Author Interview – The Author Accountability Podcast

Join me as I chat with indie author Rhianne Williams on her Author Accountability podcast, about my Sentinal series and all things writing.

Topics discussed:

  • Realising you want to be a writer ⁠
  • What inspired my book
  • Who my favourite character is ⁠ (only I heard cover lol!)
  • What tools I use ⁠
  • Why I chose self publishing over traditional
  • What mistakes were made along the road ⁠
  • An insight into what I am working on now ⁠
  • Advice for other writers⁠

Link to podcast.

The Sentinal Series

Immerse yourself in this epic fantasy series of ancient myths and legends. Set in the world of Remargaren, a world guarded by the goddess Lady Leyandrii and her sister Marguerite, evil is stirring, an evil that would ensnare and beguile her people as slaves.

Desperate to protect them she reaches out to one man who will become her Captain and wake her sleeping guardians. Only the guardians, her personal gurad, have been sleeping in the tall sentinal trees for three thousand years, and noone really believes there are people inside. And even if there are, her new Captain has no idea how to wake them.

Start the adventure with Sentinals Awaken.

Next Book Release: Sentinals Banished

Release Day: February 23rd, 2023

Preorder Link: Sentinals Banished

Add to Goodreads: Sentinals Banished

Launch Giveaway

I am running a Kingsumo Giveaway until launch day. All you have to do is follow the link to the Kingsumo page and enter the draw, addional actions are available for extra entries, so please do sign up to my newsletter, follow me on Goodreads and shelve Sentinals Banished and/or join my Sentinals Readers Group over on Facebook. Chance to win a bookish swag box full of Sentinal goodies, including a signed paperback copy of Sentinals Banished.

Open Internationally. 18+ only. One winner. Prize must be claimed within 48 hours. See Giveaway for full terms and conditions.

Good Luck!

Cover Reveal – Sentinals Banished

Book Five of the Sentinal Series

Pre-order Sentinals Banished

Add to Goodreads: Sentinals Banished

Release Day: February 23rd, 2023

So excited to reveal the cover of Sentinals Banished, Book Five of the Sentinal series.

Book Description

Book Five of the Sentinal Series, Sentinals Banished is set seventeen years after the fourth book, Sentinals Across Time.

Sentinal Birlerion has watched from the shadows for so long he doesn’t know how to stop. Always there when the Lady’s Captain needed him. He did what was necessary to keep those he loved from harm.

When the king banishes the Lady’s Captain, Jerrol Haven, from Vespiri and disbands the Sentinal guard, the Sentinals are at a loss, some bitter, some eager to retire, all angry at the king’s decision.

Birlerion moves to Old Vespers to watch over Jerrol’s daughter as she begins her journey to become a King’s Ranger.

Old Vespers is in turmoil, the King unpredictable, and the Sentinals are unwelcome. Unexplained deaths are occurring, and bodies begin to appear in the city streets. As Birlerion continues his search for the place he can call home, he has to step out of the shadows as he is drawn into a tangled web of deceit and lies. He must hunt down those responsible before anyone else goes missing.

If you are interested in reading an ARC of Sentinals Banished in December, then sign up to my ARC team. (👀 Link in my Linktr.ee/HelenGarraway )

The Sentinal Series

Immerse yourself in this epic fantasy series of ancient myths and legends. Set in the world of Remargaren, a world guarded by the goddess Lady Leyandrii and her sister Marguerite, evil is stirring, an evil that would ensnare and beguile her people as slaves.

Desperate to protect them she reaches out to one man who will become her Captain and wake her sleeping guardians. Only the guardians, her personal gurad, have been sleeping in the tall sentinal trees for three thousand years, and noone really believes there are people inside. And even if there are, her new Captain has no idea how to wake them.

Start the adventure with Sentinals Awaken.

Launch Giveaway

I am running a Kingsumo Giveaway until launch day. All you have to do is follow the link to the Kingsumo page and enter the draw, addional actions are available for extra entries, so please do sign up to my newsletter, follow me on Goodreads and shelve Sentinals Banished and/or join my Sentinals Readers Group over on Facebook. Chance to win a bookish swag box full of Sentinal goodies, including a signed paperback copy of Sentinals Banished.

