Check out this elf named Roaer by young Emily. I don't think she has read the books yet, as she is 8, but well done to her for having a go. I especially like the pointy ears and wings, although those teeth look a bit scary.
There is just one week left in the Dragon's Revenge art competition. I'm looking for particular characters as described in the competition details, so please have a read and get your pictures in. $550 in prizes to be won, so don't miss out!
Remember to vote for your favourite entry on the Hunters of Reloria facebook page.
I'm loving the detail in this painting by Shy Guy, who is only 10 years old. Wow! The painting is entitled 'Night Castle' and the winged beast is very cute. I like the detail of all the bricks and flowers and also the translucent wings are fascinating. Thanks so much for entering and best wishes in the competition.
Only one week left to go in the Dragon's Revenge art competition. All pictures are welcome and pictures matching the chapter descriptions will be given priority at judging time. Cheers, Kasper
Way to make one happy author. 2 new 5 star reviews for Dragon's Revenge by book reviewers :-) #fantasy
August 20, 2014 By A.R. Wise
Format: Kindle Edition
I’m honestly not sure where to start. I took a liking to this series from the moment I finished the first book. I’m sad that it ended but also happy with the outcome.
In Dragon’s Revenge, the Hunters of Reloria are still fighting the good and noble fight. Again new allies and enemies are met. Friends are won and lost as happens with battles. The strength of halflings, fairies, wizards, dwarfs, elves, dragons are tested when almost an entire race is laid to waste.
I won’t give anymore away, but I will say each scene is written to pull you in further. I would recommend this series to fantasy lovers young and old. The entire series is well written and put together. The characters are engaging. You laugh, cry, and root for the Hunters and their fight to save their planet. I’ll definitely will be re-reading this series again. *Provided to reviewer for honest review*
August 21, 2014
5 stars An Exciting Fantasy Chock Full of Adventures and Strange Creatures!
An adventuresome and exciting fantasy that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The story is about a land called Reloria. This magical land is invaded by enemy ships carrying giants who shoot laser beams out their one eye. There are all kinds of creatures who come to aid the Relorians in their battle to protect their land. There are dwarves, elves, wizards, dragons, fairies, and halflings and more excitement as the battle ensues, lives are lost and reborn. There are two books before this one.
This is a wonderful fantasy that will captivate YA. I was gifted this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.
Check out this hydra drawing by 11 year old Kyla #fantasy #art #competition $550 in prizes to be won
Great new entries coming in for the fantasy art competition. Here's Mike's Ancient Protector entry. @WeChibi_Art
Stephen's author bio:
I was born in Greenfield MA. At the age of 18 I was married and six months later I entered the US Air Force as a jet engine mechanic. Five years later I got out of the military and worked in a paper mill where I was injured in an industrial accident. I was out of work for two years because of the surgeries and physical therapy. After that I worked various jobs for laundry facilities to nursing homes and a lumber yard before entering a seminary for one semester. While I was working a summer job to save the money to go back to school I was hired and sent to North Carolina and worked there till I was laid off and then I acquired a job at Alcoa Aluminium company where I worked for 18 months before I was laid off because of the plant closure. They paid for me to go to college where I went for two semesters when the Tennessee plant called me to work there. I left North Carolina and moved to Tennessee and am presently working at Alcoa aluminium plant.
Novel: Rays of Deception
Genre: Science fiction suspense
Commander Maverick Jones has just been informed that one of his top operatives has not only stolen the NAPAC (Nuclear Absorption Personal Attack Carrier) Prototype, but also has just defected into the DriCor Territory, which has been accused of stealing technology for decades. With Agent John Sagebrush safely hidden within the borders of DriCor, and with an erroneous charge of murder against him, he is now untouchable.
The UFC must wait and gather proof of Sagebrush’s innocence before they will be allowed to enter the DriCor nation and take him and their NAPAC back into custody.
Maverick knows that Sagebrush had to have help from somewhere within the UFC, now it is Mavericks turn to find out who. Sagebrush is dangerous to the UFC, for he has many secrets that could hurt the United Freedom Council. How many of these secrets will he reveal before Maverick can stop him.
Follow Commander Jones through this moment in time as his once stable life is turned upside down and things are not what they seem. In his journey for the truth, his discoveries will shock him and make him realize that some people are not what they appear to be and betrayal is hidden around every corner.
John Sagebrush finds himself in a DriCor holding cell, well below Colony 16. He knows that the holding cells are approximately two stories below the surface of the DriCor compound. The cell itself has little for comfort. He is sitting on a somewhat-moldy cot. There is nothing else in the room. The cell is around one hundred square feet of space. On one side are bars with a door, locked of course. The walls are damp and cold, and even though there is an overhead light, it still seems rather dark in the room. He can hear two DriCor guards talking in the hallway. But without his intergalactic translator, he has no idea what the conversation is about, though it is probably concerning him.
