1893. Colonel John Hardwick is an embittered veteran of the secret war against the Othersiders, and lives a life of reclusive solitude away from London. But when members of his old unit are killed at the hands of monstrous creatures, and whispers abound that the Artist, Tsun Pen, has returned from the grave, fears spread for Hardwick's life. John's former friend, Captain Jim Denny, and the American adventuress Marie Furnival, must persuade John to come out of self-imposed exile, and help them discover this imposter who carries the Artist's name. But defeating this new threat will lead them to discover dark secrets at the heart of the Order of Apollo secrets that could shake the fabric of the world just as surely as the Lazarus Gate.
Ren Warom's Virology was published by Titan Books in June 2017.
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Ren Warom lives in the West Midlands with her three children, innumerable cats, a very friendly corn snake, and far, far too many books. She haunts Twitter as @RenWarom, and can be found on her YouTube channel talking about mental health issues and, of course, books.
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It’s been four weeks since Shock Pao broke open the virtual world of the Slip. With the stolen bio-ware Emblem in his head, he controls all the world’s systems, and so the shadiest characters in Foon Gung are desperate to track him down. Shock and the Hornets are running out of places to hide.
Meanwhile, the Patient Zeros’ cryptic illness is worsening. The source of the disease points to the distant hubs; Earth’s former cities snatched up and sent into orbit. With their pursuers nearing and time running out to find the cure, the Hornets flee skywards, from the insane underworld of Tokyo to the throngs of New York, all the time moving towards an evil that makes Hive Queens look like garden insects.
A REVIEW OF REN WAROM'S VIROLOGY
Michael W. Garza's A Veil of Shadows will be published by NeverHaven Press in September 2017.
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Michael W. Garza often finds himself wondering where his inspiration will come from next and in what form his imagination will bring it to life. The outcomes regularly surprise him and it's always his ambition to amaze those curious enough to follow him and take in those results. He hopes that everyone will find something that frightens, surprises, or simply astonishes them.
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A desperate search leads to a new world.
Naomi and Gavin are on the run. Having narrowly escaped Azzmon's clutches, they find themselves hunted by Malick, another Shade Lord. He has amassed an army of foul creatures, and the city-state of Tarravale stands on the brink of chaos. Naomi's ability to open Shadow Gates makes her an alluring target, and the Shade Lord will stop at nothing to possess her. The children must find a way to escape before their new world is buried in an unwinnable war.
Begin your search for the Shadow Gate today.
A REVIEW OF MICHAEL W. GARZA'S A VEIL OF SHADOWS
Rebecca Halls' Instrument of War was published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition in June 2017 in paperback was published in September 2017.
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Rebecca started writing when she was supposed to be studying for her exams at Otago University but somehow passed anyway, eventually graduating with a decorative piece of paper. She moved to the UK to pursue a career in publishing and after a couple of mishaps ended up in Edinburgh and sold Instrument of Peace to Elsewhen Press, which is not quite the career she had in mind. The career she did have in mind was along more editorial lines which is why she is now a volunteer at Inspired Quill and a freelance copy-editor for everyone else. She also has a blog which she infrequently remembers to update, where those mysterious things known as short stories can be found.
Even after three years, she is baffled by the fact that the British use miles, pints and 1p coins but things like pineapple lumps, black forest chocolate and L&P have not caught on. Rebecca would like to make it very clear that she is a Kiwi and absolutely NOT an Australian (or South African) and she will do almost anything for chocolate.
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The second book in the Symphony of the Cursed series
The Angels are coming!
Mitch would like to forget that the last year ever happened, but that doesn’t seem likely with Little Red Riding Hood now teaching Teratology. The vampire isn’t quite as terrifying as he first thought, but she’s not the only monster at the Academy. The Fallen are spying on everyone, the new Principal is an angel and there’s an enchanting new exchange student with Faerie blood.
Angry and nervous of the angels surrounding him, Mitch tries to put the pieces together. He knows that Hayley is the Archangel Gabriel. He knows that she can determine the course of the Eternity War. He also knows that the Fallen will do anything to hide Gabriel from the Host – even allowing an innocent girl to be kidnapped.
Instrument of War continues from Instrument of Peace, the first book in the Symphony of the Cursed series, as Mitch, Hayley and Nikola return for their final year in the International Academy of Magic at Lake Moawhango in New Zealand.
A REVIEW OF REBECCA HALL'S INSTRUMENT OF WAR
Risingshadow has the honour of publishing a guest post by Lisanne Valente.
Lisanne was born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland but loves to travel. Her travels have taken her to many parts of the US, one of her favourite places is Alaska. She has also travelled extensively in Europe. Her genetic recipe is quite diverse and includes a teaspoon of Italian, a tablespoon of German, a tablespoon of Irish and 2 ladles of Scots!
Lisanne has always enjoyed writing and her fertile imagination helped to bring together ideas and thoughts she has had for many years. Her parents encouraged her inventive imagination. Her sister, Morag, was also a marvellous story teller and loved to tell Lisanne tales to help her sleep. She is remembered in all the books Lisanne writes but more so in the first of The Park Family Trilogy, Lauren.
Lisanne's first book, Cathedral City is a dedication to her parents, Harry and Mary Bocker who both grew up in Leith, Edinburgh. Both parents were sadly killed in an automobile accident but their memories live on through Lisanne and her family.
She is fiercely proud of her sons and daughter in law who, together with her best friend, her husband Paul, have been the encouragement and support upon which she depends.
Lisanne's brothers and their families appear as characters in one, two or even more of her books.
Despite a hectic home life, Lisanne continues to read everything she can get her hands on and manages to continue writing her books that will shortly be available in print and electronic editions.
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GUEST POST: Why Women Are Writing More Fantasy by Lisanne Valente
Vaughn Entwistle's The Winter Ghosts Are Calling: Tales of Speculative Fiction was published in August 2017.
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Vaughn Entwistle grew up in Northern England, but spent many years living in the United States, first in Michigan, (where he earned a Master’s Degree in English at Oakland University), and then in Seattle (where he worked as an editor/writer and also ran a successful gargoyle sculpting business for ten years. Yes, really!). He currently lives in the ancient cathedral city of Wells (the smallest city in England) with his wife, two cats and a Brittany spaniel.
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Information about The Winter Ghosts Are Calling: Tales of Speculative Fiction:
A Collection of Ten Strange stories from Vaughn Entwistle, the acclaimed author of The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and The Angel of Highgate
Frightening, fantastic, and funny by turns, The Winter Ghosts will keep you turning pages from the first story to the last:
Trapped inside a telephone hoarder’s flat, a young woman wishes for caller IDk when the dead start calling.
A tourist’s visit to a medieval dungeon goes horribly wrong when she holds the wrong hand in the dark.
When a young girl reaches her bride day, she resists her tribe’s tradition that she marry a ghost.
When a Drive-In Movie in Northern Canada is plagued by powerful auroras, several giants of the silver screen put in a surprise appearance that is larger than life in the worst possible way.
Even though English schoolboy Wesley is a Ghost Train aficionado, he finds that some dark rides can be altogether too scary.
A REVIEW OF VAUGHN ENTWISTLE'S THE WINTER GHOSTS ARE CALLING: TALES OF SPECULATIVE FICTION