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Category Archives: Fantasy

Fiction set in an imaginary universe, often with magic or supernatural characters or themes.

A dead mage, a missing friend, and an unpredictable alliance merge into a volatile package sending Rory careening through the Arcane elite’s deadly secrets. Find out in this pulse-pounding thrill ride, series starter.

Jami, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about Grave Cargo.

Grave Cargo by Jami Gray

Genre Urban Fantasy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R (mainly for language)

Rory Costas, Arcane Transporter, is finally out from under the Guild’s thumb and ready to jumpstart her career as an independent contractor. Even better than the potential income, her promising future offers the additional perk of keeping her coveted magic out of the hands of the all-powerful Arcane Families. But when a dead mage drops at her doorstep on the same morning her best friend and roommate, Lena, goes missing, Rory is drawn out of her comfort zone and into an ominous race against time.

Retracing Lena’s convoluted path through the Arcane elite’s moneyed secrets, bitter vendettas, and lethal curses, Rory crashes into Zev Aslanov’s investigation of the murdered mage. When the Cordova Family’s enigmatic hunter reveals the dead man was Lena’s last client, Rory must convince Zev her missing friend is a victim, not a suspect. To uncover the truth and save her friend, Rory agrees to work with Zev, even though their uneasy partnership may mean revealing her hidden magic.

As the clock ticks down, can they dodge Zev’s suspicions and Rory’s secrets to expose the real evil mastermind, or will they crash and burn?

Where to buy Grave Cargo

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0871PSQ11
Audible https://www.audible.com/pd/Grave-Cargo-Audiobook/B095KPVW47

Jami Gray Social Media

Jami Gray is the coffee addicted, music junkie, Queen Nerd of her personal Geek Squad, Alpha Mom of the Fur Minxes, and award-winning author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams, and her latest Romantic Suspense series, Fate’s Vultures. She writes to soothe the voices in her head.
Website http://www.JamiGray.com
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Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/Jami-Gray/e/B006HU3HJI
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Introducing Brodie from Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson @history2write #RLFblog #fantasy #romance

Save magic, the city, or a friend? Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson

You have no magic. How do you stop a rogue mage, an army of clay soldiers, or save a friend from an invisible stalker?

Let’s meet Brodie from Windmaster Golem, a fantasy romance, by Helen Henderson. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson

Genre Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

Kiansel, sister to the current Oracle of Givneh, is expected to one day assume the mantle and lead the temple’s followers. Her emerging powers force an impossible decision. To answer the siren call of magic requires she turn her back on her family, her heritage and the teachings of the Oracle.

Banishment to a remote village as healer, a position he despised, fueled Relliq’s desire for revenge. The discovery of a mythical city and an army of clay soldiers provided the means to control all mages—including the one he wanted most—Kiansel.

Brodie, weaponsmith for the School of Mages couldn’t refuse the archmage’s request to act as escort for a healing team fighting a curse upon the land. But how can a man without any magic of his own fight a curse or protect a friend from an invisible stalker?

Where to buy Windmaster Golem

Publisher BWL Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JTZD6K7/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/windmaster-golem-helen-henderson/1137734264
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/windmaster-golem/id1533090496
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/windmaster-golem
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1044646
More ebook sites https://books2read.com/Windmaster-Golem

Helen Henderson Social Media

Although the author of several local histories, and numerous articles on the topics of American and military history, antiques and collectibles, Hendersons first love is fiction. Her work in the museum and history fields enables a special insight into creating fantasy worlds. The descendent of a coal-miner’s daughter and an aviation flight engineer, her writing reflects the contrasts of her heritage as well as that of her Gemini sign. Her stories cross genres from historical westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of fantasy romance, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites you to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination.
Website https://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/history2write
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HelenHenderson.author
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/777491.Helen_Henderson
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HPM2XK

 

Pick up the Fantasy book Cailleadhama: Through the Veil by J Scott Coatsworth @jscoatsworth #SciFi @WriteLGBTQWorking the canals in the remnants of San Francisco is a hard way to make a living. But when an elf missing his brother adds to the mix, it’s not the same world.

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! I’m excited to have you visit. Please tell us about your book.

Cailleadhama: Through the Veil by J Scott Coatsworth

Genre: LGBT Fantasy Fiction, Gay & Lesbian

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG17

Colton is a trans man living in a climate-changed world. He plies the canals that used to be city streets, earning a living taking tourists on illicit journeys through San Francisco’s flooded edges beneath the imposing bulk of the Wall.

