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Under the tutelage of the last arkeinists, Aeden must overcome his greatest obstacle, or die trying

Monday, September 30th, 2019
Tears
of a Heart
Kan
Savasci Cycle Book 1
by
Chase Blackwood
Genre:
Epic Fantasy 
 
Winner
of John E Weaver Excellent Reads Award
#50
of 100 Best Fantasy Series Ever
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He’s
been called the Scourge of Bodig, the Bane of Verold, but most know
him as the Kan Savasci. He’s one of the most feared men alive. Chaos
and war have followed him like an angry shadow.
The
one problem, as the world faces the wrath of forgotten gods, Kan
Savasci is nowhere to be found.
The
annalist, a man trained in the ancient arts of the arkein, has been
tasked to uncover the whereabouts of the Kan Savasci at any cost. In
order to find the man, one must unmask the depths of his reclusive
history.
The
clock is ticking as Verold descends into darkness.
Delve
into an award-winning fantasy novel described as “epic,”
“beautiful,” and “reminiscent of Rothfuss’ work.”
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Tower
of the Arkein
Kan
Savasci Cycle Book 2
 
2017 Royal
Dragonfly E-Book Award Winner, 1st Place
Beverley Hills
Book Award Finalist: Fantasy

 

2017 Best Book Awards Finalist:
Fantasy

 

#50
of 100 Best Fantasy Series Ever
 – reedsydiscovery
Trapped
as a slave, facing an impossible decision, Aeden must choose between
his friends and his soul…
 

 

The
clock is ticking as the world descends into darkness.

 

He’s
been called the Scourge of Bodig, the Bane of Verold, but most know
him as the Kan Savasci. He’s one of the most feared men alive. Chaos
and war have followed him like an angry shadow. The one problem, as
the world faces the wrath of forgotten gods, Kan Savasci is nowhere
to be found.

 

 

 

The annalist, a man trained in the ancient arts
of the arkein, has been tasked to uncover the whereabouts of the Kan
Savasci at any cost. In order to find the man, one must unmask the
depths of his reclusive history.

 

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Into
the Fold
Kan
Savasci Cycle Book 3
 
Continue
the Award Winning Saga…

 

 

 

For over a millennium The Fold has
been a carefully guarded secret, shrouded in mystery. Within its
shadowy depths the greatest of the old gods had carved a world unto
himself. A place unrivaled in its beauty, obscurity, and
danger.
Trapped within The Fold, under the tutelage of the
last arkeinists, Aeden must overcome his greatest obstacle, or die
trying.

 

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Welcome
to Chase Blackwood’s author bio, where he’ll try to write something
interesting about his life that captures your attention.

 

 

 

Chase
Blackwood’s life has been defined by struggle the way a moth battles
an insect zapping light. He’s studied martial arts since childhood in
an effort to overcome fear. He’s lived in a half dozen countries in
an effort to “find himself,” traveled to over 60 countries
in an effort to “find humanity,” lived in nine states just
for the hell of it, oh… and the military has had something to do
with that too. Chase has enjoyed combating terrorism, working as a
federal agent, and also really likes puppies.

 

His most recent
passion, puppies aside, has been working on the Kan Savasci Cycle, a
series of fantasy novels that pulls from his life experiences to make
the most vivid world imaginable.

 

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Schemes for power will bring together three extraordinary young warriors

Wednesday, November 7th, 2018
The
Black Trillium
by
Simon McNeil
Genre:
Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy
 
Confederation
rules in Trana—so says the king.

 

 

But
Fredericton is a long way from the shores of Lake Ontario, and
schemes for power will bring together three extraordinary young
warriors.

 

 

Savannah

 

A
desert girl who came to Trana looking for refuge but has never found
a home

 

 

Kieran

 

A
privileged city boy dreaming of rebellion and hardened by
cruelty

 

 

Kyle

 

The
disgraced heir to the throne desperate to win back his place in his
father’s heart

 

 

Sworn
enemies or reluctant allies, they all have one thing in common: an
incomplete half of the legendary fighting skill known as the
Triumvirate sword art. They fight for glory, for power, for the
monsters lurking beneath the streets, and for the mysterious society
moving in the shadows of Trana—the Black Trillium.

