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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.

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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.

Fantasy Promo – Dar Tania

Hey folks!  We’re winding down what I’m calling the “month of Dar Tania,” but it’s not too late to pick up this awesome book!  Eric K. Barnum’s introductory novella into his Forsaken Isles series mixes incredible fantasy with dashes of religion and philosophy.  It all combines to make something truly magical and otherworldly.

Dar Tania, provides a solid foundation for Barnum’s other books in his series, but it stands strong even on its lonesome.  It does what it sets out to do, introducing you to not only the history of the Forsaken Isles, but also to Barnum’s strong writing and interesting characters—not to mention its divine dragons.  Woven together, each of these individual threads becomes something magical.

Thousands of years have passed with the dragon god Alerius watching over his many tribes of barbarians eastward on the Forsaken Isles. Waiting for just one of them to hear his mother’s divine voice, he has guided and driven his people to be worthy of their name – Morbat, children of dragons. Dar Tania, daughter of the Tribe of Horses is the first to face her Coming of Age test, pray to the Mother, and have that prayer answered. She becomes the first priestess of Tiamat and joins herself to Alerius’ dream of building an empire spearheaded by paladins and divine warriors.

I don’t have any shortage of great things to say about Dar Tania.  It’s a delightful read, and even though it’s around one hundred pages, the writing is clever and concise enough to give you a tremendous amount of details.  For Barnum’s entry into fantasy literature, this sure seems fleshed out and strong.

You’ll definitely enjoy Dar Tania, so why not pick it up on Amazon today?  It’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

We also had the privilege of interviewing the author.  Barnum is definitely an author who you like to get in the mind of.  Check out that interview now!

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 – Dar Tania

Update: We have some great news about Dar Tania.  Next week, on May 8th through the 15th, Dar Tania will be just 99 cents on Amazon.  Don’t forget to pick it up!

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Hello folks.  It’s been a couple weeks since our last stop in the Otherworld, but we have a doozy for you today.  If you’re a fan of the Tellest books, you’ll likely get a kick out of the works of author Eric K. Barnum.  His influences are very similar to mine, and he’s got a very similar flavor.  I’d go as far as to say he’s better equipped than I was when I first started out—it won’t hurt my pride to say that I wish I had his talents all those years ago.

Today, we’re focused on Dar Tania, a book by Barnum which provides a stage for the longer books that follow.  Dar Tania is a short novel, but it has tremendous value.  It introduces you to not only the history of the Forsaken Isles, but also to Barnum’s strong writing, interesting characters and powerful plot elements.  More importantly, Barnum does an excellent job of weaving each of those individual threads into something magical.

Thousands of years have passed with the dragon god Alerius watching over his many tribes of barbarians eastward on the Forsaken Isles. Waiting for just one of them to hear his mother’s divine voice, he has guided and driven his people to be worthy of their name – Morbat, children of dragons. Dar Tania, daughter of the Tribe of Horses is the first to face her Coming of Age test, pray to the Mother, and have that prayer answered. She becomes the first priestess of Tiamat and joins herself to Alerius’ dream of building an empire spearheaded by paladins and divine warriors.

I don’t have any shortage of great things to say about Dar Tania.  It’s a delightful, robust read, and even though it’s around one hundred pages, the writing is clever and concise enough to give you a tremendous amount of details.  For Barnum’s entry into fantasy literature, this sure seems fleshed out and strong.

You’ll definitely enjoy Dar Tania, so why not pick it up on Amazon today?  It’s free if you have Kindle Unlimited!

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!

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.

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 4: Glissin

Hello there, fans of fantasy!  It has been a wonderful first quarter of the year, and we’re so happy to send you off into warmer months with another great book, courtesy of the prolific L.E.Parr.  We’ve spent some time over the last few weeks praising her work on her incredible Fariidinus series.  The first trilogy was amazing, and followed Kirin’s battle against the villainous Highmother Letal.

Today, I’m even more excited to show off Parr’s fourth book, Glissin. A glissin is what you get when a farii and a human have a child, and they have some interesting powers that even their full farii parents can’t tap into.  This new book explores further beyond what we’ve read about the Heartland and its inhabitants, and it is world-building at its finest.

At it’s heart, Glissin is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of Parr’s amazing Fariidinus world.  Its hero sets out to learn about herself and her powers, but Parr’s Heartland adds a level of quality that makes it shine throughout.

 

ARAMIX is the half human-half fariidinus daughter of Ayleen and Ian. She was born to support the Heartland’s chosen queane, but, as her glissin talents have matured so has her temper and sense of injustice. To protect Kirin, Aramix has been raised at the Lighthouse. When the nixla, who can shield Kirin from Aramix’s ability to tap into a queane’s deadly power, fall ill with a virulent plague, Aramix is able to reach through the mist and ignite the fire inside Kirin. Several Houses seize the opportunity to rise against the weakened queane. Stone orders Aramix back to the Heartland and into the custody of Arkana, the glissin PrimeMother.

After a tremendous first trilogy, Parr keeps churning forward.  While book four takes some small steps away from the previous heroes, they still play a part in the overall tapestry of this latest Fariidinus book.  Glissin gives its new protagonist a chance to shine on her own, and in doing so, broadens the scope of this incredible fantasy world. If that sounds awesome to you, why not check out Glissin on Amazon today?

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 3: Battle Queane

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to another edition of books from the Otherworld.  We’ve been paying a lot of attention to one author in particular lately, and we’re so excited to feature her on Tellest yet again.  L.E.Parr has been crushing it with her Fariidinus series, and it’s time to give you a new taste of that universe.

Book 3 in Parr’s lethal fairy series is Battle Queane.  It ends an amazing first trilogy, and features the rejuvenated fariidinus Kirin, who must bring all of the force she can against the villainous highmother Letal.

 

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 is the perfect end to this trilogy, but don’t fret.  There is another trilogy on the way—in fact, the fourth book, Glissin, is already out.  For now, though, there’s no better time than the present to catch up on the end of Kirin’s incredible journey.  Why not check out Battle Queane on Amazon today?

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 2: Sisters of the Blood

Earlier this week, we looked at the works of L.E.Parr once again. We’ve seen her debut book in the Fariidinus series, Wings of the Exile, a few times.  Over the next couple of days, though, we’re going to be exploring beyond that first book, and delving into the deeper reaches of her tales.

We’ve looked at Sisters of the Blood before as well, but this book is our feature today.  It follows closely behind the original book, and portrays the fairy Kirin as a worthy adversary to the evil Highmother.  It introduces new allies and explores more of the Heartland.

 

Kirin and Stone have returned to the Heartland where she has been given sanctuary by the wyrMaster in the Red Valley. Her unprecedented return from exile has polarized the great Houses and enraged the evil HighMother. A divided Heartland quickly becomes embroiled in a fiery civil war with Stone leading the combined armies with their new ally–the winged telepathic bloodcats. Kirin becomes the deadly weapon she was resurrected from exile to be.

This is still just the beginning of our talks about the Parr’s books and the Fariidinus series.  If you liked Wings of the Exile, you’ll love returning to the Heartland to read Sisters of the Blood.  Check it out on Amazon today!