Visions of Zarua is 4 today! #fantasy #epicfantasy #bookbirthday

Four years – I can hardly believe my debut book has been out that long! Happy birthday to Visions of Zarua.

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I hope you can forgive a bit of a promo post today as I’m so proud of this book and all I have achieved in the last 4 years. Thinking back I really can’t believe I actually had the guts to do it. Releasing my debut novel was a scary undertaking, but thanks to the wonderful reviewers and book bloggers I’ve met along the way I’ve never regretted it. In fact, self publishing is addictive and I can’t wait to get my fifth book out there!

Here’s Poppy, she’s so proud of her human.

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2019 has been a massive year for Visions of Zarua with the audiobook coming out in July and the Czech translation in October. I loved visiting the bookshops in Prague and seeing it in real life.

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The audiobook has been brought to life by Guy Barnes and I can never miss an opportunity to share a clip with you.

You can buy all editions of Visions of Zarua from Amazon here.

You can also buy the audiobook on iTunes or audible where it’s free to listen to with your monthly credit. If you don’t have a audible account, you can follow these links to set up an account and receive a free months trial.

UK readers – Audible link

US readers – Audible link

French readers – Audible link

German readers – Audible link

(Note – If you use this link, order Visions and decide to keep your membership I will get a referral bonus from audible.)

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Visions of Zarua has received some wonderful reviews on Amazon and Goodreads in the last few years. I love to read them and I thought I’d share a couple of new ones today.

Shelley Clarke – ‘The author created such believable, magical worlds with wonderful characters that I didn’t want it to end. There’s everything in this story, good v evil, romance, crime, mystery, passion & fabulous magic, all put together in a wonderful writing style.’ 

Jenn – ‘It perfectly mixes past and present timelines into one unique story that will have you enjoying each moment. And who doesn’t like some magic and magical beasts? Guy Barnes does a great job narrating this book.’ 

Rebecca – 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…’

Tiffany T – ‘I absolutely loved Visions of Zarua. It was very interesting to go back and forth in time to the two different stories and then see how they intertwined at the end. I almost felt like I got two stories for the price of one!’ 

If you have read Visions of Zarua would you consider adding your review to Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub or where ever you can think of? These reviews show other readers my book is worth a try, and if I can get enough reviews I might have a chance of getting accepted for that elusive BookBub Ad where I have a chance of reaching 1000’s of readers in one day.

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Thanks for being there with me on this incredible journey. Long may it continue.

 

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If you want to pick up your copy from Amazon, here’s that universal link again for Visions of Zarua.

I’ll leave you with the blurb just in case you haven’t seen it enough in the last four years…

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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?

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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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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

iTunes

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

iTunes

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.

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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Visions of Zarua #audiobook #sample #fantasy #epicfantasy

I was very excited to release the audiobook of my debut novel Visions of Zarua in July. I’m so proud of the wondeful job Guy Barnes did on the narration but I realise that I’ve never shared an audio sample on my blog before. So here it is, enjoy…

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You can pick up a copy at any of these places;

Amazon

Audible

iTunes

There are a few options for you to reduce the cost of your audiobook. If you purchase or have already purchased the ebook of Visions of Zarua (currently selling at £2.99) you can buy the audiobook at a much cheaper price through Amazon.

You can join Audible and receive a 30 day free trial in which you can listen to Visions of Zarua for free. You can cancel anytime but if you love audiobooks I highly recommend the monthly membership which is very reasonable. Follow these links for more information – UK  US  DE  FR.

Finally, if you are willing to review the book on Amazon and Audible I would be happy to provide a free code for you to redeem and listen to the book on Audible.

I’ll leave you with a reminder of what this standalone epic fantasy is all about and a couple of quotes.

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Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria before the evil of Zarua’s past is unleashed?

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 Kalesh 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 in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

Faith – Goodreads Intriguing characters, strong structure, high stakes, memorable world. The Visions of Zarua packs a punch in delivering all of these. A superb story that fantasy readers will definitely enjoy!

Jennifer – Goodreads Every fantasy lover should be reading this book… Overall, I found this story to be crafted to perfection. This may very well be the best fantasy genre book I have ever read. A brilliant debut novel!

Jo – Goodreads Visions of Zarua is very much a mystery stroke who dunit kind of a read, that just happens to be set in a mythical fantasy world with Wizards. But the two genres blend so beautifully together. This book really is an exquisite slow burner of a read, that needs to be savoured, there is no rushing this novel. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Jessica B – Goodreads I loved everything about Visions of Zarua! From the flawed, relatable characters to the intricately planned out world of Paltria, and the ancient abandoned city of Zarua…this book had everything I want to see in a fantasy novel.

Thehappymeerkat – Goodreads This book is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read to date! From the very first chapter I was hooked to read more and it isn’t many books that truly keep you reading from the very beginning to the very end.

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Call for #audiobook #reviewers for #epicfantasy Visions of Zarua #swordandsorcery

UPDATE 5pm 31/07/2019 – The blog tour is now full, but reviewers are still wanted! Please contact me directly.

