An Introduction to my Assistant – Rachel

RachelHey Readers,

I felt it was time to do a formal introduction of my new assistant, Rachel. 😀 As time has passed, I’ve gotten busier and busier with the business side of writing. That leaves me less time to write in general. To rectify the problem, I’ve decided to work with an assistant in 2015 and boy I’ve already noticed a difference in my ability to be productive and get things done!

Now that I have Rachel by my side things get done quicker with two people on the task. Rachel has been a long-time beta reader for me and friend, so it really was the best combination to bring her onto my team as my assistant. She’s now in charge of my Facebook page, Facebook reader group, giveaways, keeping me on target with my writing, reminding me of project deadlines, and answering any questions you all have. We’ve had two great months to work together before I officially introduced her to you and really have managed to make a seamless work relationship.

You can reach Rachel through my official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TerahEdunAuthor or by email: assistant@terahedun.com

Now that formal introductions are over, let’s get to the fun part shall we? Rachel has an AWESOME background and story which I think you’ll find fascinating especially if you’re a fan of my CROWN SERVICE series. She’s a lady sword fighter who does combat training in a variety of weapons like longswords. If you don’t know what that is, check out this NY Times story on the art form. How cool is that? Once you finish reading the interview you’ll understand why she’s the perfect assistant and beta reader for me. Hint, not only is she really great at keeping me on track, but is also a practiced fighter who studies herbalism! You’ll see, now read on and please welcome Rachel to the team in the comments! <3
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Where are you from and what drew you to learn how to fight?

My name is Rachel Westra and in the Society for Creative Anachronism (see here on their mock combats) I’m called Lady Delphina the Bearcat.   I’m from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but I currently live in Great Britain.

The whole reason I was drawn towards the way of the sword and the path of a warrior was all thanks to a single book, C.S. Lewis’s “The Horse and His Boy” – the first fantasy book I had ever read.   I was immediately hooked and I knew with all of my 8 year old heart that I was going to grow up to be a fighter.   That single book set me on a life-changing path and ten years later when I was 18 I was able to make that dream come true.   Pennants and banners snapping in the breeze, sun glinting off helms and the glitter of gleaming mail coats.   All of this is something I experience now as a tourney fighter with the SCA.

How long have you been training with a sword?

I have been training for the past 13 years, since I was 16 years old.

Are you trained in more than one weapon and/or hand-to-hand combat?

I am trained primarily with sword and shield, however I am also trained and authorized in great sword, glaive, spear, mace and axe.   I have never had any official training for hand-to-hand, but I like to think of myself as a bit of a scrapper.

What’s it like being a woman in a historically male field?

This is somewhat of an interesting topic and I am a bit torn on it truth be told. The bottom line is that I do not see myself as a female fighter.   I am a fighter who happens to be a woman.   Once the helm and armor is donned, there are no allowances made for genders.   On the other side of that coin though, a small part of me is very proud that I am one of the guys and I love to see other women get out there and test their mettle. As a woman that is only 5’2”, I try to be an example to others that size does not matter.   And I will say that I am very grateful to the other woman fighters who have gone before me and paved the way during much harder times, when I may not have been as readily accepted in the shield-wall as I am today.

Note from Terah: I’d like to point out here that Rachel is not the only amazing woman to do medieval combat training just as she says. See this bio on Samantha Sword (pictured kneeling here). tumblr_mzofj8ho1W1rjo7j8o4_400

You once explained that you belonged to a medieval society/organization with a global presence. Tell us more about them!

I belong to a group called the Society for Creative Anachronism, or more commonly referred to as the SCA.   From the website the SCA is an “…international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of pre-17th-century Europe. Our “Known World” consists of 19 kingdoms, with over 30,000 members residing in countries around the world. Members, dressed in clothing of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, attend events which feature tournaments, royal courts, feasts, dancing, various classes & workshops, and more”   I have traveled the United States as well as Sweden, Germany, Wales, and England attending events and fighting in tournaments and melees.   The largest event the SCA has can include anywhere from 10,000-15,000 people in attendance and about 5,000 fighters on the field during the melees.

What did you have to do to earn your title? Can you explain the ranking system of the Society for Creative Anachronisms to us?   I have the title of “Lady” it is the most basic of titles and usually the first to be given out to members.   I earned my title by being an active member in the SCA and by helping out as much as I could within my local group and Kingdom.

Is there a female warrior – fictional or non-fictional, that you find inspiring?

