The Singer and the Charlatan by D.C. Fergerson
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.”
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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.
What inspired you to write this book?
Out of all tabletop roleplaying games I’ve ever been a part of, The Singer and the Charlatan was the one I swore couldn’t be written. So the inspiration was really just a challenge to myself as a writing exercise, a ‘this is how I’d do it if I tried to write it’. A week and 250 pages later, I was astonished that I’d never stopped. I had a complete novel and part of the next one. It was funny, the world was very rich and realized, and so I pursued polishing it. After a year of edits, polish, and beta reads, I finally felt it was time to put it out there. I’ve wanted to be a published author for a decade now, and I couldn’t be happier that The Singer and the Charlatan is my debut book. The feeling of holding the paperback in my own hands was amazing. Not one to rest on my laurels, book two, The Princess and the Holy Juggernaut, will be out in late February/early March, and I’m very excited to continue the adventures of Leanna Moonbody and Priestess Trixi. The first book establishes my silly little world and introduces the cast through their first trials to see their dreams realized. I’ve been so excited with the feedback I’m getting for The Singer and the Charlatan, I absolutely can’t wait to see what people think when Leanna and Trixi continue their adventures.