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New Release Alert: The Rise of the Fallen by Peter Fugazzotto

Hey folks, hope you’re all well. 🙂

Check this out – amazing cover art from John Anthony Di Giovanni, and cover design by the kickass Shawn King.


Enter a world of fungal magic, a vengeful duke bent on a bloody civil war … and a secret that will turn a tropical empire on its head.

Cast out as a royal bodyguard for failing to stop an assassination, Maja, a master of the sword, lives out her exile among pirates on the outer islands.

But when a dying mentor charges her with bringing a young monk to the capital, Maja’s world is shaken.

Returning the boy comes with a price. Pursued by a mad torturer, Maja will risk her life and those of the Fallen, her embittered former companions, to protect the boy. Pitting her thirst for revenge against the desires of the Fallen, she must decide where her true loyalties lie.

Get your Kindle-copy now from Amazon (paperback on its way), and do check out Peter’s website for more info about him and his work.

Until next time,


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Posted by on November 16, 2017 in New Arrivals, New on the Shelves


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New Release Spotlight: Scardust by Suzanne van Rooyen

Hey everyone, Dave here! 🙂

Suzanne van Rooyen, fellow reviewer on this blog and also a fellow writer, has a brand new release out!


Raleigh Williams made a promise to his brother before he died, that he’d scatter his ashes on Mars. Desperate to leave a life of bad memories behind and start over in the Martian colony, Raleigh fully intends to keep that promise. But his plans are thwarted when a meteor near-misses him in the desert, and Raleigh finds in its crater not debris or even a spacecraft, but a man covered in swirling scars and with no memory of who he is. At least he looks like a man—a man Raleigh can’t seem to keep his eyes off of—but whenever they touch it ignites a memory swap between them.

Raleigh agrees to help Meteor Man piece together his life through their cosmic connection. But the memory share goes both ways, and Raleigh becomes inexplicably entangled with a guy who is everything he needs—everything good that Raleigh is not—but might not even be human. As their minds and worlds collide, reality unravels and Raleigh must face a painful truth, one that could shatter his dreams of finding love, reaching Mars, and fulfilling his brother’s last wish.

One of the many books I’m reading at the moment is Suzanne’s ‘I Heart Robot’, and I can confirm that Suzanne has massive talent as a writer and storyteller; she should be more widely read, so go ahead and grab this new release: Amazon US – Kindle edition – $3.99

And remember to add it to your Goodreads shelves!


Suzanne is the author of the YA novels THE OTHER ME and I HEART ROBOT, as well as the NA novel SCARDUST. A tattooed storyteller from South Africa, Suzanne currently lives in Sweden and is busy making friends with the ghosts of her Viking ancestors. Although she has a Master’s degree in music, Suzanne prefers conjuring strange worlds and creating quirky characters. When she grows up, she wants to be an elf – until then, she spends her time (when not writing) wall climbing, buying far too many books, and entertaining her shiba inu, Lego.

Check out more info about Suzanne and her work over on her website and blog and follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

Until next time,

Be EPIC and read South African SpecFic authors! 🙂

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Posted by on February 10, 2016 in New on the Shelves, Spotlight


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Spotlight and New Release: Tormentor by William Meikle (DarkFuse Publishing)

Hey everyone, Dave here,

I’ve got a brand new book for you to snap up!


This story isn’t really about me.

On the Isle of Skye, near the community of Dunvegan, sits a rustic old one-bedroom home, waiting for a new tenant. It seems like the perfect opportunity for Jim Greenwood to escape the hectic London city life—a place to move on from tragedy.

This is the story of a house.

As he tries to settle into country life, his is tormented by mysterious soot marks left throughout the house while he sleeps, cryptic e-mails from unknown senders, and hundreds of hand-drawn stick-figure drawings etched in a perfect pattern on the cottage’s cellar walls.

Stay. Beth needs you.

Jim begins losing control, drinking excessively, shaking to an uncontrollable beat in his head, trying to decipher what may or may not be a code—or a warning.

No limbs, no limbs, no head, no head, left arm gone, left leg gone, no legs, no head.

The door is open, and something is coming through. It’s just a matter of when—and what.



The book was released yesterday and looks like it could be an incredibly chilling read, so if you’re looking for a good Horror tale to keep you up at night, your search might just be over!

You can purchase the book for your Kindle at the following links: Amazon US, Amazon UK.

And do check out William’s website – the man has a great backlist to dive into!

