TITLE – Fracture
SERIES – The Chronicles of Discord
AUTHOR – D.D. Chant GENRE – Dystopian Adventure
PUBLICATION DATE – 03/03/2013
LENGTH (Pages/# Words) – 97.620
PUBLISHER – Self Published
COVER ARTIST – D.D. Chant
BOOK BLURB / SYNOPSIS
In a world torn apart by war, three nations stand divided.
The Free Nation
Senator Burton and his son Ben arrive in the Tula strongholds for peace talks, but find that a treaty between the two nations has a price. Confronted by a world of sedate tranquility the two men are appalled to learn that the Tula Council rules with an iron rod of fear and repression. The Council removes anyone who dares to stand in the way of their reforms and Ben uncovers a secret that puts his life in danger.
Astra has been pressured into working for the very Council that threatens to kill her loved ones. No stranger to loss, the precariously balanced world she has constructed begins to fracture when Ben starts asking difficult questions about her past. As her deepest secrets are uncovered, Astra finds there are secrets in her childhood that even she is unaware of.
Kai is Apprentice Headman to the Una people. Unaccountably called upon to sacrifice his honour in the name of peace, Kai’s hatred toward this injustice proves all consuming. If the time comes, will he be able to forgive the woman that betrayed him?
When these three worlds collide ugly truths come to light on every side. Is there any way to make peace, or will the world end in discord.
BUY & TBR LINKS
“I thought you looked thirsty, Mr. Burton.”
Ben turned to find Councillor Sendel holding out a champagne flute toward him and accepted it with a light hearted smile.
“How has Astra been treating you?” asked Councillor Sendel conversationally.
“With the length of her arm between us,” grimaced Ben.
Councillor Sendel chuckled softly.
“I’m not surprised. I hear she took you to the library?”
Ben turned to find Sendel smiling softly at him over his glass. Ben felt a prickle of unease work its way over his skin.
How did Councillor Sendel know what he and Astra had done during the day?
Ben tried to shake off his discomfort. After all it had been no secret that he and Astra were to explore the city together.
“I guess she doesn’t like me much.” He watched Sendel take another sip of champagne. “By the way, congratulations: three terms is very impressive.”
Councillor Sendel appeared to have trouble swallowing and Ben suddenly felt his sharp gaze upon him.
“Thank you,” he bowed, “but compared to Corbani’s five terms it is nothing to boast of.”
“I hear he had no opposition for the last three terms.”
Councillor Sender’s smile had a chilling undertone.
“Yes, he was only opposed during his two opening terms.” He paused significantly. “He won the first election of course.”
Ben knew what was expected of him and turned to Councillor Sendel with the obvious question.
“What about the second?”
Councillor Sendel smiled again, pleased to see that Ben knew how the game was played.
“It was a great tragedy; Meron Va Dic Padis was the opposition that year but before the polls could take place he and his whole family died in a tragic accident.” Sendel’s eyes met Ben’s. “Of course, Corbani hasn’t been opposed since.”
Ben understood completely and had to suppress a shiver. He had guessed that Councillor Ladron was ruthless but having it confirmed made him feel sick.
“I dare say that Councillor Ladron fills his role so well that no one sees the need for change,” replied Ben evenly.
“Oh, Corbani is very good at keeping… things… in their proper place,” agreed Councillor Sendel. “A man would have to have friends in high places if he wished to oppose him.”
Ben met Sendel’s gaze unflinchingly.
“Like Senators and their sons for instance?”
“You think in such small terms, Mr. Burton: any highly placed friends would do.” He placed his hand on his heart and inclined his head but before he left he smiled again.
“I hope you enjoyed Jayn’s coffee, Mr. Burton.”
Ben clutched his champagne flute so tightly that the stem broke in his hand and several shards pierced his palm.
It seemed that Councillor Ladron was not the only one of the councillors with an agenda. Councillor Sendel appeared to covet Corbani Va Dic Ladron’s position and was hoping that the Free Nation would help him attain his ends.
Ben was fully aware that he had just been threatened. If there was one thing a Burton didn’t react well to it was threats and he’d been in the receiving end of too many tonight.
The newcomer held out a napkin toward Ben.
“Your hand, it’s bleeding.”
Ben made no move to take the napkin from her, so after a small pause she took his hand between her own and, removing the flute from his grasp, studied his palm carefully.
“I don’t think there is any glass in the wound,” she remarked, inspecting his hand closely before wrapping the napkin around his palm and tying the ends in a knot. “You should have it seen to, though.”
Ben watched her hands as they folded the bandage neatly.
“Thank you, Leda.”
For a moment she stilled and when Ben looked up it was to find her regarding him pensively.
“You have a good memory,” she remarked.
