Saturday, June 17, 2017

Preorder live - The Girl who Swam with Whales

I'm delighted to announce the forthcoming release of the third book in my bestselling IsleSong series, The Girl who Swam with Whales on July 22nd, 2017.

In this tale Zhialeiana will confront the Sea-Witch - but not all is as it seems! The link between the dragon-worlds of Aranya and Dragonfriend, and the water-world of IsleSong, comes to life in this third volume in a plot twist you will not see coming.

When strength fails, will love prevail?

Betrayed. Hunted by the Whales for the power of her Song. Snatched away from all she holds dear, Zhialeiana must journey to the farthest shores of the World-Sea, where she will confront the ultimate power of the age, the Sea-Witch and her draconic minions.

Forsaking all else to the farewell of life-currents,
My soul’s boundaries expanded,
My grief ne’er sweeter,
Thus, we parted.


Yet, many dark secrets swirl within the life-current of a girl with the power to touch souls. Legends will rise. The darkness will resist. Ten thousand leagues of uncrossable ocean separate Zhialeiana from her destiny. At the end, she will suffer for the crimes of all humanity. Yet what is her true nature? Why are the great mountains riven, and the oceans exposed to the dominion of Dragons? What is the enigma of the ancient Queen of Fire and Eternity?

Nothing is as it seems. Only a journey into the very soul of darkness will reveal all, and in the crucible of tragedy and fate, Zhialeiana’s love will be put to the ultimate test.

Thus the worlds of Islesong and Dragon joined together, and Water and Cloud became one.

Swim with Zhialeiana into a new adventure as she comes to grips with her destiny!

Pre-order on Kindle The Girl who Swam with Whales 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Junicorn Giveaway!


It's June and that means it is time to celebrate the majestic Unicorns. Seven authors from the Fellowship of Fantasy have banded together to bring you this awesome giveaway. What's more, you have double the chance to win because we will have ...

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Another day, another new release! The Night of the Hyenas (Shioni #6)

"Down, you mangy curs!" Ah, that has to be Shioni taking on Kalcha's hyena-men in the 6th book of the Shioni of Sheba series, released today! Full of surprises, secrets and the magic of ancient Ethiopia, this is one book you won't want to miss. Even if it comes with scabby hyenas. Available on Kindle to purchase or free on Kindle Unlimited.

Hyenas are of course a classic choice of villain for African stories, for good reason. They slink, they stink, and they are very dangerous indeed. A hyena's bite is over 5 times stronger than your bite. While they prefer their meals dead or at least dying, dining niceties will not stop a hungry hyena.

Kalcha has been busy brewing up a new set of nasty surprises for Shioni and her friends in this 6th volume of my bestselling Shioni of Sheba series, a truly African adventure set in the heart of the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia. Old friends and old worlds collide in this volume as we move closer to finding out who Shioni really is and where she comes from. I think you'll enjoy the surprises I have in store for you in this volume and the next, which is planned to complete Shioni's tale.

Giants? Check.
Dragons lurking? Check.
Adventure? Double-check with strawberry sauce on top.
Magic? Of course!

What more are you waiting for? Saddle up, because I have a story for you!

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Whisper Alive! New surprise release ...

Announcing Whisper Alive, my new surprise release! Discover the power of a Whisper. When an evil warlock conjures his own nemesis, sparks will fly! Available on Kindle now.
“Malevolence ignited her embryonic awareness. An inchoate, unspoken cry echoed from the depths of her soul: I am alive!” Conjured by the sadistic Warlock Sanfuri, Whisper faces a stark choice. Run with his message, or die. Beaten. Maimed. Bound by the Warlock’s unbreakable magical imperative, Whisper is forced to navigate the tortuous pathways of a labyrinth twenty miles deep, riven by Dragon-infested canyons and scorched by sunstrike. Now, she must use her unique Whisper skills to forge a path across the Sundering’s devastation and blaze a trail to Arbor, the City of Blue – dooming its Human population to the onslaught of Sanfuri’s Dragon army. Dying would solve everything. Or, she could refuse to be silenced, and make Sanfuri regret leaving a Whisper alive. Whisper is a magical enigma of yore, and the last of her kind. Runner. Wayfinder. Saboteur extraordinaire. Snarky defier of evil Warlocks and Dragons. Armed with little but a never-say-die attitude and the quickest paws in the canyons, Whisper chooses to run for her life. For all life. Thus, the legend is born. Whisper Alive!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ocean fantasy - new release! (Islesong #2)

Pirates, Sea-Dragons and oceanic fantasy!

It's new release time again and I'm delighted to present for your reading pleasure, The Girl who Loved the Whales, the second volume in my Islesong series. Now, please remember that the first volume is in its second edition - you need to read the last 3 chapters of The Girl who Sang with Whales (at least) or you may be confused. Please update your Kindle.

This tale is a journey from darkness into light, a formative and ultimately beautiful revelation of Zhialeiana's background and origins, and features another gorgeous cover from Victorine Lieske.

Swim away with The Girl who Loved the Whales today!

(Sneaky confession: I have already finished drafting book 3 as well - that's coming soon too)

Singer of Sea-Dragons. A terrible secret possesses her soul. Yet, the journey into darkness has barely begun. For the powers of nightsong, of dread and terror and pain, have laid claim upon the life-current of a girl with a matchless gift.

’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?


Friday, March 3, 2017

Keepers of the Wellsprings: Guest Post

In today's guest post I am delighted to introduce the work of Missy Sheldrake, an author/illustrator of no small talent, author of The Keepers of the Wellsprings epic fantasy. The artwork is simply gorgeous - here's a picture of one of the characters, Flit:


 
Now, without further ado, let's hear from Missy herself:

I’m so excited to announce the fourth book in my Keepers of the Wellsprings series: Call of Hywilkin, which will be released on Amazon March 3! If you haven’t read the previous books yet, read on for a quick crash course on the series.

