Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Hall of Heroes Anthology!

Hall of Heroes: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology

Introducing: Hall of Heroes


Twenty-Seven Thrilling Tales from Amazing Fantasy Authors!

Whether they are unwitting, plucky, or just plain epic, heroes capture the imagination and rescue us from everyday life. With stories set in fantastic, magical realms, gritty urban landscapes, and fairytale kingdoms, our heroes stand fast as defenders of good. Struggling against evil governments, wicked demi-gods, wrathful nature, supernatural con-men, and their own insecurities, each must find the strength to triumph and the will to persevere. 

In the second anthology from the Fellowship of Fantasy, twenty-three authors explore the theme of heroes, covering genres ranging from steampunk and fairytale to urban and Arthurian. These are the heroes you've been waiting for. 

Enjoy Heroes: A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology and join the adventures!


This is the second anthology released by Fellowship of Fantasy authors (the first being Fantastic Creatures), and this one has even more stories by even more authors! 

I have two tales in this collection

Alancia's Dance
A Mythological Fantasy set in the same world as Coiled

and

Sacrifice to Iara
A tale of a young boy who must bring the rain to save his sister from a terrible fate. 

I hope you get a chance to check out these as well as the 25 other stories in the anthology. The anthology is intended to be free to download (please verify that it is free in your particular market before you click purchase).
You can find it at 
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as well as 
Various Other Retailers. 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Random Interview Saturday! Benita J. Prins


DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
Our next author zooms in on a chariot drawn by sea serpents (it's an all-terrain chariot). It's Benita J. Prins!
Benita J. Prins


Author Bio
Benita J. Prins has been writing since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. Her busy imagination fuels her love for fantasy – the seeds of which appeared when she read The Lord of the Rings at age eleven (still her favourite book!). She loves to be inventing and feels at a loss when she doesn't have a fantasy location to flesh out. When she's not writing, she keeps busy with music (piano, organ, singing… especially singing), filmmaking, and increasing her already enormous book collection. Some of her favourite authors are J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Michael O’Brien, John Buchan, Jane Austen, and Charlotte Brontë.

Benita lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada with her family.

If you had a store, what would you sell?
Scads of lined paper and pretty notebooks, and liquid ink pens, and cool books. Also much milk chocolate, because I could partake whenever I so desired (which is always).

Best writing tool: pen, pencil, keyboard, or crayon?
I ought to say “Pen, of course” to show everyone how dedicated and traditional I am, but the truth is “Keyboard, of course,” because of course. Although I do like to write by hand sometimes. I usually do when I get writer’s block, or when the internet is distracting me again. After all, it’s a most writerly feeling to scribble out words and make clever notes in the margins.

I feel I should observe that crayons are fat, melt in the heat, and make sticky sounds when you lift them off the page. Therefore, they are not useful writing tools.

What’s your sign? Mine is that one that warns you to watch for falling cows.
Which kind of sign is this referring to? I like road signs. Particularly the one that warns about a truck entrance. I’m not sure the driver of the truck pictured thereon actually passed his road test, considering it looks like he’s still going 80kph approximately three feet from the intersection.

On more careful examination of the question this seems to be asking what my sign is. Needless to say, road signs do not belong to me. (This is why I don’t spray paint them or knock them over. Evidently other people do not have the same scruples, or else that’s what the provincial government does on their days off.) My sign is the one that warns you I’m getting angry. It’s hard to interpret this sign correctly. If I’m smiling brightly and being very sweet and nice, you may be ticking me off. Needless to say, most people don’t realise this until too late.

What weather is your writing? A dark and stormy night? A sunshiny day?
A pompous dark grey cumulus cloud threatening rain but ultimately dissipating so that the sun shines through.

For proof of the pomposity, read my high school essays.

On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think your chances are of surviving the zombie invasion?
9? I’m timid, so I would hide away. I’m clever, so I would hide away in a clever spot. I over-organise, so I would hide away in a clever spot with food and blankets and other things I might need. Also, I’m constantly thirsty and carry a water bottle with me at all times – so even if the zombies made a surprise attack at least I would have water.

