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Short Story- Sweetest Dreams

Hey, awesome people! So, at the minute I’m taking feedback from beta readers and editing The Mage-Lord’s Legacy, the second book in The Constellation Saga. I’ve been working hard on the planning for the third book too. And I really just wanted to write something instead! Here’s a first glimpse into the next world we’ll be exploring once the Constellations have finished telling their story… Let me know what you think!

 

The numbers slid together in Cal’s mind and he totted them up to a satisfying total in the box at the bottom of the column. 83.83. A wave of rightness fluttered in his chest and reminded him that today was the third day of the third month, more perfection in pattern form.

“Excuse me,” a nervous voice pulled him from the revelling and he turned his attention to the delicate minotaur resting her hands on the counter beside him.

“Welcome Ma’am,” the smile reserved exclusively for customers lit his face instantly, “Please forgive me, just trying to catch up on the books, you know? But you come first, of course. What can we do for you here at Vesper’s Artifacts?”

“It isn’t really the artifacts I’m here for.” The minotaur looked sheepish for someone that was half-cow, barely meeting Cal’s gaze. Instead, she chose to fixate on her wringing hands.

She was slight for her race, still enough to look down on a fairy and outweigh him twice over though. Even her horns were slender, as though they would snap off if she caught them on a doorframe. A rugged shawl swathed her entire form, and her eyes and fur were dim.

“Then what can I do for you Ma’am?”

“It’s you,” her voice was whispery, hoarse, “A dark fairy. You can give me a dream, can’t you?”

“I’m sorry Ma’am, that just isn’t the kind of thing I do. We trade objects of power, find lost treasures, store things of value. I’m not a tweaker, I’m the manager here.”

Cal knew he didn’t have to mention his position, but he was still thrilled enough that he often considered making himself a tag with the title proudly written across. The fact that Nate would never let him live it down was the only thing holding him back.

“I can pay. A good rate.” The woman leaned forward, invading the staff only area behind the desk with her nose and horns.

‘Pay’ was one of the magic words that always seemed to summon him- Nathaniel Vesper, the blond half-elf that owned the business, seemed to appear from nowhere.

“And we charge an excellent rate,” Nate oozed charm as he shook the minotaur’s hand, “What are you looking for, dear lady?”

“A dream.” She looked at Cal, intensely this time. Her endlessly deep eyes bored into his, begging.

A massive grin bloomed on Nate’s face and he dropped an arm over Cal’s shoulders.

“Just so happens Cal here is the best darn dream tweaker in the city!”

Nate somehow managed to extract a piece of paper from a nearby stack with his non-engaged arm, then slid it over the counter.

“Just sign here, to say you won’t hold us responsible if anything goes wrong. Not that it will. But you know, if you have a bad reaction or something.”

“Mate, that’s a copy of form seven C, it’s for people leaving an object here overnight for historical and magical identification,” Cal whispered into the slightly pointed ear still crushed against his forehead.

“A release form’s a release form.”

It wasn’t, it really wasn’t. The blatant disregard for the filing system made Cal nauseous. And now it looked like the paperwork he’d planned on finishing wouldn’t be getting done.

“This isn’t what we do.” Cal did his best to keep the conversation out of the customer’s hearing.

“It should be.” Nate had the typical glee painting his face that shone out whenever he got an idea that didn’t involve him doing any extra work. “We spent most of what we had to buy this place and fit the defences, bro. We could do with the extra cash until we get the first few expeditions done.”

“You know I’m not going to argue with you…”

“Yeah. That’s my favourite thing about you.”

“Where am I going to put her?”

“This used to be an inn, bro. There’s dozens of rooms upstairs.”

“Sleeping draught?”

“I’ll send a minion.”

“You mean an employee?”

“Or that.” The half-elf waved Cal away and retrieved the signed, horrifically incorrect paperwork.

If Cal was going to start dream tweaking from the premises he’d have to draw up some proper forms. Maybe some information brochures. And it would probably be a good idea to prepare some general ones that could be filled in with whatever crazy venture Nate dreamed up next.

“Why don’t you take this lovely lady up to room three, and I’ll send someone up with your kit once you have her settled in?”

There was no disagreeing with Nate once he had his mind set on something, especially if it helped further his business. It looked like dream tweaking was getting added to Cal’s job list. If it got too popular he’d have to hire another ebon fae to help out. And it would become popular once word got out, which meant waves of customers with smutty requests and bloodthirsty desires. He’d start looking for another tweaker tomorrow, there was too much involved in running Vesper’s to get distracted with a side venture. They would have to be good though, he’d prefer to run himself ragged than offer a less than perfect service.

He led the minotaur woman over to a staircase set in the solid, blocky walls. Under his feet sat a heavily fortified cellar that had been fashioned into the most impregnable set of safes in the kingdom. They already held some of the artifacts belonging to the nobles and mages that lived in the city. Hopefully the collection, and the profit, would continue to grow. Yet here he was, performing the art that most people looked down on his kind for, but always seemed to want access to.

The inn rooms were on the floor above the one where Vesper’s business was conducted, and they had hardly changed. Some were set aside to be used by staff, but most were still plainly yet tidily decorated with their original furnishings. Cal opened the door of the one Nate had suggested he use and let the woman enter before him.

“Have you ever used a dream tweaking service before?” Cal asked, straightening a coaster on the side table so that it lined up with the edge.

“No.” The woman fiddled with the tassels on the corner of her shawl and cast her gaze around the tiny space- the single bed, compact dresser, and table with a rickety chair tucked underneath.

