Gift: Chronicles Tucker Littlefield
by Tegon Maus
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication Date: April 13, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Historical Fiction
Tucker Littlefield is a lair, a thief, a con-man . In an attempt to take advantage of a party thrown by the King, he becomes involved in a kidnapping ñ the Kingís niece, Elizabeth, to be exact. Because of his fear of the dark as well as heights, and a good many other things, he finds himself stabbed and bleeding to death.
To save him, a Shaman for the Jonda ñ Daneba ñ turns him into a soul bearer for the Kindred. In an effort to find Lizie, Littlefield finds the Norha instead and their leader Tahki – a cannibalistic tribe the lives under a volcano that will leave no stone unturned to find Lizie. Littlefield is blackmailed into her recovery.
Transformed by a primitive magic beyond a civilized man’s understanding, I was given a horrible gift that no man should possess… It held me, twisted me, turning me at its bidding. I was enslaved by its power, compelled to devour the souls of the dead until I became the monster of my fears. I have seen things I wish never to see again. I have done things of which I wish never to speak. Yet I must if I am to find the answers to fulfill my hope.
I have walked upon blue ribbons of molten stone to peer into the depth of a man’s soul. I watched as a promise made at birth brought my friend Enon to sacrifice everything to become whole again – all in an effort to save the life of his child. I have cried without shame for the loss of all I hold dear and for fear that the future will hold more than I can bear. I am Tucker Littlefield. Know all that I say now is true-spoken.
Q&A with the Author
1) Can you tell us a bit about your background? Not much to tell, I’m a simple kind of guy. I spend a lot of time alone and that gives me a chance to write in my head undisturbed… at least by the outside world.
2) Where and when did your writing journey begin? In the 1990’s my wife and I joined a dream interruption group… 6 or 8 of us would get together 10:00 Sunday mornings and talk about the dreams we had during the past week. A little wine, a little cheese, lots of laughter and dreams. You know all the usual… “I was standing naked in the grocery store” to was “I was flying” and all the monsters that haunt us as well as the mundane everyday work issues. As it turns out I am a very competitive so I might have ‘embellished’ a little when I came to my turn. So much so that I was always last, by that time the wine was gone and so were most of the group. My wife encouraged me to write them down for the next time… one cannot have a big enough stock pile of dreams.
3) Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing? I didn’t read much as a student… I have a good deal of trouble with it even to this day. When my wife and I were first married (46 years ago ) I worked two jobs. My wife would come with me and read to me, hundreds of books, one after the other, day in and day out. When she reads to me I can see it in my head like watching Tv… every detail, every nuance. It is difficult for me to read and “See it” at the same time. So because of her I am fond of all the classics… Asimov, Clark, E.E. Doc Smith. How could you read them and not be influenced ?
4) What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day? In my job I spend a lot of time alone. I write in my head, rolling the words over and over in an effort to find a smooth, natural sounding phrasing for what I’m writing. When I get home I race to get into my computer before I forget or come up with something else. I spend Saturday night and most of Sunday sorting it out.
5) How did you come up with the idea for your novel? Littlefield ? This story is based off the 1962 song “Big John”
6) What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves? Ahh ! An easy question at last ! My books are fun, quirky, unusual in their content, in their characters and the circumstances they find themselves in and loaded with the impossible! Not to mention a little tongue and cheek !
7) Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character? In Littlefield it would Tucker himself. I have to believe that as a writer we put a little of ourselves into each of our characters… some true, some not so much.
8) Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing? In Littlefield it would have to be page 58 or so where Tucker and Eloise have endured a horrific battle only to find themselves standing on one side of a great gorge and the Norha on the other. Tahki ( leader of the Norha ) orders her people to march upon them… throwing themselves into the bottom one on top of the other until their bodies create a bridge and she simply walks across. After another battle, that they lose, Tahki walks away with Elizabeth. After having been beaten, bruised and brought to the edge of death Eloise gets up, dusts herself off and says to Littlefield… “Well? What are you waiting for? Go after them.” I don’t know about anyone else but it cracks me up !!
9) What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book? Enjoyment ! Laugh out loud, funny, quirky fun !!
10) What are your hopes for this novel? Hopes ? I’m not clear as to what you’re asking. I hope that I’m read… a lot, that a good many people take the opportunity to read all my books. This book is an Action / Adventure that is very much like a roller coaster. The first chapter climbs to the top and then… a fast, wild ride full of twist and turns all at top speed that will leave you breathless to the very last page.
11) What do you have in store next for your readers? The next is the second book in the Littlefield series… Black Moon. Every 28 years an eclipse occurs and the whole of the Kindred gather as a new Shalic… king for the Kindred… comes to power as does his tribe. In this cycle, it is the Norha and their Shaman, Tahki who is to take over. Under the cover of darkness the old Shalic is murdered and Tahki is accused of his death.
Praise for Gift:†Chronicles Tucker Littlefield†by Tegon Maus
“Magical, is the first word, which came to my mind when I finished this story. Right from the very first page, I found myself totally captivated by Tucker’s storytelling of this wonderful adventure.
Tucker Littlefield is an amazing character, when reading it I immediately thought of John Carpenter’s fisherman storyteller at the beginning of `The Fog’ film, where the children gather round as the scene is set… as, when reading it, I felt as if I too was actually there, sitting in the tavern, listening.
I cannot praise this book enough; it truly deserves to become a classic, the stuff of legends. As far as I am concerned, it has a fantastic storyline, the author has created some wonderful characters and I believe it would make a brilliant film!
I hope we shall be seeing more Chronicles of Tucker Littlefield in the future.”-Susan Keefe, Author or ‘Fantasy Farm Tales’
“I really enjoyed The Gift. The author is a fantastic world builder. I really felt transported into a new world with a unique magical system, not some kind of Tolkien knock-off. (so many stories these days are all about wizards and elves and dwarves). The main character, Tucker, was likeable and comical–a real person with human frailties and yearnings– and an unlikely hero everyone will root for. If you are looking for a fantasy novel that is not a Lord of the Rings rehash, then I think you’ll enjoy this one.”- Joseph N. Sidari, Amazon Reviewer
“This story is a very exciting and fast paced read. You will get wrapped up in the descriptions of the types of people who exist in the world. You will love the uniqueness to the magic. You will also discover that some things are left unknown. I enjoyed it very much..”- Phaedra Seabolt, Author of ‘Imperfection’
About the Author
Tegon Maus was raised pretty much the same as everyone elseÖ devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends he could conjure. Not that he wasnít friendly, he just wasnít ìpeople orientatedî. Maybe he lived in his head way more than he should have, maybe not. He liked machines more than people, at least he did until I met his wife.
The first thing he can remember writing was for her. For the life of him he canít remember what it was aboutÖ something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married him shortly after that. He spent a good number †of years chasing other dreams before he got back to writing.
It wasnít a deliberate conscious thought, it was more of a stepping stone. His wife and himself had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. ìBe as detailed as you can,î we were told.
He was thrilled. If there is one thing he enjoys itís making people believe him and he likes to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mind you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldnít be sure if it were true or not.† When he writes, he always write with the effort of ìit could happenî very much in mind and nothing, he guarantees you, nothing, makes him happier.
He has consistently placed in the top 3 in 189 writing contest in a variety of genres and has been featured in magazines a couple of times to raise money for Saint Judeís Childrenís Hospital.
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