The Warrior’s Journey – OUT NOW.

The Warrior’s Journey by Edward Drake – out now from Anarchy Books, priced £2.99 / $2.99 in Kindle and EPUB formats.See www.anarchy-books.com for more information and where to buy. “The Warrior’s Journey is an epic fantasy set in a mystical dark age where monsters roam the plains, mages wield powerful sorcery and arguments are settled by the honour of the blade.In the land of Castille, Garrick Chilver is a soldier trained in combat by his honourable father, Sir Nickholi. The tale follows Garrick and his companions, an enslaved pair of outcasts, an old knight returning home to his family, an imprisoned murderer, a young innocent marked for great power, and a mysterious sorcerer – as their land is struck by a series of terrible and catastrophic disasters. As demons and dark sorcerers roam the lands wreaking terror, chaos and death, Garrick and his companions find a common goal in their struggles against the corrupt Brotherhood of Guardians and the evil Paladins of the Gods.

When the person closest to Garrick is slaughtered by the leader of the Paladins, Garrick’s journey of vengeance brings him to the capital of Castille where, alongside its rulers, he will face the true evil that stalks the world…

The Warrior’s Journey is an epic tale of champions and honour, showing what it truly means to be a hero – a shining example of a bright flame ranged against the darkness of chaos!”

The Warrior's Journey

The Warrior’s Journey

The Warrior’s Journey by Edward Drake

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The Warriior’s Journey

 THE WARRIOR’S JOURNEY

by Edward Drake

 

The Warrior’s Journey is an epic fantasy set in a mystical dark age where monsters roam the plains, mages wield powerful sorcery and arguments are settled by the honour of the blade.

 

In the land of Castille, Garrick Chilver is a soldier trained in combat by his honourable father, Sir Nickholi. The tale follows Garrick and his companions, an enslaved pair of outcasts, an old knight returning home to his family, an imprisoned murderer, a young innocent marked for great power, and a mysterious sorcerer – as their land is struck by a series of terrible and catastrophic disasters. As demons and dark sorcerers roam the lands wreaking terror, chaos and death, Garrick and his companions find a common goal in their struggles against the corrupt Brotherhood of Guardians and the evil Paladins of the Gods.

 

When the person closest to Garrick is slaughtered by the leader of the Paladins, Garrick’s journey of vengeance brings him to the capital of Castille where, alongside its rulers, he will face the true evil that stalks the world…  

 

The Warrior’s Journey is an epic tale of champions and honour, showing what it truly means to be a hero – a shining example of a bright flame ranged against the darkness of chaos!

Described by fantasy author Ian Graham as, “Fast-paced traditional fantasy… breathless and compelling” this is a good old traditional fantasy tale swaddled in the same oak casket as The Lord of the Rings and fantasy by David Eddings and Raymond Feist.

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Writing began as a pastime for Edward, using it over the years as something to avoid real work and study. From this interest a website was created to display his short stories and previews of larger tales; http://edwarddrakefiction.com/

 

Living in the Norfolk countryside, Edward Drake returned to a story he had written several years previously during his studies, a tale of honourable knights, despised kings and beautiful, heroic princesses. Rewriting the novel almost from scratch, Destiny was created as the first in The Warrior’s Journey series.

 

After a brief stint with another publisher, Destiny was rewritten and retitled THE WARRIOR’S JOURNEY – to be published by ANARCHY BOOKS in 2013. This will be followed soon after by DARKNESS, Book 2 of THE WARRIOR’S JOURNEY, also in 2013, with Books 3 and 4 slated for a 2014 release.

 

Edward Drake has also had a short story, The Cost of Glory, published in the anthology Day of Demons. The Cost of Glory is a fantasy tale set in the world of The Warrior’s Journey, following a sell-sword’s final quest in defeating the demon that plagued him all his life. The success of The Cost of Glory led to the creation of two novelettes focused on the central character, entitled Stormheart:Legend and Stormheart:Myth.

 

You can read more about Edward Drake at http://edwarddrakefiction.com/

 

The Four Realms Update…….

