Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Blog Tour - Rhuna: The Star Child by Barbara Underwood + Giveaway!

This thrilling sequel to Rhuna: Crossroads is set in mystical Ancient Egypt where Black Magic was developed by the followers of the legendary villain, The Dark Master.

As strange and frightening curses plague the population, Rhuna discovers the underground organization that performs this uncanny new magic, but she can only combat it with the help of her long-lost father.

Having learned from her father amazing new skills to empower her on the Astral Plane, Rhuna once again strives to preserve peace and harmony in the idyllic Atlan civilization.
Far more challenging than fighting powerful Dark Forces, however, is Rhuna’s personal anguish when her daughter becomes involved with the leader of the Black Magic movement, and the once-perfect Atlan society based on utopian principles begins to crumble all around her.

Shocking events escalate Rhuna’s world to a breathless climax as she and her family undergo a momentous upheaval, and she is forced to make great personal sacrifices for her loved ones.

Guest Post - A Writer’s Journey

Some people might wonder whether someone is born an author, or if it is a career choice, like any other job.   In my case, I believe it’s a combination of the two, perhaps leaning towards the first case, namely born to write. 

It started in 4th grade when my class was given the project to write/draw/make a children’s book.  Although mine was probably not spectacular in any way, I clearly remember writing my first book with much excitement and joy.    And then, a couple of years later in 6th grade, we again had a writing project.  Instead of a short story, I wrote about 50 pages, prompting my teacher to comment at the bottom: “I can see we are going to have another author.”

At that age, however, I had no concrete plans for my future, and despite enjoying English class and getting good grades, I thought my future career(s) would lie in far different directions.

During my teens, I found myself wanting to write about an episode in my life, and embarked on a few such projects without ever finishing them because High School became more demanding, and the concerns of everyday life took over. 

Somehow, in my spare time and without being fully aware of it, I was always writing.  If not to dozens of penpals all over the world, then in travel journals which I showed my friends.  It struck me that many of my friends commented, after reading my travel stories, that “you should write a book!”

When I heard this for the umpteenth time, I suddenly perked up and thought “Yes, why not?!”   Still in my spare time, after work (and also during work) I did a correspondence course in writing, and my tutor, who was a former newspaper editor, gave me a lot of good pointers.

Finally, after completing the course, I had several short stories ready, but the market for them was rapidly shrinking.   Two stories were published in literary journals with a very small readership, and I kept hearing that familiar phrase again:  “write a book!”

So I did!

But even as I was writing, I still kept thinking that it was “just a hobby”, and “something I always wanted to do”.  Getting serious about being an author and going through the publishing process was quite another thing.

Going through that process, as well as on-going marketing and all the other things involved in becoming an author felt overwhelming, and it came down to one question in the end:  do I believe in my own book enough to make the effort and sacrifice?  Even though I hadn’t received much feedback (and I figured I couldn’t really trust the words of a few best friends!) I just had to follow my instinct and belief that my book was worth the effort.  I had to have faith in it, and so I pushed on, and now I’m already working on the fourth book in the series while sales and readership steadily grow.  I think I’ve made the right choice!  What about you?

About the author

As an only child of older migrant parents, I was exposed to a different culture and outlook as I growing up in the suburbs of Sydney. At the age of 10 I became interested in history and travel, and in sixth grade my teacher commented on my flair for writing.

After a lot of travel and reading about history - I started with Thor Heyerdahl's adventures which led me to other books about unexplained mysteries such as pyramids and other megaliths around the world - I came to a point where I wanted to put it all together in an epic fantasy novel.

I have now written two further books following on from "Rhuna, Keeper of Wisdom." The 2nd and 3rd books are both set in Ancient Egypt, and I am working on the fourth book in the series, so stay tuned and enjoy "Rhuna"!

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Mortiswood Tales books on sale!

