A friend of mine is running a kickstarter campaign to fund her next release. Her calculation is moderate, and all money she’s getting will be used on the project, not on her. So I decided to help her out. Let her introduce her project to you (I promise, it is a cool one, and I love the cover). Welcome Thea van Diepen.
Like Mist Over the Eyes, n.
An outlaw battling unwelcome dreams must hold herself together amid an ancient feud between fairies and humans or else lose all hope of finding a cure for her insane unicorn.
Synonyms: The White Changeling series, book 2.
After I’d outlined the first story in the White Changeling series, Hidden in Sealskin, I knew that I wanted each book in the series to center around a different fantasy creature, and I already knew which one I wanted to feature in Like Mist Over the Eyes:
I’ve wanted to tell a story about fairies, ever since I first read about them in folklore. You know, where they steal babies, make you go crazy, send you back to your home to find 100 years had passed all because you ate their food.
But what kind of story would I tell with these fairies? I wanted to get into something that I felt was essence du fairy – a common plot involving fairies in folklore that I could stick into the world I’d made up and which I could put my characters into, thereby making my own thing out of it.
Naturally, I went with kidnapping.
*she says oh-so-casually*
Or, rather, capturing people through trickery. Which is basically kidnapping.
In the first book, it’s made very clear that the main character, Adren, considers humans to be evil and magical creatures to be good. So what if fairies captured her?
What would she do then?
How would she reconcile that with her rigid view of the world?
And what if we throw in Nadin, the teenage boy she meets in the first book who might be human, but also might be part fairy (and who she, thus, doesn’t know whether to trust) – what if he keeps helping her, just like he did in the first book, without any hint of turning on her?
Throw in some disturbing dreams (or memories?), a fake severed hand that seems awfully important to the fairies, an age-old feud between fairies and humans, and some pretty intense magic and you get Like Mist Over the Eyes.
In order to have the funds to publish this book, I’m running a Kickstarter, and it’s nearing its end. If this is a book you want to be real in your life, pledge here. Also, please spread the word about the campaign.
60% OFF – In preparation for the arrival of Betrayal of the Covenant, second book in the Dragon-Called series, I am offering the Kindle version of the first book in the series, Fire of the Covenant, at a reduced price – $1.99 (Reg. $4.99). The limited time discount will run from 15 August – 30 September, 2016. Get this first book in the epic series at an unbelievable sale price – never before discounted. Purchase at Amazon at this link http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GY7A3WI/
4.8 Stars for Fire of the Covenant (Amazon)
Don’t Miss This One!!
“As intricately woven as Martin’s ‘Game of Thrones’ and mystically enchanting as Rawling’s ‘Harry Potter’, Peter Cruikshank’s first novel is an amazing read. His style is so clear and the characters so real that I felt I was reading in living color. It is an encompassing tale of magic,and majesty, of dragons and adventure, that has a magnetic grip on the reader. It left me anxiously awaiting the sequel, a feeling I haven’t experienced since Jean Auel’s ‘Clan of the Cave Bear.'”
You have been dragon-called to read this book
“Peter Cruikshank’s Fire of the Covenant (Dragon called legend, book 1) is an outstanding debut novel that is sure to appeal to epic fantasy lovers of all ages.”
“It’s the story of Princess Willoe – who is much happier with a sword in her hand than socialising with the ladies at court; and her twin brother Prince Rowyn – who would rather be studying in his uncle Brom’s tower than swinging a sword on the training ground.”
“Unfortunately for the twins their grandfather, the King of Cainwen, has other ideas for them with Willoe to be married off and Rowyn to take up the life of a man-at-arms.”
“But there is something special about these siblings and the King isn’t the only one who has plans for their future. Pursued by the priests of a religious order who would use the twins’ talents to dominate the world, Willoe and Rowyn come to learn of a covenant made by one of their ancestors with the King of the dragons – and the heartbreaking role they have to play in it.”
“Or do they?”
“Fire of the Covenant contains all the elements you’d expect from a classic epic fantasy romp with more battles, magic, elves, dwarves (or dwarf-like creatures), dragons and deities than you can poke a sword at. And while there is plenty of action and intrigue to keep readers turning the pages, the real strength of the story lies in its characters.”
“Cruikshank has crafted some wonderful characters to fill his well-realised world, with likeable protagonists, deplorable villains and a supporting cast that are full of surprises. I found myself caring about these characters and wanting to know more about them as the story unfolded.”
“Fire of the Covenant kept me engaged right to the very last page and had me craving the next book in the series. Highly recommended.”
