Featured Author Recap of Fantasy Authors

Here is is November, and I don’t have an author scheduled for today so I am highlighting three past authors featured on my website that write fantasy novels.

(If you are an author and would like too be featured, I have openings in November, December and beyond. Click here for more information.)


Diana Rubino

Her time-traveling romance novel, Dark Brew, was released in July 2016. You can check out her interview here.

Amy Elizabeth Davis

Her humorous book, Darcy Bites: Pride and Prejudice with Fangs, came out in 2015. To read an excerpt and check out her book trailer, click here.


H M Sealey

She is currently working on the twelfth book in her Kingdom Rising series. Book 11, Deception Rising, was released last year. To find out more about this series, check out her interview here.


I hope you check out these authors. And if your an author who wants to be featured, contact me!

Today’s Featured Author: Susan Leigh Noble #excerpt

Sigh. Yes, it is another Friday, and again I have had an author flake out on me. I went over 2 years with that never happening. Now of late, I have had it happen quite often. I don’t know if it is because I am not following up with authors as diligently as I have in the past or they are just flaky (or busy) authors. When this happened in February, I ran something from my latest novel. Last month, I just posted asking for authors to sign up. (If you are an author and would like to be featured, click here.)

This time I decided to offer excerpts of my novels as my Friday Feature. These have all been on my blog before but thought new readers might enjoy them.

SummonedFINALMy first novel was Summoned: Book 1 of The Elemental. It came out August 2011. The Elemental series begins with Lina being drawn from her home by an unknown magic. She is compelled to go North and travels with an odd assortment of allies, each with their own agenda. This excerpt takes place after Lina is kidnapped. While Tosh doesn’t appear in this excerpt, I thought it might be helpful to let you know that he is Lina’s telepathic “cat.”

Escape from Stern Prison Excerpt 

QuietusFINALThe second book in the series is Quietus: Book 2 of The Elemental. Lina has now been joined by other Elementals, people who can control the elements. Lina is the strongest of the Elementals and agrees to train the others. This excerpt takes place when the Elementals first encounter something destroying the Land.

Destruction of the Land Excerpt

DestinyFINALThe conclusion on Lina’s story takes place in Destiny: Book 3 of The Elemental. The Elementals thought they saved the Land in Quietus, but danger still lurked. As they race to find an ancient magical scepter that may help restore the Land, it is stolen. In this excerpt, the opposition make their own plans for the scepter.

The opposition makes their plans Excerpt

The SearchIn between writing Quietus and Destiny, I wrote a short story, The Search, about Tosh, Lina’s telepathic “cat.” The adventure takes place before The Elemental series. This excerpt is the opening scene of The Search.

The chase Excerpt

(The Search is free everywhere but Amazon where it is 99 cents. The other buy links are included on the Excerpt page but wanted to offer the Amazon link here.)

HeirAlexandria_ebookcoverAnd my latest book, The Heir to Alexandria, came out this past January. It is a stand alone fantasy novel about a woman who is searching for her parents. Because she shows traces of unknown magic, she is ordered to be tested as the Heir to the Alexandria family in hopes that she may be the one destined to restore peace to the world. As she is escorted to be tested, she is abducted by a crazed man. This excerpt is where Grayson, her assigned protector, finds her at the man’s cabin.

Cabin Escape Excerpt

I hope you have enjoyed these excerpts from my books. And again, if you are an author and want to be featured, please contact me. (I have no problem featuring authors a second or third time as long as you are promoting a different book – preferably your latest one.)


Today’s Featured Author: Crystal Crichlow

Today, I have young adult, fantasy author Crystal Crichlow on my blog with an excerpt of her novel, Winter Rose.


Blue Rays of Light BackgroundI stood in the cold, dark forest, watching and waiting for any hint that I wasn’t dreaming. I had to be dreaming. The ground was green, the trees, the moss covered rocks; this was an alien planet. Everything was so peaceful and quiet. I had forgotten what it was like to not have a sea of white all around me. Standing ahead of me were two intertwined oak trees covered with moss and roses. It was beautiful, mystical. It felt like love and magic.

“Winter,” cold air carried the voice through the trees in a rainbow colored pattern. They swirled in the air in circular waves, caressing my face. I shivered as the wind picked up ferociously, tousling my hair and rustling the leaves all around. I looked frantically through the blackness of the dense forest, trying to locate the direction this mysterious voice was coming from. There was something beautiful about the way my name was whispered. It made me feel all fuzzy inside. The voice whispered my name again and again until the intertwined oak trees opened up with a loud crackling sound, a bright light shone through the darkness and an angel stepped out. He was tall, dark and very beautiful. His face was perfectly symmetrical, with two dimples the size of quarters, but his eyes…his eyes were a fiery black color that pierced through my body and burned the very pit of my stomach. I should have been frightened, every limb and bone in my body told me to run away, but I felt a pull that was more than emotional. It was physical; like something tugged on my heart with such intensity that it impelled…no, dragged me towards it. I felt like I knew him, like I wanted him and as I got closer my breath caught in my throat. My body jerked as he shoved his ghost-like hand in my chest. There was no pain, no fear as he pulled his hand out with a triumphant smile. He held something in his hand, at first I couldn’t see what it was. I looked closely through the mist that had suddenly clouded my vision. The angel had taken my heart. He smiled at me lovingly and walked away, back into the dark trees.

About the Author

Crystal Crichlow is a young adult, fantasy writer. When she isn’t writing, Crystal enjoys watching reality T.V, and reading books about zombies. She has one published novel with Solstice Publishing called, Winter Rose and two other books in the works. She lives in Ontario, Canada with her family and two cats; Cee Cee and Socks. Visit her website for more information.

Winter Rose can be purchased from Solstice Publishing and Amazon.


