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Sold To Serve

The Dark Brothers Book 1

by Kyra Alessy

Genre: Dark Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance

A woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. Three cruel mercenaries who could be her saviors … if they don’t kill her first …

Kora ran away to start a new life where she was in control of her own destiny and her own body. Instead, she was captured and auctioned to the highest bidders: Three former mercenaries with black hearts.

Mace is their leader; ruthless and unforgiving. Kade lives in the shadows and, if his growls are anything to go by, may not be a man at all. The third one, Lucian, seems to delight only in wine and tormenting their new possession until she breaks … and she might. Kora wasn’t a slave before and she must keep that secret at all costs. If they learn who she is, she’ll be forced to marry a man who scares her far more than her harsh masters.

Can she escape these three dangerous Brothers who have begun to show her that there is more to them than their tragic pasts? And if they find out her secrets, can she trust them not to throw her to the wolves?

Sold to Serve is the first book in the Dark Brothers Series of dark fantasy RH romance. If you like enemies to lovers, deliciously dark antiheroes and your love stories with bite, you will adore this book by Kyra Alessy.

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Author’s Note / DISCLAIMER: There are aspects of bullying in this, dark, why choose romance as well as dubcon and violence. 18+, my friends! If you like that sort of thing, I’m pretty sure you will enjoy this story. Although the road to happily ever after might be a rough one, arriving there is guaranteed (Also, no cheating and no cliffhangers. Not ever!)

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Bought To Break

The Dark Brothers Book 2

A woman freed from chains. Three ruthless mercenaries seeking revenge. Intense attraction that won’t be denied … whatever the price.

Lana’s days are filled with backbreaking work and her nights are spent hiding from her master’s son, but, when dangerous mercenaries pass through her village, her life is changed forever…

She’s thrust into an outside world she’s only ever dreamed of.These warriors are unlike any men she has ever known. Driven by desperate vengeance, they’ve been broken by the tragedies of their pasts. Viktor is gruff and hard, Sorin, quick-witted and funny, and brooding Kane wields a power that terrifies her. Each hides sadness that rivals her own and Lana is drawn to them as well as their dangerous desires.

When a formidable enemy threatens them, can her bond with the three mercenaries save them all? Can she help them find the humanity they’ve lost, but more importantly, will they want her to?

Bought to Break is the second standalone story in the acclaimed Dark Brothers Series of dark fantasy romance. If you like enemies to lovers, flawed alphas who protect their resilient woman, and your love stories with bite, you will adore this book by Kyra Alessy.

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**Author’s Note: This is a dark, why choose fantasy romance with scenes that some have called ‘darker than the first book’. You have been warned! (There’s a happy ending of course, though!)

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Kept To Kill

The Dark Brothers Book 3

Lily has been alone for most of her life. Held as a captive. Used as a weapon.

The mercenaries who ‘rescue’ her are as intriguing as they are brutal, but Lily is still a pawn in the games of men. They’ll use her and cast her aside if she lets them. That’s if she survives what comes next…

Quin, Commander of the Dark Army, has only one goal and will let Lily die if it serves his purposes, but he’s also drawn to her in a way that makes him wish for more. No one is safe from Mad Mal, a monster who kills to satisfy dark needs. He will make her pay for tempting the other beast he hides within. And the playful Bastian seems harmless, with a taste for wine and women, but he might just harbor the darkest soul of them all…and the darkest secrets.

Each man has his own twisted torments and fierce desires that Lily cannot fathom after her years a captive. But as the days and nights go by, she begins to realize she needs something she never thought she’d have and it may not be the freedom she always yearned for at all.

Can she unlock the hearts of these men who care for nothing and no one to find the pieces of themselves they buried long ago, or will they decide their mission is more important than the woman who brings them to their knees?

Kept to Kill is the third standalone in the Dark Brothers Series of dark fantasy romance. If you like strong, but desolate heroines, antiheroes that make your blood run cold even as it heats up, and your Happily Ever Afters with some darkness before the light, you will love this book.

Read the next dark adventure in this amazing series today!

Authors Note: This story contains knife play, angst for the FMC, and, although she can hold her own, things are not great for Lily at first. If you don’t enjoy that kind of story, continue at your own risk.

