Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Release Announcement: Shattered Fates

Albuquerque, NM (February 22, 2017) – World Weaver Press has announced Shattered Fates, the final installment in the Shards of History trilogy byRebecca Roland, will be released May 23, 2017Shattered Fates follows a tribal woman trying to protect her people from a dangerous colonizer, and
the wife of the colonizers’ leader, who begins a revolution from within.
Praise for the SHARDS OF HISTORY series:

Shards of History and its sequel, Fractured Days, are terrifically entertaining reads from beginning to end clearly establishing and demonstrating author Rebecca Roland’s consummate skills as an original and entertaining storyteller that will leave her enthusiastic readers looking forward to more novels featuring Malia and her world. Very highly recommended as enduringly popular addition to community library Fantasy Fiction collections.”
— Midwest Book Review



 

Sometimes unlikely alliances are the only way to succeed.
 

The magic barrier protecting the Taakwa from their enemies, the Maddion, is gone. Malia, who led the Taakwa against the Maddion in the Dragon War, must convince the magical being, the changer, to repair the barrier before the Maddion invade to take revenge on her people and the winged Jeguduns who also call the valley home, even if it means reversing the healing the changer wrought for her.

Chanwa, the wife of the Maddion leader, uses the disorder created by the changer to lead a coup against her husband in a desperate attempt to ensure she and the other Maddion women are treated as equals. Her life, and the future of every Maddion woman, depends on her success.

Both women know the only way to succeed is to come together in an unlikely alliance.

Shattered Fates will be available in trade paperback and ebook via Amazon.comBarnesandNoble.comKoboWorld Weaver Press, and other online retailers, and for wholesale through Ingram.
 

Rebecca Roland is the author of the Shards of History series, The Necromancer's Inheritance series, and The King of Ash and Bones, and Other Stories. Her short fiction has appeared in publications such as NatureFantastic Stories of the ImaginationStupefying StoriesPlasma Frequency, and Every Day Fiction, and she is a graduate of the Odyssey Writing Workshop. You can find out more about her and her work at rebeccaroland.net, her blog Spice of Life, or follow her on Twitter @rebecca_roland.

World Weaver Press is an independently owned publisher of fantasy, paranormal, and science fiction. We believe in great storytelling.


Be sure and check out the newly redesigned covers for the first two books in the series, Shards of History and Fractured Days:
Publication Date: May 23, 2017 • Fantasy
$13.95 trade paperback, 292 pages  • $4.99 ebook

ISBN-13: 978-0997788884

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Author Interview: Michelle Foxworthy



Today I'd like to welcome Michelle Foxworthy to the blog to talk a bit about herself and her recent release The Village Green!

How did you get the idea for The Village Green?
I’ve always liked reading dystopian literature, such as 1984 and Brave New World. And I wondered, What other devices might a government use to control its citizens. So, I thought of something that is supposed to be used for good, like the environmental movement. I think it is easier to get people to agree to all sorts of things they maybe never would have, if they feel good about themselves in doing it.

Could you talk a bit about your publishing experience?
I had a much easier time than I expected. I finished my book and began submitting it to every publisher I could find that published in my genre. I received a lot of rejections, but within a month of submitting I was accepted by Clean Reads.

Which authors have inspired you the most?
In the dystopian genre, Lois Lowry and Aldous Huxley, have been very influential. 

What is the hardest thing about writing a dystopian novel?
Writing a happy ending.

I see that you live in a 35 foot caravan! Some of my best childhood memories come from the RV trips my family would take in the summer. What's it like being on the road full-time?
It has been an adventure and sometimes very challenging. There are six of us (my husband, four children, and myself) sharing a very limited amount of space, and you really have to be dedicated to the traveling lifestyle to not give up and move back to suburbia. I don’t know how long we will continue, but we are going on three years now.

When you start writing do you have a complete plot in mind or do you see where the story takes you?
I have tried to plot out my stories first, and I do have a basic idea, but I generally just go with the flow.

If you had to describe The Village Green in three words, what would they be?
Vision, hope, courage.

 About The Village Green:
"Kelsey stood in a long line of ragged people..." And so she did every week at the Hand-Out waiting to receive her weekly rations. But the rations were getting smaller and the people were getting worried. 

"Had life always been like this: hunger, want, and disease?" As far as Kelsey knew, it always had, but when she finds the journal of Henry Martin everything begins to change. 

Learning that her best friend is part of an underground resistance is strange enough, but finding out that she is the prophesied liberator of the people is almost too hard to believe. Will Kelsey be strong enough to fulfill that prophecy?

 About Michelle:
M.A. Foxworthy is the author of the dystopian, YA novella,The Village Green.  
She lives and travels full-time with her family in a 35ft travel trailer. When she is not teaching her four children, she enjoys: writing, reading, sight-seeing, and drawing.


Contact the Author:
Facebook:
@M.A.Foxworthy
Twitter:
@MAFoxworthy

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Review: School of Deaths

Title: School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder's Secret #1)
Author: Christopher Mannino
Page Count: 270
My Rating:4 TURTLES: A great read, I definitely recommend.
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*I was given this book in exchange for an honest review

Description:
Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail. Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who enslave a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons. Caught in the middle of a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths, Suzie must uncover the reason she's been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.

Review:

School of Deaths is a very imaginative story, I've never read a book that dealt with the myth of the Grim Reaper like this before. Suzie has a lot of pluck and at the same time I could believe she was actually thirteen. There is also quite a big cast of interesting, complex characters surrounding her that add considerably to the story. These characters made the subplots just as interesting as the overarching plot that builds throughout the book as sets up the series. 

For this review I was given an audiobook and I thought it was well narrated. I don't know that I would have made the choice to have a man narrate a story told through the point of view of a girl, but he did a good job with different voices and accents for the characters. Having the extra element of the narration definitely added to my enjoyment of the story.

One thing that I kept thinking about though, was the implications of there only being male deaths. Suzie is the first girl death in a million years, and we see this impacts her experience because she is bullied, but not much beyond that. One thing I would have thought would be addressed about an "all male" world, even if briefly, would be the queer community. Would the straight deaths be jealous of gay deaths since only men were in the dating pool? Would straight deaths try to villainize homosexuality because they were jealous or turn to it despite it not being their first choice? Also, since deaths are usually taken to the College when they are young, has a trans girl ever been taken? The book ignores all these sorts of questions, which is too bad. It seemed like a missed opportunity to me, but I recognize I think more about queer representation in the media more than most people.

I would place School of Deaths on the younger range of young adult but would recommend it to any fan of fantasy. The audiobook is a great way to pass time commuting or at the gym, so I would also recommend you check out that format as well.




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