Open Internationally. 18+ only. One winner. Prize must be claimed within 48 hours. See Giveaway for full terms and conditions.

Good Luck!

Come and join the Realm of Darkness Launch Party.

Oct 3rd-9th on Dark Book Boyfriend facebook group

The Realm of Darkness authors are here and ready to party for the Realm of Darkness launch. Everyone is invited! Come join us over on the Dark Book Boyfriends Facebook Group.

Find us partying here all week!!

  • Check out all of the prizes (in the banner) we have on offer this week and that’s only the start. As our sales increase so do the prizes- so share the word!!
    • 6000 sales: $150 Amazon Giftcard
    • 7000 sales: Kindle
    • 8000 sales: $250 Amazon Giftcard
    • 9000 sales: Nook
    • 10000 sales: iPad
    • 12000 sales: $500 Amazon Giftcard
  • The more you interact on the posts and invite people to join the party, the more chances you have of winning! We’ll be unlocking prizes as our sales go up and we hit our targets. 
  • We (the authors) will also be handing out prizes too!
  • Join my Sentinals Readers Group on FB and complete the online jigsaw puzzle faster than me for a chance to win an ebook of your choice from my catalogue!
  • Join the scavenger hunt and collect the keywords to enter a competition to win a $50 Amazon giftcard. Find the instructions in my Sentinals Readers Group from Oct 4th.

If that’s not enough fun, we’ll be hosting a live FB party where you can win a Pizza delivered right to your house (US only – I am really sorry we can’t deliver outside the US.) But even if you are not in the US, you can still join in the fun.

  • We’ll be asking the authors questions about their books (and you can ask them questions too)  
  • We’ll be playing a game to see who will get the most drunk 🙂
  • The live pizza party is Friday 7th Oct at 8pm EDT in the Dark Book Boyfriend FB Group. So mark your calendars!!


Keep checking back daily for more fun! and don’t forget to pick up your copy of Realm of Darkness (35 full length paranormal and Fanatsy Romance novels for 99c! Including my contribution SoulBreather.)
www.books2read.com/realmofdarknessset

If you enjoy fantasy books then you will love my epic fantasy Sentinal series. Sign up to my newsletter and download a free novella called Sentinals Stirring and get notified when my next books are published.

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Book Review Alert: Of Blood and Fire by Ryan Cahill

Reviewed: September 6th, 2022
Released: March 17th, 2021
Genre: Medieval/Epic Fantasy

Born in fire. Tempered in blood.

Epheria is a land divided by war and mistrust. The High Lords of the South squabble and fight, only kept in check by the Dragonguard, traitors of a time long past, who serve the empire of the North.

In the remote villages of southern Epheria, still reeling from the tragic loss of his brother, Calen Bryer prepares for The Proving – a test of courage and skill that not all survive.

But when three strangers arrive in the village of Milltown, with a secret they are willing to die for, Calen’s world is ripped from under him and he is thrust headfirst into a war that has been raging for centuries.

There is no prophecy. His coming was not foretold.

He bleeds like any man, and bleed he will. Read My Thoughts…

Book Review Alert: In Solitude’s Shadow by David Green

Reviewed: September 5th, 2022
Released: June 21st, 2021
Genre: Dark Fantasy

The tides of fate are shifting.

The Banished have returned, and they have set their eyes on the walls of Solitude.

Zanna Alpenwood, a powerful mage, and two hundred aged and forgotten Sparkers are all that stand between the Banished and the nation of Haltveldt. With time running out and the world at stake, Zanna is forced to reach out to her estranged daughter, Calene, and set her on an impossible quest.

Calene quickly learns that enemies make unlikely allies as she teams up with both friend and foe on her journey to save her mother and Haltveldt. Forging their way over land and sea, uncovering dark plots and secret societies, Calene is forced to decide between her masters and her own conscience.

Will they arrive in time to save the fortress of Solitude from destruction? Only one thing is certain; Ruin is assured if Solitude falls. Read my thoughts…

Sentinals Rising now available in Audiobook!

So excited to share that the audiobook of Sentinals Rising is now live! You can find it on Audible, Amazon or Apple Books.

All 12 hours and 32 minutes of it, narrated by the amazing Matt Coles. Check out the audio sample and start the adventure now.

