Cover reveal for Thunderlight Book2 of The Dragonian Series by Adrienne Woods

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Title: Thunderlight
Series: The Dragonian Series, book 2
Genre: young adult fantasy
Publisher: Fire Quill Publishers
Release Date: 21 November 2014

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Book Description:
Vibrant, scale swathed wings… Abilities that can be harnessed by a chosen few… Dragons…
All this may seem like old news, but for sixteen year-old Elena Watkins the world of Paegeia is not finished revealing all its secrets. During a summer break intended for relaxation, she discovers that her harrowing adventure to retrieve the King of Lion sword wasn’t the destiny foretold by the cryptic Viden, a dragon with the ability to see a person’s true fate. The words inked onto the page of the mysterious Book of Shadows remains black and Elena must return to Dragonia Academy to discover their true meaning.
Upon her return to the magnificent castle she has to face a challenge of a different kind, keeping her boyfriend Lucian McKenzie, the Prince of Tith and love of her life, away from the dangerous new student, Paul Sutton. As a Wyvern, Paul has made it his mission to claim Elena as his rider but he is proving to be more perilous than at first glance.   
Everyone knew that Wyverns were bad news, and just as evil as the darkness that lurked inside Blake Leaf, the Rubicon forced to fight against his inner nature every day. But Elena can see a small light lurking in the darkness, a destiny still unfulfilled; to prove that Wyverns can be claimed. 
Will Lucian’s dark secret about Wyverns and Elena’s need to prove their true nature cause their love to be torn apart? And which of Elena’s friends will be sacrificed this time if she is wrong?

Excerpt:
Chapter One
Castle of Etan
Anger, betrayal, and hate turned my stomach acid, it consumed my mind and I watched as bottles, papers and books on the desk, flew off and crushed to the floor.
A maid rushed to my side. She didn’t say anything, but her eyes reflected fear. The dustpan in her hand trembled as she started to sweep up the jagged shards of glass. Rising from the floor she began to straighten the books that had fallen to the floor in a heap. Every few seconds I would notice her eyes dart nervously in my direction as if a mere breath would make me lash out as her with my outstretched hand.
I touched her face gently until my hand reached her neck, tightening slowly as my anger began to rise once again. My grip tightened around her soft, shapely neck as I lifted her up from her position on the floor at my feet. Listening carefully I could hear her heart fluttering like a bird trapped inside a cage.
“How did I become this way?” I thought, giving voice to my reality softly.
She just stared at me with round, brown unblinking eyes. Her eyes were sunken deep into the surface of her face and her cheek bones were sharply defined.
Looking at her sullen face made me feel worse. I lifted up my other hand and struck the woman hard across her cheek.
A cry left her mouth and I threw her from me as if she weighed nothing. She skidded across the floor landing in a heap against a wall of cold, unforgiving stone. If I was a dragon I would blast fire, redeem this wretched place to a pile of insignificant ashes.
Two other maids, hearing the startled cry, rushed into the room. Their eyes were wide as they took in the room and the immobile heap near the far wall. “Sorry, me lord,” the older one said. “She’s new, we will train her better.”
They picked up the maid who had come too and begun sobbing. She clutched the side of her face, cover the huge red hand print where I struck her.
I nodded. The old maid knew her place well, although I still didn’t care for her name, she knew where she stood.
I plunged myself down onto the chair and closed my eyes. A silent roar growled inside of me lighting a fire of rage deep in my core.
The girl had made it.
The Rubicon saved her life, so a part of him was still fighting me. I could still see her eyes searching mine. They bore into my soul, seeking answers. How was this possible! The wall wouldn’t allow any human to go to the other side.
Albert’s laughter echoed inside the castle; a startling reminder that good would always win. He would pay dearly for this. I would find a way, but I promised she wouldn’t live much longer.
I got up, rubbed my face hard and let the emotion of my anger escaped my lips. The rage that emanated from deep within me overpowered the haunting laughter and echoed throughout the entire castle.
“Master,” Cain’s voice interrupted my thoughts.
“Speak my loyal servant,” I said out loud. “What is the news?”
“Everything is in place. We won’t fail you,” his voice said in my head.
I closed my eyes, took a deep breath and let it out hard. “We’ll see.”

