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Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Character Interview with Baron Finkbeiner - Hazard of Shadows: Chronicles of the Goblin King Book Two by Mike Phillips

Hazard of Shadows
Chronicles of the Goblin King
Book Two
Author: Mike Phillips
Genre: Urban / Dark Fantasy

Book Description:
The enchanted creatures of legend still exist, hidden away in the secret places of the world. They take refuge from an age of camera phones and government labs, from people who won’t let them live in peace. One of these last places of safety is known as the World Below.

Ancient powers are at work. The Lords of Faerie seek to revenge the death of Baron Finkbeiner and recover the mysterious Blade of Caro. Hidden in the shadows, they await a chance to strike. The chance arises when an old enemy escapes the splinter realm in which he is imprisoned. Anxious to settle the debt, the Faerie Lords send him to finish the Lady Elizabeth and her Champion once and for all.

After leading the revolution against the despotic ruler of the World Below, Mitch Hardy has taken the throne. He never wanted to be king. The whole idea of a government by right of combat sits poorly with him. Growing evermore uneasy with his new position, he begins laying the framework for self-rule. The enchanted peoples have known nothing but kings, but are adapting quickly to this new idea of governing their own affairs. It goes well, but Mitch’s plans are interrupted by the arrival of old enemies. Soon he is fighting for his life against a hellish enemy, the likes of which he never imagined.

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Character Interview With Baron Finkbeiner

1. Baron Finkbeiner, quick, describe yourself in seven words or less!
Quick? Be quick? Me? Never! I shall introduce myself with as many words as I feel the need. That is the trouble with you petty little humans, in a hurry when there is no need. Your readers have obviously come to find out as much as they can about the famous Lord of the World Below, Baron Finkbeiner. To limit their aspirations and good taste just when coming to a fruitful end would be unwarranted and cruel. In this forum they shall find out all they want to know about me. I’ll answer any question you put my way.   

2. Tell us something about your current hometown.
The World Below is the last refuge for all the magical creatures of the world. You know, once there were quite a lot of us. But then when you humans began reproducing at such a prodigious rate, well, we lost pace don’t you know. Soon you had taken over the world, murdering the weak, relegating us magical folk into hiding places. Now, my castle is hardly fit for someone of my stature, a true insult to my nobility. It is made of wood, of all things wood! Imagine, a dragon, living in a wood home. If I eat more than three or four of my subjects in a day, I get the worst indigestion imaginable. More than once after a well-deserved feast, I torched the place. Still, the village is nice, very reminiscent of the old days when you humans lived in caves or little shacks built out of the scraps you could find around you.

3. What's the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Many strange and wondrous times have come and gone in a life such as mine. I’ve seen the rise and fall of the primitive race you humans call Neanderthals, I’ve given birth to a thousand of my fellows, now all gone, all slain by cruel iron or wicked fate. So to answer your question…hmmm…The first time I took human form was a unique experience. Your readers have no doubt remained in their current shape, plus or minus a few pounds, for as long as they have been adults. Going from a magnificent creature tunneling through the depths of the Earth into a weak, bipedal, tailless monkey with unusual dietary habits, then to spend time among you, well, it was a humbling experience. No wonder so many creatures, magical and otherwise make a meal of your kind. They’re doing you a favor. The experience was rather like filling a rubber glove with Playdough and smashing it with a hammer.

4. What's your favourite food?
Unicorns aren’t bad, very tender, but the crunchy horn gets stuck in my craw sometimes. It’s much better for me to take human form, like I am now as I compose my responses to your, oh so insightful questions, to indulge in that luxury. There’s a bit more cooking and cutting involved, but well worth the effort. McDonald’s ain’t half bad either, especially now I can get breakfast all day. Ha!   

5. Can you tell us a little about what to expect in The World Below and Hazard of Shadows?
Trouble, for sure. There will be trouble. That menace from House Amasa of the Sidhe, that Lady Elizabeth, always meddling in affairs that have nothing to do with her. She’s one of those do-gooders most folks find so excruciatingly high and mighty. She stole the Blade of Caro! Then she found some human as intolerable as she is, that Mitch Hardy or whatever they call him. He’s got my entire realm in an uproar, made friends with those goblins, the worst sort of scum there is. I’ll put a stop to it, one way or another. They may think they have victory, but I have enchantments ages in the making.

