The winners of the 2018 eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards winners have been announced. Children of the Shaman didn't win in the Urban Fantasy category (a well-deserved win for B.R. Kingsolver with Chameleon's Death Dance), but it was great to have made the final shortlist, and my friend Cora Buhlert, who… Continue reading Best of the Independent eBook Awards
I am honoured to have been chosen as a finalist for the eFestival of Words Best of the Independent eBook Awards, along with my co-host at the Speculative Fiction Showcase, Cora Buhlert. I am a finalist in the Best Fantasy (Contemporary/Urban Fantasy) category for my novel Children of the Shaman, and Cora is a finalist in the Short… Continue reading Children of the Shaman shortlisted!
Most of my BJD (ball jointed dolls) are based on my characters, though one or two have wandered in from somewhere else. I tend not to mix doll hobby stuff with writing and fantasy stuff because although there is an overlap, not everyone is keen on dolls. So here are a couple of dolls/characters. This… Continue reading Random doll photograph
My publisher, Kristell Ink, is launching not one but three Speculative Fiction anthologies on Friday, 8th June 2018 in Oxford. The launch is taking place at Waterstones in Oxford, starting at 18.30 BST. You can find out more about the venue and book tickets through Eventbrite. The three anthologies of short fiction are: Infinite Dysmorphia, edited… Continue reading Kristell Ink launches three Speculative Fiction anthologies!
Delighted to have received the following review of Children of the Shaman from the Irregular Reader…
Children of the Shaman by Jessica Rydill
Thirteen year old Annat is a shaman by birth. Within her own people, the Wanderers, shamans can heal, protect, and enter bodily into other realms. Outside her people, however, shamans are looked upon with suspicion and mistrust. Annat is largely untrained in her powers, but when her aunt falls sick, she and her brother are sent to live with the father they barely know.
Annat is finally able to train as a shaman under the tutelage of her father, Yuda, but the family soon turns down a dangerous path. Yuda has been assigned to investigate strange occurrences and brutal murders in a small northern town. Strange, old magic seems to be at play in the area, and soon after arriving, Annat’s brother Malchik disappears. Annat and Yuda’s search for Malchik will take them on a strange journey through a mystical land of winter…
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Books on the Hill are launching their new Fantasy and Sci-Fi online shop on 15th July 2017 at Edge-Lit 6 in Derby. I am honoured to have been invited to take part in their campaign to celebrate the launch! Coming soon: http://www.fantasyscifibooks.co.uk Books are my bag! With many thanks to Alistair Sims and the Books… Continue reading Books on the Hill new online shop launches
Here is the next beautiful cover in Kate Coe's Green Sky novella series! Empty Skies and Sunlight is coming soon! Cover by the talented Ken Dawson of Creative Covers.
For a limited time Kristell Ink Publishing are offering Autonomy by Jude Houghton for only 99c from Amazon. Kirkus Review: "An immersive novel that chillingly predicts a world in which life is something to be escaped rather than experienced." https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jude-houghton/autonomy/ From the blurb: Balmoral Murraine works in a Battery, assembling devices she doesn’t understand for… Continue reading Autonomy by Jude Houghton on offer
On 30th June, Kristell Ink are publishing new vampire novel Blood Bank by Zoe Markham: the book will be available from Amazon in paperback and Kindle format. Blood Bank is a vampire novella set in Swindon! Blurb: Benjamin is a programmer moonlighting as a security guard at Dystopia, a seedy club that caters to the… Continue reading New from Kristell Ink: Blood Bank by Zoe Markham