Sunday, February 12, 2017

Valentine's Fantasy Bundle

This Valentine's Day, the awesome authors at Fellowship of Fantasy have banded together to provide an awesome selection of free and discount Fantasy and Speculative Fiction stories. Browse the titles, select as many as your heart desires, and discover your next favorite author!

All Fellowship of Fantasy titles are author rated with a guaranteed content level no higher than PG-13, so you shouldn't encounter graphic sex, gratuitous violence, or excessive language.

As pricing can be subject to the whims of the vendors, please verify that the deals are, in fact, still active before purchasing. Thank you!

Bargain Books (priced at 99 cents)

Fellowship of  Fantasy
Rebirth—Frank B. Luke-Amazon
Seven Deadly Tales—Frank B. Luke-Amazon
The Hidden Level—AJ Bakke-Amazon
To Save Two Worlds—AJ Bakke-Amazon
The Regency Shifter Series—KM Carroll-AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble
Academy of Secrets—Michael Carney-Author Website
Sunbolt—Intisar Khanani-AmazonBarnes and NobleKobo
Wyndano's Cloak—A. R. Silverberry AmazonBarnes and Noble
The Stream—A. R. Silverberry -AmazonBarnes and Noble
Rainbird—Rabia Gale-AmazonBarnes and NobleKobo
Reality Break—Jennifer Kibble-Amazon
Battle for the Throne—EJ Willis-Amazon
Nyssa Glass's Clockwork Christmas—H. L. Burke-Amazon
The True Bride and the Shoemaker—L. Palmer-Author WebsiteAmazon
Cry of the Sea—D. G. Driver-Amazon
Foxtails—Erica Laurie-Amazon
Eun Na and the Phantom—Erica Laurie-Amazon

Free Books

The Buick Eight—Frank B. Luke-Amazon
Cora and the Nurse Dragon—H. L. Burke-Amazon
Lands of Ash—H. L. Burke-Amazon
Prince of Alasia—Annie Douglass Lima-Amazon
Awakening—Julie C. Gilbert-Amazon
Leandra's Enchanted Flute—Katy Huth Jones-Amazon
Mercy's Prince—Katy Huth Jones-Amazon
Woe for a Faerie—B. Brumley-AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble
Chasing Lady Midnight—C. L. Ragsdale-Amazon
Jin In Time Part One —Karin De Havin-AmazoniTunesBarnes and Noble
Nyssa Glass and the Caper Crisis—H. L. Burke-Amazon

Fellowship of Fantasy

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Orison of a confirmed Word Nerd

Call me a Word Nerd.

My dictionary not only has dog-ears, it looks like a Rottweiler's chew-toy.

My friends call me Thesaurus-Rex.

I mean, why say blue when you could use azure? Or cobalt, tourmaline or ultramarine? Is the sky the sky, or the peerless welkin? And what, pray tell, may alary be? In that vein, why be a bird when you could tweet like a parakeet?

Far be it from me to metagrobolize thee, dear reader!

Dialogue is not meant to sound how 'real people speak'. Sorry. The way real people speak - including me - is mostly boring and uses a tiny fraction of our vocabulary. Recently, I was accused by an Amazon reviewer of using words of greater than one syllable. Oops! (The good reader has a valid point, if you think about it). Alright, I know it has as much to do with moving a story forward at a good pace, and with style without the distraction of purple prose, but there is just so much fun to be had on the way that the creative mind simply cannot resist. It's like drinking a fine wine. Words are heady. Intoxicating. Malleable.

Exchanges like this make my grey cells fizz:

“You filthy crook,” she grinned, twitching her torso from side to side. “No monk, eh? You certainly aren’t!”
Kal grinned back. “Aye.”
“You unscrupulous, pilfering, snake-tongued old fraud!”
He stretched lazily. “Ah, scurrilous compliments.”
“You’re not some common, out-of-the-barrel thief, are you? You’re absolutely prolific.”
“All the women say that." 

So, yes. I love multisyllabic discombobulations. I resolutely eschew all forms of obfuscation.

I adore that the English language is growing all the time. There are 171,476 words in the current Oxford English Dictionary, 47,156 obsolete words and 9,500 derivative words. I plan to dust off a good number of those obsolete words, create a few derivatives of my own - anyone want to define transmutodraconisation for me? - and above all, have fun! Why not use any and all words that exist in the language? Do we have to 'dumb down' literature for our audience? No!

He pinched his nose between thumb and forefinger. “No fireballs or you’ll turn yourself into a living torch, o piceous paragon of four-pawed pulchritude.”
“Pack the dictionary away and climb aboard, Rider.”

“I was going to use ‘nigritude’ but couldn’t articulate the alliteration appropriately.”

Alright, I confess I go overboard from time to time. You might even twist my arm and make me admit, often. Unusual words and usages can be too much. But would you rather read:

He awoke. It was getting dark.


When he woke, a volcanic twilight enflamed his world in auburn and gold hues. 

Ah, well, perhaps I will learn the right balance one day. I love to learn. I love the challenge, the sounds, the art of language. I'm sure I drive some readers up the wall or down the garden path, but I continue to gaily dive down philosophical and descriptive rabbit-holes because for me, the English language is there and I love, love, love words. I love a ripping good yarn whether it is told in archaic anachronisms or modern minimalism.

So there you have it. I'm out of the closet.

I'm an unapologetic, obsessive-compulsive wordaholic. I'm a Word Nerd.

