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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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Remedy, insight and information.

September 1st is quickly approaching and that can only mean one thing, the next book in The Forgotten Legacies series will soon be out.

Instead of bombarding you with several posts containing cover work and promotional images, I thought I would condense it all into one. Although I do have some more amazing pictures on the way, and a fantastic trailer, I’m not ready to release them yet, but I assure you, you will not be disappointed.

Like all the books preceding it, Remedy will read as a stand alone story, and will also be donating  10% of the author royalties to The DMWS. You’ll see their donate button on the side of my page, feel free to stop by and show the real heroes your support.

Cover reveal:

This year I have gone for something a little different, a separate cover for eBook and paperback. I am absolutely thrilled with how they have turned out, so I hope you like them too.

Synopsis:

Before there were legends there was war.
Before fables came twisted truth and distorted tales.
Things deemed too dangerous were sealed, and bound for all eternity.
Or so it was believed.

Whispers from an ancient realm threaten the peace, drawing a lone adventurer into The Depths of Acheron.
He seeks something from within this sealed domain, and those banished want something in return.
Something belonging to them.

There was a prophecy forged of rebirth and death.
But knowing what is to come can change what will be.
And there is one who seeks to do just that.
He intends to use every tool at his disposal, every distraction and manipulation, to ensure the future will be his.

The time has come for the forgotten to be unveiled, and for the sealed to be unbound. Only then will the world know true fear.

The first taster of promotional images:

Have I got your attention?

If you like the look of Remedy, it is now avialable for pre-order

Remedy on Amazon.com

Remedy on Amazon.co.uk

Like my other titles, it will also be free on Kindle Unlimited.

As a KU subscriber myself, I often lean towards reading KU titles, so I hope if you’re a subscriber this will tempt you too.

What’s next?

For my die hard fans out there, be warned, the final book in the series is not expected to be released until September 2019, but as the finale, you can bet everything that has occurred throughout the series comes in one glorious climax. Fear not, it is already written, but needs to undergo extensive revisions. After that, you can look forward to the series prequel, The Grimoire, which will be released as a stand alone, single book.

Last but not least:

I want to take this opportunity to thank you, the reader, and my supporters for being with me on this amazing journey. Writing has always been my dream, and thanks to your support it has been a successful one. I am honoured and humbled that you have chosen to read my work, and you will always have my heart-felt thanks.

Wishing you all an amazing day!

KS the Dreamer x

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Author interview: A J Chaudhury

Symposium Saturday welcomes author A.J. Chaudhury, writer of fantasy and historical fiction

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

author_picI live in Assam, India with my mother and sister. I am a student of botany who likes to write every time he has a free minute. Creating stories has been my passion since I was in kindergarten. I plan to keep writing as long as I live.

What are your hobbies?

Besides writing, I like to watch good films. Someday I hope to direct a film of my own. I also like to play badminton sometimes. I like travelling and want to see the world.

Which writers inspire you?

 It’s a long list. The first writers who inspired me were Rudyard Kipling, Conan Doyle. Then came the marvellous J. k. Rowling, followed by authors like Tolkien, David Gemmel, GRRM, Richard Matheson. Currently I am in love with Kurt Vonnegut’s writings. Continue reading “Author interview: A J Chaudhury”

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Great news, Darrienia is now on multiple platforms

As you all my know my book Darrienia hit the Amazon.com number one best seller in two categories for a little over two weeks. An amazing achievement for which I thank my wonderful readers.

Given the recent interest it has been suggested to me, by a number of you, that I should release my book across other platforms. Your words have been heeded my friends. Darrienia is now available on Blio, iBooks, Inktera, Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Oyster, Scribd, Smashwords and  Yuzu. Not to mention enrolled in e-book library distribution and reaches OverDrive (world’s largest library ebook platform serving 20,000+ libraries), Baker & Taylor Axis 360, Gardners (Askews & Holts and Browns Books for Students), and Odilo. So whatever your preferred device you can rest assured you can find it.