I am happy to share with our readers the cover for the upcoming Betrayal of the Covenant, the second book in the Dragon-Called series. Join twins, Willoe and Rowyn on an epic tale of coming of age, the passion of love and sacrifice, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness, and an adventure that encompasses the known world of Saoghal. Meet Elfs, the little Tinks, the ferocious Kata-henis ridden by the Elfs, and more Fantasy creatures – including DRAGONS!
Tracked by minions of the evil Shin-il priest, the Dragon-Called Twins, Rowyn and Willoe, journey on a quest to the Hoarfrost Mountains. Lands rife with dangers, including Sköll Wolves and Ice Giants, and may hide more than just the sought-after Sword and Staff. Devices created by dragons that are rumored to control the Others and the Fire Within, while preventing one of the twins from dying to satisfy the Covenant.
The key to opposing the Shin-il priests and taking back Taran lies in an all-out assault on Tierran’s Wall – built to be impregnable. Sellswords, Blood Stalkers and Shades, creatures as much dead as alive, will do anything to prevent the twins from succeeding. Unexpected allies may provide the help they need to overcome these obstacles, but an unimaginable betrayal may end the Covenant and destroy the twins’ ability to defeat the Great Evil, the Olcas Mogwai.
Legend says a Covenant between an ancient race of dragons and a Halfling King vanquished a relentless evil. More than a thousand years later, the evil has returned, better prepared and hungering for vengeance. When the legacy falls to the twins Willoe and Rowyn, sixteen-year-old descendants of the mythical king, they struggle with the truth they discover behind the Covenant’s deadly cost.
With the aid of their cousins Aeron and Casandra, the twins must learn to wield the power of the Dragon’s Fire that flows through their veins to defeat the minions of the great evil, even though success may require the greatest of sacrifices.
In a story with a host of characters and multiple story lines, Fire of the Covenant begins an epic adventure of self-discovery, the passion of love and sacrifice, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness.
As intricately woven as Martin’s “Game of Thrones” and mystically enchanting as Rowling’s “Harry Potter”, Peter Cruikshank’s first novel is an amazing read. His style is so clear and the characters so real that I felt I was reading in living color. It is an encompassing tale of magic, of majesty, and of dragons and adventure that has a magnetic grip on the reader. It left me anxiously awaiting the sequel, a feeling I haven’t experienced since Jean Auel’s “Clan of the Cave Bear.” – Amazon Review
4.8 Stars for Fire of the Covenant
My alter-ego, Deb Logan, has been experiencing some really good luck in the last few months! First her short story, TERRORS, was included in an awesome anthology: FICTION RIVER: SPARKS.
Next, another of her short stories appeared in CHRONICLE WORLDS: FEYLAND which hit #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases list and really boosted Deb’s author ranking!
Then, she sold a short story to Dreaming Robot Press‘s 2017 Young Explorer’s Adventure Guide which is scheduled to come out early next year!
Hooray for short stories and great anthologies!
Okay, that was the NEWS part of this post. Now we move to RELEASES 😀
WDM Publishing just released TERRORS as a stand-along Spun Yarns short story! *happy dancing*
By Deb Logan
Audience: Juvenile | Paranormal | Short Story
Artie Woodward sees the invisible beings that haunt our world. She recognizes their evil but doesn’t know what to do about it, so she’s learned to hide from their notice. Until Jed Kendrick moves to town. Suddenly, Artie has an ally, a friend, someone else who sees the unseen. Only Jed doesn’t hide. Jed fights back!
And finally, in the SALES category … Deb is participating in a 53 author Urban Fantasy HOT SALE on July 28 – 30! Just think, 53 books priced at either $0.99 or FREE! Be sure to check it out! With that many authors, there’s bound to be something of interest 😀
Deb’s YA urban fantasy, FAERY UNEXPECTED, will be included in the $0.99 group (down from its usual $5.49!), so grab a copy while the sale lasts!
I’m a huge fan of Anthea Sharp’s Feyland novels, and was thrilled when Samuel Peralta’s Chronicle Worlds anthology series gave me the opportunity to play in her world! Having read every single Feyland story, I’m very familiar with the world’s delights … and its dangers.
“On Guard” was inspired by a family vacation where my twelve-year-old grandson was so entranced by a video game that he lost track of time and had to be coaxed into family activities. I could easily imagine my grandson playing Feyland, but “On Guard” was born when I decided to make his pet Norwegian Forest cat the hero of the tale.
Here’s a short blurb about the story:
Wallace, a fierce Norwegian Forest cat, has guarded the boy since he was an infant. Despite advancing age, Wallace isn’t about to shirk his duty now that the boy is old enough to play a dangerous game. Wallace doesn’t understand his boy’s fascination with Feyland, but he knows a threat when he sees one.