Wednesday, October 19, 2022

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Beginning of Arrogance (A Paladin's Journey #1) by Bryan Cole

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for Beginning of Arrogance by Bryan Cole. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fun guest post from the author about which role he'd like to have in a fantasy setting. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Beginning of Arrogance
Series: A Paladin's Journey #1
Author: Bryan Cole
Publisher: Tellwell Talent
Publication Date: June 29th 2022
Print Length: 418 pages
Genre: Epic Fantasy
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Paladins are nothing but trouble. Stories about paladins are everywhere, noble warriors riding magic steeds into battle against terrible foes. Champions of their gods. Heroes to everyone, except those who already have everything. Paladins are notorious for upsetting the balance of power, to the detriment of any who don't worship their deity.

So when Krell is called to service by the capricious god of the seas and skies, ReckNor, those with wealth and power can't help but be concerned. ReckNor hasn't called a paladin in years, and his nature is ever-changing and erratic. The fact that Krell is also an uneducated nobody with a stubborn streak as wide as the sea turns their concerns into fear.

All of which matters less than the threat clawing its way from the waves, ready to turn the ocean red with spilled blood...

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EXCERPT:
Krell’s sword struck the pell.

His heavy breathing couldn’t disguise the dull thunk from the blade as it hit, bits of wood breaking off. Krell twisted his wrist and pulled, disengaging the blade. He struck again, the blade sliding along the wood, leaving a fresh scar. Once again, he failed to cut through the post.

Krell recovered his stance, his shield raised as Olgar taught him while his sword moved back into proper striking position. His next strike was high and carved another sliver of wood. Without waiting, Krell swung again. The sword hit lower than Krell wanted. He pulled back into the proper stance, and his next strike was on target, carving deep into the wood.

“All right, lad, I think we’ve seen enough,” a voice said from somewhere ahead of him.

Krell took a step back from the pell. An unsteady step, he was forced to admit. The sun was still high in the sky. Sweat ran into his blue eyes, causing him to blink in irritation. He glared at the wooden post. No more than halfway through. His chain mail armor was heavy on his shoulders.

He looked over at the town council, seated at a long table under an awning. They had comfortable chairs for the most part, and were sipping on what looked like cool drinks in the shade. Krell wondered how much attention they were actually paying to this test.

Amra Thort was the leader of the town council, and owner of one of the largest fishing fleets in Watford. She was a formidable- looking woman with steel gray hair, whose hands bore the signs of hard work done many years ago. People in the town respected her, Olgar had told him.

Seated next to her was Daylan Plintform, a wealthy merchant who owned many trading and fishing vessels. His long face was handsome, but he always looked irritated, even when he wasn’t. Olgar detested him, but refused to explain why. He was popular in town, since he paid for numerous festivals and banquets when the catch was good.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Bryan is an avid reader, and has loved the fantasy genre since he was a child. His love of stories of mighty knights, terrible dragons, and noble steeds has inspired him for decades.







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GUEST POST:
- If you were in a fantasy setting, which role would you like to have and why?

If I were in a fantasy setting, I would prefer very strongly to be the wizard character. There are many reasons why this is my preference, but the ones I’ll address today are usefulness of magic and separation between combatants. The final one is the freedom of choice it offers.

First, the usefulness of magic cannot be overstated. In today’s modern real-world we have technology that puts nearly the entire sum of human knowledge at our fingertips, navigates us to exactly where we want to go, allows us to communicate in real time with anyone around the world, and countless other benefits. As a wizard – separate and distinct from a generic magic user or mage – I would have the ability to flexibly adjust magic or create entirely new magic spells from scratch in a way that other archetypes cannot.

This means I would go completely all-in on leveraging magic in my day-to-day activities, with spells layered thickly across every part of my home. Repelling vermin such as spiders and mice, invisible servants to clean and fetch things, magical cooking utensils to prepare and cook my meals, working toilets, air conditioning… the list goes on and on. Too often when I read fantasy books the spellcasting characters with phenomenal magic power at their fingertips live in dwellings not too far removed from what the lords and ladies in the same setting would use. I believe that if I had magic and the desire to use it properly, everyone else is welcome to a medieval or renaissance lifestyle, and I’ll live in my Star Trek environment. Income is a meaningless discussion when we introduce magic. To one degree or another a spellcaster can create a nearly limitless amount of money, though whether they crash the economy doing so is a different story. From conjuring gold literally out of thin air to other clever uses of magic (such as the crafting of lace), magic offers a way for an individual to mechanize (magicize?) industrial production on the level of a nation state, with no requirements for any employees whatsoever.

One other thing I rarely see in fantasy literature is the use of magic for romance and intimacy. Looking just at our use of the internet… well. There would be hundreds or thousands of spells available to enhance the experience, prevent pregnancy, and much more.

And pity the poor fool that seeks to kick down my door and cause trouble! Likely the first place they end up is in a deep pit far from my home, or if I’m feeling particularly aggrieved, the middle of the ocean.

