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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

City Of Masks by Ashley Capes | Epic Fantasy | Indie Spotlight

♥ Epic Fantasy Showcase ♥

City Of Masks by Ashley Capes

| Author: Ashley Capes
| Series: The Bone Mask Trilogy, Book One
| Genre: Epic Fantasy
| Paperback: 428 pages
| Publisher: Snapping Turtle Books (May 24, 2014)
| Pub Type: Small Press
| ISBN-10: 1500721204
| ISBN-13: 978-1500721206
| Goodreads Page

♦ Blurb ♦

Waking in Anaskar Prison, covered in blood and accused of murder, nobody will listen to Notch’s claims of innocence until he meets the future Protector of the Monarchy, Sofia Falco.

But Sofia has her own burdens. The first female Protector in a hundred years, her House is under threat from enemies within, the prince has made it clear he does not want her services and worst of all, she cannot communicate with her father’s sentient mask of bone, the centuries-old Argeon. Without the bone mask she cannot help anyone — not herself, and certainly not a mercenary with no powerful House to protect him.

Meanwhile, far across the western desert, Ain, a young Pathfinder, is thrust into the role of Seeker. Before winter storms close the way, he must leave his home on a quest to locate the Sea Shrine and take revenge on the people who drove his ancestors from Anaskar, the city ruled by the prince Sofia and Notch are sworn to protect, whether he wants their help or not.

♦ Accolades ♦

"Every now and then a writer comes along who will make you sit up and take notice - Ashley Capes delivers his stunning epic fantasy novel with a bang and serves notice on writers like Brandon Sanderson and George R R Martin: look out fellas - there's a new sheriff in town..."
- International Best Selling Fantasy author, Jennifer Fallon 

"A damn good example of fantasy fiction and a great first novel."
- Adventures of a Bookonaut 

"What really sold it for me was when the mythical aspect came into it. Witches, sea monsters, it was just so well put together that it just felt right."
- Bella Luna Reviews

♦ Author's Bio ♦

Ashley is a poet, novelist and teacher living in Australia. He teaches Media and Music Production, and did some time in a metal band year back, which was a lot of fun. Aside from reading and writing, Ashley loves volleyball and Studio Ghibli – and Magnum PI, easily one of the greatest television shows ever made. His latest novel is City of Masks and his fifth poetry collection is due for release at the end of 2014.

(Author info, Book info, Affiliate links)
♥ Ashley Capes is currently seeking reviewers for this book. If you are interested please contact him!

♥ Available in Amazon Kindle and Paperback ~ Kindle | Paperback

♥ You can connect with Ashley Capes on Twitter or his Blog

Friday, September 26, 2014

Create Your Own Fantasy Being For The Epic Fantasy Theme Park! | Fun Friday #25

This is another take on my popular Fantasy Theme Park series. First we had Create An Attraction For An Epic Fantasy Theme Park which yielded some hilarious results (and alot of views). That post could use some more love by the way. Don't be shy. We are all a bit crazy here...

Next we had Create A Fantasy Creature for my Theme Park Zoo. That one also yielded a few hilarious entries and alot of views. Not that it couldn't be improved with a few more entries... just saying...

Now we need some Beings to staff our park! But not your run-of-the-mill elves, dwarves or mermaids, no we need unique, creative and unusual Beings to amaze and amuse our guests. Mix them, match them, or start from scratch but create something truly wild and wonderful! 

But that is not all....

Give your Being a job within the park. I mean we can't have unusual Beings running around unemployed now can we? It would be bad for the economy yanno.

So come join me in making this the best (and only) Epic Fantasy Theme Park ever! Simply can't do it without you. It is too big a job for one old bat...

My Creature

As most of you know, our world is connected to many other strange and unusual parallel universes. And nobody knows this better than the employees of Epicon Laboratories; located in an undisclosed nexus of said worlds. If questioned - under torture of course - employees will claim that the secret laboratory is located in Area 51, then immediately self destruct. Due to complaints from the custodial staff, further attempts to confirm this have been suspended. But I digress...

When I gave the very mad* scientists the task to create a useful creature for my Epic Fantasy Theme Park they cackled gleefully and got right to work.

*Note* Mad = Insane though it can also equal angry, depending on the situation. We try to avoid making the scientists angry though. The number of accidental explosions seems to increase when that happens. Unknown by most, this is the true cause of earthquakes, volcanic activity and global warming...
So, getting right to work, our mad scientists scoured the surrounding universes for something they could work with. On one of those alternate worlds they discovered the below creature on the left. Instantly realizing the possibilities, they carefully proceeded with replacing the creature's bubble brain with that of a Golden Retriever! After several months of intense training, which mostly consisted of teaching it how to walk... and use arms... and hands... they have now unveiled their greatest creation ever.

Critter Transformation

Meet Fetch, a wonderful being which has one talent and one talent only. It retrieves lost kids!

Yep. You read that right. Whenever a kid or two goes missing, Fetch is called in to correct the problem. One sniff* of a backpack (strange how the parents always seem to have those, just not the kid that was wearing them) and Fetch is off to go... well... fetch!

*Note* If you are wondering how it sniffs without a nose, well I could tell you but then the mad scientists would get angry and I already warned you about what would happen then...
In no time flat, our hero returns with a puppy, I mean a kid or two, grasped firmly by the back of the neck, and deposits them in a heap at the feet of the lucky *cough* parent.

A simple pat on the top of that massive head is all the reward our faithful employee needs while the kids swear vehemently to never run off again. (And this time they really mean it too!)

*Disclaimer: no Golden Retrievers were harmed in the creation of this Being. The retriever, appropriately named Bubbles, seems to be content with a head full of... bubbles. It might be noted though that she looks a bit startled every time one of them pops...
Maddalena's Creature: Blogger/Reviewer @ Space and Sorcery

We all know that theme parks are wonderful places where we can explore, enjoy, have fun and adventure. But... People also mean trash, and huge amounts of people mean HUGE amounts of trash, especially when some of those people are not always waiting to find a wastebasket for their food wrappers, drink cups and so on... So, after the latest strike from the cleanup detail that resulted in the Haunted Castle being almost buried in trash, the Shadow Management decided to adopt extreme measures... Enter the TRASH DEVIL: a creature born and bred to hunt down even the smallest piece of litter and devour it with relish. Yes, because the Trash Devil LOVES its trash - no matter the flavor. 

 ♥♥♥ So now it is your turn. Make it wild, make it wonderful but make it! We really do need some new staff desperately. Please come help make this Park a rousing success. ♥♥♥

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Weekly Quote #21 ~ Lauren DeStefano

“Fall has always been my favorite season.

The time when everything

bursts with its last beauty,

as if nature had been saving up all year

for the grand finale.”

-- Lauren DeStefano, Wither --

Fall Quote From Wither by Lauren DeStefano ~ Design by Mulluane

About: This is a weekly feature here in the old belfry. The quote is Lauren DeStefano's. The design, along with any flaws, is mine. 

If you would like to suggest a quote (I prefer it be from a SFF author) let me know in the comments and I'll see what I can do. No promises though. If a quote is too big I may not be able to reproduce it in the space available. I do promise to try though!

Usage: Non-Commercial Fair Use is permitted. The following restrictions apply: Please do not remove or mask the watermark url. Do not sell, print or claim this work as your own and when sharing, pinning, reblogging or posting, a direct link to this post is appreciated. Thanks!

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