Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight – Pale Death by Emily Clark

I am delighted to focus the spotlight on Emily Clark’s Pale Death

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

A boxset full of 35 full length fantasy novels.  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See all the covers revealed so far here

Pale Death by Emily Clark

This angel must pay the price for his transgressions. But he’t not going down without a fight.

Jax is cast to earth and trapped on an island surrounded by demons. He can’t leave until he learns from his sins. He wants his wings back. Only problem is, he doesn’t feel guilty for killing. And as soon as he meets Addie, the girl who doesn’t believe in gods or angels, his desire to leave wilts.

He’s too intrigued. An intrigue that consumes him when the lightest touch from her makes his wings burst back to life like a flame rekindled. She’s got faith all right, and it just might be his saving grace.

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About the Author:

Emily Clark is a best-selling author who has been writing since she could lift a pencil and making up stories even longer than that.

For years she worked part-time jobs so she would always have time to write, read, and travel. Some of her favorite filler jobs included working as an editor, at a nursery (flowers not children,) as a driving instructor (not as harrowing as one might think,) and being a ghost tour guide.

She loves YA fantasy with subtle “moral of the story” lessons (Brandon Mull excels at that), swoony clean romances, and if there’s a mystery involved, she’s hooked! 

If she’s not at her computer, you can typically find her reading, listening to podcasts, in her garden, in her kitchen, or with her sister and her sister’s kids.

She also writes cozy mysteries, romantic suspense, and clean romance under the pen name Ellie Thornton. 

If you’d like to be kept appraised of her upcoming books, freebies, and giveaways, (she’s also been known to send amazing recipes,) you can sign up for her email list here.

Other books by Emily Clark

Red: The Wolves Must Die ( A Red Riding Hood YA retelling)

Amazon UK: eBook

Amazon US: eBook

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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Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight -Unblessed by Daphne Moore & Mari LaRoche

Realm of Darkness is now live!! and there are still more authors to spotlight.

I think we can squeeze one more in before the witching hour!! Check out Unblessed by Daphnee Moore and Marie LaRoche.

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

Have you ordered your copy yet for the insane special preorder price of 99c only available until end of Sunday 9th October, 2022?  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See some of the covers revealed so far here

Unblessed by Daphne Moore and Mari LaRoche

A life debt is nothing to be trifled with … even if it means spending the week with an irritating unicorn shifter with secrets to hide.

Nia is a rakshasa assassin, more than capable of protecting the tiny unicorn that a dying woman passes into her arms.

Xavier is not who he seems, but when homicidal trolls try to kill them all, can she work with the devil she knows to save their world from obliteration.

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About the Author:

Daphne Moore, a USA Today bestselling author, has been a story teller from her preliterate days. She writes them down now for those out of earshot.

She lives in Ohio, in a small suburb, raising roses and children. She’s an aunt to a bunch of humans and two cute dogs.

She writes what she loves- speculative fiction in all forms, with a seasoning of romance.

Get a free short story on her website!

For more information about Daphne Moore follow her on Facebook: @AuthorDaphneMoore

or Instagram: @daphnemooreauthor

Mari LaRoche is an emerging fantasy and paranormal author who has been making up stories since she could talk. Her stories: “Secrets and Gold” (Seven Deadly Sins: Avarice), “Witches and Kings” (Seven Deadly Sins: Lust), and “The Ghostly Loch” (Secrets In Our Cities) appeared first print under her former pen name, Mari L. Yates, with “Secrets” and “Witches” being republished in Taradiddles: An Anthology of Short Fiction, a textbook currently in use at a local community college. Her most recent story “Pigwitch Now” can be found in Beyond the Veil: An Anthology. She is a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, presents workshops to local community college students on the challenges and rewards of creative writing, and is currently pursuing her BA in Creative Writing at SNHU. When not found with a book, camera, or laptop in her hands, she loves to cuddle with her three cats, travel through Canada, and collect feline and dragon tattoos.

