Friday, February 19, 2021

Santaclaws #2 Flying to a Kindle near you!

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Santaclaws #2 is out!

Assassins, vile plots and a diamond dragonet with a fondness for boot leather. Could anything more go wrong?

This second volume of the Santaclaws series follows Keir's quest to see his family to safety in the Elven jungles. Not everyone wants to see little paws grow large ...

#dragons #KindleUnlimited #fantasy

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Call me Dragon Tour and Giveaway!


Call Me Dragon
Dragon Fires Rising Book 1
by Marc Secchia
Genre: Humorous Fantasy

Call me Dragon. It’s the last thing you’ll ever do.

Blitz the Devastator has never done a decent day’s devastating in his life. Fireless, artistic and shunned by his Dragon Clan, he struggles to pillage even the meanest village. A future full of misery and failure beckons.

This much is true until the day the burly brown Dragon successfully – imagine that – kidnaps the Princess Azania. As a black Princess of T’nagru, this spirited beauty is by definition the most unforgettable woman in the seventeen realms. Knights errant, men-at-arms and sundry Princes expire at her feet in drivelling worship.

Unfortunately, they all want his scaly head on a platter shortly thereafter. Goes with the territory.

To Blitz’s consternation, the royal nuisance refuses to behave herself and be a typical pampered Princess. With humour, unconventional flair and the odd stomp of her diminutive slipper, she sets out to reform her Dragon.

One question remains. Who will save the Dragon from the Princess?

Marc is a South African-born dragon masquerading as an author, who loves writing about dragons and Africa, preferably both at the same time. He's the author of 25 fantasy books in 5 languages including 10 rip-roaring dragon fantasy bestsellers. Dragonfriend won a Gold Award for Fantasy in the 2016 IPPY Book Awards.
When he's not writing about Africa or dragons Marc can be found travelling to remote locations. He thinks there's nothing better than standing on a mountaintop wondering what lies over the next horizon.

Follow the tour HERE for special content and a giveaway!

$50 Amazon

Call me Dragon released

Call me Dragon. It's the last thing you'll ever do!

I had so much fun writing this tale, I can hardly tell you. The inspiration was the cover, which I found while browsing for something quite different.
Blitz the Devastator is a fireless, lonely dragon who would rather be painting artworks than doing any actual devastating. One day, largely by accident, he kidnaps the Black Rose of the Desert, Princess Azania.
As a black Princess, she is by definition the most beautiful woman in the 17 realms. Knights swoon at her feet - which is awkward with a Dragon in the way. Unless they slay him first, of course.
Azania, being a less than conventional royal, promptly sets about arranging matters to her satisfaction.
Oh no! Who will save the Dragon from the Princess?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Santaclaws is flying to town!

 I am delighted to announce that the Dragon Santaclaws is flying to town!

A Dragon for Christmas
Wishes are different when it comes to Dragons. Wishes take wing, and come true!

Half-Elf Keir's family and his kingdom are suffering. They desperately need a Dragonmas miracle - but no-one believes in miracles anymore, do they? Santaclaws and his Dragons are long gone. Only the legends remain.
Through blizzard, death-defying adventure, and with the help of friends and family, Keir brings home a most precious gift to his dying mother.
Then comes Dragonmas day, and a miracle beyond his wildest dreams.
$2.99 or Kindle Unlimited - what a lovely stocking-filler!

The start of a new Dragon Rider epic for fans of Anne McCaffrey, Eragon and How to Train Your Dragon. Santa Claus - Santaclaws - is really a dragon.

This magical dragon tale will continue with releases every three months:

Santaclaws #2 - 18th February 2021

Santaclaws #3 - 18th May 2021

Santaclaws #4 - 18th August 2021

Santaclaws #5 - 18th November 2021

Saturday, August 1, 2020

The Dragon Loremaster

I am delighted to announce the release of The Dragon Loremaster, Volume #2 in my award-winning Scrolls of Fire series, on August 9th.

What is darkness?

“How may a soul pine for that which it has never known? For a sightless person, to be seen is a miracle that defies imagination.”