As a special thanks, until the end of July, for anyone who has already purchased my book on Kindle I will provide a coupon for Smashwords with 100% price discount allowing you to download the book for free on your desired device. To get your voucher simply complete the contact form at the bottom of this post and include your Amazon order number as proof of purchase and I will send you a code.

Done forget, book two of the Forgotten Legacies Series will be out later this year.

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Author interview: Marsha A. Moore

It is with great pleasure I welcome the very talented author of the Coon Hollow Coven Tales and The Enchanted Bookstore Legends Series, Marsha A. Moore. For those of you who follow my blog closely you may remember that Marsha A. Moore was one of my top five favourite authors from 2015. She already has 8 fantastic titles, including her newly released Witch’s Cursed Cabin. Her title, Witch’s Moonstone Locket, is currently on sale at 99 cents until the end of May 3rd.

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Author Bio)

Marsha A. Moore loves to write fantasy and paranormal romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales.

The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing, as well as other pursuits of watercolor painting and drawing. She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and is a registered yoga teacher. Her practice helps weave the mystical into her writing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors where she’s always on the lookout for portals to other worlds. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!

What are your hobbies? Continue reading “Author interview: Marsha A. Moore”

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An interview with author Karen Gray

Karen Gray is, without a doubt, my favourite author of 2015. Her books For King and Country and Chains of Blood and Steel have a very unique plot and are told with such skill and imagination you can’t help but become hooked. It is with great pleasure I present an interview with her.

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself. (Author Bio)

Karen Gray grew up in a town called Livingston, in central Scotland.11225376_427179710799670_5499340120153153877_o

She was horse mad from an early age and moved to Aberdeen at 17 to do a degree in Equine Science. After moving back home to Livingston 4 years later she worked as a care assistant for the elderly and infirm until she got a job in the equestrian industry. Since then she followed her line of work across Scotland to Greenock where she met her husband.

After leaving her job as a riding instructor to have her eldest child, Karen was never able to return to work. Her husband’s health deteriorated to the point he needed her available at any time of the day. She now cares for him and their 2 children full time. She began writing again shortly after the birth of her second child and has not stopped since. Writing is her first passion before all others and though she is working on other artistic projects, her writing comes first.

She is now about to embark on the fourth novel in the Warrior Queen Series, the first series from The Saga of Thistles and Roses.

What are your hobbies?

Writing (obviously) photography and graphic design. Crochet and anything to do with horses.

What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment, and why?

I want to say my kids because what mother wouldn’t? But I know that’s probably not what you mean. I could say writing my books, but I’m not finished yet so they in theory cannot be an achievement until the Saga is complete.

So I will say that my greatest achievement is no single thing but a series of much smaller gestures and achievements mostly to do with my career in the horse world. I Took on a 3 year old Clydesdale on deaths door who’d had cancer and was now lighter than a welsh pony and missing an eye. I turned him into a bombproof horse for a disabled rider. I knew taking him on that he could just drop dead (the cancer was on his retinal nerve and very close to his brain) We gave him 7 fantastic years before the cancer came back, and we lost him 4 weeks before he turned 10.

I’ve connected to severely disabled children and adults by taking a unique approach to teaching them, in some cases actually gaining the only spoken words ever uttered to someone other than family. I’m really proud of that.

I’ve helped countless people confront, combat and overcome their fears with regard to horses specifically. I kind of put it down to knowing exactly how badly fear can cripple you and understanding it at a fundamental and basic level and because I know that it helps me to teach people how to deal with it.

There are a thousand more little things like this that all combine to make me proud of being the best instructor I could be while I was still teaching and training.

Which writers inspire you? Continue reading “An interview with author Karen Gray”

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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, Teaser Three

Good morning everyone.

Welcome to the third instalment of the Darrienia teasers.

It is now only 12 days to release and 11 days to the charity draw, if you haven’t entered and intend to, make sure you do so before midnight (GMT) on 30th August.

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I want to take this chance to thank everyone for their on-going support, I was unsure about doing a donation giveaway event, so I am really thrilled to have raised over 50% of the target.

