Kindle Unlimited – September 2017

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Brandon Berntson Snapdragon Series
 

Sara C. Roethle Tree of Ages

Rebel's Blade The Aermian Feuds Frost Kay

LJ Clarkson The Silver Strand

Instafreebie Promotion – September 2017

Welcome to the September instafreebie promotion. In this month’s promotion fantasy authors share their excerpts, previews, short stories, and books. Click on the cover to download your selection from instafreebie.

Seeking the Veil Clifton Hill

Born of Faerie WB McKay

Joe Jackson Salvation's Dawn

The Fey Man James T Kelly

Ferrasium Wendy Scott

Linda Acaster Torc of Moonlight

Fantasy Releases – September 2017

 

Author Interview: Linda Acaster

Q: How did you get into Fantasy?

I wish I could remember! I know I wrote my first at school – in an exercise book. I recall being annoyed at having to cut short the ending because I was running out of pages – LOL!

I came across a dog-eared copy of one of Michael Moorcock’s Elric stories in a charity (thrift) shop and devoured the series. The tortured soul of his main character intrigued me, as did his layered use of myth and history. It was rather the same with Gene Wolfe’s The Book of the New Sun series. It’s the melding of history with fantasy that I find fascinating.

Q: What is your latest fantasy release?

Pilgrims Of The Pool, Book 3 in the ‘Torc of Moonlight’ trilogy set in northern England where I live. The books follow Nick’s attempts to extract himself and his lover, Alice, from the slow resurrection of a Celtic water goddess. Ever tossed coins into a ‘wishing well’? Who do you expect to answer?

Q: What makes your series stand out?

They’re set in real places readers can visit using the books almost as mapping devices. The trilogy wasn’t meant to be written this way, but research showed reality held a rather creepy, if welcome, undertone. And which writer would ignore that?

Q: Which book have you enjoyed writing the most?

Book 2: The Bull At The Gate – probably because I’m emotionally far enough away from it now. Despite the focus being on the two contemporary characters, there’s a strong but different historical thread running through each of the books. In Pilgrims of the Pool it’s medieval, hence its title. The Bull At The Gate is set in York with a Roman historical thread, and its title refers to the Roman Mithras temple buried beneath a Christian churchyard on Micklegate. York – Eboracum when the Sixth Legio Victrix was stationed there – held 5,000 men within its fortress. Its walls became the foundation for the medieval walls still standing, and its area is huge. There was a large civilian settlement on the opposite bank of the river, and when I laid my hands on an archaeological map of the Roman era set on top of the modern city I knew I had my novel.

Q: How do you come up with your stories?

I fell into this trilogy (pun intended) by accident. I was writing weekend walks for a regional newspaper at the time and kept coming across artesian springs named ‘Lady Well’ on Ordnance Survey maps of the area. Some of these carried tiny offerings hung in nearby bushes (used in Pilgrims of the Pool) and research showed that each spring would have carried a named deity, subsumed into The Lady’s Well when Christianity demonised earlier religious practices. I love maps. The British Ordnance Survey maps carry a shorthand for the history beneath our feet.

Q: Which character have you enjoyed writing the most?

Nicholas Blaketon, though I guess I need to considering he carries the trilogy. He starts off during Torc of Moonlight being an student almost fresh out of home-life, still with the inherent arrogance of youth, but finds himself tested beyond his own belief. Three years separates each novel, and so not only does he have to mature, but his experiences – which he can’t share with anyone for fear of being labelled unhinged – have to affect him. He’s no super-hero; he’s an ordinary man coping with extraordinary circumstances.

Q: Do you have a specific method for developing characters?

None of us are born fully formed. We are nurtured through our experiences and guided (rightly or wrongly) by the experiences of others, so I do a great deal of back-life planning for my characters. How they act comes from this; how they look – body-shape, colour of hair and eyes, etc – develops as the story progresses as other characters notice these outer image markers. But for me, it’s what makes the characters tick that’s important.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Read widely, particularly in your genre and sub-genre. Pay for a line edit on at least the first 50 pages and study the report so you can extrapolate its findings across the entire work/s. It’ll help enormously if you intend to submit to agents/publishers, and will give a good grounding if you intend going indie.

