Andy Peloquin

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Month: July 2016 (Page 1 of 2)

Catilina

Duel to the Death: Terenitus Catilina

I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, Martin Allen, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters…

In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall, the Hunter of Voramis!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
  • Thousands of years of weapons training
  • Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
  • Cannot be killed by anything but iron
  • Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
  • No magical abilities whatsoever
  • No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero

In the volcanic red corner, we have Terenitus Catilina!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Advanced Military Prostetics
  • Brain Implants
  • Tactical Cerebral Implant
  • Database Cerebral implant
  • Space Age Full Body Armour
  • Full Tactical Database
  • Integrated instant downloads to all Imperial databases, intellegence and software upgrades (i.e. you don’t just fight her, you fight the Empire itself – literally)
  • Almost no human body parts remaining
  • Acelerated healing via nanobots
  • Access to advanced weapons (including, but not limited to guns that materialise bullets from energy in whatsoever configuration and material the software determines and Monomolecular Bades).
  • Integrated Cerebral Communications Array
  • Augmented Vision (Infra-Red etc)
  • Access to quantum transportation technology
  • Almost total immunity to nerve agents
  • Advanced Conditioning to be utterly devoted to the mission
  • Devotly Religious
  • Vengeful

Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!

How would Catilina kill the Hunter? Catilina would use the cerebral implants coupled with the Empire’s surveillance to assess the threat and the hundreds of years of computer tactical data would combine with the advanced processing power of the Empire to formulate a plan of attack based upon negating his strengths and capitalising on his weaknesses.

To kill Catilina: The Hunter would try to overwhelm her with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce her skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume her soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.

Who would win?

The Hunter’s inhuman strength, speed, and reflexes are outmatched by Catilina’s cybernetically enhanced body, and her database would give her access to weapons data throughout history. Catilina’s arsenal is more than able to overpower the Hunter’s healing ability, and her futuristic weapons can easily shred skin and slice through bone. Decapitation!

With all biological elements effectively shielded (thus no soul to steal or blood to consume), the Hunter would be at a terrible disadvantage. He would have no idea how truly outmatched he was in the seconds before he died a gruesome death.

Winner: Catilina. The future is a terrible thing to behold!

Want to find out more about this terrifying creature who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here to read about Catilina…”

Note: All the proceeds for the anthology (6 Points of Contact) in which you will find Catilina go directly to charities benefitting wounded veterans and their families.

Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…

 

Want to match your character against the Hunter? Click here to enter your protagonist/antagonist in a duel to the death!

 

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It’s Not Long Now…

Just a few short weeks to go until the official launch of The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen, and I can barely contain my excitement! We’re going to have one heck of a killer launch party–hope to see you there.

Don’t forget to hit “Going” to the Facebook Event:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1756560507952924/

We’re going to have a blast, with takeovers from 30+ authors from all genres, games, prizes, competitions, and so much more.

Speaking of competitions: want to win a signed paperback of Lament of the Fallen?

It’s easy! All you have to do is invite people to the party (link above), and you’re in the running. Every 10 guests invited = 1 entry to win one of the two signed paperbacks I’ll be raffling off first thing in the morning August 19th.

Go here to find out everything you need to know…

Have a wonderful Friday!

Thya

Duel to the Death: Thya

I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, Karina Kantas, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters…

In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall, the Hunter of Voramis!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
  • Thousands of years of weapons training
  • Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
  • Cannot be killed by anything but iron
  • Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
  • No magical abilities whatsoever
  • No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero

In the silver corner, we have Thya, Queen of Tsinia, Guardian of the changlins!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Can control the forces of nature
  • Any act using rain, wind, fire, earth
  • Can burn you from the inside out
  • Can make things move with her mind
  • Can strangle, just by looking at you
  • Is immortal and can only be killed by that who created her
  • Is half-Gestle, an underworld demon
  • Can and has done numerous times, mute, blind and take away speach

Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!

How would Thya kill the Hunter? Thya will first crush his windpipe just by staring at him with her deadly white irises. She will suffocate him before wielding a iron sword that will slice off his head, all in a matter of seconds.

To kill (your character): The Hunter would try to overwhelm her with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce her skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume her soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.

