I am honored to have on my blog today
and her series Chronicles of Quiliaris
About the Author
Caris McRae lives with her family and her pets in Austria.
A major bookworm, she reads everything she can get her hands on from fantasy to paranormal romance.
With four kids, she has an extensive knowledge about fairy tales, adventure stories, and everything else children from age four to twelve like to read. However, as great as these tales are, she decided to write her own version of them – for grown-ups.
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Soul of Fire (Chronicles of Quiliaris, #1)
by Caris McRae
ebook, Smashword Edition, 394 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Smashwords Edition
“You can’t run from your demons, Sheba An-Pyr. There will come a time to take a stance and confront them, regardless of the consequences. Even at the cost of your life. You can’t escape your destiny forever, Child. There is a time in everyone’s life when they need to rise to the challenge, to be courageous when faced with defeat – and yours is now.”
In Quiliaris, strength and power are revered. Sheba An-Pyr, Princess of Fire, has neither. Neglected by her family, shunned by her people, and a murderer on her heels, she lives her life in the shadows. Trying her best to keep a low profile, she travels the lands with her Hashisin uncle as his servant, but when he is summoned to his Warrior Guild’s quadrennial tryouts, things begin to change. A twist of fate allows her to partake in the trials, and with every challenge she masters, she discovers more of who she is and where her destiny lies.
An age-old prophecy, scheming Gods, cantankerous beasts, and chauvinistic Warriors – Soul of Fire has it all. Follow the Princess of Fire as she breaks free from the chains of her past and becomes the Warrior, the Hashisin, she is meant to be.
Because without her, Quiliaris might very well be lost.
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20737260-soul-of-fire
Just a Sample
“Burn, burn, burn,” the frenzied mob demanded.
“Burn her,” the high pitched voices of children fell in.
The air thickened with aggression and blood lust as the incited horde of spectators started to close in on the little girl standing helplessly in the middle of the camp’s gathering place.
The butcher, a heavy round man, spit in her face; another man threw foul fruits at her, and the cook, a plump and common woman, managed to hit the girl’s face with a rotten egg – an easy hit as she just stood there transfixed, staring blankly at the mass. The only outward sign of her distress was a slight trembling of her hands under her black, loose robe.
Since she couldn’t take any more abuse, ten-year-old Sheba An-Pyr decided to withdraw deep into the recesses of her soul, trying to find the calm, peaceful place where her innate power dwelled. She wrapped herself in the comforting, quiescent darkness that allowed her to pretend that everything was good and no one was throwing rotten food at her.
Why would the people of Altahir think she would steal something? She had never done anything like that, and she certainly wasn’t going to; it wasn’t befitting for a princess. But then they would have to trust and believe her, hard to do though when they had already dubbed her as weird, strange, and a freak. How often had she heard someone whispering that it would have been better to cull her at birth or that she was a disgrace to the House of Pyr? They didn’t even know her name, only ever called her “the girl”. Sheba sometimes wondered if even her uncle, the Regent, did.
Maybe these biased people got their wish now and she would be gone for good, because she was pretty sure she would die today. Although she had accepted that fact, she wished she could have left her mark on the world in some ways. It made her sad that no one would mourn her after she was gone, not her uncle, not her twin brother Tarek – her only family left. She was well aware of the fact that they secretly agreed with the general opinion of her, and that they most likely wished her gone, too. But, alas, such was her life – even before her parents had died.
At least her father had cared some for her, her mother too preoccupied with Tarek, but that had lasted only until her brother was old enough to start soldier training. Then even Maris An-Pyr, the great King of Fire, had forgotten about her. The forgotten child: that was who she had been and always would be. If it hadn’t been for the Hashisins back home who had allowed her to follow them around, nobody would have ever noticed that she existed at all.
Emerald Fire (Chronicles of Quiliaris, #0.5)
by Caris McRae (Goodreads Author)
ebook, Smashword Edition, 102 pages
Published May 16th 2014 by Caris McRae
A cold-blooded murder. A Warrior seeking revenge. A Healer with a dark secret. Gods who work their own agenda. And an innocent woman caught in a web of lies, deceit, and pain. Explore the world of Quiliaris, a world where power and elemental magic rules, and follow Onyx, spy master of the Hashisins’ Guild and one of the best Warriors in Quiliaris, on his hunt for his brother’s murderer.