The Sentinal series

Continue the adventure with Jerrol and the Sentinals whilst you drive, exercise or work. Pick up your copy from Audible, Amazon or Apple Books.

Readers’ Favorite Honorable Mention and Five Star review; Global Book Award 2022, Silver Medal
Sentinals Rising is the second book in the saga of Remargaren, a vibrant, ancient world of high fantasy suffused with magic and adventure.

Jerrol Haven, having rescued the king from the clutches of the malevolent Ascendants, knows they haven’t stopped their scheming. While trying to learn more about the mysterious Sentinals he woke from a three-thousand-year sleep, he has to defend his king and country from further magical attacks.

Should he trust the Sentinals in such vital positions? Can he trust them to protect the king and Vespiri? As Jerrol learns more of their capabilities, he realises there are more secrets yet to be revealed. Maybe those questioning their sudden rise in power have a point.

Before he can delve further, a call for help comes from the neighbouring country of Terolia. The nomadic Families are disintegrating into chaotic infighting. The king sends Jerrol to investigate, instructing him to do whatever is needed to protect the Families from the Ascendants.

If you’ve read this far you deserve a gift! I have a few Audible promo codes allowing you to download my audiobook for free. You can apply for a free code here. (Limited number of codes available so don’t delay. When they are gone, they are gone!

Happy Listening!

If you enjoy fantasy books then you will love my epic fantasy Sentinal series. Sign up to my newsletter and download a free novella called Sentinals Stirring and get notified when my next books are published.

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Author Interview – Robert Zangari

Author of A Prince’s Errand.

I am excited to be joined by one of the authors of the Tales of the Amulet series, Robert Zangari as we chat about his books and how he and his father, Dan, work together. You can check out my book review of the first book in the series, A Prince’s Errand here.

Helen: Welcome Dan! To start us off, tell us about the latest book in your epic fantasy Tales of the Amulet series.

Robert: Taking place immediately after the events of A Prince’s Errand, The Dark Necromancer continues the thrilling adventure set into motion by the discovery on Dalgilur, and the climatic conflict at the Mindolarnian Palace.  The story follows Iltar, Cornar, and Elsia as they ward off secret societies, thwart conspiring necromancers, and defy vengeful princes—all while struggling to unearth the truth about the Crimson Eye.  But no place, not their homeland nor an island long forgotten, is beyond their enemies’ reach—not even the Translucent Fields of Vabenack. 

If you want to hear Michael Kramer narrate those exact lines, you can do so over on the book’s Kickstarter campaign or on YouTube.

Helen: I can’t wait to read The Dark Necromancer. I must admit I fell in love with Iltar and I can’t wait to see how his story pans out, and if he survives the antics of his students! This cover is amazing. There is so much going on, it’s a story in itself!

Robert: Kerem Beyit did a fabulous job capturing our imagination with the cover art for The Dark Necromancer.  We wanted a scene with a struggle and he did just that by depicting our main characters climbing the stairs to meet the three powerful mages.  We actually had this cover done for awhile, as we commissioned it immediately after the cover for A Prince’s Errand was finished.

We went with a purple tone because my dad’s initial draft of The Dark Necromancer back in 2001 had a purple font colour for the title.  It’s just kinda stuck through all the iterations of this story.

Helen: WIth so much thought going into the covers, what about the titles?

Robert: There is a bit of a special meaning to it. Initially my dad had four stories planned; The Dark Necromancer, The Golden Dragons, The Red Ruby, and The Black Knight.  The Dark Necromancer consisted of the flashbacks for his original trilogy into one story that revolved around an evil necromancer, Iltar. 

Yeah, Iltar was the bad guy that set my dad’s story into motion, and in the original Chronicles of Lorn story he died in the first book, but we got glimpses into his life via flashbacks (it was very similar to what Sanderson has done in the Stormlight Archive).  But my dad had ultimately pulled those flashbacks because of feedback he had received from other authors and publishers, saying that method of storytelling doesn’t work (well it obviously does for Sanderson).

So, when I was sixteen, my dad re-worked his story and made a prequel of sorts to his Chronicles of Lorn and called it The Dark Necromancer.  Our initial debut novel as independent authors was titled The Dark Necromancer, which we released in 2013.  When we split the book up we later called it The Dragons’ Legacy, but this current 2022 title are those same events, just told very differently and with some different outcomes.

