Cover Reveal for Origin of Shadow by D.M. Cain

I’m so excited to share with you the cover for D.M Cain’s upcoming release, Origin of Shadow! This novella is part of her epic, immersive fantasy series The Light and Shadow Chronicles. The series is centered upon a centuries-long war between two armies and each book focuses upon a character within the timeline. This novella gives the origin story of one of the armies – The Brotherhood of Shadow. The complementary novella entitled Genesis of Light is already available in ebook, paperback and audiobook.
The official release date for the book is 23rd November. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the others in the series yet you can get them here (though reading these first isn’t required to understand Origin of Shadow):

A Chronicle of Chaos – http://mybook.to/ChronicleofChaos
The Shield of Soren – http://mybook.to/ShieldofSoren
Genesis of Light – http://mybook.to/genesisoflight

Book Title: Origin of Shadow (A Light and Shadow Chronicles Novella)

Author: D.M. Cain

Publisher: Shadow City – A Next Chapter Imprint

Book Description

“Vincent Wilder.” The voice broke into his thoughts, everywhere and nowhere at once, deafening, yet somehow a whisper. “Are you ready to learn the truth?”

As heir to a notorious crime syndicate, sixteen-year-old Vincent Wilder is determined to live up to his father’s intimidating legacy, and expand his violent empire. The Wilders have terrorised the city of Pabell for decades and Vincent knows the business inside and out (and has dirtied his own hands more times than he dares to count.)
But no matter how ready he thinks he is, nothing could have prepared him for life at the helm. His father was a man of many things, but secrets wasn’t one of them, or so Vincent had thought. The deeper Vincent gets into his leadership role, the more terrifying and inexplicable skeletons he uncovers.
With the threat of a revolution, a mysterious and intrusive voice in his head, and a long-lost history he had known nothing about, is he really up to the challenge?

You’ve read the Children of Light’s origin story, now experience the same events from a different perspective with this prequel novella from The Light and Shadow Chronicles.

EXCERPT:

The ticking of the timepiece was far louder than it should have been. Every innocuous click of the hands reverberated around the room. Sixteen-year-old Vincent Wilder stood perfectly still, making sure his chin was raised and his expression stony. He tried to hide the fact that his fingers twitched nervously behind his back. This meeting needs to go off without a hitch. There’s so much resting on it. He made an effort to narrow his eyes and puff out his chest, hoping his young frame was imposing.
A single drop of sweat trickled down his forehead, running a sticky trail across his skin. He wanted to reach up and wipe it away, but didn’t dare draw attention to the fact he was perspiring. If they saw it, would they take it as a sign of weakness? So he did nothing and let the salty drop work its way down his forehead, running into his dark eyes. He blinked to clear the drop, but his vision blurred and his eyes itched. He could hold off no longer and was forced to swipe at his eyes with a hurried hand.
His eyesight cleared and he took the opportunity to glance down at the table and the people sat around it. A couple in their early forties sat on one side, close together, huddling for comfort. Their eyes were strong and defiant, the woman’s in particular. Her hands were flat on the tabletop, and she leaned forwards, speaking with determination.
The ashen-faced man beside her was silent. Despite the stony expression on his face, Vincent could see the man’s hands trembling.
Across from them sat Franco Wilder, Vincent’s father. Once, he had a thick shock of dark hair, long and wild, draped across his shoulders. That was how Vincent always pictured his father, but the figure that sat before him had changed drastically in the past few years. As soon as Franco’s hair had started thinning, he had shaved the lot, and the bald head made the most terrifying man Vincent had ever met even more intimidating.
Franco’s posture was rigid and unmoving, a coiled snake waiting to lunge. The dark eyes that had chastised Vincent since childhood were now zeroed in on the couple before him. His father’s fingers were locked together tightly, but Vincent knew that it would only take a split second for Franco to wrench the knife from his concealed thigh pouch. Vincent’s muscles too were primed, ready to propel him into a fight. Never relax around Franco Wilder. He’d learned that very young.

