Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy everything else!
William Bradshaw has been trapped on the world of Other Place as King of the Goblins for an entire year, no small accomplishment! In that time he’s beaten the army of Kervol Ket, destroyed the dreaded Staff of Skulls and most recently buried the immortal madmen of the Eternal Army. He’s also managed to keep from being driven mad by his short, stupid and mildly crazy goblin followers, who respect him even if they won’t listen to him. Now he faces a greater challenge, matrimony.
Lydia Lajcak of the Fairy Godmothers has arrived in the Kingdom of the Goblins to find Will a wife. It turns out that being broke and in charge of a nation of idiots isn’t the relationship killer Will thought it was. Lydia isn’t taking no for an answer, and she’s got seventy clients eager to meet Will and desperate enough to put up with his goblins. Is marital bliss in Will’s future?
But the search for true love takes a turn for the worse when an assassin attacks Will and Lydia. More assassins follow, each one more deadly than the last and sent by Quentin Peck, the richest man on Other Place. Peck has killers, mercenaries, magic weapons, golems, lawyers and the home court advantage when Will tracks him to the city of Nolod. Will is determined to win or go down fighting with his enthusiastic fire scepter, countless goblins, troll bodyguards, magic mirror and Lydia.
Now if he only knew why Peck wants him dead.
William Bradshaw and Fool’s Gold Excerpt
“You want to get me married?” Will asked.
Mr. Niff screamed, “Boss, run! We’ll slow her down!”
Dozens of goblins raced out of the woods and piled on Lydia, pulling her to the ground before Will could stop them. Will pulled one goblin off and was reaching for a second when Lydia used her wand. Goblins flew off her and sailed screaming through the air before they crashed into trees. She got up and fixed Will with an angry stare. The goblins recovered quickly and charged into battle again.
“Cease fire!” Will shouted. He got between the goblins and Lydia and held up his hands. “Nobody do anything!”
“But you’re in deadly peril!” Mr. Niff cried out.
Lydia pointed her wand at the little goblin. “Get ready for another flying lesson.”
“No fighting!” Will shouted. “Everybody just calm down and put your weapons away. We’ll talk this out like mature, responsible adults.”
“Mature responsible…Will, that doesn’t describe anyone here, including you,” Domo said.
“Pretend we’re mature and responsible,” he replied. While Will was willing to admit that wasn’t particularly persuasive, it had the desired effect. The goblins backed down and edged back into the forest, muttering and casting worried looks at Lydia. The fairy godmother held onto her wand but pointed it at the ground.
“Okay,” Will began, “that went poorly even by our standards. Lydia, I’m very sorry about that. The guys are protective of me.”
“Yeah, I got that impression,” she said. Brushing dirt off her skirt, she asked, “Overreacting just a tad?”
“Not really,” Domo said. “Lots of people have tried to kill him.”
Lydia nodded. “Fair enough. I see I’m going to have to start from scratch on this job. Can we go someplace in your city and talk privately?”
Will glanced at the Goblin City, where dust clouds swirled overhead. “That isn’t going to be a healthy place to visit for a while. Outdoors would be best.”
About Author Arthur Daigle
Arthur Daigle was born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. He received a degree in biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, which sounded like a good idea at the time. This led to work as a zoo intern at Brookfield Zoo, an assistant fisheries biologist at the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation, and a research assistant at Morton Arboretum. Most recently he’s been employed grading high school essay tests and garden associate (yeah, the job market is that bad). In addition to writing, Arthur is an avid gardener and amateur artist.
Arthur is the author (no jokes, please, he’s heard them all) of four books. These include William Bradshaw King of the Goblins, William Bradshaw and a Faint Hope, William Bradshaw and War Unending, and Goblin Stories. These books were almost inevitable given that the author has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy since he was old enough to walk. Major influences include the works of the puppeteer and filmmaker Jim Henson and the British artist Brian Froud. Expect more books in the Will Bradshaw series, as all attempts to stop Arthur from writing have failed.