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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gorias La Gaul Character interview with Steven Shrewsbury (Overkill Blog Tour)

Today (5/8/12) is the last day you can download a copy of Overkill for FREE at amazon!
yes, this post is all that and a (free) bag of chips!
*this is not the give away, check the end of this post for that!

"Deliverance will come for Gorias La Gaul, but for now there are women to love, secrets to discover, and killing that needs doing." - Overkill

This is Gorias La Gaul, one of the mightiest dragon slayers. He wears blue armor made from the skin of a baby dragon and has a sword made from angel wings. He is 700 years old; an aging rough and tough warrior who loves drinking and women, but he also has a good heart. According to Shrewsbury he is a mix of Sam Elliot and Johnny Cash. You can read about Gorias' adventures in Thrall and Overkill as well as two short stories: Author and Finisher of Our Flesh and Insurmountable

After 700 years one would guess Gorias might have learned a thing or two about women, love and relationships so we invited him to answer a few questions...

Q: Gorias La Gaul, 700 year old fighter of renown, have you ever been in love?
GLG: You came to the dwarf tossing contest here in Segesta to ask me that?

Q: Well, it is halftime.
GLG: I see you are frustrated by the barbarity of the contest out there. These are killer dwarves that burnt the city of Calvillo to the ground last month. Have no pity. That place was nice. What did ya ask again?

Q: Have you ever been in love?
GLG: Sure, lots of times. A few of them I thought would last forever. A couple, it was for an hour or so. It varies.

Q: You certainly have lived a long time and must know the secrets of love and of all sorts of relationships.
GLG: Just because I haven’t managed to get killed yet is no sign of intelligence, maybe cunning. All kinds of relationships? How many can there be? Sure, I’ve seen a lot of weird folks do strange things, but what do you want to know?

Q: Any advice to the young man out on his first encounter with a lady?
GLG: Well, I assume this is a nice thing, not a drunken tryst or some other nonsense, but if I had a son again, I’d tell him to treat her good, make her feel special, and don’t talk too much about yourself. Women want to tell you about what they like, not really hear about what you like. I don’t care how old they are, trust me Junior. If ya play it right, they will tell ya everything ya might wanna know. Don’t be too eager, be polite. It’s a bear to be dashing at an early age. I’d hate to do all that again.

Q: Do you recall your first love?
GLG: First encounter or love?

Q: Either.
GLG: Sure. It was the neighbor girl in the tribal lands where I grew up. I’ve been screwy for redheads ever since. She was a friend. I think I did care about her because I didn’t know anyone could make me feel like that. Ya get yer heart crushed a bunch in life before ya get it right. I’d dread being a kid again. I hear some fellas kill themselves over it. That’s a shame but ya feel that bad at times. A punch in the face or a knee in the groin goes away with enough time and beer, but that heartbreak. Damn. I’d sooner be clubbed than feel that again.

Q: Have you ever been married?
GLG: Of course. I wasn’t always as such, ya see. I tried settling down. I met a wonderful lady and it worked. I even farmed for a while, had kids, hell, did that a few times.

Q: What happened?
GLG: Well, war, unfaithfulness and bad folks got in the way. A few times I was too young and stupid to understand what I was doing or to do it right. I make no excuses for being uneducated at the art of love or being a good husband, but that wasn’t the reason for all of the failures. I won’t abide being disrespected. Seeing ones you love die is awful so I tend to stay out of love now. I think settling down, finding that safe place is good, but there are few safe places in this world. Besides, there’s something over that hill that I must see.

Q: Being a rambling man appealing to women? Is it your ability as a fighter or rumored lustful accomplishments?
GLG: A few women have loved me because they thought I had the ability to keep them alive. That ain’t true love. That is whoredom. My armor keeps me alive but we won’t be dating soon. Your back shouldn’t determine your comfort zone in life. I’ve seen women in bad relationships, abusive jerks controlling them, keeping them down under their thumb. That’d be too much work and not right at all. My advice to them? Cut his throat in his sleep and run away, and learn to read if you can’t. I’d rather see a woman wash chamber pots than cook for a slob her entire life.

