Epic fantasy featuring warrior priestesses, and fickle gods at war, for readers of Brian Staveley's Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne.
In a world of hostile clans loyal to meddling gods, Hessa is an Eangi: priestesses of the Goddess of War with the power to boil a man's brain and turn his bones to dust with a scream. Banished for disobeying her Goddess's command to murder a traveller, Hessa prays for forgiveness alone on a mountainside.
Until raiders burn her village to the ground, leaving nothing of her future but ash. Without her Goddess's favor, Hessa has no place beside her family in the High Halls of the afterlife. She is the last of the Eangi.
Warriors from the cities to the south plow through her homelands, slaughtering everyone in their path. With legionaries, deceitful gods, and newly-awakened demons at every turn, Hessa burns through her enemies with the Eangi Fire in her soul. But her journey reveals a harrowing truth: the gods are dying. The High Halls of the afterlife are fading. And Hessa's trust in her Goddess weakens with every unheeded prayer.
Thrust into a battle between her Goddess and the old gods she imprisoned, Hessa realizes there is far more on the line than earning her place in the afterlife. Bigger, older powers slumber beneath the surface of her world. And they're about to wake up.
Rhys Hughes' Slap-on-the-Wrist Stories was published by Gloomy Seahorse Press in August 2019.
About Rhys Hughes:
In his own words:
"I am a writer of Fantastika and Speculative Fiction.
My earliest surviving short story dates from 1989, and since that time I have embarked on an ambitious project of writing a story cycle consisting of exactly 1000 linked tales. Recently I decided to give this cycle an overall name -- PANDORA'S BLUFF.
My favourite fiction writers are Italo Calvino, Stanislaw Lem, Boris Vian, Flann O'Brien, Milorad Pavic, Milan Kundera, Alvaro Mutis and Jorge Luis Borges, all of whom have a very well-developed sense of irony and a powerful imagination. I particularly enjoy literature that combines humour with seriousness, and that fuses the emotional with the intellectual, the profound with the lighthearted, the unfettered with the precise.
My first book was published in 1995 and sold slowly but it seemed to strike a chord with some people. My subsequent books sold more strongly as my reputation gradually increased. I have been told that I am a "cult author" and I'm pleased with the description, but obviously I also want to reach out to a wider audience!"
Click here to visit his official website.
About Slap-on-the-Wrist Stories:
Numbers control the galaxies and atoms of the universe but they don't always control us. Freedom lovers seek to break out of the mathematical prisons. There are a certain number of us. Perhaps you are one of them. We go on journeys and have adventures. But our adventures generate new numbers and we only learn this truth later. The stories in this book are guided by numerological constraints but paradoxically they find a greater freedom as a result. And so do we.
REVIEW: SLAP-ON-THE-WRIST STORIES BY RHYS HUGHES
The monsters never rest. They lurk, waiting for me to go to sleep.
Already, I have lost everything in my fight with the monsters that haunt my dreams, but my nightmares are about to become a reality when I am kidnapped by a shadowy government agency called the IDA.
Drafted into the IDA’s army of dreamers, the monsters become more real than they have ever been before. I am beginning to learn who, or what, I am – and the responsibility it brings with it.
This is a fight we cannot lose because if we lose, we lose EVERYTHING.
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Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a Q&A guest post by Kirk Zurosky, who is the author of the Immortal Divorce Court fantasy series.
About the author:
For the last twenty-plus years, Kirk Zurosky has practiced plaintiffs’ personal injury and workers’ compensation law with his firm, Tippens & Zurosky.
He started writing about the adventures of Sirius Sinister as a means of personal therapy to cope with a contentious divorce that felt endless, having no idea at first that it would turn into the seven-book Immortal Divorce Court series. Incorporating his own legal experiences into the books, Kirk puts a playful and racy spin on the worst-case scenarios that can possibly crop up in divorce court.
