RockStarlit BookAsylum celebrates its first anniversary! I tried to summarize this past year in one long blogpost with milestones, memories and a little sneak peek into the future 😉
If you are following me on social media, or know my personal life because we are friends, you might have noticed my bitching on social media in the last few weeks. I've said a few times, that January was a complete shit show on a personal level. Got myself physically and emotionally exhausted, then when it seemed like I've got a bit of time to catch up to myself, life dealt me another punch in the face and that kind of broke me and left my pieces on the floor in tiny pieces. And although I've dealt with it pretty well according to circumstances, it's going to be a long way to heal completely. It is what it is, life's not always kind, and self pity is not exactly the purpose of my post.
You might have heard about The Dead Sagas series by Lee C Conley, of which the first book, A Ritual of Bone was one of the entries of this year's SPFBO. I haven't read it yet, but my co-blogger, Jen did, so here is her review. I had, however, the pleasure to meet Lee in person at BristolCon, where he showed me and a few other people present the drafts of the rebranded cover, getting feedback from us. I'm happy to announce the new cover is done and I have the honour to present it to you!
During my Advent Book Calendar event I'm going to reveal 1 book a day until the 24th (the last one will be a bit different), a book me or Jen loved this year (regardless when it was published) with a little explanation. Keep checking back, I will update this post as the month progresses.
This year I'm taking part in SPFBO as an advisor for Fantasy Book Review's judging team. I decided to offer a spot to the authors in our group. The spotlight today shines on A.Z. Anthony.
Back in March I decided to start a blog, mainly because I wanted to support some indie authors I got in contact with during my Before Blog life. I didn't really expect to be succesful or even popular. I thought of it as something to play with in my free time and occupy myself with so I wouldn't think about how boring my life is. Instead, things got crazy pretty quickly, and here I am, 5 months later, reflecting on how much I've changed.
Damien Black, author of the Broken Stone Chronicle series, SPFBO finalist who ended up snatching the third place thanks to the tie on the second place. Ex-journalist, ex-musician (although you can never stop being a musician deep, deep down). I've pretty much publicised already in my Devil's Night Dawning review how I got to meet him and how he played a big part of my being here today, so I won't repeat myself. Let's just say he is one of the nicest people I've ever met and he made me into a sorceress, lol 🙂 He is currently being busy writing book 3 of his epic fantasy series, but took the time to answer some questions!