Get Alianne Donnelly’s The Royal Wizard for FREE – TODAY ONLY!

Today’s tour host is Juneta at Writer’s Gambit. Juneta will be sharing an author interview with me – hop on over and take a look.

Smashwords author Alianne Donnelly has joined the Wizard of Ends party! For today only, you can download The Royal Wizard from Smashwords for FREE!

Grab it while you can! Enter the code XV26R on check-out to claim your 100% discount.

1. Royal WizardThe kingdom of Wilderheim stands bastion between the world of humans and the Otherlands. It is ruled as much by people as it is by creatures Other and as such, it must always have a wizard at the right hand of its king. Nico has seen three generations of rulers sit the throne; he knows he will not see the fourth. Desperate to find a worthy apprentice, when Nia appears like a godsend in his path he wastes no time taking her under his wing as his last sworn duty to the young king Saeran.

But Nia and Saeran have many trials ahead of them. With destinies converging toward an inevitable battle for power, countless lives hang in the balance, including theirs. As love brings them together, so strife tears them apart and as the balance between justice and magic shifts, the royal wizard and her king get caught in a maelstrom of colliding forces. Nothing is ever as it seems with a trickster hiding in the shadows. When the gods begin to play, mortals tremble…

Happy reading, and please don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoy the book :)

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Should Children Be Exposed to Fantasy and Magic?

Today’s tour host is fellow fantasy author TC Southwell, with a guest post from me about healing magic in today’s world.

Don’t forget that today is the last day you can get Michelle Louring’s The Angel’s Voice, Books 1 & 2 for FREE! See here for coupon details.

Now, on to children, fantasy and magic…

magic_blog2Here’s a topic that’s close to my heart. It’s not something I’ve been terribly vocal about – because how can you have an opinion about what children should or shouldn’t be exposed to when you have none? Now that I have a baby daughter, however, I feel the need to contemplate this topic and, unlike before, society ‘allows’ me to share my thoughts. Like most parents, I want only the best for my daughter and do not want to hold her back in any way. Rather, I want to enable her to achieve what others believe to be impossible.

Over the years, I’ve often heard parents object to movies and books like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and even the old TV series, Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Some parents will not let their children near anything that contains magic, seeing magic as evil and ‘of the Devil’. There was a time in my distant past where I might have agreed with this belief. Luckily for my baby daughter, that time has long past.

Religion and fantasy do not have to oppose each other. After all, magic is merely science we have not yet discovered the workings of… isn’t it? Ancient humans would have seen electricity as magic, along with planes, TVs, radios, telephones, dog whistles and many other things we take for granted today. Thus, logic dictates that, instead of seeing magic as bad, we should see it as a means of teaching our children that anything is possible if they put their minds to it. To do otherwise would be to stifle our children’s creativity, hold them back intellectually and teach them that unexplained phenomena should be feared and avoided.

Don’t you agree that there is already too much to fear in this world? Why add another, unnecessary, fear to give our children nightmares?

If you still aren’t convinced, here are 10 ways in which magic and fantasy can benefit children – and adults:

1. Fantasy opens the mind to enable readers to view the world through different eyes. This can be compared to ‘thinking outside the box’, something that can put one ahead of the pack.

2. Fantasy is able to address complex moral issues without being offensive or confrontational.

3. Fantasy enables one to escape the real world for a time, something we all need to do from time to time, regardless of our age.

4. Stories whose main characters are powerful magic users teach that there are choices to be made in life and, sometimes, negative consequences to our actions. Since fantasy stories are generally not set in the real world, this allows children to learn the lesson without creating a real-world fear.

5. Studies have shown that a large number of the world’s geniuses invented make believe worlds in childhood games. These studies suggest that fantasy worlds bring out one’s intelligence easier and better than stories set in the real world.

6. Fantasy aids the development of the imagination and reveals new insights – again, things that can put one ahead of the pack and result in solutions to real-world problems. Imagination is imperative for higher intelligence.

7. Fantasy helps young children to distinguish between what’s real and what isn’t.

8. Fantasy often leaves one with a feeling of hope, allowing people to conceive a better future.

9. When children play-act parts of their favourite stories, they usually choose to be the good guy, thereby acting out good morals and ethics – good preparation for similar real-life situations.

