Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 - 18): A #YA #Fantasy #Serial by Renee Scattergood | Renee's Author Spotlight

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Renee Scattergood lives in Australia with her husband, Nathan, and daughter, Taiya. She has always been a fan of fantasy and was inspired to become a story-teller by George Lucas, but didn't start considering writing down her stories until she reached her late twenties. Now she enjoys writing dark fantasy and paranormal thrillers.

She is currently publishing her monthly Shadow Stalker serial, and she has published a prequel novella to the series called, Demon Hunt. She is also working on a new series of novels, A God's Deception.

Aside from writing, she loves reading (fantasy, of course), watching movies with her family, and doing crafts and science experiments with her daughter. Visit her site for more information and a free copy of Shadow Stalker Part 1 (Episodes 1 – 6).

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Things go from bad to worse when the Galvadi Empire develops a new technology to use against the shadow stalkers. Now Kado and Makari are more determined than ever to keep Auren away from their enemies, but Auren decides enough is enough and takes matters into her own hands. She turns herself over to the Galvadi to get close to Drevin and Makari has no choice but to play along. He is forced to either torture Auren to prove his loyalty or die knowing she will be tortured and enslaved anyway. Somehow they must get close enough to Drevin to bring him down and put an end to the Galvadi’s tyranny once and for all.

Episode 13: Defiance


Three years have passed since Auren and Shai escaped the daily torture of the Galvadi. With Makari's help, they have learned more about the Galvadi's technology and discovered ways to overcome its effects on their power, which gave them an edge in the war. However, the Galvadi have spent that time developing new technology that could mean the end of the shadow stalkers.


Episode 14: Falling to Pieces


Things go from bad to worse after Cali is captured by the Galvadi. The new technology they have employed is making a rescue attempt impossible and endangering the lives of all the shadow stalkers. Auren refuses to give up though, but the more she tries to fix thing, the more Kado tightens the leash.

Episode 15: Into My Own


Just when Auren thinks she’d had enough of Kado’s overbearing and overprotective nature, he surprises her by apologizing and admitting he had been wrong. Auren finally accepts that she is not at fault for Cali’s death after visiting her in the shadow world, but Kado and Makari are still preventing her from confronting Drevin. They don’t feel she is ready, and Auren is beginning to believe they will never let her fulfil her destiny. It’s time she takes matters into her own hands.


Episode 16: A New Emperor


Makari is told the only way he can prove his loyalty is by torturing Auren, but he refuses to go through it. So Jharak, Drevin’s master interrogator, took the liberty to be the one to break her, but in the end, it would take forcing her to watch him torture and kill Makari.

Episode 17: Allies to Enemies Part 1


Traitors are weeded out and new allies are found. Auren and Makari are determined to bring peace once again to the Serpent Isles, but they have a deadline. If they don’t make it in time, they could end up at war with their own people.


Episode 18: Allies to Enemies Part 2


General Graves wants Auren and Makari dead. When Makari demands one of Graves’ men, who secretly supports Makari, is sent to him for extra security at the palace, Graves uses a mind control drug to get him to assassinate them. Will Auren and Makari learn what happened before it’s too late?

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"We are not going to revisit this argument." Kado grabbed my arm to stop my pacing and turned me to face him. "You are not ready to face Drevin yet."

"I'll never be ready in your eyes. I don't even understand why it's up to you to decide."

"Because I am your Foramar and your mentor, Auren," Kado yelled, slamming his fist on the stone slab he used for a table. "You will do exactly as you're told and nothing more. Have I made myself clear?"

I screamed in frustration and stormed out of the cave. I needed to be away from him. For the last three years, I'd had all this stuff about my destiny shoved down my throat. All I wanted was to get it over with so I could finally go back to some kind of normal life. If Kado had his way though, I would never be allowed to do what needed to be done. I laughed at the irony. When this all first started, I wanted nothing to do with it. Now, as time went on, I sensed this inexplicable pull I had no way of explaining to anyone. Kado said he understood, but I had my doubts. How could he understand? How could anyone, except the shadow people? I was sure they were the ones causing it.