Tris is an elf who comes through the veil to the City by the Bay – the Caille – on a coming of age pilgrimage called the Cailleadhama. He is searching for his brother Laris, who went missing after crossing through the Caille years before.

The two men find they have common cause, and together they set off to find Laris in a world transformed by the twin forces of greed and climate change. And in the end, they find out more than they ever expected, both about the warming world and their own selves.

Note: This story was originally published in the “Myths Untold: Faery” anthology from Wilde City Press. It is presented here in its original form.

Where to buy Cailleadhama

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07ZDNNJFL?tag=quscfi-20

J Scott Coatsworth Social Media

Website https://www.jscottcoatsworth.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/jscoatsworth
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworth
Facebook author page https://www.facebook.com/jscottcoatsworthauthor/
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8392709.J_Scott_Coatsworth
Queer Romance Ink https://www.queeromanceink.com/mbm-book-author/j-scott-coatsworth

 

Introducing Brodie from Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson @history2write #RLFblog #fantasy #romance

Save magic, the city, or a friend? Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson

You have no magic. How do you stop a rogue mage, an army of clay soldiers, or save a friend from an invisible stalker?

Let’s meet Brodie from Windmaster Golem, a fantasy romance, by Helen Henderson. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about the story your author wrote.

Windmaster Golem by Helen Henderson

Genre Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

Kiansel, sister to the current Oracle of Givneh, is expected to one day assume the mantle and lead the temple’s followers. Her emerging powers force an impossible decision. To answer the siren call of magic requires she turn her back on her family, her heritage and the teachings of the Oracle.

Banishment to a remote village as healer, a position he despised, fueled Relliq’s desire for revenge. The discovery of a mythical city and an army of clay soldiers provided the means to control all mages—including the one he wanted most—Kiansel.

Brodie, weaponsmith for the School of Mages couldn’t refuse the archmage’s request to act as escort for a healing team fighting a curse upon the land. But how can a man without any magic of his own fight a curse or protect a friend from an invisible stalker?

Introducing Brodie

Please tell me about yourself.

Age I have lived 30 turns in this volume. However my tale actually begins when I make a brief appearance in Windmaster as a youth

Gender: Male

Birthplace: A mountain village in Nerelan

Profession: weaponsmith

Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): human

What do you look like?

I have brown eyes that can have an intense gaze when creating a tool for a special friend. My hair is brown, which is usually kept cropped to collar length so that it doesn’t get in the way when I’m working. Long legs that give me a height that is taller than most on the Isle of Mages, except for the archmage and Murdo, who serves as sergeant major for the residents, helps make quick work of the climb to my hilltop forge.

Who is the significant other in your life?

Ahhh. I don’t have a significant other. I am fond of the archmage’s two daughters, but they are not a romantic interest (at least on my part) as I think of them as my own daughters. There is one whom I can envision a life with. However, Kia is the sister to the current Oracle of Givneh… and a mage. A future between Kia and me cannot be as I have no powers.

Please tell us about your education.

My first exploration into learning a craft was as a mercenary. And my first assignment was a failed attempt to kill Lord Dal. Fortunately for me, he spared my life. I studied for a year with the king’s head guard, then spent a cold season at Telarim the Red’s mercenary camp, studying weapons and their use. There my talent for weaponsmithing was realized and I stayed on for two campaigns working with the troop’s weaponsmith before I apprenticed with the top weapon makers in Nerelan. Book learning came later, as did training to develop my natural talents in the arts of sketching, engraving, and working with stones to use in the jewelry and blades I create.

Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?

My ability to imbue life into steel is something I am extremely proud of. The weapons I make for the journeyman mages will serve as their tool for the rest of their lives. Even though I don’t know who will select what token for the hilt or what blade, each piece is special and customized for their future owner. Although I haven’t witnessed it myself as I have no powers of my own, those who are summoned to the council fire say the token, hilt, and blade that are meant to go together call out to the mage who will use the dagger to focus their powers. The pieces have been said to emit a beam of light skyward that only the intended future wizard can see.

Do you get by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?

