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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Reader Interview: Vivienne's Thoughts on My Work! | Renee Scattergood

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I'd like to thank Vivienne for taking the time to give me her feedback on my Reader Interview and for all her support. Here's what she has to say:
Tell me a little about yourself:
I love reading fantasy, science fiction and historical novels in the main. I am from the UK and live in the south east of England. It's a nice part of the world. We have some decent towns, the seaside, the South Downs and the flatter parts of drained marshland known as the Levels'
My hobbies, apart from reading, are painting and drawing, crochet, cross stitch, card-making and tatting. I also knit and sew, making some of my own clothes if I can't find what I want in the shops.
Which of my books is your favorite?
All the Shadow Stalker books.
What did you like most about them?
It is well written and has an original plot.
What did you like least about that book?
Nothing
Who was your favorite character?
Makari
Is there anything else you'd like to share with other potential readers?
Renee Scattergood's books are most enjoyable and are well-written, which is not always the case nowadays.

Viv is also an author of fantasy, and you can check out her work here!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words…Or Maybe 100,000 | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:


IN MY LAST NEWSLETTER, I ASKED MY READERS FOR SOME ADVICE.

For those of you who don’t get my newsletter (or just haven’t voted yet) my survey is still open. What’s it all about, you ask?
My cover art for Into the Shadow Wood was custom made by a wonderful artist–and it’s gotten a lot of attention. Readers helped me choose from a couple different concept designs for that cover, and they were totally right!
Now I am considering redesigning my Journey to Aviad and Ancient Voices covers too, so that they match in style and quality. I would release them when my next book is finished.
But before I go back to the artist and have him get to work, I’ve got a decision to make. Should I have him take the existing images and recreate them (or something similar) in his style? Or should I go with a completely new design?
I am not a marketing expert, and most of you probably aren’t either. But that doesn’t matter–you are my audience. You know what you like, and what you don’t, right? So I’m open and ready to listen.
I’ve got a survey set up, and I would appreciate any advice you have. Here are the book covers so you can see the old versus the new. (Click to see them enlarged.)

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Special Feature: Into the Shadow Wood (Wind Rider Chronicles) by Allison D. Reid | Renee Scattergood

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"Overall this was a great read...If you enjoy fantasy at all, or want to read books that are steeped in faith and mystery and wonder, you won't want to miss these." ~ David Wiley, Author of A Merchant in Oria
Once a proud member of the Sovereign’s prestigious personal guard, Einar has lost everything: his home, his Sovereign, and his purpose. Most of his closest friends have either been killed in battle or executed. His friend Nevon died trying to fulfill a dangerous oath…one that Einar disagreed with, but now feels honor-bound to take up in his stead. The quest plunges Einar into the depths of the dark and twisted Shadow Wood, testing the limits of his strength, his beliefs, and his sanity. What he finds in the Wood is far more ominous than anything he’d expected. If he’s not careful, Nevon’s fate might end up being his own.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Medieval Monday: Dirty Laundry | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:



Those dirty clothes really pile up, don’t they? Especially when you have kids. As much as I grumble about having to wash and fold, I’m not really doing the work—the washing machine is taking care of the hard part for me. Our medieval counterparts certainly didn’t have that luxury, or many others that we don’t give much thought to. So in honor of my growing laundry pile, I thought today’s post would answer the question of “how would I have done it back then.”
Laundry was unquestionably women’s work. Some cities had communal wash houses, where women could come to share news and gossip while they worked. Soapwort, an herb with cleansing properties, was sometimes used to get fabric clean. It was also beaten with “beetles”, rinsed, and wrung. Marjoram could be used to give washing water a pleasant scent. Clothing could also be washed in natural bodies of water (rivers, streams, ponds), and beaten against rocks.
If one needed to remove stains, this could be done with the use of Fuller’s Earth or ashes soaked in lye. The mixture would be applied to the stain, allowed to try, then rubbed off. For more delicate materials, such as silk, verjuice was another remedy. Removing stains such as oil or grease was a more complex process. One recipe is as follows: “To remove grease or oil stains, take urine and heat until warm. Soak the stain for two days. Without twisting the fabric, squeeze the afflicted area, then rinse. As an alternative for stubborn greasy or oily stains, soak in urine with ox gall beaten into it, for two days and squeeze without twisting before rinsing.” White cloth could be cleaned and brightened by soaking it in lye, which was mixed using ashes and urine.
Undergarments were washed fairly often, even if they were only rinsed out at home in warm water, but woolen outer garments were rarely washed. They would have simply been shaken or beaten with a brush or a bundle of twigs to get rid of dust and dirt. Robes and cloaks might be rubbed with wax to weatherproof them, but this process would have been too expensive for peasants who would have worn felted wool instead.
Washed clothing was dried outdoors; laid across bushes, flat on grass, or draped across wooden frames or ropes. These of these could be moved indoors during poor weather if there was enough space.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Saturday Sneak Peeks: Shadow Stalker Episode 20 | Renee Scattergood

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I'm a bit behind at the moment. Episode 20 of my Shadow Stalker serial should have been out last week, but because of a viral infection taking over our house, that didn't happen. In fact, I'm still writing it, but it will be ready to go by next week.
Here's a sneak peek...

