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The latest Way to Freedom Book is HERE!

Hey there fellow Hatar Kalar…

Release day for Cavern of Sethi is TODAY!

It is available at all major retailers here

Free and Discounted Ebooks!

 

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Download these Free and Discounted Ebooks!

Science Fiction & Fantasy – BEGINS Nov. 20!

These deals will be active between November 20 and December 31. Book covers with no dates are free or at the present discount price for the *entire* promo. I will do my due diligence to remove expired deals, but please make sure to double check pricing 🙂

My Book – The Kalarthri is a part of this promo 🙂

Enjoy

Free Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books for Autumn

Free Books for you!

Hi everyone

Just thought I’d put this up, so you don’t miss out on a bargain from lots of indie science fiction and fantasy authors, and we’ve put together a big list of books that are free this weekend. Most of them are available on all of the retailers, so just pick your store from the list and surf away!

1-2 October 2016 FREE books all sites

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Peace, love and cheesecake
Hayley

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A Gift for a Fan

Hi everyone

Just thought I send this out (and give a big shout out to Ivy)

Ivy emailed me last year and we got to talking about writing, the universe and everything.  And when she asked how she could get an autographed book, I said that I could design a book plate and sign that to send to her (BTW – she lives in New Zealand while I’m in the USA).

Then six months flew by and the book plate was still not ready (still not).  So I asked her since I’ve had the series re-branded whether she would like a signed copy of the new look omnibus and some matching bookmarks instead of the book plate because I’d kept her waiting for so long.

She said yes!

And here is a pic of what I sent her.  Ivy, you should be getting this in the mail in the next week or so. 🙂

Peace, love and cheesecake
Hayley

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April Book Reads for Spring Weekends

Hello Everyone – I hope you are all doing well?

First, a short announcement – I have started a brand new season of the Hainathan cycle, with books one and two now available on Amazon.  Book one is free to those on my email list in the Explorer’s area.  It is set over a thousand years before the events in The Way to Freedom.

Here is my list of books to take a look at for April.  I tried to aim for a bit of a mixed bag and at least for this month, I’ve succeeded.  Finally, books that don’t have a shared ‘theme’ 🙂

Enjoy this month’s selection

-Hayley

NB:Genre’s will vary each month depending on what spine catches my eye in my library when I go to chose books….Also depends on my mood, the phase of the moon, and how much sugar and caffeine is in my blood stream 🙂

Just click on the book image to check them out on Amazon.

CRIME

The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Cold Dish

Introducing Wyoming’s Sheriff Walt Longmire in this riveting novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hell Is Empty and As the Crow Flies, the first in the Longmire Mystery Series, the basis for LONGMIRE, the A&E original-and now NETFLIX drama series (Which I love! Funny how they get an Australian to play Longmire.  Hearing Robert Taylor with an American Accent was a little weird…)

 Fans of Ace Atkins, Nevada Barr and Robert B. Parker will love this outstanding first novel, in which New York Times bestselling author Craig Johnson introduces Sheriff Walt Longmire of Wyoming’s Absaroka County. Johnson draws on his deep attachment to the American West to produce a literary mystery of stunning authenticity, and full of memorable characters. After twenty-five years as sheriff of Absaroka County, Walt Longmire’s hopes of finishing out his tenure in peace are dashed when Cody Pritchard is found dead near the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. Two years earlier, Cody has been one of four high school boys given suspended sentences for raping a local Cheyenne girl. Somebody, it would seem, is seeking vengeance, and Longmire might be the only thing standing between the three remaining boys and a Sharps .45-70 rifle.

With lifelong friend Henry Standing Bear, Deputy Victoria Moretti, and a cast of characters both tragic and humorous enough to fill in the vast emptiness of the high plains, Walt Longmire attempts to see that revenge, a dish best served cold, is never served at all.

FANTASY

Battleaxe by Sara Douglass

Battleaxe

“Douglass has the breadth of vision necessary to create sweeping epics and the storyteller’s gift that makes readers love her.” – Locus the Axis trilogy Book 1.

A stunning epic fantasy in the tradition of David Eddings, Janny Wurts and Robert Jordan.

A thousand years ago the Acharites drove the Forbidden from their land. Now strange sightings along Achar’s northern border foreshadow their return. the barbaric tribes of the Ravensbund are pouring south with tales of fearsome beings who feed on the terror of their prey. Winter has come early, and with it the promise of war. Axis, bastard son of the dead Princess Rivkah, is sent to the battlefront of Gorkenfort with his elite Axe-Wielders. Once there, he must hand over command to his hated half-brother, Borneheld. But travelling north, Axis falls in love with Faraday – Borneheld’s bethrothed – and meets two priests who challenge the very essence of his beliefs. the Sentinels walk the land, the treeFriend has been found, and the people of the Plough, the Wing and the Horn must set aside their differences and unite under one leader against the evil rising in the North…

 

SCIENCE FICTION

Incandescence by Greg Egan

Incandescene

The long-awaited new novel from Greg Egan! Hugo Award-winning author Egan returns to the field with Incandescence, a new novel of hard SF.

