A Drift of Quills: 5-Year Plan (Characters in Question)

A Drift of Quills: The 5-Year Plan (Characters in Question)

This month A Drift of Quills has another character interview. It’s been awhile! Last time, our characters told us whether they were honorable or not. What fun that was!

This time around, we’re asking our characters another revealing question: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”

More fun! Let’s see where this goes…!

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Let me introduce you to our guest Bairith Mindar, a principle character in my book Blood and Shadow. He is a nobleman by fate, by birth, and by strength of character. His slight build, angular features, and graceful manner suggest elvish descent. One does not ask such things in polite society. Not straight out…

Bairith confesses that he is a mage, though when asked what spheres he can manipulate he deflects the question with a smile and an elegant gesture. Everything about him is elegant, from the unadorned coronet on his head to his silk clad feet. From the way he holds himself to the way he speaks.

“You have a question for me,” he reminds, gentle humor in his eyes, as if he suspects his presence has me tongue-tied. As if to remind me that he will answer one question and one alone. It puts me at a disadvantage. He knows this.

If I pose another, I’ve broken my word. If I do not, I am weak and easily manipulated. Dull of mind. The entire exercise would be a waste of time if it did not plant seeds in the fertile minds of other would-be interrogators.

Blood and Shadow: A vengeful mage. A powerful gift. A naive youth. (Join the journey today!)“Only one,” I reply easily. No smile. No elegance, either, for that matter, but I have other weapons. “As Blood and Shadow draws to a close, you’ve bound the boy Sherakai to you with magic. His father has been sent packing—literally and figuratively—and his brothers are gone. He can’t trust the reinforcement he requested and you so generously supplied. The one person he does trust is dying. Yet you have significantly improved his skills and his knowledge. You’ve opened his mind to possibilities he didn’t know existed. With all the work you are putting into this project, where do you see yourself in five years?”

For a long time Bairith regards me without the slightest change of expression. Then he smiles again and an uncanny gleam comes into his eyes. Hungry and acquisitive. “Five years can be a long time in some places,” he murmurs. “Long enough to finish a shaping. To polish all the inappropriate edges and finish putting the final pieces into place.”

His words are innocent enough, but I know him. I know his kind. Hidden beneath the innocence and elegance is an unrelenting drive.

Bairith rises, brushes imaginary dust from his silken coat, and does that thing with his hand that I so admire. It is like a dance, fluid and demanding attention. It takes my gaze to the chair he’s just vacated.

“In five years I will have something better to sit in than that.” Inflection reduces the thing from furniture to kindling. “My honor will be avenged, I will be restored, and I will renew my father’s bright vision. Sherakai does not see it yet, but he will be my right hand. He will be my dragon. It is promised. Do you know anyone who’s fought a dragon and lived?”

I do, actually, but that’s another story…

A Drift of Quills: 5-Year Plan (Characters in Question)


Author of A Hero’s Curse (The Unseen Chronicles Book 1)
Parker’s website

It’s been a year since A Hero’s Curse made its debut and twelve-year-old Essie Brightsday stepped out from between the pages. To mark the anniversary, I sat down with her to talk about what she thought of being brought to life, what it was like having a talking cat and where she saw herself in five years.

She laughs at the last question and smoothes the red cloudsilk bandana that’s over her eyes… (Read about what Essie says!)


Patricia Reding

Author of Oathtaker and Select
Patricia’s website

This is Patricia Reding, coming to you with A Drift of Quills, and on behalf of Scripta Manent Publishing, where “Written Words Remain.” Today I bring you my long anticipated interview with the renowned Lucy Haven of The Oathtaker Series. Lucy, as many of you know, is the oldest living person known in Oosa, having survived the deaths of her two former charges. Of course, she has enjoyed the gift of “continued youth” since she first swore to protect a seventh-born of the Select, and will continue to do so for the remainder of her days.

