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Remedy is New Apple’s 2017 Solo Medallist in Fantasy!

I am really pleased to announce that Remedy, book three in The Forgotten Legacies series, has been chosen as the Solo Medallist in Fantasy for the New Apple Book awards 2017!

I found out on the 15th February and I’ve been grinning ever since. To my shame it has Remedy Book Cover with lightingtaken me this long to announce it.

Last year was such an amazing year for my writing, Darrienia was a semi-finalist in the Kindle Book awards, The Severaine received a Readers Favorite 2017 award for dystopian fiction, was a finalist in the Independent Author Network book for the year awards for two categories, fantasy and action/adventure, and was an Official Selection in the New Apple Awards, and now Remedy has joined the award winning ranks as the Solo Medallist for fantasy in the New Apple Award for Excellence.

I honestly can’t even begin to express how amazing it feels. When I first started writing I never dreamt I would receive an award, and now, if you include the 2016 Independent Author book of the year award for ‘Outstanding Fantasy’, Darrienia received, I have won a staggering five, not to mention that each book in the series has been awarded 5 Stars by Readers’ Favorite, I’m really blown away, and honoured, by it all.

I really want to take this moment to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged me. I am grateful to all of you, my followers, readers, friends, and family. Without you I would never have had the confidence to see this through.

On that note, I am currently revising the final book in the Forgotten Legacies series tetralogy, which is aimed for release in early 2019. It’s a larger undertaking than I initially anticipated since I decided I could do better and scrapped everything after the first few chapters. I really hope that I can continue to live up to the promise I made when I released my first book. Thank you all again, your continued support and encouragement humbles me.

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Some amazing 5 star reviews from Readers’ Favorite for The Severaine

The Severaine has received some amazing five star reviews from Readers’ Favorite.I was blown away to see what people have thought.
Here’s a taste of what’s being said;
Reviewed By Christian Sia for Readers’ Favorite
“There are books you pick up, read, savor, and put aside; you forget them and move on to the next. But there are some you read, put down, and they continue to haunt you for a very long time. K.J. Simmill’s The Severaine is the kind that you will read and find it very painful to put down,
The Severaine is beautifully written, fast-paced, with very compelling characters. You’ll find intrigue and betrayal, and a powerful and plot-driven conflict. There is a lot of action to hasten the pulse of the reader’s heart, a lot of beautifully crafted scenes that leave the reader looking forward, anticipating more surprises. I enjoyed the hints of Norse and Greek mythology. This book combines different genres — thriller, dystopian, and fantasy — to weave a spell that will have readers entranced as they leaf rapidly through the pages. This is one of the stories I would love to watch on screen, a very entertaining read.”
Reviewed By Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
“It is in dire times that heroes are made and Daniel is one such hero, a character that readers will fall in love and suffer with. He is a man with his own woes, but very keen on the sense of good and justice. Once again, here is a monumental struggle between the forces of good and evil and K.J. Simmill demonstrates a great skill in characterization and plot, with each page laced with surprising twists to arrest the attention of readers and have them turning the pages. As one reads this beautiful and impassioned, gritty story, it becomes even harder not to imagine it being played out on the big screen. The prose is elegant and highly descriptive, conjuring up images that will stay in readers’ minds for a very long time. It was a delight reading The Severaine.”
Reviewed By Divine Zape for Readers’ Favorite
“The Severaine features many powerful themes and the most dominant one is the clash of evil against good and the author explores how the human mind can be twisted to want to use a dark power for very personal and egotistical ends. The author demonstrates great knowledge of ancient mythology, featuring entities like Zeus and creating a universe where evil and God co-exist. The evil power in this narrative will remind some readers of the magical Ring in the Lord of the Rings. Besides creating a very powerful conflict, the author also creates heroes who are so human, flawed, but guided by something beyond themselves — a deep sense of justice and the will to fight for what they believe in. K.J. Simmill’s book is the kind that you read and then pick up again to read.”
Reviewed By Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
“K.J. Simmill starts the narrative with powerful descriptions, drawing the reader in by introducing the conflict, first in the minds of the characters and, not so long from there, the reader is swept off their feet and pulled into a world of intense action. The story is well paced and the author has the uncanny skill of building tension in readers with well-crafted scenes that leave them longing to know what follows after. The language is impeccably good. What I enjoyed about the writing is that the author doesn’t shy away from telling and, although this is book two in the series, readers are not bogged down with unnecessary backstory. The Severaine is a masterpiece and I won’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a great read. Great writing, plot, and characters.”
Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite
“There is a lot I loved about K.J. Simmill’s writing. The first is the powerful cast of characters. Then there is the great writing with descriptions that are compelling and that draw the reader in irresistibly. It is interesting to see how the author pays attention to details without sacrificing the pace. The reader is introduced to the conflict right at the start, and the hook comes across forcefully when the author presents the monster and its thirst. Then there is also the personality of Daniel, a man plagued with dreams and visions of a bleak future. I enjoyed that K.J. Simmill’s characters are very human, that they know fear, that each has something to worry about. For instance, Daniel “feared the night more than his death. Death was an end, a release, and through it he would find peace. But to sleep was to invite dreams.” The Severaine is huge entertainment.”
If you’ve not already got your copy for the holiday season you can get it here:
“It’s not just a book, it’s the gift of magic.” ~ K.J. Simmill
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The Severaine, teaser 3

Hi all, it is Wednesday, only 8 days until The Severaine is released! It is my pleasure to present the next teaser:

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I have to say I really love the artwork, and want to once more thank my wonderful, yet modest, artist. Your talents never fail to amaze me, and I am beyond grateful for your continued support.

Don’t forget, The Severaine is now available for pre-order for Kindle and other e-reader formats.

Amazon link: The Severaine

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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.


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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:

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US The Severaine

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The Severaine: Cover reveal

It is with great excitement and pleasure I take this moment to reveal the cover of my next book, The Severaine, Book 2 in The Forgotten Legacies Series.

I want to take a brief moment to thank the person who painstakingly designed not only the cover, but the amulet from the description in my book. This cover is beyond what I could have hoped for. You know who you are, you don’t wish to be named, but thank you.

Without further ado, I give you, The Severaine

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Whilst The Severaine is a stand alone story, here’s the link to the first book in the series, Darrienia, which is currently a finalist in the Independent Author Book of the Year awards, in case you want to read it. Darrienia book link

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The Severaine, teaser two

Good morning all,

Given the favourable response to the first teaser I posted on social media I’ve decided to post my teasers here now as well until The Severaine is released in September

Without further ado, here is teaser two 🙂

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Progress update: The final polishing of The Severaine is underway and I am receiving positive feedback from my beta readers, thank you to those of you out there honouring me with this favour 🙂

I am still working on the synopsis, I find it the most difficult part to write. It is almost right now, it just needs a little tweaking.

I hope you all have an amazing week, I’ll be back soon with my latest book review. Take care.