It was time. It was the right time to bring Drevin down, and I had the feeling if I didn't make my move soon it might be too late. Even if the Coalition won the war, Drevin would still win unless I stopped him. I had no idea how I knew all this. I just did. I had never felt anything so strongly, but Kado refused to listen. He said I was being impulsive and not really listening to what the shadow people were telling me.

Well, if Kado wouldn't listen, I would make Makari listen. This constant worry made it almost impossible to function. It infuriated me that Makari put himself at such risk while telling me I shouldn't. I was the one who would stop Drevin. If the two of them wanted me to trust them so blindly, they needed to start trusting me.

It's My Birthday - Find Out How You Can Get a Gift | Renee Scattergood

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It's my birthday this week, so I'm giving away a free book to my newsletter subscribers. All my subscribers get Shadow Stalker Part 2 (Episodes 7 - 12) free, but for a limited time, you'll also get Shadow Stalker Part 3 (Episodes 13 - 18) free as well. With Part 1 being permanently free, that's a chance to read all three parts of the serial (so far) free! So sign up below and help me celebrate my birthday!

Of course, if you don't want to sign up for my newsletter you can still get it for half price!

Auren turns herself over to the Galvadi to get close to Drevin and Makari has no choice but to play along. He is forced to either torture Auren to prove his loyalty or die knowing she will be tortured and enslaved anyway. Somehow they have to get close enough to Drevin to bring him down and put an end to the Galvadi’s tyranny once and for all.

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Strong Armed by JC Boyd | Joshua Robertson

Originally posted by Joshua Robertson:




Enjoy this interview with my brother, JC Boyd, and the excellent short story he wrote in my Thrice NIne Legends saga, featuring one of the cannabalistic centaurs.

When did you start writing?


As I recall, my brother suggested we write stories one lazy, summer afternoon. I thought the idea was ludicrous, but being the younger, I followed his lead. The memory still lurks in the back of my mind as one of the best. Over the years, Joshua has continued to push me to write, so it is only fitting that my first published work, Anaerfell, was co-authored with him.

That lazy summer afternoon was in about 4th grade. I started writing my first novel, a horror story which featured kids from my class. Unsurprisingly, I did not finish. A similar attempt with a fantasy novel in junior high brought similar results. Not until my fourth attempt at writing did I finish my first novel, completing it my senior year of high school. The final product still makes me cringe, but elements, themes, and even characters from that book still creep into what I write now.


What motivates you to write?


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#YouTubeTuesday - The Little Book Owl's Favourite Books of 2017 | Renee Scattergood

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I would have done my favorite books of 2017, but I didn't read nearly as much as I normally do. When I looked back, I was surprised at how little I read. It made me wonder if it contributed to how little I wrote last year because reading generally gets me in a writing mood. Something to consider...

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Monday, 29 January 2018

The Prince's Parish | Joshua Robertson

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Edgar left his grandfather's sheep farm to become a curate at Arterbury Castle. He had expected a disciplined life with rigorous studies, but instead his spirit is tested by his sinful peers. When death knocks at the church door, Edgar must decide whether or not he has what it takes to survive.

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5 Famous People Born on My Birthday | Renee Scattergood

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My birthday is tomorrow (23rd of January), so I thought it would be fun to see what famous people were born on the same day of the month as I.

John Hancock
American general and politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts
Born in 1737

I mean this guys name is synonymous with giving your signature and we share the same birthday. How awesome is that... give me your Renee Scattergood. Nah... doesn't work.


Kjell N. Lindgren
Officer, Astronaut
Born in 1973 (A year after me)

I actually wanted to be an astronaut at one point, so it's kinda cool that a fellow aquarian who shares my birthday actually made it there!


Paul Langevin
Physicist, Professor, Chemist, Philosopher of science, Educationist, Non-fiction writer
Born in 1872

I have no idea who this guy is, but he was born exactly 100 years before me. Its just crazy to think about.


Mariska Hargitay
Actress
Born in 1964

I love Law & Order SVU! I had no idea we shared the same birthday. How cool!