John knows that there is no turning back now. He has made his bed, now he has to lie in it, so to speak. What other choice did he have? The individuals that he was sworn to protect betrayed him. He had a gut feeling that something was wrong before he went on his assignment to the listening posts. He told his wife about it, but she reassured him that it was probably just stress. He hadn’t had any R&R for six months. Against his better judgment, he agreed with her. Because of that decision, his wife and child were dead.
Why did they kill his wife and child? What were they trying to prove? It does not matter now. The only thing that matters is to avenge his family with the downfall of the treacherous and evil UFC. Those that are responsible will pay for this, even if he has to give up his own life to do it. They will regret ever messing with him and his family. Now he must convince the DriCor that he is on their side so that he can have his revenge.
Several hours passed before John hears a stern voice that commands authority in the distance and then hears the two guards address the individual with the utmost respect. John takes a wild guess that the chancellor has arrived. He waits nervously as time seems to stand still. Finally an individual walks over to the cell door. He is dressed in what John would consider royal attire, with a deep-red flowing robe that has slits in the front to allow his four arms to be used comfortably. The color of the robe highlights his reddish-green scales and his pharaoh-like jawline as he looks down on John from his enormous height of seven or so feet.
“What would you like?” asks John.
“We would like some information that would help us to defend ourselves from your UFC. Because we have gone to great lengths to protect you, we have placed ourselves into an awkward position. If we do not have something to fight them with, they could easily use the Intergalactic Treaty against us for keeping you and their technology. But if we had some dirt on them, then we could be justified in what we are presently doing. This would also show that you are willing to be a true citizen of DriCor.”
John thinks momentarily trying to figure out what would be the best thing to confide to them.
“May I have some time to think about it?”
“Of course, John. We are all civilized around here. I’ll give you forty-five minutes to think about it, and then I’ll be back for your decision.”
Chancellor DaHa leaves the cell as the door is locked behind him.
Commander Jones looks out the window of his office. In the distance, he can see the lush greenery of the land, which at one time was a barren desert. He remembers back when the frontier was new and that there were many challenges to deal with. As his mind drifts into the past, he wonders what the future will bring. The red-alert signal goes off, snapping him back to the present. Jones keys his intercom. “What is it Lieutenant Strickland?”
“Sir, the chancellor’s carrier and his escorts are leaving Colony 16 with Sagebrush in tow and are heading westward.”
“Do you have any idea where they are heading?”
“Notify the directors and inform them to meet back at conference room Alpha.”
Commander Jones switches off the intercom and leaves his office heading right for the conference room.
Hi Stephen and welcome to the FSFN interrogation... I mean interview chair ;-) You are so mean to leave us hanging in the lurch there with your teaser from Rays of Deception. It sounds interesting and leaves me wondering what science fiction tricks you are hiding up your sleeve. Now let's start at the beginning:
When did you start writing and why?
I grew up in any area where there were no children my age so I had plenty of time on my hands, which allowed me a lot of time to explore my imagination creating worlds and scenarios. I’ve been writing as far back as I can remember. Every time I came up with an idea or remember a dream I may have had, I would jot it down. I now have numerous avenues of storylines to choose from.
What made you choose the science fiction genre?
Science fiction allows you the ability to create things that haven’t been invented yet, but also allows you the freedom of free thinking with the day to day constraints.
What’s the story behind your book title?
Everyone has preconceived notions of their friends, family, and situations whether its true or false. This book shows that people are not always what they appear to be to others around them. Every situation in their lives affects them at a subconscious level and can direct their future in both positive and negative ways.
How do you develop your characters?
When I start with a character I write down basic characters and as I develop a scene I work with each character to develop their strengths and weaknesses and start to form their personalities to flesh them out so to speak.
Have you used any real people in your characters?
I don’t use real people per say, but I tend to watch people and see how they react to certain situations which allows me to develop my own characters.
What are you working on now?
I have finished my second book in this series, which I will be sending in for a copyright. I’m also working on my third and fourth book in this series.
Wow! That is so exciting for you.
What do you do when you have writers’ block?
When I get writers block I do several things. The first is to work on several books at once, so when I get a block in one I can move to the next one. It helps to keep freshness in my thinking. The other way is by exercising my brain by forcing myself to write first thing in the morning by writing for five minutes nonstop which unlocks your creativeness.
Working on several books at once sounds challenging. You must have a good memory for details.
Describe your road to publishing your book?
I finished this book about fifteen years ago and searched for a publisher. The one I got in touch with said that they would review it for $20,000. Being a blue collar worker, my manuscript went back on the shelf.
