I’m hosting a guest post today for the book tour for “The Books of Ascension”. I’ll let author Dirk Strasser do the talking from this point on.
Are you an Advice Regurgitator?
Sounds a fairly unpleasant thing to do – advice regurgitation. Most of us do it all the time. We pass on advice that we’ve heard from others as if it’s the indisputable truth without testing the logic of it or verifying it from our own experience. It’s particularly widespread in the writing and publishing community.
I’ve been guilty of it myself. When I used to teach creative writing classes, I would trot out the old standards like “Write about what you know” and “Show, don’t tell”.
Until I started thinking a bit more about them.
I realised that things are rarely that simple. For example, if we take “Write about what you know” at face value, we would all be writing fiction based directly on our own lives, and the most powerful published works would be strongly autobiographical.
Yet, which book consistently tops broad-based surveys of the best novel of all time? The Lord of the Rings! A fantasy book set in an alternate world with creatures that don’t exist undergoing a quest which no-one has ever undertaken.
I’ve seen analyses of The Lord of the Rings where writers tie themselves into knots saying Middle-earth is really Europe and hobbits are really working class Englishmen.
No, they’re not. Everything is what it is within the confines of the story. Regardless of what anyone (including the author) says. That’s the way fantasy works. That’s the way fiction works. Fiction by definition isn’t reality. The closest it ever gets is to be a convincing illusion of reality through the use of various tricks. Middle-earth is a continent in a strange world that shares some physical characteristics with ours. Hobbits are small creatures with furry feet who live in holes in the ground.
I’d be fairly certain Tolkien was never hunted by Black Riders or attacked by a Balrog or tempted by a magical ring. I doubt if he had ever entered ancient dwarf mines, been invisible or stolen dragon treasure. Thank goodness no-one gave him the regurgitated advice about writing only what you know. I doubt if Peter Jackson would have made movie called The Lord of English Language and Literature at Oxford.
We’re scheduling a tour for fantasy trilogy “The Books of Ascension” from March 1st to May 1st.
There are three books in this series, “Zenith”, “Equinox” and “Eclipse”.
We have .pdf, .epub and .mobi copies of all three books.
We’re looking to schedule reviews, book excerpt posts, author interviews, promo posts, giveaways and guest posts.
Let me know if you’d like to participate in this tour, what type of tour stop you’d like to host, and what dates you have available.
Zenith – The First Book of Ascension
A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit
A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it
An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world
A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine
The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.
When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.
Equinox – The Second Book of Ascension
The most beautiful city on the great Mountain
The pinnacle of Maelir culture
The home of the Inner Sanctum
The place where secrets hide
The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.
As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.
Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension
What happens if after the winter solstice, the days keep getting shorter?
Until there is an eternal night?
What happens as the darkness grows?
And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain?
And the quest for the third Book is the only hope?
The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?
Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books and has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards and a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.
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