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Company Assassin (Relic Trilogy Book 1) by by Claudia Blood released in January in the YA Fantasy genre.
It’s Duff Roman’s eighteenth birthday, but no one is lighting candles. Turning eighteen in the orphanage on Kalecca means starvation for those who aren’t hired into a Family. Outside the Family compounds lies the jungle. And in the jungle lies death. And Relics—the only real currency on Planet Kalecca.
The orphans are Duff’s family, and he’s sacrificed everything to keep the orphanage running, even his chance to move on. Now, at eighteen, he has no choice but to leave. Without him to bring in extra money, the orphans will starve under the Company’s control. Duff’s only chance to save them is to find a spot on an independent crew and hopefully find a Relic to sell.
A seemingly chance encounter with Z, leader of the most feared independent crew, offers Duff his opportunity to score a Relic. And offers Z a chance to relieve the guilt he feels over his past.
But a company assassin has plans to lay waste to Duff’s future, and the orphanage as well.
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Z from Chapter 10
Z took a small sip of the best whiskey they had at the Inn. It burned the back of his throat. He stood as if he didn’t care that he was the only freelancer in the place. He stood as if he’d only come here to enjoy some whiskey. It was good. It left a sweet smoky taste in his mouth. But he was here to gather information and to sort out a few things before going back into the jungle.
He’d gotten good at watching a room without seeming to. The Families had finally calmed down enough to resume the conversations that had stopped when he’d walked in.
They all recognized him as an ex-company man. The first time he’d come in here, there’d been bets on how long before he ended up dead. No one knew that he had something over Ravenne, which made him harder for her to kill. Not impossible, just harder.
He took another sip of the whiskey and closed his eyes as if he was just enjoying a drink. That allowed him to focus his senses on the conversations. No one was talking about the orphanage or Duff. They’d been long forgotten. There seemed to be a general unease in the room. Too many high ranked Family men were here. Odds were good they would meet in secret later. There was definitely something going on.
He’d also noticed that there seemed to be less Relics in the normal spots and that the company was paying a bit less. That would be a troublesome trend.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Claudia Blood’s early introduction to Dungeons and Dragons, combined with her training as a scientist and a side trip into the world of IT set her up to become an award-winning author of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
What are four things you can’t live without?
Temp control in the house
What is your favorite television show?
This is where I admit that I don’t have any streaming services. I have DVDs of Big Bang Theory, Firefly, and supernatural that I still watch.
If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why?
Nor Crystal Tears by Alan Dean Foster. The main character was not human, but I really liked him despite him being, in essence, a giant bug. He wasn’t anyone special in his culture and yet he was put in a position that drove relationships after first contact with humans. I loved that he was no one special and yet had so much impact on the world.
What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
I’m in the middle of releasing a Trilogy. The first book came out on January, 15th. The next book will go live on Feb, 15.
The tagline is: Time is coming apart at the seams.
This series was inspired by a dream about the second book.
The scene opened with a team hacking through the jungle and uncovering this ancient ruin. They were desperately looking for Relics. (whatever that was)
Then inside was an alien machine. Rocks and dust fell down on them as they moved into the room. They put a silver pocket watch on a platform and turned the machine on.
Lights and electricity coalesced on a platform and the whole structure shook. But they stayed inside because they were desperate for one of these Relics.
What appeared on the platform? An ’80’s aerobic instructor who had been pulled forward in time. She was even wearing leg warmers!
I thought wow, I have to figure out what happened!
The first book is about Duff Roman and his desire to save the kids he had to leave behind in the orphanage.
There’s a jungle with monsters, ex-assassins, an obsessed CEO, and secrets.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
If we are talking old school growing up authors. Alan Dean Foster, Ann McCaffrey, Mercedes Lackey…okay there are many more. They all had worlds, situations, and characters that I loved to gobble up.
I have an author crush on Penny Reid. I love her characters.
For her latest release, visit her at http://www.ClaudiaBlood.com
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