Tales of Erana Series by A. L. Butcher @libraryoferana #fantasy #shortstories #SFF

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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


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.

Blog: https://libraryoferana.wordpress.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6430414.A_L_Butcher



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Author Interview Number Ninety-One – Toby Neighbours – Fantasy

Welcome to Toby Neighbors.

Where are you from and where do you live now?

I grew up in Northwest Arkansas, and lived for several years near Dallas Texas.  When my writing grew to the point that I could write full time my family of five sold almost all we owned, packed the rest in a 5x7x8 U-Hall pod, and made the 2,000 mile trip to North Idaho.  We love living in the Pacific Northwest and can’t imagine being anywhere else.

Please tell us a little about your writing.

I write mostly epic fantasy.  The Five Kingdoms was my breakout series.  It has seven full length novels in the series, which was a best seller on Amazon’s Fantasy lists.  The Lorik trilogy was a spin off series, which was featured as an Amazon Daily Deal.  I’ll be writing a new series this fall with all the characters from the Five Kingdoms and Lorik books.  I’m currenly writing the final installment of my Avondale series, which is epic fantasy, but I’ve also dipped my toe into the zombie genre with Zompocalypse and I occasionally write Sci-Fi.

Where do you find inspiration?

As you might guess, I’m inspired by the beauty of the mountains all around me.  I’m also inspired by the concept of someone discovering their purpose in life and chasing their dreams.  I’m a storyteller first, writing is just my preferred medium.  So I love movies and television shows.  I grew up reading the Tarzan novels by Burrows, and the Conan books.  And I love the rugged individualism of good westerns along with the mysticism of native american folklore.

Do you have a favorite character?

I love all my characters and I relate to different parts of each one.  Of my main characters, I relate to Zollin’s feelings of insecurity, and Lorik’s love of strength.  I love Tiberius’ sense of adventure and over all I love their loyalty.  Most of my female characters are modeled in some way after my wife.  She’s my muse and really is incredibly talented.

Do you have a character you dislike?

No more than normal.  I don’t like the bad guys, but I can appreciate what drives them to their evil ends.  I’ve had fans tell me they hated characters before, which I love because it means they really feel the characters are real.

Are your characters based on real people?

No, not on actual people, but I do pick up on personality types and issues that certain people deal with which I try to incorporate into my characters.  I’ve had very narcisistic people in my life who have hurt me.  In looking for ways to heal and forgive, I’ve learned a lot about what motivates people to do things, so those issues, personalties, and motivations become part of my characters.

Is there a message conveyed within your writing?  Do you feel this important in a book?

Any messages in my writing are implied and never there on purpose.  I believe that people can and should discover who they are and pursue their purpose in life.  I was made to be a storyteller and I’ve been blessed to find an audience for my writing, but long before I sold a book I was telling stories and I always will.  That concept is found in my books.  Many of my characters, like many people in the world today, are looking for meaning in their lives.  Sometimes they find it, sometimes they don’t.  I think books that are written to convey a message have their place, but I don’t write that type of novel.  I just want people to have a good time and be inspired to chase their dreams when they read my books.

Sort these into order of importance:

1.) Great Characters – I write character driven books.  I lose interest quick in a story where I don’t care about the characters.  I want to know each person I’m writing about, I want to feel what they are feeling, and I want my readers to fall in love with them.  My books always begin with the characters that drive the story forward.

2.) Solid Plot – I think the plot is almost equally as important as the characters.  I don’t want to write a book about great characters where nothing happens.  I love drama, I love the way tension propels the story.  I love strategy and understanding why a character does something or how they handle their often times difficult circumstances.  And I think good books always have a beginning, middle, and end, even if the book is part of a series.

3.) Technically Perfect – I write mostly for e-readers and I’m a proponent of indy publishing, but I believe that writers today have a responsibilty to produce the best books they can.  I don’t want a glitch on their device, or a typo, or grammatical error to jerk them out of the world they are playing in.  I wouldn’t say my books are perfect, but I’m always striving for perfection.

4.) World Building – I think world building is important.  In my books the world is almost like another character, but I don’t spend a lot of time creating complex rules for the worlds my books are set in.  I want those worlds to be unique, but I also need them to be relatable to every reader, so I strive to make my worlds as close to the real world as I can make it.

In what formats are books available

All my books are available on Kindle and most are available in print as well.  I have a couple of books in audio and plan to produce more in the future.  I publish exclusively with Amazon simply because that’s where my audience is.  Amazon continues to make exclusivity with them financially smart, so until that changes I’ll stick with Amazon.

Do you self edit?

Once I have written a complete draft, I read back through it and make my edits.  Then I send the manuscript to a professional editor.  And once that process is complete it goes to my Beta Readers.  After all that, I’ll publish.

Do you think indie/self-published authors are viewed differently to traditionally published authors?  Why?

Yes and no.  I think for most avid readers, indy authors are loved.  We produce quality books at a fast pace and at a fraction of the cost of traditionally published books.  I personally don’t need a publisher to validate my work, my readers do that and allow me to retain all the rights to my books.  Obviously the industry is changing and there are people who always resist change.  And there are poor writers who produce poorly written, formatted, and packaged books.  Unfortunately, people who are against indy publishing point to these types of books as a reason that allowing anyone to write a book and publish it is a bad idea.  But I don’t feel that I need to champion change, it will happen without my help.  I focus on writing the best books I can and connecting to my readers.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot?

A book is a magical union between a story and a reader’s imagination.  I think what books bring to the art of story telling is the reader’s experiences and preferences.  Visual story telling has many excellent qualities, but the audience is merely a spectator.  In books, the reader interprets the story and the characters become much more real to them.  Plus, a book can be enjoyed in a very low tech atmosphere.  You can read for a few minutes here and there, always advancing the story.  Movies and video games require a much greater time/technology commitment.

What three pieces of advice would you give to new writers?

  1. The key to success is to keep writing. Readers always want more and the more work you have to show the greater your chances are that you’ll find an audience.  Plus, there’s no better way to improve as a writer than to practice your craft.
  2. Get help editing. It doesn’t matter what your background is, a writer needs an editor.  You just can’t view your own work without bias.  For instance you know what a character is trying to say, so even if the dialogue makes no sense to a reader, it will make sense to you.  You have to have that independent, unbiased editor to help you.  Also, don’t hire a friend to edit for you.  Get a professional and treat your book to the best editing you can get.  It will always be worth it.
  3. Don’t give up. There is no secret formula to success.  Learn as much as you can about what works in marketing, but don’t fall for every fad or promise you come across.  Keep putting yourself out there.  It takes even the best writers time to build an audience.  And treat your readers like royalty.  They are the ones making your dreams come true.  They deserve a moment of your time.

