Black Jade and Of the Abyss are on sale now!

  • Posted by Angela Craft on Sep 27 2016

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Internationally bestselling author Kylie Chan completes the epic Celestial Battle trilogy with Black Jade.

The Heavenly defenses struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is now at full strength — but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half the Heavens are already in their hands? John and Emma fight a last-ditch desperate struggle to conserve their kingdom and their protect their families.

But will the kingdom ever be the same again?

Purchase Black Jade by Kylie Chan today!

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Amelia Atwater-Rhodes’s first adult fantasy work Of the Abyss is available now.

After decades of strife, peace has finally been achieved in Kavet—but at a dark cost.  Sorcery is outlawed, and anyone convicted of consorting with the beings of the other realms—the Abyssi and the Numini—is put to death. The only people who can even discuss such topics legally are the scholars of the Order of the Napthol, who give counsel when questions regarding the supernatural planes arise.

Hansa Viridian, a captain in the elite guard unit tasked with protecting Kavet from sorcery, has always led a respectable life. But when he is implicated in a sorcerer’s crimes, the only way to avoid execution is to turn to the Abyss for help—specifically, to a half-Abyssi man he’s sworn he hates, but whose physical attraction he cannot deny.

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The history of Kylie Chan’s Xuan Wu/Dark Heavens series

  • Posted by Nova on Sep 26 2016

Black Jade by Kylie ChanIt was during a question and answer session at Australian Comic-Con that I had something of an epiphany when a young man put his hand up and asked me: ‘Can we have more turtle sex, please?’

My reply was: ‘No. But there’ll be snake on snake, is that okay?’

He was delighted. From that moment on, I was the Turtle Sex Lady, and it’s a title that’s clung to me since.

When I started writing the Xuan Wu/Dark Heavens series (the first book is White Tiger; the current release, Black Jade, is book nine), it was designed to be a trilogy, but the story grew to be three trilogies, a massive series of nine books. I adapted the Chinese martial arts historical dramas that were on the TV every night in Hong Kong (and I lived there for ten years!) to a modern Western audience. I wrote the main character as an Australian woman, and had her discover the fascinating wonder and depth that is the Chinese Buddhist and Taoist pantheon.

She falls in love with the God of Martial Arts, Xuan Wu. When I returned to Australia from Hong Kong, left my IT career and started to become a writer, I had to do a massive amount of research into the nature of Chinese mythology, as well as study martial arts (Wing Chun and Chow Gar) myself so that the kung fu sequences in the stories would be authentic. The mythology is everywhere in Hong Kong and never commented on – you see a monkey riding a cloud holding a staff, and immediately know who he is. So I investigated Fung Shui, Taoism, Buddhism, and came to know the Chinese pantheon extremely well – and to understand exactly how weird they were.

I nearly stopped when I discovered  the God of Martial Arts, Xuan Wu’s true self – I wanted this to be a romantic relationship, and he’s a reptile. In fact he’s two reptiles – a turtle and a snake – twined around each other. He’s an ancient fertility deity (turtles were widely known to have no genitals, and female turtles had to have their babies with male snakes), is considered strongly demonic (the Bodhisattva Kwan Yin helped him to turn to good) and also has a human form that is widely worshipped in Asia as a bringer of rain and destroyer of demons. Xuan Wu is the deity of the North, black, winter, cold, death, and yin. So I needed to create a love story between a human woman and a guy who’s basically two reptiles.

When in doubt, I generally kick the door in and go there, so I went there with the Xuan Wu series. There’s a great deal of Heavenly and Earthly politics, with the demons (who live in Chinese Hell, a very nasty place) plotting to take over the Earthly plane, enslave humanity, and then take over Heaven. Throughout the nine books, Emma learns disturbing things about her own nature and has to learn to fight the demons who are constantly coming after Xuan Wu and his daughter. A relationship builds between them, and then I had to face the idea of sex scenes between a woman and two reptiles.

So I went there. Xuan Wu can be male or female – or one of each. He’s two creatures, so I had some fun with it. It’s gratifying to know that people have come up to me and said that it wasn’t until afterwards that they realised exactly how weird what they just read was. They were swept up in the story, the conflict and romance, and the adventure that this four-thousand-year-old god and young human Australian woman have to face together.

