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Happy Holidays and self promotion

Hi everyone.

I hope you enjoyed my Christmas advent. Out of the 100+ books I have read this year it was really difficult to narrow my list down to just 24 to recommend.

I hope there has been something to pique your interest, and I just want to say thank you for joining me for my book advent calendar.

Now since Christmas, for me at least, is the time to settle down with a good fantasy, be it film or fiction, I’m going to sneak my book links below, yes, it is a little bit of shameless self promotion tagged onto the end of a thanks, but you’ll forgive me right? After all, I spend most of my time promoting other people’s work ūüôā

Darrienia – Will they discover the truth in time? Or will those who should be heroes, become nothing more than the pawns of evil?

51gtaxpsgklSettle down this Christmas with the winner of the IAN 2016 Outstanding Fantasy award.

It is said that the past always returns to haunt you. Yet some forgotten pasts have whispered names and a debt for collection. Dangerous curiosities stir a hidden darkness, one that patiently waits to seize control.

The subtle periphery between dream and reality is in peril and those chosen must face the evil behind this looming disaster. But lurking in the shadows, guiding their hand, lies the true threat and a hidden agenda.

Will they discover the truth in time? Or will those who should be heroes, become nothing more than the pawns of evil?

Book links: UK РDarrienia     US РDarrienia

The Severaine – There are some bonds even death cannot destroy.

Civilisations rise and fall leaving only dust and legend in their wake. Kingdoms were lost, and races forgotten. Across the countless span of time one threat rises, heralding the end41txp5pilql of man’s rule, and laying to waste those who defiled its mistress. It is known as the Severaine, a power that in vengeance could bring even the Gods themselves to their knees. Each era overcame this peril so a new world could rise from the ashes of old. Lost within such wisdom could be the answers our heroes seek, a means to stop the threat before a new cycle is born.

But legends can lie and history can be mistaken.

There is another tale, a fable on the lips of few, it speaks of the means to force this power into submission, and there are those who would seek to bend this devastating might to their will.

Creatures rise, guardians wake, and sometimes even the meddling hands of man can turn divine plans awry. The prophesies of old were reforged by death and whisper now a chilling truth. If this path continues unobstructed there is only one conclusion. The end of man and god alike.

But there are some secrets that should never be uncovered and paths which mortals must fear to tread.

When revenge knows no boundaries there are some bonds even death cannot destroy.

Book links: UK –¬†The Severaine¬† ¬† ¬†US –¬†The Severaine

Herbal Lore – An asset to anyone wishing to utilise the beneficial properties of herbs

51mkoysojxlThis book covers a wide range of herbs and their uses in both medicinal and magical practices, including sections detailing extraction and application. It also provides comprehensive step-by-step instructions on making a wide range of items encompassing creams, herbal bags, incense, salves, tinctures, and poultices.
Presented in an easy to understand format, with an added definition of terms, making it an asset to anyone wishing to utilise the beneficial properties of herbs.

 

 

Book links: UK РHerbal Lore     US РHerbal Lore

 

Thanks for stopping by, and don’t forget, all my books donate a percentage of the royalties to charity.

Happy Holidays everyone x

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Donations made.

When I first published my books you may remember my promise to donate a percentage of my royalties to charity.

With all the figures in for the tax year I have no made true on this promise, and then some.

I have donated 10% of the royalties of Darrienia, plus a little extra to the UHNM (for the NICU) and 15% of the royalties from Herbal Lore, plus a little extra, to the Defence Medical Welfare service

I want to say a big thank you to all those who have brought my books and in turn also supported these causes.

I am currently hard at work on editing the second book in the series, with the help of my wonderful Alpha reader, as well as making some revisions to book three.

Here is wishing you all a wonderful week.

Take care xx

 

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Save up to 67% on Herbal Lore

Hi all,

This week (6th-13th Dec) Herbal Lore is taking part in the Kindle Countdown deal and will be available at the reduced price of

£0.99 or $0.99

Do you know someone who is interested in herbal medicine? Perhaps even someone who wants to know more about how to incorporate herbs into their magical practices? If so this book could be just what they are looking for.

With an easy to understand layout, and step by step instructions for making key items, such as extracts, poultices, herbal candles, and even incense, it makes a fantastic reference for both the beginner and the seasoned herbalist.

Herbal Lore has already received 5 star review on Amazon.com and .co.uk. It can also be read free by anyone who subscribes to Kindle Unlimited.

Why not pick up your copy today?
UK – Herbal Lore

US – Herbal Lore

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Darrienia and Herbal Lore are now available.