**You don’t need to have read the other books in the Dark Brothers series to enjoy this book, but it helps.**

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Caught To Conjure

The Dark Brothers Book 4

A powerful witch who escaped a cruel life. Three stubborn enemies who would drag her back. Can they save their world together or will past hatred prove stronger than love?

Growing up hated and despised, Vie escaped her uncle and the three men who made her miserable. She vowed never to return to that life nor to let herself be treated like that again.

But then they found her…

Drake, Krase and Vane might be mercenaries of the Dark Army, but their loyalties lie elsewhere. They’re marked by their wretched pasts, their hatred of witches and their allegiance to a cunning zealot.

When tasked to retrieve a witch with untold powers, they don’t expect to find Vivienne, the mistreated pariah from their academy days. But gone is the downtrodden, awkward girl they knew. In her place stands Vie, a force to be reckoned with, someone who confuses them and makes them feel more than hatred.

Can Vie stand up to those who tormented her? Can she make them see that she’s not their true enemy? That she needs their help to save their world? Or will they ignore the fire that burns between them and hand her over to a fate far worse than death?

Caught to Conjure is the fourth standalone in the Dark Brothers Series of dark fantasy romance. If you like the angst of bully, antiheroes that make you hate them before they become your favorites, and your happily-for-nows with some darkness before the light, this book is for you.

Read the next dark adventure in this epic series today!

Authors Note: This is an 18+ dark romance that some may find triggering. It is not real life, its fantasy, but continue at your own risk.

**You don’t need to have read the other books in the Dark Brothers series to enjoy this book, but it helps.**

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Trapped To Tame

The Dark Brothers Book 5

A woman fighting to survive. Three fae males on a mission. Can love save their worlds from destruction? Or will hatred ensure their deaths?

Eve lives an indentured life, controlled by her keeper, forced to fight for others’ gains. She thrives on combat because it’s all she knows … because she can win and to lose means her body is the victor’s prize.

Drax, Priest and Fie are fae mercenaries on a mission to save their kind. When an unclear vision leads them to a mysterious woman who can hold her own in a fight with a man three times her size, they know they’ve found the one they’ve been searching for … and she’s nothing like they expected.

This starved, unkempt, half-breed female is an enemy. The men will do whatever’s necessary to ensure her cooperation and, if she gives them any trouble, they’ll make her wish she had died in the fighting rings. She WILL help them succeed in their mission …

Or she’ll die trying.

Trapped to Tame is the fifth standalone in the Dark Brothers Series of dark fantasy romance.

If you like hot, fae males, antiheroes you love to hate, strong heroines, and your multiple POV stories with some darkness before the light, tap now!

Read the next dark adventure in this epic series today!

Authors Note: This is an 18+ dark romance that some may find triggering as it contains violence and scenarios you personally might find disturbing. It is based in a fantasy world but please continue at your own risk.

**You don’t need to have read the other books in the Dark Brothers series to enjoy this book, but it helps.**

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Seized To Sacrifice

The Dark Brothers Book 6

She has no memory of her past. They remember her crimes well. Can love save them, or will everything they care about be destroyed?

She doesn’t know anything about herself, not even her own name. Trapped in a cage, all she can do is wait for her turn to be auctioned … until a mercenary dressed in black releases her.

She’s drawn to him and the other two lords of his keep, but though their eyes are always on her, all she sees in them is hate. They don’t want her to be free. They know who she is, they despise her for wrongs she can’t recall, and they might not be the
men they seem to be at all.

With their world on the brink of destruction, she may be the only one who can protect it … if she can remember who she is. But time is running out. A powerful enemy is searching for her and, when he finds her, he’ll use her to make sure there’s nothing left to save.

Can she unlock her past before it’s too late? Are these men who claim to be hers really who they say they are? Can she trust them?

Seized to Sacrifice is the
final book in the Dark Brothers Series. If you like hot monsters, antiheroes whose hate turns to love, strong heroines, and your multiple POV stories with some darkness before the light, tap now!

Read the next dark adventure in this epic series today!

Authors Note / WARNING: This is an 18+ dark, enemies to lovers, why choose romance that some may find triggering as it contains violence, dubcon sexy times with monsters (Yeah. That’s right.) and depictions of almost-rape (not within the h@rem) and other scenarios you personally might find disturbing. It is based in a fantasy world but please continue at your own risk.