Website: marilaroche.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authormarilaroche/

Twitter: @MariLaroche

Instagram: marilaroche.author

Other books by Daphne Moore & Mari LaRoche

Unwanted: A Dragon Shifter Fated Mates Shifter Romance (The Reckoning) 

Amazon UK: eBook | Paperback

Amazon US: eBook | Paperback

As an Amazon Associate I may benefit from purchases made using these links.

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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Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight – SoulBreather by Helen Garraway

Realm of Darkness is now live!! and there are still more authors to spotlight.

I thought it was about time I put the spotlight on my own book! SoulBreather.

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

Last chance. Have you ordered your copy yet for the insane special preorder price of 99c? Special price available until end of Sunday 9th October, 2022?  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See some of the covers revealed so far here

SoulBreather by Helen Garraway

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?

SoulBreather is the first book in the paranormal romantic fantasy SoulMist series.

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About the Author:

Helen Garraway lives in the UK and has been writing about the world of Remargaren, a fantasy world of her creation since 2016.

Sentinals Awaken was Helen’s debut fantasy novel published in 2020. The series is now four books strong, with the fifth due in 2023. Her first Romantic Fantasy book, SoulBreather released as part fo thr Realm of Darkness boxset in Ocotber 2022.

An avid reader of many different fiction genres, a love she inherited from her mother, Helen writes fantasy novels and also enjoys paper crafting and scrapbooking as an escape from the pressure of working as a Product Manager.

Having graduated from the University of Southampton with a Degree in Politics and International Relations, she remains an active member of their alumni.

You can find out more at http://www.helengarraway.com.

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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Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight – Inheritance by Skye Callahan

Realm of Darkness is now live!! and there are still more authors to spotlight.

Today, I am delighted to share Sky Callahan’s Inheritance

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

Have you ordered your copy yet for the insane special preorder price of 99c until end of Sunday 9th October, 2022?  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See some of the covers revealed so far here

Inheritance by Skye Callahan

I have spent most of my life in near isolation thanks to my father and his claim that I’d inherited a rare immune disorder. It was a lie, but I’m and learning the truth is far more disturbing and unbelievable.

I did inherit a rare trait that affects some mysterious component in my blood, but it’s nothing like what he told me. I’m walking vampire bait. Vampires are real. Not as rare as you might imagine. And not only do I smell like their favourite rare desert, they all covet the fabled strength hidden in my veins.

I’m left with two choices: Living out my life in complete isolation or relying on the strange vampire who saved me. But despite his deeply held ideals of honour, he’s still bound to his vampire nature, and a split second loss of control could make him my deadly enemy as well.
All I know with certainty, is that I’m never going to know what normal feels like.

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About the Author:

“Skye’s writing takes darkness and gives it spice and romance.” ~ Pepper Winters, NYT Bestselling Author

A Top 25 Romantic Suspense Author on Amazon

Bestselling author on Amazon, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble

Named a Rising Star in Romance by iBooks in 2015, bestselling author Skye Callahan uses fiction to explore the darker aspects of human nature and the resiliency needed to survive. Prior to pursuing writing full-time, Skye earned M.A. in History and participated in numerous local history projects including a full-length Civil War documentary for PBS. During grad school, a spark also rekindled her love of reading and writing fiction, and she’s been living in a daydream ever since.

Skye’s first romantic suspense Irrevocable was named a Top Read of 2014 by Shayna Renee’s Spicy Reads, and continues to be a fan favorite.

If you want to know what Skye is working on next, head over to her website, where you can also pick up a free ebook just for signing up to her mailing list. You can also connect with Skye on Facebook /SkyeCallahan, Twitter /Skye_Callahan, or Instagram /authorskyecallahan.

Other books by Skye Callahan

Fractured Legacy (Darkness Bound Book 1)

Amazon UK: eBook | Paperback | Audiobook

Amazon US: eBook | Paperback | Audiobook

As an Amazon Associate I may benefit from purchases made using these links.

