Self Published Spotlight

Today’s post is all about spreading the love for self published fantasy books. I have some fantastic books just waiting to be read and so I thought I’d share them with you. Take a look at these beauties:

Firstly, two books from author Phil Williams. I read Under Ordshaw as part of the Self Published Fantasy Blog Off competition. Under Ordshaw is such a fresh take on urban fantasy. Here is a city that looks, on the face of it, like any other and yet below the streets is a warren of tunnels just crawling with supernatural creatures. The world building is just great but, without doubt, the characters steal the show.

Now, I confess that I’ve been a little tardy keeping up with the series but I can say that this is not a reflection of my enjoyment, more a simple fact that time is sometimes in short supply and I can be a little over enthusiastic (aka as book greedy) when it comes to the number of books that I think I can read during the course of any given month. But, in the next few weeks I’m hoping to continue with the second book in the Under Ordshaw series – Blue Angel and I’m also really excited to have an advanced copy of Phil’s latest book Kept From Cages.

Kept From Cages is the first part in a new story arc in the Ordshaw world (with all new characters), and is more of a fast-paced supernatural action-thriller. It follows a gang of criminal jazz musicians who stumble upon a red-eyed child tied to a chair. While they’re thrown into a madcap chase across the Deep South, an international agent investigating the massacre of an Arctic fishing village follows a trail into the heart of the Congo, with an erratic female assassin in tow. The parallel stories converge amid corporate conspiracy, mutant animals and a cult of sword-wielding murderers. Seriously – doesn’t this sound pretty amazing? I think so.

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Secondly a book that I promised myself I’d read much sooner (*headdesk*) but – well, you know what ‘they’ say about the best laid plans (a phrase that might have been coined with me in mind). Legends of the Exiles (Perilisc) by Jesse Teller. Legends of the Exiles is a book with four intertwining novellas – here’s a taster of the description over on Goodreads:

The isolated barbarians of Neather have deep ancestry and strict traditions. Four resilient women defy tribal customs as they fight to overcome their own tragedies. Abuse. Addiction. Assault. Grief. What struggles can they endure to defend their hopes and their hearts?

And here is the gorgeous cover:

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Yes, I’m hoping to pick this one up soon.

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My third choice is the second in a series known as the Woern Saga. A Wizard’s Sacrifice by A.M. Justice. I would point out that although this is the second in a series it can also be read without having read A Wizard’s Forge.

‘A gripping tale of wizardry, warfare, and moral dilemmas unspools in a breathtaking blend of fantasy and science fiction.

And, another stunning cover:

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So my next book is literally staring me in the face in the most guilt inducing fashion possible. This is an author that I really like. And I actually went out of my way to request a copy of this book – and yet I still haven’t read it. Sometimes I just can’t believe myself. *hangs head dejectedly*. I can only try and do better. Enough about my guilt. This book sounds like something I will just love. I’m expecting it to be dark and a bit brutal.

No one escapes the Pit.

At just fifteen Eskara Helsene fought in the greatest war mankind has ever known. Fought and lost. There is only one place her enemies would send a Sourcerer as powerful as her, the Pit, a prison sunk so deep into the earth the sun is a distant memory. Now she finds herself stripped of her magic; a young girl surrounded by thieves, murderers, and worse. In order to survive she will need to find new allies, play the inmates against each other, and find a way out. Her enemies will soon find Eskara is not so easily broken.’

Also, just check out this absolutely drop dead gorgeous cover – no, I’m not fickle. Seriously I think Rob J Hayes has been blessed by the God of Great Covers.


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The final book I’m highlighting today is one that I’m very excited about. Again, yes, I’m late to pick this one up – but a very good author once said to me that author’s want book reviews all year round, not just on publication day – and I confess that that little eye opener does allow me to feel slightly less guilty than I might otherwise feel. This book is the final instalment in the Paternus Trilogy by Dyrk Ashton – War of Gods. And oh my giddy aunt but this book is receiving some of the most glowing reviews ever. If I don’t manage to carve out some time for this very soon I may literally explode, and nobody wants that. Check out the description and believe me when I say if you love fantasy, then you need this series in your life.

From Africa to Asgard, to an invisible island in the Pacific and the Bone Road of a forgotten world, Fi and Zeke must come to grips with not only their newfound abilities but also who they are – and accept what they are becoming: wielders of ancient and dangerous powers, warriors, and maybe even heroes. But the end of worlds is coming, and time is short.

Titans will clash. Gods will battle. Monsters will swarm.

Can Peter and the Deva possibly defeat their age-old enemy in the face of overwhelming odds against them? There’s only one way to find out.