Who would win?

Before the Hunter can raise Soulhunger, a constricting force around his throat cuts the air from his lungs. Even as his body fights to repair itself, Thya rips Soulhunger from his grip and plunges it into his heart.

Winner: Thya. And without moving!

Want to find out more about this demonic creature who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here to read about Thya…

 

Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…

 

Want to match your character against the Hunter? Click here to enter your protagonist/antagonist in a duel to the death!

 

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Awesome Resources for Creative Writing: Fantasy Faction

If your creative writing tends toward the fantastical (sci-fi and any of the many fantasy sub-genres), Fantasy Faction is a website worth bookmarking! Between the book reviews, interviews with authors, and numerous articles posted there, it’s a resource worth its digital weight in gold (Bitcoin?).

I’ve read a lot of the articles on the Fantasy Faction Articles section, and there is A LOT of useful information to choose from. Here are just a few of the titles I found helpful:

All VERY useful articles when it comes to crafting awesome fantasy stories!

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The Interview section is filled with interviews with some of the best-known names in fantasy, as well as lesser-known authors whose works are no less awesome. I’ve read a few of the interviews and, much like Stephen King’s On Writing, there was a lot of simple, useful tips that have helped me to write better.

For fantasy lovers, the News section is always worth checking out. For example, I just found out Terry Pratchett’s works were being made into a movie! How awesome is that? If you like reading about fantasy news, it’s worth checking out.

The Reviews section is a great place to find out which books are popular, as well as WHY. The book reviewers give detailed feedback on the things they found enjoyable, giving you an idea of how you can make your stories more appealing to “the masses”.

Of course, don’t forget the check out both the Writing section and the Forum for a wealth of information on all things creative writing, story-telling, plotting, planning, and more. You can find Book Clubs, promote your work, talk about self-publishing, learn about RPGs, check out awesome art, participate in competitions, and share in general discussions on all things fantasy. DEFINITELY a resource all fantasy writers (and even those not writing fantasy) will want to take full advantage of.

 

David

Duel to the Death: David

I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, Rusty Trimble, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters…

In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall: the Hunter of Voramis!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
  • Thousands of years of weapons training
  • Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
  • Cannot be killed by anything but iron
  • Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
  • No magical abilities whatsoever
  • No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero

In the dark blue corner, standing at 5’10, weighing just 120 lbs, and barely old enough to shave: David!

David

Tale of the Tape:

  • Master of the Chon technique of sword fighting
  • Possesses a symbiotic magical, iron sword

Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!

How would David  kill the Hunter? The Chon philosophy could be described almost as a “passive-aggressive” style.  David fights a defensive battle, his body and facial expressions giving off the appearance that he is being overwhelmed by his opponent, just barely being able to block this blow and that, the impression to the enemy being that the next blow will be the killing one.  David continues to just manage to deflect blow after blow, looking more and more weakened, defeated, and desperate.

David is actually skilled and quick beyond belief and is instead allowing his enemy to wear himself out by these repeated strikes and become overconfident and careless, and during this time David is waiting for a perfect opening while easily deflecting these blows.  Once his enemy opens himself to attack, David surprises his opponent with a lightning quick strike, dispatching him.

To kill David: The Hunter would try to overwhelm him with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce David’s skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume his soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.

Who would win?

The Hunter sees David as a child, but a threat nonetheless and attacks.  David repeatedly blocks each blow, but just barely. Frustrated, the Hunter begins to attack more and more fiercely and aggressively, David continuing to just manage to fend off the dagger strikes.

However, this is a ploy. His sword has a symbiotic relationship with him and an awareness and works well in concert with its master to deliver both precise and deadly strikes, but also to ensure an excellent parrying defense.

David is sweating, breathing heavy, and staggering backwards. The Hunter, seeing this, charges forward for the fatal strike. Overconfidence is his undoing. Even a single wound from David’s iron sword floods his body with poisonous iron, slowing him, and killing him. David’s defensive fighting style keeps him out of reach of Soulhunger long enough for the iron to do its terrible work.

Winner: David. The Hunter of Voramis, defeated by a mere child!

Want to find out more about this youth who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here to read about David, Master of the Chon technique…

Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…

 

Want to match your character against the Hunter? Click here to enter your protagonist/antagonist in a duel to the death!

