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Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus book 3: Battle Queane

Hey there folks, and welcome to the Otherworld.  We’ve been on a crazy L.E.Parr kick lately, and that doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon.

Today, our focus is going to be on the third book in her Fariidinus series, Battle Queane.  It effectively wraps up the original trilogy of her lethal fairy books, but it leaves enough room open for the books that followed.  Kirin is much more on the level with highmother Letal here, which comes to a point that you’re sure to enjoy.

The war in the Heartland is in full swing with Letal sending legions of radicalized fariidinus against Kirin and Stone’s undermanned army. It’s a valiant fight with more losses than victories. Kirin, already a converted battle queane, is changing again. She has developed a poisonous venom in her wings that can kill Letal but to deliver the poison, Letal must be in her arms.  As Kirin continues to become stronger as a weapon, her physical body is weakening. The inevitable face to face confrontation with Letal is terrifying Stone and their loyal supporters who question Kirin’s ability to survive such an encounter.  But, everyone knows that there is no other way to defeat Letal.

Battle Queane was a wonderful ending of the first books.  There were real stakes, and it looked like it could have wrapped things up with a little bow, but L.E.Parr is nothing if not incredibly diligent.  She’s set to work on another trilogy, and the fourth and fifth books are already available. Those books follow new protagonists though, and there’s nobody quite like Kirin.  Show the Fariidinus your love.  Be sure to check out Battle Queane on Amazon today!

Fantasy Promo – Sirenhawk Book 1 : Misborn of the Snowy Reaches

Hello there all you fans of fantasy.  We have been on a roll these past few weeks, bringing you non-stop action across a lot of different sub-genres.  July is a huge month for us, and we’re so excited to have some other fantastic authors along for the ride with us.

L.E.Parr is arguably the most prolific author that we ever have on our site, and it seems she’s not content to just raise the bar.  As it turns out, she wants to send it into orbit.

While you might be familiar with Parr’s Fariidinus series—we’ve shown it off a lot here on Tellest, and we’re always excited for more—there’s a new urban fantasy in town, and it’s already well underway.  The Sirenhawk series does for shapeshifters what Fariidinus did for fairies.  The lead character, Ice, takes shelter from the world of man in a hidden place in Sierra Nevada, but she also can’t ignore the pull of the big city.  Whereas Parr’s fairy series was brutal beyond the veil of the beautiful creatures, Sirenhawk leans more on whimsy.  The author definitely flexes her humor muscles here, to great effect.

Iceria, Ice, is a hawk-human shapeshiifter. It’s Ice’s job to protect the Northern Corridor from the hereditary enemy of the sirenhawks, the deadly she’ravens. Iceria’s sisters consider her a little odd. She is a literal thinker, she loves shiny baubles and jewelry and her favorite book is an old English dictionary. In human form, Ice and all her kind are sirens of myth and legend. As the battle against the deadly she’ravens escalates, Ice discovers two things about herself. The first, she has a warrior’s heart and the second, she’s capable of falling in love in a very human way.

Parr has already established herself with one stellar series.  With Sirenhawk, though, the author proves that she can let two storylines breathe and grow independent of each other.  Ice is an adorable new lead, and she is the perfect way to be introduced to the sirenhawks. Best of all, Sirenhawk‘s second book will be out in September!

While I eagerly wait for the follow-up, I submit to you this stellar debut in the series.  Sirenhawk is fun fantasy at its very best, and you’re sure to love it.  Check it out on Amazon to join Ice on her first big adventure!

Fantasy Promo – Timecrack

Hey folks!  We’re using some of the momentum from our latest venture into the Otherworld to turn right back around and visit more works of great fiction.  And there’s no better tale than today’s to go with the theme.

One of my favorite Michael Crichton properties was Timeline.  And yes, I even loved the movie with Paul Walker and Gerard Butler.  If you’re a fan of the concept of finding ways through time and space, today’s promo is going to be right up your alley.