My needs are simple. I have my own cottage on the isle, the freedom to come and go as I please. Those who like growing plants do so for everyone from student to master, mage and villager alike. Meals can be eaten in the communal hall or you can cook for yourself. Most days I take a slab of bread and some sliced meat with me to eat as my mid-day meal while I work. The evening meal is at the village. Murdo is a good cook and an even better baker.

Those who see me out and about on the archmage’s tasks might say I live extravagantly because of the horse I ride and my welcome at the most powerful houses in the land. I will share a secret about Wirake. He is no ordinary horse, but the son of the head stallion of the vale. And instead of selecting a wizard, he chose me, a man with no magic of my own, as his rider.

What is your family like?

I never knew my parents and those who lived in the mountain village they came from never accepted me. Which is why I signed up with Ruaridh, the head of the mercenary troop serving the false oracle I was hoping to find a family in the brotherhood of fighters. Of course, if I had had a happy childhood, I would never have met the archmage. Dal and Ellspeth became my family, and their daughters mine. While I may not have a family bound by blood, I ended up with one with even stronger ties.

What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?

That because I don’t have any magic of my own, that one day I will fail Dal and his mate, Ellspeth. The archmage and his lady are my friends. They and their daughters treat me as a member of their family. I would never forgive myself if they fell in battle because I did not train them well enough… or if I failed to protect them.

If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?

Almost every day since I came to the isle of the wizard’s council and school of magic, I have rued the fact I don’t have the ability to work magic. The other wizards have never treated me less because of it. We are friends… They are my family… I am just not fully one of them.

If I could make one thing happen, it would be for me to hear the summons to the council fire where journeyman mages earn their rank and dagger. For, if I heard the silent summons that would mean I have powers and be worthy of Kia.

Where to buy Windmaster Golem

Publisher BWL Publishing
Amazon https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JTZD6K7/
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/windmaster-golem-helen-henderson/1137734264
iBooks https://books.apple.com/us/book/windmaster-golem/id1533090496
Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/windmaster-golem
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1044646
More ebook sites https://books2read.com/Windmaster-Golem

Helen Henderson Social Media

Although the author of several local histories, and numerous articles on the topics of American and military history, antiques and collectibles, Hendersons first love is fiction. Her work in the museum and history fields enables a special insight into creating fantasy worlds. The descendent of a coal-miner’s daughter and an aviation flight engineer, her writing reflects the contrasts of her heritage as well as that of her Gemini sign. Her stories cross genres from historical westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of fantasy romance, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites you to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination.
Website https://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/history2write
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HelenHenderson.author
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/777491.Helen_Henderson
Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001HPM2XK

 

Pick up cool tips from Tasarla Romaney author of The Hollow King by @tasarlaromaney #RLFblog #YAFantasyQuestIn Tasarla Romaney’s high stakes YA fantasy, The Hollow King, the slightest misstep will result in eternal darkness

Tasarla, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Thanks for sharing two tips with us today, but first, please tell us about The Hollow King.

The Hollow King by Tasarla Romaney

Genre YA romance fantasy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

Thought by most to be a simple child’s chant… A king of no kingdom Who walks among the living yet is void of all but breathe He will be known as the Hollow King and will yield the Spector. The Warrior Queen with compassion will fuel the Hope The one who walks on two legs but has the soul of an animal will guide the Spector’s magic. Together they will use the Spector of Hope to rid the land of evil. Until creatures most thought to be make-believe start to hunt at night… Freed by Ovezara, a sorceress of what seems to be unlimited power. Queen Taraly dying father’s command is to visit Grandmother June and learn what must be done to stop them. King Crenshaw has lost his kingdom to the Ovezara and vows to have revenge. Sancha returns from a hunting trip to find his father’s body torn to shreds by an evil so dark people refuse to acknowledge it. The three unite to find the fabled Spector of Hope. As their quest starts to unfold, they realize that the line between good and evil is often blurred. What they believed to good is twisted. Can they locate the Spector of Hope in time to restore good and save all from the evil Ovezara unleashes?

Two Tips for Writing

Read! Not only for enjoyment but as an author (which should be enjoyable also). When reading a book through ‘author’ eyes there are a few things I suggest you look for.
*The plot points.
*Character traits.
*The setting.
The key here is to remember that no one will write a story the same way. What you are doing is studying how a fellow author wrote the story and learning from it.

Secondary characters matter!

Who your supporting cast is as important as the main characters. Think about Harry Potter, where would he be without Ron? More isn’t always better. I love using enneagrams to develop my supporting cast.

