Monday, July 30, 2007

She's in Marketing Mode

My fantasy author, Sandy Lender, gave me permission to talk about my bride's story today. And that pleases me just fine.

Amanda Chariss is the incredible heroine of the epic fantasy novel Choices Meant for Gods, which I encourage everyone to read. If you don't already have a copy, you can pick one up at any local book store. If it's not on the shelf, they can order it for you. Easily. If you don't feel like dealing with unruly book store employees, you can get it at or the publisher's site at

While you're waiting for it to arrive, let me tell you a little about it. You see, you can read the synopsis at Sandy's site at or at the publisher's site at the link above, or at any number of the sites that hosted her during the two-month online book tour/virtual tour she just managed and completed, but I can give you the real synopsis.

All the marketing materials will tell you Choices Meant for Gods is an epic fantasy novel. All the propaganda and promotional pieces will tell you that Chariss is an orphan who's been on the run from an evil sorcerer all her life and she's finally found the will to stand and fight; and with that will has come the truth about her destiny and her purpose and her place in prophecy's evil plan to put her in charge of protecting a god who is not even worthy of her notice. But I can tell you that Amanda Chariss isn't just the protector of the gods of Onweald. She is the stunning and amazing woman who will change the course of my life. Now, Sandy has warned me not to make more of the romance between Mandy and me than the book portrays because we don't want people coming to the novel expecting a romance novel; you won't get one.

It's a fantasy novel. High fantasy with a new world that Sandy has created. High fantasy with new creatures and monsters that no other fantasy author has dreamt up before. High fantasy with gods and goddesses who walk among the mortals, influencing and affecting our lives—and not always for the better. High fantasy with prophecy and history and legends and family lineages that all interweave with current events to create an atmosphere that spells danger and intrigue for my bride.

It sets my nerves on edge, believe me. I'd rather it was a romance novel. For a variety of reasons. But for those who prefer a heavy hand at romance, you can pick out that thread under the rest of the plots in Choices Meant for Gods and be delighted with it…as I am.

For a spate of five-star reviews of Choices Meant for Gods, visit Sandy's page on at And stay tuned this week for a new review from a valuable source…Sandy will be announcing that over at her site at Today the Dragon Wins ( shortly. She's downright giddy about it.

All my best to you,
Nigel Taiman

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