Book Tour – “The Gladiator and the Guard” by Annie Douglass Lima

Book Tour – “The Gladiator and the Guard” by Annie Douglass Lima

I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach

First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!


And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!



Bensin, a teenage slave and
martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused
of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early
death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue
him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment
designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his
choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty
of the arena system and
seize his freedom before that system crushes him?


Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through April 28th!

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats) 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through April 28th!



Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and
later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her
husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her
students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially
fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

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Here’s a great interview with the author!

Who is your favorite author?

There are too many to list them all, but some of my favorite authors include Anne Elisabeth Stengl, KM Weiland, Francine Rivers, Ted Dekker, Stephen Lawhead, and Frank Peretti.

How do you describe your writing style?

I always begin by creating an outline.  It starts off as a brief summary of the whole book (a page or two long), then at some point I usually divide it up chapter by chapter, with a few sentences about what will happen in each.  The details change as I go along, and I usually end up with far more chapters than I originally planned, but I really need that structure to get me started and keep me focused as I write.

Along the way, I usually have to do research to learn more about various topics. In this series, the main character needed to be skilled in a challenging martial art, and I wanted it to be a combination of two or three different fighting styles, involving elements of unarmed combat as well as the use of a weapon.  It took a few false starts before I had a fighting style I liked. Although it is imaginary, creating the martial art I call cavvara shil (and the necessary training and practice for it, as well as rules of the tournaments) took a LOT of research. I spent hours researching online and in books, as well as talking to athletes I know.

After I finish drafting a scene or chapter, I let it sit for at least a day.  Then I go back and re-read it, fixing any obvious errors and adjusting the word choice and sentence fluency to make it sound as good as it can.  I go on to the next scene after that, and so on. When I’ve finished the whole book, I read through it at least once, often twice, checking for inconsistencies and making sure it all flows right.  Then I read it aloud to my students and/or send it to beta readers for their feedback.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Legalized slavery in a world almost exactly like ours, plus an awesome martial art. Disturbingly realistic and gripping.

Have any of your characters been modeled after yourself?

Not in this book. But in my fantasy novel Prince of Alasia, there’s a teacher named Miss Arrin who embodies the kind of teacher I would like to be. She truly cares about each of her students and can tell when they’re not putting their best effort into their work. Little does she know that when she urges one particular under-achieving boy to try harder and be more diligent for their kingdom’s sake, she is speaking to the prince in disguise.

If you could exchange lives with any of your characters for a day which character would you choose and why?

Very few of the characters in The Gladiator and the Guard have the kind of life that I’d want to live for a day! But if I had to pick one, I’d probably go with Skipper. That isn’t his actual name, but he keeps his real identity a secret, and with good reason: if the authorities found out that he uses his sailboat to smuggle slaves away to freedom, his boat would be impounded and he would be sold into slavery himself. Though I don’t like the thought of the danger, I’ve always wanted to be a hero like that.

What books have most influenced your life?

The Bible has influenced my life far more than anything else.

If you could select one book that you could rewrite and add your own unique twist on, which book would that be and why?

How about a whole series? I love the Chronicles of Narnia, but I’ve always wished there were more of them. I’d like to write a few more, focusing on everyday life in Narnia.

Beatles or Monkees? Why?

Having grown up in Kenya, I’ve had a few not-so-pleasant encounters with monkees, mostly on camping trips. (For example, there was the time my dad took some friends and me camping for my birthday, and a troop of monkees stole my entire birthday cake.) Beatles tend to be less dangerous and annoying, although the stink beatles we get in Taiwan, where I live now, can be pretty bad sometime. On the other hand, monkees are a lot more fun to watch, as long as you don’t have any food for them to be tempted to steal. So, it’s a tough choice! 😉

Who should play you in a film of your life?

One of my students once told me that I look like Kate Blanchet (Galadriel). So, let’s go with her.


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