Hey folks, it’s Friday and so time for another dose of Friday Fiction from some awesome indie authors. First up who here has Kindle Unlimited and loves fantasy? If that describes you then check out MAGIC MAY for oodles of fantasy titles all FREE to KU subscribers.
Next up check out some kickass sci-fi from Dayne Edmonson – GHOST RANGER is book 1 of the Seven Stars Universe series and is available everywhere! So what’s it about? I’ll let its lead character, Rachel tell you.
My name is Rachel. I died and rose again.
I was an ordinary high school girl when a viral plague spread across my planet. Those that died rose again as mindless zombies. Fortunately, science came to the rescue and gave me back my mind. As a conscious zombie, I gained exceptional powers – speed, strength and more. That, plus a secret heritage, changed my life forever.
The outside world didn’t accept my kind, however, and soon I decided to join the military. I trained to become an Army Ranger.
Now, as an elite undead killing machine, I must make a choice. Allegiance to my kind or to the Federation. Choose wrong and I could die…for good.
Another installment in the Seven Stars Universe by Dayne Edmondson, this is a young adult space opera adventure novel set a few years before his space opera novel “Emergence” and featuring a major character from the third book, “Ruin.”
The age of magic has died off in Narishma leaving many forced to toil at the land or face death from starvation. Even the Shadows, a once proud guild of assassins, are feeling the toll as people in power hide within their homes and choose money over politics. Missions are scarce, so why not take on a mission to help a bard create the best song in Narishma? The problem? Keeping the bard safe while traversing the most difficult test a Shadow must face.
Happy Friday, Folks. I have a mixed bag of reads for you this fair Friday.
First up, do you like dragons? Of course you do!
Check out this first of an awesome new series by J.A. Cullican, HEIR OF DRAGONS, just 99 cents on Kindle for a limited time or FREE on KIndle Unlimited.
Her bloodline says they should be mortal enemies. Her heart swears otherwise. Will her torn loyalties leave her vulnerable to a rising evil?
Minx’s hunting and fighting skills are legendary. But when adversaries trespass on the royal Fae lands, she’s nervous about her mission to restore the defense wards by slaying a dragon and returning with its powerful hide. And the ferocious warrior grows desperate when neighboring clans demand that she defeat not one, but two of the fearsome beasts in fights to the death.
Angered by the coercive demand, Minx tracks down her first red-scaled monster—only to be stunned when it shifts into a stunning young man. And when her handsome foe claims they share a common adversary, her attraction tempts her toward an unheard-of alliance against a dark new threat.
Will Minx’s quest to save her species drag them into a bloody war?
How to Kill a Dragon is the breathtaking first book in the Heir of Dragons epic fantasy series. If you like fierce heroines, forbidden romance, and magic gone awry, then you’ll love J. A. Culican’s fiery tale.
Next up, a treat for those with KU who love to binge on fantasy box sets!
Chaos. Magic. Adventure. – Three things this princess isn’t ready for.
When dark magic brings destruction and chaos down on her kingdom, fae princess Dana’s life takes an unexpected turn. To save her, the king begs her to leave him to his fate, and she must now step away from every comfort she’s ever known.
Dana is left to unravel the mysteries of her powers while dealing with an annoying wolf shifter whose secrets set her blood on fire. He’s either the ally she desperately needs or the most dangerous man she’s ever met.
Moonstones, a witch, dark elves, and a wolf shifter all stand in her way as she tries to absolve her father of the atrocities the fae folk accuse him of.
But wait, there’s more! I’ve got together with a bunch of awesome fantasy authors ALL free on Kindle Unlimited. Check them out by clicking the banners below and find your next fantasy binge.
And now something for the little ones …
Jake is off to daycare, but he’s worried about what’s in store. Going somewhere new can be scary–trying something different, even more. How will he get ready, and what will help him through? What will bring him comfort and help prepare him for something new?
Next up TALES OF FERRES by the wonderful K.M. Jenkins who had the privilege of meeting a couple of years back at Penned.
Since the beginning of time, one kingdom in the world of Tarzinëa has remained a mystery. Very few have entered its depths and survived. Walk alongside our heroes and watch their tales unfold as they enter the Forest of Ferrês. Discover everything from wolves so large they look like full grown ponies, to devil creatures that lurk in the night. Expect the unexpected as you venture into the magical land of Ferrês where not everything is as it seems.
The Witchlight Quest guides Lucy and her quirky friends to Dracoterra, dragon territory.
This strange kingdom, once a land of magic, is plagued by the same dark force that kidnapped the elemental deity of Light. Perils, monsters, phoenixes, and wishing trees abound, and the Witchhunters are trailing close behind.