William Long’s Timecrack is one of those entertaining books that pulls you out of the monotony of day to day life, and thrusts you upon a whole new world.  In this first book in his series, we join the Kinross family in a beautiful, humorous, thrilling adventure when a portal opens and pulls them through to a fantastic, new world.

Timecracks act as portals to other dimensions. They have existed since the creation of time, and when one arrives during a storm at the newly discovered pyramid site in the Yucatan jungle, it’s the beginning of a nightmare journey into another world for archaeologist, Malcolm Kinross and his wife, Lucy.

And when another timecrack strikes the secretive energy facility in New Mexico, their sons, Archie and Richard, along with their tutor, Marjorie, and their uncle, Professor John Strawbridge, all find themselves thrust into the same world of New Arrivals, ancient warring tribes and deadly enemies.

Richard is endowed with the ability to ‘see’ beyond his own world. Can he help Archie to find their parents, and help the scientists at Mount Tengi to find a way for all of them to return home, and can he escape the clutches of the mad high priest, Prince Lotane?

Timecrack is a lovely endeavor by Long, and one that you’ll be happy to know already has a sequel, with a third coming along soon.  It has characters that are endearing and easy to relate to, and a world that is fully realized with secrets left to be discovered.  If you’re interested in this fun fantasy romp, check out Timecrack on Amazon today!

As a bonus, the author gives away free chapters of the book on his website for people who subscribe.  Check it out:

https://williamlongbooks.co.uk/

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 5: Wings of the Sea

Hey there folks.  We’re happy to be back with a new promo for an old friend today.  It feels like we’ve been gone from the Heartland for way too long, and I for one have need to see some beautiful, lethal fairies again.

L.E.Parr is back once again to show us the work she excels at. Fariidinus Book 5: Wings of the Sea is another bout of worldbuilding at its finest, and this time she brings us to a whole new realm.  The Heartland seas become an intriguing place to visit, thanks to newcomer Melody, who holds sway over that domain.  The story fits in with the previous book as well, as some focus is left on Kirin, who became this second set’s big hero.  It’s Melody who gets to shine here, though, and you’ll quickly fall in love with her.

MELODY, Dee, was the youngest child to fall under Letal’s knife. It was her culling that finally goaded Kirin into the war. Even though her xylin node was left intact, Dee’s wings never recovered and she cannot fly. But, Dee, has an extraordinary gift, never seen before in the species. She can control the sea and communicate with the little mermaids, the merikin. When one of the Houses conspires to destroy Kirin with poison, they experiment on the merikin with great loss of life. In a desperate attempt to save the merikin and the Heartland seas, Dee races against time and miles to lead her friends to safety.

We’ve had the awesome privilege of working with Parr several times before, and her books are always great fun.  The first trilogy was tremendous entertainment, and these newer books are set to keep up to that same pace while also carving out the world she’s built even further.  Melody is an awesome character to add to her already impressive roster.  If you want to read her story, check out Fariidinus Book 5: Wings of the Sea on Amazon today.

Fantasy Promo – Reynard the Fox

Hey there folks!  I am so happy to be back here after a lovely time at the Philadelphia Comic Convention.  Not only because it was exhausting, but because I managed to meet several great people, and I’m just so excited to share about them.

First up is David R Witanowski.  David is a down to earth guy who was there at the con showing off his series of books revolving around Reynard the Fox.  If you’re familiar with the allegorical tales about the anthropomorphic fox, this book becomes all the more delightful.  It steps away from the old stories in some ways, but a lot of the meat is still there.  Above all, it becomes darker and more complex, which I really enjoy.  Still, it retains a fair bit of humor. Witanowski treats his characters with respect that you won’t soon forget.

In a city full of thieves, there are none better than the wily Reynard: a skilled cat burglar, con artist, and master of disguise who preys on the wealthy and powerful. But even a man of Reynard’s talents can make a mistake, especially when there’s a beautiful woman involved…

Now Reynard must embark upon a perilous expedition to steal a fabled gem, accompanied by a motley crew of mercenaries, pirates, and hired killers, each of whom could prove to be deadlier than the voyage itself- and none more so than the mysterious Isengrim, a cold-hearted warrior whose swordsmanship is second to none.

