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Newsletter :: October 2021
Colin Fisher's La Ronde was published by Eibonvale Press in May 2020.
About the author:
Colin Fisher was born in London, and his poetry and short stories have been published by Egaeus Press, 18th Wall Productions, Wyrd Harvest Press, Fringeworks Press and Occult Detective Magazine. In between writing, he works in IT and is currently working on a Masters in Celtic Studies. He lives in Kent with his wife and two grown-up cats, and can be found at his infrequently updated website at www.colinfisherwriter.com. Somewhere, there is a Facebook page with his name on.
About La Ronde:
There are few rivalries bitterer than that of siblings, and few more ferocious than that of art.
Sébastien and Gabrielle Laronde are the most exquisite expression of fin de siècle Avignon. Artists without compare, they exist in eternal competition vying for the supreme accolade – not the acclaim of their peers, but to be found worthy of their family and its mysterious legacy.
In prose as sumptuous and rich as any of the Laronde sculptures and paintings, the twins’ simmering resentments weave a sensuous spell about the Vaucluse artworld. Drawn into their orbit, a new muse brings Sébastien the promise of perfection; his prize lies within the shining stone, but whose craft can be its equal?
REVIEW: LA RONDE BY COLIN FISHER
Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post by Aaron Hodges.
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel - Stormwielder - while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue...
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Guest post by Aaron Hodges
Risingshadow has an opportunity to feature a guest post by the fantasy author J. S. Gholson.
About the Author
J. S. Gholson is a world class seasoned traveler and writer. He graduated from George Mason University with a major in Russian & Eurasian Studies and a minor in Criminology. He’s experienced most things on this planet already, even though he’s only 24. Josh has written three fantasy novels so far with a fourth coming out later this month. He’s now with his wife Yulia, and their dog Benny, in Russia teaching English and working on novels. Mr. Gholson is blessed to write and raise awareness about Multiple Sclerosis as he has that himself. His interests include history, reading, and video games. Find Josh on Twitter @gholson_j, on Facebook: Josh Gholson, on Goodreads https://bit.ly/3gZPR4E and Amazon at https://amzn.to/3kOyPYt If you would like to email him with questions or queries or praise, his email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Congress of the Dwarves Series: Rumblings in Remardan and Deviations of Defiance
Blood, Honor, War.
The humans have been enslaved, dwarves now rule the Kingdom of Remardan. They conquered in a brutal massive wave from the underground. Yet there is one dwarf family cursed to be serfs along with the rest. Ineptius is a simple man, plant potatoes and pick them. That is until voices compete in his head for attention and he is sent flying from his home! Monsters pursue his every move as the armies of the land face off against unseen rebel foes. Find Rumblings in Remardan now!
Our hero Ineptius returns to face an unrelenting enemy. It haunts his every move, but first, he needs a drink. Deviations of Defiance finds Ineptius in the belly of a very strange tavern where nothing is real. He meets another dwarven companion from a strange land who tells him the tale of his life. This is none other than the traveler Doreth Alleto who has sailed along the largest ship in all the lands and faced tragedy there. Now the two find comfort in a shared bottle until danger strikes again!
The Kingdom Swell and A Dance of Kingdoms Books 1 and 2 of Tales from Beyond the Rormarkian Sea
The Kingdom Swell is a series of short stories that show what life is like for both the rulers, common folk, and even slaves of the lands of Ruptan. An angry Hetman wants revenge, but an Empire is eyeing his mountainous holdings from the north. The Iktar Cities to the southwest of this empire seek to regain lost land if there is an opening. A new weapon is to be built to outshine all of the current ones in this medieval world, and a tiny kingdom in between two of the great nations has the opportunity to build it and become powerful beyond all measures. A slave must fight for his life in the arena of the Glorious Gladiatorial Company. A blacksmith hears of knowledge unknown to those who came before him.
A half-orc gladiator with no arms and no legs, surely is no threat to the kingdoms who once called him a slave! The prime producer of gunpowder for one of the world’s largest empires disappears. The ruler of a powerful border kingdom slowly goes crazy and plans his own death will surely have no repercussions. The elite Mailor sent to deliver his final letter is taken hostage along with his manservant. And an imperiously wealthy family comes together for a long awaited announcement. J. S. Gholson strikes back with his fourth novel and the second set of short stories in a vividly surreal world. Welcome to Ruptan, welcome to A Dance of Kingdoms!
