The Magic in Fire Anthology #giveaway

The Magic in Fire ~ Genre: Fantasy Anthology ~ with stories by Victoria Young, Dragonness Wyverna, A. H. Serrano, L. R. Huseboe, Kieran McKiel, A. A. Warne, R. A. Darlinge, Aörali Eden, B. R. Storm, Ilona Krueger, Serena Dawson, Michelle Crow, and J. T. Moriarty

*** 12 MAGICAL TALES IN ONE MASSIVE FANTASY COLLECTION ***

Twelve stories – Thirteen authors.
One theme – The Magic in Fire.

FEATURING IN THIS ANTHOLOGY:

Victoria Young – The Doll Boutique
There’s nothing healthy about a tan – Melinda had heard the warnings and frankly, being stuck in a cramped white coffin was not her idea of fun. But when she wakes from the solarium bed in a dusty prison cell, Melinda realises she’s gotten herself into a tighter spot than she expected.

Dragonness Wyverna – Fire Under Water
Humans have come to the desert, and with them comes death. The oasis has been an indestructible black rock and shelter for the Desharihn fire sprites for generations. But when a band of humans arrive to mine the rock, it is up to Fia, the last Rahar sprite, to save the tribe from the humans’ immutable greed.

A. H. Serrano – Conviction by Fire
Blessed with the power of fire, Lhii Fuéra’s duty is to protect, but in the aftermath of a murder, she’s the one placed on trial. As the daughter of a great general, Lhii soon realizes that justice matters little among the powerful, and she’s faced with a choice: Become the victim or blame the victim.

L. R. Huseboe – Flames of Green
Jaer and his Knight Commander Kae, wander the thick forest in search of information about their missing spy. What they found was a battle against their century-long enemy, the Shaedyn. Will they prevail or face the same unknown fate?

Kieran McKiel – Hummingbird
Far from home and missing his love, Marco is fighting a war to end all wars. When hope seems lost, a strange entity appears with an offer to help him survive.

A. A. Warne – The Masters of Fire
The Masters of Fire were once a powerful brotherhood, but now only two of their brothers remain in the free world. Will they be strong enough to liberate their kin from the clutches of the Mad King? Or will an uncomfortable truth unravel their master plan?

B. R. Storm – The Harbinger
Since the beginning of Earth, Watcher has been tethered to immortality, waiting for the final soul to depart. The day finally comes and Watcher prepares for rest, but he’s confronted by the bringer of apocalyptic carnage.

Ilona Krueger – Song of my Soul
Always the realist, Felicity does not entertain anything that is unscientifically based. Her clinical assertions leave no room for magic and imagination. It is said, however, that Pride goes before a fall. And fall, she does. Is there salvation from the pit? Does she rise from the ashes? Is there hope for a new understanding?

Serena Dawson – A Spark of Courage
Prince Zabriel’s fire magic is weak, but Princess Maniela’s will to defy their cruel father is strong. Zabriel agrees to help his sister, and she leads them into a battle that will determine the fate and future of their kingdom.

Michelle Crow – The Flame
When Momma Courtney shows up on Prudence’s doorstep and draws magical wards to protect the house from an impending attack; Prudence’s reality is thrown into chaos as she discovers she’s the last Flame Keeper. Now with the entire village’s lives in her hands, can she save them from the body-snatching Ifrits with her untrained powers?

J. T. Moriarty – Petals of Autumn
As the legendary dragon, Flallemin, sets its sights on Goblin Birchwoods, Wedina has an impossible challenge: train the entire tribe. While there are plenty of shields, there’s only one sword and Wedina knows it’ll take more than might to deal with the hungry dragon.

ALSO FEATURING:

R. A. Darlinge & Aörali Eden – Fated Shadows

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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

Adryanna – I wrote and illustrated my first story when I was seven. It was called “Panda’s Hat,” and one of the main characters died. If that doesn’t say something about how I write now… Anyway! I continued writing slice-of-life stories until I discovered a love for reading fantasy. That’s when I shifted gears and began writing more fantasy stories. I was fifteen when I wrote the novel I swore would be the first one I published. And I published that novel in October.