Cal took the chair and motioned for her to sit on the bed. She still towered over him, even though the mattress sank under her weight.

“We’ll talk through what you want to get out of this first,” he explained, the spiel coming back to him naturally, “You can ask for anything you want, what we discuss is completely confidential. If you ask for anything I find particularly distasteful, I retain the right to refuse, okay? If it involves other people I’ll get you to give a description of them, your brain will fill in most the blanks though, so it doesn’t have to be perfect- just enough to get me started.

“Then you’ll take the sleeping draught. It’ll be about a minute until you’re fully asleep. I need to touch you once to access your mind at the start, once I’m in I’ll drop the contact. You’ll see it much more vividly than a normal dream, and there’s a higher chance you’ll know you’re dreaming.

“You’ll be out for around an hour and might be a bit groggy when you wake up. And there’s a slight chance you could be allergic to the draught and experience negative effects. Do you understand everything?”

She nodded silently and took a heavy breath.

“And you want to go ahead?”

“I do.” The mournful sigh that escaped her lips told Cal this wasn’t going to be a typical pleasure simulation.

“Then tell me about it.”

“I just want to see my son,” a tear escaped from corner of one eye and ran down through the rough fur covering her cheek, “He died last week. I want to see him, that’s all.”

Cal rested his hand on the minotaur’s arm, taking in her unique signature to align himself with her mind, and providing her with whatever scrap of comfort he could offer.

“Know what?” he said, “This one’s on me.”

 

If you enjoyed this, check out this short story involving everyone’s favourite snarky Juggler, Asher from The Constellation Saga.

 

The Book Robin Hoods

Hi guys, today I’m introducing an awesome initiative that connects authors, bloggers, writers, and reviewers on one beautiful site. The Book Robin Hoods is an incredible place where no matter what role you play in the book world, there’s something for you!

“Welcome to The book Robin Hoods, a group of young people who share a love of justice, unprobable heroes and books. We defend the weak, write and read, watch movies and create yummy aesthetics. Join the fun!”

The Book Robin Hoods Website

The idea behind the site is for authors to find new places to promote their books, bloggers to discover new books to review and talk about, and readers to benefit from both with the gorgeous content the bloggers are releasing and the wonderful stories the authors are writing.

 

The Book Thieves

 

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Here you can find the sites of plenty of selected bloggers that have stunning content, you can follow them and get in contact to ask about featuring your own work.

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Just look at the absolutely beautiful pictures they take!

 

The Storytellers

 

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Meet a wonderful bunch of talented people, follow their links, and get in touch with them to ask for review copies of their books.

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The pictures show you more about each author and allow you to discover the intriguing worlds they create.

There’s also a section where authors can post their favourite 1000 word excepts of their work, you can read these little blasts and get a taste of the stories that interest you.

Another great feature is the forum, where you can chat with other readers and writers, ask for advice, or even find critique partners.

Meet the Creator

 

Meet the creator of The book Robin Hoods, M. C. Frank, a self published author currently writing her new Robin Hood novel, which inspired the idea for this team- find out more on her website.

And check out excerpt of her novel, Lose Me, on the Storytime section of The Book Robin Hoods forum here.

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You can get a copy from Amazon US or Amazon UK

Meet the Bloggers

 

Just some of the brilliant bloggers you need to follow…

Ly Brary

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Biblio Wyrm

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Darque Dreamer Reads

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Meet the Authors

 

Check out some of the amazing books you can request copies of!

 

Hannah Fielding

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Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. She grew up in Egypt, has a degree in French literature, and has travelled across Europe. No wonder her books are so enthralling and alluring. Hannah is a multi-award- winning novelist, of six novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy –Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain. Her newest novel, Aphrodite’s Tears is set in beautiful Greece. Don’t miss it!

Get it on Amazon

Natasha Sapienza

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Natasha Sapienza is an author, a mom and a YouTuber. Fall in love with her gorgeous novel, Prodigy Prince: A YA high fantasy about a prince who needs a secret book and six youths to discover his purpose and save the entire kingdom

Get it on Amazon

Michael Evans

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Michael Evans is the teen author of Control Freakz, the first novel in a YA Dystopian trilogy, that follows Natalie in her pursuit of finding her family and uncovering the lies that have destroyed her life and memories better left forgotten. He is currently writing the first draft for his third novel entitled Triggered and is passionate about a future where humanity has improved and changed for the better.

Get it on Amazon

 

As you can see, The Book Robin Hoods is the place to be if you love books! I’ve already gotten so much out of it and I’m looking forward to meeting even more like-minded people through it. I encourage you to sign up and take a look at all the incredible material already on this relatively new site. There’s only more great stuff to come and I can’t wait to see the future impact it has on bloggers and authors in the future.

I hope you find some new people to follow and some new books to devour!

 

Visit The Book Robin Hoods website and the Facebook page

 

 

Interview with P.J Roscoe

Hi guys, and welcome to a fascinating interview with paranormal author P.J Roscoe!

 

Hi P.J! Tell us a bit about yourself.

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My name is Paula Jacqueline Roscoe and I am the award-winning author of Paranormal historical thrillers such as Echoes, Freya’s Child, Between Worlds and the historical, Diary of Margery Blake. I am also the author of the children’s series, Adventures of Faerie folk. I live in North Wales, UK with my husband, Martin of 24 years and our daughter, Megan who has autism and dyspraxia, our dog, Sidney and our three cats, Morganna, Tabitha and Eric

 

What was your first idea for a book, and have you published it?