A gritty adventure that playfully blends suspense with humor, Reynard the Fox is the first in a forthcoming series of books by debut author David R. Witanowski.

If you’re a fan of fantasy with grit and grime but a dash of humor, Reynard’s journey’s are right up your alley.  This first book is such a fun adventure, and with two more books already released, it could be a great series to dive into.  If you’re looking for one of your new favorite reads, look no further than Reynard the Fox.  Check it out on Amazon today!

Historical Fantasy Promo – Swordless Warriors

Hello folks, and welcome back to our scouring of the Otherworld for stories from beyond our time and place.  This is our last promotion before our big Comic Con stop in Philadelphia, where we’re hoping to meet some new fans.  We figured we’d move along with a fervent battle cry.

With that in mind, there’s no better story to leave you with than Olaf Tormund’s Swordless Warriors.  Rough and bloody, it tells the tale of ravagers from the north, and their invasion.  More importantly, it goes into darker territory when it introduces the mythical berserkers, with their superhuman strength.  Introduced as villains, these vikings become interesting and relatable as the story progresses.

“Swordless Warriors” tells us the history of the legendary Berserker warriors – the most fearsome and bloodthirsty faction among the Viking soldiers – incorporating some fantastic elements into the narrative by spicing factual historical research with a good chunk of mythology, folklore from the far North and a few controversial modern hypotheses.

What causes the “berserkergang”, the outbreak of madness that makes those men fight as if the devil himself commanded them; red-eyed and foaming at the mouth like rabid dogs, angrily chewing their tongues in the heat of battle and, lacking enemies to attack, even charging trees or their own reflection in mirrors? Could it be an unknown plague? Hallucinogenic substances? Religious fanaticism? Genetic disorders? Or perhaps even lycanthropy?

Do no expect the romanticism of books such as “Beowulf” or Michael Crichton’s “Eaters of the Dead”, where the sons of Odin are depicted as white knights fighting to save innocent maidens. In the manner of films like “Dances with Wolves” and “The Last Samurai”, “Swordless Warriors” initially presents the readers with mere savage, mindless barbarians and then takes them on an unexpected epic journey that will ultimately end in respect and understanding (perhaps even admiration) for the motives and ways of the strange indomitable fighters.

The unbeatable Hellenistic phalanxes fought for riches. Genghis Khan’s mighty riders warred for lands. But this book is not about those. It is about an army that despised conquest, wanted no glory, did not seek freedom or revenge. They battled for the combat itself, for their wrath and their fury – and did it completely unshielded and unarmed.

SYNOPSIS

It is rare that we see a historical epic that doesn’t rely heavily on enormous battle sequences as its main draw. It is even rarer that we get to see a historical epic where the reader ends up rooting for the “villains”. But “Swordless Warriors” goes beyond the regulations of the genre – often into harsh, uncharted territories that are pretty much outside the box most fantasy writers think in altogether. It is written in a Spartan manner that befits the theme of the piece but still works as a thoughtful study of human nature which asks the readers how much a person can bare to take physically, mentally and emotionally.

The book begins by introducing the central character, Paolo DiMontese. He is an incredibly talented Roman sculptor who is haunted by a traumatic event in his history, so much so that his work means zilch to him. Attending a party in Norfolk, in honour of the Saxon king, Paolo is immediately struck by the beauty of a Danish duchess named Astrid, who rekindles a sort of fire that Paolo has not experienced in a long time.

However, soon after the party gets underway, the castle is assaulted by Viking forces and, while the king’s men are able to repel these warriors for the most part, they are then assaulted by Berserkers – another Viking faction possessing almost-superhuman strength. Paolo, Astrid and a few others are captured and taken back by the Vikings to their homeland as slaves, while the rest of the guests and even the king himself are brutally slaughtered. During the several months of captivity, Paolo and Astrid grow closer together as their companions die off around them and the two become each other’s sole human links. But, as things progress, Paolo gradually comes to an understanding with the Berserker leader as well.

