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Dragonblood Throne by Tom Fallwell – fantasy fans, this is for you!

It gives me great pleasure to be able to present you the new release by fantasy author Tom Fallwell. Enjoy yourselves!




Orphaned as a young child and growing up alone in the forest, Delina lives a life of isolation; her only companion a saber-toothed panther. Her strange eyes frighten those she occasionally encounters, so she keeps to herself, until a young, wounded warrior ends up at her doorstep. As she nurses him back to health, she discovers she is more than just a young woman with unusual eyes, she is a dragonblood, destined to become the ruler of Almar.


Now hunted by the dark sorcerer who murdered her father, usurped his throne, and killed all her kin, she must find out how she can release the essence of the dragon inside her to defeat him. Everything depends upon her willingness to embrace her legacy and reclaim the Dragon Throne.

Excerpt from Dragonblood Throne: Legacy, by Tom Fallwell

Copyright © 2017 by Tom Fallwell – All Rights Reserved

Ignoring the two scribes fidgeting nervously behind him, Kargoth anxiously watched the cosmic tableau of the moons unfold in the darkened sky from his balcony. The rare, lunar eclipse was only moments away from its apex, the new moon phase of Tibel almost centered within the bright ring of Sianor behind it.

While he would never admit it, not even to himself, Kargoth was fearful as he waited to see if the prophecy was true, if there would be a sign indicating a dragonblood still lived in Almar. The words of that prophecy played continually in his mind as he waited with bated breath.

Ring of the heavens,

Ring shining bright.

Darkness the lesser

Than greater moon’s light.

When the ring glows bright

As the moons above turn,

Blood shows the sign

Of the dragons return.

A dragon reborn

From an innocent child.

The power will grow

As emotions run wild.

The dragon will rise

When all hope seems lost.

All evil will pay

The dragonblood’s cost.

The dragonblood comes,

The darkness will die.

The dragon wings spread

And the dragon will fly.

“Here it comes,” Kargoth said, never removing his gaze from the moons. “Now we’ll see if there is any truth to this prophecy.”

The scribes trembled, fearing their High Lord’s wrath, as Tibel firmly centered itself in front of Sianor. The light in the night lessened momentarily as Tibel covered much of Sianor’s full and bright splendor.

The slim circle of light around Tibel began to burn brightly, becoming a brilliant glowing ring in the night sky. For a moment, the scholars hoped that perhaps the prophecy was false, but a red glow began to fill the darkness of Tibel. It was as if some celestial being had poured a bowl of blood into the mold of the darkened Tibel, now glowing with a red, unearthly light. The eclipse became a white circle filled with a blood-red glow.

The prophecy was true! It was a sign of blood! Of dragonblood!

The scribes slowly backed away from the balcony in fear, anticipating the wrath of their lord. They could almost hear Kargoth’s rage brewing inside him as he suddenly turned on them, his steel eyes boring into their souls.

“It’s true! That beast, Jeraldin, had another child!” His anger turned on the two robed figures. “You should have known this sooner! You impotent cretins!”

He raised both hands in front of him, palms outward. The terrified scribes turned to run, but it was too late. A dark fiery energy streamed from both his hands, as jets of black, searing flame engulfed the two men. Their horrifying screams of agony echoed throughout the chamber and into the halls beyond as their bodies were consumed by the deadly power Kargoth had loosed upon them. Within seconds, only smoldering piles of ash remained on the floor.

Dropping his hands in frustration, a deep and tortured frown peeked from the shadows of his hood. Kargoth stormed toward the throne room door. “Guards! Guards! Get my generals! Now!”

Whoever this dragonblood was, Kargoth had to make sure they never lived long enough to be a threat to his power. He would scour the entire kingdom and find this dragonblood. He couldn’t allow one of their kind to live.



Early in life, Tom Fallwell discovered a love for fantasy and science-fiction, delighting in the wonderful escape into realms undreamed of. Weaned on the greats like J.R.R. Tolkien, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert E. Howard, Roger Zelazny, Robert A. Heinlein, and Michael Moorcock, just to name a few, Tom’s imagination was forever inspired by those marvelous tales.

