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.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Aranya audiobook in production

I am delighted to announce that an audiobook is in production for Aranya, and I'm pleased to have secured the services of an excellent narrator. Watch this space for more news! I have a big announcement later this week ...

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Shapeshifter Dragons - suggested reading order & sequels

I've had a number of suggestions through from you lovely readers about the order in which one should read the Shapeshifter Dragons series. Thanks!

Here's my suggestion based on your feedback:

1. Kick off with an awesome dragonride - Aranya
2. Grab yourself a feisty little dragon - The Pygmy Dragon
3. Enter the darker realms with Shadow Dragon
4. Leap into the Pygmy Dragon sequel (drafting underway, no date as yet)
5. Travel beneath the Cloudlands and across the Rift with Aranya #3 (planned, no date set as yet)

And then? I'll be working on Aranya #3 and The Pygmy Dragon #2 over the course of the next few months. I haven't set publication dates yet, but I'm hoping for mid-year for one of the two books and later in the autumn for the other. They need to be written in tandem for reasons I shall not reveal - don't want to spoil it for you!

Thank you so much to all who have posted up a re
view of my books, either here on GR or on Amazon. I read them all :-). Also thanks to those who've sent through suggestions and questions about publication dates.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Book Review - Zero Time by T.W.Fendley

What a terrific time-travel / alternative history adventure! Meticulously researched and imagined, with a Gordian knot of a plot that taxes the grey cells in a most enjoyable way, this is a story different to anything that I've read before, by turns informative, imaginative, and lucidly written. The author has clearly spent a great deal of time constructing a thoroughly believable yet unpredictable plot.

Buy it here!

The story is told in two clearly demarcated threads which come together at the end like the very serpent ropes that are the key to travel through space and time in this epic tale - and it certainly is epic, spanning thousands of years. In a bid to save their civilization, people from the planet Omeyocan in the Pleiades travel to Earth to mingle their genes and save the species. They setup the ancient Inca, Maya and Aztec temples which have so baffled and amazed archaeologists. Not only this, but there's a thorough explanation for technologies which are alien to Earth but could provide the abilities shown by some characters in this novel, such as spatial travel, levitation and channeling of energies.

At a technical level the editing is perfect and the story told at a good pace. Some readers may struggle with the names, which are difficult to pronounce but absolutely appropriate to the story. I referred to the handy guide at the front. Parental advisory - some violence and a sex scene feature in the book. A fair amount of time is spent on the properties of crystals, vibrations, higher levels of consciousness, chakra points etc. giving the book a New Age feel. Some reviewers commented on this but I felt it gelled well with the tale.

Overall assessment? A truly excellent, absorbing tale that is more than worth reading. I learned a great deal while being entertained, which is always a high recommendation. Worth it!!