Emerald Fire, the prequel novella to Soul of Fire (Chronicles of Quiliaris #1), focuses on the time after the Fire King’s death and Onyx’s hunt for the Traitor. After months of searching for a lead, it’s Serabi, trusted friend and best Healer of her generation, who points him in the right direction by revealing a secret so vile that even the seasoned Warrior is troubled by it. Drowning in guilt for not being able to save his brother, he confronts his nemesis…only to suffer defeat. Thanks to Nia, Chief Mistress of Ter Sentra’s Hareem, he realizes that redemption is not to be found in death but in life. And in the arms of the woman that was able to reach his soul even in his darkest hours.
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Fun Chat with Caris McRae
What is one thing you always wanted as a kid, but never got?
Cinderella’s castle and the servants to go with it – without the Prince though. (Who needs boys? At least that’s what I thought when I was seven.)
If you were home on a rainy Sunday afternoon, what movie would you want to see on television?
Lord of the Rings 1-3, followed by The Hobbit 1&2. Special Extended Editions, of course. And yes, I’m a Tolkien fan. I even read the Appendices. For fun.
What historical figure would you most like to have a discussion with?
Caesar, Leonardo Da Vinci, William Shakespeare, and Gandhi. Boldness, genius, talent, and character – what else do you need for taking over the world?
What is one thing you refuse to share?
My mother’s self-made strawberry jam and my coffee. Touch either of them and die!
What makes you really sleepy?
Helping with Math homework, The Bachelor, and Dancing with the Stars. Even a dishwasher manual is more intellectually challenging.
What profession have you always admired?
Nurses and soldiers. I couldn’t do either – I’m too much a wimp for both.
So my greatest respect for everyone who has the courage to do that.
How many days could you last in solitary confinement?
A lot. Even without something to look at, I’d have my stories and characters with me, that will keep me company! Some would call that schizophrenia, I call it being a writer. ; )
What is the strangest thing you believed as a child?
o That there was a little fairy sitting in the ATM handing out cash. You just had to say, “Please!” Or rather, type it in.
What’s something that amazes you?
That whatever happens, the sun will rise the next day. It puts things into perspective – especially the not-so-good ones – and it shows me that life will always go on!
Do you prefer that people shoot straight with you or temper their words? Why?
I prefer straight people – I might not like what I hear, but at least I don’t have to read between the lines and/or doing some translational work to get the truth. That’s something that annoys the heck out of me!
What’s one thing you’d rather pay someone to do than do yourself? Why?
Housework. You ask why? Really? And here I thought that’s a no-brainer! It’s boring and it keeps me from writing!
What are the top three qualities that draw you to someone new?
Honesty, authenticity, self-confidence.
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
I always wanted to be a Violet as a child, but I’m happy now with both my name and who I am. And I came to realize I’m not much of a gentle flower anyway.
What do you consider unforgivable?
Being lied to. If you do something wrong, own up to it; but don’t ever lie to me about it. I can deal with everything, if told honestly. You lie to me, and I won’t ever trust you again.
In what area of your life are you immature?
I’m supposed to be mature? Apparently I missed that memo!
But to answer your question: next to Lord of the Rings, I like Disney movies – does that count?
What was the best news you ever received?
Finding out I’m pregnant. That was the most beautiful, wonderful, exciting day in my life!
When do you find yourself singing?
When I’m driving. I found it keeps me from yelling at the more reckless drivers. And I’m singing when I’m happy, of course.
What is one item you can not live without?
What I really, really can’t live without is my coffee machine. (Apart from my family of course, but you asked for items J)
What is one beverage you need to drink everyday?
Coffee. You take away my caffeine and you find yourself face to face with a grumpy madwoman. Caution, rabid animal! (I’m so not a morning person)
What season do you prefer? Why?
Summer. There’s nothing like soaking up the sun on the beach with a good book. Or do the same in my backyard with the wonderful smell of blooming flowers sweetening the air.
You walk into a room, what is your entrance music?
“Eye of the Tiger” or “God save the Queen.” Hey, a girl is allowed to dream…
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