Yes, very much so.   You see, even though I had made the decision when I was 8 years old to become a warrior someday, I needed a bit more encouragement that I could do it when I grew older. That is when I was introduced to Alanna the Lioness, by Tamora Pierce. Here was a fictional character who was about the same age as I currently was going through some similar trials and I kept telling myself that if she could do it, I could as well.Rachel2

For all the women and men out there who want to learn how to wield a sword, where would you suggest they go to learn more?

You can definitely find out if there is a local SCA group close to you and contact them to see when fighter practice would be.   Practice is free and most groups have loaner armor and people willing to help train you and get you started.   I had the good fortune to stumble upon my local SCA group when I was 16. A friend of mine had told me about them and I showed up unannounced to their local fighter practice.   Imagine if you will…there I was, a 16 years old girl with bright blue hair, walking up to a complete group of strangers with all the courage I could muster. A chance to finally realize the dream I had since I was 8. I walked up to them and asked “Are you the SCA?” When they said yes, I said in a determined voice, “Good, I want to fight!”

Can you tell us a little about yourself outside of sword-fighting?

I am 29 years old and currently residing in England.   I am also a college student and am actively pursuing a major in German as well as a certificate to teach English as a second/foreign Language.   I am an avid reader with close to 700 books in my personal library. While they consist mostly of fantasy books, I also have texts on medieval sword fighting techniques, herbalism, mystery, classics, and historical fiction.   Even though I love reading I love video games and hiking just as much!

And that is the end of the interview!

 

New Terah Edun Store is LIVE

Hi All,

As I mentioned before I was working on setting up a store of branded Courtlight and Crown Service goodies. I’m very picky about the quality of the items I’m willing to sell and these passed the test with flying colors, so even if you don’t want to buy go check them out!

You can now see the store LIVE here: http://terahedun.com/store/

All items are a limited run and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. My next store goodie will be a Crown Service item. 🙂

 

Seeking Beta Readers for Sworn To Vengeance: Courtlight #7!

UPDATE 03/22/2015 – CLOSED

Thank you so much to everyone who reached out and applied. I didn’t expect to be so overwhelmed with applicants! I’ve chosen 5 Beta Readers and 2 Proofreaders for Sworn To Vengeance. You all will be getting an email from me soon. In addition, I’m going to pick 5 ARC (Advanced Readers Copy)  Readers to get review copies of the book before its released. Again big thank you to everyone!

Beta Readers: Kelly Boettcher, Ashley Marlow, Alexindrina*, Catherine Hall, Katie Johnson, Jason L.

Proofreaders: Audrey Suarez, Bonnie Kiner-Strachan, Mary Claire-Miller

ARC Readers: *Full List TBA* Jaime Radalyac, Geana Schroeder

*No email posted so an extra reader was added just in case I can’t get in touch.
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New call out for beta readers for Book Seven! If you’re interested in becoming a beta reader for me, read on!

I’m getting started on SWORN TO VENGEANCE and I would love reader feedback on the plot arc and character development. You can be any age, any experience level – all I ask is that you be enthusiastic about fantasy books. If you haven’t done this before – don’t worry about it. I’m looking for feedback as detailed as you want (i.e. Terah you missed a semicolon in the second line of paragraph four on page 87) or as broad as you want (i.e. I really didn’t like that Steve character – he’s too angry – change him ASAP).

If you’ve read Books One – Six in the Courtlight series, you’ll have a much easier time beta reading for me as well. You can download free copies of the first three books here.

What would be expected of you as a beta reader?
  • You would be emailed the manuscript/Word doc on Mon, March 23rd, and you’ll have approximately five days to provide feedback (I’d need it back by Fri, Mar. 27th).  Please only enter if you’re available during this timeframe.
  • You would be expected to give me your honest opinion about what you didn’t like, what you’d prefer to see changed (if anything), and basically just your overall thoughts. I’m not looking for unwarranted praise. Only your complete honesty can help me improve the story. Don’t worry about hurting my feelings. 🙂
  • Please agree to not share the story with anyone else.
If you are interested in reading Sworn to Vengeance and providing feedback which will help me revise, please answer the following questions in the comment section of this blog post (people reading this on Goodreads will need to visit my actual blog to comment – comments made on Goodreads will not be considered):

 

1) Your first name
2) Your email address
3) Is this your first time doing a beta read or book critique?
4) Favorite authors (just so I can get a feel for your general likes)
5) Have you read all six Courtlight series books?

 

I will post my list of beta readers on Sunday, March 22nd, so check back then!!!  Thanks so much!!!

