The Gladiator & The Guard–Annie Douglass Lima

Happy to host guest author, Annie Douglass Lima. Take it away, Annie!

I’m excited to announce that my young adult action and adventure novel, The Gladiator and the Guard, is now available for purchase! This is the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles, sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach

First Things First: a Little Information about Book 1: 

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is desperate to see his little sister freed. But only victory in the Krillonian Empire’s most prestigious tournament will allow him to secretly arrange for Ellie’s escape. Dangerous people are closing in on her, however, and Bensin is running out of time.  With his one hope fading quickly away, how can Bensin save Ellie from a life of slavery and abuse?

What is the Collar for, and What is a Cavvarach?

The story is set in a world very much like our own, with just a few major differences.  One is that slavery is legal there.  Slaves must wear metal collars that lock around their neck, making their enslaved status obvious to everyone.  Any slave attempting to escape faces the dilemma of how and where to illegally get their collar removed (a crime punishable by enslavement for the remover).  

Another difference is the popularity of a martial art called cavvara shil.  It is fought with a cavvarach (rhymes with “have a rack”), a weapon similar to a sword but with a steel hook protruding from partway down its top edge.  Competitors can strike at each other with their feet as well as with the blades.  You win in one of two ways: disarming your opponent (hooking or knocking their cavvarach out of their hands) or pinning their shoulders to the mat for five seconds.

Click here to order The Collar and the Cavvarach from Amazon 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30!


And now, The Gladiator and the Guard, with another awesome cover by the talented Jack Lin!



Bensin, a teenage slave and
martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused
of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early
death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue
him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment
designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his
choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty
of the arena system and
seize his freedom before that system crushes him?

Excerpt from The Gladiator & The Guard

“Can I call Grandma?” Ellie begged as Steene started the engine. “I want to tell her about my medal.”

“Sure.” Steene dug his phone out of his pocket and handed it over. “She’ll be glad to hear from you.”

He had forgotten to turn the phone back on after the gymnastics meet was over, so Ellie pressed the power button and waited. “Oh, it says you have six messages.”

“Six?” That was strange. Steene seldom got more than one or two phone calls a day. He couldn’t imagine who would be calling him on a Saturdayafternoon or evening anyway. “Turn it to speakerphone and play them for me, okay?”

“Message one,” said the familiar recording.

Then Boris’s voice came on. “Hey, Steene, it’s Boris. I gotta talk to you. Call me back.”

“Message two.”

“Steene, are you there? It’s Boris again. Call me, okay?”

“Message three.”

“Dude, don’t you ever check your messages? Call me, I’m serious! I gotta talk to you!”

“Message four.”

“When are you gonna turn on your phone? Listen, Steene, can you come over to the arena tonight? Wait till after nine fifteen, though. But call me first. Call me!”

“Message five.”

“I swear, I’m gonna kick your butt if you don’t call me back. Weren’t you watching the games tonight? Dude, call me! Now!”

“Message six.”

“Listen, Steene, do you have any idea what’s going on? Tell you the truth, if you care about Fifty-Eight at all — I mean, about Bensin — you’ll call me and you’ll get over here.”

“End of messages.”

Steene pulled over to the curb and reached for the phone. His heart was pounding.

“What do you think’s going on?” Ellie demanded. “Bensin wasn’t supposed to be in the games tonight. At least, Boris didn’t tell us he was, and he always tells us.”

Steene was afraid to guess. “Let’s find out.” He punched the call back button.

It rang. And rang again. And kept ringing.

“How come he isn’t answering if it’s such a big deal?”

“I don’t know. He probably can’t keep his phone in his pocket when he’s working. It’s probably in his locker or something.”

“Hey, this is Boris,” came his recorded voice. “If it’s important, leave me a message. If not, don’t waste my time.”

“Boris, it’s Steene. I just got your messages. Is Bensin okay?” Steene held his watch up to the glow of a nearby streetlight to check the time. The dashboard clock had long since stopped working. “It’s almost 7:30, and Ellie and I are at the other end of town right now, so it’ll probably take us at least an hour to get there. Call me back, and we’ll see you as soon as we can.”

He pulled back out into the street and jammed his foot down on the accelerator, zooming through a yellow light just as it turned red. Bensin had better be all right.

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard in Kindle format from Amazon 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!

Click here to order The Gladiator and the Guard from Smashwords (for Nook or in other digital formats) 
for $2.99 a discounted price of just 99 cents through May 30th!



Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and
later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her
husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at
Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since
her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and
adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her
students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially
fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

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  1. Annie Douglass Lima May 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Thank you for featuring The Gladiator and the Guard! I hope your readers enjoy hearing about it!

    • Tamie Dearen May 27, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Congratulations on your new release!

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