Caledonia by Amy Hoff

CaledoniaNovelCoverCaledonia is an urban fantasy set in Glasgow, Scotland.

D.I. Leah Bishop accepts a transfer to a Glasgow branch of Interpol, where she discovers her new fellow officers are monsters. They have recruited her to help them solve what they consider a human crime: the first serial killing of faeries.

Leah and her Victorian selkie partner, Dorian Grey, investigate supernatural crime in Scotland’s city of culture.




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The Divine Apprentice by Allen J Johnston

 2014-02-27 19.38.06Kade looks up at his executioner with no fear or hate, watching . . .waiting. At six months old, he could hardly do much more as his grandfather agonizes over the task of taking the life of his only grandson. 

Born with the rare ability to control the Divine, Kade has the potential to become one of the most powerful Chosen to ever exist. Taken from his parents, at the age of ten, by his grandfather, a Master Chosen, Kade is taught to harness the power of the Divine for good. After a decade of training, Kade learns the harsh reality of the dangerous world he is about to be thrust into, as his Master is brutally murdered right before his eyes. Kade soon realizes he is next. 

With the help of a dragon, a species thought to have been a myth, and a feisty Essence Guardian, Kade must discover who – or what – is trying to eradicate his kind before the Chosen are brought to extinction.

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Crimson & Cream by C M Skeira

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Hounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, thirteen-year-old Jetsam dreams of the day he’ll no longer have to run for his life.  A victim of circumstance burdened with an interminable unlucky streak, each sunrise ushers in more difficulty for the resilient adolescent.  An avalanche of life-changing events forces him to boldly decide his future.

In the mountain city of Dwim-Halloe, Eidryn and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city’s revered School of Sorcery. When the new king outlawed magic, the boys’ parents were murdered. Their deaths forfeited the siblings’ magical birthright and rendered them homeless fugitives.

Rescued by an orphan gang, the water-logged twins were nicknamed Flotsam and Jetsam. To survive as outcasts, the orphans scavenge and pilfer nightly. Their last risky foray sent them fleeing into an unfamiliar cavern. Now the brothers are lost deep underground where they encounter a strange beast that will change their lives forever and begin a harrowing journey for their ultimate survival.

Crimson & Cream recounts Jetsam’s adventurous tale of flight and discovery as the fugitive orphan unravels the tangled mysteries his tortured past while securing his tenuous future. Crimson & Cream is a classic swords and sorcery coming-of-age adventure set in a traditional fantasy world.

Reviews:From Tome Tender Book Blog:  Danger, conflict and an adventurous search for answers in a world filled with fantastical beings, kings, and magic. What better way to snag the attention of the daring inner child in all of us who dreams of living large in a world that just begs for us to conquer it? Crimson & Cream by C. M. Skiera is a surefire magnetic for reluctant YA readers.

C.M. Skiera holds nothing back as he builds his fantasy world from the caves on up as he pulls the reader through the rabbit hole and we fall into his tale. Unafraid to color darkness and pain into his story, Mr. Skiera has created a realm of possibility, daring and heroic characters that one would be proud to call a friend. He writes with a crisp style and vivid detail, until one smells the dank tunnels and gropes blindly through the dark along with his characters. Evil is evil, ominous and larger than life, but Jetsam and his “family” demonstrate that loyalty and love go a long way. Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy!

From Crimson and Cream is the debut fantasy novel from author, C.M. Skiera, and a wonderful beginning to what promises to be an exciting series.

The story begins with Flotsam and Jetsam, twin orphans nicknamed for the water they were pulled from after fleeing from the men who killed their parents. Their parents had been killed for being sorcerers after the king outlawed magic. On their birthday, they sneak onto the grounds of the king’s castle at the behest of the headstrong Jetsam, in hopes to procure fruit from the abundant orchard there. After being spotted, the twins are sent into a dangerous chase, one that serves as a catalyst for the adventure to follow.

