Interview with S.E. Turner

This interview is about S.E. Turner’s series ‘The Kingdom of Durundal’.

What inspired you to write this book?

I wanted to promote the role of women as something more than the vulnerable and weak gender that many would like to believe, and certainly more than something for the ‘male gaze’.  I wanted to offer a more realistic and refreshing view, showing women as active rather than passive, as heroes not victims.

The female heroes in my books subverts the stereotypical representations of women. All my female protagonists are survivors, are skilled in weapons and fighting, they are self reliant and self sufficient. They are fearless.

I also wanted to take the reader back to a more simple time, a place without technology and distractions. Though I had to keep it real, because life evolves, people always want more, and there is always retribution with progression.

 

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’d like to write a thriller or a crime novel – with a woman solving the case.

 

 

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in A Hare in the Wilderness.

Ajeya represents a child suppressed and victimised by those at court, eventually cast out in to the wilderness for nothing more than a mysterious mark on her face – this symbolises the way some people react when they don’t understand something. Her survival and metamorphism into a warrior and leader is characterised by her totem – the hare. Now she is able to take on her destined role as Empress of Ataxata. Also if you write Ajeya in a certain way and transpose it, it reads A hare. It also is a homophone for heir.

 

How did you come up with the concept and characters for the book?

I have a fascination with anything ancient and tribal, how our ancestors lived and survived, how mankind has progressed and grown. I sometimes yearn for a more peaceful and simple life. Everything now is fast paced, and I fear we have somehow lost sight of who we really are. Though wherever you go in history there is always someone who wants more and will go to any lengths to achieve it. Thus the Kingdom of Durundal was born.

 

Where did you come up with the names in the story?

Ancient manuscripts and medieval names.

 

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Creating a world that is really no different to what we have now.

 

Who designed your book covers? 

Jamie Flack.

 

 

How did you come up with name of this book? 

A Hare in the Wilderness, A Wolf in the Dark, A Leopard in the Mist, A Stag in the Shadows, are all spirit animals that reflect the main protagonist in some way. The elements of the wilderness, the dark, the mist and the shadows, reflect the challenges we all face in our own lives.

 

 

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be?

I actually love Cornelius from A Leopard in the Mist.

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‘Kan Savasci Cycle’ by Chase Blackwood

Tears
of a Heart
Kan
Savasci Cycle Book 1
by
Chase Blackwood
Genre:
Epic Fantasy 
 
Winner
of John E Weaver Excellent Reads Award
#50
of 100 Best Fantasy Series Ever
 – reedsydiscovery
He’s
been called the Scourge of Bodig, the Bane of Verold, but most know
him as the Kan Savasci. He’s one of the most feared men alive. Chaos
and war have followed him like an angry shadow.
The
one problem, as the world faces the wrath of forgotten gods, Kan
Savasci is nowhere to be found.
The
annalist, a man trained in the ancient arts of the arkein, has been
tasked to uncover the whereabouts of the Kan Savasci at any cost. In
order to find the man, one must unmask the depths of his reclusive
history.
The
clock is ticking as Verold descends into darkness.
Delve
into an award-winning fantasy novel described as “epic,”
“beautiful,” and “reminiscent of Rothfuss’ work.”
 
 
Tower
of the Arkein
Kan
Savasci Cycle Book 2
 
2017 Royal
Dragonfly E-Book Award Winner, 1st Place
Beverley Hills
Book Award Finalist: Fantasy

 

2017 Best Book Awards Finalist:
Fantasy

 

#50
of 100 Best Fantasy Series Ever
 – reedsydiscovery
Trapped
as a slave, facing an impossible decision, Aeden must choose between
his friends and his soul…
 

 

The
clock is ticking as the world descends into darkness.

 

He’s
been called the Scourge of Bodig, the Bane of Verold, but most know
him as the Kan Savasci. He’s one of the most feared men alive. Chaos
and war have followed him like an angry shadow. The one problem, as
the world faces the wrath of forgotten gods, Kan Savasci is nowhere
to be found.

 

 

 

The annalist, a man trained in the ancient arts
of the arkein, has been tasked to uncover the whereabouts of the Kan
Savasci at any cost. In order to find the man, one must unmask the
depths of his reclusive history.

