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Guest Post The Agartes Epilogues

Today’s guest post is brought to you by K.S. Villoso, author of “The Agartes Epilogues”, and talks about the editing process.

Editing a Character-Driven Novel

I write character-driven epic fantasy, which I’m not even sure is a legit sub-genre or anything (although I’m a little ignorant about genres and rely on my friends to correct me all the time). But suffice to say that my stuff revolves around characters: their thoughts, aspirations, challenges, relationships, and how all of these fit into a plot. Sort of like if Game of Thrones actually gave up and realized it’s an Asian soap opera (but with just as many wars and killings), that sort of thing.

The editing process, of course, is similar to others’: in a nutshell, I’ll outline, I’ll create a first draft, then do as many drafts as it takes until I get sick of the whole thing, throw it at my editors, cave in to their suggestions, and then polish it one final time.

But it’s a lot more complicated than that. I don’t, for example, have a very rigid outline. I have several outlines: I may have a summary of the story with regards to character motivations, a plot outline detailing important events, a chapter outline, etc. And then I embark on what I call an organic process of writing, wherein the manuscript dictates everything. I use the outlines as a blueprint, but if the manuscript decides we have to go a different route, I will scrap everything I have up to that point and re-outline again.

I do this because of the “character-driven” part. Because I write very closely from the characters’ point of views (a limited third person POV where the character’s thoughts weave into the narrative), the story can only unfold as they see fit. I have had characters pretty much change their importance or role mid-story; I’ve had characters decide they’re better off dead, and others that they’re better off alive (at least, for a little longer). These can come about because of a number of different things—usually though because of an interaction they have that suddenly tells me there’s a lot more to their story than the outlines would indicate.

When I edit, of course, I already have a finished manuscript. So one of my many tasks is to do a sweep, to make sure that every character is consistent with their motivations and personalities. Since I already “know” where they’re heading towards, I can refine their scenes to better give the reader an idea of what they’re all about. The characters are the driving force in my stories, and everything around them—including the plot—is supposed to paint a picture of what’s really happening deep inside.


About the Books

Series Title: The Agartes Epilogues

Author: K.S. Villoso

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Jaeth’s Eye

It has been years since his brother’s accident. Kefier was only just beginning to live a normal life–at least, as normal as it could get for a mercenary from a run-down town. And then an errand goes wrong and he finds himself holding his friend’s bloody corpse. Already once branded a murderer, he is pursued by men he once considered friends and stumbles into the midst of a war between two mages. One bears a name long forgotten in legend; the other is young, arrogant Ylir, who takes special interest in making sure Kefier is not killed by his associates. The apex of their rivalry: a terrible creature with one eye, cast from the womb of a witch, with powers so immense whoever possesses it holds the power to bring the continent to its knees.

Now begins a tale with roots reaching beyond the end of another. Here, a father swears vengeance for his slain children; there, a peasant girl struggles to feed her family. A wayward prince finds his way home and a continent is about to be torn asunder. And Kefier is only beginning to understand how it all began the moment he stood on that cliff and watched his brother fall…

Aina’s Breath

Enosh, apprentice to one of the richest merchants in the Kag, is secretly heir to a broken line of mages. Because of The Empire of Dageis’ quest for sources of the agan–the life-source that mages use for power–his people have been reduced to scavengers, his culture diminished to a speck in the wind. For more than ten years, he has helped raise a conjured beast to use as a weapon against the Dageians. But Enosh’s plans are falling apart. A powerful enemy has escaped and Enosh needs to capture him before he reaches Dageis. His quest is further complicated after he finds himself used as a pawn by Gasparian nobles.

On the other end of the continent, Sume, daughter to a Jin-Sayeng hero, must return to her roots to save her country and bring honour to her father’s name. To do this, she must befriend a prince and understand the terrible, corrupting nature of power and the reason her father was driven to walk away from it all those years ago…

Meanwhile, Kefier, Enosh’s agan-blind brother, is forced back into a life of violence. As he struggles with the notion that hands, once bloodied, never stay clean for long, he finds himself occupied with an unexpected burden: his own brother’s daughter.

Sapphire’s Flight

The battle at Shi-uin has left scars. The rise of Gorrhen yn Garr to power seems unstoppable. As nations fall, the lines between love and duty become blurred and Kefier, Sume, and Enosh must learn to live with the choices they have made.


Author Bio

K.S. Villoso was born in a dank hospital on an afternoon in Albay, Philippines, and things have generally been okay since then. After spending most of her childhood in a slum area in Taguig (where she dodged death-defying traffic, ate questionable food, and fell into open-pit sewers more often than one ought to), she and her family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, where they spent the better part of two decades trying to chase the North American Dream. She is now living amidst the forest and mountains with her family, children, and dogs in Anmore, BC.