We had already been hiking through these tunnels for over two hours. There was no way I was going to go back now. "We'll make due."
I stopped at the bottom of the incline.
Makari seemed stunned. "How are you doing this?"
"I have no idea. It's as though something is guiding me."
"I hope it's someone who actually wants to help and not someone who wants to get us lost or killed," Jade said.
"Trust me." I knew there was nothing malevolent about our guide. It was likely the shadow people. "I'll go first, then Jade and Makari. Makari, you'll have to help Jade with the climb."
He nodded.
I imaged he had already guessed as much. Thank goodness the tunnels through here were narrow. The walls had enough jagged edges to easily use as footholds for the climb. I stayed just ahead of Jade letting her know where to place her feet, while Makari helped her with leverage and making sure she didn't lose her footing. It was slow going.
Some jagged edges were loose, so I was being extra careful, but when the rock shifted I lost my balance and slid down the incline.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

The Soul Guide by Kelly Stock

The Soul Guide is a riveting Urban / Paranormal Fantasy that will keep you turning pages until its very end.

Sybil has been chosen as the next Soul Guide. Her job is to ensure light and life remain on Earth. But with such responsibility comes much danger and she is being hunted. With the help of Bertram, the old Caretaker, and Alec, her Guardian she must reach the Veil to complete the passing over ceremony before the Master and the Mephisto get to her first.

On her journey from the streets of London, to the gothic Clayhill Manor and beyond through doors only the Caretaker can see, Sybil will find herself embroiled in a hidden world where the fate of the human race is quite literally in her hands. Will she be able to fulfil her destiny? Can she trust the young man whose been sent to protect her or the Caretaker who seems lost to his own grief? Read book one of the Soul Guide series to find out.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Reader Interview: Laura shares her thoughts about my work! | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:



I'd like to thank Laura for taking the time to participate in my reader interview and share her thoughts with my other readers.
Tell me a little about yourself:
I'm retired, read a lot, have a cat named Ollie, read all varieties of books, live in Wyoming. Like to work in the yard when warm out.
Which of my books is your favorite?
Shadow Stalker part 1 & 2
What did you like most about that book?
The characters, how each personality interacts with each other. The era which it happens and their abilities they learn as a shadow stalker, what it means to be a shadow stalker.
What did you like least about that book?
N/A
What do you like most about writing style?
Easy to read and understand
What do you dislike about my writing style?
N/A
Who was your favorite character?
Auren
What did you like most about that character?
She accepts who she really is.
What did you like least about that character?
That she couldn't be with the mate she wanted.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with other potential readers?
I would recommend reading your books.
Thanks again, Laura. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 - 6) can be downloaded free!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Author Spotlight: Beneath the Silver Rose by T.S. Adrian | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:


Welcome to this week's Friday Author Spotlight! Today we're featuring T.S. Adrian's first novel in the Shadyia Ascendant series, Beneath the Silver Rose.
A graduate in history, specializing in Central-European history, T.S. Adrian is an avid computer gamer, reader enthusiast, and teacher of English as a foreign language. Adrian currently resides in Poland.

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Forbidden Passion in an Age of Veiled Magic!
In the cold halls of the Silver Rose palace, sisters are schooled in the arts of pleasure, but are forbidden from falling in love themselves. When Shadyia breaks the tenants of the sorority, her penance is to appease an order of vicious knights to protect the sisterhood from the wrath of their crusade.
Caught between an ancient conflict of Order and Chaos, Shadyia must conceal her romance with a fellow sister while uncovering the mystery of a powerful magician who masquerades as a wealthy scholar.
Time is running out as Shadyia, with sword in hand, descends beneath the Silver Rose into a labyrinth of deadly traps and shadowy guardians. For only there can she defy the crusaders and avert the prophecy of a darkness that returns to consume the world.