Q: You get women after you because of your fame and name?
GLG: Yeah, they even like to yell it out during the act like they are trying to convince themselves it is really happening. Once, I was tempted when a gal shrieked my name to exclaim, “But I’m really Gilgamesh!” That’d learn her, huh? That ain’t love though. Fascination and lust. Different animals. All good though.

Q: Any common advice for the everyman to keep his woman interested?
GLG: I dunno. It isn’t difficult to show a woman you love her or prove it. At times, just showing up every day at home on time is good, or let them know ya think of them and not just in a carnal way. Hell, if ya act sensitive the carnal way may come to ya. Women are all different and wonderful mysteries to solve. The world sucks and all the modern advances are making it worse. The older one gets the less you care, but love never goes away. Even though I might rag on it a little, it still feels great to hear it, to know a woman loves you. The smallest fella can feel like a giant at those words and feelings

Q: Do you have a preference, other than a redhead? What draws you to a woman?
GLG: I love a lot of ‘em, but the eyes get me. That window to the soul stuff? Sure. A powerful look can grab ya by the fellas, ya know? I like good hips, someone who won’t come apart at high speeds. I ain’t a little guy.

Q: I hear the mage’s of Albion have invented a device that will bring a woman more pleasure than any man.
GLG: Hasn’t someone already invented shoes?

Q: You are a lover of great capacity and experience.
GLG: So I hear.

Q: Is it true there is a spot on a woman to touch her that will make her be overcome with delight and joy?
GLG: Yeah, her heart.

Q: Aren’t you sly.
GLG; Think I get by on my looks alone? The act of love making is an art to learn better with experience. Folks use the ones you love to hurt you often. That bites. You gotta be strong for your lover, put them first. That’s tough to do with careers, obligations and whatnot, but never forget them. Make them feel special and like they are the only one alive. Be proud of them, not because they can slay a dragon or gouge the eye out of a Cyclops, but because they cared enough to breathe that day.

Q: Should a younger man try to be himself in a relationship?
GLG: Be yourself, what advice. Most young guys dunno who they are yet. Pretending to be what a gal wants might turn you into someone and something you will hate being. Figure out who ya are and go with that. Be a good guy, not a punk or a lap dog. Women might think that is sensitive but I think they really want a strong man. Ya don’t have to be a threatening ass to be strong. Strength is obvious. Women love strength. Being tall, dark and ruggedly handsome, well, I can’t help ya’all with that. Talk to yer daddy. It’s his fault on that. Most women view men as a reclamation project anyway, so be prepared to change a little, but roll with it. If they want ya to be different than what they started with too much, makes ya wonder why they wanted ya in the first place. Hell, I used to be a nice guy.

Q: So, what is it you like to see in a woman?
GLG: Other than me? Right. Oh c’mon. Lighten up. Humor. Nobody likes a doorstop. Ya gotta be able to laugh at yourself and others to an extent. Even if it was a short term deal, that’s a plus. I love a good talker. Not droning on about other guys and all of the problems of the world and you, that just makes the desire to run stronger. A woman with strong maternal qualities is terrific too, but that’s usually for the long haul. I hate it if they come on too strong. Nobody can turn a whore into a housewife. Many have tried and all of ‘em fail.

Thank you Steven and Gorias *passes Gorias my number* for visiting today. I had no idea you had such a soft side.
Be sure to check out the other stops on the Overkill tour. Lots to learn and win. Steven is giving away 2 ebook sets that include:

Author and Finisher of Our Flesh (short story)
Insurmountable (short story)

* I Smell Sheep will add in some swag!
To enter:
1. Contact info
2. Tell me: do you have the guts to be a dragon slayer or would you let Gorias do it for you?
* double entries for followers

is this not the coolest cover!
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Deliverance will come…
A great flood once wiped clean the earth, destroying everything upon it. Before the deluge, in a time now forgotten, the world was a place of warriors and witches, conflicts between kingdoms, and, until their
extermination, dragons.
In this world, men may live centuries, fallen angels have begotten terrifying spawn, and sometimes, the best hope can be found in a brothel.