You can time travel in an oddly specific way that only allows you to visit other authors. Where do you go and what do you do?
Obviously, visit J.R.R. Tolkien, and ask him how to write long books, because mine always turn out so short.

Which natural element (earth, wind, fire, water) do you feel the greatest kinship with?
Wind. When the wind is strong I love to go out and let it buffet me around. It makes me feel small and humble amidst the power of creation. Fire, on the other hand, is my greatest fear.

What mythical creature do you most wish to be real?
I *cowers* don’t much like mythical creatures? But the ones I wouldn’t mind being real are black imps. I used to read so many fairy tales and my older brother and I were particularly fascinated by black imps. Possibly for philological reasons, now I think about it. ‘Imp’ is... well, an impish word, and paired with ‘black’ it just flows so intriguingly, especially to a seven-year-old. Then of course black imps were the extra naughty ones, which I think spoke to my brother and me on a deep level. I should probably not go into that.

If you had to board yourself up in a store to wait out the apocalypse, what store would you choose?
Chapters. There are many good, or at least tolerable, books to occupy myself with, and I could bombard the zombies with the other two-thirds of the stock. Whilst it may not wound them overmuch, at least the literary tripe contained therein would distract them. Furthermore, the feelings of disgust conjured in them by the aforementioned literary tripe might even bring back a semblance of humanity. Thus I would literally have singlehandedly saved the world.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
Q: What is the best feeling in the world?
A: Going to bed early knowing you can sleep in the next day.
I feel that this conveys many truths about me.


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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

#Junicorn Giveaway


It's June and that means it is time to celebrate the majestic Unicorns. Seven authors from the Fellowship of Fantasy have banded together to bring you this awesome giveaway. What's more, you have double the chance to win because we will have ...

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One lucky winner will receive a unicorn mug (US winners only) 
the other a SEVEN ebook Library including ... 





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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Random Interview Saturday! Melissa Sasina

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
A pirate ship with sails flapping in the breeze sails into harbor. On board is our next author, Melissa Sasina!!!

Melissa Sasina

Author Biography


Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Melissa Sasina has always been a traveler in her own fantasy worlds. Her love for writing began in her childhood and never let up, leading to the creation of several short stories. Inspired by the words of her High School English teacher, Melissa decided to pursue her passion for the magical as an adult and has since then published two series, The Priestess Trilogy and The Chronicles of Midgard, with a third in the works.When not writing, she enjoys video and tabletop gaming, drawing, and procrastinating on the internet. Melissa still lives in Ohio with her husband and son, although one day she would love to travel the world to the places that are the inspiration behind her writing.

The Interview

If you had a store, what would you sell?
I actually would love to have my own bookstore. I'd have a section dedicated just to Indie authors.
Sum up your life in five words and two punctuation marks. 
A pencil, imagination and dreams.
Pirates, Ninjas, or Vikings? Choose carefully.
Oh, that's a tough one. I'll have to go pirates, otherwise I get haunted by one of my characters.
Paper or plastic?
Paper?
On a scale of 1 to 10, what do you think your chances are of surviving the zombie invasion?
With as accident prone as I am, definitely a 2 or 3. XD
You can time travel in an oddly specific way that only allows you to visit other authors. Where do you go and what do you do?
I would go back to when Tolkien was alive and bring with me the Lord of the Rings movies, a device to play them on, and a tv. I'd play them for him and tell him "Look what you did." *smiles*
You receive a contract that allows you to have any pet you want (mythical or real) but in return you have to spend a week AS a pet to a mythical creature of your choice (dragon, giant, sphinx?). Do you take it or do you decline?
If it was a dragon, I would totally take it.
What is the best dream you ever had? Alternately, what is the worst nightmare you’ve ever experienced?
The best dream I ever had was one when I had bought a new house and had my own personal library/writing space. The worst nightmare I ever had was an end of the world scenario where my son and I are separated from my husband and we have to fight to survive until we're reunited. That has actually been a reoccurring nightmare.
If you were to plan a “literary crossover” where the casts/worlds of two books (or series of books) were to combine, which would you choose and how would it go down?
I would combine Intisar Khanani's Sunbolt series with my Chronicles of Midgard and there would be complete chaos when Hitomi and Ril meet. Absolute chaos. the world just might not survive their alliance, lol.
If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
"How is your day going?"
Wonderful, why thank you! ;)

Connect with the Author

Twitter and Instagram: @MelissaSasina

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Coiled

Coiled releases tomorrow and I'm so excited! I've got an ongoing blog tour and scavenger hunt, so scroll down and click some of the links to find out more about this book!





