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Saturday, 30 November 2013

Kindle release Book 3 Blood Bride (fantasy)

The time has come for me to release the Kindle version of Book 3, Blood Bride. Should be ready on Amazon for 1 December (or maybe even before).

The paperback version is already on sale if you prefer a hard copy. Should you wish me to sign it with a personalised message then just contact me.  I charge £5.90 to sign and post the paperback in the UK. US would have to include shipping costs from UK.

I hope you might be able to share my news of this release to any fantasy fans you may know.

The series is growing and Book 4 is already half ready. Just need to decide on the ending but the drama takes a real twist.

I also plan to combine Books 1, 2 & 3 in an Omnibus edition. Date of release to be confirmed.

Cannot post link to kindle version yet as Amazon still playing with it. meanwhile here's link to paperback if you wish to buy direct. Mind you if you hang on a few hours to purchase your paperback, you'll get a kindle version FREE.
amazon.com/Blood-Bride
mazon.co.uk/Blood-Bride-Book



Thursday, 28 November 2013

Fantasy Quotes from the Aarabassa world series

It' fantasy series "QUOTES" time from the Aarabassa world:-

 Guardian Dragons Book 1, Chapter 9, Sea Whistle
‘They called up the biggest octopus the sea has ever known.’
amazon.com


amazon.co.uk
Paperback and kindle version
(e-book also available on Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iTunes)

Flight of a Changeling, Book 2, Chapter 8, Departure
'Humans understood little of the creatures who dwell in the forest lands of Chervvin.'

www.amazon.com
Amazon uk
Paperback and kindle version


Blood Bride, Book 3, Chapter 8, Mystery Dragon,
"‘Is this a magic cavern?’ She asked the dragon."
Available in paperback NOW 

amazon.com
amazon.co.uk

Kindle version release date 1st Dec.

Get all these quotes first on my author Facebook page by liking and setting to receive on your new feed: author facebook page  

Monday, 25 November 2013

Amos, heir to the human throne in Aarabassa

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Amos (Gilgam) 
I would like you to meet Amos. He is one of the human heroes in the fantasy series based on the world of Aarabassa. Amos is the eldest of three brothers making him heir to the throne. King Alfred of the Lightlands is his father. His age is around 21 suncircles.

Don't know what a suncircle is? Then please visit my fantasy website to find this out plus many more intricate details about this fantasy world and its inhabitants. I created this website purely for readers of this fantasy series.

Fantasy world of Aarabassa website

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Fantasy Series, 3 books so far


NEW REGULAR FEATURE - BOOK QUOTES:

When is a trilogy not a trilogy - when there are going to be more. Book 4 of the fantasy series set on the Aarabassa world, is in the making.

Meanwhile, enjoy these little quotes from each book. This will be a regular feature on my blog. 

'She was met unexpectedly by a small and somewhat elderly dragon.'
 Chapter 8 Mystery Dragon Book 1 Guardian Dragons
Available as paperback and kindle version

(Also available on Smashwords, Kobo, Barnes & Noble and iTunes)
amazon.com
amazon.co.uk


'...imagining his knife gouging the boy’s liver and frying it for dinner' 
Book 2 Flight of a Changeling, fantasy series. 
Available as paperback and kindle version
www.amazon.com
Amazon uk

‘I told the dragons when they rescued us, an evil one possessed him.’
 Book 3, Blood Bride
Available in paperback NOW

Kindle version release date 1st Dec.
amazon.com

amazon.co.uk

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Final hours for fantasy GIVEAWAY


Day 7 -  Sunday - 24th of November
http://hello-booklover.tumblr.com
Spotlight

And here it is. The very last day of my virtual book tour. Been a great week for coverage.  The FANTASY BOOK GIVEAWAY ENDS in around 6 hrs so pop along if you like fantasy series books. HAPPY TOURING to y'all.

