New Release – Tamesa

TAMESA: A DIVIDED WORLD

In a collaborative effort with a fantastic author, Tom Fallwell, I would like to announce a new fantasy novel, Tamesa! We’ve both put more than a year into this effort and are very pleased with the results. I hope you will check out our new book and consider leaving a review once you’ve read it. Thank you.

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Tamesa is a world torn asunder by one man’s lust for power. Herid Mhau, leader of the Ecumenic Order, used the forbidden incantations in the Xusarta Scrolls to summon the infernal Nyeshetari, causing a cataclysm that split Tamesa into two. Now, Herid rules Tamesa’s western hemisphere, seeking the power of the Zayzahrin, to transform himself into a god: immortal and unstoppable.

In a world bereft of heroes, ordinary men and women must endure the inconceivable to attempt the impossible. Tinshu Egraven, a transient thief, denies the existence of gods as he struggles to survive in a world ruled by the Ecumenic Order. After he rescues a mysterious red wolf, he discovers secrets from his past that irrevocably impact his future.

As Herid slaughters innocents to build his army, Tinshu must choose to accept what he’s rejected his entire life. A new family, a new faith, and a new found courage in not only himself, but also the whole of mankind. Who will prevail when the enemy you must first defeat lives within you?

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ABOUT MY CO-AUTHOR

TomEarly in life, Tom Fallwell discovered a love for fantasy and science-fiction, delighting in the wonderful escape into realms undreamed of. Weaned on the greats like J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock, just to name a few, Tom’s imagination was forever inspired by those marvelous tales.

One day, he discovered a simple book of rules called ‘Chainmail’, by Gary Gygax, and found a new love: the love of creating adventures and stories of his own. ‘Chainmail’ evolved into ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, and Tom played consistently with friends as both a player and a dungeon master (DM) for decades. Such activities helped him develop his ability to create worlds and stories for other players to enjoy.

Now retired from his long career as a software developer, Tom writes all the adventures and characters that constantly fill his mind and shares them with the world.

Contact Tom Fallwell
Website: https://tomfallwell.com

 

Review and Release of Kurintor Nyusi

Finally, after several months of editing and perfecting the manuscript to be exactly how I want it, my new diverse fantasy Kurintor Nyusi is ready for release!

Kurintor Nyusi is a diverse fantasy without my usual grimdark edge. My son has been asking for years to read one of my novels. With that in mind, I wanted to craft a tale that would possess the same depth, multi-layered plot, creative world-building, and exceptional characterization as my previous works, without the more…well…graphic elements that could scar a child for life. He’s only eleven, after all. Kurintor Nyusi delivers that and more!

The official launch date is March 14, 2018. Why? Well, for two outstanding reasons: #1 it’s Albert Einstein’s birthday (my son’s favorite). #2 it’s pie day. PERFECT! No Ides of March for me.

I’ll have links to this fantastic new fantasy soon! You can read an early review from D. Donovan, senior reviewer of Midwest Book Reviews.

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Midwest Book Review

“Many epic fantasy reads hold the same familiar trappings: destiny redirects a young life, heritage dictates its obstacles, the protagonist either rebels against or struggles to achieve his birthright, and new abilities come into play to change everything.

Kurintor Nyusi takes a different approach, adopting a focus on protagonist choices in the face of changing circumstances and emphasizing these changing options at different points during the tale.

The battles aren’t just physical confrontations, and they don’t always take place in the arena of a physical world, either. That’s just one powerful piece in a story that winds through threats and arrogance, strong female characters who wield swords and defy death, and one savvy girl’s devotion to her Da and her self.

One strength to note in the course of these events is the language Aaron-Michael Hall employs to describe scenes and characters: “Druehox was a smug churl who wouldn’t have given her the time of day had she wanted his attention. Since the opposite was true, his advances bordered on stalking. Every night, he appeared to have a different woman’s company. They doted and sniffed behind him as if he was the ruler of the twelve kingdoms.” An attention to atmosphere and psychological insights is just one of the strengths that lend a touch of the fantastic to even ordinary scenes and descriptions.

Another strength lies in the story line’s emphasis on developing mental as well as physical prowess. The descriptions of training and battles are well done, as are the explorations of how such training occurs on different levels. These insights influence into other kinds of preparations for survival against all odds: “You have to be aware of your battlefield, Damali,” he lectured, using his cover to mask his position. “There’s more to combat than speed and brute force. Use your mind and harness your true abilities.”

 From the loss of parents and the desire to carry on their teachings to unexpected new beginnings “Once the gate closed, Alyelu grinned. “I’ve shattered the mirror, Father, and buried the past. With your death, I’ll truly begin to live.”
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is replete with subplots that cover various forms of choice and transformation.

Wind these elements into an epic fantasy filled with satisfying battles, confrontations with self and others, and changing ties between present, past, and future for a powerful saga especially recommended for epic fantasy fans who like their action-packed stories seasoned with examinations of personal power and how that is cultivated.”