I'm proud of that.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Islesong news ...

I have completed drafting the second volume in the IsleSong series, The Girl who Loved the Whales! (At long last) The second book is essentially a redemption journey, taking Zhialeiana from a place of terrible darkness to a brighter future. I am hoping to release this book in late February 2017

Here's a little taster for you:

’Twas the current of terror we sailed that daysong,
Like a Sea-Dragon’s heart was its pulse.

Myriad dangers lurk across the long leagues. Pirates. Treacherous Battlecats. A Hunter from the Deep and a city besieged by Sea-Dragons. The combative Bardsong of a mighty War-Titan–what are his wicked plans for her? With strength born of love, Zhialeiana must conquer all.

Now, her journey has begun. Betrayed at every turn, can the Girl who Sang with Whales learn to sing a new Song? Can she save the Whales she loves?

I'm also pleased to report that drafting of the 3rd book in this series is progressing well. More news on that soon!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Featured author / New release: Kandi J Wyatt

Dragon riders! Yes! Today I'd love to introduce you to a author Kandi J Wyatt who writes dragon adventures for Teens/Pre-Teens, and her Dragon Courage series. The first book is FREE and #6 in its genre category on Amazon, so why not launch aloft today?

Book 5 of the Dragon Courage series launched this week so if you enjoy the first, there's plenty to come:

Dragon's Posterity
Is there really a right way to braid leather? Ruskya doesn’t know anymore. Is it worth fighting over? Twenty-one winters ago, he was ready to take on the turquoise dragon rider, but now he fears facing his oldest son.

Kyn, Ruskya’s youngling, wonders if he’s going crazy when an image begins haunting his dreams. Soon, he realizes it may be the key to helping not only Ruskya and his son Ardyn, but all younglings and their trainers as they adjust to growing up.

Will Kyn be able to help Ruskya, Ardyn, and the other young riders? Follow your favorite characters from the exciting Dragon Courage series as they empower the next generation and give dragons to their posterity.

Let's tick a few boxes - Dragons! Dragon Riders! Courage! Erm ... did someone say DRAGONS?

Grab a Dragon here or start the series here.

Author Bio: 
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit

Saturday, November 26, 2016

New Release - Song of the Storm Dragon

Song of the Storm Dragon, Volume 3 of my Amazon bestselling Shapeshifter Dragons series roars away today - download a storm to your Kindle for $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Hey, I'm impatient. Comes with the Italian ancestry :-) I just couldn't stand to sit (ha ha) on the finished files one moment longer than was necessary, so I hit the button 2 days early and we have - STORM! Enjoy the Dragonride!

About Song of the Storm Dragon:

The Storm is coming! The hegemony of Sylakia has been broken and freedom won, but at a shattering cost. Laid low by the vile Shapeshifter pox and Thoralian’s wiles, can Aranya rise again? For war sweeps Herimor at the touch of the Marshal’s evil claws, and he will stop at nothing to possess the ultimate power.

Now, the race is on to find the First Egg of the Ancient Dragons. Accompanied by her friends Zuziana and Ardan, and the magnificent Land Dragon Leandrial, the Star Dragoness must dive deep in her new quest. Cross the uncrossable Rift-Storm to Herimor. Stop Thoralian. Crush his ambitions. Only then will she be able to save her beloved Dragons.

Yet profound Dragon lore enshrouds her purposes. History beckons. What are the secrets of the powerful Dragonfriend and the tiny, lost Pygmy Dragoness? Why did the Dragons disappear? What became of the powerful Dragons of yore?

Arise, o Storm Dragoness! She is legend. She is the whisper of starlight upon Dragon scales. She is Aranya, and this is her song. The Song of the Storm Dragon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Huge giveaway, $125 gift card + Books

Here's your chance to win a $125 Gift Card, 14 Paperback books or 15 eBooks ... another smashing giveaway from Ripley Patton - ENTER HERE

I'm really excited about this selection of wonderful books. Don't forget to add them to your reading list as well!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Il Drago Pigmeo! The Pygmy Dragon (Italian Edition)

"Ora, il coraggio della più piccola verrà sottoposto alla prova più grande. Perché Pip è il Drago Pigmeo, e questa è la sua storia ..." Il Drago Pigmeo! Italian friends, it's here! The Pygmy Dragon, the Italian edition of the first book of my bestselling Shapeshifter Dragons series!
Find it on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited here:
Pip è stata portata via dalla giungla in cui era nata, viene venduta al proprietario di uno zoo, e ora conosce solo un mondo circondato da sbarre, un mondo in cui un guerriero Pigmeo e il suo amico, una scimmia gigante, sono solo l’attrazione di uno zoo. Lei sogna di diventare Umana. Sogna di fuggire verso il mondo fuori da quella gabbia. 

Un giorno, il Drago Zardon la rapisce e la conduce a una nuova vita. Pip attraversa il Mondo delle Isole in volo sul Drago e arriva alla sua nuova scuola: una scuola dentro un vulcano. Una scuola dove gli Umani imparano a diventare Cavalieri del Drago. Ma questo è solo un piccolo assaggio del suo magico destino, perché i Draghi Assassini stanno per arrivare. Hanno attraversato la Fossa su un’Isola volante e il loro obiettivo è massacrare tutti i Draghi. 

Ora, il coraggio della più piccola verrà sottoposto alla prova più grande. Perché Pip è il Drago Pigmeo, e questa è la sua storia.