Oregon’s Layne West offers fantasy novel

OREGON, Ill.—Author Layne West sweeps readers away to another world where women dominate and men serve as their humble servants in the new fantasy novel The Shifting Sands, now available through AuthorHouse.

The kingdoms of Petrious and Nemin are locked in a brutal war. A young Nemin warrior named Aaron is taken captive by the Petrious army after he succeeds in slaying their king.

When he arrives in Petrious, the widowed queen is immediately drawn to the handsome man. An ancient doctrine states she must produce offspring soon, and with all eligible suitors away in the war, the queen decides to seduce her new prisoner.

The queen first places Aaron in control of her army. Aaron’s will is tested by the queen’s desperate sister, Samanda, and other vixens as he fights to remain faithful to the wife he left behind. He is also threatened by dangerous monsters, including Vampressa, a hideous half-vulture, half-woman creature who seeks to snatch his seed to fertilize her own nest of eggs.

The queen succeeds in molding her prisoner, but a shocking twist of events threatens her plan just before Aaron is brought to the conception altar. Aaron must fight to win the queen’s favor once again in the nail-biting conclusion to this fantastic adventure.

West grew up on a farm in rural Illinois in the 1950s. Though the future author’s days were filled with physical labor, West’s imagination made everyday life an adventure. Bit by the “writing bug” in high school while writing bios for graduating seniors, West finally tapped into a dormant creative side. The dream of writing was put on hold again, though, as West began a career in business and as an elected public official. West’s previous writing credits include a book titled Mary Jane and the Mayor.

Info: www.authorhouse.com.

From the Feb. 14-20, 2007, issue

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