Remember every time you introduce a new character, you are giving the reader something else to think about than your main characters.

Two Tips for Cooking

Menu planning. Make a master list of meals that your family likes. Include crock pot/instant pot meals, double meals (eat one now, freeze one – tacos are great for this), it’s been a crazy day and I’m on a deadline meals, and a favorite for each family member.

Pre-cooking. I spend a couple hours every Sunday pre-cooking. My favorite pre-cooking ‘meal’? Omelets. I cook up six to seven of the egg omelet shells then chop up a variety of fillings (onions, peppers, ham, potatoes, cheese) and put them in containers in the refrigerator. Then whoever wants an omelet during the week, pulls it out puts whatever they want in it and heat it up.

Where to buy The Hollow King

Universal buy link https://books2read.com/u/49PzX0

Tasarla Romaney Social Media

I live in Northern Michigan (where it is cold ALL the time) with my hubby of many years. Some of my favorite past times when I’m not writing include reading (any genre), taking pictures (that I use on Facebook, my blog, Instagram, twitter and the journals I make), crocheting blankets for the Linus
Project. I’m addicted to M&M’s, planners, tarot cards, and lattes.
Other books:
The Night of the Gryphon series
The Fairy Crimes
Blog https://tasarlaromaney.wordpress.com/
Twitter https://twitter.com/tasarlaromaney
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/authortasarlaromaney/
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/tasarlaromaney/

Four paths–one destiny. With the power to bind souls and control all magic in the balance. Imprisoned in Stone, a dark fantasy by Helen Henderson.

Helen, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I’m Kayelle Allen, author and owner of this blog. Happy to have you here! Please tell us about your book.

Imprisoned in Stone by Helen Henderson

Genre Dark Fantasy

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG-13

For the crime of healing without payment, the Brethren imprisoned Dylan’s soul in stone. Every full moon, they awakened him and renewed the bonds. When the blood dried on the stone, his awareness faded, but during those few brief moments, he had one thought–revenge. He embraces the pain of an awakening to reach out into the world beyond his stone prison.

A mind touches his and hope for escape from his eternal prison soars. However, his possible savior is unaware of her latent magic, the power needed to free him.

Through the years, the Brethren lost the ability to trap a soul for binding. Cuhlwich, the head of the Brethren intends to regain that power–at any cost. He also wants a successor of his choosing, including using magic to enforce his will. Only his son, Colwynn, wants to choose his own mate–an unknown woman whose magic calls him from afar.

A spell kept secret for generations.

A brotherhood thirsting for power.

A father’s demands that can’t be met.

A woman who stands to lose everything.

Magic imprisoned the mage’s soul, but not his will. Love released both.

Four paths–one destiny with the power to bind souls and control all magic in the balance.

Imprisoned In Stone, a book described as “a fascinating fantasy world with engaging characters.”

Where to buy Imprisoned in Stone

Amazon https://amzn.com/B00EGPA0YG
Books2Read https://books2read.com/Imprisoned-in-Stone
Barnes and Noble https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/imprisoned-in-stone-helen-henderson/1117236828
iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/imprisoned-in-stone/id731341795
Kobo https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/imprisoned-in-stone
Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/366952
Walmart https://www.walmart.com/ip/Imprisoned-in-Stone-eBook/264025125
BooksAMillion https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Imprisoned-Stone/Helen-Henderson/9781496172839

 

Helen Henderson Social Media

Although the author of several local histories, and numerous articles on the topics of American and military history, antiques and collectibles, Henderson’s first love is fiction. Her work in the museum and history fields enables a special insight into creating fantasy worlds. The descendent of a coal-miner’s daughter and an aviation flight engineer, her writing reflects the contrasts of her heritage as well as that of her Gemini sign. Her stories cross genres from historical westerns to science fiction and fantasy. In the world of romantic fantasy, she is the author of the Dragshi Chronicles and The Windmaster Novels. In her books, she invites you to join her on travels through the stars, or among fantasy worlds of the imagination.
Webpage http://helenhenderson-author.webs.com/
Blog https://helenhenderson-author.blogspot.com
Twitter https://twitter.com/history2write
Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/777491.Helen_Henderson
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/HelenHenderson.author
Amazon Author Page http://amzn.com/e/B001HPM2XK
Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/njhistorywriter/

 

 
 
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