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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Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight – Emissary by A.L Morrow

Realm of Darkness is now live!! and there are still more authors to spotlight.

Today, I am delighted to share A.L Morrow’s Emissary

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

Have you ordered your copy yet for the insane special preorder price of 99c?  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See some of the covers revealed so far here

Emissary: An MM Forbidden Romance by A. L Morrow

Death comes for us all, even those we love.

The line between angel and demon is razor thin. Kai knows this firsthand. As an Emissary of death, darkness follows him like a shadow, leaving him touch-starved and lonely. Tormented by the error in judgment that killed his only love, he accepts an assignment to redeem himself: hunting down the demons destroying the mortal realm. But fate takes a turn, and Kai finds himself drawn to one of his targets instead.

Demonic martial arts expert Byron Black has struggled to survive his entire life. He has fought for every breath he’s taken and each bite he’s eaten, yet in the instant when his demise finally seems inevitable, death incarnate steps forward and spares him. Kai is as beautiful as he is terrifying, and although Byron suspects the angel’s interest in him is more than it appears, he can’t stay away.

Together, the pair search for answers regarding who wants Byron dead—and why—but uncovering the truth might destroy them both in the process. Can Kai defeat his inner demons to save the one that has crawled into his bed?

Set in the Star-Crossed Celestials universe, Emissary is a standalone novel featuring an array of creepy crypts and crematoriums, train-top sword fighting, an excessive number of buckles and buttons, and (of course) a Happily Ever After. It can be read as a prequel or companion story to the Star-Crossed Celestials Duet.

Content warning: scenes of violence and death, including on-page torture of an adult character by a family member.

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About the Author:

USA Today bestselling author A.L. Morrow is the (naughtier) alter ego of a young adult novelist. When she isn’t writing clean(ish) YA tales, “A” enjoys dreaming up steamy scenes and spectacular settings—often along with a touch of magic or myth. She believes that love is love and likes reading and writing various genres of romance, especially stories involving MM and MMF relationships.

In her downtime (what’s that?), A finds delight in scouring for secondhand designer fashions. She briefly lived in a haunted mansion, once took a flight to visit Scotland for a day, and is prone to meeting minor celebrities in random hotel elevators. She resides in the eastern US.

For more information about A.L Morrow visit her website and follow her on Facebook or Instagram

Other books by A.L Morrow

Watcher: An MM Romeo and Juliet Retelling (Star-Crossed Celestials Duet Book 1)

Amazon UK: eBook | Paperback

Amazon US: eBook | Paperback

As an Amazon Associate I may benefit from purchases made using these links.

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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Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight – Faust University by Emma B. Layne

It’s Launch day+1!! Realm of Darkness is now live!! I hope you found it on your eReader this morning.

Not sure which book to read first? Then check out this summary of all the books in the anthology.

I am delighted to share Emma B. Laynes Faust University.

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

Have you ordered your copy yet for the insane special preorder price of 99c?  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See some of the covers revealed so far here

Faust University By Emma Blayne

Eve Revere was headed for Harvard when a golden envelope appeared to announce her acceptance into Faust University, a school she’d never heard of.

Everyone there seems to think she is the reincarnation of their founder.
More questions develop about the truth behind her mother’s life and death.

A love triangle between her, her professor, and her dorm mate develops.
And now there is a rouge ancient demon on the loose.

Freshman year has never been quite so… magical.

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About the Author:

Emma is a paranormal and urban fantasy author who summons strong, often queer, female heroines to the page in their New Adult stories.

What’s hotter than a sexy, sword wielding vamp? The gun-slinging hunter they’re falling for obviously.

From summoners studying at Faust University, to mages overthrowing their corrupt government, all the way to demon hunters and vengeful ghosts – Emma’s Magicbound Realm has something for everyone who loves spice, sass, and magic.

