A writer’s life – Prague highlights #indieauthor #fantasyauthor #Tuesdaybookblog

I recently spent a wonderful few days in Prague enjoying the sights, the food and the drink. But the real highlights of the trip was seeing my translated book – Zarua Ztracene Mesto (Visions of Zarua) in the bookstores and visiting my publisher, Albatros Media. I signed some books for competition prizes while I was there and found out the story behind how they discovered my book too!

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The holiday to Prague was months in planning and ran into its fair share of problems. I was supposed to go with my daughter and husband, but we didn’t have anyone to leave the puppy with so I transferred the flights to my parents and they came with me instead. We had various issues doing the transfer and I experienced a lot of frustration trying to get hold of the airline on the phone, but I finally got everything sorted a few days before we were due to fly.

The morning of the flight didn’t get off to a good start either when my alarm didn’t go off! My phone had decided to switch off and I woke up at 4.25am with only 5 minutes to get dressed and brush my teeth before the taxi arrived. We got to the airport on time, but my phone refused to switch back on and was heating up. It’s a closed unit so I had not option of removing the battery and I feared it wouldn’t be allowed on the plane. Thankfully a lovely man at the Dixon store showed me how to get it to switch on and it started to cool down almost instantly. The phone had hardly any charge left, but the pressure was off and I could finally relax and enjoy the start of my holiday. So much stress and it was still only 6.30am!

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We arrived at our grand hotel and spent four days exploring the sights, having first got to grips with the transport system, which I must say is cheap and very simple to use once you understand it. The weather was beautiful and warm on the first day and we only needed a cardigan as we started our first adventure into Prague.

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The remaining days the temperature dropped and we needed coats, scarves and gloves! We decided to take a bus tour through Prague, which included a walking tour of Prague Castle, a traditional lunch and a boat trip under Charles Bridge. The guide was very knowledgeable and we had a lot of fun despite the cold.

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I would love to share some more pictures but I will save them for another post. I’ll end by saying that Prague is a great place to spend a few days exploring on foot or jumping on and off the many trams that run through the city. There are beautiful buildings everywhere you look, and don’t forget to look up or you’ll miss some great architecture. The eagle-eyed might also spot a few of these cute little guys in the River Vltava (Coypu).

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Until next time…

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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New Release: Before the End by G J Stevens #zombie #thriller #horror

I am really happy to be sharing news of a new release from my author friend G J Stevens. Before the End is out today!

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Blurb
Digging up this once-in-a-lifetime story could have lethal consequences…
 
Jess Carmichael longs to break a news feature that will change the world. But the TV reporter never expects a mysterious telephone call from her ex to be the source. Rushing to a shady government facility, Jess struggles to believe the outrageous reports…
With her loyal camera crew by her side, the intrepid journalist arrives in Cornwall at her partner’s last known location. But when Jess pushes for access, she gets more than she bargained for. Still kept in the dark, she’s about to play a starring role in a twisted and grisly exclusive…
Can Jess expose a sinister cover up before millions fall prey to a zombie outbreak?
 
Before The End is the second and standalone book in the thrilling post-apocalyptic series In The End. If you like dark horror, fast-paced action, and bloodthirsty zombies, then you’ll love GJ Stevens’ high-stakes tale.

 

About the author

GJ Stevens started writing fiction at the age of thirty. Even as an engineer with a large family and a full time career with plenty of adult responsibilities, he has always had a creative side. After years of self-suppression, the flood gates opened and his novel In The End is the culmination of many years of finding time from nowhere to learn the craft.

Whilst working to independently publish and make a success of his novels, Gareth lays bare his publishing journey through his blog, drawing together advice and knowledge from those already in the industry. 

As a lover of the outdoors, every year he spends weekends out in the desolate countryside of the UK hiking and camping with his long-time friends which he uses as inspiration for both his creative fiction works and the subject of many a blog post. GJ Stevens is on the beginning of his publishing journey and wants to share the highs and lows with anyone who will listen.

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BOOK ONE

I read book 1 earlier this year and highly recommend In the End. It was a real page turner and I loved the fact a zombie thriller was set in England, especially as Cornwall was a childhood holiday destination of mine. Thankfully we never had to deal with any zombies!

My mini review of In The End from Goodreads – 5 starsThis is the first zombie book I’ve read and I’m so glad I took a chance on a different genre.
I loved the fast pace and short chapters which kept me turning the pages. For the poor characters thrust into this nightmarish situation there is no let up. Even when you think they’re safe to lie down and rest, just for a moment, another shocking twist is waiting around the corner.
Be warned, it ends with a cliff hanger and I can’t wait to see what happens next!’