Today’s Featured Author: Travis Simmons

Today, I welcome fellow fantasy author Travis Simmons. Today he is talking about A Lament of Moonlight and and his upcoming release, Desolation.


When did you first consider yourself a writer?

This year? Honestly I knew that I was a writer, but I didn’t start feeling like a writer until I started talking about my writing to people.

How much of yourself, your personality or your experiences, is in your books?

Not many at all. I think my most recent novel DESOLATION (which will be out June 11th) played on the emotions of separation I was feeling at the time of writing it.

Have you started your next project? If so, can you share a little bit about your next book?

DESOLATION is facing the last round of edits on my end, and then the cover art and interior formatting will take place. I can actually share with you a blurb of the book.

“Asher St Paul thought it was just a typical zombie apocalypse like in the movies, until the necromancers crawled out of the woodwork. Since the undead have chased the living into hiding, the necromancers are able to roam freely in a new America of their making. Asher is seeking safe harbor. The need for safety is what drove him from his home in Philadelphia Pennsylvania before it was shelled. He has searched from quarantine to quarantine, always finding them overrun with zombies until he hears of The Refuge, a military compound in Binghamton New York.

With his family and lover lain to rest by his own hand, he has nothing left to lose and gives everything he has to reach the safe haven. But questions arise when he reaches The Refuge, mainly, how has he been able to sustain multiple zombie bites and not change? He thinks he has found safety in the military compound turned quarantine, but he was wrong. Even now there is a necromancer trying to make The Refuge their kingdom of the dead.”

Desolation is about so much more than zombies though. In this telling of the apocalypse, necromancers are the real monsters.

What fuels you as an author to continue to write?

I continue writing because the characters refuse to stop chattering to me. I keep writing because I am not satisfied yet, I have this need to tell stories, and there are so many to tell, and they just keep coming!

What kind of research did you do for this book?

Research for a fantasy novel is surprisingly extensive for me. I like to play on tales and legends from our own world in hopes that the novel is more realistic for the reader. I tend to research monsters and myths more than anything, and use those as a backdrop for the story and as creatures you meet along the way. Obviously I like some pretty obscure creatures as well as more traditional ones.

If is part of a series, what is the next book? Any details you can share?

A Lament of Moonlight is part of The Harbingers of Light series. The next one is A Symphony of Starlight and it takes place on the moon of their world O where darkness has already settled in and taken over.

If you could be one of the characters from any of your books, who would it be and why?

I think Abigail, she has some pretty interesting things in store for her, and she is just a fun character anyway, she is stuck between believing in strange things because she is still young, but trying to be an adult because she is getting to that age where she is starting to lose her fantastical musings she held as a child.

If you could jump in to any book, and live in that world, which would it be?

I assume this means any world in any book? Harry Potter for sure. Reading those books I really wished it was real and I was a wizard. How silly is that?

Is there a specific place in the house (or out of the house) that you like to write?

At the moment I have a writing table set up in my room, and some pretty good things come out of me there. I also just bought a digital recorder so that when I get random thoughts I can record them. I imagine walking this Spring and Summer will turn out some pretty amazing ideas.

Do you have an all time favorite book?

Right now I am pretty fond of David Eddings. I have always loved his work, but I really wish they were available on kindle, because I would so buy all of them!

What book are you reading right now?

Right now I am reading several books, the most recently read are LUMEN by a friend Joseph Eastwood and A Spell for Chameleon by Pierce Anthony.

If you could meet two authors, who would you pick and why?

David Eddings and Mercedes Lackey. They have been really detrimental in shaping what I want to write.

Book Description

LoM new cover resize“O is a land of magic and mystery. A place where, in ages past, there was a storm of fire from the heavens. At ground zero, the people were deformed, their shadows stolen from them. Their shadows were changed by the magical storm, and created a new demonic race called shadkin. The shadkin took up residence at the most magical, most holy places across the world, trying to choke out the light, and usher in a new darkness.

In the Fey Forest, one of the last holy bastions, the shadkin are winning.

When Abigail, Melvin and Ruby find an alien butterfly at school, there doesn’t seem anything fateful about it. But when the butterfly escapes and they chase after it they are lead on a dark adventure full of magic, shadkin and danger. When they meet a being from the moon she tells them about their ancestors, pilgrims from a foreign land, and the Godslayer they brought with them; a weapon that a dark goddess is searching the cosmos for. What is more, they are the harbingers of light, people chosen to champion in the light against the darkness.

They have no time to lose. The dark goddess is slipping through the stars, ever closer to their home world. They have one night to find the root of her power and destroy it before she finds them, and the mythic weapon Godslayer, that will insure her dominion throughout the universe.”

About the Author

Travis Simmons

Travis is the author of The Bonds of Blood, the first book in his epic fantasy series The Revenant Wyrd Saga. He has also written a young adult novel called A Lament of Moonlight which is book one of his pre-apocalypse series The Harbingers of Light. He is currently seeking publication for the first book of a third series, a zombie novel called Desolation. When he isn’t writing he is helping his family and trying to live a normal, under the radar life. His interests lie in cooking, gardening, green living, and human rights advocacy. He is a huge supporter of the Trevor Project and all agencies that seek to preserve natural resources and protect pets from abuse.

“Unlike most authors, I have not always loved reading and writing. I hated it until I was in 7th grade. My teacher wanted us to read the entire semester. She told me to go to her book shelf and pick out a book that I was interested in. I found one of my first loves: David Eddings’ Pawn of Prophecy.

I think it was at that point, getting lost in a book I love to this day, that I knew I had to do this. I had to create the same magic for others that Mr. Eddings created for me.”

Find out more about Travis on his website or Facebook page. You can also follow him on Twitter.

You can purchase A Lament of Moonlight on Amazon and Lulu.