My Book Teaser, For Those Who Have Asked

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Hey guys!

Several of you have asked me what my book, Orphan's Quest, is about, so I thought I might as well just post a little synopsis. This is the first book of an epic Fantasy trilogy called Chronicles of Firma, and here's the teaser from my website:

Rokey, a poor orphan, has lived his entire life sheltered within the walls of the Noble Contemplative Monastery. Growing up, he never dreamt anything would haunt him more than the riddle of his parents’ identity. But at seventeen, Rokey is discovering that while his roommate, Ely, can think only of girls, his own feelings draw him toward other boys instead. Soon the question of whether or not he is a “samer” is occupying his mind to the exclusion of all else. But when a tragedy results in his expulsion from the only home he has ever known, and an unknown enemy begins trying to kill him, Rokey’s mind abruptly returns to the mystery of his parentage. Solving that puzzle, he determines, could mean the difference between life and death.

On the road, Rokey soon meets up with a charming elf named Flaskamper. Captivated by the handsome young man, the elf promptly volunteers his help, as well as that of his three unlikely companions. Before long, the five become swept up in the effort to solve the riddle of Rokey’s origins and to find out who is trying to kill him, and why. Along the way, Rokey endures some harsh lessons about disappointment and betrayal, but also delights in the joy and excitement of first love.

Foiled in initial attempts, Rokey’s enigmatic foe escalates the attacks. As the young orphan and his new-found friends pursue the trail of clues that leads them across the land of Firma, they find themselves battling an ever-deadlier array of assassins. When they finally do uncover the truth, it is in the last place Rokey had ever expected to find it.

If you want to order a copy, you can do so at my online store: .

Thanks very much for your interest.

- Pat Nelson Childs

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For those of you who might be afraid of being seen with a "gay" novel, neither the cover nor the description on the back give any indication that the lead characters are gay. Someone would have to actually read the book or visit my website to figure that out.

- Pat Nelson Childs
"bringing strong gay
characters to Sci-Fi & Fantasy"

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Snazzy wazzy, Mr. Jazzy! Sounds hardcore. One thing, though, is bugging the bejeezers out of me..." unknown enemy begins trying to kill him..." Wouldn't it sound better just to say "an unknown enemy tries to kill him?" I know it's just a synopsis and you're not really looking for constructive criticism...I'm not trying to be obnoxious or anything, just trying to give you a heads up, 7 Up. Best of luck with your novel! Sounds killer!

"Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it possible." T.E. Lawrence

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Well, "tries to kill him"

Well, "tries to kill him" would imply only one attempt, whereas, "begins trying" more accurately indicates that multiple attempts are made.

No worries. If I were afraid of criticism, I wouldn't be an author. ;-)

Hope you will read and enjoy the book.

- Patrick

- Pat Nelson Childs
"bringing strong gay
characters to Sci-Fi & Fantasy"