Author Interview: Suzanne Rogerson and The Lost Sentinel #indieauthor #fantasy

I’ve just featured in my first author interview of the year. Pop over to Kim’s blog to find out more.

The Writing Process

The Lost Sentinel
Silent Sea Chronicles #1
Suzanne Rogerson
Epic Fantasy

The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.

The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.
Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.

On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.

Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles search for their new Sentinel who is the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.

Against mounting odds it will take friendship…

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New Year Quarterly Plan. Bring on 2020! #indieauthor #goals #amwriting

I would like to wish everyone a very happy new year. I hope 2020 is a fruitful and productive year for us all.

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Before I lay out my quarterly plan, here’s a quick look back at 2019. The year was one of my quietest yet on the blogging front. But I did have the excuse of having written and published the final book in my Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and also publishing the box set. I also released the audiobook of Visions of Zarua and went to visit the Czech edition of the book in a few bookshops in Prague. I also had three blog tours over the space of five months and a number of author events.

In 2019 reading and blogging took a back seat and with the schedule I’ve set myself in 2020 it looks like it will be more of the same. I have some exciting stories on the go and I’m really looking forward to continuing my self publishing journey. I even plan to finally get my newsletter up and running soon. So here is my quarterly plan…

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January 2020

  1. Plan the remaining chapters of my WIP.
  2. Draft the dual timeline story for my WIP.
  3. Read and develop novella linking to current WIP, which will be offered as a reader magnet for my newsletter.
  4.  Enter Visions of Zarua into audiobook competition.
  5. Set up Newsletter

February 2020

  1. Complete the final draft of WIP including the dual timeline story.
  2. Complete novella and give to newsletter subscribers.
  3. Work on the next chapters of my portal novel.
  4. Read an old completed novel and determine if it can be rewritten. Write out a full novel plan.

March 2020

  1. Prepare the WIP for beta readers.
  2. Publish novella in ebook format.
  3. Read my second novel written years ago to determine if it’s worth re-writing and complete a novel plan for it.
  4. Continue work on portal novel and start drafting up a plan.

 

Misc. tasks to slot in when time allows

Work on short story ideas for the book I plan to publish in the future.

Consider whether to work on a how to guide for kindle publishing as I’ve had several requests to do so.

Work on the website look and create a landing page for the newsletter.

Research ways to earn money from home using the skills I’ve learnt writing, editing, publishing and helping with my husband’s business.

 

Reading for the year

My Goodreads challenge of 2019 was 35 books but I only managed to read about 22.

I am being very careful this year and only going for 15 books. Hopefully I can smash this target and I would love to start reviewing books on my blog again though I won’t add that to the to do list just yet!

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My website’s new look! #fantasy #indieauthor

As it’s the beginning of 2020 and the start of a new decade I’ve decided on a new look for my author brand. This includes the banner for my social media accounts, plus bookmarks and business cards with the same design.

I love this image, don’t you?

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My good friend Gareth, who writes zombie books and thrillers (check out his blog here) has been a great help. He helped me pick the image, added all the info and got the dimensions set up for the different formats.

The quote above is from an Amazon review of Visions of Zarua by Strawberry (Cat). I’ve also used a couple of quotes on the bookmarks which will hopefully arrive in a week or so and in time for our next venture out into the world trying to sell our paperbacks.

Let me know what you think of the new look.

I’ll be back tomorrow with my quarterly writing plan.

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A little update and blogging break #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

Just to say that I’m still around but I will go quiet on the blogging scene (again) as I plan to concentrate on my next three writing projects. I don’t make it easy for myself do I!

I also have a couple of Christmas events to prepare for and I can’t wait to get out in the local community. I’ll be selling my signed paperback books, which make the perfect Christmas present by the way. If you’re in Ashford Middlesex on 4th December or Wraysbury on 14th I hope to see you there. I’ll update other social media platforms with more details so don’t forget to follow me with the links below.

I hope to bring you some updates in the new year and share my plans for 2020.

Until then, keep reading, writing and enjoying every moment. And have a wonderful Christmas.

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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

Amazon              amazon

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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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.

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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…

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Silent Sea Chronicles: Cover reveal, Release date and Request for help

Two weeks ago I asked for your help choosing the cover of the box set for Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy.