Stendhal
Writer
Born in 1783

A writer who was bent on not being like everyone else out there. A true Aquarian!



Do you share a birthday with someone famous? Tell me about it in the comments below!

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

The Glass Thief by John Ryers | Joshua Robertson

Originally posted by Joshua Robertson:


A year ago, I interviewed John Ryers, the talented author of The Glass Thief, and thought I would relive the moment. Please take the opportunity to read through our interview and check out John Ryers. As one of my favorite books of 2017, you will not be disappointed.



A debt is owed.


Del Kanadis–indentured thief to the King of Fires–desires freedom above all else. When given the opportunity to repay his debt with a single job, he begrudgingly accepts, believing it to be a fool’s errand. His task: infiltrate a secluded village rumoured to hold a relic capable of defeating the Fire King’s enemies.

Living amongst the townsfolk and gaining the trust of those in charge, Del quickly discovers they know more than they’re letting on, and that perhaps the relic truly does exist. Upon discovering their ultimate secret, he realizes winning his own life back could come at the cost of everyone else losing theirs.

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Friday, 26 January 2018

Walking Between Worlds: Complete Trilogy by J.K. Norry | Joshua Robertson


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Author: J.K. Norry
Book: Fall of the Walker King (Walking Between Worlds, Book III)
Genre: Contemporary/Philosophical Fantasy

Some warriors have a special sensitivity, a rare compassion that makes them the perfect soldier for the perfect army. In life, these men and women are superlative fighters and law officers. In life, they often discover that their instinct for justice hinders or destroys their career in a sometimes imperfect army. In life, these souls are bent and broken by bureaucracy. It is not until death touches them that these unique warriors truly come alive. They become Walkers, immortal soldiers in an eternal army that wages constant war on the demons of humanity.

In the Walking Between Worlds trilogy and companion tales, the world of the Walker is finally revealed. Heroes that have lived in the shadows for thousands of years tell their stories at last, as a new story takes shape in present-day San Francisco. A new Walker is made that must undo centuries of damage as he risks everything in a desperate search for his lost love. One man must forge a path wide enough for everyone who walks between worlds, or see the way of the Walker lost forever.

The angels in heaven have capitalized on the situation rather than correct it, and the dragons in hell rule their realm with fire. Both forces stand against the Walker army as its new king is thrust into power and cast into danger time and again. From epic battles below to all-out war above, these brave patriots of the universe put everything on the line to save an unknowing world once more. If anyone can find a way, it is them . . . but time is running out, and the light is growing dim.

Meet the unsung heroes of the supernatural, those who walk between worlds to help humans battle their demons. This is the spellbinding tale of a special group of people whose lives were changed forever when their eyes were opened to a new reality. Watch the ordinary collide with the extraordinary to test the mettle of their souls and the power of their love.

The first book in an exciting new series, Walking Between Worlds; Book I: Demons & Angels introduces us to a new way of looking at both the natural and the supernatural worlds. Join Paul Stone and Kris Reed as they walk between worlds in search of answers and themselves...



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Thursday, 25 January 2018

Jack Spratt | Joshua Robertson

Originally posted by Joshua Robertson:


I wrote a poem in March of 2015 and eventually expanded on the scribblings, making a fun little tale. You can now get it on Amazon for 99 cents. The original peom is below.


​Jack Spratt could eat no fat
His wife could eat no lean
Consuming stupid school girls
They licked each femur clean
Jack ate all the thin
Joan ate all the plump
Taking girls into the woods
Their bones put in a stump
Jack Spratt chewed away
His wife smacked her lips
The sheriff they did miss
Hands upon his hips
Says Jack, "It’s not my fault!"
Then Joan did reply
"I was not the one
who brought them by and by!"


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Joshua Robertson is an award-winning author in epic, dark fantasy. You may recognize him as the dude whose dragons were said to destroy George R.R. Martin's and Christopher Paolini's dragons in a very biased Twitter poll. His first novel, Melkorka, was released in 2015, and he has been writing fantasy fiction like clockwork ever since. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He currently lives in North Carolina with his better half and his horde of goblins.

