Sunday, July 3, 2011

Happy Birthday to Stephen

I would just like to send some Birthday wishes to author Stephen Zimmer, all the way here from SA.

May you have all the best in the year to come, and may the launch of the new book be a roaring success.

We hope you enjoyed the day and may there be many many more for you and your family to enjoy.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Stephen Zimmer - The Rising Dawn, The Seventh Throne

Recently i brought you a review of one of Stephens books, and the busy body that he is his new book is finally heading our way.

This is what i can tell you about the new book in the Rising Dawn series.



A bold, ambitious series that pushes the boundaries of urban fantasy, The
Rising Dawn Saga has gained a steadily growing, very dedicated following
since the debut of The Exodus Gate in spring of 2009. Showing the
epic-scale possibilities of urban fantasy, the series draws heavily upon
mythical and supernatural lore, weaving it into a modern day tale of a
world tilting swiftly towards a dystopian nightmare.


Readers who have been journeying along in the Rising Dawn Saga will need
to hold on to their seat, as a conflict of cosmic scope escalates rapidly.
They will join the human soul Friedrich as he accompanies the powerful
Avatar Enki into the depth of the Abyss, to discover the fate of
Erishkegal, who crossed the Veil to spare a horde of outcast Nephilim ages
ago. It is a quest that will take them to the brink of hell itself, but
it is one that may hold astounding revelations.

Elsewhere, martial law is installed across the UCAS during the outbreak of
a deadly virus, and the onset of a war to the far east that threatens the
stability of the entire world. The imposition of a diabolical technology
looms, as centuries-old organizations in the service of Adonai race to
confront the looming menace.

Gregory Andreas, an ex-marine, leads a budding resistance to the
authoritarian government, as Dagian Underwood, the mastermind behind the
oncoming Living ID technology, reaches out to the dark realm of Set to
gain the help of an ally with a rare, formidable ability. Seth Engel and
his teenaged friends venture forth once again to seek proof of spreading
rumors; this time of rounded-up townspeople being herded into large
detainment facilities close to Godwinton.

Even the shapeshifting An-Ki are caught in the maelstrom of uncertainty,
as Godral and their others of Sargor's clan struggle to find their place
in the strange modern world, and Uria leads his renegade new clan into the
unknown. His path leads to an encounter with a mysterious individual
possessed of supernatural powers; who expresses the desire to be his
guide.

Threads intertwine as the dangers increase, and nowhere is safe as the
things of the material and non-material worlds clash. The Seventh Throne
will leave the reader hungry for the next installment, after a revelation
of tremendous magnitude culminates the latest Rising Dawn Saga adventure.

"I am very excited about this installment, as with three books out in the
Rising Dawn Saga I can really show readers how I build a series," Stephen
Zimmer commented. "Everything builds, and threads that may have seemed
ambiguous in the earlier books pay off in droves. For the dedicated
reader, I have worked hard to bring a level of range and depth that can be
explored again and again."

As with the previous Rising Dawn Saga books, readers can expect another
full set of Matthew Perry illustrations, with eight brand new ones
included in the regular edition of the book. The extensive Matthew Perry
body of artwork produced for The Rising Dawn Saga is, without a doubt,
highly unique in the publishing of fantasy works today, regardless of
major press or small press classification.

A pre-ordering window is now open for readers interested in a limited
edition hardcover of The Seventh Throne, which features a Matthew Perry
illustration not included in the regular editon. Only 75 numbered/signed
copies of the limited edition will be issued, at a price of just $35.95.

There is also a special pre-order offer for the regular trade paperback
edition. Both of the pre-order offers include an array of collectibles
from The Seventh Throne. Copies can be pre-ordered in the online store at
http://www.seventhstarpress.com/documents/books.html and all pre-ordered
packages will be shipped no later than August 16th.

The Seventh Throne will ultimately be available in trade paperback,
hardcover, and a variety of eBook editions.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site
for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com , or at the author's
site at www.stephenzimmer.com

Now to formulate a plan to get my hands on a copy of the new book as soon as possible.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Crown of Vengeance - Stephen Zimmer Review

Well after a long wait I finally bring to you the review of an epic/amazing book that i have been trying and promising to post for almost a year.

Epic Fantasy at its best, that is what Stephen Zimmer offers us in his riveting series Fires in Eden.

The First book in the series Crown of Vengeance was release a bit over a year ago by Seventh Star Press and I was lucky enough to get a goody bag, from the man himself, full of memorabilia.


The story starts out introducing us to a whole group of characters following the steady stream of their ordinary, everyday existence. That is until a mysterious fog settles in.
This is of course where Stephen throws us into a wild adventure in the alternative realm of Ave, a world full of mysterious, magical and dangerous creatures and characters.

The Unifier, a mysterious overlord taking control of the realm, is spreading his grip out towards the 5 Realms, the only lands apart from Saxany that still opposes him.
The elusive wanderer, an enigma of the first order and Gunther along with his fantastical pack of Jaghuns are some of my favorite characters thus far in the first book.

Book one introduces us mainly to the characters from our own realm and their struggle to understand and come to terms with the situation they find themselves in. This includes a strong cast of several characters from earth, each unique and interesting in their own way.

The storyline keeps its mystery throughout the first book, forming part of why it becomes so captivating. Stephen reveals just enough to us to wet our lips and leaves you craving for more. At the start i did have some trouble with the amount of characters you are introduced to and it took me some time to place and remember them, aka who's who, but as I got deeper into the book i became accustom to them all. Secondly the names of the Ave denizens were also a bit of challenge at the start but that's the advantage of Fantasy, you can pronounce them as you wish.