Friday, 22 November 2013

Fantasy author Book Tour & Giveaway



Day 6- 23rd of November
http://threeblankpages.blogspot.com
Spotlight
http://allthingsfantasy.tumblr.com
Spotlight
MANY THANKS to these blogs for hosting my Book Tour. Plus let's not forget the GIVEAWAY where you can win any or all 3 of my books published so far in the fantasy series set on the world of Aarabassa. Rafflecopter giveaway




Thursday, 21 November 2013

Fantasy series in Giveaway


Day 5 - Friday - 22nd of November
http://www.kyrahalland.com
Spotlight and Interview
http://fantasyparanormalbooks.blogspo...
Spotlight

I feel that we're on countdown now. Only 2 more days to go of my virtual book tour. Some wonderful bloggers have hosted spotlights for me this week. Plus please support me if you can by entering the Giveaway to win one of the 3 books of my fantasy series.  Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Links to fantasy book excerpts


I am one lucky author. It's now half way through my Virtual Book Tour thanks to www.saskiabookservices.yolasite.com

PLUS my thanks go to the following sites for hosting me on DAY 4:-

Day 4- 21st of November
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com
Spotlight and Excerpt

http://saskiabooktours.wordpress.com
Spotlight and Excerpt

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Day 3 Many thanks for hosting my Book Tour

Day 3- 20th of November
http://patriciascholes.com
Spotlight

http://writingdreams.net
Spotlight

I cannot thank these blogs/sites enough for hosting my virtual Book Tour. It's fantastic how we writers/readers help each other so much. I'm honoured to be a part of it in the grand scheme of events.  Also a big thanks to www.saskiabookservices.yolasite.com for organising the whole things.

Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway Not only Book 1 but also Books 2 and 3 in e-version.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Day 2 Fantasy Book Tour



Day 2 - 19.11of my Fantasy Book Tour:-
Rafflecopter giveaway

http://theviolethourbookreviews.wordp...
Spotlight and Interview

http://aoifesheri.wordpress.com
Spotlight

Thanks go to these blogs for supporting my books.
Also thanks to www.saskiabookservices.yolasite.com for organising it.

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Beginning of fantasy book tour


And so it begins.

My very own and my very first Virtual Book Tour.

Monday is the first stop.

My thanks go to http://www.take2creativestorywriters.com plus http://whcann.co.uk for hosting my tour.

This is all happening courtesy of www.saskiabookservices.yolasite.com

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The future of a fantasy world

In the Beginning
It has now been nearly a year since I first began as a self published author with Amazon. I still feel like a newbie but I am a little more wised up to the machinations of being an indie author.

No Readers
When I first set out I put my fantasy series up for sale as a thick book of over 450 pages. Why? Because this is the sort of book I like to read. The idea was I would do a trilogy of thick books. As a new author it simply did not work. Readers do not want to bother with a huge book from someone they have never heard of.

Where Have I gone Wrong
This was where my very inexperienced beginnings at social networking first came in handy. I put a question to other authors on a Facebook Group I had joined, asking where I had gone wrong. I had no sales, what could I possibly do? I truly felt like my book must be terrible. Not one person told me to give it all up.

The Split
First they all picked me up from my bottomless pit. Then a brilliant suggestion was made and it opened up a whole new perspective for my Business Plan that I didn't have. Actually, it gave me a Business Plan. Split the book up it's too thick. Brilliant. Why didn't I think of that. So that's exactly what I did. I was worried that the suggestion of splitting into 3 was going to stretch it thin. However, when I sat and looked at the figures it seemed to make sense. So I split the story up into approx. 50k for each book.

Editing Blindness
This book had taken me approx 10yrs to write. I edited so many times that I became blind to my own mistakes. When I started to re-read for the split, I realised the book was still rough around the edges as far as grammar and spelling were concerned. Sizing it down to smaller sections enabled me to edit each 200 pages much closer. And so my fantasy series was organised. Taking the first 50k (approx) I set about re-editing, changing the title and book cover and re-releasing.

