If there’s one thing I love more than writing, it’s reading Brandon Sanderson. The man’s a genius and this quote more than sums up how I feel when reading his work
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:
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?
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:
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?
Mythology, Folkore and Fantasy! Today I hand my blog over to the incredibly talented Vashti Quiroz-Vega as part of her Rave Reviews Book Club Tour:
Hi, everyone! Welcome to the sixth day of my virtual book tour. I’m very grateful to all of you who have been visiting the stops and also thankful to the wonderful hosts for welcoming me to their blogs.
“There was no sun in Floraison to torture us. We had brillantes, a time of divine light which was like the warmth of God’s smile. Here on earth, we have to endure days of glaring, fiery light which stings our bodies and perturbs our minds. In Floraison, we had nightglows when light dimmed to a soft glow, which reminded us that God was still near. Here, we have night––the absence of light when we are left on our own. I miss our home.” ~ Gadreel (exiled on Earth)
Gadreel is a popular character from the first book in my Fantasy Angels Series, The Fall of Lilith. She is also a supporting character in Son of the Serpent. In Floraison, Gadreel wrote poems and added music to the lyrics creating songs. Today, I’d like to showcase Gadreel by sharing a couple of short excerpts from The Fall of Lilith and one of her songs.
Excerpt : Goodbye, Dracul
“Have you ceased to believe in our cause?” Satan raised his eyebrows.
Gadreel rose to her feet and moved about, inspecting her fingernails. “I––I thought I would stay behind with the little prince.” She shifted her weight to the balls of her feet.
“Very well, but be certain this time he remains in the cave,” Satan said in a somber tone.
“I shall take good care of him.” She scratched her nose and avoided his eyes.
With a deep sigh, Satan hurried to join the others. As soon as he was gone, Gadreel planned her escape.
“Dracul, you are an intelligent little being, thus, I shall not fret to leave you on your own.” She held on to his shoulders.
“Why must you leave me?” Dracul’s eyes were large and doleful.
She passed her hand over his hairless head. “This may be difficult for you to understand but unlike Lilith, Satan and Samael, I yet wish to return to God’s good graces, and I am unable to obtain pleasure from destroying other beings. I am determined to never again allow Lilith to manipulate me into situations that make me feel unworthy of God’s love. There is good in you, Dracul. Remember that. Hold on to it despite what you see happening around you.” She kissed the top of his head. “Besides, I, too, have little ones like you. I miss them. I need to find them, for it has been too long since I have held them in my arms.”
“I shall go with you and help you find them.”
She kissed him again. “No, Dracul. If you follow me, I shall be punished. You must vow to stay in the cave until your father and mother return. Stay, I implore you. Otherwise my life shall be forfeit.”
Dracul nodded, wearing a frown. “I shall stay in the cave until my father returns.”
When his words of promise reached her ears, she took flight. She flew at full speed toward the beach where she last saw Dagon and her little mermaids.
Dracul followed her with his eyes until he could no longer see her. He lowered his head and sniffed, holding back tears.
When the others returned, they found him alone entertaining himself with a bat pup he found hanging upside down in the cave.
“Where is Gadreel?” Lilith scowled as she looked about the cave.
“She fled.” Dracul said. “But she made me promise to remain in the cave until you and my father returned.”
“What do you mean, she fled?” Lilith’s face flushed a raging red.
“She said she needed to find her little ones––like me.” Dracul looked as innocent as a daisy. His pet bat now hung from one of his horns and he giggled.
“And you allowed her to leave?” Lilith yelled, making him jump.
“Enough! Do not yell at our son! He is an innocent,” Satan said. “It is not his doing that Gadreel abandoned us.”
Excerpt: Gadreel’s Song
Gadreel flew in darkness and in light, only stopping to eat and rest. She did not fear Lilith’s certain retaliation for her desertion. Her mind was focused: she wished to reunite with her little mermaids. She was liberated, no longer dominated by Lilith, whose only thought was to seek revenge on God.
After some time, she arrived at the beach where Fornues was laid to rest, and where she last saw Dagon and her daughters. She tiptoed to the edge of the water and stared to sea. The azure, never-ending ocean was calm and untroubled. It sparkled under the sun, but she saw no sign of Dagon or her children.
