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‘Marriage and the Family in the Middle Ages’ by Frances and Joseph Gies

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I do a fair bit of research when writing, but there’s a limit to the amount of depth I can find in internet sources. So I looked up some books on the Middle Ages and started reading some books by Frances and Joseph Gies. I also read ‘Life in a Medival Castle’ and ‘Life in a Medieval City’, but ‘Marriage and Family’ was the one I most enjoyed (it’s also the longest of the three I read).

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Upcoming Book – Shadow Magic!

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I’m excited to announce a new book, ‘Shadow Magic’! I’ve been working on it for the last few years, and now it’s ready! I’m aiming to get it out early next year.

Asmara is one of the most powerful mages in the world. Or, she would be if she could use her magic. She is a shadow mage, a wielder of rare and unusual magic, with the power to peer into the souls of others, to change them, to destroy them. And yet to use it comes at a high price, as shadow mages who use their power rarely make it past their second decade. On the plus side, it means she can charge a high price for her services as a mercenary.

After resisting her magic for twenty years, war breaks out between Mance-Jolune and the neighbouring land of Lakasha. Tension between the two lands is nothing new, but this time, something is different. The Lakashan’s somehow have trained shadow mages, and are using shadow magic in war for the first time. Asmara is suddenly of great interest to the King and all his spies, and refusing to use her deadly magic is no longer an option.

A friend did the map for me, based on a scruffy draft I drew. I think the result is pretty awesome:

If you’re interested in getting a map made, send me a message and I’ll pass it on.

Stay tuned for updates!

Review: ‘Everything I know about writing’ by John Marsden

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I’ve been looking for a book on writing for a while now. I picked up ‘Everything I know about writing’ by John Marsden mainly because I’ve read his work before and he’s written some of my favourite books. Unlike ‘bird by bird’, by Anne Lamont, this book is more about the tools of writing, and Marsden gives concrete examples of his points. It’s a short book, at 195 pages, but it covers a surprising amount of ground. He uses examples of writing from himself, his students, and other books to demonstrate his points with humour and insight.

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Print versions of ‘The Mixed’ now available

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Print versions of ‘The Lord of the Plains’ and ‘The Broken Kingdom’ are now available from Amazon!

‘Mixed Duology’ Now Free on Amazon!

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So Amazon has price matched ‘The Lord of the Plains’ and ‘The Broken Kingdom’ to Smashwords, and they are now both free! I had to contact Amazon a few times about it, but they were quite helpful and so both books should be free on all Amazon sites.

‘The Lord of the Plains’ will remain free, while the sequel, ‘The Broken Kingdom’ will remain free for one more week (1/9/14), and will then cost $2.99.

‘The Broken Kindgom’ Released

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So the sequel to ‘The Lord of the Plains’ has been released today.

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It is currently free at Smashwords and will remain free until the 1st of September, 2014, after which it will cost $2.99. It is available from Amazon for $2.99, though it should be price matched to Smashwords soon.

Please read and enjoy!

 

New Book Released

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So, ‘The Lord of the Plains’, the first book in ‘The Mixed Duology’, has finally been released, several weeks after I said it would be ready!

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