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Guestpost by Deborah Jay, author of The Princes Man

Thanks Adrienne for inviting me to be guest blogger here today. I’m guessing that your readers come here looking for their next fantasy fix – er, book.

I’m a massive fantasy fan – I only wish I could read faster. I believe it’s really important that authors are readers too, despite the challenge of fitting it all into too few hours in the day.

As a writer, one of the things I love most about fantasy is the versatility it offers: it can be mixed with other genres, and used to explore pretty much whatever we want – personalities, mysteries, murders, relationships, art, society, history – you name it, fantasy can take us there.

Me, I like spy stories. There are oodles of great spy stories within the fantasy genre, and I decided that one of my favorite spies was in need of a fantasy make-over.

Have you ever wondered who James Bond might become if his creators ever allowed his character to develop?

I have.

James Bond meets Lord of the Rings was my concept for THE PRINCE’S MAN. Tall order? Maybe, but it worked.

Rustam Chalice (known to his friends as Rusty – and yes, before you ask, I did miss the fact that this made him Rusty Chalice – I feel a corroded cup joke coming on somewhere in the next book) starts out as a vain, self-obsessed but brilliant James Bond-esque spy.

But in trying to prevent a coup fuelled by illegal magic, Rusty’s perfect life unravels.
Writers are always exhorted to ‘kill your darlings’, and I freely admit that, short of physically killing him, I threw everything at Rusty, breaking down his vanity, his way of life and his very deepest beliefs, putting him through the wringer until he emerged the other side as a different person – one with humanity and humility.

One who could finally allow himself to love, and be loved.
I’ve heard other writers agonize over the pain they must inflict on their characters, mental and physical. Not me. Out of conflict and suffering, we learn and grow.

Don’t get me wrong, I’d love an idyllic life without pain of any sort, but sadly that’s not real life, and if we (and our characters) can learn, grow and come to a level of personal fulfilment, then that’s making the most of whatever life (and authors) throw at us.
Perhaps the James Bond scriptwriters would like to let me loose on their next script.
Or perhaps not.
What do you think?

THE PRINCE’S MAN is on special offer, at $0.99 19th – 22nd June (normal price $3.99)

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If you’d like to find out more about THE PRINCE’S MAN and read a snippet, please mosey on over to my blog at: http://deborahjayauthor.com/the-princes-man/

Blurb
Rustam Chalice, hedonist, dance tutor, gigolo and spy, loves his life just the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, the spy master, Prince Hal, teams him up with a beautiful assassin who despises him.
Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.
They must also keep alive a sickly elf they need as a political pawn. But when the elf reveals that Rustam has magic of his own, he is forced to question his identity, his sanity and worst, his loyalty to his prince.
For in Tyr-en, all magic users are put to death.

THE PRINCE’S MAN is the first in The Five Kingdoms series, but can be read as a stand-alone novel.

Author bio
Deborah Jay writes fast-paced fantasy adventures featuring quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.
Living mostly on the UK South coast, she has already invested in her ultimate retirement plan – a farmhouse in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands where she retreats to write when she can find time. Her taste for the good things in life is kept in check by the expense of keeping too many dressage horses, and her complete inability to cook.
Her debut novel, epic fantasy THE PRINCE’S MAN, first in a trilogy and winner of a UK Arts Board award, was published in July 2013, with THE PRINCE’S SON due out in 2014.
Urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, published in December 2013 is the opening novel of the projected five book CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES.
She also has non-fiction equestrian titles published in her professional name of Debby Lush.

Find out more about Deborah at http://deborahjayauthor.com/ or follow Deborah on twitter https://twitter.com/

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Kind Wishes,
Adrienne Woods

Release day for Aranya, Book 1 of the Shapeshifter Dragons Series by Marc Secchia

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Title: Aranya
Author: Marc Secchia
Series: Shapeshifter Series
Paperback, 454 pages
Published by Amazon CreateSpace
ISBN 1499773595 (ISBN13: 9781499773590)
edition language English

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Chained to a rock and tossed off a cliff by her boyfriend, Aranya is executed for high treason against the Sylakian Empire. Falling a league into the deadly Cloudlands is not a fate she ever envisaged. But what if she did not die? What if she could spread her wings and fly?