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Release Day Party Tree of Ages


About the Book

x-defaultTitle: Tree of Ages

Author: Sara C. Roethle

Genre: Epic Fantasy

“The seasons are changing. The lines are faltering, undoing the old and bringing life to the new. Trees will fall, and changed earth will be left in their place. A storm is coming.”
Finn doesn’t remember much about her previous life, and in a world that has been changed by the wars of the Tuatha De, where trust is hard to come by, answers are even more difficult to find. Little does she know, an unknown evil tugs on the strings of fate, and the answers she so desperately seeks may be more important than she could have ever imagined.


Author Bio

profileSara C. Roethle is a full-time author, and part time unicorn. She published her first book Xoe in late 2009. Since then she has published three more books in the Xoe Meyer’s series, and numerous shorter works. Sara’s new release Falling Betwixt is the first novel in her new dark romance series. Sara resides in the land of enchantment, as far away from civilization as possible (while still having internet).


Website: http://saracroethle.com/tree-of-ages/

Amazon: http://amazon.com/dp/B00V9524XG

ibooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/tree-of-ages/id980368231?mt=11


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Author Interview The Thunderstone Book Tour


I’m hosting an interview today with Pj Belanger, author of epic fantasy “The Thunderstone”. Enjoy the interview.

  1. How long have you been writing?

Most of my life! I wrote my first “novel” in the fifth grade to entertain a bed-ridden sick friend. Being an avid reader since childhood, I constantly thought up new stories in my head. I started really writing down my short stories in high school, and then after college I wrote my first full-length novel.



  1. Is The Thunderstone your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

“The Thunderstone” is my first full-length novel. It was published around the same time as my first Sci-Fi short stories collection, “Sci-Fi à la Mode”. Prior to that, I had been writing NASCAR driver profile short books for New England short track Modified and Pro-Stock drivers. I had also written a book on “The History of Stafford Motor Speedway”. I also was writing a weekly column on auto racing for a regional sports newspaper.


3) Why did you choose epic fantasy as genre for your book?

I have always been fascinated by wizard characters. I have an extensive collection of wizard statues, and I noticed that many of them are carrying or are adorned with various types of jewels. Thus came the idea for a world ruled by the power of jewels. Next came the thought of dividing the jewels into good and evil powers. The Houses of Storem trilogy let me explore not only the traditional trolls, dwarfs and elves, but to include new characters such as snake-people, cat-people, half-breeds, Icelanders, and others.



4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Write, write and write some more! Don’t be discouraged, and realize that it takes a lot to keep going. Be thick-skinned and believe in yourself. But most of all, enjoy the experience of creating your own worlds.


  1. Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

By late this fall, I hope to have the first book in the Mage Riders series completed. I’m excited about writing this first book in the new series, as the characters seem so real to me already. This fantasy series is about five different young wizards who learn that there is more to magic than just spells.

I am just about done with Murder on Hilda, the third book in the Skip Brown, Space Detective series. I am also completing volume two of the “Soldiers” short story series.



About The Thunderstone

Cover1-ebook-3Title: The Thunderstone

Author: Pj Belanger

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Empowered by jewels with various magical qualities – wizards, gemnuns, gemmonks and sapphires – along with the Lords they serve, combine to make up the HOUSES OF STOREM, inhabited by dwarfs, icelanders, elves, catpeople and hillpeople who must unite against the evil ONYX KINGDOM.

It is an adventure that finds an odd group of travelers trying to save the life of a wounded girl who is being pursued by trolls, ogres, pirates, hurks and histians – up rivers, through magical forests and mystical wizard towers, all because she may be the key to preventing the evil one from taking over the DIAMOND KINGDOM.

Don’t miss this, the first in a series that brings Birl, Eauxsage, Hadden, Chellie, Nugs and Tem together for the first time.

Author Bio

pjbfacePj Belanger has spent a good part of her life in the scenic hills of Connecticut. She was always an avid reader. “My father collected every bit of Science Fiction he could find- we would talk for hours on the subject. The Golden Age of Science Fiction is truly a love of mine.
Great writers from Heinlein to Jose Farmer to Asimov to Bloch were my idols. They were great story tellers something that influences my own work. Of course, then came Tolkien and I was hooked on fantasy too.”

After graduating from St. Francis College (UNE) in Maine, she worked in the fast pace newpaper advertising world but always had been a writer of short stories, novel length books of fiction, romance and general interest. Her work is a mixture of a three volume book series, The Houses of Storem filled with wizards, dwarfs, merrs, elfs, heroic Kings and albino Icelanders. Her Space Dectective series is just plain good sci fi fun as is her short story book.

Pj was deeply involved in writing local NASCAR Driver Profiles and has a book on The History of Stafford Speedway. “I love racing in general, but I really love the short tracks. It was a labor of love to write the racing books and I enjoyed writing a regular racing column for a local sports newspaper.”

Pj lives in Florida with husband. She enjoys time with her two grandchildren. Her life is enhanced by a trouble making miniature beagle and a mischievous cat.


Website: http://www.pjbelanger.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pj.belanger.author

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pj-Belanger/e/B004KC89HA

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