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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!

 

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book I: Wings of the Exile

As a self-published writer of fantasy who has been around for a while now, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with some awesome people.  I’ve been able to chat with my personal writing hero, R.A. Salvatore, interview the creators of awesome fantasy games, and of course, work on my series to a level I wouldn’t have dreamed up sixteen years ago.

One of the coolest things that I’ve been able to do, however, is band together with authors just like me.  L.E.Parr has been a consistent ally of ours, and I cannot sing her praises enough.

Parr’s tales exist around a series called Fariidinus (though she’s expanding beyond that soon enough).  Her world takes place on and beyond the reaches of contemporary Earth, and revolves around a fairy realm—but these aren’t your prim and proper, delicate little garden loiterers.  No, these fairies will give you a run for your money, since they’re both beautiful and deadly.

 

A heart broken exile will do just about anything to have her wings restored including returning to her homeland to start a war.

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.

With as much as Parr has written (and continues to write), this book is sure to be thought of very fondly.  It’s the first tale in a series that continues to grow and surprise, and it catches your attention instantly.  The series is about to grow even bigger, with two more books right around the corner.

For now though, it’s a good time to check out this first book on Amazon.  You’ll want to be caught up on the preceding books before the fifth and sixth release!

 

Science Fantasy Promo – Chaos (un)Controlled

Hello there folks, and welcome to another visit from the Otherworld.  It’s been just over a week since our last visit elsewhere, but we’re lucky enough to have the work of an excellent storyteller up here on the site today.

Chaos (un)Controlled is a book filled with gorgeous prose.  The author, Tael, uses words like paint, and this debut novel is a lovely canvas.  If you’re given the opportunity, just read the preview on the book’s Amazon page, and you’ll be hooked.  It’s a sturdy tale, too, with enough content inside that you’ll enjoy the value.  At the same time, though, you’ll wish you were given more time inside the life of protagonist Rixa Storms, as the pages seem to fly by.

Self-contained Rixa Storms can’t wait to escape the pressures of her mother’s religious, controlling thumb. Fleeing to college seems to be her only escape route, until she stumbles upon an opportunity to learn a unique power in a world called University Heights. But this unexpected ‘freedom’ she thinks she’s achieved holds a murky truth below its polished surface, and Rixa uncovers oppressive secrets the school has kept buried for years. As real and surreal worlds collide, and the pressure reaches a dangerous boiling point, Rixa realizes she may need to reassess what is truly shackling her—or risk being consumed by her awakened abilities.

This debut from author Tael is incredible, and well worth your time. If you’re familiar with Lev Grossman’s the Magicians (either from the books or the television show), you’ll likely enjoy Tael’s take on a world just out of reach of our own.  The author is a huge pop culture appreciator as well, and it blends well into her writing.  If you pick up Chaos (un)Controlled, you won’t be disappointed.  Why not check it out on Amazon today?

Interview with Anderson Atlas

It seems like we get an awesome opportunity to interview an up-and-coming author every third of a year or so.  It’s a long wait between specials, but it’s definitely worth the wait.

Today, we have Anderson Atlas, and you may have seen us promote some of his work in the past few weeks.  His work on the Heroes of Distant Planets series is worthy of praise, and he’s got more work on the way.

Read our interview below:

 

T: The books in your Heroes of Distant Planets series have very fantasy “Kid in King Arthur’s Court” feels to them.  What made you decide to bring young adults from Earth to these hard-pressed worlds?

Anderson Atlas: The worlds in front of kids are exceedingly mystical. My step son loved the mythology of the Lego Bionical world, knew what the races were—the archetypes. I want to speak to those kids, too—but offer up some profound advice cloaked among the tentacled creatures and the adrenaline of running for your life. It creates the unusual space, which battles the known elements for attention and (speaking from personal experience) creates a lasting impression.

 

T: What inspired you to start you on your writing journey?

AA: I really wanted to take a paraplegic character and get them across the strangest, most dangerous landscape and get them home again. It was an exercise in creativity as well as a method of showing my evolving character’s growth and strength.

 

T: What made you want to write about a paraplegic character?

AA: Simply because it was a challenge. I also have a client that is married to a paraplegic and he helped me learn so much about how to get Allan around without his chair. He’s also the most enthusiastic guy, the most positive and one of the funniest people I know. So I wanted to explore the thought process that many go through when they’re seeking strength and purpose in life when such afflictions take over. I also really hope that this story finds itself in the hands of a young person, paraplegic or disabled, because he’s a great hero and there’s not many like him in the popular culture.

 

T: What made you decide to create a distant world with such distinct creatures?

AA: I really just wanted to stretch my imagination to the limit. It was as fun for me as a writer as it is for the reader.

 

 

T: This isn’t the first time you’ve worked with the world of Lan Darr.  Would you say that it’s your favorite fantasy world to play in?

AA: Yes, because it has been brought out of the primitive space it held by communication with Earth. So in a sense, there is much Lan Darr can learn from Earth, as Earth can learn from Lan Darr.

