Thursday, June 16, 2016

FREE books! :) And they're bestsellers ...

Every now and again I like to run a surprise special and today, you can steal a copy of Dragon Thief for the memorable price of ... totally FREE. Careful, though. This treasure bites.

Secondly, you can pick up a copy of my bestselling African historical fantasy book, Shioni of Sheba: The Enchanted Castle, for absolutely nothing whatsoever - well, apart from a promise of rollicking adventure in the unforgettable Simien Mountains. Yes, you will pick up a free trip to ancient Sheba where dragon lore abounds, adventures come with a puff of red African dust, and our heroine Shioni will steal your heart.

Both specials are short-run (4 days) so pick up your copies now! Tell a friend!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

New release! The Horse Dreamer

It's here! Time to dream in epic colours with Zaranna, the Horse Dreamer. I invite you to experience the beautiful, tempestuous world of Equinox, and an adventure beyond imagination.

I wrote this book with my eldest daughter. We had enormous fun creating the different characters and creatures in the world of Equinox, which is dominated by equine life-forms such as Pegasi, Storm-Horses, Magma Horses, Equipedes ... it's a long list!

The Horse Dreamer is a Young Adult epic fantasy for the horse-lover in you. Suitable for all ages, this is a clean, exciting read. Oh, we may have sneaked in a few dragons . And an evil wizard or three, deadly swamps, world-spanning storms, a human chameleon, water horses, an air slide, epic battles and a few other surprises.

Here's the description of the book:

Trapped in a car wreck, crushed by a train. In seconds, Zaranna’s world is torn apart and she must start life anew, as a survivor. A double amputee. 

Yet why does this promising equestrienne remember a flash of sulphurous fire, and a crimson paw hurling her mother’s car onto the train tracks? Why does a tide of beguiling butterflies flood her increasingly chaotic dreams? 

As Zaranna Inglewood adjusts to life minus legs, plus gorgeous Alex, the paramedic who cut her body from the wreckage, she learns the terror of being hunted. Relentless and inimical, the enemy lures her to a world where dreams shape reality. Equinox. A world of equinoctial storms; lashed by titanic forces of magic, dominated by the Pegasi and their centuries-old enmity with Human Wizards and the Dragons. This is a world where a girl can Dream her destiny. Where her soul can fly, or be chained forever. 

She is Zaranna, the Horse Dreamer. Survivor. Fighter. A girl who doesn’t need legs to kick an evil fate in the teeth. All she needs is courage–the courage to Dream.

Purchase The Horse Dreamer now at Amazon in Kindle.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Release Week Blitz: Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles #2) by Intisar Khanani with Giveaway

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Hello readers! Welcome to the Release Week Blitz for
Memories of Ash (The Sunbolt Chronicles #2)
by Intisar Khanani
Fantasy lovers, this one's for you! Love magic, look no further!
And you definitely need to check out the awesome giveaway found below.

Happy Book Birthday Intisar!
Let's celebrate everyone!!

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In the year since she cast her sunbolt, Hitomi has recovered only a handful of memories. But the truths of the past have a tendency to come calling, and an isolated mountain fastness can offer only so much shelter. When the High Council of Mages summons Brigit Stormwind to stand trial for treason, Hitomi knows her mentor won’t return—not with Arch Mage Blackflame behind the charges.
Armed only with her magic and her wits, Hitomi vows to free her mentor from unjust imprisonment. She must traverse spell-cursed lands and barren deserts, facing powerful ancient enchantments and navigating bitter enmities, as she races to reach the High Council. There, she reunites with old friends, planning a rescue equal parts magic and trickery.

If she succeeds, Hitomi will be hunted the rest of her life. If she fails, she’ll face the ultimate punishment: enslavement to the High Council, her magic slowly drained until she dies.
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Title: Memories of Ash
Series: The Sunbolt Chronicles, Book Two
Author: Intisar Khanani
Cover Designer: Jenny Zemanek
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: May 30, 2016
Publisher: Purple Monkey Press

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“It needs a meal,” the mage says, voice rasping, “and it won’t be me.” He yanks me off balance. I cry out, jerking away from him and lashing out with my glowstone. I manage to smack him hard across the face, but then his boot comes between my feet. For a sickening moment I teeter on the edge of the stairs.

Get back!

