Out of the Dark – BBB

Out of the Dark

Compiled and Edited by

Hazel Butler

Lost in Thought, by Debra Mason. Copyrighted - do not copy

Lost in Thought by Debra Mason. Copyrighted – do not copy

The Book:

Containing over two hundred images, and contributions from thirty-two artists from around the world, Out of the Dark is a veritable cornucopia of Gothic delight. Fifteen chapters, each packed with vibrant images, and pithy descriptions, showcase some of Gothic Art’s favourite themes, from Death to Lovers, Hauntings to Winter, and Lolitas to Lost Boys.

Many images are accompanied by commentaries from the artists, detailing their inspirations and methods, and why certain pieces mean so much to them.

The central feature of the book is a sixteen page spread on favourite Alternative model, Maria Amanda Schaub, including a biography, a selection of her favourite art pieces, and why she loves them so much.

Scaretale, by Liliana Sanches. Copyrighted - do not copy

Scaretale by Liliana Sanches. Copyrighted – do not copy

Maria Amanda Schaub:

Maria Amanda Schaub is an alternative model from Denmark and a fan favourite in Gothic circles. She is known for her waifish frame, platinum hair, and heavy black makeup, as well as her sense of style. She enjoys Gothic, Punk, Lolita, Fantasy and Cosplay shoots above all else.

Ookami, by Tim Lord. Copyrighted - do not copy

Ookami, by Tim Lord. Copyrighted – do not copy

 

 

 

Purchasing:

The publisher’s preference is to sell via email at the moment (until the web shop is working properly again). So please send an email to info@aadenianink.com to get your hands on a copy.

The Amazon links, if you’re a little lazy for that, are here for UK and here for US.

Links:

Aadenian Ink
Aadenian Ink Facebook

The Reluctant Prophet – BBB

The Reluctant Prophet

by

Gillian O’Rourke

There’s none so blind as she who can see…

The Reluctant Prophet Cover

BLURB:

Esther is blessed, and cursed, with a rare gift: the ability to see the fates of those around her. But when she escapes her peasant upbringing to become a priestess of the Order, she begins to realise how valuable her ability is among the power-hungry nobility, and what they are willing to do to possess it.

Haunted by the dark man of her father’s warnings, and unable to see her own destiny, Esther is betrayed by those sworn to protect her. With eyes newly open to the harsh realities of her world, she embarks on a path that diverges from the plan the Gods have laid out. Now she must choose between sacrificing her own heart’s blood, and risking a future that will turn the lands against each other in bloody war.

The Reluctant Prophet is the story of one woman who holds the fate of the world in her hands, when all she wishes for is a glimpse of her own happiness.

EXCERPT:

Days of inflicted pain, humiliation and cruelty brought me close to the brink of madness, closer to my gift, leaving me weary in body and spirit. I did not know which part of me hurt more, but when my eyes met those of the head priestess, the superior who would decide my fate, the keen pain of expected failure rose in my chest. Her dark eyes seemed to swallow me whole. I felt both hot and cold at once; days of obedience, suffering and fasting had blurred the days into one long torture. I longed to sit and weep, but my body was too sore to do anything but kneel slowly, stiffly into a submissive position. Many girls had failed, and now I was to learn my own fate. My ears were ringing and I almost cried out when my knee, cut open on a sharp stone during one of the tests, sent pain reverberating throughout my body. I kept my eyes upon the superior’s face. Lined and calm, her expression betrayed nothing.

I flinched when an unexpected vision assaulted my senses, propelling me from the room and into a place I barely caught a glance of. A trace of darkness; a laugh, a dark green eye. Each small glimpse offered me no more than a confusing jumble of images I could not piece together to make a whole picture. Swaying, I wondered if I was ill. My body throbbed and the days of fasting, beatings and silence became as fractured and unreal as my visions. The testing had taken its toll, but I needed only make it through this last moment. As I fought to return to myself, I worried again that I would make it this far, only to be rejected because of what I was: a peasant.

