Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Bloodlines: A Forget Me Not Origin Story by C.L. Cannon

C.L. Cannon is pleased to present the official cover for her new series starter Bloodlines: A Forget Me Not Origin Story. 


Blurb:
Bloodlines follows fraternal twins Anso and Ava at the very start of magic itself.
When Anso discovers there’s something different about him, something inhuman, he knows he must keep it a secret. His father, his entire village would disown him, or worse. There’s one person, however, who he cannot hide from, his twin sister, Ava. Ava sees right through Anso’s distress and promises to keep his secret while yearning for a power of her very own. 
As Anso explores his newfound abilities, he also finds a friend with a similar problem. Could there be more like him?

This is the story of how an ordinary boy became a legend, a leader, the sister who stood by him through it all, and the best friend who taught him to embrace his differences. 
Fans of X-Men, Harry Potter, and The Mortal Instruments will enjoy this series starter.

Buying info:

You can pre-order Bloodlines for just .99!


About C.L. Cannon


C.L. Cannon is a wife, mother, book nerd, publisher, author, designer, editor, and just about any other thing with an -er sound at the end! She loves music, and frequently sings in the car, much to the dismay of the other cars surrounding her! Her favorite thing to write about is the relationship between friends, both romantically and platonically.  She’s also a huge anglophile! She enjoys networking with other authors and making new friends! 

You can find C.L. Cannon at the following links:

Saturday, May 5, 2018

DARK SARAH - Trespasser - with JP Leppäluoto

"And I feel alive with you, how strange and new for me!

For years I kept inside the darkness I know too well but now there´s light!

Don't you play with me, don't lie!"



Thursday, April 19, 2018

The Complete Four Worlds Series by Angela J Ford

Special Release price!


Blurb:
A deep evil awakened. An ancient power stolen. The fate of the world at stake.

The Complete Four Worlds Series includes:
The Five Warriors
The Blended Ones
Eliesmore and the Green Stone
Eliesmore and the Jeweled Sword

When the Green People awaken an age old evil, they ignite the flame in the war between the mortals and immortals.

The consequences are felt through the Four Worlds, from the rise of the Five Warriors in the Western World to the whirlwind quest of the Blended Ones in the Eastern World.

But there is only one who can stop the turn of the tide and the rise of the Changers. Eliesmore. 

Eliesmore is a Blended One, growing up on the edge of the forest of the creatures of the wood. Young, headstrong, and inspired by magical rituals, he spends his time between his overprotective mother and sneaking out to dance with the wild things.

His courage is tested when Eliesmore discovers that he is the One who is meant to save the Four Worlds from the Changers. Unwilling to accept his fate, he turns his back on the prophecy and the futile quest to dissolve the Green Stone.

After accomplishing his first quest and winning a great victory, Eliesmore believes it will be easy to take back the world from the forces of darkness. As he travels east with a small group of companions, all kinds of people and animals are drawn to his unique power and the world rejoices.

However, when he faces down the greatest enemy of the Four Worlds, he finds his woes have just begun. Dark secrets of the past are revealed and hidden motives from friends Eliesmore thought he could trust. Unsure how to distinguish between myth and truth, Eliesmore channels the power of creation to start a revolution against the forces of evil.

As Eliesmore conquers the world, he discovers the truth behind the secrets and lies that have been spun across the Four Worlds.

Will Eliesmore save the world from dark forces of evil? Or will he become the evil he’s fighting to save the world from?

This unforgettable adventure combines bravery, epic battles, romance, magic, mayhem, mortals, immortals and the revelation of a deadly secret which will haunt the world for an eternity.


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More from Angela J ford in all these links:




Eliesmore and the Green Stone: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075MPCKDD 

Eliesmore and the Jeweled Sword: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078XQPJKY 


The Complete Four Worlds Series: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C4RVCY7 




Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Interview with Angela J Ford


When did you write your first book and how old were you?
When I was 12 I wrote my first novel, The Five Warriors. It was the first time I’d finished something that was quite lengthy and it felt like a huge accomplishment. 

Does writing energize or exhaust you?

Writing tends to energize me! I love creating a story from nothing or just glimpses of ideas that dance in my head. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing? 

One of the things I’ve struggled with and worked really hard on is character development. I want my characters to be flawed, make real choices, and become someone the reader roots for, despite their good and bad decisions. 

What motivated you to become an indie author? 

When I was a teenager I submitted query letters to publishing houses, and it was depressing just sitting around waiting for a response. I got five or six rejection letters, which was awesome, it mean people heard me and were polite enough to write back. However, in my early 20s I started working with entrepreneurs and was able to see their self-publishing journey. It inspired me to forgo the traditional methods and publishing and do it myself because it’s faster and I have more control over the process. At the end of the day I just want to get my books into the hands of readers as soon as possible!

