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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Coilhunter by Dean F. Wilson

In this “weird west” tale of grit and vengeance, an unconventional bounty hunter seeks the killer of his family.

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Monday, July 24, 2017

Twenty-Four Potential Children of Prophecy by Emily Martha Sorensen

Henina tends to irritate people. She can't help it — she's bad at shutting her mouth. So when a prophecy is made that someone will stop the war, she figures she's the worst possible choice.

Too bad.

The Fates have their sights set on her, and it will take all her cleverness and quite a lot of offending the king to foist the prophecy off on somebody else instead.

But she can do it. After all, there are a lot of potentials to choose from.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

Fantasy Art Friday | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:


Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Friday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.

A battle hardened warrior escorts a girl on horseback. She is well dressed and rides with confidence–most likely from a noble family. Is she merely taking a leisurely afternoon ride through the woodlands near home, or is she traveling a long distance, with this man sworn to protect her along the journey? Was he hired for the job, or are the two blood relatives? Either way, they seem to be at ease with each other. I wonder what they are talking about. Perhaps you could fill in the conversation…
Trio, Horses, Escort and River by Sean Silvestre

Author Spotlight: An Arrow Against the Wind by P. H. Solomon | Renee Scattergood

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Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have P.H. Solomon with his newest book in The Bow of Hart SagaAn Arrow Against the Wind. He’ll be sharing an excerpt from his book later, but first…
P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. An Arrow Against the Wind is his second novel-length title with more soon to come.

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Haunted by his past. Hunted in the present. Buffeted like an arrow in the wind.
The hunt for the Bow of Hart continues for Athson and his companions. They have escaped the clutches of Magdronu and Corgren, but they are still pursued. In need of answers to deep mysteries revealed in Chokkra, Athson must gain possession of the mythic bow to face both his enemies and his tragic past. But Magdronu’s reach stretches among Athson’s companions, endangering Limbreth and even Hastra in schemes to entrap them all. With each turn of the search for the Bow of Hart, long hidden secrets surface that threaten to destroy Athson. Will he falter like an arrow against the wind?

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The touch of a cold hand drew Limbreth out of the depths of slumber. Her watch already? But her eyes only fluttered open and shut. Hastra said nothing. That touch—it was far colder than the weather. It crept deep into her sluggish thoughts and along her spine.
Limbreth groaned and turned her head. Her eyes flared wide at the sight of a black hand. It grasped her arm. Her jaw worked, but she uttered not a sound. Her heart slammed in her throat, and her chest heaved. The Bane dragged her toward the door where Gweld squatted.
The figure of the Bane swallowed all the light in the small space even though the fire still burned well. Limbreth found some strength and flopped as the Bane pulled her to the door’s threshold and then ducked out.
Limbreth’s lungs strained to utter any noise. It was a spell! She fought for a sound and croaked a whimper. The Bane pulled her right arm out the door.
Why wouldn’t Gweld do anything?
Limbreth fumbled with her free hand and snagged the rock edge of the doorway. The Bane yanked at her arm. Her breath came in gasps but made no viable sound.
She drew the deepest of breaths and mustered all her strength, which passed her lips in a feeble whisper: “Help.” Not enough to wake anyone. You’re on your own. Gweld never moved.
The Bane yanked her torso into the blizzard outside. Her hand grasped the doorway fast and her left arm locked in pain. A groan escaped her lips.

Nevergrave by Elizabeth Hurst

She was never supposed to be more than a study in resurrection and he was never supposed to care.

The summer of '94 was going to be big. At least, that’s what he promised her. From Willapa Bay to Todos Santos, every town had something to take.

Neverpine wasn't supposed to be any different and she was never supposed to leave him.

But she did - and now she's dead.

She was supposed to stay that way.

Nevergrave is a full-length, standalone novel.

