The Gladiator & The Guard by Annie Douglass Lima

A couple of weeks ago, my Sacred Knight series featured on a blog from Annie Douglass Lima. While working with Annie on this, I learned that she had a new book coming out. Since Annie and I have met and started chatting, it’s been fun getting to know her and her work. I started reading her novel, Prince of Alasia, and loved it, or as much of it as I’ve read so far. When I heard about her new book, I knew I had to help her out with launching her new book.

Imagine my excitement when I learned she was working on a blog tour! This way, she could get her work featured on many different blogs. I am overjoyed at being able to offer her my space now.

So, without further ado, here’s Annie:

I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the CavvarachThe Gladiator & The Guard
First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

The Collar & The Cavvarch


Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?


What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).
Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

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And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!

The Gladiator & The Guard


Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

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Annie Douglass Lima (2)Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

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Wow! I hope you enjoyed hearing from Annie as much as I did. I’m glad she added how to pronounce the cavvarach — I’ve been pronouncing it way differently in my head. Hint: her way is so much easier! 🙂

I’ve been reading The Collar and the Cavvarach as quick I can, trying to get it read before the next book comes out. I’m nearing the end and can’t wait to see how it turns out. The sequel sounds good too, so I can’t wait to read it.

Thank you, Annie, for your guest post and best of luck to you and your newest book!

Loki’s calling

I’m writing insanely again. There is absolutely no other way to phrase it. Every moment I’m awake I feel like I should be writing. Every cell wants to be immersed in story. I hardly even sleep because after only a couple hours I wake up and want to get back to it. I haven’t felt this way in years.

Now, there was a time in my life where a dear friend expected to see 10 pages a day out of me. I’d practically write all night and I’d dream about upcoming scenes while I was out on the ranch driving my tractor around in circles (grinning at the memory), then in the afternoon she’d come over and sit on the couch while I sat in my office chair and I’d watch her read the pages. I loved seeing her emotions as she read. She’d laugh and I’d want to know what had evoked the response. We both loved every moment.

I like my writing wasn’t done until someone else reads it. In honor of that, I’m giving you a sneak peek of my newest series, Call Loki. It starts off with 1-800-Mischief. My son and I have already lined out a whole series of titles. The beginning of another book came to me today. I don’t see any of them being real long, novella length probably rather than novel length. I talk more about it on my page set up for the preview.


So, if you’re interested, I’ll let you get over there and read it.


I’m going to get back to writing now.


Unless you’re going to let me come watch you while you read! (Grin)

Hey, the phone’s for you. Loki’s calling.

News Flash — Coupon!

Hi, everyone.

I just posted a coupon for use in my Boundless Gallery store. You get to save $30 on all purchase over $100. That’s in addition to free shipping.

Better hurry though — I’ve also added several dates for my art to be showcased there. Your favorite pieces might not last. You certainly don’t want your art hanging on someone else’s walls, do you? Don’t let it get away.

Oh, the coupon code: use MAKE2009 at checkout to get your $30 off!