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There is just one space left in the October blog tour run by Rachel’s Random Resources. If you love audiobooks and fantasy with mystery, why not give Visions of Zarua a try?

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If you are not lucky enough to get on the tour, contact me direct and I can send you a free download code. All I ask in return is for an honest review to be posted on audible and amazon. The codes are for UK and US reviewers only, sorry about that.

Check out all the great reviews of the book so far on Amazon. You can listen to a sample of the audiobook, which showcases the skills of the narrator in bringing my characters to life.

Here’s a taste – ‘Suzanne Rogerson has crafted a novel with a mix of fantasy, mystery, and magic. The story is told from two timelines, 350 years apart. There wasn’t any point in the story where I felt confused. I knew where we were in the story the entire time, and I couldn’t put it down. This is full of choices and secrets, with flawed and well-developed characters. The magic system is unique, the world building is top notch and the mystery is intriguing. I highly recommend checking Visions of Zarua out!’ – JESSICA BELMONT – 5 STAR AMAZON REVIEW.

You can also buy the audiobook on itunes or audible where it’s free to listen to with your monthly credit.

Not an audible member but fancy a free 30 day trial? If you use the link below to join and listen to Visions of Zarua as your first book, both myself and the awesomely talented narrator Guy Barnes will receive a small reward.

UK readers – Audible link

US readers – Audible link

French readers – Audible link

German readers – Audible link

Blurb

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?

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Visions of Zarua #Audiobook is out now! #epicfantasy #fantasy #audio http://mybook.to/voz

I’m excited to announce that the audiobook book of my epic, standalone fantasy Visions of Zarua is available now on amazon, audible and itunes.

I’ve been waiting for months to share the talents of Guy Barnes with the world as he brings my story and characters to life. He has done such a wonderful job and I couldn’t be happier with the finished result. You can watch a brief trailer for it below…

And for the first time I can share the to buy links with you.

Amazon

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You can listen to a sample on the above sites and best of all if you have already purchased the ebook on Amazon you can buy the audiobook at a reduced price. You can also listen for free if you have audible membership, which I highly recommend if you enjoy listening to audiobooks.

Below are referral links to Audible. If you use this to sign up for membership and select Visions of Zarua as your first read, you’ll ensure both myself and the narrator will be given a referral bonus. The royalties involved in audiobooks are small so this bonus could really help both of us. Plus you get to listen to awesome books every month for only £7.99 a month after a 30 day free trial.

UK readers – Audible link

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French readers – Audible link

German readers – Audible link

I see that as a win win for everyone!

Don’t forget if you enjoyed the audiobook, a brief review would really help other customers in deciding whether or not to try Visions of Zarua.

Alert…

I have free promo codes available for bloggers and reviewers who are willing to leave honest reviews on Amazon and Audible. Just get in touch via the comments or contact me form.

If you’ve already requested a code, I will try to get the book code to you asap.

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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 Kalesh 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 in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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Thanks for reading and have a wonderful weekend!

 

Visions of Zarua Czech cover reveal #fantasy #translation

I am very excited to share the book cover for the Czech translation of Visions of Zarua. I believe the translation of the title is Zarua – Lost City.

The publication date is 9th September 2019.

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What do you think of the cover? I really love it and did have something similar in mind before I found the image for my own self published version. The designer has done a wonderful job bringing the book to life.

Here’s my cover for comparison, still pretty good I think.

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Fragment’s Pendragon world fantasy series includes some wonderful authors, including my hero Robin Hobb! Seeing my book alongside hers in the quarterly magazine is a dream come true.

It’s so exciting to think that in just a few months Visions of Zarua will be available in bookshops and it’s made me more determined to get my book into UK bookshops. I plan to focus on this in the summer and have already begun researching ISBN’s etc. I will share my findings nearer the time, but if anyone has any tips I’d love you to share them in the comments.

In other news, I’m having Visions produced as an audiobook! I will have a full post about that soon along with a sample. We’re aiming for a June release date. So look out for more news very soon.

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Blogging Hiatus – Will be finishing WIP! #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

This is just a quick note to say that I will be taking a break from blogging, not that I have been the most prolific blogger over the last year anyway.

I will be doing my best to avoid obsessively checking my book sales, kindle unlimited pages read, reviews and all forms of social media. This will be cold turkey for me and I expect tears and tantrums!

I haven’t written properly for months, so starting now I have to commit to finishing The Sentinel’s Alliance and getting a publication date set for this year. I also have to prepare for the Winchester Festival and perfect my first chapter and synopsis, plus I have been speaking with a narrator regarding the possibility of producing an audiobook for Visions of Zarua! I feel like I have so much going on that I need to step back and just focus on the writing.

I will be back in April with some books reviews, and hopefully more news on the book front.

Please message me if you want to get in touch and I will respond as soon as I can.

The picture below is where I need to be in my head, writing until my fingers bleed!

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Suzanne Rogerson – Author of heroically epic fantasy

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