Gadreel entered the water. She waded to a nearby flat rock jutting from the ocean. She sat on its surface with folded legs. The ocean breeze played with her curly hair, the color of desert sand in the late afternoon sunlight. Once comfortable, she gazed across the ocean once more certain somewhere underneath the surface her little mermaids swam with their father. She began to sing:
Keenly, I watch my infants’ eyes,
dreading the stares, and soft sighs,
I’m blinded by what they surmise.
They mesmerize; they mesmerize.
Like new exotic samplings,
Shown with Dagon’s unique offerings,
They’re my blessings; They’re my blessings
Soon there dawned an epiphany;
Daughters of our love’s symphony,
Scintillas of our harmony.
True synchrony! True synchrony!
We shared moments evanescent,
When they flourished luminescent.
Now where fishes float florescent,
Is their descent, is their descent.
My heart was lilt in their gaze,
Wilts now in their absence and blaze
Deprived of their love, is to faze
As in a daze, as in a daze.
Emptiness is all fills my core.
My soul burns with hunger once more.
My daughters, I long to adore,
Come to the shore! Come to the shore!
I fear I shall starve, o’er my babes,
Lest their dulcet gaze meet my face.
With time, I’ll be part of this place,
Singing their praise! Singing their praise!
Oh, bring back my mermaids, love-charm!
Come now, or I’ll make loud alarm,
Until my last breath suffers harm!
Cold rocks, no warmth! Cold rocks, no warmth!
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Vashti Quiroz-Vega is a writer of Fantasy, Horror, and Thriller. Since she was a kid she’s always had a passion for writing and telling stories. It has always been easier for her to express her thoughts on paper.
She enjoys reading almost as much as she loves to write. Some of her favorite authors are Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Anne Rice, J.R.R. Tolkien, J.K. Rowling and George R. R. Martin.
She enjoys making people feel an array of emotions with her writing. She likes her audience to laugh one moment, cry the next and clench their jaws after that.
When she isn’t building extraordinary worlds and fleshing out fascinating characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband JC and her Pomeranian Scribbles who is also her writing buddy.
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A thrilling Arthurian-style adventure
by Mike Shelton
Today, I am featuring a fantastic Arthurian teen and young adult book by Mike Shelton.
It is a brand new release and priced at only $3.99. It’s too good to miss!
How much wizard power is too much?
Some people are born with magical powers.
Others are not.
It’s that simple.
Roland Tyre, High Wizard of the Citadel, has always wanted to be the most powerful wizard in the land and adored by all. But there is already someone else that vies for that title – Bakari, the Dragon King; one of his best friends.
While Bakari and the dragon riders race off to find the lost dragon artifacts and the mythical golden dragon, Roland discovers his own magical artifact that gives him the opportunity to increase his own powers and influence in the land.
Can friendships survive greed for power? And who will emerge as the most powerful wizard in the land?
A grand adventure awaits with powerful wizards, kidnappings, traitors, kingdoms changing hands, and of course dragons and other magical creatures.
Is the Golden Dragon real and if so, who will find him first?
This is a follow-on series to The Alaris Chronicles, but can be read as a stand-alone series also.
Grab your copy here today!
Mike Shelton is the author of the YA/Teen fantasy series The Cremelino Prophecy, The Alaris Chronicles, and The TruthSeer Archives. Follow Mike’s work here:
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Cover Reveal for Genesis of Light by D.M. Cain
I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release, Genesis of Light! This novella is part of my epic, immersive fantasy series The Light and Shadow Chronicles. The series is centered upon a centuries-long war between two armies. Each book focuses upon a character within the timeline. This novella gives the origin story of one of the armies – The Children of Light. A complementary novella entitled Origin of Shadow will be released towards the end of 2018.
There is no official release date for the book yet but I am hoping it will be towards the end of July 2018. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the others in the series yet you can get them here (though reading these first isn’t required to understand Genesis of Light):
A Chronicle of Chaos – http://mybook.to/ChronicleofChaos
The Shield of Soren – http://mybook.to/ShieldofSoren
Genesis of Light BLURB
Warring countries, fantastical creatures, beings of terrible power and journeys of epic scale. The legendary Book of Alcherys tells wild and unimaginable stories. But they are not mere fairy tales. They are true, every word.
Callista Nienna is strong and independent, but nothing could have prepared her for civilisation being brought to a violent end. Now, she is forced to stay alive in a desolate wilderness with only her closest friend for support.