Outcome
So now, 1 year later I have finally released book 3. The last 50k of the original book. I now have three books instead of one. The time has come to go on and produce Book 4 (which is half written). However, I'm not just following this path of prediction. I still aim to achieve my original goal of three big books. Hence, I am putting the first three books together as an omnibus. Still keeping the smaller books on the market. I intend to do this with each set of three books. It is my hope to produce nine smaller books to achieve this goal.

Setbacks
I still consider myself a newbie. I have managed to increase the social networking, tenfold. Aswell as writing I created a blog, a website and an author Facebook page. My sales are still poor but my expectations are more realistic. Firstly, there is so much talent on the market that I am just one author among millions. Secondly, I find myself STILL editing. I am once again re-reading books 1 through to 3 so I can re-edit for the omnibus. Unbelievable that after a million (exaggeration - well slightly) edits I still have mistakes.

Multi-tasking
No pennies for a professional edit. I also produce my own book covers. In fact, my roles are multiple. I write, edit, illustrate, market, network and I'm sure there's more that I just cannot think of at the moment.

Lot of Pleases
So what do I ask of the world:-
1 Buy my books
Book 1 Guardian-Dragons
Book 2 Flight of a Changeling
Book 3 Blood-Bride
2 Leave book reviews on Amazon. They are such a necessary tool for my improvement.
3 Join my blog for more updates on my works
http://onewomansquestuk.blogspot.co.uk/
4 Like my Facebook author page
https://www.facebook.com/catherinelvickers
5 Have a look at my website whereby I am attempting to explain the intricate details of my fantasy world.
The world of Aarabassa explained


Thursday, 14 November 2013

Book Tour JL Mcfadden Fantasy Horror & Romance



Today I welcome author JL Mcfadden who is visiting my blog on his virtual book tour for a book titled:-

Adela (The Guardian)

Adela: Is a beautiful young woman of a very wealthy family in Eastern Europe who is fending off advances from an older aristocratic German business man that has an evil presence about him. She falls madly in love with another man to see her father and his followers come under the attack and clutches of this barren try to use the enslavement of her fathers land and people to force her to be his own.

BUY THIS BOOK:

amazon.com
smashwords.com

Before to we go on to meet the author let's click the link for his Giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:


J.L McFadden is the Author of the Guardian Series:

Guardian, released, Adela, release in September, Chooses, release in December, Adela’s Lost

Guardian, March, more to be named at a later date. McFadden spins tragedy and romance into all of

his stories with picturesque descriptions that vividly paints and melts the scenes into your pleasure

cortex that is a valid and important part of every readers mind. ;) Jamie Lee was born in a mixed

Celtic and Slavic family in the river valleys of Pennsylvania, in his earlier years he played in bands in

New York and ended up working his way into H.Q of the largest musical retailer in the world Guitar

Centre; while working at the store level he managed multiple departments at once and handled all the

stores merchandising logistics. He has explored the world and became the first American to be

excepted into the Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol, where he enjoys

learning from great masters from around the world, where he has developed his himself. He explains

that the people rich and colourfully different people he has met spawned a lot of his characters.

goodreads.com
Author website
Author Facebook Page
vk.com

Armchair Time
Time to relax with a nice hot drink and imagine you're having a lovely little chat with our guest. Feeling comfy? Good, then let's begin...


Q. Are you a full time author or do you have another job aswell and if so how do either or these fit in with writing time?

A. Being my second book I am still trying to get my head around it, but I do write from time to time for a Ukrainian site. I am trying to make the leap to full time Author and have been blessed with lots of Authors lending a hand.


Q. Do you write on your novel daily or do you try to have days off?
A. I am a moody writer I guess, I will sit down and write sixty or seventy pages at a clip, but I cannot set myself to a schedule of an hour here or an hour there.