**You don’t need to have read the other books in the Dark Brothers series to enjoy this final story, but it helps because a lot of characters from the other books are part of the tale.**

Dark Realms. Dark Anti heroes. Dark Fantasies.

Kyra was almost 20 when she read her first romance. From Norsemen to Regency and Romcom to Dubcon, tales of love and adventure filled a void in her she didn’t know existed. She’s always been a writer, but its only now that she’s started to tell stories in the genre she loves most – which at the moment are very ‘why choose’!!

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Echoes of a Song – Excerpt

Echoes of a Song (c) A. L. Butcher

A Legacy of the Mask tale

The Angel of Death stalked the De Chagny’s so the whispers said. Maybe it was true. For once the Angel of Death had been a man. A masked man of magic, of music and of murder. The Angel had many names, and many guises; Raoul had once laughed scornfully at Christine’s infatuation with the Angel of Music. But now he understood the terrible bewitchment, for it was his now to bear. This man, this ‘Phantom’, who at once was angel, ghost, maestro, architect, and magician had held them all in his not insubstantial power. Erik – so he called himself – had almost brought the mighty Paris opera house to its knees. Erik’s opera house, so Christine had told him. And in those desperate nights, at least, it had been true.

Raoul pulled out the hidden drawer beneath one of the shelves and read the newspaper – now yellow and faded – as he had every night for three years like a consuming obsession. First the accounts of the ‘accidents’ at the opera: the terrible night the chandelier had fallen killing an employee, the apparent suicide of a stagehand and the murder of one of the foremost tenors. Wild stories abounded about an ‘Opera Ghost’ who’d managed to fool the managers into parting with a fortune, terrified the corps de ballet and whose face was so terrible to behold that any who saw it would die, but who sang with an angel’s voice. The truth was not something that bothered the Paris Tribune too much, but the truth could be strange beyond reason. And the Surete could hardly believe the wild stories of masked men and angry ghosts. They’d searched and asked questions, and considered a cuckolded husband or an angry father, but no perpetrator had been found. The case dwindled into obscurity. Months and years went by and other cases took prominence and now few remembered one death in a city where murder was common and adultery more so. Peering at the faded print in the bad light Raoul found the part he sought in the letters of the city’s more reputable rag.

“Erik is dead,” Raoul said it aloud. Three words. Three words which had haunted him these twelve years.

A dozen tumultuous years after the dramatic events at the Paris Opera House Raoul, Comte de Chagny is still haunted by the mysterious Opera Ghost – the creature of legend who held staff at the Opera House under his thrall, kidnapped Raoul’s lover and murdered his brother. In Raoul’s troubled imagination the ghosts of the past are everywhere, and strange and powerful music still calls in his dreams.

Madness, obsession and the legacy of the past weave their spell in this short, tragic tale based on the Phantom of the Opera.

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Author Interview 114 – Milton Davis – Sci/fi/Fantasy/Black Fiction

 

Welcome to Milton Davis

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Where are you from and where do you live now? I’m originally from Columbus, Georgia. I currently live in Metro Atlanta, Georgia

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I’m a research and development chemist by training and a science fiction and fantasy writer by choice. I write science fiction, fantasy, steampunk and other types of fantastic fiction based on African/African Diaspora culture, history and tradition.

Where do you find inspiration? I get inspiration from a variety of sources; current event issues, music, art, reading history and other sources. You never know when the muse will strike.

Are your characters based on real people? My characters are very seldom based on real people. I don’t want to piss off anybody I know. I have based a few characters in my historical fiction novels an real people, usually historical figures.

Have you ever used a person you don’t/didn’t like as a character then killed them off?No. That’s a waste of time in my opinion. Besides, I wouldn’t want someone I don’t like to soil the pages of what I do for enjoyment for any reason.

Research can be important in world-building, how much do you need to do for your books? Do you enjoy this aspect of creating a novel and what are your favourite resources? I have a collection of historical reference books where most of my info originates. I also do a lot of research on the internet. I also utilize the Auburn Avenue Research Library archives. They have one of the largest collections of books by and about people of African/African Diaspora descent in the country.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this is important in a book? Mine is a message of inclusion. It’s simply if you don’t see yourself in something, put yourself there. That’s what I do with my books.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…) For me the story is the most important thing. So I would say solid plot, great world-building, technically perfect, great characters.