Don’t forget, both of my books are donating a percentage of their royalties to charity and they are now available for pre-order on all books sites in both e-book and paperback format, I have included the Amazon links below for the Kindle editions, but it is also available on Kobo, Apple ibooks, and over 70 other e-book stores.

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 and Herbal Lore, why I chose the charities I did

Hi all,

I hope you are well on this wonderful overcast morning.

As you know my debut books Darrienia and Herbal Lore are both due to be released on September 1st. Darrienia, as well as the fund raising raffle (see here for details), is donating 10% of author royalties to the UHNM (University Hospital of North Midlands) for use by their NICU (Neonatal intensive care unit) and Herbal Lore is donating 15% to the DMWS (The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service) 

A question a number of people have asked me recently is why I chose those specific charities, so I thought I would elaborate.

Why I chose the UHNM – NICU

I chose the UHMN charity, not only due to it being my local hospital, but because I have experience with the NICU department and feel they are truly deserving of some support. My pregnancy seemed like an easy one, very few symptoms, and everything seemed great. Until he stopped growing at 24 weeks. I started to have to go for regular scans as it became apparent that he was not only failing to grow, but he had problems with his heart and wasn’t moving as much as he should have been. Count the kicks became a nerve wracking part of my every day life, as did ultra sounds every other day. The aim was to keep him inside for as long as possible, but eventually, with his limited movement, and his heart concerns, it became apparent he would need to be delivered early. He was born at 34 weeks by C-section weighing 3lb 6oz, I remember I could hold him in two hands, he was so tiny. After the C-section all I wanted to do was see him. When I was discharged it broke my heart to leave him, but the staff were so fantastic, they were all really nice and offered so much support and reassurance. I remember there are three people there who really stuck in my mind, the first was a lady called Libby, she was fantastic, she really went above on beyond, it was Mother’s day when I was there, in her own time she had gone around every baby and taken a footprint so that all the mum’s could have a personalised Mother’s day card, I still have mine somewhere. Another lady was Julie, she was one of the nurses, she used to come onto the ward we were on to check on us, I was reading Terry Pratchett to Kaine as we cuddled, seeing we had a mutual interest we swapped books and talked about so many things, she really put me at ease. The third person I remember is Rose, I joked at one point that we should call her Resus Rose as she was in charge of showing everyone how to do baby CRP, as well as the normal responsibilities. These three ladies, along with all the wonderful staff made what was a terrifying experience bearable. I felt safe leaving my son in their care. They really instilled confidence.

We were in the NICU for about six weeks, I met a lot of parents who had been transferred here out of the area because this area had the better NICU care, of course with all the transfers this meant they were often full to capacity. They worked hard, and just have a natural ability to put the parents at ease and they were always so loving to the babies, treating them as if they were their own. They were so great I feel the need to give something back. I still drop off chocolates each year at Christmas, but I hope with the raffle and the royalty donations to help support them in other ways too. Even if my book doesn’t make many sales, it is just a small way of saying thank you.

The left picture shows Kaine at a week old, the middle at about 3 weeks and the right one him now

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Why I chose the DMWS (The St John and Red Cross Defence Medical Welfare Service)

Unlike the UHNM NIC I have no personal connection to this charity. The DMWS 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.

I have a great respect for our armed forces and believe that they should get the best care possible, whether they are injured in combat, or civilian life. We owe these people a great debt. These are people who are willing to sacrifice everything they are, everything they have for our country, and they deserve to be treated like the heroes they are.

I am hoping by donating some of the royalties received from Herbal Lore to not only bring attention to this charity, but to the care and support available to those who need it.

You can find out more about the DMWS here

In case you are wondering, the reason UHNM gets 10% and DMWS get 15% is because as they are priced differently the royalties vary, this way each charity receive about the same.

My books are now available for pre-order

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

Thanks for stopping by, don’t forget to join me on Friday for another Darrienia teaser.

Have a great week.

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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.