Check out Gareth’s books on Goodreads and Amazon.

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#Promo post Silent PayBack by Jaye Marie #newrelease #booktour

I’m excited to join the blog tour for Jaye Marie’s latest book, Silent Payback, which was released on 22nd October 2019.

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Silent PayBack Book Description

A city on edge – a detective on shaky ground…

A serial killer roams the streets of Brighton, hunting for his next victim.

When the case lands on detective David Mallory’s desk, will his personal demon prevent him from bringing this vicious monster to justice?

As the body count rises, Mallory finds himself sinking under the weight of his heavy secret – one that could jeopardise his job and his reputation.

With the pressure building, can the troubled detective reconcile his issues and solve the case, before more women die?

 

About Jaye

Jaye Marie is affectionately known as the giant redwood, probably because she is very tall, but also because of her love for trees. Most afternoons she can be found repotting or taking care of her bonsai collection, but her love of detective mysteries soon brings her back indoors. She has written three fiction novels in this genre, Nine Lives, Out of Time and Crossfire and is looking forward to publishing Silent Payback, her fourth book.

She spends any free time learning everything she can about self-publishing, and despite all the obstacles, she never gives up on anything and is as stubborn as a mule. She also shares a website http://jenanita01.com with Anita Dawes…

 

Jaye’s Links

e-mail                 jayemarie01@btinternet.com

website              https://jenanita01.com

Twitter               https://twitter.com/jaydawes2

Facebook           https://www.facebook.com/doubletrouble44/

Goodreads         https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6586480.anita_dawes

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Author Page       https://www.amazon.co.uk/Jaye-Marie/e/B00O2ZUFOK/

Pinterest             https://www.pinterest.com/anitajayedawes

Instagram           https://www.instagram.com/jenanita01/

Medium              https://medium.com/@jaydawes2

 

Here’s details of the rest of the book tour…

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Writing update #amwriting #amediting #indieauthor

2019 has been a busy year for me. Despite feeling as though I haven’t been doing much writing, as I look back I realise I’ve achieved a lot – publishing the final book in my Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy, producing the box set in ebook format and working with my narrator on the audiobook of Visions of Zarua which came out in July.

I’ve been involved in 3 blog tours to promote the above mentioned publications and have run several book stalls and pop up craft shops.

I’ve attended two major writing events this year – London Book Fair and Winchester Writers Festival and also ran a book stall at Hastings Literary Festival.

I’m off to Prague in a few days. I plan to see the translated version of Visions of Zarua in the bookshops and explore the city. I’ll be sharing lots of pictures upon my return.

Another major event has happened in my life and she is the reason I haven’t been able to write much over the last few months…

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Daisy. She is a crazy puppy who has stolen much of my writing time but she has also stolen the hearts of the family. She still has a lot of growing to do and lots of training ahead of her, so who knows when I’ll find time to get fully back into writing.

At the moment I’m continuing to edit a novel that I started a few years ago. The working title is Child of Destiny and it may turn out to be a standalone dual timeline story like Visions of Zarua. The comments from beta readers so far has been positive and all three of the agents / publishers I saw at the Winchester festival with the first chapter were happy to see more when its complete.

During the summer I spent time looking over the third novel I wrote back in my early twenties. I’ve formatted it into one document, spell checked it and prepared it for a read through. It’s a whooping 200k and needs a huge edit but I do see potential in it and look forward to seeing just how much work is needed to pull it into shape.

Finally, I’ve really got the urge to write a hero again. I have a couple of story ideas that fit the bill and I want to develop them whilst I complete Child of Destiny. I think it’s important to have more than one project on the go and preparing writing for the three writing groups I attend certainly keeps me busy!

That’s it on the writing front for now. I’ll leave you with another snap of Daisy. It makes a change from all the book posts!

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Visions of Zarua #Audiobook blog tour wrap up #epicfantasy #fantasy

Over the last five days lots of lovely bloggers have been reviewing the audiobook of Visions of Zarua and I’m excited to share a few snippets from their posts, plus links to the in depth reviews. Here’s a reminder of those involved.

