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“Savage (Badland Heroes Book 1)” by Robyn Wideman

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Savage (Badland Heroes Book 1)

by Robyn Wideman

Genre: Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Mythology & Folk Tales

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When the attacks started, Prince Astar hired an investigator to solve the crimes. When the third investigator went missing he knew he had to try something different. He decided to hire Kyra, a smart and sassy woman, who also happens to be a thief.

Kyra wants the job, it pays well and is far more interesting than sneaking around and copying people’s signatures. But she has no intention of being the fourth dead investigator, so she needs protection.

Kyra turns to the one man even mercenaries fear: Bazur, a solitary mercenary half-orc, infamous for his barroom brawls.
Together they might solve the problem of the mysterious attacks on the prince’s associates, but only if they can ignore the building chemistry between them and survive the attacks on their lives!

(* For readers of the Stoneblood and Dragonblood Sagas: This story contains adult situations and violence and is not intended for younger readers.*)

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#AuthorSpotlight Suzanne Rogerson, author of “Visions of Zarua”

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Taking time out for a quick chat with Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua.

Hello and Welcome to Nesie’s Place, Suzanne!

 First question – how long have you been a writer?

It feels like I’ve been a writer my whole life. I know I loved writing stories from junior school and have vivid memories of rushing home to complete my English homework. The teacher used to give us a choice of story titles and we had to pick one and write a story. I loved it!

How long did it take you to write your first book?

I wrote my first book at the age of 12 and it probably took me about 6 months to a year. It’s scribbled in notebooks and has never been edited. Visions of Zarua took about 10 years from first idea to self-publishing it. That’s because when I finished Visions, I stuck it away for a couple of years took an online writing course and wrote the first draft to my new series Silence Sea Chronicles. When I felt ready to pick up Visions of Zarua again, I used a critique service, beta readers and spent a lot of time perfecting it before finally publishing it in 2015.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

At the moment I only write fantasy books, though I have experimented with other genres in some of my shorter fiction. I feel naturally drawn to fantasy, so I don’t have plans to chance that any time soon.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

That’s a difficult question to answer. I am self-published and have published three books so far, but I have also signed a publishing deal for the Czech rights to Visions of Zarua. I’m excited to say that it will be published in the fall of 2019.

Pantser or Plotter?

I am a mix of the two. When an idea comes along, I write until I start getting stuck, then I go back and plan the novel and rework everything. I know it’s not the quickest way to go about it, I still need to refine my technique.

Where do you get the most writing done?

I have two main writing spaces. A desk in the kitchen, which despite its location, I still manage to burn the dinner. I also have a desk in my summerhouse for the warmer months, so my writing time is normally split between these areas. The summerhouse is a great place to relax when editing and I would use it all year round if the English weather would allow me to.

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Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?

My cat, Poppy, often jumps on my laptop and adds her own little flourishes to my work. When she was a kitten she used to love sleeping on my desk, but more recently she’s taken to prowling around the desk until I stand up so she can steal my chair!

I shouldn’t complain though. She’s given me some lovely photo opportunities. As you see from the photos, she’s tried her hand at writing, and I think she’s quite proud of Visions of Zarua.

What’s your favorite genre to read?

I love reading fantasy.

Do you venture into other genres other than your preferred?

Yes, I also love to read thrillers and the occasional romance.

What are you reading now?

I have several books on the go at the moment. I’m reading a thriller – The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry, I’ve also just started a fantasy Magic Study (Bk 2 in The Chronicles of Ixia) by Maria Snyder. I’m listening to a fantasy audiobook Gilded Cage by Vic James as well. I’m enjoying them all very much, for some reason it suits me having several books to focus on at once.

So glad to meet someone else who does that! People always give me weird looks when I say I’m reading three or four books at the same time. What’s your favorite beverage to read with?

I normally read at bedtime, so I only drink water then. But I still love to read in the bath and on those occasions,  I would choose a hot chocolate if I’m not indulging in my favourite treat of an ice cream.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it??

I have become addicted to social media over the last few years, all in the name of research and marketing of course!

What’s the inspiration behind Visions of Zarua? Who’s your favorite character?

I love mystery and when this story came to me there were so many mysterious elements to explore. I loved that Paddren was a young boy when his visions started and he still hasn’t a clue what they mean. The only person who can help him is murdered and then the Royal Wizards want to sweep it all under the carpet. Paddren steps up and decides to unravel the mysteries for himself, meanwhile his best friend Varnia is just discovering her powers and hoping they will lead her to the family she can’t remember.

I have a soft spot for assassins, so even though Morrin doesn’t appear often in Visions of Zarua, he was one of my favourite characters to write about and spend time with.

What’s your next project or release?

In 2019 I will be publishing The Sentinel’s Alliance, the final book in my Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy. I also hope to publish a prequel to the series, so I’d love to find some time to work on that too.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Meet other writers. One of the best things for me has been meeting other aspiring authors through evening classes and through my blog. I think it’s so important for new authors to make those connections. I wouldn’t be self-publishing now if I didn’t have the support of my writing friends and their often brutal honesty!

Thanks for visiting with us today, Suzanne! Continued success to you and Happy Book-birthday to Visions of Zarua!

