COVER REVEAL: Dragonsgate: Devils by James Maxey

Dungeons! Dragons! Dinosaurs!

Graxen and Nadala are sky-dragons exiled beyond the Cursed Mountains. With Nadala too pregnant to fly, they seek refuge in a remote valley, discovering too late that it’s overrun with primordial predators even bigger and toothier than dragons. Things get even worse when they cross paths with Bitterwood, the legendary dragon slayer, who’s come to the valley on a quest for lost relics. Men hunt dragons, dragons battle men, and dinosaurs attack everything that moves in this epic adventure from acclaimed storyteller James Maxey!

Dragonsgate: Devils, include both the new novel and three bonus novellas from the Dragonsgate: Preludes & Omens collection.

Website: http://www.jamesmaxey.net/

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Authors in Focus Episode 4: Interview with Robert Cano by JMD Reid

Hi! Welcome to this episode of Authors in Focus Podcast. I’m James Reid, a fantasy author publishing as JMD Reid. This podcast is all about getting to know writers, their books, and what makes them tick.

We all have a storyteller inside of us. Join me as we find out what the rising stars and established voices in publishing have to say about their craft and inspiration.

I am excited to say that my second fantasy series, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond Stained and Ruby Ruins are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited. Obsidian Mind, Book Three, will be out on 5/19.

Today, I’m interviewing Robert Cano. He is the fantasy author of the Suffering and The Dark Archer!

The Dark Archer:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1950722309

Robert’s Reader Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/620898828753102

Robert’s Twitter and Instagram: @shadowyembrace

Robert’s blog: shadowyembrace.com

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Authors in Focus Episode 3: Interview with Craig A. Price Jr. by JMD Reid

Hi! Welcome to this episode of Authors in Focus Podcast. I’m James Reid, a fantasy author publishing as JMD Reid. This podcast is all about getting to know writers, their books, and what makes them tick.

We all have a storyteller inside of us. Join me as we find out what the rising stars and established voices in publishing have to say about their craft and inspiration.

I am excited to say that my second fantasy series, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond Stained and Ruby Ruins are out on Amazon and free in Kindle Unlimited. Obsidian Mind, Book Three, will be out on 5/18.

Today, I’m interviewing Craig A. Price. He is the bestselling and prolific author of fantasy, adventure, and humor!

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CraigAPriceJr/

Website: https://www.craigaprice.com/

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Author Interview with Kelly Blanchard

It’s been an interesting time. How have you been, and how has lockdown been treating you?

Interesting times for sure. For the most part, my life is rather normal because everything I do is from home anyway. The main difference is having my husband home more, which has actually been very great since he and I like to co-write.

Very cool…I’ve always wondered how co-writing teams do it. What’s the process like?

Everyone has different methods of how to co-write. The way my husband and I do it is, we know how the story is going to go, we know the major scenes that need to happen, and then we have a certain set of characters, and we write scene-by-scene, having those characters interact. We always know what needs to happen in each scene, but we never really know HOW it’s going to happen. It’s a lot of fun, very addictive. We can literally write all day if we didn’t have anything else to do!

Brilliant…and this is a new series which I’ll get back to but in the meantime you’ve just signed your first series The Chronicles of Lorrek over to Fallbrandt Press. Talk a bit about that series, and why you decided to make that jump.

The Chronicles of Lorrek is a strong mix of fantasy/scifi. There is magic, medieval kingdoms, dragons, and then there’s high tech, space ships, and stuff like that. It’s a fun blend for sure!

The series follows Lorrek, sorcerer prince of Cuskelom. He has been missing for ten years and presumed dead, so when he suddenly returns, he has a lot of catching up to do. It doesn’t help that there’s war on the horizon. Basically, he’s trying to help those he cares about, but nothing is ever simple and things go wrong, and he keeps getting blamed then bad things happen. This really starts pushing him to more of a darker edge.

It’s a fun series for sure. Lorrek is a different kind of protagonist.

As for my decision to go with Fallbrandt with my series. They came to me and offered me a deal. At first I wasn’t sure about taking it because I’m just used to doing it all by myself, but they were very willing to listen to my questions and address them directly. It was very reassuring. They would do all the hard work of promoting my books, and that was time and money I wouldn’t have to spend, which meant I would have more time to write. That’s always a good deal! I’m very happy with my decision to go with Fallbrandt.

And we’re very happy to have you. I’ve enjoyed your work and the way you mix genres immensely. Can you talk a bit about some of the influences that shaped the characters in the Chronicles of Lorrek ?