Kirk lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with his wife, Susie, and their wannabe-vampire Maltese, Daisy.
Click here to visit his official website.
About My Ex-Wife Said Go to Hell:
Sirius Sinister keeps sleeping with the wrong women. And this time, it's led to his imprisonment in Hell. Literal Hell.
Immortal vampire assassin Sirius Sinister has a healthy libido that constantly results in bad relationship decisions. But when he's served divorce papers by Bloodsucker Number One - a shady woman from his past - he realizes there's a major problem: he was never even married to her, or so he thought. Regardless of the truth, Sirius is put under the jurisdiction of Immortal Divorce Court.
You would think by now he'd know having sex can lead to horrific consequences like marriage, children, and ex-wives - but some habits just won't die. Leaving his faithful vampire Maltese, Garlic, behind, Sirius travels to court to defend himself with the help of his demon attorney, Maximillian Justice. Unfortunately, the trial quickly spirals out of control, and Sirius is banished to hell for a hundred years.
When Sirius finally escapes, he ends up in the Caribbean where he meets his next paramour: the Howler. After a wild romp with his new werewolf lover under the lure of a full blood moon, he finds himself becoming the father of a litter of pups - but, the Howler and her Pack want to put the dead in deadbeat dad. Luckily, Sirius is saved by the Queen of the Merfolk, who comes with a hidden agenda even as they fall in love. Can he make it work with the Queen, or will he have to head to Immortal Divorce Court once again as yet another relationship flounders?
For all those who have nursed a broken heart - or a vengeful one - Immortal Divorce Court Volume 1 is a sexy, exciting debut and the start of a hellishly fun new series about the flawed antihero Sirius Sinister.
Q&A GUEST POST BY KIRK ZUROSKY
Sapphira Olson's Stanley Park was published by BLAM! Productions in August 2019.
About Sapphira Olson:
Sapphira Olson was born in Bryansk, Russia. Her mother was Russian and her father was an American born in Minnesota. Sapphira emigrated to American when she was still a child, but currently lives in England.
When not writing she loves spending time in the countryside and enjoys watching Audrey Hepburn movies and listening to Dido and Caravan Palace.
Click here to visit her official website.
About Stanley Park:
A sorrow has taken root in my heart, and although it hurts every day I know there is a place where we laugh together under an open sky.
To that sanctuary, I am travelling.
This is that story.
Stanley Park is a collection of 35 poems from Parables author Sapphira Olson charting the story of two lovers through history as they are separated and then reunited all within the island of Stanley Park in Vancouver. Olson weaves a beautiful and poignant narrative through a progression of emotional poetry taking the reader on a journey of hope driven by love.
Incorporating poems inspired by Squamish Nation history & legends, the collection explores themes of immortality, love, loss, the nature of consciousness and culture.
Stanley Park itself is a beautiful 405-hectare public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver in British Columbia, Canada and is mostly surrounded by waters of Burrard Inlet and English Bay. The park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in the city.
"What shall it profit you if you turn the whole world into a gasometer and lose your own souls?"
Thomas H. Mawson about Stanley Park in his 1912 address to the Canadian Club.
REVIEW: STANLEY PARK BY SAPPHIRA OLSON
Caractacus Plume's Arrow of the Gods was published by Silvatici Publishing in April 2020.
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 Arrow of the Gods:
Mummies, immortals, long-forgotten gods & a murderous demon marauding through the hallowed halls of the British Museum!
What vile villainy is this?!
Sounds like a job for the paranormal investigation agency of Lyons & Hound (est. 1895).
But the theft of a recently discovered Ancient Egyptian artefact places not only Mr Percival Percy (the legendary "Hound Who Hunts Nightmares") & his dear chum & faithful companion, Professor Cornelius 'Dandy' Lyons, in mortal danger but also threatens to bring about the destruction of all mankind!
REVIEW: ARROW OF THE GODS BY CARACTACUS PLUME