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I write the story I want to read. Most of the time it’s something other people want to read too which works well for me. I also draw my inspiration from classic fantasy because those were the kinds of books I enjoyed growing up. 

What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?

The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip, I adore that book! It’s one I finished and turned over and started again because I loved it! I’ve read it three or four times now. 

Do you find difficult writing characters of the opposite sex?

No I don’t. For some reason I tend to have more male main characters. 

Why naming your Saga The Four Worlds? 

The Four Worlds is not a very fantasy name, but I chose it because I have four continents within the planet. The Western World, the Eastern World, the North World and the South World. There are adventures that take place in each world and I wanted each book to focus on a world. The North World was intentionally left out of the main series but will be included in spin-offs and stand alone tales from the Four Worlds. 

Do you have a favorite world?

I adore the South World! It’s where all my fantasy dreams came into play which is why I’ve written three books that take place within the South World and am working on an entire series that takes place there. The South World is also the largest world and leaves more to the imagination and gives more room for insane adventures!

Let's talk about the Five Warriors.






What is their mission?
The Five Warriors. I was inspired by the Bible for this one, and King David and his Mighty Men. I wanted a group of warriors who were invincible and could complete the impossible. Strange creatures are crossing into their land and the Five Warriors take it upon themselves to root out the cause of evil once and for all. However, their quest doesn’t go as expected...

My favorite character in The Five Warriors is Alaireia. Where do you get the inspiration to write strong female characters?

It’s strange to say but I don’t have many inspirations for Alaireia. I’ve always seen females as they are, which happens to be strong and independent. That’s just how I see females which, I was surprised to find, is now a common viewpoint. I think I was blessed to be surrounded by strong females growing up and that only led to my writing of strong females. 

The Green People. Would you describe them as good bad or neutral?

Oh now this is a spoiler! The Green People have good intentions...good intentions for whom? I’ll just leave it at that. You can decide for yourself! 

You have several weapons that bring power to the bearer. Which one would you like to have? 

Can I have all of them? I think though, I would take the bow of Marklus the Healer because he never misses, and I see myself as more of an archer than someone who wields a sword! 

Who is Sarhorr?

Sarhorr is a Changer...I suppose we would call him a demon if he showed up on earth...or perhaps a combination of an angel and a demon. He is an immortal with a unique power and an uncanny demeanour. One thing about Sarhorr is that he is driven, and he doesn’t give up, I think that’s one thing that makes him so attractive. He’s a strong male who is goal-oriented and determined to get what he wants, regardless of what it takes and who he has to go through to get it. 

Let’s talk about the Blended Ones.




How long has it passed since The Five Warriors?

Let’s see, The Blended Ones takes place about 150ish years after The Five Warriors. The story ties in with what’s coming next but seems quite a change after The Five Warriors. 

Who was your favorite character to write in The Blended Ones?

I loved writing about Cuthan! He’s just mischievous and bad and a whole lot of fun. It was a bit of a challenge for me to write outside of my comfort zone but so worth it! 

Why are the Blended Ones considered dangerous? 

People tend to look down on things they don’t understand, and the Blended Ones happen to be an oddity. There are four main people groups and they tend to have pure bloodlines, and intermarrying is frowned upon because of the power that can transfer through bloodlines. I really enjoyed writing about The Blended Ones because I wanted to bring up racial stereotypes and debunk them, or at least get people talking. 

Let’s talk About Eliesmore and the Green Stone.




Who is Eliesmore? 

For a while I’ve been wanting to write a story about the Chosen One, the person who is the answer to a prophecy. Eliesmore is a reluctant hero fantasy trope with a fun twist...because I like to keep people guessing! 

What’s the Green Stone?

The Green Stone is the power of creation waiting to be unleashed. What does that mean exactly? You’ll have to read to find out more, but it’s the ultimate power of the Four Worlds. 

Who will accompany Eliesmore in his journey?

Eliesmore is young and naive and naturally he will need mentors with experience to assist in his quest. The Green Company is a group of eleven who come together to assist in completing the three deeds. 

Why are the immortals helping more openly this time? 

Ah well...there is a spoiler in all this. There’s a reason why the immortals choose to help. They claim it’s because mortals and immortals must work together to save the world…

Are the Green People up to something? 

Yes! Watch out!!
In Eliesmore and the Jeweled Sword, Chapter 101 revels all. 

One of my fave bad boys is back! Do you enjoy writing his POV?

I loved it! He was supposed to be very dead but he ran away with the story and developed a life of his own. It worked out quite well and I’m so excited for people to freak out about the plot twist!!



Who is Myran?

Myran is Eliesmore’s mother. She has a very emotional tale but she was pivotal in shaping Eliesmore’s childhood and helping him become the person he is. 



