Crimson Fire for 99 cents & a sale on fantasy box sets (including mine!)

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She had power at her fingertips, but the world had other ideas.

Magic was the last thing on Tabia’s mind — until she discovered she could use it. When her father hands her over to the princess of a neighbouring country to pay his debts, she may have the chance to learn how to control her new abilities.

But her new mistress’ enemies have plans of their own. Caught up in a web of divided loyalties, coercion and betrayal, Tabia can trust no one.

Can she find a way to regain her freedom and return home — or will the struggle cost her the ultimate price?

Pick up a copy of Mirren Hogan’s awesome Crimson Fire this week for just 99 cents on Kindle.

And continue the series with Crimson Fury and Crimson Fate (‘cos you can’t just read one!)

Also for the month of December the box set of my own P.A.W.S. Saga (Books 1-3) is just 4.99 (normally 8.99) or as always FREE to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited.

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Plus I’ve got together with a bunch of other cool fantasy authors over at Story Origin to bring you oodles of box sets to download and read for the holidays — all titles are 4.99 or less. Click on the banner for details.

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Halloween Flash Fiction and Assorted Free Books!

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Who Doesn’t Like Free Books?!

So, some of the authors from the awesome FB group,

 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Readers Lounge

all got together and put together a special treat for you! Free books!

That’s right, just follow the link below to get your hands on some of the best free Fantasy and SciFi the group has to offer!

https://storyoriginapp.com/…/928c9b0e-e52f-11e9-84d4-f3a8f0…

Also included in this giveaway is a free copy of FSFRL Halloween Flash Fiction! This is the first Episode of a series of Flash Fiction books we plan to put out as a thank you for following us! You can grab a copy of that here:

https://storyoriginapp.com/…/b69d69ce-e93a-11e9-949f-9b3659…

*All books are offered free in exchange for subscribing to the author’s newsletter, so give each author a try! What perfect way to find your next favorite author than by getting a free book?*

Happy Early Halloween!

A Thief & a Gentlewoman

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Need something new to read? Check this out.

In the palace, enemies hide around every corner. And some are done waiting.

Posing as an aristocrat, Quin lives by three rules: rob from the rich, give to the poor and never get caught. Because for her crimes, the penalty is death.

Royal, charming, and handsome, Atesh is her latest mark, but he’s no fool. When he starts seeing through her disguise, Quin’s forced to balance lie upon truth, teetering dangerously close to spilling her secrets.

After a shocking murder strikes at the heart of the palace, Atesh is wrongly arrested. Quin must choose between saving an innocent man from the gallows and keeping the noose from her own neck.

This gripping fantasy adventure with action, intrigue, and a dash of romance, is perfect for fans of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo.

Read A Thief & a Gentlewoman today to discover a world where cards control magic, the past won’t stay buried, and no one is what they seem.

On sale for just 99 cents!

About the author

Clare Sager is a lifelong fantasy reader, former English teacher, and corsetière.
Her fate was set the day she was gifted a DragonLance graphic novel – after that, there was no hope for her to be anything other than a fantasy author.
When she’s not writing, she can be found reading, making corsets, obsessing over the 18th century, or laughing at cats/photos of cats.
She lives in Nottingham, Robin Hood country, so it’s no surprise she writes about a character who robs from the rich to give to the poor.

Friday Fiction – Choose Your Own Hunters of Reloria Adventure

 

Hi folks, I have something fun for you today. Fantasy author Kasper Beaumont has just released a special Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book in world of Reloria.

Kasper wrote this book because Choose Your Path-type books were one of her favorite genres as a teenager. She wants to share the fun and magic with her readers. It is set in the world of her Hunters of Reloria series and contains some of the novels’ most popular characters. Kasper welcomes readers of all ages to have some fun with this adventure book. It contains artwork sent in by artists of all ages. Like this awesome dragon!

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Let’s look at a sample page. What would you run towards?

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Want a copy? Pick up one on Kindle today and let the adventure begin.

