Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Trouble with Thieves - Maurice X. Alvarez & Ande Li

Kormèr Lezàl is a young man living a double life on his planet Elmar. Privileged by birth, he seeks to correct the injustices of his feudal world by becoming a specialist in "wealth redistribution." One day he finds a most wondrous, miraculous device, which can open a portal to any place and any time in the universe he can imagine, and far beyond. During a moment of romantic indiscretion, Kormèr is forced to flee through the device. Thus begins a journey unlike any he's had before.

Jeransy is a thorny English rose seeking escape from her dystopian, oppressive world, and when she finds her means, she intends to never go back.

Anndrew is a bored teenager seeking excitement in modern-day America, which she finds in the form of an alien who promises her the trip of a lifetime.

Cecil is brilliant, driven and alone. Picked on by bullies and misunderstood by his family, he is willing to risk everything to prove himself. When fate deals him the opportunity to seize power beyond his wildest dreams, he decides that nothing will keep him from his chance at greatness. When he learns that Kormèr Lezàl is on his trail and intends to take him back to Earth... well, he's not going without a fight.


Maurice X. Alvarez and Ande Li were raised in New York City. They began writing fiction at an early age, taking events in from daily life and altering them to fill the pages. They quickly developed a fascination with science and technology, and their reading interests shifted into the realms of science fiction, fantasy and the paranormal as a result. Their writing soon followed suit.

When Maurice isn't writing he can be found cruising around the county on his bicycle, experimenting with DIY projects around the house or building his amateur carpentry skills.

Ande enjoys gardening and cooking/baking.

What will readers like about your book?

Its a fun adventure-filled ride across a wonderfully detailed planet where the lines are blurred between magic and futuristic technology. The characters are all driven by motivations that ring familiar with everyone. Readers will also enjoy watching them change as they face obstacles and opportunities beyond anything they could ever have imagined.

Why did you self publish?

I grew frustrated with agents and publishers that still relied on snail mail and hard copies. In this day and age, they seemed anachronistic, and I knew there had to be a better way. I happened to find a very helpful author, David H. Burton, who pointed me to all the right tools and places to get started on the indie path. And that whole process just made sense to me as the right place to be in this day and age. And the idea of connecting personally with readers and getting their feedback via venues like Facebook, Twitter and blogging has been the icing on the cake.

Who are your favorite authors in your genre?

Isaac Asimov, Timothy Zhan, Roger Zelazny, David Eddings, Anne Rice

The Trouble With Thieves (available on Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, AmazonKindle, AmazonPaperback, Amazon UK, AmazonUKPaperback and iBookstore)

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