Birth Of The Mortokai by @DGPalmer3 @rararesources #selfpublished #GuestPost

Birth Of The Mortokai by @DGPalmer3 @rararesources #selfpublished #GuestPost

Birth Of The Mortokai


Daniel Welsh was born different—and to Daniel, to be different means to be alone. But what if he’s wrong?

Born an albino with a photographic memory, Daniel Welsh never expected to fit in. Yet, when he is approached by Trinity—a young girl who definitely isn’t human—she reveals a whole new world where he might just belong. Ariest is a place where his features aren’t a disability or the mark of a freak, but rather a trait of powerful mages born of human-faerie unions. His father is a renowned war hero and swordsman, his mother is a human doctor, and that makes him a powerful mage that’ll tip the scales. Magic is real—and so is the threat it brings.

Trinity and her father, a battle mage, aren’t the only ones to have discovered Daniel and his gifts hidden in the human realm.

The Shade have awakened.

Enemies to the fae realm long thought dead have been lying in wait for their moment to strike. Young mages like Daniel are the perfect morsel for their starving appetites and they start their killing spree without delay with the nearest unsuspecting mage boy. Daniel cannot sit idly by while monsters take innocent lives, so he will embrace a destiny he is only just beginning to understand… even if it means losing a life that’s finally worth living.

Birth of the Mortokai is a young adult coming of age fantasy adventure novel. Trigger warning: this novel contains descriptions of albinism, a real genetic disorder that affects 1/17,000 persons worldwide per year.

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Currently residing in London, England, D.G. Palmer writes in the Spec Fiction genre, using his imagination to create vivid worlds and captivating characters.

An avid reader and player of video games, in the past, he was part of table top roleplaying groups where he nurtured his storytelling by penning several story arcs.

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Buried Treasure @gilliallan @AccentPress @rararesources #Q&A #SelfPublished

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Their backgrounds could hardly be further apart, their expectations in life more different. And there is nothing in the first meeting between the conference planner and the university lecturer which suggests they should expect or even want to connect again. But they have more in common than they could ever have imagined. Both have unresolved issues from the past which have marked them; both have an archaeological puzzle they want to solve. Their stories intertwine and they discover together that treasure isn’t always what it seems.

Hi Gilli, and welcome to my blog.

What inspired your to write Buried Treasure?

Unfortunately, I don’t experience ‘inspiration’ in the way many writers do. Mine is a more pragmatic approach. If I’ve witnessed, experienced or even heard about an incident, it can find its way in, in the most unexpected places. But the story and the way it pans out, is totally unpredictable, and only reveals itself to me AFTER I’ve started writing.  This is how it was with BURIED TREASURE. The scenario and building blocks of the story were derived from my own experience and elements I had ‘easy’ research access to – treasure, archaeology, a Cambridge College and conference planning.

My great uncle unearthed a hoard of silver Roman table-ware on his Suffolk farm. Known as the Mildenhall Treasure it is now one of the most famous discoveries housed in the British Museum. I have been involved for more than a decade in the organisation of biannual conferences held at Queens’ College, Cambridge. And my son is an Early Medieval historian and (desk) Archaeologist.

I reasoned that if I made my ‘hero’ an academic archaeologist, and my heroine an events & conference planner, and the back drop for a proportion of the story a university college, it would be easy to flesh out the detail,  trusting that once set loose in the world I’d created, my imagination would do the rest.  What could go wrong?  In fact, it was probably the hardest book I’ve ever written.

What made you decide to self-publish?

I was mainstream published at the beginning of my writing career.  But after bringing out two of my books, my small independent publisher ceased trading, having found it difficult to compete with the big boys in the industry.  I banged my head against brick walls for some years until the invention of the ebook, when I self-published my books TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY OR FALL.  Accent Press became interested and took me on, republishing them under their own brand. Having been a little disappointed with my sales figures, when I finished BURIED TREASURE, I decided to try my hand at self-publishing again.  So I am currently a hybrid!!!!

Which Authors inspired you to write?

