Monday, May 5, 2014

Prince of Vengeance By Kurt D Springs

 
 
 

Synopsis:



 
What is the Price of Vengeance? One could understand why Liam was angry. He was orphaned at the age of two by a group of giant carnivorous insects called the chitin. Adopted by High Councilor Marcus and his wife, Lidia, Liam was raised with their older son, Randolf in New Olympia, the last remaining city on the planet Etrusci. As an adult, Liam becomes a soldier. After being cut off from the city, Liam finds that there is an alien intelligence behind the chitin. To defeat it, he must discover who he is and how to use his powers. Then, Liam discovers that a traitor, responsible for his birth parents’ deaths, had murdered his beloved foster parents. Will the price he has to pay in his quest for vengeance prove to be an even more unbeatable foe?

 
Preview
 
Price of Vengeance "Liam! What have you done?" Marcus demanded. "You know our teachings on revenge." Suddenly, irrationally angry, Liam straightened. "How can you defend him after what he did? To you, to Mom, to my birth parents, to everyone we cared about?" With a howl of despair and emotional agony, Liam dashed forward, through the shade of his father, blindly running into the sewers. What is the Price of Vengeance? One could understand why Liam is angry. Orphaned at the age of two by a group of giant carnivorous insects called the chitin, he was adopted by High Councilor Marcus and his wife, Lidia, and raised with their older son, Randolf, in New Olympia, the last remaining city on the planet Etrusci. As an adult, Liam becomes a soldier. After being cut off from the city, he finds that there is an alien intelligence behind the chitin. To defeat it, he must discover who he is and how to use his powers. When Liam discovers that a traitor responsible for his birth parents' deaths has also murdered his beloved foster parents, he might find that the price he has to pay in his quest for vengeance will prove to be an even more unbeatable foe.
  

About the author 

 
 



About the Author: Bio: Kurt D. Springs is presently an adjunct professor of anthropology and archaeology in New Hampshire. He holds a PhD. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, as well as a Master of Literature in archaeology from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and a Master of Liberal Arts in anthropology and archaeology from the Harvard University Extension School. His main area of interest is megalithic landscapes in prehistoric Ireland.
 
1) What genre do you like to write?
My preference is for science fiction and fantasy. I may experiment with mysteries at some point

2) How long have you been writing? What prompted you to start writing?
I have been writing intensively, off and on since high school. I tried to write seriously in the late 1980s until the early nineties. This latests push began in 2010. The push to start writing this time was prompted by a number of things.

First, I had just graduated with my PhD. and found that jobs in my field were non-existant. The political climate was making me angry, and I found writing was a good way to let off steam. Second, Price of Vengeance was a story I had in my head since 2003, I did some preliminary outlining in 2004, before I started working on my PhD. After 2010, I picked it up again.

3) What inspires you to write?
I have stories in my head that just want to get out. The need of a source of income doesn’t hurt either.

Sometimes I look a youtube music videos. The Scripts “Hall of Fame” for example.

4) When a story idea pops into your head, how long does it typically take to write it (from start to finish)?
It can take a while to start getting it down. I often write what I call, test scenes first. When I feel ready to make a start, I will do some outlining. Price of Vengeance took about a year and a half to get the first draft. It was another year until it was edited enough to send to the publisher.

5) What did you find to be the most difficult part of the writing process?  Easiest?  
The most difficult part is to actually plop your behind into the chair and write. There are always things trying to grab your attention. There are also those parts where you feel stuck and forget to sit down and write.

The easiest part is the dreaming. To sit back and imagine something in your mind.

6) Of all your characters whom do you most relate to?
Liam is the character I most relate to. Unlike me, he can always hit the target and can think on his feet.

Like me, he can be introverted and introspective. He also likes to cook.

7) Is there one of your characters that you did not like when you started writing about them but found yourself liking by the end of the story?
The antagonist, Azurius. I started out making him a bad guy everyone could dislike. When I added that he liked Shakespeare, I started warming to him. Anyone who likes Henry V can’t be all bad. This allowed me to write in his contempt for the traitor Licinious. I could also focus on his admiration for Liam, even though Liam was thwarting him.


8) What is your least favorite part about writing? The Most?
The editing, though I can blame my lack of patience. My favorite is creating new species and new cultures.

9) When you are not writing or editing what do you do for relaxation?
I like to read. Sometimes I fire up the X-Box 360 and play a game. First, person shooters like the games from the Halo universe. These can also inspire ideas.

10) What genre of books do you like to read? 
My favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy. I also like mysteries. Since getting involved in reviewing on Goodreads, I have branched out some.

11) What author(s) do you enjoy reading?  Why? 
My favorite author is (the late) Andre Norton. She wrote the Forerunner science fiction series and the Witch World fantasy series. I like her old school style of writing. Her pencil-shaped spaceships always landed “fins down,” even as others were using transporters, shuttles, and dropships. Her way of writing was always very archaic and yet very graspable.

I also like J. R. R. Tolkien for much the same reason.

I like the late Lillian Jackson Braun’s Cat Who series. Murder mysteries where the animals are principle characters are always fun.

Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. Murphy mysteries are very similar except the animals can talk to each other, though not to humans.

12) Tell us about your books where can people find them?
I’ll start with where to find them.

Online you can go to:







iTunes: I haven’t seen it here yet, but Tate did send it to Apple. I also found copies available at Alibris, Abebooks, Powells, and a few others. I am slowly working to get them on the shelves of brick and mortar stores.

Price of Vengeance is my first published novel so far. It is set against the backdrop of an interstellar civil war. It tells the story of Liam who was orphaned at the age of two when his parents were killed by giant, carnivorous insects known as chitin. He was rescued and adopted by High Councilor Marcus and his wife Lidia. They raised him with their older son Randolf. The events of the story take place when Liam is an young adult and a soldier. The city’s military is defending the last city (New Olympia) on the planet Etrusci from the chitin. Liam is cut off from the city and found an alien intelligence (Azurius) is directing the chitin . He also learns that his birth parents were betrayed by a traitor named Licinious. When he finally gets back into the city, he discovers that his beloved foster parents had been murdered by Licinious’s men. He eventually goes after Licinious. Let’s just say he doesn’t make it particularly quick or painless. He must then overcome his remorse to continue on and stop Azurius. Along the way, he learns to use his powers and makes friends with strange alien beings.

I have drafts of two other books in the Dreamscape Warrior series. The one nearing submission is Promise of Mercy. It takes place about twenty-five years later. In the interim, Liam has gotten married, fathered four children, and become a war hero. His daughters (identical triplets) have become soldiers and have returned home after receiving their advanced training. Their parents are kidnapped, and they find themselves facing a hostage situation on Etrusci, with their father missing on a distant world.

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Where can you find Kurt?

https://www.facebook.com/Price.of.Vengeance.1

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7824275.Kurt_D_Springs



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