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Feature: Veil Knights – Arthurian Myth meets Urban Fantasy

There’s a new Urban Fantasy book series out, bringing the myth of King Arthur into the modern day. This is a very ambitious project, involving a whole group of excellent authors – including a few of my personal favourites.

Check it out:

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Art by Lou Harper

Not all legends are make-believe…

Three years ago, Jessie “the Berserker” Noble was at the top of the MMA fight game, a world-title contender with a brilliant future ahead of her. Then the visions started and her world came crashing down. Hard. Now Jessie’s a shadow of her former self, taking no-holds barred fights in the underground circuit to earn just enough to buy the drugs she needs to keep the horrible things she sees at bay.

When a man named Dante Grimm tells her she’s the modern incarnation of a champion of old and that she and her soon-to-be companions are desperately needed to hold back the darkness to come, Jessie thinks he’s as insane as she is.

But Grimm’s far from crazy. There is a battle coming the likes of which the world hasn’t seen in centuries, a battle against a foe straight out of their worst nightmares.

And for them to succeed, Jessie going to have to dive deep into the heart of the very thing she’s been running from all this time – her visions.

Arthurian myth meets urban fantasy in this new series from Rowan Casey!

Twelve New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon bestselling authors – Lilith Saintcrow, CJ Lyons, Joseph Nassise, Steven Savile, Annie Bellet, Jon F. Merz, Pippa DaCosta, Robert Greenberger, William Meikle, Steve Lockley, Hank Schwaeble, and Nathan Meyer – have come together under the pen name of Rowan Casey to create a modern re-imagining of the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table sure to please fans of urban fantasy and Arthurian legends alike!

Launching in November 2016, the Veil Knights urban fantasy series will be published under the pseudonym Rowan Casey and will feature a new volume detailing the exploits of one of the knights every month through summer 2017, when season one of the series comes to its stunning conclusion.

  • Book one, The Circle Gathers, is available now
  • Book two, Hound of Night, will be out next week on Nov 29th.
  • Book three, Cloak of Fury, will be out on Dec 13th.
  • After that, they will be putting out a new book every month!

Each eBook will debut at $0.99 for a full week and then jump up to its regular price, so you’ll want to get them early to grab the best deal. Paperback editions will follow in just a few more weeks.

Grab your copy of The Circle Gathers today :
Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MSP0HYG
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01MSP0HYG

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Cover Art by Lou Harper

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Cover Art by Lou Harper

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Cover Art by Lou Harper

Reblog: Author Highlight

My reblog for this week is a friend-of-a-friend (Kelly Allenby) whose blog is highlighting another friend-of-a-friend (Kent Holloway) who has just come out with the first book in a new trilogy – The Legend of the Winterking: The Crown of Nandur:

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J. Kent Holloway

I’ve spent the better part of a week trying to think how and when I first heard of Kent Holloway and I’m pretty sure it was a discussion on facebook we were having with a mutual friend about Doctor Who, the doctor bringing people together since……. I’m gonna stop right there.
So, it was after this that I found out he was an author as he shared a link to an audiobook, short story he had written. That story was Haunted Melody which was fantastic and creepy, the writing was a surprise to me. I’ve never really been a fan of short stories but this changed my mind. Also, the narration was outstanding by Wayne Farrell. Not long after this I heard he was going to be co-authoring with one of my favourite author’s, Jeremy Robinson on Guardian if you haven’t read this yet, you definitely should…

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Reblog: Andrew Coulthard interviewed

This week’s reblog is an interview with writer Andrew Coulthard, who also happens to be a friend of mine :

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Andrew Coulthard’s story “Paradise Walk” appears in The Alchemy Press Book of Urban Mythic 2.

Tell us a little about yourself and your writing.

I’ve always been interested in stories and the fantastic, both as a reader and creator. I wrote lots of tales as a kid and teenager. I also wrote and illustrated a dramatized “magazine” for the fantasy wargames club my mates and I ran in our teens. After that, however, I laboured on and off over the years with one over-ambitious epic manuscript after another until I finally gave up. Then a few years ago I began writing again, only this time I focused on short fiction.

I enjoy writing all sorts of things – fantasy, sci-fi, slipstream/weird fiction, absurdist/surrealistic tales, horror and more. Whatever piques my interest or gives me energy for the moment to be honest.

What is at the root of your Urban Mythic

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Feature: Interview – Alysha Kaye

Alysha KayeMeet Alysha Kaye, author of the newly released novel The Waiting Room, and the first writer to be interviewed on my blog!

