Heavenfire out Now

So I have had a crazy week last week and didn’t get a chance to post until now. But Heavenfire released on Thursday! We continue on the journey with Ginny and Aiden as they get a new mission that takes them half-way across the world. Here’s the blurb:

A divine sword, magic tomes, and uncontrolled power. Can 16-year-old Ginny Gracehurst keep them from an obsessed half-demon?

After retrieving the only thing that could set Jacob’s demon father free, half-angel Ginny has a new mission. She and Aiden are charged with collecting the Eternal Tomes, which teach how to use sigils in the Angelic Tongue.

They are in a race against Jacob and his minions, who can travel anywhere in a matter of seconds. Allowing demonkind to learn those sigils would spell disaster for them all. In order to get what he wants, Jacob needs one more thing besides the Tomes—Ginny herself.

I’m so excited to have this new release come out. It’s been a long time coming for me, as I wrote it a while before I published the first book in the series even. And it’s my first official new release through Three Furies Press. We are coming out of the gate running and doing exciting things, including having a full publishing schedule all the way to the end of the year! We also have a ton of great merchandise, including Angelborn, Heavenfire, Team Angelborn, and Team Demonkind gear you can snag at https://threefuriespress.com/collections/all/jk-allen#MainContent

Another thing that happened last week was a book signing I did downtown in my hometown at The Exquisite Corpse Coffee House. This is the cafe where I actually wrote the first book and some of Heavenfire at. I would go to the cafe everyday and work on a couple chapters. It’s a great local spot and I was happy they agreed to host me for my signing celebrating the release of this book. It was a special event for me. But it did make last week a bit hectic with both the release and the signing. I do struggle with anxiety, so events can take a lot out of me, and I just didn’t have it in me to blog about it until today.

I am a strong believer in celebrating each release, so I also made sure to make release day special. I had a small Facebook party with a few friends and then dinner out and cake with my family. I didn’t have to go too crazy, knowing I would be seeing more family and friends at the signing, but it is so important to celebrate each book on release day. It’s all about each victory. You’ve poured your heart and soul into creating a new book for the world, and it’s no small accomplishment. So do something to mark the occasion. I also really believe in real life events, which I’ve talked about a bit on this blog. I would recommend doing them, even in a small town. My city is pretty small, but it’s a good way to still get visibility in the writing community, and I already have my next signing and talk scheduled at a nearby library. Maybe I can do a blog post about that soon.

But if you are eagerly awaiting this release, grab your copy at https://threefuriespress.com/products/heavenfire or in paperback at https://threefuriespress.com/products/heavenfire-by-jk-allen-book

And start the adventure today with Angelborn available at https://threefuriespress.com/products/angelborn-ebook
Paperback: https://threefuriespress.com/products/angelborn-paperback-book

Thanks so much for joining me today as I talk about my new book. Happy writing!

Julia

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Interview with A.F. Stewart

Today I am happy to talk with A.F. Stewart about her new trilogy that is finally all out. Check out what she had to say!

Hello and welcome. Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you write.

I’m from Nova Scotia, Canada, and I lead an average boring life. I’m a homebody, a geek, and my great weekly adventure is usually navigating the grocery store. I write fantasy, horror and poetry, watch TV, read, and occasionally go out to the movies. I’ve published a few books that include my epic fantasy trilogy, a few fantasy and horror novellas, collections of short stories, and six volumes of poetry.

 

When did you start writing and what inspired you to write?

I’ve been writing since I was a child, scribbling stories, poems, even an ill-conceived attempt at songwriting. My imagination doesn’t shut off, and ideas have always bounced around in my head.  

 

Now I know you like to write horror and dark fiction, what draws you to these darker sides?

The psychological aspects of the darker side of human beings fascinate me. What makes people go to extremes, their motivations for violence, etc. Also, I like exploring the more primal mythologies, the things we fear, the things that go bump in the night.  

 

You also write poetry, tell us how that affects your prose writing.

I suppose it influences the descriptive passages of my writing, making them a bit more fanciful and flowery. For me, though, they are mostly separate things.

 

What are some of your favorite themes to write about? What draws you to them?