Book Review – Oblivion’s Forge – Simon Williams

Book Review – Oblivion’s Forge

by Simon Williams

4 stars.

Let me start out by saying I enjoyed this bookJ

World: The world of Aona is very intriguing, with a rich and long history, of which the reader gets enough of a peek at to draw one in. It’s a complex world – with various races and factions, magic users, peasants, tyrants and heroes. Most of whom don’t like one another much. Aona is a world of half-forgotten myth and ill-remembered gods. And it seems such mystical beings are set to return.

Oblivion’s Forge is dark, with a world on the edge of apocalypse, many people in thrall and prepared to do whatever it takes to please whichever religion/faction they serve.  I’d say good and evil aren’t clear cut. Certainly a surprise twist where a villain becomes an unwitting hero shakes the reader’s ideas of good and evil, and who serves whom.

The author gives many hints of what is to come, who REALLY runs the show and a dark history. It helps to know this is the first book of the series, and so I hope unanswered questions will be addressed in later books.

Characters:  There are a LOT of characters in this book, and some play a far greater role than others as one would expect. However the point of view jumps around and in places I found it hard to keep up with who was doing what.  Vornen – the main male character is most interesting. He has a dark and mysterious past, which we learn a little about. Haunted by the Gates which have appeared he is not his own man, and he is quite fatalist (with good reason). I had a lot of time for this character, he is brave in his own way and decent, at least in a world which is being torn apart. His befriending of a lost pilgrim leads to monumental events. He also has his flaws, which makes him both worthy of pity and respect in equal measure.

The shifting point of view was distracting and unless I missed something (which is certainly possible) at least one of the characters seemed to disappear.

Writing: There is some wonderful imagery. The world is painted well enough to give the reader a taste but not too much that it detracts from the story telling.  There were a few technical issues, but they were a few and overall didn’t diminish the reading experience for me. In places the prose is almost poetic.

On the downside I’d say the last couple of chapters where unnecessary – unless as a lead in for the later books. The problem was fixed – sort of – and suddenly a character we meet mid way, and doesn’t seem that important suddenly comes to the fore, with her master. It reads as the start of a new book, to me at least.


A good read with a rich, complex world, intriguing plot and fine characters. A bit hard to keep up with the rapidly shifting point of view (to be fair to the author I was reading this over a relatively long period) but certainly engaging enough to keep me reading. The plot itself pulled the reader in, as one found oneself cheering the heroes along as they struggled in a world of chaos and strife, and curious about what it was making the midden hit the windmill J.

I’d recommend this author for fans of dark fantasy, dystopia and dark fiction. I’ll be picking up Mr William’s other books for sure and continuing to learn the fate of Aona and it’s people.

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The Realm of Feyron has always been…
Publication Date: November 2, 2012
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Coming of Age

The Realm of Feyron has always been. It is the origin of all things magical, the axis point where all the worlds meet. Once, in days gone by, there were many gateways within the Temple of Pyli connecting the Worlds Beyond seeded with magic to their home. Now many gateways have flickered out, and Feyron weakens as the magic fades and the Guardians are lost.For the first time in over three hundred years a Dreamweaver has come of age and is tasked with contacting the Guardians. When she awakens in the night after a vision of her best friend lost and alone, injured in the snows at the top of the Crystal Mountains, she seeks out the Sacred Fire in the Temple in an attempt to call forth more information. A voice calls out from the fire, “Dreamweaver, you are summoned.” An image appears of an ancient path through the Mist Shrouded Forest leading to a hidden gate into the Crystal Caverns below the mountains. The Guardians have summoned her on a quest that will take her to the four realms of light within Feyron in search of answers and aid.


Excerpt–The Dreamweaver’s Journey

Watching the full moon over the garden, she heard the call of a night bird and smiled. The warmth flowed through her, surrounding her, and as the halo of gold faded, a hawk swooped unnoticed from Soifra’s bedroom window, streaking across the garden and into the forest, following the cold breeze back towards its source in the Crystal Mountains. Once she was sure she was well enough away from the small homes that fanned out from the manor, she rose above the trees in her favorite form: the black dragon. In her elation, she began to sing, and somewhere ahead of her, something answered back.

At first there was just one call off in the distance, and she wasn’t quite sure if she had heard it, or imagined it, or if it was an echo in the breeze, but then it came again, strong and sure, and it seemed closer. Soifra flew higher, calling out again, and this time she was sure she heard more than one song. The songs called to her, pulled her, filling her with elation, and she followed them higher and farther. She knew she had to see them, the real dragonkin, the guardian children. If she just saw them, she could go back and tell her grandmother the Guardians were real. They simply had to go to the mountains to find them.

She reached a height where the clouds were thick, and her world went grey, consumed by the cold mists around her. After trying to follow the songs for a short while, twisting and turning as different voices called from different places, she could no longer tell left from right, up from down, and she began to feel afraid. Heart racing, she could no longer think clearly, and in her panic she picked one call and began to follow it, faster and faster, desperate to leave the clouds, to be able to see. The calls suddenly stopped. She had begun to turn her head this way and that, straining to hear any sound, when she slammed into the side of the mountain with a bone crushing thud, and fell unconscious to the cold, crystal ledge far below.

Here’s an interview with Nolan of Clan Tyrel

Tell Us About Yourself

Name: Nolan Tyrel – Technically Master Nolan of Tyrel, but titles from the Court of Clans of the Faie are of little importance where I was raised.


Age: 20


Please tell us a little about yourself.

Yes, hi, I’m Nolan Tyrel.  My father and I are the last of the true sorcerers.  I was raised on a World Beyond, and we have only lately relocated to Feyron.


Describe your appearance in 10 words or less.

Tall, wearing black, short honey-auburn hair


What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

strengths: family, friends, confidence in my abilities

weaknesses: Is it strange to say the same things?

Kith and Kin are very important to the Faie.  My friends and family give me strength, but if anything should happen to them, then I’d have to do what was necessary to take care of things.  This has sometimes led me to push myself and my abilities to the brink of failure.


Do you have a family? Tell us about them.

As I said, my father and I are the last of the true sorcerers.  My mother died when I was just a toddler.  She was a member of clan Vidya, a clan of female healers; but when she passed, my father couldn’t find any others.  On our World Beyond we lived with my father’s younger sister, Elaina, her husband Reike of Caris, and their children.


Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? How do you think it influences you?

I just mentioned that my mother died when I was little.  I can’t say that I remember that happening, but it has definitely influenced my life, and more than in the way I dress.  You see, when we lost Mom, we lost her entire clan.  There had been elders, so I’m told, but when Mom died without a daughter, they just sort of…vanished.

