Monday, July 29, 2013
Set in a brilliantly realized world ravaged by dark, uncontrollable magic, this thrilling novel of war, intrigue and betrayal confirms Steven Eirkson as a storyteller of breathtaking skill, imagination and originality--a new master of epic fantasy.
I give it 4 stars
If you like Lord of the Rings, you may want to give Deadhouse Gates a try. This is epic fantasy on a massive scale. Intriguing and uniquely individual characters, a beautifully described world, a no holds barred view of the atrocities of war, and an interesting magical system make this a must read for any fantasy fan. The only reason this isn't a five star book for me, is because it was perhaps a little too complex and vast. There is so much going on in this book that the story often dwarfs the characters and for me characters are the most important part of a story. Still, this is a book I would highly recommend.
Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Deadhouse-Gates-Malazan-Fallen-ebook/dp/B002S6UNRE/ref=sr_1_1_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1375101063&sr=1-1&keywords=deadhouse+gates
Friday, July 26, 2013
He paused at the curtain, listening to the conversation going on within the temple. Daemon's voice yes, and there, Valeria. No doubt about that, he could sense the subtle pull of her magic with every word she spoke.
Staring back into his dark eyes, Jada felt a little flutter in her chest. He had the kind of eyes a girl might lose herself in if she weren’t careful, eyes that gazed at her with a heat that was both frightening and exhilarating.
Red fire and blue met to blast the double doors outward. Jada was off and running down the porch steps even as a shower of splinters rained down all around her. There were cries and startled shouts, but she paid no heed to any of this. She called up her flaming sword and met the first guard brave enough to step to her. Sparks flew as fire and steel collided.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
|Cover Art by Morteque
So far, great reviews for Psyched!
Psyched is part ghost story, part suspense, part demon-hunting thriller, part budding romance.It's the story of a girl named Aisi who's doing her best to keep it together for her wreck of a family. She is smart, sassy, and sarcastic enough to keep things interesting. When she meets Vance on the single worst day of her life, she finds a guy who just might be the first person ever to get her, to believe in her, and to out-random her with bizarre observations at the worst possible moment. There's just something about him that she knows she can trust.
Together, Aisi and Vance wander through the memories of others to unlock the secrets of her past while battling a demon who wants to ensure she never finds what she's looking for. Aisi vanquishes demons all the time, but Malus Indolus is too strong. And he has plans for her...and her family.
Psyched is Juli's second novel, the first as an indie writer, and her first experiment with her true love as a reader: paranormal fiction. Her debut novel Beyond Perfection is also available.
You can find Juli on Twitter, Facebook, and her blog.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I hoped for a powerful story to inspire young and adults in the belief of Christian faith that is mystical and glorious. And while in the writing process to transpire an enthralling, action packed tale.
How did you choose your title?
Choosing a title is very hard for me. I like everyone else’s titles better. And then I thought of the evil, wickedness that is being released from hell, and somehow the title Wickedly They Come came to mind.
Tell us about the cover and how it came to be.
Hellfire erupts repeatedly in Wickedly They Come. And furling fire has the potency to transfix us all. Melissa Stevens illustrated the cover and I absolutely love it.
Did you self publish or publish traditionally and why?
After many revisions and querying agents which seemed like forever, I was ready to throw in the towel when I learned about small presses. Following a few queries, I had three offers of representation. I selected Black Opal Books, and they are a remarkable small press with professional, friendly people. Black Opal Authors are like one big family!
What do you consider the most important part of a good story?
When Seeley says to her daughter, Jordan, “I’m an optimist. I believe love conquers hate, faith overcomes despair, and that life is stronger than death.”
What is you writing process?
That’s a funny process for me—I sit at the computer and pray something interesting develops in my brain. Sometimes it does and sometimes it’s a bust. At those times, I need to walk away. And when scenes pop into my head I run back to the computer to write them down. It could be as simple as a sentence to a whole chapter. As you can tell, I’m a pantser.
How long have you been writing?
I liked writing stories and little plays when I was young, and as a teenager I sent short stories to magazines without any luck. Years later, the story for Wickedly came to mind and the rest is history.
What tips can you give on how to get through writers block?
Take a break!
What kind of music do you like to listen to while you write?
I tried listening to music once, and I found myself dancing around the house ignoring my writing. I like complete quiet.
Who is your favorite author?
I don’t have a favorite author. There’s a myriad of author’s that I love and that have inspired me. Recently, author’s that are now my internet friends have written amazing novels!
What advice would you give an author just starting out?
Keep writing to hone your craft. Read tons of books in the genre that you like to write, and investigate all the publishing options. And lastly, persevere, persevere, and persevere....
What's your next project?
I’m in the second editing phase for my dystopian novel, TALLAS. My third novel is in the hands of my literary agent, Sharon Belcastro of The Belcastro Literary Agency. And I’ve recently completed the first draft of the sequel for Wickedly They Come.
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013
A spoiled, untried prince.
A coup that threatens the country they both love.
When retired soldier Kemen finds the young prince Hakan fleeing an attempted assassination, he reluctantly takes the role of mentor and guardian. Keeping the prince alive is challenging enough. Making him a man is harder.
As usurper Vidar tightens his grip on power, Kemen wrestles with questions of duty and honor. What if the prince isn’t the best ruler after all?
Invasion looms, and Kemen’s decisions will shape the fate of a nation. What will he sacrifice for friendship and honor?