10. Everyone knows how important it is to read. Children who read a lot tend to have a better command of language, and, when it comes to exciting fantasy filled with magic and new fantasy creatures, one rarely has to beg a child to read. Instead, you might find your young one reading quietly somewhere (instead of getting up to mischief, which is often the case when they go quiet).

Do you expose your children to fantasy and why/why not? All comments are welcome, even if you disagree with my viewpoint.

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Wizard of Ends’ King Lanaran Dragonsbane: BIO

Today’s tour host is Alex James, with a guest post from me about the magic of the Ancient Egyptians. I hope you enjoy the read!

King Lanaran Dragonsbane – biography

King LanaranKing Lanaran Dragonsbane is one of the main characters in the Wizard of Ends fantasy adventure series. He rules the Land of Ends with his beloved wife, Queen Narraki Dragonsbane. He has practically wiped out poverty and hunger in his kingdom, and has the people’s utmost loyalty in return.

Lanaran is not the power-hungry ruler most of the other lands’ rulers are, and can be quite humble at times, but he will go to almost any length to avoid giving in to blackmail and allowing his kingdom to fall to tyrant rule. He is more tolerant than any of the other kingdoms’ kings; however, should his patience be tested too far, he will not hesitate to have the offender executed if the offence is bad enough and could be considered illegal.

Lanaran is an excellent swordsman, loves his wife above all else, enjoys red wine – perhaps a little too much at times – and likes to spend his free time out in nature, enjoying the peace and quiet such solitude can bring.

To learn more about Lanaran’s adventures in Wizard of Ends, follow the virtual book tour.

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Michelle Louring’s Double Book Giveaway for Fantasy Readers!

Today’s tour host is Diantha Jones at DJ’s Book Corner. Head over to Diantha’s blog to read an author interview with me.

In celebration of the Wizard of Ends virtual book tour, for the next three days only, Michelle Louring is giving away the first two books in her epic fantasy series, The Angel’s Voice. This is the first time Book 2 is available for free, so grab it while you can!

I haven’t read any of this series yet, but I’ve already downloaded my free copies, because the books look super interesting! Here’s a little about each book to whet your appetite:

For nearly 6 years, Selissa has lived an almost peaceful life at the temple, but she has no memories from the time before the priests took mercy on her. All she has from her past life are a strange symbol on her back and fearful dreams.

It’s only when the mysterious traveler Alassane arrives at the temple that her lost memories come back to haunt her.

 

 

 

Selissa hardly thought her life could become any more complicated, but the gods seem to have developed a sadistic fondness for proving her wrong.

A request for her help with solving a series of mysterious attacks at one of the temples seemed fairly simple. But everything suddenly becomes far more complex when Selissa is told who she needs to protect from the unknown assailant.

 

 

To get both these books for free, use the following codes on check-out at Smashwords:

The Angel’s Voice, Book 1: Resounding Echo – GIVEAWAY CODE: FH27E
The Angel’s Voice, Book 2: Silent Sound – GIVEAWAY CODE: EN84L

Coupons expire: 20 October

Please don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoy the read – it helps new readers find authors they’re likely to enjoy, and thus helps authors to gain new readers :)

About the author:

michellelouringWayward Dane, writing epic fantasy in English!

Visit her website for more information: http://michellelouring.wordpress.com/

 

 

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5 Magical Ebook Covers

Today’s tour host is Daniel Marvello, who will be sharing a guest post from me about the magic systems in Wizard of Ends. Pop over to Daniel’s blog and take a peek.

Since Wizard of Ends is all about magic, I decided to share five magical ebook covers with you today, all of them with the word ‘wizard’ in the title.

What’s more, in celebration of Wizard of Ends, two of these books will be FREE on Smashwords during the tour! Take a look at our itinerary to find out when you can grab the free books offered by authors Alianne Donnelly and Simon Ludgate.

Click the covers below to go to each book’s page, where you can read the write-up and a sample.