Thanks for the votes and comments. One comment in particular made me look at the project in a different light so I went with…

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I went against what my heart wanted and chose with my head, going with the blue theme to symbolise the sea. I think it looks brilliant and I’m really happy with the job The Cover Collection have done on this and all my covers.

The release date is 4th October 2019 and here is the universal pre-order link.

The best news is, I’m selling the box set for a special price of 99p/99c for limited time only.

Here’s the working blurb. It’s short and to the point, plus I’m using my readers quotes, so post those reviews on Goodreads and Amazon and I’ll add a snippet of it to the sales page!

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This fantasy series is set within the magical islands of the Silent Sea and beyond.

Follow Tei’s journey as she attempts to save the dying island of Kalaya and restore its magic by finding the lost sentinel. She must prevent a civil war from destroying the Kalayan people and make alliances with other islands in order to stop the Elkenan invaders before their murderous quest to destroy all magic succeeds. Will Tei and her friends prevail? Buy the whole trilogy now to find out.

This is an epic fantasy adventure with friendship, love and sacrifice at its heart.

Praise for the Silent Sea Chronicles…

Sofii – A book. A thought. (Goodreads) – This is a story about war, magic, and destiny, which you cannot miss. Following the characters during their journeys has been incredible…

Jessica Belmont (Amazon) – Love this series!!…The Sentinel’s Alliance is an epic conclusion to a fantastic series. I haven’t been disappointed once in these three books, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to read them!

Yvonne (Amazon) – I don’t want this series to end! This series has been a great read and I have enjoyed watching all the characters grow and adapt to whatever was thrown at them…

Jessica Bronder (Goodreads) – I have really enjoyed this series and strongly recommend it to those that enjoy fantasy stories. There is a little bit of everything in these books. I can’t wait to read more from Suzanne Rogerson.

Susan Hampson (Amazon top 1000 reviewer. Vine Voice) – What an epic journey this trilogy has been, such a huge pleasure to read all three books…There are some terrific battle scenes, with massive shocks, and mouth dropping moments that I just hadn’t seen coming, all delivered with Rogerson perfection.

KT Robson (Goodreads) – (The Sentinel’s Alliance) This has been a fantastic finale to the trilogy, it’s had everything that made the first two books to good and then some. All of Suzannes brilliant world building skills are still shining through… I have loved watching the characters grow and develop throughout this trilogy, and it was great seeing them band together for the final instalment.

Angela – Pooled Ink Reviews – Rogerson has managed to craft together a fantasy trilogy that is simultaneously complex and quick. So many layers and twists are woven throughout the books and yet it never feels too heavy, the pace moves at a determined clip and action holds one’s attention captive.

Shelley Clarke (Amazon) – Fabulous Saga… Phewee, just finished Book Three, I read all three books one after the other and now I’m at a loss. I hope Suzanne writes more about this world and its characters, it’s well written and utterly magical!

Karen (Goodreads) – “The Sentinel’s Alliance” – The story is skilfully elaborated, comprises interesting turns, and has a great flow. Suzanne Rogerson introduces each character with finesse… It is a very enjoyable read; a more than worthy completion of the ‘Silent Sea Chronicles’ trilogy. This is a book/series to read again. Highly recommended.

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Have you any thoughts or suggestions on the blurb?

Now for the big one, I need your help again.

I would love to get as many people as possible sharing news about the release of the box set. I will provide the promo details beforehand and if you’ve reviewed any of the books in the series you could link to those reviews too. You can post on release day – 4th October 2019 or any day of your choice, though the 99p price is only for a limited time.

Please comment below, or use the contact me form and I’ll add you to the list.

Thanks very much for your help and support; this series would never have been finished without all you readers and reviewers out there.

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Book Review: The Sentinel’s Reign by Suzanne Rogerson

I just had to share this brilliant review of The Sentinel’s Reign – book 2 in Silent Sea Chronicles.

‘…Wow, this is another brilliant installment of the Silent Sea Chronicles which left reeling after the many twists and turns, which I wasn’t expecting, especially towards the ending.  I haven’t been able to get this story out of my head for several days now, and I just can’t wait to read the final part!’

The Strawberry Post

Title: The Sentinel’s Reign (Silent Sea Chronicles #2)
Author: Suzanne Rogerson
Publisher: Suzanne Rogerson
Genre: Fantasy
Book format: Paperback
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Description:  The Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war. With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.  Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.  After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.  As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell…

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