Seven stops on this blog tour contain special Scavenger Hunt Clues, presented by #TheodoretheDragon and #PistachioSnek. Look for a photo of either or both of those little guys holding up a note. Each note is part of our secret phrase. When you have all seven pieces of our secret phrase click here and tell us. All correct entries will be put into a random drawing for a signed paperback of Coiled. The winner will be drawn at our Facebook party on June 23rd.


Blog Tour Dates

http://www.lizdelton.com/blog/ June 5 - Liz Delton, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
http://www.janeenippolito.com/ June 7 – Monsters, Misfits, Mushy Stuff Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
https://briannamerritt.com/blog-2/ June 8 – Brianna Merritt, Book Spotlight
http://backingbooks.blogspot.com/ June 10 – Rebekah Gyger, Greek Gods Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
http://www.arsilverberry.com/blog/" June 12 – A. R. Silverberry, Guest Blog (scavenger hunt)
http://www.hhaydenwriter.com/  June 13 – Heather Hayden, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
http://www.leadoue.com/blog/ June 14 – Lea Doue, Author Interview
http://alliemayauthor.blogspot.com/ June 15 – Alyson, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
https://jebraunclifford.com/ June 20 – Jebraun Clifford, Guest Blog
https://pagesandhope.com/ June 22 – Laura Pol, Author Interview (scavenger hunt)
http://livkfisher.blogspot.com/ June 23 – Olivia Fisher, Book Spotlight

Buy Links



In the vein of Eros and Psyche, two cursed souls find each other on a forsaken isle and together must shed the darkness inflicted upon them–or else live as monsters forever.
About the Book
A healing touch. A hideous face. A looming curse.
As the ugly twin to a perfect sister, Princess Laidra lives her life in the shadows—until her parents offer her as bait for a giant serpent.
Her escape attempt leaves her shipwrecked on a secluded island with only one inhabitant: Prince Calen, who lives under a curse. If anyone looks upon him, he turns into a giant serpent. Speaking to him in the darkness, Laidra sees past the monster to Calen’s lonely soul, and she determines to free him from the magic’s hold.
But if Laidra can’t break the curse in time, Calen will become a mindless creature of scales and fangs forever.


Author Bio:
H. L. Burke
Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic.
An addictive personality, she jumped from one fandom to another, being at times completely obsessed with various books, movies, or television series (Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek all took their turns), but she has grown to be what she considers a well-rounded connoisseur of geek culture.
Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.
Follow her personal blog at www.hlburkeblog.com


Connect with the author:
on Facebook: www.facebook.com/hlburkewriter
at her website www.hlburkeauthor.com


Saturday, June 10, 2017

Random Interview Saturday! Sarah Ashwood

DISCLAIMER
The H. L. Burke Random Interview is not like other interviews. The questions are all over the place. They have no purpose. Their purpose is their lack of purpose.
There are nine questions because cats, but these nine questions are subject to change without notice, so the questions one person answers may not be the questions answered by the next author.
Thundering hooves of a mighty stallion ring out in the distance. In gallops our next author, SARAH ASHWOOD!

Sarah Ashwood

Author Biography
Don’t believe all the hype: Sarah Ashwood isn’t really a gladiator, a queen, a cowgirl, a Highlander, an expert fencer, a skilled horsewoman, an archer, a magic wielder, or a martial arts expert. That’s only in her mind. In real life, Sarah is a genuine Okie from Muskogee, who grew up in the wooded hills outside the oldest town in Oklahoma. She is author of the Sunset Lands Beyond Trilogy. In real life, she lives (mostly) quietly at home with her husband and three sons, where she tries to sneak in a daily workout or run to save her sanity.

