Friday, 31 October 2014

New Release YA Fantasy: First Rider from the Lands of Ayrenia Chronicles by Katie Thornton-K

This week's Fantasy and Sci-fi Network new release spotlight is from Canadian author Katie Thornton-K. First Rider, the third novel in her series Lands of Ayrenia Chronicles: A Bloodline Saga Novella, was released on August 8, 2014. 

Lands of Ayrenia Chronicles:

 A Bloodline Saga novella: 


Owain Ira'Aed travels with his parents to his mother's homeland, Kyprago, to see his dying grandfather, the king. Once there he uncovers a conspiracy to take over the throne and must act in order to save his family.

From the book First Rider...


Aro Skintalla entered the room, his black Mage robes sweeping around his long legs. He carried a black Mage staff in his left hand. His black hair was slicked back out of his round pale face. His dark eyes cast about the room quickly, taking everyone in. They stopped last on Gemma, and an expression of derision crossed his face.
“Princess Gemma,” Aro said sarcastically as he bowed to her. “Welcome home.”
Owain watched the exchange, noting that his grandfather had stopped talking to watch as well. This must be the Mage Mother was supposed to marry, Owain thought. No wonder she ran away with Father.
Aro’s gaze fell on Riley, and a look of hatred crossed his face.
“Ambassador Riley.” Aro nodded in recognition before turning to look at the king. He saw Owain sitting there. “And who are you?”
Owain stood up and straightened himself. He was taller than the Mage by several inches, his shoulders far broader as well. He was not afraid of the little dark man.
“My name is Owain Ira’Aed,” he told the Mage.
“Prince Owain Ira’Aed,” the king corrected him. “Gemma’s son.”
The Mage frowned and turned away. “The king needs to rest now,” he called back. “In peace!” Then he was gone.
“I never liked that man,” the king whispered to Owain. “I should have fired him years ago.”



 Other books in the series...

Book 1

The Lands of Ayrenia was once a place that flourished with Magic until the Cataclysm, an event that eradicated all Magic. Three hundred years have passed since, and the gods seek a way to bring Magic back into the dying world. They choose Braelyn, a young girl, who is captured by pirates and sold as a slave to a gladiator house. Born to a warrior clan, Braelyn uses the skills her father taught her to rise in the ranks as a gladiator in order to earn her freedom. If she survives, the gods have great plans for her.

Red Dragon
Book 2

The bloodline of a god lives on... Two women, both unaware of their true heritage, and both with Magic within them, learn to control their gifts and use them for good, as they fight against those who threaten the lands of Ayrenia. The sequel to Bloodline brings two new strong heroines, Autumn Storm and Tessa Oak, to follow in the footsteps of Braelyn. What will they have to sacrifice to keep their world safe?

What fans are saying about this series...

"This is a must-read for not only fantasy readers but all who read for the love of getting lost in a book." 5 stars.

"A terrific story line carried out flawlessly." 5 Stars

"...has a fast pace and keeps the action moving." 5 Stars

Coming in 2015...

Three hundred years have passed since Tessa Oak walked Ayrenia.
The future she foresaw has come to bear.
The Cult of Purity dominates most of Ayrenia. Their only purpose is to cleanse the lands of those who use Magic. Standing in their way is Hunter Storm, who was given a task by The Oracle: letters telling him who to save and who needs to meet. But one of those letters told of four very different heroes who would come together to save Ayrenia. The Dragon Rider, the Elf, the Mage, and the Metallic Dragon. Some were completely opposed to Magic and others had no idea of the powers they held within them. Different catastophes set them on their paths to Hunter, and he must help them see past their differences and their pasts in order to work together to survive. The bloodline of a god lives on in heroes.

Did you know?...

Katie Thorton-K wrote her first book while on an archaeological dig.


About the Author


Katie Thornton-K. grew up on a farm in a small community. In the 1990s there was really slow internet and not a whole lot of channels on television. Her imagination flourished on the farm, with the neighbours bush being a magical enchanted forest, the combine a spaceship, and the hay wagon a pirates ship. Her love of reading started when she was very young and she started writing in her early teens. You would rarely see her without her nose in a book. In high school she was top of her Creative Writing Class. Katie wanted to be an archaeologist for the longest time, and she started towards that goal while writing on the side. Then she met the man who is now her husband and then became a mother. The knowledge she gained about the Classical and Medieval worlds at University she incorporated into her writing. She lives in a small town in the County of Huron, Ontario, Canada.

Links to purchase...

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@KatieThorntonK - Twitter - Facebook - Goodreads 

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

New Release Sci-Fi : Tiva Boon - Royal Guardian by Jenn Nixon

 So after a month of busy and non book related focus... I'm back with a second batch of new releases from some of our talented Fantasy Sci-Fi Network authors.
This week's exciting Sci-Fi offering is Tiva Boon - Royal Guardian by Jenn Nixon released on July the 8th, 2014.


