Indie Focus: Spotlight On Faithless By Graham Austin-King


IS THIS THE EVENTUAL WINNER OF #SPFBO 2017?

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO A POTENTIAL WINNER OF THIS YEAR’S SPFBO COMPETITION

 

It’s been approximately two months since this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off commenced, and it’s time to shine the spotlight on one of the early favourites to win the contest. Faithless is (for the time being) a stand-alone novel by British indie author Graham Austin-King that has very recently made it on to my TBR list. If the early reaction to the novel is any indication I suspect it will end up on many more readers’ TBR lists in the coming weeks and months.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Heart Of Stone By Ben Galley


A CONTENDER FOR #SPFBO 2017

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO AN INTRIGUING NOVEL WITH A GREAT PREMISE AND EVEN BETTER FRONT COVER

 

It’s time for another spotlight on one of the indie books competing in this year’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off that has caught my attention. The novel in question is The Heart Of Stone by British born independent author, Ben Galley. As someone who generally isn’t drawn to a book by its front cover, I have to say that the art work for Ben’s novel is certainly attention grabbing. I’m sure it has persuaded many a reader to add it to their TBR list.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On Winter’s Reach By Craig Schaefer


A CONTENDER FOR #SPFBO 2017

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BOOK ONE OF A SELF-PUBLISHED FANTASY QUADRILOGY FROM AN ESTABLISHED INDIE AUTHOR

 

Those of you with an interest in the indie publishing scene will probably be aware of the ongoing Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off contest organised by acclaimed fantasy author Mark Lawrence. If you aren’t yet familiar with the competition you can read A Beginner’s Guide To The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off to find out what it’s all about. Of the three hundred books entered into this years #SPFBO there is approximately two dozen titles that have caught my attention, so over the next few days (weeks?) I’m going to do a spotlight for each of those books.

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Indie Focus: Spotlight On The Lost Sentinel By Suzanne Rogerson


THE FIRST OF THREE VISITS TO ANOTHER WORLD

YOUR INTRODUCTION TO BOOK ONE OF A BRAND NEW SELF-PUBLISHED FANTASY TRILOGY FROM AN UP-AND-COMING INDIE AUTHOR

 

Greetings readers. The end of this week will see the publication of The Lost Sentinel, book one of the Silent Sea Chronicles, the second novel by indie author, Suzanne Rogerson. When Suzanne issued her call for book bloggers to help with the promotion of her latest release, I jumped at the chance; the opportunity coincided with my recent desire to feature more self-published books and authors, plus the premise of her story reminded me of the Glenda Larke novel, The Last Stormlord.

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Indie Focus: A Beginner’s Guide To The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off


A LIGHT BULB MOMENT FROM A GENEROUS BENEFACTOR

FROM HUMBLE BEGINNINGS THE BOOK CONTEST FOR INDIE AUTHORS THAT IS TAKING THE FANTASY SCENE BY STORM

 

If you’ve not yet heard about The Self-Published Fantasy Blog Off, this is a brief introduction to the most exciting development in independent publishing in the last couple of years. As the name probably suggests, the SPFBO is a book contest for self-published books in the fantasy genre. It is the brainchild of fantasy author, Mark Lawrence, who made the following observation in a blog post in February 2015:

“…as a new author, particularly a self-published one, it is desperately hard to be heard. It’s a signal-to-noise problem. Who knows how many Name of the Winds or [fill in your favourite] are lost to us because they just couldn’t be seen? None? A hundred?”

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The Spotlight: Willful Child By Steven Erikson


GENE RODDENBERRY WILL BE SPINNING IN HIS GRAVE

I feel a great disturbance in the warp core, as if millions of Trekkies suddenly cried out in terror.

 

In my youth I was a big fan of the Star Trek franchise; The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, and even Voyager. As I got older my enthusiasm for all things Trek gradually began to wane. There were a number of reasons for my diminishing interest but the principal one being my inability to continue to reconcile Gene Roddenberry’s utopian view of humanity’s future with my cynical assessment of human nature.

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The Spotlight: The Black Dagger Brotherhood Series


BREATHING NEW LIFE INTO THE VAMPIRE MYTHOS.

Will wonders never cease? A book series aimed at women, that even us male readers can enjoy without embarrassment.

 

There is one particular sub-genre within the pantheon of fantasy and science fiction literature that I generally don’t read very often. The said sub-genre being Paranormal Romance. Despite superficial similarities with the related Urban Fantasy sub-genre (which I do read frequently), I have always viewed PNR as inherently unfriendly to male readers. Ideally, I would prefer not to be drawn into an argument as to whether or not this viewpoint is a fair one. The intent of this post is to highlight the one PNR series that I feel really bucks this trend.

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The Spotlight: Star Wars, The Thrawn Trilogy


STILL THE DEFINITIVE FOLLOW UP TO THE ORIGINAL TRILOGY.

With new Star Wars films on the horizon, now is a good time to rediscover the highlight of the old Expanded Universe.

 

A few days ago it was announced that principle photography for the seventh Star Wars film has been completed. The title of Episode VII, which is the first part of a new trilogy set after Return Of The Jedi, was also confirmed to be The Force Awakens. (Yes, I agree, it’s a very uninspired title.)

Book CoverLittle is actually known about the plot of the film, or the trilogy in general, but what is known for certain is that these new films will not be acknowledging the vast Expanded Universe of Star Wars literature that has been produced over the years. Earlier this year, Disney, the new owners of the franchise, announced that they were de-canonising the stories told in these books, comics etc. so as not to constrain the producers of future films. This is actually not a bad thing because most of the Expanded Universe material (with a handful of exceptions) is unmitigated rubbish.

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The Spotlight: Under The Shadow By J.M. Kay


A PROMISING NEW YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION TALE

Keep an eye out for Under The Shadow, the first volume of Children Of The First Star by debut author J.M. Kay.

 

Book CoverAs I mentioned early last week, Another World will be the first stop on the upcoming blog tour for Under The Shadow: Children Of The First Star, Volume 1. The tour commences the beginning of next week and has been extended until 4th October. I am very fortunate to have secured an interview with the book’s author, J.M. Kay, so be sure to check it out next Monday.

So what is the Under The Shadow all about? I can’t give away much at the moment, but I hope to have a full review ready for you, to coincide with the book’s publication in October. In the meantime, you can read a synopsis and view the finalised cover art below.

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The Spotlight: The Lions Of Al-Rassan By Guy Gavriel Kay


AN ACCLAIMED HISTORICAL FANTASY

Published almost twenty years ago, it’s long past time for me to check this book out; maybe for you, too.

 

Book CoverThe Lions Of Al-Rassan by Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay is a book that has been recommended to me on a number of occasions, by several different people, so it has been on my to read list for a while now. I recently got hold of a copy, though it’s likely to be a few weeks before I actually get around to reading it.

For the benefit of those readers who, like me, have not read this book yet, here is a brief summary of the appeal of the book, and hopefully why it may also be a title that will be of interest to you.

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