Sometimes certain characters in TV shows or movies give me ideas for characters of my own. For instance, Lorrek, he’s inspiration came from Loki from the Thor movie. When watching the movie, I always loved Loki but he was the bad guy, so I asked myself, “What if he is actually the good guy but just misunderstood?” So I took that core idea and created Lorrek. Of course, Lorrek’s story is absolutely nothing like Loki’s, and there is nothing about norse mythology in the books, but the core idea of Loki is in Lorrek. He has this flamboyant attitude at times, which can get him into trouble, but it’s fun all the same.

What do you hope readers take from your series when they no doubt binge read it in May? Is there a message in the overall story that you wanted to convey?

There is a lot that can be taken from the books. It really depends on each reader. For some, it could be the message of ‘not to judge one another’. For others, it may be ‘you can’t save everyone’, and so forth. It really depends on the reader. I just hope they enjoy the books!

The world building in the series is absolutely spectacular? Where did you come up with the idea for all the different “continents”, and what made you decide to mix magic with technology creating this Fantasy/Sci-Fi blend?

Honestly I don’t remember! I’ve always been a fan of fantasy and science fiction, and when I was creating my own fictional world, I was like, “Why not throw everything in together and see what happens?” It’s been a lot of fun making it work. Some people have asked me, “How can you have one kingdom with high tech and it NOT invade the other medieval kingdoms?” and I tell them, “Don’t worry, that’s actually addressed in one of the books. There’s a very good reason.”

Each kingdom has a unique trait, and I can honestly say I don’t remember where I got the idea to make them unique like that. I just wanted something different.

I had that exact same question and I am awaiting the answer so I know that writing is a huge part of your life but what takes up most of your non writing time?

Practicing graphic design, loving on my cats, baking cookies, brownies, or cakes, cleaning the house, running errands–you know, basic stuff.

I spend a lot of time online too, interacting with my writing community and my fans. Always so much fun. Sometimes while they’re reading my books, when they get to a scene where I killed a fan favorite character, they message me to rant, and I just laugh. Always fun!

Which leads right in to my next question. You have a large fan group on Facebook called The Realm of the Muse. Talk a bit about the group, the Muse concept and what it’s all about

Ah yes, my realm! It’s a fun place where I interact with my fans. I like to post beautiful pictures there too. A lot of people in the group are also writers, and sometimes pictures I post spark an idea for stories or characters for their stories. It’s a lot of fun!

It’s a great group. I was drawn to your ability to just be real and connect with people. I’m sure some of your group content has helped many people

While the group isn’t limited to writers, what amazes me is how some people are inspired to begin writing because of the group. That is amazing, and I love it! I always like to encourage people to tackle their dreams and not to let fear or the unknown to hold them back.

That’s incredible. And as far as writing goes you’ve not only written a nine book series with CoL but you have more ready to go. Talk about what your plans are for work in progress

Well, right now I have a completed five-book series waiting in the wings to be published along with another completed three-book series. Then my husband and I are currently co-writing yet another series that may be four or five books long. Then I have at least three or four more series planned to write. Each time I write a new series, I come up with another idea for a new series, so I’m not going to run out of writing material for a long time. And yes, ALL these different series take place in the same story universe, often with familiar characters. It’s a lot of fun!

That’s awesome. Without getting in to a cliche “what’s your writing day like?” question, how are you able to maintain such prolificacy?

With the lockdown, my usual writing routine has been thrown for a loop. It’s different every day. However, ideally, I wake up, take care of my cats, and then I write 2k words. Once I’m done with that, I’ll eat breakfast and see what else I need to do for the day. If I have the time, I’ll write more. If I’m co-writing with my husband, we tend to write all day long while still getting different projects done around the house since only one of us can be writing at a time.

As for my prolificacy, I say that just comes from pure determination to get writing done. Some people depend on inspiration to write, others depend on motivation, but for me, it’s determination. Sure, there are days I don’t write, but that’s mainly because the day did NOT go as I had planned, and I got tired and had a headache, but writing every day is a goal of mine, so I try my best to do that.

Words of inspiration by The Muse herself. Now from what I understand you got you start writing Star Wars fan fiction which is super awesome! How did that begin and how did it influence the direction of your writing career ?

Star Wars! Of course, I watched the original trilogy and was very intrigued by it, but my imagination wasn’t really sparked until the Phantom Menace was released. Qui-Gon Jinn was killed! He was my favorite character! That was unfair, so I discovered fan fiction, and wanted to read stories where he lived. Well, that’s one rabbit hole I disappeared into, and I fell in love with reading fan fiction, so I began to writing some! Most of my writing style comes from me studying other people’s techniques in fan fiction because I absolutely loved their stories and had to ask myself, “WHAT is it that I love about their stories?”