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Monday, July 17, 2017

100+ FREE Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | Joshua Robertson

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Medieval Monday: Pottery | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:


One of the tasks medieval people could do any time of the year was dig for clay along river beds, which was used for pottery and tiles among other things. At least in the early medieval period, making pottery was mainly a rural activity. It was easiest to set up a workshop and kiln at or near the source of the materials needed. Large supplies of not just clay, but sand, wood to fuel the kiln, and water were needed. Access to a road or boats for transportation was also required.
potter-at-wheel-2Pottery making was typically handed down as a family industry among the peasantry. Though pottery was valued as a necessity of daily life, pottery makers were one of the lowest regarded craftsmen. It was often a secondary job, done after work in the fields was completed. Tools were simple, including combs, knives, and stamps to add decoration. Wheels were not commonly used until after the 12th century. In the mid and late Middle Ages, pottery making became a larger industry and was also done in towns and cities. Pottery began to include other materials such as wood and metal. Each region’s pottery had its own unique, easily distinguishable characteristics.
I found an in interesting video of medieval-style pottery being made for you to enjoy. He shows a really great piece that was apparently made for washing hands that I’d never heard of.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Have a Question? I’ve Got Answers! | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:


In a recent newsletter I set up a survey for my subscribers. They’ve had a chance to respond, so I’d like to open this up to my blog readers as well.

TIME FOR AN AUTHOR INTERVIEW–AND YOU’RE IN CHARGE OF THE QUESTIONS!

I’ve participated in lots of interviews over the years, including one that was live on internet radio. Most of them have been set up by bloggers or other authors, and not necessarily fans. It has been a while, so I thought it might be a good idea to post a fresh interview, and let YOU ask the questions.
What would you like to know, about me, my writing, or my book series? You can have some real fun with this and ask my characters questions too–they’ve all agreed to participate. The answers will be shared in my next newsletter and get added to my website for everyone to read!


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Special Feature: Dragon's Future (Dragon Courage Book 1) by Kandi J Wyatt | Renee Scattergood

Originally posted by Renee Scattergood:


I've been reading this series with my daughter and we've been enjoying it immensely. Check it out! The first book in the series is free!



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Every child of Woolpren dreams of being a dragon rider, but few are chosen. Twins Ruskya & Duskya are selected as children to join this elite group, leaving their home and all that is familiar to train for their new lives.

Fast forward fifteen years--dragons are becoming extinct and riders are rare. When Ruskya learns of a plot that could destroy the remaining dragon population, he and his friends must fight for their dragons' future.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

Medieval Monday: The Labors of July | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:


“Summer, you who ripen man’s sustenance with the wholesome heat of the sun’s warmth, should be blessed by all manner of men. May your friendly demeanour, and your attractive, cheerful and happy appearance ever be thanked!”
– Thomas Hoccleve
July was a time for fruit and crops to ripen, and there was always a certain amount of anxiety over how productive the season would be. Too many storms and excessive rain throughout the summer months was not just an inconvenience, but could have serious long-term repercussions in terms of food supply and physical health. Despite the abundance of growing things, July was sometimes a hungry month. Stores from the previous year’s harvest would be running out (or would be gone if the previous year was a lean one), but it was still too early to harvest most crops. Because of this, gathering wild foods became an important task for July. Such foods helped to stretch out the food supply until it was time for the main harvest.
WeedingWeeding was another July activity, done to ensure the health and abundance of crops and garden plants. A sickle was used for weeding along with a stick with a y-shaped end, called a crotch.  The crotch held the weed in place while it was cut down with the sickle.  Nettle and thistle were common weeds that had to be kept in check, along with cornflower, poppies, dock, corn cockle, and charlock.
Book of Hours Harvest2
Depending on where they lived, some communities would begin reaping rye, winter wheat, and vetches in July. Teams of men and women would use scythes to cut down and bind barley, beans, peas, and oats. The sheaves would be kept small enough to carry, and another group would follow behind to stack them. Workers would occasionally switch between cutting, binding, and stacking in order to rest different muscle groups. The Church took as a tithe one sheaf out of every ten.
Wheat was cut at the top, leaving the long stalks still standing. Later on, these stalks could be cut down to feed cattle or they might be plowed under as fertilizer to enrich the soil. After crops were harvested, the poor were allowed to pick through what was left over, and after that, the animals could forage.
Peasants worked long, hard hours during the summer months. Manorial accounts from one 14th century manor in England showed 39 tenants who carried out 2,847 different tasks! But summer was a time for fun as well. The good weather provided opportunities for a variety of outdoor games that brought different classes of people together, from peasants to nobles. These were largely community diversions rather than competitive games between individuals. (However, medieval entertainment is another topic, worthy of its own post!)
One last interesting bit of information I found, which gives insight into the medieval mind and way of life. “According to the Secretum Secretorum…the disruptive humor choler, hot and dry, was the dominant bodily influence in summer, and so excessive hot food and drink, and food likely to cause digestive upsets, were to be avoided. Cool, moist foods like veal dressed with vinegar, cucumber, chicken, pottages based on barley, and sharp fruits like apples and pomegranates were recommended. Anything heating, such as lovemaking and baths, should be avoided.”
Now enjoy another episode of Tales from the Green Valley–this one has some really fascinating information. Learn about doing laundry (making detergent from ash, stain remover from stale urine, rinsing in the stream, and using wringing posts), harvesting hay in the meadow, weeding crops, gathering gooseberries, beans, and roses, and cooking beef, puddings, and other seasonal foods.
Want to know more about the Middle Ages? Use the Medieval Monday Index to see more posts on a variety of topics.

