Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu: Book 1 in the Haanta series Michelle Franklin

The Commander and the Den Asaan Rautu: Book 1 in the Haanta seriesAvailable from: 
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Captain MacDaede and Frewyn's armed forces face defeat at the hands of the Galleisian infantry. The young captain searches for men to join the fight and defend their homeland when she finds a mysterious and mountainous creature sitting within the hold of the armoury. Seeing no other choice than to enlist the help of everyone she can to save their kingdom, she asks the callous colossus for assistance in exchange for his freedom. She realizes that he is one of the Haanta, a reticent race of noble giants who follow a strict code of conduct and do not deviate from their tasks. When the impossible battle for their outpost is won, Captain MacDaede is made Commander of Frewyn's armies and honours her promise to giant responsible for their victory. When the giant claims he must redeem himself in the eyes of his leaders to be called back to his home, the commander offers him a place at her side to continue to defend her nation against invasion and the giant reluctantly agrees. One year later, Frewyn has suppressed the Galleisian threat and the Den Asaan Rautu receives an invitation to return to his home with honour. When he extends the offer to the Frewyn commander she readily accepts. But when the commander and the Den Asaan arrive at Sanhedhran's white shores, they uncover a plan of war by the neighboring Thellisian Empire that will change the relationship between the Haanta and Frewyn forever.

Michelle Franklin is a small woman of moderate consequence who writes many, many books about giants, romance and chocolate.
Sole Author of "The Haanta Series: the longest online, ongoing, romantic fantasy series.

What will readers like about your book?
It is an epic fantasy that has a little of everything: battles, unconventional relationships, magic, politics, etc.

Why did you self publish?
I wanted to see if there was an interest in romantic fantasy the manner in which I write it. Turns out, there is.

What is your writing process?
I write 16-18 hours a day. I usually write two chapters and one short story a day, which I post on the official Haanta Series website.

How long does it take you to write your first draft?
This book took me three months to write. I wrote it one month but spent two months editing it down to a reasonable length.


She crossed her arms and turned back toward the sea. Her mind was active with a new-found mischief and sensing the giant’s perpetual surveillance once she had turned away, she chose to look back. She caught the concerned giant in the midst of approach and was pleased at his short attempts to linger close to her. The woman secretly delighted in the notion of the giant wanting to remain in her company, and though the Den Asaan did not smile at her in return, his gaze toward her had softened.
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