Friday, 31 March 2017

When Darkness Falls by Ellen Chauvet



Title: When Darkness Falls
Series: The Vampire Redemption Series #1
Author: Ellen Chauvet
Publication Date: March 17, 2016
Publisher: Relentlessly Creative Books
Genre: PNR/Urban Fantasy
Cover Designer: Jun Ares




A strong-willed Southern woman living her dream life in Paris, Lexie Miles is devastated when her best friend Emma is brutally murdered by vampires. From that moment her “dream life” begins to crumble. She discovers that not only was Emma living a double life, but her boss Tom Grant is as well.  She is plunged into a 500 year old secret that takes her on an unimaginable path.  When her mother, Cassie, comes to Paris for her thirtieth birthday, Lexie is bequeathed with a birthright that gives her super being abilities and the dubious gift of being the “Chosen One”.  Her entire life has been a lie, and she is pissed.

Meeting Etienne Benoit, head of a secret society, she is inexplicably drawn to him, and she ignites in him a sizzling desire that refuses to be ignored. Etienne reveals his story and Emma’s link to the Society and her brilliant perfection of two antiserums.  Lexie must come to terms with the concept that she may be falling in love with a vampire. She reluctantly accepts her legacy and along with Tom and Etienne travels to the headquarters of the Society in Southern France.  They receive an e-mail from Emma that reveals the first clue in what proves to be a race against time and the dark forces that threaten to destroy everything Etienne has created.  A traitor lurks among them and they have no idea who it is.  As war rages across the land Lexie, Etienne and Tom hunt frantically to find the antiserum that Emma hid before she was murdered.

Lexie’s kidnapping and Tom’s death at the hands of Etienne’s son Francois and his partner Marielle spurs Etienne to take drastic action.  The result leaves Lexie alone and despairing that she will never see her love again.  Unwilling to accept this fate, she enlists the help of Kendrick McDonough, a Scotsman and Etienne’s second in command.   Kendrick becomes her friend, trainer and mentor.  Lexie vows she will never give up on Etienne.  She will find a way to return him to the light side.





The Author:

Ellen lives in Vancouver, British Columbia and finds the months of rain and gloom particularly conducive to creating in this genre. Ellen’s love for reading and writing developed at an early age and she wrote several short stories and plays which were lost over the years and many moves. Ellen’s passion for travel began when her Dad took a position with an international soft drink company and they moved to Bogota, Colombia. While in South America Ellen and her family lived in most of the major cities, including, Caracas, Venezuela, La Paz, Bolivia, Lima, Peru, Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, ArgentinA and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ellen spent her high school years near Chicago and in the summer between high school and university moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she lived for the next thirty years. In 1996 Ellen moved to Vancouver where she met and married the man of her dreams. While they were married, her husband, a French Canadian, introduced her to the French culture and in particular Southern France and for the first time in her life, Ellen felt like she’d come home.

Ellen was first introduced to vampires through Anne Rice’s Interview With A Vampire, and although she fell in love with the book, vampires were not in the forefront of her reading must-haves. Then in 2003, a friend introduced her to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Ellen was fascinated by the idea of good and evil vampires.  At that point she started reading every vampire novel she could find, particularly loving Anne Rice, Charlaine Harris, JR Ward and Laurell K. Hamilton.  When Darkness Falls is the first in a series of books called The Vampire Redemption Series and is adult fiction.






Thursday, 30 March 2017

The Nate Temple Chronicles by Shayne Silvers


Series: The Nate Temple Chronicles
Author: Shayne Silvers
Genre: Supernatural Thriller


Obsidian Son
Book 1


A city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…

It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…

Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…

Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry… To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.

If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will LOVE the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series.



Blood Debts
Book 2

A Wizard, an Angel, and a Horseman of the Apocalypse walk into a bar…

The ancient pact between mankind, Heaven, and Hell has been broken. And this upstart wizard’s quest for vengeance may have just kicked off Armageddon. So, time for a drink... or maybe two.

Already plagued with sinister night terrors that could qualify him as a card-carrying psychopathic insomniac, Nate can barely even manage to put his pants on in the morning, let alone pick teams for the Apocalypse.

But when he’s framed as a demon sympathizer, condemned by the Armies of Heaven, and hunted down by both his allies and the Four Horsemen, this wizard doesn’t think it can get any worse…

Then they take away his magic. And a wizard without magic stands no chance against the forces of Heaven and Hell…



Grimm
Book 3

The Brothers Grimm – legendary supernatural assassins – have escaped their prison, and their first day in St. Louis could be Nate Temple’s last…

Sharing a beer with Death – one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse – really put a few things into perspective for this foul-mouthed, billionaire wizard. Like finally strapping on the boots to propose to his girlfriend.