In what formats are your books available? (E-books, print, large print audio) Are you intending to expand these and if not, what is the reason? My books are available in e-book and print format. I’m considering audio but haven’t made the leap yet.

Do you self-edit? If so why is that the case? Do you believe a book suffers without being professionally edited? I hire editors but I also edit after the editors. I want the editor to look for typos and/or grammatical errors or some logical issues. Other than that don’t touch the story. I self publish so my stories will reach people exactly the way I write them.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors? Why do you think this might be? We are. There is this belief that you must suffer through the gauntlet of mainstream publishing to be a true writer. That’s bullshit. There also the image that if you’re self publishing it’s because your writing wasn’t good enough for a ‘real’ publisher. That’s bullshit, too.

Do you read work by self-published authors? Yes. As a matter of fact the majority of the books I read are by self publishers, mainly because they are writing the type of books that I’m interested in reading.

What are your opinions about authors commenting on reviews?How important are reviews? Reviews are important but I don’t think writers should comment on them. It sets a bad precedent and can work against the writer. People will be reluctant to not only  review but also read a book by a writer if they have to fear retaliation.

When buying a book do you read the reviews? Yes.

What are your reviews on authors reviewing other authors? Another author is just a reader when he or she reads. So they should be allowed to review another writer. In many cases their reviews may be more insightful because they practice the craft.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? A book is a more immersive experience. It has the room and the time to build a more complete world and draw the reader deeper into the story.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? Write every day, write to finish, and don’t spend forever on the first draft. Writing is revising.

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it? I just finished reading Everfair by Nisi Shawl. It’s an enjoyable alternate history tome.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? And your favourite indie/self-published author? My favourite traditionally published author is Charles R. Saunders. My favourite indie author? That’s tough. I’ll say it has to be between Balogun Ojetade and Ronald Jones.

What are your views on authors offering free books? I don’t agree with it except on rare occasions.

Do you have any pets? No.

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Random Friday – Interview with Rufus Redblade – Heroika

Here’s a great interview with Rufus Redblade, hero and dragonslayer.

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I’m Samantha and I come from another world – the original, old Silvery Earth, where people are immortal and never grow up. When I’m not switching bodies at will, I travel to other universes, especially books or movies. That’s how I met Rajveer the vampire, for example!

So, I’m taking over the interviews on this blog! And here I am, meeting people from other books/universes/whatever!

Hello handsome. Tell me a little about yourself.

I am Rufus Redblade. I was once Captain of the Royal Guard, but times have changed. Now I am a blade for hire. I’m a Griffin Rider. We used to be the elite, for it takes a certain sort to tame and ride a Griffin. Many try, few succeed, and fewer still survive it long.

Age? No idea. I don’t keep track of such things.

That’s fine, I don’t do either. Describe your appearance in…

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Character Interview Number Thirty-One – The Thiefmaster

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s): To you, I am the Thiefmaster, the lord of the Watchers and the master of shadow.  To my closest friends I have a name the same as other men.

Age: Shrugs. Sometimes the years are too many, sometimes not enough. Old enough to be wise to the world. Young enough to still be surprised by it.

About you: I am the Thiefmaster, I control the underground thief networks of Varlek and a goodly portion of Erana. My word is law among the outlaws and thieves, yet there are others to whom even I bow. The Shadowdancer knows all, and the Oncoming Storm, he is the man to whom we all answer.  Of course there are many who dispute this. The truth is relative, depending on whom you ask.  My thieves watch, they steal, burn, rescue, kill, smuggle and provide aid to those who otherwise would have none.

I am the Thiefmaster, and like the Shadowdancer and the Oncoming Storm I do not exist.

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? Hahaha, you jest? I am the Thiefmaster in a world where law is nothing more than a tool for oppression. I kill, I steal, I deceive. I am fiercely loyal to my friends, to my people and deadly to my enemies. I am an outlaw.

Would you kill for those you love? Yes. Of course. Have you listened to nothing I’ve said?