So I began to write and form my writing style, finding my voice in writing. I always view fan fiction as a ‘playground’ where you can play in someone else’s universe that’s already established, and you can learn how to write strong characters, dialogue, description, worldbuilding, and how to handle plot and so forth. All of that can be so overwhelming when you are just starting writing and have to make up everything on you own, but if you write fan fiction initially, you don’t have to create a whole new universe with sets of rules and characters. You can just borrow someone else’s, play around with it until you’re confident in your own abilities, and go from there.

What’s your advice for aspiring authors?

My advice for aspiring authors is not to rush into publishing. A lot of beginning writers start by saying, “I want to publish THIS book!” but it’s literally their first book. I always say, “That’s great and ambitious, but…maybe hold off on the whole publishing side of things for now.” By reasoning is, if they’ve never written a book before, then they need to first figure out how they write dialogue, description, how to build unique characters, and how they handle plots and build their worlds. That’s a lot of work! It can be very intimidating and daunting for someone just starting off, so that’s why I always say, just focus on writing first. Once you’ve gotten a good handle on that, then you can write something to publish. Does this mean you can’t ever publish anything you wrote up to that point? No, not at all! All that older stuff can be revised and rewritten into new material!

As for authors who are trying to figure out the publishing world, my recommendation is to get active in the writing community. Find writing groups to participate in. When someone asks a question, if you know the answer, then answer it. If you don’t know the answer but you know someone who does, then tag that person so everyone can learn the answer. By doing this, you become more visible, and you gain people’s trust. All writers are readers too, so when you build your own group, they’d be happy to flock to it.

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/MusesRealm

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AuthorKellyBlanchard

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kellannetta

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kellannetta

Website: www.kellannetta.com

Box Set 1: Chronicles of Lorrek Books 1-3: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086Z3YLXH

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Swords and Sorcery in the Nandor Tales with Martin Owton on the Podcast

author Martin Owton

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 109 with Martin Owton.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

From Epic Fantasy, to Urban Fantasy, to Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

Kicking off things this week, I’ll start with my author update. With the release last week of Huntress Scout, book 4 in my Huntress Clan Saga, I’m back into focused writing mode so I can finish up the next book, Huntress Adept. I hope to wrap that up in just a few weeks and send it off to the editor. I’ll keep you all up to date on that.

If you haven’t picked up the first three books in the series, now’s the time to do that. Check out the entire series over on Amazon starting with Huntress Initiate, the first book in the Huntress Clan Saga.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Let’s go ahead with today’s interview. Martin Owton is a UK-based writer of fantasy and SF. He currently has 3 novels out: the Nandor Tales duology – a sword & sorcery adventure fantasy, and Shadows of Faerie, a contemporary fantasy. He has just finished the first book of a new epic fantasy that will be going in for editing and publishing soon. In his real life, Martin is a drug designer for major pharma and holds a PhD in Chemistry. He’s also a cancer survivor.

Here’s my chat with Martin where we talk about his books, especially his Nandor Tales first book, Exile.

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Authors in Focus Episode 2: Interview with Kelly Blanchard by JMD Reid

Hi! Welcome to this episode of the Authors in Focus Podcast. I’m James Reid, a fantasy author publishing as JMD Reid. This podcast is all about getting to know writers, their books, and what makes them tick.

We all have a storyteller inside of us. Join me as we find out what the rising stars and established voices in publishing have to say about their craft and inspiration.

I am excited to say that my second fantasy series, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond Stained is available from Amazon and is free in Kindle Unlimited. On May 5th, Book Two, Ruby Ruins, will be out.

In this episode, I’m interview Kelly Blanchard, the author of the fantasy/scifi series, The Chronicles of Lorrek. She has just relaunched her series with Fallbrandt Press and has a lot planned for her story universe with many series already written and many more in the works!

Facebook Group: www.facebook.com/groups/MusesRealm

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/AuthorKellyBlanchard

Twitter: www.twitter.com/kellannetta

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kellannetta

Website: www.kellannetta.com

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Bringing Story to History and and Science to SciFi with J. Clifton Slater on the Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 108 with J. Clifton Slater.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

From Epic Fantasy, to Urban Fantasy, to Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

Kicking off things this week, I’ll start with my author update. Huntress Scout released earlier this week and reviews are super so far. I’m glad folks like it. Some are calling it the best in the whole Huntress Clan Saga. That’s good but I’m already close to finishing Huntress Adept, book 5 in the series, with plans to make it better still. In the meantime, get all four books in the Huntress Clan Saga and let me know what you think.