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Ultimate Paperback Giveaway | Joshua Robertson

Originally posted by Joshua Robertson:


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Click the image above or HERE to enter for your chance to win 52 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Paperbacks! Good Luck!
Full List of Paperbacks:
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
The Gunslinger by Stephen King
Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Dune by Frank Herbert
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Magician by Raymond E. Feist
Mort by Terry Pratchett
Wild Cards I edited by George R.R. Martin
Wool by Hugh Howey
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne
The Defenders of Shannara: The High Druid’s Blade by Terry Brooks
Star Trek – Prey: Hell’s Heart by John Jackson Miller
The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Wheel of Time: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
The Gender Game by Bella Forrest
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms – The Legend of Drizzt: Homeland by R.A. Salvatore
Ancilliary Justice by Ann Leckie
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margarget Atwood
Blackmark by Jean Lowe Carlson
Junkers by Benjamin Wallace
Her Dangerous Visions by Brandon Barr
Ambassador 1: Seeing Red by Patty Jensen
The Shattered Orb by Samuel E. Green
Corporate Marines: Video Game Recruiting by Tom Germann
Nighthawks by Jeremy Flagg
Muse by Kylie Quillinan
Coilhunter by Dean F. Wilson
The Future Chronicles edited by Samuel Peralta
Dead Letter by Benjamin Descovich
Havenwood by Eric Slade
The Silverleaf Chronicles by Vincent Trigili
1984 by George Orwell
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
Constellation by Robert Scanlon
Blood & Holy Water by Joynell Schultz
Shade by Marilyn Peake
Circuit by Rhett C. Bruno
The City of Skies by Farah Cook
Duel in the Dark by Jay Allen
Age of Order by Julian North
The Human Legion: Marine Cadet by Tim C. Taylor
Signs of Portents by Lou Paduano
The Atlantis Plague by A.G. Riddle
Batman: Arkham Knight – The Official Novelization by Marv Wolfman

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Social Media Updates and Giveaway Announcement | Joshua Robertson

Originally posted by Joshua Robertson:


I have been neck deep in social media courses for the past few days, which means I have been negelecting writing, but learning tons. The information has been borderline mind-blowing, but I would not expect anything less. I am being trained by one of the Top 3 social media experts in the world, and his advice is golden.
From his advice, I have been trying to re-ignite a few of my neglected social media sites like Instagram and Snapchat (Username: RobertsonWrites — go follow me!). I really enjoy both of these platforms, but I spend waaay more time on Twitter and Facebook. I am going to do my best to balance my time. I am still not convinced that Snapchat is worth my time, considering most of my readers fall in a demographic that does not regularly use Snapchat.

What do you use for social media??

Excitingly enough, I had a couple of major events take place this week. 1) I have made the first book in my series FREE. So anyone who would like to read an epic fantasy with a whole new concept of racesmonsters, and magic, you can download my book HEREMelkorka has hit the bestseller list a couple of times on Amazon with over 10,000 downloads. I am planning to have the audio version of the book available by the end of September!
Also, I am currently doing a giveaway for my new release, Blood and Bile, which was co-written with my brother, JC BoydBlood and Bile reached the top 100 paid sales in Norse and Viking fantasy books on Amazon before it was even released! If interested, please check out the giveaway on Goodreads. You can read the reviews on Amazon.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Fantasy Art Friday | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:


Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Friday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.