Many books captured my imagination when I was a young reader. But if I am really honest, the first book that inspired me to try to write romantic fiction was not Pride and Prejudice or Jane Eyre, or even one of Georgette Heyer’s sparkling Regency Romances, all of which I read and enjoyed at a ridiculously young age.

I must have been around 12 – a critical moment for girls, when hormones are on the rise – and I was actively looking for someone or something to feed the romantic impulse which was blossoming inside me.  I found a dusty old hard back on the book shelves at home – the book – The Knave of Diamonds – by Ethel M Dell, was dated 1913. It had probably originally belonged to my great grandmother.

Although she didn’t try to stop me, my mother did try to dissuade me from reading this book. Looking back, I don’t think it was the subject matter or the sexist attitudes that worried her so much as the critical disdain then prevalent about the quality of Ethel’s writing. Prolific, and a huge bestseller, Ethel was, arguably, the first writer of romance, as we understand the term. Shy and reclusive she had begun writing young and had many short stories published in magazines.  Her writing is characterised by its focus on love and longing, repressed passion, a lot of heavy breathing, unutterable emotions and racing hearts. For the times, they were considered very racy. The Knave of Hearts ticked all the boxes for me.

If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece of advice would you give yourself ?

Not to take anything for granted and not to have unrealistic expectations. The world of publishing has changed a great deal since the digital revolution.  I started writing seriously back in the days when the only way to make your book available was to find a mainstream publisher.  Within about 4 months of finishing my first book, Just Before Dawn, I was lucky enough to interest a publisher, and the book hit the bookshelves the following year. But my visions of being a best-seller, of fame, of going on chat shows, and the money pouring in, were soon dashed.  Making a name for yourself is still as difficult. These days, although it is relatively easy to self-publish and put your book out in the marketplace, it is another matter entirely to raise its profile above the myriad others and to sell it.

What would you say to someone who wants to write?

Don’t postpone starting to write until you “have the time” or because you think there’s some magic formula, and if you read all the ‘How To’ books, or go to enough writing courses and workshops, then you’ll discover the trick. In my view the only way to get better at writing is to do it … NOW!

You may only be able to grab a few moments here or there, and I’d never tell anyone not to read books on the craft of writing, or deny that you can be inspired or pick up tips from courses and workshops, just don’t let these activities replace doing it

What are your writing routines?

I don’t really have a writing routine.  This can be a problem because it’s too easy to do something else.  Once a book has caught fire, however, the routine I need to impose is on the rest of my life.  Writing is all I want to do.

If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I would be doing art.  I went to art school and, as I’ve already said, my first career was as an illustrator on advertising. I still do art, in the sense that I’ve produced an annual family Christmas card, since I was seventeen and have attended life drawing classes forever.  In recent years I have also been involved in book illustration.

What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

I use the desk top computer in my study.  I can’t write seriously on anything else.

Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

To play Jane Smith I wouldn’t want a drop-dead gorgeous actor. This could be taken to mean that my ‘either/or’ choices are plain. They are not, of course, but they are not classically beautiful and both have character, and are very good actors, which is often more important than looks.  Carey Mulligan or Anna Maxwell Martin.

To play Theo Tyler, who is nearing forty, I need an actor who will look good with white hair.  I have found one actor who has played a white-haired character in Game of Thrones – Harry Lloyd. My other suggestion, in case Harry is unavailable, is Tom Riley.

Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

There are loads of facts readers won’t know about me, but are they interesting enough to recount here?  The fact I used to be a commercial artist is something many people know.  It was the kind of job where I had to be able to turn my hand to drawing anything, from a motor bike to a baby. But I’ve not told many people that I once drew a woman holding a vibrator against her face. The product was ostensibly being marketed as if its purpose was to massage the cheek muscles!

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Gilli Allan began to write in childhood – a hobby pursued throughout her teenage. Writing was only abandoned when she left home, and real life supplanted the fiction.

After a few false starts she worked longest and most happily as a commercial artist, and only began writing again when she became a mother.

