D is for Dare Valari #AtoZChallenge

Amazing illustration by Judit Mallol of Dare Valari

Dare Valari is the main character of my upcoming fantasy novel A SWORD OF FORTUNE AND FATE.

She’s the privileged daughter of a nobleman. With one spontaneous decision, her life is turned upside down. She has to leave everyone she loves and cares about to go find her place in the world. A chance encounter with the notorious Blaze sets her life on a path she never expected.

What do you think? Is my introduction to Dare Valari too vague? Does it make you want to read the book or put it back down and move on to the next fantasy novel? I’m still working on how to present the story to readers without giving away the twists and turns. This is a spoiler-free zone.

In any case, I could use the feedback. I’m still new at this.

I suppose, in a way, A SWORD OF FORTUNE AND FATE can be categorized as a coming of age fantasy novel. It’s got some mystery, intrigue, and a lot of sword fighting.

Artist Appreciation: Judit Mallol

I love this piece of art. I use it as my display image across all my social media platforms. I’ve had a lot of people compliment it.

The artwork was commissioned and completed by the ever-so-talented Judit Mallol. I first shared the artwork on Twitter and Facebook. Since then I’ve received a few more commissioned pieces but I haven’t shared them publicly yet.

Judit is a wonderful artist and creates beautiful illustrations. I’m in awe of her talent.

You can see more of Judit’s work in her portfolio or here.

You can also purchase some of her beautiful work here.