 The Interview


I know exercise is good for me, but it is not entertaining. What methods do you suggest for making workouts more fun?
You just haven’t found the right form of exercise! Try wearing boots and a cape (in a pinch a towel will do) while running around the house with your arms outstretched yelling, “Hey, Mom, look at me, I’m flying!” and follow it up with jumping on and off the furniture. Seems to work for my kids. They’re pretty fit, and they stay entertained.
 
Most RPGs have three basic classes: healers, who heal; tanks, who protect other party members from damage; and dps who damage the bad guys. Which are you? Points if you’ve actually played an RPG and can tell me about your in game character.
Oh, I’m an absolute expert at RPGs! (I’ve never played an RPG in my life.) My character is a tank, who uses her “muscles of magnitude” (I totally stole that line from Spaceman Spiff in Calvin and Hobbes) to deflect any fireballs thrown at my teammates. I mean, the fireballs just bounce off my character’s muscles and slam right back into the person who threw them. Yeah. Don’t mess with me.

Which bear is best?
Polar bears, because they’ll swim in freezing seas under a big chunk of floating ice and keep tipping the ice until the seal falls off. Viola! Fresh meat!
Or was that killer whales? Hmmm…either way, it’s a clever trick.

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Depends. Does he have to split and stack it too? That’ll slow you down, from 5 ricks to 3.
 
If you favorite historical era had an ice cream flavor made in its honor, what would it taste like?
Ancient Rome, and grape. Because everyone knows the Romans really liked grapes.

Who wrote the book of love?
Some might say Shakespeare. Some might answer Don Juan. Some might claim King Solomon. But I’m going to go with Henry VIII. Sure, he had to lop off a few heads to find that one special lady, but the point is he never gave up. He never quit trying. He must’ve known something about love. And surely transcribed it at some point. 
 
You have to trade places with one of your characters for a day. Which and why?
Lord Ilgard, the Simathe High-Chief. Because I’m a very animated person, and I think it would be interesting to be in the company of the world’s greatest stoics.

You have superpowers. What are they and what do you do with them?
Easy, flying. I would fly across the Grand Canyon, soar over the giant redwoods, tour ancient Rome by air, travel the length of the Great Wall of China, and alight on the Pyramids. Basically, I’d use them to visit all of my favorite places I’ve been and go see all of the places I want most to see.

If this question were any question in the world, what question would you want it to be and how would you answer it?
I would want it to ask what foods I craved during pregnancy. And the answer would be hot dogs. With all three pregnancies at some point I craved hot dogs. And my greatest feat during a crave session was eating two Costco hot dogs, buns and all, in one setting. That’s gotta be a superpower, right?


You can find Sarah on her Sarah Ashwood Facebook author page, friend her on her Sarah Ashwood Goodreads page, follow her on Twitter @1sarahashwood, or on Instagram where she goes by@runnerwritermom. If you want to see lots of pins related to fairytales, fantasy, magic, castles, reading, and writing (and occasionally fitness and running), you can follow her on her Pinterest page, as well.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Review: Sylvia in the Wilds by Liz Delton


Sylvia in the Wilds

a short story by Liz Delton

Before the first war in a thousand years, Sylvia Thorne was just a normal sixteen-year-old girl, who happened to have one of the most dangerous jobs in the Four Cities.

Delivering messages might not sound dangerous, but those who have traveled through the wilds between cities will tell you a different story--those who survive, that is.

Sylvia is used to traveling the wilds for a living–and she will soon deliver the message that breaks the peace between the cities, but before that, she gets stuck in Lightcity, waiting for a package to deliver.

Her wait for adventure isn’t long. A young girl named Maddy has run away into the wilds on a haphazard rescue mission--untrained in the ways of the wilds. Sylvia follows, hoping to bring her back in one piece.

When Maddy brings them into one danger after another, desperate to find her missing parents, Sylvia must draw upon her training to protect the both of them.

But a wolf pack lurking about is acting strangely, and something seems very wrong in the wilds of Arcera.


My Review 

This is an enjoyable short read. It's relatively simple, and while it gives you a good idea of the world (and the character of Sylvia) it is definitely a short story in its substance (though it does include a bit of teasing about the larger story awaiting you in the series). I definitely would recommend it. It gives a good taste of the writer's style. If you like this, you will probably like the series even more.