Royal Guardian

The kingdom of Abennelp has enjoyed an age of peace. Tiva Boon, a loyal and ambitious Royal Guardian is determined to carry on tradition and become an elite protector to the throne. It is all she has ever wanted. Possessing abilities and strength beyond her age, Tiva dedicates her youth and risks her life in the service of her king to prove she is worthy. With her goal achieved and her destiny in motion, a mysterious off-world threat emerges and shatters everything Tiva holds dear.
Exiled from her home and running for her life, Tiva seeks asylum with the Union, a universal security force, and attempts to put the past behind her. Finding herself alone among various space faring races, Tiva integrates herself into the strange society using her skills as a protector and befriends several aliens she meets along the way, ones who will change her life forever.
When a message from those loyal to her king reaches her months after she feels safe in her new life, Tiva’s destiny and the fate of her people collide.

 What fans are saying about Tiva Boon...

"Very unique blend of ancient tech and future tech." 5 Stars

"She (Jenn) really knows how to make the characters and the story jump right off the page and into the reader's imagination." 5 Stars

"Couldn't put it down... need I say more?" 5 Stars

An Excerpt for you to feast on...

The king held out his hand to Tiva. She turned to her father, who nodded, so she pressed her tiny palm against the king’s hand. He covered the top of her hand with his other and looked into her eyes. Instantly, she felt warmth and kindness from him. She smiled.

“I do not intimidate you, do I Tiva Boon?”

“No, sire,” she said, and put her free hand on top of the king’s. A smiled appeared on his lips as he looked up to Kevler.

Her father chuckled.

“Most of the children I have met are quite frightened of me, even though I always offer my hand in friendship,” he said, studying her small hand on top of his.

“Your hands are warm, sire, your spirit is calming. You are a good king,” she said candidly.

The two men laughed.

Tiva looked to them confused. She pulled her hands back and took a step away from the king, her markings turning pink. Kevler noticed and immediately knelt down beside her.

The king looked to Kevler. “She is in tune with her empathic senses and her markings have begun to react already?”

“Yes, Harer, can you believe it?” he said.

“I would expect nothing less from the Boon Family.” He nodded and clasped Kevler on the shoulder. The king turned to Tiva and took her hand again. “You are a very special child. Study well and listen to your elders.”

Tiva nodded.

“As you grow, you will come to learn, young Tiva, that even I can be easy-spirited in private, but you are still confused, speak of what you feel.”

“Father called you by your birth name,” she said, studying him. She was sensing more from him than she understood. His jade eyes pierced through her in a wave of familiarity and his touch was comforting not intimidating as her cousins had told her. The king’s short black hair sparked with flecks of silver when he ran his hands over his head. The hair hid his moon markings. Tiva found this curious as she believed the crescent moon markings of her people were beautiful and something one should display with pride.

“Your father and I have been friends for many, many cycles. He is as close to me as a brother of my own blood,” he said, his complete attention on her, “you will learn when you can be informal. Guardians must always balance duty with pleasure.”

“So, am I to begin my training to prepare for the induction?” Tiva grinned at her father and the king.

“Yes, Tiva Boon, you are to begin your training.” King Delos deepened his voice sounding more official. “Five cycles from this day, should you pass all your schooling, you will be inducted into guardianship training.”

“Sire…” Tiva looked up to him once more.

“Yes, little Lady Boon?”

“I wish to be an elite guardian,” she said.

Both Kevler and the king paused for a moment.

“I have told her we could discuss that, sire. Young Tiva here needs to learn patience,” he said.

“Have you not told her?” Harer asked.

“No, actually, I have not.”

“Told me what? Speak of what you hide,” Tiva said.

Kevler knelt down in front of her.“I wanted to wait until you were older so that you may understand, but there has never been a female elite guardian before.”

“Then I will be the first,” she said forthrightly.

“It is not so simple, dearest one.” He stroked her hand. “Tradition has always been such that women cannot hold the position of a level one guardianship.”

“Can the tradition be changed?”

“By whom?” he asked.

“Our king, he makes the rules of our land, he can change them,” she said, and looked to King Delos and stared into his eyes. Kevler turned to the king perplexed, as if looking for help to explain the reasoning.

“Traditions are hard to break, Tiva, but we shall see where your path leads you. You may be the very one to bend the rules.”

About the Author



Jenn’s love of writing started the year she received her first diary and Nancy Drew novel. Throughout her teenage years, she kept a diary of her personal thoughts and feelings but graduated from Nancy Drew to other mystery suspense novels. 
Jenn often adds a thriller and suspense element to anything she writes be it Romance, Science Fiction, or Fantasy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, observing pop culture, playing with her two dogs, and working on various charitable projects in her home state of New Jersey.

  "My high school English teacher gave me the keys to the book room and let me read every single play or book I wanted." Jenn Nixon


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