 

 
 
Into
the Fold
Kan
Savasci Cycle Book 3
 
Continue
the Award Winning Saga…

 

 

 

For over a millennium The Fold has
been a carefully guarded secret, shrouded in mystery. Within its
shadowy depths the greatest of the old gods had carved a world unto
himself. A place unrivaled in its beauty, obscurity, and
danger.
Trapped within The Fold, under the tutelage of the
last arkeinists, Aeden must overcome his greatest obstacle, or die
trying.

 

 
 
Welcome
to Chase Blackwood’s author bio, where he’ll try to write something
interesting about his life that captures your attention.

 

 

 

Chase
Blackwood’s life has been defined by struggle the way a moth battles
an insect zapping light. He’s studied martial arts since childhood in
an effort to overcome fear. He’s lived in a half dozen countries in
an effort to “find himself,” traveled to over 60 countries
in an effort to “find humanity,” lived in nine states just
for the hell of it, oh… and the military has had something to do
with that too. Chase has enjoyed combating terrorism, working as a
federal agent, and also really likes puppies.

 

His most recent
passion, puppies aside, has been working on the Kan Savasci Cycle, a
series of fantasy novels that pulls from his life experiences to make
the most vivid world imaginable.

 

 
 
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‘The CassaSeries’ by Alex J. Cavanaugh

CassaDawn
CassaStar
Series Prequel
By
Alex J Cavanaugh
Genre:
SciFi Adventure, Space Opera 
 
The
prequel to the Amazon best-selling Cassa series!

 

 

A
pilot in training…

 

 

 

Fighting
the odds, Byron is determined to complete Cosbolt training and join
the Cassan space fleet. Poised at the top of his class, only one
situation holds him back–his inability to work with anyone in the
cockpit. Byron’s excellent piloting skills won’t be enough
without a good navigator…

 

**Get
it FREE!! **
 
 
CassaStar
CassaStar
Series Book 1 
 
To
pilot the fleet’s finest ship…
Few
options remain for Byron. A talented but stubborn
young man with a troubled past and rebellious attitude, his
cockpit skills are his only hope. Slated to train as a Cosbolt
fighter pilot, Byron is determined to prove his worth and begin a new
life as he sets off for the moon base of Guaard.
Much
to Byron’s chagrin the toughest instructor in the fleet takes
notice of the young pilot. Haunted by a past tragedy, Bassa
eventually sees through Byron’s tough exterior and insolence. When a
secret talent is revealed during training, Bassa feels compelled to
help Byron achieve his full potential.
As
war brews on the edge of space, time is running short. Byron requires
a navigator of exceptional quality to survive, and Bassa must
make a decision that could well decide the fate of both men. Will
their skills be enough as they embark on a mission that may
stretch their abilities to the limit?
“…calls
to mind the youthful focus of Robert Heinlein’s early military sf,
as well as the excitement of space opera epitomized by the many
Star
Wars
novels. Fast-paced military action and a youthful
protagonist make this a good choice for both young adult and adult
fans of space wars.” –
Library Journal
 
 
CassaFire
CassaStar
Series Book 2
 
From
the Amazon best-selling author –
CassaStar was just the
beginning…
The
Vindicarn War is a distant memory and Byron’s days of piloting
Cosbolt fighters are over. He has kept the promise he made to his
fallen mentor and friend – to probe space on an exploration vessel.
Shuttle work is dull, but it’s a free and solitary existence. The
senior officer is content with his life aboard the Rennather.
The
detection of alien ruins sends the exploration ship to the distant
planet of Tgren. If their scientists can decipher the language, they
can unlock the secrets of this device. Is it a key to the Tgren’s
civilization or a weapon of unimaginable power? Tensions mount as
their new allies are suspicious of the Cassan’s technology and
strange mental abilities.
To
complicate matters, the Tgrens are showing signs of mental powers
themselves; the strongest of which belongs to a pilot named Athee, a
woman whose skills rival Byron’s unique abilities. Forced to train
her mind and further develop her flying aptitude, he finds his
patience strained. Add a reluctant friendship with a young scientist,
and he feels invaded on every level. All Byron wanted was his
privacy…
CassaStorm
CassaStar
Series Book 3
 