The first two Mortiswood Tales books are on a Kindle countdown (US and UK) until the 9th October. Each book is 99p/99c so if you haven't already nabbed a copy now is the chance before they go back to full price! Both books are also free for Kindle Unlimited.

Buy Book One on: 

"Whether you like fantasy, New Adult or simply a feisty female protagonist, you should certainly pick up this book."

"Loved the adrenaline and the fighting scenes are fabulous."

"From the first chapter I was drawn into Kaelia's world."

"Punchy and packed with bite this book is a fantasy novel with a difference."

"Bran who is one of those bad ass magical characters."

"Descriptions are very vivid." 

                                     "Constantly grabs you, it thrills and scares you."

Buy Book Two on:

"I cannot give this series enough praise."

"Has me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next instalment."

"Really looking forward to reading more."

"Enjoyed discovering The Salloki world through its very descriptive narration."

"Great characters and a stunning world built around them."

"An excellent follow-up to Kaelia awakening."

Blog Tour: The Wave by Lochlan Bloom and Guest Post

When μ returns home to find a sinister screenplay has arrived from Brazil it propels him on a quest to track down a character he believes to be called Ddunsel.
As μ’s search progresses it slowly becomes entangled with two parallel tales – the stories of DOWN, a troubled publisher, and David Bohm, a real-life quantum theoretician in post-war São Paulo.
Just how far is it from London to Gotham City? Or from Paul Auster to Pierre Menard for that matter?  Some people may think these sorts of questions are idle and ultimately meaningless but this book is not for them.
The Wave combines multiple narratives to blend metafiction, historical fiction and screenplay as each of the characters struggles to understand what is reality and what is fiction.
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About the author

Lochlan Bloom is the author of the The Wave as well as the short novellas Trade and The Open Cage. The BBC Writersroom describes his writing as ‘unsettling and compelling… vivid, taut and grimly effective work’. He has written for BBC Radio, Litro Magazine, Porcelain Film, IronBox Films, EIU, H+ Magazine and Calliope, the official publication of the Writers’ Special Interest Group (SIG) of American Mensa, amongst others. Lochlan lives in London and does not have a cat or a dog.

Guest Post

One of the threads in the novel follows a character called David Bohm and whereas the other characters seem very much fictional Bohm was a real historical figure. Can you explain a little about why you chose to incorporate this real-life character?

Bohm was an American physicist from the mid-20th century and he not only worked with some of the greatest scientific minds during the McCarthy era, such as Einstein and Oppenheimer, but also lived through some fascinating political changes.

I was keen to include a real life character to provide another perspective on the question of what is and isn’t fiction. Having a character who was a real, living, breathing person instantly tethers the story to the real world in a way that the other sections are not. Given how the section ends it is obviously not purely historical but nonetheless it forced a different discipline in writing in that I was forced to research more into the real life David Bohm.

For most of his life, Bohm was obsessed with quantum mechanics and he was largely uninvolved in politics and yet was expelled by the United States. He was forced to travel to Brazil for a time before moving around the world and in his later years developing a close working interest in Eastern philosophies

The section in The Wave is set shortly after his arrival in Brazil and as the book as a whole is concerned with ideas such as uncertainty, duality and hidden connections there was a huge resonance with his work. There is certainly more than enough for a whole book about him alone.

Bohm developed this hidden variable theory of quantum mechanics which at a basic level suggests that all the interactions in the universe are intimately connected. The guiding wave is a part of a hidden order, an implicate order, and this concept tied in with the connections between story and reality I was exploring in the book.

Monday, 11 July 2016

The Indie Book Review Blog: Book Review Day!

Thanks to the lovely Jenn for a fab review of the second Mortiswood Tales book: The Indie Book Review Blog: Book Review Day!: Kaelia Falling (Mortiswood Tales Book: 2) Since I'm a day late on my book review, today I give you two! Stay tuned on Friday...

Friday, 1 July 2016

Blog Tour: Where is Emma Butler's Life Plan by Julia Wilmot

Blurb: Emma Butler doesn’t know it but she is about to get bit more angelic help than she was banking on. Someone has messed up, or have they?