Q. Do you go back to published books and want to change them in any way?
A. My new Editor makes sure that I don’t want to change anything after we are done; I would have to say she is a complete blessing.


Q. Who do you think your book will appeal to?
A. I would have to go out on a limb and say younger and middle aged women, but It still has enough action in it to keep a guy happy or at least I hope it does.
Q. If you have a ‘baddy’ in your book, can you tell us a little about this character?
A. That would have to be Lord Roth, the man has a strange charm and a peal that seems to cast people under his charm, debonair, but yet still rough around the edges. He is used to getting his way and is a mastermind at bending the will of others.


Q. Is there any romance in your story and if so can you tell us a little about this?
A. Well in this book Adela has fallen in love with a young man named Donavan and there is a lot of flirting and someone who is mad about Adela trying to put a hamper on it, but they are not the only ones having a fling during the story,  


Q. If you have to write any fighting scenes, what are your best tips of how you create them?
A. Wow, for me in this book I tried to keep it more simple than my first, because the last book I explained in great detail. In Ukraine I am a member of  Interregional Federation of Aikido Aikikai of Crimea & Sevastopol and have been studying Jujitsu for ages.


Q. Do you ever write sad scenes and do you feel the sadness as you write it?
A. I think if you are not feeling the story, you audience is not going to feel it, so if I don’t feel any scene, I rewrite.


Q. Did you write as a child or did you come into your talent as an adult?
A. I have had teachers since the 8th grade pushing me to write, but I have just recently started to publish books.


Q. Can you give us a little insight into any fantasy characters in your latest book?
A. Two different types of werewolves, some are man-beasts and those who are just wolf and Vampires.


Q. Is your world in your book like earth or is it a fantasy world?
A. It is actually based on in Europe.


Q. What is the time period setting of your latest book?
A. 12 century


Q. Do you prefer to write as a series or one off books?
A. I have several series in my head, but I do have a couple one offs. Adela is part of a series, but I feel it should be read before the rest.


Q. Do you like to use lots of subplots or do you think just confuses?
A. I like to build a story and trying to make it unfold and not be confusing to people.


Q. Can you tell us a little about one of your sub plots in your latest book?
A. Adela, is a woman that and her father wants her to take control of his land and in those days that was unheard of, but the people that lived on this land all hoped for it, while others not from there rebuked the idea. One of the men that hated this idea was also madly enthralled with her, but also detested how the people seemed to treat her as a queen.


Q. Can you tell us a little about your protagonist and your antagonist and how they relate to each other?
A. Adela would be the leading lady in this story; she is a young and strong wild woman that loves all people.


Lord Roth is a greedy businessman that believes all people are just there to be used and is always enraged at how not only does Adela ignore his advances, but beats him to the punch every time he tries to do a power move to take the reins of the situation. He is tormented by her, all the men want her and she is the first person to ever be able to resist his Vampire charming.


Q. How do you think you would feel if you received a really bad review that seemed justified?
A. You have to take the knocks and grow with them.


Q. Do you think all readers should do reviews to help the writers improve?
A. I think readers should review to allow other readers to see what a book is about. I try not to be judgmental in my reviews; I tell people why I liked a book without spoiling the plot.



Q. When you receive reviews do you find yourself influenced to make changes?A. I am always trying to grow.

Thank you Jamielee for the opportunity of chatting with you on my blog today.


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Featured Author D A Knight, Fantasy

This weeks Featured Author is Dana A Knight, Fantasy Adventurer. (Goodreads - Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia & Romance Readers, Writers & Reviewers)  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6940944.D_A_Knight


Cretaceous Clay & the Black Dwarf (The Chronicles of Cretaceous Clay)

Jack Clay hunts a warlock who escaped from hell by possessing an innocent black dwarf.

Jack entertains thousands in the Circus, and he lives in Babel Tower high above Nodlon. Half-elf, and half-human, Jack is the only magical being in the Solar System. Surrounded by flying cars and high-tech, finding a useful market for a magic talent wasn't easy for a man who is neither biot nor human.

