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Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of - November 20, 2013


Please welcome Boone Brux back to The Qwillery. Boone is the author of he Bringer and the Bane series (among others). The third novel in the Bringer and the Bane, Chain of Illusions, will be published on November 26, 2013.



Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013





Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of

When I started my Bringer and the Bane series it was as a historical romance with a sprinkling of the paranormal. Ravyn Mayfield had still been raised in an abbey, but she was simply a psychic, not endowed with great power. Brother Powell, an unsavory monk, was also in Shield of Fire's original manuscript, but that's where my troubles, or good fortune depending on how you look at it, began.

The question of whether or not a Catholic monk or priest would have resided in an abbey full of women plagued me. From most of what I found on the web, it was a definite no and that presented a big problem. Brother Powell was the catalyst that forced Ravyn to flee the abbey. Being a new writer I didn't yet understand that I could have easily chosen another person or event that would have done the same thing. But the story was fully formed in my mind and I clung to it. This is something I no longer do. I don't fall in love with characters, events, phrases, weapons, anything that I might need to cut. If the person's absence makes the story better, then off with their head.

But I protected my baby. So instead of changing her living circumstances, I changed the whole genre to paranormal romance. Suddenly a bevy of options opened to me. No longer did I have to fit within the confines of every day medieval life. I could create my own rules and society...so I did.

I invented the Order of the Saints. Though loosely based on the Catholic Church, and I do mean loosely, I gave them a strong presence among the people of Inness. Throughout history the common folk have clung to their spiritual beliefs. Adding that thread to my world would hopefully ground the reader with some sense of familiarity.

Societal hierarchy, even within the Bane demons there are higher ranking, more powerful, and demons who feel entitled. In the society of the Bringers I did the same, creating dissension among the groups. Like with any political group, my world needed its bureaucrats. Check.

Since the story was during medieval times I took a lot of elements from that era. Leather, horses, filth, the usual stuff. Life was hard and dirty. People had to fight for survival. Death was a constant companion.

When all these element merged, I was left with a ruthless world, filled with intrigue, honor, and betrayal. Inness had a history of war and human suffering. Deep in the land's heart dwelled an evil bent on taking over the world by any means possible. I hadn't intentionally built this world. It kind of built itself once I took out the roadblocks.

Now with the release of book three, Chain of Illusions, I can honestly say I'm proud of the world I've built--even though a lot of it was by accident. I wonder what else I’ll invent as the Bringers and the Bane gear up for an epic battle?






Bringer and the Bane

Chain of Illusions
Bringer and the Bane 3
Entangled Select, November 26, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 368 pages

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Rell has lived in the Shadow World for thirteen years as a Demon Bane, the formerly vivacious young woman now the demonic enemy of the immortal Bringers. But when she is given the chance to become human again—and a full-powered Bringer—Rell isn’t sure if it’s better to be a demon in the Shadow World or to risk her life for her humanity.

For two years, Siban had been tortured in the Bane prison, only to fall in love with the beautiful demon who helped him escape. Tormented by the thought of never seeing her again, he maintains a life of solitude. So, when Rell’s human body is rescued from the Shadow World, he will do anything to be with her—even if it means challenging death to become a Bringer, too.

But once their Bringer transformations and training are completed, Siban and Rell must join a mission to go deep in the Shadow World to rescue others trapped by the Demon Bane King. And what they discover destroys everything they knew about the Demon Bane. The lovers must learn to trust themselves, each other, and their new powers if they’re going to make it out alive.



Kiss of the Betrayer
Bringer and the Bane 2
Entangled Select, December 11, 2013
Trade Paperback and eBook, 400 pages

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Ever since he was fifteen, mix-blooded Bringer Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to no one.

Seeking revenge on Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. When her plan goes awry and she’s brought into the Bringers’ fold, she fights to keep her own dark secret hidden. Her desire for a better life battles with a promise made long before she understood its true cost.

Brought together by their pasts, Jade and Luc plunge into the dangerous world of the demon Bane, yet as the peril of their journey grows, so does the attraction between them. The price they will be forced to pay threatens their fragile bond, especially when their slightest misstep could give the Demon King exactly what he needs to annihilate the Bringers…



Shield of Fire
Bringer and the Bane 1
Entangled, December 6, 2011
Trade Paperback and eBook, 330 pages

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Protecting humans is the Bringers’ duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.

In one night, Ravyn’s life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she’s known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.

When Rhys realizes the woman he’s rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he’s unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.

As the Demon King’s desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers—and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.




About Boone

Guest Blog by Boone Brux - Worldbuidling-Alternate Earth...Kind Of  - November 20, 2013
Boone Brux is an bestselling author in both fantasy and series romance genres. She began writing in an attempt to ward off the slow decomposition of her mental state while taking care of her twin toddlers. It soon became clear that storytelling was her true calling.

Her books range from medieval fantasy filled with demon’s and hot heroes to humorous paranormal and spicy contemporary romances. Though she loves writing romance, Boone much prefers stories where she gets to kill somebody or blow something up.

She lives in the beautiful and rugged state of Alaska with her husband, two kids, their dog Oreo, and her black cat Velma Underfoot. Not to mention the numerous wild creatures that lounge in her backyard.

Website  ~  Twitter @BooneBrux  ~  Facebook

Interview with Boone Brux and Giveaway - December 6, 2011

Please welcome Boone Brux to The Qwillery as part of the 2011 Debut Author Challenge interviews. Shield of Fire (Bringer and the Bane 1) will be published later this month by Entangled Publishing.