Special Feature: The Foragers - A #SciFi Novel by Katherine Nader | Renee Scattergood

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“…a re-imagining of the Hunger Games, where descendants of a royal samurai clan, the Ainu commune, a South Korean soldier, an American agent, and Japanese assassins work together to win The Foragers Contest.” -GW
A group of contestants are multi-tasked to compete for the honor of becoming the Ultimate Forager. In order to pass the initial round, they must secure one of three registration badges, their own, their predator’s or their prey’s. While two assassin clans seek recruits to win their battle for power over an organization called S.S.O, a former government agent, a boy looking for his father, an assassin, and an orphan are enemies on the path to becoming an unlikely family.

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Beyond Night: A #Fantasy Novel by Eric S. Brown & Steven L. Shrewsbury

A tale of action, adventure, heroism, horror and sorcery…


BEYOND NIGHT pulls back the veil of nearly two thousand years of jaded history. Come trod in the bloody footprints left by monsters, soldiers and wizards and behold what lies hidden BEYOND NIGHT itself.

It's Bigfoot War mixed with Lovecraftian horror on the edge of the Roman Empire.

How could Rome lose a Legion? What could’ve happened to blot out the existence of over five thousand men not only form history but the Earth itself?

As the Legion moves north to engage the forces of Pictdom, a dark horror emerges from the bowels of the Earth. Thought to be random attacks by hulking monsters, Decurion August soon learns a dire truth, that these bloody events are directed by opposing the wizards of the Picts. While one side assembles all tribes in a confederated army to battle the Legion, the other pulls these Greyman beasts from the depths of the Earth.

August fights not only these creatures and workers of magicks, but internal passions in the Legion itself.

Can he discover a way to survive the enormous bloodletting about to take place that will only serve to satisfy the wizards of Pictdom?

“Bloody battles, Roman legions, Pictish armies, supernatural entities and the mist covered hills of my homeland... how could I fail to be charmed? Fans of David Gemmell will lap up this earthy, brutal fantasy.” – William Meikle, The Ghost Club

“Vivid Lovecraftian horror set on the northern fringe of the Roman Empire. A powerful book with very real soldiers—and definitely not for the squeamish.” – David Drake, Hammer's Slammers

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

The Foragers: A #SciFi Novel by Katherine Nader | Renee Scattergood

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I'm an aspiring author and screenwriter currently living in different parts of the world. For the past two years, I've been travelling and experiencing collective living with friends, family and even strangers. We all have one thing in common which is meditation. I'm an active member and a volunteer for Sahaja Yoga Meditation that has helped me become who I am today. I love traveling to SY seminars, festivals, concerts, even volunteering at schools for the celebration of Inner Peace Day.

Learning about cultures, traditions, religions and even spirituality has given me perspective on many aspects of my life and a sense of 'the self.' I try to capture all these experiences in my writing. For example, The Foragers takes place in Japan, a place I visited and lived in for 3 months. I came to learn about the First Nations called Ainu. Not many people know about them, so I have mentioned them in the series. I've also been to South Korea and witnessed the harshness of the forced military service on boys once they come of age. I portray this through another character. The Kan is actually a sixth sense/intuition that martial artists practiced in Japanese history.

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"A re-imagining of the Hunger Games, where descendants of a royal samurai clan, the Ainu commune, a South Korean soldier, an American agent, and Japanese assassins work together to win The Foragers Contest." -GW


A group of contestants are multi-tasked to compete for the honor of becoming the Ultimate Forager. In order to pass the initial round, they must secure one of three registration badges, their own, their predator’s or their prey’s.

Among the contestants, two assassin clans seek recruits to win their battle for power over S.S.O. A former government agent, a boy looking for his father, an assassin, and an orphan are enemies on the path to becoming an unlikely family.


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Keep reading for an interview with Maya, a character from the book:


Who is your enemy?


Daremoga watashi no tekidesu. Everyone except for the Italian children I saved from assassination. I can't trust anyone or risk them getting killed by the S.S.O. They're everywhere.

Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?


That's exactly what I'm trying to figure out right now, whether I belong with the Kan, the Mori or no clan at all. But I'm a fighter and will keep trying to find my place in this world.

What are your goals?


Currently, I need to make it into the next round of the game or die trying. We'll see how it goes from there.

What is the greatest obstacle you have ever had to face?


Breaking in and out of a vault with three idiots. Oh and did I mention it's deep within a mountain? Imagine doing that ... twice.

Where is the best place to visit in your world?


Anywhere but the Shirakami-Sanchi forest, unless you have a death wish.

Do you have any hobbies?


I like to sharpen my kunai and sometimes I use them to make a fire. I've also used them to fight a bear once.

If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?


Everyday feels like my last. I hope to one day put an end to the S.S.O so I don't have to keep watching over my back. I will spend my last day as I have on all other days--getting one step closer to taking them down.

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

#YouTubeTuesday - 6 Tips for Successful #SelfPublishing Outside Your Home Country | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:


Joshua Robertson is a good friend and awesome author. He recently did a video on self-publishing outside your home country (which I do) that had some great tips. If you’re an indie author or considering self-publishing, check it out!


Watcher: A #YA #SciFi #Dystopian Novel by AJ Eversley

"I knew I was not alone. They would never leave until every last one of us was gone."


Sawyer Russo has sworn to protect humanity, and as a Watcher she’s done just that. But the Bots and Carbons that took her city are evolving, and they are picking the Watchers off one by one. One last rescue mission will change everything. But when someone betrays them, the line between friend and foe is no longer easily drawn. Sawyer made a vow, and she will fulfill it, even if it means ending the person who deceived them, no matter who it might be...


It all comes down to one choice.

Who can she save?

And who does she have to let go?

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Monday, 22 January 2018

Spawn of Enoch | Joshua Robertson

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Elisha ogled at the fruit, so lost in wonder that she didn’t think to comment on its size. Her fingers traced through the air as though they were drifting along a riverbed without a current. The incessant singing of three hundred angels sounded in the Garden of Eden but she could not hear the song. She was completely mesmerized. Pausing with hesitation, she found the strength to hold back from grasping the fruit. Yet she could not pull her eyes away.

“Careful, Elisha.” Her father, Enoch, warned pulling her from the trance. “The fruit is not meant to be fondled. It caused Eve and Adam great misery. Their poor choices led all mankind, including myself, to walk the surface of the world before our Lord God returned me to Eden.”

“Why did you bring me here…to this tree…if I cannot touch it?”

“You are of age, my angel, and have to be tested like every other within this place. You have to learn restraint. You must learn to ignore your human impulses if you are to remain in Eden.”

“And, what about mother?”
“True, your mother was not tainted like mankind, but she was cursed all the same. She could not remain here. Lilith was not human, you see?”

“What was she?”

Enoch started to speak and stopped himself. It was not the first time that his young half-blood
daughter had asked him the question. He still did not have an answer. Angel? Demon? He could not be sure. Regardless, Elisha was a half-blood like so many before her. The girl was part human and part something else.

“I cannot believe you laid with her after she had already been with Adam. It seems such an act would have caused you to be cast from this place.” Her words were icy, nearly shrill. What was worse was she did not even turn from the forbidden fruit.

“Lilith received the punishment she was due, Elisha. Our Lord God willed it. I could have never known what she did before I came to Eden.”

A moment passed. In was an insufferable moment with Elisha captivated by the fruit and Enoch by his daughter.

Finally, Enoch rubbed his fingers together. “Fight the impulse, Elisha. Turn away from it.”

Elisha shuddered and licked her lips. She clearly did not want to follow the directive of her father. Slowly, she turned to look at Enoch, lowering her hand. “I know so little of my mother. Tell me of your human wife. What was she like?”

Enoch did not appear to pick up on the lofty tone of his daughter. “Edna was a fine woman in the way most human women are, but she was not strong enough to stand against the giants. She wasn’t strong enough to follow me to Eden. Her death was just.”