1. Royal Wizard2. Eye of the Wizard3. Shattered4. Wizard Warrior

5. Accidental Wizard

If you read any of these books, please consider leaving a short review – I’m sure the authors will appreciate it, and your opinions are of value to other readers too.

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Get Sorcery & Subterfuge for FREE for TODAY ONLY

Today’s tour host is Louise Blankenship, who will be sharing an author interview with me. Hop on over there and take a look – comments welcome!

As part of the Wizard of Ends virtual book tour, I’m giving away my fantasy short story collection, Sorcery & Subterfuge – for today only. To claim your free copy, use the code HA38K on check-out at Smashwords.

Sorcery & SubterfugeA magical sceptre that holds the power of the gods, an invisible prince, an elf with ogre genes and the ability to bend others’ minds to his will, a peasant girl turned queen, a tortured phoenix in human form, mystical fogs, dwarf pirates and majestic ryokin – sentient winged sabre tooth cats with magic flowing through their veins…

If sorcery and subterfuge get you through the night, this short story anthology is sure to spin you into a whirlwind adventure to realms beyond the imagination. Fans of the sci-fi fantasy series, Legends of Origin, will be pleased to note the inclusion of two stories featuring the series’ ryokin, along with a sneak peek at some of the series’ future characters.

If you enjoy these stories, please don’t forget to leave a review; I appreciate it :)

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Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature by Vanessa Finaughty, Chapter 1

Today’s tour host is Tracy Falbe, who will be sharing a guest post from me with three ancient Irish spells and charms. Enjoy!

As most of you already know, Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature can be pre-ordered from iBooks and Barnes & Noble, and will be released at these retailers and Smashwords next week Thursday. Here’s a sneak peek.

Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature
Chapter 1

Bleak and foreboding, the Mountains of Eclador rose before the group of weary travellers, the darkening orange sky giving them a decidedly evil appearance. A flock of kreag, nasty birds of prey large enough to carry off a full-grown man, circled above the nearest peaks. Lashlor hoped the birds were not hungry. These mountains were cold and heartless, and showed mercy to no man or beast, and the kreag would show the travellers no mercy either if it was to ease their hunger. Exactly what made the mountains so deadly was unknown – it could be a lack of food or shelter in most parts, or the kreag or other vicious mountain animals, or it could be something more sinister. Lashlor just hoped that whatever it was, it wasn’t magical.

If they returned to exit the narrow canyon they were about to enter, they would be the first in recorded history to survive a trip into these mountains.

The sorceress they were going to see, Rune Arcana, was capable of seeing him safely home, Lashlor knew. However, he wasn’t so sure she would have the power to see thirty-six men and their horses safely out of the mountains. He supposed it depended on why exactly the mountains were so treacherous. He had told King Lanaran, but the king had refused to let him make the journey alone.

Then again, Rune might just spell his face rotten, as she had promised she would if she ever saw him again. She, like many others, had accused Lashlor of lying about being a wizard. Even at the vilest of provocations, he had refused to use his magic to prove himself honest. She had told him she would not marry a liar. He had told her he would not marry someone who thought he was a liar. The rest was history. He had checked up on Rune once or twice, not really sure why he bothered, and one of her cousins had told him about a year and a half ago that she had gone to live in the Mountains of Eclador and wanted to be left alone.

Lashlor’s thoughts turned to the herbs he still had secreted in his belt pouch. These particular herbs were only found in the Land of Ends. He had risked the dangers of the Jeltar Woods at night to get them, so he could return to his place of birth and right a wrong. He had wanted it over and done with, afraid he would lose his nerve and never return. Besides delaying his task, the delay caused by the journey to the Mountains of Eclador meant he would have to gather more herbs, for these would be dried out by the time they got back to Ends.

Lashlor was jolted from his reflections when Captain Amkesh, who rode a black stallion near the front, came to a stop. The captain turned his horse and drew up alongside Lashlor’s steed, a silver-grey mare.

“Are you sure about this?” Captain Amkesh frowned. “This place gives me the chills.”

“The chill in the air is only nature. Night will be upon us soon.”

Amkesh nodded, still frowning. “Maybe we should camp here for the night.”