 

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Do your characters hijack your book? Is there anything you would change about the book?

 

When I write a novel the only constant throughout the process is characterization. The entire plot may shift, settings change, timelines fluctuate, but the thread of character remains the lodestar of the story. 

 

Kieran was always callow and passionate.

 

Savannah was always withdrawn but compassionate, more cynical than Kieran but still hopeful for a gentler world.

 

Kyle was always a selfish prick with daddy issues and far too much entitlement. How these characters bounced off each other and their secondaries was always what shaped the book. 

 

So yes, they hijacked the story, but I couldn’t have written it any other way. But there is a weakness in this, and that’s one thing I would have changed if I had to do it over. 

 

When I was finished the book I wasn’t entirely satisfied with Sophie’s characterization. There’s an interesting character there but the characters who served as my POV couldn’t see her. 

 

Kyle was too fixed on the image of Sophie he had in his head and never bothered to really learn who she was within herself. Savannah only saw a monster to fight, and never tried to get to know her and Kieran had very little to do with her. I felt the absence of her internality was ultimately a flaw in the story, and I think, if I could ever do it over again, I’d make her a POV character in her own right.

 

 
Simon McNeil is the
author of The Black Trillium, a story of revolution and martial arts
set in the ruins of Toronto. This novel is published by Brain
Lag Publishing
.
He is an online
marketing communications specialist with a major educational
institution when not wandering the world looking for trouble. He is a
life-long martial artist, has published several articles in Kung Fu
Magazine and he’s probably a little bit too fond of kung fu movies.
He lives in Toronto,
Canada with his wife who has happily laid out rules to prevent the
sword-through-glass-lampshade incident from ever happening again. The
Black Trillium is his first novel.
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Conall has undeniably handsome features, but, he is missing something of vital importance… His body

Friday, October 26th, 2018

 

I’m a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation–I hide in the bathroom with my laptop and lock the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. I was born in Utah but lived in Kansas until I was 13, in Texas until I was 18, and attended college in Hawaii—studying marine biology. I’m now back in Utah–“happy valley”. I’m married to a wonderful husband, James, and we are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. My interests are reading, writing (of course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.
I signed with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013. My first published book Rising, quickly hit the best-seller lists and has maintained its status on those lists since it’s release in September 2013. The sequel in The Rising Series titled, Descending, was released in late March 2014. It also hit best-seller status–reaching all the way to #1 in Mythology on Amazon.

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It’s 1792 and Hope is on the run. She finds shelter in a glen called Sleepy Hollow. Luck is with her as the town is unexpectedly looking for a new teacher and Hope is hired for the job. 
 
Unfortunately, not everything is looking up for her. Not only is the mayor out to get her fired and the local witch determined to slice her up and brew her organs into potions, but hidden under the floorboards of her quaint little cabin, she finds a man. His name is Conall.

 

Conall is demanding, he’s ornery, and though he has undeniably handsome features, he is missing something of vital importance…
His body.
 
 
 

 

Snippet:
Hope
cried out as her fingers swiped at Conall’s head. The surface of the water flew
toward him. He barely had time to take a big breath when he tumbled into the
river. He could hear her muted scream as he rolled and bobbed away with the
current.
She’d dropped him!

 

Why was he not surprised? He would have been better off left under the floorboards.
 

 

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The governments of the world must either recognize their human nature or brace for a revolution

Monday, October 15th, 2018
SINdrome
The
New Lyons Sequence #3
by
J.T. Nicholas

 

Genre: Science Fiction, Artificial Intelligence

 

Pub
Date: 9/18/18
 

 

The
Sickness unto Death
The
Synth revolution has come at last. The supposedly synthetic beings
humans crafted to do their dirty work for them have fully actualized
their own humanity—and they no longer acquiesce in their
enslavement. Victory in the struggle to tear down the institutions of
oppression seems just a matter of time. But the halls of power are
not so easily shaken—and a counterstrike is inevitable.
Former
Detective Jason Campbell has pledged his life to the Synthetic cause.
So when a mysterious virus starts wiping out Synths left and
right—and shows signs of mutating to target everyone else—he must
lead a race against time to prevent the outbreak of the most horrific
plague the world has ever seen. If he succeeds, he’ll expose the
moral bankruptcy of the depraved elites who will stop at nothing to
restore the old order. If he fails, it could mean the end of life on
this planet. For both Synth and Human.
 
