Evil never truly dies... and some legends live forever. The dark heart of Bram Stoker's classic is reborn; capturing the voice, tone, style and characters of the original yet with a modern sensibility this novel is perfect for fans of Dracula and contemporary horror.
It has been some years since Jonathan and Mina Harker survived their ordeal in Transylvania and, vanquishing Count Dracula, returned to England to try and live ordinary lives. But shadows linger long in this world of blood feud and superstition - and, the older their son Quincy gets, the deeper the shadows that lengthen at the heart of the Harkers' marriage. Jonathan has turned back to drink; Mina finds herself isolated inside the confines of her own family; Quincy himself struggles to live up to a family of such high renown. And when a gathering of old friends leads to unexpected tragedy, the very particular wounds in the heart of the Harkers' marriage are about to be exposed...
There is darkness both within the marriage and without - for, while Jonathan and Mina wrestle with the right way to raise a child while still recovering from the trauma of their past lives, new evil is arising on the Continent. A naturalist is bringing a new species of bat back to London; two English gentlemen, on their separate tours of the continent, find a strange quixotic love for each other, and stumble into a calamity far worse than either has imagined; and the vestiges of something thought long-ago forgotten is, finally, beginning to stir...
Risingshadow has had the honour of interviewing Courtney Schafer.
Courtney Schafer is an American debut fantasy author, whose debut book, The Whitefire Crossing, was published in July/August 2011 by Night Shade Books. It's the first book of The Shattered Sigil series (the second book, The Tainted City, will be published in 2012). Click here to visit Courtney Schafer's official website.
AN INTERVIEW WITH COURTNEY SCHAFER
Terry J. Newman's debut book, Drayling, was published in March 2011 by Pen Press Publication.
Here's information about the author: Terry J. Newman lives with his wife in Sussex. He is a member of English Heritage, the National Trust, Brighton & Hove Albion Supporters' Club and Mensa.
Here's a description of Drayling:
Twenty-fifth century Drayling, and Britain as a whole, has benefited greatly from advances in technology and medical science, and life in the Graves' household, and in those of their friends and colleagues, is secure, clear and very content. The desire and need for clarity, truth and order has motivated communities to live in harmony, abandoning any potentially controversial aspects or ways of life, including all religions, in favour of a modern civilised society that upholds order, simplicity, honesty, love and honour as its ideals.
A REVIEW OF TERRY J. NEWMAN'S DRAYLING
Braxton's A. Cosby's ProtoStar will be published in September 2011 by Firefly Publishing & Entertainment, LLC. It's the first book of the The Star-Crossed Saga.
Here's information about the author:
Braxton A. Cosby is a dreamer with a vision of continuously evolving and maximizing the untapped potential of the human genome. Braxton received a lot of his inspiration from watching the accomplishments and exploits of his famous uncle, comedic legend Bill Cosby. A physical therapist by background, Braxton received his Bachelors, Masters and Doctorate from the University of Miami. Braxton's fascination of science grew into an obsession of Sci-fi and on one unassuming Sunday this self-proclaimed romantic decided to pursue a 'calling' to create a new genre of writing.
Click here to visit Braxton A. Cosby's official website.
Here's a description of ProtoStar:
It Starts With Choice! What would you choose: love or irrefutable duty?
On the brink of Civil War, the Torrian Alliance continues with its mission to obliterate Star-children across the universe in order to suppress an intergalactic evil. Following the recommendations of his Council, King Gregorio Derry has agreed to send his only son on a mission to restore honor to his family. Bounty Hunter Prince William Derry has crossed thousands of light-years to planet Earth, in order to fulfill this age old prophetic practice. The quiet days of Madisonburg, Tennessee are officially over as Sydney Elaine now knows the full meaning of the phrase Be careful what you wish for when she is confronted by this strange visitor. As an unforeseeable event delays his assassination, William decides to study his target more closely and begins to form a connection with Sydney that challenges his inner being. But this conflict is the least of his problems, as a conspiracy back on his home planet Fabricius threatens the lives of those he loves and his father's royal legacy. Along with that, he must unravel a hidden menace here on Earth that seeks to secure a vested interest that threatens both his and Sydney's safety. Will William be able to complete his mission or will he choose love, sacrificing everything he stands for?
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF BRAXTON A. COSBY'S PROTOSTAR
Courtney Schafer is an American debut fantasy author. The Whitefire Crossing was published in July/August 2011 by Night Shade Books. It's the first book of The Shattered Sigil series (the next book, The Tainted City, will be published in 2012).
Click here to visit Courtney Schafer's official website.
Here's a description of The Whitefire Crossing:
Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel – where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark – into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.
But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution – and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.
Yet the young mage is not the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other – or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.
And here's the review:
A REVIEW OF COURTNEY SCHAFER'S THE WHITEFIRE CROSSING
Jesse Bullington's The Enterprise of Death was published in March 2011.
Click here to visit Jesse Bullington's official website.
Here's a description of The Enterprise of Death:
As the witch-pyres of the Spanish Inquisition blanket Renaissance Europe in a moral haze, a young African slave finds herself the unwilling apprentice of an ancient necromancer. Unfortunately, quitting his company proves even more hazardous than remaining his pupil when she is afflicted with a terrible curse. Yet salvation may lie in a mysterious tome her tutor has hidden somewhere on the war-torn continent.
She sets out on a seemingly impossible journey to find the book, never suspecting her fate is tied to three strangers: the artist Niklaus Manuel Deutsch, the alchemist Dr. Paracelsus, and a gun-slinging Dutch mercenary. As Manuel paints her macabre story on canvas, plank, and church wall, the apprentice becomes increasingly aware of the great dangers that surround her. She realises she must revisit the fell necromancy of her childhood – or death will be the least of her concerns.
And here's a short review of this book:
A SHORT REVIEW OF JESSE BULLINGTON'S THE ENTERPRISE OF DEATH