Princess Avi of the House of Quiston has always dreamed of becoming a doctor, but she’s never believed it was possible. When Avi’s grandmother gives her a very special hair clip, it seems that her dream might not be so unrealistic. Avi heads to the village in disguise as a healer, and there she discovers that she can help people in more ways than one.
Book 2 in Diana’s dark fantasy, Unraveling the Veil Trilogy – Allies and Spies – is now available! 🙂
Allies and Spies, Book 2 of the Unraveling the Veil Trilogy is now available on Kindle.
No major fanfare, no 30-day tour. Phew!
Oh, all right… a little celebration.
Some autumn dahlias…
And low-cal dessert!
(How I wish we could celebrate in person.)
If you missed Book 1, Liars and Thieves, it’s available here.
Allies and Spies
Trust is as thin as a blade’s edge. Secrets abound. And no one is who they seem. Kalann il Drakk, the First of Chaos, makes a bargain with his brethren, in which the future of civilization hangs in the balance.
Thrust together by a sacred oath, a halfbreed goblin, a misfit elf, and a changeling spy unite in an uneasy alliance. But their mission to learn the truth of the strange disappearances must wait—for they owe a blood debt to the changeling queen.
In the Raveen Mountains, the cornerstones…
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Behind the Veil, the hordes gather, eager to savage the world. But Kalann il Drakk, First of Chaos, is untroubled by the shimmering wall that holds his beasts at bay. For if he cannot cleanse the land of life, the races will do it for him. All he needs is a spark to light the fire.
Three unlikely allies stand in his way.
A misfit elf plagued by failure—
When Elanalue Windthorn abandons her soldiers to hunt a goblin, she strays into forbidden territory.
A changeling who betrays his home—
Talin Raska is a talented liar, thief, and spy. He makes a fatal mistake—he falls for his mark.
A halfbreed goblin with deadly secrets—
Naj’ar is a loner with a talent he doesn’t understand and cannot control, one that threatens all he holds dear.
When the spark of Chaos ignites, miners go missing. But they won’t be the last to vanish. As the cycles of blame whirl through the Borderland, old animosities flare, accusations break bonds, and war looms.
Three outcasts, thrust into an alliance by fate, by oaths, and the churning gears of calamity, must learn the truth. For they hold the future of their world in their hands.
Q & A with D. Wallace Peach
Which character was the hardest to write?
Probably Elanalue Windthorn, Alue for short. She’s an elf—prideful, entitled, disdainful, almost incapable of seeing her people as flawed. She occasionally does the “poor me” thing too, which is annoying. So… I had to be careful, because I wanted readers to like her. I tried to show that she’s a good person at heart, despite her biases. Throughout the story her opinions are challenged, and she matures. That’s her character arc. She learns some tough truths about herself and her people…it’s a painful process but makes her a more compassionate and just person.
D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two dogs, bats, owls, and the occasional family of coyotes.
Zenon, the Crow-beast charged by Zeus with maintaining the storms and keeping the Titan prisoner is enraged to discover Alex has escaped. In his wrath, he all but destroys Seaward Isle and its remaining inhabitants with a devastating flood.
Though Eledon is beautiful and Alex enjoys the protection and encouragement of Lord Odin and Prince Darin, it’s clear the problems of this civilization run deep. Lord Odin resumes his seat on the High Council, his position is threatened by plots and political intrigue. And despite being named by the Mentors as the Keeper of the Keys, Alex is disillusioned to find she is rejected and reviled by those who consider her a mere “half-blood” Elf. She wants to return to Seaward isle, the only home she has ever known. When Zenon discovers her whereabouts and threatens Eledon, the Elves have little choice but to agree.
But there is almost nothing left of the home she once knew and the survivors on Seaward Isle implore the Elves to use their magic to send them back to Earth. But while the Elves are able to open a portal between the two worlds, they cannot guarantee a time or place to which the mortals will return and. caught between her own past and an uncertain future, Lady Alexin is faced with the only choice that really matters–to follow her heart.