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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Author Interview – Sky Sommers

Author of Charm and Mayhem.

I am excited to chat with Sky Sommers today about her contribution to the Realm of Darkness boxset, Charm and Mayhem, which released yesterday! October 4th, 2022 and is currently available to order.

Helen: Welcome Sky, I am so excited that we get to chat about your book today!! I love how all your books have a little twist, and I am sure Charm and Mayhem is no exception. Tell us a little about your book.

Sky: My book in the anthology is a quirky and slightly humorous romantic fantasy between a guardian angel bodyguarding a noob Goddess of Fate. It’s called Charm& Mayhem: The Goddess of Fate. It’s the first book in a new Goddesses Saga, but it builds on my multiverse that encompasses the modern Earth and Magic Kingdom. And then some. I use magic mirrors as portal-hopping elements and there is some hilarity around Medieval dating intricacies of being married from first kiss (and even before). Marina introduces Gabriel to Moscow’s glitzy life, he saves her from the havoc of her own making. It’s light, it’s fun, I hope it’s worth a read.

Helen: I have no doubt it will be as you always bring a new aspect to the most mundane of things. I love the way you think!! How about your cover, I assuming it’s Marina and Gabriel?

Sky: It’s a quirky romantic fantasy between a Russian-born goddess and a guardian angel who has got something to atone for. Hence, a couple on the cover; the girl looks Russian and the angel’s wings are a little less than white. Since most of the book takes place in Moscow, there’s a St.Basil’s Cathedral in the corner.

Helen: What made you write a novel for an anthology?

Sky: Jealousy. Pure and simple. An author friend of mine who I look up to was in a USAT aiming set and touted her badges last year and I asked her – how did you do it. She told me. I approached the set managers and here we are.

Helen: As good as reason as any! If I asked your characters why we should read your book, what would they say?

Sky: If it’s Marina you’re asking, she’d say, don’t be daft, it’s fun and the kissing scenes, ahhh.

If it’s Gabriel, he’d think for ten minutes and then say something about hope and new beginnings. In French. Without cusswords.

Helen: Love it!! Now the set is launched, what are you working on now?

Sky: Current WIP: book #2 in the Goddesses Saga called Life&Death: The Goddess of Light. It takes place 10 years after book #1 finishes and is about the Goddess of Death needing a replacement coz she wants to check out.

Helen: Oh I am already rolling my eyes at the fun you are going to have with that! Who do you prefer to write heroes or villains?

Sky: Villains have more layers and better whys, so gimme those. In fact, one of my most loathesome character of all time – Godmother from Cinders – is begging for her own book coz she wants to be the Red Queen in Wonderland. And I’m sooooo tempted.

Helen: That would be awesome. You have the most wonderful ideas. Cinders was a brilliant book. How you twisted the relationship between the step mother and Cinders was clever and so funny! Do you find you have to do much research for your books?

Sky: Initially – minimal. But on the go – I check stuff obsessively. And then I twist them beyond recognition, but based on facts. Absolutely.

Helen: If you didn’t write Fairytale retellings, is there a genre you would be tempted to try?

Sky: Well, I might just try historical fiction – Russian Civil War and WWI time in a retelling of The Nutcracker – with one of my favourite authors, Astrid V.J. no less. #happydance

Helen: Oh! What a tease, that would be great! I hope you guys do collaborate. Thank you, Sky, for spending time with me today. Just to close us out, what advice would you give to aspiring writers?

Sky: Based on my own recent experience of getting a first draft of a book together in 40 days – set an aim to write a specific word count every day – e.g. 1k words or 2k words or 500 words. You’ll inevitably end up overshooting and if you think about it – 1k words for 50 days and you have a decent-size novel. The perfecting and polishing and developmental edits and proofreads will all come after. Just write something, anything during a designated time and hit that target. Even when you think you don’t want to write. Even when you think your head is empty. Write something and it’ll grow. Trust me.