Amanda – I love everything about fantasy. In fact, I live more inside my head then I do in real life, so it was natural that I’d end up becoming a writer. That way I can harness the weird part about me. As a child I was always creating art but when I became a mother, I felt that my art practice was just too much, so I fell into writing. It’s clean, easy to put aside when I need to attend to my children, and then jump back in when I could. So I’ve been writing for over ten years now.

Brandon – I discovered I wanted to write stories since the fifth grade. I started this endeavor by stepping a toe over copyright infringement with small blurbs about The Legend of Zelda franchise. No project was entirely completed and no money was made, so perhaps maybe not. I didn’t get my inspiration to seek more original material until two years later. I was wholeheartedly enthralled by the imaginative brain of Stephen King. The Stand truly lit the match for me. By seventeen, I’d written two-and-three-quarters books and already moved back from Canada to the United States after discovering my father. I grew displeased with my immature work and discarded them to the depths of a portable harddrive during my last year of high school. Life distracted me from then until October 2017. Drunk on anger and gin, I found myself in need of cathartic self-therapy. Lo and behold, the need to write reemerged, and The Infinity Series was born.

Brittany – I recently discovered that I’ve been writing stories since I learned to put pencil to paper…I suppose I let life take over for several years and forgot about a childhood passion. In 2015, out of curiosity and desperation, I started tossing my hat into the freelance ghostwriting ring. After I landed my first contract, a 50k bad boy romance that had a three-week turnaround (oh, the story was bad!), I was hooked! Since then, I’ve co-written a novel, had three—soon to be four—-short stories published, ghostwritten countless novellas for clients, and am working on an absurd number of stories and ideas.

Debi – I wrote (and illustrated) a story when I was eight years old, and when I showed it to my mom, she told me I should be an author when I grow up. It hadn’t yet occured to me that people actually wrote books for a living, and my mind was blown by the revelation. I wrote another little story, illustrated it, and entered it in the State Fair. It got champion in its division. That was my “sign” that I was meant to be an author. I didn’t stop writing after that; I wrote “books” to commemorate my friends moving out of state, I wrote “books” to give my friends super powers, and I wrote “books” to prove my sister’s boyfriend didn’t deserve her. Finally, I started writing for myself, telling the stories I wanted to tell, and I just couldn’t stop.

Ilona – Words are fascinating. Stories are fascinating. I have always been thrilled with reading about other people and places and times. Pens, pencils and paper always held a fascination for me. And what does one do with these?  The natural follow on is writing, another way to explore and create. It’s wonderful to be able to project one’s imagination into other worlds and life circumstances. I had penfriends from an early age, dabbled with poetry and enjoyed writing compositions.  School was never a punishment for me: it was opportunity to learn, to research and to think.

Jay – Hi, I’m that excitable little geek who loved scifi and fantasy as a kid, but always knew a better way the story could have ended. To that end I became an author, because I wanted to show everyone what my ideas were! In year 2 I wrote my first story about pirates. In year 10 computers I was so thoroughly bored my stories would write themselves and entertain me. I’ve always got plenty of ideas bubbling around, and luckily can remember a great deal of them, so eventually enough ideas coagulate into a story length something-or-other, which is exactly how The Full Life of a Robot came to be. The “Leaves of Autumn” story came to me as a way to use magic and fire in a unique way. Magic means fantasy means Goblins, and not nasty ones but good ones. And fire means dragons, so we had our goodies and baddies, but we needed a way for the wimp to beat the giant, for David to beat Goliath. Coming up with that story element, and finally having my Eureka! moment really makes writing worthwhile for me, and it’s what I look for in every story I write. If a piece doesn’t have at least one “this will make or break the story” moment, I don’t feel like I’m doing my job.

Kieran – I’ve just always had an active imagination and a love for storytelling, so the spark has always been there. Initially it was just writing generic fantasy for the fun of it, but now that I’m getting a bit older, it’s become a form of catharsis, as well, a really helpful form of escapism. Sometimes you just need to leave reality for a while and empty yourself out on a page.