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Mai’s Musings  ‘Having discovered Suzanne’s Silent Sea Chronicles earlier this year and fallen totally in love with them, I was excited to see what Visions of Zarua had to offer. I approached this book with extremely high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed. Although narrated by a male narrator, I found that Suzanne’s signature style and writing voice resonated throughout, giving me, as a fan of her work, a familiar, welcoming feel that absorbed me instantly. Once again her exquisite attention to detail shines through…’

Rev. Rebecca Writers: Read, Write, Pray  ‘I found this book to be fresh and unique because the author combines my favorite elements of fantasy with an engaging and suspenseful mystery. I was on the edge of my seat and I couldn’t stop listening…’

In De Boekenkast  ‘I loved this book set in a world full of imagination and amazing characters. The audiobook with the wonderful storyteller is amazing and gives the mystery set a special touch…’

Writing with Wolves  ‘If you like original & deeply detailed fantasies with magic & assassins then you seriously need to give this book a read… or a listen!’

Jess Bookish Life  ‘The narrator had a type of voice that grabbed my attention, and following all the POVs and all the characters was even more fun, especially when I would close my eyes and imagine what was being narrated. It allowed my imagination to run wild by just listening…’

Splashes into Books  ‘The narrator for the audiobook version has a fantastic, clear and expressive voice for bringing the story to life in the imagination of the reader, making it clear just who is talking and using a variety of cadence to keep the listener engaged and enthralled. Even though I’d read the story and remembered much of what happened (which shows how well written it is) I still listened with eager anticipation to the audiobook version.’

Reviewsfeed ‘Guy Barnes’ narration of the storyline. Can I say, he does a fantastic job of bringing each of the characters, major or minor, to life. Each is distinctively unique in the persona he has given them. The variety of accents he pulls off consistently is amazing too.’

Donnasbookblog  ‘I thought that this was a well written and well developed fantasy story with an added element of mystery and it really had me hooked right from the start.’

Alistenersslant ‘I loved everything about this from the first word to the last, I was drawn in and hooked and didn’t want to leave. The characters, the setting, the sights, sounds and descriptions well all right on the money.’

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It’s wonderful to see that the audiobook has been so well received, but I shouldn’t be surprised as Guy Barnes made such a brilliant job of the narration. If you missed it, here’s a sample.

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Thanks as always to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources who arranged the blog tour for me and thank you again to all the reviewers involved.

Audible links for new customers – UK   US   FR   DE

Audible UK    Audible US

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Amazon book link. (If you’ve previously bought the ebook, you can pick up the audiobook for a fraction of the price on Amazon.)

 

I hope to be back tomorrow with a writing and reading update.

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Visions of Zarua Audiobook Blog Tour #fantasy #epicfantasy #sff #audiobook

Today marks the start of the audiobook blog tour for Visions of Zarua and I’m really excited to share the details with you now.

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10 bloggers have been listening to the book and will be sharing their reviews of the audio experience. I can’t wait to see what they think as I love the wonderful job Guy Barnes made of the narration. He brought the characters to life in a new way for me and I hope listeners enjoy the unique touches he’s given Visions of Zarua.

If you want to have sneak peek, here’s a sample from chapter 2…

If that has whet your appetite, here are some links for you to check out the book on your preferred retailer and see what other reviewers have been saying.

Audible links for new customers – UK   US   FR   DE

Audible UK    Audible US

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Amazon book link.

Don’t forget, if you’ve previously bought the ebook, you can pick up the audiobook for a fraction of the price on Amazon.

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Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

Add to your Goodreads bookshelf

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The blog tour will run for the next 5 days and I’ll be keeping you updated with the reviews. Here’s the blog tour schedule.

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Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back with an update in a few days.

Silent Sea Chronicles Publication week wrap up #newrelease #fantasy #boxset

It’s been a week since I released the box set of my Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy. A week of watching the public snap it up at the bargain price of 99p. I’ve sold 241 copies in just 7 days so I’m really pleased with that number and hopefully these sales will lead to some reviews.

I think I would need to sell that many a day to get anywhere in the Amazon rankings, but it’s still amazing and it has kept me going while I struggle through a bad cold that’s completely wiped me out.

The sale runs until tomorrow, so if you haven’t picked it up you’ll have to be quick. Amazon link.

Blurb

Tei has magic in a world where people like her are persecuted and forced into exile. Whilst fleeing their home, her father is attacked and his deathbed confession reveals a dangerous secret that will change her life forever.

Tei’s homeland, the magical island of Kalaya, is dying and without a Sentinel to restore the magic, it’s only a matter of time before all life is wiped out.

She must join the exiles in the search for the lost Sentinel, but they are not the only ones after the missing guardian. Sinister Masked Riders are on their trail and time is running out.

Tei must risk everything she loves to save Kalaya, but is she ready to make that sacrifice?

