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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Character Interview and Giveaway with Steven Shrewsbury, author of Overkill

Hi, everyone!




I am pleased to participate in Steven Shrewsbury's Overkill Blog Tour hosted by Seventh Star Press.


About Steven:

Steven L. Shrewsbury is a fantasy and horror author who has well over 300 tales published online or in print. He is the creator of Dack Shannon and the Majestic Universe, as well as the novels Tormentor (Lachesis Publishing), Hawg (Graveside Tales) and Stronger Than Death (Snuff Books).

He has appeared in many anthologies, most recently Harlan County Horrors from Apex Publications. Other anthologies include Deathgrip: Legacy of Terror from Hellbound books; Blackest Death-Vol I from BDB; the high fantasy epic Grimoire De Solace from iUniverse, the hardback Cemetery Poets, Scary, Atrocitas Aqua from DDP.


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Welcome back to Darlene's Book Nook, Steven!

We have a special guest today, Gorias La Gaul, who is the main character of Steven's Shrewbury's Thrall and Overkill. We hope you enjoy this special Character Interview!

Q: They said I could find you for an interview in this tavern, legendary fighter Gorias la Gaul.

GLG: They? They should shut up more, whoever they are, and get off my leg. What are ya drinkin’ tonight?

Q: Well, nothing, I…

GLG: Get him some honey beer, all right? Thanks. Refill on the water of life here, too. Did ya know the Celts invented whiskey?

Q: No. Are you a Celt?

GLG: Nah, but I like some of their women, once ya get by the hairy legs.

Q: I see.

GLG: It’s tough to find me. Who the hell sent you?

Q: A great many at the college of Nineveh wish to know if many of your exploits are true.

GLG: Huh. Haven’t been there in a while. I lived there and learned from some scholars back ‘bout 650 years ago. The place still full of idols, women and Gryphons?

Q: Yes on the first two, but the Gryphons were all exterminated by Bilgames near to a decade ago.

GLG: Good for him. Glad he’s gettin’ some work.

Q: Are you really from Thule, fabled land from up north?

GLG: My father was, but my Ma? Well, she got silly. Technically, I was born at Larak.

Q: The city by the sea, but that is now a desert waste?

GLG: The very same. Story was Asmodeous arose and took it with him. Funny huh?

Q: You don’t believe in Asmodeous?

GLG: We’ve met but I don’t really wanna talk about that. 
 
Q: Are you really 700 years old?

GLG: That isn’t so uncommon really, right? I think you are shocked not because of my age but that I haven’t managed to get myself killed yet. I’m workin’ on it junior. 

Q: One fable says your twin swords are made from the wings of angels. They say unlike men who sell their soul to the devil, you have a bargain with the angels. Is that true?

GLG: (after a drink) Listen to how silly that sounds. C’mon. A nasty man like me? The arm of God? I’m not even his pinkie toe. Drink up and figure it. I have to use the elements of my armor here to slay a dragon, ya think I could kill an angel? That’s dumber than owlcrap.

Q: One ballad has it that they were a gift, a reward for your services.

GLG: Ya believe everything a balladeer sings?

Q: You’re looking toward the window, wistful, Lord La Gaul?

GLG: I haven’t been a Lord in years or wistful in hours, but them are good whores down the way.

Q: What are you thinking about?

G:G: The interviewer I strung up by his nutsack in Irem last year. (laughs) I’m just kiddin’ ya.

Q: Thank goodness.

GLG: It was by his heels. Long story. Turns out he was a spy for Lord Nosmada’s advance team, thought I was a part of an army against him. Ever hear of the Quanto Thrust Forces?

Q: No.

GLG: And ya won’t. Nosmada had them all crucified down to the bugler boy. That’s supposed to be a deterrent to anyone raising an army against his ass near Shynar.

Q: Is that an effective method?

GLG: Quanto will never raise a finger or a pecker against anyone again, so…(Shrugs, drinks again). Would you really get the hell outta here? I’m about through talkin’ junior.  

Q: Any suggestions for a future interviewer to do better with you?

GLG: Yeah, send a redhead next time, preferably a woman with good hips, not a pelvis like a skillet.

Q: Thank you for your time.

GLG: Time ya were leavin’ anyhow. See those two fellas by the end of the bar? They have sucked down so much liquid courage they are gonna be sloppy once they find their balls and attack me. I know the one on the right, Konradi Filbin. The other one is of no consequence seeing as he has drank too much and keeps his pommel buttoned over. That extra second is his death.

Q: How are you so sure these men are here for you? It’s so dark and smokey in here, how can you recognize that man for certain?

GLG: My eyes are a damn sight better than ya might think and plus, I killed his twin brother a year ago around these parts.

Q: One might think you would shy away from going places where you killed men.

GLG: It’d be a damned small world if I did that. Besides, he had it coming.

Q: How can you be so sure?

GLG: Norki Filbin liked to smother kids. I couldn’t abide that.

Q: You collected a bounty on him?

GLG: Hell no, I killed him for free.

Q: You deemed he had it coming?

GLG: We all got it comin;’ ya quirt. All of the company of heaven is on my side with that one. Now get outta the way or I’ll use you for a shield on his buddy. Deliverance shall come.

Thanks so much for joining us today, Gorias La Gaul (and Steven)! 


One lucky winner will win a paperback copy of Overkill.








Deliverance will come…

A great flood once wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it. Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their
extermination, dragons.

In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spawn, and sometimes, the best hope can be found in a brothel.

In the land of Transalpina, a new religion spreads, and important men are dying mysteriously, slain by what can only be the fire of dragon breath. Summoned by the Queen Garnet, the legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul returns to the place where he once saved the queen's young granddaughter from treachery and enslavement. The Princess Nykia is gone, and soon others may try to claim the throne. The queen has little choice but to turn to the only man who ever told her no.

With the aid of one of the queen's elite guard, the battle maiden Alena, and the young palace servant Orsen, the old mercenary will face pirates and traitors, monsters and foul magic in the quest to find the missing heir and learn the truth behind the disconcerting murders.

Deliverance will come for Gorias La Gaul, but for now there are women to love, secrets to discover, and killing that needs doing.

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