Kind words for Exile

Martin Owton’s fantasy novel ‘Exile’ has been favourably reviewed over at ReviewsM8Blog:

I can’t think of anything else to say really this is a thoroughly enjoyable read and has been compared by many to Gemmell, a statement I would echo. To wrap up I would definitely endorse this book and suggest it to anyone looking for a nice manageable slice of Grimdark that is well worth picking up. Sequels are as far as I know in the works and I can’t wait to get my teeth into them, well done Martin.

Treat yourself ladies and gents it’s a bloody good read.

Cover reveal for Martin Owton

Martin Owton’s fantasy novel ‘Exile’ – the first book in the ‘Nandor’ series – has been revealed, and it looks like this:

 

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From the publisher’s website:

I was very happy to take on this novel and it’s sequel for Phantasia, it’s good , solid fantasy that reminded me of  David Gemmell at times.

‘Exile’ is the second book published by Phantasia and will be available later in March.

Martin Owton joins Phantasia

Martin’s ‘The Nandor Tales’ series has been picked up by Phantasia, the fantasy imprint at Tickety Boo Press. The first novel of the series, ‘The Exile of Darien’, will be published in the spring. From the publisher’s website:

“The Exile of Darien’ is a fast-moving tightly-plotted fantasy adventure story with a strong thread of romance

Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.”

Rosanne Rabinowitz in ‘We Need To Talk’

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Rosanne Rabinowitz has a short story appearing in ‘We Need To Talk‘, an anthology in support of The Eve Appeal – a charity dedicated to funding research and support for gynaecological cancers. The anthology is available in both ebook and paperback format.

From the publisher’s website:

All of us, at some point, are involved in difficult conversations. Whether that’s tough talks with clients or bosses, or break-ups, or coming out, or telling someone you love them, or giving advice to that friend who just doesn’t want to hear it. Some conversations are even more difficult, as sufferers of any potentially serious illness will know.

But one thing’s for sure, these conversations are fascinating. So much so that we’ve teamed up with Kindred and The Eve Appeal, to launch a writing competition on the theme of difficult conversations.

News Roundup – reprints, readings and a short story sale

Martin Owton’s short story ‘The Mist Beyond The Circle’- originally published in Black Gate magazine – has been reprinted in Aphelion Webzine. The story can be read here.

Gary Couzens’ short story ‘Little Black Number’ has been accepted by editor Terry Grimwood, and will be appearing in Wordland 6: Black Is The New Black. This is Gary’s 52nd story sale!

And Helen Callaghan’s upcoming novel ‘Dear Amy’ has appeared in The Bookseller as a key title ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair. Helen will also be reading at the Millennium Library in Norwich as part of their ‘Crime Scene’ event. Other authors attending include Andrew Hook, Margaret Callow, Geraldine Evans and Charlie Flowers. The event takes place on Tuesday 13th October at 5.45pm and more information can be found here.

New novel from Sara Jayne Townsend and the British Fantasy Awards

The Kindle edition of Sara Jayne Townsend’s new horror novel, ‘The Whispering Death’, is now available for purchase. The print version is soon to follow.

coverDeath comes to us all; life is the name of the game and everyone has a role to play.

When a group of live action role-players perform a ritual as part of a game, they unwittingly unleash an ancient evil that tears their world apart. The reanimated corpse of a long-dead magic user, corrupted by powerful dark magic, offers a promise of unlimited power, but at a terrible price. Having helped open this Pandora’s box, Mark and Elizabeth must race against time to close it again – before it’s too late.

This scary, at times touching, horror novel by Sara Jayne Townsend is a must read for all horror and gore fans.

And two T-Party members have been nominated for British Fantasy Awards. Gaie Sebold is a nominee in the “Best Short Story” category for ‘A Change of Heart‘. And Laura Mauro is also a “Best Short Story” nominee with ‘Ptichka’, as well as being nominated in the “Best Newcomer” category.