I love the drama and tension of this image–just the kind you want in a good story. I my book series, this could very easily be an image of Glak sometime in the future, preparing to lead an army of men into the most important battle of their lives. The one that will decide not only their fate, but that of the entire world.
Whoever he is, this leader has poise–he’s calm and confident as he steps forward, his hand resting securely on the hilt of his sword. Battle is imminent, but he has prepared himself for this moment. It is time to find out if his men have been trained well enough to defeat the enemy. They acknowledge his authority as he passes through. These are the men who will be on the front lines–the pikemen. He looks into their faces, knowing that they will be the most vulnerable of all. Most of them will die today, and despite their displays of bravado, the look in their eyes tells him they know it too. He honors them by steadily returning their gaze. History will remember them…if there is to be any future. They must give their all, here, today, on the field of battle, in order to ensure that there is.
“Banners of War” by Gabriel Yeganyan

Monday, July 3, 2017

Medieval Monday: Travel Distance in a Day | Allison D. Reid

Originally posted by Allison D. Reid:


medieval-horseBack in January, I put together a post on horses and their role in medieval society, and another on travel. Today’s post is a bit unusual, but it relates to both of those. It will be particularly interesting to those of you who are also writers, and are constantly trying to figure out distances. How far can my character travel in a day by horseback, or on foot. How about an army? How does terrain and weather affect travel distances? I was thinking along these lines over the weekend while working on my next book. I did a little poking around online, and found this awesome thread in a forum from five years ago. The best credit I can give to the writers/researchers is to include the forum page and their forum usernames. But whoever they are, I thank them for putting this together, as I am guessing it took a lot of time and wasn’t all that easy. Even if you aren’t a writer, this is pretty fascinating stuff.

Anyway, here is the information, taken from https://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=19730. I hope you find it interesting and possibly useful as well.
How far can a horse travel in one day: by fifty
Strangely I was doing a little research on how far a horse can realistically travel in one day and after much google-fu it seems to depend very much on the type of horse, conditioning (i.e. is it used for long distance travel all the time, rather than been standing in a field for months, or only used for racing, etc..) and condition (i.e. is it well fed and watered), as well as how heavy a load and the terrain involved.
…anyway this is the list of distances (in miles per day) I’ve come up with from a variety of sources that I shall be using personally:
On Roads / trails
Level or rolling terrain: 40
Hilly terrain: 30
Mountainous terrain: 20
Off-Road (or unkempt trails etc)
Level/rolling grasslands: 30
Hilly grasslands: 25
Level/rolling forest/thick scrub: 20
Very hilly forest/thick scrub: 15
Un-blazed Mountain passes: 10
Marshland: 10
Assumptions
  • An average quality horse, of a breed suitable for riding, conditioned for overland travel and in good condition.
  • Roads and trails are in good condition and up kept by whatever local authority deals with them.
  • Weather is good to fair, and travelers are riding for around ten hours a day.
Notes
Halve these distances for a horse pulling a cart or for a very heavily laden horse (e.g. a fully armoured knight who insists on wearing his armour all day rather than having it stowed on a second baggage horse as would be normal!).
Add half again for specially trained horses and riders who are prepared to push hard (rangers, scouts and messangers, etc…) though do bear in mind that horses cannot be pushed like this for more than a few days at a time. You can add a bit more again to this distance if the breed of horse is exceptionally suitable for this sort of thing, but I’d say 2 to 2.5 times the base is the absolute maximum without some sort of magical assistance!
Poor weather such as heavy rain or wind should reduce distances by about one quarter, and very poor conditions like heavy snow or gale force winds, etc.. should reduce distances by at least half if not more.
Finding a place to ford a small river or swimming your horse across a larger river should knock a couple of miles off the day’s journey, other unique obstacles might have a similar reduction. (as a guide remember a horse walks at around 4 miles per hour (compared to a human average of around 2.5 – 3mph) so if the obstacle takes half an hour to deal with that’s a couple of miles lost.
Out of interest
The Tevis cup is a 100-mile-in-one-day competition which goes over some quite rugged and mountainous trail terrain in the western states of USA… but they do it on very special Arab horses, with little or no baggage and even the winning times are usually around 17 hours!

