(Missoula, Montana): Independent publisher Oneshi Press is preparing to launch War & Horses, an action-packed illustrated novel set in a Wild West–like fantasy world. But this gun-slinging adventure isn’t like most fantasy books: Author Peter Lampasona choreographed its fight sequences using real-world knowledge gained as a combat sports writer, commentator, and judge!
After years of study under such luminaries as Muay Thai and MMA coach Doug Cota, SAMBO master of sport Steve Koepfer, and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu coach Mark Stan, Lampasona transitioned into writing about the world of combat sports. Now, he’s taken his knowledge and turned it toward fiction. Lampasona has written his first novel—War & Horses, including fight scenes he choreographed himself with sparring partners. Illustrator Chris Covelli translated those moves into 3D-rendered models, then into the hard-hitting illustrations that now appear in the book.
In the fights in War & Horses, Lampasona says, “My training with SAMBO competitors Anthony Sansonetti and Jeremy Paiser created the inspiration for the ‘wrestling’ in the action sequences in War & Horses. Jeremy’s moves, in particular, were the inspiration for several fight scenes though Anthony’s more direct style focused on positional dominance played a part in the Triggerman character, himself, especially in War & Horses.”
Leading up War & Horses’ December 10 release, author Peter Lampasona and both co-illustrators, Chris Covelli and Jayel Draco, are available for interviews, podcasts, and more. Excerpts from the book are available for pre-publication, and an advance review file of the book is available for download below.
Please contact editor Lynsey G. at Oneshi Press for more information or to schedule interviews at [email protected].
About War & Horses
Deep in the dustbowl of the newly formed Republic of Draven, the old aristocracy coexists with a new government in an uneasy peace that’s often broken by conflict. Famine and drought wrack the once-fertile region—and violence is a spark to dry grass. Into the midst of this discord walks a shadowy figure: the Triggerman. Following his trail of blood-soaked chaos is journalist Landon Ford, obsessively documenting his exploits in his dime-store novels. But the Triggerman is very real—and his true purpose may become the story of Ford’s life.
About Children of Gaia
In Rendaraia, where nature, magic, and civilization have long coexisted, strangers of unknown origin are invading. As war rages between the Terran interlopers and Rendaraian natives, hundreds of unique cultures of wildly varying technologies, traditions, and species are ravaged by an imperial society driven by the rapacious demands of its own politically divided home—Terra. But there is more at stake than land or culture: Rendaraia and its invaders are linked far more deeply than anyone realizes.
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