Thursday, October 8, 2020

The Val-Harra Saga - Book Tour and Giveaway


Dawn of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 1
by Kevin Potter
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Dragons are real.
A draconic apocalypse is poised to strike at Humanity.
Just one wyrm stands in the way.

As a young dragon living by the ideals of virtue and honor, Dauria wanted nothing more than to live in peace and harmony with Humanity. When that failed, she helped establish a pact that forced Dragonkind into the shadows.

When she awakens after millennia of slumber, she finds the Earth a very different place than she remembers. To make matters worse, upon exiting her lair she finds herself stripped of all her draconic power and left to freeze, in human form, on the icy heights of her mountain home.

Someone doesn’t want her to rejoin the rest of her kind. Someone sabotaged her from the moment she awakened. Someone wants nothing more than to begin a full-scale war between humans and dragons with the fate of the Earth in the balance.

Somehow, Dauria has to find a way to overcome every obstacle placed in front of her and make her way to the Dragon Council. Who will prevent the coming war if not her?

But how can she do that with no power and not even the strength of her dragon form to aid her? 

If you love stories all about dragons as deeply flawed and conflicted as any human, if you enjoy rapid, page-turning suspense on the backdrop of dragon-centric contemporary fantasy, then download your copy of Dawn of the Overlord today!

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Power of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 2

They exist, and have risen from their slumber to take the Earth back from Humankind.

In the aftermath of the Great Dragon War, a horrifying new power could destroy everything...

The subjugation of man should have brought an end to hostilities. It should have brought an age of peace to the Earth.
It didn’t. The hostile suspicion between dragons is worse than ever.

Since her failure to prevent the war, Dauria has all-but-lost her faith in the compassion of Dragonkind. But still she hopes. She prays that one day sanity will return to her people.

After centuries in Antarctica, Dauria and her budding family sacrifice the peace and stability of isolation to re-enter the deadly world of the New Dragon War to right a wrong she is partially responsible for.

The group travels to her ancestral home in Japan in the hope of stopping her brother's dark machinations. But when the family is separated, Dauria risks more than just her sanity in her quest to reunite her family and stop her brother's evil plans.

Will she find a way to thwart her brother and retrieve her family, or was the quest a lost cause from the start?

If you've been waiting for a series that puts dragons front and center, then look no farther! Kevin Potter's Val-Harra Saga is exactly what you've been looking for.

Age of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 3

 In a future Earth where dragons reign supreme and have only each other to fear, is there any chance left for peace?

A conflicted dragon. A Prophecy. And an ancient wyrm with a dark secret...

Gravv is not the dragon he once was. No longer an innocent. No longer an idealist. Now he lives for little more than revenge. But in the aftermath of the disastrous showdown in Japan, he and his sire must meet with potential allies in the west.

Their arrival is far less than peaceful, however, and those allies have plans and secrets of their own. All is not well in this conclave of metallic dragons, and nothing is what it seems.

Will Gravv find a way to rise above his own prejudices and overcome the machinations of new enemies, or will The Age of Extinction make a victim of him as well?

Revenge of the Overlords
The Val-Harra Saga Book 4

 Thousands of years in the future, dragons rule the Earth.
Though the war is far from over, the battle has been won. But at what cost?

Maalyys is mourning for the losses in the last battle, but there is so much yet to do. Without the support of the overlords, the Great Council to save and unite all Dragonkind in peace will remain an unattainable dream...

Bal struggles to correct the tyranny his island home has lived in for centuries, but a prophetic nightmare shows him that he must take an active role in his sire's plans for the future.

Someone is working behind the scenes to sabotage the council, and Bal fears a wyrm has unlocked an unheard of power that will destroy them all.

When an unlooked-for miracle returns a fallen hero to their lives, everything changes. Hope, so long absent from the Earth, tugs at the hearts of both dragons.

But will it be enough? Will anything be enough to overcome the darkness that dominates all Dragonkind since the discovery of Essence Theft?

Though they sometimes work at cross purposes, Bal and Maalyys must work together toward their common goal lest one whom they both love will suffer all the more for it. 