The story line progresses smoothly as you get to the end, relinquishing just enough of the mystery to make sure you will go looking for the second book. The world Stephen creates is crafty, realistic, vivid and captivating, its not everyday you can say that you saw yourself walking through the forest with an amazing group of strangers or encounter the "Indian-esk"Onan people or the awe inspiring Dragol on his flying Harrak.

This series is set to take us on a roller coaster ride for a long time to come and I'm definitely in for the full ride. Fires in Eden is set for several books, along with Stephen's second series, The Rising Dawn. I cant wait to dive into the second book in the series Dream of Legends, luckily Stephen has already supplied me with a copy ready for my reading pleasure.



Stephen, well done, don't know where you get the time to think up, let alone write these fantastical tales, but well done.

World be warned, Fantasy has a new crime lord on the rise.

For your viewing pleasure the book trailer of Stephens amazing Crown of Vengeance.

~keep your eyes open in future for my review of the second book~

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Jackie Gamber - Redheart

Some exiting news from the folks of Seventh Start.

Jackie Gamber's Redheart Cover Art and Illustrations Revealed



Seventh Star Press is proud to unveil the cover art and illustrations to
Redheart, Book One of the Leland Dragon Series, from Mary Shelley Award
winning author Jackie Gamber.

The first installment of the exciting new YA fantasy series is slated for
release on April 19th. The cover art and illustrations were created by
Matthew Perry, whose artwork appears on the covers and interiors of other
Seventh Star Press authors such as Steven Shrewsbury and Stephen Zimmer.


A pre-ordering window is now open for readers interested in a limited
edition hardcover of Redheart, which features an illustration created
especially for that version. There is also a pre-order offer for the
regular trade paperback edition. Both of the pre-order offers include
packages of bonus materials, ranging from 14X20 posters of one of the
illustrations, to a set of four 5X7 glossy prints.

Redheart invites readers into the lands of Leland Province, where dragon
and human societies have long dwelled side by side. Superstitions rise
sharply, as a severe drought strips the land of its bounty, providing
fertile ground for the darker ambitions of Fordon Blackclaw, Dragon
Council Leader, who seeks to subdue humans or wipe them off the face of
the land.

As the shadow of danger creeps across Leland Province, a young dragon
named Kallon Redheart, who has turned his back on dragons and humans
alike, comes into an unexpected friendship. Riza Diantus is a young woman
whose dreams can no longer be contained by the narrow confines of her
village, and when she finds herself in peril, Kallon is the only one with
the power to save her. Yet to do so means he must confront his past, and
embrace a future he stopped believing in.



A tale of friendship, courage, and ultimate destiny, Redheart invites
readers to a wondrous journey through the Leland Dragon Series.

Redheart will ultimately be available in trade paperback, hardcover, and a
variety of eBook editions.

Sela, Book Two of the series, is targeted for a third quarter release in
2011, with Book Three scheduled for mid-2012 release in all of the
aforementioned formats.

Updates and additional information can be obtained at the official site
for Seventh Star Press, at www.seventhstarpress.com , or at the author's
site at www.jackiegamber.com

Sounds interesting to me, will have to keep an eye out for this one.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

New Robot for the Army JUSTIN GUSTAINIS

Angry Robot anounced today that they have signed a new author to their growing army.

"We are delighted to announce our latest signing, bringing a stunning series of books set in the harassed police department of a city full of vampires and werewolves" says the folks at AR

Angry Robot has signed urban fantasy author Justin Gustainis for a new series set in Scranton, Philadelphia, in a world where supernatural beings are part of everyday life. Stan Markowski is a Detective Sergeant on the Scranton PD's Supernatural Crimes Investigation Unit. As Stan puts it in the first book, Hard Spell: "When a vampire puts the bite on an unwilling victim, or some witch casts the wrong kind of spell, that's when they call me. My name's Markowski. I carry a badge."

Justin Gustainis said, “I'm tremendously pleased to be associated with one of the most dynamic publishers in speculative fiction today, and I look forward to selling enough books to put a smile on that robot’s face.”

The first title in this sensational series, Hard Spell, will be published by Angry Robot in spring 2011, in both the UK and USA.

Justin Gustainis was born in north-east Pennsylvania in 1951. He attended college at the University of Scranton, a Jesuit university that figures prominently in several of his writings. After earning both Bachelor's and Master's degrees, he was commissioned a Lieutenant in the US Army.

Mr Gustainis currently lives in Plattsburgh, New York and is a Professor of Communication at Plattsburgh State University. His recent series of urban fantasy investigations starring Quincey Morris and Libby Chastain now runs to three titles.

His website is justingustainis.com.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Some more changes

Well there might not be a full post for you today but if you look carefully you will see some slight changes to the page.

The main point of note is my bookshelf. the first gives you access to all the books future and past. (don't criticize me for my beginnings, Goosebumps were cool 50 years ago.)

The second bookshelf shows you what i am currently reading.

And there are some other minor changes that piped and popped all over the place.

Well enjoy your weekend and remember to keep reading.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Trailers

Well i don't really have anything for you today so instead go over to dave's site and check out some of the cool sff trailers he's got up for you.

Wanted to do something similar but i guess he beated me to it.

Damn.