The loss of magic lessens us all.  That’s what we’re taught from childhood when we attend summer academy in Feyron, and I’m sure the loss of another clan wasn’t a good thing.  But I have to say, the loss of family, that has to be worse…for someone to just be gone and you don’t know why.  That’s why I still hang out at the Palace during the summer even though I’m past the age to attend classes.  When you’ve a younger cousin like Soifra, there’s bound to be mischief at hand.  *grin


Do you like animals? Do you have any pets/animal companions?

Do I like animals?  What an odd question, although I suppose there are people who don’t like animals.  I don’t have any pets, animal companions, or familiars.  The only thing that I can summon up is a wisp, and I’m not sure that counts as an animal.


Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself.

An unusual fact…hmmm…

Growing up on a World Beyond, it’s sort of strange when you start to disappear for a couple months each year, especially when you can’t really tell people where you are going.  It sort of got to be a joke among my friends after a while, my ‘exchange student’ trips to some far away land.  It always drove them crazy that girls found me ‘dark and mysterious’ and that I wasn’t into dating.  I don’t think they ever quite believed I had someone already in mind back in that ‘lost little kingdom’.  *wink*


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

The World Beyond which I am from, you would be intimately familiar with; you live there.  Our gateway went dark when our family left to stay in Feyron permanently, but I’m not certain that truly means that magic is lost from that world.  I know that’s what the scholars teach, and magic was relegated to myth and legend on our world, but I’m not certain that it’s truly gone just because we left.

I suppose what you’d really like to know is, what is Feyron like.  Feyron is the land of magic.  To compare it to something you might recognise, think of those mythical, fantastical fables and legends of the ‘high middle ages’ where life was peace and harmony and safe and clean and all was well.  There is no industry or technology, no illness or violence, and everyone has what they need.  I have to say, it’s a real adjustment after growing up on a technology based world.


So, Feyron has no real industry or technology? What item did you not want to live without?

Funnily enough, the one thing from our World Beyond that we brought through when we settled was plants, coffee shrubs to be exact.  Now, don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of things I miss about my old World Beyond, but I am relieved to say a morning cup of coffee isn’t one of them.


Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another?

*chuckles*  I’m not even going to discuss that in relation to my World Beyond.

Now in Feyron, we have nothing that would be considered different races by the Faie.  We are simply, ‘The Faie’.  There are different clans, each founded by a different Guardian, each gifted with a form of magic.  The Beginning Clans have always lived within Feyron.  The Fading Clans once lived on a World Beyond, as we did, but came to Feyron during the Fading.  Then there are the clans that are still on the worlds where they settled.

So I’m told, in the past, each clan did have a different appearance, something my old world would have considered to mean ‘race’, but through the many ages of history, everyone has mixed and mingled.  Only among the clans outside of Feyron or the newest to settle here do you see any sort of…separateness in appearance.  But, we know that appearance is only skin deep, and is not the essence of who we are as the Faie.


Seeing that Feyron is the Realm of Magic, it goes without saying that you are familiar with magic? Does your world have any magical/supernatural/mystical beings? Please tell us about some.

Magical beings, I’d say we have a few.  As far as I understand it from what the scholars teach, if it be a being of lore, be it myth or legend or fantastical tale, from any culture on any world, it originated here.  Most magical creatures would probably count as part of the Wild Magics, that which flowed through the Mists of Time in the earliest of the Beginning times, before even the River of Life carried the seeds of The Tree to the Worlds Beyond.  But I doubt you were looking for such a generic response.

I imagine what you’d like to hear about is the Guardian’s and their kin.  I don’t want to take up too much of your time, so I think, for now, I’ll just tell you about the most mysterious of them all, the great leviathan, the Keeper of Time.  The great leviathan resides within the Unending Sea, ever watchful over the True Gateway where the Mists of Time swirl amid the Winds of Change.  From her vantage point, she can see all that ever was, and all paths of Could Be.  It is even said that she alone among the Guardians can take on Faie form, and that she was the only Guardian that did not found any clans or gift any magics during the Time of Wanderings, but I’m not entirely sure that last teaching is correct.


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.

My old World Beyond had many forms of religion and spiritual beliefs.  I can’t say that I subscribed to any of them myself, but some of them did feel very similar to what we know in Feyron.

Like the other Faie, I know that the Beyond is real and that our inner spark returns there when our bodies fail where we will meet our friends and family again.  I suppose this has given me a measure of peace and tolerance which most people my age from our World Beyond didn’t seem to have.


Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where?

Where don’t we travel might be an easier question to answer.  *wink*

We pretty well traverse most of the known lands in Feyron during this adventure.  We start at the Palace of Ages at the head of the Winding River on the Fertile Plains.  We cross to the center of the Great Lake to the While Isle that holds the Temple of Pyli.  From there we travel to the Ancient Path through the Mist Shrouded Forest and into the caverns of the Crystal Mountains.

Upon the backs of dragonkin we flew to the Island in the Sands within the Expanding Desert where we stepped into the Great Gateway and arrived in the Stoney Deep beneath the Unending Sea.  When our task was complete, we stepped into the True Gateway and returned to the Temple.  It was quite an adventure.  I think the only place we didn’t visit was the Beyond itself.


Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people.

I will give you the tale of my mother’s clan.

The Tale of the Protector of the Sacred

In the ancient days of long ago, the clan of Vidya was discovered on a world beyond by Lord Grypos.  Like many other worlds discovered by the Guardians in the days of their youthful wanderings, it was already populated, a peaceful bustling world fertile and plentiful, farmers and herdsmen and the like, much like our Fertile Plains are to this day.  While traveling quietly through the countryside, he felt the magic of the healers and assumed Lord Okapoti had been here before and seeded his magic.

Approaching a village of healers as kin, he discovered, to his wonderment, that this was not a clan of unicorn-children, but one like clan Caris with magic that came from their own world.  Not only that, there was a Guardian of their own world as well.  The Guardian of Vidya was Wakjya, the great firebird, known on some worlds as the phoenix, Restorer of Life.  He not only granted his daughters the power of healing, but one daughter in each generation was chosen as Protector of the Sacred.  She was granted the gift of resurrection to restore the life of one lost from wrongful death.  The only requirement was that she was tasked to never interfere with a natural death, such as old age.

Wakjya welcomed the visits by the Guardians of Feyron to his realm, but his people did not travel through the gateway to participate in the Solstice celebrations of Feyron; and, in time, the Guardians all but forgot about that world.  Time passed, as it always must, and Vidya moved into darkness, a time of hatred and fear.  Knowledge and understanding were lost and the healers came to be seen as unnatural, evil, despised.  They were hunted and persecuted, all but driven to extinction in their world.

