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Friday, September 30, 2016

Virtual Book Tour: The Blog Kit


Published on 19 Sep 2016
Virtual Book Tour Part 1: The Blog Kit

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Author Spotlight: Raven’s Fall by Lincoln Cole | Renee Writes

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Lincoln Cole with the second book in his World On Fire series, Raven’s Fall.

Lincoln Cole is a Columbus-based author who enjoys traveling and has visited many different parts of the world, including Australia and Cambodia, but always returns home to his pugamonster and wife. His love for writing was kindled at an early age through the works of Isaac Asimov and Stephen King and he enjoys telling stories to anyone who will listen. He has won more than twelve literary awards for his novels from Reader’s Favorite, Literary Classics, New Apple, and many other organizations. He has also reached the top #50 rank for all books in the Kindle store on Amazon and bestseller in many different categories.

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Abigail was arrested by the Council, and now she’s awaiting trial for the decisions she made leading up to and culminating in the events of Raven’s Peak. She is restless while she waits for answers and knows that there is a real threat outside their walls plotting to bring them down. Meanwhile, Haatim is getting a crash course in this world he only recently entered and finding out that nothing is as it seems. There are dark clouds on the horizon and it is coming whether they are prepared or not. Will they be able to weather this storm?

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As soon as Abigail stepped outside the house, she knew something was wrong. She no longer stood alone, although she couldn’t see anyone else around her in the immediate proximity. How could she know? Nevertheless, she felt certain.

Alert and alarmed, she slipped her gun loose and crept toward her car, scanning the area around the house. Dark and cloudy, she couldn’t see anything.

When she drew closer, Abigail noticed that the vehicle rested lower than it should have. Someone had slashed the tires.

Not waiting for the trap to spring on her, she sprinted to the right, running toward a fence leading into an old horse paddock. A shout came from behind, followed by a gunshot. Abigail ducked and dashed to the fence, climbed over it, and dove into the tall grass below.

Years of horses walking over the muddy terrain had made the ground uneven. Luckily, the grass stood several feet tall and disguised her entire body, especially with such little light.

Abigail landed hard and rolled, ducking into the grass as more shots fired behind her. She kept moving, crawling low through the grass and, occasionally, glancing back the way she had come.

Near her car, three people ran toward her. Although Abigail couldn’t recognize their faces, she knew them from the way they moved: Colton Depardieu, Jack Wright, and Anong Sao.

It looked like they had come to finish what they had started back in Lausanne. Colton raised his pistol and fired into the grass. The shot fell behind her, but not as far away as she would like.

Abigail flinched, ducked again, and continued crawling. On this breezy night, the grass wafted in the wind and masked her progress. She moved fast, staying low, and went another fifteen or so meters. When she checked again, her pursuers had made it through the gate and into the field. They combed the area slowly, spread out to fan the entire field, and worked their way toward her.

Abigail held onto her revolver. At the least, she could drop one of them from her hiding spot. Anong stood closest, oblivious to her. They hadn’t prepared for her to retaliate, and she could put a bullet in Anong and still (probably) crawl away without the other two being able to find her immediately.

However, she didn’t. These were Hunters, her brothers and sisters, and killing them felt … wrong.

Though she might well regret it, Abigail slipped her revolver away instead and belly-crawled through the weeds and toward the fence.

There, she found an opening that she could crawl under and slid outside the field. Abigail couldn’t see any other houses or vehicles in the area, but an old barn sat only fifty meters from her.

It looked like it had burnt up in a fire years ago, probably due to lightning or hooligans, and only half of it remained standing. Still, it gave better cover than nothing.

Abigail moved cautiously, crouching low, and made her way to the barn. Once there, she ducked inside, out of sight of the fields, and let out a quiet sigh.


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Thursday, September 29, 2016

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Virtual FantasyCon Coming in October! | Renee Writes

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Virtual FantasyCon is a fun and interesting online event happening in October and best of all it’s free. The location is your computer. You can drop by any day during the event and check out the booths for that day. There will be authors, bloggers, editors, artists, and publishers to list just a few. There will be a Cosplay booth, Blog Hop Hunt booth, panel discussions, and a new booth this year an Author Cache Sale booth (This booth is new and is only for the participating authors on the day of each event. Books on sale for $1.99 or 0.99 can list these books in the comment section below for guests to find and buy.) It is put together by lovely people like Carol March, Raven Williams, Denise Garrou, and others who have worked behind the scenes to make this event happen.
It’s a place to catch up on your favorite author and discover new authors. There is epic fantasy, urban fantasy, dark fantasy, children’s fantasy, and YA fantasy to name just a few of the different types of authors that will have a booth during the event.
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One of the authors attending is Debbie Manber Kupfer, and she has shared a guest post as a preview to the upcoming events:

Ladybugs and Werecats

ladybugMy fascination with Shapeshifters started at a young age. When I was eight years old I turned into a ladybug. I imagined what it would be like to live inside such a tiny spotty frame, how it would feel to contract and to fly. I wrote the story and sent it off to the Puffin Post and a few months later was thrilled to find my name in the magazine with a mention for my ladybug story.
And so it began. Shifter stories have always held power for me. Maybe because it seems like the perfect escape, perfect way to hide and while it was fun to get inside the head of that ladybug, in truth that would not be such a useful form to choose. Too easy to get squished. No, if I were to choose a form it would have to be a cat – my favorite animal and one that is oh so versatile. A cat shifter can blend into the shadows.
In the P.A.W.S. universe there are three kinds of cat shifters (so far). Shapeshifters like Miri and her grandparents received their magic from charms of silver that were passed on through the generations. Animagi, like Danny and Lilith, choose cat forms for their versatility and adaptability, and sometimes their sharp teeth and claws. And then there are the werecats.
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The first werecat was Griddlebone. He was created by a Nazi scientist as a weapon, but cats don’t like to be controlled and Griddlebone escaped and joined forces with the resistance and a whole new community of werecats were born. We first meet Griddlebone in his origin story in Sins of the Past, but will delve deeper into his character and the community he created in Umbrae (P.A.W.S. 3). All being well this should be out in early 2017.
I hope you’ll all come along for the journey – and like Griddlebone is fond of saying remember to Never Underestimate a Cat!

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Book Review: The Shadow Stalker Part 1 | The Legacy of Evorath

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Recognizing the importance of book reviews to attracting new readers, I have decided to start better utilizing my blog space. Since I am already reading a variety of other books in the fantasy genre, why not review them. In this case, Secret Realms Reviews & Services is running a blog tour for a fellow author, Renee Scattergood. After downloading a free copy of her first book, I am here to tell you all about what I think. Please note, I have actually prepared review guidelines, but seeing as this is my first go at it, I am not sure I will stick to them 100%. Regardless, here are a couple of things to remember. First, I downloaded this for free from Amazon but have not received any compensation for this review. It is honest and unbiased (or at least as unbiased as any review can be. Humans are inherently biased, but I like to think I can be pretty level-headed). Second, the review is broken up into two parts. The first part has no spoilers, the second part may. In this case, I don’t think it will, but it may. Without further ado, please consider my review for The Shadow Stalkers Part 1, by Renee Scattergood. 

The Book Quality


Though there seems to be a myth out there that it is reserved to self-published authors, the truth is that the quality of books today are often lacking. When picking up any new book, I am always a bit nervous about what I am getting into. That nervousness flared up when I discovered that this book was written in first person. Generally, I don’t like first person stories. I like the 3rd person narrative better -it’s just a matter of taste. Despite that, I am glad to say that by the end of the first chapter I had not only gotten used to this perspective, but I very much enjoyed it. In fact, I think telling the story from the first person like this made it even better overall.
Moving past this initial concern, I am also happy to report that I didn’t find any blaring issues with the writing or editing. Everything was professionally written and edited and the story stuck together as a cohesive whole. One thing that I notice in authors today (sometimes myself as I write) is the tendency to try and switch perspective while writing. In this story, readers stick with the first person perspective throughout without any confusion of mischaracterization. Though I feel like I ought to say more, there really isn’t much else to say. As far as quality is concerned, this was on point.

The Story Quality

In my mind, a story is a definite win if it can suck you in within the first chapter. In this case, Scattergood does an extraordinary job of sucking you in the first few pages. The book starts out really strong, introducing the main character (Auren) and her adoptive father, Kudo. Through a quick dream sequence, readers are brought into Auren’s world and get a glimpse of what the future holds. This strong start is maintained in the first few chapters as this fantastic world unfolds around the reader. As you read more into the story, it becomes easy to get in the shoes of Auren and feel her disdain for the Galvadi Empire.
Of course, there is more to a story than just the world it takes place in and the perspective the character offers. In this first book, Scattergood continues to demonstrate a real knack for the craft by including all of those elements. The book has great pacing, likable characters, and a fair bit of adventure and suspense. Personally, I don’t count this as a negative, but I wasn’t overly surprised by anything within the story. Then again, I am pretty keen on spotting endings before they come, so you may well find yourself surprises with some of the events that unfold. Overall, I’d say that story is superb.