Thanks very much for featuring me, Nesie.

Keep scrolling to check out Visions of Zarua and enter Suzanne’s great giveaway!

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Visions of Zarua coverTwo wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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Suzanne RogersonAuthor Bio

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.

She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.

She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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“Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Autumn Tales” by C F Crawford

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Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Autumn Tales

by C F Crawford, L H Crawford (Illustrator)

Genre: Children & Middle Grades/Magic/Animals/Sword & Sorcery

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When Hallie and Cory cross a magic branch that shrinks them to mouse size, they make the acquaintance of Mr. Snuggywhiskers–the friendly, well-spoken mouse who lives in the tallest tree in their backyard. From the day that Hallie discovers his tiny red door to the moment that Hallie and Cory realize their mysterious connection with Mr. Snuggywhiskers, they find out how enchanting the world of Mr. Snuggywhiskers can be.

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“Gaia’s Secret (A Pandoran Novel #1)” by Barbara Kloss

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Gaia’s Secret (A Pandoran Novel #1)

by Barbara Kloss

Genre: YA/Paranormal & Urban/Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery

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Two Fates. Two Worlds. One Love.

Eighteen-year old Daria Jones feels trapped in the cow-strewn suburbs of Fresno, California. And with a father so overprotective he’s installed video and thermal surveillance down the street, she doesn’t get out much. Until the night he disappears.

Following the trail of notes he’s left behind, Daria gathers three things: a dark force is hunting her, her father’s fled to another world on a cryptic mission, and the only one left to trust is her ex-best friend, Alexander Anderson. The more she learns about her father’s absence, the more she realizes she must go to this other world to find him. And Alexander is the only one who knows how to get there.

Amidst a world of diabolical creatures, ancient magic, and bizarrely intuitive vegetation, Daria must find her father before the dark force finds her. But the truth of who she really is could be her greatest enemy of all.

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#CoverReveal “A Stain on the Soul: a Novel of Spells and Sorcery (Caitlyn Book 2)” by Elizabeth Davies

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Resigned to another lifetime of being a witch’s familiar, Caitlyn has found a degree of peace in her role as the Duke of Normandy’s protector and spy.

But that peace is shattered when she returns to her native land only to come face-to-face with her past, and fall in love with a man who she desperately hopes will become her future.

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Author Bio Elizabeth Davies

Elizabeth Davies is a paranormal author, whose books have a romantic flavour with more than a hint of suspense. And death. There’s usually death…

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“A Dance of Dragons: Series Starter Bundle” by Kaitlyn Davis

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A Dance of Dragons: Series Starter Bundle

by Kaitlyn Davis

Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/YA/Sword & Sorcery/Coming of Age

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**More Than 500 5-Star Reviews for A DANCE OF DRAGONS On Goodreads!**

“If you want to set out on a journey, read this.” – We do Write

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An ancient evil awakens.
Three unlikely heroes rise.
An age of myth is reborn.

Try the A DANCE OF DRAGONS series today, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Kristin Cashore, and Tamora Pierce! This bundle includes the prequel novella, The Golden Cage, as well as the first full-length novel, The Shadow Soul.

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THE GOLDEN CAGE (A Dance of Dragons #0.5)

In the land of Ourthuro, cruelty is a way of life. The king rules with an iron fist and no one dare defy him–no one except his daughter. Princess Leena is keeping a dangerous secret, she has fallen in love with a soldier and it would mean both of their lives if her father ever discovered their affair.

But Leena will risk it all to be with the man she loves–her heart, her life, her freedom. And when her brother’s birthday celebration takes a dangerous turn, Leena is forced to make a decision that will change the fate of her nation and eventually the world.

THE SHADOW SOUL (A Dance of Dragons #1)

When Jinji’s home is destroyed, she is left with nowhere to run and no one to run to–until she meets Rhen, a prince chasing rumors that foreign enemies have landed on his shores. Masquerading as a boy, Jinji joins Rhen with vengeance in her heart. But traveling together doesn’t mean trusting one another, and both are keeping a deep secret–magic. Jinji can weave the elements to create master illusions and Rhen can pull burning flames into his flesh.

But while they struggle to hide the truth, a shadow lurks in the night. An ancient evil has reawakened, and unbeknownst to them, these two unlikely companions hold the key to its defeat. Because their meeting was not coincidence–it was fate. And their story has played out before, in a long forgotten time, an age of myth that is about to be reborn…

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“The Guardian” by L.M. Nelson

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The Guardian

by L.M. Nelson

Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy & Magic/Sword & Sorcery

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Devastated by the tragic death of their parents, Camryn and Toby Hunter find themselves alone in the Idaho wilderness. When Toby discovers a pair of gold rings, he and Camryn are magically transported into a mystical land they’ve never seen before. Their only known exit is immediately sealed off, and they find themselves surrounded by mythical creatures, a beautiful waterfall oasis, and moss-covered Redwood trees with faces.

Named as “the Guardian” by the locals, Toby is faced with a life-changing task. He and his sister can only return home when the elements are reunited and peace is restored to the land of Gelnoff. With only two gold rings, ten days’ worth of supplies, and the guidance of a wise, old Redwood tree, Toby and Camryn begin the journey of a lifetime.

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