The time came when Wakjya told the Protector of the Sacred that it was time to move on, to leave their world behind.  He flew far and wide over the lands, gathering as many of the healers and their families as he could find, leading them to the long forgotten gateway in a small, hidden valley far beyond the cities and villages, the farms and fields, in the place where his nest sat within the Tree of Restoration.  He bid them make for him a new nest, a sacred box marked with his sign that would travel with the Protector and be his resting place at each renewal.

The power of resurrection is a great gift, but it comes at a great cost.  Each use of the power drains both the Protector and the Guardian, until the magic has been exhausted and must be renewed.  When the Protector’s magic faded, Wakjya would choose an infant daughter from among the healers as the new Protector.  Together he traveled with his Protector, the infant, and her mother to the Tree of Restoration.  The Protector and Wakjya would then take their last rest in the great nest, bursting into flames and burning to ashes.  With great reverence, the young mother would lay her daughter among the ashes and watch in awe as an egg was formed within the nest.  Gently the egg would be swaddled with the infant until its hatching, the new Guardian growing along with his young Protector, the power of resurrection renewed in a new generation.

When the box was prepared, Wakjya chose an infant from the families gathered at the gateway to be his next Keeper.  Together, embraced in the arms of his elderly Protector, they used the last of their magic to open the gateway to Feyron.  The young mother of the chosen infant Protector carefully gathered the ashes into the sacred box and bundled it with her babe.  She was the last to step through the gateway into the Temple of Pyli in Feyron, where yet another gateway went dark.

The Clan of Vidya chose not to remain in Feyron, seeking a home of their own for their Guardian and their gifts.  The young mother of the new Keeper felt an affinity with the young sorcerers of Clan Tyrel and followed them through to their world, which, at the time, was much like her world had been during its golden age.  Time passed and the old ritual of renewal was forgotten, the sacred box and its contents were passed from mother to daughter as a sacred relic, but the box was opened no more, the Guardian forever trapped within his ashes, never touched by the young powers of an infant girl of Vidya to be reformed into an egg and reborn once again into the world.


Publication Date: May 10, 2013
The Guardians have awakened after the Time of Sleep and returned to renew the magic with the clans of Faie. At the request of the Guardian, Lord Grypos, Keeper of Knowledge, the Master Scholar travels through the Outer Gateway with craftsmen and apprentices to coordinate the repairs of the once great oasis that houses the ancient archives of knowledge known as the Island in the Sands.
As the summer wanes and the oasis begins to return to its former glory, the Guardian calls the Master Scholar to the meditation room in the wee hours of the night to discuss a journey. In the fire an image flickers of the red desert sands speeding past, a land of grey beyond the desert, and a cavern of twilight behind an obsidian wall. “Arwyn and Shyamal are to go there for me to seek out that which was once mine.”
What starts as a seemingly simple journey becomes an adventure with life threatening consequences as the two are unexpectedly joined by their friends on a journey far from home beyond the realms of light in a realm that few within the clans of Faie knew could even be reached.
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Old relics and have stories of their own. Sometimes they contain adventures waiting to be sparked and journeys bursting to begin.
The Box of Melodies was left with Clan Caris by Lady Oyisha, daughter of the mists, for care and keeping. A series of visions revealing the last desperate moments of a forgotten clan – the loss of their gateway to Feyron and the escape of a lone traveler holding the box – spurs a handful of adventuresome youth on a trek through the Lesser Forest where they inadvertently cause a ripple through the mists with unintended consequences.
A few of the youth find themselves on an unexpected journey to a World Beyond, lost in mist and shadow, where misunderstanding and suspicion lead to danger and darkness. Forgotten histories are discovered, clan secrets are revealed, and old alliances are remembered as the families of the lost seek to discover where the youth have been drawn by the memories within the Mists of Time.

Diana lives in the balmy climate of the US south with her husband, two children, two dogs, two cats, and a cantakerous rabbit.  She enjoys reading, sewing (clothing, costuming, and experimental toy making), and RPG games. (She grew up with the old school paper/pencil style of gaming, but has transitioned happily to the highly interactive world of video games.)

The idea for Feyron started with a map, a place for her daughter to tell stories and live out storytelling role playing adventures with her friends.  The lore grew around the map, for every world needs lore if you are going to “live” there.  The idea for a series, Tales from Feyron, grew out of the lore, for if you’re going to invent a world, you may as well play there too.  The stories are continuing to grow through the various historical ages of Feyron and may yet “ripple” outwards to the Worlds Beyond touched by magic.

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Author Interview Number Forty-Nine – Cas Peace – Blog Tour

Cas Peace joins us again to talk about her new release.


Please introduce yourself…

Hi, my name is Cas Peace, and I’m the author of the triple-trilogy high fantasy series, Artesans of Albia. Many thanks for inviting me onto your blog!


Please can you tell us where you are from?

I’m from the UK. I live in North Hampshire, in southern UK, about an hour south-west of London.


How long have you been a writer?

I began writing my fantasy series in 2001, and carried on writing while I tried to get the first book, King’s Envoy, accepted for publication. It wasn’t until 2010 that I had success with a publisher.


Are you promoting a particular book?

Yes, I am – three, in fact! I have now published the entire first Artesans trilogy, but I have also recently had to become a self-published author. Therefore, I am promoting all three books that make up this first trilogy. They are King’s Envoy, King’s Champion, and King’s Artesan.


What genre do you write in or do you write across the board?

My main focus is epic fantasy, but I also have a non-fiction book out there. Published in 2008, For the Love of Daisy is the life story of a beautiful, mischievous Dalmatian I used to own. She developed spinal problems and became disabled and the book documents the therapies and treatments we used to help her. It’s a book of hope.


Can you give us the plot, characters and theme of your story or if this is a poetry book, can you give us the feel of it?

The overall plot is that a mysterious Albian Baron is determined to rid the realms of anyone who possesses the Artesan gift. One of my main male characters, Taran, accidentally uncovers the beginning of this plot, and pays the price. The books follow Taran as he deals with the consequences of his actions, and thus introduces those who will oppose the Baron – Major Sullyan and the other members of the Albian military forces.


Where did the idea come from?

It came from a kid’s TV program that aired in the 1970s (I know, I’m showing my age!) The main character in the TV show was a magician who solved crimes, and the show was called Tarot, Ace of Wands. A tiny idea stuck in my mind, which was, if you were someone born with a certain power, but no knowledge of how to use it, what would you do? If there was no one else like you, who could you turn to? This germ of an idea stayed with me for 40 years until I finally got round to exploring it!


