Monday, September 17, 2018

Beautiful Fury - date announcement soon!

Beautiful Fury (Shapeshifter Dragons Book 4) is complete and edited by myself. Today I passed the manuscript on to my excellent proofreader. Cover design is well in progress so I expect to be able to announce a date very soon.

Until then - ride high!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Upcoming release: Chaos Shifter

Infuse your Kindle with the power of Chaos! My upcoming release in June will be Chaos Shifter, a new twist in the tale of Aranya's timeline - my bestselling Shapeshifter Dragons series. This standalone novel clarifies events at a crucial juncture of Aranya's tale as the battle against Marshal Thoralian escalates.

Chaos Shifter is a tale full of dragons, love, revenge and sweeping dragon adventure.


Two outcasts united by fate. Two terrible secrets. One incredible destiny.

As war convulses the ancient realm of Wyldaroon, powerful Dragon Marshals rush to choose sides in the sweeping conflict between Aranya the Star Dragoness and her nemesis, the unstoppable Marshal Thoralian. Islands fall. Nations crumble. Predatory Shapeshifters swoop to snatch the spoils from amidst the devastation.

When Asturbar, a hard-bitten Infantry Commander of the Mistral Fires, is forced into a desperate act of thievery to deny Azhukazi the Necromancer Dragon the magical artefacts he covets, he unleashes an unimaginable chain of events. Conquered. Exiled for life. Banished to an isolated oasis in the endless Doldrums, the Island-desert. For all intents and purposes, he is a dead man.

Yet what he discovers in the wilderness will change his life forever.

Her beauty is fey. Her youthful power, a reviled enigma of yore. Beguiled by the undeniable lure of Chaos itself, Asturbar faces a stark choice. To stand against Azhukazi’s rampant evil, he must ally himself with a lethal, beautiful Chaos Shifter – all it might cost, is his soul.

Available to PreOrder on all Amazon stores.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The Dragon Librarian release - 10th Feb

Calling all scrollworms, dragons and librarians! 10th Feb is the big day, but do snaffle your copy today!

smarturl.it/dragonlib (all Amazon country stores)
www.amazon.com/dp/B0799JN31J (Amazon.com)

How can a blind girl navigate the most sacred lore of the mighty Dragonkind?

For Auli-Ambar, born blind and disfigured, life in the Halls of the Dragons is a stark mixture of wonder and the simple labour of cleaning roosts. That is, until she finds herself inexorably drawn to the mystique of the Dragon Library and its powerful Librarian, the venerable Dragon Sazutharr.

She dreams of scroll-worlds opening to her.

But little does Auli-Ambar realise the part that she will play in the fate of the Dragonkind, as a potent cauldron of magic, enigma, politics and draconic power plays comes to a boil in this first volume of Scrolls of Fire.

Set in the same timeline as the Dragonfriend series, with an intersecting storyline.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Aranya: Portuguese Edition released

I'm delighted to announce the release of both Aranya and Shadow Dragon in Portuguese, translated by the excellent Thales Andrade! Links below.

Novidade! Aventura épica de dragões do autor bestseller Marc Secchia

Acorrentada a uma pedra
Jogada de um penhasco
E se ela não morresse?
E se ela pudesse abrir as asas, e voar?

Avaliado 4.7 de 225 resenhas em Amazon.com

Available in Kindle and EPub on all major stores:
Kindle stores
Barnes & Noble
Apple
Kobo
Scribd
Google Play

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Awesome author interview and a giveaway!

This week I'm super-excited to interview J.A. Andrews, author of The Keeper Chronicles (rated a sparkling 4.7* from 69 reviews on Amazon). Psst! Did I mention she writes dragons too ...? Without further ado:


1) What is Noblebright to you?
To me, noblebright means that there is the chance at redemption for every character, and even the world.  There must be a ribbon of hope running through the story, even when the world looks very dark.

2) How do you portray the Noblebright ideals in your work in general and the Luminous selection in particular?
My book, A Threat of Shadows, deals with the question of whether or not we’re forever defined by the worst things we’ve done. Alaric has done things he’d never imagined in an attempt to save his dying wife. And after failing repeatedly, he’s convinced himself that those things are what now defines him.