My first idea is a tough one really. I was writing short stories and putting them together aged about eleven for my younger brother. It was about a magical zoo when all the animals talked about the weird visitors after dark! I didn’t publish that though.
I suppose Echoes is my first venture into being an author and I began writing that twenty years ago this June 2017. Following the sudden death of our son I didn’t think I could continue living, when I began doodling, which became a short story, which became a 165,000 word novel! It’s had many adventures since which you can read on my website www.pjroscoe.co.uk. Now it is taken on by Doce Blant publishing who re-released it August 2017.
Echoes follows a young woman who is determined to start a new life following years of abuse, however, within days she witnesses an horrific murder and she must face the past to have any chance of living in the present. Moving between present day and 15th century England, when Henry Tudor claimed the throne. One terrible act echoes down through the centuries, having devastating consequences. There were many casualties of war, but some refuse to be forgotten.

 

What is the most important lesson you’ve learned as a writer?

Patience! I am the most impatient woman alive! My impatience has sent me down roads I could and should have avoided, but I didn’t know what I was doing when I started out and didn’t know who to talk to. Computers were fairly new, but even as I became efficient using them, I didn’t understand stuff and have had to learn the hard way. Book covers that should NEVER have been used. Publishers and con artists that set me back years.
So, I also learned resilience and perseverance – because I am still here, still going strong, because I believe in my work.

 

 

You’re obviously very connected to nature, where is your favourite place to enjoy the outdoors?

I live in North Wales – too many beautiful places to mention. Mountains, rivers, lakes, woods, forests, wild open spaces, woods of old oaks, gushing streams, caves to explore – too much magic!
IF we had the chance to move anywhere, it would be the Highlands of Scotland, my soul sings when I visit. It is coming home as we lived here in a past life.

 

What genres do you most enjoy reading and writing?

I’ve always written weird and supernatural, although, during a writing course I took, they had me writing all kinds of stuff. I realised through that, that writing about women’s bras and delving into people’s personal lives are not my thing! Anything historical I adore. Delving into history and finding interesting characters and actions make me smile. I once wrote for a Welsh magazine, ‘Country Quest’ and all of my articles were historical and supernatural. I seem to come alive writing about such topics.
I read paranormal historical books too, IF I have time. Usually I’m so tired by the end of the day; I barely manage to read a page of ‘Spirit & Destiny magazine’! I read a lot of ghostly non-fiction books as I have a library full and I am always researching and reminding myself of various haunting. I’ve read a few different genres over the years for reviewing other author’s work, but I always come back to paranormal. I have just bought, ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins. I’m not really sure what the genre is, but I liked the sound of it. I also liked the odd idea of reading other ‘Paula’s ‘works – I thought that might be quirky!

 

 

If you could be any fantasy race or creature, which would you pick and why?

Elves. Not the small kind, but Tolkien’s kind. Tall and magical, wild and warrior-like. Great hair, great figure and very lithe! Plus they live a very long time, unless an Orc gets in ya’ face! And if they look like Orlando Bloom – well…

 

Tell us a bit about your spooky blog!

My spooky blog came about because people kept asking me about my life and all it entails. Being a medium who sees, hears, feels spirit and ghosts, my life is certainly not ‘normal’! I remember some of my past lives and have met people from them. My husband was once my wife! Role reversal in the extreme!!I wanted to write about all aspects of the weird and wonderful, so I also do a video blog whenever anything strange happens to me – which is fairly often. These can be found on my FB page P.J Roscoe/story lady.
My spooky blog this last month has been about Trees. I love trees and cannot fathom why greed is destroying the lungs of our earth. They have such power and knowledge and to sit with a tree is a special moment. My next blog will be about Christmas in some way.

 

 

You get involved in a lot of events; can you give any tips to those authors just venturing into public appearances?

I am rather a shy creature, so being asked to speak at local events, or book signing is terrifying, but it is a must if you are to succeed in writing. My readers want to hear from me and I feel blessed to have such a following. So my advice – ask your local libraries if you can offer a ‘meet your local author’ Get together with other local authors and offer advice, chat, offer something free like a short story to all those who attend to give them an idea of your writing style. Ask local bookshops to offer book signings, talks on a subject, anything to get you out into the public eye. Get in touch with a local radio, local magazine, newspaper – it can be difficult but try to get people’s attention – in a good way!! I suggested recently to a TV programme after they interviewed me and it was cancelled due to a high number of other features that I should do something interesting, like lunging at the pope, then perhaps my interview would be aired!!! I won’t… or will I????!

 

What is your favourite book or series, and why?

Barbara Erskine is my favourite author. I’ve read everything she’s written. I met her recently at a local library where she was being interviewed and we swopped books! She remembered me from my tweeting to her – I was star struck! I now await her review of ‘Between Worlds’ with bated breath!
One of my favourite reviews was from a bookshop that said, Echoes, was perfect for Barbara Erskine fans! I was blown away.
Erskine is paranormal, historical and she weaves a good yarn. Lady of Hay is a classic book; though I re-read it this year (its 30 years old) and it didn’t quite age well! 1980’s attitudes towards women – not good. Her latest, ‘Sleeper’s Castle’, I can certainly recommend – after mine, of course!

 

 

Tell us all about your book!