This seemingly innocuous beginning turns into a quest to discover the secrets of the twins’ past while being hunted by a bounty hunter whose sole motivation is to cement his legacy, no matter the cost. Intense battles with trolls, being abducted by a group of men with questionable motivations, fleeing from a vicious bounty hunter, and encountering a massive beast out of legend are just a few of the exciting situations we find the unlikely protagonist thrust into. And let me tell you, it’s an intense, fast-paced ride until the end.

One thing that really struck me with Crimson and Cream is the massively emotional whack over the head that C.M. Skiera introduces fairly early into the story(sorry, not going to spoil anything here). Although the story doesn’t quite reach the same level of emotional impact afterwards, the scene is bold, and is plays a pivotal role in character growth throughout the book.

The story is very well written and plotted. C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting. The story introduces several original concepts, though also treads familiar fantasy ground, mostly in Tolkienesque fashion(completely meant as a compliment). Though having Book One included in the title of this book, you can’t help but be a little disappointed as the last page ends, leaving many unanswered questions. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for the answers!

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C.M. Skiera grew up in Michigan and now lives in California with his wife and two rescue Chihuahuas. He works as a professional environmental engineer to pay the bills and has been writing since the mid 1990s. Crimson & Cream is his debut epic fantasy novel. He started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after lots of twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and the advent of online self-publishing, the ebook was self-published on Smashwords and in August of 2012. C.M. Skiera is currently finalizing Mirrors & Mist, book two of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.

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Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum by Yvonne Hertzberger

Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum

Back From Chaos - smallBattle and bloodshed have upset the Balance, crippling the goddess Earth’s power to prevent further chaos. Unless it is restored more disasters will ensue: famines, plagues, more unrest and war.
Four chosen: Lord Gaelen of Bargia, Klast, his loyal spy and assassin, Lady Marja of Catania and her maid Brensa. Each is unaware of the roles they must play in restoring that Balance.
Most important of these is Klast. It is he who must rescue the kidnapped maid, he who must unmask and bring to justice the traitor who threatens all their lives. It is also he who must deal with the scars from his tormented and abused past before he can accept the final part he must play in Earth’s recovery. But he is a most reluctant and unlikely hero and time is short.
One minute I’m reading the book, the next I’m scrambling to make sure I downloaded the second novel. Thank God I had. Yvonne Hertzberger has a wonderful talent about her, able to create a world that doesn’t need all that much explanation to understand, and a solid plot built around characters rather than something catastrophic like many of the popular dystopian novels lining bookshelves these days. Earth, the Mother, is out of Balance and it’s up to a spy with no emotion to save her by saving a maid, Bensa, whose been brutally raped. Playing in the background is the coming-of-age story of Lord Gaelen, whose suddenly found himself ruler of Bargia by the double death of his father and elder brother, and Marja, Lady of the conquered kingdom Catania.
Their joining is looked on by some with hope. But for another, it’s a different story-one that could spell disaster and death not just for Bargia and Catania, but for the Earth as well.
Political intrigue, romance, magic, what more could anyone ask for?
I found myself falling in love with each of the characters. Especially Klast and Brensa. Both are so flawed, so perfectly damaged it makes for a beautiful love story that had tears welling.
The book zips along wonderfully, making for a quick but satisfying read. I think the only real trouble I had was getting used to the author’s writing style. It is much more direct than I’m used too and very formal. However, once I was five chapters in the narration flowed more easily until I had to force myself to put my iPad down to sleep.
The author should be proud, and congratulated for a very well written first novel that makes the reader want to do nothing else but pick up the second and get to reading!
Well written with characters you can really care about. When a writer can make me cry, I’m THERE. Klast and his tightly contained emotions is a wonderful character. He performs duties he abhors, but he does them willingly due to loyalty to the lord he serves–often at his own emotional expense. Watching the well-scripted changes in this character is enough, but there is Marja–strong and educated for a woman of her time; Gaelen–too soon in life brought to power and never having time to grieve his losses, he wears his mantle well. How does a new lord bring two formerly warring communities together under that mantle and the price he pays to do it are so well written you won’t want to put this one down. I finished it at 3 a.m. this morning and wish there had been even more.