Living in Gloucestershire with her husband Geoff, Gilli is still a keen artist. She draws and paints and has now moved into book illustration.

Currently published by Accent Press, each of her books, TORN, LIFE CLASS and FLY or FALL has won a ‘Chill with a Book’ award.

Following in the family tradition, her son, historian Thomas Williams, is also a writer. His most recent work, published by William Collins, is ‘Viking Britain’.


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Scouse Gothic by @scousegothic @rararesources #selfpublished #GuestPost

Scouse Gothic by @scousegothic @rararesources #selfpublished #GuestPost

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Melville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.

Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hitman’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and , meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.

Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each other’s secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.

But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?

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 Ian was born and bred in Liverpool but left for university in the 1980’s when the city appeared to be in a terminal decline. After qualifying he worked in London and Essex before finally settling in Shropshire with his wife and daughter.

However a set of circumstances meant that he returned to live in the city once more. What he found was a modern vibrant city. The derelict buildings from his youth had been restored and repurposed. A dock was now a tourist attraction, a church was now a night club, a gaol now a hotel.

It was then that he had the idea for Melville a vampire who had known the city in its prime and had now returned to it. Initially the story of Melville was written as a short story, but the more Ian explored the city the more he realised there were many more tales to tell than just Melville’s. That was when the idea for Scouse Gothic was born.

The first book ‘A Pool of Life ..and Death’ , was very well received and has now been followed by a further two books. Ian continues to spend his time between Liverpool and Shropshire and is currently working on two further projects.

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Echo @EchoTheBook1 #Q&A #SelfPublished



“Believe me, hearing her kill isn’t something you forget.”

Would you kill for your own survival?

How far would you go to protect somebody you just met?

Is the future inevitable, or can it be changed?

One week is all it took for Chloe to change the lives of Jackson and Allister, two private eyes who thought they had seen it all.

Who is the girl with glowing eyes, and what does she want with Chloe? Will Jackson and Allister be able to stop her?

Echoes of the past and future collide and a young girl’s life hangs in the balance.

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When I saw a post from R.C Glenn’s on twitter. Asking for bloggers to help promote his new book, I jumped at the chance to help a self published author and to learn about the man himself and his book.

Q1: What inspired you to write Echo?

I have been writing ever since I was in primary school in one way or another, but always for myself and rarely let others read anything I wrote. A year ago, I decided that I had to do what I have been putting off for most of my life and actually put my work out there. Make the jump, as it were. The actual idea for Echo however, came from a sitcom a friend and myself wrote around 10 years ago. It was about two private investigators who worked in Tenerife and received text messages about the future that they then needed to solve to save a life. We wrote eight episodes in total. Sadly nothing ever came of it, but the idea always stuck with me. As did one of the characters. Chloe. She was only in one script, but both myself and the co-writer Mark felt she had the potential for a larger story. That story became Echo. Which while having some similarities with the sitcom, took on it’s own tone and genre. Becoming a much darker tale. I never set any limits on what the story would become and just let it find it’s own way. Which turned out to be the right choice.

Q2: Who would you want to play the main characters in your book if your novel was optioned for tv / film?

I’ve given this a lot of thought, and I know exactly who I would like if I was ever lucky enough to get a TV/film deal. There are three main characters and the actors I would choose for each are as follows: Jackson by Colin Morgan (Humans) Allister by Matt Lewis (Harry Potter) and Chloe by Olivia Swinton (a relatively unknown singer/actress, but one of my beta readers suggested her as they felt she would be perfect for the role.) I think each of them would do the roles justice.

Q3: Why did you decide to self publish?

I knew from the start that getting an agent, let alone a publisher to consider you was a huge challenge. Especially as an unknown author. I have a very busy life and felt that self publishing would be a better option for me personally. I can fit my writing and marketing around work and family commitments. Also I can choose my own release date. Which is a huge bonus.

Q4: Which authors inspired you to write?