Helen: Great advice. Thank you so much Sky. We can go and continue celebrating now, as it’s launch day +1!! I hope all you readers come and join us for the party in the Dark Book Boyfriend Facebook Group. Play the games and comment on the giveaway posts for a chance to win prizes. Spread the word – Realm of Darkness is now live!

You can order the anthology here for the insane price of 99c!

Realm of Darkness Anthology

Make sure you can check out some of my other posts as I interview and spotlight the authors!

Want to know which is the best book for you in the boxset? Take the ‘Which book is for me quiz‘.

About the Author:

Sky Sommers

Sky was born to Estonian-Russian parents and for most of her life has lived and worked as a lawyer in Tallinn, Estonia, with brief escapes to Finland and the United Kingdom for work/study and to all but the top and bottom continents in search of her muse. Her debut e-book in 2012 was about ancient goddesses running amock, trying to get their wilted powers back. She then proceeded to indie publishing her own ebooks and paperbacks and found her way from myths and legend via the Angelic Agency to fairytales retold for young adult and adult audiences.

So far, Thumbelina has been updated for suspicious adults, a more sinister version of Cinderella was released on 21.12.20 and an adult Red Riding Hood retelling is about to be released on 21.03.21. A Wizard of Oz retelling and several short stories are in the works. All her books are linked by some character or another and she loves making you choose at the end – by letting you pick an ending to read – one for the optimist and a slightly different one for pessimists (well, except in the Cinders-Embers-Ash trilogy because only Douglas Adams could pull off a trilogy in 5 parts). She lives in a house with a small garden with her husband and mostly one, but on occasion plus four kids. No dog.

You can find her on:

Facebook

Instagram

Other books by Sky Sommers

You can purchase Book One: Cinders here:

Link to book on Amazon UK: eBook

Link to book on Amazon US: eBook

Link book on Amazon Canada: eBook

And Book Two: Embers here:

Link to book on Amazon UK: eBook

Link to book on Amazon US: eBook

Link book on Amazon Canada: eBook

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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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Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight – Fire Soldier by J.A Culican

It’s Launch day!! Realm of Darkness is now live!! I hope you found it on your eReader this morning.

Some gorgeous covers have been revealed over the last few weeks for the Realm of Darkness Anthology and I still haven’t got through them all. On Launch day, I am delighted to share J.A Culican’s Fire Soldier.

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

Have you ordered your copy yet for the insane special preorder price of 99c?  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See some of the covers revealed so far here

Fire Soldier
The gods will fall. Crash. Burn. Even if it means Xira’s death.  

When Ares betrayed Zeus, he was transformed into a mortal. Aphrodite offered him one last secret gift: the fire of her broken heart. Ares took that fire and created his own empire and people. The first ones to live in the Empire of Fire were named Fire Soldiers and they were the offspring of Ares. 
 
Each offspring is born with a cursed trait. A weakness the Gods instilled to keep the Fire Soldiers in check. A leash to control those who were born to serve. But Xira isn’t interested in serving. She wants revenge, control and most importantly vengence. 
 
When Ares is slayed, Xira knows it’s time. All her training, all her sweat and fury and loyalty… all of them will be used to take the throne of Gods.  
 
Can Xira band the Fire Soldiers together in time or will the Empire of Fire fall. 

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About the Author:

J.A. Culican is a USA Today Bestselling author of the middle grade fantasy series Keeper of Dragons. Her first novel in the fictional series catapulted a trajectory of titles and awards, including top selling author on the USA Today bestsellers list and Amazon, and a rightfully earned spot as an international best seller. Additional accolades include Best Fantasy Book of 2016, Runner-up in Reality Bites Book Awards, and 1st place for Best Coming of Age Book from the Indie book Awards.