Tej Turner's Bloodsworn was published by Elsewhen Press in a digital edition on 8th January 2021 and in paperback on 8th March 2021, in time for the Spring Equinox.
About Tej Turner:
Tej Turner has spent much of his life on the move and he does not have any particular place he calls ‘home’. For a large period of his childhood he dwelt within the Westcountry of England, and he then moved to rural Wales to study Creative Writing and Film at Trinity College in Carmarthen, followed by a master’s degree at The University of Wales Lampeter.
After completing his studies, he moved to Cardiff, where he works as a chef by day and writes by moonlight. He is also an intermittent traveller who, every now and then, straps on a backpack and flies off to another part of the world to go on an adventure. So far, he has clocked up two years in Asia and a year in South America. He hopes to go on more and has his sights set on Central America next. When he travels, he takes a particular interest in historic sites, jungles, wildlife, native cultures, and mountains. He also spent some time volunteering at the Merazonia Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Ecuador, a place he hopes to return to someday.
Bloodsworn is his third published novel. His debut novel The Janus Cycle was published by Elsewhen Press in 2015, followed by his sequel Dinnusos Rises in 2017. Both of them were described as ‘gritty and surreal urban fantasy’. He has also had short stories published in various anthologies.
He keeps a travelblog on his website, where he also posts author-related news.
Click here to visit his official website.
“Everyone from Jalard knew what a bloodoath was. Legendary characters in the tales people told to their children often made such pacts with the gods. By drawing one’s own blood whilst speaking a vow, people became ‘Bloodsworn’.
And in every tale where the oath was broken, the ending was always the same. The Bloodsworn died.”
It has been twelve years since The War of Ashes, but animosity still lingers between the nations of Sharma and Gavendara, and only a few souls have dared to cross the border between them.
The villagers of Jalard live a bucolic existence, nestled within the hills of western Sharma and far away from the boundary which was once a warzone. To them, tales of bloodshed seem no more than distant fables. They have little contact with the outside world, apart from once a year when they are visited by representatives from the Academy who choose two of them to be taken away to their institute in the capital. To be Chosen is considered a great honour... of which most of Jalard’s children dream.
But this year, the Academy representatives make an announcement which is so shocking it causes friction between the villagers, and some of them begin to suspect that all is not what it seems. Just where are they taking the Chosen, and why? Some of them intend to find out, but what they discover will change their lives forever and set them on a long and bloody path to seek vengeance...
REVIEW: BLOODSWORN BY TEJ TURNER
- Dune: The Lady of Caladan
(The Caladan Trilogy #2) by Kevin J. Anderson, Brian Herbert
September 21, 2021 | science fiction
Lady Jessica, mother of Paul, and consort to Leto Atredies. The choices she made shaped an empire, but first the Lady of Caladan must reckon with her own betrayal of the Bene Gesserit. She has already betrayed her ancient order, but now she must decide if her loyalty to the Sisterhood is more important than the love of her own family.
Meanwhile, events in the greater empire are accelerating beyond the control of even the Reverend Mother, and Lady Jessica's family is on a collision course with destiny.
- Warriors of God
(The Hussite Trilogy #2) by Andrzej Sapkowski
October 21, 2021 | fantasy > historical fantasy
WARRIORS OF GOD, the second volume of the Hussite Trilogy by Andrzej Sapkowski, author of the bestselling Witcher series, depicts the adventures of Reynevan and his friends in the years 1427-28 as war erupts across Europe.
Reynevan begins by hiding away in Bohemia but soon leaves for Silesia, where he carries out dangerous, secret missions entrusted to him by the leaders of the Hussite religion. At the same time he strives to avenge the death of his brother and discover the whereabouts of his beloved. Once again pursued by multiple enemies, Reynevan is constantly getting into and out of trouble.
Sapkowski's deftly written novel delivers gripping action full of numerous twists and mysteries, seasoned with elements of magic and Sapkowski's ever-present - and occasionally bawdy - sense of humour. Fans of the Witcher will appreciate the rich panorama of this slice of the Middle Ages.