Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Singer and the Charlatan by D.C. Fergerson - Book Tour and Giveaway

About the Book

Leanna Moonbody dreams of playing at the Saul Amphitheater. With just one adventure to fund her trip, she meets up with a priestess that dreams of a massive flock to take on a pilgrimage. Together, Leanna will set up the crowds, and Priestess Trixi will bring them to Our Lord.

With an elf, dwarf, rogue, pixie and a paladin on their side, they set out to realize both their dreams. They just have to maneuver past a lovesick noble, the clergy, a deranged halfling that can’t seem to die, and a plague.

What could possibly go wrong?


“Ooh, this is exciting,” Leanna said with a smile, grabbing up Tear and Jonathan’s hands.

With the circle complete, Trixi looked to the ceiling.

“Lord. Oh, Lord, who is great and true. Take this offering of Form R226 and whatever leftovers we have here from dinner. Commune with me so that I may be a better Fawnspear, walking the path of truth. May it be really, really funny.”

With that, the scroll burned away before their eyes. Then, nothing. The silence became awkward.

“Did it not work?” Jonathan asked.

“Quiet,” Trixi demanded, turning her ear to the table.

The faint sound of terribly boring music filled the space all around the table. Any old ear would think it came from the building next door, but the trained ear of a Thistlite knew better. She listened to the song for a moment with her eyes closed.

Leanna joined in, leaning in to try and make out the tune. Suddenly, a loud voice spoke out, scaring her so bad she almost fell out of her chair.

“Our Lord is currently speaking with another faithful! You are very important to Our Lord! Your prayer shall be heard in the order it was received!”

Leanna broke the circle. “Oh, come on! Why did that have to be the loud part?”

“Leanna, you must be quiet,” Trixi whispered. “I’m sure he’ll be here soon.”


What should readers expect when they pick up your book?

They should expect a fully-realized fantasy world, and a group of characters that are about as insane as the world they live in. From Priestess Trixi’s bizarre religion and its many rules, to Leanna Moonbody’s complete apathy toward her amnesia, the paladin Sante’s happy-go-lucky cluelessness, and Tear, the elven sorcerer with an anxiety disorder, it’s a madhouse, and we’re all along for the ride.

Tell us about the cover and the inspiration for it.

It’s funny you should mention that. In this day and age, some of the best fantasy artists out there are just a click away. So many of them were just so far out of my price range, I opted to make the cover myself. It’s got the classic fantasy font style and I went with an aged leather book texture to add to its appeal. The image on the cover is Leanna sitting on a bar stool in Top’s Inn, and we can see Priestess Trixi has crossed out her ‘Tips Appreciated’ sign in her guitar case to read ‘Tithes Appreciated’, what I thought was a playful nod to the relationship they have in the book - Leanna sets up the crowds and Trixi brings them to ‘Our Lord’.

What’s next for you?

Book two, The Princess and the Holy Juggernaut  will release in late February/early March. While I’m wrapping work on book three, I’ll be publishing what I call an ‘anti-romance’ novel called Horses on the Wind in spring/summer. 2017 is going to be a busy year for me.

Three of your all time favourite books?

That’s pretty easy. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams, and Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk.

What would make you not finish a book you're reading?

Growing up, I devoured stageplays. I must have read every major stageplay penned between 1940 and 1960 in my senior year of high school. As such, dialogue is so key for me, and it reflects in my dialogue-centric writing. I love conversations that feel real and organic. So if conversation seems forced or I feel like I’m reading two-dimensional people exchanging lines, I’m probably going to drop it quick. In my three favorite books I mentioned, every one of them has a genuine feel of coming from a layered, complex personality and a distinct voice. I love that.

What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

I want to give everyone a good laugh. Being a sci-fi fan first (fantasy was introduced when I was an adult), I loved the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series, and I think Douglas Adams was brilliant. Fantasy hasn’t had much of that, a series that enjoys a spectacular plot while poking fun at its own genre. I really hope I can change all that.

Anything else you might want to add?

The Singer and the Charlatan is now available in ebook and paperback, and the paperback is so pretty! So please gobble it up and make sure to leave me a review, I love reviews! And of course, don’t miss out on The Princess and the Holy Juggernaut, Book Two of the Wicked Instruments, coming in a little over a month from now!



About the Author

An avid reader, fantasy gamer, humorist, husband, and father. I wear a lot of hats, some of them terribly silly, with feathers and such. I’ve channeled years Dungeons and Dragons campaigns and late-night stand-up comics into a series full of wit, charm, magic, and laughs.

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D.C. Fergerson will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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