Thursday, December 14, 2017

Keith Edward English ~ guest post and his novel Game of Gods (The Ruination Gods Series)




 TITLE: Game of Gods (The Ruination Gods Series)
RELEASE DATE: June 5, 2017
AUTHOR: Keith Edward English
PAGE COUNT: 342
ISBN: 978-1546361718
IMPRINT: Chimera
CATEGORIES: Fantasy/Action & Adventure




KEYWORDS: fantasy saga, epic fantasy, sword & sorcery, ruination gods, magic, demons, invasion

ONE LINER:
The universe trembles as the gods that preside over it begin bending it to their will, destroying those unfortunate souls caught in their wake.



SYNOPSIS:
Phalax has become a puppet of a god and is forced to obey his demented will, laying waste to the very people he once protected. As Baronfall struggles to recover from the demonic invasion, another threat appears from the mountains, Phalax acting as its spearhead. Stuck inside his steel prison, Phalax watches, helpless and withering, as he demolishes everything in his path. The gods think themselves untouchable, but they are not the only ones who hunt. If the cosmos is going to burn, so too will the gods that pull its strings.



Guest Post:
Things happen inside my head, stuff I sometimes wish was real or that I could somehow experience. I make it real and I live it by writing it. I’ve always been enamored with fantasy novels. As a teenager reading books definitely meant for adults, I became lost in the stories. The characters would draw me into their special world and I’d embark on this epic quest with them, discovering things about myself just as they did the same for themselves.

Very early on, I would think about the exterior motives of characters when none were given. I would make the story more real for myself, as good readers should do when a good writer allows them to draw some of their own conclusions. Eventually, I was coming up with my own characters and ideas and imagining them taking place in the different world of which I became familiar with.

I began my journey by setting a short story in Faerun, a land where the Forgotten Realms books published by Wizards of the Coast, exists. I chose this for one simple reason; my favorite author, Paul S. Kemp, set many of his stories here. I was familiar with the land and not yet ready to tackle the challenge of making my own. I was only a sophomore in high school when I wrote this, and it was nothing more than a terrible action scene. But from this poor writing, I took inspiration. I discovered that I loved doing this and that I needed to pursue it until I became a published author.

My motivation has always been my want to be like those authors who stole my imagination years ago, to write a book that could do the same to another. As to what inspired this book though, I cannot remember. And honestly, that is how most of my stories work. I’ve written over twenty different pieces and only a very few have any kind of reason for being written. The others just happened by accident.

I’ve had to explain it before to those who question how I come up with the things I write. Each time I tell them it is a simple as my mind being a farmer that strolls through his crops each day, looking for the ripe fruit. I’ll have an idea, analyze it before I pick it from the vine, then decide whether or not it’s rotten, needs more time, or is ready. My mind seems to work of its own accord when it is time to come up with something to write. I suddenly have a story, and most times, I have the entire thing and need to just do the easy part; write.

There’s never a time when I don’t have something to work on. When I begin working on something, I just sit down and do it. I don’t create an outline unless it’s to keep track of what the characters have done after they have done it. I normally grab either a beer or a cup of coffee and open the creative floodgates. I continue straight on through a novel, even if I have to leave something I don’t like, until it is finished. Once the first draft is done, I return to the beginning to read and edit. Writing is the easy part; making it good is where the real work happens.

For me, writing is as much a part of my life as breathing is.


AUTHOR BIO:
Keith lives in Stockton, CA, teaching Krav Maga at American Martial Arts Academy. He enjoys a nice cigar on rare occasions but cannot exist long without good beer. He absolutely loves metal and rock, In Flames and Lamb of God his musical bread and butter. Besides teaching Krav and headbanging to metal, Keith also enjoys the outdoors, its furry and feathery inhabitants, drawing, and spending time with his loved ones.



AUTHOR LINKS:
http://www.twitter.com/kedwardenglish, https://www.facebook.com/keith.english.359
http://dargonzine.org/author/kenglish/

AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0716LFXTM
AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0716LFXTM
AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B0716LFXTM
BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/game-of-gods-keith-edward-english/1126497374?ean=9781546361718
CREATESPACE: https://www.createspace.com/7128875

PAPERBACK: https://www.amazon.com/Game-Gods-Ruination-2/dp/1546361715/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498690919&sr=8-1&keywords=game+of+gods+keith



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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

KC Cowan & Sara Cole ~ guest post and their novel The Hunt for Winter



TITLE: The Hunt for Winter:
A stolen child, a wizard thought long-dead, and a plot to resurrect an evil menace.
RELEASE DATE: July 2017
AUTHOR: KC Cowan & Sara Cole
CATEGORIES: Epic Fantasy/Adventure
PAGE COUNT: 471
ISBN: 978-0692931776
IMPRINT: Chimera





KEYWORDS: Fantasy, Girl Power, Epic Adventure, Female Friendship, Wizards, Fairies, Action

ONE LINER:
Five years after Irene, Nan, and Kay helped defeat an evil wizard, they reunite to track down a mysterious wizard who has kidnapped Irene’s son.


