New Release – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Erana Box Set

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Erana Box Set

Books I-III of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, plus two novellas set in the world of Erana.

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book I
The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book II
The Stolen Tower – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book III
Tales of Erana: Just One Mistake – novella
Tales of Erana: The Legend of Oeliana – short novella – updated and expanded for this edition

That’s a saving of 3.49 plus a free story!

Adult rated*


Review – Healing Springs – Audio – #Fantasy #Lesbianfiction #Spiritual

Healing Springs by KL Rhavensfyre is a tale of homecoming, revelation, loss, love and determination.

When writer Selene is forced to return to her childhood town of Healing Springs, after an accident which robbed her of health, a career she is reluctant, plagued with pain and self-pity and a shell of who she was. Yet the mysterious healing springs cared for by her family for generations hold secrets and power.

The book begins with Selene being forced to sell her house and return to her Bohemian hippy mother’s inn – and the bitterness that brings. Selene finds it hard to see past her pain and loss, particularly the loss of her ability to write. We meet Amy – successful businesswoman, but an outsider in the small American backwoods town. Amy is black, gay and feisty and runs a metaphysical store and coffee shop. So where is the fantasy in this tale?  We learn of the town’s history and the strange old witch woman whose house Amy buys. The old woman’s ghost still lingers and as the story progresses we learn the secrets of the town, it’s springs and the curses and blessings they bring. Amok, a strange and possibly supernatural dog appears and plays a crucial and slightly comical role. And then we have Minerva…

The fantasy aspect is subtle, slow to build but integral to the tale. It burns like the romance between the two women. Selene cannot remember the love affair between herself and Amy and believes no woman would want her battered and scared body. Love will find a way, even if it has to call in supernatural forces.

This is a slow burn story, which builds and builds until the exciting conclusion. I have to say I shed a tear.

Well-written, packed with emotion, and full of surprises – this is a great tale. The narrator is easy to hear, and well-chosen.

Recommended – 5 stars.




Meet Talfor and Discover Why We Think He’s Fascinating @libraryoferana #books #audio

A great interview with Talfor Var, the troll.

Read an E-book Week on Smashwords

Just in the nick of time!

A reader on SW asked me if any of my books were available for the Smashwords Read an E-book Week.

The answer is yes – until the 12th March ONLY 

Outside the Walls – normally 99c. Use the code RW100 at checkout to get this book for free

Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends – normally 1.25. Use the code RW100 at checkout to get this book for free

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book 1 – normally 3.00. Use the code RAE50 at checkout for 50% off

The Shining Citadel – The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles Book II -normally 3.49. Use the code RAE50 at checkout for 50% off


Enjoy and if you take advantage of the offers please be kind enough to leave a review.

Character Interview Number Twenty-Eight – Mirandra

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s): Mirandra Var, Shamania of Varris, daughter of Kherak Var, and daughter of the storm.

Age: 30 winters.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Female troll, blonde hair, grey eyes, slate grey skin, horns.

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? I must behave with honour, I must be wise and courteous, and the good of the tribe outweighs my own. Trolls value kin and alliances highly and these relationships must be maintained. I should not turn away from those who need help, guests are welcome and shall be accommodated.

I should question all, expect little and give much.  A Shaman’s door is never closed to her people, for who knows when guidance might be needed. Knowledge is power.

Honour is most prized by the Trollkind. A troll without honour is not a troll.  I am Shamania, it is my duty to maintain the hour of the tribe. It is better to die in the service of others, or a worthy cause than to live as a coward. That is what my brother says, and I agree.

Would you kill for those you love? Yes, if it is the correct thing to do. It would depend on why and whom, however. I have fought with monsters to protect those for whom I care. I would kill for my tribe at need.

Would you die for those you love? Oh yes.  If my death would save them I would go to the Goddess without regret.

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?  Strengths – I have more magic than I received from my mother alone. I am unique amongst my tribe, for I carry a little of the elemental magics. I have been taught well.

Weaknesses – I am young among my people and have little experience.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why? My brother Talfor, he has always been there for me and now his wife, the elf M’alia for she is courageous and clever. M’alia sees things from another point of view. She makes Talfor happy and that makes me happy.  My mother, although she is now with the Goddess Ethnii’a, Kherak was a remarkable woman, although sometimes hard she was fair and wise.

My father and his wife. I did not know my father until recently, he was not part of our lives. It is common amongst the Trollkind for women, especially Shaman, to raise children without a man around. We are matrilineal and Archos knew not of my existence but as my mother was in her last years she agreed he would be a good ally for the War Which Will Come, and so now we are learning about one another. The Lady Dii’Athella, the Lady of the Light, is a good friend, she visits when she can. My mother cared deeply for her.

Thain. I will leave you to discover who Thain might be…after all a woman needs some secrets.

Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions? I have a horse, Tempest. He was a gift from my father, Mir’Rillith, known as Lord Archos of Tremellic to the elves and humans. We trolls rarely have horses, for they do not fare well in the mountains. Tempest is lively and bold. He is a trollish horse now, and he knows it.

Do you have a family? Tell us about them. My mother, Kherak, my brother Talfor and his wife, my father Archos – Mir’Rillith and his wife, the Lady Dii’Athella.  We are trolls, and elves and men, and we are strengthened as a result. Soon I must find a consort, for I must bear a daughter so that when the time is ready she may rule when I have joined the Goddess.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. I have blonde hair – blonde is very rare among our kind and it is seen as a blessing.

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. My home is Varris, in the Jagged Peak Mountains. It is on a small plateau, and very beautiful.  We are safe from the Order of Witch-Hunters there, but they are known to take trolls, for they hate all whose blood flows with magic. The world of Erana is a dangerous place, for my kind, for elves and any who are magical. Yet there is beauty in it, for the land remembers when the magic flowed, and the stories tell of a time when we were free.  We must preserve these tales and the hope which goes with them.

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. The Witch-Hunters pretend they do not believe in the gods but call their names often enough. There are many gods, and minor gods of Erana. Our tribe reveres Ethnii’a Goddess of the Sky, above the other gods, for she sends the rain, her sons the moon and sun warm us and light our way and her daughter Sendrillia guards the sacred waterfall which marks the way to the Temple of the Sky. Sendrillia was cursed by wicked magic and turned from woman into a flower. If one honours the goddess’ daughter correctly, with petals from the flower which grows high in the mountains, the waterfall may be crossed on the Path of Rock behind the curtain of water. If one does not honour her, one will get very wet and cannot cross.

We are blessed for one of Ethnii’a’s servants – the Avi Tam, an air elemental, visits the Temple. She was entrapped by a wicked creature and freed and now she blesses us. One must honour the gods, for one never knows when one may need their assistance. The elves share many of our gods, often with different names but the humans tend to be faithless, unless they are mages of course. Mages know that which is true, not the lies of the Order of Witch-Hunters.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? We travel to Khar’atuk, my place of Proving. I must endure and survive my ordeal to be deemed fit to leave. Khar’atuk is far from our lands, in the lands of our kin. The Emerald Valley is people by humans, who are not friendly to us. Khar’atuk is an old ruin, a labyrinth from the past times and filled with danger.

Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world? *Laughs. You need ask that question? Of course there is magic, although the Witch-Hunters seek it out to destroy wherever they can. Magic persists. I am Shamania, my mother and grandmother, and her mother, and hers were Shaman, my father is a sorcerer, and my brother a shape-changer. Does that answer your question, human?

What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.) The trolls are matrilineal. I suppose you would call us city states, as a Shaman will rule a town or towns. There is no ruler of all the trolls. I am sure, where you to ask the Order of Witch-Hunters they would claim they rule this land, trolls included. They merely think this is so.  I am unfamiliar with their command structure, I try to avoid their notice. Witch-Hunters rarely dare to attack trolls, but it is known.

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? We have Trollkind, Elfkind and Mankind. But there are truly the magical races – the elementals, the fae, the dragons and keres.

The humans fear the elves – for they are blamed for the Plague, many humans fear the trolls – we are seen as barbarians, where in truth it is the humans who would fit that description. Most people, be they elves, men or trolls do not know of the elementals, the dragons, the fae and the keres. My father tells me the fae should not exist – their Realm is closed to us. They have wicked magic – the raising of the dead, they feed on fear and shame, on lust and anger. Certainly they are rare, which is fortunate. I have never seen a great dragon – but my grandfather did.

Elementals – they exist. One at least walks among us….

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Author notes:

Book(s) in which this character appears plus links

The Shining Citadel (briefly)

The Stolen Tower – the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles – Book III

What stalks the land cannot be, but is.

Where magic is outlawed a troll Shaman calls from her deathbed to her heiress, Mirandra Var, daughter of the storm. Mirandra vows to find her missing kin, sort friend from foe, and claim the dangerous secrets guarded by unthinkable creatures. If she succeeds, she will become the leader of her tribe. If she fails there will be no tribe to lead.

Author name: A. L. Butcher

Website/Blog/Author pages etc.


Getting to know: A. L Butcher

The second half – a bit of fun.

Katherine's Bookcase

Hey, Alexandra!
So, we’ve done the serious interview. Now for some sillyness!

What were you like in school?
Rebellious. Oh I don’t mean I burned the school down, or anything but I didn’t suffer fools, still don’t. I knew the rules and I knew which I could break and get away with it. I was independently minded and that can lead to problems. At college I was really into college politics, I was vice president of the student union and… let’s just say there were various big issues with the college management. I was involved in a student occupation of the college. As it happened the management at the college changed and the students gained more rights but it was a difficult decision at the time and almost led to me failing my courses and losing good friends.