There’s a question haha. I’ve read thousands of books over the years and have had many favourite authors along the way. At the moment I would say the most inspirational authors for me are Alex Scarrow, (Time Riders) Will Hill, (Department 19) Michael Grant (Gone) and Charlie Higson (The Enemy). Each have written some amazing book series which made me want to attempt the same. I would recommend all four of them.

Q5: What are your writing routines?

I write whenever I can grab five minutes to myself. As I said previously this is usually on the bus or on my lunch break. Occasionally at home if I have some spare time. I have learned the hard way that to try and set aside time to write is to invite catastrophe to intervene. But I’ve found my current system works well for me personally. I’ve already written nearly 50k words for my follow up book, so it seems to be a system that works for now at least.

Q6: If you could go back to when you first started writing what one piece advice would you give yourself

To not try and force a story to go a certain way. Let it find it’s own direction. If you intended one aspect to play a bigger part but it isn’t working, then leave it alone to a smaller contribution. If a character you only intended to have a minor role demands to play a bigger part, then let them. More than a few of my characters were not happy with the small parts they had to play and kept coming back. Jade being the best example. She originally was intended for nothing more than a background character in one part of the story. She just kept showing up and became a very important character to the story. Sometimes the idea knows better than I do, so just follow it.

Q7: What would you say to someone who wants to write?

If you have an idea that keeps trying to push it’s way out, then grab a pen and start writing. Not everybody can be a writer, but if you’ve got the itch then scratch it. Twenty years ago, only the lucky got to publish a book. Now anybody can, if you want it and are prepared to put the work in.

Q8: What writing tools do use, and which one could you not live without?

I write the old fashioned way with a note pad and biro pen. I then copy onto word on my phone then rework the final draft on my home computer. The majority of my writing I do on the bus or on my launch break at work. So all I really need is a pad, a pen and my phone and I’m away. Also my imagination. I could not live without a pad and pen though. My writing is more organic with them and flows easier.

Q9: If you weren’t writing what would you be doing?

I’m a train conductor, so I would be doing that. I would like to write full time, so let’s see what the future brings.

Q10: Tell me something about yourself your readers might not know?

As this my debut novel I imagine there will be a lot my readers will not know. Which is probably a good thing. But I will say that I am a massive geek and have been since before it was cool haha. I have collected Transformer action figures (they are not toys!!) for most of my life, and have thousands of comics and animated television shows. I’m a fan of Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teen Wolf, Red Dwarf and many more traditionally geeky shows. But strangely not Dr Who. No idea why. So yeah, I’m a geek, and proud of it.

Thank you, Richard. I am surprised you’re not writing stories about the people you meet on the train. But maybe that market is a little crowded at the moment.


Richard has been writing in one form or another since he was a child, but Echo is the first story he has self-published and is the first in a four-part story.

With a busy personal and work life, he wrote the book with a biro pen on a notepad before copying it on his phone, almost exclusively while travelling to work on the bus or during his lunch break, proving to himself that you can always find time to make a dream a reality.

Born in Birmingham, and having moved around England, Richard finally settled in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where he lives with his family and no pets, whatsoever.”

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Book Review: Arbitrage @ColetteKebell @rararesources #selfpublished

Book Review: Arbitrage @ColetteKebell @rararesources #selfpublished


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Ryan Logan thinks he has it all… A young attorney specialising in finance and tax law, Logan has earned an impressive reputation and commands a hefty fee for his services. But when he advises his corporate employers against a merger with a shady financial institution, he soon finds himself caught up in a web of betrayal and deceit. Framed for the murder of his wealthy boss, Logan is forced to accept a plea deal, to keep his own dark secrets from coming to light…
Arbitrage is a fast-paced, stand-alone financial thriller. If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, sweet revenge, and twists and turns you won’t see coming, you’ll love this eye-opening look into the world of financial crime.
Can a burned out lawyer outwit an army of con artists and killers?

My Thoughts:

Though Logan didn’t come across very well at the beginning of the novel (intentionally?), I really felt sorry for him after failing in love, being an expecting father to have it all so cruelly ripped away.