Which one? Echoes, I’ve mentioned above.
Freya’s Child is set on the Wirral and follows the lives of a present day family and a Viking family – the two entwine. I wanted to ask the question – What would a parent do to save their child? Bring the clash of beliefs into the mix, an archaeology dig, a mad man, past lives and I have a novel!
Between Worlds is more of a psychological thriller. Emily, who has been missing for months, is found next to a headless corpse. Refusing to speak, she is sent to a psychiatric hospital for her own safety. The only clue, the murder weapon, an ancient sword. Using hypnotherapy, Emily finally begins telling her story, but what she tells them couldn’t possibly be true, could it?
Diary of Margery Blake is purely historical and follows the life of a young bride in Victorian England. Married off to a man she hates, she soon realises ‘husband’ is merely another word for ‘abuser, brute and bully’ No rights, no voice, Margery’s only power is writing in her secret diary. It’s just won the 2017 Marie M Irvine Literary Excellence award
Adventures of Faerie folk for young children are two books so far, teaching children morals and how to live in harmony with nature – or there will be consequences.

 

What interview question do you wish someone would ask you?

Have you ever had writers block?

 

Answer it!

NO! I have so many books and stories in my head; my only problem is I cannot type fast enough or not enough hours in the day to write. The faerie stories are all written – about 16 of them completed, about another 5 need tweaking. I wrote them when my daughter was young, she’s now 19! I have another three idea’s for novels. I’m working on my sixth and my fifth novel, ‘Where Rivers meet’ is in the queue to be edited by DoceBlant publishing next year.

 

P.J Roscoe, is the award-winning author of paranormal, historical fiction and faerie stories, along with various short stories in Anthologies. She lives in North Wales with her husband and daughter. Paula walks in nature every day and yes, she believes in faeries! Paula is a medium, counsellor, holistic therapist, Chakradance facilitator and drumming facilitator. She holds regular healing workshops and a monthly drumming circle. She is frequently asked to various haunted locations to help spirit and works with angels and spirit guides. Some of her experiences end up in her books.

‘One day I will write my memoirs and the title will be – ‘I’m not dead yet!’ I believe in living every day. Find the joy and gratitude in your life and truly live, never merely exist. This was one of the lessons I wanted to portray in Echoes, along with what you do in life, echoes through time, so live a good one x

The Niggle

Hi guys, we have a fantastic new release today! A great book for kids with a powerful and important message, read on to find out more about Peta Rainford and The Niggle.

The Niggle, a rhyming picture book about childhood anxieties and resilience, aimed at children aged between five and eight, is published on 15 November. It is the fifth picture book by children’s author and illustrator, Peta Rainford. Here, Peta answers a few questions about her new book:

 

So, the obvious and burning question: what, or who is The Niggle?

Well, although we may not know it by that name, I think we are all familiar with the Niggle. It’s that little undermining voice that whispers in our ear from time-to-time throughout our lives, undermining our confidence, telling us that we’re going to fail…

 

All that sounds a bit heavy for a picture book for the under-9s?!

Described in those terms, I suppose it does! But in my book, the Niggle takes the form of a comical little monster. It tells the story of Joe Jackson, a little boy who has never felt fear… until the day the miniature monster swims in his ear! The tiny terror fills Joe’s head with doubts and worries, making him afraid of everything.
The question is, will Joe Jackson let the Niggle win? Or will he learn to overcome his fears?
The Niggle, in essence, is a book about resilience. Through humour and rhyme, it tells children that it’s OK to feel fear. In fact, you can’t be brave if you don’t.

 

As you say, the monster is pretty comical. How did you come up with the look?

Well, I wanted the Niggle to be insidious. He has to look capable of worming his way through the smallest crack in our confidence – hence all the wiggly lines and the worm-like talons. But I didn’t want him to be a monster that would genuinely frighten children. I want them to be able to laugh at the Niggle – laugh in the face of fear, if you like – so I gave him a rather gormless expression.
I can’t take credit for the colour scheme though – that was the work of my nine-year-old daughter. She coloured in one of my early drawings and I couldn’t better it! Although they look quite jolly, I think there is something unwholesome about the combination of colours she has used. And I love the fact that she has given him spots, it adds a suitably putrid aspect, I think!

 

Why have you used rhyme?

Four of my five published children’s books use rhyme. The fact is, I love rhyme. Children love rhyme too; most of the early storytelling they are exposed to – nursery rhymes being the most obvious example – takes the form of rhyme.
Because I’ve used rhyme, I think The Niggle reads a bit like a traditional cautionary tale in the style of Hilaire Belloc or Roald Dahl, although, unlike their child heros, Joe Jackson is a blameless little boy. I also think the use of rhyme particularly suits the character of the Niggle, it means he speaks in a kind of insidious chant:
I am your fear, I am The Niggle,
Into your head I writhe and wriggle.
I make you doubt, I make you dread,
Weaving worries in your head…
I think that will stick in people’s heads in a way that prose wouldn’t. I mean that in a good way, obviously!

 

About Peta:

niggle pic kay mcleodThe Niggle is the fifth picture book written and illustrated by Peta Rainford. Her other books are: Hairy Fairy, Isabella Rotten Speller, Isabella’s Adventures in Numberland and Jamie and the Joke Factory.

Peta writes and illustrates her children’s books on the Isle of Wight, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hairy Jack Russell (and muse), Archie.

The Niggle, a rhyming picture book about childhood anxieties and resilience, aimed at children aged between five and eight, is published on 15 November. It is the fifth picture book by children’s author and illustrator, Peta Rainford. Here, Peta answers a few questions about her new book:

 

So, the obvious and burning question: what, or who is The Niggle?