Her only path to becoming a Lightbringer is also a journey in which she must face her own inner darkness.
While her powers are growing, so too is the danger that threatens not only to sweep this magical land into despair, but also engulf her own nature with it.
Will Lucy find the clues that guide her towards her destiny or will these evil forces spell the end of the Lumenary Prophetiae?
Dragonlight and the entire Lightkey series is a fun YA fantasy adventure with a positive message suitable for all ages.
A monster-hunting assassin teams up with a reluctant werewolf to take down the organization that employed her—assuming they don’t kill her first.
Midnight is the poster child of The Organization.
Or she would be if anyone outside The Organization knew about it.
Ten years ago, The Organization plucked Ilsa Deverell out of the latest in a series of terrible foster homes, trained her up to become the perfect monster assassin, and gave her a code name. Ever since then, they’ve had Midnight’s complete loyalty.
Hi folks, in preparation for the release of Manus Wu in June, I’m having a flash P.A.W.S. Sale with ALL of my titles currently deeply discounted for just FIVE days.
A young Jewish girl. A diabolical werewolf out for her blood. Can she survive?
When Miri receives a silver cat charm from her omama, Celia, on the night before Celia dies she has no idea that the charm holds a secret, a powerful magic that saved her omama’s life from Nazis and wolves and is about to make Miri’s life a whole lot more interesting.
Join Miri on a mysterious and supernatural journey with her new friends, members of an underground St. Louis society known as the Partnership for Animagi, Werewolves, and Shapeshifters, better known as P.A.W.S.
Hi everyone, Happy April! I hope you’re enjoying your spring.
I’ve got a bunch of cool books to talk about today from some awesome indie authors. Be sure to check them out.
First up two freebies from Story Origin. Pick up these two titles in exchange for signing up for the authors’ newsletters.
When Vivian, the Lady of the Lake, is asked by Merlin to help him obtain a powerful sword for the soon-to-be King Arthur, she leaves Avalon to find the Forger of Light. But he has a reputation and she fears the cost for such a sword will be high.
This is a short story prequel to the series Rise of the King (previously called Tom’s Arthurian Legacy), a series about Tom’s adventures with King Arthur in the Other. If you love myth and magic, you’ll love this retelling of the Arthurian legend.
When Alexander starts school in the fall his teacher notices that he can’t stop growing. Before long, he’s too big for the classroom and has to move away to a farm. Alexander is heartbroken and so is his class. When the teacher tells Alexander how wonderful she thinks he is, Alexander believes it’s just because he’s unusually tall. However, when the teacher moves the entire classroom to Alexander’s farm they are finally able show him just how special he really is.
And now back to something for the rest of us and to a subject near and dear to my heart. The world of shifters! But these are not your regular weres – these are aliens – check it out!
This alien warrior has finally met his match. But she’s not who he thinks she is…
Fired from my job. Kicked out of my apartment. And dumped at the altar. All in the same week. So of course, that’s when an alien swoops down in his spaceship and steals me away.
Worse, he’s an overbearing, possessive giant of an alien, complete with rippling muscles and a sexy smile that could melt even the most hardened heart.
Okay. Maybe being abducted by an alien isn’t so bad, after all.
But I still need to get home and straighten out my mess of a life. Right?
Commander Lutro Dax
I was supposed to go to Earth to pick up my matched mate. When I got to the rendezvous point, Nora was waiting—so of course I brought her aboard.
There’s only one problem.
Nora’s not the human woman I was supposed to meet. She’s not my mate at all. So why is it all I can do to keep from claiming her as my own?
If I were smart, I’d turn around and take her back to her home planet immediately.
But I won’t…
Star Mate Matched is the first standalone book in Interstellar Shifters, a steamy new sci-fi romance series featuring alien beast warriors, kick-ass human heroines, and a happily ever after in every book!
Turning Wolf When the hunter becomes the hunted, and his only ally is a newly turned wolf shifter, who will live, and who will die? Allyson is happy, with a new love, and a good job – until a random mugging leaves her feeling odd, strangely ill and hypersensitive, and unsure of everything. But she’ll get better – right? When a werewolf killed his wife, grief drove Garrett to join those who hunt all werewolves. But who is really the enemy? Faced with an order to kill an innocent woman, a woman he is rapidly coming to love, he discovers that his allegiance has changed. But that’s not a decision the hunters will easily accept. Can he save himself, and Allyson? Or will they both be hunted down, before their love has a chance?