Despite the extent of time it covers, “Swordless Warriors” moves incredibly fast, weighing in at a slim 37,000 words. In this period, it seeks to never lag, even when portraying long moments out at sea; the book places the readers in the characters’ shoes, as they unwind the secrets of the strange Northerners together. First with fear, trepidation and disgust, but then progressively coming to a recognition and, possibly, reverence of the Norse ways.

RATING COMPONENTS: depictions of violence, sexual content

With a unique style, Swordless Warriors delivers you into a world that makes you feel as though you’ve traveled somewhere else.  It’s historical fiction that’ll get your blood pumping, and before you know it, you’ll have raced through its pages.  If you know anyone who likes viking or norse tales, this is right up their alley.  Check the book out on Amazon today.

Interview with Eric K. Barnum

It’s been a while since our last interview feature, but I can promise you, it’s been well worth the wait.  Recently, we had the opportunity to sit down with Eric K. Barnum, a kindred spirit in some ways who has walked a very similar path with his fantasy series.

You’ve likely seen our big push for the first book in his Forsaken Isles collection, Dar Tania.  Today, you get to see what we talked about, what makes Barnum tick, and understand just what makes his series so ridiculously appealing.

 

Tellest: Welcome to the interview.  It’s great to have you here.  We’ll start you off with one of the questions that I ask all our interviewees, because I think it’s always such a fun discovery for fans and readers.  What inspired you to start writing?

Eric K Barnum: I have an analytic mind; it’s my professional career at the moment. When I found myself analyzing books, movies, comics, and games in light of this idea for a novel, world and universe, I realized it was time to start writing. I wanted to tell a story where magic and gods made balanced sense. The confusion between what is magic versus divine is something I address as a core theme in all my writing.

 

 

T: Surely you’ve had some works and authors that helped to inspire you along the way.  Do you have anyone you’d be able to specifically reference as an influence?

EB: About 10 years ago, I decided to find and read as many of the “old stories” as I could get my hands on. Gilgamesh, Beowulf, Grendel, Cantebury Tales, Diary of Genji, Art of War, Bhagavad Gita, Way of the Pilgrim, Apocrypha, both religious and enduring stories. A common theme, for me at least, was a story of balance between the divine and our world… that then gets thrown off somehow. Contrasting this to the high fantasy genre where the hero and main characters are either out of balance or trying to restore balance, I realized that if you interject “magic” – or in scifi “tech” – into those same stories, they kind of fall apart. Gilgamesh and Enkidu just aren’t the same story if, when they go to Upanishaptim/Noah (of Noah’s Ark), they get magic. That whole story wouldn’t exist with magic. So, how do you balance them? I started making notes and jotting thoughts down from the stories I had read. Not critique, but if from this lens of magic being out of balance, is the story still epic? The Forsaken Isles started taking shape.

 

T: The Forsaken Isles world that you’ve built has a huge focus on magic, religions, and of course dragons.  How did you manage to keep track of everything?  Do you have a Forsaken Isles bible you made for yourself?

EB: I do. It’s a collection of now-ratty notebooks with handwritten and printed notes, sketches, and spreadsheets. Tolkien’s Silmarillion really drove it home to me that organization of stories, characters, and places is key to a great tale. I also have pictures from various Dragon magazines cut out and taped into various parts of my notebooks for fun too.

 

T: The Silmarillion eventually found its way into the hands of the people.  Martin’s got the World of Ice and Fire.  Do you think as your world and the stories therein continue to grow, people might see a fleshed out version of those notebooks to help understand just how vast everything is?