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Kasper J. Beaumont was born and raised in Australia and lives a quiet life with the family in a seaside town. Combining a love of fantasy and a penchant for travel in the Hunters of Reloria trilogy, Kasper started to write on the urging of friends and family and enjoys watching readers become immersed in the magical world of Reloria. Kasper is a pen name for a rather shy author who is happy to remain unnamed.

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The series: The Hunters of Reloria trilogy is about the magical world of Reloria where halflings and fairies share a bond. Dwarves, elves, knights and dragons inhabit this country, but their world is about to be invaded by scaly lizardmen and giant Cyclops.
Book 1: Elven Jewel
Book 2: Hunters’ Quest
Book 3: Dragon’s Revenge
Prequel: Fandri’s Adventures

Kasper Beaumont
Hunters of Reloria series
Email: kasperjbeaumont@outlook.com
Website: http://www.huntersofreloria.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kasperj.beaumont
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KasperBeaumont
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Kasper-Beaumont/e/B00DQ2JB22

Cotula is here!

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It’s alive! It took awhile (almost two years) but COTULA – part five of the P.A.W.S. Saga is now live on Amazon in paperback, Kindle and FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

What’s it about? Well …

Follow the Cotula. The stone will show you the way.

Rifka is lost, far away from home. Kidnapped by an insidious werewolf.
Far off in Manus Wu, a plan is set in place. An Old One sends colutae out into the world. These stones when brought together have the power to release Rifka. Yet does she truly want to go home?

Meet an empathic goat, a family of otters, a girl who loves to draw fairies, and a dragon in this new installment of the P.A.W.S. Saga.

Pick up a copy on Amazon! 

OR if you’d like your own personal signed paperback, I have a handy dandy form for that. If you are going to either Penned Con in September or Archon in October I can sign you a copy there OR if you’d like me to mail you a copy let me know on the form and I’ll work out the shipping to wherever you are. (Warning international shipping from the US is a little pricey so if you’d prefer to buy a local copy I can send you a signed bookplate in the mail instead).

Order signed copies of Cotula and my other titles here.

Want a chance to win 2 free tickets to Penned Con this September? Make sure you’re signed up for my newsletter as they’ll be an exclusive newsletter only contest going out on Aug 15th.

Happy Reading folks!

OWS CyCon Fantasy Blog Tour -D.L. Gardner

About The OWSCyCon Fantasy Blog Tour

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As part of the OWS CyCon 2019, we asked our fantasy authors to write about what makes their world, or the world of another author unique. Each of them has come up with very different answers which reflect their writing processes, their research methods, and their views on world building.

We hope you find these insights interesting, and that they maybe give you some new things to think about when you pick up a new book, or even start writing your own.

 

After reading this interview, be sure to check out the responses from our other fantastic writers: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/fantasy-events-at-cycon/fantasy-blog-tour-what-makes-an-authors-world-unique/

What makes the world of Ian’s Realm unique?

By D.L. Gardner

The story begins with Ian and his father creating a game engine on their computer and soon discover that the environment they are creating is an alternate reality which they can step into a click of the controller.

I think access to the Realm is one of the dynamics which makes this fantasy world unique. That and because the pristine countryside is inhabited by a variety of civilizations. Primitive tribes populate the northern forests and seaside. The Menek tribe is a society whose patriarch was a young wizard that fought a wicked queen’s serpent by manifesting his own dragon.

These people, out of fear, developed a dragon worshiping religion. Citizens were banished into the wilderness for failing to adhere to strict canons, a fate worse than death. After an extremely devastating attack by the dragon, the Meneks accused the hunters of the village of angering the dragon. They were sent away to forage for themselves. These hunters gathered in the forests and developed their own community. They named their nation Kaempern after the young wizard Kaempie who was said to have relinquished his magic to the Northern Winds, which in return for his power, offers the Songs of Wisdom – a guide toward righteousness for those who will listen.