Until next time,


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Posted by on February 19, 2015 in Announcements, Spotlight


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Spotlight: Samurai and Other Stories by William Meikle (Crystal Lake Publishing)

Hey everyone,

I’m back with another spotlight – this time focusing on a new release by author William Meikle, from Crystal Lake Publishing. 🙂

25 January 2014

25 January 2014

Here’s some information about the collection:

In Samurai and Other Stories you’ll find numerous ghosts, many Scotsmen, a big blob, some holy relics, some unholy relics, a Mothman, a barbarian, some swordplay, a shoggoth and people that nobody expects.

This collection by William Meikle brings together stories from the past decade in an exploration of the perils of exploring dark places, both external and internal.


SamuraiRickman’s Plasma, Home is the Sailor, Turn Again, Inquisitor, The Scotsman’s Fiddle, The Toughest Mile, The Havehome, The Yule Log, Living the Dream, The Shoogling Jenny, The Haunting of Esther Cox, Dancers, The Brotherhood of the Thorns, The Young Lochinvar, and A Slim Chance.

You can order your copies at the following places: Amazon US (Paperback & Kindle), Smashwords, and directly from Crystal Lake Publishing.

Looks like a great collection! 🙂 If you’d like to be part of the Release, check out the Event on Facebook! 🙂

Until next time,



Posted by on January 25, 2014 in Spotlight


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Released of note this month: Starfinder by John Marco

I promised John a shout-out for the mass-market paperback release of his latest novel, Starfinder, as soon as it was released in paperback, and here it is. 🙂 The novel is available here in the US and here in the UK; for those who want to get a copy of it in South Africa, be sure to get your closest Exclusive Books on the case! 🙂

For those who are wondering why I’m giving you links to but the novel, here’s my review:


In the opening chapter of the book we meet Moth; he would like nothing better than to fly with the Skyknights in their mechanical dragonflies, soaring above Calio, the highest city in the world, but Moth is also an orphan, and those would would soar, at least in Calio, need the money and the connections to do so. Even though Moth has managed to find work at the aerodrome and has gotten to know some of the pilots, it seems his dream is out of reach…

Until, that is, Leroux, the old man Moth lives with, gives Moth a peculiar birthday present…

As a rule, I don’t really read YA novels; I’m so hooked on the Eriksons and Martins and Jordans of writing, those who write big, huge, massive bold stories, that I’m always scared that I’ll be disappointed, so I rather stay away; but when an author known for writing excellent Epic Fantasy ventures into YA, well, that piques my interest, and I’m glad to say that Starfinder did not disappoint me at all! 🙂

The one thing about YA is that it can’t be too complicated (and with that, I mean the kind of POV shuffling and plot-juggling Fantasy in general is known for) but it still has to be interesting enough, and find a balance for those important story-telling elements, so that the intended audience gets hooked – and I don’t just mean on the story or enjoy the characters, but so that they don’t stop reading later on in life. I mean, that’s the greatest gift a good author gives readers – the need to keep on reading, that drug of the imagination that makes us the best possible addict…

John knows how to do that. 🙂

Not only was the world John created in Starfinder beautiful and exotic, he takes you into that world in steps, layering the storytelling in such a way that what he reveals doesn’t bore you, and he drops enough hints to keep you curious. 🙂 John also plays with our expectations, giving us characters that seem, on the surface, to be exactly who they are, but then surprise us with who they really are! 🙂

The worldbuilding in Starfinder is sparse, with not a lot of detail gone into, but it works well – after all, if you travelled to a strange land for the first time, you wouldn’t be expected to find out everything about the place, would you? No, you would see only a portion of it; and besides, as the series progresses we will get more detail about the world beyond the Reach. 🙂

Character-wise, John has also created some memorable ones; Moth is the typical kid, with changing moods, more courage and fearlessness than adults remember themselves having at that age, and a keen sense of duty – it’ll be interesting to see how he develops in the sequel (which John is playing around with at the moment). Fiona was, I have to admit, a bit irritating, but she came into her own nicely toward the latter stages of the book.
I won’t reveal too much about the other characters, since I don’t want to really spoil anyone who will be reading Starfinder, but suffice it to say that you will be in for a treat, and the world and its characters will suck you right in. 🙂

I’m glad I took the time to read Starfinder, and will definitely be reading the sequel (no title yet, still too early for that) once its out! 🙂

7 / 10 🙂

For more info about John and his works, check out his website here and his blog here! 🙂 Starfinder is also available as an eBook here.


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Posted by on April 7, 2010 in Announcements, Reviews


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