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Epic fantasy series – 2nd edition brand new covers!

My epic fantasy series ‘The Light and Shadow Chronicles’ has undergone a makeover!

A Chronicle of Chaos was first published by Creativia in June 2016. The amazingly talented Irina French designed the original cover. It features an ancient shield carved with symbols of importance to the history and lore of Alcherys and Meraxor (the warring nations in the series.)

Now, Creativia Publising has designed brand new covers, but still utilising the work of the original artist. Here are the two covers side by side:

A Chronicle of Chaos

In a world ravaged by war, the paths of two warriors are about to cross with world-shattering consequences.

Chaos is a soldier of The Children of the Light, and fights in the name of destiny, honor and glory. Arrogant and headstrong, he believes he is the strongest warrior in the land, until a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon Anathema.

The two strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. When the forces of light and dark collide, where will their loyalties lie?

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The Shield of Soren is the second book in the epic fantasy series (although you can read them in any order). Released by Creativia in March 2017, this book has also had a makeover:

The Shield of Soren

Ten-year-old Soren Nitaya’s marked talent makes him the youngest soldier ever to become an apprentice to the legendary warrior, Raven Lennox. As a prince of Alcherys, he will be expected to fight in the eternal war against the Brotherhood of Shadow when he reaches sixteen.

But is the young prince up to the task when he’s more interested in causing mischief than in mastering weapons?

When one of Soren’s adventures goes off course, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly threat. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey deep into their enemy’s land. Does Soren have what it takes to save his country before the Brotherhood destroys everyone and everything he loves?

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Struggle with small print? Never fear – large print is here!

A Chronicle of Chaos and The Shield of Soren are now available in large print! You can get copies in paperback or kindle here:

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A Chronicle of Chaos Large Print version

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World Book Day – my little prince

I had a very proud mummy/author moment on Thursday. For World Book Day my son, Deacon, dressed up as a character from my children’s book, Soren. He transformed into the mischievous ten year old prince with his little pet fox cub, Dash. I can honestly say I’ve never been so touched, and so immensely proud 💖


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10-year-old Soren is the prince of Alcherys, a land that has been at war for hundreds of years. One day, he will lead his people into battle against the kingdom of Meraxor and their deadly leader—Vincent Wilder.

Soren should be training to become a soldier, but he is more interested in causing trouble with his trusty fox cub, Dash. When one of Soren and Dash’s mischievous adventures goes wrong, they unleash a deadly virus. It appears that an age-old prophecy is finally coming to pass, and Soren and his family must take a perilous journey deep into their enemy’s land.

Can Soren fulfill his destiny or will the virus destroy him first?

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Epic fantasy novella – Origin of Shadow

Origin of Shadow – Find out where the Brotherhood began

As many of you are aware, I released a novella last year called Genesis of Light. It told the story of the beginning of the Children of Light, and gave the start of Callista’s story in the war.

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Well, now I am preparing to release the second half of that story.

Origin of Shadow covers the same time period as Genesis of Light, but from the perspective of Vincent Wilder. Vincent is the leader of the Brotherood of Shadow and this novella tells his beginnings in the seedy underworld of crime.

Creativia (my publisher) has accepted the manuscript and it is now going through final editing, with a view to being released later this year.

I can’t reveal the cover design just yet, as it is still being finalised. However, here is a sneak peek at some of the first art draft (credit again to Irina French).

Origin of Shadow cover art sneak peek

A blurb and extract for Origin of Shadow will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

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How to Write Believable Sci-Fi Characters

A fantastic guide on writing believable characters, and lots of handy tips for improving your protagonists or antagonists.

How to Write Believable Sci-Fi Characters

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Visionary Fiction and the Soul

Welcome to the Visionary Fiction and the Soul Blog Tour @pdeblassieiii #4WillsPub #RRBC

Today I am hosting visionary author Paul DeBlassie III as part of the Rave Reviews Book Club tour. Over to you, Paul!

Visionary Fiction and the Soul Blog Tour

Goddess of the Wild Thing

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The Unholy

Excerpt: The Unholy

As she ran forward, out of nowhere the two crows flew at her, scraping

the air near her face with their sharp talons. Fists clenched, she struck out at

one and grabbed at the other. They flew up, circled overhead, then dove, talons

flaring. Unmoving, Claire placed her hands by her side and held their gaze.