Well, although we may not know it by that name, I think we are all familiar with the Niggle. It’s that little undermining voice that whispers in our ear from time-to-time throughout our lives, undermining our confidence, telling us that we’re going to fail…

 

All that sounds a bit heavy for a picture book for the under-9s?!

Described in those terms, I suppose it does! But in my book, the Niggle takes the form of a comical little monster. It tells the story of Joe Jackson, a little boy who has never felt fear… until the day the miniature monster swims in his ear! The tiny terror fills Joe’s head with doubts and worries, making him afraid of everything.
The question is, will Joe Jackson let the Niggle win? Or will he learn to overcome his fears?
The Niggle, in essence, is a book about resilience. Through humour and rhyme, it tells children that it’s OK to feel fear. In fact, you can’t be brave if you don’t.

 

As you say, the monster is pretty comical. How did you come up with the look?

Well, I wanted the Niggle to be insidious. He has to look capable of worming his way through the smallest crack in our confidence – hence all the wiggly lines and the worm-like talons. But I didn’t want him to be a monster that would genuinely frighten children. I want them to be able to laugh at the Niggle – laugh in the face of fear, if you like – so I gave him a rather gormless expression.
I can’t take credit for the colour scheme though – that was the work of my nine-year-old daughter. She coloured in one of my early drawings and I couldn’t better it! Although they look quite jolly, I think there is something unwholesome about the combination of colours she has used. And I love the fact that she has given him spots, it adds a suitably putrid aspect, I think!

 

Why have you used rhyme?

Four of my five published children’s books use rhyme. The fact is, I love rhyme. Children love rhyme too; most of the early storytelling they are exposed to – nursery rhymes being the most obvious example – takes the form of rhyme.
Because I’ve used rhyme, I think The Niggle reads a bit like a traditional cautionary tale in the style of Hilaire Belloc or Roald Dahl, although, unlike their child heros, Joe Jackson is a blameless little boy. I also think the use of rhyme particularly suits the character of the Niggle, it means he speaks in a kind of insidious chant:
I am your fear, I am The Niggle,
Into your head I writhe and wriggle.
I make you doubt, I make you dread,
Weaving worries in your head…
I think that will stick in people’s heads in a way that prose wouldn’t. I mean that in a good way, obviously!

 

niggle pic kay mcleod

 

About Peta:

The Niggle is the fifth picture book written and illustrated by Peta Rainford. Her other books are: Hairy Fairy, Isabella Rotten Speller, Isabella’s Adventures in Numberland and Jamie and the Joke Factory.

Peta writes and illustrates her children’s books on the Isle of Wight, where she lives with her husband, daughter and hairy Jack Russell (and muse), Archie.

 

The Niggle is available from Amazon

You can find out more about Peta and her books in these places-

Website

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Twitter

 

New Cover for Heirs of Power!

Hi guys. I’m so excited to show off the gorgeous new cover for Heirs of Power! Feast your eyes on this beauty…

 

 

This incredible piece was designed by the very talented Olivia from oliviaprodesign and I’d recommend her to any authors out there looking for a new cover.

 

The new version is available now, and you can grab a copy from Amazon today!

Amazon US

Amazon UK

 

In other news, book 2 of The Constellation Saga, The Mage-Lord’s Legacy, is getting close to completion. The first draft and most of the second draft are done, and I’m hoping to be releasing it early next year. So, watch this space.

 

 

The Henge

Hi guys, today I get to share an except from Devra Robitaille’s latest fantastical YA book, The Henge. So cosy down, read this intriguing piece, and make sure you catch up with the other blog tour stops here.

 

Excerpt of The Henge by Devra Robitaille

 

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Devra Robitaille, author of The Henge

Concinnity recognized the moment and started to move her hands.   Everyone mirrored her movements.  Then she said in a clear voice above the chanting, “I am Concinnity of the Noble House of Song, I am the Noble Keeper of the True Sound and I offer this tone to you as I command that the stone remembers the covenant of our ancestors and rises up now……”

The stone began to tremble.  The gathering was trembling too, no one dared to move or stop chanting.  The stone grew brighter as if the light within it came from an endless and beginning-less flame that was being fanned by the chanting; an eternal flame that would bring blessings to the land and to the people.

The chanting was loud, the sound was echoing around the quarry and bouncing back and forth between the stones and the trees, the sky and the land.  The vibrating became so pronounced that the very ground under their feet was shaking.  And then it happened.  Steadily it began to rise.  The part of the stone that could be seen above the jade pool at the base of the quarry got bigger; it rose up steadily now.  It was out of the water.  It hovered above the jade lake.  It rose higher and higher as the sound defied gravity, and the stone was free from confinement.  Up above the quarry now it seemed to be hovering, it was levitating effortlessly, floating as if it had no mass or weight.

Concinnity moved her hands, turning away from the quarry.  Everyone mimicked her, the stone quivered for a moment and then moved away from the edge of the quarry.  It started to float down the small hill towards the boat that had been prepared to receive it.  The crowd had been told that under no circumstances, no matter what happened, must they stop chanting.  The chanting continued loudly and robustly as Concinnity guided the heavy stone along the grid of bright energy lines towards the boat.  She was almost running now, hands still in the air guiding and directing and the crowd followed as the glowing stone seemed to glide along on an invisible track.

At last the stone was hovering in the air above the boat which was moored in the stream nearby.  The chanting reached a crescendo now as the stone very gently came down like a feather to rest in the boat.  Concinnity made a signal and the chanting stopped abruptly.  The glow became dimmer now and then the light went out.   And Concinnity of the Noble House of Song crumpled at the edge of the stream in a dead faint.