Book One of the Tales of the Amulet

Helen: I’m in shock! You were going to kill off Iltar? How could you? Setting my horror aside, what made you first begin writing?

Robert: Well, I actually started writing non-fiction in 2010 and published my first book as a tie-in to my martial arts business that I had at the time.  But I didn’t get my start in writing fiction until after my son passed away—he was stillborn at 28 weeks gestation.  In an effort to ease his passing my father approached me about working with him on finishing his series.  It had been nearly twenty years since he began and he was getting nowhere fast. 

I was still in school studying Bio-medical Engineering, so I was writing only part time for the first year.  Then I decided I loved crafting stories more than designing artificial organs or synthetic body parts, so I switched career paths.

Helen: I truly believe writing is carthartic. I am sorry you lost your son. I began writing after my mother passed, and I truly belive writing my books helped me deal with her passing. What made you write this particular book?

Robert: Well, it’s a sequel so I kinda had to write it.  But other than that, I wanted to continue the adventure we set into motion with A Prince’s Errand.

But to better expand on the question, I’ll explain why we wrote Tales of the Amulet.  My father has always been fascinated with the fantasy genre, and for as long as I can remember it’s been a part of my life.  In fact, this series and the world have been with me since I was five years old.

Throughout the years he worked on the stories but never really made huge progress due to other responsibilities.  But when we finally started working together we wanted to produce this fantasy series as if it were finished and published back in the early 1990’s—which was when my father began working on these stories.

We wanted to produce big, thick, epic fantasy tomes, and that’s sort of our motto now.

Helen: You definitely achieved that. The Tales of the Amulet is a wonderfully complex world with amazing world building, characters and magic systems. I don’t think you could not write a tome! Do you have ideas for other books?

Robert: I mostly sit and stew on a premise until I start getting ideas.  But fortunately for me, most of Tales of the Amulet is already mapped out for me.  So it’s more getting ideas to flesh out the major parts of the story my dad already created.

One of the things I often find myself doing is meditating in the shower to dig deep and find the nitty-gritty details of the story.  Sometimes I just go on a drive by myself in my 87’ Pontiac Fiero and let the ideas flow.  Other times I will crawl into bed and wrap myself in my covers and see what comes to mind. I’m an introvert, so if I can get isolated the ideas flow.

Helen: Who do you prefer to write villains or heroes?

Robert: Oh, I don’t know.  I enjoy writing a fresh POV that I’ve never written in before, as it gives me an opportunity to explore something new.  That’s one of the reasons the Greater Kalda chapters are in our main stories.  I do enjoy writing from Cornar’s perspective, and I feel I relate to him the most out of those I’ve written.  Although writing Iltar’s pain and trauma has been cathartic.

I enjoy both the heroes and the villains.  It allows me to explore two polar worldviews and see things from both sides.  Plus, there’s something liberating about writing an excellent bad guy/girl.  I hate Vaem from The Prisoner of Tardalim but oh was it fun writing her.

Helen: Before we move into talking about your writing process, tell us a random fact about yourself.

Robert: I am an only child, and the son of an only child (my father).  When I was a kid I often played out elaborate fantasy scenes with my medieval LEGO sets, and I think that’s marks the beginning of my imaginative madness.  And I still enjoy LEGOs.

Helen: We can blame it all on the LEGO!! Do you have a special working place where you find creativity flows the best?

Robert: I have an office in my basement, well as of writing this I don’t have it accessible at the moment.  So, I’m up in a makeshift office in a nook in mine and my wife’s bedroom.  You can see a quick tour of it over on TikTok.  I mostly prefer solitude when writing.  I have a hard time writing in groups or in a classroom setting.  It’s gotta be the introvert in me, but I feel the creativity flow when I’m just by myself.

Helen: Do you prefer writing or editing?

Robert: Oh, writing all the way.  Reviewing next, but editing is rough.  For me, editing is work and the writing and reviewing is the fun part.  I also enjoy outlining and planning a story, and then writing it and having my plans get messed up by my characters—I like the problem solving that comes from those hiccups.

Helen: When writing, do you prefer silence or do you have a playlist playing in the background?

Robert: Yes I do, and it varies for the mood of the scene.  I prefer to listen to movie soundtracks, and I often pick a track that was in a scene that matches what I’m writing.  That helps me get put the right emotional beats in the scene and helps me stay true to the outline I’ve written.