It appears that Emma is about to be ‘recalled’ to heaven but has completed none of the tasks she had set herself for this life time. They must be completed before she is recalled and time is running out. Arch Angel Gregory decides to take over. He will be her Guardian Angel to ensure it all gets done.

There’s a lot to do and a very short time to do it in. Gregory is determined that it will all be completed by hook or by crook. But where does that leave free will and what about Jack who has been chosen to be Emma’s love interest? How will this impact him? Jack and Emma have no idea what is going on, but it’s not going to be plain sailing.

Links: Goodreads /   Amazon UK  /  Amazon

About Julia Wilmot:

Julia Wilmot began her exploration of the spiritual life as a teenager at school. She was fortunate to meet a wonderful family who all practised Transcendental Meditation (TM) and her future was set. At the age of 15 Julia learnt TM and felt she had found her path in life. She was so sure that this path was the only one for her that she decided not to go to University and study law as she had previously planned but to devote herself to teaching TM and working within the charity that teaches the technique.

At 20, Julia was one of the founding members of a 300 people strong TM community in Skelmersdale, Lancashire and at 28 Julia became the Centre Chairman of the largest teaching centre for TM in Europe, which was based in Central London. Teaching Transcendental Meditation to people from all walks of life.

Julia began this novel in 1995 but it remained in a drawer for many years. She came across it again in the early 2000s and fitting in with becoming a mother in 2002 it took until 2015 to finish it.

Julia currently focusses her attention on her writing, blogging and looking after her family. Forty years on and she still practises TM, as do her husband and son and they live in the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire, UK.


Guest Post by Julia Wilmot - Things I love and things that drive me crazy about books

Are you like me? Does your heart drop when you open a new book and there, even before you get to read any of the story,  you are confronted with a list of the characters? I hate that. What it means to me is that this book is so complicated I will need to keep referring back to who is who. I don’t want to have to work that hard. Reading should be an enjoyment not a task. I don’t want to have to answer questions on it later.

As well as a cast list another thing that fills me with dread is a map. Really, a map? Can’t I be left to imagine the locations for myself? Does it really add anything other than to annoy me to add a map? Finally, those authors that start each chapter with a date. Do they really think I pay that much attention? I find I suddenly get confused about what is going on and leaf back several pages to find that this chapter actually took place 10 years before the chapter I’ve just read. You’re not making this easy for me folks!

Finally, It also drives me mad when important ‘stuff’ happens ‘off stage’ as it were. Now that’s just lazy. It reminds me of an episode of Hawaii 5 O that I saw with my son once. The police team was heading off to some South American location to bust some drugs ring. The next shot was them all back safe and sound saying it had been a success. Hmmm, someone couldn’t be bothered to write the tough bit, I think. Or in their case they ran out of budget. You don’t have that excuse with a book.

Enough moaning! Now some positive things.

The thing that really impresses me about some authors and their books is the amount of research that I imagine they must have put into them. Now I write about what I know and what interests me. I have had a lifetime of delving into the areas of meditation and spiritual development, so that is what I enjoy using in my books. Maybe it is the same for those authors who, I maybe imagine wrongly, have done a lot of research. Maybe they just happen to know this stuff too. But I have to say that I was thoroughly impressed by the recent book from Elizabeth Gilbert, ‘The Signature of All Things,’ There was some very serious botany going on in that book and a very in depth exploration of the life of mosses, as well as life in Tahiti. I somehow think that Elizabeth Gilbert may have had to look some of this up! This is completely the opposite of the author who lets all the ‘hard’ scenes take place ‘off stage’. This is almost above and beyond the call of duty. This isn’t just a fantastic imagination, this is a real commitment to passing on knowledge. Although historical novels are not my cup of tea I imagine that they also fall under the umbrella of books that need a lot of research. For now I’m happy to stick with the advice, ‘write about what you know.’

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