Overall Rating

Sometimes, I am hesitant to give a rating. In this case, I have no qualms declaring that this is a 5-star read. I found myself very interested in the characters, the plot, and the world that Renee introduces in The Shadow Stalkers. I am excited to get my hands on the next book and glad to be a part of this book tour. If you are looking for a fantasy read with some sci-fi/futuristic elements to it, you won’t find many options out there that can compare with this.

About the Author

Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn’t start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy, and she’d dabbling with paranormal thrillers under a pen name.
She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God’s Deception.
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Renee’s Author Spotlight: http://reneesauthorspotlight.blogspot.com.au/
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Cover Reveal: Blood and Bile | Joshua Robertson

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Fantasy Art Wednesday | Allison D. Reid

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Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Wednesday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing!

This week’s artwork has me peering into the shadows for signs of fairies–I can imagine they would hang out in a place like this. But really, what draws me is that arch at the center. Though it is formed from elements in the landscape, it seems purposefully made rather than natural. So why is it there? Is it simply a thing of beauty, or is there something magical about it?
My personal suspicion is that the archway is more than it appears to be…that if I walk through it, I won’t come out into that light filled clearing on the other side, but some other place entirely. The possibilities are limited only by my imagination; that archway could take me absolutely anywhere.  Where will it take you?
"The Blue Forest" by Cassiopeiaart
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One, Two Blood on My Shoe (Grimm Chronicles) (Volume 2)

When Gretel's stepmother sells her to the mysterious Madame Avery, she discovers just how far she'll go for happiness. Warning: Not your granny's fairy tale!

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Talking the Talk with Das Reboot Podcast


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Jack Spratt

Pease Pudding has been missing for nine days. Mr. Eencey Spider and Miss Maggie Muffet are hot on the trail with their prime suspect being Jack Spratt. Haunted by the death of his fiancée, Jack will do anything to please his wife, Joan. But, in the end, only one will be left to lick the platter clean.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Goblin Horde: October Nerdbox!


Published on 17 Sep 2016
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Medieval Monday: The Medieval Mill | Allison D. Reid

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Some of my recent posts have talked about the harvesting, threshing, and winnowing of grain, and how vital grains were as a food source in medieval times. But before grains could be used for baked goods and alcohol production, they had to be processed. For the most part, this happened at the local mill. There were two different types commonly used, depending on the climate and landscape; water, or wind.
watermill2It took a sizeable amount of money to build and maintain a mill. The entire building was basically a large machine, where water or wind powered a number of large gears that moved the grinding stones inside. Mill stones couldn’t be just any old stones. They had to have specific qualities, which often required that they be purchased and carted from quarries long distances away. Because the stones were so large, they might also have to be broken into pieces then reassembled at the mill using iron to hold them together. Mill stones were not completely flat. Grooves were chiseled into the stones to help with the grinding process, but also to move the ground grain outward from the center where it could be collected and bagged. Once mill stones were properly assembled and chiseled (“dressed”), they were set in place, balanced with weights, and spaced with the help of gears.
watermill-photoBuilding the mill was not the only difficulty millers faced. It was also their job to make sure it ran at the right speed. When the flow of water, or the force of wind, varied, the miller had to make adjustments. If the mill ran too fast, the friction between the stones would become too great and the resulting heat would ruin the grain. If the mill ran too slowly, or stopped completely, so did production. For water mills, ice blocking the flow of water was a constant problem in winter. Ice could also damage or destroy the water wheel, as could floods. Drought in summer was also a common problem that could stop all work at the mill. People were well advised to keep extra grain on hand for times when the mill was not running.
windmillIt is not surprising that for the most part, mills were built by wealthy lords or monasteries. In exchange for the expense and responsibility of constructing, maintaining, and running the required number of mills for each community, the people were obligated to support the mill by taking their grain to it and paying one sixteenth of their harvest in payment for its usage. Sometimes households got around this by keeping a small hand mill, but often such hand mills were forbidden.
The position of miller, especially in rural settings, was typically hereditary. He was considered a serf under the lord, and not a free man. Millers were notorious for being dishonest–sometimes stealing from the grain they were entrusted with, or collecting inflated toll payments. The lord’s grain, of course, was ground for free and took priority over that of anyone else.
Mills were used for other purposes besides grinding grain. They were also used to extract oil from things like nuts, seeds, or olives. In places where there was a large wool industry, mills were used for the fulling process. Windmills had another surprising purpose as a defensive device used against attacking armies. Their immense height allowed them to be used as a lookout tower, or even as a fort. Sometimes they were even built directly onto a castle tower.

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