But assassination contracts have a way of putting wedding plans on hold. Perhaps permanently. And with the entire wedding party on the bloodthirsty Grimm’s hit-list, and his family fortune in jeopardy, Nate realizes they can’t run and they can’t hide. So, time to do magic and stuff…

But with every flavor of supernatural thug teaming up to help the Grimms, Nate realizes that friends have become enemies and enemies have become friends, and he’s forced to cross lines that are better left uncrossed.

When magic, claws, and teeth dance to the song of war, the only thing left to learn is who lives and who dies. And if Nate can live with the consequences.

No wonder a guy is terrified to propose…



Silver Tongue
Book 4

My resume is pretty full: I’ve cow-tipped the Minotaur, decimated a gang of weredragons, sucker-punched an Angel, and eaten pancakes with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse…

I’ve kidnapped one of the most powerful wizards on the planet, and slaughtered the Brothers Grimm. I’m kind of a big deal.

But I never thought I’d find myself at a crossroads, a pawn in a deadly game that I hadn’t known existed, willing to sell my soul to save the life of someone I loved… That’s when I learned true fear, because the world I thought I knew was all just smoke and mirrors, and I was just a puppy playing amongst wolves…






Beast Master
Book 5

What do you do for Thanksgiving Dinner when your guests are Death, an Angel, and a slew of other monsters? You have a nerf gun war, of course… But the Queens of Fae want to crash his party. And the Beast Master is abducting shifter children for a Monster Circus.

Thanksgiving Dinner plans with Death, an Angel, a vampire, Achilles, and a slew of other monsters are cut short because a Monster Circus has come to town. And the Beast Master needs new Monsters for his show…

But the Queens of Fae also want a little deep-fried wizard for the holidays.

Oh, and Nate is losing that last finger-hold on his sanity: hallucinating, and talking to creatures that no one else can see. The ancient demon inside of him is getting stronger, fighting for dominance, and only one of them can survive.

But when a wizard curses Nate, extorting him to rescue a lethal Chimera child from the Beast Master’s Circus, Nate’s only option is to partner with his inner demon, risking his very soul. But his friends begin to doubt and fear this new, darker Nate, taking matters into their own hands – even when that means standing against him.

With allies turned enemies, the Fae breathing down his neck, and a dangerous child’s life on the line, Nate must call upon, bully, and coerce new storybook legends and gods to save his traitorous friends from becoming the Beast Master’s next victims…

Discover what – if anything – Nate is willing to sacrifice to save the friends who betrayed him…



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The Author:

Shayne is a man of mystery and power, whose power is exceeded only by his mystery. In other words, a storyteller.

He currently writes the Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Series, which features a foul-mouthed young wizard with a chip on his shoulder attempting to protect St. Louis from the various nasties we all know and fear from our childhood bedtime stories. Nate’s been known to suckerpunch an Angel, cow-tip the Minotaur, and steal Death’s horse in order to prove his point. His utter disregard for consequences and self-preservation will have you laughing and cringing on the edge of your seat.

Shayne holds two high-ranking black belts, and enjoys conversing about anything Marvel, Magical, or Mythological. You might find him writing in a coffee shop near you, cackling madly into his computer screen while pounding shots of espresso.

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017

The Truth Will Out by Karen J. Mossman





You Can Run.

But You Can Never hide!

Kelly needs to escape from her abusive and controlling boyfriend, but she's terrified to leave. She’s then given a chance to start a fresh, but is the cost for her freedom too high?

Sarah is happy in her life. She has a dream job and a perfect roommate. But when a brick is thrown through the window, followed by a letter containing razor blades, her life starts to spin out of control. Detective Ryan Andrews is on the case and the two quickly form a close bond.

Will Kelly pay that price for freedom? Can Sarah's secret past be kept from Ryan?




Excerpt:

“How’s the yoga going?” Dave asked, having watched her practice in the garden.
“Good. I like it.”
“You go to that retreat, don’t you?” he added.
Kelly’s heart dropped as Johnny suddenly looked up. “What retreat?”
“The one down the back road over Forsham way,” Dave volunteered, not realizing this was the first Johnny had heard of it.
“I hadn’t told you because I didn't think you'd be interested," she lied.
“Since when do you keep things to yourself? Of course, I'm interested.”
Dave stood up, aware that he had caused a little trouble. “Sorry, I didn’t realize it was a secret. I’m gonna get showered and burn these clothes. Get the stink of pig off me.”
Pete stood too. “Yeah, thanks for the coffee, I’ve got some stuff I need to be doing.”
That left her and Johnny looking at one another. “Tell me about this retreat?” he said as the door closed.
“There is nothing to tell, really. I came across it one day and liked what I saw. I go a couple times a week. The rest of the time I practice in the garden. I just need something for myself, Johnny.”
“You don’t need anything more than what I provide for you.”
She sighed. “I know, generally, it is enough, but I want to stay healthy and looking good for you. It’s important to me too.”
“I don’t like you keeping anything from me. I like to know exactly what goes on in my organization. You know that. It’s the only way I can control everything.”
“It’s not part of your organization. It’s just something I like to do.”
“You are part of it. You play an integral part of it. I’m the one who says what’s good for you, K, not you. So, tell me more about this retreat and let me decide.”


