Category : Fantasy

The Darkness Returns by Michael D. Nadeau

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The Darkness Returns is the first book of the Lythinall epic fantasy series by Michael D. Nadeau.

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An ancient evil is loosed upon the land of Lythinall and a young monk is swept up in a perilous journey across his homeland to try and stop it. A strange power awakens within him, bearing with it prophesy and danger, but he is not alone. He meets the legendary bard Karsis, and travels with the Princess of Everknight to realms that they have only dreamed of. Hidden forces watch them, with bated breath, as this evil could spell the end of everything



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Author Michael D. Nadeau picture_The Darkness Returns is my first foray into the literary world and it’s a little scary finally doing this . I’ve been reading fantasy/science fiction books and playing Roleplaying games for over thirty years and finally wanted to do something that combined the things I love. Writing and creating worlds/characters. I started in 2011 and got about halfway through when I had to stop to work a second job. We lost the house anyway and had to move in with the in-laws and it wasn’t until 2016 that I started writing again. I created the characters from different aspects of characters I have played over the years and wanted the book to be different than most common fantasy books. I decided on describing the antagonist first, with detail as he wasn’t just a shadow of evil, he was there, real and deadly so the readers know what’s coming before most of the heroes in the book do. I also cut out a lot of the travel descriptions. In the hundreds of books I’ve read over the years I’ve seen tons of description needlessly dragging on (three pages to detail the door they are looking at or the road they traveled on for days) So while it is descriptive, I also cut to other scenes when the heroes (or villains) aren’t really doing anything you need to know about. If something needs mentioning, I can bring it up later in conversation. I have only sold 19 books (and 1 ebook) since June but of the people that have finished it, I have only positive reviews. (including 1 on amazon and two on my facebook page for the book) The only fault is that I couldn’t afford an editor so the punctuation is off here and there. The style I have is different, switching POV with each character so that the reader gets a full gambit of how each character is seeing things or feeling about what is going on, and the whole story is blended with rich sarcasm and antics. I am currently writing book 2 (35k words so far) and have plans for the third book, plus another trilogy set before this series as well as more books set after these books.

(Michael D. Nadeau, August 2017)

 

 

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Sebastian’s Moon by David Villanueva Jr.

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Sebastian’s Moon is a picture book for children by David Villanueva Jr..

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“Sebastian’s Moon” is a story about Sebastian, whose little brother Riley passed away, so he thinks his brother lives on the moon. When Sebastian tells his mother that he misses his brother, she tells him that they will see him again one day. With the help of his friends and the aid of a shooting star, Sebastian embarks on an adventure of sending his stuffed brontosaurus and blanket to the moon so that his little brother isn’t lonely anymore, and making the promise to never forget Riley.




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Author David Villanueva pictureSebastian’s Moon is about a boy’s adventure to send a gift to the moon. With the aid of a magical spider that spins a web trampoline, Sebastian jumps above the treetops to catch a shooting star as it soars towards the moon! Trying to catch a shooting star has never been more inspiring.

Sebastian’s Moon was inspired when a teacher had her class write author David Villanueva Jr. a letter on what they wished for. A boy wrote that he “wished for the moon” because his brother had passed away, and he thought he went to live on the moon.

(David Villanueva Jr., July 2017)

 

 

 

 

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Sobrenatural by Samir Karimo

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Sobrenatural : supernatural surrealistical scary stories  by Samir Karimo.

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Get ready to enter in a supernatural world where nothing is not what it seems: who is valkyrie? Is D. Juan a demon or an angel?, who is UMBRAE?, Fear the killing nose! Find out the true story of Frankenstein and little red riding hood? Life and death are friends or sisters? What is a killing selfie. Don’t miss it with a cover by Juan Miguel Aguilera.



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Author Samir Karimo pictureIn this book, which is the english version of the portuguese and spanish ones, I tried to create something different. Through the book you will find new words, and other strange things, even the title is SOBRENATURAL and not Supernatural because I wanted to make this book more exotic. The book cover was made by the ESFS Awards winner JUAN MIGUEL AGUILERA. By using characters well known by the reader you have to imagine that you are having a dream, or nightmare, in which nothing is normal, rather is “out of natural”. Although the stories are mostly of the flash type, there are two bigger and they are “Valkyrie” in which I make a kind of tribute to ancient Indian, Greek stories. It’s a story about a man who buys a damned house in which lives a she-demon, an IBlisia, who wants to get his body, soul and aura in order to get younger. But to fight her, his aura will search from sorcerers and will try to get a special pill to revert the “statueing” process. The main character calls Vikramodisseus who is a tribute to Vikram, from Vikram and the vampire and Odysseus from Odyssey. The other big story is dedicated to D.Juan and it calls “Seducer’s Journal” in which the reader will find the origin of D.Juan’s Myth. He was a young man who sold his soul to a devil and so he had to sacrifice beautiful young woman whose blood he has to drink to feed a special parasite which lived in his brain.
Other flash stories are The unbearable lightness of being… in which a person has personality disorders and an HYDIAN (from Mr. Hyde) virus will try to make him more crazier.
In Dulcinea, what a hell of a girl imagine this girl having a flirt with a snake and living in a grave.
In Imagine a day… the final sentence of the text corresponds to the final sentence of the title and that’s why is a “overlapped” story , a real surrealistically one in which you will find Oscar Wilde as D.Juan’s attorney and literature’s undertakers and other strange characters searching for the true about what is Literature.
In Sideral santa claus and Christmas golden drop, based on jason’s golden fleece, Santa Claus will search for the golden drop to restore the Christmas spirit. To do it he has to speak with the three Kings’ cousins who have the special Christmas ingredients.
In Harlequin Carnavalin you will find the Mardi Gras Alien God who lands in Venice to better know our traditions, but in this special day he will find a special robotic woman who will seduce him.
About the pre texts, “a neologism specially created to this book” there are several ones.
The first is “damned words”, a tribute to kafka stories in which Words are chasing people.
In Shadows, the Umbrae (alien shadows) are searching recipients for their body.
In Destination we find a strange talk between Life and Death.
In Pain an alien species will try to invade us through our kidney.
In Vetala we will find out the true story about the dinosaur’s extinction and how it’s related to vampyres (vetala, sanscrit word to vampire) and count’s Dracula armor.
in little red riding wood and Frankenstein finally those characters will reveal who actually they are, one is descendent of a werewolf and other will travel through dimensions to get his body parts back.
In killing nose, an ancient alien king will ally to Jack the ripper to try to invade our dimension.
In killing selfies Death himself appears and criticizes our way of living and “shining ” in social networks
Finally in Divine Musick dedicated to my muse we find a young lady, a “musick” who travels around the cosmos in searching for the ideal music and people.
And I was almost forgotten there’s a character called Introduction which remind us Fernando Pessoa, Pirandello and Unamuno’s characters. Those three are one of the source of my inspiration to this book.

(Samir Karimo, June 2017)

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