Book Giveaway: THE KING WHO DISAPPEARED by Hank Quense

 
Do you
sometimes wonder what it would be like to live in a castle during the era of
knights and dragons? Well, join me today as author Hank Quense visits to tell
us about his latest fantasy release, THE KING WHO DISAPPEARED.
Be sure
to check out the giveaway at the bottom of the post. The author is giving away two
print copies (US only) of his book and three eBook copies.
Here’s a
synopsis of the book:
Bohan, a king, is at war with
Jerado, an evil wizard who controls four neighboring kingdoms.  Bohan, his wizard, Ansgar, and his guards are
trapped in a cave by Jerado who magically seals the cave.  Ansgar casts a sleep spell on all of them. It
will last until the cave is unsealed.
          More
than 200 years later, an earthquake unseals the cave and frees Bohan.  While catching up on history, he learns
Jerado is still alive and rules the country as dictator.  Bohan learns this from a sympathetic
constable named Leticia.  After talking
to Bohan and his guards, she recognizes him from school lessons as the King Who
Disappeared. Bohan determines to go to the capital, Dun Hythe, and gain
revenge.  Leticia promises to go with him
to find out what happened to her father who was arrested and disappeared.
          Jerado
learns that Bohan is still alive and headed to confront him. He tells Lithgow,
his son, and Flavia, his daughter about Bohan.
Lithgow is the War Minister and Flavia the Minister of the Interior.
They hate each other and each plans to succeed their father when he retires.
          Jerado
orders Lithgow to use his soldiers to block and kill Bohan.  Flavia, who also has troops, decides to kill
Bohan before Lithgow can.  Bohan and his
guards, all heroes, brush past Flavia’s soldiers and route Lithgow’s.  Jerado now orders Lithgow’s troops to seal
all the city’s gates and search everyone entering the city. 
          Meanwhile
the citizens in Dun Hythe are suffering from Jerado’s rule and from Flavia’s
imposition of lower wages to raise profits for the many businesses she
controls.  The wage restrictions impact
on the Godmother’s bottom line.  She is
the head of a crime family who controls all vice in the city.  She is also the head of the two largest and
most powerful labor guilds, the teamsters and the dock workers. With Flavia’s
wage restrictions in place the citizenry does have any money to have fun in the
Godmother’s saloons or gambling halls.
Also the workers don’t make enough money to feed their families. 
          Jerado’s
Treasurer, Maurice, learns a few of Jerado’s family secrets.  He knows how Flavia embezzles vast amounts of
money from the contracts she gives out.
Maurice learns about Bohan and the attempts to kill him. These and a few
other secrets ensure his early death if Jerado ever finds out what he knows.  Maurice meets with the Godmother and they
agree to help each other for their mutual protection.
          Now
close to Dun Hythe, Leticia agrees to enter the city and scout it out.  Hopefully she can find a way for Bohan to
enter the city.  She also wants to meet
with the Godmother because her father was once a high-ranking official in the
dock workers guild.  Leticia hopes the
Godmother can find out where her father is.
          Within
the city, rumors swirl about the reappearance of the King Who Disappeared.  The Godmother ignores the rumors and is
stunned to learn from Leticia that Bohan is really alive and outside the
city.  After a lively discussion, The
Godmother agrees to smuggle Bohan into the city in return for a guarantee from
Bohan for protection for her business.
          Bohan
and his mates enter the city by boat in the middle of the night and meet with
the Godmother and Maurice who tells Bohan the layout of the palace and how to
sneak into it.  To make a distraction,
the Godmother will call a city-wide general strike to coincide with Bohan’s
attack on Jerado.
          Bohan
and Ansgar sneak into the palace at night with Maurice in the lead.  Leaving Maurice behind, they advance into the
living quarters and confront Jerado.  A
confusing battle ensues as the two wizards throw spells at each other.  Using Ansgar’s spell as a distraction, Bohan
gets close enough to Jerado to use his sword on the wizard thus gaining
revenge.
          With
Jerado out of the way, Bohan arrests Lithgow and Flavia, proclaims himself king
and agrees to work with the Godmother, orders a wage increase for all the
workers.
          Everyone
is happy except Jerado’s children who must perform menial work for the rest of
their lives.

Now for
those of you unfamiliar with the author, here’s a bit of background on him.

Hank Quense writes humorous and satiric sci-fi and fantasy stories.
He also
writes and lectures about fiction writing and self-publishing. He has published
19 books and 50 short stories along with dozens of
articles.
He often lectures on fiction writing and publishing and has a series of guides
covering the basics on each subject.

He and his wife, Pat, usually vacation in another galaxy or parallel universe.
They also time travel occasionally when Hank is searching for new story ideas.

Hank’s
Amazon Author Page:
https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BM76IE
Thanks
for stopping by today during Hank’s visit. Have you ever made up stories about
wizards and kingdoms?

Giveaway

Author
Hank Quense is giving away two print copies (US only) of THE KING WHO DISAPPEARED
and three eBook copies. Click on the Rafflecopter widget below and follow the
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