The Truth Will Out
© Karen J. Mossman 
November 11, 2016
Metamorph Publishing
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The Author:

Karen J Mossman comes from a family of journalists with her grandfather and uncle having been newspaper editors. Further back a 2x grandfather wrote for his local paper and also published a book based on those articles. Karen is the only one to go into fiction. Two of her novels are romantic suspense and one is a thriller.

She also has three themed short story collections. Karen is also an avid blogger and book reviewer, "It's especially important to me to have feedback from my readers, so please leave a review when you have read one of my books."

Karen lives on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey off the North Wales coast with her husband and elderly Yorkshire terrier. She has two grown up children, who were both born on the same day, two years apart.






Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Blood Rose by Danielle Rose


Title: Blood Rose
Series: Blood Series #1
Author: Danielle Rose
Genre: Urban fantasy, New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Release date: June 21, 2017
Publisher: OfTomes Publishing
Cover art: Gwenn Danae of Upon A Day Dreamer


Published by OfTomes Publishing, the Blood Books trilogy follows the harrowing journey of Avah Taylor, a mortal witch in the midst of a centuries-old war against the immortal vampire species. Avah’s intense journey is fueled by blood, jealousy, betrayal, murder and revenge.


There’s no wrath like that of a witch scorned.

As one of the only spirit users in her coven, Avah has been chosen to wield The Power, the ultimate weapon against the immortal vampire species witches have been at war with for centuries.

But on the night of her birth rite, Avah’s coven is attacked. Forced to seek refuge among the very beings she’s sworn to kill, Avah vows revenge on those who took her former life from her.

As Avah slowly transitions into a life of blood and war, she realizes everything she’s been told is a lie.

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The Author:

Danielle Rose holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently residing in the Midwest, where she spends her days dreaming of warmer temperatures, when she’s not writing, she enjoys pretending she lives in California, spending an embarrassing amount of time at Hobby Lobby, and binge-watching Netflix. Visit Danielle on the Web: www.Danielle-Rose.com.


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Interview with Rhett C. Bruno

Joining me today is Rhett C. Bruno, author of The Circuit Trilogy and Titanborn. Rhett is a Sci-fi/Fantasy author currently living in Stamford, Connecticut.

Releasing today is From Ice to Ashes, the second book set in his Titanborn Universe.

From Ice to Ashes is standalone novel set in, and expanding on his Titanborn Universe, about a humble offworld laborer who gets caught in the tensions between Earth and Titan, the now-colonized moon of Saturn, and winds up knee-deep in a revolution he didn't even know existed.





Hi Rhett, would you like to kick off by telling us a little about yourself and your background?
 I’m from Hauppauge, Long Island and studied Architecture at Syracuse University. By day I work as an architect near Stamford, CT where I live with my Fiancee and puppy, Raven. By night, I write science fiction.

When and how did your journey as a writer begin?
A long, long time ago. I was always drawn to writing little fan fiction about my favorite video games growing up, Soul Reaver, Diablo, etc. At an early age I dealt with some mental issues, and a doctor gave me the advice to write stories to try and keep my mind occupied. From there, I just kept writing more and more until there were novels in front of me.

So what motivates you to write...?
It’s just something I need to do, you know? I think up stories and I’m compelled to write them. To put them together on pages like a puzzle for other people to enjoy. I’ve always enjoyed creating things (architecture, duh!) but nothing more than books. I can’t really explain why, but it’s my greatest passion.

...and what do you enjoy most about writing?
The freedom. The way I can take a vague idea and extrapolate it into a new world flush with interesting characters. Science fiction especially. It’s fun to take ideas that are close to home and push them as far as possible into the future.

Tell us about your writing routine; what’s a typical writing day for you?
 I’m pretty inconsistent. But usually, I write or edit a bit on my lunch break, and then late at night after everyone is asleep. Sometimes, however, I get an idea and will write wherever I am on my phones notepad.


How did you come up with the title?
This was an easy one. It’s a phrase the group the main character falls in with use to honor their dead. It existed in TITANBORN, and just seemed like a natural fit for this story.


Do you develop characters from your personal experiences or draw from that of others?
I’m sure I do, ha, but I can’t say specifically. I usually block out character profiles ahead of time and let them evolve through the story from there. It’s probably impossible to say that I don’t draw from real people that I know or have met.


What's your favourite scene that you’ve written? Can you give us a peek?
It’s a scene in the next book set in the TITANBORN universe which I’ve written. I can’t share it as nothing is signed yet, but it’s a scene where two important characters in the universe finally meet after a very long time. It’s one I’d been looking forward to writing. Let’s just say things don’t go extremely well…

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Scifi fans, thriller fans. A special focus on all those with a thing for 60’s golden age scifi, because that’s my favorite too.