EB: In the 1980s, Marvel Comics released this campy series around an evil book called the Darkhold. Characters would interact with it, get magic, and clash with the superheroes. It was goofy fun. What you’re asking, I think of as my Darkhold Project. Much the same way you have Tellest, I plan on eventually releasing “The Darkhold Project”, which will be a story of the multiverse incorporating notes, but told from the perspective of souls trapped in the Darkhold. Bomoki’s Gate introduces the Darkhold where it is used to try and determine why Bomoki wants a certain objective. In my next book, Syliri & Bruce, the Darkhold is introduced in more detail. It’s a book that is also the middle realm of the Abyss. Rather than being a demon lord, like Lolth or Orcus, it’s a sentient book that influences and participates in the world through the pages of itself. It knows things through soul capture. As it finds something new and different, it manipulates its readers to the soul it next wants by sharing fragmented bits and pieces of knowledge. It’ll have awesome artwork where my sketches, like this one, will be fantastic. I do sketches like this for all combat scenes in my writing.

  

 

T: Your books have some familiarity with the Forgotten Realms books that a lot of fantasy readers have grown up with.  At the same time though, Dar Tania and the subsequent stories invoke a breath of fresh air in the genre.  How did you toe the line between something that’s been established in writing before and a brand new, powerful story?

EB: To the extent that my stories are about clerics and paladins in a dragon-based religion, I can see that. The similarity ends there. The Dragonlance Chronicles and War of the Twins are some of my favorite books. How did Raistlin become so evil? Yet, even when reading these, the interaction of magic and the gods felt weird to me. Hickman and Weiss were probably too bound to 2nd Edition Dungeons and Dragons rules on the heels of TSR’s Deities and Demigods publication. It’s the story of a mortal mage, Raistlin, who opposes an evil god, from whom he seems to derive his magical powers. Magic is either presented as a limitation to being a god, or somehow not accessible to its worshippers. In a world with non-godly magic, what does anyone—god or mortal—get out of worship? Is it really just healing, as The Forgotten Realms suggest? Why wouldn’t everyone just worship and practice Magic?

I also explore the paladin archetype in depth and it is unique. The archetypal characters of mages, fighters, etc. are familiar to all high and dark fantasy. The inclusion of dragons as a key element and the way they interact with the world can be explored on my blog at darmalcor.weebly.com or through the stories themselves. Like angels serving a goodly god, dragons worship and serve their own gods and their own agendas. There are micro and macro-scale battles of peoples, ideas, and religions. The Isles are Forsaken not because they needed a name, but because they are populated by refugees from the ancient empire of Merakor, which fell to the dark elves during a nexal inversion. The refugees forsook Merakor for the isles.

A nexus is a concept different in my world. They serve as travel points between planes in the multiverse. The world of the Forsaken Isles is in the center of the nexuses of Creation/Good, Chaos/Abyss, and Warp/Evil. When thing happen, like the dark elves wiping out the good empire of Merakor, it actually moves the entire world closer to the nexus of Chaos. This creates a cascade of destruction, cataclysm, and change. Similar things can happen if the world moves closer to Creation or Warp with the results you’d expect. Time flows because of these nexuses interacting with the world.

 

T: Speaking of the flow of time, Dar Tania, Malcor’s Story and Bomoki’s Gate all came out within a short amount of time and the latter two are fairly expansive.  Can readers expect to continue seeing your books release at an accelerated pace like this?

EB: Yes. My fan reactions and reviews on Amazon have suggested that there might be more appetite for the 100 page books. I personally prefer large books in my own reading. I find them more satisfying and immersive. As such, my initial publication goal was to have Dar Tania and Malcor’s Story release within sight of Bomoki’s Gate. My next two books will be shorter ones, like Dar Tania. One will pick up 5 years after Dar Tania. The other will pick up after Bomoki’s Gate. Following that, I have 10 candidates for another larger (400 pages +) book, but want my writing to be more informed by reader feedback. So far, these characters in Dar Tania have been very popular: Dar Tania, Princess Alaura, the ranger Bruce, and the white dragon patriarch Ynt’taris.

 

 

T: Your character names are so exotic sounding.  How do you come up with them?