Darrienia and Herbal Lore are now available.

If you enjoy fantasy, or would like to know more about the uses of herbs in magical or medicinal practices, don’t forget to pick up your copy today.

By buying one of my books you will also be helping to support either the neonatal department of the UHNM or the St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS)

Herbal Lore

UK £1.99

US $2.99

Darrienia

UK £3.99

US $4.99

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And the winner of the Darrienia charity raffle is…

Thank you to everyone who helped me raise money for the UHNM charity for use by the neonatal unit.

The lucky winner of the ¬£20 Amazon voucher, my two books and all the other wonderful Darrienia goodies is…

Robert Glass‚Äč

I was so touched by everyone’s support that¬†I decided to offer a runner up prize of¬†a ¬£5 Amazon voucher, the runner up prize goes to…

Martin Green‚Äč

I have already contacted the winners to let them know, and I just want to say thank you again to everyone who took part, you support means a lot. Thanks to your help we have managed to raise a fantastic £95 for the neonatal unit at the university hospital UHNM charity.

To show my appreciation, I will be offering anyone who took part a Darrienia pen, just my way of saying thank you. I will be sending emails out later, and will send them out to anyone who wishes to have one.

Congratulations to our winners, and thank you again for supporting the UHNM charity.

Sadly I can’t upload the video of the draw to my blog, but you can watch the winner being drawn¬†on my Facebook page.

https://www.facebook.com/Oneirois

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Darrienia Final teaser

For my final teaser I decided to do something a little different. I thought this image on its own was so fantastic that I didn’t want to add any text, instead I will leave you with this small excerpt.

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“The timeless room gave pause to their own mortality, before them countless figures had sat in this very place. The endless athenaeum was dedicated to one sole purpose, the obtaining of power. Within the great towers, every tome, parchment, or carving, of magical craft and prophecy could be found. Some mere facsimiles, but nothing, not even a single aged shred of parchment, would further deteriorate within these walls, nothing that was, except for the living.” Darrienia.

This is one of my favourite images, as the artist took numerous things from the book and included them in the picture.

It is now just days away, don’t forget to pick up your copy here:

Darrienia:

Kindle US $4.99 Darrienia (The Forgotten Legacies Series Book 1)

Kindle UK £3.99 Darrienia (The Forgotten Legacies Series Book 1)

Herbal Lore

US $2.99 Herbal Lore

UK £1.99 Herbal Lore

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Darrienia raffle goodies.

Hi all, I Hope you are well.

Just a quick thank you, so far we have reached 50% of my fundraising target for the UHNM charity, thank you so much for your generosity.

The raffle has been detailed in the August edition of Literary review, so hopefully that will assist in making the final push towards the set target.

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Just a quick reminder of what’s up for grabs. The prize includes a copy of both¬†Darrienia and¬†Herbal Lore, a ¬£20 Amazon voucher, a mug, two bookmarks, pens, fridge calendar, keyring, and a 2016 calendar with Darrienia artwork (calendar, books, and voucher are¬†not featured in this picture)

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I must say the calendar is fantastic, I had a very talented artist designing it for me. It is expected to arrive with my pre-release copies of the two books on August 19th, but some of the art work will be used as teasers which I will start to release on the run-up to release each Friday, so watch this space.

If you want to enter, the competition closed midnight (GMT) on 30th August 2015, go to
http://www.justgiving.com/kjsimmill and make a small donation to enter. Just to remind you, there is no minimum donation.

Thank you again for all your support, and good luck.

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Herbal Lore, Cover reveal

Hi all,

Once again it is with great pleasure I reveal the cover for yet another of my books. My second title, Herbal Lore, is due for release on September 1st.

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This book is the result of many years experience and work. Initially, and strangely, the idea to collaborate all my research into a book came from one of my characters from Darrienia. The end result far surpassed what I was hoping to achieve.

This book not only covers the application and use of herbs from a medicinal viewpoint, but also from a magical one as well.

It also contains detailed step-by-step guides on making many useful items for using the herbs in either craft.

15% of all author royalties received from this title will be donated to The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service (DMWS) who provide practical and emotional support to military personnel, their families and other entitled civilians when they are in hospital, rehabilitation or recovery centres and support patients from all three services, wherever they serve.

Registered Charity Number: 1087210

It is now available for pre-order in both Kindle and paperback format

UK Kindle Р£1.99

UK Paperback Р£6.99

U.S Kindle – $2.99

U.S. Paperback