Taikus is an island ruled by the wicked queen, a sorceress, who has a never-ending thirst for power. Hacatine was the reason the four young wizards fled their homeland (Tales of the Four Wizards available free at  https://www.gardnersart.com/vip-storytime). She rules with an army consisting of women only, all who have unique magical powers. More as slaves, these women warriors build ships and sail the seas on a quest to conquer the people of the world. Taikan weapons and sea-slaves (serpents) are unmatched saved by one nation only. The Crown of Alisubbo.

Cassie, Ian’s daughter, discovers this more civilized nation, located much nearer to Taikus, and which has been battling the queen for centuries.

Silvio is a leading patriarch, being the youngest of the four wizards who fled Hacatine. Having spent his youth hiding in an old oak tree in the forest of Alcove (near the original portal) Silvio eventually became the king of the little people. The Xylonites.

And who are the Xylonites? When Ian and his father were making the game engine, Ian, an artist at heart, developed a computer character. A little man with a baseball cap, a furry beard and a mole under his left eye. Little did Ian expect this character would come to life. Eventually the icon is given a name. Xylon. And when Xylon requests a wife be generated from his computer, the entire Alcove Forest comes alive with little people. Now these people prove to be very excitable little things. If anyone needs a leader, or a king, it’s the Xylonites. Silvio, when he’s finally released from the old tree, takes it upon himself to care for them.

There are other characters unique to Ian’s Realm that we see throughout the series. Whomticker, the magic thief is the most recent.

In essence I think you’ll find Ian’s Realm a whole new fantasy world unlike any other with inimitable and distinguishing cultures and characters. It just might make you want to step through that portal yourself!

About D.L. Gardner

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With a passion for a good wholesome story D.L. Gardner also (Dianne Lynn Gardner) dives into the adult and young adult fantasy genres. She is both a best selling author and an award winning illustrator who lives in the Pacific Northwest, USA. Dianne loves a book that ignites imaginations, strengthens friendships, spurs courage and applauds honor. Though she targets her stories for young adults, her books are enjoyed by all ages.

Dianne was born in Ohio and raised in southern CA. She attended Northern AZ University and later continued her education in the Pacific Northwest. She’s an oil painter, book illustrator, screenwriter and filmmaker. She writes under the names of D. L. Gardner and Dianne Lynn Gardner. Her novels have hit the Amazon best sellers list and she has won numerous awards for her screenplays..

Meet Dianne Online

OWSCyCon2019 Author Booth: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/forums/topic/d-l-gardner/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DianneLynnGardner/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/DianneGardner

Author Website: http://gardnersart.com

Author Blog: https://diendrial.wordpress.com/

Get the Latest News by Joining Dianne’s Newsletter

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Learn More About the OWS CyCon 2019 Event

CyCon is the biggest online book event of the year, bringing together authors and readers from all over the world for an entire weekend of book-related fun. Between the organizers, and 230+ writers, you’ll be able to:

  • view live (and recorded discussions),
  • listen to samples of their stories,
  • vote in the various genre tournaments,
  • browse the author booths, and
  • discover some amazing books and writers.

We hope you enjoy this event as much as we enjoy bringing it to you. For more information, and links to all of the activities, visit us at: https://owscycon.ourwriteside.com/about-ows-cycon/

You never know, you may just find your next best read!

 

Meet Peter Freeman from “No Rest for the Wicked” by Phoebe Darqueling

Today on Paws 4 Thought we are hosting the No Rest For the Wicked blog tour:

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Peter was lucky enough to be born above what would later be called the Mason-Dixon line. Unlike most people of African descent in the US in 19th century, he was taught to read and write. He was involved in the Underground Railroad from a young age, and later recruited by the nascent Pinkerton Agency to act as a spy during the Civil War. His partner and best friend, Patrick Jones, died in the line of duty, and Peter had the undesirable task of bringing the news to his widow, Viola “Vi” Thorne. Though he made Jones a promise to look after Vi, he soon discovered she was quite capable of taking care of herself.