1396 pages of magic, adventure and intrigue.

This epic fantasy box set contains:
The Lost Sentinel – Book 1
The Sentinel’s Reign – Book 2
The Sentinel’s Alliance – Book 3

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I wanted to thank all the wonderful bloggers who have been helping share the news over the last week and whose posts I know have led to sales.  I thought it would be great to share links to their posts and maybe you can find some new bloggers and reviewers to follow.

Also a quick thanks to those who have been sharing the tweets about the release. I appreciate each and every bit of help from you all.

Here’s the posts I’m excited to highlight, many of which have links to their reviews of my books.

The Strawberry Post

‘Today there is a special announcement on my blog, an author interview and a bit of a promo post (which I’m volunteering to do), about a book series I’m already excitedly reading and would love to share with everyone.  The Silent Sea Chronicles is a trilogy of fantasy books from author Suzanne Rogerson.  I’ve so far read the first two books in the series and they have been amazing (links to my reviews below) and I’m sure the third book will be equally brilliant wrapping up what is an amazing, emotional and epic fantasy tale…’

Bound to writing

‘Happy Release Day to the Silent Sea Chronicles Box set by Suzanne Rogerson! It’s with a great honor, that I’m able to share with everyone the completed fantasy box set…’

A line from a book

‘Good new everybody! Suzanne Rogerson’s Silent Sea Chronicles is now a 3 book boxed set. I have had the privilege so far of reading and reviewing the first 2 books. “The Lost Sentinel” and .“The Sentinel’s Reign” (click links for my reviews). I’m looking forward to reading the third book very soon.’

Maxine’s Obsessions

A wonderful fantasy, full of magic, set in a beautiful world. My review for book one, The Lost Sentinel, can be found HERE.

Jessica Belmont

Promo with links to all reviews.

Quote taken from review of book 3 – ‘I love this series, and I’m sad to see it end. I took longer to read this one, because I wasn’t ready to leave this world or these characters. I love Suzanne Rogerson’s writing. I can’t wait to read more from her. I highly recommend this series! You won’t want to miss it!’

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‘I am delighted to let you know that SILENT SEA CHRONICLES BOX SET by Suzanne Rogerson is NOW available for purchase at an incredible introductory price of only 99p worldwide on Amazon kindle for I whole week. This is an awesome bargain!!!!!!’ (previously reviewed all three books.)

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Quote from book 3 review – ‘WOW!! Unbelievable. Amazing. Brilliant. Wonderful. Beautiful. Just a few words to describe not just this book but the whole trilogy has been an undeniably amazing read. I read all three books one after the other. I usually have a break between trilogy books but I couldn’t put these books down…’

Odd Socks and Lollipops

‘…Three amazing books filled with magic for 99p! I loved reading this trilogy and I would definitely recommend for fantasy fans…’

Just Books

Review from book 1 – ‘I loved this character-based fantasy…Suzanne Rogerson has created a wonderful world, and thankfully I was able to dive straight into the second book of the series.’

Kim’s Process

Previously reviewed book 1 – ‘The detail in the writing was also strong and descriptive.  I found myself in tears over the death of a character that was never even introduced just because the funeral was so emotional… a book I would highly recommend to other writers who are struggling with their descriptions.’

Mai’s Musings

‘I have exciting news for those of you who haven’t picked up your copies of the Silent Seas Chronicles by Suzanne Rogerson! The box set containing all three books is released today, and for a limited time will be at the amazing price of 99p/99c. Honestly, this offer is just too good to miss.’ (reviewed the trilogy)

KT Robson

‘I am SUPER excited to be helping spread the word of this fantastic offer – The wonderful Silent Seas Chronicles series by Suzanne Rogerson is available to purchase together as a box set for the very first time – And for this week only, you can grab all 3 books for only 99p/99c!’

A book. A thought

‘…I wanted to share this GREAT NEWS with you! Today, October 4th, is the release-day of the Silent Sea Chronicles Box Set and as I LOVED this trilogy, I think it is the perfect chance to you to give it a chance, so I really wanted to share this with you ❤️’

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(Previously reviewed the trilogy.) – ‘This is an amazing series and you need to get yourself a copy!!’

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Don’t forget the 99p worldwide price is only on for another day. The price goes up to £6.99 tomorrow. Amazon link.

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Silent Sea Chronicles Box Set Release & Author Interview!

I’ve been meaning to share my interview on The Strawberry Post, which went out last week to celebrate the release of my trilogy box set. Pop over and see the interview where I talk about characters, inspiration and what’s next.

