Thursday, October 30, 2014

Shadow Dragon: sequel to Aranya available for pre-order

I'm delighted to announce that the second book in my Shapeshifter Dragons series, Shadow Dragon, will be available for pre-order on Amazon.com. The release date is set for December 10th.

"Chameleon Shapeshifters, uncontrollable storm powers, and the rise of Sylakia’s Dragon-elite. The battle against evil scales new heights, but the price of victory grows ever dearer. 

Once, a Shadow Dragon ravaged the Island-World. Insatiable. Unstoppable. A Dragon-killer. Now the Shadow Dragon has reappeared, on a collision course with Aranya and King Beran’s campaign to liberate the Islands from the scourge of Sylakian tyranny. He is dark, beautiful and deadly, a predator of untold power. 

Meantime, Thoralian weaves his web of guile and betrayal right in the hearts of Aranya’s friends and allies. He will bring them to an encounter only he can win. 

Incredible aerial battles. An Ancient Dragon bent on enslaving Aranya. The treacherous secrets of Dragon magic. This is the fight for which destiny has shaped a heroine of rare courage–Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Criminal. Shapeshifter Dragon. A woman who will confront evil at any cost. Spite her at your peril."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

99p UK Sale - the Girl who Sang with Whales

This weekend The Girl who Sang with Whales is on sale in the UK, just 99p!

Rated 4.6* from 16 reviews on Amazon, and an Amazon.com bestseller in Coming of Age fantasy, this beautiful ocean fantasy is one for those who love unspoiled fantasy worlds, the tang of salt in the air, and the rub of sand between their toes.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Aranya blog tour, win prizes!

The Aranya blog tour kicks off today! Do visit Deal Sharing Aunt for your chance to win an $25 gift voucher and subscribe to this excellent blog.

I will update this page as the tour progresses.

Aranya is an Amazon bestseller in Sword & Sorcery, a thrilling and fun coming-of-age story which has attracted 29 5* reviews from 45 reviews, and is rated 4.6* overall on Amazon. Customers say:

"Dragon shape shifters. Fierce princesses. Evil Princes. Magic. Fate. Hidden destinies revealed. Epic battles. Pygmies. Romance. Betrayal. All this and so much more can be found within the pages of this sweeping fantasy tale. Once you start, you won't want to stop."

"Aranya handles herself as a girl of strength and courage"

"If you loved all the dragons & riders of Pern, this is for you."

"the action was awesome"

As with all my books, Aranya is available in eBook format, print, and on Kindle Unlimited. Grab it for a great read!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Tiny dragon, tiny price - 99c special!

The #1 bestseller in Coming of Age fantasy on Amazon, The Pygmy Dragon is on special until 15th October, just 99c on Amazon.com. Come discover why readers say:


"The Pygmy Dragon is a sweeping and majestic fantasy story that gives the reader a front row seat to a world full of one of fantasy's all-star creatures: Dragons."

"What a FUN book. Not too complicated, but a story filled with interesting and varied characters, interwoven plots, and intrigue. I couldn't put it down!"

In other news, I have updated the Pygmy Dragon book file to include a wonderful map of the Island-World done by my artist friend, Joshua Smolders. You have to see this - it is one of the best fantasy maps I have ever seen.

This book has been compared to Anne McCaffrey's Dragons of Pern, which is an honour for me as she's one of my all-time favourite, all-time most awesome authors. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Aranya map - update your device!

I'm delighted to offer an update to Aranya: Shapeshifter Dragons Book 1, in the form of an amazing map of the Island-World in which the story is set. Please update your Kindle or e-Reader device to receive this update to the book. You can view the map on my blog at www.marcsecchia.com by clicking on the Shapeshifter Dragons tab.

In other news, drafting of the 2nd volume in this series is proceeding well. I hope to release Western Isles during November. I'm also making good progress on the 5th book in the Shioni of Sheba series, The Fiuri Realms. Thank you for your interest in my work!