Nodlon is not a paradise for non-magical biots! Biots work jobs no one wants to pay for, and Evan Labe is a biot. Evan is a black dwarf: a short person with a black chip in his forehead to keep him in his place. He dreams of a better life, but how will he find it? Tempted by an infomercial, Evan falls into a trap.

Nimrod once ruled the fertile crescent with an iron fist and a reign of terror. Now, he takes Evan's body, and he returns to Earth! This time he raises an army to conquer the Solar System! Soon an epidemic of missing dwarves plagues Nodlon, and the trail leads to murder and a mysterious Black Dwarf.

Freedom must wait! Jack must hunt a foe with powers from beyond this world and stop him before it is too late.

Will Jack save Nodlon? Will he stop the Black Dwarf?

So begins the strange and quirky odyssey of Cretaceous Clay!

Biots are people too!
http://www.amazon.com/Cretaceous-Clay-Black-Dwarf-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CMXCKTC












About this author

An engineer, an environmentalist, and a lawyer walked into a bar ...

D. A. Knight writes non-fiction for a living. After several real-life adventures, D. A. brings his childhood adventures to life with Cretaceous Clay.

Jack Clay, magician and amateur sleuth saves world from an escaped spirit from hell.

Dana is an engineer, a professional environmentalist, and an attorney who practices patent law and pro bono family law. He dwells in Texas and dreams of Middle Earth.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Schedule for Book Tour Guardian Dragons

Just received the schedule for the Virtual Book Tour I'm about to have thanks to saskiabookservices.


Day 1-18th of November
http://www.take2creativestorywriters.com
Spotlight

http://whcann.co.uk
Spotlight

Day 2-19th of November
http://theviolethourbookreviews.wordp...
Spotlight and Interview

http://aoifesheri.wordpress.com
Spotlight

Day 3- 20th of November
http://patriciascholes.com
Spotlight

http://writingdreams.net
Spotlight

Day 4- 21st of November
http://sharemydestiny.blogspot.com
Spotlight and Excerpt

http://saskiabooktours.wordpress.com
Spotlight and Excerpt

Day 5- 22nd of November
http://www.kyrahalland.com
Spotlight and Interview
http://fantasyparanormalbooks.blogspo...
Spotlight

Day 6- 23rd of November
http://threeblankpages.blogspot.com
Spotlight

allthingsfantasy.tumblr.com
Spotlight

Day 7 -  24th of November
http://hello-booklover.tumblr.com
Spotlight

www.saskiabookservices.yolasite.com

Monday, 11 November 2013

Rafflecopter Giveaway for fantasy ebooks

Thanks to Saskia Book Tours I am having a Rafflecopter giveaway Please just click into link for details. It will all start on the 18th November and run through until 24th. I realise no one can enter just yet but don't worry, I'll remind everyone on the day it starts.

Why??? Because I'm having my very first virtual Book Tour for the Aarabassa World series.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Blood Bride Paperback Release

Book 3, Blood Bride paperback released on Amazon worldwide. This is part of the Aarabassa World fantasy series.

amazon.com/Blood-Bride
amazon.co.uk/Blood-Bride


"Upon this world one half is dark and the other is light. A Magic Wall divides the darker characters out of the Lightlands. 

All upon Aarabassa are preparing for battle.

The evil monshaad Emperor has enticed the Changeling to the Darklands where he hopes to capture her very essence of magic. However, the vamplin Lord has different ideas.

Evil stirs, who will stop it."

E-version to be released 1 December on Amazon worldwide.

