Sunday, December 11, 2016

Featured author / New release: Kandi J Wyatt

Dragon riders! Yes! Today I'd love to introduce you to a author Kandi J Wyatt who writes dragon adventures for Teens/Pre-Teens, and her Dragon Courage series. The first book is FREE and #6 in its genre category on Amazon, so why not launch aloft today?

Book 5 of the Dragon Courage series launched this week so if you enjoy the first, there's plenty to come:

Dragon's Posterity
Is there really a right way to braid leather? Ruskya doesn’t know anymore. Is it worth fighting over? Twenty-one winters ago, he was ready to take on the turquoise dragon rider, but now he fears facing his oldest son.

Kyn, Ruskya’s youngling, wonders if he’s going crazy when an image begins haunting his dreams. Soon, he realizes it may be the key to helping not only Ruskya and his son Ardyn, but all younglings and their trainers as they adjust to growing up.

Will Kyn be able to help Ruskya, Ardyn, and the other young riders? Follow your favorite characters from the exciting Dragon Courage series as they empower the next generation and give dragons to their posterity.

Let's tick a few boxes - Dragons! Dragon Riders! Courage! Erm ... did someone say DRAGONS?

Grab a Dragon here or start the series here.


Author Bio: 
  
Kandi J Wyatt is a wife, mother of five, teacher, artist, and author. In her free time, she enjoys writing fantasy stories and Christmas programs, and drawing with graphite and colored pencils. Portraits are her specialty. Kandi also enjoys photography, thanks to her photographer husband who has let her join his journey as both his model and apprentice, and she occasionally serves as his assistant when he needs a “light stand with feet.” To learn more, visit kandijwyatt.wordpress.com.








Saturday, November 26, 2016

New Release - Song of the Storm Dragon

Song of the Storm Dragon, Volume 3 of my Amazon bestselling Shapeshifter Dragons series roars away today - download a storm to your Kindle for $2.99 or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Hey, I'm impatient. Comes with the Italian ancestry :-) I just couldn't stand to sit (ha ha) on the finished files one moment longer than was necessary, so I hit the button 2 days early and we have - STORM! Enjoy the Dragonride!

About Song of the Storm Dragon:


The Storm is coming! The hegemony of Sylakia has been broken and freedom won, but at a shattering cost. Laid low by the vile Shapeshifter pox and Thoralian’s wiles, can Aranya rise again? For war sweeps Herimor at the touch of the Marshal’s evil claws, and he will stop at nothing to possess the ultimate power.

Now, the race is on to find the First Egg of the Ancient Dragons. Accompanied by her friends Zuziana and Ardan, and the magnificent Land Dragon Leandrial, the Star Dragoness must dive deep in her new quest. Cross the uncrossable Rift-Storm to Herimor. Stop Thoralian. Crush his ambitions. Only then will she be able to save her beloved Dragons.

Yet profound Dragon lore enshrouds her purposes. History beckons. What are the secrets of the powerful Dragonfriend and the tiny, lost Pygmy Dragoness? Why did the Dragons disappear? What became of the powerful Dragons of yore?

Arise, o Storm Dragoness! She is legend. She is the whisper of starlight upon Dragon scales. She is Aranya, and this is her song. The Song of the Storm Dragon.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Huge giveaway, $125 gift card + Books

Here's your chance to win a $125 Gift Card, 14 Paperback books or 15 eBooks ... another smashing giveaway from Ripley Patton - ENTER HERE

I'm really excited about this selection of wonderful books. Don't forget to add them to your reading list as well!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Il Drago Pigmeo! The Pygmy Dragon (Italian Edition)

"Ora, il coraggio della più piccola verrà sottoposto alla prova più grande. Perché Pip è il Drago Pigmeo, e questa è la sua storia ..." Il Drago Pigmeo! Italian friends, it's here! The Pygmy Dragon, the Italian edition of the first book of my bestselling Shapeshifter Dragons series!
Find it on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited here:
Pip è stata portata via dalla giungla in cui era nata, viene venduta al proprietario di uno zoo, e ora conosce solo un mondo circondato da sbarre, un mondo in cui un guerriero Pigmeo e il suo amico, una scimmia gigante, sono solo l’attrazione di uno zoo. Lei sogna di diventare Umana. Sogna di fuggire verso il mondo fuori da quella gabbia. 