About the Author:

D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The series instalments to date include A Chronicle of Chaos, The Shield of Soren and Genesis of Light.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Sci-Fi novel Award.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her partner and two young children, and spends her time reading, writing, reviewing and indulging in geek culture (Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Final Fantasy).

LINKS

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DMCainauthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DMCain84
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/dmcain
Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/XevZH
Website: http://www.dmcain84.com

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: NaNoWriMo Week 1

Welcome to week 1 of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). In today’s podcast episode I share my writing/revising/rewriting progress and give you tips and encouragement to stay motivated during the rest of the month.

As for my word count so far, I’m at 4435 and I plan to get at least another thousand or so words in, before the day is over. Instead of adding the total number of words in my entire manuscript, I just count the words I’ve added, regardless of how many more I cut from the manuscript. I guess you could say that I’m a NaNoRebel, doing what some would call Cheeto-WriMo.

For the past two nights, I did some word sprints with a twitter friend and that’s how I got a lot of my words in. I find myself writing at night, for some reason during NaNoWriMo, but I won’t do that any other time of the year. However, I plan on getting some words in later this afternoon
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If you’d like to join me in some word sprints during the month, there are two ways you can do this. You can email me at annwrites75@gmail.com, or tag me on Twitter @annwrites75. If We’re doing word sprints, don’t forget to mention @NaNoWordSprints as well. Be sure to use the hash tag #nanocafe if you’d like to invite others to join us as we sprint to the NaNoWriMo finish line. If you’d like to add me as a buddy, my NaNoWriMo username is AnnWritesInspiration.

If you want to leave messages with your NaNoWriMo buddies, you may do so by visiting:
https://nanowrimo.org/nanomessages

Listen to my NaNoWriMo update, including tips and encouragement on my Inspirational Journeys podcast:

I’ve got to go, because I’ve got to get back to writing/editing/revising. You need to get some words in today, too, if you’re doing NaNoWriMo along with me. Happy writing and good luck with NaNoWriMo. Let’s end up with more words than we had when we started.
Hugs,
Ann

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Special Book Feature: Real Love by Elizabeth Hartey

Today’s book feature is for the romantic at heart. I hope you enjoy today’s book and as always, please leave an honest review .
Hugs,
Ann

Book title:

Reel Love

Author’s name:

Elizabeth Hartey

Description”

Sometimes you land a great job, meet your soul mate and live happily ever after – nothing else required. This isn’t one of those times.
Annie Caslo is a successful young doctor, but when she begins rethinking the career choices she’s made, she makes a decision to find a way to stay focused and achieve her true ambitions – that is, until fate steps in and she is thunderstruck by Colt Ballard. He’s six foot three inches of heart-stopping hotness, an adept, roguish soccer star and one of her interns. But he’s a player – on and off the field – and Annie has better things to do. Still, the combustible chemistry between them is impossible to resist – Colt brings out feelings she never knew existed and Annie’s swept off her reluctant feet.

When she continues to second-guess her life choices, opportunitites and obstacles begin piling up higher than the greasy Mexican food stacks she hates to admit loving. While in a state of emotional turmoil, she gets a celestial visit from a hunky, Hollywood heartthrob lookalike, who claims to be her guardian angel. He takes her on a magical road trip to self-discovery with the help of several dearly departed film icons.
Drawn into the excitement of a life she’s always dreamed of, this new life threatens to shatter the life and love she already has – unless her quirky angel can help her find a way to have it all.

Purchase link:

About the Author:

Elizabeth lives and writes in Pennsylvania.

As a lover of the northeast USA, Elizabeth and her husband moved to the Poconos several years ago to open a Chiropractic Clinic. Four children and a menagerie of animals later, she has finally found time to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing novels. A dreamer at heart, romance is, of course, the genre she spends most of her time writing and reading into the wee hours of the morning. When she’s not juggling work responsibilities and writing, she enjoys swimming, knitting, hiking the beautiful hills and woods around her home, and spending time with her family.