“Or maybe you’re just hard to forget,” replied Ben.
Leda raised an eyebrow, her expression unimpressed.
“Did you enjoy lunch with my sister?”
The question threw him, shaking him out of his calm and making his next words surprised.
“Astra is your sister?”
Ben frowned annoyed by the gauche betrayal of his feelings.
Leda nodded pushing the dark curls flirting with her jaw line behind her ear.
“Actually she’s my stepsister,” she responded in the same laconic voice.
Ben studied her face trying to decide how she felt about Astra. Leda had large eyes, amber but with light green flecks, fringed with long lashes and a sprinkling of freckles over her nose that gave her an almost childlike sweetness. Her dress was black and Ben thought that she was probably four or five inches taller than Astra.
But something about her was reminiscent of Astra. Ben couldn’t put his finger on what it was. Almost everything about her was the opposite of her sister: her bold manner, her physical appearance and athletic build.
“Why wouldn’t Astra introduce us at the restaurant?”
“She was probably terrified that I would say something highly inappropriate… so she told me to get lost.”
“And would you have? Said something inappropriate I mean?”
“Judging by our conversation so far, I would say her worry was entirely justified,” she returned.
Ben was silent for a moment.
“She didn’t want me to know you were her sister?”
Leda raised her glass to him in a silent toast.
“Seems like you’re not as stupid as you look.”
Ben was taken aback by the remark, but there had been no malice in her voice, just the plain stating of fact. He decided to let it pass.
“Why wouldn’t she want me to know you were her sister?”
“Stepsister,” corrected Leda. “Guess.”
Ben looked at the young woman standing next to him in astonishment: what was she up to?
“Because you don’t get along?”
“My opinion of your intelligence just dropped twenty points.”
“It’s not exactly a fair question.”
“That’s because you haven’t been listening, Mr. Burton.”
Ben frowned, and quickly reviewed their conversation.
“Because she’s your stepsister?” he asked slowly.
“Do you like mysteries, Mr. Burton?”
“Depends what I get for solving them,” returned Ben lightly.
“In this case it will be what you don’t get,” Leda’s tone was repressive.
The slight pause between them was interrupted by a new voice.
“Leda, your presence is required elsewhere.” Astra’s words were flat but dismissal was obvious in the shift of her eyes.
“Busted!” remarked Leda with a smile. “It was nice talking to you Mr. Burton, should you tire of my sister’s company feel free to call me.” She held out a slim black stick. “This is a contact strip: Astra will tell you how to use it.”
“Leda it is highly inappropriate for you to give Mr. Burton your number.”
Astra made to retrieve it from Ben’s slack grasp but he jerked his hand back out of her way.
“I’ve never given a pretty woman her number back before and I don’t intend to start now.” he laughed.
“Such behaviour is inappropriate Mr. Burton, I must ask you to return the contact strip now.”
“I don’t think I will!”
For a moment he thought Astra was going to fight him for possession of the contact strip right here in the middle of the ball room with the elite of the Tula nation looking on but in the end she just turned to her sister.
“Go back to your father, Leda.”
“Call me, Mr. Burton.”
She placed her hand over her heart and inclined her head before withdrawing.
“She seems like quite a handful,” Ben remarked.
“She shares your delight in rousing the hornet’s nest.”
“Really?” Ben smiled, turning to watch Leda thread her way slowly through the crowd of people. “I wonder how she feels about skeletons…”
Astra gifted him with a frosty glare and suggested that they both return to their table. Ben acquiesced with a chuckle, reflecting that the day might not have gone as he had planned, but the developments had nevertheless been interesting.
Just interesting enough to make him want more.
Hi everyone! My name is Dee Dee, I’m twenty seven and I live in a beautiful part of Devon, England with my family. I have a younger sister, Jingle, who is a brilliant guitar player, some chickens, duck, geese, pheasants, a cat (that adopted us when we moved in!!!) and some Koi. Fracture is the first book in the Chronicles of Discord series and is a dystopian adventure. I also write post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction (the Broken City series) and historical romance/adventure (the Lady Quill Chronicles series). I also have a series of short contemporary humour stories (Claire series). I really hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. I love reading and have a kindle: I read almost anything with adventure and romance in it! I also like to cook and wear impractical high heels!!! And as you might have noticed I have a horrible addiction to exclamation marks!!!
AUTHOR FOLLOW LINKS
1 eCopy of Broken City (Book #1) &
1 eCopy of Broken Truce (Book#2)
BOOK #2 IN THE CHRONICLES OF DISCORD
The Head Families are at war, those who oppose Elder Headman Amajit view Astra’s acceptance into the house of Singh as an abomination, a pollution of the pure Una bloodlines.