The superior rose. My awareness had been completely focused on her and I had not noticed an inch of the marble-columned room I had been brought to. The distracting sparkle of candlelight danced on a pool of water and I looked away quickly, not wishing to see the future reflected in those waters. The superior’s thin lips moved, but I heard no sound. The ringing in my ears worsened and my heart rate trebled. When she stood before me, she lifted her hand and smeared something powdery against my forehead. Her touch sent waves of premonition into my mind, making my skin shiver and creep. Fighting the urge to succumb to the sight left me weak and trembling.

I was not altogether myself when I managed to overcome the visions. My chest constricted when a distant voice – certainly not the superior’s worn croak – spoke to me, gently whispering, ‘Esther . . . Esther,’ over and over.

All the while the superior’s mouth moved, but I knew nothing of her words. The room tilted and the first spark of emotion lifted the older woman’s eyes from blankness. For a moment I believed I was succumbing to the visions her touch was invoking, but I slipped instead into waiting darkness.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gillian O'Rourke

Before settling down in the Emerald Isle with her husband and three dogs, Gillian O’Rourke lived in Melbourne, Australia. She received her first fantasy book from an English teacher at the age of fourteen and has loved the genre ever since. Although she writes fantasy, she occasionally dabbles in the paranormal. Gillian currently works in the healthcare sector, helping adults with disabilities live as independently as possible.

LINKS:

Purchase Links:

The Reluctant Prophet was released on 1 September, but Amazon has not yet put it up for sale. The paperback can be ‘pre-ordered’ as below, and I’ll update with the Kindle link when it is available.

Paperback (ISBN – 978-1-909845-18-3)

Kindle ASIN: 978-1-909845-19-0

Smashwords (all e-formats) ISBN: 978-1-909845-20-6

Gillian O’Rourke:

Twitter

http://gillianorourke.com

Healer’s Touch – BBB

Healer’s Touch

By

Deb E Howell

‘For Llew to heal, something must die’

Healer's Touch Cover

Healer’s Touch

BLURB:

Llew, a young pickpocket who lives as a boy on the streets of a wild-west mining town, finds her real problems begin when she survives the gallows. Forced to run, she persuades a group of fighters escorting a young girl to her wedding to let her travel with them across the badlands. On the journey Llew faces hostile tribesmen, desperate bandits and, the enmity of her own companions should they find out who and what she is: a girl, a fugitive, and a feared Healer. One of the fighters, Jonas, possesses superhuman prowess as a warrior, and carries the knife able to ‘kill the unkillable’; the knife that can kill Llew. Despite being of races at war for centuries, they are drawn to one another.

During the journey, they encounter Braph the magician, Jonas’ half-brother and potential nemesis. He pursues them as they journey across the sea to the continent of Phyos and at the moment Llew finally feels safe, he abducts her. He begins to take what is most precious to him: her blood.

Healer’s Touch is a mesmerising mix of fantasy, steampunk and Wild West adventure – and even a dash of romance!

EXCERPT:

“Llew!”

He gathered her to him. So alive moments earlier, now limp. All he could see was blood. It covered her hands, soaked her shirt and pooled on the ground. He clasped her chin, turning her to him. The touch sent a tingle through his fingers even as more blood gushed from her open throat and he jerked his hand away, letting her head fall back. His eye was drawn by movement in the grass. One of Llew’s hands had fallen to the ground and the grass around it was dying in an ever increasing circle.

Jonas swallowed down his revulsion and dumped her unceremoniously on the ground, jumping to his feet. In a daze, he reclaimed his knives from the corpses, taking them to the water’s edge to clean with vigorous sweeps of his fingers down the blades. He berated himself for even toying with the idea of getting involved with her. What did he really know about her? He knew her name. And now he knew all he needed to know.

He wiped the half-clean blades on his thigh, sheathed them in his vest and drew the big knife at his hip. He cradled it in his hands, watching the moonlight fly off as he tilted it back and forth. There was one purpose to this knife’s existence: to kill the unkillable. And there was no safer time to make an attempt on the life of an Aenuk than when they were already half dead.