What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would’ve told myself not to get suckered in by a complimentary vanity press at 16. It definitely hurt my career early on when I really needed solid editors and critiques to improve.

Do you remember the first book you read?
I don’t remember the actual first book, but the first ones I remember reading were The . I loved them.

What do you have in your pockets?
My phone, wallet and keys. Always safely placed in the proper pocket!

What is/are your favourite hobbies and pastimes?
Obviously writing, ha. But I’m also a big TV show nut and gamer.

What do you consider the most important event of your life so far?
Getting engaged to my fiancée, and then it will probably be getting married!

What three words best describe your personality?
Relaxed, rational, humorous. (the last one doesn’t show in my writing, but I’m usually the one joking around)

When was the last time you walked for more than an hour?
During the last Blizzard that hit western Connecticut! We decided it would be fun to take our dog and go for a walk during it around the neighborhood.

If you had to move from Stamford where would you go, and what would you miss the most about Stamford?
If I had to move away from Stamford I probably would want to go back to Long Island. I don’t see myself living outside of the tri-state are. Mostly, I’d miss being near an urban center where it’s easy to have food delivered, ha.
What did you do this summer?
Worked, unfortunately… I started a new job so I didn’t have many days to use. But we had just moved into a new house in late spring so it was fun filling out the place.

When did you last cry in front of another person?
About a year ago? Me and my fiancée watched The Normal Heart on HBO. It’s easily the saddest thing I’ve ever sat through. Almost too much to handle.

Thank you for joining us today, Rhett! Congratulations on the launch of your new book.



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From Ice to Ashes

Kale Drayton knows his place. As a Ringer, he’s used to keeping his head down and his mouth shut—no matter how much the Earthers abuse him or his own kind berate him. So when he’s caught stealing from a wealthy merchant, he’s lucky to be sentenced to low-paying maintenance work on a gas-harvesting ship instead of life in a cell . . . or worse.

But when his mother is quarantined, Kale finds himself backed into a corner. To pay for her medicine, he needs money—the kind of money he’ll never make sweeping floors and cleaning ships. So when he receives a mysterious offer asking him to do a simple job in exchange for his mother’s treatment, Kale takes a chance once more. All he has to do is upload a program onto his employer’s ship and all of his problems will disappear.

What starts as a straightforward smuggling gig soon reveals its shattering repercussions. The people who hired Kale are more dangerous than he suspected—and he’s more important to them than he ever could have imagined.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer



Title: Darkstorm
Author: M.L. Spencer
Genre: Dark Fantasy



Faced with an imminent cataclysm that will destroy the magical heritage of their people, a conspiracy of darkmages resolves to open the gateway to Hell. The only mages who stand a chance of opposing them are Sephana Clemley and her acolyte, Merris Bryar, along with their protectors, Braden and Quin Reis: two brothers with a turbulent past and a caustic relationship.

Will Braden and Quin be able to protect Sephana and Merris long enough to prevent the unsealing of the Well of Tears? Or will they fall victim to manipulation and become darkmages themselves?









The Author:

M.L. Spencer grew up on the works of Steven R. Donaldson, Stephen King and Frank Herbert. She wrote her first novel-length manuscript at thirteen. Her debut novel Darkmage won the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award for Fantasy. She was also awarded 1st Place Prose in in the San Bernardino County Writing Celebration.

Ms. Spencer lives in Southern California. By day she works as a biology teacher; by night she sweats over a beaten-up keyboard. She is now in the process of expanding the Rhenwars Saga into a trilogy.








Thursday, 23 March 2017

With One More Look At You by Mary J. Williams



WHEN IT COMES TO LOVE, SOMETIMES IT TAKES THE HEAD YEARS TO DISCOVER WHAT THE HEART HAS ALWAYS KNOWN

Second chances. Betrayals. Danger and deception.
Need I say more?

Okay...

With One More Look At You...

Forbes and Sophie.

Grab this stand alone novel now!!
Free with Kindle Unlimited or Get it at a special introductory price.



Forbes Branson was a young man ready for something new. A senior in high school, he was the golden boy. Heir to a fortune, he knew what his life was going to be. But he wanted adventure first. A year of freedom before college to do and go where he wanted. However, an unexpected betrayal would change everything.

Sophie Lipton was fifteen the first time she set foot on the Branson ranch. Dragged from one place to another, never having more than one pair of shoes or enough to eat, the moment she saw the wide open spaces, she felt she could breathe for the first time in her life. It was the home she always dreamed of. But her happiness came at a price.

To stay in her new home, Sophie had to keep somebody else's lies. Lies that would eventually tear apart a family. And tear apart her friendship with Forbes.

Coming home is never easy—especially after twelve years. Forbes isn't the same young man. He found his adventure—and more. Weary, he's ready to settle into a slower, calmer life. Working on his family's ranch and taking the job as Chief of Police sounds like a piece of cake after the things he had seen and done.

