Welcome to the first author update of the week and we begin with the fourth and final book in The Rose Shield series, Kari’s Reckoning, by D. Wallace Peach published on April 20th.
The epic adventure concludes as the Shiplord vies for what he desires—the throne of Ellegeance. Their power in jeopardy, influencers surrender their oaths, their loyalties fractured. Rose, a child of untrained and reckless talent, once again becomes a pawn in the quest for control.
As the Cull Tarr solidify their rule, Guardian plots rebellion. Catling and Whitt, each gifted with singular skills, seek to sway the course of the conflict. Oathbreakers, traitors, and those desperate to save Rose collide in a final battle for the realm.
Yet, a third player emerges in the deadly game. The kari, spirits of a sentient planet, command the air, water, and land. They manipulate events to satisfy their sovereign designs and care not who survives the human war.
Buy Kari’s Reckoning: https://www.amazon.com/Karis-Reckoning-Rose-Shield-Book-ebook/dp/B06XJY77CF
The other three books in the Rose Shield Series
One of the latest reviews for Catling’s Bane
In D. Wallace Peach’s Catling’s Bane, the first installment in the Rose Shield trilogy, the young Catlin lives in a world of poverty, repression, and inhumanity. When still a toddler, her mother sells her for whatever she can get, which is where Catling’s life looks up. Her new family is loving, caring, humane, with a family pig business that requires working children to run. They sell their piglets at a weekly market which coincides with hanging days–when the overflow residents of the prison are hanged to make room for others. To make this acceptable to the population, the ruling class uses ‘influencers’ to throw a web of happiness and contentment out over everyone in the crowd. People–even family members–gleefully watch their friends and neighbors killed. But Catling has the power to break that web, penetrate it, and allow others to see the horror of murder lurking below the pleasant emotions. When stakeholders on both sides of this system find out she has this ability, her life changes forever.
What an excellent start to this trilogy. The characters are strong. The passion obvious. The plot addicting. Peach’s ability to weave words into glorious pictures of events and places is perfectly matched to the fantasy world she has created. The details of this environment are exquisite and believable:
“Riverfolk moored up at the docks with skiffs bearing buckets of silver eels and glass bottles dense with luminescence. Ferries plied their way up from Ava-Grea delivering merchants and travelers from distant tiers. Pulled by waterdragons, the vessels bucked the swift current. The creatures’ green-scaled heads reared through the surface, tapered snouts sprayed clouds of mist, and fins stroked the water like wings. The voyage complete, tall rivermasters with white hair flowing like waterfalls beckoned the creatures in. They slipped off tethering ropes, and the waterdragons dove.”
Highly recommended to anyone who loves fantasy adventure and big dreams.
A small selection of other books by D.Wallace Peach
To discover all the books and read the reviews and buy: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8
Connect to D. Wallace Peach via her website: http://mythsofthemirror.com.
Sue Coletta’s much awaited new release, Cleaved- Book 2 of The Grafton County Series, will be available from this Wednesday so still time to buy at the pre-order price.
Author Sage Quintano writes about crime. Her husband Niko investigates it. Together they make an unstoppable team. But no one counted on a twisted serial killer, who stalks their sleepy community, uproots their happy home, and splits the threads that bonds their family unit.
Darkness swallows the Quintanos whole–ensnared by a ruthless killer out for blood. Why he focused on Sage remains a mystery, but he won’t stop till she dies like the others.
Women impaled by deer antlers, bodies encased in oil drums, nursery rhymes, and the Suicide King. What connects these cryptic clues? For Sage and Niko, the truth may be more terrifying than they ever imagined.
One of early reviews from Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34676415-cleaved
The title alone is the stuff of nightmares. Cleaved by Sue Coletta is the latest from the writing magic of this author.
Her characters, storyline, and imagination all meld into the perfect blend of suspense, tension, action, and emotion. Her prose sings more than tells the story. The words are crafted and woven into both subtle and shocking passages.
The intricacies of the plot will keep you guessing, and catching your breath, with each twist and turn. While the nature of the story contains some gruesome aspects, Coletta handles them with aplomb. She makes her point without gratuitous descriptions so common is less skillfully written thrillers.
This is an author rising to new levels in her craft. All of her books are good, this one is exceptional.
She takes you inside the mind of her main recurring character, Sage Quintano. You experience the story as she does. (Minor spoiler alert coming up.) As part of her research for the book, Coletta actually got inside an oil drum. I’ll leave it to your imagination why. But it should give you an indication of the commitment to excellence this author brings to her work.
Read this book. Read all this author’s work. You will not be disappointed. Terrified, scared, suffering elevated blood pressure, yes. Disappointed, no.
Buy Cleaved at the Pre-Order price: https://www.amazon.com/Cleaved-Grafton-County-book-2-ebook/dp/B06XS3HTGS/
Also by Sue Coletta
Read all the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Sue-Coletta/e/B015OYK5HO
Connect to Sue via her website: www.suecoletta.com
Another new release, this time for Christoph Fischer who released the travel adventure African August on April 13th. The official book launch and reading was April 29th at this last weekend’s LLandeilo Lit Fest.
I never planned to release this book, which breaks into a new genre for me: travel adventure. Then I was approached by Wanda Hartzenberg about her charity anthology for a dog rescue centre in California. I said I had nothing to offer her apart from this one book. Wanda was interested in the book, not least because she was born and lives in Africa. So the book underwent a long editing process to be included in the anthology.
In the US the e-book will be part of a charity, multi-author box set in aid of Santa Paula No Kill Animal Rescue Center in California http://www.santapaulaarc.org/
My travels took me to many places in Africa. I was never moved as much as when I visited an orphanage in Kampala. I hesitated to go because I imagined it to be depressing. Far from it: The children were so happy for our visits. I realised that while I couldn’t change the politics and problems in Africa, I could make a huge difference with nothing but just being there for them for a day.
So all proceeds of the paperback will go to M-Lisada Org. Kampala a charity supporting former street children in Kamapla, Uganda.
About African August
When Timothy, a budding author, puts his lucrative banking career on hold for the chance to go on the adventure of a lifetime in Africa, he gets far more than even he had bargained for. He teams up with a host of intriguing characters, from gay air stewards to beautiful, adventure-seeking women on his journey to self-fulfilment and self-discovery. Risking his life negotiating white-water rapids and encountering some unanticipated jungle dangers, Timothy has his eyes opened to harsh realities, worlds away from the cossetted life he’d been living back in London. Soon, he and his companions find themselves caught up in deadly civil unrest.
This is a tale of love, loss and growing up on a continent where the political situation is even more volatile than the weather, and where adventure and tragedy are only a heartbeat away. The wind can change very quickly in an African August…
For those of you who could not attend the launch and book reading buy the book and support a great cause: https://www.amazon.com/African-August-Christoph-Fischer/dp/1544677278
A small selection of other books by Christoph Fischer
Discover and buy all Christoph’s books: https://www.amazon.com/Christoph-Fischer/e/B00CLO9VMQ
Find out more about news from this weekend’s LLandeilo Lit Fest and Christoph: https://writerchristophfischer.wordpress.com
Thank you for dropping in today and please help spread the news of these outstanding authors’ work. Thanks Sally