Thank you Linda Acaster for participating in this author interview.

Instafreebie – Dragons August 2017

Eun Na and the Phantom Erica Laurie The Fey Man James T Kelly Shadowbane Age of Aelfborn Paul Francois Dawn of War Stephen Allan Empath S. Usher Evans Debbie Mumford Sorcha's Heart Dragons of Frost and Fire Susan Brown Dean C. Moore Blood Brothers The Black Opal Linda Jordan Born of Faerie WB McKay Chogan Swan Caves of Ice Caverns of Fire Aaron Hodges Storm Wielder

Liesel K. Hill The Hatching
Jasmine Wylder Pregnant by the Dragon Shifter The Dragon and The Druidess Cornelia Amiri
Excerpts and Previews
The Blended Ones Angela J. Ford Brandon Berntson Snapdragon Series The Priestess and the Dragon

The Dragon Knight Amelia Wilson

Kindle Unlimited – August 2017

Rebel's Blade The Aermian Feuds Frost Kay

LJ Clarkson The Silver Strand

Sara C. Roethle Tree of Ages

 

Instafreebie Dragons – August 2017

Eun Na and the Phantom Erica Laurie The Fey Man James T Kelly Shadowbane Age of Aelfborn Paul Francois Dawn of War Stephen Allan Empath S. Usher Evans Debbie Mumford Sorcha's Heart Dragons of Frost and Fire Susan Brown Dean C. Moore Blood Brothers The Black Opal Linda Jordan Born of Faerie WB McKay Chogan Swan Caves of Ice Caverns of Fire Aaron Hodges Storm Wielder

Liesel K. Hill The Hatching
Jasmine Wylder Pregnant by the Dragon Shifter The Dragon and The Druidess Cornelia Amiri
Excerpts and Previews
The Blended Ones Angela J. Ford Brandon Berntson Snapdragon Series The Priestess and the Dragon

The Dragon Knight Amelia Wilson

Instafreebie Promotion – August 2017

Welcome to the August instafreebie promotion. In this month’s promotion fantasy authors share their excerpts, previews, short stories, and books. Click on the cover to download your selection from instafreebie.

Jake Allen Coleman Gabriel's Sword Alexander Grant The Lion Prophecy Blaze Devyn Jayse Redemption Tora Moon The Song of Sirin Nicholas Kotar Mother's Misfortune Cordelia Castel Holly Evans Infernal Bonds The Fiasco in News Sephan Morse M.V. Stott Familiar Magic Fate of the Hybrid A.K.Koonce Scattered Smothered Chunked John G. Hartness Necromancer's Apprentice Matthew Buza Alexander Grant The Forbidden City When Darkness Breaks Brianna West Chasing Rabbits Erin Bedford Shades of Valhalla Ellis Logan Through Rain and Missing Mantaurs Jeanne Marcella The Felix Chronicles R.T. Lowe D.N. Hoxa Assassin Linda Jordan Faerie Unravels Betrayals Price Lisa Blackwood The Warlock's Friend Dean C. Moore Tiger Lily K. Bird Lincoln T.J. Green Tom's Inheritance Mine to Tarnish Janeal Falor Dragons of Frost and Fire Susan Brown Robert Jeschonek Dolphin Knight Miranda Honfleur Winter Wren Casey Herzog Tower of Ayia A Magical Reckoning N. R. Hairston Curse Breaker Enchanted The More Epic Version Melinda Kucsera Liesel K. Hill Persistence of Vision Aaron Hodges Storm Wielder Merlin's Secret Jamie Davis Goddess Awakening A. Evermore Simone Leigh Red as Blood Lavish Jane Stain B. Kristin McMichael The Witchling Apprentice Xavier EM Cooper Davy Lyons Urban Myth Part One Awakening A Dystopian Urban Fantasy Virgo D.N. Leo Thunder Hunter R Medhurst Demon's Fever T.F. Walsh Rita Stradling Hazel Dominus J.Rose Allister Ferrasium Wendy Scott White Wolf of Avalon Eva Gordon Steve Turnbull Veona First Light Liberty Gilmore Sylphide K. Gorman The Immortals S.M. Schmitz Schooling the Wolf Jacqueline Sweet Devon March Kara Jaynes Unbound Enchantment Stonecoat Amanda Booloodian The Sound of the Stones Beth Hammond The Beast of London L.D. Gofsigan Lizzy's First Bearer James E. Wisher Jackson Lear A God Among Thieves Magic Tracked Caethes Faron A Sprig of Holly J.A. Clement Jebediah's Crime Phan Tran