Duty and honour ought to be clear, still Kai and Astra must learn to overcome their past and rely on each other, or face death.
Senator Burton remains trapped in the Tula strongholds with no word of his son. Should he compromise, or seize the chance to stop Ladron?
Ben seems safe under Amajit’s protection, but time is running out and a man once accustomed to influence, finds himself a pawn in a play for power.
The separation has begun…
Q: Can you tell us a little about yourself to start?
My name’s DeeDee, I live in Devon (England) and I love brownies.
Q: How are you feeling now that your latest book is out & on tour?
Soooo excited! Reader’s often ask me which of the series I write is my ‘favourite’ but the truth is I haven’t got a favourite. However I think that The Chronicles of Discord is my most complex series. I really enjoy the fact that there is no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ side, just good and bad people on both sides.
Q: How does your family feel about you being a published author?
They’re very supportive and don’t mind it when I disappear for hours to write, or when I suddenly blank out in the middle of a conversation because I’ve just had a plot idea. Writing can make me a little antisocial at times, but they’re very understanding about the fact that sometimes my mind is somewhere else.
Q: What inspires you to write?
I love stories. I love reading them, hearing them, watching them, and I really love writing them. I think that stories are a wonderful escape; sometimes you just need a few hours of relaxation, a little while where you can forget reality and all its stresses and escape into a different world.
Q: Describe your book in 3 words?
Exciting. Mysterious. Intriguing. (Hopefully!)
Q: Out of all of your books do you have a favorite character or couple?
Ahhhggg! This is like asking a mother which is her favourite child!!! I can’t pick!!!
Q: Are you currently working on a new book at this time?
I’ve just released the next book in this series (Severance, Chronicles of Discord, #2) and I’m working on the, as yet unnamed, third book in the Broken City series.
Q: Do you have a routine you follow when you write? (i.e. listen to music, sit in a certain chair or at a certain desk)
Not really; the only thing I try and stick to is writing at least 1000 words a day. Mostly I can write anywhere: in a coffee shop, up at the dinner table, or even in the lounge while everyone’s watching telly.
Q: How do your stories & characters develop?
I like my stories to be driven by the characters that inhabit them, so how the plot develops in heavily influenced by how the characters react to the situations that I put them in…
That sounded a little weird, didn’t it? As though they were real people…
Q: What was the first thing that came to your mind when your first book was published?
The first feeling is always fear.
My first worry when I hit publish is that loyal readers who have been waiting for my next book will read it and be disappointed. I have a group of book bloggers who I contact with pre-release copies for review and waiting to hear back from them is AGONY!!!
Q: Do you have favorite author whose books you love to read?
I have sooooo many, but I think that the two that stand out have to be Enid Blyton (because she was the first author *I* chose to read as a child and she set me on the path to being a bookworm) and Georgette Heyer (who was my first *grown up* read.)
Q: What is your favorite genre to read & write?
I like to read anything with romance, adventure and mystery. I find it hard to get through *just* romance books, but if there is no romance I’m disappointed.
I’m the same when it comes to writing.
Q: How do you go about creating the most “Swoonworthy” character?
This is hard, because everyone has a different idea of what makes a ‘Swoonworthy’ hero. I’ve has some readers say that they were disappointed that I didn’t mention how good looking and attractive my heroes are more often.
To me ‘good looking’ and ‘attractive’ are two very different things.
A man doesn’t have to be good looking to be attractive, and a good looking man isn’t always attractive. The old saying ‘actions speak louder than words’ is my mantra. I think that if the reader likes how the hero behaves, understands his motives and admires and respects him, *that* is what makes him swoonworthy.
Q: Can you share something with everyone that inspires you?
There is a description of love in the bible that really inspires me:
‘Love is long suffering and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, does not get puffed up, does not behave indecently, does not look for its own interests, does not become provoked. It does not keep account of the injury. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.’
That description is really inspiring for me: who doesn’t want to love and be loved like that?
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be & why?
My Granddad. He died seven years ago and I miss him more and more with each passing day.
Q: As a child what did you want to do when you grew up?
Funnily enough I wanted to be a racing driver… I was an odd child.
Q: Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?
Writing just happened; when I wrote Broken City it wasn’t really with any expectation of having it published. I just loved weaving a story out of the ideas in my head.
Me and my sister started a band (Gentian) when we were younger and composed our own songs. It’s taken some time but we’ve had some success on the indie music scene with our songs being played on radio stations all over England.
Q: When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
This I’m still have trouble with; it feels presumptuous to call myself an author or writer. I feel like I have a long way to go to prove myself.
Q: If you could go on a date with one of the male/female characters from a book who would it be (Character name, Book Title & Author’s Name) and what would you do on that date?
This is sooooo hard!!!
