March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Just to whet your appetite, here is the synopsis for volume 2.
The Usurper is volume 2 of the adult fantasy series The Azhad: Elgir.
7 years have passed since our hero Elghios acquired the power.
A series of tragic events provoke a power struggle in the kingdom of Atelia, and opposing factions intrigue to gain control. Elghios will have to forge unexpected alliances, and wage war to protect the throne, but what exactly are his motives? Will the Royal Army, faced with fantastical creatures and the cruel forces of nature, reach the city of Arkis in time to save it? Whom can Elghios trust, and can his old friends in Gallisport, Hederick Grunwald and Eremides Karamanis, still trust him?
A philosopher once said, “Only the puppeteer can see our strings”. Is this part of a greater story? If so, who is pulling the strings?
And what of the mysterious power, does Elghios control it or does it control him?
February 15, 2014 § Leave a comment
The Vispadjinn is free today and tomorrow on Amazon Kindle: download your copy now!
December 11, 2013 § Leave a comment
As of today we have 199 likes on Facebook. Thank you to everyone that follows us.
Apart from posting on Facebook and Twitter quite regularly, we also post on some Fantasy forums: Fantasy-Faction, Best Fantasy and The Fantasy Forum. They have some interesting discussions on all fantasy areas. Worth taking a look, if you have a spare moment!
October 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
Today is your last chance to download The Vispadjinn free from Amazon Kindle – http://www.amzn.to/1aS0Xlh
And don’t forget after reading it, to leave us a review please!
September 18, 2013 § Leave a comment
We’re pleased that our new tagline has provoked quite a positive response on Facebook. We hope that it captures the atmosphere of the book and hints at various themes.
As you can see from the cover of the first volume in the series, eyes figure prominently in the plot. They are important literally and symbolically. The idea of manipulation will become even more important in volume two.
September 10, 2013 § Leave a comment
I’ve been surprised by how many people have said to me – ‘great to have published a novel, but sorry fantasy isn’t really my genre.’
It’s got me thinking about the types of books I read and whether I am excluding certain genres that I might find enjoyable. I read a lot of Scandinavian thrillers (or slice and dice as some refer to them) for pure escapism; historical fiction of the Philippa Gregory/Hilary Mantel type, usually some random titles from the Orange/Booker lists each year and masses of ‘classics’ both for teaching purposes and because I enjoy them. To be honest, fantasy as a genre hasn’t figured that prominently on my reading list in the past. Like the rest of the world I’ve read and hugely enjoyed Lord of the Rings a few times and after watching some of Game of Thrones on Sky that’s definitely on the list, but I’ve now discovered how much really interesting fantasy literature is out there.
Fantasy literature varies as much as any other genre with some like ours tending towards the dark side. The next in our series will be much more political in nature with more intrigue and machination. Fantasy doesn’t mean that interesting characters and psychological depth have to be sacrificed on the altar of plot.
So why not try out some fantasy novels – you never know – you might enjoy them!
September 4, 2013 § Leave a comment
As the female half of our fantasy writing partnership I am intrigued as to why it seems that mainly males both read and write the fantasy genre. Is it because the books are often action/plot predominant with less emphasis on character/emotions? Are fantasy novels written by female authors different? Can you tell the gender of the author if the name doesn’t give it away?
I always hate to confirm a stereotype but in our partnership my preserve has been mainly to deepen the characters, introduce some empathy etc. I have to admit that although I enjoy reading fantasy(as well as writing it!) I certainly don’t read it to the exclusion of all else.
I’d be fascinated to get others’ views on this.