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The wolfguard rushed forward and seized her arms. Amrita shot her a seething look, but changed to an expression of pleading as Dunstan glared back down at her. “Mercy, Lord. She’s just a girl.”
Dunstan sneered, a look of victory in his eyes. “She’s no girl. And, from the way William boasted, he’s quite taken with her.” He turned his vulturous gaze on Shadyia and followed her curves. “But, after my men are finished, he won’t find her so attractive.”
Disgust nearly forced her to twist away, but she closed her mind to Dunstan’s words. Think. Don’t struggle. The calloused hands clamped on her biceps offered no hope for escape. What could she do?
Once again, Dunstan addressed the women in the audience chamber. “Let this stand as a warning. My horse is not to be defeated, at the Diamond, or anyplace else!”
Deception. It was her only chance. Deceit had worked six years ago when the king’s men had found her covered in blood near a dead noble. It would work here as well. She went limp and hung in the men’s arms, her dark hair obscuring her face. The wolfguard’s laughter jostled their hands.

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Emergence by R. H. Dixon

If you enjoy dark, psychological horror – inclusive of disturbing nightmares and ghosts – don’t miss this haunting story of a father’s downward spiral into despair and questionable madness…

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Special Feature: Axiom by Rainy Kaye | Renee Scattergood

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Axiom New finalFifteen year old Dimitri’s life changes when his father is murdered, causing him to inherit a family curse. Now he’s left at the mercy of rules he doesn’t understand and the sinister side of people he thought he knew. Forced to commit crimes that increase in severity, Dimitri struggles to find his place in a world where he doesn’t exist.





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Prelude to Insurrection by JC Kang

Only an orphan half-elf spy can avert a rebellion before it starts.

Jie’s superior senses have made her the perfect lookout. Now, as the adopted daughter of the Black Lotus Clanmaster, she wants to prove her pointed ears aren’t a liability when she’s tasked to infiltrate a rebel lord’s castle.

In this prequel novelette to Songs of Insurrection, Jie must decide between her duty to the emperor and her sense of compassion toward the downtrodden. No matter her choice, it will have explosive consequences for her, the realm, and the upcoming war.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

The Huntresses' Game by Joe Jackson

As the web of deceit and lies widens, Karian Vanador must try to find allies - however unlikely - to combat the enemies of the Demonhunter Order, or at least set them against each other. Effectively forced into a visit to the volatile King Koursturaux S'Bakthra, Kari must try to match wits with a being over twelve thousand years old. Can she turn an enemy into an unwitting ally, without having the same done to her?

This is to say nothing of Kari's testing to become her deity's avatar. An age-old enemy comes back into Kari's life, forcing her to walk away from an ailing husband and young children to see to her god's wishes. Worse, she must leave behind friends and family as well to avoid having them used as tools against her. It seems a straightforward hunt, but as she uncovers more and more plots, it will be anything but...

What new allies will she find as she returns to the land of her birth, the nations where she was a legend, and can they stand against these ancient enemies?

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Reader Interview: Camille's thoughts on my work! | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:



I'd like to thank Camille for taking the time to fill out my reader interview and share her thoughts with all of my readers.
Tell me a little about yourself:
I love to read, I like to paint, cook and to take road and plane trips.
Which of my books is your favorite?
I like the Shadow Stalker series.
What did you like most about that book?
It pulls you into the story and keeps you interested.
What did you like least about that book?
The covers.
What do you like most about writing style?
You are very descriptive and have good characters.
What do you dislike about my writing style?
The shorts books.
Who was your favorite character?
I like Kado.
What did you like most about that character?
He is a softy at heart but doesn't show it.
What did you like least about that character?
He seems aloof all the time.
Is there anything you'd like to see in future novels/serials?
Maybe a book about one of the other characters like Shai.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with other potential readers?
They need to read this series. It's great.
Do you have any links you'd like to share?
I don't have the link but they can also read Lisa Blackwood's Sorceress Series
Thanks again, Camille. I appreciate your feedback! You can get Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 - 6) free!

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When Serus Blackwell was recruited into The Agency, he had to leave his family behind. The Agency stripped him of his humanity, but they failed to take his memories during his programming.

During a hit, Serus discovers that his sister, Kara, is next on the list for execution by an organization called The Syndicate, but the woman who should have been removed from his memories, triggers an act of defiance that will set him on a course no one ever expected.

In order to save Kara, Serus turns his back on The Agency on a suicide mission that reveals something more sinister than he ever could have realized. The Syndicate’s plans to destroy Mars.

Can he save the last surviving member of his family and save the only world he has ever known, or will he have to choose which is more important; family or the millions of lives at stake if he does nothing?