Vi’s first impulse was to “shoot the messenger”, and it took awhile for the two to become friends. The corruption and chaos of the war left both of them embittered. Rather than attempting to settle into a quiet life again after the fighting ceased, the pair set off down the Mississippi and ran a series of successful confidence games under various pseudonyms. Eventually, they even developed their own coded language, which came in handy when Vi posed as a medium. That was a particularly lucrative grift, until the day a real ghost answered their ad and Vi’s repressed psychic abilities manifested.

As the law began to get close to catching up with Peter and Vi, they decided to pull one final job after receiving a hot tip from a ghost about a Confederate general who had embezzled funds. Peter dared to hope that Vi returned his growing affection, but when it was time to make their escape, she never arrived.

She thought that was the end of their friendship. But four years later and deep in hiding, Vi received a message using their code: “The child is called Ignorance.”

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From No Rest for the Wicked by Phoebe Darqueling

The pages were now worn and dog-eared, and Peter’s crimped scribbles jumped out at her from the margins as she thumbed through the pages. The line about a child called Ignorance came from somewhere in the second half of the story, but that was the extent of her recollection. Her eyes flitted across the page while her lips took the shape of half-formed words as she read about the two children hidden in the robes of the ghost of Christmas present;

This boy is Ignorance. This girl is Want. Beware them both, and all of their

degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see that written which is

Doom, unless the writing be erased.

“I see that written which is Doom.” Vi’s mouth went dry as she whispered the words, her heart doing acrobatics in her chest. The words “beware,” “Doom,” and “erased” leaped off the page and threatened to choke her. No doubt about it, Peter was sending her some type of warning, but a warning of what? He shouldn’t even know where she was, let alone what might be

threatening her. The churning bile in her gut tried to creep up her esophagus as a thought blossomed—maybe Peter was the threat.

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Find out more about Peter and Vi in No Rest for the Wicked, available now from Black Rose Writing on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You can read more character spotlights, excerpts, reviews, and interviews on the No Rest for the Wicked tour page.

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Other people just think they’re “haunted by the past.” In Vi’s case, it’s true.

Clairvoyant Viola Thorne wants to forget about her days of grifting and running errands for ghosts. The problem? Playing it safe is dull. So when a dead stranger begs for her help, Vi jumps at the chance to dust off her hustling skills. The unlikely companions are soon tangling with bandits, cheating at cards, and loving every minute.

Then she finds out who referred him, and Vi has to face both a past and ex-partner that refuse to stay buried. Though she betrayed Peter, his spirit warns her of the plot that cost him his life. Vi’s guilty conscience won’t let her rest until she solves his murder. Though she’s spent her whole life fighting the pull of the paranormal, it holds the key to atoning for the only deception she’s ever regretted—breaking Peter’s heart.

Plus, do you like free books? You can get a free copy of The Steampunk Handbook by signing up for Phoebe Darqueling’s email list. Find out more 

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Phoebe Darqueling is the pen name of a globe trotting vagabond who currently hangs her hat in Freiburg, Germany. She’s an equal opportunity Star Trek, Star Wars, and Firefly fan, but her favorite pastime is riffing on terrible old movies a la Mystery Science Theater 3000. In her “real life,” she writes curriculum for a creativity competition for kids in MN and edits academic texts for non-native English speakers. She loves all things Steampunk and writes about her obsession on SteampunkJournal.org. During 2017, she coordinated a Steampunk novel through the Collaborative Writing Challenge called Army of Brass, and also loves working with authors as an editor. Her solo novels Riftmaker and No Rest for the Wicked debuted in 2019. You can find her short stories in the Chasing Magic and The Queen of Clocks and Other Steampunk Tales anthologies so far, and she’ll be featured in an upcoming collection called Cogs, Crowns, and Carriages in November 2019.

You can also connect with Phoebe on Twitter and Facebook, and see a list of all of her books on her Amazon page.