Fantasy Releases – August 2017

 

Author Interview: C. Gockel

Q: How did you get into fantasy and science fiction?

Fantasy and sci-fi are a great way to explore the big questions in a fun way: the nature of good and evil, what real heroism looks like, the balance of order and chaos, the boundary between man and machine. That is what has always drawn me to these genres.

Q: What is your latest fantasy release?

The most recent pure fantasy story I’ve written is called Rush. It’s part of the Once Upon a Kiss anthology. It’s a twist on Beauty and the Beast. One of my characters from Ragnarok, a Navy SEAL named Rush, is the beast. Rush has problems with women. I really wanted to write a standalone story that showed how he got to that point and write a realistic redemption for him.

I also have a sci-fi short that’s coming out soon in the Explorations: War anthology that fits the description of sci-fantasy. The premise of the anthology is that a distant sentient star is at war with humans. My contribution, Friendly Fire, features a Space Marine who becomes the target of an entity that is trying to help.

Q: What sub-genre of fantasy do your books/series fall under? Is there a different sub-genre of fantasy that you would like to experiment writing in and why?

My I Bring the Fire series is sci-fantasy with a hefty dose of myth. There is a lot of science in it, because I love science. Science and technology are human “magic.” I also love mythologies, especially the way they change from place to place and from time to time. It is very indicative of cultural circumstances. Loki is the hero in my I Bring the Fire series. My Loki isn’t “evil” and he wasn’t evil in every oral tradition either. Hel, in the Germanic tradition was also somewhat benevolent–not like Marvel’s version.
I’m currently branching off and writing sweet (no sex on the virtual page) paranormal romances in my I Bring the Fire universe. I want to play with ideas of soul mates, immortality, what it means to be “good,” and what it means to be powerful … there still is a lot of science in them. Is paranormal sci-fantasy romance a niche? I have four books planned … but I originally had only two books planned, so maybe that number will grow.

Q: Do you have a specific method for developing characters?

Nope. I fly by the seat of my pants and get to meet them as I go along.

Q: What do you think makes a good story?

In fantasy and sci-fi, characters have to be believable in order to suspend the disbelief in unbelievable situations.

Q: What fantasy book are you reading now? Are there any new authors that have caught your attention?

I just beta read a story for Becca Mills that has yet to be named … it was awesome. I found some great indie authors with series that I love and put them into this (currently free) anthology too.

Q: What was the most memorable moment in your publishing journey?

I received a note from a critically ill fan saying how much my books had helped him get through his illness. Delivering someone from pain, even if it’s just for a little while, means that I’ve done something worthwhile.

Q: What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Find some good beta readers. You need people who like your work, but isn’t afraid to tell you where you go off course.

Also, don’t be afraid of free once you have a series of at least three out–especially if you have an overarching story line. Going permafree with Wolves , the first book in my Loki series, was a game changer for me. I also have a free lead in to my Archangel Project series, called Carl Sagan’s Hunt for Intelligent Life in the Universe. You don’t have to go permafree. Kindle Unlimited free days are a great option too. I do tri-monthly free runs of Archangel Down.

Q: Do you have a favorite character from your books and/or series?

Well, at this point, Loki is sort of my patron saint … or … um … whatever. So I gotta say Loki.

Thank you C. Gockel for participating in this author interview. Connect with C. Gockel’s work here:

Website: http://www.cgockelwrites.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CGockelWrites/