Captive Wolf When hunters become torturers, any wolf shifter will do for their twisted experiments. Can a captive, once taken, have any hope of escape, and survival? Allyson, still adapting to life since she was turned, finds herself trapped by a madman – whose only interest is in discovering just how much damage it takes to kill a werewolf. When Allyson is taken, Garrett knows that he has to find her, fast – but how? With other newly turned wolves to help, and the suspicions of a nearby pack falling on him, will he manage to convince them to help, before it’s too late? Can Allyson, and the other captives, survive long enough to find a way out, or to be rescued?
Plague Wolf When one man’s desire for revenge threatens to turn an entire city, can he be stopped? Or will thousands of newly turned wolves tear everything apart? A series of deaths leave Allyson and Garrett suspicious of the motives, and the mystery deepens when they discover that wolf shifters are definitely the victims. Then the nerdy guy that Allyson went to school with shows up – oddly changed, and with a new purpose in his life. A purpose that could begin the downfall of civilization for an entire region, if not the whole country. Will the madmen achieve their aim, and infect everyone? Can Allyson and Garrett stop them, or will they be killed trying?
If you love fast paced urban fantasy and wolf shifters, you’ll love this set!
Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m hosting SEVEN CROWNS by E.V. Everest. Isn’t that a beautiful cover? So of course it has a beautiful story to go with it!
A crown is dangerous. A crown split seven ways is deadly.
One year after the death of her mom, sixteen-year-old Anabella Halt is living on her own and breaking all the rules. Life is tough but ordinary.
Until Ana learns her mom’s dangerous secret—she was the heir to a fallen dynasty on a world ruled by seven families. Her family was murdered one by one. Now, assassins are closing in, and Ana could be next.
With the help of a handsome hobo, Ana escapes to the place where it all began—a starflung world where magic and technology coexist. A place where Ana must navigate a tangled web of friends and foes to unmask her would-be assassin before it’s too late.
Travel to a glittering, dangerous world with political alliances and ballgowns, perfect for fans of Cinder and The Selection.
Hey Everyone – it’s my birthday! So to celebrate I’ve put ALL 6 of my P.A.W.S. Saga on sale for just 99 cents/99p. It’s been a long and crazy year and hopefully 2021 will be a whole lot better. So snuggle up and read and in the meantime I’m scribbling away in the next couple of books in the series!
Today on Paws 4 Thought I’m happy to welcome fantasy author, Julie Gilbert.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself, Julie.
I’m a high school chemistry teacher, a writer, and a Christian, not necessarily in that order. I also enjoy doing puzzles. Usually 1-2K pieces is a good amount. In my spare time, I review clean audiobooks in several genres. Pre-pandemic, I used to see a lot of movies in theaters. Perhaps I’ll return to that someday.
2. When did you first start writing?
The fascination with stories started when I was a kid, listening to my mom read to me. Eventually, that changed to me reading a lot on my own. Finally, around the time I was headed off to college, I decided to try to write something for fun. First story was pretty terrible, but the process taught me a lot. Taking that knowledge, I dove into a new project.
3. Who are your favorite authors?
That’s always a tough question. Brandon Sanderson and Dee Henderson come to mind as default favorites. They write very different kinds of books. Brandon Sanderson’s all about the epic fantasy, big worlds, cool magic systems, and so forth. Dee Henderson’s early works like the O’Malley series were absolutely amazing suspense books with a dash of romance.
4. I know you listen to a lot of audio books. What for you makes an excellent narrator?
While reviewing, I often change the speed, so reading cadence is a tad less important, but I still make snap judgment calls about whether I love their voice or not. In terms of skill, I look for whether the person can do a wide variety of credible voices for the characters.
I’m a tad pickier when it comes to choosing people for my own process. There’s the easy things like sound quality of the auditions and whether or not I like the narrator’s voice. Then, there are the more technical things like how many mistakes are made in the reading, what are their reading instincts (how they interpret the manuscript), and can they do a wide variety of character voices.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with nearly 20 awesome voice actors. Each has their strengths, and I’ve gotten a lot better at picking people over time. All have beautiful voices and immense talent. Of those I’ve worked with recently, Liz Brand (Reshner’s Royal Ranger, Shadow Council Series) and Reuben Corbett (Spirit’s Bane) stand out as people I would listen to read just about anything. I’m pretty sure they could make a calculus textbook sound good.
5. What inspires you to write?
I love almost every aspect of writing. Once upon a time, I think it was about trying to prove writing could be just fun, not something that needed to have every little color of pants mean something. Over time, it’s grown into exploring the characters and the themes, and just telling an entertaining tale. There’s a fun challenge to the task of crafting a tale, then commissioning an audiobook and hearing it come to life.