I caught up with Lucy on her way out of sanctuary here, in the City of Light, following a Council hearing that the twins, Reigna and Eden, arranged after their return from The Tearless. (That is, following the end of Select: The Oathtaker Series, Volume Two). We’re standing outside the residence hall on sanctuary grounds. I must say, the Oathtakers in the city are all aflutter with news that the twins have been tested and have found Ehyeh’s favor! So, without further ado, here is Lucy Haven… (Read all about it here!)

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What question would you like to ask our characters?
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Chocolate Fix: French Silk Pie

Wow, it’s been a long time since I indulged in a Chocolate Fix here on the ol’ blog! It’s been crazy busy with the release of my book Blood and Shadow AND my short story collection, Obscurely Obvious. Book 2 of Sherakai’s tale is also in the works. Whew!

My after-Christmas “break” has included (more) shopping and some wall painting. More work! It’s about time we had some chocolate, don’t you think? I’m going to tempt your taste buds with a spectacular and wonderfully decadent French Silk Pie.

I got the recipe from Creations by Kara, and it is perfect. It is, as Kara promises, “smooth, rich, and creamy—a dessert of epic proportions!”

Yeah, all that and then some. YUM.

French Silk Pie

Go here for the fantastic recipe: French Silk Pie by Kara.

Images by Boyd Lythgoe, copyright 2016

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French Silk Pie

Free Books to Fill Your eReader

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Sweet, right?

As it happens, I have a book featured there for the next several days. Check it out. And check out the other books while you’re there. There’s some purdy stuff there sure to look great on your e-reader. And they’re FREE. Perfect!

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Wishing You the Happiest of Holidays!

I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!I don’t know about you, but it’s hard for me to believe we’re coming to the close of another year. 2016 has treated me well—and so have you, my awesome readers! I am so grateful for your support and good wishes. I lovelovelove hearing from all of you, so if you’ve been shy about commenting or emailing me before, DEW EET! Here, let me make it easy: This is my contact page. One little note can totally make my day—and I hope I can return the favor!

“One little note” is what started my friendship with Drift of Quills pals and fellow writers Patricia Reding and P.S. Broaddus. Another little note introduced me to one of my favorite beta readers, Alan Mills. Another ended up putting me in cahoots with author Leeland Artra.

I want you to know how important you all are!

You’re the only one that can be you, with all your unique experiences and outlook on life. You have your own abilities and talents, and when you share those with me, you make my life more full.

You is smart.
You is kind.
You is important.

― Kathryn Stockett, The Help

I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!I hope each and every one of you, no matter your religious affiliation or lack thereof, has an excellent holiday season and a happy, healthy new year!

Congratulations to Our Fantasy eBook Giveaway Winners!

A Drift of Quills is happy to announce the winners of our Fantasy eBook Giveaway!

2016 Drift of Quills Fantasy eBook Giveaway Winners

Grand Prize Winner:
Amy C.

Runners Up:
Julia M.
Jacqueline M.
Raquel E.
Alan M.

Each of the authors will contact the winners by email. Then it’s time to snuggle up with hot cocoa, Christmas goodies, and a brand new book!

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!

~From A Drift of Quills

Robin Lythgoe, fantasy author  Patricia Reding, Fantasy Author Parker Broaddus, Fantasy Author

Christmas Goodies for You!

Yes! Christmas goodies! Whatever holiday you celebrate, I have some bookish yumminess for you—and I’m excited!

First I want to remind you of the Drift of Quills holiday giveaway. There will be one grand prize winner and four runners up. Have you entered the drawing yet? Be sure to hop over to the giveaway page and sign in to the Rafflecopter thingummy. (That’s an official word, right?)

A Drift of Quills is giving away e-books! Enter now for your chance to win. Contest ends Dec 18, 2016


And then there’s the annual Fantasy Sci-Fi Network Christmas Sale coming this weekend and running through the end of the month. Check us out here: Fantasy Sci-Fi Network. But wait! There’s more! We’re also having a Facebook Event December 17-18, with tons of giveaways (I hear there’s a new kindle in the works…). Join us HERE on Facebook.


HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everyone!

Blood and Shadow is Now Available!

I am thrilled to announce that Blood and Shadow, the first novel in the Mage’s Gift, is now available on Amazon! It’s taken a lot longer to get here than I’d planned, but we’re finally there, and book 2 is not far behind. No, really.

Blood and Shadow: A vengeful mage. A powerful gift. A naive youth. (Join the journey today!)A vengeful mage. A powerful gift. A naive youth.

Sherakai never wanted to become a warrior like his father and brothers. Satisfied with being fourth in line to inherit title and responsibility, he wants only to be Master of the Horse. But on the eve of his sister’s wedding, a terrible gift arrives and Sherakai’s course changes forever. His magic is the key to secrets he does not know or understand, and he must learn to fight to escape a future he doesn’t believe in. Now he must use what he hates to regain what he loves.

The regular price will be $3.99, but for TWO DAYS you can pick it up for the intro price of $0.99! the universal link that will take you to (This universal link will take you to your Amazon store.)

Are you hungry for a taste of what’s to come? Enjoy a short excerpt here: Blood and Shadow…

A Drift of Quills: Fantasy eBook Giveaway!

To celebrate this holiday season A Drift of Quills has something awesome for you—We’re giving away e-books!

A Drift of Quills is giving away e-books! Enter now for your chance to win. Contest ends Dec 18, 2016The Grand Prize Winner gets a virtual stocking stuffed with all five books in the format of your choice. (mobi, epub, pdf)

One copy each of As the Crow Flies, OathtakersA Hero’s Curse, and Obscurely Obvious will go to 4 separate runners-up. (One book per winner, notification by email.)

As the Crow Flies, by Robin Lythgoe
When a psychotic wizard traps a first-class thief—well, a man’s got to do what he’s told. Until he can think of a better plan.

Oathtaker, by Patricia Reding
Mara swears to protect her charge with her life, then discovers the price her vow will exact. Abiding by an oath requires sacrifice.

Select, by Patricia Reding
To discover their callings, and in fulfillment of prophecy, the twin ranking members of the Select journey across The Tearless where they face three challenges. To triumph, they must first believe.

A Hero’s Curse, by P.S. Broaddus
The fantastical adventure story of a young blind girl and her talking cat taking on a perilous quest to find her kingdom’s lost king.

Obscurely Obvious, by Robin Lythgoe
A collection of five short stories including In the Mirror, The High Roads, Tourist Trap, Deliver Me, Elran’s Journey, and a bonus story.

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Happy Holidays from A Drift of Quills!

Robin Lythgoe, fantasy author  Patricia Reding  Parker Broaddus

A Drift of Quills is giving away e-books! Enter now for your chance to win. Contest ends Dec 18, 2016

New Cover Reveal! Blood and Shadow: Part 1 of The Mage’s Gift

Today begins an event so epic, so awesome, I can hardly sit still. Ladies and jellybeans… the moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived!

Blood and Shadow, the first book of The Mage’s Gift, will be released on December 10th—my birthday! Way to celebrate, right? Continue reading New Cover Reveal! Blood and Shadow: Part 1 of The Mage’s Gift

In the News: SALE and Upcoming Release!

I’ve got TWO exciting pieces of news for you! A SALE and upcoming release!

SALE and Upcoming Release News!To celebrate the new cover and interior formatting for As the Crow Flies, the e-book is marked down to only 99¢.

Need a Christmas Gift?

A little something for yourself?

Join Crow for a rollicking, snarky ride through a land of wizards, demons, and ghosts.

The sale is for a limited time, so hurry to get your copy!

But wait! There’s more!

My new book, Blood and Shadow, comes out in just two weeks!

Stay tuned here for the upcoming Cover Reveal and release date, or join my newsletter to hear it first!

Are you looking for adventure? Join the journey with me!