Rune’s Folly (Tower of Shells #1)
By: Garen Glazier
Publisher: Only Child Press
Publication Date: February 5th, 2019
For some the tower of shells was folly. For Tansy McCoy it was destiny.
By day, Tansy McCoy is a florist making charmed bouquets for the citizens of Junonia, capital of the Kingdom of Terranmar. By night, she’s an assassin and the keeper of the Dangerous Garden where deadly blooms grow. Together with the town tailor, butcher, baker, and metalsmith (just don’t call her a candlestick maker), she is part of the Guild, a secret group of spell-wielding thieves and mercenaries. Their task: consolidate all that remains of the realm’s fading magic under the ruthless King Zeno’s control.
Impetuous loner Tansy chafes under her Guild demands. She longs to quit her town and trade and head for the hills. Unfortunately, King Zeno has other plans. He wants to marry off his daughter to Terranmar’s famously reclusive wizard, Rune Hallows, and he’s willing to have the Guild kidnap him to make it happen. Fail to deliver the wizard and the consequences will be swift and deadly.
Reluctant but determined, Tansy sets out on the long journey to faraway Wentletrap and Rune’s desolate tower by the sea. To get there she must cross a swamp full of sinister surprises, battle a werewolf, and outrace a bloodthirsty band of revenants, while she wrestles with her own magical powers that seem to be expanding in unpredictable ways.
But reaching Rune’s tower is only the beginning. When Tansy learns the real reason behind the king’s contest, she’ll need to decide whether to give in to the growing forces of magic ready to reclaim Terranmar or embrace her newfound powers to save the kingdom.
By the time I’m done writing a novel the characters inside it feel like family. I know them well. Sometimes they delight me. Sometimes they drive me crazy. But I love them always. RUNE’S FOLLY is populated by a motley crew of magical people and creatures that I’d love for you to get to know better. Consider this an introduction to the adventure fantasy branch of my literary family tree.
Name: Tansy McCoy
Appearance: Auburn hair, yellow eyes. Tall and strong.
Daytime profession: Florist
Guild role: Assassin specializing in poisons
Magical abilities: Green witch. Using charms to bring out the special qualities of plants and flowers.
Likes: Solitude, green things, daydreaming, making use of her wry sense of humor
Dislikes: Arrogance, working in the Guild, the Crown
Name: Rune Hallows
Appearance: Dark curls, hazel eyes. Dashingly handsome.
Daytime profession: Broken-hearted recluse.
Relationship to Tansy: Budding romance
Magical abilities: Conjurer. Can call souls back from the Otherworld.
Likes: His tower, causing mischief in the neighboring village, brooding
Dislikes: The people of Wentletrap, the Crown, Anwell the ghost
OTHER GUILD MEMBERS
Appearance: Dapper dresser. Slick and wily.
Daytime profession: Tailor
Guild role: Ringleader
Magical abilities: Necromancer. Can summon and control Dead Ones.
Likes: Gold, looking good, throwing his weight around
Dislikes: Tansy, ineptitude, anyone questioning his authority
Appearance: Huge, disheveled, intimidating
Daytime profession: Butcher
Guild role: The muscle
Magical abilities: Probable vampire
Likes: Making good on threats
Dislikes: Daylight, smiling
Name: Cava Jernsel
Appearance: Short, dark hair, heart-shaped face. Very strong.
Daytime profession: Metalsmith
Guild role: Weapons master
Magical abilities: Using charms to enhance the weapons she makes. Strength from her dwarf heritage.
Likes: Discussing the finer points of metalcraft, working in her forge
Dislikes: Feeling weak, needing help, insincerity
Appearance: White-blond hair, blue eyes. Lanky.
Daytime profession: Baker
Guild role: Reconnaissance
Magical abilities: Shifter
Likes: Complaining, being part of a group
Dislikes: Mallo, the Otherworld
Name: Zeno Neberon
Appearance: Older but carries himself like a much younger man. Sandy hair, sharp eyes.
Position: King of Terranmar
Likes: Power, magic if it’s under his control
Dislikes: His subjects, Saskia
Name: Saskia Neberon
Appearance: Slender build. Blonde curls. The same sharp eyes as her father.
Position: Princess of Terranmar
Likes: Appearing regal in both aspect and demeanor
Dislikes: Not being taken seriously
OTHER IMPORTANT CHARACTERS
Name: Hem Holden
Appearance: Stout and muscular, kind face
Daytime profession: Woodcutter
Relationship to Tansy: Best friend
Magical abilities: None. But he has a heart of gold.
Likes: Tansy as a friend, Cava as maybe something more
Dislikes: The Crown, the Melampus Swamp
Name: Ms. Caraway
Appearance: Old and bent, white hair, preternaturally black eyes
Daytime profession: Florist/Gardner
Relationship to Tansy: Adoptive Mother
Magical abilities: Green witch
I have always called Seattle home and find the perpetual gloom to be a wonderful writing ally. I like coffee shops, bookstores, dancing in my living room and singing in my car. The opening scene of Up makes me cry. Three Amigos makes me laugh. Fashion magazines, croissants, and long, long baths are my guilty pleasures. They might occur separately or together. I prefer boxing classes to yoga, and I get some of my best ideas when I’m running. I loved school and spent more time than one really should getting a business degree in marketing and a master’s in art history. In an ideal world I’d go to bed at 2am and wake up at 10am. I’ve never been an early bird, and I feel strongly that alarm clocks kill dreams.
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