Lizard Queen Series
By H.L. Cherryholmes
Genre: Fantasy

Lizard Queen Volume 1

300 years ago, in a nameless world, a prophecy passed unfulfilled. A secret society that formed to prevent its occurrence believed it was their doing, while the secret society created to ensure that the prophecy came to pass wasn’t certain it had been stopped at all. Eventually, the prophecy of Lacáruna, a female from another realm and the only being who can read the Lizard Queen’s language, fell into legend. What no one realizes, however, is that Amy Darlidale is just a tad late.

THIS SHRINKING WORLD

Taking a break from a stressful workweek, Amy, a recently divorced CEO, goes out for a morning jog and crosses paths with an orange lizard. Suddenly, she finds herself under a starless sky confronted by oddly marked and strangely colored people who claim she’s there to rescue the world from evil’s grasp and expand it once again. But not everyone wants that to happen so there’s a price on her head. This is far from the relaxing weekend Amy had intended.

FROM THE ASHES

Along with the young companions who found her, Licha and Jandro, Amy has accompanied the swaggering Colonel Dack Sangcertigre—a member of the Trotéjo, the secret society sworn to protect her—to his home nation in search of a plan to fulfill the Promise of a New Morphósis. As the body count rises and she is confronted with raving rulers, military machinations, and crafty clergy, she quickly realizes there must be much more at stake than merely finding the prophecy.

A SPECTACULAR LIE

The sense of order in this mysterious world continues to collapse. Fires rage, clans are being slaughtered and townsfolk massacred, and leaders have proclaimed a great evil has returned. As Amy searches for clues within the first mythic journals of this world’s origins, she’s begun seeing visions and receiving messages from forces unknown. While she’s trying to understand the extent of her power others have become aware of it as well. Soon a new group with its own mysterious agenda believes Amy may have another fated purpose and only she can save herself from their terrifying trap.

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Lizard Queen Volume 2

300 years ago, in a nameless world, a prophecy passed unfulfilled. A secret society that formed to prevent its occurrence believed it was their doing, while the secret society created to ensure that the prophecy came to pass wasn’t certain it had been stopped at all. Eventually, the prophecy of Lacáruna, a female from another realm and the only being who can read the Lizard Queen’s language, fell into legend. What no one realizes, however, is that Amy Darlidale is just a tad late.

YOU ARE THE DREAM

It’s becoming increasingly clear that an all-out war is being waged by opposing factions—the Arañalianza, bent on making certain that the prophecy is never brought to pass, and the Trotéjo, sworn to make certain it does. Although Amy has passed tests of wits and endurance far beyond what she thought possible, she struggles for insight into the role she is presumably intended to play in this world. But nothing in her imagination can prepare her for coming face to face with the greatest nemesis of all.

A WEDGE BETWEEN

Jolted by the sacrifices her protectors have had to make, Amy forges ahead while new relationships surface and new truths are revealed. As it becomes less clear who to trust, the group has no choice but to seek out the help of another Trotéjo comrade in order to find the remaining Extiguos. Amy understands that achieving her goal to fulfill the Promise of a New Morphósis is going to be more difficult—because now it seems she’s not the only one of the Most Wanted List.

FURIOUS ANGELS

Forced to rely on her own instincts, along with the limited knowledge she’s gained of this world in her quest, Amy must find a way to acquire the remaining three Extiguos to piece together the prophecy and reunite her team of protectors. Despite feeling constrained in her ability to combat otherworldly forces she cannot comprehend, she must now overcome a foe that poses an unimaginably sinister threat. But before she can push forward toward her destiny she must first reclaim what she left behind.

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Lizard Queen Volume 3

300 years ago, in a nameless world, a prophecy passed unfulfilled. A secret society that formed to prevent its occurrence believed it was their doing, while the secret society created to ensure that the prophecy came to pass wasn’t certain it had been stopped at all. Eventually, the prophecy of Lacáruna, a female from another realm and the only being who can read the Lizard Queen’s language, fell into legend. What no one realizes, however, is that Amy Darlidale is just a tad late.

TIME GOES ROUND

With all of the Extiguos now in their possession, Amy and her friends feel they are close to discovering the truth, but hope they aren’t running out of time. They become aware that both opposing factions behind the Lacáruna prophesy are convening while the militaries of the surrounding nations converge. Aided by a powerful new weapon, Amy’s protectors feel more empowered to overcome any remaining obstacles. But everyone has changed and each must struggle to accept the truth of their evolving principles. Despite the set backs and the struggles Amy, however, grows more confident that they are on the right path because she’s found a way to see her surroundings in a new light.