Friday, 8 November 2013

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Featured Author Lenore Sagaskie, Science Fiction Fantasy

This weeks Featured Author is Lenore Sagaskie, Science Fiction & Fantasy. (Goodreads - Paranormal, Fantasy, Dystopia & Romance Readers, Writers & Reviewers) https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7305546.Lenore_Sagaskie


The Four Sworn: Spring Equinox by L Sagaskie
One drawn to fire.
One drawn to air.
One drawn to water.
One drawn to earth.
Brought together by ancient forces woven long ago, The Four must come together to fulfill their destiny. They will change forever as they prepare to face the biggest challenge of their lives-- fighting to prevent two worlds from tearing each other apart.
http://www.amazon.com/Four-Sworn-Spring-Equinox-ebook/dp/B00CADFNVQ


About the Author

Lenore is a free-lance writer and was also a staff writer for the Emmett Village News where she was known locally by her readers for her monthly articles. Lenore's passion also extends into the art world, where she likes to create in pencil, pen & ink, metalsmithing and mixed media. She was the president of the Richmond Area Art Association (now defunct) for many years. During her tenure she was dedicated to exposing the community to local artists through art exhibitions; thereby generating interest in the visual arts. Lenore served in the armed forces and held the highest rank of Sergeant. She currently lives in Michigan with her loving family: her husband, Dan, her two sons, Hunter and Archer, a loyal bull mastiff and a few too many cats. She has a supportive family; especially her sister Denise. Lenore loves to hear from her readers, friends and family and often makes them characters.  




Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Aarabassa World Blog Visit

Today we'll look at the 'D' Section of the fantasy world of Aarabassa

CHARACTERS & CREATURES (beginning with D)
Dahlia = Lightlands. Human. Grandmother to the 3 human princes. Mother to the human king.

Dallheim = Lightlands. Human. Chief of the Cherok tribe.

Davinia = Dark Elf. Queen. Darklands.

Dolphins = Gentle creatures of the seas within the Lightlands.

Dragons = Lightlands. Guardian dragons guard the Magic Wall. Civilised creatures. Speak through Mindtalk. Large and beautiful to look upon.

Dumla = Beetling. Darklands. Giant unhostile beetle-like creature. Farmed by vamplins for blood. Hard shells used to make things ie doors, cups, shelters.

Dwarves  = Lightlands. Human-type creatures. Average height approx. 3-4 feet. Speak with an accent within the context of the story. Neighbours and allies to humans. Miners of metal. Inventors. Live in rocky landscape. Some live in villages of 'tinnhutes', some in the caves where they Mine by building houses within the stone walls.

AARABASSA WORLD  (beginning with D)
Dayloon = This is the silver moon. When it is high in the sky in the Lightlands, the people and creatures are awake. It represents a measure of time called moonwake ie daytime.

Dygore
= Rocky lands within the Darklands. The vamplin leader lives here.

For more information on the World of Aarabassa, please visit the website Aarabassa World Website

Picture curtesy of http://www.eldlor.com
















  

Monday, 4 November 2013

Book Cover Release Fantasy Book 3



Just for fans here on my blog, a quick peek at the new book cover.

I decided to go for a whole new look.  The last two covers have been based on the same template so this time I've gone for a more severe look. I particularly like the contrasting colours of red and white. Obviously red for blood and then white for snow as Heather is now in the Darklands.

1 December is the release date for Book 3. I'm just trying to think up a countdown theme or some sort of promotion. If anyone has any unique ideas, please throw them my way. 

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Release date for Book 3 fantasy series

Keep your eyes open for the great news I have on the horizon for my fantasy series set in the world of Aarabassa:-

*18 November - my very own Book Tour will commence for a week organised by Saskia Book Tours
* 1 December - Releasing e-version & paperback of Book 3, Blood Bride on Amazon word wide
*  Aarbassa website Aarabassa World is now having pictures included for characters so it's growing and improving all the time.

I'll report back very soon as things happen, but I'm so pleased I finally completed Book 3.

Not that I'm stopping to rest. Inbetween writing the fantasy series I'm now writing Flash Fiction and anthologies to improve my writing skills. There's always room for improvement.