Wednesday, June 24, 2015

FUNNY FRUIT by Grant and Gary Reed

by Grant and Gary Reed

After ninety years of warring, exploring, and saving the realm, brothers Yarl and Fonn, must take up the title of Master again. If they don’t, someone else will surely steal all the fame, glory, and fertile women. How will they ever train new apprentices, save the kingdom, and still find time to fit in that extra order of chicken wings? Make no mistake, the old Masters have a lot to pass on and only a short timeframe to do it.

Will young Garrett flourish as an apprentice Sworvei? Can his partner Azilda master the ‘Nesting Nightingale’? And who in hell invited the ogres?

Join this rag-tag group of ‘Protectors of the Realm’ to see if they can pull off the biggest upset of the Continental Games, by saving young King Renli from the clutches of the evil First General.

“His name is James Lacie. Once he was one of the top alchemists in Cassadia. He was highly sought after for his many time-saving inventions and numerous elixirs. At any given time his shop carried wart remover, air fresheners, love potions, and something closer to that which you seek.”

Miss Mia turned back to her mirror and dabbed at her rosy cheeks again, humming to herself. Milo reached to his belt and produced a small leather bag. Opening the pouch he emptied it into the palm of his left hand. A pair of opal earrings spilled forth. “Closer to that which I seek, you say?” he inquired.

“Yes, a chemical fruit that when eaten would unknowingly render the eater susceptible to suggestion. A great party favourite a few years back. The unsuspecting victim would eat the fruit and was then told to cluck like a chicken or act like a coconut. Its effects would sometimes last the duration of a good party.”

“Yes, the gag would be much funnier if the victim was unsuspecting,” mused Milo. “Tell me, where can I find this James Lacie’s shop?”

“He no longer has one,” replied Mia. “It had something to do with a potion mix up. The king’s cousin ended up falling in love with a sheep, as I recall. The royal family was not impressed, and you know how the Chronicle can be when it gets its hands on what it deems to be a front page story. Ruined the man’s career, or so I’m told. Anyway Mr. Lacie has been on the lam ever since.”

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-What inspired you to become a writer?

I have always been a daydreamer and enjoyed reading fantasy novels as a kid. Creativity wells up within and cannot be stifled. I can take a break for a few days, but the ideas just keep coming and like any good purveyor of fantasy I have to share these stories with others. I know a lot of fans really enjoy the realm we've created and that is what keeps me expanding our world and character base.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Help Garrett solve a mystery of course. Some site seeing would be in order and a chicken wing eating contest with Yarl and Fonn would be a must. I'd win that challenge any day. I would also like to get tickets to a Golem War match – Front row if possible.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

Typing blisters turn to calluses in less than a week. Black eyes from brotherly scraps take significantly longer. Not that we scrap too often, maybe that’s why we swap chapters over the internet!

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks or pizza with?

I would go out drinking with Merle and P.C. for sure. If I spilled my beer, P.C. would take care of the mess. Garrett and a pizza would be nice, because then I could pass on some sage advice to Garrett. Sometimes he's a little naive.

-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Take the advice of others with a grain of salt. Stick with your intuition trust yourself and don't change for anyone. If you believe in your world and have put in the effort the rewards will follow.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

Romance. I have been with my wife for 20 years married for 12. I still don't know the first thing about women. Very complicated creatures. For sure. I guess that's why I write Bromance. With men there's nothing to figure out. Eat it. Kill it, or kiss it.

Grant Reed has a background in business management, computer programming, and computer networking. He would much rather be out fishing though, so he spends his time writing and exploring the lakes in his back yard of Canada. He lives in Lively Ontario, Canada with his wife Robin, and their two children Aidan and Megan.

Gary Reed, his wife Kerry and their two children, Hannah and Kailey also live in Lively Ontario, Canada. And yes, he spends his time exploring the countryside too. Photography, fishing, and playing with his girls are amongst his interests.

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