Would you die for those you love? Take a guess…

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses? Strengths – I am loyal, my blade is sharp, and my wits sharper. I know all that happens in my city.

Weakness? I’m hardly likely to reveal those now am I?

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why? I have a daughter Ephany – she’s a good girl. Much like her old dad.

My thieves. My spies. My lord, the Oncoming Storm.

Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions? I like horses. And cats. We have a few to keep the rats at bay. There are many rats in the under-city and not all of them work for me.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. I died once. It wasn’t a pleasant experience. It did teach me a great deal.
Tell Us About Your World

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live.

Erana – what can I say? It should be a beautiful world, but the Order of Witch-Hunters ensure it is not. Slavers roll their filthy wagons and ply their despicable trade. The trade of flesh pays well. Magic is illegal, but magic persists. We have ….an arrangement with the Society of Hidden Secrets – the underground mage group – and I hold some magic of my own. Not spellcasting, I leave that to the sorcerers, my magic is of shadow and speed.

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? If so do you follow one of them? Please describe (briefly) how this affects your behaviour. It pays to honour the gods when one lives beyond the law. Officially they don’t exist – but then again neither do I. Many things officially do not exist – that does not stop them being real.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? I do not travel as much as I used to. These days there is a lot of paperwork to do… that said I go if and when I am needed. Some things cannot be trusted to underlings.

What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.) Kakistocracy? A man cleverer than I told me that means government by the worst people in the state – yes I’d say we have that.

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? We have elves, half elves, trolls and humans. Humans don’t like anyone much. The humans blame the elves for the wars and the Plague, the elves blame the humans for their enslavement (with good cause) and the trolls stick to their mountain homes for the most part. The humans believe them to be savages who eat people. It’s not true. You can’t trade with your food.

Author notes: A.L Butcher

Book(s) in which this character appears plus links

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book I

The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book II 

Just One Mistake – featured in Nine Heroes and Tales of Erana – Volume One

http://www.amazon.com/Tales-Erana-I-Alexandra-Butcher/dp/1508403538

Website/Blog/Author pages etc.

Author Bio

A. L. Butcher is the British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles fantasy series, and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genres.  She is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet and a dreamer. When she is grounded in the real world she likes science, natural history, history and monkeys. Her work has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as evocative.

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Author Interview Number Ninety-Five B. W. Foster – Spec Fic

Welcome to Brian W. Foster

Where are you from and where do you live now? From Louisiana and living near Los Angeles.

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I’m a speculative fiction writer. My first novel is epic fantasy. My second, superhero. I also have plans for a scifi alien invasion series.

I deeply prefer character driven stories to plot driven ones. Everything that happens must flow from who the characters are.

Are your characters based on real people? When I started planning my debut novel over a decade ago, I figured, “Cool, I’ll use me and my three best friends as inspiration for the main characters.”

Bad idea. Horrendous.

Those influences still form some of the foundation of the characters, but the resemblance otherwise is pretty shallow.

Sort these into order of importance: Great characters; great world-building; solid plot; technically perfect. Can you explain why you chose this order? (Yes I know they all are important…)

  1. Great characters. My writing is based on taking a character and putting him/her into an interesting situation and seeing what happens. I want to really put the reader inside the character’s head to experience the events. If the character falls flat, the story falls flat.
  2. Technically perfect. Good technique makes for a good reading experience. If the reader can’t comprehend the writing or is constantly disengaged by the words, you’ll lose that reader.
  3. Solid plot. A good writer can make it interesting to read about a character washing dishes, but an interesting plot makes it a lot easier to engage the reader without being an awesome writer.
  4. Great world-building. Frankly, other than maintaining some level of consistency, the world of my stories just doesn’t matter all that much compared to the other factors.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? A well-written book can put you inside a character’s head, giving you the opportunity to become that person, experience crazy events from that person’s eyes. Movies and video games cannot immerse me like a good book can. I strive for that immersion in my writing. Time and reader feedback will tell if I’m achieving it.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers? Clarity – If your reader doesn’t understand what the crap is going on, they’re not going to be engaged.

Conflict – If there’s no conflict, there’s no story. The reader is going to be bored.