Connect with Elizabeth at the following links:
https://www.elizabethhartey.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Reel-Love-1826632230886768
https://www.facebook.com/EHarteyauthor

https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100014957197382
https://drlizblog.wordpress.com

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: NaNoWriMo Prep Talk

Hello Bloggers and WriMos in the blogosphere,
First of all, I’d like to welcome all my new followers over the past few months! Thanks for stopping by the blog, may my posts, podcast episodes, and YouTube videos be entertaining and valuable to you in your author/blogging journey.

There are four days until NaNoWriMo starts on Friday November 1st. If you haven’t already done so, now’s the time to create an account and announce your NaNoWriMo project at:
https://www.nanowrimo.org
If you’d like to hang out with my friend Tish Bouvier and me, and talk about your writing goals for NaNoWriMo, log onto twitter and search for the #nanocafe hashtag. I’ll see you there!

Don’t forget, if you don’t reach 50,000 words by November 30, you’re still a winner, because you’ve got more words than you had when you started. However, if you surpass the 50k word goal, you’re a winner, too. To listen to my NaNoWriMo prep talk episode of Inspirational Journeys, click here:

Blessings,
Ann

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Erin Swan

Today’s guest is a fantasy author, a freelance writer and a delightful person. Click on the following links to hear today’s fun and engaging conversation
INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Erin Swan!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
ERIN SWAN
WHEN?
Thursday, October 24, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR ERIN SWAN…

Erin Swan was born in a small farming town and grew up travelling around the country for her father’s military career. In all the change, books became her constant companions. She received a BA in English from BYU, and began a career as a copywriter and editor. After marrying her first love and having a daughter, she transitioned to freelance writing and editing.
About this time, with the help of the team at Inkitt, Erin received her contract from Tor and saw her dream of publication finally coming to life. She now resides in Utah with her husband, their daughter, and their dog. She continues running her freelance business, and when not working on her novel, she enjoys running with her daughter and dog, and playing video games with her husband.

Erin’s book is entitled Bright Star

Description:

Paerolia has been at peace for two centuries, and all is well in the land―or so it seems. Beneath the surface, a tyrant is rising to power.
A traumatic experience in Andra’s childhood has left her mute and subdued, a servant in the Chief Judge’s manor. But when an assassination team, led by the secretive and alluring Kael, infiltrates the manor and makes a quick escape, she takes her chance and flees with them.
Andra is thrust into the ranks of a secret rebellion―a group of outcasts and believers seeking to overthrow the Chief Judge and replace the corrupt government with new members, ones who will restore and preserve the land they love. Now, the girl who was once an outcast must somehow become the leader Paerolia needs. But she is stronger than she believes―and with the help of a fiercely loyal dragon, she may just be the one to lead them all to victory.

Purchase link:

Connect with Erin at the following links:
Website:
https://erinswan2014.wixsite.com/erinswan

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/authorerinswan/

Twitter:

Instagram:
http://www.instagram.com/erin.swan

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

this is the cover art for my podcast

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Derek Doepker

The following interview is full of tips and advice for authors at all levels. Be sure to have a notebook, journal, or digital notes ap handy. If you’re driving when you’re listening to this, Please be sure to come back to the podcast episode often so you can capture as many notes as possible.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special guest Interview with Derek Doepker!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
DEREK DOEPKER
WHEN?
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR DEREK DOEPKER…

Derek Doepker is a former aspiring rockstar turned seven-time #1 bestselling author. He discovered a proven process that took him from struggling author to selling over 75,000 books. Now he shares this process with experts and aspiring authors to turn their knowledge into a bestselling book.
Visit Derek’s website:
BestsellerSecrets.com
To get his book entitled, Why Authors Fail, for free. While you’re there, sign up for his newsletter packed full of author tips.

