Hi, I’m indie fantasy author, Melinda Kucsera, and today I’m speaking with Chelsea McKenna, author of the epic fantasy series The Vorelian Saga, beginning with Book 1: The Blood of the Lion.
What’s it about?
The Blood of the Lion follows three characters whose destinies intertwine as chaos and war spread through the world of Vorelea. Syra holds a dangerous relic hunted by unknown forces. King Morei descends into a curse that could undo his kingdom. And Cyrus, the first Dragon Rider in centuries, is drawn into a prophecy he wants no part of. No one can escape their fate in this sweeping epic fantasy.
What’s in this episode:
Chelsea will share how she developed The Vorelian Saga over 9 books into an epic fantasy series filled with political intrigue, ancient magic and dragons.
We’ll follow the three main characters Syra, Morei and Cyrus as their storylines converge, discussing how Chelsea created such compelling characters and complex worlds.
With dark magic, dangerous relics and gods that can’t be trusted, this series has resonated with readers. We’ll explore the themes of destiny, the human quest for power and the moral ambiguity of war.
The Blood of the Lion has already won four book awards. We’ll discuss Chelsea’s journey to become an award-winning published author and her advice for aspiring writers.
Find out what’s next for The Vorelian Saga. With 8 more books planned, Chelsea will tease what’s in store for readers without spoiling major twists!
Where to find Chelsea:
Instagram: @thevoreliansaga and @cdmckenna
Buy The Blood of the Lion: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Lion-C-D-McKenna/dp/B09RHQK28K/
About your host, Melinda Kucsera:
I am Melinda Kucsera, an indie fantasy author who wrote and published 20+ books since 2016 across 5 series. I write epic fantasy adventures about families and magical creatures who’re just trying to survive in a world that hates and fears magic but is steeped in it.
What series do I write?
The Curse Breaker series chronicles the adventures of a reluctant mage (Sarn), his son, and the magical creatures they befriend as they fight to save their underground city from monsters, ancient evils, and a variety of magical threats.
The His Angelic Keeper series follows a ghost girl who just wants to save her still-living family, not stop a demon invasion or the literal apocalypse, but she’ll do that too if she must. (This is a humorous series that stars Sarn’s twin sister from the Curse Breaker series).
The Robin of Larkspur series follows Robin, a woman who just wants to save her daughter from the mythical creatures that kidnapped her baby. Sarn tries to help her.
The Divergent Heroes series is supposed to star two knights who are partially disabled but a younger version of Sarn keeps stealing the scenes.
The Curse Breaker’s Companion series which includes side quests, wacky what ifs, and stories from my newsletter of Sarn and his family in our world because they won’t stay inside the epic fantasy books they star in. They’d rather visit me through a portal conveniently located in their cave.
Why am I here?
I want to give you more fun adventures, more often, and create a community of fantasy readers to share ideas with, new stories, artwork, and have fun. So I’m taking the plunge and posting chapters of my upcoming books, bonus content, podcasts, videos, audiobooks, boxed sets, deleted scenes, alternate endings and beginnings, Patron-only stories, and more.
Become a patron now to read those stories: https://www.patreon.com/melindakucsera
About the interview:
I entered my book, Curse Breaker Enchanted, in the Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off 9 (SPFBO 9) this year and thought it might be cool to interview my fellow entrants. Only 300 books can enter the contest. 10 will advance to the semi-finals, and one will be crowned the winner of SPFBO 9 for 2023. I hope you're cheering for Curse Breaker Enchanted! You can grab a copy for free right now to celebrate: https://melindakucsera.com/the-more-epic-version
Where to find your host, Melinda Kucsera:
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