Monthly Wrap Up: November 2018

I’m actually happy November is behind us. It was an emotional roller coaster ride from start to finish. Fortunately both starting and ending on a good note – if I want to go with my roller coaster analogy, the cart arrived to the same spot from where it had taken off – so now I can fully concentrate on December and look forward to the coming Christmas. For the first time in many years I’m really excited about the holidays. But more about that in the Sneak Peek post in a few days. Let’s see what happened on my blog in November:

 

Book reviews

In case you missed any of my reviews earlier this month you can read them by clicking on the title! 🙂 I had quite a few good reads this month, one of my favorites sadly aren’t up here, because it was written for GdM so go and check my Lore of Prometheus review here! Also, I recruited a new blogger to help me out so we can have more reviews and content out for you! Jen reviewed her first book for the blog and many will follow in the future!

The Prince of Cats by Daniel E. Olesen – 4.5/5

The Prince of CatsA stand alone book with an Arabian setting, with a thief for protagonist. I was really excited to read this one and wasn’t disappointed.

“There is something charming about The Prince of Cats despite its flaws, and the fact that it’s not a heartwarming story. It’s about revenge, freedom, relationships, keeping your enemies closer than friends. It has a sort of Arabian Nights vibe about it, especially the shepherd’s story. I recommend to check this book out if you need a different setting, like to read about a thief, who is far from being perfect, or invulnerable.”

Danse Macabre by Laura M. Hughes – 3.5/5

Danse MacabreA short horror story which was perfect for Halloween.

“Danse Macabre is the perfect read for a cold, foggy autumn/winter afternoon which you spend curled up with a hot drink to chase away the chill of the weather and the story both. Blue and her journey will keep you glued to the pages, clench your heart and leave you utterly broken. It’s not hard to imagine a world so cold and cruel as the one Blue lived in after all.”

The Demons Within by Ashe Armstrong – 4/5

The Demons WithinAs promised, the very first review on the blog from Jen! The Demons Within is the third book of a series.

“This has a closed room horror feel at times, like Aliens or the Thing meets the old west. And there’s a nice nod to King’s Dark Tower series.

With it’s old west feel and campy horror movie vibe, The Demons Within is a hugely fun entry into this series.

Tales of Kingshold by D. P. Woolliscroft – 4.5/5

Tales of KingsholdA collection of short stories and novelettes with old and new characters from Kingshold, shedding some light on past and future events.

“Tales of Kingshold is a fun read for those who read Kingshold and want to learn more about the characters and the world. And need something to kill the time with while waiting for book #2 in the series. Woolliscroft managed to put together a wide selection of genres, topics, characters ensuring everyone will find something endearing to them. Be it heartwarming tale, pirates, zombies, magical creatures, diverse cultures, plenty of fights, Tales of Kingshold has them all.”

Chasing Graves by Ben Galley – 4/5

Chasing GravesI’ve got to read an early ARC of this one and it was one hell of a read and can’t wait to learn what happens next with Caltro and the others.

“Galley clearly knows what he is doing, and was able to wave together a story about life and death, revenge and greed, justice and blind fate. Chasing Graves is a dark, compelling entry into a trilogy. The characters and the world is complex and well-built, the story intriguing enough to make you want more. Even if I’m still waiting for that feeling of being completely impressed.”

 

Author Spotlight

My mission to feature FBR’s SPFBO authors continued this month and resulted in interesting interviews and articles. Don’t forget, you can find everything SPFBO related on my dedicated SPFBO4 page! We have altogether 8 semi-finalists: Hero Forged, Symphony of the Wind, City of Shards, Revenant Winds, The Endless Ocean, Behind the Vale, The Blighted City and Moroda. We are going to choose a finalist in December so keep your eyes open! I also had some non SPFBO related interviews too this month 🙂

Interviews

D.P. Woolliscroft

Born in Derby in England, on the day before mid-summers day, David Peter Woolliscroft was very nearly magical. If only his dear old mum could have held on for another day. But magic called out to him over the years, with a many a book being devoured for its arcane properties. David studied Accounting at Cardiff University where numbers weaved their own kind of magic and he has since been a successful business leader in the intervening twenty years.

Adventures have been had. More books devoured and then one day, David had read enough where the ideas he had kept bottled up needed a release valve. And thus, rising out of the self doubt like a phoenix at a clicky keyboard, a writer was born. Kingshold is David’s debut novel and Tales of Kingshold, companion short stories to the novel, are flooding onto the page as fast as David can write them.

He is married to his wife Haneen and has a daughter Liberty, who all live with their mini golden doodle Rosie in Princeton NJ. David is one of the few crabs to escape the crab pot.

D. P. Woolliscroft just released Tales of Kingshold anthology and I used this opportunity to interrogate him a bit. We’ve also talked about Kingshold, which was entered into this year’s SPFBO.

 

Toby Bennett

Toby Bennett was born in 1976 in Cape Town, South Africa. He holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Cape Town. Like many writers he has had a varied career that has included graphic and web design, database administration and technical writing – and if you think you’re bored by that try living through it!

His true passion lies in creative writing. To date he has written several novels, predominantly horror and fantasy, and has appeared in various collections of short stories.

The Endless Ocean was one of the little surprise gems in FBR’s group this year and it well deserved to be picked as one of our semi-finalists. Read his thoughts in this interview.

 

Kay L. Ling

Kay L. Ling began writing fiction at an early age. In grade school, her stories evidenced a sense of wonder and love of adventure. In one, mythical creatures lived and traveled inside a rainbow, and in another, a bored sixth-grader turned her teacher into a maroon sofa and then teleported herself to London. As she grew up, Kay never lost her ability to imagine strange and wondrous people and places, and now she would like to share her unique fantasy adventures with others. Kay Lives in Stafford, N.Y. with her husband, Lowell, and two cats, Tornado and Crystal.

Kay stopped by to talk about gnomes and writing and a lot of other stuff.

 

Steven SmithI am Steven Smith, late-thirties male and what is known as an Indie Author, hailing from the not so sunny United Kingdom.
My passion for writing increased tremendously in April 2015, which led me to release my first ever self-published book late September 2016. The second arrived in June 2017, and the third, more recently at the beginning of June 2018.
And with many additions to the series yet to come, I look forward to giving my idea’s their desired form of both e-books and paperbacks.

To get to know him a bit more, here is our interview!

 

 

Daniel E. OlesenDaniel E. Olesen spent entirely too long studying Comparative Literature and now works freelance as a translator and editor. Writing in fantasy, he draws strongly from history and travels around Europe, always searching for inspiration. His first book, The Eagle’s Flight, is an epic fantasy that can be downloaded for free from his site, www.annalsofadal.net.

If I can say so myself, this might be one of my favorite interviews I made so far. This interview touched a lot of topics from Vikings, influences, writing a setting other than your culture, a few more.

 

Other Bookish Posts

BristolCon and Other Adventures in the UK

I’m sure all of you heard about my UK trip in October. In case you missed it, I wrote up a post about all of my adventures, leaving out some compromising details 😛 But I added a lot of pictures to make up for the lack of juice rumors 😉

Read the full post here!

Advent Book Calendar

To have fun in this Christmas season I came up with the idea of revealing one book every day I read and enjoyed this year. Jen joined in the fun, so we split the load and we will pick 11-12 each. If you want to play traditionally, I have an introduction post, where you can “open” the windows every day!

Check out our Advent Book Calendar!

 

Music Musings

Music Monday

If you missed any of them, give them a listen and read my personal notes/thoughts/ramblings regarding them 🙂

See you all in December! 🙂

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