Helen: Do you plan out every scene or do you pants it and let the story take you where it will?

Robert: Planner all the way and I do stick to a few frameworks that I learned from my writing mentor, David Farland.  I try to incorporate a few different story structures, typically the 10-15-25-40-10 rule that you often see in the hero’s journey or the adventure story.  Once I get through the first 10% and finalize my inciting incident that gives me a good idea of how long the story is going to be.  I notice it more when I am writing a short story or novella, and it’s mostly accurate as the first try-fail cycle takes 15%, the second cycle 25% and the try success taking 40% with a wrap up at the end lasting about 5-10%.

I also try to incorporate a story in the round element that links to one of the main conflicts for the characters.  In A Prince’s Errand Iltar at his homestead in the beginning, and at the end of the story he ends up back there again.  I did a similar thing with Amendal Aramien in The Prisoner of Tardalim where the story’s initial inciting incident begins at a tavern, the Sea Vistonia, and the book ends at the same tavern.  Physical locations are often my go-to for a story in the round element, but I’ve also tried to incorporate an internal revolution for the characters like what we see with Gigaus in the short story Sorter of Mages.

Helen: Do you find you have to do much research for your books?

Robert: It depends on what elements I’m incorporating and how much knowledge I have on the subject matter before starting the story.  For instance, I did a good deal of research about Antarctica while writing The Prisoner of Tardalim.  I also did a few deep-dives into several different animals to study their anatomy so I could accurately create some variant creatures for the story, since it featured a conjurer as the main character.

Helen: Who was your favourite character to write?

Robert: Zanxsthy’ll, you haven’t truly met him yet if you’ve read A Prince’s Errand.  Well, you sort have met him, but you don’t know him by Zanxsthy’ll (that name shows up only once during Lirathy’lu’s point of view in Mindolarn).  Zanxsthy’ll embodies everything I hope I can be, the ideals I visual for my best self.  He’s more of a background character until later on, but as the series progresses he takes a more prominent role.  I’d love to write a series about him one day, in the vein of R.A. Salvatore’s Drizzt books.

Helen: You have some very complex names! I hope you have a glossary and a pronounciation guide. Most writers struggle with distractions and procrastination. How do you fit writing into daily life?

Robert: I try to make it a priority and the best way for me to do that is to do it first thing after I wake up and get ready for the day.  I write in the mornings and revise/edit in the evenings.  One thing I learned from David Farland was that our brains tend to be more creative in the mornings and more analytical in the evenings.

Since I write full time and work from home it can be challenging.  There are some weeks where I only get a few thousand words down, and others where I can get a novella’s worth finished.  Part of that is just the ebb and flow of life with four kids.  But I feel like I’m still trying to figure it all out, schedule wise.  When I think I’ve got a handle life throws a wrench at my gears and cogs.

I notice that taking a shower tends to help me focus on the story.  I guess it’s the solitude and the calming of flowing water, but I will get a good deal of “pre-writing” done before hand and often see the scene play out in my mind.

Helen: If you didn’t write fantasy what genre would you like to try to write?

Robert: I’d love to dabble in some science fiction.  I adore science fiction, but more of the hard sci-fi and unfortunately I’m just not smart enough for that.  I feel like I’d need a doctorate to accurately pull it off.  But I’m fascinated with near future Sol system settings.  DOOM and Destiny are two of my favourite videogame franchises and both share a similar setting I’d love to explore myself.  I guess Star Trek sort of fits into that, especial during the Enterprise show era.  But I think it’d be fun to explore the planetoids of our solar system.

Helen: You lead such a busy life, with four children to keep you occupied. When not writing, what do you do to relax?

Robert: Immersing myself in a good story, whether it be movies, a TV show, a story-driven videogame, or going to plays.  Before COVID-19 we used to have an annual membership to our local theatre and saw a play almost once a month.  I love that experience of watching a story acted out live, and even though I’m sitting in the audience I often feel I’m there participating in the story.  As mentioned before, I enjoy putting together LEGO sets, and I’ll often do that with my daughters.

Helen: What are some of the books you read recently that you would recommend to others?