TQ:  What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

Boone:  Hmmm, just one? I have so many. I guess my personal favorite is that I use a five foot piece of plexiglass, mounted to my wall, as a plotting board. I tried to find one of those ginormous dry erase boards they use in boardrooms, but I needed to take out a second mortgage for the shipping alone. So I improvised and took a little trip to Home Depot. I love that place.

TQ:  Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?

Boone:  For pleasure reading I love Janet Evanovich, Karen Marie Moning, and my new favorite is Darynda Jones. I wish they’d all write faster.

I wish I could spout eloquently about some influencial writer, but my children have been the biggest influence to my writing. I have twin girls and I started writing when they were three years old. Every Sunday morning I’d lock myself in our bedroom for four uninterrupted hours of sanity. Okay, sometimes I was shopping on Ebay, but mainly I was writing Shield of Fire. Writing became my drug of choice. I needed it to silence Dora the Explorer’s voice in my head. If I hadn’t started writing I’d probably be an alcoholic or a prescription drug abuser now. Just kidding…well kind of..actually, I’m not kidding. Don’t judge, you haven’t met my kids.

TQ:  Are you a plotter or a panster?

Boone:  I was a complete panster, a fly by the seat of my trousers gal. That’s why I have editors who make me do outlines and force me to look at the story threads I need to pull through the series. Otherwise the last book would be a thousand pages long, most of it back story I forgot to put in the previous books. Oops. So now I’m a planster, a bit of both. Still, I can’t crush the creative process if my story veers wide of its target.

TQ:  Describe Shield of Fire in 140 characters or less.

Boone:  Lots of running, screaming, demon blasting, hot lovin’, magic, a classic good vs evil story with suspense, humor, and a happily-ever-after for Rhys and Ravyn.

TQ:  What inspired you to write Shield of Fire?

Boone:  I won’t rehash the kid issue again. Besides them, I wanted to write a big story. This was during that innocent phase of my career when I was oblivious to the fact I didn’t know how to write. I was living in bush Alaska with no connection to any other writer or group. I don’t recommend epic for a first book attempt, but that’s just my opinion.

TQ:  Without giving anything away, what is your favorite scene(s) in Shield of Fire?

Boone:  My new favorite scene, meaning after all the edits were finished, is when Rhys and Ravyn are entering the city of Alba. I added a lot detail that wasn’t originally there.

Would I be telling too much about myself if I said I also like the sex scene a lot? It was the one chapter with the least amount of edits. I’m just saying.

TQ:  In Shield of Fire, who was the most difficult character to write and why?

Boone:  OMG, Ravyn. She went through as many transformations as the book. At first she was too wussy, letting Rhys save her all the time. So I tried to make her more kickass. I really wanted her to kill somebody at this point in my writing. Sadly, she turned into an unlikable b***h. Then I tried a combination, tough and determined. Nope, that didn’t work well with her background of being raised in an abbey. Hopefully we’ve gotten it right. She’s innocent, but still independent, and she does get to do serious damage to the demons.

TQ:  The easiest and why?

Boone:  Icarus, Captain of the Demon Bane army. He walked onto the page fully formed. He is by far my favorite character. His story, which is the last book, is the story I look most forward to writing. I’m going to start a Redeem Icarus campaign with t-shirts and interviews with him. Maybe he’ll get groupies. That would be cool.

TQ:  What sort of research did you do to create the world of the Bringer and the Bane series?

BooneShield of Fire’s first draft was written as a historical romance, set during King Henry the Eighth’s reign. During that time I researched England and the Reformation of the church, clothes, etc. When I decided to rewrite it as a fantasy set in a more medieval time period, I researched by mostly watching movies, trying to get the feel of alternate worlds, dialogue or fight sequences. I like this method a lot.

TQ:  How many books are planned for the Bringer and the Bane series?

Boone:  Right now five.

TQ:  What’s next?

Boone:  I just finished book two, which is scheduled to release in June. 2012. I also have a story coming out in an anthology from Entangled called Tweet. It’s about a woman who follows Satan on Twitter. 100% of the proceeds go to Autism Awareness. It’s a great cause and a fantastic project. Then I’m going to eat a lot and relax during the holidays before starting book three.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Boone:  Thank you so much for having me. Merry Christmas everyone and Happy Holidays.


About Shield of Fire

Shield of Fire
Bringer and the Bane 1
Entangled Publishing, December 13, 2011
Trade Paperback and Ebook
Historical Fantasy Romance

Interview with Boone Brux and Giveaway - December 6, 2011
Protecting humans is the Bringers’ duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.

In one night, Ravyn’s life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she’s known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.

When Rhys realizes the woman he’s rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he’s unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.

As the Demon King’s desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers—and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.


About Boone

Interview with Boone Brux and Giveaway - December 6, 2011
Boone has lived in the beautiful state of Alaska for nearly two decades. She spent many of those years in the bush, where the internet and flush toilets were a luxury. Boone’s motto? “Have laptop, will travel.” It’s not uncommon to see her pounding away at her computer during camping trips, fishing expeditions, or in their family plane as they fly over the open tundra.


Boone's Links

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The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win an ebook of Shield of Fire (Bringer and the Bane 1) from Boone!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Who is your favorite Happily Ever After couple (or couples)?

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with an emailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*
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