6. Can you tell us something about yourself we don't learn from the book?
Cut a worm in two and you get another worm.

7. What is your author Mike Phillips like?
Oh, he’s competent enough to get a majority of the facts right, not half bad with the Americanized English Grammar, but he’s not someone you would want to trust your new puppy to. A bit thick, that one, not all right in the head if you ask me.    

8. Name five items in your purse or pockets right now.
Silly, I’ve no hands, no pockets, no purse, no need. On occasion I might have carried one of those spunky European man-bags, but that was only in human form and when I was mixing the MOST DEADLY and MANLY of poisons. I require little, being as perfect in natural form as ever a dragon has been or will be.

9. If you had one chance to change anything about your life, what would it be?
Orcs, though easily manipulated, they are likewise easily fooled. I placed too much trust in orcs and it caused the ruin of me. I knew I should have recruited from the Teamsters.   


Get Your Spooky on with the New Book by Mike Phillips

The new book by Mike Phillips promises a cast of creepy characters and nonstop action from beginning to end. With chills enough to keep you awake at night, it’s the perfect addition to your reading list.

For those not familiar with the Goblin King Series, the new book Hazard of Shadows is a return to the World Below, a place where creatures of myth and legend still exist and magic and mystery rule. Mitch Hardy is the lord protector of this enchanted place, a human given the responsibility for keeping law and order where even the most innocent creatures may possess terrible powers.

Helping Mitch keep the peace is a crew of goblins, the nastiest bunch of monsters imaginable. They have a history of lying, cheating, stealing and murder, but are now, or at least temporarily, reformed. Never had a law man a better gang of deputies. With goblins teaching him the ropes, it’s hard to pull one over on Mitch. But things are never as they seem in the World Below.

Old enemies gather in the shadows, plotting vengeance for the death of one of their own. They are after Mitch with no regard for anyone who might get in the way. All the while, Mitch is oblivious to the wicked schemes coming to a head around him, and soon he must face a hellish enemy, the likes of which he never imagined.

Next time the monsters come knocking, you might just want to let them in. Hazard of Shadows is a tale full of magic and suspense, a great addition to your reading list.


The World Below
Chronicles of the Goblin King
Book One

Book Description:
In ancient times, magical creatures inhabited the earth. They lived on mountaintops, in fields, at the bottom of lakes and rivers. But that was long ago, before the human race declared war on the creatures they feared and hated. Now the enchanted peoples are all but gone. The only place they can hide from the ever increasing number of satellites and smart phones is in the World Below.

Mitch Hardy is going through a hard time in his life. In his early twenties, he was working his way through college when he suffered an accident that left him flat broke and physically deformed. When Mitch decides to make a fresh start in a new town, things start looking up. He finds a place to live, a decent job, good friends. He even meets a nice girl. Unknown to Mitch, his new girlfriend is one of the Elder Race, what some call the Faerie Folk. Mitch doesn’t know that Elizabeth is looking for a father she never knew. The key to finding him is somehow tied up with the mysterious Blade of Caro. Desperate, she steals the Blade from its protector, the despotic ruler of the World Below, the Dragon of Worms, Baron Finkbeiner. When Elizabeth is kidnapped by the Baron, Mitch is pulled into a world or magic and monsters he never imagined.

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About the Author
Mike Phillips is author of Hazard of Shadows, The World Below, Dawn of Ages, and Reign of the Nightmare Prince. His short stories have appeared in ParAbnormal Digest, Cemetery Moon, Sinister Tales, Beyond Centauri, the World of Myth, Mystic Signals and many others. Online, his work has appeared in Lorelei Signal, Kzine, Bewildering Stories, Midnight Times, and Fringe. He is best known for his Crow Witch and Patrick Donegal series. Please visit Mike at mikephillipsfantasy.com.

Mike Phillips grew up on a small farm in West Michigan, living much the way people did at the turn of the century. Whether it was growing fruits and vegetables or raising livestock, Mike learned the value of hard work and responsibility at a young age.

While his friends spent their summers watching reruns of bad sitcoms, Mike’s father gave him a very special gift. He turned off the television. With what was affectionately referred to as “the idiot box” no longer a distraction, Mike was left to discover the fantastic worlds that only exist in books. When not tending sheep, gardening, building furniture, chopping wood, or just goofing off, Mike spent his time reading.

With all that hard work at home, Mike was always eager to go to school. He excelled as a student and went on to pursue a career in the sciences. Working as a Safety Engineer in the Insurance Industry, Mike soon became bored with the corporate grind. Writing engaged him like nothing else. After a few novels and numerous short stories, he thought getting published would be a pretty neat idea. And so, here it goes…

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