Un giorno, il Drago Zardon la rapisce e la conduce a una nuova vita. Pip attraversa il Mondo delle Isole in volo sul Drago e arriva alla sua nuova scuola: una scuola dentro un vulcano. Una scuola dove gli Umani imparano a diventare Cavalieri del Drago. Ma questo è solo un piccolo assaggio del suo magico destino, perché i Draghi Assassini stanno per arrivare. Hanno attraversato la Fossa su un’Isola volante e il loro obiettivo è massacrare tutti i Draghi. 

Ora, il coraggio della più piccola verrà sottoposto alla prova più grande. Perché Pip è il Drago Pigmeo, e questa è la sua storia. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Horse Dreamer goes BookViral!

"The Horse Dreamer finds him at his very best ...  creating highly original storylines that really resonate with his readers" - The Horse Dreamer gallops onto BookViral. Click here to read the rest of this review:


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Dragonsoul release!

I'm pleased to announce the release today of Dragonsoul, the third volume in my bestselling Dragonfriend series, on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited.

Here's the blurb: 



Stricken. Dying. Laid low by the accursed Dragon Haters, Hualiama must confront the greatest powers of the age as Dramagon’s disciples encircle the ultimate prize–her. A girl born of fire, raised by Dragons and imbued with the terrible, corrupting power of ruzal. 

Now, portents fill the sky. Legendary armies fly to war. The prophesied comet crashes into the Island-World, bearing the spirit of a malevolent Ancient Dragoness, Numistar Winterborn. She will obliterate any that seek to thwart her ambitions–all the armies of Men and Dragons, the monstrous war-machine of Shinzen, Warlord of the Giants, and most especially, Hualiama and Grandion, the Tourmaline Dragon.

Epic powers collide in the worlds above and below the clouds. Can Hualiama forge a path, a new way, as the first Shapeshifter Dragoness? Can her forbidden love for Grandion flower amidst the smoke and ruin of war?

Yet she dances over Islands, forging a fate inimical to all evil. For this she was born. First of her kind. Heart of flame. Shapeshifter Dragon. Dragonsoul.

Purchase: Grab your next awesome Dragonride here!

Series note: Dragonsoul is the third book in the Dragonfriend series. The fourth book, Dragonstar is planned for release in early 2017. Dragonfriend is an epic fantasy series for Young Adult and older readers, set in the same world as Aranya and The Pygmy Dragon. Mighty dragons and unforgettable adventure await in a unique world above the clouds!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Countess Intrigue (New release, Regency Romance)

Today I'm delighted to play host to Wendy May Andrews with her new release, The Countess IntrigueEngaged to a rumored murderer – what’s a lady to do?

For a little taster, read on ...

The Countess Intrigue
By: Wendy May Andrews

The Countess Intrigue is a 60,000 word sweet, regency romance with a thread of suspense. It is a standalone sequel to The Duke Conspiracy.

During her second Season, Lady Elizabeth Castleton is found in a compromising situation with Lord Justice Sinclair, the Earl of Heath. Despite her attraction to him, she is dismayed to find herself betrothed to the man who is rumored to have killed his first wife. Her parents refuse to lend credence to the rumors, so she is soon married and on the way to her husband’s estate.

She cannot decide what to make of the handsome earl but after an attempt is made on her life, Elizabeth is terrified that history is about to repeat itself. She determines to find out once and for all if she is married to a murder.

Can she stay alive long enough to find her happily ever after?

Brief Excerpt:

The evening had already been harrowing with the abduction of her dearest friend from that very ballroom mere moments earlier, but it already felt like eons. After she had left it in the Duke of Wrentham’s hands there had been nothing she could do to help. She had no desire to stand about wringing her hands so she was making every effort to remain calm, keeping up appearances in order to prevent Rose’s absence from becoming common knowledge, in an effort to preserve her reputation. The last thing Elizabeth needed was to be seen conversing with the controversial earl. But despite every instinct shrieking for her to leave the man’s presence on the instant, she forced herself to meet his eye as she bade him good night.

His handsome face always made her blink. Well defined, with a sharp jaw and angular cheekbones. His skin looked smooth, as though he had just left the ministrations of his valet. His wide set eyes were a unique color, somewhere between blue and green, and leant an air of watchful intelligence to his beauty. She wondered if he found it amusing to be constantly faced with wide-eyed women or if he had become immune to it. Perhaps he took it as his due, Elizabeth thought absently, before she refocused her attention. She ought to be keeping her wits about her. Exhaustion from the evening’s turmoil was dulling her senses.