J.A. Culican holds a Master’s degree in Special Education from Niagara University, in which she has been teaching special education for over 13 years. She is also the president of the autism awareness non-profit Puzzle Peace United. J.A. Culican resides in Southern New Jersey with her husband and four young children.

For more information about J.A. Culican visit her website and follow her on Facebook.

Other books by J.A Culican

Keeper of Dragons, The Prince Returns : Keeper of Dragons Book 1

Amazon UK: eBook | Paperback | Audiobook

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As an Amazon Associate I may benefit from purchases made using these links.

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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Author Interview – Becky James

Author of The Shadow of Death.

Joining me today is another of my co-conspirators from the Realm of Darkness boxset. I am chatting with Fantasy author, Becky James about her contribution to the boxset, The Shadow of Death, which releases today! October 4th, 2022 and is currently available to order.

Helen: Welcome Becky, I am so excited that we get to chat about your book on launch day!! Tell us a little about your book.

Becky: I have always loved Scotland, and spent four years living there next to the sea, so I knew I wanted something Scottish. I researched and played around with some Celtic myths and legends for a romantic fantasy collaboration project. In some parts of Scotland, it was believed that a Cu Sidhe, a dog fae, could sense imminent death, and in other parts, they thought a black cat fae called a Cat Sidhe would steal the souls of the recently departed. Talking to an author friend, she suggested they were at war with each other over souls, and I started to put together why they would be at odds. What do they use souls for, or what do they believe is happening to them?

I came up with the Cu Sidhe taking them to be sent to the Otherworld, but they don’t know what that is, and the Cat Sidhe using them to generate magic, which they need to live. It’s been fun putting together a world that allows for shifters, a magic system based around different gemstones and selkies!

Helen: Your cover is very mystical with your main characters shadowed by their other forms. How did you come up with the design?

Becky: I knew I wanted Allegra Pescatore to make a cover: I love her vibrant styles and clever details. When she showed me the concept for Neri I was blown away, she is perfect! She has carried that style over into Book 2, The Thief of Souls, and done a fantastic job!

Helen: Allegar did a fantastic job! What made you write a novel for an anthology?

Becky: Writing can be a lonely hobby. Yes, you’re spending time with your characters, but it’s lovely to have a support system, a place where everyone is going through the same thing. Release week is full of ups and downs, it’s one of my favourite and least favourite times! It’s great to have your characters go off and meet new friends, but it can also be very stressful as you watch for fan reactions.

Joining into an anthology was a no-brainer for me. Working alongside other committed, caring individuals has been so refreshing. I have learnt so much, and also helped out a ton! My network has grown considerably.

Helen: I agree. It has been such a valuable experience. If you put in the hard work, then we all reap the benefits. Launch day is here, which is so exciting! Writing is so much fun, but what made you take that first step and begin writing?

Becky: Well, characters will stride into my life first and foremost, and then loudly demand that their stories are told. It took a few years to build up my writing skill to the point where I felt able to do their stories justice, although I’m still learning things every day. I write very character driven stories, so I’ll often only get a glimpse of the plot and then they will react to it faster than I can type!

Helen: Tell us about some of the other books have you written.

Becky: If you like sword and sorcery portal fantasy mixed with a bit of multiverse (think the good doctors – Doctor Who and Doctor Strange!), then The King’s Swordsman series is for you. It follows the adventures of a cocky swordsman and his exasperated companions. I’m over the moon to have people say good things about the series and how they enjoyed hanging out with these guys as much as I have. 

The Tempered Turns of Time, King’s Swordsman Book 4

Helen: I am already intrigued to meet your characters!. Readers can find links to book one at the end of the interview. Was their anyone special who inspired you to publish your books?