 

 

Blurb

Away to the north of the Noble Village of the Arts there is, buried in a jade lake at the bottom of a quarry, a stone with magical properties—a stone that sings. Izraziti the Dreamer has seen the stone through the eyes of an eagle as he soars over the quarry at night. Concinnity Song and her twin brothers, along with the council of twelve must mobilize all the hunter-warriors to raise the stone and transport it across the land, and build a henge to protect it, according to the covenant with the ancestors for the future of civilization. To do this they must tap into the true tone that will levitate the singing stone and its companion blue stones out of the quarry. They will have to battle their enemies, not just the human kind, but a cataclysmic flood and catastrophic fire that threaten to wipe them all out. As they travel across the land with the stones, the people come together and create an amazing civilization on a journey that will culminate in one brilliant night, the night of the solstice, when all the stones will be raised together to form…The Henge.

 

Looks amazing, right? So, if you’d like to find out more about Devra and her books visit her Amazon Author Page.

And you can get a copy of this great new release for yourself from Amazon.

 

Crown of Beauty

Hi everyone, I’m so excited to be able to announce that the second book of Cecily Wolfe’s Cliff Walk Courtships series is released today. Take a look at these gorgeous teasers, and then go grab yourself a copy!

 

 

Crown of Beauty, Cliff Walk Courtships, Book Two

 

Catherine has everything she needs and all of what she wants. Or does she? Raised in opulence in New York City and the beautiful shores of Newport, Rhode Island, she has never wanted for anything, but when her parents begin to pressure her about marriage, she insists that she doesn’t want one arranged for her. She would much rather stay home and read than socialize or, worse, select a husband who might not approve of her reading habit. Her father insists that she spend time helping at her brother’s homeless shelter to understand how privileged she is, and her wariness of love and marriage is tempered when a mysterious young man with intense blue eyes is brought, cold and wet, to the shelter doorstep one night.

 

Will wakes up in a strange room with vague memories of being caught in a thunderstorm as he began to search for shelter for the night after making his way to Newport from New York City. A beautiful girl sits beside him, but she leaves his care to another in what he assumes is shyness. The shelter offers assistance in ways he could only dream of, and as he searches for work and a home of his own, he finds himself drawn to the girl who ran from him when he first woke up. The two are drawn to each other, sneaking glances in spite of her brother’s disapproval, but Will’s secrets will test the love that grows between them.

 

Book two of the Cliff Walk Courtships series features Arthur’s sister Catherine in her own discovery of faith, love, and hope against the backdrop of gorgeous turn of the century Newport, Rhode Island.

 

Interview with CeDany

Hi guys, today I get to welcome a wonderful author with a style as unique as her name! Meet CeDany…

Hi CeDany! Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a loner, always been – the one that’s always out on her own. The quiet one keeping to herself.

CeDany pic

 

When did you first decide to write a novel? And Where did the ideas for your books come from?

One night back in 95, in the summer, I jotted down an idea, an outline of the story after completing another book where the characters considered themselves monsters and deserving on hate, betrayal and death. I wrote the complete contrary.

 

You say that you’re a private person and use a pen name, how did you come up with CeDany?

A conversation between Papa and a work colleague – “she is not Ce! Please, don’t call her that. Her proper nickname is Dany…” the colleague then replied: “Fine, CeDany it is – she’s a girl after all, Dany is more for a boy only!” In 1965.

 

 

What styles do you most enjoy reading and writing?

It’s easier to say what I don’t enjoy reading – Erotica, as well as stories that are full of swear words in every lines and anything to do with bestiality – Yuck! I used to read certain biographies, lately, they’ve been disappointing.

Otherwise, I read fiction and non-fiction, conspiracies, UFO’s, magic, witchcraft, vampires, history and Royalty. Shakespeare, Sci-Fi and Based on True Stories!

As for writing, it’s always been the same style from the beginning. Which will be answered fully in the question about my own unique style!

 

If you could spend the day with any fictional character, who would you choose and what would you talk about?

Henry of BirkeLand (Trieste’s maternal grand-father) – he’s a laugh a minute – definitely, to speak about the ancient time aka the old days – from 15th to 19th century.

 

 

You write in your own unique style, what makes it different and how did you develop this way of writing?

Going back to school and my childhood for this. Papa was a story-teller – myths, legends and stories of yore aka very nostalgic. He would retell these in four languages. Very often he would use real-life situation to make up stories. That is where my own style, which is known as Epistolary, comes from. I’ve created an imaginary story but making it as real-life as possible. Told from where the idea came from – Genealogy reports.

Multiple points of view – all things going on at once – not something traditional, very much – out of the ordinary. If you read my short stories on my website – once done, you’ll wonder – did this really took place or is it all make-believe?

Simply story-telling… Smile!

 

What would be your idea of a perfect day off?

Oh, but one day is not enough for time off – LOL! A three-day weekend of Pizza and Pasta in Italy – hence why all my characters have origins in this beautiful country – it’s on the bucket list…

If I only have one perfect day off – sunny from 8 in the morning until 10 at night – a slight breeze only; a quiver full of arrows – a horse under me and my bow, plus multiple targets. Think Merida in Brave!

 

 

What is your favourite book or series, and why?

Favourite books – An Old Friend of the Family (Ace June 1979) – author Fred Saberhagen Link Here! His book was a catalyst in one-day writing my own books. Another take, very down to earth approach, of Dracula by Bram Stoker.