The Amalgam spans nearly the entire galaxy, and is composed of innumerable beings from a wild variety of races, some human or near it, some entirely other. The one place that they cannot go is the bulge, the bright, hot center of the galaxy. There dwell the Aloof, who for millions of years have deflected any and all attempts to communicate with or visit them. So when Rakesh is offered an opportunity to travel within their sphere, in search of a lost race, he cannot turn it down.

Roi is a member of that lost race, which is not only lost to the Amalgam, but lost to itself. In their world, there is but toil, and history and science are luxuries that they can ill afford.

Rakesh’s journey will take him across millennia and light years. Roi’s will take her across vistas of learning and discovery just as vast.

Enjoy!

-HMC

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Bored? Cast your eye over these Gems!

Hello Everyone – I hope you are all doing well?

I know I’ve been a little tardy with my book selections and I really have no excuse…..so…..

Here is my list of books to take a look at for March.  I tried to aim for a bit of a mixed bag, but it did not turn out that way.  Two books have a historical bent to them….I’ve been on a bit of an Agatha Christie binge for the last two months, so you will see one make and appearance here.

Enjoy this month’s selection

-Hayley

NB:Genre’s will vary each month depending on what spine catches my eye in my library when I go to chose books….Also depends on my mood, the phase of the moon, and how much sugar and caffeine is in my blood stream 🙂

Just click on the book image to check them out on Amazon.

CRIME

The Mysterious Affair at Styles – Agatha Christie

Styles

“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” is a detective novel by Agatha Christie. It was written in the middle of World War I, in 1916, and first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and in the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head (John Lane’s UK company) on 21 January 1921.

Styles was Christie’s first published novel, introducing Hercule Poirot, Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Cavendish, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When the woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery. This is also the setting of Curtain, Poirot’s last case.

FANTASY

The Magician’s Guild – Trudi Canavan

Magician's guild

“We should expect this young woman to be more powerful than our average novice, possibly even more powerful than the average magician.”

This year, like every other, the magicians of Imardin gather to purge the city of undesirables. Cloaked in the protection of their sorcery, they move with no fear of the vagrants and miscreants who despise them and their work—until one enraged girl, barely more than a child, hurls a stone at the hated invaders . . . and effortlessly penetrates their magical shield.

What the Magicians’ Guild has long dreaded has finally come to pass. There is someone outside their ranks who possesses a raw power beyond imagining, an untrained mage who must be found and schooled before she destroys herself and her city with a force she cannot yet control.

 

HISTORICAL

Master and Commander – Patrick O’Brian

Master and Commander

This, the first in the splendid series of Jack Aubrey novels, establishes the friendship between Captain Aubrey, R.N., and Stephen Maturin, ship’s surgeon and intelligence agent, against a thrilling backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.

Details of a life aboard a man-of-war are faultlessly rendered: the conversational idiom of the officers in the ward room and the men on the lower deck, the food, the floggings, the mysteries of the wind and the rigging, and the roar of broadsides as the great ships close in battle.

Enjoy!

-HMC

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The Dream Thief is here!

The Dream Thief 3DHello Everyone 🙂

Book two of the Way to Freedom Series, The Dream Thief, is now out on Amazon

 

Book Blurb

The Empire is on the verge of war.

The ancient enemy has returned and betrayal is thick in the air.

Eight years after Kalena became a Flyer, she is being sent North with her wing to garrison the mountainous Northern Pass. They are the first line of defense against unknown enemy numbers.

But what she encounters there, no one could have foreseen and is more dangerous than what the Empire faces to the North.

The Dream Thief is available now here

Book One: The Kalarthri is available here

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Keep going! Persistence pays off in the publishing world

Dune: Frank Herbert's classic was rejected 20 timesTired of being rejected by publishers? Remember Frank Herbert

An Article by Chris Robley

I was listening to the Writer’s Almanac Podcast this morning and heard that it’s the birthday of Frank Herbert, author of the science fiction masterpiece Dune

Herbert is just one name on a long list of writers who found success after being repeatedly rejected.

Nearly twenty publishers told Frank Herbert “no thanks” after he’d submitted the manuscript for Dune.

Eventually Dune was accepted by Chilton, a publisher of auto repair manuals and an unlikely launching pad for a book that would go on to define an entire genre, sell over 12 million copies, and get made into a movie (twice).

So, if you’re feeling down, rejected, unsupported, or otherwise low about where you’re at in your writing life, try to remember that plenty of famous writers established their careers only after years of beating their heads against closed doors.

If you’re passionate about the craft of writing, it’s best to heed the advice of poet Todd Boss: “Never Give Up.”

How do you stay motivated and inspired in the face of literary rejection or “failure” (a dangerous word!)? Please let me know in the comments below.

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False Awakening by Callum McLaughlin

A Guest Post by Callum McLaughlin

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I’m so happy to be able to say that my new book, False Awakening, is now officially available to purchase for both Kindle and as a paperback. I had an absolute blast writing it and I hope that if you choose to read it, you like it too. Here’s a little about the story to whet your appetite.

