Monday, April 2, 2012

April's News

Kia ora everyone!
This month there's sad with our happy, but I'll get to that in a bit.
Fantasy season is in full swing...

What should be a season of rejoicing over Duke Vahn's newly-recovered son is overshadowed by fear of an uncertain future. Vahn's brother, King Arx, expands the war with neighboring Ganluc, while enemies at home seek to shatter the Rebono dynasty forever. Strained relations between royal twins harden into cold suspicion and treasonous accusations while a deadly plague sweeps across the land.

As the royal bloodline is torn asunder, two races, the Elva and Itzi, discover that only together can they stop the plague and restore their unraveling kingdom.

Blood and Brine by Caprice Hokstad is out now wherever you like to buy books online. The paperback is an extra special price of $11.98 - that's right, a good-sized book at our small price level!

Paperback: Amazon - B&N
Ebook: Kindle - Smashwords (all formats including Nook; Nook at B&N is on the way)

Next up on our schedule is Star of Justice by Robynn Tolbert. This is a beautiful and massive book, just the thing for you epic fantasy fans to dig into. Above is a preview of work on the front cover, created by our own Keven Newsome. Look out for its release next month!

She joined the knighthood for the scholarship program...

A thwarted assassination attempt drags Caissa Ocren into a secret war between elemental spirits and dragon worshippers. More accustomed to solving puzzles than wielding swords, she undergoes a crash course in survival from a mercenary minstrel, a shape-shifting druid, and a legendary spirit warrior. An ancient book may hold the answers she seeks, but understanding requires the memories of a wizard. With time against her, Caissa faces the hardest lesson of all—how to serve when the cost is her life.

Right now you can get "A Stretch of Time" by Grace Bridges for FREE on Smashwords - in PDF, Kindle and Nook format, among others. In this Kiwi-flavoured short story, a Maori grandmother passes a mystical gift to her grandchild. I hope you enjoy it! Click here for your free copy.

We've never lost a Splashdown author before. So it is with great grief that I have to tell about the passing of Walt Staples just three weeks ago. A staunch team member, top contributor to Avenir Eclectia, and narrator of Aquasynthesis, he also did many other things behind the scenes and encouraged us at every opportunity.

In his honour, Aquasynthesis will be a free download this month. Please pass the link around your friends if you can.

Thanks for reading! We'll see you 'round.