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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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Book review: Power of the Stones by Aidan Stone

Countless races live within the universes, some516ncuiglll-_ss300_ by design, others forced to flee from war and then there are those who intruded on lands by sheer accident, touching relics of the past left behind. The Power of the Stones by Aidan Stone is a story of one such world, Aelfyce, a place where humans and lourack co-exist. But there is more to the world than how these races came to be, there are the stones. Those who don’t possess them want them, and those who have them want more. Adrian, the Lord High wielder regulates this magic, agreeing to have his implanter Insert them into those he deemed worthy. There are only two implanters, a means in place to ensure none possess the strength to challenge him for rule. Or so he thought. There are always those who will go to remarkable lengths to seize what they crave, and this is such a tale.

The Power of the Stones is a fascinating and gripping novella. Starting from the very beginning Aidan Stone sets a beautiful scene of how his world came to be before immersing the reader in a well-paced, enjoyable plot filled with a wide array of vivid and unique characters. I lost myself completely in the plot, the characters, strife and danger while learning the fundamentals of the world. It is a truly inspired read and Aiden Stone has certainly made it onto my list of buy again authors. I can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Book link:

The Power of the Stones

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The Severaine, available for pre-order

Hi all, it is with great pleasure I announce that the second book in The Forgotten Legacies Series, The Severaine, is now available for pre-order

10% of the royalties from this title with be going 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.

Cover:

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Synopsis:

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 end 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.

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Whilst only the e-book is available for pre-order I would like to remind my readers that if you buy the paperback of any of my books: Herbal Lore, Darrienia, and The Severaine, through Amazon as it is enrolled in the Kindle Matchbook program you will can get the kindle edition for free.

Book links:

UK The Severaine

US The Severaine

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Book review: Destiny Series: Five Novelettes With A Twist by Casi McLean

Destiny Series: Five Novelettes With A Twist by Casi McLean is a wonderful collection of five short stories. Fate plays destinya role in everyone’s future, and to some nothing short of a miracle is needed to ensure things are as they should be. From strange happenings, alternate lives, all the way to time travel, this collection has something for everyone and shows deep insight into the author’s diversity.

Casi McLean shows great talent, creating five short yet captivating tales. Each filled with vivid characters, different plots, and unique twists, all encompassing a single theme, destiny. From paranormal to enchanting, these stories contain a touch of magic to warm the heart.

I have to say I really enjoyed all five of the stories, but if I had to choose one to be a favourite it would have to be the second. For me it had a very ‘It’s a wonderful life.’ feel to it. It was beautifully descriptive and the scenes were set perfectly. But making a choice between them is hard, each tale has so much to offer and its own little piece of magic. It’s very difficult to write a review without giving away spoilers, so I’ll simply say this, if you enjoy paranormal, romance and tales woven on fate this is a book that you will love.

Here’s the link on Amazon: Destiny Series: Five Novelettes With A Twist

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Book Review: Dusk and Summer by Joseph Pinto

Dusk and Summer by Joseph Pinto is a beautiful heart warming story. Written in the first dusk and summerperson narrative and combining tragedy with seeds of urban fantasy. It follows the heartbreaking tale of a son sent on a final request from his father, as he lies dying. “Find me from Tolten.” This last adventure is one of discovery, a son recalling and remembering the greatness of his father during his journey, gaining new insight into the man he loved and respected and one needed as much by the son as the father. But there was more to his father than he realised, and mysteries which may never be explained.

Joseph Pinto knows how to write pain. He is an expert at bringing to life vivid and heart-wrenching emotions in a way a reader cannot help but feel the grief of the main character. His pain is yours to share. Dusk and Summer beautifully portrays a father son relationship, from hero worship to deep respect. The finally crafted imagery  is pure poetry casting a spell of beauty over a tragic, yet magical tale. This book is about loss and captures it in a pure and real form. It is a truly amazing read.

This is one book I highly recommend, touching, engrossing and magical. As an added incentive Joseph Pinto will be donating a portion of the proceeds from this book to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. I myself have already gifted a copy to someone I know will enjoy it.

Book links

UK: Dusk and Summer

US: Dusk and Summer

 

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Book review: Strange Matters by Bret Allen

Strange Matters by Bret Allen is a really fantastic and imaginative collection of short stories, each one different to the next.

There were so many brilliant tales that just choosing one to be my favourite was difficult, but when push comes to shove, I would choose ‘The Firebird.’ I thought, like his other stories, it was masterfully crafted, engrossing, and a real page turner.

Being short stories there is little I can say about the contents without spoiling not only the story, but the atmosphere the author so expertly creates. I will however say this, Strange Matters is a collection of very unique tales which express the author’s talents, not only in imagination, but in his ability to adapt his writing style to one which suits the tale being woven.

I would, without a doubt, recommend this book to anyone. I found myself having to finish the story before bed, I was not content to put it down unless it was finished. For me this is a tell-tale sign of a good book.

In most short stories books I have read, I will often find myself skipping over various stories, or speed reading through them¬†to hurry along the parts I don’t enjoy as much, but this was not the case, every sentence, every word was brilliantly constructed to serve a purpose.

There were some stories that I can imagine will be a basis for further stories in this author’s career, as I have said, there are so many fantastic ideas that I find it hard to believe some characters from the stories won’t be reappearing in future ones.

All in all a fantastic read. I can honestly say I am looking forward to seeing more work from this promising author.

As always, here are the links

US – Strange Matters: Collected Tales of Fantasy, Myth and Magic

UK – Strange Matters: Collected Tales of Fantasy, Myth and Magic

 

 

 

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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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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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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

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Darrienia – Cover Reveal

It is with great pleasure that I finally reveal the all new cover for my upcoming book Darrienia, book one in The Forgotten Legacies Series

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This cover was selected from a number that were specifically designed based on topics/ items found or covered within the book. I finally opted on this one as I found it the most unique, and to be honest, from the moment I saw it, I fell I love with it.

Thanks for stopping by to see the cover, I hope to see you again soon. Don’t forget to stop by on August 1st, when I will be revealing the cover and details for my second book, a non-fiction work, titled Herbal Lore.