Jonas turned from the water. The meadow was now like a hayfield. Each blade of grass, each leaf of clover, each dandelion had given its all to provide but a tiny fraction of the energy – jin, as it was known in Turhmos – needed to bring a person back from near-death.

She lay unconscious, but her breathing was steady now. He had limited time to act. He crouched beside her, knife hovering over her back right where her heart should be, assuming Aenuks had a heart. But this was Llewella. She wasn’t like the Aenuks he had faced on the Turhmos killing fields. She wasn’t trained to fight, to continue to fight, and to take the enemy with her when she faced final death. She was merely a girl doing what she had to do to survive.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Deb E Howell

Deb E was born in New Zealand’s North Island, but her parents corrected that within months, moving south to Dunedin and staying there. Childhood nights were spent falling asleep to cover versions of Cliff Richard and the Shadows and other Rock ’n Roll classics played by her father’s band, and days were spent dancing to 45 LPs. Many of her first writing experiences were copying down song lyrics. She graduated to scientific reports when she studied a fungus in the Zoology department of the University of Otago, trading all traces of popularity for usefulness… then traded both for fiction.

Deb lives in Dunedin, New Zealand with her family and a menagerie of pets.

LINKS:

Purchase Links:

Smashwords (ISBN – 978-1-909845-08-4): £2.99/$4.99

Kindle UK / Kindle US (ASIN – 978-1-909845-07-7): £2.99/$4.99

Paperback (ISBN – 978-1-909845-06-0): £9.99/$18.99

Please note that both the ePub format (the Smashwords link) and the paperback are available from other outlets too. Just do a web search for the ISBNs to find them.

Deb E Howell:

Website/Blog

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Twitter

Bandit Book Bloggers (BBB)

In the near future, you’ll start to see posts with ‘BBB’ in the title. Those will be due to my involvement in a book blogging group called Bandit Book Bloggers. My contributions will generally be to post cover reveals, blurbs, excerpts, interviews, and the like.

I’m not making the move to become a reviewer, since I read far too slowly, and by the time I finish a book, I’ve forgotten what happened at the start. I just thought I’d let everyone know why ‘BBB’ is going to start popping up.

Here is a(n incomplete) list of other members of the Bandit Book Bloggers group:

Paul Freeman

Deb E. Howell

Gillian O’Rourke

Sam Dogra

Tina Closser (aka Paige Daniels)

Elizabeth Hull

Kate Summers

Jake Finlay

Mary Fan

Jennifer Eifrig

Dean Lombardo

David Muir

There are a few others, but I don’t feel like searching them out! I’ll add their links when they become easily available.

Season of the Dead – BBB

Season of the Dead has arrived! This post-apocalyptic horror by Lucia Adams, Paul Freeman, Gerald Johnston and Sharon Van Orman is available now (links to follow).

Season of the Dead

“It is said that unto everything there is a season…these are the stories of a group of survivors during the season of the dead.”

Four individuals fight to survive as the zombie apocalypse crashes over the world in a wave of terror and destruction. Color, creed, and social standing mean nothing as the virus infects millions across the planet.

Sharon: a zoologist from Nebraska, USA, has worked with the virus, and has seen the effects on the human mind. She knows more about the virus than nearly anybody alive, and far more than she wants to. Gerry: from Ontario, Canada, he gets his first taste of the virus from inside a prison cell. Locked up after an anti-government riot, his prison guard transforms before his eyes into a flesh craving zombie. Lucia: a chemist from Pittsburgh, USA, flees from a furry convention dressed as a giant squirrel, and escapes from the city in a Fed-Ex van. She’s a girl who knows when to run and when to fight. Paul: thinks he can sit out the apocalypse in his apartment block in Dublin, Ireland, until the virus comes to visit, bursting his bubble and leaving him with no choice but to face reality or perish.

All four begin perilous journeys in mind and body as they face daily trials to survive: Four threads, four different parts of the world, one apocalypse!

Buy it now from Amazon UK or Amazon US!

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