And, dare I say it – another incredibly winning and dramatic cover:

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That’s all for me for the moment. Hopefully, I’ll be reviewing some of these in the very near future.

Cover Reveal : The Ordshaw Vignettes Vol 1 by Phil Williams

Today I’m really pleased and excited to be hosting a cover reveal for Phil Williams Ordshaw Vignettes.  You may have noticed the blog tour recently in which a number of bloggers shared small snippets of life from Ordshaw?  If not my post is here for a quick taster.

The Ordshaw Vignettes Vol. 1 is the collected short stories from Phil Williams’ recent blog tour, complementing the release of The Violent Fae. This eBook anthology includes 12 self-contained flash mysteries where strange goings-on impact the lives of otherwise ordinary (mostly!) people. All the stories are already available to read online, so this book is offered for convenience, and for the sake of a spangly new cover (because we all love a spangly new cover).

Note the eBook will be up on Amazon for a nominal fee, and will be shared free for members of Phil’s mailing list.

Anyway, enough chat, this is the part we really want to get to – THE COVER:

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I’ve included some useful links below and also here are the rest of the books in the series so you can check them all out together:

Useful links:

Amazon: (https://smarturl.it/eyvl6s)

GoodReads (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48842405-the-ordshaw-vignettes-vol-1)

Author’s master post: https://phil-williams.co.uk/violent-fae-tour-ordshaw-vignettes/

Have fun reading everyone and thanks to Phil for including me in this reveal.

 

The Ordshaw Vignettes by Phil Williams

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Today I’m so happy to be taking part in a blog tour for the third book in Phil Williams urban fantasy series that got off to a great start with Under Ordshaw.  (My review of which can be found here.)

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To celebrate the release of The Violent Fae, the closing chapter of the Ordshaw series’ The Sunken City Trilogy, Phil is sharing twelve short stories from the city of Ordshaw. The Ordshaw Vignettes are tiny insights into life in the UK’s worst-behaved city, each presenting a self-contained mystery.

You can read today’s story below.  For the full collection, visit the other wonderful blogs taking part in the tour (see the banner above).  I’ve provided the details for the other books in the series below plus a link to Phil’s author page but for now let’s get to the fun part – the story:

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The Banker

Fighting the urge to run the light, Freddie Procter hit the brakes with a curse. West Farling, 2am on a Tuesday, there was no one around. The light had no business changing. And he’d been on the road too long already. He swallowed, reassuring himself it’d been worth it. The Chinese were a cinch for PickLathe Finance. Those rosy-cheeked tykes were drowning in giggles after five pints, delighted by Procter’s ability to hold alcohol, oblivious to the loan terms they’d agreed to.

That, my friends, was how you made millions.

Now if the light would kindly change, he could celebrate with another Macallan back home. But something metal clicked behind his ear. A sound familiar from films: a cocking gun.

“Don’t move,” a voice said. “Not one inch.” Procter flashed a look at the rear-view mirror, and the voice got rougher, “Eyes ahead, prick.”

Procter stuttered, “Look – look here – I don’t – don’t know –”

“Cram it!” the man snarled. “Wanna die here?” There had been nothing in the mirror. And the voice was strangely distant. How could someone possibly be – “I’ll put a hole in your brain, you don’t do exactly as I say.”

This couldn’t be happening. He couldn’t speak, and Procter talked huge deals all day – won over the hardest bastards –

“Phone, wallet, gaudy rings, all on the passenger seat. Longer you take, deeper it’ll hurt.”

His rattled body took over. Nodding as he emptied his pockets, Procter painfully wrenched the rings off.

“Now leave the keys and get the fuck out. Walk away, don’t look back. I see your eyes, there’s a bullet in them. Understand?”

Procter hadn’t stopped nodding. He grappled the door handle and tried to stand, trapped by the belt. With a high-pitched “Ah!”, he clawed at the release and fell onto the road. He skittered up, mouth moving voicelessly, mind raging: he could negotiate, why wasn’t he talking the lunatic down? But he was moving away fast. Half a block away.

The car revved loudly and he turned back.

The shining BMW crossed the intersection with the door still open, yellow interior light floating through the dark. There was no one inside. It jolted out of view, then came a loud bang of impact. Twisting metal screeched short pain as the engine coughed a death stroke.

Procter was running back – thoughts catching up. The idiot had crashed his car – amateur – he was not fleeing. He raced into the crossroad. The car’s bonnet was folded around a bent, sparking lamppost. The lights blinked on and off. It was empty. Thirty grand of machinery destroyed, no one to account for it.

