February 06, 2015

Creative Minds presents: First Love by Andrew Q. Gordon

First Love


PUBLISHER: DSP Publication

SERIES: Champion of the Gods

RELEASE DATE: 27th January 2015

LENGTH: 40 Pages

BLURB: Prequel to The Last Grand Master
A Champion of the Gods Story

On a visit to Yar-del with Grand Master Heminaltose to celebrate his age of majority birthday, Farrell catches the eye of Lieutenant Cameron, a handsome young officer in the Queen’s Guard. But having spent most of his life cooped up at Heminaltose’s school for wizards, Farrell is clueless as to palace intrigue. He is unaware that his access to the queen is something others would greatly prize. When the queen points out that his suitor is the son of a social climbing minor noble, Farrell must decide whether to heed the warning or meet with Cameron anyway.



Tenth hour would take an eternity to arrive, but they both had to attend to their duties. Although Cameron seemed suitably impressed by his appointment, it didn’t improve Farrell’s mood.

He stopped himself as he started to think of ways to get out of dinner. Not going wasn’t an option. More importantly, Heminaltose only allowed Farrell brief visits to Yar-del City to see his mother. Skipping dinner meant one less chance to spend time with her. And he’d see Cameron at tenth hour.

“Boy.” The deep voice behind Farrell made him freeze.

He turned slowly but already knew who he’d find. “Master Heminaltose.”

Dressed in his formal blue-gray robe, he leaned on his white wooden staff and tilted his head to the left. “What brings you to this out-of-the-way place? And why are you just standing there?”

Farrell had been in trouble often enough to know his master suspected him of something. When he tried to answer, his mouth went dry and his tongue turned to stone.

“Well?” The older man raised his bushy white eyebrows and peered down his nose at his student. “I’m waiting for an answer.”

His euphoric mood dashed, Farrell knew better than to lie. “I came here to meet someone.”


“Yes, Master, someone.” This approach never worked, but he’d been too embarrassed to answer directly.

“Don’t treat me like a fool.”

Despite being at least an inch taller than his teacher, Farrell felt like Heminaltose towered over him.

“I’m not, Master. I… I just….” His cheeks flushed and he started to sweat. “I’d rather not say.”

“Excuse me?”

“It’s private.”

“Private? You mean…?” Heminaltose jerked his head back and his eyes opened wider. “By the Six! Now? Your hormones have decided to kick in now?”

Guest Post:

When I began writing this Champion of the Gods, I don’t think I envisioned it as a series and certainly didn’t expect the form it has taken.  I started writing the story as something small, then it grew and as it grew, I found the resolution wasn’t going to be quick.
Once it was clear the story wouldn’t be short, I decided I wanted to make this adventure take Farrell and the others around the world and back. If the conflict were truly between the gods acting through their surrogates, it made sense that the whole world would be involved in the fight. What didn’t make sense was that the resolution would be confined to a small sliver of the world.
In book one, The Last Grand Master, we start on Ardus. Farrell was born in Yar-del, the first of the Seven Kingdoms of Ardus to be founded.  He grew up far to the west, in Heminaltose’s school for wizards inside the Trellham Mountains.  We get to see a bit of the rest of Ardus, but since Meglar has conquered much of it by this point, Farrell is limited in his travels.
Book two, The Eye and the Arm, is going to take us to Dumbarten, birth place of Farrell’s distant ancestor Kel. Along the way we’ll stop a couple places as Farrell starts to realize this fight is bigger than Just he and Meglar. 
Without giving away too much, Farrell moves further east in book three, Kings of Lore and Legend, traveling to Lourdria in search of weapons left behind by Kel.  
This world traveling gave me a giant canvas on which to paint. It also required I figure out what my world looked like and who—or what—inhabited my world. The first few attempts to expand things got dicey until I spent some time fleshing out everything. One thing that was fun—warning my inner writer nerd is about to come out—was being able to 'explore' new places as I wrote about them. Every now and then something new would pop up and ask to be added to the story. I tried accommodating them as much as I could, but ended up lengthening the book.   
Talking a bit about First Love—that is why I'm visiting after all—there were a lot of things I wanted to do with this short space. One of them was set it in Yar-del City because when Champion of the Gods opens, Meglar has already captured Farrell's birthplace. Although Farrell didn't really grow up in Yar-del City, he felt a connection to the city of his ancestor Kel. Once he learned his birthright, Yar-del City was his link to his heritage. It was where he got to spend time with his mother and he could explore the city Kel built. As we also see in First Love, this is where Farrell experienced his first love.
Hopefully after reading First Love, you'll be interested enough in the characters to pick up The Last Grand Master.

AUTHOR BIO: Andrew Q. Gordon wrote his first story back when yellow legal pads, ball point pens were common and a Smith Corona correctable typewriter was considered high tech. Adapting with technology, he now takes his MacBook somewhere quiet when he wants to write.

He currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his partner of nineteen years, their daughter and dog.  In addition to dodging some very self-important D.C. 'insiders', Andrew uses his commute to catch up on his reading. When not working or writing, he enjoys soccer, high fantasy, baseball and seeing how much coffee he can drink in a day.

Twitter:  @andrewqgordon


Andrew Q. Gordon is giving away the following:
-      $15 DSP Gift Card
-      An E-copy of “Third Eye” by Rick R. Reed
-      An E-copy of “Ghost” by Carole Cummings
-      An E-copy of a book by J. Tullos Hennig

Contest Begins: 27th January, 2015
Contest Ends: 9th February, 2015

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Schedule -
           AJ Llewellyn
1/28 - Anne Barwell
1/29 - Kim Fielding
           Silvia Violet
2/5 - Nic Starr


  1. I haven't read too many fantasy books in the few year, but this sounds really good. I tend to read contemporary and paranormal more now, but mostly because I switched to M/M reading only recently and haven't found writers in scifi and fantasy yet.

    1. Thanks Jen - First Love is light on the fantasy and more of a romance (albeit a short one). And since it's free its a risk free segue into the genre. ��

  2. I love a lot of different genres and find it wonderful that m/m romance encompasses so many other genres as well. Fantasy and Sci-Fi have been favorites since I was a kid and I sill love them now.

    Thanks for the post and contest!

  3. Thanks Jen - it is cool that mm romance allows for so many different sub-genres. I personally like the flexibility.