Guestpost by Deborah Jay, author of The Princes Man

Thanks Adrienne for inviting me to be guest blogger here today. I’m guessing that your readers come here looking for their next fantasy fix – er, book.

I’m a massive fantasy fan – I only wish I could read faster. I believe it’s really important that authors are readers too, despite the challenge of fitting it all into too few hours in the day.

As a writer, one of the things I love most about fantasy is the versatility it offers: it can be mixed with other genres, and used to explore pretty much whatever we want – personalities, mysteries, murders, relationships, art, society, history – you name it, fantasy can take us there.

Me, I like spy stories. There are oodles of great spy stories within the fantasy genre, and I decided that one of my favorite spies was in need of a fantasy make-over.

Have you ever wondered who James Bond might become if his creators ever allowed his character to develop?

I have.

James Bond meets Lord of the Rings was my concept for THE PRINCE’S MAN. Tall order? Maybe, but it worked.

Rustam Chalice (known to his friends as Rusty – and yes, before you ask, I did miss the fact that this made him Rusty Chalice – I feel a corroded cup joke coming on somewhere in the next book) starts out as a vain, self-obsessed but brilliant James Bond-esque spy.

But in trying to prevent a coup fuelled by illegal magic, Rusty’s perfect life unravels.
Writers are always exhorted to ‘kill your darlings’, and I freely admit that, short of physically killing him, I threw everything at Rusty, breaking down his vanity, his way of life and his very deepest beliefs, putting him through the wringer until he emerged the other side as a different person – one with humanity and humility.

One who could finally allow himself to love, and be loved.
I’ve heard other writers agonize over the pain they must inflict on their characters, mental and physical. Not me. Out of conflict and suffering, we learn and grow.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love an idyllic life without pain of any sort, but sadly that’s not real life, and if we (and our characters) can learn, grow and come to a level of personal fulfilment, then that’s making the most of whatever life (and authors) throw at us.
Perhaps the James Bond scriptwriters would like to let me loose on their next script.
Or perhaps not.
What do you think?

THE PRINCE’S MAN is on special offer, at $0.99 19th – 22nd June (normal price $3.99)


B & N:



If you’d like to find out more about THE PRINCE’S MAN and read a snippet, please mosey on over to my blog at:

Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with a beautiful assassin who despises him.
Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.
They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince.
For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

THE PRINCE’S MAN is the first in The Five Kingdoms series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Author bio
Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures featuring quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.
Living mostly on the UK South coast, she has already invested in her ultimate retirement plan – a farmhouse in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands where she retreats to write when she can find time. Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many dressage horses, and her complete inability to cook.
Her debut novel, epic fantasy THE PRINCE’S MAN, first in a trilogy and winner of a UK Arts Board award, was published in July 2013, with THE PRINCE’S SON due out in 2014.
Urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, published in December 2013 is the opening novel of the projected five book CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES.
She also has non-fiction equestrian titles published in her professional name of Debby Lush.

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Kind Wishes,
Adrienne Woods


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