting them be as human (flawed) as they need to be. The characters will sometimes surprise me with their actions and words, and they morph as I write them.
What inspires and what got you started in writing?
What got me started in writing? I’d have to say that the “push” came about thanks to a distant relation of mine. She has found success as a comic book writer, and when she saw value in my writing and wanted to publish it, it encouraged me that my work was good enough.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I write at my desk! I have a hard time writing in different places, but really I only need four things to write:
- My glasses
- Chewing gum
- A good pair of headphones (and music)
- Coffee, hot chocolate, or black tea
It doesn’t matter if I’m in Starbucks, at home, in a hospital waiting room, or at the airport–if I have all those things, I’m good!
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I find just about everything inspiring, and I’ve gotten interesting ideas from the most random places:
- I wrote a silly poem based off the phrase “whales in swimming pools”
- The idea for the villains of The Last Bucelarii came from an iPad video game
- An important character in the series comes from a minor character I saw on a now-cancelled TV show
It’s amazing what will trigger something in my mind. If I can find a way to use it, I will!
What do you like to read?
I read a lot of fantasy, as that’s the genre that holds the most appeal for me. I will occasionally crack science fiction novels, and I’m always down for a good mystery or thriller, but for the most part, fantasy is where I find the most pleasure.
What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?
Treat it like a second job! Take time to do it every day, no matter what. I’ve missed parties, hang-outs, school events for my kids, and time with my family (they’re not too thrilled about it), but in the long run, it is the only reason that my writing has improved as much as it has. You have to be dedicated to putting in the time writing, polishing, drafting, and editing if you want your work to be good enough. There are no shortcuts!
Anything else you’d like to share?
Yes! I’d like to invite people to visit my website and take advantage of the FREE book I’m offering. It’s my debut novel (not part of this new series), and it’s one heck of a fun read.
Set in Atlantis, it tells the story of the final days of the continent before it disappeared forever. Mystery, suspense, action, intrigue, and epic characters aplenty! Anyone who visits my site can receive a free copy of the book in a matter of minutes.