When self-publishing came on the scene I went at it again. The cheapest place was going to cost upfront $7,500. Again my manuscript went back on the shelf.
Several years ago a friend of my wife’s told my wife that her son had just published his book. I got in touch with him to find out how he did it. He told me that Amazon had come out with a site where you could self-publish on your own and it was called createspace. Though I had to do everything myself the total cost was $40.
Six months after I self-published my wife was searching online and came across Tate publishing company and said that since I was already self-published why not send my manuscript into them and see what happens. I did and less than a week later got a call from them saying they wanted it. For a small fee I got published. They designed the artwork for the cover, gave me a website for my book made a commercial for my book and made a Facebook page for me.
Your persistence definitely paid off, congratulations.
What type of books do you like to read?
I like sci-fi, paranormal romance, time travel and action.
Who are your favourite authors?
Lee Child, Kevin Anderson and Anne Mccaffrey
What’s your dream job and do you think you’ll do it one day?
My dream job is to be a fulltime author and yes I believe I will someday.
Do you prefer ebook or hardcopy?
I prefer hardcopy.
Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us today, Stephen, and telling us your story. You certainly prove that an overnight success takes years of planning and dedication. Best wishes for the future.
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New fantasy art competition entry: 'The Ancient Oracle' by Wayne Stirling. Only 11 days left to enter.
my camera refused to flash, so we're left with a mysteriously spooky image. Perhaps that is how it should be.
You can enter the art competition by sending in a picture of the Hunters of Reloria characters as described by Kasper in the art competition conditions. Certain scenes and characters have been described for each chapter in Dragon's Revenge, such as the Ancient Oracle. There are $550 in prizes to be won and entries close 31/8/14
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The brief for this blog hop is to include an excerpt from one of my books about a time that one of the main characters was “Going Pecans” ie: going a bit nuts.
I have chosen Asher from the Dragon's Revenge book. Here's my excerpt:
Approaching stealthily, Asher's cat-like eyes were able to see quite clearly in the darkness. Many large forms were gathered with torches attached to long poles set in the ground at the edges of a clearing. In the centre, a circle of flat stones surrounded a stone altar, upon which was a blue light, a sight that made him cry out in amazement.
The bluish glow surrounded three small levitating beings hovering above the stone slab, Asher had seen before: the Ancient Oracle. After first meeting them back in the Twisted Woods of the Relorian Southlands, it seemed totally implausible for the mystical beings to appear here on another planet. They looked directly at Asher hiding in the darkness and beckoned him with their short stubby fingers.
The mountain man seemed to have little choice other than to go to the Oracle, but as he walked slowly forward, his keen hearing detected stealthy Junda giants, closing in around him. Drawing within speaking distance of the Ancient Oracle, he straightened his shoulders and took a deep breath to calm his apprehension.
“Hail Asher Grey of Flame Mountain,” spoke the Oracle in the same tired old voices which he had heard before. The ears upon the tiny wizened creatures all twitched; they smiled, as though sharing a private joke. “We come to urge thee to hasten back to thine homeworld of Zumar. Thy land of Reloria be under attack and none but thee can lead the Hunters of Reloria to victory. Tarry not, or will all thou hold dear be lost. Seek thou the golden dragons.”
Asher stared at the tiny floating creatures in disbelief for a few seconds. His eyes were hard and steely. “You mean to tell me you have somehow floated across the vast distance from Zumar to here just to tell me that everything I’ve done isn’t good enough and this is all my fault?” He was fairly spluttering with rage. “If you’re so clever then why did you send me here, while the giants destroyed my hometown and killed my kin? Why didn’t you do a damn thing to prevent it? All I hold dear has been lost and your ancient words cannot change that. Leave me alone with my grief and find someone else to save the world for you.”
The Ancient Oracle drifted closer and whispered quietly to Asher. “It pains us to see the harshness of thy grief, yet here be Junda insurgents gathered to assault the Ar’gon Tower and free the wizards inside. Yet do they need thy leadership and the hunting prowess of yon miniature huntress. Therefore do we urge thee to act, for we be but creatures of spirit, not flesh. ‘Tis not within our power to touch mortal beings.”
All three reached out toward Asher, though their hands did not sit on his skin, but passed straight through; leaving him shivering with a strange, cold sensation. His anger at the creatures died as quickly as it had risen and he stared at his arm, feeling empty and confused.
“So you drew me here, to make an alliance with the Junda enemy?” he asked, looking up from the goose bumps on his arm into a darkened night. The fire torches cast small pools of yellow light in the edges of his vision and the blue light had disappeared. He looked around him in astonishment, “Where did the Oracle go?”
A shaggy-haired Junda twice the height of Asher, stepped forward from the shadows and knelt on one knee before him, “They have left us and possibly were never here to begin with.
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