Sophie isn't the quiet girl Forbes remembers. She's grown into a strong, confident woman. A woman used to being in charge. The Branson ranch is her territory now. If Forbes thinks he's going to waltz back in and take over, he's going to find out fast that Sophie is no pushover.

Twelve years ago, they shared one goodbye kiss. More sweet than passionate. Now, as adults it's a whole new game. The attraction between them is undeniable. Just as they begin to move forward, the past has other ideas.

Secrets rarely stay buried forever. Lies. Betrayal. Maybe even murder. Before Forbes and Sophie can think about the future, they will need to deal with the past. Together.

Grab this standalone novel today.




The Author:


It Has Always Been My Dream To Write A Book
And I always knew it would be a romance novel. When I was a teenager I assumed I my book would have a historical setting, those were the kinds of stories I liked best, I even grew my hair long so I could be like the heroines in my favorite stories. But now I see myself and my books in the present dealing with the joys and sorrows of our modern world. Harper Falls is a place my imagination dreamed up, but it is based in reality. I grew up in Washington State and went to school in a small town on the Columbia River. Harper Falls is that town but an idealized version. I hope you enjoy reading about the town and the characters.
And as much as I enjoyed telling their stories., these books are not the end of my dream but the beginning.
~Mary



Blood Rain by Nancy Gray


Title: Blood Rain
Author: Nancy Gray
Genre: YA Fantasy


The night the blood rains from the sky, Mind of Mercy’s world changes. The savage Blood Wings, bestial creatures that feed on the blood of Mercy’s people, attack her treetop village in frenzy.

Mercy’s father, the chieftain, tasks her to leave during the fight and find the source of the storm. The journey takes Mercy across the continent of Lacern where she must make allies, even from some of the enemies of her people, to survive. The search forces her to get help from the least likely of sources, one of the very Blood Wings that attacked her.

During her journey, Mercy and her companions discover lies that are widely accepted as truths, secrets hidden by the beast men, and a power buried deep inside of Mercy herself. Magic is resurfacing in the world and the blood rain is only the beginning. A hidden power is pulling the strings to cause a continent wide war that could result in the destruction of humans and beast men alike.



Excerpt:

Mercy’s Task and the Blood Rain
(This scene starts when Mercy is told by her father to leave the village and search for the cause of the blood rain. The phenomenon has been predicted by their shaman, and when the blood rains, the enemies of their people, the Blood Wings, will attack the village in frenzy.)

      “Ask around. Follow rumors. Most of the people in Concord speak either the common language or Ashen. Mender of Spirits taught you the language of the Ashen Folk, so you should be able to listen in on their conversations. Don’t trust them and don’t let them convince you to go anywhere near the capital. Above all, don’t let them know that you can understand their tongue. It would make you useful as a slave.”
      “The rumors say they don’t take people from our forest, only the islands.”
      Catches the Eye scoffed and said, “Do you think they really care where their slaves come from, or that their people would know the difference? You need to stay sharp or you won’t make it back alive.”
      Her back stiffened as she said, “Yes, Chieftain.”
      He smiled warmly. “Under the circumstances, I think you should try to start calling me father.”
      Mercy felt a lump in her throat but quickly swallowed it down and said, “Yes, father.”
      He continued, “The city is divided into sections. The section you should try to get to is called ‘The Park.’ That’s where most of our people reside. You should be able to barter some of the raw materials for a place to sleep. That should be your first step.”
      “The Park, okay.”
      He said in a softer tone, “I want you to come back. And, I know you’re smart enough to do this. You’re the best rider in the village and you’re one of the few gifted that we have. Don’t disappoint me.”
      “I won’t.”
      Mercy felt a droplet of water sliding down her cheek. She reached up and wiped it away, only to see a long scarlet smear on her hand. Her hand began to tremble, as the clouds above them suddenly burst with a sheet of pounding red rain. Instantly, a terrible keening noise echoed through the forest. It sounded piercing, like a woman’s scream, but there was something more raw and terrifying behind it.
      Other screeches began to answer it from all around them. It was a cacophony of howls coming from what sounded like the entire tribe of Blood Wings, and they were already in the canopy. She had never heard so many bestial shrieks. Just one frenzied Blood Wing could make a sound that could practically paralyze a victim in fear, but this was a chorus that rang above the sound of thunder and swept through the village like the howling of a gale wind.
      Catches the Eye said in a terrified whisper that Mercy barely could hear, “We’re out of time. Go, now!”


The Author:

Nancy Gray lives in West Columbia, SC, with her husband, two daughters, and two crazy cats. She attended college at the University of South Carolina and attained a BA in Media Arts with a cognate in English.

Her original career was as a graphic designer but writing is her calling. Her favorite genres to write are horror, fantasy (particularly young adult), steampunk, cyberpunk, urban fantasy, and occasionally light science fiction (space opera).
Many of her short stories and novels also blur the lines of genre fiction.