 

T: With the aforementioned in mind, do you think Lan Darr is a place we’ll continue to visit?

AA: Oh, yes. In Book 2: Return to Lan Darr, Allan Westerfield becomes obsessed with returning there. The problem is, he can’t find the flower that allowed him to travel across the galaxy so effortlessly. His race to go back becomes his fixation and he gets really lost along the way.

 

T: If a reader wanted to pick up Immortal Shadow, would they have to read the previous two books to understand what was going on?

AA: No. Immortal Shadow is a prequel. It tells the story of the ultimate evil on planet Lan Darr and how he came to be his freaky self.

 

 

T: Jibbawk is an interesting character, not just because of the way he looks, but because of his rise.  What made you decide to write a story from the villain’s point of view?

AA: In book 1, Allan is so scared of Jibbawk, because he’s freaky and intense and, well, made of black, pinching beetles. I really wanted to share the story about how he came to be such a dark thing. He wasn’t always a swarm of insects. He became that way. But I also wanted to tell the story of how Lan Darrians learned English, had electricity and familiar things. So it was very natural to dive into the rise of Lan Darr, which meant telling the rise of Jibbawk.

 

 

T: Are there any plans to explore some of the bigger characters from the other planets you’ve worked on as well?  Jibbawk has gotten the star treatment, but are you going to give a focus to any of your other shadic habitants?

AA: In book 4, I explore the female heroine’s storyline in the next prequel of the series. This will shed the light on how Asantia constructs her epic airship, escapes from her slave master and ultimately how she becomes the hardened woman Allan meets in Book 1- Strange Lands.

  

T: Do you have any other distant planets to explore, or is Lan Darr the focus for now?

AA: Book 2 goes further out. There’s Katonay- a very strange place full of Victorian like elites and an oppressed minority. It is the hub of Hubu related trade. There’s also Plethiomia. That planet had electrical storms that feed these enormous beasts and a surface entirely made up of crystals, gems and diamonds! It gets really fun!

 

T: You have a handful of other projects that you work on as well, across a few different genres.  Would you like to talk about any of them?

AA: I’ve written an Apocalyptic adult sci-fi called Fools’ Apocalypse. This was really a personal exploration into political extremism with disastrous consequences. In many ways, my Lan Darr is that society that is at a crossroads in technology, the same as in Fools’ Apocalypse. Dare to go the wrong way in both worlds? Then the mantle will crack and the fire that consumes all will be most complete. Find the right way, and things might just have a happy ending.

 

 

T: The Heroes of Distant Planets books have more of a sci-fi feel to them than traditional fantasy.  Any interest in seeing what you could do with a more medieval-type setting?

 AA: The blend of Sci-Fi and fantasy has always been my favorite and there is a blurring of those lines in my series. I’ve kept this setting in book 1 Earth modern to steampunk, book 2 is Earth modern to primitive to Victorian and book 3 is Bronze age kicked into Steam Punk. It really spans the gamut, but no real medieval. NOW I should mention my next book series, Ammonite King. That is epic as well. Its setting is Far Future, Modern and Medieval. So that one is a much bigger story with enormous battles and swords and dragons and other strange creatures. Sign up for my readers group and learn all about it.

 

T: Do you offer any opportunities for people to beta-read?  If someone wanted to be on your street team, for instance, how would they go about trying to do that?

AA: Yes, I’m always looking for beta readers. Simply email me contact@synesthesiabooks.com and let me know you’d like to sign up for the beta readers group and I’ll send you the hot-off-the-press beta copy of my next book.

 

T: Your second and third books in the Heroes of Distant Planets series came out fairly close together (though this might just be the publication dates on Amazon messing with perception).  Is it safe to say you’ve got another book on the not-so-distant horizon?

AA: The first book was retitled by the marketing director with Synesthesia Books. The name was Surviving the Improbable Quest. You can see how that flew—or didn’t fly—and it ended up a pile of rubble in the jungle of other much-better-titled books. J

 

 

T: Immortal Shadow introduces a new human protagonist in Ricky Boldary.  Do you think Ricky is the new face of the human hero in your books, are might we see Allan Westerfield again?

AA: In book 4 Old Ricky and Allan come face to face. There’s also an origin story to Asantia- the bad ass girl that saves Allan in Book 1. So, yes, Ricky will have a continuing role and so will Allan.

 

T: Tell us we don’t have to wait long for this new material!

AA: Well, I do have a dayjob, but I’m writing it now. So in the fall, book 4 will be ready for pre-review.

 

T: Are there any authors that you particularly enjoy, emulate or find insight from?

AA: Well, Brandon Sanderson’s Way of Kings is world building at the finest and really inspired me. I also read Patrick Rothfus’s Name of the Wind. But I’m a huge fan of Dune, Neil Stephenson’s Snow Crash, and Margaret Attwood and Douglas Adams.