6. Tell us a little bit about your process when creating audio books.
Having an audiobook created is an expensive, addictive hobby. It starts with obtaining a narrator. That begins with claiming the book and extends to the grunt work of putting in the details. The most important step of that process is selecting an audition script that will show off the main character, some normal reading sections, and a few different characters.
After choosing somebody there’s a bit of back and forth boringness about contracts and dates and such before one simply steps back and lets the narrator do their magic. I prefer having the raw files uploaded so I can listen for odd noises and places the audio differs from the manuscript. Sometimes, these variances are fine, and other times they change the intended meaning.
What happens next depends on the narrator’s process. Some outsource the editing, and others do it themselves. If there’s an outside editor involved, it typically takes longer because you have to wait for this other person to go through the files.
7. What are you currently working on?
In audiobooks, I’m nearing the end of the audition phase of Princess Melia’s Plight. I’ve chosen three people out of 112-ish. Just need to get that down to one.
As for writing, I’ve sort of put it on hold for a few months. I’m working on a super-secret nonfiction project that’s mostly being done for the cathartic benefit. Meanwhile, I’m throwing my efforts into learning to run amazon ads. I’d like to see if it can be done profitably with my current works.
When I return to writing fiction, I’ll finish Devya’s Children book 5, then re-evaluate my goals. If I’m truly in it for the money, I may see which genres are hot early 2021. If my attitude remains as it was, I’ll let my heart (not my wallet) decide which project gets aired next.
8. What do you like to do to relax?
Most of my review listening happens while taking long walks. That’s one benefit of the pandemic and this virtual teaching thing. I am in my room so much that I have to force myself to get out and move. Luckily, I like walking. Once all of the Mandalorian Season 2 is out, I’ll probably watch that in a week. Other than that, I occasionally do jigsaw puzzles. (Best ones have mostly been Ravensburger.)
9. If you could have any superpower what would choose?
I’m gonna be lame and say healing. While flying could be cool, I’d probably just get motion sick, which would be not so great for those below. Sort of afraid of healing as a gift though. I write about enough characters with the healing gift, that I’ve probably done more thinking about the costs and consequences of such a thing. Still, it would be awesome to be able to right some wrongs diseases have wrought upon the world.
11. How can readers connect with you?
The easiest way to catch my attention is to email devyaschildren @ gmail.com. However, the best way to stay on top of news, new releases, random musings, cool giveways, and such is to subscribe to the newsletter, which can be found on my website.
Thanks for taking the time to chat with me.
Very happy to have you, DMK
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Today on Paws 4 Thought we’re happy to welcome fantasy author, Liz Delton who is releasing her brand new title, THE ALCHEMIST’S MIRROR.
Isn’t that an awesome cover? So what’s the book about?
Petra and Maisie Everturn just want to run their family’s tea shop, but when their explorer brother Jiordan goes missing while looking for an alchemycal artifact, none of them are safe.
The sisters must enlist the help of another explorer in order to find Jiordan or the artifact—before the mysterious alchemyst society finds them first.
However, when one of the sisters stumbles into the clutches of the most dangerous alchemyst in the city, the race to unravel the clues becomes desperate. And when they discover the truth about the artifact, their quest to infiltrate the alchemyst’s secret society becomes a matter of life and death.
Liz Delton writes and lives in New England, with her husband and amazing son. She studied Theater Management at the University of the Arts in Philly, always having enjoyed the backstage life of storytelling.
She reads and writes fantasy, especially the kind with alternate worlds. Liz is the author of the dystopian Arcera Trilogy, and the fantasy Realm of Camellia series, and the new steampunk novel, The Alchemyst’s Mirror. World-building is her favorite part of writing, and she is always dreaming up new fantastic places.
She loves drinking tea and traveling. When she’s not writing you can find her hands full with one of her many craft projects.
Hey folks! It’s that time again. The YA Scavenger Hunt will start on September 29th on this blog, or to make sure you don’t miss out, you can head over to the YA Scavenger Hunt page, scroll down, and sign up for notifications with your email on the right.
Sadly this is the last YASH as the awesome hunt is being retired, so be sure you visit all the participating blogs for a chance to win oodles of prizes. I’m going to be on the purple team. Look at all those awesome books!
New to the YA Scavenger Hunt?
That’s totally fine. We have a YouTube video that explains the process and we will be checking in on the YASH website during the hunt to answer any and all questions you might have.
Need something fun to read in the meantime? Check out these awesome promos over at Story Origin: