Upcoming book release: The Sentinel’s Reign (Silent Sea Chronicles, #2) by Suzanne Rogerson

The Sentinel’s Reign – Silent Sea Chronicles Book 2

Cover: The Sentinel’s Reign
(Silent Sea Chronicles, #2)
by Suzanne Rogerson

 

>>> Release date 29th June 2018 <<<

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Blurb

The new Sentinel’s reign is doomed to failure unless Tei can prevent the Kalayan people from plunging into war.

With the new Sentinel initiated and the magic restored on Kalaya, life is flourishing for Tei and the exiles. But Rathnor’s plans for war soon escalate and thwart any chance of peace.

Brogan’s position on the Assembly is uncertain as rumours circulate that he is an exile spy.

After an attempt on his life, Farrell is more determined than ever to build a home for his people on Stone Haven. But the council have their sights set on Kalaya and Farrell struggles to steer them from war.

As trouble brews within and outside forces gather against them, can the exiles keep their hold on the magic, or will this spell the end of Kalaya and its people?

The Sentinel’s Reign is a heroic fantasy. If you like character-driven adventures then you will love The Sentinel’s Reign.

This is the second book in the Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and follows on from The Lost Sentinel.

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Author Bio

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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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Chapter One Excerpt

The wind whipped at Tei’s cloak. She gathered it around her body and held it close, but the feel of her father’s magic was gone. All the magic had gone.

She opened her spirit to the island and felt the stark emptiness surrounding her. She turned and scanned the horizon in every direction. Nothing but dust and broken mountains stretched into the distance. Her soul ached to connect with another living being, but there was no one. Kalaya was a dead husk – a barren, dust-covered shell.

She screamed, her voice echoing in the nothingness. She looked down at herself; her boots were worn to scraps, her hands were thin and frail, the cloak threadbare and faded. Her body was wasting away but, despite her emaciated state, she knew death would be a long time coming.

Something on the ground caught her attention. Her dragging footprints covered the earth in every direction, criss-crossing the terrain in her never ceasing search for life…

Tei sat up in bed and glanced at the familiar interior of her dorm room. Her only dress lay discarded on the floor and her father’s cloak hung from a hook on the wall, still as pristine as the day he’d given it to her. Her hair was damp with sweat against her neck and her head pounded from drinking too much cider. The evening’s celebrations had been a release, but now the dream images marred the happiness of the Sentinel’s initiation ceremony.

Tei wondered why she’d had the nightmare at all when the new Sentinel had already connected with the island. They’d all witnessed her restore the magic; but more than that, she’d restored hope.

Deciding the dream was just a residue of the past, she untangled herself from the covers and got up from the bed. But she couldn’t shake the feeling of foreboding as she washed her face and dressed in her usual travel attire. She hung up the dress she’d worn the previous evening, pulled her father’s cloak around her shoulders, and, invoking the concealing spell, she slipped from the room.

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Blog Tour – My Writing Process

Dear Friends and Readers,

my friend David Coles invited me to take part in this blog tour. David is one of three amazing authors over at http://archimedespresseuk.blogspot.co.uk/. Check out their awesome books and learn more about Adele Abbot, David Coles, and Jack Everett.

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What am I working on?

There is a general blog (this one! https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/) where I present miscellaneous topics – mostly, yet not exclusively – about writing. There are book reviews, the so-called ’10 Statements’, newly introduced interviews, and other topics as polls and general musings.

On my short stories blog (http://inasmallcompass.wordpress.com/), I monthly present 2–3 of my short stories and flash fiction as well as some selected stories by fellow writers.

The main novel I am working on consists of episodes in the life of four friends. The episodes are sometimes mystery, sometimes urban fantasy. They all end with the foursome having a common meal and – the recipe. The first seven chapters are done, about five more to come. My first inspiration for this work was Joan Aiken and her stories about the Armitage family. My second inspiration was a dream for the first episode. I am using a Scrivener test version for this work in progress. The day for making the decision of buying a full version (or not) is approaching. I am grateful for every piece of advice, my friends.  🙂

The second work in progress is an urban fantasy novel. The now adult Danny Wilde (from my short story Only You) writes his memoir about his life as a superhero. Progress is easier, as it is just one story. This WIP might actually be completed at the same time as the already mentioned one.

My third project is also based on one of my short stories: The Hawk at the Harbour – one of my readers suggested this – and I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you!

My writing motto in brief:  There is always room for improvement.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

As every writer has her/his own perception of life, every writer’s work is unique. I play with my writing – as do the other writers. I take on new challenges, leave my comfort zone and – grow as a writer. I am inspired by dreams, events, everything – as are the other writers. I listen to what my readers comment and I learn – as do the other writers. Each writer’s style may seem unique. What makes us really unique in the end – are our readers and their perception of how and what we write.

Why do I write what I write?

I write because I enjoy it. I love reading all kinds of genres, especially mysteries and thrillers. Reading and writing are inseparable, as many of you may be aware of by now: I am a fanatic reader. As a writer I realised very soon that I like to mix urban fantasy and mystery. This combination is fascinating and inspiring. I also write because I want to make the readers happy, to lead them places where they can also let their imagination flow. I also like to challenge myself: from generally writing in third person, I now also like writing in first person. I even started participating in Flash! Friday fiction.

How does my writing process work?

Image courtesy of luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of luigi diamanti / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My process is quite different for my current projects. They all have only one thing in common: My little black notebook.

For my general blog I use a file for scheduling, keynotes and connections. For my short stories blog, I use my little black notebook, electronic newspapers, agent coincidence, and the comments of my readers. For the novels I use (separate!) mind-maps and sticky (computer) notes to keep track of the characters, their developments and the scenes. In addition, I compare the achievements and handle this like a typical lessons learned process.

As my time is limited due to a full-time job and my family, I cannot work on my projects more than two hours a day. Therefore it may take longer, sure; yet it is worth every minute.

 

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This blog tour is continued next weekend by two great writers:

Ali Isaac, Irish author, blog:  http://aliisaacstoryteller.com/

Ali is a great writer and blogger. Her ’10 statements’ will be published within the next days. Moreover, I just started reading Conor Kelly and The Four Treasures of Eirean. A review will follow.  🙂

C. S. Boyack, American author, blog:  http://coldhandboyack.wordpress.com/

Craig is a great writer. His ‘10 statements‘ are already published. I started reading Wild Concept, Panama is one of my next reads. Reviews will follow.  🙂

 

Writing Process Blog Hop

Dear Friends and Readers,

My friend Jess West over at http://jessicapwest.wordpress.com/ invited me to this (my first!) blog hop. It really sounded like fun and I told her to count me in. I’ve heard of blog hops before and was intrigued when I came across one and followed it. I found lots of interesting blogs worth following.

There is only one rule:  Answer the following questions:

1)    What am I working on?

There is a general blog (this one! https://mytrainofthoughtson.wordpress.com/) where I present miscellaneous topics – mostly, yet not exclusively – about writing. There are book reviews, the so-called ’10 Statements’, newly introduced interviews, and other topics as polls and general musings.

On my short stories blog (http://inasmallcompass.wordpress.com/), I monthly present 2 – 3 of my short stories as well as some stories by my friend Jess‘ which I directly reblog from her website.

The main novel I am working on consists of episodes in the life of four friends. The episodes are sometimes mystery, sometimes urban fantasy. They all end with the foursome having a common meal and – the recipe. My first inspiration for this work was Joan Aiken and her stories about the Armitage family. My second inspiration was a dream for the first episode.

The second work is an urban fantasy novel. The now adult Danny Wilde (from my short story Only You) writes his memoir about his life as a superhero.

My writing motto in brief:  There is always room for improvement.

