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Book Review and Guest Post: Birth of the Storm (Demon Storm #1) by Valerie Storm (Escapist Book Tours Review)

Birth of the Storm Genre: Demon Storm, #1 Author: Valerie Storm Genre: Fantasy Book Description: Kari, a young wolf demon, learns her parents' isolation is justified when they're killed by humans from the village near their mountain home – humans who found them because of Kari's carelessness. With her dying breath, Kari's mother orders her …

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SPFBO 8 Author Spotlight: J.C.M. Berne with Wistful Ascending

Hello! Welcome back to the Self-Published Fantasy 8 Author and Book Spotlights with Raina Nightingale. Sometimes, the weeks tend to have something of a theme to them. Yesterday's spotlight was D.H. Willison with Hazelhearth Hires Heroes, a book that doesn't quite fit into conventional genres, perhaps by touching too many of them. Today's spotlight is …

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SPFBO 8 Author Spotlight: D.H. Willison with Hazelhearth Hires Heroes

Hello again for another Spotlight and Interview with a Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off Entrant about his entree in SPFBO 8. Today we have D.H. Willison, whose entree, Hazelhearth Hires Heroes, does not quite fit any of the standard genre slots and involves non-violent conflict resolution and alien monsters. Welcome to Hazelhearth: our picturesque city is nestled …

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Book Review: A Drowned Kingdom (The Drowned Kingdom Saga) by P.L. Stuart

A Drowned Kingdom Series: The Drowned Kingdom Saga, #1 Author: P.L. Stuart Genre: Fantasy Book Description: Once Second Prince of the mightiest kingdom in the known world, Othrun now leads the last survivors of his exiled people into an uncertain future far across the Shimmering Sea from their ancestral home, now lost beneath the waves. …

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SPFBO 8 Author Spotlight: Bruce McKnight with Forged in Flame

Hello! Continuing my Self-Published Blog-Off 8 Author Spotlight and Interview series (more information about the Blog-Off on Mark Lawrence's site here) we have Bruce McKnight whose SPFBO 8 entree is Forged in Flame, a story that includes nuanced orcs and characters who are fundamentally unsuited to what they have to do. Danger closes in from …

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SPFBO 8 Author Spotlight: Helen Rygh-Pederson with Waking Ursa Minor

Hello. I'm back again, this first Wednesday of July, with another Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off 8 Spotlight. This time, we have Helen Rygh-Pederson with her SPFBO 8 entree, Waking Ursa Minor, and I don't think she confirmed that for me in so many words, but I'm guessing there's something to do with stars or constellations in …

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Book Review: Empire’s Bard (Oraiáphon, Empire’s Reckoning) by Marian L. Thorpe

Empire's Bard Series: Omnibus Edition (Oraiphon, Empire's Reckoning) Author: Marian L Thorpe Genre: Historical Fantasy Book Description: Courage comes in many forms. The northern invaders are defeated, but the price is high. The Eastern Empire, gone from these lands for generations, now rules. For Sorley, the young lord of Gundarstorp, the war and the treaty …

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