Darkhaven, the movie!

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Today I’ve got a real treat: A movie cast for Darkhaven, handpicked by the author herself!  This would book would make a wonderful movie, so I hope Hollywood is paying attention.  Also, if anyone knows where to get hold of a time machine, let us know – it would make casting so much easier! :D

Stay tuned afterward, because I’ve got all the deets on a great Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post!

I always have difficulty with casting my characters, because no one in real life looks quite like the people in my head. I always say that if my books were going to be translated into visual media, I’d like them to be either anime or graphic novels. Nevertheless, I’ve given it a go.

Scavenger_day04Darkhaven is set in a capital city, Arkannen, into which people from many different countries have migrated over the years. Most people’s heritage is a mixture of cultures/influences; they tend to think of themselves as Arkannenites before anything else (much as Londoners are Londoners before they are British). So although Mirrorvale and its surrounding countries don’t have exact real-world analogues, I’ve chosen actors who have quite a diverse mixture of backgrounds…

And now, an interview!

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Today I’m interviewing A.F.E. Smith, author of Darkhaven and illustrious spymaster for the Alliance of Worldbuilders.  After all, no one ever suspects the robin…

Stay tuned afterward, because I’ve got all the deets on a great Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post!

KK: To take a page from your book, tell us a bit about yourself – any illogical fears, unusual birthmarks, whether you’d rather wrestle a bear or punch a shark, that kind of thing. :)

80115-afe_smith_author_photoA.F.E: I’m a professional editor, a whenever-I-can writer and a mother of two young children. I’m also an occasional robin.

Illogical fears I have aplenty, including moths, spiders and other assorted invertebrates. Then there’s drowning … I hate the idea of drowning … and blood and heights and being buried alive. Oh, and mould. I hate mould. But other than all that, I would make a perfectly good fantasy hero.

Rather than a lightning-shaped scar on my forehead, I have a large orbicular birthmark on my knee. In other words, I have a great big freckle. Still, that’s got to mean I have a Destiny, right?

I would never wrestle a bear, or punch a shark. I am a vegetarian and therefore coexist peacefully with all living creatures, except those that have a tendency to crawl around on my walls.

KK: What about Darkhaven? What’s it all about?

Cover_image_DARKHAVEN_AFE_SmithA.F.E.: The short answer: shapeshifters and murder.

The slightly longer answer?

Fantasy and murder: A guest post by A.F.E. Smith

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To kick off this fun-filled week of fantasy goodness, I’ve got a guest post for you about fantasy and murder from A.F.E. Smith.  Stay tuned afterward, because I’ve got all the deets on a great Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post!

Fantasy and murder: what’s the appeal?

It’s no secret that fantasy is, and always has been, my favourite genre. There are many reasons for that, but one very good one is that the sheer number of possibilities it opens up to a writer is breathtaking. Fantasy has no limitations except for your own imagination and your ability to convince your reader to suspend disbelief.

Yet for that reason, writing fantasy can feel like being handed a bottomless bucket, pointed in the direction of an infinitely wide pick’n’mix stand, and told to take as much as you want. And if you’re me, that might result in something like this.

I like birds. And unicorns. And shapeshifters. So let’s have a flying unicorn shapeshifter! Duels to the death, always good. Add them to the bloody murder and general mayhem. Airships, sure, why not? Bit of romance. Bit of mistaken identity. Swords, yes, gotta have plenty of swords … oooh, guns! Hmm, swords or guns … what? Swords AND guns? Don’t mind if I do. And a walled city. No, a double-walled city. No, a SEVEN-walled city.

Scavenger_day02 I’m not kidding…

I’m a guest!

Yesterday was a crazy day, and today wasn’t a whole lot better, which is my poor excuse for forgetting that the lovely Viv Drewa was hosting me on her blog yesterday.  I feel awful that I forgot, but at least I remembered now!

She has a wonderful website full of lots of interesting things, which you should totally check out.  And if the mood moves you, you can read my poem about writing poetry. :)

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Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Tour, day seven!

Sadly, I have no infographic for you today, but I hope you’ve learned a bit about book piracy and its effects.  I also hope that you’ve checked out some of the books I’ve shared this week and that, if you have, you’ll enjoy them.  I’ve got several on my TBR list that I can’t wait to get to.  If you’ve picked up any of these books, please review them!  Review them anywhere – on Amazon, Goodreads, even your blog.  Next to purchasing all their available books, a review is the best way to thank an author for the enjoyment they’ve given you. :D

If you’d like to learn more about ebook piracy, you can check out our website.  It’s full of information and resources.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Even though I don’t have any more piracy stats for you today, I do still have free books to feature.   Today’s books are…

Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Tour, day six!

pirated percentage

That’s a heck of a lot of ebooks, especially when you consider how many ebooks are published in this country every year.  If you’re looking for something new to read, check out the free books below instead of pirating something else.  Help an author out!

To learn more about ebook piracy, check out our website.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

Today’s free books are…

Authors and Bloggers Against Piracy Tour, day five!

lost sales

Wow.  That’s a lot of money.  But it’s not just publishers who are hurt by piracy, it’s authors.  When a book is pirated, authors don’t see any royalties from it.  The big names we all know, the J.K. Rowlings and the Stephen Kings and the Tom Clancys (or their estates, in Tom Clancy‘s case), are few and far between in reality.  Many authors struggle to pay the bills with their writing, and most of us have day jobs we’d love to ditch but can’t afford to.  For us, piracy can be devastating.

To learn more about ebook piracy, check out our website.  And don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card!

And when you’re done, check out today’s free book…