2)    How does my work differ from others of its genre?

As every writer has her/his own perception of life, every writer’s work is unique. I play with my writing – as do the other writers. I am inspired by dreams, events, everything – as are the other writers. I listen to what my readers comment and I learn – as do the other writers. Each writer’s style may seem unique. What makes us really unique in the end – are our readers and their perception of how and what we write.

3)    Why do I write what I do?

As Jess already mentioned last week: ‘I write because I enjoy it.’ I love reading all kinds of genres, especially mysteries and thrillers. I realised very soon that I like to mix urban fantasy and mystery. This combination is fascinating and inspiring. I also write because I want to make the readers happy, to lead them places where they can also let their imagination flow.

4)    How does your writing process work?

My process is quite different for my current projects. They all have only one thing in common: My little black notebook.

For my general blog I use a file for scheduling, keynotes and connections. For my short stories blog, I use my little black notebook, electronic newspapers, agent coincidence, and the comments of my readers. For the novels I use (separate!) mind-maps and sticky (computer) notes to keep track of the characters, their developments and the scenes. In addition, I compare the achievements and handle this like a typical lessons learned process.

As my time is limited due to a full-time job and my family, I cannot work on my projects more than two hours a day. Therefore it may take longer, sure; yet it is worth every minute.

That’s it from my side.

Karen

 

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Let me now introduce two amazing and inspiring friends – Topaz Winters and Amanda Staley – and follow the links to their respective blogs below. Topaz and Amanda will both share a similar post next Monday, there is a lot of great stuff to discover in the meantime. Just visit and enjoy!

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Topaz Winters

Topaz Winters is a fourteen year old singer/songwriter and author.  When she is not staying up until four AM on a steady diet of coffee and cheesecake, writing her heart out, she can be found exploring musical frontiers with her eccentric collection of band mates or playing with her Japanese Spitz puppy, Hachii. Topaz’s debut novel, Frozen Hearts, drops in January of 2014, and her debut album, Falling Star, later on in the same year.  Topaz does not yet know her path in life, but she is stopping to smell the roses on the way.

Amanda Staley

My day job, I am records manager / IT liaison.  I split the evenings between standard household responsibilities and writing on my two blogs, social media and my books.  My husband and I share our small home with four ferrets, 1 boy and 3 girls, who are like children to us.  I love to cook.  I used to bake a lot of sweets, but now I am more focused on preparing nutritious meals for my husband and I.  I have a great interest in wellness both physical and mental. Which is why I started my blog on Happiness, talking about my own personal growth and hopefully it could be used as a guide for anyone who is also searching for their own way.
I attempt to enjoy life as it is by enjoying the moment.  I am an outdoors person and love spring and summer.  I am an avid bird watcher who enjoys finding new ways of attracting new varieties of birds to my feeders. I also love taking a nature photos and am a bit of a shutterbug.  Every season I probably take at least 500 photos and am extremely thrilled with the invention of digital cameras.

Writing Process Blog Hop

My friend Jess (http://jessicapwest.wordpress.com/) and the Writing Process Blog Hop!
Please rend her blog a visit and see what she’s up to! 🙂

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Dear Friends and Readers,

So the other day I was checking my Twitter DMs and saw a message from @Jdstirling451 over at JDSFiction. I was all like, “Hey, I know that dude! He’s pretty cool.” So I open the DM, right? What did win? Oh just an invite to a blog hop! Say what?! Now, I’ve heard of these, and hopping blogs sure does sound like fun. So I says to him, I says, “Joe, count me in.” And here we are!

I’ll answer the following questions, because them’s the rules.

1)    What am I working on?
Oh dear God, where do I even begin? I work on blog posts as they spring to mind. I’m open for submissions to my new Featured Flash. I also hold competitions at WritersCafe.org. Four winners receive honest, constructive reviews and one gets their time to shine on a predetermined Featured Flash…

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