WE ARE THE WAKING

Although she’s unable to finish reading the final Extiguo to determine her role in bringing about the New Morphósis, Amy Darlidale quickly learns that Runakopolis puts her and her friends on the threshold of another major discovery. A new mystery seems to hold clues to the origins of the Trotéjo and the Arañalianza. Beginning to sense that the ideologies at conflict have been preserved not only by clergy and government but also by culture, Amy is drawn into an enigmatic society of scholars. At first, pages missing from library books and a new theory about the first Morphósis don’t seem to be connected to the Lacáruna prophecy, but the lines of military, church, and academia continue to intersect and familiar faces and adversaries reemerge. Rumors of war are spreading quickly, and whispers that La Arañota will soon rise again are amplifying. This world seems on the verge of shrinking much faster than anyone anticipated.

ROOT OF THE RULE

The surrounding nations are gathering for a war against Pliada, the Trotéjo and the Arañalianza are assembling before the mountain upon which La Reina’s castle sits, and stakes have never been higher. The quest to learn how Amy Darlidale must bring about the New Morphósis has brought her full circle and the truth about her destiny as Lacáruna finally seems within reach. But much blood continues to be shed as all sides race toward the inevitable conclusion of the journey. Amy must summon forces from deep within if she is to save this world—or is it too late?

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Q&A with the Author

Can you tell us a bit about your background?

I’m from Albuquerque, New Mexico but I’ve lived in California longer than I lived in my home state so I definitely think of myself as a hybrid. I have a BFA from the University of New Mexico and an MFA from UCLA. Over the years I’ve worked a myriad of jobs, none of which were related to what I really wanted to do—write!

 

Where and when did your writing journey begin?

I think I’ve always considered myself a storyteller. Even before I could write I was entertaining my grandmother with stories I’d make up involving the dozens of figurines she collected. In high school I joined the drama club and that opened me up to another way to tell stories and I began to write short plays. Eventually that led to being accepted in the playwriting program at UCLA. Jump ahead several years and I needed to find another way to tell longer stories so I moved into writing novels, which I’ve come to learn is my favorite storytelling platform.

 

Who are your favorite authors and how have they influenced your writing?

I’ll start with E.B. White because Charlotte’s Web was the first book I’d ever read more than once. That story still resonates with me all these years later because of it redefined what family and friendship meant. Other authors that have influenced me would be Gabriel Garcia Márquez who introduced me to Magic Realism, Margaret Atwood, Stephen King, and Gregory McGuire for their storytelling techniques, imaginations, and world-building.

 

What does a typical day in your life look like? And how does your writing routine fit into your day

I am so fortunate in that I can write fulltime. I seldom write on the weekend because that’s family time, so my typical weekday is going to the gym (or at least considering it) and then sitting down (actually standing up – sitting too long is supposed to be bad for you so my desk is actually my kitchen counter) to write or edit or both. I dress as if I’m going to an office because I think of writing as being my job and I take it seriously. Writing in my bathrobe and slippers wouldn’t put me in that headspace. I typically write from about 10am to 5pm with a short lunch break. Sometimes it lasts longer if I’m on a roll, or if I’ve been editing and I need to apply the changes I’ve made on the hard copy to the word file.

 

How did you come up with the idea for your novel?

 

The Lizard Queen Series is a story within a story. The books that Amy and company are searching for are actually short stories that I wrote years ago while working my last full time job. I hadn’t been writing for awhile and was desperate for a creative outlet, so at lunch I sat at my desk and wrote out tales that had been with me since I was a child. When I set out to write Amy’s story I used those tales as a launch pad.

 

What do you think sets your novel apart from others current on the shelves?

I would have to say having a forty-year-old female protagonist in a fantasy setting is what sets it apart the most. Also, it’s not a typical fantasy setting. No dragons or wizards.

 

Which character in your book is your favorite and how much of yourself is reflected in that character?

My favorite character would have to be the protagonist, Amy. But like a good parent, I love all my characters, even the less-than-lovable ones. There are bits and pieces of me throughout the main characters but I try very hard to let them be who they are without too much influence on my part. They surprise me because often they have qualities that I wish I had.

 

Which scenes in your book did you have the most fun writing?

There are many, but I think I’d have to say the ending. Once I figured out how to conclude a nine book series it was fun to bring my characters full circle. It was also sad because I’d been with them for so long I didn’t want to let go!

 

What do you hope for your readers to take away after reading your book?

That they enjoyed it so much they want to go back and read it all over again. That’s actually one of my favorite things to do with books (movies, as well) because you find aspects you’d not seen the first time around.

 

What are your hopes for this novel?

I hope that people want to go along for the journey. Any series is a commitment, so I always appreciate whenever someone is willing to take it on.

 

What do you have in store next for your readers?

I’m currently working on a new stand-alone novel that I hope to have out sometime next year. After that I may return to fantasy writing. I’ve got this idea about what happens next…

 

 

Author Bio

H.L. Cherryholmes, author of The Lizard Queen Series, Come Back for Me, and A Slight Touch was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico but has spent most of his adult life in Southern California. He has a BFA from University of New Mexico and a Master’s degree in Playwriting from the University of California, Los Angeles. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with his husband, Ron Cogan.

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Links

Website: http://www.thelizardqueen.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HLCherryholmesBooks

Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002BLNA80

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