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Conventions and Contests

The busy convention season is beginning to wind down, and I am feeling it.  However, I have four fantastic events remaining on my calendar.

So, where will I be for the rest of the year?

On August 26-27th, I will be at the Wolf Creek Library in Atlanta, Ga attending OnyxCon. This is an exceptional FREE event featuring creatives of all types. I was fortunate enough to attend the Sankofa event they held in February. It was a remarkable experience and extremely well attended. Pack up the family and come out to meet some exceptional artist, authors, graphic designers, film producers, and more! Visit their WEBSITE for more information.

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In September (1st-4th), I will be attending DragonCon. If you know anything about this phenomenal convention, you understand how excited I am to be a part of it this year. In fact, I am not only attending, I have the honor of being on a High Fantasy panel with Christopher Paolini, Michael Livingston, and Mercedes Lackey. For more information, visit their WEBSITE.

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My last two events this year are Conjuration and the Atlanta Steampunk Expo. I hope to see you there!

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If you would like an opportunity to WIN a FREE audiobook of Rites of Heirdron or an ebook of Orbs of Trenihgea, I have a rafflecopter giveaway! No email sign ups or difficult instructions. Great Success.

Write On Podcast Interview

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I recently had the pleasure to sit down with an exceptional author and Write On podcast host, Tom Fallwell. Click the link below to download and listen to this phenomenal interview!

Author Interview

“The debut episode of Write On with Tom Fallwell features an interview with the incomparable Aaron-Michael Hall, a Book Review of Magnolia Secrets by Beth Hale, and a couple of Book Readings: The Redoubt by Devorah Fox, read by Angela B. Chrysler, and The Winter That Follows by L.G. Surgeson, read by the author.”

Do not forget to follow the podcast. The coming line-up is amazing! Write On!

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The Rise of Nazil – .99 Book Promotion

In celebration of the Brain to Books Cyber Convention, I have discounted my award-winning Epic Fantasy novel The Rise of Nazil to only 0.99 for a limited time!

coverImmerse yourself in the fantastical land of Faélondul and allow the multilayered characters, dense and intriguing plot, Faélondulian terminology, scenery, and wonderment transport you from the everyday to an Epic world that you will never desire to leave!

The Rise of Nazil is “the BEST read of 2015.” It is…

“Crafted like a mound of gems picked from the best in genre, The Rise of Nazil makes for a scintillating read. Boding well for future releases from Aaron-Michael Hall, it is recommended without reservation.”

“This is a complex plot at its best. The character development is perfect.”
-Rabia Tanveer, Readers’ Favorite

The Rise of Nazil is an epic fantasy that should be shelved next to the works of R.A. Salvatore and J. R. R. Tolkien. Aaron-Michael Hall is a creative world builder with breath-taking deities and a most unique mythos. With sweeping love stories, intense battles, theological struggles, and modern sociological themes, this book was the best read of 2015.”

“Faélondul is a world imbued with good and evil, that permeates through a richly layered social strata, but few facets of human nature have changed, and he captures them all. Desire, ambition, greed, each masterfully manifested in a host of vividly rendered characters that make for a riveting read whilst neatly sidestepping the pitfalls of predictability.”

The Rise of the Nazil is a complex work, combining the cadence and richness of “old school” fantasy with the violence, intricate treacheries and modern sensibilities of The Game of Thrones. If Michael Moorcock were writing for today’s audience, he might well have written this kind of work.”

Pure escapism is the order of play here and it’s a strong debut which begins at a blistering pace and continues throughout as Aaron-Michael Hall builds a convincing and beguiling world which is both evocative and easy to imagine. Breathing originality into the genre this has to be one of my favourite Fantasy reads in a long while.”

“Author Aaron-Michael Hall is the master of the slow burn—he does not dazzle you with quick resolutions or flashy scenes. Instead, he deftly builds up the plot and the sense of suspense one page at a time. And this is one intricate, richly detailed plot: the multitude of characters unleash upon your senses some sort of a powerful eureka once you reach that point in the book where the story climbs its inevitable climax, and you’re left sitting there with your mouth hanging open, unable to look away.”

“It’s getting harder and harder to separate the wheat from the chaff in this genre, but thankfully The Rise Of Nazil stands head and shoulders above much of the competition. From plot to characters it is a vibrant fantasy that really captures the imagination from start to end.”

Dozens of Amazon reviewers cannot be wrong! However, you can decide for yourself and at a significant discount! What are you waiting for? Faélondul Awaits!

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Author Interview – M. L. Spencer

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Author Spotlight

M.L. Spencer

Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight. Can you begin by telling me a little bit about yourself?

Hi and thanks for having me! I’m M.L. Spencer, author of the epic fantasy series The Rhenwars Saga. I am passionately in love with fantasy as well as science! I teach biology at the high school I graduated from.

  1. Have you always wanted to be an author?

Yes. I started writing as soon as I could pick up a pencil. I wrote my first manuscript at thirteen.

