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Sunday, January 1, 2017

A New NA Fantasy Series: J. Armitage explains the War and Suits Concept

I ran across this incredibly cool series concept by J. Armitage and asked her to stop by and explain how she came up with the idea and how it will work! And you can get book one for only $.99!

I came up with the idea for The War and Suits books whilst playing poker. Someone remarked how weird it was that there were 52 cards in a pack (minus the jokers) and 52 weeks in a year. I though it would be cool to read a book a week all set in the same fictional world and thus War and Suits was born. It follows the arc of a war through the eyes of 52 different characters.

The first book stars the youngest of all the characters, Rose Club. With her love of adventure, she inadvertently kicks off a war between the four kingdoms of Vanatus. Rose is the youngest of the Club Royal family, a family of elf-like people. The Hearts are humans, albeit vain, power hungry ones who value beauty and technology above all things. The Diamonds are sorcerers, and happen to live in the mountains where all the diamond mines are, making them not only the most powerful but also the richest kingdom (yes the Hearts are wildly jealous) and finally the North West of Vanatus belongs to the Spades who are all shifters. Each book will follow a week in the life of a different character and will have seven chapters, one for each day.

By the time I finish, you'll be able to read a chapter a day, every day for a year. The Clubs will come out in 2017. If it takes off, 2018 with be the year of the Hearts. I've had so much fun writing this fictional world that I've built from scratch. There are creatures you'll recognize (dragons, werewolves, unicorns etc) and quite a few made up ones.

Each royal family have their own feel so I think each set of thirteen books will be different. The Clubs are full on fantasy whereas the Heart books will be very much steampunk.

I've got four on pre-order at the moment and hope to have another one up by Jan 1st.
Book one is only $.99
by J.A. Armitage
January 1, 2017
189 pages
Fifty-two weeks, four royal families, one war. Week one - January 1st - January 7th Rose (The Two of Clubs) is the youngest of all the Royals of Vanatus, and she has a lot to prove. Born a princess, but with the heart of a warrior, she struggles to keep her two lives seperate. By day, a perfect princess, but in the dark of night, she slips out to practice being all she ever wanted to be, a warrior like her brothers. When a dragon kidnaps some children from the royal castle, she must act quickly, but the snap decision sets off a chain of events that lead to the first war in the history of Vanatus, spelling disaster for both her and her family. Follow the lives and loves of the fifty-two members of The Houses of Club, Heart, Diamond and Spade in real time as they struggle to maintain peace in the world of Vanatus. This is a New Adult fantasy series set over the course of one whole year. This particular book is the first in the series and is set over the first week from New Year's Day to 7th January from the eyes of Rose Club. Each book in the series will be shown through the eyes of a different character, all within the world of Vanatus. Each book can be read as a standalone book (no cliffhangers), but the overall arc of the war will play in the background throughout. This is New Adult so there will be some swearing, mild violence, and sexual references.

About the Author:
Born in a small town, J.Armitage longed for adventure and travel.

Age 20 she moved to Dublin, then to San Diego, then Sydney and back to California where she did a brief stint working at Universal Studios being a minder to Sponge Bob.

Once back in Britain she got married, had babies and decided to write about the adventure she was now missing out on. She works full time, is a mum to three kids and has had a surrogate baby.

She has skydived twice (and survived), climbed Kilimanjaro and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. She has also worked as a professional clown and banana picker amongst other jobs.

Somehow she finds time to write.