What’s a frustrated unicorn to do? Dunfer the Dragon has just moved into the cave next door, and Isadorn’s perfect world has been turned upside down.
Not only does he make growling noises all day and night, he’s just burned down her favorite rosebush! Can Isadorn figure out how to talk to Dunfer about her problems? Or will her magical unicorn world be ruined forever?
Includes tips to help children learn about healthy boundaries and conflict resolution, including “I” statements suggested by leading child therapists.
Perfect for ages 4-7, but older kids will still love the beautiful unicorn pictures!
#FREE at time of posting!
Guardian (The 7th Kingdom Book 1)
by Diana Flame
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Epic
FREE at time of posting!
An ancient law, a past secret, and a close enemy are deadly combinations.
A king must flee his kingdom in order to save not only his life but also the lives of his people. A girl from the lower class must face the truth about her birth as she is thrown into the war between evil and king. She is Catrain – a guardian. She could be the savior of Cronada.
A romance blooms in the midst of deception and revenge. Will the king regain his throne? Will Catrain get her knight in shining armor?
Savage (Badland Heroes Book 1)
by Robyn Wideman
Genre: Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery/Mythology & Folk Tales
FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
When the attacks started, Prince Astar hired an investigator to solve the crimes. When the third investigator went missing he knew he had to try something different. He decided to hire Kyra, a smart and sassy woman, who also happens to be a thief.
Kyra wants the job, it pays well and is far more interesting than sneaking around and copying people’s signatures. But she has no intention of being the fourth dead investigator, so she needs protection.
Kyra turns to the one man even mercenaries fear: Bazur, a solitary mercenary half-orc, infamous for his barroom brawls.
Together they might solve the problem of the mysterious attacks on the prince’s associates, but only if they can ignore the building chemistry between them and survive the attacks on their lives!
(* For readers of the Stoneblood and Dragonblood Sagas: This story contains adult situations and violence and is not intended for younger readers.*)
Taking time out for a quick chat with Suzanne Rogerson, author of Visions of Zarua.
Hello and Welcome to Nesie’s Place, Suzanne!
First question – how long have you been a writer?
It feels like I’ve been a writer my whole life. I know I loved writing stories from junior school and have vivid memories of rushing home to complete my English homework. The teacher used to give us a choice of story titles and we had to pick one and write a story. I loved it!
How long did it take you to write your first book?
I wrote my first book at the age of 12 and it probably took me about 6 months to a year. It’s scribbled in notebooks and has never been edited. Visions of Zarua took about 10 years from first idea to self-publishing it. That’s because when I finished Visions, I stuck it away for a couple of years took an online writing course and wrote the first draft to my new series Silence Sea Chronicles. When I felt ready to pick up Visions of Zarua again, I used a critique service, beta readers and spent a lot of time perfecting it before finally publishing it in 2015.
What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?
At the moment I only write fantasy books, though I have experimented with other genres in some of my shorter fiction. I feel naturally drawn to fantasy, so I don’t have plans to chance that any time soon.
Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?
That’s a difficult question to answer. I am self-published and have published three books so far, but I have also signed a publishing deal for the Czech rights to Visions of Zarua. I’m excited to say that it will be published in the fall of 2019.
Pantser or Plotter?
I am a mix of the two. When an idea comes along, I write until I start getting stuck, then I go back and plan the novel and rework everything. I know it’s not the quickest way to go about it, I still need to refine my technique.
Where do you get the most writing done?
I have two main writing spaces. A desk in the kitchen, which despite its location, I still manage to burn the dinner. I also have a desk in my summerhouse for the warmer months, so my writing time is normally split between these areas. The summerhouse is a great place to relax when editing and I would use it all year round if the English weather would allow me to.
Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?
My cat, Poppy, often jumps on my laptop and adds her own little flourishes to my work. When she was a kitten she used to love sleeping on my desk, but more recently she’s taken to prowling around the desk until I stand up so she can steal my chair!