  1. What inspired you to write your first book?

I was always living in a fantasy world. I lived in an orange grove and made the whole place into a land complete with maps, towns, rivers, and populations. It even had its own currency, language, and religion!

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  1. What is the name of your latest novel?

Darkstorm

  1. How did you come up with the concept for your novel?

I wanted to write a serious that was less about good versus evil and more about the exploration of differing moral ethics.

  1. Who is your favorite character and why?

In Darkstorm, my favorite character is Quin. I love him because he is a flawed, sarcastic, self-deprecating addict that has a heart of gold but can’t seem to do anything right. Coming up with his dialogue was some of the best times of my life.

  1. Who is your least favorite character and why?

My least favorite character to write is Arden Hannah. Getting into her point of view makes me feel soiled inside. I literally feel like I need a bath!

  1. Which character do you relate to the most and why?

Probably Quin. I, too, have had my own struggles with addiction, so there’s a lot of myself in him.

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  1. Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?

There is. But I’m going to keep that one under my hat, for now.

  1. What books have influenced you the most? Why?

Wow. That’s hard. I was born and raised on fantasy fiction. I think I could best describe my work as an amalgamation of Frank Herbert, Stephen King, and Robert Jordan.

  1. What author would you love to have a conversation with?

Patrick Rothfuss. Want to pick that man’s beautiful brain.

  1. Any future projects you would like to talk about?

Working on book 4!

  1. If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?

I don’t think so. I had a pretty good idea where I wanted to go with this series from the very beginning and, for the most part, it’s just taken me there. I feel like I’m riding a tall ship at full sail.

  1. Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?

He shuddered at the sound of that voice. It was vilely seductive, gliding like soft velvet down the length of his nerves. Braden kept his eyes squeezed closed, so loathe was he to gaze upon that face.

He could feel her moving toward him across the cell. Her hands brushed against his skin, a silken caress as she slid her arms around his torso. With gentle pressure, she compelled him to his feet. He stood, swaying, naked from the waist up, arms chained behind his back. His breath still came in gasps.

“It doesn’t have to be this way,” she whispered gently in his ear as her soft fingertips stroked the skin of his back. “You can still choose to make a difference. Think of the lives you would be saving. It’s the right thing to do.”

His eyes shot open, glaring his contempt at her.

“Don’t lecture me on morals, woman,” he grated. “You have no idea what they are.”

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  1. Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?

Yes. Keep writing. Don’t give up. Every word brings you one step closer to success, even if it’s hard to see light when you’re standing in the dark.

  1. Do you have any links that you would like to share?

http://mlspencerfiction.com

https://www.facebook.com/Rhenwarssaga/

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Thank you for taking the time to sit down and chat with me, M.L. Spencer. I am eagerly awaiting your next novel. As you know, you are one of my favorite Epic Fantasy authors. Great Success!

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Kindle Countdown Deal!

rise-of-nazilIn celebration of Indie Author Day and the Virtual Fantasy con, my Epic Fantasy novel, The Rise of Nazil is only .99 on #Amazon! For a limited time, you can enjoy the wonders of Faélondul at a significant discount!

What better way to celebrate than an amazing BOOK DEAL.

Discover the fantastical lands of Faélondul and its diverse, unique, and captivating inhabitants. Tired of cookie cutter, fantasy with remanufactured protagonists? Me too. The Rise of Nazil series is not your typical Epic Fantasy nor is its diverse and multi-dimensional cast.

The 75th year of Alberoth is upon us, and the Guardians await!

Come to the Virtual Fantasy Con on Facebook and visit my booth! There will be giveaways, contests, Q & A, character introductions, and so much more. Have a question about Faelondul? I have the answer!

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Faélondul Awaits!

Virtual Fantasy Con 2016!

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Is finally here!

Today’s event is centered around Epic Fantasy (includes sword and sorcery)

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What is Virtual FantasyCon?

In visiting a physical convention, each guest would come across author booths, with an author sitting on the other side. Guests would be wandering about the event in costume, celebrating their favorite characters. Perhaps giveaways would take place and panel discussions up on a stage.

Virtual FantasyCon has all of these features, but it is unique in the following ways:

You don’t have leave home to attend.
Distance is no longer an issue.
Waiting in line no longer exists.
It offers an opportunity to connect with participants and find new books and authors.
To discover new blogs to read or sign up for.
Artists will share artwork for books as well as original pieces. There will be Panel Discussions via Youtube.
Fun features, such as Cosplay, the Scavenger Hunt and Giveaways will leave you smiling!

Virtual FantasyCon features:

Author / Artist / Blogger / Book Service / Publisher Booths
Scavenger Hunt Booth
Cosplay Booth
Vendor Booth (booths relating to craft, book related items, jewellery – limited spots)
Giveaways
The Author’s Cache Booth
Panel Discussions and Meet your Author via our Youtube Channel.
A Keynote Speaker as an introduction.
And so much more!

Come out and discover some great new authors, artist, bloggers, publishers, etc! And do not forget to enter the Blog Hop Hunt!