I think it’s pretty easy for many of us to keep hold of the worst thing we’ve done and believe it has the power to define us. The story is about his path to reconcile who he’s become with who he always thought he’d be, and whether there is hope for his redemption.
  
3) What is your favourite kind of character? I love characters that are clever and fun and not the best at everything. In fact, I like when they’re not the best at anything. They’re the ones it’s fun to root for as they figure things out.

4) Do you have plans for a sequel to your novel included in Luminous? Yes! I am currently writing the second book in The Keeper Chronicles. It is expected to be published early in 2018.

5) What would you like to see more of in Noblebright? I’d love to see morally complex characters for whom choosing to do the right thing is hard, and so when they do, the strength that noblebright needs will be obvious. Because I believe that it takes more strength to choose good than evil.

6) How do you like to write? Longhand (shorthand?), typewriter, computer, blood, nail scratches on the walls? Lol! I usually type on my computer my first draft, but I have to revise with it printed out on paper. And if I just can’t get a scene to work, it’s usually fixed by writing it out longhand. There’s something about actually writing out the words that lets me connect to in more emotionally.

Also, I write notes on the shower door since all my best ideas show up in the shower. 

7) Are you a speed writer, or a turtle writer? I’m pretty speedy when I have time to write. But I’m a mom of 3 and I homeschool, so the quiet hours are few and far between. That means it takes me a short time to write a page, but a long time to actually finish a book.

8) What is your favourite re-read book for a rainy afternoon? My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice. I don’t really love any other of Austen’s books or many other classic novels, but I adore P&P and have read it at least ten times.

9) Tea or coffee? Coffee. With vanilla creamer if I’m home, or froofed up with chocolate and sugar and whipped cream from some place that’ll make it for me.

10) Music or no music? No music. It has to be either complete silence for me to write (one of the reasons I don’t get much done when the family is awake) or I listen to brain.fm which has magical brain-focusing hocus-pocus powers. Whatever happens there, it really helps me to focus on my writing.


Bio:
JA Andrews lives deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana with her husband and three children. She is eternally grateful to CS Lewis for showing her the luminous world of Narnia. She wishes Jane Austen had lived 200 years later so they could be pen pals. She is furious at JK Rowling for introducing her to house elves, then not providing her a way to actually employ one. And she is constantly jealous of her future-self who, she is sure, has everything figured out.





Discover JA Andrews, writing, and nine more noblebright reads in Luminous… You can also check out the full line-up of Luminous author interviews at http://noblebright.org.

And don’t forget to scroll all the way down to the giveaway!


Amazon  |  Barnes & Noble |  Kobo  |  iTunes  |  Smashwords  |  Google Play

Dare to step into lands of myths, magic, and monsters, because there is light to be found in even the darkest of places.

Now, ten fantasy authors have come together to offer this epic boxed set of noblebright fantasy! Don't miss this fantastic opportunity to explore ten unique worlds, fall in love with gallant heroes and heroines, and discover the chinks in the darkness where the light shines through.

What is Noblebright fantasy?
Set apart by a sense of hope, noblebright fantasy includes at least one character who, although flawed, still deliberately pursues goodness. And that goodness has the power to make a difference. In a noblebright story, even villains are not without hope. Their redemption isn’t guaranteed, of course, but it is a possibility.

This boxed set includes:
The Lord of Dreams by C. J. Brightley
When a fairy king grants a human wish, there’s more at stake than dreams.

A Threat of Shadows by JA Andrews
Haunted by his past and surrounded by companions carrying their own dark secrets, Alaric grasps at one last chance to save his dying wife. 

Heir of Iron by J.S. Bangs
Family secrets. Forbidden Love. An empire on the brink of collapse.

The Hawk and His Boy by Christopher Bunn
You can run as far as you can, but you can never escape the Dark.

Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story by Pauline Creeden
Just when Raven tries to leave the life of a Reaper, she’s pulled right back in. 

The Firethorn Crown by Lea Doué
After discovering a secret underground kingdom and a mysterious sorcerer-prince, Princess Lily must free herself and her sisters from a dangerous curse or face a lifetime of darkness.