EB: The people of Dar Tania’s tribe began as barbarians. This book is about their transformation into a ‘modern’ magic-wielding empire. The nations around them came from Merakor. They have more traditional names. Part of this comes from having played a lot of RPGs where players could not come up with cool fantasy names. My concession to such players was, “Okay, fine. Name your warrior Stephen. Your character’s family came from Merakor.” I also try and come up with names suggestive of how a character is.

 

T: The Forsaken Isles books are a bit darker and focus on some heavy dramatic elements.  Do you think it’s also suitable for a younger audience?

EB: I first read The Hobbit when I was 8 years old. I imagine my writing as PG13 with R-Rated themes. As a movie, depending on how graphic some of the violent combat scenes became, I can see my writing being R-Rated. This is not my desired goal though. I want readers to appreciate brutality as the tactical expression of ideas at war. To that extent, I have had a few younger readers enjoy Dar Tania. They have all been prolific readers familiar with the fantasy genre. I certainly never attempted to write for a younger audience. But, when I started seeing a few reviews and emails from young readers and their parents, I decided to incorporate them by using easier names, like instead of “main gauche” for an off-hand blade, I would write “long dagger”.

 

T: What do you find challenging in writing fantasy?

EB: Interviews with my test readers have shown that the more I struggle with writing a character, the more they love it. As my readership expands, I’ll be curious to see if this remains a theme. In Dar Tania, one of the hardest characters to write was Prince Rowland. I thought for sure that readers would see him as a trope, a foil for other ‘good’ characters at best or a decadent noble staid in his inheritance. I was shocked when readers told me they saw him as a tragic character. I use my blog at darmalcor.weebly.com to explore some of these ideas in more detail.

 

T: Because your books take place in vastly different time periods in your world, you’re forced to leave some people behind.  Has that been difficult for you?

EB: Time is kind of relative when you have some races, like elves and dragons, living forever. It matters to shorter-lived races but, in all fantasy, it’s stretched out. Because gods are actively involved and exist in a different sense of Time, I actually have fun with it. When Time first started moving, the immortal Eldar reacted to it differently but universally considered it a lethal poison. As such, writing in the contemporary time frame of Malcor’s Story and Bomoki’s Gate, there are enough references to the foundation era of Dar Tania that I view Dar Tania, not as a time gapped story, but as a story-version glossary and history of Morbatten. Even though it’s set many centuries before “contemporary” time, for those with magically-lengthened lives like the priestesses, you’re only talking about four generations.

 

T: You’re a father of three.  Do your children ever influence your writing, in or outside of the Forsaken Isles?

EB: I have three daughters, who love different genres.  But, we bond over anime like Full Metal Alchemist, Studio Ghibli movies, and Bleach. I like to imagine that, one day, they’ll read my stories. Until then, they ask and I share the stories with them storyteller style around campfires. The other thing is that the fantasy genre struggles with women characters sometimes. I blame the 1990s for sexualizing everything. I want my stories to have strong female characters who approach things on the same—but different where being female makes it different—footing as male characters. The reviews by women appreciating strong female characters tells me I’m on the right track. Having more female participants in the fantasy genre would be a good thing.

 

 

T: Between having three children and a day job, how do you find the time to write such expansive stories?  What would you recommend to other writers who are trying to nail down a schedule?

EB: Even with a busy job, I get a lunch break. You’d be amazed at how many words you can pen to paper when you only write 15-30 minutes a day. That gets you through the hard parts of a first draft. Other times, the story writes you and suddenly you’ve written pages and pages. You don’t get to the epiphany moments if you don’t slog through the harder parts. Unless you’re a devil for outlining, you’ll also lose your story thread and character sense. It’s important to write every day. Everyone has 15 minutes. I don’t have very many vices except writing and hiking so it works out for me. There’s so much info about writing out there, from blogs to books to read about writing, but at some point, you need to start writing. Most people at my work show up at 9. I hit the gym at 6, and am at work by 730. That gives me 1.5 hours at my work to know if I’ll have time to write.