How would you describe yourself in three words?
Loyal, eccentric, chaotic.


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Author Interview: A.L Butcher

Here’s my latest author interview.

Katherine's Bookcase

Hey, Alexandra!
Hello and thanks for the interview.

Before we get started, why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m a British author of fantasy and fantasy romance. I was raised in Buckinghamshire but now live in the southwest. When I am not writing I like to read; mainly fantasy, history, and crime. I’m studying an online course on Roman Britain at the moment, it’s too early to comment on it beyond it looks fascinating. I’m also keen on science, nature, astronomy and gaming.

Brilliant. Thank you.
So, what inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always written. When I was a child it was usually me who provided the poem or short story for the class display. From that continued the poetry, short fan-fic style tales and horror and then adventures for roleplaying games. These graduated into the novels and short stories I have published.

Is there anything…

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Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends

It is a wonderful feeling when a new book is released. It is somewhere between terror that no one will like it and utter elation at the beautiful creation.  I am not sure other writers feel this way but I suspect it might be the case.

So what is this one about?

Tales of Erana: Myths and Legends features five short fantasy/fantasy romance stories set in the world of Erana, the world of my novels. It is a dark world where magic is illegal and elves are enslaved but it was not always so. These are tales of the gods and elementals who walked the lands when the magic was wild and free before the Plague decimated the mortal races and magic waned. One of the stories is entirely new – and features some lore and history for the Trollkind and a teaser about a relic which will appear in a later novel. The others have been previously published, but have now been revised and expanded and never before have they been collected together.

The Moon on the Water: The tale of the love between a goddess and a warrior and the terrible curse it brought.

The Tale of Treyna the Beloved: When a mortal woman is pursued by two rival gods even the heavens are wrought by magic.

Storm-Born: A lonely magician finds companionship with a creature of the storm but magic demands a price, what price will it be?

The Blue Phial: A lesson in listening to instruction carefully, lest one makes an embarrassing mistake.

The Legend of Oeliana: A story of a nymph and a toad, jealous magic and debts repaid.

Hopefully this will be a companion piece to the novels but the stories can be read without the prior knowledge, as they work well as an introduction to the world. I hope more such collections will follow.


Audio books

Kiss and Tales: A Little Free Romance—Just in Time for Valentine’s Day

February 12, 2014—The Indie Collaboration has released the third entry into its unique anthology series. This anthology, Kiss and Tales: A Romantic Collection, is a collection of free original tales brought to you by a group of independent authors who call themselves, The Indie Collaboration.

Contributing author, Alan Hardy says, “This time, we present a chocolate box selection of love stories. Some are romantic, some funny, some sad and some mysterious. Whatever the style, there will be a story in here that will melt even the most hardened of hearts.”

Kiss and Tales can be downloaded for free at Smashwords and is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Pothi and at other retailers.

The founding member, UK-based author Peter John says, “The Indie Collaboration grew out of a group of like-minded independent authors. Together, we decided to show the world how great works of fiction can be created without the involvement of any large publishing companies. Creating a direct channel between ourselves and our readers is of the utmost importance to us. Each author has freely donated their time and work and are committed to the Indie Collaboration’s cause of offering the best of indie authors in bite size pieces for free.”

The first two entries in the collection are Tales from Dark Places: The Halloween Collection and Yuletide Tales: A Festive Collective. The list of contributors for each collection changes depending on each individual contributor’s interests and area of writing specialty.

Contributing author Kristina Blasen says, “The Indie Collaboration is made up of a wonderful group of independent writers. Reading anthologies is a great way to tap into a wealth of mostly undiscovered, yet very talented writers. We are truly a diverse group of writers and we have members from all over the world. It shows in the unique stories and collections that we are able to create. You’re not going to find this mix of quality, originality and multi-cultural flair reading works put out by the large publishing houses.”

The next installment to be released by The Indie Collaboration is already in the works and will be out just in time for Easter on April 18, 2014. It’s called Snips, Snails and Puppy Dog Tales and is a collection of original children’s stories.

You can learn more about The Indie Collaboration, the group of contributing authors and their mission online at: Kiss and Tales: A Romantic Collection can be downloaded for free on Smashwords at: or bought on Amazon on


Here’s a great little video about the collection.

Character Interview Number Eight – Archos – Fantasy/Fantasy Romance

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s): Archos Terrian Stormrager, Lord of Tremellic, Lord of the Storm, Archmage of the Arcane Realms and Skychild. I am the Oncoming Storm.

Age: Well now, I was born sometime before the war which brought Erana to its knees, during the time of the Plague. That was long ago, but the years pass and run into one another and so I am not entirely sure.