Wolfskin by W.R. Gingell
Sometimes the little girl in the red hood doesn’t get eaten, and sometimes the wolf isn’t the most frightening thing in the forest…

Sunbolt by Intisar Khanani
A street thief with a dangerous secret, Hitomi finds herself betrayed to the dark mage who killed her father.

Rachel and the Many-Splendored Dreamland by L. Jagi Lamplighter
Magic school can be a lot more dangerous—and wondrous—than expected.

The Pygmy Dragon by Marc Secchia
Now, the courage of the smallest will be tested to the utmost. For Pip is the Pygmy Dragon, and this is her tale.

Amazon  |  B&N  |  Kobo  |  iTunes  |  Smashwords  |  Google Play

A LUMINOUS Giveaway!



For a chance to win this awesome Lord of the Rings book tote, Harry Potter journal, plus swag from LUMINOUS authors, enter here:


Friday, September 29, 2017

When the muse is not amusing

Update on Aranya Book 4, me & the muse, and the world of dragons.
I'm the kind of writer and person who is led by the heat of the idea. I love mad complexity and beauty and the poetry of words. That's why my series intertwine and come out haphazardly, because I'm chasing one burning idea - an all-consuming storyline - that simply MUST be written. The muse wakes me at 4am begging for time at the keyboard. I fly dragons whilst washing the dishes and produce at a manic rate. I want to use every waking hour for writing. I splash words on paper at 3-5,000 words per day.
Not so fun when the muse is silent, or at best, misfiring. I'm not wanting for ideas. I have 4 or 5 ideas bubbling at any one time, but as I've been labouring on the 4th book of Aranya, to be entitled "Beautiful Fury", I've been struggling for months now to reach that place where the prose simply flows - where I know I produce my best writing. Partly this stems from a struggle with depression this year, worse than I've ever experienced. Those who've experienced depression or loss will know all too well that feeling of living under a dark, oppressive cloud that may not have any particular reason to exist, but it does and it colours everything.
So I hope you will forgive me, but I doubt Beautiful Fury will be finished this year of 2017. I am crafting a couple of other quirky ideas to be set on the Dragonfriend timeline, however - one called Quickpaws which will feature one of Hualiama's grandchildren, and another book to be entitled "The Dragon Librarian". I've also written 4 chapters on a brand new idea which I hope you'll love ...
We all know there are seasons in life. This has been a hard and deeply frustrating season for me and for my family, who have been brilliant. That said, I'm stubborn. A fighter. So I am determined to chase that next burning idea for all it is worth, because I know that the process of creation and crafting to completion will bring back the joy.
Thank you for reading this post. My wish is that you would experience deep, abiding joy in your life, even amidst the struggles. If you can't find it? Chase it!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Law of Tall Girls!

My heroines range from a 3-foot 11.5 inches Pygmy girl to the Shapeshifter Dragoness, Aranya, who is inches taller than her lanky father, King Beran, to the ultra-tall 6-foot and 7 inches (!!) Zhialeiana of my IsleSong series. Oh, and she's not done growing ... in all sorts of unexpected ways. That's what Dragons of Sea and Sky, the 4th in the IsleSong series and also the sequel to Dragon Thief, will reveal!

Now, I've a treat for you. How's about a contemporary tale featuring a tall girl, The Law of Tall Girls from the always excellent Joanne McGregor? (by the way, it's a #1 Bestseller on Amazon)

When you really stand out, can you ever fit in?


Seventeen-year-old Peyton Lane is a tall girl. So tall, it’s the only thing most people notice about her. 

On impulse, she accepts a bet to prove she can be as attractive and desirable as other girls. Now she just needs to go on four dates (including the prom) with one of the guys on her very short list of very tall boys.

Number one on the list is Jay Young – the new guy that Peyton already likes way more than she should. Because not only is Jay already taken, he’s also breaking her Law of Tall Girls, and he’s determined to discover the awful secret she’s been hiding for most of her life.

Funny and romantic, The Law of Tall Girls is a feel-good, heart-warming read for anyone who’s ever felt different, or like they just don’t belong. 

This young adult contemporary romance will appeal to fans of Kasie West, Stephanie Perkins, Jenny Han, Julie Buxbaum and Morgan Matson.