The Dead Planet Series is a dystopian science fiction series that shows how far someone will go to save the people they love, even if it means they must destroy who they are to do it.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Reader’s Favorite gives 5-Stars to The Blood of Dragons | Joshua Robertson

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cropped-2016-facebook-banner-meltitletext.jpgJC and I are thrilled, and humbled, to have received three 5-star reviews on Anaerfell: The Blood of Dragons from Reader’s Favorites. Anaerfell was an idea brewing for over ten years before he and I finally sat down to write the tale, and we are blown away by the response from readers. Here is the blurb:
5star-shiny-webDrast and Tyran might be considered a bit black-hearted, or even immoral. Drast is cunning but reckless, hunting for admiration. Tyran is calculating but tactless, searching for affection. When the two brothers set aside their ambitions to fulfill their father’s desire for immortality, they readily discover many opportunities for redemption. Now, while wielding a powerful magic that drains their life, Drast and Tyran will embark on a maddening quest, facing skin-switchers, dragons, and the God of the Dead.

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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
Drast and Tyran are brothers, brave young men from a less-favored tribe, and descendants of the dragon slayers. Their father would rather have them pursue the dream of immortality and harness the secrets that have been refused his people over the years, but destiny may have a different path for the two heroes. Follow them in this exciting fantasy to discover new worlds, new creatures, and their encounter with the God of Death in Anaerfell by Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd.
Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd have crafted a fantasy with almost all the great literary elements any reader could want in this kind of narrative. From the writing to themes and characters, they excel in the craft. The characters are plucked from a world that is filled with magic, where men dream and are very ambitious, and where conflict is the order of the day. The setting is wonderful, peopled with legendary tribes and magical creatures that readers would be delighted to encounter. It is fascinating to see how the quest transforms the characters, altering their vision of the world and their core values.
Anaerfell has great writing. Yes, the originality of style and the clarity of the narrative voice come across in a distinctive manner. There is no way the reader can remain indifferent to the seductive writing, the intricate and character-driven plot, and the exciting setting. I was utterly blown away by the story. It is wonderful to note how the authors create a balance between intensity of dramatic episodes with humor and consistent descriptions. This is one of those books that will enthrall fans of fantasy. An epic tale with invaluable lessons!
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
DragonAnaerfell by Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd is an epic fantasy that is centered on one of the deep-most longings of humanity — the desire for immortality. In this story, readers will encounter two powerful characters on a perilous mission. Until now, Drast “the Simon Slayer” and Tyran, two brothers, each with a deadly tragic flaw, have lived only with the hope of fulfilling their father’s dream for immortality. But a new path opens to them and they set out on an adventure that will change their beliefs, their core values, and the world around them. Join them as they face deadly creatures, dragons, manipulative skin-switchers, and the God of the Dead. It is intense. It is passionate. It is dramatic.
When I pick up a fantasy, there are a number of things I look forward to and the first is that the author should take me away from my own world. Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd have created a legendary world with its own rules and principles, but what is interesting is how they make the reader believe this world really exists. There is a compelling cast of characters, including Drast, Tyran, Kaligula and many others, and the authors were keen to limit the number of characters to the essential. There is a lot of action to engage the reader. Right from the very beginning of the tale, the reader is introduced to action and it goes on unabated. Anaerfell features great writing, with vivid images and scenes, great dialogues and exotic words that sound like magic. This is a tale of adventure, spellbinding and utterly entertaining.
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Their father has just one dream for them: “immortality with absolute power.” He has designed a path they’d travel to attain it, including access to the powers of a powerful priest by killing him. Will these two brothers, Drast and Tyran, follow through with their father’s wishes; will they succeed in killing the God of Death himself or will they embrace a different path? In Anaerfell by Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd, readers are plunged into a fantastic world with exotic tribes, powerful peoples, and rulers, a world that is as exciting as it is treacherous. In this world, two heroes follow a dangerous path to complete a quest. They face magical creatures like the dragons, meet characters with sinister powers and face the God of Death. Can they come out alive?
ThricebannerAnaerfell is a title that readers will love to put on their shelves with the likes of Tolkien, a very complex and multilayered story that has many lessons about life and purpose. The plot is fast-paced and designed to have the reader leafing through the book until the very end. I enjoyed the writing and how it excited my imagination; it features very vivid descriptions and interesting conversations. Another thing that will catch the attention of readers is the originality in plot, in concepts developed throughout the story, and in the cast of characters. Reading about dragon people and a clan that could make others ageless is intriguing. There is a lot in store for the reader in this book. I will recommend it for its high entertainment aspects, the awesome characters, the intricate plot, the exciting adventure, and the excellent writing. This is one of the rare stories that will carry readers beyond their world and make them dream of new places and worlds, finding delight in them. It was the best escape I have had in a while.

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josh_origJoshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended Wichita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.
BoydPicJ.C. lives in the Midwest with his wife and two dogs. He is recently received his M.A. in English Literature, and he continues to craft his own dark fantasy world. Before he had completed junior high, J.C. had received his first box set of Dungeons & Dragons and devoured the J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. He has had a passion for the fantasy genre ever since.