Robert: I’ve been reading Robert Jordan’s Conan books because I’ve had a Sword and Sorcery itch that I needed to scratch, and they’re great!  I love how he writes Conan.  As far as indie goes, I highly recommend anything by M.H. Woodscourt.  I finished her Wintervale Duology and it was fabulous!  I’m also reading David A Trotter’s Birthrights currently, well listening to audio (narrated by Henry Kramer) and it’s one of my favourites I’ve read this year.

Helen: What is the most useful piece of writing advice you’ve been given?

Robert: David Farland (author of the Runelords) was probably the most influential author who’s given me valuable writing advice.  Dave was a treasure trove of knowledge.  While taking one of his classes I had approached him about a fantasy murder mystery series I wanted to do—the class was his Master Plotting class, so I had brought the series concept to use in the exercises.  But, the visuals and story ideas that were coming to me weren’t what I wanted to do.  When I told him about the conflict he told me, “You’re not ready to write that series.  Go write this adventure instead.”  And that is how The Prisoner of Tardalim was born.

Dave was like my author-dad, and he was always so happy to share his knowledge.  I miss him.

Helen: His passing was a great loss. I have found authors to be so generous with their knowledge and their time. As a published author what piece of advice would you like to share to new writers?

Robert: Stick with it, no matter what.  I know several writers who gave up too soon before they could truly become a published author.  The hardest part is getting that first book done, but once you do you know you can write a book.  So, writing another isn’t as hard.

Also, practice honing your voice.  It’s often said that it takes 10,000 hours to truly master a subject, and I’d agree.  I don’t think I settled into my voice until around the one million word mark.  That’s one million words of prose.

Short stories are a good way to practice, but they’re not very profitable so I know many authors don’t write them.

I know it can be tempting to publish the first thing you finish, but in my experience that isn’t the best idea for your career as an author.  We (my father and I) published our first project together and looking back at it, the story was solid but the writing not so much.

Helen: Thank you so much for spending the time with me today. It has been really interesting chatting with you. Is there anything else you’d like to share?

Robert: You can get a FREE copy of my novella, Beneath the Frozen Wastes featuring two of our main characters, Iltar and Cornar, by joining our mailing list at https://legendsofkalda.com/pages/newsletter-1. And you can also get the first 10% (roughly 77 pages) of A Prince’s Errand when you join.

The Dark Necromancer is planned to release later this year and you can pre-order it on our website: https://legendsofkalda.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-dark-necromancer-book-two-of-tales-of-the-amulet  or on Amazon (mybook.to/TheDarkNecromancer), but only the eBook is available at the moment.

My next scheduled signing is at Salt Lake City’s FanX (comic convention), September 22-24th, 2022.

About the Author:

Robert Zangari

Robert Zangari is the co-author of the various books which belong to the Legends of Kalda universe. He studied Bio-Medical Engineering at the University of Utah; however, his love for stories and storytelling took him down a different career path. When he’s not writing he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, playing video games, practicing martial arts and immersing himself in a good story.

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If you enjoy fantasy romance books then you will love my new release SoulBreather, part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology, and my epic fantasy Sentinal series. As a new threat against Remargaren is discovered, only one man can wake the ancient guards who can protect them, only he doesn’t know how. Start the adventure and stay for the journey. Sign up to my newsletter and download a free novella called Sentinals Stirring and get notified when my next books are published.

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Sentinal series hits top twenty of Amazon Bestseller Top 100 lists.

A man searching for his purpose. Another determimed to redeem past failures.

The Sentinal series is a rich and complex story of two men walking the convoluted path set them by Lady Leyandrii, the Goddess of the world of Remargaren.

Jerrol is a King’s Ranger, quiet and tenacious. Birlerion is a Lady’s Sentinal, silent and deadly. Together they will change the history of Remargaren.

This week, the first book in the series, Sentinals Awaken, hit number 13 on the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list for Classic Fantasy ebooks, having consistently been in the top 30 for the past three months. The second book, Sentinals Rising, hit number 10 on the Amazon Top 100 Bestseller list for Religious and inspirational Fantasy ebooks.

It is so rewarding to know your books are being enjoyed by many readers and garnering the recognition they deserve. Sentinals Rising also recieved a Readers’ Favorite Five Star Review, you can check it out here!

