Thursday, January 10, 2013

#GuestPost by S.G. Rogers, Author of Tournament of Chance

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Tournament of Chance 

In Tournament of Chance, a hunter’s daughter becomes the spark that ignites a revolution—in time.

When a beautiful commoner enters the Tournament of Chance archery competition, her thwarted victory sparks a revolution in the oppressive kingdom of Destiny. Although Heather never believed the legends about the restoration of Ormaria, after three shape-shifting Ormarian wizards awaken from a long magical slumber, she joins their perilous quest to regain the throne. Heather battles vicious predators and angry trolls to free the wizards’ magic, but at a horrendous cost. She is unexpectedly torn from the arms of the man she loves and hurled back in time to fulfill a prophecy not yet written. The ensuing maelstrom tests Heather’s survival skills, wits, and endurance. Will she become an unwritten footnote in history, or can she trust the magic to lead her back to her one true love?


Like a Box of Chocolates by S.G. Rogers

I tried several different genres when I first began to write, but I’m most comfortable writing fantasy.  I feel lighter when I’m composing a flight of fancy, even when it’s dark.  Perhaps it stems from my somewhat isolated childhood. My family moved around a bit when I was growing up, so I never really made lasting friends.  Wherever I went, however, the library always became a favorite spot for loading up on books.  Somewhat introverted and shy, I could live out fabulous adventures between the pages of a great novel. 

My second favorite activity was going to the movies.  At that time, my mom could drop my sister and me off at the theater alone for the afternoon matinee.  We’d stay for a double Disney feature, like The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (Kurt Russell) and Charlie, the Lonesome Cougar.  I adored fantasy movies best. I wished I could hop into the chalk drawings in Mary Poppins, or travel through time like George in The Time Machine (1960).

For me then, the best sort of fantasy book is one that plays out like a movie for the mind. That’s the way I like to write, too.  I actually studied acting, improvisation, and writing screenplays when I lived in Los Angeles.  Each of those disciplines has come in handy over the course of my writing career. 

More recently, I’ve branched out into romance. With historical romance especially, there is a huge amount of research to be done.  Believe it or not, I am forced to do huge amounts of research with fantasy, too.  It’s amazing how much work a writer does just to make things up!  Romance is a popular genre in the e-book market, and I’d like to broaden my base. 

Once I’ve got readers hooked, maybe I’ll steer them from historical romance into fantasy steampunk.  (grins)  Just like with a box of chocolates, it might be difficult for me to pick just one genre.  Nevertheless, it’s all yummy. 

~ S.G. Rogers


A muscle in Dane’s jaw rippled. “We must move faster. The longer she’s alone, the more likely it is she’ll encounter something dangerous.”
“She’s done well enough so far, no thanks to you,” Joe muttered.
Dane peered at Joe with narrowed eyes. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“You’ve shown your distaste for Heather upon more than one occasion.”
“I would never let my personal feelings interfere with my duty to protect the child,” Dane exploded.
“Really? Then why is she lost?”
Dane hands formed fists at his side. As the two men squared off, Shimmer stepped in between. “Jovander, I’ve known Dane much longer than you have. You accuse him unjustly.”
“That is so,” Manny concurred.
“No, no. Don’t bother to defend me. It won’t make a difference. Jovander Chance has a deep seated resentment toward the royal class and doesn’t believe we could ever act unselfishly,” Dane scoffed.
“Forgive me for saying so, but this whole quest is selfish!” Joe yelled. “If it succeeds, you Ormvalders resume ruling the kingdom. Heather gets nothing except for a pat on the back. She’s the only one of us here who has acted in an unselfish manner.”
“You’ve acted unselfishly too, Joe,” Manny said.
Dane smirked. “No, he hasn’t. Haven’t you noticed? Young Joe is quite taken with the lass.”
Joe flushed bright red. “Don’t act so smug, Your Highness. I’ve seen the way you look at her.”
“First you practically accuse me of doing her in, and now you accuse me of having designs on the woman?” Dane thundered. “Make up your mind.”
“First you call her a child, and now a woman?” Joe pointed out. “You should make up your own mind.”
A long, smoldering silence followed in which nobody spoke.

Author S.G. Rogers

Originally from Southern California, S.G. Rogers has lived in Asheville, North Carolina and Laurel, Mississippi. She earned her first black belt in taekwondo from martial arts champion Billy Blanks.  Later on, she earned black belts in taekwondo and hapkido from Master Myung Kim. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, S.G. Rogers writes fantasy and romantic fantasy stories.  She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer and the occasional gator. Although she’s most often drawn to speculative fiction, she’s been known to break away to write other genres.  Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss.

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