Please tell us a little about yourself. I am a mage, a man of magic. My kind are forbidden, yet here we are. I am Lord of Tremellic Valley, and the last Skychild who walks this land.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Blonde, goatee beard, silver-grey eyes, and tattoos if you know where to look.

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? Ah morality is such a fluid term is it not? One man’s moral code is another’s crime.  I suppose defend those who have no recourse to defence and destroy those who bring slavery and misery to the land.

Would you kill for those you love? Of course, and I have.

Would you die for those you love? Without question.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Why? My lady, Dii’Athella, she is wonderful. Magic is a lonely art to those who do not understand what price it asks. She is so much more than I deserve. She is also the most desirable creature I have ever met, her beauty is like the summer sun. Her talent in the bedroom…well that is none of your concern…

Then there is Olek, my faithful Olek. He is so much to me – a friend, a servant and a brother. He is my right hand and know more about me than anyone living; there is Ozena, a young elven scout who came to me desperate and afraid for her sister and her kin. Much has happened since then, she is not the naïve child she was. She has talent, and she stands up to me. Not many do. There are those I trust, those who has served me in one way or another and earned my respect and protection. We have enemies and they are legion but those who fight with us are my family and my people.

Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions? I love horses. We have a paddock filled with them, far more than I need. My favourite, Storm, is a warhorse who fears nothing. He is proud, he is strong and he suffers no fools. Horses are so much better than people, and so much more forgiving. Mine are rather indulged, I have to confess. Now we have Ethnii, a Spirit Raven.  The housekeeper has a few goats and birds for milk and eggs.

Do you have a family? Tell us about them. I have a daughter, a half trollish girl. She is very much her mother’s daughter, independent, clever and talented. Troll women run their societies, she will be Shaman of her tribe one day. My parents and siblings are long dead. My brother was murdered and longevity is my blessing and my curse. My mother, my real mother…is not she who raised me. That is a long story. Of course there are Olek, Ozena and Dii.

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you? We were hunted, magic is forbidden and elves and mages blamed for the spread of the Plague. Even noble born and rich as we were armed soldiers followed us. I was lucky in that our friends sheltered us. I recall my step-mother crying, afraid and cold as we fled yet another place of refuge. To be blamed and feared for something as decimating as the Plague, which brought down high and lowborn alike and those with and without magic is a life-changing event. We could never live as others live.  Even now I must lie, I must hide and the bribes we pay for peace are high.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. I have a lightning bolt tattooed just below my….

Tell Us About Your World

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. Tremellic is beautiful, nestled between mountain, forest and river. It is safe, at least for now and I ensure it is so. Yet we are watched, we live on edge and we wait for the attack to come. Erana itself? It is dark, it is afraid and it is cowed. The Order of Witch-Hunters keep it so.

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? If so do you follow one of them? Officially no. There is no state religion yet there are many who believe in the spirits and gods of old. Even among the Witch-Hunters they nod those whose power is beyond that or mortals, but they rarely admit it.  Do these gods exist? Of course, I have seen them. Yet they too hide, for magical creatures must, even gods, in a world where magic is forbidden. The elves have their own gods, spirits and nymphs of forest and river, and the trolls share some but not all.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? I travel on occasion but with care. I have the advantage – I am a ‘passer’ and I look human and thus do not draw as much attention as an elf or half-elf might. I am also rich and influential. This counts for a great deal. I have travelled the world over, some buy choice and some not. My lady, Dii’Athella cannot travel. Elves are slaves at best and she had no rights, no remit to law and as she well knows is prey to any who decide it.

Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world? Yes, as I have said there is magic. Officially it is illegal, forbidden and punishable by imprisonment or death. But how can you outlaw something which simply is? There are those who have magic and will continue to have magic whether law states it must not be so. Men make laws, the gods and nature bring magic and their will is far greater and far less foolish.

What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, kakistocracy etc.) In the human lands the Order of Witch-Hunters ‘rule’ or at least they think they do.  You would call it martial law, yet it has been so for 300 or so years.

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another? The humans fear and mock the elves, many elves are kept as slaves. The trolls stick to their mountains, they too have magic but the Order seen less keen to fight with those who are strong, skilled and warlike. Most humans do not see the trolls. For that matter they do not see the elves either, at least not as people. Ignorance causes fear, and fear causes hatred.

Does your world have any supernatural/mystical beings? Please tell us about some. Officially there are none. Unofficially there are elementals, spirits, nymphs. I have a demon who inhabits my staff and obeys my will. There are familiars for those who can use them. There are even dragons, but they are very rare.

Author notes:

Book(s) in which this character appears plus links:

The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles–ebook/dp/B0088DQO9C

The Shining Citadel
Author name: A. L. Butcher

Alexandra Butcher is a British author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles series and several short stories in the fantasy and fantasy romance genre.  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.

Website/Blog/Author pages etc.