Four Realms Final_500The last six weeks have been hectic… brilliant, but hectic as I promoted The Four Realms.  Seeing your debut novel released to the world is a nerve-racking experience.  Obviously your publisher believes in the book otherwise they would not have offered to publish it, but what of the wider public?

 

I’ve been genuinely delighted by the response.  People seem to be enjoying the novel and saying lovely things about it.

 

A Fantastic Librarian says  “Faulkner’s debut managed to deliver a host of interesting and some downright compelling characters”  ( http://www.afantasticallibrarian.com/2013/01/adrian-faulkner-four-realms.html)

 

WarpcoreSF calls The Four Realms “a thoroughly enjoyable mystery that mashes up modern urban fantasy with aliens and a more traditional fantasy world that’s in a state of gradual modernisation.”  (http://www.warpcoresf.co.uk/the-four-realms.php)

 

All Things Urban Fantasy says “I would highly recommend THE FOUR REALMS to anyone who  wants a twist on the usual sword and sorcery.” (http://allthingsuf.com/2013/01/review-the-four-realms-by-adrian-faulkner.html)

 

The Eloquent Page says “Faulkner has created a great plot that’s very easy to get caught up in. The cast of characters work well and the world that the author has invented is consistently interesting.”

 

I’ve been interviewed over at The Qwillery (http://qwillery.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/interview-with-adrian-faulkner-author.html),  My Bookish Ways (http://www.mybookishways.com/2013/01/interview-adrian-faulkner-author-of-the-four-realms.html), Civilian Reader (http://civilian-reader.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/interview-with-adrian-faulkner.html), and Manga Maniac Café. (http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/?p=7939).

 

I’ve even been on the HeadSpace podcast talking about my writing process. (http://www.writersheadspace.blogspot.co.uk/)

 

Manga Maniac Café also hosted a novel extract. (http://www.mangamaniaccafe.com/?p=7970)

 

I’ve written a number of guest posts:  One on the origin of my 82 year old protagonist, Maureen, for A Fantastic Librarian (http://www.afantasticallibrarian.com/2013/01/guest-post-adrian-faulkner-maureen.html) and another on my Worldbuilding for Civilian Reader (http://civilian-reader.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/guest-post-worldbuilding-of-four-realms.html)

But it’s not just bloggers who’ve been talking about the novel,  general readers have been leaving reviews at Amazon and Goodreads as well as contacting me direct.

 

Reader Neil says “Discworld meets Underworld, I loved this book and couldn’t stop reading it”.

 

Kevin says “I really enjoyed your book and was unhappy when I finished and realized I would have to wait for book two”.

 

Dornon says “I’ll certainly read more from this author.  There are touches of genius in this book and it is worth a read so I do recommend it.”

 

But it’s still not over. I’ve got another interview and there’s at least one review from a professional outlet forthcoming.  No wonder the last six weeks have gone by in a flash!

Of course, now the aim is to build upon this and write a new book that’s even better received.  I reckon that’s going to be a tough job but I’m glad to say I’m already well into writing the next book in my perceived series.

And finally, just had another great review over at The Troubled Scribe!!

http://troubledscribe.wordpress.com/2013/02/12/liam-reviews-the-four-realms/

 

Adrian Faulkner, February 2013.

The Four Realms by Adrian Faulkner

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THE FOUR REALMS

by Adrian Faulkner

Published by Anarchy Books www.anarchy-books.com

 

We’re absolutely thrilled and jiggling to announce the upcoming and incoming release of THE FOUR REALMS by Adrian Faulkner. This is a stunning debut novel, absolutely jam-packed with vampire genocide, shape-shifting cephalopods, kick-ass elderly protagonists and shotgun wielding centaurs……

Gail Z. Martin, author of THE DREAD, described Faulkner’s debut novel as “An imaginative foray into a dark world of danger and adventure. Hang onto your hat!”…. and here at Anarchy Books we are super-excited at what we believe is the BEST Anarchy Book yet!!

Advance reader copies are now available for review, and Mr Faulkner is available for interviews, comments and general “book pimping”. Contact anarchy-books@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

Release date: 26th December 2012.

Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3

PDF copies also available for review.

