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Sunday Shorts

Sunday Shorts is a new meme started by the CabinGoddess.com. The rules are easy, a short story, an anthology of short stories, a novella, or a quick weekend read that is also short on your wallet!


Today’s Short is a book by an author who kindly guest posted just yesterday. He’s great fun, a good friend and with his new short story out how much more perfect could the choice be?

Beginning of the Trail is a preamble to Overkill Steven Shrewsbury’s most recent release. It and the other shorts stories available on Gorias La Gaul expand on this larger than life character. For only 99 cents you’d be crazy to not sample a hearty tale.




Overkill review.    Beginning of the Trail available for Kindle and Nook

Guest post by author Steven Shrewsbury

Steven Shrewsbury is guest posting today on a great topic one that I sure agree on. Way back when did people use the word shit? Well I don’t know when the word shit came into existence but I’m guessing it’s equivalent has been around since the time of the dinosaurs. Yep some T-Rex looked down at his stumpy little arms and said well FUCK IT! How am I going to high five someones face with these things? Then he roared SHIIIIITTTTTTTTTT and some poor little dino crapped itself and dropped dead this made T-Rex happy. Okay that didn’t happen but the point it if you’re writing a book now about a very angry T-Rex you’re not going to write roar roar you’ll write using the words you know shit, bitch and cock will be in there so why are some people so damn fussy about books set in a certain time and the “right” word being used? I don’t know but they are probably a big stick in the mud. I’ll let Steven tell you about it because my T-Rex analogy may have thrown it all off a bit lol

By the way Steven has a new short story out as of yesterday tying in with his most recent book Overkill


Steven L. Shrewsbury

I’d like to say a few words about the use of modern worlds in fantasy fiction settings. Recently, I got taken to task, lightly, by a reviewer who thought my use of ‘modern’ phrases/slang/words in a setting many years ago was out of line. Now, nobody ‘dissed’ anyone, but the use of words like ‘ya’ or swear words were there. For the latter, well, two instances spring to mind.

George Carlin saying the only thing wrong with the dirty words that guy is using is that he isn’t using enough of them. The other was fantasy/horror writer Karl Edward Wagner, dealing with editors saying he shouldn’t say SHIT in a book set thousands of years ago because the word didn’t exist yet. Karl replied, and I’ll paraphrase, “I’m sure when a man fell down and hit the ground face first, he didn’t scream FORSOOTH!” He put the word in his readers would understand.

I let the naughty words fly in OVERKILL and THRALL for the same reason. A reader will get what is being said and yes, such bawdy terms weren’t in use before the great flood, but I’m also pretty sure the King James English wasn’t, either. And that line of talk is just honky freakin’ dory with most readers of such fiction. All of the conventions and trappings of the dark ages and thereafter, all exist in countless high/heroic/fantasy books. Swords seem common on each world and so are the ingredients in Mead, stew, the texture of fabrics, and the color of the sky, but DON’T say FUCK if you are angry or to ‘splain the act of copulation itself. I must confess that in real life I have never referred to the main portion of my male genitals as my MANHOOD. Not once. But say DICK, COCK or PRICK you better be referring to Richard, the rooster salesman who has splinters.

By the way, wonder why we can comprehend the words spoken on alternate worlds like those in GAME OF THRONES or WHEEL OF TIME? How dare they speak English. Granted, my folks probably sound more American, but since mostly Americans will be reading the stories, it works out all right.

In the end, it’s all fiction, folks. These tales really didn’t happen. Enjoy the story and laugh or be grossed out. If a dirty joke or the use of a character with bad speaking habits so offends you, well, there are other ways for you to stretch a literary dollar. Bad grammar isn’t forgivable, but not everyone speaks the same in a tale nor do they in real life. I know a guy at work who uses the word FUCK as a noun, verb, adverb, adjective and probably a few other ways. In OVERKILL I had a character speak like that, every other word was filthy. I had a boss once who thought that by not speaking in contractions he’d sound smarter. He didn’t.

In fiction, as with talking to people in general, we all have our own tastes. If a line of words or talk is too complicated, we tune it out. If the words are offensive, we tend to turn away and make a mental note to not go that way again. Nevertheless, not all works of fiction can be cookie cutter correct to the Oxford Speech Society. It’s great if they make sense, but sometimes, the real world isn’t pretty and the characters in it are harsh. If I decided to write a story about a bunch of scholars who were stuffy, that’d be a boring tale until someone decided to kill someone else or screw the librarian. Folks do bad things and that makes stories brighten with color. Come to think of it, the Bible picked up once the snake arrived.

So the next time you read a book, enjoy, lighten up, and try to escape the mundane world of walls that so confine ya.


Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury review

Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury is free on amazon today and tomorrow be sure to get a copy.

Steven Shrewsbury has created with Gorias La Gaul a larger than life character. A prequel to Thrall we get to enjoy more of Gorias and his most excellent adventures, be they bedding endless ladies or killing the bad guys in the most spectacular of fashion.

This story is great fun with many laughs, endless action and fantastically well written battle scenes. I found myself cheering Gorias on wanting to know how it ended and gaping in shock that a 700 + year old man had the stamina of a 19 year old. Go Gorias.

Gorias is a character to get to know. One who will charm the pants right off you, or slice them off as the case may be.

This is a great read for those who enjoy action, adventure, sword fighting and a great deal of humor in a story. One to add to the TBR list, I’m already looking forward to the next one in the series.

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.

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current read
* Open to a random page
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Two teasers today, one from a book that is free on amazon right now and for the next two days. Go snag a copy for yourself of The Brotherhood of the Dwarves by D.A. Adams




Time meant little as every day was an extension of the one before. He was trapped in a place and a life that none of his education or training or adventures had prepared him for. When he had left Dorkhun for the year’s isolation, he had held a vague notion of the orcs and their system of slavery, but he had known nothing of the reality.



Next teaser is from Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury who’s book will be free on amazon next week. Yeah baby!



Orsen tried to get out of his mind what he saw disappearing upstairs with Gorias … how the twin Mallory sisters sported three legs and were joined at the hip.
Orsen Riva faced the chandelier and blessed the perks of being the servant of the Queen.

Book tour : Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury

I’m pleased to have Steven Shrewsbury on today for an interview to discuss his latest book Overkill, today’s my day on the book tour but many others are taking part as well. I’ve got the list of blogs taking part below the interview, be sure to check them out and read up some more on Overkill, many are having giveaways so go take a look and enter.



Thanks for being on Steven, please tell us about yourself –

SS: I’m a blue collar guy, live on a farm and have been telling stories my
entire life. Even in the sandbox I had army men trying to take the walls of
Jericho. I write hardcore fantasy and historical horror.

What do you do when not writing?

SS: Work at a printing factory, wrangle my two sons, enjoy the outsdie
world and listen to a lot of sports radio.

What is your work space and routine like?

SS: I have a wooden desk in the corner of a huge front room (decorated
kinda antebellum style, the room that is); The top of the desk is strewn
with collected silliness that says alot about me: A statue of Shakespeare,
a small Cletic cross, a vial of dirt from Robert E. Howard’s grave, a
precious moments bear, a glass collie dog, an evil mask made by one son, a
Boba Feet action figure, and authentic arrow heads. I arise early each day
and answer email and try to get edits done, then the real writing comes
later after lunch before I have to get to work in the evening.

Favorite books and authors?

Howard; BLOODSTONE by Karl Edward Wagner,CALGIRCH THE SWORDSMAN by Gordon Shirrifs; LAST OF THE BREED by Louis L’Armour; BEST SERVED COLD by Joe

What are you reading now?

SS: BEFORE THEY WERE HANGED by Joe Abecrombie; SHOILOH by Shelby Foote

You have multiple books published many of which I’ve found from my
research to be horror, why the change to sword and sorcery?

SS: I started with S&S lol but at times write in other genres. It all
depends what gets accepted. Sometimes, ya gotta get the sword down and
swing. GODFORSAKEN, history-fantasy was my first novel before HAWG and the

Do you think you will write more horror while at Seventh Star Press?

I have two horror novels coming up from bad Moon Books, HELL BILLY and LAST
MAN SCREAMING. I’m not opposed to doing horror for Seventh Star as they are
terrific to work with. I’m alway working on something new.

How did you become part of the Seventh Star Press family?

SS: Stephen Zimmer saw me read at HYPERICON and we got to know each other.
I begged to sub something to him, THRALL and in time, the editors accepted.

Gorias is quite the ladies man is there more lady love for him in

SS: I dunno about romance, haha, but I think Gorias beds 4 different women

Is Overkill more a sequel to Thrall or is it stand alone?

SS: It stands alone, but is a prequel to THRALL.

Tell us about Overkill what do we have to look forward to?

SS: It’s a broad fantasy tale, full of action, pirates, wild folks, monsters, demons and dragonfire. Gorias is contracted by aging Queen Garnet of Transalpina to  attain the last heir to her throne, lost amongst the
pirates. With an Amzon guard Goria ssets out on hsi quest all while trying to figure the oppressive motives of a new local religion to trip him up and hwo is slaying politicians with dragonfire. It’s a harsh work, rough and tumble, with a twist Rod Serling would envy at the end.


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