Alysha was born in San Marcos, TX, where she also received her BA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. She worked in marketing for a brief and terrible cubicle-soul-sucking time until she was accepted into Teach for America and promptly moved to Oahu. She taught 7th grade English in Aiea for two years and also received her Masters in Education from University of Hawaii. She now teaches in Austin, TX and tries to squeeze in as much writing as possible between lesson planning. She dreamt about The Waiting Room once, and offhandedly wrote her boyfriend a love poem about waiting for him after death. Somehow, that became a novel.

I found out about her through another blogger here on wordpress (theowllady), and the cover and summary were enough for me to know that I needed to read her book. So, I purchased the kindle-version and after reading a mere third of the book I contacted Alysha about taking part in her blog tour promotion of the book. Today I hope to learn a bit more about how The Waiting Room came to be and what the experience of writing, publishing and promoting the novel has been like:

waitingroomcoverRT: Now, I absolutely loved The Waiting Room, but before we talk about the book itself I want to say that I also really like the cover – how did it come to be?
Alysha: Thank you! It was a very difficult decision for me because I’d always pictured a very simple “waiting” cover–perhaps just a chair in front of a window, etc. However, I had an amazing graphic designer through Expert Subjects and she sent me about 30 different concepts. I held a vote on WordPress and Facebook and the one you see was the clear winner.

RT: For me, two things in particular really stand out: first, all the various life-and-love stories we get a glimpse of throughout the book. Where did you get the inspiration for all of these personal destinies?
Alysha: A lot of them were adapted from short stories I’d written in the past. One in particular (the one set in Ewa, Hawaii) was published last year in the Hawaii Review, while I was teaching there. I definitely think a part of myself went into each of Jude and Nina’s lives- their love represents love that I’ve had, love that I wish I had, love that I’ve seen other people have… I find inspiration everywhere.

RT: Second, I really like that everything is so open to interpretation. There’s no single faith or world view that dominates and yet I found it to be very spiritual and philosophical – is that open-mindedness a part your own beliefs?
Alysha: I’m really glad you caught that- I definitely didn’t want any reader to think that I was secretly trying to push my own viewpoints. It’s open to interpretation because that’s exactly how I feel about faith and spirituality- open! I don’t think anyone should ignore the possibility of any religion or belief.

RT: You’ve said that The Waiting Room started out as a poem based on a dream – what made you turn it into a novel?
Alysha: I couldn’t get it out of my head! I thought about it all the time. The poem turned into what I thought would just be a short story. Then I just kept writing and writing and writing…that’s the trick I guess haha just don’t stop! I need to remember that for my next project…

RT: Was it a difficult decision to choose self-publishing?
Alysha: Not at all. I didn’t want to wait years for an agent or publisher to respond to a query letter! My novel had already been collecting dust for a few years, so I wanted to act fast. Self-publishing is amazing. You have complete creative control! However, now that it is out there, I may look into traditional publishing. It feels a bit like selling out though! I really like being an “indie author”…so we’ll see.

RT: Being an English teacher and a writer I’m guessing you have read quite a lot in your life – are there any authors in particular you would say have been a strong influence for this book, or your writing in general?
Alysha: I started writing this book immediately after I’d read The Time Traveler’s Wife. Such an amazing, heart-wrenching love story. I was so captivated by her writing. [RT: the author in question being Audrey Niffenegger]

RT: You’ve done a week of this blog tour now – what has this experience been like?
Alysha: It’s been so great! I love connecting with bloggers and fellow writers. The WordPress community has been so incredibly supportive. I definitely want to do more of this! 

RT: So now that the book is out and being promoted, what are your plans for the future?

Alysha: Well, unfortunately, I think I may need to hire a PR specialist. The marketing is hard work…and the only reason I’ve had time for it is because I have all summer off. So many next steps…PR, decide if I want to try and traditionally publish it, continue writing the next novel (I have about one chapter written so far)…

RT: Lastly, is there anything about this whole experience – writing the book, publishing it, promoting it and going on this blog tour – that turned out very different from what how you imagined it?
Alysha: The social media aspect of it has been VERY surprising. I honestly didn’t think creating a Twitter, for example, would help me sell my book haha it seems very futile. But it really has helped! Having the time to keep up with it, however, is proving to be the most difficult part! #overwhelmed 😉

There you have it Dear Reader! If you are at all into books about romance, philosophy and life after death I highly suggest you give this excellent novel a chance. For me, it has been one of the most pleasant reads of the year and I know I will return to it again and again.


The Waiting Room:

Summary – Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.

Amazon:
Kindle version:
http://amzn.to/TupzK9
Print version:
http://amzn.to/1ofMTXn

Goodreads:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22599064-the-waiting-room?from_search=true


Alysha Kaye on the web:

http://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlyshaKaye
alyshakaye.wordpress.com
http://alyshakaye.com/

@alyshakaye7