Nancy is an avid reader and also enjoys drawing, video games, and table top role playing games. She also enjoys anime and manga.



Excerpt:

The Glass Dunes
(While Erebus is recovering from his injuries sustained in the Blood Wing caverns, they camp on the fringes of the desert. Mirilee tells them a story about her people and how the glass dunes came to exist. It shows that when magic was prevalent in the world it left its mark in many disturbing ways, charging places with destructive energy.)


      Mercy put a hand just a little above her eyes and nearly screamed at the sight. The three people by the campfire looked exactly like each one of them, mimicking their movements from earlier perfectly. Mercy even saw herself spooning broth into Erebus’ mouth. The group was backwards from the way they were sitting, as though she was looking at an image of them in a reflection.
      Mercy stammered. “How? I don’t understand.”
      Mirilee said, “Because, that’s what this place does. I don’t know how it happens, but it copies what it sees. It lures people in by using images of others.”
      “You’re talking as if this area is a living thing.”
      “Of all people, I would think that you could believe that a place is a living thing. Your people worship the forest and believe every plant and tree has some sort of living essence to it. Why not the desert? It might seem barren, but I assure you it isn’t. My people believe only in the God of the Stars, but I have to admit that this place does have some sort of presence that I can’t explain.”
      Mercy frowned. She had never thought of it that way before, but the desert sands did consist of eroded rocks and earth, and hundreds of small animals made it their home. Several types of unique plants lived there as well. Why not the desert?
      Erebus asked in a frightened whisper, “How does it lure them in?”
      “If someone lost in the desert sees this image, they’ll want to come and warm themselves by the fire or travel with a larger group. They’ll go in and as soon as they get close, they’ll see it wasn’t real and the illusion will literally melt away. Then the Glass Dunes have them.”
      Mercy felt sick with fear. “What happens then?”
      “I don’t know. All I do know is that most of the people that go in usually don’t come back out, and if they do, they’re never the same. There are places where the glass is brittle and will break around them, and heaven knows where they would fall. Also, there are some predators that have adapted to living in the dunes that prey on those that wander in, but there are worse things than that out there.”
      She shivered and pulled her blanket around her shoulders.
      “I felt despair and anger coming from this place, but I didn’t understand why. What happened here, Mirilee?”
      “I don’t know how much is legend and how much is truth, but my grandfather told me that during the calamity, my people fought against the Ashen capital. They weren’t always nomadic. During that time, the glass dunes were an oasis within the desert. My people lived there and it was our capital city.”
      Erebus peered at the glass dunes. “It’s hard to imagine this as an oasis.”
      Mirilee nodded. “According to the legend, one day it rained fire and a dust devil of white fire as wide as the city itself swept through.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Slowpocalypse by James Litherland

Books 0.5 - 3


An interesting series that's easy to read and has plenty of suspense to keep you turning the pages.

Durable Impressions is a short introduction to a new and exciting world and to Kat, one of the main characters.

Although Certain Hypothetical (book 1) starts off slowly, it soon picks up and sets the pace for the series.

Each book has an intriguing plot that's well thought out and is a good mix of action, mystery and suspense.

The two main characters are dimensional and they grow and evolve through the series.

The large supporting cast are occasionally hard to keep track of, but the 'returning characters' list at the in the later books reminds you, who's who

Each book wraps up the story lines satisfyingly, leaving the way open for further instalments, but without any great cliffhangers.

Having read books 0.5 to 3, I'm now looking forward to reading book 4, Peripheral Encounters.


I received a copy of Certain Hypothetical free through Goodreads First Reads, and copies of Durable Impressions, Threat Multiplication & Compromised Inside from the author.  Thank you, James Litherland


The Books


Durable Impressions (Slowpocalypse Short Story, #0.5)

As civilization has slowly crumbled, Katherine Miles has led a life of privilege—but also one of preparation. Now, under the ominous shadow of a society coming apart at the seams, her mettle will be tested for the first time.









Certain Hypothetical (Slowpocalypse, Book 1)

A suspenseful, speculative adventure set in an all-too-plausible near future.

Katherine Miles and David Belue, students at the first Federal University and Research Complex in central Florida, face a new and dangerous reality when the compound is sealed to keep the facilities out of the hands of a secessionist governor. Each will try in their own way to protect the community from threats without and within. That could cost them their lives.

Everything will change. But the moment has been prepared for.





Threat Multiplication (Slowpocalypse, Book 2)

—A Perfect Storm

MYSTERIOUS power outages, disrupted communications, and a rash of illness among the guards are only the beginning. Soon FURC Security Chief Anthony Nelson and his small, mostly inexperienced staff are overwhelmed by the hacking of the local network, the contamination of the food supply, and a seemingly impossible murder.

Rookie David Belue is trying to solve one of those mysteries when he comes under investigation himself, because he’s one of the few who had the means and a motive to murder. Which makes Officer Lisa Courdray’s job much more difficult—now she has to prove her own partner innocent while also uncovering a hidden saboteur within the community.