 

T: What are you working on, and when can we expect your next book to drop?

EB: In my world, there are two kinds of creatures: those that existed before Time flowed – the Eldar, and those that came after – the Fallen. The dragons worshipped by Dar Tania and her people are eldar dragons. The story introduces a gorgon named Syliri who acts as a zookeeper for the dragons. They collect monsters for Syliri to petrify so that Dar Tania’s fighters can get a sense for size, weaknesses, and strengths of various creatures. A ranger, named Bruce, falls in love with her. I plan to release Syliri & Bruce as two 100 page novels in late summer and am almost done with my first draft of each. Their story is one of unlikely love, their exploration of Morbatten’s borders, and their fight against Set’s Dream. In my world, Set is a demon god so powerful that the others bound Set in sleep forever deep in the Abyss. In his dreams, Set spawns monsters throughout the multiverse. Dar Tania introduces this concept – that monsters are terrible not because they’re necessarily evil but because they’re trapped in Set’s Dream and do not see the same world we do. Syliri & Bruce will be set 5 years after Dar Tania.

 

 

T: Are there any other sneak peeks you can give us at upcoming characters and creatures we might see?  With ten possible books hiding in the wake, you’re sure to have plenty of storytelling ammunition!

EB: Paladins will always be a focus for me. I love them. While each story might have a variety of ‘bad guys’ there will always be a main bad guy: Dar had Rowland, Malcor had Talai the Khasran Lich, and Bomoki’s Gate had Bomoki and Orcus. Syliri & Bruce will feature the Slaads. Slaads are extraplanar monsters who exist in the most twisted hierarchy imaginable. At their highest levels, they seek to awaken Set, the Mother of Nightmares. By intruding into Set’s Dream, they gain power and use it to consume life thereby increasing their own power even more. These are not the slaads you’ll find in old TSR reference guides.

There is also a civil war brewing around Dar with some of the tribes not understanding how and why their entire culture has changed. I already discussed the Darkhold Project. On a different project, while I haven’t had time for reader feedback yet, I have a big story to tell about a race whose god goes insane. So that they don’t die as a race because of their god’s insanity, they raise up a hero and send the hero to slay and replace their god. It pits magic against godly power and the will of the Tehran world against their own god. For readers of my books, you might appreciate who twisted this world from a dominion perspective.

Thank you for the interview, Mike. This has been great. I wish you all the best with Tellest. I’ve been enjoying your Mageborn story. I hope you and your readers enjoy Dar Tania. May these worlds of imagination inspire your own.

T: And thank you for the opportunity, Eric!  This has been a very entertaining look inside your head and the world of the Forsaken Isles.  We wish you the best, and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.  Many happy returns!

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 1: Wings of the Exile

Hello, and welcome back to another edition of awesome books written by awesome people.  Our next stop in the Otherworld is to the fantasy world that was created by L.E.Parr: a world occupied by wyr and fariidinus, but part of our very own.  A very cool twist on the view of fairies and other faekin, Parr has an interesting manner of writing that makes her words seem itself like magic.

The Fariidinus series begins with Wings of the Exile.  Kirin, who has been stripped of her wings, was banished from the Heartland.  But her part in the great battle before her is not over.  Beautiful fantasy mixes with the right amount of grit and grime.  Parr’s fairies are as lethal as they are beautiful, and it gets your blood pumping for every tension-filled scene.

When your wings are gone, you can accept your exile or you can learn to fight back.

Kirin, a young fariidinus fey, is judged and condemned to the knife. After her wings are removed, she is exiled to the mainland where she is rescued by Stone, a young man who is part of a group of Heartland expatriates. The expatriates have long had a plan to restore the wings of a fariidinus with the right gifts in order to send her back into the Heartland as a weapon against the evil Highmother, Letal. Kirin is bitter and angry and not sure she wants to be part of the plan until Letal brings her war to the mainland and there is no other choice but to fight back.