 
SINdicate
The
New Lyons Sequence #2
 
The
Post-Modern Prometheus
 
Synths
were manufactured to look human and perform physical labor, but they
were still only machines. That’s what the people who used—and
abused—them believed, until the truth was revealed: Synths are
independent, sentient beings. Now, the governments of the world must
either recognize their human nature and grant them their rightful
freedom, or brace for a revolution.
Former
New Lyons Detective Jason Campbell has committed himself to the
Synths’ cause, willing to fight every army the human race marches
against them. But they have an even greater enemy in Walton
Biogenics, the syndicate behind the creation and distribution of the
“artificial” humans. The company will stop at nothing to protect
their secrets—and the near-mythological figure known to Synths as
“The First,” whose very existence threatens the balance of power
across the world . . .
 
 
SINthetic
The
New Lyons Sequence #1
 
The
Artificial Evolution
 
They
look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to
perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed
with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It
stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they
are designed for human convenience. Disposable.
In
the city of New Lyons, Detective Jason Campbell is investigating a
vicious crime: a female body found mutilated and left in the streets.
Once the victim is identified as a Synth, the crime is designated no
more than the destruction of property, and Campbell is pulled from
the case.
But
when a mysterious stranger approaches Campbell and asks him to
continue his investigation in secret, Campbell is dragged into a dark
world of unimaginable corruption. One that leaves him questioning the
true nature of humanity.
And
what he discovers is only the beginning . . .
 
 
 
J.T.
Nicholas
was born in Lexington,
Virginia, though within six months he moved (or was moved, rather) to
Stuttgart, Germany. Thus began the long journey of the military brat,
hopping from state to state and country to country until, at present,
he has accumulated nearly thirty relocations. This experience taught
him that, regardless of where one found oneself, people were largely
the same. When not writing, Nick spends his time practicing a variety
of martial arts, playing games (video, tabletop, and otherwise), and
reading everything he can get his hands on. Nick currently resides in
Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, a pair of indifferent cats, a
neurotic Papillion, and an Australian Shepherd who (rightly) believes
he is in charge of the day-to-day affairs.
 
 
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They look like us. Act like us. But they are not human

Tuesday, April 10th, 2018
SINdicate

The
New Lyons Sequence #2
by
J.T. Nicholas

 

Genre: Science Fiction/Cyberpunk Noir


Pub
Date: 3/20/2018

 

The
Post-Modern Prometheus
 
Synths
were manufactured to look human and perform physical labor, but they
were still only machines. That’s what the people who used—and
abused—them believed, until the truth was revealed: Synths are
independent, sentient beings. Now, the governments of the world must
either recognize their human nature and grant them their rightful
freedom, or brace for a revolution.
Former
New Lyons Detective Jason Campbell has committed himself to the
Synths’ cause, willing to fight every army the human race marches
against them. But they have an even greater enemy in Walton
Biogenics, the syndicate behind the creation and distribution of the
“artificial” humans. The company will stop at nothing to protect
their secrets—and the near-mythological figure known to Synths as
“The First,” whose very existence threatens the balance of power
across the world . . .
 
 
SINthetic
The
New Lyons Sequence #1
 
The
Artificial Evolution
 
They
look like us. Act like us. But they are not human. Created to
perform the menial tasks real humans detest, Synths were designed
with only a basic intelligence and minimal emotional response. It
stands to reason that they have no rights. Like any technology, they
are designed for human convenience. Disposable.
In
the city of New Lyons, Detective Jason Campbell is investigating a
vicious crime: a female body found mutilated and left in the streets.
Once the victim is identified as a Synth, the crime is designated no
more than the destruction of property, and Campbell is pulled from
the case.
But
when a mysterious stranger approaches Campbell and asks him to
continue his investigation in secret, Campbell is dragged into a dark
world of unimaginable corruption. One that leaves him questioning the
true nature of humanity.
And
what he discovers is only the beginning . . .
 
