Where is the time going?

Can you believe it’s Week 7 already? I know I can’t! Here, with some more great summer reads, is author, friend, and fellow Worldbuilder Sammy HK Smith.

Summer Reads Blog Tour – Week Seven

Sammy HK Smith

Week seven is already here, and it’s time to introduce Sammy HK Smith!  Sammy is another Authonomy friend who didn’t run away when I send a friend request via Facebook!  Some do you know…lol.  Anyway, along with others on this Blog Tour, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know her and her writings.  You won’t want to miss out on her work and recommendations from Goodreads.  Here’ssssss Sammy!
Sammy lives and works in the sunny county of Oxfordshire in the UK with her husband, 14 cats, 2 dogs and hamster, Georgeski. When time allows, she writes. In Search of Gods and Heroes is her first book, and the first  of the Children of Nalowyn series.

Between working and writing, she studies with the Open University for her B.A in Humanities with a specialism in Classical Studies, and is currently learning (albeit slowly) Ancient Greek and Latin. She enjoys reading (obviously!), mythology, music, films, and a host of other uninteresting hobbies.
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In Search of Gods and Heroes
Buried in the scriptures of Ibea lies a story of rivalry, betrayal, stolen love, and the bitter division of the gods into two factions. This rift forced the lesser deities to pledge their divine loyalty either to the shining Eternal Kingdom or the darkness of the Underworld.
When a demon sneaks into the mortal world and murders an innocent girl to get to her sister Chaeli, all pretence of peace between the gods is shattered. For Chaeli is no ordinary mortal, she is a demi-goddess, in hiding for centuries, even from herself. But there are two divine brothers who may have fathered her, and the fate of Ibea rests on the source of her blood.
Chaeli embarks on a journey that tests her heart, her courage, and her humanity. Her only guides are a man who died a thousand years ago in the Dragon Wars, a former assassin for the Underworld, and a changeling who prefers the form of a cat.
The lives of many others – the hideously scarred Anya and her gaoler; the enigmatic and cruel Captain Kerne; the dissolute Prince Dal; and gentle seer Hana – all become entwined. The gods will once more walk the mortal plane spreading love, luck, disease, and despair as they prepare for the final, inevitable battle.
In Search of Gods and Heroes, Book One of Children of Nalowyn, is a true epic of sweeping proportions which becomes progressively darker as the baser side of human nature is explored, the failings and ambitions of the gods is revealed, and lines between sensuality and sadism, love and lust are blurred.

Sammy’s bookshelf: summer-reads-blog-2014

Touch the Dark
5 of 5 stars
This is my favourite urban fantasy series of all time. Dark, gritty, funny, and with a splash of romance. What I love is that Karen doesn’t make our heroine the milquetoast MC that bumbles about needing a man to set her right. Cassie is …
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Through Violet Eyes
5 of 5 stars
I picked this book up several years ago in a cheap bookstore. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but after reading the novel I immediately ordered the subsequent books in the series. A paranormal mystery surrounding those with violet ey…
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Wit'ch Fire
5 of 5 stars
This series ranks in my top fantasy books of all time. They’re old school fantasy – good vs bad. With a strong female MC and a band of characters who are neither blank or white. James Clemens writes characters that are complex, interesti…
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Empire of the Saviours
5 of 5 stars
A.J Dalton was (I believe) the first author to officially coin the term metaphysical fantasy – where things such as free will and destiny are swayed by external influences such as gods. Where nature nurtures and we consider more than the…
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Autodrome
5 of 5 stars
Not YA, not adult, this fits wonderfully into the NA reading genre. A perfect blend of dieselpunk, dystopia and science fiction, Autodrome is a city in the desert where racing is everything. I liken it to the pod-racing in Star Wars – th…
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8 thoughts on “Where is the time going?

          • Sophie E Tallis says:

            Really don’t know where the summer has gone. For me it’s weird too, for the last 16 years my calendar has always been dominated by the summer school holidays, and now I’m not a teacher anymore, it’s really weird! The worst is having to work on a Saturday, having said that, as much as I miss the kiddies, it’s a MUCH less stressful job than teaching was and I don’t miss the 50/60 hour weeks at all! 😀

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          • Kay Kauffman says:

            I’m sure! Teachers deserve way more credit and respect than they get here (I hope it’s better over there). I mean, they spend more time with a lot of kids than the kids’ parents do, which really leaves me wondering why teachers get so little respect these days. I mean, they’re responsible for forming and guiding the next generation. They deserve so much more than they get.

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          • Sophie E Tallis says:

            Thanks honey. It’s so funny, before I got into teaching I thought they had such an easy life, just working 9-3pm. Lol, how wrong I? Into school by 7:30, kids in at 8:00 til 6pm with clubs then at least an hour of work after they’ve gone, then work all over weekends and evenings. Yes the hols are great, but you work through-out them anyway. Lol…the paperwork is insane too…nevermind. For me it was illness that stopped me teaching, can’t be bending over a child to help it and collapse in front of it! 😀

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          • Kay Kauffman says:

            Our school doesn’t start till 8:30 a.m., but I know other schools around here that start earlier. Ours have begun teaching to the almighty standardized tests – my kids don’t even know how to alphabetize things properly. I’ve tried to teach them myself, but I’m a crap teacher. They don’t know how to use reference books, either, because the school system decided that those things aren’t necessary for everyday life. Meanwhile, my son can’t properly do long division because instead of teaching him the correct way to do it (something that even the government agrees is actually important), they teach shortcuts. If you do them right, you’ll eventually get the right answer, but if you mess up, the whole thing falls apart. *sigh* /rant

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