Did you have to do a lot of research for your latest work?

I have done some research into English medieval history, because that is the setting for my books. I also researched the details of sword-fighting. It was great fun!


Do you think your writing is improving the more you write?

Definitely. But the biggest influence on my writing style is my US editor. She constantly shows me how to tighten my writing, and where I tend to over-describe. I can fully recommend getting a professional editor if you can afford one!


Did you have any problems during the writing process of your latest work?

Not problems, exactly. There were a few scenes where I had to do some more research, and there were others I felt reluctant to write, mainly because I didn’t feel I was informed enough to make them credible. But other than that, the story flowed very freely.


What is it about writing that you enjoy so much?

I love becoming so absorbed in what I’m doing that I forget what’s going on around me. I often forget to eat, and my two dogs have to come and nudge me when it’s time for their walk! I also love creating new worlds, and experiencing the thrill of having a complete stranger connects strongly to my work. It’s a wonderful and humbling feeling.


How much planning goes into a book?  Do you spend a long time planning or do you just start writing and see where it leads you?

I’m not a planner, not with fiction, anyway. I begin with an idea, and as I think about it, I usually end up with a beginning, middle, and an end. That’s as far as I go before I start writing. I like my characters to take me over and dictate what has to happen. As their natures develop, and they have experiences, so my writing and plot develop too.


Do your fans encourage you to keep writing and do they give you ideas?

I certainly have fans who keep asking for the next book in the series! I find that really exciting. I can’t say any have given me ideas, but that’s probably because they know all nine novels have already been written.


What is your experience of the Publishing industry?

Pretty positive, for someone who recently lost their publisher! When I began submitting, I knew nothing about publishing. I learned as I went on, and I was fortunate to receive much personal and encouraging feedback from agents and publishers. When I finally got an offer from indie publisher Rhemalda Publishing, I knew a little more about what I was doing. I learned still more from Rhemalda, about the actual process of publishing and about marketing, so when they were recently sadly forced to close their doors, I felt able to take on the mantle of a self-published author.


Have you had some good reviews for your book?

I’m thrilled to say that all of my reviews so far have been positive. I have a range of 5, 4, and 3 stars, which I’m very pleased with. Some have been glowing – one reviewer even said my series was “better than A Game of Thrones”!I was elated by that one, I can tell you!


If you couldn’t be a writer what would you do instead?

I am actually a qualified horse-riding instructor, and I have a deep love of horses, so I could go back to that, I suppose. But if I’d known about it when I left school, I might well have trained as an archaeologist. I’m fascinated by ruins and ancient sites.


Your favourite Author is…

That’s a tricky one. It’s a toss-up between JRR Tolkien, Stephen Donaldson, and Anne McCaffrey. Don’t make me pick one!


Have you got a book trailer?

There’s a series trailer, here’s the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76ORbCO_wGI


What do you do to wind down?

I have two dogs, so walking and playing with them helps me unwind. I also love gardening, and I grow cacti, so looking after my plants is fun. My husband owns a 35′ sailing yacht, and although I’m no great sailor, and sometimes get seasick, a sunny day on the waves is a pleasant way to spend a day. That, or visiting with family.


Do you belong to a friendly writers group and does it help?

I don’t actually belong to a writers’ group, although I have given talks to a local one. But I am still in touch with some of my fellow ex-Rhemalda authors, and we often help each other. I think writers’ groups are very valuable.


What is your experience of editing and polishing your manuscripts?

Being a freelance editor myself, I do as much as I can to make my work polished and error free. Yet I believe that no writer can effectively edit their own work – we are all too close to it. I use the same editor I had at Rhemalda – she is thankfully available as a freelance. She keeps the editing of my books consistent, and frequently amazes me by what she finds in my thousand-times checked manuscript!


Any tips for all our budding authors out there wondering how to get started?

The best tip I can give is to write! You can plan, and research, and write notes, and make character profiles as much as you like, but you can’t call yourself a writer until you actually write. And when you do write, write with passion, emotion. Write from the heart. Above all – enjoy it!


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Friend against friend, lover against lover, ally against ally.

Conflict is coming …

Nine months have passed since Brynne Sullyan helped forge an alliance between the realms of Albia and Andaryon. A fragile peace reigns as both sides recover from the events of the previous year. Then mysterious raiders strike Andaryon villages. Attempts are made on the life of Albia’s High King. As Sullyan scrambles to find those responsible, unseen enemies threaten to pull apart everything she has worked for, including her marriage.

To betray either one would break her heart, but if conflict is inevitable, she must make a choice …

The alliance begins to crumble, and Sullyan finds herself caught between two monarchs: the king she’s sworn allegiance to, and the man she loves as a father. 

Series Synopsis:
On a foolhardy foray into a foreign realm, Taran Elijah is attacked by a terrible weapon known as the Staff. Killing its wielder, he escapes into Albia, inadvertantly carrying the Staff.
Concerned by the vicious raids that follow Taran’s actions, Major Sullyan of the High King’s forces crosses into Andaryon to seek diplomatic resolution to the crisis. She is captured and tortured by Lord Rykan, aspirant to the Andaryon throne.
Slowly dying, Sullyan escapes his clutches. She offers her skills to the Hierarch in defense of his throne, finally confronting Rykan on the field of battle. Her handsome Captain and lover, Robin Tamsen, embarks on a desperate quest to recover the Staff. But Rykan’s greedy General, Sonten, is two steps ahead of him.
If Robin cannot lay hold of the weapon before Sonten does, Sullyan’s life and the lives of all Artesans are forfeit.

