The story of Julie D'Aubigny is well known. Her tumultuous childhood, her powerful lovers, her celebrated voice. Connected to most of the nobility of 17th century Paris, feted for her performance, unwilling to live by the rules of her society, she took female lovers, fought duels with noblemen and fled from city to country and back again.
But now the real truth can be told. She also made a deal with the devil. He gave her no powers or help, but he kept her alive for only one reason. To take revenge...
It is my birthday month and to celebrate I am putting my most popular series on special. Grab it between the 2nd and 8th of April 2020 and dive into some epic fantasy with elves, dragons, and magic to make you forget your quarantine blues.
*** The epic fantasy trilogy is now complete. Start your magical journey with Elemental Rising. ***
A threat older than time threatens the nation and only one can prevent annihilation.
All her life, elven princess Maia trained to become an Elemental - a Prime Elemental.
After completing her final test, life was supposed to return to normal and she was supposed to find her place in society as their new Prime.
Fate has other ideas.
A threat older than time is at the Gate of Grildor
An enemy fiercer than any they’ve faced before.
Grildor prepares for war, but the nation looks to Maia as their Prime Elemental to protect them.
Hiding her fears and insecurities, Maia prepares her dragon Midnight for battle. When the Omen of Death starts appearing to her, Maia is certain it’s a sign of their impending defeat.
Can Maia become the Prime Elemental her people need?
Find out now in this magical fantasy of an elven princess and the journey to become who she was meant to be. Toni Cox grabs you from the first page and takes you on a rollercoaster through a magical kingdom and the evil one princess must stop to save a nation.
“Cox has created characters; a world; a story that is Tolkien worthy. She has developed something unique and rich in imagination.”
Sian B. Claven (Author of The Butcher books)
*** The epic fantasy trilogy is now complete. Continue your magical journey with Elemental Betrayal. ***
They claimed victory during the War of Greystone, but will magic be enough a second time?
Still reeling after the war of Greystone, the nation of Grildor spend the winter moons mourning. Maia is in despair because of their losses and the absence of Blaid, but her position as princess and Prime Elemental demands that she tour the country as ambassador. Accompanied by Riker, Maia travels to assure her people they are safe.
But things are not as they appear.
This time, Grildor has been betrayed by one of their own.
There is a traitor amongst them with a weapon more powerful than they could imagine.
With her nation weak and decimated, Maia must once again lead them to war.
Will Maia’s magic be enough this time?
Find out now in the second installment of the Elemental Series. Toni Cox takes things to the next level with unexpected twists and an enemy they never expected to face.
“Maia is an incredible character to follow. Toni Cox has managed to bring something new, exciting, and seriously addictive to the fore.”
Robyn Victoria Castles (TBB)
*** The epic fantasy trilogy is now complete. Continue your magical journey in the exciting conclusion in Forbidden Elemental. ***
Twice they have won the battles at Greystone, but will the war ever be won?
Princess Maia is restless while the nation of Grildor tries to recover from the last battle they faced.
A strange whisper calls to her on the wind and she cannot find peace within the beautiful city of Shadow Hall.
The king worries that the Vampyres will strike as soon as the winter is over. While he prepares his armies, Maia steals away under cover of darkness, leaving everything she knows behind.
With her dragon, Midnight, Maia embarks on a journey to find the one person who might be able to help them win this war – Death.
What she finds, is more than she bargained for, and to save her people, Maia must first lose herself.
Will Maia be able to make the sacrifice and return to Grildor in time before the enemy attacks again?
The third and final installment of the Elemental series takes you on a fast-paced magical adventure to learn the fate of Grildor.
Will this be the war that ends the elven Kingdoms forever?
“I fell in love with this world and its characters and became utterly invested in their trials and tribulations. Toni Cox has a wonderfully rich imagination and brings Elveron and the Elves, and Midnight the dragon, to glorious life. Utterly entrancing.”
Elaina J. Davidson (Author of the Lore of Sanctum Series)
Born in Germany in 1976, International Bestselling Author Toni Cox moved to South Africa in 1991. Although she has spent much of her working career in the timber wholesale business, she is also an accomplished horse rider, has a diploma in project management, photography, and nutrition, and has a passion for books and all things fantasy.
From a young age, her dream had always been to put her imagination into words. When she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in 2013, she decided life is too short not to follow her dream. With the support of her husband and three children, she began writing book 1 of the Elemental Trilogy in January 2015.
Toni Cox writes Epic Fantasy, YA Fantasy, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dystopian Fantasy, Paranormal Fantasy, and Dark Fantasy. She is a firm believer in dragons.
Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a Q&A with Jon Richter.
About Jon Richter:
Jon Richter writes dark fiction, and is the author of two gripping crimes thrillers, Deadly Burial and Never Rest, as well as two collections of short horror fiction (Jon Richter's Disturbing Works, Volumes One and Two). Jon writes whenever he can, and hopes to be able to bring you more macabre tales in the very near future.
Jon lives in London and spends some of his time hiding in the guise of his sinister alter ego, an accountant called Dave. When he isn’t counting beans, he is a self-confessed nerd who loves books, films and video games – basically any way to tell a great story.