The second favourite one is no longer in print – so, finding a copy is impossible – Memories of a Canadian dog – can’t remember the author. However, the story is extremely touching about a Dalmatian dog who’s the mascot of a Fire Brigade and his master. So real-life when you read it – you can feel what they went through, day in, day out.

Favourite series – The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris (2001 to 2013) it’s very well written and definitely, without a doubt, the series of books were far better than the television series aka True Blood. After the latter’s season 3, I gave up. I still read the books to this day.

Second series covers quite a few books – the whole of Rick Riordan’s Mythology. I love everything about Ancient History: Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Vikings, Norse – the olde world – and Riordan fulfils this with a blend of swashbuckling and conquest.

 

Tell us all about your book!cedanybook

Simply, it’s the Life’s story of The WynderMyre Family – the Origins of the True Vampires, Witches and all Magical Creatures… Here’s the Synopses.

 

 

What interview question do you wish someone would ask you? Answer it!

What does clean reads mean? It means, absolutely not a swear word in sight, not even the description for the mild sex scenes aka no dirty words whatsoever!

 

Thank you so much for joining us today, CeDany!

 

If you’d like to connect with this great author, check out these links-

Website

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If you enjoyed this interview, why not check out this hilarious chat I had with Ian Ferguson?

 

Amy J Hamilton Introduces Radish Fiction

Radish what now? I’d never heard of it before either. What, you have? Well, go and read my books then.

For the rest of you, here’s the background.

Radish Fiction is a free app containing serialised fiction in bite-sized chunks or episodes. (Like radishes, get it? Bite-sized.) It’s aimed at those who like to read a bit at a time. Which, to be fair is me. We’re all busy, but we can generally manage ten minutes of reading here and there.

 

The first three episodes of any book will always be free.

 

There are three ways books are priced:

 

Some books are totally free.

 

In others, episode 4 onwards will become free at a rate set by the author, say a new episode every week. But, the reader can unlock an episode early by paying 3 Radish coins per episode (around 30-42p per episode). Those who don’t want to pay, just need to wait until the next episode is released for free.

 

The third option allows authors to be paid for their work. All episodes after the three free ones cost 3 coins.

 

Authors are invited to write for Radish, unlike other platforms where there is nothing to stop anyone from publishing a book. So, we have been vetted and deemed fit for publication. (What? How? No, seriously, I have!)

 

My latest book is available exclusively on the Radish Fiction app.

Missing Remnants latestMissing Remnants is a Sci-Fi murder mystery following a detective called Track. He has been forced totake three months off, just as a woman dies at his front door after asking for his help. Suspecting an outbreak, the Authority submits Track to a gruelling decontamination process, while someone ransacks his apartment and dismantles his pet robot dog, Banyon. With little help available to him, Track undertakes the investigation the Authority closes within hours. He’s being followed. He has no backup. His trusted colleagues are avoiding him. Someone is pretending to be his dead husband. Will Track survive to solve the mystery of the Missing Remnants?

So, download the app and read some bite-sized serialised fiction. Preferably mine…

https://radish.app.link/XzeRhS95lG

https://radishfiction.com/users/AmyJHamilton

 

As well as the nearest coffee shop, Amy J Hamilton can be reached here:

Twitter https://twitter.com/WriteNaughty

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15275986.Amy_J_Hamilton

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ajhworld/

Blog http://barkingmaddj.blogspot.co.uk/

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/djcooper

Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-J-Hamilton/e/B01N0ZHDEC/

Email ajh@djsworld.co.uk

 

Guest post by Amy J Hamilton

Radish what now? I’d never heard of it before either. What, you have? Well, go and read my books then.

For the rest of you, here’s the background.

Radish Fiction is a free app containing serialised fiction in bite-sized chunks or episodes. (Like radishes, get it? Bite-sized.) It’s aimed at those who like to read a bit at a time. Which, to be fair is me. We’re all busy, but we can generally manage ten minutes of reading here and there.

 

The first three episodes of any book will always be free.

 

There are three ways books are priced:

 

Some books are totally free.

 

In others, episode 4 onwards will become free at a rate set by the author, say a new episode every week. But, the reader can unlock an episode early by paying 3 Radish coins per episode (around 30-42p per episode). Those who don’t want to pay, just need to wait until the next episode is released for free.

 

The third option allows authors to be paid for their work. All episodes after the three free ones cost 3 coins.

 

Authors are invited to write for Radish, unlike other platforms where there is nothing to stop anyone from publishing a book. So, we have been vetted and deemed fit for publication. (What? How? No, seriously, I have!)

 

My latest book is available exclusively on the Radish Fiction app.

Missing Remnants latest

 

Missing Remnants is a Sci-Fi murder mystery following a detective called Track. He has been forced totake three months off, just as a woman dies at his front door after asking for his help. Suspecting an outbreak, the Authority submits Track to a gruelling decontamination process, while someone ransacks his apartment and dismantles his pet robot dog, Banyon. With little help available to him, Track undertakes the investigation the Authority closes within hours. He’s being followed. He has no backup. His trusted colleagues are avoiding him. Someone is pretending to be his dead husband. Will Track survive to solve the mystery of the Missing Remnants?