The race for the Staff has begun.
Review Quotes:
“Cas Peace has a most beguiling method of pulling you into this very well thought out world she has created. You simply fall in love with her characters, and then you cannot put the book down.” -P C Dodge, Amazon Reviewer.
“If you enjoy being whisked away to the realm of fantasy, I strongly suggest this unique, special read! Hands down, one of the best fantasy series I have ever read!” -Ashley L. Knight, author of FALWYN
“I have just loved this entire series. Cas Peace is a master storyteller, providing a depth and breadth of information about her worlds and their people that is just staggering. Her characters are complex and multi-dimensional, and I have very much enjoyed reading this series. I am also looking forward with great anticipation to her next novel in this series. I heartily recommend this series to anyone who enjoys epic fantasy, strong world-building and beautiful storytelling. Highly recommended!” -K. Sozaeva, Amazon Vine Voice and Top 1000 Reviewer.
Cas Peace’s Artesans of Albiatrilogy immediately sweeps you away:  the drama starts with King’s Envoy, continues unabated in King’s Champion, and climaxes in King’s Artesan, yet each volume is complete, satisfying.  The Artesan series propels you into a world so deftly written that you see, feel, touch, and even smell each twist and turn. These nesting novels are evocative, hauntingly real.  Smart.  Powerful.  Compelling.  The trilogy teems with finely drawn characters, heroes and villains and societies worth knowing; with stories so organic and yet iconic you know you’ve found another home—in Albia.
Now there’s a fourth book on Albia’s horizon:  The Challenge, also Book One in Peace’s forthcoming sub-series, the Circle of Conspiracytrilogy, proof of more Albian tales on the way.  So start reading now.  I, for one, can’t wait to find out what will happen next. -Janet Morris: The Sacred Band of Stepsons; the Dream Dancerseries; I, the Sun; Outpassage


Cas Peace was born in Hampshire UK, in 1957, and has lived there most of her life. Her first career was as a horse-riding instructor, and horses remain very close to her heart. She then spent 13 years working for the British Civil Service before leaving the UK to live in Italy for three years, 1991-1994. She speaks passable but by no means perfect Italian, and loves to return to Italy whenever she can.

 Cas’s other great loves are anything to do with animals, especially dogs and horses, (she supports many animal charities) and also singing.

 Cas loves folk songs and along with her husband, who plays guitar, has performed in many a Southern England folk club. Sometimes they even asked her back! She writes folk songs to accompany her fantasy novels, and offers them as free downloads from her website.

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Character Interview Number Three – Nikodemos – Fantasy/Mythic

Welcome to Nikodemos, of the Sacred Band.

Tell Us About Yourself

Name (s): I am Stealth called Nikodemos; Niko to my friends.

Age: How do you mean?  I have spent five years in the City at the Edge of Time, where time doesn’t pass, and lived now and again on Lemuria, where the Band is based, and where mortals do not age.  When I joined Tempus’ Sacred Band with my first partner, I claimed twenty-five years, not quite true, but I’d already been a right-side partner for nine years.  I have served sixteen years with the Stepsons.  So, thirty-seven, perhaps, as mortals count time.

Please tell us a little about yourself. First I should tell you that I answer your questions only at my commander’s order.  I’m overall second in command and hipparch, or cavalry commander, of the Unified Sacred Band of Stepsons.  I manage our prodromoi, our skirmisher light cavalry, as well as heavy cavalry.  I am a committed Sacred Bander, right-side partner of our commander, Tempus, called the Riddler, the Black, the Sleepless One, Favorite of the Storm God.  I am also a secular Bandaran adept, initiate of the mystery of Maat.  I’ve claimed Enlil when I have needed a tutelary god.  These days, the goddess Harmony calls me her own.  I’m not a man for words.

Describe your appearance in 10 words or less. Tall, but shorter than Tempus.  Hazel-eyed.  Dark-haired.  Fit.

Do you have a moral code? If so what is it? The Sacred Band Ethos guides me.  I am still learning what the Riddler has to teach.  I strive for balance in all things.  Stepsons should want neither too much to live nor too much to die.  To serve with the Band requires unflinching determination; unwavering devotion – to one another, to honor, to creed.  I’m Bandaran at my core: venerating the elder gods, but worshiping only the god within.  The Band says, ‘Life to you, and everlasting glory.’  I don’t ask destiny even that much.  Only to be useful while I live.

Would you kill for those you love? I have.  I do.  It’s what I am:  a fighter.  I told you:  My mystery is maat, one of seeking balance and equilibrium, truth and justice. On occasion, I am justice incarnate, when justice must be dispensed with a sword.

Would you die for those you love? I am a Stepson.  So, of course.  If you are really asking about my being immortalized by Harmony, I will tell you only that what is between me and the goddess is ours alone, not yours to know.

What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses? We are all weak, even those of us, like my commander or myself, who’ve been immortalized by some god or goddess or touched by sorcery.  I’m a Bandaran fighter.  I have a calling:  I take my strength, my mystery, my spirit and my skill out into the World and challenge its evil until it wears me down. Then I return home to Bandara or lately to Lemuria, restore my internal equilibrium, and do the same again.

If I must confess a flaw to you – and only the gods know why – it would be that I ask too much, not just from others, but from myself.

Do you have any relationships you prize above others? Ah, the women.  Everyone asks about how a Sacred Bander can love so many women.  It’s a soul that calls me, not the size of breast or buttocks.  But yes, I love women as well as men and horses, and the sun that’s new every day, and weather on the wind.  Without love, how can a man live fully the life that the gods bequeath?

My relationship with my commander is most important:  love without limits, wisdom beyond price; leadership is what he teaches, and commitment beyond measure.  I know I’m imperfect, still young in his sight, still balancing my rage.  More now than ever, since the goddess Harmony touched me, I need his guidance.

And there’s Harmony.  That this goddess favors me, gave me that great horse, is beyond my ken, but she’s goddess of the Balance, after all.

Above all else come my brothers of the Sacred Band.

And Randal, although he’s a mage and a shape-shifter, was once a partner to me and still like a brother:  not every man is alike in mind, and differences define us all.

Do you like animals? I love the Band’s Tros horses, and the horses we bred up in Free Nisibis, and the black horse the goddess gave me.  Love is vulnerability, you must understand:  love comes at the risk of grief.  I’m careful how much vulnerability I court.

Do you have a family? More than one:  The Unified Sacred Band of Stepsons; Bashir and the free men of Nisibis; the adepts of Bandara.

Can you remember something from your childhood which influences your behaviour? Too much suffering, too much death.  Terror in war.  Slavery and sorcery.  And then a left-side leader who loved me and made a man of a foolish boy.

Do you have any phobias? Witches.  Warlocks.  Arrogance.  Stupidity.  Stupidity kills more than all else.

Please give us an interesting and unusual fact about yourself. I was courted by the entelechy of dreams who gave me a charmed panoply forged in hell itself.  I was stalked by a witch.  The Greek goddess Harmonia is my current lover.  Pick any one.

Tell Us About your world

Please give us a little information about the world in which you live. These days I live with the Band.  Lately we’ve been in Thrace.  When we’re not campaigning, we billet in Lemuria.    There the Riddler’s sister rules with unchallengeable power from behind its sheer seaside walls.  From there we fight where the commander and his woman send us, anywhere in space and time – past, future, other realms.

Does your world have religion or other spiritual beliefs? So many.  What’s between men and gods powers all.  We fight in theomachy, too often:  Tempus is Favorite of the Storm God, so we fight a lot of wars.