Jon's new novel, the cyberpunk novel Auxiliary: London 2039, will be published in May 2020.
The silicon revolution left Dremmler behind but a good detective is never obsolete.
London is quiet in 2039 - thanks to the machines. People stay indoors, communicating through high-tech glasses and gorging on simulated reality while 3D printers and scuttling robots cater to their every whim. Mammoth corporations wage war for dominance in a world where human augmentation blurs the line between flesh and steel.
And at the center of it all lurks The Imagination Machine: the hyper-advanced, omnipresent AI that drives our cars, flies our planes, cooks our food, and plans our lives. Servile, patient, tireless... TIM has everything humanity requires. Everything except a soul.
Through this silicon jungle prowls Carl Dremmler, police detective - one of the few professions better suited to meat than machine. His latest case: a grisly murder seemingly perpetrated by the victim’s boyfriend. Dremmler’s boss wants a quick end to the case, but the tech-wary detective can’t help but believe the accused’s bizarre story: that his robotic arm committed the heinous crime, not him. An advanced prosthetic, controlled by a chip in his skull.
A chip controlled by TIM.
Dremmler smells blood: the seeds of a conspiracy that could burn London to ash unless he exposes the truth. His investigation pits him against desperate criminals, scheming businesswomen, deadly automatons - and the nightmares of his own past. And when Dremmler finds himself questioning even TIM’s inscrutable motives, he’s forced to stare into the blank soul of the machine.
Auxiliary is gripping, unpredictable, and bleakly atmospheric - ideal for fans of cyberpunk classics like the Blade Runner movies, Richard K. Morgan’s Altered Carbon, William Gibson’s Neuromancer, and the Netflix original series Black Mirror.
Matt Harry's Cryptozoology for Beginners was published by Inkshares in November 2019.
About Matt Harry:
Matt Harry received an MFA in Film Production from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts, and has worked as a filmmaker, editor, screenwriter, college professor, movie critic, and story consultant. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
About Cryptozoology for Beginners:
The much-anticipated sequel to Sorcery For Beginners is here!
Six weeks have passed since teenage sorcerers Trish, Owen, and Perry defeated a team of ruthless anti-magic mercenaries called the Euclideans. When they learn that the world’s cryptids (aka magical creatures) are disappearing, they’re partnered with brusque team leader Jacinda Greyeyes and their former nemesis Bryan Ferretti in a mission to travel all over North America, collecting famous cryptids like the jackalope, the chupacabra, and the altamaha-ha.
But after another team of teenage sorcerers suddenly vanishes, the spellcasters set out for Germany, Egypt, and the Seychelles to uncover why the Euclideans have been abducting and experimenting on magical creatures like the unicorn and the Sphinx. The secrets they uncover threaten to divide them and reveal a truth that will permanently upend the way the world sees sorcery.
Caractacus Plume's The Curious Case of the Kensington Kidnapping was published by Silvatici Publishing in October 2018.
About Caractacus Plume:
Caractacus Plume is the official biographer of Lyons & Hound Paranormal Investigation Agency (est. 1895). Because of the highly sensitive nature of the Agency's work, some of the names in the upcoming manuscripts have been changed to protect the identities of certain individuals (the author's included).
Click here to visit the author's official website.
About The Curious Case of the Kensington Kidnapping:
London 1902. The esteemed paranormal investigation agency of Lyons & Hound (est 1895) is called in to help solve the curious case of perhaps the most famous of all kidnappings - remembered to history as the "Peter Pan Mystery". As Professor Lyons and Mr Hound struggle to solve the diabolical diorama, they must delve into the dark and disturbing back streets, dim alleyways and dismal rookeries of the supernatural underworld of early Edwardian London; encountering along the way - gruesome Goblin gangs and weird and wonderful were-beasts. And, if all that wasn’t enough, they must also cross swords with, and outwit, the most celebrated private consulting detective of them all!
REVIEW: THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE KENSINGTON KIDNAPPING
Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature an excerpt from Re-Coil by J.T. Nicholas. This excerpt is part of the Re-Coil Blog Tour.
About J.T. Nicholas:
J.T. Nicholas is the author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Re-Coil and the neo-noir science-fiction series The New Lyons Sequence. When not writing, J.T. spends his time practising a variety of martial arts, playing games (video, tabletop, and otherwise), and reading everything he can get his hands on. He currently resides in Wilmington, North Carolina with his wife.
Carter Langston is murdered whilst salvaging a derelict vessel — a major inconvenience as he’s downloaded into a brand-new body on the space station where he backed up, several weeks’ journey away. But events quickly slip out of control when an assassin breaks into the medbay and tries to finish the job.
Death no longer holds sway over a humanity that has spread across the solar system: consciousness can be placed in a new body, or coil, straight after death, giving people the potential for immortality. Yet Carter’s backups — supposedly secure — have been damaged, his crew are missing, and everything points back to the derelict that should have been a simple salvage mission.
With enemies in hot pursuit, Carter tracks down his last crewmate — re-coiled after death into a body she cannot stand — to delve deeper into a mystery that threatens humanity and identity as they have come to know it.