Revenge of the Overlords is the long-awaited culmination of the Metal and Stone sequence, the first arc of the Blood of the Dragons series that brings full circle the story of what happens when dragons rule the Earth. Longer, deeper, and more epic than any of its predecessors, this book will keep you up turning pages long past your bedtime.

Hello, reader! (sorry to defy conventions, but I can't stand writing about myself in the third person. It's just weird.)
I spend a good portion of my time masquerading as dragons larger than some cities, but when I'm not doing that I like to spend my time picking people's brains.
No, no, I don't mean learning from their experiences, I like the taste of brain matter!
Okay, okay, I'll try to be serious for a minute (I can't promise for more than one minute though).
I've been a storyteller for almost as long as I can remember. It started when I was nine. In school, we had an assignment to write a one-page short story. That night, I wrote a nine-page "masterpiece" about a magical pair of shoes and their journeys throughout the western United States before finding an owner who would properly care for and appreciate them.
From there, my storytelling grew into DMing D&D games (and other roleplaying games).
Naturally, the games eventually led me to start writing stories.
I’m not a full-time author (yet), though I am hopeful. Professionally, I’ve done everything from technical support to restaurant management to building custom gaming PCs.
I live in Cottonwood Height, UT, with my wife and two beautiful daughters who I’m certain are much smarter than me.

Originality vs expectations

Okay, this is actually something I struggled with a lot when I first started writing.
Not because I was cloning something else I had read (and therefore lacked originality), like so many writers say. But because it has always been in my nature to just do my own thing with no regard whatsoever for what anyone else thinks or expects.
To a certain extent, I suppose I still do that, but I at least have learned to have a little more regard for what my readers might be looking for.
Contrary to what some may think, I don’t see that as compromising my creativity. I don’t see it as an attempt to play to the market. Not that I have anything against that tactic. A lot of writers write to their market to great effect. It’s just a tactic that isn’t for me.
You see, from the very beginning, I’ve had a story to tell.
My earliest writing was a story that no one would want to read, of course, but that doesn’t change the fact that I had something very specific I wanted to tell.
I have tempered that over the years to incorporate what fantasy readers might want to see, at least in general terms. For example, my natural writing style is extremely sparse in some ways and excessive in others. I give very few descriptive details of anything but tend to go on extremely long tangents about what characters are thinking.
When I analyze myself, I know why this is. I’m a very internal person. While I do notice the things around me, they usually aren’t that important to me. In contrast, I always have a dozen things going on in my head and those are the things that I focus on. 
I like showing that internal compexity in my characters. One of my favorite things to write is something that I don’t see very much of in other people’s fiction. Can you guess what it is?
Internal arguments!
I love seeing a character go back and forth with themselves about a decision. It’s something we all do. We will agonize over our choices. Those of us who are exceptionally analytical will have full-on arguments with ourselves, sometimes listing out pros and cons for each choice before we finally come down to the final decision.
But I can count the number of times I’ve seen that in a book (that I didn’t write) on one hand. It has always been something that I’ve felt was missing from books.
I understand, of course, the general assumption that strong-willed characters with strong agency are more interesting, and there’s this perception that this kind of person would already know what they want to do and just go for it. But I don’t agree with that.
Even if it happens in a fraction of a second, all humans have those internal arguments before coming to a decision, and I think it does us a disservice to not see that expressed and explored in fiction.
But I digress.
To come back to the point. Those long internal tangents are something I have to actively curtail in my writing, and in my revisions I have to go back and add a ton of descriptive details so my readers can see what I saw when I wrote it.
I also have to actively work to add character arcs to my stories. While not every story needs a character who changes with the story, it always makes for a more satisfying experience when they do. Making those changes overt and noticeable isn’t something that comes naturally to me, so I have to work at it.
So yes, in these small ways I do tailor my writing to what my readers expect, but in almost all other ways I strive to be true to myself and tell the story that has been raging in my head for years.

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$25 Amazon Gift Card (WW), 
Signed Paperback of Shadow of the Overlord (US only) 
– 1 winner each