NPCs (Spells, Swords, & Stealth Book 1) – Drew Hayes ***#Drew-vember AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT***

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Welcome to #Drew-vember here on Textual Love. This month’s Author Spotlight falls on Drew Hayes. We’re going to be having an interview with the Author himself as well as Character Interviews from some of your favorite books as well as reviews of all of his books plus a giveaway or two throughout the month.

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What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters?

In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry. Once the dust settles, these four find themselves faced with an impossible choice: pretend to be adventurers undertaking a task of near-certain death or see their town and loved ones destroyed. Armed only with salvaged equipment, second-hand knowledge, and a secret that could get them killed, it will take all manner of miracles if they hope to pull off their charade.

And even if they succeed, the deadliest part of their journey may well be what awaits them at its end.

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We start this tale around the table. There is a game to be played the GM Russell has the newest gaming module for the Spells, Swords, and Stealth tabletop RPG. This one promised to be more realistic than the others. The only problem is, the players aren’t very cooperative and they quickly die. There’s a shift and we meet up with the NPCs who take up the quest that the adventurers dropped. And each one finds their hidden strengths and a bond of friendship between them all that couldn’t have happened otherwise. In their adventures on their way to the king, they take on demons, not once but twice and really found that they have to prove their mettle. Once they get to the king, they find that they have to go into a dungeon that hasn’t revealed it’s secrets to anyone, much to their mortality.

I really can’t go into much because it really will give away so much. Just know that these two groups aren’t as far removed as we’d originally thought. And as is usual with Mr. Hayes writing, we become immersed and feel as though we’re in the story itself.

Mr. Hayes doesn’t disappoint and he’s keen on dropping “Easter eggs” in his stories. And when I found one and asked about it, he said that he cannot tell unless it’s in the story itself. Thankfully this isn’t the only book in the series, the second Split the Party just came out in October. So, would I recommend this book? Oh gosh yes! This is for anyone who’s ever played a tabletop RPG, likes fantasy, or just likes to read something just a little bit different.


Drew Hayes is an author from Texas who has written several books and found the gumption to publish a few (so far). He graduated from Texas Tech with a B.A. in English, because evidently he’s not familiar with what the term “employable” means. You can read more of his growing work at his website,, send him mail and movie offers at, or just follow his twitter: DrewHayesNovels. Drew has been called one of the most profound, prolific, and talented authors of his generation, but a table full of drunks will say almost anything when offered a round of free shots. Drew feels kind of like a D-bag writing about himself in the third person like this. He does appreciate that you’re still reading, though.

Drew would like to sit down and have a beer with you. Or a cocktail. He’s not here to judge your preferences. Drew is terrible at being serious, and has no real idea what a snippet biography is meant to convey anyway. Drew thinks you are awesome just the way you are. That part, he meant. Drew is off to go high-five random people, because who doesn’t love a good high-five? No one, that’s who.


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