On release day, March 3, I’’ll be offering books 1-3 free to celebrate the release of book 4! (Marc says: Over here)
  
When I started writing and illustrating this series, I really wanted to tell a story that was rich with fantasy, but not overly dark or mired with war and violence. I wanted to show the light side of fantasy: the cheerful, magical, uplifting side which I always drink up whenever it emerges in a story, and which always seems to be so fleeting in fantasy tales. I wanted to tell a story that would capture the hearts of young and old alike. Don’t get me wrong, my books aren’t void of conflict and evil. There is mild violence and not-so-mild wickedness, but it’s those moments in my stories which are the fleeting ones. In the pages of my books, you will find fairies, Mages, Paladins, Elves, Dreamwalkers, Princes and Princesses, and even dragons. You’ll travel through a world rich with magic and wonder. You’ll make new, unforgettable friends.

In Call of Kythshire, you’ll learn all about Cerion, a seaside kingdom which has celebrated peace for over a century. You’ll meet His Majesty’s Elite, a guild that is the right hand adventuring team of King Tirnon Plethore, and you’ll join Azi Hammerfel, a young squire who has grown up within the guild’s halls, through disappointments and triumphs. By her side is Rian, her childhood friend, an Apprentice of the Mage Academy. You’ll meet Flit, a fairy from Kythshire, who is as tricky as any fairy you might imagine, but has a depth of character and a sense of purpose uncommon for a typical fairy. You’ll see her world unfold, and feel the evil threat of Sorcery that looms, waiting to destroy it. You’ll learn a little about the Wellsprings, but not too much--their existence and workings are a well-protected secret. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Kythshire.)

In Call of Sunteri, you’ll meet the strong-willed slave boy, Tib, who makes his first appearance as he escapes from the grips of Sorcery in the desert continent of Sunteri. He has help crossing the vast oceans to reach Cerion, but he doesn’t realize it at first. A mysterious being speaks to his mind, controlling his thoughts and making suggestions to ensure his own survival. In the meantime, Azi has been given the task of escorting the Prince of Cerion and his wife-with-child to the lakeside Kordelya Castle as the prince faces suspicion and ridicule after the events of Call of Kythshire. But a darker force emerges from the Dreaming, whose wicked intent is to use any means necessary to escape its prison and claim the magic of the Wellsprings for his own. In this book, you’ll see the devastating effects of the overuse of magic, and what it does to the Wellsprings and the creatures who thrive around them. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Sunteri.)

In Call of Brindelier, a dark force looms, more powerful and destructive than any threat Azi and her guild have yet faced. You’ll follow Celli, a scrappy street fighter, as she is enticed into the grips of a powerful Sorcerer. You’ll watch Tib come into his own as he sneaks through the streets of Cerion, uncovering the darkness while also working on a mysterious project. You’ll follow Azi on a quest set by Princess Margary to find proof of Brindelier, a city in the clouds which is the key to all of the Wellsprings in the Known Lands. But Margy is not the only one interested in Brindelier. A dark force has been gathering, poised to claim it for their own. Control over the Wellsprings hangs in the balance. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Brindelier.)

In Call of Hywilkin, Azi and Rian find themselves on an urgent quest to Hywilkin, a harsh land of ice and snow reigned by heartless men with no trust in kindness or beauty, and a cruel intolerance for magic of any kind.
Lurking in the far corners of the world, the Sorcerers of Dusk threaten their quest, weaving darkness into their hearts and minds. In Brindelier, they lure Tib into their dangerous plots as he investigates the conspiring shadows of the city.Appealing to a Keeper of a Wellspring for an offering is no easy feat—especially in Hywilkin, where access to the abandoned magical Source remains forbidden. The Champions of Light must prevail, or Brindelier’s All-Source and all of the Known Lands will fall forever into the grips of Sorcery. (Click here to read an excerpt from Call of Hywilkin.)

This series is appropriate for all ages, but I recommend 13 and up due to some violent themes. There is no sex, swearing, or excessively graphic violence in the Keepers of the Wellsprings. Throughout the series, you’ll encounter daring sword fights, violent magical moments, and a few quick deaths.

Call of Hywilkin, the fourth book in the Keepers of the Wellsprings series, is now available on Amazon.

About the Author
Missy Sheldrake is an author/illustrator who has been conjuring images of fairies in one form or another since she was very young. The wind in the trees and the rich scent of forest earth are her most treasured sources of inspiration, and on most mornings you will find her wandering the wooded paths, dreaming of the next adventure she hopes to put to the page.
Missy was born in Connecticut and attended Western Connecticut State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Art with a concentration in painting and illustration. Even then, in her free time, she was writing. She moved to Northern Virginia several years ago and lives there now, on the outskirts of Washington D.C., with her true love and their son. She published her first novel, Call of Kythshire, in March of 2015 and intends to keep writing as long as the fairies allow it.

LINKS
Call of Kythshire (Book One):
https://amzn.com/B00UVLQWGY
Call of Sunteri (Book Two):
https://amzn.com/B0187IG3HK
Call of Brindelier (Book Three):
https://amzn.com/B01FM8XR7W
Call of Hywilkin (Book Four)
https://amzn.com/B06WGNWLH9
Snowberry Blossom (Perma-free holiday short story):
https://amzn.com/B0196P041O

Website:
www.missysheldrake.com
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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)

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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



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