Welcome to my tour stop for The Dragon Scale Lute by J.C. Kang! This is a mature young adult multicultural epic fantasy. The tour runs April 4-15 with reviews, interviews, guest posts and excerpts. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
For a limited time The Dragon Scale Lute is on sale for only .99 cents for Kindle!
Kaiya’s voice could charm a dragon.
Only the handsome Prince Hardeep, a foreign martial mystic, recognizes her potential. Convinced Kaiya will rediscover the legendary but perilous art of invoking magic through music, he suggests her voice, not her marriage, might better serve the realm.
When members of the emperor’s elite spy clan– Kaiya’s childhood friend and his half-elf sidekick (or maybe he’s her sidekick?)– discover mere discontent boiling over into full-scale rebellion, Kaiya must choose. Obediently wedding the depraved ringleader means giving up her music. Confronting him with the growing power of her voice could kill her.
About the Author:
A Chinese Medicine Doctor and Martial Artist by trade, JC Kang would have never started writing fantasy stories save for two fluke coincidences.
In the Christmas of 2010, while cleaning out childhood junk from his mom’s house, he came across his old Dungeons and Dragons campaign world. Before relegating the binder of maps and notes to the trash where it belonged, he decided to peek back and see what his 13-year old self had created.
He couldn’t help but laugh at the silly ideas that had crossed his teenage brain. Rivers flowed uphill. Empires produced resources out of thin air. However, a few interesting premises had potential.
For the next six days, he redesigned his world, taking into account things he’d learned over the last 25 years. Advanced stuff like gravity, evolution, and supply and demand.
On the seventh day, he rested. Looking at his glorious creation, he was hit by the realization that he’d never play D&D again.
A month later, the second event occurred: three weeks of major snowstorms. Stuck indoors for days at a time, he used his skills as a professional technical writer and pumped out a 120k word novel set in this world… only to find out that fiction writing and technical writing were two different beasts.
He set off to study the craft, and learned advanced ideas like characterization, point of view and tension. After revising the first book, he wrote a prequel. After the prequel, he wrote a sequel. And finally, he wrote the prequel to the prequel: the Dragon Scale Lute.
He emerged at the rear of the lines and attacked with broadswords in either hand. The first nine men with muskets and crossbows never had a chance as they either fell fumbling with their swords, or without knowing what hit them. Others took close shots at him, near enough for him to knock their muskets or crossbows off line so the projectiles would hit their own men. Still, it was a sea of enemies.
His two swords meant nothing, and his second wind began to wane.
He dared a glance over the outer walls. Imperial soldiers crowded the bridge below, caught between defenders on the battlements and the ranks of enemies in the town, closing in around them. It was hopeless.
Then, several of the boys joined in, following the path he’d blazed, their own swords and spears flashing. A cannon fired and it was all he could do to get out of its way as it recoiled back on its two wheels. A musket barrel swept toward his head and he ducked, nearly ramming into the soldier cleaning the cannon muzzle, but coming to a pause with a crossbow in his face. He dropped to the floor just as the string twanged, and hacked at the wielder’s legs. The musketman behind him grunted.
When he popped back up, they were loading the cannon. The gunner held a torch, ready to lightthe fuse once his crew of two pushed the artillery into position. Thwarting the cannon team meant protecting a dozen imperial soldiers in the town. Tian slashed at the pair, dropping them. Spinning out of the way of a barrage of bolts, he finished his twist beside the gunner. They stared at each other for a split second before Tian cut through him with both blades.
The cannon… Tian dropped his left sword and caught the torch as it slipped from the gunner’s hand. He beckoned the boys. “Help me turn it!”
The gun balanced over the wheels, making it easy to rotate. Two of the boys pushed the barrel while Tian shoved the breech in the opposite direction. It now pointed along the battlements. Enemy soldiers screamed, gesticulated, and gawked.
“Clear!” Tian swept his sword back and forth, gesturing the boys to the side. He lit the fuse right near the barrel. The muzzle flashed, sending a ball into the crowd. The cannon recoiled, grazing Tian and knocking him down. His head slammed into the parapet. The world spun. A dozen men charged into him.
One (1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
One (1) winner will receive a paperback copy of The Dragon Scale Lute (US)
Ends April 20, 2016
Prizing is provided by the author, hosts are not responsible. Must be 13 or older to enter and have parental permission if under 18. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary to win.
This event was organized by CBB Book Promotions.