 

Sworn To Vengeance Video Reveal

Welcome to the post about the next Courtlight series book – SWORN TO VENGEANCE: COURTLIGHT #7.

I’ll updating this post with an official release date, buy links and tidbits so check back often when you want to know the most up-to-date information on Sworn To Vengeance.

Today, 02/22/15, I’m revealing an awesome trailer. Catch it HERE or just below.

 

 

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What do you think? Tell me in the comments section! One random commenter will get automatic access to the first draft of Sworn To Vengeance as a BETA READER!

Now for the BLURB

Ciardis Weathervane is nothing if not resourceful but she and her friends are running out of time and options. They stand at the westernmost edge of the Algardis Empire with a mission from their emperor – bring home the collar that will stop a god in its tracks or die trying.

But nothing is ever that simple. In their way stands thousands of people trapped inside a walled city for half a century. With the souls of the living and the corpses of the damned, the denizens of Kifar have become the living undead.

What’s worse than confronting the undead? Learning that those poor souls blame the imperial family for their predicament. Now the city and its people want retribution and the only thing they will accept is the sacrifice of the empire’s most famous son – Sebastian Athanos Algardis.

He will stand trial for the crimes of his bloodline and it will take more than diplomacy for Ciardis to win his freedom, before a reign of fire comes down from the wyvern and the dragon to burn them all.

FIERCE: Sixteen Authors Of Fantasy Cover & Blurb Reveal

Very excited to present the cover for the forthcoming multi-author bundle, FIERCE: Sixteen Authors Of Fantasy. Click on the iBooks EXCLUSIVE Pre-Order below to reserve your copy today. On sale on all retailers March 10, 2015. We hope everyone will be looking forward to this!FIERCE, Sixteen Authors Of Fantasy

For a limited time only!

Join epic fantasy legend Mercedes Lackey and fifteen additional New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors on the adventure of a lifetime!

Over one million words and sixteen realms of fantasy brought together for your reading pleasure. Discover courageous characters fighting for justice and order, journey between kingdoms of dragons and lands of anarchy as tales of magic and mayhem unfold.

Grab it today, before it’s gone!

FIERCE: Sixteen Authors Of Fantasy pre-orders are available exclusively through iBooks.

Hurry and get a copy for $0.99!

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D About the Authors and Titles:

Mercedes Lackey – Moving Targets

Stuck watching over four Herald trainees on circuit, Elyn is at her wits’ end—and that’s before a town asks for help with a ghostly infestation.

Michael G. Manning – The Blacksmith’s Son

A journey to discover the secrets of his past reveals a magical heritage and embroils Mordecai in a deadly battle for the future of mankind.

K.F. Breene – Chosen

Prophecy has foretold that when war threatens the world, the Chosen will appear to help the Shadow Warriors reclaim their stolen freedom and lead them out of the Land of Mist.

Morgan Rice – A Quest of Heroes

Thorgin, an outsider and a dreamer, fights to become a warrior in an epic quest that finds him at the center of a maelstrom of royal plots and counterplots that threaten him and everyone he loves.

Michael James Ploof – Whill of Agora

When Whill learns the truth of his lineage, he sets out to face his father’s murderer, but what he learns along the way will change his life—and the realm—forever.

Daniel Arenson – Requiem’s Song

Weredragons, men call them. Monsters. Cursed ones. People who can turn into beastly reptiles. Together they will forge a nation.

Kate Sparkes – Bound

When a young woman accidentally saves the life of an enemy Sorcerer, she finds herself drawn into a world of magic that’s more beautiful, more seductive, and more dangerous than she ever imagined.

David Adams – The Pariahs

Two sellswords—a half-elf and a half-orc—find their war over before it even begins. But trouble is stirring on the home front, conflict which threatens more than just their lives.

Amy Raby – The Fire Seer
Taya must use her fire visions to investigate a series of murders, but the Coalition of Mages has partnered her with her old nemesis, the man who used to bully her when they were young.

C. Greenwood – Magic of Thieves & Betrayal of Thieves

In a province where magic is forbidden, young Ilan, born with the powerful gift of her ancestors, has only one hope for survival—concealment.

David Dalglish – The Weight of Blood

When half-bloods Harruq and Qurrah Tun pledged their lives to a death prophet, they only sought escape from their squalid beginnings. Instead, they become his greatest disciples, charged with leading his army of undead.