Yvonne Hertzberger lives in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark. She calls herself a late bloomer as she began writing at the ripe age of 56. Her Fantasy/ Magic Realism trilogy, ‘Earth’s Pendulum’ has been well received and she is working on a new novel not related to the trilogy. She loves to sing, garden and spend time with like-minded people and family.
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The Angel’s Covenant by Lynn Landes

The_Angels_Covenant_850Elina will never forget the dark angel who came to her village and killed her family. She holds his image close to her heart, waiting for her chance to avenge those she loved. She does not know why she was chosen to save humanity, only that she is in a race against time itself. The Fallen will stop at nothing to get to her. Malach is her guardian angel chosen to protect and train her. She should not have feelings for him; she fights it every day. In the quiet moments they hear the whispered question “Are you Shadow or Light?” It is the question they struggle with. Each stolen glance and soft touch brings them closer to breaking the Angel’s Covenant.

Malach is an archangel chosen as the Guardian of Hope. His promise was to protect and guide her until she is ready to reunite her people. Trouble is brewing amongst the angels. Some feel that humanity is the problem, but Malach knows the truth. Humanity is the key to peace. Elina is the only hope they have against the dark angel, for he is building an army bent on ruling Heaven and Earth.

VORTEX: Return of The Effra by Lindsey J Parsons

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On a night when prophesies stir, an outraged dragon vents his anger, Damian is ripped from everything he knows and Sam’s nightmares become real…
Sam isn’t enjoying university life, she’s disillusioned with her course and having second thoughts about her future. It doesn’t help that she keeps having a scary, recurring nightmare and when she thinks things couldn’t get worse a creepy man follows her back to her room.
Damian is unique, he has silver eyes, horns and wings, he is also being visited by a ghost girl. She looks so sad and frightened he feels compelled to help her, but the night her reaches out to save her from a dragons fiery breath he gets ripped from his life, his world, from everything he knows.
Now it’s Damian who’s lost in an unfamiliar world that’s devoid of magic and full of strange monsters, his only connection with home is Sam, who he recognises as the ghost girl. Sam has to put aside her fear and disbelief in Damian’s explanations about himself to try and help him find his way home.
But in a world without magic is this possible?

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Lindsey J Parsons was born in Stratford upon Avon and grew up in nearby Solihull. She now lives in a crumbly old farm house in a small village in Warwickshire with her three children and an assortment of animal friends. She enjoys reading, writing, horseback riding, archery and looking after the numerous animals that live with her.

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“When I’m not writing and looking after my children, then I love to go for a ride on my horse in the woods near my home. I never tire of riding up there, the trees are so beautiful and there’s so much wildlife to see. If I’m not riding, then archery’s my next big passion, not that I’m any good, but keep practising!”

Lindsey started writing in 2009, on a complete whim and completed ‘Vortex’ her first novel and the first book in a trilogy called Return of The Effra, eighteen months later. She is now working on the second book ‘Wicked Game’. She has also completed a handful of short stories which have been included in three anthologies.


The Queen’s Blade (Book 1 in The Queen’s Blade series) by TC Southwell

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A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees… In a world where men share kindred with beasts, an ageless seer predicts a child who will end the Endless War. One man is the instrument who will change fate. He will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name… the time of the Queen’s Blade.
Review from Vanessa Finaughty:
Blade is my favourite type of hero – reluctant! He has a nasty past he’d rather forget, but can’t, and prefers to be left alone to his own devices, never allowing anyone too close to him. The good nature he was born with, however, seems to win out where the important people are concerned – those who truly care for him despite his ugly attitude towards and treatment of them.

I recommend this entire series to anyone with an imagination, particularly if you love animals and seeing bad guys suffer.


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TC SouthwellT. C. Southwell’s bio

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.

T. C. Southwell has written over thirty novels, ranging from fantasy and science fiction to romance and adventure, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.