Friday, August 6, 2010

Introduction - Gloria Oliver

Greetings ya'll!

Good to see you. *wave* Figured as this is my first time here at 'YA Authors You've Never Heard Of' I'd introduce myself and give you a little info about my books.

I'm a speculative fiction author (this means I write fantasy, science fiction, horror), though all my novels so far are in the fantasy genre. I live in Texas (and is it so HOT here this week. Over 100 degrees! Wooowhee!) and I am top slave of my feline masters - Mr. Boots, Mythril, and Subaki. When I am not writing or petting the fur off the cats, I work in accounting for a small oil and gas company.

Now for some little teasers about my books currently in print.

Cross-eyed Dragon Troubles
(2007) Young Adult - Fantasy - "Harry Potter meets Dragon Riders of Pern"

Sample Chapters

Excerpt:"Do you need any help?" she asked. "Just tell me what you want me to do. If you prefer, I'm sure I can round up at least a few people to come over and give you a hand."

Kel slowly shook his head. "It's all right. Thanks anyway." His voice lowered to where she almost couldn't hear it. "This is all part of my punishment.'

She frowned, not understanding what he meant. "Punishment?"

Kel cocked his head in Clarence's direction. In a flash, she understood. None of this was an accident. Clarence had landed there deliberately, hoping to make Kel pay for all he went through in the past month. She shook her head, not wanting to believe this, but what the dragon said next took any doubts right out of her head.

Willing Sacrifice
(2008) Young Adult - Fantasy - "The End of the World, warped prophecies, choices to be made and unmade"

Sample Chapters

Excerpt:Panic and fear filled with utter helplessness made her dizzy. She knew what would be done with her, she knew what they planned. But there was nothing she could do to stop any of it.
Sharp gasps echoed in her ears as she felt the room's cold air caress the Eye.
"You were right. She is the one."

In the Service of Samurai
(2002) Adult/YA - Japanese Fantasy Adventure -"The Last Samurai meets Pirates of the Caribbean"

Sample Chapters

Excerpt: Laying the blade on the floor before him, Toshi parted his kimono until his stomach lay exposed. He tucked his sleeves beneath his legs to hold him upright if he should falter. Ignoring Asano, he took up the blade. His shoulder flared with pain and he tried not to flinch, as he grabbed the blade with both hands. He turned the wakazashi until its sharp point was aimed at his belly, the residence of his soul.

Vassal of El
(2004) Adult/YA - Fantasy Mystery - "Winged men, murder, a past that comes back to haunt him"

Sample Chapters

Excerpt: Torren took a step back a sudden shudder racking through him. It was as if he'd never left, as if the boy he'd been would be coming back-though the one who'd loved this room and all these things was long, long dead. That boy died when he'd watched his father's blood pour forth from his mouth, the end of a sword protruding from his abdomen. That boy died when he survived while everyone else lay dead.

Hope you'll come visit me at

See you next time!

Gloria Oliver
Unveiling the Fantastic


  1. Gloria, Greetings . Enjoyed the Crosseyed Dragon very much. Also the Xassals of El.

  2. Hi Gloria. Nice to meet you. I'm in Texas too. 100 degrees plus all week. Thank heavens for air conditioners.

    Best of luck to you. Your books sound intriguing.

  3. Hi, Gloria! It's been a long time since we've chatted. :) Happy to be spending time together again. I loved ALL of the excerpts!

  4. Hi Gloria! Good post! Loved the excerpts (and the books).

  5. Ah as usual I am late for everything including post comments. lol