Lt. Katherine Miles can’t help—she’s far from the FURC on a secret mission and unable to contact them with a warning. If she can make it back at all, she’ll be bringing even more trouble along with her.






Compromised Inside (Slowpocalypse, Book 3)

—Beware the Gravity Bug

SEALED off from the crumbling civilization outside, the residents of the FURC may be safe from external threats, but their isolation only speeds the spread of a dangerous new infection, even as an upcoming election exposes divisions among them. And the fourteen square mile compound may not be big enough to prevent the pressure from building into violent upheaval.

Illness lays low Security Chief Anthony Nelson when he’s needed the most—as the crisis grows critical, will he jump back into the fray before he’s fully recovered? Lt. Katherine Miles has her own issues, but with Tony out of action, dealing with everyone else’s problems is distracting her from the real danger.

Caroline Sanderson runs in the election hoping to keep the community from falling apart, but she’s unprepared for what her rivals will do to win. Meanwhile, David Belue helps Dr. Amita Harker investigate the virus sweeping the FURC. Will the escalating epidemic eliminate everyone—or will they destroy themselves first?







The Author:

James Litherland is a graduate of the University of South Florida who now resides as a Virtual Hermit in the wilds of West Tennessee.

He’s lived various places and done a number of jobs – he’s been an office worker and done hard manual labor, worked (briefly) in the retail and service sectors, and he’s been an instructor. But through all that, he’s always been a writer.

He's a Christian who tries to walk the walk (and not talk much.)

Rise of the Deva'shi by Jennifer Allis Provost



Title: Rise of the Deva'shi
Series: Parthalan #3
Author: Jennifer Allis Provost
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult



A stolen girl. A legendary champion. A plan that might destroy Parthalan once and for all…

Aeolmar, First Hunter of Parthalan, leads a solitary life. Having long since abandoned his quest to kill Mersgoth—the demon that murdered his family—Aeolmar moves through his days with cold efficiency. Everything changes when he leads a training mission in Brennus, where he’s attacked by Mersgoth himself, and saved by an unlikely heroine.

Latera, first born and heir to Gannera’s throne, is kidnapped and left for dead in Parthalan’s vast forests. A lone human amongst Parthalan’s fae, she makes a home in Brennus, and lives a quiet life—until she finds herself defending a wounded First Hunter from a clutch of demons.

Back in Parthalan, Harek warns Asherah of something called the deva’shi—a warrior loyal only to the demon lord, Asgeloth. Both Aeolmar and Latera suspect that there is more to this deva’shi than what Harek has told them, but before they can learn the truth, Parthalan’s borders are attacked. Will Aeolmar and Latera be able to stop the deva’shi in time, or is it a distraction to hide Harek’s true plans?






The Author:

Jennifer Allis Provost is a native New Englander who lives in a sprawling colonial along with her beautiful and precocious twins, a dog, two birds, three cats, and a wonderful husband who never forgets to buy ice cream. As a child, she read anything and everything she could get her hands on, including a set of encyclopaedias, but fantasy was always her favorite. She spends her days drinking vast amounts of coffee, arguing with her computer, and avoiding any and all domestic behavior.





Guest Post by Jennifer Allis Provost


The Enduring Allure of the Fae

Whether you call them fairies, faeries, fey, or the fae, there’s no denying that faeries are cool. Early humans told stories to explain the world around them, ranging from lightning being attributed to Zeus’ thunderbolts to Persephone’s time in the underworld as the reason why the season’s changed. Faeries were no exception, and they had all sorts of things attributed to them. Half your face paralyzed? A faerie must have stroked your cheek. Crops aren’t growing? You didn’t make the proper offerings to the fae. And never, ever mess with a faerie hill.

Not only are the fae dangerous, they’re incredibly beautiful. Gancanaghs are faerie men who lure maidens into the woods; afterward, the girls pine for their fairy lovers and waste away. The leanan sidhe, a cousin of the bean sidhe, acts as a sort of psychic vampire for artists. The artist falls in love with the beautiful fae lass, only to have her slowly suck away his talent, and eventually his life.

So, the fae are beautiful, dangerous…and devious, always forcing mere mortals to perform tasks or pass a test. In the classic tale Tam Lin, Janet is seduced by a faerie knight, who later confesses that he’s being held captive by the faerie queen herself. The knight instructed Janet to wait at a crossroads for the faerie host to pass, and that he would be riding alongside the queen. Janet did so, and per his instruction pulled him from his horse and held him fast, while he transformed into things ranging from a snake to a red hot bar of iron. At the last she flung the hot metal into the well, and her lover was set free.

When I created my fantasy world, Parthalan, I made a conscious choice to populate it with faeries. While my faeries aren’t the sort you find in traditional folklore, they are beautiful and deadly. They have a moral code, and don’t hesitate before punishing their foes. And every so often, a human child goes missing in their realm.