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About the Author:
Wendy May Andrews has been reading whatever she could get her hands on since the age of five. She has been writing for almost as long but hasn’t been sharing those stories with anyone but her mother until recently. Wendy lives in Toronto with her own real-life hero. When not writing or reading, they love to travel wherever the mood takes them.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Aranya - Chinese edition published

I'm delighted to announce the publication of the Chinese edition of Aranya, available on Amazon China.

Aranya is a US and UK Top 100 bestseller in Coming of Age Fantasy, rated 4.7* from 187 reviews.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Flare by Rabia Gale - Cover Reveal


Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

I'm delighted to reveal the cover for my upcoming release, Flare, Book Two of The Sunless World, an epic fantasy series with a steampunk flavor.

Flare COVER REVEAL
Rafe and Isabella are back
The mages of old saved their world, but left it in eternal darkness. Now it s time to bring back the light.

After two years of training his magical gifts, Rafe returns home to a land wracked by war. Desperate states struggle to protect their resources of luminous quartz. Magic pulses and earthquakes devastate a world on the brink of extinction.

Rafe's old enemy Karzov has gathered a band of prodigies obedient to his will. He seeks the power of the ancient mages for an audacious and sinister purpose. It's up to Rafe and his ally, Isabella, to stop him and undo the mistakes of the past to put their world right again.
Flare will be out in September 2016!

The Sunless World series

The Sunless World BLOG
"Quartz: The Sunless World introduces a rich and credible backdrop to the adventures of her characters, with a deadly political mire underlying the bright colours of high society." - By Rite of Word Reviews
"This story is fast, fascinating and highly recommended." - Amazon.com review
The Sunless World series begins with Quartz (Book One) and Flux (A Sunless World Novel).

About the Author

Rabia Gale Headshot I create weird worlds full of magic and machines, and write characters who are called on to be heroes. I'm fascinated by light and darkness, transformation, and things that fly. Giant squid and space dragons appear in my work you have been warned!

A native of Pakistan, I now reside in Northern Virginia, where I read, write, doodle, avoid housework, and homeschool my children.

Find me online at:
Website: http://www.rabiagale.com
Newsletter: http://www.rabiagale.com/thank-you/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rabiagalewriter
Twitter: https://twitter.com/rabiagale


Saturday, July 2, 2016

Huge YA Books giveaway - including Aranya

It seems to be giveaway month over here! :-) Today I have an awesome giveaway to share with you which includes 15 paperbacks, a huge $115 gift card or 8 ebooks! Here's a rundown of these tasty prizes:


Entry via Rafflecopter here:

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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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excerpt
“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!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Onyx Dragon is here!

Time to saddle up for your next crazy Dragonride, because The Onyx Dragon is here! The Onyx Dragon is my latest release and follows The Pygmy Dragon, a bestselling Dragon fantasy described by an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer as, "great, fun, wildly imaginative narrative" and by Stephen J Myers as "beautiful and moving."

This is a clean read suitable for teens and up and picks up directly from where The Pygmy Dragon left off as Pip and her friends set out across the Island-World in search of the secrets of her heritage, hoping for a miracle that will help them to defeat the Marshal of Herimor and his hordes of Dragon Assassins. Can Pip save her beloved Dragons, or will the fires of draconic life be snuffed out forever.

To celebrate I'm running a giveaway of another bestselling book, Dragonfriend - make sure you enter for your chance to win a complimentary copy!

My 7 dragon books have 450+ 5* reviews on Amazon overall and are all Top 100 Bestsellers - if you haven't discovered them yet, warm up your Kindle or borrow them on Kindle Unlimited! But be warned, they have been known to cause sleepless nights, heart palpitations and unrestrained laughter in empty rooms ... because I love to entertain my readers and to transport them to majestic fantasy worlds. Dive in! Dive deep!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Dragonfriend MP3-CD Giveaway on GoodReads!



Goodreads Book Giveaway


Dragonfriend by Marc Secchia

Dragonfriend

by Marc Secchia


Giveaway ends February 12, 2016.

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

January specials - book your dragonride now!

Just a quick note on deals running at the moment:

1. Shadow Dragon is on promo in the UK/US at 99c/99p respectively until Jan 27th. Shadow Dragon is the sequel to Aranya and is currently #4 in the US: purchase your discounted copy here

2. Aranya is 99p in the UK only, until 30th January. Tell a fantasy-loving friend! Aranya's currently #6 in the UK in its category. Your fabulous dragonride starts here.