Synopsis

When teenager Abi Watson wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of the incident that put her there, she must begin the long and difficult process of piecing her life back together, but unfortunately, her search for answers will merely give rise to further questions. Frayed relationships and haunting revelations soon come into play, leading Abi to discover that some things are best left forgotten.

With a past that is unwilling to let go, her only option is to delve into the depths of her own mind so that she can uncover the truth and finally awaken from her living nightmare.

Excerpt

As she leant forward and slowly stretched out a hand to try and tempt the timid animal, it reeled back and darted towards the hedgerows, disappearing from sight, a distant rustle of leaves all that remained. For a brief instant, Abi was hit by a feeling that rose in her stomach and threatened to erupt as tears. It was jealousy; jealousy at the creature’s ability to flee; to fade away into darkness and conceal itself from the world when things got tough. Abi had never been the kind of teenager to consider running away from home. Her mother may have been hard work but the comfortable lifestyle, the trusted friends, the loving father; they had been more than enough to keep her content within the realms of her own existence.

Now, for the first time in all her years, she wanted to escape; to abandon this life in search of another; an uninterrupted state of survival without police interviews, therapy sessions and forgotten memories.

Where to find it

The book is available to buy on Amazon UK (click here) and Amazon USA (click here). It should also by now be live on Amazon’s other international channels.

You can also add it to your ‘to read’ list on Goodreads (click here).

If you do choose to check out False Awakening, I just want you to know how grateful I am. These characters have been mine for a long time, but now I want to share them with you all. If you enjoy the story, please let me know by leaving a review, tweeting me, or coming back here to leave a comment; it really would make my dayweek… life.

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Things to Read….My Book Recommendations – Ta – Da!

Hello Everyone – I hope you are all doing well?

Here is my list of books to take a look at for October.  I tried to aim for a bit of a mixed bag, but it did not turn out that way.  Two books have dragons in them, one is fantasy with a touch of dragons and the last…well, Jack Irish could be considered a dragon in his own right. (If anyone has a chance to hear a talk by Peter Temple, grab it.  He is a brilliant public speaker.  I heard him talk at the Adelaide Writer’s Festival.)

Enjoy this month’s selection

-Hayley

NB:Genre’s will vary each month depending on what spine catches my eye in my library when I go to chose books….Also depends on my mood, the phase of the moon, and how much sugar and caffeine is in my blood stream 🙂

October’s Books – Just click on the book image to check them out on Amazon.

FANTASY

Magician by Raymond Feist – I have a signed copy of this book.  It is one of my favourites.

The world had changed even before I discovered the foreign ship wrecked on the shore below Crydee Castle, but it was the harbinger of the chaos and death that was coming to our door.

War had come to the Kingdom of the Isles, and in the years that followed it would scatter my friends across the world. I longed to train as a warrior and fight alongside our duke like my foster-brother, but when the time came, I was not offered that choice. My fate would be shaped by other forces.

My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician…

Magician is the first book in Raymond E. Feist’s acclaimed Riftwar Saga. The trilogy continues with book two, Silverthorn.
CHILDREN


Green Smoke by Rosemary Manning – I have the 1957 first edition of this book.  I’ve loved it since I was a kid.

It was just under the cliff walk from Constantine Bay to Treyarnon, in a little secret cove, that Susan discovered something quite different from anything that she had ever seen before. Perhaps “something” is not quite the correct word, “someone” would be more polite. His name was R. Dragon, he was 1,500 years old, and he had a great partiality for almond buns.

He was a dragon with impeccable manners, who was far too polite to eat people, and avoided meeting them because he did not like to frighten them. He could also tell stories and Sue heard about the Cornish giants and faries, and of King Arthur whom he had known very well. He taught Sue songs and took her on trips to Tintagel Castle and the Pool of Excalibur, and once to have tea with a mermaid, who told her about the country under the sea.

SCIENCE FICTION

Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey – I absolutely love these books and I love Anne McCaffrey

The men who rode the dragons were a breed apart. Chosen when the dragons were first hatched, they became soulmates for life with the huge, magnificent beasts they controlled – the green, blue, brown and bronzes – beautiful – terrible – the only creatures who could defend the planet Pern from the blood-red star. But without the Queen, the dragons would become extinct. Only the gigantic, golden Queen could breed the new flights. And the Queen was fading . . . dying . . . leaving behind one last, huge, golden egg.

CRIME

Bad Debts by Peter Temple – This has now been made into a telemovie

A phone message from ex-client Danny McKillop doesn’t ring any bells for Jack Irish. Life is hard enough without having to dredge up old problems: His beloved football team continues to lose, the odds on his latest plunge at the track seem far too long, and he’s still cooking for one. When Danny turns up dead, Jack is forced to take a walk back into the dark and dangerous past.

With suspenseful prose and black humor, Peter Temple builds an unforgettable character in Jack Irish and brings the reader on a journey that is as intelligent as it is exciting.

Enjoy!

H. M. Clarke

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