They fluttered above her head for a minute, then left. Claire turned and saw an

eagle soaring—a healer’s spirit manifestation. Medicine women said it came

only when needed, when danger lurked.

Frantically tugging away bush, bramble, and cacti, she uncovered the

mouth of the seventh cave and stepped in. She had the feeling somebody was

watching.

Her eyes adjusted and she made out the contour of something. Squinting,

she stooped and touched what seemed to be a circle of stones and charred, cold

logs. She stood up and pulled back. A bat flew at her. She waved it away.

She stopped, waited for her breathing to slow, and, stepping sideways,

touched the walls of the cave. They were damp and the stink of blood and guts

was everywhere. Using the hard surfaces as a guide, her fingertips suddenly

brushed through a hollow space roughly the size of a human body.

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Author Bio:  Paul DeBlassie III, Ph.D. is a depth psychologist and award-winning writer living in his native New Mexico. He specializes in treating individuals in emotional and spiritual crisis. His novels, visionary thrillers, delve deep into archetypal realities as they play out dramatically in the lives of everyday people. Memberships include the Author’s Guild, Visionary Fiction Alliance, Depth Psychology Alliance, International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the International Transpersonal Psychology Association.

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5 Ways to Worldbuild Without the Infodump

5 Ways to Worldbuild Without the Infodump

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A fantastic post on worldbuilding and how to avoid the infamous ‘info dump’

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The Top 10 MCU Movies – Guest Post

This week, I’ve got a fascinating guest post for you from the fantastic dinmicheals. As a huge Marvel fan myself I ask dinmicheals to list her favourite MCU movies. They don’t correlate exactly with my own choices, but it’s not far off. Enjoy!

The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one of the best things to happen to this planet in the last 10 years. There are 4 MCU movies in the top 10 highest grossing films of all time (The Avengers Trilogy and Black Panther). That is no small feat, by any standards. The MCU has spawned 18 movies to date, with many more still in the works.

Indeed, from the very first movie (Iron Man) to the latest (Ant-Man & The Wasp), Marvel has tried to raise the bar every single time. They have been treating us to fictional worlds after fictional worlds. This is my top 10 list of MCU movies. As a fan of fictional worlds and immersive fantasy myself, I understand that you may have disagreements with my list. However, I hope you enjoy it nonetheless. Here we go:

·     Ant-Man and The Wasp (Peyton Reed)

MCU Movies - Ant-Man and the Wasp - Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ has the benefit of being the latest release. However, this does not take away from the fact that the movie was a thrilling ride from start to finish. Peyton Reed takes the comedy in the MCU to a whole new level. Ant-Man and The Wasp is a comedy first, action second movie.

Ant-Man and The Wasp delivers on the quantum realm after the slight tease from the first Ant-Man movie. Furthermore, this movie shows us just how perfect Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) and Evangeline Lily (The Wasp) are together on-screen. They fit seamlessly together from start to finish — also, a special mention to ‘Luis and the Crew’ for their part in making the movie an absolute laugh-fest.

‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ has grossed over $622m and was the eighth highest grossing movie of 2018. Not bad at all.

·       Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi)

MCU Movies - Thor Ragnarok - Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson

At number 9 is another beautiful comedy movie and by far the best Thor movie of them all. Taika Waititi is his first Marvel movie absolutely nails it from start to finish. Thor: Ragnarok gives us a better look into the fictional worlds of the nine realms. Also, we see Thor’s emotional journey to save his home from his evil, previously unknown elder sister.

Thor: Ragnarok shows Loki at his very best, scheming and plotting his way through the movie. Also, Tessa Thompson is an absolute delight, bringing a different element and feel to this immersive fantasy movie. Last but certainly not the least, the fight scene between Thor and Hulk is worth the admission fee by itself. Stunning!!!

·       Spider-Man: Homecoming (Jon Watts)

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I honestly don’t think that if Marvel tried, that they could cast a better Spiderman than Tom Holland. He is absolutely perfect for the role. You almost forget that he is British. This was the second reboot of the Spiderman fantasy world, but it is well worth it.

The presence of Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau gives the film a delightful authenticity. We also see the effort and growth of ‘Peter Parker’ as he tries to navigate his way through high school. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a sublime introduction into the MCU fantasy world of Spiderman. I am confident that there will be sequels to come.