If you haven’t picked up the first three books in the series, now’s the time to do that. Check out the entire series over on Amazon starting with Huntress Initiate, the first book in the Huntress Clan Saga.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Okay, let’s get to this week’s featured guest. J. Clifton Slater is a multi-genre author. His writing comes from a love of science and history. Both feed his curiosity and need to do research.

Currently, he’s working on book #11 in the Clay Warriors series. His goal for the series was to make books about ancient Roman readable. The stories are wrapped around events during the 1st Punic War in the mid-Republic years. The research covers ancient customs, the technology of the era, Legion tactics, historical events, Gods, and Goddesses. In his science fiction series, Call Sign Warlock, Retired Galactic Council Marine Diosa Alberich has a bionic eye with 6 sensors. Researching different types of sensors was a joy for him.

Let’s get into my interview with Jim Slater now.

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COVER REVEAL Og-Grim-Dog, The Three-Headed Ogre by Jamie Edmundson

Two heads are better than one. Three can be a real pain in the arse.

We are Og-Grim-Dog!

We have been loved and reviled! We have been the Hero of the Hour, the Darkest Villain, and everything in between! We have saved this world and travelled to worlds beyond it!

You think you can distil the life of Og-Grim-Dog into some words on a page?

When a stranger visits their inn, the regulars are in for a surprise. Did their Landlord really come here from Gal’azu—the dangerous, edgier province to the east? Could it be that his stories, so fanciful and fantastical, were episodes from his previous life?

When their Landlord is persuaded to have his life story recorded for posterity, the surprises come thick and fast. Just like his regulars, you too can learn how a three-headed ogre came to be a hero. Unlike them, you don’t stand to be killed if it all goes wrong…

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/JamieEdmundsonWriter/

Website: http://jamieedmundson.com/index.php/me-three/

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Authors in Focus Episode 1: Interview with Andy Peloquin

Hi! Welcome to this episode of the Authors in Focus Podcast. I’m James Reid, a fantasy author publishing as JMD Reid. This podcast is all about getting to know writers, their books, and what makes them tick.

We all have a storyteller inside of us. Join me as we find out what the rising stars and established voices in publishing have to say about their craft and inspiration.

I am excited to say that my second fantasy series, Secret of the Jewels, is being published. Diamond Stained is available from Amazon and is free in Kindle Unlimited. On May 5th, Book Two, Ruby Ruins, will be out.

In the inaugural episode, I’m interviewing Andy Peloquin. A veteran of indie fantasy, he’s now taking the plunge into Sci-Fi with Assassination Protocol

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/andypeloquin/

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Winter Harvest and Epic Sci-Fi LitRPG with Dawn Chapman on the Podcast

This is the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast Episode 107 with Dawn Chapman.

Good day and welcome to this episode of the Books and Authors Fantasy Podcast. I’m your host, podcaster and author of Fun Fantasy Reads, Jamie Davis. This podcast is exactly what the title says it is, a show focused on everything in fantasy books.

From Epic Fantasy, to Urban Fantasy, to Sword and Sorcery, and everything in between, expect to find the best and brightest authors from all the various corners of the fantasy book world. Plus we’ll add in a few other very special guests as well along the way.

Starting off with my update. I’m super excited that tomorrow, May 5th, I release Huntress Scout, book 4 in the Huntress Clan Saga. This is my favorite book in this series so far with a surprise new character I know my readers and fans will enjoy. I’m also hard at work on book 5, Huntress Adept and hope to have that ready to go to the editor in a week or so.

If you haven’t picked up the first three books in the series, now’s the time to do that. Check out the entire series over on Amazon starting with Huntress Initiate, the first book in the Huntress Clan Saga.

You can check out more information on what I’m up to, including sneak peeks of upcoming covers, special giveaways, and more, by visiting my fan group on Facebook, Jamie’s Fun Fantasy Readers and over at my website and blog, JamieDavisBooks.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

In this episode I get to chat with author, Dawn Chapman again. Dawn was on our show last year to talk about her Puatera Online series and her background in writing for films and TV. This time we had her back to announce the release of a brand new series for her in partnership with MountainDale Press.

Check out this episode where we talk about her new book Winter Harvest and what else she has planned moving forward.

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