It was time for the Lords of the High Council to step in when the Grandmaster of Kryane is accused of murdering his own people. They had little choice but to prevent the collapse of the whole magicians order, so they sent Michael to investigate the allegations.
The people of the desert planet were an enigma, but none more than Andesine, the healer assigned to assist Michael. Why did she report the Grandmaster? Was she involved, or was there something more sinister going on?
The more people they interrogated the more they suspected that nothing was as it seemed. Not the murders, nor the Grandmasters’ motive as everyone thought.
Unable to resist the growing attraction between them, Michael and Andesine learn that they had to trust each other with their own secrets, and risking any future they might have.
Time and again the High Lords had to step in to prevent chaos on Kryane, but time was running out for Michael and Andesine. They had to get a new Grandmaster in place before the Kryane Order collapsed completely. And they had to find the who the true culprit was.
Fortunate to escape an attack from this monster once, they were risking the lives of many others in the process. Before the High Lords could formulate a plan, Michael and Andesine were captured, leaving the High Lords helpless to prevent it.
Kidnapped and imprisoned, Andesine was confronted with the realisation that if they were to survive their ordeal, it was up to her and her long suppressed powers. But as a healer she saved lives, would she be able to destroy the monster before he forces her to unleash her power to destroy the future of mankind?
Teaching herself to read before she went to school, it was the start of her life long love affair with books. Trained as an engineer, Linzé has worked as an export consultant and is presently a project manager. Although she still loves to read, she also enjoys counted stitch embroidery, archery, tai chi, fly fishing, painting, her husband’s medal winning photographs and watching Manchester United play.
She counts both novels and short stories to her publishing credit. Her fourth novel, Waiting for Adrian, is planned for publication early in 2016. Her story, The Vernal Equinox, was a finalist in a sci-fi flash-fiction competition in 2015.
Linzé Brandon lives in Pretoria, South Africa, with her engineer husband and German Shepherds who are convinced that the world revolves only around them.
Hello, Linzé, how do you feel about being interviewed?
I love being interviewed. The interviewers sometimes come up with the most interesting and thought provoking questions, such as this one. It took me a while to think about it, before answering. Good thing though that you only requested answers to ten questions, otherwise I might still be thinking in a month’s time!
You agreed to tell us about yourself and your most recent release. What’s Michael`s Mystery about?
Michael’s Mystery was published in October 2015. It is my third full length novel in the Nations of Peace series. In Keeper of the Dragon Sword (although it is not necessary to read it before reading Michael’s Mystery) there are a number of mysterious murders committed with the aim to draw Elizabeth out of hiding.
In the third book, Michael is sent to Kryane to investigate the allegations that the Grandmaster of Kryane was responsible for these murders to avenge an age old vendetta against the Xa’anian Grandmaster.
Andesine reported the Kryane Grandmaster to the High Lords and was asked to help Michael investigate. From the start Michael realised that Andesine was different than any other healer and the more they worked together the more convinced he became that she might the one for him. But she was keeping secrets that he needed to find out before this could go any further.
But the more they investigate, the more they realise that there was a bigger power at work and he was after more than a greedy Grandmaster. As her secrets come to light it was becoming clear that Andesine held the key to this mystery after all.
And it has great reviews, too. What else do you have coming out?
My next book will be a non-fiction book, entitled Indie Author: The Good, the Bad and the Hard Work.
It deals with all aspects of the writing life, except the craft itself. A list of 102 topics are covered. The book will serve as a manual for a 3-day course to teach authors and aspiring authors all the skills they need to be an authorpreneur. The accompanying workbook will be available for free to subscribers to my blog’s mailing list. The book and the workbook will be released in February 2016.
I will soon be starting the final edit on the fourth book in the Nations of Peace series, Waiting for Adrian. It is the first of the Future Master books and is planned for release in March 2016.
On her sixteenth birthday Erin figures out why she had been having horrible nightmares about a war. When Adrian is chosen as her Protector, it changes everything for the people of the Nations of Peace.
The last book in my Third Gender series, Breathe, is planned for release in June 2016.
Past the age of transformation, Jar still came to Suicide Valley to provide support to third genders in their last moments. Jar had stood on that edge too. But Surina was female and still so young. They talk for a few hours when Jar knew that Surina could be the one. Now to convince her not kill herself and give them a chance, however remote it was.
That’s quite a programme. Fiction, non fiction… Is there anything you want to make sure potential readers know?
It is okay for me to have a small fan base since my books are different and aimed at adult audience only. I enjoy my characters and often wonder if the thirty five books planned in the Nations of Peace series would be enough before I will tire of their stories.
What about the titles of your novels?
Coming up with titles have been super easy until the book now titled Waiting for Adrian. I had finished the third draft already and still wasn’t happy with the title of the story. Until one day it just clicked. I have written more stories since and haven’t had this problem again. Really weird.
What are the most important attributes to remaining sane as a writer?
For me there are several things: the ability to switch off from a very stressful job (something I learned very early in my working life), having other creative outlets and the support of my husband. He is an engineer who takes his photography just as seriously as I take my writing. He understands having a passion and my need to spend many hours on my own in front of my computer.
What keeps you going?
Coffee. When I was a student I drank coffee as if the apocalypse was about come. Up to twenty cups per day. I scaled down to a more healthy regime once I started working, also didn’t have the time to make so many cups, until four months ago. I was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer and the one thing I had to give up was coffee. Recently I tried again and learned that I could stomach (pardon the pun!) coffee after a good meal. So I save my espresso fix for my writing time after dinner.
And in case you are wondering? It has no affect on my sleep, not even when I was a student.
Do you research your novels?
Sometimes. For the Third Gender series I had to learn about genetic engineering. Fortunately I had biology at school so some of the terminology were not too weird. For Michael’s Mystery I didn’t plan on doing any research, it just happened when I was searching for pictures on Pinterest for the storyboard. I then realised that I needed to learn more about the challenges of living in a desert. Thank you, Pinterest!
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
I learned that I loved learning new things. It was probably the most fundamental reason for studying engineering, and becoming a specialist in two different fields. I did a masters degree in engineering management and started my own consulting company. After that was closed down due to the economic downturn, I went into project management. A friend and I recently started our own publishing company.
I love new challenges. What still amazes me is writing. I have been doing it for fifteen years now, and aside from painting and drawing, has been the one activity that keeps on challenging me. I do all kinds of writing including freelance SEO and technical writing, and there is still so much to learn.
Do you believe in a deity?
Yes, I am a christian.
Thank you Linzé.
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