One day, he discovered a simple book of rules called ‘Chainmail’, by Gary Gygax, and found a new love: the love of creating adventures and stories of his own. ‘Chainmail’ evolved into ‘Dungeons & Dragons’, and Tom played consistently with friends as both a player and a dungeon master (DM) for decades. Such activities helped him develop his ability to create worlds and stories for other players to enjoy.

Now retired from his long career as a software developer, Tom writes all the adventures and characters that constantly fill his mind and shares them with the world.





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Suzi Albracht on tour – Shared from WordPress

Sharing this for all the horror fans who can’t wait for scary Halloween stories…

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And what do YOU have to say? – ICA IOVA


Meet my today’s guest – author Ica Iova. She is a lady of so many talents that one genre is too narrow a field for her to express all the ideas bubbling in her mind, bursting with life experience which adds to the author’s credibility. Her Romanian descent is also included in her work, flavouring her books with that extra special spice every author craves. I am happy to have her as my guest.


1.   What are the five most important things we should know about you?

I like rainy days if I have a good book to read.
I am an animal lover.
I’m a people’s person, but I’m also comfortable when I am alone.
I hate hotdogs, but I’ll eat one with my grandkids.
I’m a forgiving person but if someone tries to hurt me a second time, I cut them loose.

2.   You have quite a variety of books published. When did you start writing and publishing, and what was the turning point in your life when you decided to publish your first book? How did it feel?

I often joke about this and tell people I started writing as a child. This has a grain of truth to it. After reading Puiul (The Chick) by Ion Alexandru Bratescu-Voinesti, which it’s a sad story from Romanian literature, about a baby quail who hasn’t listened to his mother to sit still with his brothers while she tries to divert a hunter’s attention. The naughty chick flies from his hiding place, and the hunter shoots and injures him badly enough so he can’t join his migrating family to warmer lands.

Even though the story is meant to teach children to listen to their parents, I hated it, so I re-wrote it. My version had a happy ending. A child found the injured bird and took it home and nursed it back to health. From there on, I made changes to almost every story I read when I was a child.

Over the years I wrote many other stories, I guess it was my way of thinking, but never intended to publish them. Like most people, I took the path most traveled and worked for a paycheque. Then I wrote my first novel following my daughter’s divorce. It was my way of dealing with the events surrounding it. As the years passed and along her story I encountered others, I realized how divorce changes people. I decided that this was a story worth publishing. About the same time, I sent a sample of my writing to wanting to write about the issues that I’ve witnessed in Family Courts. Examiner accepted me, and here I am. In other words, my career as a writer started in 2012.

It’s hard to put in words how I felt when I held my first book in my hands for the first time. Naturally, I felt proud because English is my second language.

3.   Some people say writers are egomaniacs, some call us needy, some say we are overthinking perfectionists;). Which category do you see yourself in? What makes you write and how do you handle criticism?

I consider myself a free thinker. I take criticism with an open mind. I listen to everything, keep what I need, and throw away the rest.

4.  You don’t have to share if it’s a secret, but what’s the best writing tip you’ve ever gotten?

Show, not tell the story.

5.   You write fiction and non-fiction, and within fiction you vary from paranormal to crime stories and romance. What’s your next favourite topic and/or genre you’d like to tackle? Is there anything you don’t think you could write?

I don’t think I can write children’s books. I have said this before; I write what I enjoy reading, and though I like reading books from almost every genre, I think I’ll stay with romance, women’s and paranormal. Recently, my granddaughter started to insist that I co-author a book she writes in YA. I’ll probably fulfill her wish, perhaps under another pseudo. 

6.   Has being a grandmother changed you or your writing in any way? Has it made you more sensitive to children’s stories or certain family or social issues you would like to leave as your legacy to children and grandchildren?

Absolutely! As many of my readers have noticed, my writing is “clean.” I want my children and grandchildren to be able to read my books without reservation or fear of coming across language that is unacceptable to them. Besides, foul language doesn’t belong in literature.

