Thursday, April 16, 2015

Review: Nandana's Mark (Now the first part of Half Faerie!)

I'm currently deep in the throes of preparing two releases in the Daughter of Light trilogy. The first release (May 5th) will be Isolt's Enchantment. This short novel is a prequel to the trilogy. It tells Ryder's story in Idonne, and includes seven other tales, including the creation of the Whole. These tales were written ages ago, when I was creating the world, and have been added and removed more than once from the main books. However, I've always believed that nothing happens in a vacuum, and the events that lead up to Melia's journey have been critical to the development of her story. I've been intending to publish these stories for over two years, as I think readers will enjoy learning more about Ryder and the historical forces that he and Melia must ultimately face, so I'm very excited about this upcoming release. The second release, Half Mortal, is scheduled for late June, early July. And I promise, Melia's transformation within it's pages is going to be epic!


If you're still wondering whether or not you'd enjoy Melia's story/adventure/quest, AimeeKay has just written a thorough review of Nandana's Mark on her blog. (Nandana's Mark being the first part of Half Faerie.)

Thank you, Aimee!

Let's start with the story and world that the author has brought to life. I got the impression when I first started reading that it wasn't going to be as deep as it was. But Garrett's story has so many layers to it. The way she has woven them altogether is truly talented. The book is about so much more than just Melia and her family. Yes, it is their story, but it is also the story of the entire enchanted and mortal world. The author's descriptions bring the landscape itself to life. Whether it's the eternal summer of the faerie's world or the island Melia's father lives on in the mortal realm. It really feels as if you're right there. Plus as the book progresses more and more of the rich history and legends of Garrett's world is revealed. I was incredibly impressed with how well everything was woven together and the way the author decided to reveal the secrets of Melia, her family and her world with each page.

The story is intriguing and holds the reader's attention from beginning to end. The author reveals just enough to keep the momentum going. But she does it in such a way that you don't become frustrated over the fact that at the end of the book everything hasn't come close to being resolved...

Read the rest of the review at AimeeKay's Reviews & Other Awesome Randomness!



Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Cover Reveal: Isolt's Enchantment

I'm excited to announce Isolt's Enchantment will be released on May 5th, and share the gorgeous cover designed by amazing author and cover designer Jason Gurley! Please visit his site at www.jasongurley.com.

About Isolt's Enchantment:

Long before the half-faerie Melia was born in the mortal world, the god Vulcan married Isolt of the Waters. When she betrayed him, the seeds of a great war were planted in the Void. This prequel to the Daughter of Light series tells the story of Ryder's life in Idonne, along with seven other tales, including the creation of the Whole.

Drum Roll, please!


Excerpt:

“I will travel to Azyllai to tell my people the good news,” Vulcan said. “I have prepared for them a home where they can live in peace, far from the reach of the gods’ and goddesses’ mercurial demands.”

Una watched Vulcan disappear beyond the boundaries of dark and light, but with the sun, moon, and stars filling her skies, she no longer felt alone.

As the sun warmed her spinning body in the days, and the moon cooled her inner fires at night, life stirred within her. One day she gave birth to a daughter, beautiful, vivacious and flowing. Una claimed, “I shall name you Isolt of the Waters, for you have brought with you all the springs, rivers, lakes, and oceans.”

Isolt giggled as Una’s noble garden blossomed.


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Will AI Just be Slick and Catastrophic?

I just finished listening to Monica Lewinisky’s Ted Talk on the price of shame. You can also listen to it here: The Price of Shame
She shared her experience of public shaming, and the overwhelming intensity of having it occur on the internet. She ended the 22 minute talk with a call for compassion. She received a standing ovation. It made me think: Compassion is a brilliant concept, why are we so (often) averse to practicing it? Why do we really, truly, not give it much more than lip service as a species? I’m not saying compassion doesn’t exist. I’m just noting that on March 28, 2015 compassion is not a guiding force in the global forum.

A few days ago I read an article about Steve Wozniak’s (Steve Jobs best friend, ex-best friend, best friend) fears about artificial intelligence (AI), i.e. The Future of AI is 'Scary and Very Bad for People'

I’ve been mulling that over in my mind. That article wasn’t the first such article I’ve browsed. Stephen Hawking a physicist and the subject of the move The Theory of Everything (which I haven't seen) also has dire predictions concerning the proliferation of AI. But I’ve been thinking. Compassion, benevolence, generosity. These qualities require intelligence. They require looking beyond the instant gratification of bullying, dissent into destructive envy, violence resolution, and advertising-fueled consumption. Could AI advance the trajectory of a universal wisdom that our collective emotional-social-personal human psyches have not been able to achieve to date? Could AI usher in a brighter future?
I don’t know. But it certainly makes for interesting daydreams.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Guardians of the Dead by Shelley Wilson

Thank you Heidi for this opportunity to share my new release with you and your blog readers. I have had huge success with my non-fiction titles, moving to fantasy fiction has been a huge leap of faith. I am an avid reader of YA fantasy so to write in this genre made perfect sense to me – that and the fact I have three teenagers under my roof!

Guardians of the Dead is book one of the Guardian Series and began life as a NaNoWriMo project (National Novel Writing Month – write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days). When November 30th arrived, I celebrated my ‘winner’ status and put the manuscript away until January. Once the New Year began I started the re-writes. The editing process was arduous but, as any writer knows, it is the most important part and I found enjoyment in moulding the manuscript to show off its best assets.



ABOUT Guardians of the Dead:

When sixteen-year-old Amber Noble’s dreams begin to weave into her reality, she turns to the mysterious Connor for help.  His links to the supernatural world uncover a chilling truth about her hometown and a pact that must be repaid with blood. As her father alienates her, and the Guardians take her best friend, her true destiny unfolds, and she begins a quest that well see her past collide with her present.

Drawn deeper into the world of witchcraft and faeries, it is only at the end of her journey that she realises how much she could lose. I have begun the edits for book two and will be writing the third book in the series as part of my NaNoWriMo challenge for 2015. Writing a series was never the plan but my characters had other ideas and once they were unleashed they took off running. I think that’s the beauty of writing, you never know what to expect next.

It was an honour to join Heidi on her blog and introduce this book. Her tagline is ‘Fearless Journeys & Epic Transformation’, and I hope that I’ve provided as much action, tension and adventure as my host does in her beautiful books. Thanks for having me over.


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