Wings of the Exile is exactly what an introductory tale should be. Parr crafts a story here that doesn’t feel as though it was a labor at all. Rather, you get a sense that the fairies whispered their secrets to the author, and she was the incredible scribe who was given the gift to share it with the rest of us.  The Fariidinus books are massive, and there are more on the way.  But if you want to get started, there’s no better time than now to pick up the first book on Amazon.

Fantasy Series Promo – The Angel Brings Fire

Hey everybody!  We’re here, visiting you between the holidays because we’ve got what is likely the last big promo of the year all set up for you.  This is for a series we’ve showcased a bit before, but it definitely deserves more recognition that we were able to give it before.

The Angel Brings Fire, a series from Marcus Shields, is a perfect recipe for a pseudo-fantasy, pseudo-science fiction mashup.  There’s even elements of superhero fantasies in here.  It’s got one of the coolest concepts you’ll ever hear about too.

Introducing The Angel Brings Fire, an exciting 4-volume series of modern fantasy / superhero novels about a mighty alien being, who may be Earth’s only hope against total annihilation. And the unique gift of the “Holy Fire” that she brings, will forever change the course of human history!

Below, check out the synopsis for the third book in the series.

The cover to the third book in the series, Angel and the Empire.

Having saved the Sun’s third planet from a Doomsday comet, Karéin-Mayréij, the alien “Storied Watcher”, finds herself at odds with the declining, undemocratic United States of 2040.

Things aren’t going well : her new, adopted “family” has just been kidnapped by parties unknown, and the U.S. Air Force, among others, is trying to kill her.

But there’s a reason why Karéin-Mayréij is called the “Destroying Angel”, and the U.S. government is about to find out about it, the hard way. Her lethal supernatural abilities are returning fast, and her friends and family – though in dire straits – are starting to inherit super-human powers of their own.

And the President of the future United States is about to learn the truth of the saying :

“Never get on the bad side, of a fallen angel.”

The series has a very Superman vibe, but in a way that’s more appealing to fans of fantasy, if that makes any sense.  It’s a bit darker than the fare you get from the that superhero in blue spandex too.

Here’s some other good news that might appeal to you as well: the author is working on the sequel series to this wonderful four book set.  We’ll have a lot of reading on our schedule in the next year!

 

If you’re interested in reading The Angel Brings Fire series from the beginning, start off with Angel of Mailànkh.  You can pick it up on Amazon here.

The Angel Brings Fire can be ordered from Amazon or Barnes & Noble in paperback format, or, in e-Book format, from Amazon, iTunes, Google Books, Lulu, or other fine on-line retailers (average e-Book price per volume : $2.99 U.S.). Just go to Amazon and search for The Angel Brings Fire.”

Fantasy Promo – Fairalorn

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Otherworld.  It’s been a little while since we had an especially kid friendly release from a fellow author to show off, but we wait no longer!

Today, we’re going to introduce you to T.J. Roberts and his story, Fairalon.  Sometimes children have a hard time fitting in, and it can be difficult to make friends or find yourself.  This story encompasses those adolescent troubles, and shows that you can push past them if you just believe.

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It’s not easy being eleven.

It’s not easy being the new kid, in a new town, especially in a house with so many strange memories.

When you’re different, when you see things that other people don’t see, what do you do? When you have no friends and everyone thinks you’re weird, who can you tell?

Iris uncovers her own strange past and learns that anything is possible if you believe in yourself.

Come with Iris and find yourself in the magical world of Fairalon.

Fairalon explores themes of trust, loneliness, friendship, and self-reliance with a sprinkle of budding romance.

Fairalon is a MG/YA fantasy novel with 30 full color illustrations.

As one of the 5-star reviews on the book page says, T.J. Roberts’ fantasy novel for children and preteens, Fairalon, is an original and exciting epic fantasy. Roberts’ 3-D illustrations are superb, and they work perfectly with the story to bring the characters and the marvelous world of Fairalon to life. If you’re interested in Fairalon, you can pick it up now. Check it out on Amazon.