 
 
 
J.T.
Nicholas
was born in Lexington,
Virginia, though within six months he moved (or was moved, rather) to
Stuttgart, Germany. Thus began the long journey of the military brat,
hopping from state to state and country to country until, at present,
he has accumulated nearly thirty relocations. This experience taught
him that, regardless of where one found oneself, people were largely
the same. When not writing, Nick spends his time practicing a variety
of martial arts, playing games (video, tabletop, and otherwise), and
reading everything he can get his hands on. Nick currently resides in
Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife, a pair of indifferent cats, a
neurotic Papillion, and an Australian Shepherd who (rightly) believes
he is in charge of the day-to-day affairs.
 
 
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A new start they will willingly kill and die for

Monday, August 14th, 2017
Rebel
Queen
Dragonkin
Chronicles Book 1
by
David Temrick
Genre:
Fantasy
 
Cassandra
has a problem, and it’s only the first of many. Being raised as the
youngest child in a family of great heroes would be a challenge for
anyone. 

 

 


Until
a few days ago, Cassandra was content with her role as a child of
greatness. She was studious, spent most of her waking hours with her
mother and other heads of state and at her father’s insistence,
learned how to duel. As her siblings had before her, Cassandra knew
she would likely be matched with a partner for political reasons and
had long since accepted her role in the world.

 

 

That
was, of course, before her mother died, and before
her…transformation. Overnight, her soft pale skin sprouted gorgeous
golden dragon scales.

 

 

Presented
with a future she no longer recognizes, as the first of her kind, she
must overcome a whole new set of challenges if she hopes to survive
the unknown threat that comes from across the Careless Sea.

 

 

The
Sakwa dragonkin are a dying race, fueled by a tribal system that
failed them centuries ago but yet unable to adapt to a new way of
life. In a desperate bid to keep the people focused on outside
conflict, Jenya of the Toho has declared war on Cassandra’s country.
An ocean may separate the two cultures, but the Sakwa see the Seven
Kingdoms as their opportunity for a new start; a new start they will
willingly kill and die for.

 

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David
has been writing for most of his life, though only began putting
together full-length novels in 2008. His first two novels were
distinctly fantasy, containing the usual fare of dragons, princes,
swords and sorcery. 

 

 


With
“Daughter of Vengeance”, he took leave of the more common
tropes in fantasy and instead wrote a book predominantly from a
female point of view. The story follows a young woman coming of age
while apprenticed to a master assassin.

 

 

His
strengths lie in compelling stories with a satisfying mix of action,
dialogue and plot building. He doesn’t believe in waxing
philosophical to fill pages or fluff his word count, there will be
not be entire paragraphs dedicated to the painfully long-winded
description of a button. He also uses his extensive martial arts and
marksmanship experience to create believable and easy to follow
action.

 

 

Most
genre fiction uses the genre to drive the plot, David believes that
the genre should merely be used to supplement a great story. A
mystery is just a mystery, but a Holmes mystery is infinitely more
entertaining in his opinion. There are still inalienable requirements
to any genre fiction and as a fan of the fantasy genre, he still
loves to read and write within fantastical surroundings.

 

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Cursed by the Fountain of Youth… how?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

 

Holly Kelly is a mom who writes books in her spare time: translation–she hides in the bathroom with her laptop and locks the door while the kids destroy the house and smear peanut butter on the walls. She was born in Utah but moved around a bit, living in Kansas, Texas, and Hawaii where she studied marine biology. She’s now back in Utah–“happy valley”. She’s married to a wonderful husband, James, and they are currently raising 6 rambunctious children. Her interests are reading, writing (or course), martial arts, visual arts, creating Halloween props, and spending time with family.

 

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For centuries, countless adventurers have searched for the Fountain of Youth. Those who found it thought they would gain eternal life. Instead, they find themselves murdered by its guardians. There was, however, one, lone survivor—Fae Miller. As an infant, she not only survived the Fountain, she took its power.

