Friday, April 24, 2015

The Fiuri Realms - Shioni of Sheba Book 5 - Published!

Today I am pleased to announce the release of the 5th volume in my bestselling African historical
The Fiuri Realms
fiction series, Shioni of Sheba. The Fiuri Realms picks up the story from where Shioni is just about to receive her freedom from the King of West Sheba, and Mama Nomuula will receive the surprise of her life.

But Kalcha has sent a cunning assassin to Castle Hiwot. When Shioni in intervenes to protect her best friend Annakiya, she and Azurelle are unwittingly catapulted into an out-of-this-world adventure, set in the beautiful and deadly tunnels of Fiuriel.

Experience gripping adventure, learn about Shioni's past and encounter the unique dragons of Fiuriel. Available now on Amazon for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

The Fiuri Realms is the 5th book in the Shioni of Sheba series, which is suitable for readers of 9 years and up. The other books are, in reading order:
The Enchanted Castle - just $0.99
The King's Horse - $2.99
The Mad Giant - $2.99
The Sacred Lake - $2.99

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Dragonfriend launch! And a special :-)

My latest dragon adventure and bestseller, Dragonfriend, launched today. Don't miss your chance to pick up another awesome dragon adventure set in the same world as Aranya, Shadow Dragon and The Pygmy Dragon. Check it out on Free Kindle Books & Tips, an excellent blog I use regularly for advertising - Dragonfriend.

The Mad Reviewer says: "Beautiful. Enchanting. Hilarious. Tragic. Touching. Empowering." Read the full review on Goodreads or on The Mad Reviewer's blog. 

Dragonfriend is widely available: 
Nook (Barnes & Noble)

Dragonfriend will be followed by Dragonlove just as soon as I can finish burning the midnight oil to write it. The allied dragon adventure series are taking shape now, and customers love them. Aranya is rated 4.7* from 121 reviews, The Pygmy Dragon, 4.7* from 82 reviews. 

Also available today, The Enchanted Castle (Shioni of Sheba Book 1) is FREE. This is an exciting African adventure for kids of 8 years and up and even adults who like a ripping fantasy yarn set in Ethiopia. Unique, highly rated fantasy - high adventure, cultural tidbits and gleanings from the author's own travels in Ethiopia.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Aranya audiobook published

The Aranya audiobook is available on Amazon, Audible and ITunes as of today!

Narrated by Shiromi Arserio (find her at shiromispeaks.com), this unabridged production is the perfect accompaniment to the bestselling first book in the Shapeshifter Dragons series, which has sold over 10,000 copies and is rated 4.6* from 119 reviews on Amazon.

You can sample the audiobook here.

Chained to a rock, tossed off a cliff - what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Reviewers say: "This journey left me gasping for air," and "He spins a mythical yarn, achieving a notable balance between luxurious detail and intense action ... it's Secchia's world building prowess that really sets this tale apart" - Stephan J Myers, author of The Prayer

Why not be swept away to an Island-World above the clouds, where massive dragons prowl the skies and adventure beckons? This is a fantasy world rich in detail, strong on action, populated with heroes and villains, and the greatest of fantasy's creatures - dragons.

Read them all! 3 allied series to explore, and lots more on the way during the course of this year:

Aranya
The Pygmy Dragon
Shadow Dragon
Dragonfriend




Monday, March 30, 2015

Book review: Red and the Wolf

Review in brief: Red and the Wolf by E.A. Walker

A fresh and original take on the Red Riding Hood fable, Red and the Wolf is a richly atmospheric
story by a writer truly in command of their craft. Well edited and crafted, strong characters and a fast-moving plot make this a real treat. Watch for for some big surprises along the way as you experience this unique retelling of a familiar fable - recommended reading for a dark, stormy night!

Preorder now on Amazon (coming April 6th). Catch up with this author at Goodreads.

Sometimes we read a story thinking 'this has been done before'. But a fresh interpretation can be therefore be the more enjoyable because it surprises and delights us - as this story did for me. I also loved the style of this story, which is poetic and lyrical without dragging in any way. This is 'my cup of tea' and I can heartily recommend this book, and this author.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Shadow Dragon 99c Promo

Time for a special! Shadow Dragon, the bestselling dragon fantasy and sequel to Aranya, is just 99c until April 3rd - don't miss your chance to own a copy!

The Mad Reviewer says:

"He writes incredible female characters. Not just Aranya, but Zuziana and Kylara and even Pip from The Pygmy Dragon spin-off. Unlike a surprising number of male writers, he makes sure that they all have believable motivations and unique personalities; they don't just exist for the gratification of the male characters."

This special runs in both the Amazon US (99c) and Amazon UK (99p) stores.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Review of The Dragon Dreamer

An authentic and moving friendship develops between a dragon and an octopus in this beautifully crafted tale for all ages.  Arak the dragon is a dreamer and adventurer. Scree the curious octopus is a healer willing to rick it all to help those in need. My 10 year-old bookworm daughter (who is quite a discerning reader and not often lavish with her praise!) says, "The story's fabulous!" and I fully agree. This is a story to dive into, literally, because there's so much more to this tale than meets the eye.


Author J. S. Burke brings the undersea world to dazzling life, using her background in marine
biology to salt her world-building with just the right amount of authentic and fascinating detail. As someone who grew up beside the ocean I can attest to that! Further, she tells a gripping yarn. While the story at its surface level follows the unfolding of friendship and cooperation of a most unusual kind between two different species, there is tension well sustained throughout and wonderfully imaginative descriptions of octopus and dragon art forms and dance, accompanied by a flawless depth and growth of the main and supporting characters in the tale.

The art of this tale for me, lies in how the author brings these disparate threads together while never allowing the narrative pace to slacken. Engrossing, uplifting and superbly crafted, this book is a keeper. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Priced at just 99c this is a steal, worth every cent. If you're a parent looking for great, uplifting fiction for your middle grader and up - Buy it now!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New dragon fantasy - Dragonfriend!

I'm delighted to announce the forthcoming release of my new dragon fantasy, Dragonfriendon April 11th.

Set in the same world as the bestselling dragon fantasy Aranya, this is the moving and romantic tale of the first human destined to break the ancient taboo and ride a dragon. When love is forbidden but friendship grows beyond conventional boundaries, the result is nothing less than world-shattering.

Sample the first two chapters here!

A third great race will rise in the Island-World. Enter the world of Hualiama Dragonfriend, an epic fantasy tale of forbidden romance and deep secrets, mighty dragon battles, an usurper to the throne, and a friendship which paid the ultimate price. Prepare to be swept away to a unique world of volcanic islands which rise above the deadly, occluded Cloudlands, a world where humans have recently thrown off the yoke of slavery under the draconic claw. Grudges are fresh. Passions run high. And love is only an excuse for murder.

The first of a planned two part series, the second is already being drafted.