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Loving Death | Joshua Robertson

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​As an infant I could see
Through the fabric of existence,
As a child I could feel
That place beyond my senses,
As an adult I had forgotten
The life beyond my breath,
But, as I near the end again
I have fallen in love with death.




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Joshua Robertson is an award-winning author in epic, dark fantasy. You may recognize him as the dude whose dragons were said to destroy George R.R. Martin's and Christopher Paolini's dragons in a very biased Twitter poll. His first novel, Melkorka, was released in 2015, and he has been writing fantasy fiction like clockwork ever since. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He currently lives in North Carolina with his better half and his horde of goblins. Learn more at http://www.robertsonwrites.com or connect with him on Twitter or Instagram @RobertsonWrites.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Why Melkorka? | Joshua Robertson

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Melkorka was my first published novel in Thrice Nine Legends, and the first book in The Kaelandur Series. This already sounds super complicated. But think of the many series and chronicles in Dragonlance. My stories work in a very similar way!

Now, I am frequently asked why I titled the book with such a complex name, and then continued being complicated with subsequential books in the series? Well, I was honestly naive to book titles and their importance in marketing. By the time I learned Game of Thrones or The Way of Kings were worded a particular way to draw a reader's attention, I had already--unintentionally--Robert Frost'd myself.


SO WHY DID I CALL IT MELKORKA?

Melkorka is the name of the ancient castle where we find Branimir, our unlikely hero. I picked this word because of its meaning, found in the thirteenth century Icelandic tale, Laxdaela saga. The Laxdaela saga makes mention of Melkorka, an Irish princess, who 


was taken as a slave and pretended to be mute. She hid her identity only to reveal later that there was more to her than what was on the surface. In many ways, Melkorka is a story that echoes the complexity in legend, suggesting to the reader that there is more than what appears on the surface.
Readers will find Melkorka was written to be both incisive and invigorating. I took a no-nonsense approach, due to the story being shared through Branimir's eyes. Branimir is NOT your typical hero; he is a slave, who barely understands himself or the world. But, after you finish Melkorka, and advance to the other books in The Kaelandur SeriesDyndaer and Maharia, you will notice the detail, dialogue, and heroics swell with Branimir's sense of self.
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Thrice Nine Legends Saga

Anaerfell (45 CE) The Blood of Dragons, Book 1

Warden of the Ash Tree (46 CE)

The Highborn Longwalker (119 CE) - Coming April 2018

Melkorka (124 CE) The Kaelandur Series, Book 1

Strong Armed (1158 CE)

When Blood Falls (1347 CE) 

Death at Dusk (1348 CE) - Coming 2018


Dyndaer (1350 CE) , The Kaelandur Series, Book 2

The Name of Death (1351 CE)

Maharia (1352 CE), The Kaelandur Series, Book 3

Heshayol (1352 CE), The Blood of Dragons, Book 2 - Coming March 5, 2018

​​The Skincutter's Daughter (1370 CE) - Coming March 27, 2018

The Deathless Series - Coming Soon

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Joshua Robertson is an award-winning author in epic, dark fantasy. You may recognize him as the dude whose dragons were said to destroy George R.R. Martin's and Christopher Paolini's dragons in a very biased Twitter poll. His first novel, Melkorka, was released in 2015, and he has been writing fantasy fiction like clockwork ever since. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He currently lives in North Carolina with his better half and his horde of goblins. Learn more at http://www.robertsonwrites.com or connect with him on Twitter or Instagram @RobertsonWrites.

Have You Read The Blood of Dragons? | Joshua Robertson

Originally posted by Joshua Robertson:

THE TIME HAS COME.

