Games of Chance, a fantasy novel by William L. Hahn

Games of Chance by William L. HahnGAMES OF CHANCE

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William L. Hahn

In GAMES OF CHANCE, fantasy author William L. Hahn introduces readers to a fascinating fantasy world, where chaos is about to change everything. Solemn Justice, a young wizard, joins a band of gypsies after his father’s death, before finding himself on the wrong side of the law with his fate in the hands of a scholar elf; Treaman the Woodsman and his group of explorers seek adventure and find monsters instead, a King reluctantly allows his son to become ambassador to their enemies. All lead up to what very well may be the fight of their lives. With nothing less than hope as the spoils of war.

In GAMES OF CHANCE, William L. Hahn has penned an exciting epic fantasy tale of magic, myth, and mayhem that I enjoyed very much. I think it’s the perfect story for fans of Tolkien and Game of Thrones. Do check it out! If you’d like to add it to your Kindles/nooks what have you, GAMES OF CHANCE is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and in paperback. Enjoy!

And don’t miss William’s guest post, below. :) Enjoy!

Judgement’s Tale–The Tale I Didn’t Trust Enough–guest post by William L. Hahn

Today, I am pleased to welcome an author I’ve been trying to get to come over to our tribal grounds for a while. A fellow Fantasy author, William L. Hahn has always offered a kind ear, and some intriguing stories. So when I saw he had a new release, I couldn’t help extending the invitation once again. Here’s here to talk about how he conceived his latest sprawling tale, the Tales of Hope,  so do lend a kind ear while I give Will the floor. :)

The Tale I Didn’t Trust Enough

Some of my author colleagues —I think most—are pretty good at outlining their tales. In certain genres I know it’s almost a matter of formula to have a hero, a sidekick, an antagonist, and I enjoy reading those stories very much. My inability to do this is not a virtue. But it’s also not optional. I am a chronicler. Helpless, really, to do anything about what I see except to take it down.

And part of the reason I didn’t try to tell the Tales of Hope for so long is that I couldn’t see where the breaks were. If you woke up one morning after someone had read H.G. Wells’ A Short History of the World to you as you slept… Continue reading

Katherina Gerlach–A Few Words About Stepmothers

I am pleased to have award-winning fantasy author Katherina Gerlach here. She has written about a subject also dear to my own heart–faery tales–in her latest release The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. So I asked her to come tell us a little about the inspiration behind the novel. (And just as an editor’s note, I can say from personal experience that stepmothers can be awesome. ;)) Take it away, Kat!

A Few Words About Stepmothers

by Katherina Gerlach.
I deliberately chose the stepmother as the main character of this ale. Even as a child I was annoyed the stepmothers were always the bay guys girls in fairy tales. Now, that I’m a stepmother myself (I’ve been fostering two girls for nearly ten years now), it angered me. I wanted to show that stepmothers can be just as good as, and in many cases much better than, biological mothers.

Don’t get me wrong, I like the biological parents of my girls even though they’ve got severe problems, but they’re not very good parents. So why should the stepmother always get the blame? I thought it was high time to fight this cliché and show a different truth. What better place to do that then inside a story? But rest assured, I did it without a wagging finger and a moral sermon.

About “The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister

An imaginative retelling of “Little Brother, Little Sister” by the Brothers Grimm. What if they painted a wrong portrait of the stepmother?

Even with her powers as a witch, Isabel cannot find a trace of her stepchildren. Desperate, she crosses the Old Forest, filled with as much malignant as benevolent magic, to reach the distant mountain kingdom she left as a young girl when her magical powers manifested. She soon realizes that a sinister creature holds the unsuspecting kingdom in thrall. It will take all she’s able to give to save her children and the kingdom she once loved.

pre-order here: The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister (Treasures Retold Book 2)

About the Author
Author Katherina GerlachBorn and raised German with a generous helping of an adopted Scottish heritage, Katharina started writing at age seven (although she didn’t get serious until much later) when the tomboy adventures she lived in her father’s forest weren’t enough for her imagination any more.

Writing about balloon people, flying hearts, giant spiders, and more was her lifeline to sanity and Real Life™ all through her education. After finishing with a PhD in science, marriage and the start of a beloved but distracting family, she returned to her life-long vocation.

These days, Katharina lives for stolen moments of writing happiness in two languages while juggling her husband, two girls in puberty, a fledgling daughter that just left the house, a dog, and … laundry.

The easiest way to keep up with her publishing schedule is by leaving your eMail address with her (you’ll get a free eBook as a thank you). Or you can have a look at her amazon page or her homepage. She’s also on Facebook, Pinterest, and (occasionally) on Twitter.

Thank you for being with us today,Kat and good luck with The Stepmother: Little Brother, Little Sister. It looks like a fun read. Folks, if you’d like to check the book out, you can pre-order it here.

Happy Winter Solstice and New #shortstory release

 Cardinal in the Snow.jpg By AcrylicArtist

Cardinal in the Snow By AcrylicArtist/Morguefile.com

Announcing, my new fantasy-esque short story, “The Gift of the Stag Maiden,”  has been released in the latest edition of Eternal Haunted Summer. “The Gift of the Stag Maiden” is the story of ancient tribal warrior chosen for a great honor…Will the goddess honor him? You’ll have to read to find out! If you’d like to take a peek at this free read you can see it here.

Also, my dear friend Jolene Dawe has a new story in this issue as well. Be on the look out for “A Song for A Goose”. I, myself, can’t wait to read this one! :)

And the full edition of this month’s zine contains many other fine tales and poems. The full issue is here. Enjoy and to all who celebrate…I wish you a merry Solstice!

 

Dancing with Raven–What happens with Demons by S.G. Rogers

I love the Halloween season, don’t you? It’s the one time of the year when we can get a bang out of scaring ourselves silly. ;) Okay, paranormal fans get that giddy feeling every day of the year when they go ghost hunting or pick up a favorite book on the subject, but still, to the rest of the world, it’s the one time of the year. So, once again, I’ve gathered up some pals to celebrate this fun time of the year. Today, we start off with author S. G. Rogers whose baddies in her new book Dancing With Raven, fit very well into this spooky time of year. So let’s offer up the candy and welcome, S.G. Rogers! (although, maybe not because now, I have an earworm stuck in my head. Let me see if where that dungeon key is…. ;) No? Oh very well. My assistants are telling me I shouldn’t open the dungeon. Who knows, they say, what might crawl out. *shudder* So we’ll just go put on some Metallica and let that be the theme for dear S.G. Rogers’ little talk about…

 

What Happens With Demons

 

Halloween! It’s the most wonderful time of the year…  Okay, perhaps that’s a Christmas tune, but the point still stands. Continue reading