How far can a person walk in one day: by fifty
Ok, well to weigh in in similar style to my earlier post…
Again from my reading around on the matter overland travel by foot again depends on a number of human factors such as the condition and experience of the walker as well as environmental and terrain considerations.
Equipment and preparedness would also have a bearing… Modern hiking boots, ultra-light camping equipment and freeze dried trail rations as compared to hob-nailed roman sandals and hard tack, or even pre-historic fur wrapped feet and foraging as you go would all have a dramatic effect on distances covered!
But working on an earliest Roman through to a latest pre-19thC sort of period, and with some other rather broad assumptions again (such as average human walking speed of 3 mph) this is the list of distances (in miles per day) that I would tentatively suggest:
On Roads / trailsLevel or rolling terrain: 20
Hilly terrain: 14
Mountainous terrain: 9
Off-Road (or unkempt trails etc)Level/rolling grasslands: 15
Hilly grasslands: 12
Level/rolling forest/thick scrub: 8
Very hilly forest/thick scrub: 6
Un-blazed Mountain passes: 6
Marshland: 5
Assumptions
  • A young to middle aged man of average height and build, in good physical condition and used to walking for long distances, Equipped with good walking footwear and other hiking equipment appropriate to the era.
  • Roads and trails are in good condition and up kept by whatever local authority deals with them.
  • Weather is good to fair, and travellers are walking for around 7-8 hours a day.
Notes
Reduce these distances by around a quarter for a heavily laden man.
Add a quarter to half again for very experienced hikers.
As with mounted travel, exceptionally experienced and/or physically capable men might be able to do significantly more as a one off forced march, but twice the base is probably a reasonable maximum and I would expect them to take be walking for up to 20 hours and be utterly exhausted at the end of it!
Out of interest
Naismith’s rule is a ‘rule of thumb’ for planning a hiking expedition by calculating how long it will take to walk the route, including ascents. The basic rule is:
“Allow 1 hour for every 3 miles forward, plus 1 hour for every 2000 feet of ascent”.
I’ve read anything from 15 to 25 miles per day quoted in many places for a fully laden Roman Legionary, but 15 miles seems more common though with time to break camp and rebuild it after the days march factored in most sources reckon they were only marching for a round 5 hours a day anyway. (There are some sources that suggestion 50 mile forced marches were possible for the Legions but many dismiss this as an exaggeration)
And just to show how subjective and ‘as a guide only’ this sort of table is:
The world record for the marathon distance of just over 26 miles is a mere 2 hours and 8 minutes!
Ulysse Grant thought a forced march of 20 miles in a day was generally not a good idea if troops were expected to fight at the end of it
The British SAS selection ‘Test week’ concludes with ‘Endurance’, a 40 mile march across the Brecon Beacons (very hilly / mountainous terrain, famed for its bad weather) – completed in less than 20 hours whilst loaded in excess of fifty five pounds of equipment, plus water, food and rifle.

More Info: by rdanhenry
Over long distances, there are very few animals that the human (in proper condition) cannot outpace. Horses, however, are no slouches themselves at long distances. I would say you probably get about the same rates on foot or by horse, assuming conditions do not hinder the horse unduly (you’ll never get a horse up Everest and a man can fit through more closely grown trees). The great advantage of mounted travel is that somebody else is doing the work. You also generally use a beast of burden, which can handle more weight than a man.
Dean Karnazes “Ran 3,000 miles (4,800 km) across the United States from Disneyland to New York City in 75 days, running 40 to 50 miles per day, 2011” per Wikipedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Karnazes)
Armies will travel much slower, due to the amount of equipment required, including considerations of food for such large groups. Armies generally include wagons, which will always be slower than simply and horse and rider. Smaller bands of travelers who are less burdened will go faster. Maximum rates require that one be essentially unburdened; running over 100 miles in a day is simply not done with a backpack.
I’d say 20-40 miles per day on a good road and no hampering conditions is about what you can expect with a normal group either on foot or mounted. Conditions will often make travel slower. Don’t forget that weather will have an effect; travel can be slowed considerably if the skies are unfriendly. The need to obtain food is more of a problem with horses, if there is no ready grazing. How elaborate the encampment preparations are will also have an affect on travel rate, as will daylight hours, as both influence hours spent in travel. An army that fortifies its encampment will be more secure, but travel slower, than one that simply throws down its bedrolls, sets a watch, and sleeps.
And as fifty’s post points out, there is a difference between how far you will travel in a day if you simply need to get where you are going and how fast you go if you need to reserve enough strength to do battle or otherwise exert yourself when done with the journey. Peaceful pilgrims in a peaceful land will outpace an army or a group of “adventurers” exploring wilderness. There are many factors, which is why historical numbers vary so much.

I don’t recall where I read it, but I remember learning that the effective control radius for a Medieval castle is about 20 miles: the distance that a mounted force can travel in a single day and still be able to fight when they arrive.
Somewhere around here is a very nice analysis of settlement density in an English county, originally posted by Gidde I believe, that included some numbers of travel distance and time. If I recall correctly, the average distance between settlements was roughly half a day’s walk, such that a person could go to the next town, make some trades, and be back home before dark.