Laura – I’ve been writing since I was 13, since I was always a bit bored in school and needed something to do to pass the time. I grew to love writing at such a young age as it let me explore the worlds in my head. It wasn’t until last year that I was given the chance to be a part of the Anotholy with Amanda and a few of the others here. I am so honored and excited to be a part of this again.

Serena

The funny thing is, I’ve wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I do remember reading a career advice column in a magazine, it was listing ‘pros’ and ‘cons’ but all the ‘cons’ of being an author looked positive to me, like “lots of time spent alone.” Lol. So I was like, what part of this is negative?

I have a distinct memory of narrating what I was doing in third person, like; “Serena strode across the room to the door, opening it with a forceful jerk.” I realised what I was doing, laughed at myself and then decided it was a sign I had a writer’s brain!

I was homeschooled and grew up rurally so my childhood was quite different to most people’s.

When not working raising calves, my sister and I would explore the countryside on our ponies. I also spent a lot of time at the beach as a child or playing in our stream. Water always fascinated me. Exploring up streams and rivers is something I still love.

Although I loved some aspects of that life, such as the freedom to explore and go horse riding, it could sometimes be lonely and boring, despite having four siblings. However, the isolation helped develop my imagination, something I’m very thankful for.

Reading fiction was an important part of my childhood. It taught me things no one else could, and helped me through difficult times. I learnt to be brave, despite being a generally fearful and anxious kid, thanks to living through the stories of so many protagonists. I learnt a lot about relationships and taking responsibility for my emotions through the writing of Jane Austen. Her mix of emotional intelligence and stoicism is something I still turn to for comfort and wisdom.

Sometime too far back for me to pinpoint, I decided, ‘if books can be all this for me, then my stories can be “this” for someone else.’ To entertain is an achievement, but to go beyond that; to inspire, to transform, to give hope to the hopeless, is my dream.

I started writing my main WIP, a fantasy trilogy, when I was desperately bored while breastfeeding. I picked up a pen and some paper, started writing longhand, and out walked the first characters into the forest that is one of the main settings of my book. it was almost like all I had to do was open the door and there they were…

Vicky – I am drawn to stories the way I am to music. They both share an infinite potential for evoking emotion, hijacking the imagination and uncovering universal truths. There’s nothing more powerful and I am an absolute sucker for a crescendo. To me, the potential to have that kind of an impact, even upon one single reader, in the whole of my life, makes storytelling the most rewarding and exciting venture. I’ve been brewing my ideas and writing for myself all of my life, though it has always played a side role. My literature-based undergrad was more for writing than it was my teaching degree. I’ve done well in a number of writing competitions but never taken it further. Well, I guess I will now. Let’s see where the future takes me. Plus, you know, I’ve had Amanda – AA Warne – poking and prodding me for a good decade now. It’s time.


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The Reluctant Wizard by A.A. Warne

The Reluctant Wizard by A.A. Warne ~ Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

By day, wizards rule the world. At night, warlocks seek to destroy it. Now, one boy will challenge them both. 

Eli never wanted to be a rebel. All he wants is an end to the famine and war threatening his community. To save his mother and baby brother from marauding warlocks, Eli is forced to make a heartbreaking decision. He must travel to Terra Magicae, the mysterious land of the wizards, to study magic. In exchange, the wizards will protect his family, but this protection comes at a price: once Eli enters the Grand Wizardry Academy, he may never come home. 

Full of lush landscapes and magical marvels, Terra Magicae is more wondrous than Eli ever imagined… and more dangerous. At first, Eli’s struggles to fit in at the Academy seem ordinary. But the more he questions the wizards, the more he suspects a sinister purpose behind their bizarre rules and tests. For a dark secret lies at the heart of this mystical land, one so terrible it threatens not only the students at the Academy but the lives of everyone Eli loves. 

To save them all, Eli must step into the midst of the battle between the wizards and warlocks and defy both sides. He must become the rebel he was always meant to be.