Long ago, Dragons ruled the Island-World above the Cloudlands. But their Human slaves cast off the chains of Dragonish tyranny. Humans spread across the Islands in their flying Dragonships, colonising, building and warring. Now, the all-conquering Sylakians have defeated the last bastion of freedom–the Island-Kingdom of Immadia.

Evil has a new enemy. Aranya, Princess of Immadia. Dragon Shapeshifter

Buy your copy now,

Good Luck with Aranya, Marc and all the best.

Kind Regards,
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Hallowed Ink Press Presents: Dead of Night cover reveal by Carlyle Labuschage

Title: Dead of Night

Author: Carlyle Labuschagne

Genre: Young Adult Dystopian Romance

Expected Release Date: October 2014

Publisher: Hallowed Ink Press

Blurb: 

In a dark and desolated After Earth, love still does exist, but the cost of bearing such a flaw is death.

World War III has left Earth in utter turmoil. People’s beliefs are said to be the cause of the worldwide destruction. After The Clearing new laws are set about – to show certitude in anything besides the law is weak and chargeable as mutiny. To be illogical and have faith in religion is illegal, to be limitless is dangerous. And Illness is seen as a defect – all flaws that are inexcusable.

But to love is the greatest betrayal of all mankind. It is a fault the world has long forgotten and punishable by death, a fatal risk Aecker and Opel are fully prepared to take – because in love there is freedom. But how far can they push back before it claims their lives and of those they care about?

Carlyle Labuschagne is a South African award winning author working her way into the hearts of international readers with her first two books in the Broken Trilogy. Her first young adult dystopian novel “The Broken Destiny” reached top 3 in its YA debut Category. The Sequel Evanescent won YATR literary award for best Sci-Fi book 2013. 

Her become a published author prgramme for students launched Feb 2014. 

She is not only an author, but works as a marketing manager by day. She holds a diploma in creative writing through the writing school at College SA. 

Carlyle loves to swim, fights for the trees, and is a food lover who is driven by her passion for life. Carlyle also writes for IU e-magazine India, an inspirational non-profit magazine that aims at inspiring the world through words. The drive behind her author career is healing through words. Carlyle is also the founder of the first annual book drive – Help Build A Library in Africa Project. And hopes to launch her very own Indie book festival in Johannesburg March 2015.

“My goal as an author is to touch people’s lives, and help others love their differences and one another.”

Author Links:

Goodreads * Amazon * Twitter * Web * Blog

Goodreads * Facebook * Web * Twitter

Kind Wishes

Adrienne Woods

Review for Flither Lass by Graham Higson

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Title: Flither Lass
Author: Graham Higson
Paperback / eBook, 302 pages
Published March 2014 by CreateSpace / Pin Publishing
ISBN 1495467678 (ISBN13: 9781495467677)
urlhttp://www.grahamhigson.com/books/flither-lass/

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In a small Yorkshire coastal fishing village, young Amy Trott, ignored or derided by most of the villagers, is devoted to her father. One stormy day, Amy’s life is torn apart when her beloved father is lost at sea. In her denial of events, she searches the sea and shore, convinced that he will return, but instead of her father she finds another refugee from the sea, on who she focuses all of her attentions. The trouble is, it is 1915 and the refugee is German …

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I am going to begin with the things I do not love. I don’t love anything World war related, I don’t love historical fictions and I don’t love it when children get’s abused in all forms.

However I did love everything Flither Lass had to offer. It had all the above that I didn’t love and I loved this novel. It follows Sixteen year Amy Trott and is set in 1915 World war I. She lives in a small fisherman village and her father, like with all daughters, is her entire world, where her mother is the evil one that abuses her.

Amy’s entire world is turned around when her father got lost at sea. Then she rescues a German soldier and hide him from everyone while she nurses him back to health.

This story toys with ones emotions, you laugh, you cry, you really feel compassion and Graham Higson has done it again. I read Oak Seer and fell in love with his writing, so without thinking about looking at what his second novel was about, I obviously wanted to read another of his stories and grab the opportunity.

All I can say is that you will fall in love with Graham’s writing, the way he describe things and the way his words speak into your soul and stay with you. His stories are beautiful written and you would really miss out on something truly amazing if you don’t get a copy of his work, especially Flither Lass soon.

Thank you for letting me review your work, Graham, and again, well done.

Kind Wishes,
Adrienne Woods