Risingshadow has the honour of featuring a guest post by Isobel Starling.
About the author:
Isobel Starling spent most of her twenty-year professional career making art in Ireland. She relocated to the UK and, faced with the dreaded artist’s creative block, Isobel started to write fantasy and found she loved writing more than making art. Isobel writes fantasy, thrillers, and comedy and to date has written twenty books, has 12 audiobooks and translations in French, German, and Italian.
Isobel is currently working The Dark Harvest, book #2 in her "Quiet Work" fantasy series.
About Apple Boy:
A NEW LGBT FANTASY SERIES FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR ISOBEL STARLING
A lost lordling, a farm boy, and a tale of mystery, magic, and murder!
After a traumatic event, Winter Aeling finds himself destitute and penniless in the backwater town of Mallowick. He needs to travel to the city of Serein and impart grave news that will bring war to the Empire, but without a horse, money, and with not a soul willing to help him, he has no choice but to line up with the common folk seeking paid work on the harvest.
As wagons roll into the market square and farmers choose day laborers, Winter is singled out for abuse by a brute of a farmer. The only man who stands up for him is the farmer's beguiling son, Adam, and on locking eyes with the swarthy young man Winter feels the immediate spark of attraction.
Winter soon realizes there is a reason he has been drawn to Blackdown Farm. The farmer possesses a precious item that was stolen long ago from Winter’s family, and he determines to retrieve it. He also cannot take his eyes off Adam, and as the young man opens up Winter can’t help wondering if Adam is just kind or his kind!
Wordcount: 103,600 words, 556 pages
“Apple Boy” (The Quiet Work #1) is available as an ebook, paperback and audiobook, performed by award-winning narrator Gary Furlong.
Cover art by Lennel.
Guest post by Isobel Starling: How Robin Hobb's books changed my life
Risingshadow has the honour of featuring a guest post by Eugene Linden.
About Eugene Linden:
Eugene Linden is an award-winning journalist and author on science, nature, and the environment. Deep Past is his first novel, which draws on his long career in non-fiction as the author of ten books, including his celebrated works on animal intelligence and climate change.
About Deep Past:
If nature could invent intelligence of our scale in a blink of geologic time, who’s to say it hasn’t been done before...
A routine dig in Kazakhstan takes a radical turn for thirty-two-year-old anthropologist Claire Knowland when a stranger turns up at the site with a bizarre find from a remote section of the desolate Kazakh Steppe. Her initial skepticism of this mysterious discovery gives way to a realization that the find will shake the very foundations of our understanding of evolution and intelligence.
Corrupt politics of Kazakhstan force Claire to take reckless chances with the discovery. Among the allies she gathers in her fight to save herself and bring the discovery to light is Sergei Anachev, a brilliant but enigmatic Russian geologist who becomes her unlikely protector even as he deals with his own unknown crisis.
Ultimately, Claire finds herself fighting not just for the discovery and her academic reputation, but for her very life as great power conflict engulfs the unstable region and an unscrupulous oligarch attempts to take advantage of the chaos.
Drawing on Eugene Linden’s celebrated non-fiction investigations into what makes humans different from other species, this international thriller mixes fact and the fantastical, the realities of academic politics, and high stakes geopolitics — engaging the reader every step of the way.
Publishing date: May 2019.
Guest post by Eugene Linden: The Ancient Intelligence in Deep Past is Fictional, But Could It Have Happened?
Risingshadow has the honour of hosting a guest post in the form of an interview by Ian Stuart Sharpe.
Ian Stuart Sharpe was born in London, UK, and now lives in British Columbia, Canada. Having worked for the BBC, IMG, Atari and Electronic Arts, he is now CEO of a tech start up. As a child he discovered his love of books, sci-fi and sagas: devouring the works of Douglas Adams, J.R.R. Tolkien, Terry Pratchett and George MacDonald Fraser alongside Snorri Sturluson and Sigvat the Skald. He once won a prize at school for Outstanding Progress and chose a dictionary as his reward, secretly wishing it had been an Old Norse phrasebook. The All Father Paradox is his first novel.
About The Jötunn War:
A war as old as time, where fate itself hangs in the balance. In the Vikingverse, the Norse rule the stars with restless fleets and an iron will. But when the thralls rebel, turning to the artifice of Norns to help them escape their bondage, the Natural order is thrown into chaos. The Jötunn War has been fought across the Nine Homeworlds to contain the threat, a battle against the stuff of ancient nightmares, red in tooth and claw, Jötunheim is the rebellion's last redoubt, an indignity the Empire plans to cleanse with flame and fury. The Jötunn War. Go big or go home in a body bag.
About the publisher:
Outland Entertainment was founded as a creative services company in 2008 by Jeremy Mohler. Since then, Outland has worked for a wide variety of clients across the world. Outland specializes in assembling creative teams and managing projects. Contact them via their site form or go to www.outlandentertainment.com.
GUEST POST: The Jötunn War: First Peek! by Ian Stuart Sharpe
Tim Major's Machineries of Mercy was published by ChiZine Publications in October 2018.
Information about Tim Major:
Tim Major’s novels and novellas include You Don’t Belong Here (Snowbooks, 2016), Blighters (Abaddon, 2016), and Carus & Mitch (Omnium Gatherum, 2015). His short stories have appeared in Interzone, Not One of Us, The Literary Hatchet, and numerous anthologies. Tim is co-editor of the British Fantasy Society’s fiction journal, BFS Horizons, and blogs at www.cosycatastrophes.wordpress.com.
Information about Machineries of Mercy:
It's a beautiful day in the village of Touchstone.
The birds are singing. Everyone is happy.
Everyone except Ethan.
The England he knows is broken and dangerous.
But perhaps Touchstone is more dangerous still.
REVIEW: MACHINERIES OF MERCY BY TIM MAJOR
Humanagerie (edited by Sarah Doyle and Allen Ashley) was published by Eibonvale Press in October 2018.
Information about the editors:
Allen Ashley is a British Fantasy Award winning editor and a prizewinning poet. He is the author or editor of fourteen published books including the novel The Planet Suite (Eibonvale Press, 2016) and the short story collection Once and Future Cities (Eibonvale Press, 2009). He works as a critical reader and also as a creative writing tutor with five groups currently running across north London, including the advanced science fiction and fantasy group, Clockhouse London Writers. He is a committee member for the British Fantasy Society.
Click here to visit his website.
Sarah Doyle is Poet-in-Residence to the Pre-Raphaelite Society, for whom she writes commissioned new work, and co-judges an annual poetry competition. She is (with Allen Ashley) co-author of Dreaming Spheres: Poems of the Solar System (PS Publishing, 2014). Sarah has been a guest reader at numerous poetry venues; has been published widely in magazines, journals and anthologies; and placed in many competitions. She was Highly Commended in the Best Single Poem category of the Forward Prizes for Poetry 2018. Sarah holds a Creative Writing MA from Royal Holloway College, University of London, and works as a freelance manuscript critique provider.
Click here to visit her website.
Information about Humanagerie:
Inspired by notions of the animalistic, Humanagerie is a vivid exploration of the nebulous intersection of human and beast. From cities to wilderness, buildings to burrows, and coastlines to fish-tanks, these thirty-two poems and thirteen short stories explore emergence and existence, survival and self-mythology, and the liminal hinterland between humanity and animality. This is an anthology featuring both poetry and prose.
REVIEW: HUMANAGERIE (EDITED BY SARAH DOYLE AND ALLEN ASHLEY)