I also really like Amelia, my kind of girl she came across smart, independent and though she was about to inherit a bank she wasn’t about to be taken for a ride.

Though I work in insurance, when I read the blurb to this book, I was keen to learn more about financial crime and how they were going to pull it off. I found myself google “Arbitrage” but was also glad that in the book the author broke it down and had a character who has to have things explained to her bit by bit.

Though I need to re-read the end of the book again now I am not so enthralled in the story to understand the ending. I really enjoyed arbitrage, it was one of those books where you think you’ve got it all figured out when in fact you haven’t. It also very much reminded me of the BBC tv programme Hustle that my mum and I used to enjoy.

Is it just me or does the gentleman on the front of this cover look like Tom Ellis as in Lucifier?

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Colette Kebell is an eclectic author, though a relatively new one and thus far has self-published her books. Her books are light-hearted, fun and quirky and even considered by some to be inspirational.  She publishes mostly for the English speaking market and the Italian one.  Colette Kebell does not stick to just one genre when writing though, as you shall discover from her latest book to be launched on 5th April 2019

As a career, Colette spent her later years as a legal secretary. After a first attempt at writing many years ago (a book that still remains in her drawer) she resumed this passion a few years back, after being made redundant.  After few book signing events and a book talk, which almost caused her to collapse with nerves, Colette now spends her time between her home in the UK and her home in France.

Colette has two adorable dogs and, when not writing and marketing her books, she likes cooking for herself and her husband, gardening or designing various items for their home.  Amongst her other hobbies, she has also experimented with furniture upholstery, and she might, from time to time, have a paintbrush in her hand.


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Book Review: A Justified State @iainthekid #SelfPublished

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In the future, The State is ruled by the socially reformist Central Party Alliance. Poverty and homelessness have been eradicated, but overpopulation, an energy crisis and an ongoing overseas war are threatening the stability of the country. When a local politician is assassinated, Detective Danny Samson finds himself thrust into the middle of the investigation. Still grieving for his dead wife and children, Danny tracks down the assassin, an ex-military sniper called Gabriella, only to discover she may not be the real villain. The secret behind the murder of one politician may bring down the entire ruling Party, and Danny soon learns those in power will go to any lengths to protect The State. Joining forces with Gabriella and the mysterious government agent Phillips, Danny must unearth the truth and bring the guilty to justice, before they catch up with him first.

I became aware of Iain and his flash fiction writing when I joined Friday Fictioners, having decided to follow his blog I am treated to his writing on a regular occurrence. So imagine my excitement when I noticed he had published a novel.

I am not sure how I would describe A Justified State to a friend but in the centre of the story there is a crime fiction story which we all know I enjoy. This is also a Si-fi / Dystopian novel of how our world could be in the future. When Iain described the landscape and the things that were happening some of it felt a bit to close to home.

At times I got quite frustrated with the Detective in this story, whether intentional or not I felt like the character was just floating along in life and just getting by. Not really bothered about his job he was just there so be there. At time I kind of wanted to shake him and tell him to pull himself together.

I felt that Henrik was well placed to be Danny’s partner, someone who was so blinded by what was going on to not notice the cracks in the wall so to speak. Especially as he was the chief of police’s son, special placed to keep an eye on the investigation and report back to daddy. Not wanting to give away the ending, but I hope the actions we have seen in this novel improve lives when.

After reading the book I couldn’t help but wonder if Detective Phillips and Gabriella had been in it together from the start? Detective Phillips only really came to life part way through the book. After being a silent bystander for most of the beginning of the book. But the characters are both written in such away you realise they don’t know each other. But maybe that is intentional.

One thing I can say for certain the imagery in this book in immense, I could see the book playing out in my head as I turned the pages.  I wasn’t able to read the last page as the tears began to stream down my face, feeling a really connection to those characters and their journeys and the ending.

I wonder where Iain will go next with this, will he write more about Gabriella and Phillips or was that the last we see how them. What ever he does I’ll be in the queue for the next part.

I hired this book from the Amazon library and I am more than happy to go back and pay for a copy.