I like using the theme of consequences in my writing and ideas like obsession and secrecy. Following the thread of one act creating a ripple effect or exploring how one person’s actions can damage the people around them is dissecting the human condition. Most everything we do interacts with or effects someone else, even if it is in small non-consequential ways. I just make those interactions a bit more dramatic than normal.

 

Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written and why? Tell us a bit about them.

I’ve written several fun characters, but Balthazar (from my Killers and Demons series) is special; writing his character, I can go all out with the evil. He’s an immortal demon who loves his job (he hunts down escaped souls from Hell) and has no morals at all. He doesn’t believe in mercy, hates humans, is vain about his appearance, and loves fine wine. He does, however, have an aversion to cats, cat videos, and cat memes and generally avoids all things feline.

 

Who is your favorite author and how have they influenced your writing?

I have a tie for my favourite author between Neil Gaiman and Guy Gavriel Kay. They are both marvellous writers and I think their lyrical styles influenced me, as well as Neil Gaiman’s dark themes and Guy Gavriel Kay’s tragic characters. However, the one writer who had the most influence on my writing was Ray Bradbury; his poetic macabre style is brilliant.

 

What is your all-time favorite book? And why?

It’s hard to pick, but my all-time favourite book would most likely be Sailing to Sarantium by Guy Gavriel Kay. It’s alternate history combined with fantasy wrapped up in this beautiful poetic tragedy and it is brilliant.

 

Now, you have the third book of your newest trilogy coming out, why don’t you tell us a little bit about the series and about the newest third book.

The series is called Saga of the Outer Islands and takes place in the fictional fantasy world of the Seven Kingdoms and the Outer Islands. The novels follow the adventures of Captain Rafe Morrow (also known as the God of Souls) and the crew of the sailing ship, Celestial Jewel, as they fight sea monsters, dysfunctional gods and a sinister Nightmare Crow. Ghosts, pirates, the navy, witches, and an Oracle also show up in the books.

Book one is Ghosts of the Sea Moon and focuses on gods and ghosts, while book two, Souls of the Dark Sea, has an evil sea monster demi-god, witches, and walking skeletons rising from their watery graves. Book three, Renegades of the Lost Sea, brings the series antagonist, the Nightmare Crow, to the forefront along with some bloodthirsty resurrected-from-the-dead pirates. Also, Rafe’s parents make appearances in book three, particularly his mother, who is Death (and has a backstory with the Nightmare Crow).

 

What did writing this trilogy in particular teach you?

Most of what I wrote before were standalone books or story collections, so it was a good lesson in plotting out a series.

 

Where will you go next?

I have several projects in the works, and next up is finishing my new poetry book, Places of Poetry. Then I’ll be working on the first installment of my Obsidian Blade series, a paranormal story of an assassin working in Renaissance Venice. I’ll also be plotting out the rest of my Camelot Immortals series, and working on finishing The Prophecy of Seven, the first book in my fantasy series, Realm of the Fallen. And some time soon, the Hell’s Empire anthology will be released, with my story Infernal Patrol.

 

Now, where can we stalk you?

I’m over on Twitter: https://twitter.com/scribe77

On BookBub: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/a-f-stewart

I have my own Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/348788975590362/

And I post a bit over on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/afstewartauthor/

I also have a Patreon page (where I’ll be giving sneak peeks of the Obsidian Blade series): https://www.patreon.com/afstewart

 

And lastly, my website: https://afallonblog.wordpress.com/

 

BIG NEWS!

It is with very real pleasure that I make this announcement today. Along with Isa McLaren and Rebekah Jonesy, I am pleased as punch to say we are launching our new publishing house, Three Furies Press! Three Furies Press already has a focused and dedicated team and authors we are excited to be publishing for 2019 and beyond. Our release schedule starts in April with the re-release of Angelborn on the 11th and the premier release of Heavenfire on the 25th. I cannot wait to get these books out to you and will have more information on these soon. Keep an eye out for buy links for my books and other books published by Three Furies Press.

 

Three Furies Press is a passion for all of us, and we are taking our experience and expertise with us to this new project. We are dedicated to publishing high quality books and making exciting merchandise. We may expand to other avenues in the future, so keep a watch out for the exciting things we will have coming.

 

I hope you are all as excited as I am! And look forward to the releases of the Angelborn series coming this month!