Fantasy Books, LARPers, and More with Melissa Caruso on the Fantasy Focus Podcast

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Fantasy Focus podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books. 

From Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

Let’s start off with my update. Things are rapidly approaching for my newest release, Cyber’s Change and I’m working on getting my ducks in a row to be ready for launch day. There’s a lot that has to happen to get a book ready to launch as an indie author and I up to my neck in preparations for that coming up on April 5th.

I’m also still working on the second book in the series, finalizing the edits and getting it ready to send to the narrator to get started on it. Stay tuned for updates on that project. I should have a pre-order update on it soon.

As always, if you’re interested in more information on what I’m up to, check out my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Super Fans and on my website and blog,

Let’s shift gears and talk about my special guest this time around. I got to chat with Melissa Caruso for this episode. Melissa is the author of the Swords & Fire trilogy, an adult fantasy series of intrigue and magic from Orbit Books.

The first book, THE TETHERED MAGE (October 2017), was shortlisted for a Gemmell Morningstar Award. Book two, THE DEFIANT HEIR (April 2018), is out now, and the third book, THE UNBOUND EMPIRE, is coming in April 2019. I have a second trilogy set in the same world forthcoming from Orbit Books as well, with the first book coming out in 2020.

Check out my chat with Melissa about her books, her interesting take on magic in her world, and her time in live action role-playing games as a LARPer.

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