Urban Fantasy Promo – The Vampire Keeper

Hey there folks!  Tellest has had a busy time behind the scenes in recent weeks.  We’re preparing to exhibit for the first time ever at a convention, which is cooler than words can say.  I doubt I’ll make my money back on all of this, but if I meet some cool folks and make a fan or two, I feel like it will all be worth it.

On the front end of things, we’ve been a bit quieter, but we’re changing that today!  If you’ve been hungry for a good urban fantasy novel, you need look no further than Sabrina Street’s The Vampire Keeper.  It takes the traditional vampire lore and twists and tweaks it in ways that make the story really pop.  Beyond that, there are surprises around every corner, and you’ll be itching for more by the end.

Wyler and Ana lead ordinary lives with one exception: they serve as Keepers to Larkin Drythe, a centuries old Vampire, who lives in shrouded discontentment. That is until Larkin accidently consumes the blood of a beautiful young innocent, creating an unseverable link, a bond that threatens to unravel Wyler and Ana’s lives. The ill-fated connection awakens a vengeful enemy. Wyler and Ana become embroiled in tragedy when an age old feud, dating back to the War of the Roses, is resurrected.

A rogue vampire. A bitter rivalry. Together, they create chaos. Can the Keepers serve their centuries old Immortal without paying the ultimate price? Who will survive this raging vendetta?

Street does an excellent job sewing together all the various elements of this wildly entertaining book.  The world is built to be as charming as it is mysterious, and you want the characters you learn about to succeed above all else.  The author’s only crime is not having her second book in this series available yet.  But that’s good news for you. You can really sink your teeth into The Vampire Keeper, right now.  Check it out on Amazon today!

Art – Cast of Arise

Hey there folks!

We have just a quick one for you this week, as I’m settling back into things after a loss in the family.

I love working things out with new artists, and Rigrena has been one of the ones I happily put into the win column in the last year.  She did some emergency work for us for the Kickstarter in September, and we’ve decided to use her again.

We utilized Rigrena’s skills for promotional work on our last book that’s releasing this year, Arise.  The sequel to Awake, we wanted to see her interpretation on Venathryn and Maravek, and we expanded it to our other two heroes, Vandelas and Faradorn.

The finished version is very impressive.  I’m a big fan of the beautiful background she put together for us, too.

So what do you think?  Do you like Rigrena’s artwork for Tellest? Should we get her to do more stuff fairly soon??  Sound off in the comments and let us know your feelings!

Sprite Arts – Minotaur

Representing from pixel land, people.  It’s time to flip the script again and… well first off, stop talking like that I suppose.  But anyway, we’re looking once again at the races in our card game, and it’s time to show off another set of good guys.  Next up?  The minotaurs.

We haven’t really seen any of these folks in the book series yet, though one does appear in statue form on the cover of the upcoming novel, Arise.  Just because the main characters haven’t reached them yet in any of their stories, that doesn’t mean they’re not important to the overall fit of the world!  And to prove it to you, check out our heroes from our card game:

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Again, a lot of diversity here, like a lot of the other anthropomorphic races.  Let’s learn more about them, shall we?

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Krull is a mage from the minotaur city of Caledos.  At first glance, he seems like a tough customer.  All that armor and a weapon that looks optimal for dishing out the hurt makes him look more like a warrior. Despite that, though, he’s pretty squishy.

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You ever heard of a bull in a china shop?  Well Letti Lonvo definitely has the propensity to fulfill that idiom—if she weren’t a girl, that is. Yep, some of the minotaur on Tellest grow horns regardless of their gender.  She’s pretty tough too, able to endure a lot of damage before she would give in to the pain.

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Finally, there’s Tarsa Paith.  Tall, vicious Tarsa is not someone you want to mess with.  She hails from the city of Asteria, where gladiator fights are a daily occurrence, and she’s one of their more renowned champions.  She doesn’t fight for glory, however.  No—money is more her style.  And she’s heard rumors that the dungeon that mysteriously appeared near the city has some glorious treasure in its depths.

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And here you see all our minotaur heroes all at once.  We’re down to the last few races of this game, and then we’ll be turning around to show off some new components of it!  Stay tuned!

 

Urban Fantasy Promo – The Kingdom of Scaba

Hello ladies and gents, and welcome back to the Otherworld.  We’ve been so caught up in one or two series lately, that it’s nice to break out and see what else is available for your perusal.

Today, we get an opportunity to experience just that.  M.K. Alsulaimani’s Kingdom of Scaba is a different kind of Urban Fantasy than the one we’ve been playing in lately.  It’s just as dark, if not more so, but it focuses on abducted children instead of winged beings from another world.

Another interesting thing about this book is where it’s available. I’m always excited to see new styles and subgenres of writing, but I’m just as taken by the platforms they’re sold on.  You’ll recall I had no idea about inkshares until I had the privilege of promoting a few of the books that were gaining traction there.

Kingdom of Scaba is another book with a mysterious new platform: Payloadz.  Essentially a site that’s dedicated to all things digital, Alsulaimani has both his audiobook and his ebook available there.