Becky: I grew up reading Tamora Pierce, Robin Hobb / Megan Lindholm, and Anne McCaffrey. McCaffrey is an interesting blend of sci-fi and fantasy but it’s all character driven to a large extent: Hobb very much so as well. Pierce has that wonderful blend of characters coming to terms with hard real life issues and not always making the right choices. The works I most admire are those by Leigh Eddings, as in David and Leigh Eddings, because she’s recognised as the “secret” co-author on some of the books too. The Redemption of Althalus was my first “grown up” fantasy, and I absolutely loved the characters with their balance of humour and heart. 

Helen: Oh yes, I love the Eddings books; they inspired much of my writing as well. We’re almost at the end of our time. Just to close us out, how do you fit writing into your daily life?

Becky: I usually write early in the morning or on public transport. I’ll be working on a Google doc to start with so I can use both laptop or phone, and then transfer it to Word for prettifying and self-editing before it goes to betas and my editors. 

I’ll listen to music when running, and have a story playlist where songs relate to how the characters are feeling, but I write in silence. I like to get up before anyone else and have time when no one is asking for a snack or where something is: just me and the page.

Helen: Thank you, Becky, for chatting with me today. We can go and start celebrating now, as it’s launch day!! I hope all you readers come and join us for the party in the Dark Book Boyfriend Facebook Group. Play the games and comment on the giveaway posts for a chance to win prizes. Spread the word – Realm of Darkness is now live!

You can order the anthology here for the insane price of 99c!

Realm of Darkness Anthology

Make sure you can check out some of my other posts as I interview and spotlight the authors!

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About the Author:

Becky James

Becky James is the author of The King’s Swordsman series. Based in the UK, she has a deep love of the British countryside, canals, and all things fantasy; she devours anything that has magic, swords, good friends and good times.

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Other books by Becky James

The Tenets in the Tattoos, Book One of the King’s Swordsman series

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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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Realm of Darkness Author Spotlight – Beneath the Waves of the Neversea by K.A. Last

Some gorgeous covers have been revealed over the last few weeks for the Realm of Darkness Anthology. I am delighted to share K.A Last’s Beneath the Waves of the Neversea

Only available as part of the Realm of Darkness Anthology.

Have you preordered your copy yet for the insane special preorder price of 99c?  I can’t wait to read these wonderful books. See some of the covers revealed so far here

Beneath the Waves of the Neversea By KA Last

One adventure. Two worlds. Three broken hearts.

Wendie feels trapped, and she wants nothing more than to escape her life in London. 

When the promise of adventure lures her from her bedroom window, she eagerly follows the boy with golden hair and stars in his eyes. Wendie falls under Peter’s spell, and he draws her to him in ways she can’t explain. 

He is intoxicating, and dangerous, and makes her crave an adventure of a different kind.

But Peter is determined never to grow up. For him, Wendie is a means to an end, a way to rekindle the belief that holds the very fabric of Neverland together. 

Until she crosses the boundary into adulthood, dragging Peter with her.

Ronan is lost. Banished from Wonderland for crimes he can’t remember. 

After being thrown into a world where he isn’t welcome, Ronan is imprisoned by Peter and the Lost Boys. They condemn him for his age and his magic, but with Wendie’s help, Ronan escapes Peter’s clutches.

Ronan clings to his magic and madness, battling his heart and his mind as he tries to stay alive. His one goal: to find his way back home.

But Peter won’t allow Ronan to leave. No one leaves Neverland unless he says so.

Forced together by a common foe, Wendie and Ronan must fight for their hearts and their lives. Will Wendie be Ronan’s saviour, or will they both suffer at the hands of Peter Pan?

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About the Author:

K. A. Last has always been artistic and creative. She has a diploma in Graphic Design and has worked in the publishing industry for more than twenty years. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam and fell in love with it. She also has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Charles Sturt University with a major in English, and minors in Children’s Literature, Art History, and Visual Culture. She resides in the Australian countryside on the Mid-North Coast of NSW with her family and a menagerie of animals.

Other books by K.A Last

Fall For Me Book One of the Tate Chronicles

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As an Amazon Associate I may benefit from purchases made using these links.

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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