In the land of Transalpina, a new religion spreads, and important men are dying mysteriously, slain by what can only be the fire of dragon breath. Summoned by the Queen Garnet, the legendary warrior Gorias La Gaul returns to the place where he once saved the queen's young granddaughter from treachery and enslavement. The Princess Nykia is gone, and soon others may try to claim the throne. The queen has little choice but to turn to the only man who ever told her no.

With the aid of one of the queen's elite guard, the battle maiden Alena, and the young palace servant Orsen, the old mercenary will face pirates and traitors, monsters and foul magic in the quest to find the missing heir and learn the truth behind the disconcerting murders.

Deliverance will come for Gorias La Gaul, but for now there are women to love, secrets to discover, and killing that needs doing.

Buy: amazon (kindle only $2.99)

Set in the mists of ancient times, Thrall tells the story of Gorias La Gaul, an aging warrior who has lived for centuries battling the monstrosities of legend and lore. It is an age when the Nephilum walk the earth, demonic forces hunger to be unleashed, and dragons still soar through the skies … living and undead. On a journey to find one of his own blood, a young man who is caught in the shadow of necromancy, Gorias’ path crosses with familiar enemies, some of whom not even death can hold bound.

Steven L. Shrewsbury is a fantasy and horror author who has well over 300 tales published online or in print. He is the creator of creator of Dack Shannon and the Majestic Universe, as well as the novels Hell Billy (Bad Moon Books), Overkill (Seventh Star Press), Thrall (Seventh Star Press), Tormentor (Lachesis Publishing), Hawg (Graveside Tales) and Stronger Than Death (Snuff Books).

He has appeared in many anthologies, most recently Harlan County Horrors from Apex Publications. Other anthologies include Deathgrip: Legacy of Terror from Hellbound books; Blackest Death-Vol I from BDB;
the high fantasy epic Grimoire De Solace from iUniverse, the hardback Cemetery Poets, Scary, Atrocitas Aqua from DDP.


  1. giganticgreengrapes (at) gmail (dot) com

    Yes, I have some intestinal fortitude, I'll slay the misbehaving dragons, and the ones that can live with some civility can fly way to a secluded area; also can I apprentice with Gorias, he can teach me the tricks of the trade so I might live when I attempt to slay the dragons.

    GFC follower. (Emma J)

  2. I would have a hard time killing anything. So Gorias help me.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  3. Kill? Oh no, surely not! I love dragons - they are such magnificent creatures. Gorias would you consider turning dragon tamer instead?

  4. How freakin fun was that! I'd just want to ride on one. Oh wait, are we talking about men or something else? *Sharon pokes me* Right! Dragons, sure I'd ride on the back of one.

  5. I want to say I'd do it, but nope, I'd ask Gorias to do it. I have to say though that we'd have to sit down and talk about his baby dragon armor. Come on, dude! Couldn't you have made it out of a middle aged dragon that was going through a mid life crisis? Put him and everyone else out of their misery. Seriously.

    I am a follower--under Brenda Hyde. I have two fricking google accounts until I learn how to merge them. wayfaringwriter at gmail dot com

  6. Oh I absolutely would be a slayer, especially if I get to have a nifty sword, oh yeah, you betcha! Of course I would have to ask Gorias for some personal lessons (hee, hee) Thank you for taking the time and effort to share this bit of awesomeness with us today :)
    I am definitely a sheeply follower.

  7. I would let Gorias do it for me ;) Though i want a swords and all the trappings anyway! I could handle the small fry like orcs and stuff ;)

  8. contest is over! I will be contacting the winner (Joleene Naylor) by email:)