“Desert Shadows” by Joshua Dowidat

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For Caleb and Liam, a pair of close-knit brothers who have trouble fitting in at school, the Southwest desert around their home offers a place where their imaginations can run wild.

But as their explorations take them farther from home, a sinister darkness begins to invade their happy adventures — a darkness that is far more real than what their imaginations can conjure up. And when they collect souvenirs from an abandoned house that turn out to be powerful talismans connected to a mysterious shadow land, strange events and people begin intruding into their lives. Along the way, the brothers acquire some new friends — including two ghosts and a reclusive neighbor — who give them valuable insights into the darkness they are fighting. Continue reading “Desert Shadows” by Joshua Dowidat

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“The Place of Stars and Bones” by G. Owen Wears

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A man alone, his memory a blank, moves north across a stark and desolate plane. Though unable to recall why, he is compelled to go on, trudging steadily beneath and endless star-filled sky. Before him
sprawls a nightmare landscape filled with animate corpses, massive carnal heaps, dead cities, and the last remnants of a race bent on its own self-destruction. To discover his unknown destination the lone traveler will have to face them all. Continue reading “The Place of Stars and Bones” by G. Owen Wears

QUICK READ – “Escape: An Immortal Heritage short story” by Selene Kallan

Escape: An Immortal Heritage short story.

All rights reserved to the author. No part of this publication may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means, including photocopying, recording, or other electronic or mechanical methods, without the prior written permission of the author.

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Pain; it was the only reminder I was still alive —even if my soul disagreed. A loud ringing in my ears remained after the electroshock therapy, accompanied by the soreness throughout my body. Why the hell would they call frying someone’s brain a type of therapy? I wondered. If anything, I felt far less sane than before.

A sharp electric pain lanced down my spine. I arched on the stiff bed, hissing through my clenched teeth to avoid screaming; not that I actually believed I had the strength to. The drugs and appalling procedures had left me drained of energy, unable to sit for too long. The assault subsided, leaving my body coated with a faint sheen of sweat; an unusual occurrence in me. Continue reading QUICK READ – “Escape: An Immortal Heritage short story” by Selene Kallan

“The Coven Princess” by Lily Luchesi

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Your blood does not define you.
Harley Torrance’s parents were killed in a home invasion when she was three. Adopted by a nice couple, Harley begins to develop strange powers. At fourteen she brews a potion so strong it gains the attention of the Coven King, and changes her world forever.
She’s not human, she’s a witch. Continue reading “The Coven Princess” by Lily Luchesi

“Mastery of Earth” (Legends of the Tri-Gard Book 3) by Michelle Bryan and M. Lynn

 

Mastery of Earth (Legends of the Tri-Gard Book 3) by [Lynn, M., Bryan, Michelle]

What if you were able to have someone you love back from the dead?

Reunited, they should be stronger than ever, but none of them have returned to the palace the same.

When the man she loved died, Rissa had a choice: fall apart or let the anger take control.

Her hatred, her need for vengeance filled every part of her, turning her from sarcastic princess to unashamed killer. Continue reading “Mastery of Earth” (Legends of the Tri-Gard Book 3) by Michelle Bryan and M. Lynn

“McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide” by RIA POTTER

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Patricia A. McKillip. Almost every serious fantasy author knows her name, because she’s that good at what she does. Some books of hers I like more than others, but the fact remains that she is a prolific, amazing writer that everyone should read when diving into fantasy for the first time. She opens people’s eyes to the wonder of fantasy and imagination, to romance and adventure, to war and death. She has been a fan of mine since I was thirteen years old, and my mother handed me a book labeled “The Forgotten Beasts of Eld” and I had devoured it in a single day. Continue reading “McKillip Through the Ages: A Guide” by RIA POTTER

BOOK EXCERPT – Every Last Bone by Shain Stodt

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The Fruit of the Tamarind Tree, The Sword’s Edge and Entrances and Exits are from Every Last Bone by Shain Stodt, currently available on Amazon.

Urban fantasy for the 21 Century. Every Last Bone is full of hip riot girl humor, bone chilling horror, and powerhouse characters who touch your heart unforgettably. The little burg of Lawton, USA is invaded by malign creatures and the world is shattered and reformed into a new abnormal of shocking violence and twisted agenda’s.

The vengeful ‘monsters’ of many nations and cultures arise to devour and destroy humanity, and it’s up to the few, the brave, and the very scared to stop them, be they human adversaries or the stuff of nightmares. Liz Blackwell must risk petitioning the powerful and dangerous witches of Eboni for help while Sioux leader and four-star General Lee Red Horse holds off the cracked regime of President Diddler.

Adain watches the infection take over his body while struggling to retain his humanity. As passionate love, fierce loyalties and the need to step up or loose everything mobilizes a diverse group of people caught in the tides of catastrophic events, a crew of unlikely warriors is born.

Entrances And Exits

Whatever it was that was speaking to Liz was communicating more in images and feelings than words. ‘Enter through the other door.’

What other door? There were only the four.

An image appeared in her mind of an interconnecting door between the warded room and the third room. The one with the freaky arcane symbols in the middle of the floor. The one that Sophia had been at pains to warn them not to enter.

Perfect. It was probably a freaking interdimensional portal that would drop her in a parallel universe where everyone who attended theater either crumpled wrappers loudly or clacked gum during the dramatic scenes. Or snored.

Continue reading BOOK EXCERPT – Every Last Bone by Shain Stodt

“Kingdom of Durundal” series by S. E. Turner

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‘Where clans and courts collide
Where masters and leaders connive
Where rulers rise and fall
in the Kingdom of Durundal’

I would like to introduce you to my series – The Kingdom of Durundal – available in kindle, paperback, and free in kindle unlimited. There are four books, made up of the following elements:

Fantasy, history, ancient mythology, sword and sorcery, battles, apothecary (herbal medicines), spirituality, honour, betrayal, vengeance, hope and despair, relationships, the building of families, the destruction of clans, the downfall of courts, moral dilemmas, voyages of discovery, journeys of body and soul, coming of age, love, strength, courage.

The Kingdom of Durundal is foremost a series, and involves the same central characters throughout. The books can be read independently of each other – and can be read as stand alone – certainly by Book Three – there are more dynamics and more themes – a rawness and a much darker side. However, to get the flow of the story – it is best to start at the beginning with ‘A Hare in the Wilderness’ and read through the story in order. That way, you understand how the characters develop – and how their lives interweave. —S. E. Turner

Continue reading “Kingdom of Durundal” series by S. E. Turner

Interview with Walter Rhein

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Today we have the pleasure to get to know closely Walter Rhein. Author of several novels and creator of fantasy worlds, thank you for being here 🙂

Explain to us in two lines who is Walter Rhein.

I’m a writer for several small press publishers including Perseid Press, Burning Bulb Publishing, and Harren Press. I grew up in Wisconsin, and spent 10 years in Lima, Peru in my 20s.

When did you decide you would try your luck as a writer?

I had a short story accepted for publication in a high school journal when I was a freshman. Continue reading Interview with Walter Rhein

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