 

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Join Me for an Epic Occasion: Brand New Book Launch

It’s my favorite time of the year: BOOK LAUNCH!!!!

Sorry for the overuse of exclamation marks, but that’s how excited I am.

Almost one year to the day since the release of The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer, comes the epic continuation of the Hunter’s dark, twisted story:

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Isn’t that just gorgeous? Kudos to the awesome Marie Story for producing something so amazing!

The book is set to release on August 19th, and I’ve got a big Facebook Party going for the weekend of Aug 19-21. We’re going to have:

  • Takeovers by 30+ amazing authors from all genres
  • Games, challenges, and competitions
  • AMAZING prizes, including signed paperbacks, e-books, and other swag
  • Virtual discussions on epic topics
  • and so much more…

Pop on over to this Facebook Link and click “Join” if you haven’t already:

 https://www.facebook.com/events/1756560507952924/

The event is open to the public, so you and all your friends are welcome.

Sneaky Secret: Invite friends, and you have a chance of winning 1 of the 2 signed paperbacks I’m giving away. Click on THIS LINK to find out what you need to do…

It’s just less than a month away, but it’s going to be a blast. Join me in celebrating the accomplishment of all my hard work, and find out what happens next to the half-demon assassin known only as the Hunter of Voramis…

Zazere

Duel to the Death: Zazere

I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, Kyra Dune, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters…

In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall: the Hunter of Voramis!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
  • Thousands of years of weapons training
  • Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
  • Cannot be killed by anything but iron
  • Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
  • No magical abilities whatsoever
  • No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero

In the grey corner, weighing in at 145 pounds, standing 5′ 7″ tall: the Slyph Mage, Zazere!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Telepathic
  • Control Over The Air
  • Handy With Magical Powders
  • Can Create Weapons Out Of Thin Air
  • Master Swordsman
  • Swift & Agile
  • Son Of A Dragon
  • Never Loses His Cool

Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!

How would Zazere kill the Hunter? Zazere would use flash powder to temporarily blind The Hunter, then a blast of wind to the chest to knock him off his feet. If he read the Hunter’s mind, he could ascertain the Hunter’s weakness: iron.

To kill (your character): The Hunter would try to overwhelm him with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce his skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume his soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.

Who would win?

The Hunter is more than able to face any swordsman, and his skill with his blades would give him a fighting chance. Being telepathic, Zazere knows every move his opponent will make before they make it. Thus, he is exceedingly difficult to kill. However, knowing what your opponent is being able to do and being fast enough to counter it are two different matters.

The match would be a close one. If the Hunter’s superior speed, strength, and skill could get through Zazere’s guard, Soulhunger would end the battle. If Zazere could bring his planning, strategy, and abilities to the battle, he could outmatch the Hunter and use an iron sword to defeat him.

Winner: Draw. Luck could tip the scales in either direction.

Want to find out more about this Sylph Mage who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here to read about the mighty Zazere…

Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…

 

Want to match your character against the Hunter? Click here to enter your protagonist/antagonist in a duel to the death!

 

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Awesome Resources for Creative Writing: Story Starts

How many times have you sat down to get some creative writing done and found yourself staring at a blank screen? If you’re anything like me, it’s been more than once!

It can be tough to get started, especially if you’re starting a new story or book. Thankfully, I’ve found a resource that can help streamline the process. That’s right, I’m talking about story starts.

The Story Starter is one of my favorite sites to use when I want random ideas on how to start a story, or when trying to come up with a new storyline. Simply visit the site, click “Generate Idea”, and the site will come up with off-the-wall first sentences like:

  • The sadistic student teacher painted a portrait in the store three days ago to wake up the President.
  • The whacky waltz historian boiled a potato in the tent at dawn to pay the debt.
  • The somber scout leader struggled with the checkbook in a lonely bus stop in October to find the rare stamp.
  • The veteran candle maker served breakfast in the jewelry store yesterday for the architect.
  • The outrageous toy designer recited a poem in a neat closet on Thursday for the FBI.

What a load of nonsense, right? And yet, when you start looking at each of the sentences a bit more closely, perhaps an idea might spring to mind.