 

T: You offer books for free to those who join your reader groups, don’t you? Care to tell our readers where they can go to sign up for your work?

AA: Absolutely. My goal is to find readers, introduce them to the series and to my art and hopefully make a community that follows me through my carreer. So if anyone signs up for my readers group, they’ll get the Book 1: Strange Lands, FREE. All I ask is that they post a review on Amazon, Goodreads or wherever and that they share it with a friend.

If anyone is interested sign up for my readers group at http://andersonatlas.com/newsletter

 

 

T: Thank you so much for joining us.  It’s been a real pleasure, and we wish you luck on your future writing endeavors.  Can’t wait to read more from your catalog!

AA: Thank you very much! I really appreciate your newsletter and your time. If anyone has any questions or comments, feel free to contact me. contact@synesthesiabooks.com

 

Thank you once again to Anderson Atlas for sparing some time to chat with us today.  We wish him the best on the rest of his books!

Check out Immortal Shadow on Amazon today!

Fantasy Promo – Immortal Shadow

Welcome, folks, to another trip to the Otherworld.  We’ve been fortunate enough to visit a few places already since the beginning of the year, and I can happily say that a handful of them have been to worlds we’ve seen before, with stories written by incredible talespinners.  We have such an opportunity again, today.

The world of Lan Darr calls again, and we are prepared to return.  If you’ll recall, we did a piece on the wonderful otherworldly fantasy of author Anderson Atlas a few months back.  We enjoyed it so much that we’re giving it another bump.  After all, Immortal Shadow is worthy of your attention, and after reading it, you’ll be itching for your next trip back to Lan Darr—and any other worlds Atlas creates.

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Jibbawk rises to dominate the planet Lan Darr. He rules with an iron fist and without mercy, building his empire larger and faster than all other Shadic planets. But it isn’t enough. He dreams of becoming one of the fabled Immortal Rulers, no matter the cost. Only when resistance comes from the least likeliest place, a teenager from Earth, does he see his authority challenged.

And the rebels came by the least expected route.

Read this story through the eyes of Jibbawk, but be warned. It is not for the faint of heart, for the Shadics are friends of the darkest shadows.

While Immortal Shadow is a bit of a darker tale,  it’s plenty of fun. Atlas has some serious writing chops, and he’s a prolific storyteller. As time moves forward, you’re going to see the volume of his books expand to an even more sizable collection than what it is now. Check out Immortal Shadow on Amazon today to get started, and say you read Atlas back when he was just revving his engine!

If you’re so inclined to follow the author on his social media accounts, you can find him on Facebook, here, and on Twitter, here.

And here’s a lovely little bonus: keep your eyes open here when we drop an awesome interview with the author tomorrow!  It’s sure to be great fun, and it’ll give you some insight to one of your new favorite writers!

Fantasy Promo – The False Prophet

Welcome once again to the Otherworld, folks.  We here at Tellest are blessed enough to work with some of the greatest authors in the business.  You might not know all their names yet, but they’re working on carving them in stones, and they’ll be remembered.

We remember working with Harry James Fox.  Almost a year ago, we had the privilege of promoting his work on an amazing dystopian novel, and we could not be more excited to go back to his world for another visit with The False Prophet.

This is the sequel to the award-winning Christian fantasy novel, The Stonegate Sword. All the major characters return: Donald, Rachel, Carla, and Philip. But the novel stands on its own, and it is not necessary to have read the first book in the series.

Beautiful prose is present throughout the book, and though it takes place in a future version of North America, Fox makes the world his own.  He hits all the creative notes you want in a story.  This award-winning author will have you turning the pages faster and faster, ever excited to see what happens next.

The world of the future looks like the medieval past as the rugged Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico now have walled cities and firearms are only a distantly-remembered past. Ore are they? The False Prophet is on the path of conquest and he has rediscovered the art of making cannons strong enough to destroy the strongest walls. One target of his hate is a lore-man named Donald of Fisher, who has been forced to lay down his pen and pick up a sword.

Faced with a mighty army marching east, Donald must rally the scattered defenders to resist the False Prophet and his plan to enslave the last outposts of freedom. To do so, he must overcome his own struggles of faith, demons of self-doubt, bands of assassins, and a traitor within his own camp. Can he succeed, against all odds, and still win the hand of the woman that he loves?

Stonegate remains the key, and Donald returns to that great walled city and his beloved Rachel just as the hosts of enemy are also closing in. Part adventure, part love story, this epic saga covers the vast panorama of New Mexico deserts and Colorado Rockies in a possible future that looks very much like the medieval past. But duty, love, courage, and honor remain and are even more important than ever.

I’m always excited when I have the opportunity to work with one of my fellow authors once more.  This is an awesome occasion, though. Last year, my only disappointment with The  Stonegate Sword was that it didn’t have a sequel, and now that The False Prophet is out, I am beyond words.  This is a fantasy series that you definitely do not want to miss.  I recommend you drop whatever you’re doing and pick the book up on Amazon today!