So that was a mean cliffhanger at the at the end of The Green Stone. 
What can we expect of Eliesmore now that he’s faced such battle?
I can’t help it! It was a terrible cliffhanger and my beta readers asked for it. No worries though, all books are now available and you can read them all without worrying! 

Tell us about your latest release.

The Complete Four Worlds Series Box Set is now available! It includes all four books:




The Five Warriors

The Blended Ones
Eliesmore and the Green Stone
Eliesmore and the Jeweled Sword

The Four Worlds Series is a collection of epic fantasy novels with enchanted weapons, magical powers, epic battles, deadly armies and a hint of romance. Grab your copy today and dive into an action-packed adventure.


https://amzn.to/2EF7vF2 


Thanks for being here. 





Friday, April 13, 2018

The Lost Years by Romarin Demetri


Blurb:

“What’s in the dark, dark box?” 
“Answers,” he said slyly, “ones to the life you lived before.”

When the donor blood that saved her life starts rejecting, Romarin is left with two choices—drink or die. With her old friends silent about the past, she can only rely on clues from her reluctant mentor as she learns that answers and secrets are the same thing. Can Romarin balance being a Bathory with attending University, while dealing with the bombshell of her biological father being brought into her life? Well… It couldn’t be any easier than getting the opportunity to compare scars with a stranger who doesn’t know if he’s a hero or a thief. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Interview with Melissa A Joy

Interview with Melissa A Joy, author of Keys of the Origin (Scions of Balance) 


Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both.  I love writing when I’m able to get the inspiration/imagery put into words, but there always comes a point when exhaustion hits no matter how much or how little I’ve actually written.  Just thinking about plot points, the characters’ circumstances and where the story is going (etc) can be mentally draining.  It’s worth it in the end though.


Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
One thing both readers and authors should be aware of and respect is that in no way can authors write books like chefs can cook a meal to order.  We should strive to be original in what ways we can, but all readers have varying tastes in what they want to read or will accept as reading material.  I see far too many discussions/debates over what readers of fantasy will or won’t accept, and in my experience, if we put all those gripes together, they cover more or less everything the genre stands for.  It has, and still does, make authors want to quit while they’re ahead.  Authors should write what they want to write about, while bearing in mind what has gone before them; we simply are not able to tailor our books to each and every individual’s expectations, and nor should we be expected to.  Beverly Cleary, author of Young Adults and Children’s fiction once said, “If you don’t see the book you want on the shelves, write it.”


What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel/book series?
The Shadowleague trilogy by Maggie Furey, and perhaps the Guardian Cycle by Julia Gray would be among the favourites.


Do you find difficult writing characters of the opposite sex?
Not at all.  I consider myself to be a perceptive individual; there are both typical and atypical people in both males and females, and all who identify as an alternative gender.  One need only study behaviour from as many different sources as possible, and consider all as individuals. 

Let’s talk about Keys of the Origin, your debut novel.


What are Aevnatureis and Phandaerys? 
It is the Nays word for Aeldynn’s crystalline support structure on which the world and its linked realms are cradled (generally known as The Foundation in the more common tongues).  Think of it like Yggdrasil (the World Tree) from Norse mythology.  
Phandaerys is the inverted counterpart to Aevnatureis; the “evil twin” so to speak.


Is Aevnatureis stronger than Phandaerys? 
That’s like asking if earth is stronger than wind, or if water is stronger than fire, or even if light is stronger than darkness.  All elements are stronger or weaker respectively, and affect one another in various ways.  Phandaerys (The Inversion) is the counterpart to Aevnatureis (The Foundation).  As there is light in darkness, so there is darkness in light; they are equal opposites.  Hypothetically speaking, if Aevnatureis were to represent virtue or positivity, Phandaerys would represent sin or negativity, but on a level that affects the functioning of the world as a whole.  At a basic level, Aevnatureis = purity and Phandaerys = corruption, but both are natural in their own right.


Can the actions of those who inhabit Aeldynn affect the balance?
Over time and in great quantity, yes.


Who are the ones in charge of protecting the balance? 
The Nays (and their Drahknyr) and the Kensaiyr (and their Wardens of Lyte – “Lyte E’varis”).


What does Kaesan mean?
Arch, chief, commander/general.


Some would compare the Kaesan’Drahknyr with angels or demigods.  Which do you think is closer?
It depends in which context you’re looking at them.  There are several different types of angels said to exist in relation to planet Earth, but they are typically associated with love.  The main similarities may be that there are many angels but only seven archangels, as there are only seven Kaesan’Drahknyr but there are many Drahknyr; and that angels are typically drawn with wings or are described as having wings – and all Drahknyr have wings.  In that respect they are similar to angels.  In terms of the power they possess and are able to utilise, however, they could only really be described as demigods.