Character – Events that make up your plot have no relevance outside that which is filtered through the emotional lens of your POV character.

What are your best and worst marketing tips? Do whatever it takes to build an email subscriber list. I offer free and exclusive content through mine, and you can sign up for it at http://eepurl.com/bvSmRP

Second best marketing tip is to concentrate on your writing. It’s better to spend your time producing your next book than trying to sell your last one.

I don’t really have a “worst” tip.  Maybe spend tens of thousands of dollars on a TV ad? Though that seemed to work for James Patterson …

Most authors like to read, what have you recently finished reading? Did you enjoy it?

Golden Son (Red Rising Trilogy Book 2) by Pierce Brown. About 10% into the book, I thought, “Why did I buy this thing the day it came out?” About 25% in, I thought, “Oh. That’s why.” Fantastic book.

Can you name your favourite traditionally published author? And your favourite indie/self-published author?

Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time, despite some flaws, is still my all-time favorite series from a traditionally published author.

I’d go with Jim Bernheimer for my favorite indie author for his self-published Confessions of a D-List Supervillain, though Robert Bevan is a close second for Critical Failures.

What are your views on authors offering free books? It works if you do it right. Make sure you know how to do it right before you do it, though.

Book links, website/blog and author links:

http://www.authorbrianwfoster.com

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Doctors in Hell – Review

5 Stars

Everyone knows Hell is a pretty awful place to spend eternity. It just got worse. Not only are the auditors in, which is bad enough, but now a terrifying new plague stalks Old and New Dead alike. Rumours abound on its source, be that Erra and his mighty weapons personified, Old Nick himself or something else. Whatever the answer might be cures are sought, bought, sold and bold. Hell being Hell, of course it does not go entirely smoothly….

Dr Frankenstein, Polydory, Dr Neill Cream, Shakespeare, Kit Marlow, Calamity Jane, Napoleon, Wellington, nurses and physicians from civilisation’s birth, gangsters, poets and even artificial life in the form of Galatea, and Adam Frankenstein, battle against a foe they don’t understand, have no clue how to beat and yet, as Heroes in Hell, fight they must and endure the twisted half-life in Satan’s domain. Truly mythic, where myths get turned on their heads and characters you thought you knew live (or unlive) again.

Filled with diabolical machinations, intrigue, courage, dark humour, and even searching questions about the nature of the soul – particularly from Joe Bonadonna in Hell on a Technicality this collection of Hell themed tales from a mix of talented writers from science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction. Janet Morris, has yet again, produced an anthology which flows from one scenario to another, despite the varying styles and stories. There were stories I didn’t want to end, and some which made me chuckle (Napoleon and Wellington always crack me up), some which were tragic, some vengeful (Grim) and some which were extremely clever.

This is a world of darkness, but it is a shared world across time, across history, across the good and great and the weak and pitiful and the characters reflect that. There is something for die-hard fans of the series and new authors to discover, and an exquisitely crafted greater whole for those new to the series.

The eighteenth Heroes in Hell is, perhaps, darker and bloodier than its predecessors. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but then again – this is Hell, what do you expect?

#Fantasy #mythic #historical #Heroes in Hell.

The Stolen Tower – On Offer! 6-16th July 2015 – Kindle Countdown!!!

Up until now I have never used one of the features of Kindle Select – A Kindle Countdown promotion.

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stolen-Tower-Light-Beyond-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00U8A9044/ will be on offer for 99p until the 16th against an original list price of £2.11.

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I’ve heard mixed reviews of Kindle Countdown so I’ll post my experiences.thestolentower500x800 (1)

Smashwords Sale! 1-31st July 2015

Smashwords have a summer sale! Loads of books are on offer from 75% off to free.

To celebrate I have offered my books at a discount.

How the Program Works:

At one minute past midnight Pacific time on July 1, the special Smashwords Summer/Winter Sale promotion catalog goes live on the Smashwords home page.  Readers can browse the catalog and search by coupon code levels and categories.  At the stoke of midnight Pacific time on July 31, the catalog disappears.