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

this is the cover art for my podcast

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Special Guest Interview with Lisa Sniderman (AKA Aoede

I was surprised that I have several commonalities with today’s special guest. Continue reading to learn more about Aoede.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Special Guest Interview with Lisa Sniderman!
Hello:
I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.
Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.
Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?
LISA SNIDERMAN
WHEN?
Monday, October 21, 2019
WHERE?
YouTube:

Podcast:

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR LISA SNIDERMAN…

Lisa Sniderman, aka Aoede, is an award-winning, quirky, folk-pop artist, playwright, teaching artist, author, filmmaker from San Francisco who obsessively creates to heal. She creates and records unique, original full-length fantasy musicals on audiobooks that she adapts to musical theater stage plays. She’s been honored with more than 80 awards for songwriting, audiobooks, and stage plays since 2012 all while suffering from a rare autoimmune disease: dermatomyositis, a progressive muscle weakness disease. Lisa’s mission is to be a light and a muse by inspiring, engaging, empowering, connecting with, encouraging, and supporting young adults and kids at heart of all ages, challenges, and abilities through original art and music. Her new memoir: A Light in the Darkness: Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude, chronicles her 10-year journey living with chronic illness while creating to heal. Lisa founded an online community of artists creating to heal and collaborated with more than 50 artists who are also creating to heal, culminating in an online video showcase and live multi-media performances in December 2018.

Today’s featured book is entitled A Light in the Darkness
Transcending Chronic Illness through the Power of Art and Attitude

Description:

In 2008, singer-songwriter Lisa Sniderman was living the dream in California. As Aoede, the Muse of Song, her star as a gifted recording artist was rising fast. Lisa’s quirky folk-pop performance style electrified audiences up and down the West Coast, and the albums just kept flowing. But just when her career was rocketing skyward, a health crisis brought all of her dreams crashing to the ground. Diagnosed with a rare, debilitating immune disorder called dermatomyositis (DM), Lisa struggled to maintain a normal life with a body in revolt and, eventually, to accept a new normal. Living with a chronic illness challenged Lisa to see DM as a gift in disguise that has opened the door to new dreams, new songs, and new opportunities. Lisa’s story is for you if you seek strength, new inspiration, hope, joy, healing, and if you or someone you love struggle with a chronic illness, disability, or unexpected life events. Her insights and reflections on her journey inspire hope and the courage to keep dreaming and living to the fullest no matter what life hurls at you.

Purchase link:

Excerpt:
When life throws us curveballs; when we’ve lost our inspiration because of a significant change in health status, and if we live day in and day out with a chronic disease or disability, it’s tempting to want to give up our dreams, to play the victim. It’s easy to succumb to discouragement, self-pity, or even despair. But dreams and significant health challenges aren’t mutually exclusive. I’m a living example. We can live with hope, passion, and joy, even if the shape and substance of our dreams have changed!

Connect with Lisa at the following links:

Websites and social media:

Front Page


doyoubelieveinmagic.info
whataredreamsmadeof.com
isloveafairytale.com
aoedemuse.com
facebook.com/aoedemusemusic
twitter.com/aoedemuse

youtube.com/aoedemuse

Author Page on Crimson Cloak:
http://crimsoncloakpublishing.com/lisa-sniderman.html

Amazon Author Page:
https://www.amazon.com/Lisa-Sniderman/e/B07H1XTQ9K/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com or fill out the form found at:
https://annwritesinspiration.com/contact.
Please be sure to leave Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email or in your comment on my contact form so that I can send you my interview framework.
If you’re launching a book, please let me know and I’ll send you my featured book questionnaire. I ask that you do this, so I can feature your book in the show notes blog post associated with the podcast
Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

this is the cover art for my podcast

Podcast cover art photo provided by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash:
https://unsplash.com/@nathananderson

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