The second aspect of this choice is separation between combatants. In a fantasy setting, protagonists such as wizards are expected to confront the unknowable terrors that stalk mere mortals. Often, these monstrosities have terrifying attacks, auras of sickness or pain, or are just plain wreathed in fire. In any of these situations, the last thing I want to do is move adjacent to it! I would much prefer not only being able to use magic to harm it at a distance, but to use magic to force it to stay at a distance. Layered defenses means that with proper preparation I could confront any threat and vanquish it, and without proper preparation I can easily escape to return, properly prepared, for round two.

The adage is as true for wizards as it is for engineers – if they know what they face ahead of time and the circumstances in which they will face it, they can bring the right tools for the job, and nothing can stand in their way.
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GIVEAWAY:
Bryan Cole will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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206 comments:

  1. My brother would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. I showed this to my husband & he wants to read it! I will let him have it once I'm done lol.

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  3. I enjoyed the guest post, great excerpt and Beginning of Arrogance sounds like an excellent read for me to share with my nephew!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a terrific day!

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  4. congrats on the book this sounds really interesting

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  5. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  6. My thanks to All the Ups and Downs for hosting me on my blog tour. I hope everyone enjoys Beginning of Arrogance as much as I did while writing it!

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    1. You're very welcome, Bryan. Thanks for stopping by my blog. =)

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  7. This sounds like a great book. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  8. This is a great excerpt, thank you for sharing

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  9. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  10. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  11. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover.

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  12. Do you like to go leaf peeping in the fall?

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  13. another week gone by, have a great weekend

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  14. I enjoyed reading this well done excerpt!
    Thank you for sharing it with us.

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  15. When did you discover you have the gift of writing?

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  16. well we got our first snow of the season this morning

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  17. Do you have characters living in your head?

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  18. Where do you get your ideas for writing?

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  19. thanks this sounds like a very enjoyable read

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  20. Do you reward yourself with something special when finishing a book?

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  21. What's your favourite thing in the whole wide world?

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  22. Will you dress up for Halloween?

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  23. Do you riding amusement park rides?

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  24. are you more of an early riser or a night owl?

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  25. Do you have a favorite vacation spot?

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  26. What is your favorite fall drink?

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  27. Did you get a lot of encouragement when you decided to become an author?

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  28. best wishes for a huge success on your book

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  29. Do you pass out candy for Halloween?

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  30. have a wonderful weekend, getting cold here already

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  31. Do you watch police interogation videos?

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  32. The cover of this one is so great make me want to read it even more.

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  33. do you believe in love at first sight

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  34. Have you ever started a book that you decided not to finish?

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  35. start of another month, happy writing

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  36. My daughter would love this book.

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  37. What's your favourite Christmas carol?

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  38. what winter activities do you enjoy

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  39. It's snowing at my house. Do you like snow?

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  40. wow another week gone already time goes to fast

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  41. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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  42. I really dislike this time change

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  43. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  44. Will you watch the lunar eclipse?

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  45. -29 here this morning think I need to live ina warmer climate

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  46. Do you do anything special to treat yourself after finishing a book?

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  47. What are your plans for the holiday?

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  48. Do you set an alarm so you don't write for too long at a stretch?

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  49. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway

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  50. How long does it take to write a book?

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  51. What do you drink while writing?

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  52. doyou live in the country or a city

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  53. Do you have a pet? Tell me about them.

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  54. I think my son would enjoy this book

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  55. Your book covers are amazing. Well done!!!

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  56. What author do you most admire?

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  57. how long does it take you to design the cover

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  58. What did you want to be when you grew up?

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  59. What was your favourite subject in school?

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  60. Did you always want to be an author?

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  61. Have you started another book yet?

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  62. do you prefer cats or dogs, I love cats

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  63. When does your next book come out?

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  64. I so enjoyed reading the excerpt- well done!

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  65. Do you ever get writer's block?

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  66. Where did you go on your favourite vacation?

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  67. what is your favorite childhood memory

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  68. What sort of events do you like to attend?

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  69. Will you be traveling for Thanksgiving?

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  70. What is your favorite warm drink?

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  71. Do you have a good friend? Tell me about your adventures.

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  72. Are you glad when a book is finished?

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  73. favorite book series?

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  74. Do you have a favorite author and/or genre?

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  75. Do you ever get writer's block?

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  76. Do you every get writer's block?

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  77. what kind of celebration do you have when you finish writing a book

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  78. Where do you get your ideas from?

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  79. Where do you get your ideas from?

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  80. I hope you are having a great Saturday!

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  81. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  82. Sounds exciting! My question is, are any of your characters based on people in real life?

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  83. Do you have any promtions on your books for Cyber Week?

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  84. any one else in your family a writer

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  85. Do you ever work with new writers?

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  86. do you come from a large family or small one, I have 10 siblings

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  87. What encouraging words do you have for new writers?

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  88. What encouraging words do you have for new writers?

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  89. unreal weather here lately, snowy, cold, yesterday felt an earthquake

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  90. As an author ,who is a author you'd love to meet in person today and or someone you wish you could have a conversation with a author who's passed on from this world?

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  91. looks like a fun one

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  92. Do you ever get discouraged in your writing?

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  93. Do you ever get discouraged in your writing?

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  94. What type of beverage do you like to keep on hand while writing?

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  95. thanks again for the wonderful giveaway

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