Title: Prophecy of the Flame
Release Date: March 2008
Pages: 399 pages
About the Book:
In a blinding flash of light, five nondescript strangers are yanked from this world and thrust into a land of sorcery. Transformed into the characters they were pretending to be; Archmage Reba, Jamison the healer, Jerik the dwarf, Charles the prince charming, and Allinon the druid elf blend twentieth century technology with the supernatural powers of this new world. This band of wannabe heroes soon discovers that having the powers you have always dreamed of, does not make life a dream come true. The Crusaders of the Light struggle to form a cohesive band as they fight to liberate the kingdom of Cuthburan from the evil horde threatening humanity. Battle is also waged within Reba, an ordinary housewife who has become the most powerful mage on the planet, as she struggles to remain true to her wedding vows. Drawn against her will to the arms of Prince Alexandros, Reba must choose between the prophesied marriage to a handsome prince in a magical world or returning to the husband she left behind.
I was very excited when I began reading Prophecy of the Flame. I attended quite a few Renaissance Faires back in the day (at least three times in full costume!) and was drug along to more than one game of Dungeons and Dragons with Art and his friends. So Lynn Hardy’s premise of Reba being the lone woman in a band of gung ho men was right up my alley. From page one I could not help but love this book. The portrayal of D&D and the LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) world is spot on. I love the silly rhymes Reba makes up off the cuff when she needs the spell and the baudy undertones that permeate the story without a bit of the graphic sex scenes I hate (still I would not recommend this book for children). It’s a bit of Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court meets Alanis Morissette with just a hint of Erin Brockovich thrown in for good measure. Have you ever wondered how a medieval world would handle a modern woman with power? I just could not put this book down.
About the Author:
Led by a series of dreams and encouraged by friends, Lynn Hardy began the journey to become an author. She stored her work in a computer file labeled “second job.” Writing began as a passion she could not contain and has become much more than she ever expected.
Lynn has attended many science fiction conventions and has had the privilege of serving on panels about writing. Renaissance fairs are another favorite event for the author. Seeing others dressed in costume (as she always is during book signings) makes her feel right at home. Meeting other writers at these conventions and events who are struggling to break into the publishing field has led Lynn to merge Resilient Publishing with Borderline – a unique type of publisher that offers the individual attention to their authors that the big publishing houses give, with the control and increased payouts of self-publishing. As marketing director of Borderline, Lynn is blazing a new path for authors to follow.
An Interview with Lynn Hardy:
TM: What drew you to writing for the fantasy genre?
LH: I have loved escaping into fantasy worlds since I was a teen. But the
turning point for me was a set of dreams I had. They were so real, so vivid,
and the story was so captivating that I had to write it.
TM: Tell me about the path to publication for Prophecy of the Flame.
LH: I am a just a girl from Idaho. I had no idea how to go about getting an
agent or how to tell if an agent was good or just a scam. When I met an
author at a convention and heard how he self-published, I figured that may
be the best route to get my book out there.
Self-publishing is a long and bumpy road, filled with potholes and detours.
It’s been four and a half years since my first book came out. I hope to
guide others down this road with what I’ve learned. That’s why I merged
Resilient Publishing, the company I started my books under, with Borderline
Publishing, a publisher that isn’t quite self-publishing and isn’t quite
traditional, but somewhere in between.
TM: What is Agape Assistance?
LH: I always told myself, that when I was a rich and famous author, I would
start a charity to help kids get a warm bed. Just because parents have hit a
rough patch, lost a job, had a medical emergency — kids shouldn’t suffer.
When the recession hit in 2009, I knew it would only get worse. These kids
needed help sooner rather than later.
I decided to start Agape (uh-GOP-pay) Assistance so that when my book
became a movie, there would be a charity I could trust, one that didn’t pay
board members salaries, one that made sure the money got to the kids that
needed it. I have dedicated 100% of the proceeds from the first book in my
series to the charity. I figured if people didn’t trust a new organization,
perhaps they’d just buy a book, that way they’d have something for their
It really shocked me when a local producer said, “If we make a movie based
on the book, would you be willing to donate those proceeds, too?”
I said, “Of course! That’s what the book is for, the charity!”
Kickstarter is an online site that provides a forum for projects with an
artistic expression. I started the Prophecy Project on Kickstarter in February
as a way to rally support for the movie. A couple of days later I was
contacted by an Oscar nominated Director, who has won at the Sundance Film
Festival Award and an Emmy. The Director said, “If Kickstarter tells
Hollywood that people love our project, producers will back the movie with
big bucks to make a Blockbuster film.”
I have been in overdrive since that moment. We need to get the word out
about this event. Having major backers could mean a lot to The Prophecy
TM: What are your upcoming projects?
LH: I am currently working on Book Three in the Prophecy of the Flame series.
It’s been delayed because of the movie project for Book One. So I am
releasing a bridge book: Prophecy of the Flame: Book 2.5 – Love’s Reward. That should be out just after the Kickstarter project ends.
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I was not compensated in any way for this review. I did receive a review copy of the book. However, my opinions are my own.