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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Do you review what you read?

Writers love to write and readers like to read. This is pretty obvious - right?

An author writes a book and either has it published by a third party, or the author self-publishes. Readers - especially fans of particular authors - purchase the book or download sometimes for free. What then?

How does the author know if a reader likes the book, loves the book or even (heaven forbid) hates the book? Unless a reader writes directly to the author the only way to tell if the book is doing well is by sales or more importantly - Reviews! A review which states "this is nice but..." allows the author to understand how the reader perceives the book and possibly what can be done to improve the story. A review which states "I love this book, when's the next one coming out?" makes writing the book really worthwhile.

Unfortunately, not many readers leave reviews. If only one in ten readers wrote down their thoughts on whether they enjoyed the book; which bits they liked; what they thought could make it better - all these responses would help the author improve their work.

If you read a book and enjoy it - take an extra few minutes and leave a review on your favorite online book store. You will make the author's day when they see you've shown appreciation of their work.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Free Romantic Fantasy Ebook

Another free book with the option to receive another free book. If you read these books and like them it would be lovely if you could post a review on your favourite ebook supplier. Here are the details.

Merhnaz, a free book from the Cloud Kingdom series. Mehrnaz is a prequel to Book 2 of the series - Elisette. 

Mehrnaz of Pator and Lusak of Rak live on the planet Hejmen. They fall in love when they meet at a ball in Rak, but her parents wish her to marry Dromarn, heir to the dukedom of Marn. On their first meeting Dromarn lays down the rules for their married life and how his wife should behave. Mehrnaz informs her parents she wishes to marry Lusak, but her mother has no intention of allowing her daughter to marry a second son and refuses to allow Mehrnaz and Lusak to meet. The couple plan to elope but to meet Lusak, Mehrnaz must cross the desert alone.
ExcerptThe mattporter couldn't take the Pator party all at once and they were lifted to the sky castle in groups. Up in the castle the noble family of Rak had already greeted Duke Osrat and his family, now Tikat and his family moved forward.

Duke Davak, his wife Elisette and their three sons waited to greet them. Patak, the eldest, stood with his wife just behind his parents. Dernak, the youngest stood to one side, trying not to cough. He looked quite sickly and Mehrnaz turned to look at the other son. Her breath caught in her throat. Lusak, the Duke's middle son, looked exactly like the heroes in her books.
Dark auburn hair curled down to his collar, while his skin glowed with a tan which told of a life spent mainly outside. He caught her looking at him and winked at her.
"Mehrnaz. Mind your manners."
Her mother's nudge brought her back to her duties and she curtsied to the ducal family then moved on with her parents. Servants arrived to show them to their rooms. As they left the main dock, Mehrnaz glanced over her shoulder. Lusak watched her and this time he grinned at her and mouthed the word later.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Reva's Quest - Fantasy for Middle-Grade Readers

To round off my two weeks of fantasy authors I would like to tell you about one of my own fantasy books for Middle-Grade readers.

Reva is a young girl whose parents have moved several times due to her father's job. This means she has to keep enrolling in new schools and try to make new friends which is not an easy task. To help her cope Reva writes a book about the magical land of Fey. 

With the help of her animated garden gnome, she travels through a portal to the real land of Fey where she is blamed for the evil that has taken over. With her gnome, two elves and a griffin she goes on a quest to find and deal with the evil entity, who the elves have named Malice. The way is not easy due to the altered nature of the magical creatures of Fey, plus Reva believes the group have a traitor in their midst.

Reva's Quest: A Magical Journey is presently free from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and many other on line stores or the book can be downloaded from Instafreebie. There's also a chance to get a second middle-grade book free.

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Sue Perkins has written many fantasy books for a variety of age groups. Her young adult and adult fantasy and romance books can be purchased from Desert Breeze Publishing

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Unicorns galore

Welcome Suzanne, my you've been busy. I keep meaning to get The Deception as I thoroughly enjoyed The Legacy so I'm off to Amazon as soon as I've finished this post. I also love fantasy which is why I love your books. Thanks again for visiting.

Fantasy, fantasy, fantasy! How I love fantasy, and that’s why I wrote my unicorn trilogy. However, the third of Shadow of the Unicorn series has yet to come out. But let me tell you about the other two.

The Legacy (Shadow of the Unicorn, book 1)

Azaria, a unicorn colt, is intrigued when the young, clairvoyant dinosaur, Darius, foresees a terrifying change to their world. When a giant fireball smashes into the earth, the unicorns struggle to survive the hurricanes and starvation that follow. But nothing compares to the danger when the creatures-that-walk-on-two-legs settle in the valley, and their leader discovers the healing power in the unicorns’ horns. Greedy and ruthless, Ishmael will stop at nothing in his pursuit of wealth – even the complete extinction of the herd. Azaria must find a way to outsmart Ishmael before it’s too late.

The Deception (Shadow of the Unicorn, book 2)

Sixty years after the unicorns’ narrow escape from extinction, Azaria's Legacy has gone wrong. The new generation barely exists, hidden in the depths of the forest. Their cruel and ruthless leader, Icarus, threatens them daily with Jaresh, an invisible being capable of taking away their powers. Angry, the young colt Ulysees and his friend Téo rebel, following an old, abandoned trail where they’re discovered by humans. Now the entire herd must flee. But Ulysees learns there’s a far greater danger than humans when he meets a giant creature who warns him of impending doom…

The third one is entitled: The Revenge (Shadow of the Unicorn, book 3). And here’s what it’s about.

Born deep in the forest, far from the herd, Damien is kept a dark secret by his parents until his father, Samuel, decides the colt must join the other foals to be initiated. But the unicorns are h
orrified by Damien’s birth defect. They see him as a freak despite his astonishing abilities. Then when Samuel is pushed to his death by a rival, Damien’s talents turn deadly. Can anyone stop him before he destroys their world?

But guess what? I wrote a young teen novel too, called, A Town Bewitched. It’s a paranormal mystery.
It’s tough for Kira, growing up in the small town of Hope as a child prodigy in classical violin, especially when her dad just died. And to make matters worse, Kate McDonough, the red-haired fiddler appears out of nowhere and bewitches the town with her mysterious Celtic music. Even Uncle Jack succumbs to her charms, forgetting his promise to look after Kira’s family. But when someone begins vandalizing the town leaving dead and gutted birds as a calling card, Kira knows without a doubt who’s behind it.

I bet you’re wondering what comes next besides The Revenge? I have a lovely YA historical romance coming out in September called Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies. It’s based on the story of my grandparents who met during WWI in Belgium and moved to Canada where they acquired a homestead. Then the dirty thirties hit.

Anyway, here are the links to my novels on Amazon:

Hope you’ll enjoy.