A
storm gathers across the galaxy…
Commanding
the Cassan base on Tgren, Byron thought he’d put the days of battle
behind him. As a galaxy-wide war encroaches upon the desert planet,
Byron’s ideal life is threatened and he’s caught between the
Tgrens and the Cassans.
After
enemy ships attack the desert planet, Byron discovers another battle
within his own family. The declaration of war between all ten races
triggers nightmares in his son, threatening to destroy the boy’s
mind.
Meanwhile
the ancient alien ship is transmitting a code that might signal the
end of all life in the galaxy. And the mysterious probe that almost
destroyed Tgren twenty years ago could return. As his world begins to
crumble, Byron suspects a connection. The storm is about to break,
and Byron is caught in the middle…
With
a talent for worldbuilding and a compelling cast of characters, Alex
J. Cavanaugh combines high powered space battles and the challenges
of family dynamics to provide readers a space opera with heart.” –
Elizabeth S. Craig, author of the Southern Quilting and Myrtle Clover
mysteries
 
 
Get
the CassaSeries Boxed Set Here! 
 
 
 
 
Alex
J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web
design, graphics, and technical editing. A fan of all things science
fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and
games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the
award-winning site, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. He’s the
author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, CassaStorm, and
Dragon of the Stars. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.
 
 
 
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My All Time Favorite Books

Okay, so I think we all have those few books that we’d always go back to when we have nothing to read (which, if you have a mountain of books in your To Read List, almost never happens). Anyways, here are my all time favorite books, in no particular order.

 

‘Harry Potter’ by JK Rowling

When I say ‘Harry Potter’ I mean the entire series. Sometimes I wish I could read this series for the first time again, just to re-experience the magic. These books were my childhood, so it comes as no surprise (to me at least) that I will always reach for them when I want a break from the rest of the world.

 

‘Throne of Glass’ Series by Sarah J. Maas

This series blew me away. The character development and world building was amazing. If you haven’t read this series I would definitely recommend it. The first book, ‘Throne of Glass’, is my favorite. I just love Celaena!

 

‘The School for Good and Evil’ by Soman Chainani

‘The School for Good and Evil’ contains a life lesson, that you shouldn’t judge people by how they appear. It also delivers said life lesson amazingly. I loved how Chainani developed his characters and how he incorporated the fairy tales we all know and love into his world, which is incredibly thought out.

 

‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins

I am a sucker for well written dystopian novels, and this book quickly became one of my favorites. That being said, I feel like some people forget that this book isn’t a love story, it’s a book about children being forced to compete in a sadistic game put on by those in power. Katniss and Peeta had to pretend to fall in love to have a chance of survival, a chance to get back home. This book is one I will always have on my bookshelf.

 

So, four of my top favorite books! Tell me what your favorites are in the comments!

Crust No One
A Bread Shop Mystery #2
by Winnie Archer
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Business is booming at Yeast of Eden. But with a deadly mystery taking overthe seaside town of Santa Sofia, the Mexican bread shop can’tpossibly leaven a killer’s appetite . . .
For once, Ivy Culpepper feels fulfilled. An apprenticeship at Yeast ofEden has opened her world to time-honored baking techniques underowner Olaya Solis’s guidance—as well as the freshest small-towngossip, courtesy of chatty regulars known as the Blackbird Ladies.Ivy even begins accepting that she and restaurateur Miguel Baptistamay never again rekindle their romance—despite the undeniabletension between them . . .
But she’s tied to Miguel again when his trusted produce supplier goesmissing. Old Hank Riviera’s financial troubles would make anyoneconsider running away forever. And with his relationship woes, thereare plenty of people who might want to see Hank disappear. As Ivy,with the help of her octogenarian sidekick, turns to the loose-lippedBlackbird Ladies for leads, she soon finds herself caught in a web oflies stickier than a batch of Olaya’s popular pastries . . .
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The indefatigable Winnie Archer is a middle school teacher byday and a writer by night. Born in a beach town in California, shenow lives in an inspiring century-old house in North Texas and lovesbeing surrounded by real-life history. She fantasizes about spendingsummers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationshipwith both yoga and chocolate, adores pumpkin spice lattes, is devotedto her five kids and husband, and can’t believe she’s luckyenough to be living the life of her dreams.
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