Are there any new book releases today? Yes, there are! Thorn Heart is finally released! It took me three years to be able to share this story with the world. If you remember from a previous post, this story was stolen from me by a fake publisher, and the fear of losing all my hard work was terrible.
It took me a year to write this book, five months before I realized I had been duped, four months to fight for my book and get it back, another year before I finally began the editing and formatting process, and now in 2020, Thorn Heart is at last let out into the world.
I am relieved, jubilant, ecstatic! After everything Thorn Heart has been through, it is a victory just to get it published. An author told me on Twitter that the backstory of it being stolen is another good story for a book. It’s worth considering, but I’d rather forget that whole nasty business with the fake publisher.
And all that effort and work is now available for the price of less than a cup of coffee. Yes, just $1.99 lol. No excuses not to get it, right?
A Little Backstory
Thorn Heart is different from anything I have ever written, although I did write a similar story when I was only six years old – which is a long time ago. It had different characters and a different plot, but the message was the same and the setting was similar.
When I started writing this tale a few years back, I did not recall my writing project when I was six, but a few days ago I started remembering my very first unpublished book, and that is why I am doubly pleased that now, decades later, I subconsciously managed to revive that story and publish it.
I believe that this book comes out at the exact right time. Now that we are going through this pandemic, we are beginning to think about many issues, such as our impact on the environment. Although Thorn Heart was written years before COVID-19, it has a message that relates.
What is Thorn Heart about?
Here’s the synopsis.
In 2285 it would be exactly two hundred years since the Mountain and the Valley Kingdoms had been created. It had taken time and many errors, even when everyone did their best to avoid the mistakes of the past that had led to destruction of life.
The human world was destroyed. Technology was gone, electricity and running water were no more, whole cities had been obliterated, and food supply was scarce. The survivors awoke to a new world where humans once more were weak and defenseless, stripped of their protective towns and comforts, tools and weapons, machinery and cars. The food chain was no longer what humans had created and believed, but it reverted to how it had been before they took over the world. All they had left now was their common sense and the will to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.
They knew their place.
They knew that they could not repeat past mistakes.
Two kingdoms, opposed in philosophy and action
The Mountain Kingdom is a place of peace and respect for all sentient beings. The Valley Kingdom clings to the old destructive ways.
Special talents such as animal speech, top speed, and other superhuman attributes are honed and revered in the Mountains, but non-existent in the Valley.
Luna, a young noblewoman with the talent of animal speech, and Prince Storm of the Mountain are betrothed, and nothing seems to stand in the way of their arranged marriage. Storm is a good man and Luna needs an escape from her abusive home.
Bluntax, the Valley king, has long desired everything the Mountain Kingdom possesses, and the upcoming royal wedding between Luna and Storm might be just what he needs to provoke the Mountain Kingdom into a battle they cannot win. His son, Thorn, is his strongest asset and the only man who can help him succeed.
The Mountain Kingdom is unprepared for the threats from the Valley, but when Thorn meets Luna, events are set in motion, forcing them both to make decisions that could change their fates forever.
While human and animal refugees seek shelter in the Mountains to flee the terrors of the Valley, King Bluntax prepares for war.
Thorn finds his destiny intrinsically linked to Luna and he must decide. Will he betray her and help his father achieve victory or will he forsake his family and stand by the woman who is also engaged to his rival?
It is comical how writers spend months and even years to create a book, but when it comes to writing a blurb for the book cover, we often have no idea what to write and we spend hours staring at a blank Word document, trying to come up with something. Ironic, isn’t it? This is not only the case for me, but for many writers I have spoken to.
It was not easy to come up with a captivating blurb, since the story has complicated characters and some surprising plot twists, but I hope that this synopsis shows enough of the plot without revealing too much. I do not like giving spoilers.
That’s the other difficult part of writing a blurb, avoiding spoilers. I always strive to keep as much mystery as possible, which is not always that simple. Writing a 95,000-word story is definitely easier for me. Funny, isn’t it?
Less Than the Price of a Cup of Coffee
I hope you’ll give Thorn Heart a read. It is available on Amazon, and it is also free on Kindle Unlimited. On Thursday, 22 May, I will create a paperback version of this book.
If you decide to purchase Thorn Heart or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited, and you like the story, could you please leave a book review on my Amazon page (or Goodreads)? A review can be as short as a Facebook update, and it really helps the author to get noticed.
Thank you! Have a beautiful day!