I shouldn’t complain though. She’s given me some lovely photo opportunities. As you see from the photos, she’s tried her hand at writing, and I think she’s quite proud of Visions of Zarua.
What’s your favorite genre to read?
I love reading fantasy.
Do you venture into other genres other than your preferred?
Yes, I also love to read thrillers and the occasional romance.
What are you reading now?
I have several books on the go at the moment. I’m reading a thriller – The Boy That Never Was by Karen Perry, I’ve also just started a fantasy Magic Study (Bk 2 in The Chronicles of Ixia) by Maria Snyder. I’m listening to a fantasy audiobook Gilded Cage by Vic James as well. I’m enjoying them all very much, for some reason it suits me having several books to focus on at once.
So glad to meet someone else who does that! People always give me weird looks when I say I’m reading three or four books at the same time. What’s your favorite beverage to read with?
I normally read at bedtime, so I only drink water then. But I still love to read in the bath and on those occasions, I would choose a hot chocolate if I’m not indulging in my favourite treat of an ice cream.
Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it??
I have become addicted to social media over the last few years, all in the name of research and marketing of course!
What’s the inspiration behind Visions of Zarua? Who’s your favorite character?
I love mystery and when this story came to me there were so many mysterious elements to explore. I loved that Paddren was a young boy when his visions started and he still hasn’t a clue what they mean. The only person who can help him is murdered and then the Royal Wizards want to sweep it all under the carpet. Paddren steps up and decides to unravel the mysteries for himself, meanwhile his best friend Varnia is just discovering her powers and hoping they will lead her to the family she can’t remember.
I have a soft spot for assassins, so even though Morrin doesn’t appear often in Visions of Zarua, he was one of my favourite characters to write about and spend time with.
What’s your next project or release?
In 2019 I will be publishing The Sentinel’s Alliance, the final book in my Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy. I also hope to publish a prequel to the series, so I’d love to find some time to work on that too.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Meet other writers. One of the best things for me has been meeting other aspiring authors through evening classes and through my blog. I think it’s so important for new authors to make those connections. I wouldn’t be self-publishing now if I didn’t have the support of my writing friends and their often brutal honesty!
Thanks for visiting with us today, Suzanne! Continued success to you and Happy Book-birthday to Visions of Zarua!
Thanks very much for featuring me, Nesie.
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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 in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?
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Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
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Tales of Mr. Snuggywhiskers: The Autumn Tales
by C F Crawford, L H Crawford (Illustrator)
Genre: Children & Middle Grades/Magic/Animals/Sword & Sorcery
FREE at time of posting! Kindle Unlimited!
When Hallie and Cory cross a magic branch that shrinks them to mouse size, they make the acquaintance of Mr. Snuggywhiskers–the friendly, well-spoken mouse who lives in the tallest tree in their backyard. From the day that Hallie discovers his tiny red door to the moment that Hallie and Cory realize their mysterious connection with Mr. Snuggywhiskers, they find out how enchanting the world of Mr. Snuggywhiskers can be.
Gaia’s Secret (A Pandoran Novel #1)
by Barbara Kloss
Genre: YA/Paranormal & Urban/Fantasy/Sword & Sorcery
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Two Fates. Two Worlds. One Love.
Eighteen-year old Daria Jones feels trapped in the cow-strewn suburbs of Fresno, California. And with a father so overprotective he’s installed video and thermal surveillance down the street, she doesn’t get out much. Until the night he disappears.
Following the trail of notes he’s left behind, Daria gathers three things: a dark force is hunting her, her father’s fled to another world on a cryptic mission, and the only one left to trust is her ex-best friend, Alexander Anderson. The more she learns about her father’s absence, the more she realizes she must go to this other world to find him. And Alexander is the only one who knows how to get there.
Amidst a world of diabolical creatures, ancient magic, and bizarrely intuitive vegetation, Daria must find her father before the dark force finds her. But the truth of who she really is could be her greatest enemy of all.