·       Iron Man (Jon Favreau)

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The number 7 spot belongs to the movie where it all started, Iron Man. Who would have thought that we would be here today, 17 movies later, reminiscing over the very first? Jon Favreau delivers a masterpiece into the fictional world of the MCU.

The casting of Robert Downey Jr. is one of the best decisions the MCU has ever made. It all started in this movie. He has made the Iron Man character his own. It is difficult to imagine that there might come a time when someone else would pick up that mantle. Until then, we cannot help but enjoy the awesomeness that is Robert Downey Jr.

·       Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)

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The MCU struck gold with this movie. Black Panther has been an absolute sensation. IT even made more money that Infinity War in North America. It grossed a total of $1.35bn, earning a spot in the top 10 grossing movies of all time (No. 9).  Furthermore, Black Panther is the highest grossing solo superhero film.

This movie took the world by storm. It is by far, one of the most impactful superhero movies ever made. It touches on subjects of slavery and racism in unique ways, showing us a different side. Let us not even get into the beautiful city of Wakanda, just wonderful. An immersive fantasy of the highest quality. “Wakanda Forever!!!”.

·       The Avengers (Joss Whedon)

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Into the top 5, we go. It pains me to put The Avengers so low on this list just because of how awesome the movie is. I literally cannot count the number of times I have watched this fantastic movie. It wasn’t until this movie that we all started to see the phenom that the MCU had started to become. It was an ensemble superhero movie, the likes we had never seen before.

The Avengers was just the perfect way to end Marvel Phase One. The superhero ensemble grossed a not-too-shabby $1.52bn during its theatrical run. The only Marvel movie to date with a higher gross is Infinity War. The Avengers took the world by storm in 2012. It represented a significant turning point for the MCU.

·       Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo)

MCU Movies - Captain America The Winter Soldier - Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansen and Samuel L. Jackson

At number 4 is the second Captain America movie by MCU darlings, Joe & Anthony Russo. This was the first partnership between Joe & Anthony Russo and the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Likewise, this partnership is responsible for four MCU movies (Captain America 2 & 3, Avengers 3 & 4).

We never started to fully understand the depths of the power of Captain America until this movie. The Winter Soldier showed us Captain America at his best — a seasoned soldier at the height of his powers. Furthermore, the fight choreography in this movie is just off the charts. That fight sequence under the bridge between Bucky and Steve Rodgers; Goosebumps!

·       Guardians of the Galaxy (James Gunn)

MCU Movies - Guardians of the Galaxy - Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista

We can debate for eternity whether Disney should have fired James Gunn or not. However, one thing is clear: the man sure can make movies. The first Guardians of the Galaxy was a breath of fresh air into the MCU. It was a wonderful movie that opened the avenue of space into the MCU. Likewise, this immersive fantasy movie was a laugh fest from start to finish.

The stars of this movie are the teams themselves. Each character as captivating as the other. All I can say is, I am Groot!

·       Avengers: Infinity War (Joe & Anthony Russo)

MCU Movies - Infinity War

I don’t have to say a lot about ‘Infinity War as it’s still very fresh in our memories. The ending of the movie leaves you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. Even till today, I am still in shock over the sheer number of characters that were lost to the snap. If fan theories are anything to go by, we might get to see our favorite characters again.

The anticipation leading up to this movie was simply astounding. This movie raises the stakes more than any MCU movie before it. Avengers: Infinity War is the highest grossing MCU movie, grossing an astronomical $2.05bn. Fingers crossed on if Avengers: Endgame would claim that spot. Likewise, it is the 4th highest grossing movie of all time. Amazing!

·       Captain America: Civil War (Joe & Anthony Russo)

MCU Movies - Captain America Civil War - Chris Evans Robert Downey Junior

I am sure you must have guessed it already. If this movie was not already on this list, then it must be on top. That is where I’ve placed it in my top 10 MCU movies list. I do not even know why they bothered to name it Captain America: Civil War. Avengers 2.5 would’ve been a better title. The only major Avengers members missing in the movie were Thor and Hulk. It was star-studded from start to finish.

This immersive fantasy was a masterpiece served up by the partnership of the Russo Brothers and the team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. It is an absolute delight from start to finish. That Berlin Airport sequence – Whew! Jaw dropping!


The margins between the top 5 movies are minimal. Putting one above the other is tough. However, if I had to choose, I would say that Captain America: Civil War totally deserves its place at the top of this list. I am more than confident that the MCU would give us more amazing movies in the years to come. Thank you for reading.


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