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"If your death ever comes before mine, I hope the gods take my life soon after." Duli and her husband had stated those words to each other several times. Then the day came when his dwarf kin brought his body back from the field of an ambush. As a non-clan dwarf, rendered beardless by old customs, her widowed status places her in the lowest caste of Tok-Maurron. Fearful of her future under a chauvinistic crafters' guild, and unwilling to complete her suicide attempt, Duli's emotions turn to rage directed at the humans. Dwarf traditions forbid women to wage war, yet the ongoing battles leave more widows enticed by her call to action.
Ridiculed, chastised, and even jailed in her own chambers for her actions, Duli's struggles for her beliefs are even slowed by her need to earn a living off her non-sanctioned craft. Duli only wishes her own death, but in the process sparks a liberation movement that shakes the subterranean city to its core values. Even if the women win over their clan, they must still prove they have the mettle to face their husbands' killers, and the magic that humans command.
Author's Note: The world in which The Widow Brigade is set was designed after much of my own experience, and critical critique, of classic fantasy books and role-playing games. The story tips my hat to the many and yet too-few women who have shared this gaming passion of mine. The following quote by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich influenced how this story had to be written: "Well-behaved women seldom make history."
Douglas was born on Nov 28th, 1971. He got the chance to live in many different places while growing up, courtesy of the assignments the US Army offered to his father. Quiet and shy, he dreamed of other worlds and places...and desired to write about them. He got into fantasy role-playing games in his mid-teens. To this day he has friends whom he meets in tabletop role-playing games, as well as online adventures. Many of his characters evolved in games, and each developed their own personality. Favorite hobbies also include trying to raise two boys to get out, enjoy the outdoors, and explore new things in life. Both of them caught their first fish before ever touching a video game. Having to rely on self-publishing for his novels, Douglas was surprised at the amount of good reviews and publicity they received. The Earthrin Stones trilogy sold more copies than expected. The Widow Brigade started its reception earning ten straight 5-star reviews, including a recent widow who said it helped with her healing process. Though Douglas expanded his entertaining to include game streams and recordings on YouTube and Twitch, his passion remains centered on his writing. Douglas lives with his wife and two sons in Minnesota. He works in health care, serving people's needs in medical imaging. When most people see him, he is wearing scrubs. Learn more about the author and the Realm of Dhea Loral at... Website - DheaLoral.com Facebook - Dhea Loral Twitter - @ThaminDheaLoral YouTube - Thamin DheaLoral Twitch: - Thamin_T O Abnormal has a few YouTube tutorials on artwork. He currently runs a comic on his website with regular updates. He has a commission lineup for folks wanting artwork of characters or, in this case, cover art for a book. Fans can support him through his Patreon page, and receive special artwork and larger copies of his comic and wallpapers. His blog shares artwork, rants, The Bonebreakers, tutorials and more. For more information, he broadcasts nearly daily on Twitch - https: //www.twitch.tv/oabnormal