I barely register the words ringing in my mind before the mage shoves me, hard. I swallow a scream, throwing my arms up to shield my head as I fall. I slam down the stairs, bouncing toward the mass of tentacles.

Feet first—get your feet first!

I follow the shouted advice mindlessly, twisting my body as I come to a stop amidst a tangle of three or four great tentacles.

Don’t move.

Someone is talking inside my head, and it’s not me. Somehow, that’s almost worse than lying surrounded by the talons of a nightmare monster. Almost.



OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES:

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The winding streets and narrow alleys of Karolene hide many secrets, and Hitomi is one of them. Orphaned at a young age, Hitomi has learned to hide her magical aptitude and who her parents really were. Most of all, she must conceal her role in the Shadow League, an underground movement working to undermine the powerful and corrupt Arch Mage Wilhelm Blackflame.
When the League gets word that Blackflame intends to detain—and execute—a leading political family, Hitomi volunteers to help the family escape. But there are more secrets at play than Hitomi’s, and much worse fates than execution. When Hitomi finds herself captured along with her charges, it will take everything she can summon to escape with her life.
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Intisar Khanani

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. Born in Wisconsin, she has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. She first remembers seeing snow on a wintry street in Zurich, Switzerland, and vaguely recollects having breakfast with the orangutans at the Singapore Zoo when she was five. She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio, with her husband and two young daughters.

Until recently, Intisar wrote grants and developed projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. Intisar's current projects include a companion trilogy to Thorn, following the heroine introduced in her free short story The Bone Knife, and The Sunbolt Chronicles, an epic series following a street thief with a propensity to play hero when people need saving, and her nemesis, a dark mage intent on taking over the Eleven Kingdoms.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spring into Fantasy - Giveaway!


We're at it again!

This time 28 great Fantasy Authors have banded together to bring you an awesome prize.
What prize?

Maybe I should've said PRIZES! 

That's right, the winner of this giveaway gets a $50 Amazon.com certificate AND an ebook bundle of 28 wonderful flinch free fantasy novels.

Why flinch free? We're all members of the Clean Indie Reads Site which means while not all our books are for children, you won't find anything more graphic than a low PG-13 rating. So if you're a parent with active teen readers or just enjoy your fiction without a lot of graphic violence, sex, or language, this is a great giveaway for you to enter.

Also, did I mention these books are fantasy?

That's right! Magical worlds, mythical creatures, and marvelous adventures, at your fingertips. 



You can enter using the rafflecopter below. 



Saturday, April 16, 2016

Dragonfriend takes Fantasy Gold

I'm delighted to announce that Dragonfriend took Gold in the Fantasy Ebook category in the 2016 IPPY book awards. You can see the full list of awards here: IPPY Awards announcement.

Dragonfriend is the earliest book in my Island-World chronology which now spans 7 bestselling dragon novels. I am currently working on the third volume of this series, called Dragonsoul. Lots of surprises and battles planned!

Thank you to those who have asked for print versions of Dragon Thief and The Onyx Dragon. I've completed the interior design for these and have engaged the excellent Vicki of Blue Valley Author Services to do the cover work based on the existing artwork. These print books should be available shortly.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Dragonsoul is coming ...


Back at it! I'll hopefully be posting up photos from my trip around northern Ethiopia on my blog soon. Today, I wrote the first words of Dragonsoul, part #3 of Dragonfriend. They are:
"She's dying."
I've a rip-roaring adventure planned for you! I've been looking forward to writing this tale for months now, making despicable plans for the antagonists until they meet their deserved ends and our triumphant MC's fly into an Island-World suns-set together ... yes, I'm a sucker for a happy ending. 'Nuff said!
Between, there will be dragons, battles, soul-searching, adventure, Dragon lore, romance and a very special surprise for those of you who loved a certain character in Dragonfriend Book #1. Not to mention the wakening of a rogue Ancient Dragon mentioned in The Onyx Dragon, the genesis of the Dragon Rider tradition, a ride down a frozen nostril and an unlikely cavalier rescue.
I hope to provide high entertainment, thrills aplenty, wild Dragon battles above and below the Cloudlands, and oh, there's that little detail about how white dragonets turn up in Immadia in Aranya's time. And we lose the Lost Islands. That's why they're "lost", right?
Challenge: fit all of that into one book!