What in hell? There was no one nearby – just the driver’s door open – but he saw on the passenger seat, his things were gone. All that remained was a drunk’s ruined ride and him standing confused. A click in his ear and an angry voice. A gun he never saw. Who would believe it?

To hell with this – Procter turned and ran again. He’d report the car stolen from home – to hell with this, and to hell with the faint peal of laughter somewhere in the sky. Ignore it and go – ignore that flurry of batwings passing a rooftop – he was imagining things, scaring himself, had to get the hell away. He was bloody drunk. Imagining, even that tiny, joking voice up high. “Told you you couldn’t damn drive.”

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Ahh, don’t you just love the fae – probably not if they stole your valuables and crashed your car I suppose.  Although Freddie doesn’t exactly come across in the best light does he?!

I love this story and I think it gives a great feel for the style not to mention it’s a perfect little taste of what you can expect from the series.  I can’t wait to read the other stories being shared as part of the tour.  The next instalment is ‘The Troubled Child’ – colour me intrigued – and will be shared by Space and Sorcery tomorrow.

And, because I love covers, and because the covers for this series are so good, here is the complete set for you to feast your eyes upon:

Plus a lovely novella to add to the collection:

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About Ordshaw and The Violent Fae

The Ordshaw series are urban fantasy thrillers set in a modern UK city with more than a few terrible secrets. The Violent Fae completes a story that began with Under Ordshaw and its sequel Blue Angel – following poker player Pax Kuranes’ journey into the Ordshaw underworld. Over the space of one week, Pax unravels mysteries that warp reality and threaten the entire city.

The Violent Fae will be available from Amazon on Kindle and in paperback from November 5th 2019.

If these vignettes are your first foray in Ordshaw, I’m pleased to share with you that Under Ordshaw is on offer on Kindle in the US and UK between 28th October – 1st November and for ease I’ve listed the links to Goodreads and Amazon below.

Under Ordshaw Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40092074-under-ordshaw

Under Ordshaw UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07CXYSZVN

Under Ordshaw US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CXYSZVN

Blue Angel Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43232280-blue-angel

Blue Angel UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07L33XJZ7

Blue Angel US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07L33XJZ7

The Violent Fae Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48246084-the-violent-fae

The Violent Fae UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07Y7CRV1L

The Violent Fae US: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07Y7CRV1L/

Finally – more information about the author can be found here.

Happy reading everyone.

#SPFBO Author, Cover Share: The City Screams by Phil Williams (An Ordshaw novella)

Today I’m really pleased to share with you the cover for a forthcoming novella written by Phil Williams.  The City Screams is a standalone novella set within the Urban Fantasy world that I first read of in Under Ordshaw.  You can find out more about the book below but first here’s the cover:

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Tova’s getting her hearing back. She’s going to wish she wasn’t.

Alone in Tokyo for experimental ear surgery, Tova Nokes is finally shaking up her life. But when she starts to hear things she shouldn’t, all she wants is to make it home alive.

There’s a voice saying it’s where she comes from that makes her special.

If she can only survive violent stalkers, and the terrible screams, she might figure out why…

The City Screams is a stand-alone thriller in the Ordshaw urban fantasy series.

This sounds great and it’s due for release on 9th April.

Goodreads link provided here.

And, here are the first two books in Phil’s UF series and my review for Under Ordshaw:

 

#SPFBO Cover Share: Blue Angel by Phil Williams (#2 Ordshaw)

Today I’m really pleased to share with you the cover for the second book in Phil Williams’s Ordshaw series.  Phil’s book, Under Ordshaw is one of the books I’ve been reading as part of the SPFBO competition and in fact his book is one of the ones that I chose to take forward.

So, without further ado please feast your eyes on the cover for Blue Angel (Ordshaw #2):

 

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And here are the two covers together so you can see how good they both look:

Also I can share with you the blurb for Blue Angel (please be aware though that this blurb may contain spoilers if you’re considering reading the first book and it may also be subject to further revision):

She’s touched the underworld. Can she survive its legacy?
 
Waking on an unfamiliar floor, Pax is faced with two hard truths. A murderous government agency wants her dead – and monsters really do exist. What’s more, her body’s going haywire, which she desperately hopes isn’t a side-effect of her encounters in the city’s tunnels.
 
To survive, and protect Ordshaw, she’s got to expose who, or what, is behind the chaos – and she can’t do it alone.
 
But with only the trigger-happy Fae to turn to, Pax’s allies might kill her before her enemies do…
Due for release in January.

www.phil-williams.co.uk  Goodreads page

The link for book #1 is:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07CXYSZVN/