I think maybe it would have to be Daegmund of Gradock from my Lady Quill Chronicles series. I think he’d make me laugh a lot, he’s cheeky and I’d be wondering what terrible thing he’d do next!
I think I’d spend the date giggling helplessly at his antics!
Q: Do you have a favorite playlist that you listen to when you write?
Anything of Adele’s, Maroon 5, Nickleback, Christina Perri, Eminem, Linkin Park… the list goes on!
Q: Do you read all the reviews for your book(s)?
I do… does that make me sad???
I think it’s important to know what worked for readers and what didn’t, what they would like to see more of and which characters were their favourites so that I can tweak the series as it goes on.
Q: Which do you prefer paperback, hardback or ebooks & why?
I love ebooks; I can’t remember the last time I read a dead tree book!
I love that a second after deciding I want to read a book it’s there in my hands, I love that I can have a thousand books with me where ever I go. And I love the room it frees up in my bag for extra make-up! ;-P
Q: What are you currently reading? Are you enjoying it? What format is it in (ebook, hardback or paperback) and who is the author?
At the moment I reading ‘Three Reluctant Promises’ by Kierstin Marquet. It came very highly recommended to me and I’m pretty intrigued! It’s an ebook.
Q: Of all of the books you have written do you have a favorite & why?
I love each series for different reasons.
I love the Broken City series because Deeta has so much faith in the core goodness of others.
I love The Chronicles of Discord because it’s very much about how the choices we make can either heal or destroy.
I love The Lady Quill Chronicles because it’s about friendship and loyalty, the relationship between the foster brothers is special.
Q: When you aren’t writing what do you do to relax and have fun?
I love movies: I’m particularly keen on the Marvel films, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Ironman and X-men.
Okay now some fun ones:
Q: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
I like someone in between: I hate a heroine who is forever getting in trouble and needing rescuing, but at the same time I like a heroine that can accept help. She should be able to look after herself and help out but she should also be able to hand the lead over to someone else.
Q: Can you tell us about your worst date ever?
I once had a guy come up to talk to me and after a while realised he was actually angling for an introduction to my sister… does that count?
Q: What is your one “guilty pleasure”?
Once Upon A Time.
Q: What is or was your most embarrassing moment or the craziest thing you have ever done? Come on you can’t hold out on everyone. LOL
I once asked to use this guy’s restroom and couldn’t find the light switch. In the end I decide to go with it and ignore the pitch black. As I came out of the restroom I collided with him in the hall. He looked over my should into darkness behind me and then looked back at me before asking: ‘Really? In the dark?’
How about a little of This or That:
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee!!! Coffee should be available in drip form so that you can just hook up!
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate. Have I told you how much I love brownies? Because I LOVE them, they are the medium around which my world is built!
Kinky or Sweet?
Tall, dark & handsome or blonde, surfer type?
I’m a tall dark and handsome, kinda girl. Extra points added for wavy hair and blue eyes!!!
My sister is more the blonde surfer type, with brown eyes if at all possible!
Dine in or Dine out?
Both. I love cooking, but I love dressing up and going out too.
Sunset or Sunrise?
Sunset. I’ve never seen a sunrise unless it was by mistake: no one should be awake at that time of morning, it’s not natural!!!
Steak or Chicken?
Chicken!!! I love chicken, I would eat chicken every day.
Cats or Dogs?
I have both! Kitty’s great to snuggle with, but the dogs are more company on walks!
Dom or Sub?
I have no idea what you’re talking about!!!
Summer or Winter?
Summer; summer should be all year through.
Shower or Bath?
Bath: you can’t read in the shower. (Believe me, I’ve tried.)
Candles are also a problem, your wine gets watered down and the chocolates get too slippery to hold!
Beer or Wine?
Wine: the closest I get to beer is Cider (Thatchers Gold!!!)
Scary or Comedy?
Comedy. Galaxy Quest is one of my favourite films of all time!!!
Biker or Billionaire?
Oh, come on! No contest!
Rock or Country?
Pink or Black?
Black! Never was a pink kinda girl, but black with red lippy? Can’t go wrong!
Can You Share With Readers Your Top Ten Fantasies?
You mean like being a famous writer with legions of adoring fans?
Or being a dress size smaller?
Or being able to eat chocolate, brownies and cupcakes without getting fat?
Or having my books turned into movies?
Or appearing the the Marvel films?
Or having a number one hit with ‘Finished’?
Or being able to write ten books a year and free up some space in my brain that is currently occupied with story ideas?
Or finding the kind but firm, gentle but strong, funny but serious, boyish but manly, perfect guy out there who fancies me more than anyone else?
Or debunking to the Caribbean every winter for the rest of my life?
Or finding the perfect ‘speech to text’ software?
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