7.  Which one of your characters was the most difficult one for you to create? Why? Would you change anything about him/her now?

When I create a character, I want it to be likable, someone readers can relate to. I think the most difficult one was Louis in Unsung Victims. Though he starts out as a nice guy, quite quickly he morphs into this deranged lunatic who abuses his wife and children and then takes advantage of his position of power to abuse the system. Although we all know that such people exist in reality, it is hard to create the emotions they generate through their actions, and the author goes through every one of his/her character’s emotions. It was hard for me to create Louis because I never experienced abuse, and if it wasn’t for the abused women I interviewed for various articles at, I don’t think I would’ve been able to create Louis.                                

8.  Prejudice Not Pride deals with quite a gruesome, but true story, whereas Presumed Cross Over is a collection of horror stories. When you go into that deep, dark place where such stories abide, is it difficult to snap out of that mood and go back to everyday reality?

It is. Though I’m a bubbly person, sometimes it takes days to get certain scene or character out of my head.

9.  When you were a child, what were your favourite books and who were your favourite authors?

Though my parents were simple farmers, reading was a requirement in my family. They wanted me to have the life they never had and by reading they hoped to instill in me the love for books and the desire to continue my education. They succeeded. As a teenager, I read every book I could get my hands on. I especially loved Agatha Christie. Murder On The Orient Express was one of my favorite books of all times. Theodor Constantin’s Chrysanthemums for Erna is also a book that stayed with me from elementary school.

10.  Would you like to add anything about your current work​,​ or send a message to the readers​?

I am currently working on a sequel for Unsung Victims, titled Resilience. It is a women’s fiction about what it takes to remain standing against all odds.


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And what do YOU have to say? – E. H. NEWTON – interview no.21

A truly fascinating lady, author Elizabeth Horton-Newton, has agreed to be my guest today. She will talk about writing and publishing, but also her projects concerning social issues every parent and educator, every responsible adult, should be paying attention to and doing something about.


1.  If you were to introduce yourself in five simple sentences, what would you say about your current self?

I’ve been writing since I was about ten years old. Driving gives me ideas for books. Traveling gives me the opportunity to meet new people. Photography is my second avocation. I often write from a male perspective.

2. Your book, A View from the Sixth Floor, is getting some really good reviews. Congratulations! What was the seed for that book?  How did it start? At what point were you actually aware that you were indeed writing a full-length novel?

The seed for “View From the Sixth Floor” was born many years ago when I decided I didn’t believe the government story on the assassination of President John Kennedy. I began researching the event and the life of the accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. The more I read the more convinced I became that he was innocent. Somewhere along the way I thought how unfortunate it was that he didn’t live to defend himself and perhaps prove he had not fired that shot from the sixth floor window. Once I began to write the book I was surprised at how easily it came together. It was almost as though it flowed from my fingers. Perhaps I channeled Oswald.

3.  Your book blurb is full of what ifs. So allow me to ask you a what if question? What if Ellizabeth Noreen Newton got offered  a publishing book contract to write absolutely whatever she wanted to, all expenses paid? What would you write about, how would you promote it, what would be your writing dream?

I think I would like to write a book about the history of my mother’s family. She was from Ireland and told me many stories about her childhood and stories that were shared with her growing up. I think it would be absolutely magical to live in County Galway and research the family and write about their experiences. One of my uncles was actually a writer in Ireland and had a book published in Gaelic. My mother and several of her siblings lived in London during WWII. Promoting it would be interesting since I could include photos of family, the town and possibly the farm where they lived for generations. I think it’s altogether possible I will make this dream come true.

4.  You are a New Yorker who moved to the South 25 years ago. What was the most difficult thing for you in the whole change? What is the one thing you appreciate most about your current Southerner lifestyle?

The most difficult thing in transitioning from a big and busy city like New York to a southern and laid back small city like Knoxville is the lack of public transportation. I know that sounds crazy but in New York buses and subways run twenty-four hours a day and you can get anywhere easily. I didn’t even have a driver’s license. Suddenly I couldn’t even get to a grocery store without a car. On the positive side, everyone in your community is willing to help out in the south. Believe me when I first moved I begged a lot of rides to shop.