Auli-Ambar, a girl born blind and with severe facial deformities, has risen from the ashes of her meagre beginnings to grasp a new destiny amongst the Dragons of Gi’ishior. Yet the scourge of her heritage burns lambent within her bones.

Many wish such an accursed creature nothing but ill; none could imagine the crucible of darkness through which she must pass. A crushing misfortune, an unthinkable diagnosis, a cabal of murderers and an impossible duality of magic that threatens to tear her apart, are only some of the challenges facing one who must defy all the odds to live.

She will journey to the soul’s very nadir, and find hope beyond. For Auli-Ambar is a survivor. Enigma. Protector of Dragons, and confidante of Arkurion the Mercury Blue. She is the Dragon Loremaster.

Let darkness flee!

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The Dragon Loremaster is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited from all Amazon stores.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Mister Drainpipe release

I'm alive! Apologies for the long silence. I've become aware that my website is woefully out of date and I'm working on some exciting updates for it. What do you think of this as an idea:

My most recent release is Mister Drainpipe, a contemporary literary novel set in Addis Ababa. 

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"Discover the power of restored dignity"

Homeless, alone, haunted by the shadows of the past, Mister Drainpipe is a beggar cast adrift on the streets of Addis Ababa. He ekes out life inside a concrete drain, atop a pile of rubbish.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

In search of diverse fantasy

Fantasy faces the accusation of a lack of diversity both in characters and authors. Diversity of course is a word that in itself is becoming divisive - who defines what diversity means? What are the acceptable 'categories'? Who are the appointed gatekeepers? And whose diversity agenda is the most important or receives the most media attention?

For example, if I suggested my diversity card was that I identify as a 'White African', I rather suspect the responses would range between 'that concept doesn't exist' to 'oxymoron' to 'oh, that's interesting, but it isn't a REAL category.' But of course, following current trends, if I strongly identify with that category and rally enough support then at some point others simply have to accept that my mental state is cogent and legitimate. The forces behind these social movements are fascinating to watch as the world self-examines and tries to formulate exactly what diversity or identity mean.

Here, for example, is a list of African Fantasy novels. Driven by a rising awareness of 'black' SciFi such as the groundbreaking Black Panther movie conceived by Ta-Nehisi Coates we are starting to see new light shed on crucial issues of identity, colour and expression. Exploring these has always been the role of good fiction.

'Black Fantasy' most often refers to fantasy penned by black authors, or starring black main characters. It is a travesty of modern society that we require the label 'black' to signal the significance of certain diverse authors or characters. Should it matter that Coates is black? Yes and no. In a perfect world we'd see far greater representation of black or brown superheroes and would not even need to point out their or their author's colour or ethnic background. And - let's not be guilty of tokenism. This movie is not a checkbox marking off one issue, 'yes, covered that one, time to move on now'. It is not feel-good moment where we ourselves on the back and pretend racism does not exist. There is far more to do in #diversityandinclusion.

I recently watched 'The Impossible', the true story of a Spanish family caught in the horror of the 2004 tsunami. Despite the moving storyline, the directorial choice of an all-white cast presenting a Hispanic family's experiences without focusing greatly on the impact on the hundreds of thousands of Indonesians who perished ... did strike me as ironic and a lost opportunity. Does it only matter that a white family was endangered in this tragedy? Is that what sells cinema tickets best? 

As I seek to grow as an author and as a person, I challenge myself to pick up the diversity baton and charge forward.

You many not be aware that my epic fantasy The Dragon Librarian stars a blind main character. She was an incredible and inspiring challenge to write.

The Pygmy Dragon (cover left) tells the tale of a black Pygmy girl captured by slavers and sold as a zoo attraction. She's then kidnapped by a dragon - but still faces many challenges ahead due to her differences.

This brief blog post covers a few aspects of diversity. I'd welcome your thoughts and reading suggestions! And here's my challenge back to you - why not take a searching look at your reading pile (as I do mine), and consider how diverse it is? Pick up a DIFFERENT book today. Be that person who includes.