The author shares his inspiration... The Seventh Blessing by R.L. Baxter (Guest Post & #Giveaway)

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The Seventh Blessing
By R.L. Baxter
YA Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 300 Pages
June 8th 2019


Within the world of Popla, the gods rule over mankind. Thanks to their order, mankind lives safe from the dangers of the world’s monsters and demon beasts. However, even with their protection, there are some who have chosen to rebel against their benevolent masters.

Having lost his sister to a mysterious sickness called the Seventh Blessing, rumoured to have been created by the gods themselves, A young man named Luna will attempt to rescue her soul from death. Armed with a living blade, he will oppose the order of the gods - going as far as to request the aid of a legendary demon named Ten.

Within this epic fantasy adventure, the trio will explore a world together, where divinity and mortality are intertwined. However, at the end of their journey, will the true secret of the Seventh Blessing tear them apart?

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Guest Post:
Inspiration for the Story
By R.L.Baxter

The inspiration for The Seventh Blessing was born from many personal feelings. First, I wanted to create a new story, set in an entirely new world with its own laws. I never had much chance to do this with my previous novels and novellas. For this title, I wanted to truly put in place certain principles, yet without restricting it too much. After that, all I had to do was think of a story concept that could keep me interested for many years. This was essential, for novel a takes at least a year. I decided to go with a pure and simple desire and need - the need to see a family member again.

At the time of starting my novel, I was living in Japan and did not settle in very well, due to the many differences. Food, social customs and language were all new to me. I had not a single family member by my side. My family didn’t have the cash to visit and I didn’t have the money to visit them as well, at least for the first six months (naturally I used my money to travel around Japan). This had me questioning, when would I actually be able to physically see my family again? 1 year? 2 years? Of course, looking back now, I was obviously being a tad dramatic - however at that time, the feeling I had was so strong. The Seventh Blessing was a mirror of this feeling, set in a fantastical world of monsters, gods and mortals.

The main protagonist Luna, was like me; someone who was far away from a loved one. Both him and I had coped with this by interacting with the weird and wonderful people of a new land. As Luna walked side by side with demons, talking swords and battled gods, I walked alongside the people of Japan, other foreigners to Japan and battled the language and culture.

The Seventh Blessing was inspired by my longing to see my family again.

Thank you

Ricky Baxter

About the Author

Ricky Baxter is the author of Gideon and the Crimson Samurai, a fantasy novel newly released for Amazon Kindle. He is an avid blogger, giving advice and thoughts to fellow creators from all walks of life. His other works include Colours of Destiny, a Youtube visual novel. Currently he lives in London England where he writes and blogs.

Starting out as a composer since graduating with a Ba(Hons) in music and multimedia, Ricky worked for many independent short film directors - for over six years, gaining notable IMDB credits . Since then, he has embraced his earlier passion of writing fictional stories.

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