You have many races co-existing in Aeldynn. (Name a few, please) Do you have a favorite one?  
The Nays, Kensaiyr (white-silver elves), Cerenyr (woodland elves), Shäada (dark elves), Thénya (plains elves), the Aurentai (highest ranking Fey race), Neiréyu (merfolk - fey), Vhaeoul (amphibian - fey), various draconic species (dragons, wyverns, leviathans, drakes)... There are more.  

I would probably put the Nays, Kensaiyr and dragons among my favourites if I really have to choose, but they all hold their unique merits for me.


Why are the Nays the most powerful race?
I’d say they’re among the top most powerful, as it’s the Drahknyr who are born into the Nays who top them all.  The Nays were given the name “Guardian Race” because they are effectively Aeldynn’s caretakers.


Could one of the Nays or the Drahknyr survive in the Phandaeric realms?
With sufficient protection the Nays could for a time.  The Drahknyr are far more resistant to the toxins, but there is a limit even before it will start to affect even them.   It is possible for Drahknyr to recover from phandaeric poisoning.


You have complex names, and several languages in your world. How have the readers responded to this? 
Some have found it immersive and intriguing, and others have struggled to wrap their heads around it.  I added translations in footnotes/endnotes and added a pronunciation guide and glossary for those who are interested in knowing more about it, and some have responded exceptionally well to that idea.  After all, Aeldynn is a living, breathing world.  It is a fact that Earth has multitudes of nations, languages, cultures and ethnicities, so you wouldn’t expect to visit another country in which the people spoke another language and be able to pronounce every word/name you came across unless you happened to learn that language.  I want my readers to feel they are in another world entirely. 


Are you a plotter or do you go with the flow?
I do a bit of both.  I’d say I’m a bit like an archaeologist; I discover one part of an idea or plot, and need to spend time dusting away around it to uncover the bigger picture.


Is there an equivalent to the devil?
That’s probably best left to the reader’s interpretation, but I would say yes; though it depends on entirely what angle you’re looking at him from.


Did you have an alternate ending for Keys of the Origin?
I had originally intended to end it on a different note, but something didn’t feel quite right about it.  In the end it went the right way.


How many more novels do you think will complete the Scions of Balance?
Estimated between 3-5.


Future releases.
Currently, I have:
Endeavours of the Unsung (short stories – early 2018).
Mindseer Oracle, book 2: The Scions of Balance (TBC).


Links 
Get Keys of the Origin: https://amzn.to/2Xq4Fhx
Get Endeavours of the Unsung: https://amzn.to/2Vsuz7a





Thursday, March 1, 2018

Distant Memories (The Shadow Realm, #1) by J.L. Keathley

Distant Memories by J.L. Keathley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Synopsis:
About to turn sixteen, Jade was looking forward to getting her first car and a little more freedom. Life, however, had a different path in mind. A thirst for blood and newfound fangs exposed a secret world to her... a world hidden from humanity. To leave behind everything she knew and enter The Shadow Realm, she must embark on a fateful journey to uncover the truth about the past, and understand her strange dreams. Daring efforts to unravel her destiny will reveal new powers, new friends, and very real enemies.

Review:
So, I'm a sucker for fanged creatures, and J.L. Keathley has done them beautifully.
Jade is a good MC, easily likable and interesting, her journey to discover her true identity one that you'll want to follow.
The plot is paced nicely, with a good dose of action to keep you entertained, and mysteries to unravel. The romantic interest is very well done, not feeling forced at any moment.
I really liked the mythology, it's unique and beautiful.
And that end, damn, talking about cliffhangers.
I can't wait for book 2.

Get Distant Memories right here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07B2GYGKT/

Follow the author here: https://www.facebook.com/J.L.Keathley/

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Friday, February 23, 2018

Heshayol The Blood of Dragons Book 2



Synopsis:

Over a millennium ago, at their father's command, Tyran and Drast sent the Horned God to the Netherworld in hopes of gaining everlasting life. Instead, they sparked a chain of events that led to the near destruction of the Ash Tree and the liberation of the old gods. Now, with the world waning, the two brothers are freed from Anaerfell to travel to the frozen realm of the dead and resurrect their enemy with hopes of restoring balance. Tyran and Drast journey between time and space with limitless magic at their fingertips to face demon legions, forsaken immortals, and the realization that the malevolence of their father is not yet done.

Pre order only $2.99 and for a limited time you can get the first book Anaerfell for only $.99.






About the author:

Joshua Robertson is an award-winning author in epic, dark fantasy. You may recognize him as the dude whose dragons were said to destroy George R.R. Martin's and Christopher Paolini's dragons in a very biased Twitter poll. His first novel, Melkorka, was released in 2015, and he has been writing fantasy fiction like clockwork ever since. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He currently lives in North Carolina with his better half and his horde of goblins. Learn more at http://www.robertsonwrites.com or connect with him on Instagram @RobertsonWrites.

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