The second book in the duology, The Blood of Dragons, is now available for pre-order, set to be released on March 05, 2018. Learn more about the books and the two brothers who wrote them below!
We are going hit epic proportions with this release, but we need your help to do it!
51d6ijzkovl-_sx311_bo1204203200_Anaerfell, Book 1, was released in 2015. Since that time, this unique tale has received three 5-star reviews from Reader’s Favorites and an international award for Fantasy in 2017.
Drast and Tyran might be considered a bit black-hearted, or even immoral. Drast is cunning but reckless, hunting for admiration. Tyran is calculating but tactless, searching for affection. When the two brothers set aside their ambitions to fulfill their father’s desire for immortality, they readily discover many opportunities for redemption. Now, while wielding a powerful magic that drains their life, Drast and Tyran will embark on a maddening quest, facing skin-switchers, dragons, and the God of the Dead.

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Here is what has been said about the first book in The Blood of Dragons series.
“Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd have crafted a fantasy with almost all the great literary elements any reader could want in this kind of narrative. From the writing to themes and characters, they excel in the craft. The characters are plucked from a world that is filled with magic, where men dream and are very ambitious, and where conflict is the order of the day.” 
“Anaerfell features great writing, with vivid images and scenes, great dialogues and exotic words that sound like magic. This is a tale of adventure, spellbinding and utterly entertaining.”
“Anaerfell is a title that readers will love to put on their shelves with the likes of Tolkien, a very complex and multilayered story that has many lessons about life and purpose. The plot is fast-paced and designed to have the reader leafing through the book until the very end.” 

HeshayolHeshayol, the epic conclusion, will be available in less than two months. Help us bring awareness to this awesome tale by pre-ordering today!
Over a millennium ago, at their father’s command, Tyran and Drast sent the Horned God to the Netherworld in hopes of gaining everlasting life. Instead, they sparked a chain of events that led to the near destruction of the Ash Tree and the liberation of the old gods. Now, with the world waning, the two brothers are freed from Anaerfell to travel to the frozen realm of the dead and resurrect their enemy with hopes of restoring balance. Tyran and Drast journey between time and space with limitless magic at their fingertips to face demon legions, forsaken immortals, and the realization that the malevolence of their father is not yet done.

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Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended Wichita State University where he received his masters in social work with minors in psychology and sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.
BoydPicJ.C. lives in the Midwest with his wife and two dogs and has an M.A. in English Literature. The first novel in his world, Blood and Bile, was released in 2017. Before completing junior high, J.C. had received his first box set of Dungeons & Dragons and devoured J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Since, he has been heavily influenced by a myriad of fantasy authors, such as Weis and Hickman, Robert Jordan, and Ed Greenwood.

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Voices | Joshua Robertson

Here come the voices echoing in my mind again.
                    Again.
 
What evil things they suggest to me,
As if to think I do not know its wrong,
Acting upon inner lust, pride, and envy,
Taunting me to put myself where I belong.
 
They say such terrible words in the friendliest way,
     Wanting me to believe these trials are for good,
Take life, tempt love, and laugh as children scream,
     How pleasurable - slaughter, deceive, and betray.
                    Betray.
 
Here come the voices echoing in my mind again.
                    Again.
 
A haze has covered my eyes, so I cannot see,
Is there universal truth or is there simply my own,
My life is like a nightmare; I know not reality,
The world is full of enemies leaving me all alone.
 
O’ what things are screamed at me in a singsong voice,
     My heart finds no sanctity, just hatred and despair,
Slit a throat, rape an innocent, live for your own means.
     With such thoughts how could I ever have a choice?
 
Here come the voices echoing in my mind again.
                    Again.

Picture Joshua Robertson is an award-winning author in epic, dark fantasy. You may recognize him as the dude whose dragons were said to destroy George R.R. Martin's and Christopher Paolini's dragons in a very biased Twitter poll. His first novel, Melkorka, was released in 2015, and he has been writing fantasy fiction like clockwork ever since. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He currently lives in North Carolina with his better half and his horde of goblins. Learn more at http://www.robertsonwrites.com or connect with him on Twitter or Instagram @RobertsonWrites

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Co-Authors & Brothers: Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd | Joshua Robertson

Originally posted by Joshua Robertson:


Enjoy this brief interview by Ann Livi Andrews with Joshua Robertson and JC Boyd, authors of The Blood of Dragons and Legacy Series.
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1.  Tell us a little bit about this project: what was it like working with another author?

