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May 5th, 2013

Virtual Tourist - Neverwinter 5/5/13

Happy Cinco de Mayo! (And I just realized I totally missed May the 4th Be With You. Nooooo!)


Played a new game with hubby this weekend. He'd gotten his invite for an open beta of Neverwinter. It's a D&D Free to Play MMO


Here's some pics! (Haven't figured out how to remove the GUI yet, so apologies. Also hard to take pics when hubby wants to GO GO GO! Not that that stops me. Heh heh heh)


This is me. I ended up going for a half demon/half human (Tiefling) after I'd told him there was no way I would as everyone would probably be doing it. I am so weak. And she's so purty! :)


After a giant battle, you're found washed up on shore. I've lived through this scenario a lot of times over the years. Very popular. Lol.


They have some quick cinematic scenes here and there. Gives it some pep.


1st site after leaving newbie island.


Major town, so we lagged a little but not bad. (My pics, as usual, did not upload in order. Oi!)


Following our magic light trail to get to a quest.


Quest givers talk, so you can read or listen. Definitely more involving than just text.


Character screen


Tombs beneath the city.


Huge rooms and we've yet to make it to the actual tombs. Someone wanted to go out in style.


Must get a lot of visitors, despite the undead guardians. All lit up. :P


Nice graphics. Though the status always have funky hand gestures. This one has some attitude. Heh


Newbie island and the ship you wrecked on.


Cool angel statues in the tombs.


Main throne room area in the city. (Where we excited from the tombs)


Local tavern.


That's hubbin's character behind me.


Campfires like this one help characters heal.


More pics of quest givers.


Dwarven quest giver.


Dracolinch currently not going anywhere. Wizard is trying to keep its essence from escaping so it can't grabbed another dragon body. Interesting conversation.


Big battle in the newbie zone. You can see the magical trail for quests moving off on the bridge.


Great moon and castle shot.


Campsite on newbie island.


Art is nice ad so far the game's not bad. Takes a little getting used to to hit ALT to get to the communications  interface. Very keyboard driven as well.

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic
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Novels


JEWEL OF THE GODS

(2015) Fantasy

The King is Dead! Long Live the Undead King!


Excerpt:
"What are you implying?"

The magister glided forward and scrunched down beside him.

"That in order to bathe, you must first actually get into the bath."





INNER DEMONS

(2014) Urban Fantasy

It took everything from her, except revenge!


Excerpt:
The muscles in my right arm jerked from tension as I tried to make it move and it resisted. A shrill scream inside my head insisted I didn't want to do this. That if I did, there'd be no way to take it back. "I...I'm afraid."



THE PRICE OF MERCY

(2011) Young Adult – Fantasy

Which is worse…the monster without or within?


Excerpt:

Home—family—the two things he would never have, the two things forever denied him…because of her.

Anger welled inside him, the heat of it suffusing him to the core, gurgling with seething emotions the total opposite of the coolness splashing down from the fountain nearby. Before he realized what he was doing, Jarrin stepped inside the gazebo.




CROSS-EYED DRAGON TROUBLES
(2007) Young Adult – Fantasy
“Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern”

Excerpt:

“Do you need any help?” she asked. “Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I’m sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand.”

Kel slowly shook his head. “It’s all right. Thanks anyway.” His voice lowered to where she almost couldn’t hear it. “This is all part of my punishment.’

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. “Punishment?”

Kel cocked his head in Clarence’s direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.



WILLING SACRIFICE
(2008) Young Adult – Fantasy
“To save the world she must DIE! Or must she?”

Excerpt:

Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.

Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room’s cold air caress the Eye.

“You were right. She is the one.”



IN THE SERVICE OF SAMURAI
(2002) Adult/YA – Japanese Fantasy Adventure
“The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean”

Excerpt:

Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakizashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.



VASSAL OF EL
(2004) Adult/YA – Fantasy Mystery
“He tried to forget his past, but his past wouldn’t forget him”

Excerpt:

Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he’d never left, as if the boy he’d been would be coming back-though the one who’d loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he’d watched his father’s blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

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