Another Release for Annie Douglass Lima!!!

Take a look at this exciting new young adult action and adventure novel, The Student and the Slave, now available for purchase! This is the third book in the Krillonian Chronicles, after The Collar and the Cavvarach and The Gladiator and the Guard

The series is set in an alternate world that is very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone. Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

The Collar and the Cavvarach by Annie Douglass Lima
First, a Little Information about Books 1 and 2: 

Book 1: The Collar and the Cavvarach

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time. With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?


Click here to read chapter 1 of The Collar and the Cavvarach.
Click here to read about life in the Krillonian Empire, where the series is set.


The Gladiator and the Guard by Annie Douglass LimaBook 2: The Gladiator and the Guard

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Click here to read about life in the arena where Bensin and other gladiators are forced to live and train.



And now, The Student and the Slave, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

Book 3: The Student and the Slave


Is this what freedom is supposed to be like? Desperate to provide for himself and his sister Ellie, Bensin searches fruitlessly for work like all the other former slaves in Tarnestra. He needs the money for an even more important purpose, though: to rescue Coach Steene, who sacrificed himself for Bensin’s freedom. When members of two rival street gangs express interest in Bensin’s martial arts skills, he realizes he may have a chance to save his father figure after all … at a cost.

Meanwhile, Steene struggles with his new life of slavery in far-away Neliria. Raymond, his young owner, seizes any opportunity to make his life miserable. But while Steene longs to escape and rejoin Bensin and Ellie, he starts to realize that Raymond needs him too. His choices will affect not only his own future, but that of everyone he cares about. Can he make the right ones … and live with the consequences?


Click here to order The Student and the Slave from Amazon for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through November 31st!



About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and
later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her
husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published fifteen books (three YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, six anthologies of her
students’ poetry, and a Bible verse coloring and activity book). Besides
writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction),
scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author Online:
Email: AnnieDouglassLima@gmail.com
Blog: http://anniedouglasslima.blogspot.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AnnieDouglassLimaAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/princeofalasia
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGoodreads
Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AnnieDouglassLimaOnAmazon
LinkedIn: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnLinkedIn
Google+: http://bit.ly/ADLimaOnGooglePlus


Now, enter to win an Amazon gift card or a free digital copy of the first two books in the series!



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Path to Publication: Annie Douglass Lima

My Path to Publication
by Annie Douglass Lima

I’ve loved books since even before my mom taught me to read at age three. When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing story and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world’s youngest author. I ran to my room in great excitement, found an old notebook and a pencil, and started in. Well, that first science fiction novel was never actually finished, let alone published, but it got me started. After that, I can’t remember a time that I wasn’t working on at least one book, with lots of poetry and short stories on the side.

My high school English teacher, Mrs. Wood, was a big encouragement to me, both personally and in my writing. She taught an after-school creative writing club, and for various reasons all the other students dropped out one by one. When I was the only one left, I was afraid she would cancel the club, which was the highlight of my week. But she was willing to continue, so I met with her every Tuesday afternoon. I would bring in whatever poems and stories I had written that week, and she would critique them and help me see ways to make them better. My writing improved a lot during the two years she was there, and I will be forever grateful that she was willing to invest so much time in me. I really don’t think I would be where I am today if not for Mrs. Wood.

Prince of Alasia, which I started in college, was the first book I finished that I thought was worth trying to get published. I spent years looking into traditional publishing and trying to get an agent, but to no avail. Finally I learned about Kindle Direct Publishing and did it myself the indie way, eleven and a half years after I first started writing the book. A few months later I added the paperback edition. It was quite a thrill to finally fulfill my childhood dream!

Next came In the Enemy’s Service and Prince of Malorn. I purposely designed the series so that the three books could be read in any order and each one could stand on its own. Each book deals with events surrounding the same major political incident: the invasion of the kingdom of Alasia by the neighboring kingdom of Malorn. Prince of Alasia begins on the night of the Invasion and describes what happens to twelve-year-old Prince Jaymin after he is forced to flee for his life. In the Enemy’s Service tells the story of those who were not able to escape from the Alasian palace when the enemy invaded. Prince of Malorn begins several months earlier and focuses on the Malornian perspective of the events leading up to the Invasion. In each of the books, main characters from the others make brief appearances and interact with each other at the point where the timeframes and settings overlap.

A year and a half ago, I accepted the challenge to write a book in the month of November for National Novel Writing Month. The Collar and the Cavvarach is very different from my Annals of Alasia fantasy series. It’s darker and grittier, and it takes place in a world almost exactly like our own, except that slavery is legal there. I’ve spent the last year and a half editing and polishing it up, and I really think it’s my best work yet. It’s very exciting to me to finally have it available on Amazon!

I’m no longer seeking an agent or traditional publication, because I don’t think it would help me much. I already have a good editor and cover artist. When it comes to the writing/publishing/marketing process, marketing is my biggest weakness, but the way it works these days, authors are still responsible for most of their own marketing either way. A traditional publisher wouldn’t be likely to do much for me that I’m not already doing anyway. So, I’m content to self publish, and I anticipate continuing to do so for the foreseeable future.

About the Story:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little
sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious
tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous
people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.
 With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a
life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for,
and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major
differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear
metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious
to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and
where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement
for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.
 It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), an
unsharpened weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from
partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with
their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways:
disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their
hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Want to Find out a
Little More?

Click here to read a description of the setting and what life is like for
slaves and others in that world.
Click here to read chapter 1 for free!
About the Author:

Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated
from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd
currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy.
She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and
to date has published ten books (one YA action and adventure novel, four
fantasies, a puppet script, and four anthologies of her students’ poetry).
Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science
fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

Connect with the Author
Online:

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