K.J. Colt – Bear Heart

In the savage lands of Ruxdor, young Klawdia must fight the champions of four rival clans to defend her future as the first female chieftain.

Shae Ford – Poison

A bandit girl is taken from her home and thrust into a complex world of lords and ladies, where she learns that she must kill to survive.

Endi Webb – The Maskmaker’s Apprentice

Masks of legend. Masks of power. Those who dare to wear them trifle with the old powers and risk ruin and mayhem. But a young apprentice maskmaker cannot contain his curiosity, and accidentally unleashes a deadly terror upon an unsuspecting world.

Michael Wallace – The Dark Citadel

A slave boy and a young queen lead an alliance of spies, servants, and merchants to stave off the encroaching armies of a dark wizard.

Terah Edun – Blades of Magic

As an unstoppable war breaks out, a young girl enlists in the military to unravel the secrets surrounding her father’s execution.

A BIG THANK YOU AND SOME NEWS

I want to thank you all for your patience and being supportive readers. I received dozens of a messages a week asking me where the next book is. I didn’t answer all of them immediately but I did read every one and now that Sworn To Ascension: Courtlight #6 has released I’ve taken the time to personally respond to everyone who emailed or Facebook messaged me or commented. I knew you wanted the next book and wanted it now. That’s my goal in 2015. To keep producing what you want and do it timely.

To keep in touch, I’ve joined forces with another fantasy author, K.J. Colt of kjcolt.com,  to put together an awesome private group for readers. I will share with you there updates on my manuscripts, new cover art, my publishing process and answer questions as I can. My lovely assistant, Rachel, will also be there to share exclusive teasers from in-progress manuscripts before release day.

Sounds good? Then join here -> THE GUILD

Now for the NEWS:

  • I’m super elated to announce that I have signed with Nancy Yost Literary Agency. I’m really excited about this partnership.
  • I also want you to know that I have a collaboration project releasing in March 2015 that will BLOW your mind. The cover will be revealed VERY SOON, so check back and take a peek. You won’t be disappointed!
  • I should have the cover for Sworn To Vengeance up on the website within the next week but I won’t be announcing a release date just yet. However in order to prepare the book for release I will be asking for beta readers in THE GUILD. 😀 So if you want to join my team, get ready.
  • I’m going to be convening a special X-group of readers for the re-writes for Blades Of Illusion. Instead of sending them the full finished book as I do my betas, we’ll be working with every five chapters to completely re-write Crown Service #2 and make it better than before. Applications for the X-group will be announced soon.

That’s about all.

Birthday Celebration w/ a Kindle Fire HD 6 Giveaway LIVE

Update 03/31/15/:

All 130+ copies of the free audiobook of BLADES OF MAGIC have gone out. SWORN TO RAISE copies will be distributed in mid-to-late April.
Update 03/17/15:

The first 50 copies of the free audiobook of BLADES OF MAGIC have gone out. 70 more to go then the copies of SWORN TO RAISE will be distributed.

Update 03/05/15:

BIG CONGRATS to Chelsea Cosmark! The winner of my Kindle Fire HD Giveaway! 😀 Everyone give @allonsychelsea a round of applause!

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Update 03/04/15: Rachel, my assistant, is now working on sending out all of the audiobook copies of BLADES OF MAGIC: CROWN SERVICE #1. Give her some time to get them out but everyone should have their copy by the end of March. Sworn To Raise: Courtlight #1 audio copies will follow. Kindle Fire WINNER to be announced in less than 24 hours!

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Sworn To Ascension: Courtlight #6 is LIVE!!

Courtlight Teaser

Now available on all retail sites.

Ciardis Weathervane is officially engaged to one man and bonded to a second. She should be planning the wedding ceremony, bearding the nobles of the imperial court in their dens, and exposing an imposter emperor. Instead she’s spending her engagement on the lawless road to the western lands.

Now with the help of a guide from a tribe of seers, Ciardis is traveling to the ancient city of Kifar. Rumored to hold the only device capable of stopping the blutgott, Ciardis, Sebastian and Thanar must break a half-century’s old quarantine in order to enter the fabled city.

But the collar of Diamis is not the only thing they seek. The princess heir’s pet wyvern lurks in wait for them and the emperor, who has done everything short of challenging the new triad of Algardis outright, wants its head on a platter upon their return.

If the unscrupulous bandits don’t make short work of them, Ciardis knows that when they return she and Sebastian will have to a face and unmask the man who has stolen the imperial throne. The only question that remains…will that be before or after they’re forced to battle a god?