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A. A. Warne writes elaborate, strange, dark and twisted stories. In other words, speculative fiction.
Located at the bottom of the Blue Mountains in Sydney, Australia; Amanda was born an artist and grew up a painter before deciding to study pottery.
But it wasn’t until she found the art of the written word that her universe expanded.
A graduate of Western Sydney University in arts, Amanda now spends her time wrestling three kids and writing full time.

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Can you, for those who don’t know you already, tell something about yourself and how you became an author?

            I was never really interested in books as a child. I had a few stories read to be here and there but nothing grabbed my attention. I loved art and I always believed I was going to grow up and become an artist. I studied painting and pottery after high school and I love creating sculptures.
            But as I became a mother, these messy arts were not practical. My baby hated to sleep. She rather stay awake all day and play with me. So I put aside my art while she was young.

            For a creative being, this was not a good idea. A creative person MUST create. My friend noticed that I was struggling and she threw a book at me. Twilight. I laughed. I didn’t read! But she made me read all of it. And I did. Then I went out and brought book two, then three and by the time I finished reading book four, I starting brainstorming ideas for my own book.

            The best part about writing is there are never ending possibilities.

            It started as a way to be creative but it wasn’t until I spoke to a friend about the story I was creating and she encouraged me to keep going. Since then, I haven’t stopped.

            I now write everyday and clock forty hours a week, writing, brainstorming, researching and now publishing.

What is something unique/quirky about you?

            Even though I have a great life, wonderful family and seriously interesting kids, I often live inside my head. If I’m not researching something strange or wacky, I’m creating it mentally. Stories have been a huge part of my life, especially as a kid. I always had a movie playing in the background while I was painting or creating some time of art. Little did I know, that as I listened, I was developing skills that helped me discover the structure and the composition of a story. Now it has become something natural that ticks over in the back of my mind while I focus on characters, worlds and what’s happening for them.

Tell us something really interesting that’s happened to you!

I met a wonderful author who is just as wild and crazy as I am, Michelle Crow. She lives on the opposite side of the planet and as soon as we met, it was like we had always known each other. In fact, we’ve gone onto writing a book together, she has been my bridesmaid, and we plan on visiting one another so many times in the next couple of years. She is the one who gave me the Madame of Darkness title. Even though we live in two different countries, that hasn’t stopped us from talking everyday, knowing what’s going on in each other’s lives, and supporting one another in writing.

What are some of your pet peeves?

            Contradictions! I can see them a mile away. But don’t get me wrong, I do them myself. There’s nothing like saying I’m going to eat clean and healthy but then I buy chocolate… okay, I know that’s a contradiction, but I have weaknesses too!

Where were you born/grew up at?

            I live at the bottom of the Blue Mountains, in Western Sydney, Australia. I am third generation in this town and we don’t have plans on moving anytime soon.
            Western Sydney is a large place, with the majority of Australia’s population here. I can see the mountains from my home, and yes, they are blue.

Who is your hero and why?

            I do love superheroes and anyone super-human. But in real life, it’s the everyday person. Each and everyone does amazing things. Look after sick parents, survive a horrific car accident, go on adventures and to me that is amazing. We live our lives and we’re not amazed by our own steps we take across the planet. So for me, a hero is someone who sets a goal and walks the path until it’s achieved. If we get knocked down, fail, detoured, or sidetrack but get back up and keep going, that’s even more amazing and that’s what I define as a hero – someone who achieves their inner purpose in their life.

What kind of world ruler would you be?

Oh rulers! I actually hate that word. It means to stand over a group of people and dictate their lives. Instead of that position, I prefer leader. Leaders mean so much more. A leader can also be part of the team. If a leader is part of the same team, and not above them, then they can ensure that freedom remains possible so that we can chose how to live our own lives. Leaders can be pushed aside and replaced, questioned and scrutinized – anyone who has that position should always be questioned at the very least. A ruler doesn’t have that same scrutinization which is sad because it trickles traits into a society that will easily diminish the importance of a group. Together humans are strong and we’re even stronger when we work together harmoniously.

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