Do you travel in the course of your adventures? If so where? Where?  Sometimes, a world away.  Wherever Cime, the Evening Star of Lemuria, decrees.  To places decoupled from time and space, like Bandara or Meridian or the City, or Thrace.  We’ve been places others only dream of.  We fought in a future so far away that the seas were dead.  We fought in a place so primitive ancient beasts walked the earth.  Sometimes we slip through gates between dimensions…  I’m a simple fighter.  Ask Tempus and Cime these questions, not me.  We go where he leads, we fight where he puts us.

Name and describe a food from your world. Nisibisi blood wine, made with bullock blood.  Possets of watered wine with cheese and nuts and barley.

Does your world have magic? If so how is it viewed in your world? You jest.  We fought a war for more than a decade against sorcery, thought we’d won it, but now fight the mages yet again, in other realms.

What form of politics is dominant in your world? (Democracy, Theocracy, Meritocracy, Monarchy, Kakistocracy etc.) An intellectual said we are timocrats.  What that means, I don’t know.  We fight for honor and our commander, not place or race national goals.  Dominant in our world are fools and kings and reavers and their sorcerous allies, who scheme under any name that will give them total power.  They try to seize control of everything and everyone.

Does your world have different races of people? If so do they get on with one another?Races vie for power.  People hate anyone different, then deem them soulless, then try to wipe them out.  Tempus says that, absent reason, men will fight over eye-color, hue of skin or heavenly affiliation.

Name a couple of myths and legends particular to your culture/people. We have no myths, except perhaps the one that says no nation can lose if Tempus and the Band fight on their side.  We have truths and realities, sometimes long forgot, and often twisted, that fools think are myths, going back to the time of Gilgamesh.

What is the technology level for your world? Tempus and his sister have the Lemurian windows, to take you anyplace in space and time.  We use repeating crossbows; some forged iron, some poor steel, some bronze, but well forged bronze still bests iron.  We have naphtha and poisons, great ships and more.  But what difference:  it’s the man, not the weapon, that wins the day.

Does your world have any supernatural beings? Supernatural?  Like the entelechy of dreams?  Or do you mean the gods?  Jihan, the Froth Daughter?  Witches?  Sorcerers.  Some mainlanders say that we Bandarans do the same as sorcerers, just under another name.  Mystical creatures?  Of course.  Naiads.  Erinys.  We have devils, demons, fiends, snakes that change shape, giant vipers and rocs and eagles.  Don’t you?  We have zombies, vampires, necromants; even a ghost horse, Straton’s mount. And our warrior-mage Randal, one of our bravest fighters, can become a dog or an eagle when he must…

Author notes: Novels(s) in which Nikodemos appears.

Beyond Sanctuary (1985), (2013), Janet Morris http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Sanctuary-Sacred-Band-Stepsons-ebook/dp/B00GU0FPDG

Beyond the Veil (1985), (2013), Janet Morris http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Veil-Sacred-Band-Stepsons-ebook/dp/B00GU0FIG0

Beyond Wizardwall (1986), (2013) Janet Morris http://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Wizardwall-Sacred-Band-Stepsons-ebook/dp/B00GU0FH6G

Tempus (1987), (2011) Janet Morris http://www.amazon.com/Tempus-Sacred-Band-Stepsons-Tales-ebook/dp/B00BI175EY
City at the Edge of Time (1988), Janet Morris and Chris Morris
Tempus Unbound (1989), Janet Morris and Chris Morris
Storm Seed (1990), Janet Morris and Chris Morris

The Sacred Band (2010), Janet Morris and Chris Morris http://www.amazon.com/Sacred-Band-Janet-Morris-ebook/dp/B00AMLKJAI

The Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl (2010), Janet Morris and Chris Morris, http://www.amazon.com/Fish-Fighters-Song-Girl-Sacred-Stepsons-ebook/dp/B007VQIJFY/ref=pd_sim_kstore_2

Nikodemos  also appears in Morris & Morris Sacred Band of Stepsons stories set in the Thieves’ World shared universe, including:

“Wizard Weather,” Storm Season, Ace 1982

“High Moon,” Face of Chaos, Ace 1983

“Hell to Pay,” The Dead of Winter, Ace 1985

“Power Play,” copyright (C) Janet Morris, Soul of the City, 1986

“Pillar of Fire,” copyright (C) Janet Morris, Soul of the City, 1986

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Wyrd Worlds anthology author interview – Barbara G. Tarn

Barbara is one of the Smashwords publish authors who collaborated on the Wyrd Worlds sci-fi and fantasy anthology mentioned in an earlier post (see links below).  I must say the calibre of the author is great and they were all a good deal of fun to work alongside. The stories are much like the writers themselves, a diverse bunch.


Welcome to Barbara G.Tarn

Please tell us a little about yourself. I’m a compulsive and prolific writer from Italy, unpublished until the indie revolution. I wrote 500+ stories in my mother tongue in 30+ years – most of them unpublishable, but they allowed me to learn the craft. I started writing in English with the new millennium. After a failed attempt at conquering Hollywood by writing screenplays, I went back to my first love, prose. And then the e-book explosion happened.

Can you tell us a little about your anthology story? I had submitted a short from my science fantasy series, but it didn’t seem to fit the guidelines, so I chose this story from my fantasy world of Silvery Earth. It’s been out on Smashwords since 2011, but I submitted an edited version to the anthology. Originally called Conall’s Sons, it dealt with both of his sons, Sun and Giordano/Jordan. For length reasons, I cut out Sun’s part and revised the “bastard” son’s story. Silvery Earth is a medieval fantasy world, mostly, but since stories cover many centuries of its history, you have from India/Persia –inspired kingdoms and ancient Romans (the Amazons use triclinia) to the invention of print in the later books.

Why did you decide to become involved with this project? To spread the word about Silvery Earth and join a group of very talented writers! (That’s us… in case you were wondering!)

Do you thinks Smashwords is a good site on which to self-publish? Is so why? Did you have any problems. It’s the first site I published with. I tried Amazon a few months later. The first year (2011) Mark Coker replied personally to e-mails, now he has a staff of 20 and communications got worse anyway. I’m using only half of the premium distribution at this time, since I go direct to Kobo and use another distributor to get into B&N and Apple. But Smashwords is still my favorite site to buy from, even if I have a Kindle!

Do you also publish elsewhere? Amazon KDP, Kobo Writing Life, B&N and Apple through Draft2Digital and DriveThru (which specializes on genre fiction and has a “comics” division, which fits Silvery Earth that has both novels and graphic novels).