“There are still two hours of daylight,” Lashlor said. “Two hours could mean the difference between life and death for Queen Narraki.”

Amkesh sighed. “You’re right, of course.” His back straightened and he ordered, “Move on!” Continue reading

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Fantasy Castle Cake

Today’s tour host is Glynis Smy, who will be sharing an interview with me. Head on over to Glynis’ blog to learn more about me and Wizard of Ends.

boxcover_thumbToday is also the final day of the 99c book bundle iBooks promotion.

I’m grateful to have had my work promoted by iBooks for the last four weeks, and have already seen a vast improvement in overall sales. Thank you, iBooks!

If you’re looking for a bargain read and new fantasy series, grab Doorway to Destiny, a bundle of 13 fantasy and science fiction books, for only 99c. Be sure to browse some of the other bundles on offer at iBooks too – it may be your last chance to get so many books for as little as 99c a bundle!

Now, on to the fantasy castle cake I promised…

My daughter’s first birthday is coming up in November, and, since I hadn’t baked in years, I decided to do a trial run of the fantasy castle birthday cake I plan to bake for her special day. Thus, I invaded my sister’s kitchen and we worked a little magic together. The results were not too shabby considering it’s been about ten years, I think, since I last baked anything other than a microwave box cake!

Baking this fantasy cake was far easier than I imagined, so I decided to share the recipe and results with you as part of the Wizard of Ends book tour.

Cake Ingredients

5 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups sugar
1 cup cocoa
2 cups milk
1.5 cups vegetable oil
8 eggs
4.5 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Note that the cake is a little on the small side – if you aren’t having a lot of other children over for cake, it’s more than enough, but, if you’re baking for a party and/or extended family, I advise that you double the recipe and use bigger baking pans to make each layer bigger.

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Dragon Kin – LAST FREE DAY!

I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

Today’s tour host is Fireblade Publishers (my publishing services company), with an extract from Wizard of Ends, Book 1.

Dragon Kin and other fantasy storiesToday is the last day you can get Dragon Kin & other fantasy stories for FREE at Smashwords!

Smashwords coupon code: ZU52B
Valid: 11 – 13 October

For those who haven’t read this short story collection yet or who missed the giveaway announcement, here are one reader’s thoughts on what you can expect from each story:

Dragon Kin

When I was introduced to Karas, I instantly fell in love with the character. The reason for this could be because I saw a lot of myself in him. Karas’ humour was top-notch, even though he meant to be serious. When Karas ventured to the other side of the Great Sea, he wanted to be alone and just live his life in his cabin. As soon as Sasha was introduced, this was when I paused for a long time. I thought about her character for a while, and the Sasha character that Vanessa created for the story left me speechless, and this was not because Karas couldn’t stand the sight of her after his cabin was destroyed by the dragon, but because they were two totally different people, and in the end, they worked together. Vanessa’s characters in Dragon Kin were more than perfect. The way they were created just fascinates me. I personally think that Vanessa Finaughty is only giving us a taste of what she is really capable of! If Vanessa Finaughty wrote a full-length novel with Karas and Sasha as the main characters, I would be in my element!

Jeepers’ Creatures

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Wizard of Ends’ Lashlor Leaflin: BIO

Today’s tour host is Lauren Scharhag, with the official Wizard of Ends book trailer. Comments are most welcome!

Lashlor Leaflin’s biography:

Lashlor2_smallLashlor Leaflin is the central character in the new fantasy adventure series, Wizard of Ends. For a living, Lashlor uses herbs and other plants to make ointments and other medicines, and has yet to come across a natural ailment his concoctions cannot cure. He is currently out of work while he settles into his new home in Ends.

As a wizard, there isn’t much Lashlor can’t manipulate with the power of his mind. Those who have seen him use magic, however, are few and far between, for he believes that to use it for frivolous things would be to earn the ire of the goddess.

Lashlor is a master archer – probably because he loves to practice his skills – and, in his free time, he enjoys mountain climbing, swimming and long walks in nature.

To follow Lashlor’s adventures in Wizard of Ends, download Book 1 for free from Smashwords or iBooks, and pre-order Book 2 from iBooks or Barnes & Noble.

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