 

THE FOUR REALMS-

Half-vampire Darwin stumbles across a corpse on the streets of London, and in a pocket discovers a notebook in a mysterious language. Divided between human ethics and vampire bloodlust, Darwin finds himself both condemner and saviour of a race who’ve never considered him one of their own. Now, he must try and lead the survivors to sanctuary in New Salisbury before Mr West completes his genocide of the vampires in his quest to obtain the book…

Maureen Summerglass is eighty-two years old, and a prisoner in her ramshackle home. She is afraid to let people enter in case they discover the oak door in her cellar. Threatened with homelessness and retirement from her job as a gatekeeper between worlds, Maureen breaks protocol when the death of a close friend is covered up… and enters the city of New Salisbury to search for his missing notebook. There, she discovers a world unlike the one of myth and fairy tale she imagined, and instead one of black market economies, brand names and tuk tuks. As she investigates, not only is she in extreme danger, but discovers she may be the first human female able to use magic…

 

Title: The Four Realms
Author: Adrian Faulkner
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Length: 120,000 words
Published by Anarchy Books
Release Date: 26th December 2012
Cover by Matt “Iron-Cow” Cauley
Mobi: ISBN: 978-1-908328-52-6
ePUB: ISBN: 978-1-908328-53-3

A Hi-Res image of the cover can be downloaded from: http://adrianfaulkner.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/four_realms_anarch2.jpg

Halloween Horror Reading by Theresa Derwin

READING AT WATERSTONE’S HIGH ST

Join local horror author Theresa Derwin at Waterstone’s High St, Birmingham on

Saturday 27th October 2012

14:00 – 17:00 on the first floor horror/SF/Fantasy nook

She will be reading short horror stories from her new book Monsters Anonymous from Anarchy Press

Free horror cup cakes for all attendees! Yum!

 

Monsters Anonymous by Theresa Derwin – Published Today!

That’s right, get over to Anarchy Books for your “hot off the press” copy!!

MONSTERS ANONYMOUS

Have you looked in the closet lately? Well beware, because some things are not meant to come out…

Monsters Anonymous, a support group that lets the monsters out from behind the closet door. A place where creatures from nightmare meet up, share their experiences, and talk about their addictions… Because addiction is what monsters suffer; whether it’s the vampire addicted to blood, the cannibal or were addicted to meat, or the mummy addicted to life essence – these monsters are misunderstood, and want to share their stories.

From the streets of Victorian London, the jungles of deepest Mexico, the ancient city of Thebes or the sex-shop backstreets of Birmingham, monsters get into all sorts of places… and all sorts of devices. Wild chases, raw meat, unorthodox sex toys and the Holy Grail, Monsters Anonymous will make you laugh, weep, and maybe even scream.

“A gruesome short story collection, with its severed tongue stuffed firmly in its lacerated cheek…” – Richard Ford, Author of Kultus.

“With a heady mix of humour and gore, Derwin gives us a clever and unique take on the horror genre. Witty, bloody and pulling no punches, Monsters Anonymous is a cracking collection.” – Dave Jeffery (Necropolis Rising, Beatrice Beecham Series)

 “This is a fun and yet disturbing read that really does manage to freak you out in unusual ways. It is well worth a read.” – Tony Lane, Review at Tony’s Thoughts

 

About the Author

THERESA DERWIN has lived in Birmingham since birth, and her career has been pretty varied; from Warehouse Packer, then bar work, to being a crap waitress then swiftly into retail, Admin, Professional Student and dosser until finally entering the Civil Service in 1999. She left the Service in 2012 to pursue a career as a writer.

Theresa writes humorous fiction including SF, Urban Fantasy & Horror. She has eleven anthology acceptances behind her. She also writes a number of book reviews at her site www.terror-tree.co.uk

She has loved horror, fantasy and SF all her life, thanks to her father who raised her on 50s Sci-Fi Universal Monsters, tango and popcorn. Her love of the bizarre, (including her Dad) remains constant to this day. She also owes a great debt to Rog Peyton from the BSFG who introduced her to alternative fiction at the tender the age of 14.

You can follow Theresa on Twitter @BarbarellaFem, or find out more about her work at www.theresa-derwin.co.uk.