Distant Worlds – Welcomes Sammy HK Smith!

Sophie interviews author and publisher, Sammy HK Smith!

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This is the third post of a brand new blog series, as I dip my toes into the mysterious waters of author interviews.

Having watched so many fantastic interviewers (Tricia Drammeh and her Authors to Watch, AFE Smith (see below), Katrina Jack and her New Authors section and Susan Finlay’sMeet the Author to name a few of the best – please check out their wonderful blogs), I’ve always been a little reluctant to throw my hat into the ring…but here goes!

One of my all-time favourite worldbuilding PC games, is Sid Meier’s ‘Alpha Centauri’. So, in homage to that (and a shameless rip off of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ and AFE Smith’s brilliant blog series Barren Island Books), here is my own author interview series – Distant Worlds.

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To kick off the Distant Worldsstrand, over the next few weeks I will be…

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Distant Worlds – Welcomes Steven Poore!

Sophie E Tallis interviews Steven Poore, author of The Heir of the North.

Sophie E Tallis - Author/Illustrator

This is the second of a brand new blog series, as I dip my toes into the mysterious waters of author interviews.

Having watched so many fantastic interviewers (Tricia Drammeh and her Authors to Watch series, AFE Smith (see below), Katrina Jack and her New Authors section and Susan Finlay’sMeet the Author series to name a few of the best – please check out their wonderful blogs), I’ve always been a little reluctant to throw my hat into the ring…but here goes!

One of my all-time favourite worldbuilding PC games, is Sid Meier’s ‘Alpha Centauri’. So, in homage to that (and a shameless rip off of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ and AFE Smith’s brilliant blog series Barren Island Books), here is my own author interview series – Distant Worlds.

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To continue the Distant Worldsstrand, over the next few weeks I will be focusing…

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Distant Worlds – Welcomes Kate Coe!

Sophie E Tallis interviews author Kate Coe!

Sophie E Tallis - Author/Illustrator

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This is a VERY exciting blog post as it heralds the beginning of a brand new blog series – as I dip my toes for the first time into the mysterious waters of author interviews.

Having watched so many fantastic interviewers (Tricia Drammeh and her Authors to Watch series, AFE Smith (see below), Katrina Jack and her New Authors section and Susan Finlay’sMeet the Author‘ series to name a few of the best – please check out their wonderful blogs), I’ve always been a little reluctant to throw my hat into the ring…but here goes!

One of my all-time favourite worldbuilding PC games, is Sid Meier’s ‘Alpha Centauri’. So, in homage to that (and a shameless rip off of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs’ and AFE Smith’s brilliant blog series Barren Island Books), here is my own author interview series – Distant…

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Meet the Grimbold Authors.

An excellent interview with Grimbold Author Ellen Croshain!

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There is something wonderful happening soon but we are not going to tell you what it is just yet. In the meantime enjoy a chance to meet some of my very talented colleagues.

Here is the first, Ellen Crosháin, author of Cruelty.

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Hi Ellen Crosháin and Welcome. Would you like to begin by telling the readers something about yourself?

Hi, thanks for having me. Well, I’m from Northern Ireland originally but I now live in Cardiff, in South Wales with my husband and six guinea pigs. I teach English in a high school just outside the city but I am currently on maternity leave as I wait for our first baby to arrive. I’m a ferocious reader, there’s very little I don’t read or enjoy, but I’m knee-deep in Irish mythology at the moment as I write the follow up to ‘Cruelty.’

What is your book about and what inspired you…

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Book Review – “The Sea-Stone Sword” by Joel Cornah

Great review for a book I thoroughly enjoyed! Swashbuckling fun!

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THE SEA-STONE SWORD by JOEL CORNAH

PB, 323 pages, Kristell Ink

Buy it from Amazon.

All Rob Sardan wants is to be a hero. The broken boy who washes up on the shores of Khamas is determined to make a name for himself somehow. But the line between hero and villain is not an easy one to walk.

Rob’s quest for the mythical Sea-Stone Sword, the quest he believes will make him a legend, will instead force him to question every value he has, and to look into his soul with fresh eyes, to confront the darkness that dwells there.

Sea Stone Sword Cover art by Evelinn Enoksen, graphics by Ken Dawson

Joel Cornah’s debut novel is refreshingly unusual take on swashbuckling heroic fantasy that explores the sometimes ragged line between heroism and villainy. There is no black and white here, every colourful character has many shades of grey. (It’s also refreshing to…

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COVER REVEAL!

It’s a very exciting day as the cover for my second novel, The Sinner’s Daughter is revealed today! The Sinner’s Daughter is set about twenty years after the events in The Reluctant Prophet, and follows the story of Tamryn. There may be a few characters from book one making an appearance!

The very talented Evelinn Enoksen created the artwork and she has captured the feel of the book beautifully. In keeping with book one’s look, the lovely Ken Dawson has created the amazing font.

Has it captured your imagination as it has mine?

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And here’s a taster blurb (a work in progress) for any curious reader out there!

“The will of the Gods . . .”

One fateful night will change Tamryn of Locke’s life forever.

Abducted on the night of their brother’s crowning, Tamryn and her half-brother Darius are taken to the land of their peoples’ age old and bitter enemy, the Orvaen. Relying on wit, courage and faith, Tamryn and Darius must stand with pride before an enemy Queen who despises and wishes to destroy them.

But for Tamryn, a bargain made with her Gods to free her brother deals a cruel hand. One that leaves her questioning everything she thought of the Gods and their dealings with those faithful to them.

Having to put her trust in the enemy for survival, Tamryn embarks on a dangerous adventure through a land that will change her. The Orvaen have a God and a belief of their own, and an omen of a time long gone shadows Tamryn’s every step. It is an omen that threatens to fracture the future of Orvaen, which is on the verge of a bloody civil war, as well as a war with Sinnotia, a realm determined to exact revenge for the abduction of its most gifted nobles.

For Tamryn, her hopes to return home are simple. But she knows that following her heart might not be the fate her Gods want for her, and her decision might put their complex machinations in jeopardy.

All the while, creeping in the shadows, a malevolent force grows in strength, and is ready to exert its own desires upon an unsuspecting world . . .

FEBRUARY GIVEAWAY

Today we are celebrating the end of winter (in Ireland) and for that grand reason, I am running a giveaway on Goodreads! Follow the link below and you could be in the running to win one of two SIGNED copies of my fantasy novel, The Reluctant Prophet! Good Luck everyone!

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/125250-the-reluctant-prophet

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