So, download the app and read some bite-sized serialised fiction. Preferably mine…

https://radish.app.link/XzeRhS95lG

https://radishfiction.com/users/AmyJHamilton

 

As well as the nearest coffee shop, Amy J Hamilton can be reached here:

Twitter https://twitter.com/WriteNaughty

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15275986.Amy_J_Hamilton

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ajhworld/

Blog http://barkingmaddj.blogspot.co.uk/

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/djcooper

Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amy-J-Hamilton/e/B01N0ZHDEC/

Email ajh@djsworld.co.uk

 

Guest post by Amy J Hamilton

Reader Interview- Caz Pollard

Hi guys, for my reader interview today I have privilege of introducing Caz Pollard, an awesome BookTuber with a huge variety of reading interests. Her channel is brilliant too, I highly recommend her April Fools Book Tag video!

 

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Hi, tell us a bit about yourself.
Hey I’m Caz, I like reading, taking photos, cats and Yorkshire Tea!

 

 

 

The-Raven-Cycle-Series

What makes a book cover catch your eye? Have you got a favourite?

I don’t really have one ‘thing’ that catches my eye on book covers, but I do love nice typography – this may be because I generally don’t look at covers when browsing books. Most of my ‘in real life’ book browsing happens in charity and second hand shops, so it’s more the spines that can catch my eye. I’ve never picked up a book *just* because of the cover / spine though, it has to sound like something I would genuinely be interested in. I can tell you that I don’t like girl in dress dramatically looking over her shoulder, but who does?

A few I will mention are The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (these just work great as a set), Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz  (remember when I said I love a nice bit of typography?) and The Taste Of Cashews by Will Hartzell-Baird (which just does a great job of bringing the story to life in a picture)

 

 

When you’re reading a blurb, what would make you want to try that book? What would put you off?

This is a hard question, because I look for completely different things in for example fantasy, and in contemporary, but a punchy, to the point synopsis with a little about the world and/or the characters that doesn’t give too much away is a good start.

I’ve read a blurb before that mentions a road trip, and 150 pages into the book there hadn’t been one yet, so I’m not a fan of too much information leakage. A character death, a certain set of circumstances, an important ‘are they / aren’t they’ being revealed as one or the other on the back of the book are all no-no’s. Also World War anything. I literally get to ‘World W..’ in a synopsis and I’m like ‘nope’ and put it down.

 

 

What makes you love a character? Who are your favourites from the books you’ve read and why?

I mean come on guys, we all know sarcasm is the number one rule for ‘awesome characters that I love and will defend to the death’!

But yeah, I think just a character that actually has a personality is a good start. There are too many main protagonists that just blend together in a big ’16-year-old-brunette-short-not-like-other-girls-girl’ blob, so whenever someone actually feels like a real, well rounded, multifaceted person they stay with you. Basically pick any character, main or side, in The Raven Cycle and that’s what makes a good character.

Characters > plot. I recently read The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo, and for some reason it just didn’t captivate me like it did every other person in the world, but the fact that I was introduced to Nikolai made it all worth while! I like characters that are a bit angry, a bit angsty, a bit socially awkward and a bit broody (actually broody though, not ‘cool broody’) In the All For The Game trilogy by Nora Sakavic basically every character is a complete mess, and that’s why I love it so much!

 

 

What keeps a plot engaging, and makes you want to stick with a book/series until the end? Tell us about your favourite books!

If we’re talking high fantasy, distopian, urban fantasy, sci-fi etc then the over all arc – where are the characters going / what are they running from, and what happens between point A and point B has to be engaging and exciting. Being able to actually picture the surroundings due to great world building, showing growth in characters, having plot twists that are not obvious a mile away and having some cool shizz happen makes for a good story.

Lets take the ACOTAR series by Sarah J Maas for example – the first book, ACOTAR, is pretty much painting by numbers romance, with enough engaging shenanigans and twists to keep you involved, the second, ACOMAF is absolutely stunning, the characters, the world building, the fight scenes, the grey morals – perfect. Then the conclusion, ACOWAR completely stumbles to an end. Rehashed love scenes, lack of peril, obvious outcomes.

If we are talking contemporary, which I would probably go as far as to say is my favourite type of book, then I like it dark. If I’m not crying at the end of a book, did I even read a book? I like reading about dark subjects – basically think of anything that has the potential to have Trigger Warnings and that’s my jam.

These types of stories are very character driven, how do people deal with issues? Why do some people do one thing, and others act the complete opposite? How is life affected? This probably stems from my interest in psychology and true crime (and from starting out my reading career with Jacqueline ‘every-home-is-a-broken-home Wilson!) But let’s not forget the number one rule for character faves! Dark humour is the best humour!

More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera is a book that destroyed me, for a third of the book I was crying. Abuse, suicide, violence, internalized hate, memory loss and the affect on family and friends – five stars!

 

 

Is there anything else you’d like to share about reading?

Yes, reading should be enjoyed.

I remember a few months ago I was browsing the books in a charity shop, and I over heard a woman telling her teenage son that he had to choose ‘harder’ books, ‘adult’ books, books that he won’t actually enjoy, but will push him as a reader. And while it is important to learn and get a better understanding of vocabulary and structure, it was so hard to not turn around and say ‘No! If you want to read a book, read it!’. Being forced to read books we have no interest in is probably one of the biggest reasons why a lot of people don’t read for fun.

So if I, a 26 year old woman, want to read about Percy Jackson, which is aimed at 12 year olds, you can bet your ass I’m going on that journey!

 

 

Thanks so much for sharing your take on reading, Caz! 

If you’d like to find out more about Caz and her BookTube channel, Catsandcamera, check out these links-

Goodreads

Instagram

YouTube

 

 

If you’d like to be interviewed and rant about books you love, either Contact Me here on the website or message me on Facebook.

If you enjoyed this, check out my last reader interview with Erica Graham.