Faeries are the perfect mix of danger, beauty and intrigue. Is it any wonder that they captivate us still?





Tuesday, 21 March 2017

The Gaia Effect by Claire Buss



Title: The Gaia Effect
Author: Claire Buss
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic


In City 42 Corporation look after you from cradle to grave. They protect you from the radiation outside the wall. They control the food, the water, the technology and most important of all, the continuation of the human race. Kira and Jed Jenkins were lucky enough to win Collection but when their friends start falling pregnant naturally, everything changes. How long has Corporation been lying to them? Is it really toxic outside the wall? As the group comes to terms with the changes in their lives they discover there is a much more powerful and ancient force at work, trying to bridge the gap between man and nature.








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The Author:

Claire Buss is a science fiction/fantasy writer currently based in Barking, Essex. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home.

An avid reader, baker and pinterest addict Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 with The Gaia Effect and set her writing career in motion.









Monday, 20 March 2017

The Wedding of Eithne by Michael Dellert




The Matter of Manred Saga, a new cycle of medieval romances, action adventures, heroic fantasies, mysterious priests, and their dark and forgetful gods, brought to you from the fiction workshop of Michael E. Dellert.

“Every page is jam-packed with some new twist, devious dealings, black magick, sorcery, leaving me on the edge of my couch with every turn, each treacherous act of betrayal more insidious than the next. And all for the love of a woman. Masterful storytelling yet again from Mr. Michael Dellert.” — Astacia C



The Hedge King in Winter

Volume One

The king is crippled! Can his brother hold the kingdom together against the machinations of their rival cousin? Follow the adventures of Lord Eowain, the Lady Eithne, and their court through the most troublesome hedge-kingdom on the High-King’s Road!











A Merchant’s Tale

Volume Two

Corentin, a young foreign trader of the House Pelan arrives in the uncertain lands of Droma, tasked to deliver a mysterious chest to a far-away sage in a remote corner of the kingdom. Accompanied by his mercenary bodyguard, a native scout, and the young local priest named Adarc, he sets out on a journey that will change his life forever.












The Romance of Eowain

Volume Three

The Hedge King’s family has feuded with hers for a generation. Marriage between their two clans would bring peace. But the Lady Eithne of Dolgallu has a right to refuse his marriage suit, and withholds her decision from him like a badge of honor. Meanwhile, his cousin Tnúthgal jealously covets his throne, a renewed threat of banditry endangers his people, and rival heroes emerge to challenge his reign. And what interest do the mysterious priests of the Order of the Drymyn have in Eowain’s wedding plans? Can young King Eowain hold his kingdom together? Can he convince the Lady Eithne to be his bride? Can two people in an arranged marriage find love? Find out in this exciting, new, full-length adventure novel, The Romance of Eowain!




The Wedding of Eithne

Volume Four

With the day of her arranged wedding fast approaching, will the Lady Eithne agree to marry King Eowain? What sinister forces have gathered to oppose the happy day? And what interest do the mysterious drymyn-priests and their dark, forgetful Gods have in such a mundane matter as love?

Due for release 28 Mar. 2017










The Author

Michael E. Dellert is an author of adult epic and urban fantasy based in the Greater New York City Area.

He is an award-winning writer, editor, publishing consultant, and writing coach with a publishing career spanning 20 years. His blog, Adventures in Indie Publishing, is a resource for creative writers of all kinds.

As a blogger, he offers tips, tricks, and advice to aspiring writers seeking to improve their craft, and provides insights into the current state of the publishing industry.

His poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary journals such as The Backporch Review, The Harbinger, Idiom, and Venture. His poetry has also appeared in the anthologies The Golden Treasury of Great Poems and Dance on the Horizon, and he is a two-time winner of the Golden Poet Award from World of Poetry Press.

Michael is also the author of the fantasy novellas, Hedge King in Winter and A Merchant’s Tale, the full-length novel The Romance of Eowain, and now, The Wedding of Eithne, heroic action-adventures for the discriminating reader of new digital and print fantasy literature. With his graduate education in literature and writing, his experience in the publishing industry as a digital editorial production and design professional, and his love of fantasy literature, he practices what he preaches in his online courses on creative writing: discipline, integrity, commitment, and imagination. Take a journey with him into the Medieval Celtic Fantasy of the Matter of Manred Saga, a deeply imagined fantasy milieu like few others, and find yourself embedded in a medieval dystopia of feuding savage tribes, their petty hedge-kings, and the merchants and brigands that fight to make a living among them, while dark forces awaken in world rich with eldritch sword-and-sorcery adventure.

Learn more about Michael E. Dellert and his work at mdellert.com where you can read reviews, excerpts and sneak peeks, and subscribe to his newsletter. An active part of the indie author online community, you can also connect with Michael on Twitter, Facebook, and Goodreads, where he is often found chatting about books, fantasy lit, coffee, and the daily ups-and-downs of writing.




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