She has two choices: give up and die with the wilting world around her or seize her destiny and make it to the only sanctuary left unscathed. At the end of her journey, something awaits Callista, something both terrifying and unbelievable.
Genesis of Light EXCERPT
Everything happened in an instant. The sky tore open with a deafening crack and the ground beneath their feet shuddered. A deep boom and then fireballs were shooting through the air and plummeting down to the city. Callista gasped and jumped to her feet. Even from this distance, she swore she could hear the screams of terrified people as the city was obliterated. Buildings were flattened, reduced to smouldering rubble within seconds. It was as if the gods themselves were hurling rocks from the sky, decimating everywhere and everyone she loved. Tears welled in her eyes, her mouth wide with horror.
Between the crumbling buildings and blazing infernos, Callista caught a glimpse of something impossible and unimaginable. She shook her head but when she looked back again it was still there. An enormous creature of towering height, unlike anything she had ever seen before. Engulfed with dripping lava and leaving wafts of sulphuric smoke in its wake, it skulked through the burning city. It swiped indiscriminately with gigantic burning fists, smashing aside buildings and trees, and crushing the bones of any living thing in its path.
Slowly, as if recognising Callista’s presence, it turned to look at her. Sizzling eyes of such intense evil focused upon her petrified form. It held her gaze for a moment, then turned away. As quickly as it had emerged, it disappeared behind the remaining buildings and out of sight.
D.M. CAIN BIOGRAPHY
D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The series instalments to date include A Chronicle of Chaos and The Shield of Soren.
Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Sci-Fi novel Award.
Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her two young children, and spends her time reading, writing, reviewing and indulging in geek culture (Marvel, Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy).
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Author Academy Awards
My book A Chronicle of Chaos has been entered into this prestigious writing competition!
I’m very excited about this but I need your votes to win! It’s really easy to do, so if you would take two minutes out of your day to vote for me I would be immensely grateful.
Here’s how you do it!
1) Visit https://authoracademyawards.com/
2) First, scroll down to where it says ‘Ready to vote?’
3) Next, look at the voting boxes – each genre is on a new page so you’ll have to click through them until you get to my genre – FANTASY (feel free to vote along the way if you wish!)
4) Then scroll down on the Fantasy page until you see my cover for A Chronicle of Chaos. Click on it and you’re done! Your vote will be counted (thank you very much!)
Thank you so much for your support! Fingers crossed!
Book release – help request
Today I have a HUGE favour to ask you…
In the next few months I will be releasing a novella in my fantasy series entitled ‘Genesis of Light‘. I really need some help with the release. It could be sharing posts, hosting me on your blog, reading an advanced copy, or just giving me your opinions on the cover.
If you are willing to help a girl out, please visit this link and fill out the form. (It only involves a few tick boxes so it won’t take more than a minute or two). Thank you so much, wonderful people!
To say thank you, here are some freebies!
The Phoenix Project is a story that is very close to my heart. I had the original idea in 2002 and it has slowly grown with the input of a variety of influences and inspiration.
Inspiration #1: Raven Kennedy:
Raven began as the villain, Vincent, in my first novel “Dead End” (an idea which never came to fruition). The plot didn’t work, but I adored his character so I kept him and developed him as the antagonist in the fantasy world of ‘The Light and Shadow Chronicles’ (You may have met him in A Chronicle of Chaos or The Shield of Soren).
I loved the character so much that I took the idea of him and developed it in another direction—into the dark and depressed Raven in my next novel, The Phoenix Project.
Having worked with Raven for so long, I am very emotionally attached to him. Even though he is fictional, I feel that he is a part of my heart and soul. Hence this tattoo:
Raven also features as a major character in The Light and Shadow Chronicles. I don’t think I will ever write a book that doesn’t have Raven in it in some way. He is my muse and my access to my creativity.Continue reading “Inspiration for The Phoenix Project”
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My editing process by D.M. Cain
My editing process is a long and tiring one, but strangely I wholeheartedly enjoy parts of it (especially the early stages.)
I initially write my books using two methods. I spend a few hours a week sitting in cafes or restaurants with my trusty notebook, where I will hand-write sections of my story. It’s a bit old-school, I know, but there’s something special about cutting off from technology and getting back to basics with good old pen and paper. I often find that this is when my creativity truly blossoms.