SYNOPSIS:
Queen Irene's son, Winter, is missing. His wizard teacher, Seever, has tried to find the boy using his “far-away vision,” but it is blocked when he looks to the north. Since only a powerful enchantment can block his sight, Seever concludes an unknown wizard must have taken the young prince.

But aside from Winter, Seever and Kaza, there are no other wizards left alive.

Or are there?

Book two in the Irene, Nan and Kay series, The Hunt for Winter, continues the story of Irene and her best friends as they travel north in search of the Crown Prince.



GUEST POST:
To Sequel, or Not to Sequel?
By KC Cowan
 When my writing partner, Sara Cole, wrote the ending to our first fantasy novel, Journey to Wizards’ Keep (JTWK), we thought, “Well, that’s that! We finished the book, it has a great ending and we’re all happy.”

JTWK ends with the reader not knowing if Queen Irene gives birth to a son, who would be a wizard, or a girl, who would be mortal. The beautiful phrase Sara ended the book on only tells you that a “newborn child cried for the first time.”

Great, right? However, I could not stop thinking about Queen Irene. Did she have a wizard baby, or will Seever and Kaza be the last wizards in the land? Suddenly, I knew exactly what happened and I sat down and wrote the first chapter of a sequel. Irene has twins, a boy and a girl! After establishing that, I jumped ahead five years (so we could have good interaction with her children) and wrote a little bit about royal life in Cabbage and a brief catch-up with Irene’s best friends, Kay and Nan.

I sent the chapter to Sara and asked her if she wanted to keep writing. She immediately responded with a firm, “Yes! And I know exactly what this book is about!” She had the plot already in her head based on reading my first chapter! (That’s what I love about working with Sara – she’s the plot queen!)

So, we were off and running on book two in the Irene, Nan and Kay series with the title: The Hunt for Winter. Unlike the first book, during which we never really actively discussed the plot and just sent chapters back and forth to each other (almost like a game), this time Sara and I collaborated much more closely. Several times a month we would get together to discuss the story arc and what was, or was not working. As before, I acted as overall “editor” and keeper of the timeline.

Since we were writing this new book while I was still polishing and pitching JTWK, when we came up with an idea for book two, such as the magical use of mirrors, I could go back to the first book and add a short bit that would help establish that idea earlier on! Not the traditional way of writing, I’m sure, but it worked for us.

The Hunt for Winter became so long that at one point, I said, “We need to end book two at a certain point and start book three.” So we did. Look for the third novel in our series to come out in 2018, but in the meantime, I hope readers will enjoy The Hunt for Winter and the new adventures of Irene, Nan, and Kay as much as we did in writing them!
 
AUTHOR BIO:
KC Cowan has spent her life working in the media, as a reporter for KGW-TV, KPAM-AM and KXL-FM radio, and as original host and story producer for an arts program on Oregon Public Television. In addition to Journey to Wizards’ Keep: Book One in the Irene, Nan and Kay saga, KC is also the author of “The Riches of a City,” the history of Portland. She and her husband, Glenn, split their time between Portland, Oregon and Tucson, Arizona.

Sara Cole is an officer with Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, where she is the Crime Prevention Coordinator. Sara provides public outreach to citizens on topics such as Neighborhood Watch, ID Theft and Personal Safety. She also serves on many community coalitions, and is a board member of the Crime Prevention Association of Oregon. Sara is married and spends much of her free time in her garden and enjoying her two grandchildren.
 
AUTHOR LINKS:
http://www.twitter.com/kccowanartgal
http://www.facebook.com/kccowan

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075JWJK2W
AMAZON UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075JWJK2W
AMAZON CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B075JWJK2W
BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hunt-for-winter-kc-cowan/1127097647?ean=9780692931776
CREATESPACE: https://www.createspace.com/7421733
PAPERBACK: https://www.amazon.com/dp/0692931775/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1505338101&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Hunt+For+Winter+paperback+kc+cowan


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ravenswood Publishing ~ presents ~ Adult Coloring Books






TITLES:
“Sugar Skull” (Adult Coloring Book)
 “Animal Mandala” (Adult Coloring Book)
“For The Love Of Cats” (Adult Coloring Book)

RELEASE DATE: 11/23/2017
AUTHOR: Ravenswood Publishing
PAGE COUNT: Varies
ISBNS: Sugar Skulls - 978-1977994714, Animal Mandala - 978-1979322065, For The Love Of Cats - 978-1981102990
IMPRINT: Gaia’s Essence
CATEGORIES: Adult Coloring Book/Creative Design


BOOK PAGES:

Sugar Skulls: 

For The Love Of Cats: 





KEYWORDS: adult coloring book, creative activities, coloring, relaxation, stress relieving, adult and children’s hobbies


SYNOPSIS: 
Ravenswood Publishing has launched a series of adult coloring books that are enjoyable for any age. We do hope you enjoy them and please keep a watch for more to come!

ONE LINER: 
Adult Coloring books have been the latest fad for the past few years. Now Ravenswood has launched a series with plans to create more amazing coloring experiences in 2018.






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