Twenty-two years later, Fae is hiding in plain sight at a local college. She’s is determined to leave the past behind her and live a normal life. But for one dying man, the search for the Fountain of Youth continues, and he is leaving a trail of blood and mutilated bodies in his wake. Unfortunately, that trail leads directly to Fae. Her only hope is a young, new college professor, also known as Special Agent Nick Chase of the FBI. Nick is determined to do two things: keep Fae alive, and keep his relationship with his student professional. Both of these jobs prove difficult—especially when love and magic get involved.

 

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Snippet:
 
“I wouldn’t call eternal youth a
curse.”

 

It can be. There is no fear as
universal as the fear of death. Men will kill to stop it. They will do the most
heinous and terrible things to avoid it. And giving you the power to grant
eternal life will make you forever a target. 
 
 
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A Devil In Hong Kong???

Monday, October 10th, 2016
David Harris Lang, a current resident of Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia much of his life. Besides being a prolific author of Asian-based thrillers, he is an international architect who brings an indelible sense of place’ to his writing as well as a deep understanding of Asian cultures, locales, and customs. His vivid fight scenes come from a life-long practice of the martial arts. A Devil in Hong Kong is David Lang’s third book.
Q&A With the Author: 
Do you have a favorite author?
Stephen King is definitely my favorite. From word-one he has me hooked.
What is one piece of advice you could give to a new author that you wish someone had
passed to you?
Just sit down and write, every day. Don’t listen to critics or people telling you it’s too difficult.
Write for you.
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On a snowy day in the year 889, Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty had an epiphany: he was not immortal. His jade carver created the most beautiful jade burial suit in history, finishing just three weeks before the Han Emperor died. When the priceless two-thousand-year-old jade burial suit suddenly goes missing in modern Hong Kong, a brutal competition to find it ensues between rival Chinese, Burmese, and Japanese factions. As they battle for the priceless artifact, a psychotic killer with a Maori tattoo on his face surfaces leaving a trail of dismembered corpses strung together like traditional Burmese puppets. Detectives Ian Hamilton and Angela Cheung follow a trail of hacked bodies and terror through contemporary Hong Kong in their search for the killer.
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Snippet:
“Right, Liquid Hero. National eliminations are going
to be held right here, dude. Anaheim Convention Center. You should do it!”
“Entry fee is $200.00, Scott. Don’t have the bones.”
Carl said as he reached into a crumpled, grease-stained paper bag and pulled
out a French fry.
“You could get the smack easy, Dude. Lame-gamers pay
big dinero to people like us for weapons and armor and shit. You know that
Sword of Wuhan that you captured in ‘Wasted Souls’? You could sell that bad boy
for big bucks. What about the Invisibility Armor from ‘Blood Bath’ you got when
you killed the giant Kappa? You can sell lots of shit like that online to
lame-o’s.” Scott said.
“Selling virtual crap for real money, I heard about
it. ‘The Man’ Maniero comes up with a plan! Not bad!” Carl said.
“How do you think I’ve been funding all that E we been
rollin’ with, dude? Selling virtual weapons online is how!” Scott said as he
rummaged in the breast pocket of his plaid shirt. He removed a plastic medicine
bottle, and then wiped his Doritos stained fingers on his jeans.
“Which, by the way, we should partake thereof. Let’s
get mundo-level high and play some ‘Quake III’.”
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Would you like to be the Warrior Son?

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Warrior Son by Scott Blasingame

How has your family background affected your writing, if it has?

I certainly think that it has. My father was a gospel preacher and I grew up in a devout Christian household. Many of the stories I grew up reading contained characters that held their personal sense of honor in high regard as well as having a clear sense of right and wrong. I think those things have steered me away from what I consider to be certain pitfalls for writers such as the use of profanity and gratuitous sex. I make a conscientious effort to avoid those. People are exposed to enough of both without my contribution. The English language has so many more words to be expressive with, and I’m far more titillated by the intrigue and polarity of (more…)