5.  You are highly involved in your community, tackling unpleasant issues such as bullying, domestic violence, and lately teen date violence. How come you got so deeply involved in the whole process and what are you hoping to achieve?

I wasn’t bullied as a child although there was one incidence when a friend and I were in the fourth grade. We were walking home from school when a group of older girls and one boy proceeded to torment us, pulling our hair and so forth. My friend was smaller than I was and I was furious. I stood up to the kids but I was really scared. When I got home and told my father what happened he went back to the street with me and confronted the kids and insisted on speaking to their parents. The very next day the same kids again approached us and tried to intimidate my friend but not me. That REALLY made me mad and I told them off. They never bothered us again. The domestic violence and teen dating violence comes from having had those experiences. I was abused by fiancé when we were dating at seventeen and eighteen. I was too ashamed to tell anyone. After our marriage he continued to be abusive throughout our marriage. After ten years and three children and the escalation of the abuse I knew I had to leave. He had also begun to be cruel to our kids. The most important thing I hope to accomplish by my advocacy is to raise awareness of these issues. I want victims to know there are steps to take to remove themselves from dangerous situations, I want families to recognize the signs of abuse whether it be bullying (workplace or mobbing), intimate partner violence, or teen dating violence.

6.  Do you feel like an author?  How do you feel when you write?  Is it difficult to return to the reality of everyday life once you leave the pages of your book? Do you get attached to your characters?

As strange as it sounds I have always felt like a “writer”. I have always communicated most effectively by writing. Even when I am doing the everyday things like shopping or laundry or driving I am thinking what would my character be doing? What is she or he thinking; I try to get in their heads. It is very difficult to let my characters go. I am only fully able to do it when I see the finished book or story and know the characters have said all they needed to say.

7.  What do you like to do when you are not working or writing? How do you relax?

I relax by reading books, especially by other indie writers. Traveling is my favorite thing to do. Seeing new places is always a thrill. I like to snorkel. I love anything to do with the ocean. Taking photos is always fun. And if I am stuck at home I love to watch true crime and court shows. In fact I would say I am addicted to them.

8.  At this point in your life, what are you most proud of?

That’s a tough question. I’m certainly proud of my novel “View From the Sixth Floor”. I’m proud of the work I do to raise awareness about domestic violence and bullying. I’m proud of the four children I’ve raised and my five wonderful grandchildren. I’m proud of the fact I was able to escape an abusive marriage and become successful, first as a social worker then as a writer. I developed positive relationships with my clients and some of them have transitioned to become successful. Now that I am no longer working in the field we are friends. They know they can always reach out to me for advice or just to chat.

9.  What do you want your readers to think and feel while and after reading your books?

I want them to sit back and think “That was a good story”. I did have a slightly ulterior motive with “View from the Sixth Floor”. I wanted people to think about the whole event and look at it from a different perspective. It had a bit of a political statement buried in there; don’t be so quick to trust the government.

10.  What is the one genre you just don’t see yourself ever writing? What genre would you love to try and tackle?

I don’t think I could ever write children’s books. I can make up stories to tell my granddaughters and I did some with my grandsons when they were little. But I don’t think I could write a book. I want to try to write a real horror story someday, something that would make my readers sleep with the lights on. These are the kinds of books I like.

11. Would you like to add anything about your current work or send a message to the readers?

I’m currently working on a romantic mystery thriller called “Riddle”. It’s about a fictional town in the Northwestern United States and a young man who is a first nation or aboriginal and he was adopted by a white family as an infant. While in high school he is accused and convicted of murdering his girlfriend. After over seven years in prison he is released and returns to the town of Riddle. He meets a young woman who has been stranded in the town when her car breaks down and they form a friendship. Along with being a murder mystery it also deals with the prejudices against aboriginal natives as well as how many children of first peoples were removed from their biological parents because it was believed they would have better lives. So while it is a thriller it also has some political overtones. I hope to have it released in the summer of 2015. It will be a nice sexy summer read that I hope will make readers think.


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