The coupon codes only work at Smashwords, not at retailers served by Smashwords.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/290716 at 50% off – using the voucher code on site. SSW50

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/352783 at 25% off – using the voucher code on site. SSW25

And finally 
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/431160 for FREE!!!! Using code SSW25

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A Week with the Dragon Eaters – Bruce Durham

Here’s the last interview (for now) with the authors and characters featured in Heroika: Dragon Eaters. Today I welcome Bruce Durham.

Character questions (choose from):

*Who are you? I’m Mackenzie Secord, though my friends call me Mac. I captain an ice-clipper and hunt food.

Why are you embarking on this quest? Quest? I wouldn’t call what I do a quest. We hunt to survive.

Where are you from? (Tell us about it) I’m originally from Newmarket, near Toronto, but that’s a lifetime ago. Now what few of us remain live in an abandoned military base in the Arctic. It’s a good location, some natural defences, and the wyrms aren’t near as abundant as they are in the warmer climes. At least, for now.

*Tell us about dragons in your world. We call them wyrms. They don’t fly, just crawl and burrow. Tough as all hell, too. They only have one real weak spot.

What is the political system of your world? These days? Chaos. I have no idea how many of us are left on this world. Sometimes we make contact with other settlements via shortwave. But that’s just sometimes. Doesn’t usually last long.

Do you have a family? Not any more. Next question.

Do you see yourself as a hero? What is a hero? Haven’t got a clue. I’m a survivor. I look after my crew and pray I can get them home safely. If that makes me a hero, then so be it.

What is the technology level of your world? I don’t right know anymore, though we’re probably a generation away from barbarism, if we live that long.

Where do dragons come from? Apparently through a series of portals. Scientists theorized it was some kind of alternate dimensional thing. Frankly, it’s above my pay grade.

Are there other such monsters in your world? God, I hope not!

Author questions (choose from):

*Who are you? Bruce Durham. Author of some thirty plus short stories. Sometime artist. Now currently semi-retired from the working world.

Why did you choose this world/era to write in? I’ve always had a fascination with the Arctic. This theme allowed me to explore an idea of mine, how remnants of mankind would chance settling in some remote, seemingly inhospitable part of the planet just to prevent their extinction.

Give us a couple of lines about your characters. All of my characters are survivors. Mackenzie captains the crew of an ice-clipper in search of food for her settlement. Before that she was in the army, and when the wyrms arrived, become one of the first females to pilot a Mühle, a construct designed to fight the invaders.

How much research did you need for your story? I did a fair amount on the Arctic, primarily the abandoned DEW line bases and some of the geography in northern Canada.

Have you written for anthologies before? How does it differ from writing a novel? I’ve been involved with several anthologies over the years. I enjoy writing short stories. Themed anthologies can be especially fun, though challenging, but worth it when a story is accepted.  Unlike novels, short stories force you to get right down to business and (hopefully) hook the reader from the get-go.

Are you a plotter or a pantser? I’m definitely a plotter, though the pantser takes over while doing the actual writing. It’s a trade-off, so long as I stick to the story I’ve outlined.

What other novels/short stories have you written? No novels yet, but I’ve appeared in several publications and anthologies over the years. My very first sale, The Marsh God, was published in ‘Flashing Swords’. It placed first in the annual Preditors & Editors poll that year for best SF&F in the short story category. It was subsequently adapted into a graphic novel. Some anthologies I’ve appeared in are:  Valley of Bones in ‘Return of the Sword’, Yaggoth-Voor in ‘Rage of the Behemoth’, Deathstalk in ‘Sha’Daa: Last Call’, Plains of Hell in ‘Lawyers in Hell’, Colony in ‘Rogues in Hell’ and Hell-hounds in ‘Poets in Hell’. Anezka appeared in ‘Paradox: The Magazine of Historical & Speculative Fiction’ and I have a couple of stories in the ‘Lovecraft eZine’: The Crane Horror and The Case of the Galloway Eidolon. The latter was a Sherlock Holmes/Lovecraft crossover with a serious shout-out to The Dark Man by Robert E. Howard.

What book(s) are you currently reading? The Invasion Year by Dewey Lambdin and Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia.

Tell us one unusual fact about yourself. I walked away from a plane crash back in the early 70s.

Author website/blog: www.brucedurham.ca

Twitter: @BJDurham

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bruce.durham

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4505352.Bruce_Durham

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Durham/e/B004NMV5HS