Friday, October 3, 2014

99c Sale! The Girl who Sang with Whales

The Girl who Sang with Whales, a beautiful ocean fantasy, is on sale until 8th October, just 99c! Grab a copy here.

Is an author allowed to have a favourite book? Or a favourite character of theirs? To say so is probably to break some unwritten law of being an author. Oh heck.

I agonised over the cliffhanger ending in this story. I mean, I almost put myself in bed with stress over it :-), but in the end, it was I thought a great way of rounding off the first book in the IsleSong series. That, or another 100,000 words. Zhialeiena discovers her powers. She makes friends and enemies alike. She battles sea dragons and prejudice, grief and depression. And her destiny begins to unfold, when ... wham! The problem with cliffhangers is that some readers hate them. Just like some readers hate books in which events do not unfold in a linear, logical order, or an ending is left somewhat unresolved. No matter how good the rest of the book might be, if there isn't a neat little package wrapped in ribbon beneath the Christmas tree, author, you are about to get it like a dragon's talons to the neck.

For me, if the book says "Book 1 of XYZ series" on the cover, that's a fairly strong hint that the author will leave some plot and character development for a second or a third book. That's the point of a series, unless you expect every book in the series to stand alone. Television episodes often end on a cliffhanger, because that's a way of 'hooking' the customers into buying the next episode or season or whatever. Aha, you tell me, literature is different to TV. Of course. People invest perhaps more time in a book, and you have to give payback to your reader, or they'll feel cheated.

Take, in the fantasy genre, the obligatory final battle. Apparently, if you don't have one (or at least, cinematic action throughout) then your book is one in which 'nothing happens'. Please, don't talk about character-driven plot or drama! This is fantasy, right? If you don't have a Peter Jacksonesque spectacular battle thrown in at the end there, then you've failed. So, what about a humdinger of a cliffhanger? Well, perhaps if the series was a single package (3 or 4 books) readers might stand for it, but until then, there will be those who avidly watch through TV series packed with cliffhanger after cliffhanger between episodes, but can't stand for them in a book. Such is life.

Back to playing favourites. I love it that The Girl who Sang with Whales is a slower read, overall, than my bestsellers Aranya or The Pygmy Dragon. There's plenty of action! Just read the first couple of pages as Zhialeiana and her mother go for a wild ride. But there's also an emphasis on understanding the deeper, spiritual side of Zhialeiana's world, periods of contemplation of both her inner world, and the extraordinary oceanic world in which she lives. To read this book, is to be totally and utterly immersed in her world, her culture, and her thoughts. That is deliberate. It is poetic, lyrical, ebbing and flowing like the ocean itself. And that, dear reader, is the secret to the cliffhanger ending of Book 1 of Islesong. The ocean can be calm one moment, and suck you too your doom the next.

I love it that this story is like a slow-brewed cup of coffee. Nothing cheap or instant about this one. The best coffee takes time to prepare. And so, if I were to claim a favourite, for prose, it would be the story of The Girl who Sang with Whales. It hearkens back to my childhood in Cape Town, that supremely beautiful city at the end of Africa, surrounded on many sides by the wondrous, ever-changing oceans.

Just 99c this week! I invite you to experience a beautiful, dangerous new world through the eyes and fate of Zhialeiana, The Girl who Sang with Whales.



Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cover makeover: The Girl who Sang with Whales

The Girl who Sang with Whales is getting an exciting cover makeover!

Do please update your Kindle reader device, as the updated book is now available on Amazon (although they haven't updated the product image as yet). There's a new appendix at the end of the book, and a brand-new cover from Victorine of bluevalleyauthorservices.com! I hope that you like it as much as I do.

I have also been planning the 2nd book in detail. Yes, I know there's a cliffhanger ending in Islesong Book 1, dear reader, and I don't want to leave you in suspense for too long. (I thought long and hard about this, but writing further would have meant another 40-50,000 words in Book 1, making it very long)

Many exciting adventures are in store for Zhialeiana as she learns about her heritage, defies the pain-worshipping Argalioi pirates, and is hunted by a warrior Whale ...