For example, why not write a story about a sadistic art student-teacher who killed the President? Or a man trying to pay a debt using only a potato? Or a candle-maker who has to become a servant to survive? Or a toy designer who creates a unique toy that the FBI can use to catch serial killers?

All of a sudden, these utterly ridiculous ideas become oddly out-of-the-box story lines and plots!

Do they all work? Absolutely not. But if you want help coming up with something fresh and new, sites like The Story Starter can be a good springboard to come up with unique ideas…

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Duel to the Death: Mila

So in my coffee-fueled writing frenzy, I came up with a crazy new idea: put the Hunter against any and every character willing to challenge him. It doesn’t matter the genre or power set.

Our first contestant…

I, Andy Peloquin, challenge you, Kindra Sowder, to a duel to the death! But it is not we who will fight, but our characters…

In the black corner, weighing in at 180 pounds, standing a cool 6 feet tall, the Hunter of Voramis!

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Superhuman reflexes, strength, speed–think Captain America, but stronger
  • Thousands of years of weapons training
  • Body has accelerated healing factor–can survive a sword to the heart (can be killed by drowning, iron weapons, beheading, and suffocation)
  • Cannot be killed by anything but iron
  • Accursed dagger that heals him when he kills
  • No magical abilities whatsoever
  • No hesitation to kill if he perceives opponent as a threat/obstacle to his desires–classic anti-hero

In the green corner, standing at 5′ 4″, we have Mila, the 23-year old telekinetic from The Permutation Archives.

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Tale of the Tape:

  • Telekinesis
  • Can sense energy in people with similar abilities

Two enter the ring, only one can leave alive!

How would Mila kill the Hunter?  if she focuses on the atoms of an object (inanimate or living) she can cause nuclear fission inside of their bodies. This causes a chain reaction much like the atom bomb but only internally because of her telekinetic ability.

To kill Mila: The Hunter would try to overwhelm her with his inhuman speed, strength, and skill. All he has to do is pierce her skin with Soulhunger, and the dagger will consume her soul. Not even someone with considerable magical abilities can survive Soulhunger’s bite–it was created to kill demons.

Who would win?

The Hunter’s ability to move in total silence would allow him to sneak up on Mila. IF he could catch her by surprise, he could put a dagger in her or snap her neck.

However, if she senses his presence, she would be able to cause the fission-like chain reaction in his body that could blow him to bits. Not even his demonic healing abilities could resurrect him from that.

Probable Winner: Mila! (Size and skill at arms are not the only way to survive…)

 

Want to find out more about this telekinetic who would dare challenge the legendary assassin of Voramis to the death? Click here  to read about Mila and her journey in The Permutation Archives…”

 

Who do YOU think would win? Did we get the match-up right? Leave a comment below and let me know…

 

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How Crazy Are You?

“The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” —Anonymous

I’m willing to label myself at least 50% crazy. I may not be world-changing-level crazy, but I’m crazy enough to believe that I can do something as impossibly difficult as succeeding as an author.

Here’s something you might not have known:

J.K. Rowling had difficulty getting published. Finally, Bloomsburry Press agreed to publish it but only published 500 copies. They also requested she use initials so she wouldn’t be recognized as a female writer. She has no middle name, so she chose the letter K for Kathleen. Source: WCL

If J.K. Rowling, currently the world’s wealthiest author, had a hard time getting the Harry Potter books published, imagine how hard it is for people whose books don’t match up to those standards. That’s easily 99% of ALL books.

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Yes, being a writer is truly a “crazy” dream. And yet, if we can be crazy enough to think we can change the world–even if it’s just our own small little world–there’s a real chance we can do it. It takes a severe form of insanity (tinged with a hint of egotism) to believe that the words we have to say are worth reading, but the truth is that most authors have succeeded because they clung to that delusion and refused to let go. Even after years or decades of rejection, they gripped that madness with insane tenacity, and that paid off. Or didn’t, in the case of so many authors you’ve never heard of because they quit.

How crazy are you? Are you crazy enough to hold onto your insane dream and refuse to let it go? It takes a strength borne of insanity to keep going when everything is stacked against you. But heck, that’s what makes the success all the more rewarding!

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