How long have you been writing and what made you choose the genre in which you write? My first official story is from the summer of 1978. It’s been “recycled” in Silvery Earth – actually Conall is the revised version of that first story. I’ve written in most genres but settled in the SFF area, since I like telling stories, creating worlds and mostly making up stuff!

Who or what are your inspirations/influences? Inspiration is everywhere. Influences… not sure. I started writing in a style much like Brunella Gasperini’s, who was my original inspiration, but I’ve moved on since. I take a lot of inspiration from movies (and TV until the 1990s), so sometimes I write very episodic fiction.

Can you name both a positive experience from your writing and a negative one? Positive is being in control of when and how to publish, choose the cover and/or cover artists (I do most of the covers myself, since I have to pay editors, but sometimes I like having a good artist paint a cover for me) and joining in the indie community on Goodreads.

Negative: some uploads or distributors, some unprofessional behavior on the internet (on the part of both readers and writers – some readers went into reviews only to get free e-books, IMHO) and the fear that sometimes overcomes you that you’re doing everything wrong. Luckily I bounce back quickly from that one, since it’s something I can control!

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well?  The longer novels yes, but I haven’t sold any. I’ve used Lulu until last  year,  this year I’m giving a shot at CreateSpace, especially since Amazon introduced MatchBook. I also have a graphic novel in both PDF and POD with DriveThruComics – but again, I’m not selling any print books yet.

What experiences can a book provide that a movie or video game cannot? I have no idea… I write down the movies in my head!  And I’ve read a lot of comics in the past, so my prose is very fast and geared to readers of comics more than high literature!

What advice would you give new writers? Follow Heinlen’s rules (apply butt to chair, write, submit/publish, apply butt to chair, write etc in a loop). Write what you want to read. Follow your heart.

Most authors also like to read, what books do you enjoy? Any genre except horror and erotica. And mostly of indie authors – cheap books that I can load to my Kindle. Traditional Publishers leave their e-book prices too high. I still go to bookstores, though – but I live in Italy, so it’s not easy to find English bookshops!

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I’m the creative goddess of Silvery Earth with the biggest ego of the universe – but also the most humble author of the universe… How’s that for an oxymoron?

Where can your books be found? my Smashwords author page

My Amazon Author Central page, my Nook page on Barnes&Nobles, my Kobo page, the Sony US store, and I’m also on XinXii and Unicorn Productions is a registered publisher on DriveThruFiction and DriveThruComics. And here’s the link to my US Apple i-Bookstore!

Facebook: here’s the author’s page

Barb the Artist is on DeviantART!

Blog http://creativebarbwire.wordpress.com

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4717133.Barbara_G_Tarn





Smashwords Sale!

To celebrate deciding to become a Smashwords Affiliate member I am having a sale:) The price of my e-book is reduced by 50% until 31st July. If you wish to buy it please use voucher code LF87D.


https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/290716?ref=ALB123 affiliates link.

If you buy the book and enjoy it please tell your friends and I would be very grateful for reviews.

Author Interview Number Ten- Nicole Storey

Blind Sight Final Front

Hi and welcome to the Library of Erana, a place of words and of their magic. Words are power, they are knowledge and they are freedom.

Welcome to Nicole Storey

Please tell us a little about yourself. Thanks so much for having me on your blog! I live in Georgia with my wonderful husband, two amazing kids, and a plethora of pets. When I am not travelling to magical realms with potty-mouthed pixies or fighting demons, I enjoy gardening, reading and reviewing books on my blog, cooking, and celebrating my favorite holiday all year long – Halloween! LOL!

Please tell us a little about your writing – for example genre, title, etc. I write in two different genres, juvenile fantasy and YA paranormal. My juvenile fantasy series is titled Grimsley Hollow and there are three books so far – The Chosen One, Eve of the Beginning, and The Search for Siren.

In my YA paranormal series, The Celadon Circle, the first book will be released on July 18th. It is titled, Blind Sight.

Where can readers find your book? My books are available on Amazon, Kobo, Smashwords, Sony, and Barnes and Noble websites.

How long have you been writing and what, if anything, made you choose the genre in which you write?

I’ve been writing off an on since I was twelve, but I only became serious about it in 2009 when I started Grimsley Hollow: The Chosen One. I write in the genres I do because that is where my interests have always been. I love anything that can’t be explained. I love spooky old houses and horrific creatures. I love the thought of making up worlds, magic, and mystery.

Who or what are your inspirations/influences? My children are big influences when it comes to my writing. The Grimsley Hollow series came to be because of my autistic son and my daughter. The main character in this series is autistic and is really my son. My daughter plays his sister in the books. Indie authors also influence me with their talents, drive, and friendship.

Can you name a positive experience from your writing and a negative one? The most positive experiences that have come from my writing are when I was signed with my publisher, Inknbeans Press, and all the fantastic authors and fans I have met. Anything negative I try to chalk up to learning the ropes. LOL!

With the rise of e-books do you still publish in print as well? Is this medium important and why? Yes I do and I consider it very important. Paperback and hardback books are the roots of literature. They are how we were first introduced to all of the wondrous places and characters who have stood the test of time. I love the feeling I get when flipping the fresh pages of a new book and the smell that brings back so many childhood memories when a new book was a luxury. E-books are convenient, but they cannot hold a candle to the real thing and never will for me. Books are more than paper and glue – to me, they are the first friends I ever had.

Do you listen to music or watch TV whilst you write? It depends on what is on TV as to whether I can watch while writing. I like spooky stuff to inspire me while writing my paranormal books, so if there is a show on about ghosts or monsters, I will watch. As for music, I love listening to instrumental or I will play the sound of rain on a loop or a thunderstorm on a cd.

Books are important, why is this the case? What can a book provide that say a video game cannot? With a video game, the graphics, rules, characters, etc. are all laid out for kids. They leave nothing to the imagination! With a book, kids can put themselves as characters, make the worlds look like what they want them too, and use their imaginations to dream up more adventures long after the story is finished. Books give kids the keys to so many different avenues. They inspire, educate, and entertain.

Can you give us a silly fact about yourself? I could probably give many! I think the safest to divulge is that I am addicted to coffee and I constantly dream up stories in my head – no matter the situation. It doesn’t matter if I am doing chores, shopping for groceries, tending to flowers…there is always a movie playing in my head.

In closing, I would like to let your readers know that I am planning a book launch for Blind Sight on my Facebook author page and blog on July 18 beginning at 12:00pm Est. time. There will be contests, games, many prizes and free books. I hope to see you all there!


BLINDSIGHT is now available on the following links –

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/338156?ref=ALB123

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Blind-Sight-Celadon-Circle-ebook/dp/B00E04FKUM