The Strawberry Post

Today there is a special announcement on my blog, an author interview and a bit of a promo post (which I’m volunteering to do), about a book series I’m already excitedly reading and would love to share with everyone.  The Silent Sea Chronicles is a trilogy of fantasy books from author Suzanne Rogerson.  I’ve so far read the first two books in the series and they have been amazing (links to my reviews below) and I’m sure the third book will be equally brilliant wrapping up what is an amazing, emotional and epic fantasy tale.  Today is a special day though as now you can own the entire box set of the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy, all three books (that’s The Lost Sentinel, The Sentinel’s Reign, and The Sentinel’s Alliance) all on Kindle for just UK £0.99 US $0.99 (and the same low price on amazon Worldwide!).  This offer…

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Silent Sea Chronicles Box Set Out Now! #fantasy #sff #boxset #newrelease http://mybook.to/sscboxset

It’s here at last, the complete trilogy available in one edition! To celebrate I’m discounting Silent Sea Chronicles box set to just 99p.

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promo teaser 3With 1396 pages of epic fantasy adventure, can you afford to miss the bargain price of 99p? This sale ends on 1 week, so don’t delay.

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Blurb

Tei has magic in a world where people like her are persecuted and forced into exile. Whilst fleeing their home, her father is attacked and his deathbed confession reveals a dangerous secret that will change her life forever.

Tei’s homeland, the magical island of Kalaya, is dying and without a Sentinel to restore the magic, it’s only a matter of time before all life is wiped out.

She must join the exiles in the search for the lost Sentinel, but they are not the only ones after the missing guardian. Sinister Masked Riders are on their trail and time is running out.

Tei must risk everything she loves to save Kalaya, but is she ready to make that sacrifice?

This epic fantasy box set contains:

The Lost Sentinel – Book 1

The Sentinel’s Reign – Book 2

The Sentinel’s Alliance – Book 3

Lots of wonderful bloggers will be helping me celebrate the release of the box set and sharing their reviews. I’ll be sharing their posts and doing an update post later. Please help me spread the word and enjoy your Friday.

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Visions of Zarua Czech edition released today! #fantasy #newrelease #translation

I’m so excited. I’ve been waiting for this moment since January 2018 when I was first contacted by Albatros Media.

Zarua – Lost City is out today!

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Here’s the Albatros Media link for those interested and the translated blurb.

World fantasy edition Pendragon brings the most resounding names of this genre appreciated by critics and readers alike.

The sorcerer’s apprentice, Paddren, is troubled by strange visions in which the city appears on the verge of extermination. When his master dies and the Order of Wizards refuses to investigate this violent death, Paddren pledges to detect the killer. The search takes him on a journey full of bounty hunters, sects and monsters created by bloody magic. But his nothing stops. The visions that link him to the memories of a long-dead wizard are the key to solving many puzzles. And he is going to solve them.

 

The publisher’s extended blurb…

The sorcerer’s apprentice, Paddren, is troubled by strange visions in which the city appears on the verge of extermination. When, under mysterious circumstances, his master dies and the Order of Wizards refuses to investigate his death, Paddren pledges to reveal the killer with the help of his friends.

The search takes them on a painful journey full of bounty hunters, sects and monsters created by bloody magic. But nothing stops Paddren. The visions that link him to the memories of a long-dead wizard are the key to solving many puzzles. And he is going to solve them.

Find out why Zarua was abandoned? Will he save his people from the darkness that is beginning to spread out of the forgotten city?

(Please forgive any translation issues, I’m using  my computer to translate the text)
The release is just in time for the Humbook festival on 5th October, a huge YA literature festival held in Prague. My book will be on sale alongside great authors like Robin Hobb, JK Rowling, Sarah J Maas, Jay Kristoff  and Holly Black.
I wish I could be there to see the hardback edition of my book, but I will be there in spirit. Plus I’ll be travelling to Prague in a few weeks to see my books on sale in the local book shops. I can’t wait to share those pictures with you.
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Of course you can still get the UK edition in ebook, paperback and audiobook here.
I love the Czech edition. Here’s my blurb and cover for comparison.
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Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions and save the Paltrian people before the dark menace of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

Reviews are slowly coming in for the audio version and I have a blog tour planned later in October which will hopefully produce some more reviews. You can listen to the sample now and see what you think of the awesome Guy Barnes’ narration style.
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That’s it for now but the time of celebration is not over yet… I can’t wait for tomorrow’s big release. See you then…

Suzanne Rogerson – Author of epic and heroic fantasy

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