Continue below to see more about what makes Kingdom of Scaba tick.

The story that will blow your imagination to a whole new level…

Two groups of children, the palace kids and the city’s teenagers, have been abducted and enslaved in the Kingdom of Scaba, a realm that lies beneath the human world and is inhabited by bizarre creatures: the Makash and the Shakams , ruled by a vicious king who likes to see the human kids competing with each other in a brutal way. Everywhere in Scaba are human kids from all over the world serving as slaves. Some of them have been there for over ten years, and some even more.

What could they do? Every time they made one move toward their goal to escape from Scaba, they found themselves fallen three steps behind. Would that push them to become one team and work together to solve all the mysteries in Scaba, or fill them with hatred toward each other, exactly as King Bermuda wants?

Kingdom of Scaba definitely has a lot of presence.  It could easily be seen as a reflection of what’s going on in our world today, but with some interesting fantasy elements.  We rarely see fantasy taking shape in the way that Alsulaimani’s tale does, so you’ll likely agree, this is a breath of fresh air.

Once again, as a reminder, this audiobook and the PDF version are hosted on a platform that’s new to me, called Payloadz.  The author has been generous enough to share a link to the audiobook that contains a couple of cool previews.  You can check that out here.

If you’re more interested in the PDF version, you can find that here.

Interim Cover Art – Silver Serpent Chronicles

Hey there folks!  We are deep in the heart of Tellest phase two.  Lord of Thunder recently released, and we’re only two months away from the second book, Dragonspeaker, hitting virtual shelves.

Later this year, in September, we’ll be releasing another new jump-off point in the Tellest brand with Silver Serpent Chronicles.  One or two characters here are familiar, but it takes place in a different point in our young sidekick’s life.

Rather than droll on, why don’t I just show you what we did?

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All five of the sketches above were the ones we passed on. Ultimately, we knew we wanted to focus on the Silver Serpent and her young, impressionable trainee, who goes by many names in the story.  You might know him instead as Kevin, the secret prince of Argos.

We ended up going for a scene that added a third character to the mix.  These three are characters that are involved from the very first chapter of the story to the very end, so it was cool to have them all together on the cover.

These two sketches helped to get an idea of the costumes and color schemes a little bit more.  Kevin wears a variation of his well-known green, and they both have kind of a lone ranger look to them.  This book has a more superhero bent than the other books I’ve written so far.  I’m a big fan of it, though, and I think others will be too.

Pear put together a more comprehensive look at everything here. Our characters are on a dais that overlooks the city here.  The third member of the trio is a villain named Riptide who can turn his body into liquid form and reconstitute as needed.

Riptide and the Silver Serpent have been fleshed out here, and the cool swirling water effect has been brought back in an awesome way.  The poses are coming together a little more too, thanks to some textures on the ground.

Weapons and gear have been detailed, and you can see the faces of our two heroes, although they’re covered by their domino masks and the Silver Serpent’s tricorne hat.

The final version of the cover adds particle effects and extra detail to everything.  Riptide’s body ends up making some cool warps to the items beneath, including the Silver Serpent’s rapier.  I personally think it looks awesome.  This was another hard piece not to want to use as an official cover.  For consistency’s sake, we used this piece as inspiration, and brought it to Leo so that he could make us an official cover, but that’ll be something we show you later!

So what did you think of the Silver Serpent Chronicles interim cover?  Did you like it as much as we did?  Remember, this book comes out in September.

And it’s going to change everything…

Lord of Thunder Released

Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to announce the official launch of Tellest’s phase two.  Lord of Thunder has released today, and I’m excited to bring a follow-up to Bolt Thunderfury’s first adventure.

We’ll see how the book does on Amazon, but just remember, every ten weeks from here on out, another Tellest adventure is coming your way.

Once again, this is just the beginning…

April Fool’s Art – Tellest Babies

Hey there folks.  So, if you managed to check out our site on Saturday morning, you may have caught our April Fool’s “prank” for this year.

I was going to have a story ready for this year, but the work on the big novels and novellas have kind of worn me down.  So, in an 11th hour bid, we came up with a cute secondary idea that has completely taken over my life.

There’s got to be plenty of people who know the show Muppet Babies.  Well, we just took that concept and applied it to Tellest.

We teamed with Hozure to turn six of our already established characters into miniaturized, adorable versions of themselves. Here’s the sketches we started with.

We fell in love with this style, and Rhianna is even working on a sculpy clay version of at least one of the characters.

Here is a gallery of the six individual characters:

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And here is how our finished piece came together:

I would absolutely love to have Hozure do more of these.  In fact, I’ve already got the next sets of heroes all lined up.  If we get some positive feedback, we’ll definitely do more!

Also, Rhianna came up with a jingle:

♪ Tellest Babies, big adventures for little people /
Tellest Babies, waking up from naptime and fighting evil. ♫

 

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Today’s post was sponsored by L.E.Parr and her incredible Fariidinus series.  If you haven’t had the chance to check it out yet, why not catch a preview of it right now?  Check out Wings of the Exile on Amazon today!

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