I am excited to share that I am working on the next book in the Sentinal series, the title of which my Patreon and newsletter subscribers are currently voting on. Want to get involved? Then sign up to my newsletter or Patreon at the link via linktr.ee/HelenGarraway.

There is a lot more happening:

  • Sentinals Rising narration is almost finished and releases on audiobook in September.
  • The first book of my new SoulMist series, SoulBreather, releases in paperback in September, you can add it to your TBR shelf on Goodreads here.
  • Hardcover of SoulBreather will also release in September.
  • SoulBreather ebooks releases as part of the Realm of Darkness Boxset on October 4th. Preorder for 99c now!

I am excited about the release of my new SoulMist series, which is a fantasy romance series about Solanji, a young woman with a secret and Mav, a tortured fallen angel.

SoulBreather is the first book I have written to an extenal deadline and in a new world. So that was a bit scary as well as exciting!

Initial ARC review have beeen positive, in fact, I could say they have been downright enthusiastic, along with demands for book two, which is very reassuring. You can find them on Goodreads!

Interested in learning more about SoulBreather?

If you fall in love with the shadows, does that mean you are fallen too?

A dying angel. A fractured realm. The SoulBreather who might be able to save them both. 

Solanji has a secret. One that is becoming increasingly difficult to keep. She can touch souls and see into a person’s inner thoughts. Soulbreathing is exhilarating and addictive, until the day Solanji caresses the wrong person’s soulmist. 

Dragged into a long forgotten angelic mystery, she is forced to venture into Eidolon, the godforsaken last resort for those without souls. In order to save her brother, she must rescue a broken and tortured man. Can she save him from the shadows? Does he even want to be saved? And can she find a way to return to the light before the darkness engulfs them both?

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Book Review Alert: Shattered Kingdom by Angelina J. Steffort

Reviewed: August 20th, 2022
Released: June 30th, 2020
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy

Sworn to a goddess. One with her blade. A heart yet unbroken.

It would have been only one more year of training. One year in the dust and wind of the Calma Desert. But Gandrett Brayton’s fate storms in disguised as a beautiful stranger with a damning secret.

As he forces her into the service of the lord who tore her from her mother’s arms ten years ago to commit her to the Order of Vala, Gandrett is left with a choice: run, or work for the man she despises and earn the chance to see her family again.

Trained with all the weapons she can wield with her hands, Gandrett must learn that at the courts of the shattered kingdom of Sives, her sword won’t help her– especially when it is her own heart on the line. Read my thoughts…

Book Review Alert: A Prince’s Errand by Dan Zangani and Robert Zangani

Reviewed: August 19th, 2022
Released: December 3rd, 2020
Genre: Epic Romance

Long ago, men harnessed the Channels of Power, creating tevisrals-devices capable of manifesting magic. But men weren’t the only ones to accomplish such feats. Dragons crafted the most sophisticated tevisrals. These shaped the world, defining civilization of man and elf alike.

Over the centuries, the people of Kalda have fallen into a dark age, where elves are estranged from men and dragons have retreated into legend. Tevisrals are scarce and men are willing to trade everything for them. But there are some who wish to bury the past, and in their lands, possessing tevisrals is tantamount to treason.

Still, daring men scour the world in search of Kalda’s past. One such man, the scholar Krindal, seeks an ancient order known as the Keepers of Truth and Might. He yearns for their knowledge, long feared lost.

Prince Kaescis Midivar also searches for these Keepers. The assassination of his uncle, the emperor of Mindolarn, killed his hopes of peace with his empire’s enemies. His empire’s survival hinges upon unearthing the Keepers’ secrets.

An aging warrior, Cornar Dol’shir, longs to be home with his wife. But his retirement must wait, as his band of adventurers is recruited to help find the Keepers’ hidden temple on the Isle of Klindala.

Haunted by his tragic past, Iltar, the Son of Adrin, does not join in the search for the Keepers. Instead, he seeks to unravel the mysteries held within a volume of prophecy foretelling the advent of the Unspoken One and the return of the Crimson Eye. His search takes him to the Empire of Mindolarn, where all is not as it seems.

An ancient war was won by a simple amulet. It brought peace, but in the wrong hands it could spell a doom the likes of which no world has ever seen.

May the Crimson Eye remain hidden for all time…Read my thoughts