JC: Far more rewarding than I would I have thought. I had always figured that trying to co-write something would end up a muddled mess, ending with anger and donuts, but that was definitely not the case. Although, it probably helps quite a bit that Joshua and I have worked together for years, so I know how to handle his over-exuberance and he knows how to handle my moodiness. The best part, though, was the fact that he really helped to compensate for some of my weaknesses as a writer. I just hope that he can say the same for me.

JOSHUA: Haha, absolutely! Yes, JC and I developed this idea for a book in 2004.  We wanted to create something that captured the themes of friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice. As with many writers, life continued to get in the way of writing the story. But, as brothers, we could not really escape one another’s pestering to get it done, and after many long years, Anaerfell is the final result of the original idea.

2. Describe your favorite scene (without giving away any spoilers).
JOSHUA: Oh man! No spoilers? There is a scene in the second half of the book when Tyran and Drast are discussing the best strategy going into battle. Drast’s response to Tyran makes me chuckle about every time I read it. Then again, most everything that comes from Drast makes me laugh.

JC: I, too, really enjoy most of the scenes with Drast as a central figure, because he never failed to surprise me—no matter how much of a hand I had in his creation. But my favorite scene has to be with the pair of them chatting towards the end of the novel. Joshua and I tried hard to earn the genre of Dark Fantasy with this novel, and when the two brothers have their heart-to-heart, I think that the novel finally finds its home, solidifying who they are, what they have done, and what they are leaving behind.
3. What can your readers expect from you in the future?

JOSHUA: The second book of The Blood of Dragons Series in March called Heshayol. This is the sequel and final installment of this series. And, for anyone who follows the Thrice Nine Legends Saga closely, knows this also adds a satisfying conclusion to The Kaelandur Series too.

JC: I also have personal projects, which I will certainly be playing with in the coming year, including another short story set in Aenar.

4. Do you have any advice for authors just starting down the self-publishing road?
JC: Come back to your keyboard (or pencil, or pen, or voice-to-text program, or…smoke signals?). Joshua and I spent years playing with the concept of Anaerfell. It is easy to get discouraged or to struggle to see the end of the daunting process that is authorship, but we came back to the idea time after time until we had the words to say what we needed to say. If you leave, just make sure you come back again.

JOSHUA: I agree with JC. There is a lot of advice out there, but to echo what he is saying, I think the best advice is to keep writing.

5. Fun question: Your favorite movie producer of all time calls. Not only does he/she want to make your book into a movie, but he/she wants your help in a) deciding where to film and b) who to cast in the lead roles. What location would you pick and who would you case?
JC: I would hand the phone to Joshua. We had a bit of a “Ha ha, what if” conversation about this exact situation a few weeks back, and I told him that I could not resolve myself to make changes to Anaerfell for a movie. I would be such a pain in the neck for any producer that the movie would likely never get made. We determined then and there that I was not allowed to have any part of it.

JOSHUA: I am partial to Scotland or Ireland, and it would closely match the environment, but so would Newfoundland. Kevin McKidd (Gray’s Anatomy, Brave, Percy Jackson) would play a good Tyran. And, I would love to have Zach Ward (Chicago Fire, Resident Evil, Postal) play the role of Drast.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Joshua Robertson was born in Kingman, Kansas on May 23, 1984. A graduate of Norwich High School, Robertson attended Wichita State University where he received his Masters in Social Work with minors in Psychology and Sociology. His bestselling novel, Melkorka, the first in The Kaelandur Series, was released in 2015. Known most for his Thrice Nine Legends Saga, Robertson enjoys an ever-expanding and extremely loyal following of readers. He counts R.A. Salvatore and J.R.R. Tolkien among his literary influences.

J.C. lives in the Midwest with his wife and two dogs and has an M.A. in English Literature. The first novel in his world, Blood and Bile, was released in 2017. Before completing junior high, J.C. had received his first box set of Dungeons & Dragons and devoured J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Since, he has been heavily influenced by a myriad of fantasy authors, such as Weis and Hickman, Robert Jordan, and Ed Greenwood.