It’s been a huge journey for me. WHITE TIGER was the first fiction I ever wrote, and Voyager Australia accepted it for publication immediately, and signed me for the rest of the series of nine books. (The reading order for the books is on my website ; read them in the order Dark Heavens Trilogy; Journey to Wudang Trilogy, then Celestial Battle trilogy. Start at White Tiger.) I’m now a full-time writer with a bestselling series, and the Xuan Wu series means that many places I go, people recognise me as the Turtle Sex Lady.

And even other authors will greet me with ‘How’s the Trutle Sex Lady?’

My usual reply is ‘I’m doing really well, and planning more extremely weird interspecies sex scenes for everybody.’

And the fans are all just fine with that – in fact they cannot wait.


kylie-chan-230x300About the author: Kylie Chan is the bestselling author of the Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang trilogies. She married a Hong Kong national in a traditional Chinese wedding ceremony and lived in Hong Kong for many years. She now lives in Queensland, Australia, with her two children.

About Black Jade:

From the international bestselling author of The Dark Heavens and Journey to Wudang series..

The Heavenly defenses struggle to hold against the combined might of the Eastern and Western demon hordes. The God of War Xuan Wu is now at full strength — but is his might enough to safeguard the realm when half the Heavens are already in their hands? John and Emma fight a last-ditch desperate struggle to conserve their kingdom and their protect their families.

But will the kingdom ever be the same again?

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The Queen of Blood is on sale!

  • Posted by Angela Craft on Sep 20 2016

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The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst is the acclaimed author’s first entry in an ambitious new adult fantasy series.

Everything has a spirit: the willow tree with leaves that kiss the pond, the stream that feeds the river, the wind that exhales fresh snow . . .

But the spirits that reside within this land want to rid it of all humans. One woman stands between these malevolent spirits and the end of humankind: the queen. She alone has the magical power to prevent the spirits from destroying every man, woman, and child. But queens are still just human, and no matter how strong or good, the threat of danger always looms.

With the position so precarious, young women are chosen to train as heirs. Daleina, a seemingly quiet academy student, is under no illusions as to her claim to the throne, but simply wants to right the wrongs that have befallen the land. Ven, a disgraced champion, has spent his exile secretly fighting against the growing number of spirit attacks. Joining forces, these daring partners embark on a treacherous quest to find the source of the spirits’ restlessness—a journey that will test their courage and trust, and force them to stand against both enemies and friends to save their land . . .  before it’s bathed in blood.

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A Shattered Empire and Decoherence are now on sale!

  • Posted by Angela Craft on Sep 13 2016

Two series come to their epic conclusions today!

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A Shattered Empire is the gritty and breathtaking conclusion to the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, in which a young sorcerer must learn to wield his extraordinary powers to defeat two warring empires.

In a battle of armies and sorcerers, empires will fall.

After young Caldan’s parents were slain, a group of monks raised the boy and initiated him into the arcane mysteries of sorcery. But when the Mahruse Empire was attacked, and the lives of his friends hung in the balance, he was forced to make a dangerous choice.

Now, as two mighty empires face off in a deadly game of supremacy, potent sorcery and creatures from legend have been unleashed. To turn the tide of war and prevent annihilation, Caldan must learn to harness his fearsome and forbidden magic. But as he grows into his powers, the young sorcerer realizes that not all the monsters are on the other side.

And though traps and pitfalls lie ahead, and countless lives are at stake, one thing is certain: to save his life, his friends, and his world, Caldan must risk all to defeat a sorcerer of immense power.

Failure will doom the world.

Success will doom Caldan.

Purchase A Shattered Empire by Mitchell Hogan today!

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The Time & Shadows series reaches its time-bending conclusion today in Decoherence by Liana Brooks!

Samantha Rose and Linsey MacKenzie have established an idyllic life of married bliss in Australia, away from the Commonwealth Bureau of Investigation, away from mysterious corpses, and—most of all—away from Dr. Emir’s multiverse machine.

But Sam is a detective at heart, and even on the other side of the world, she can’t help wonder if a series of unsolved killings she reads about are related—not just to each other, but to the only unsolved case of her short career.

She knows Jane Doe’s true name, but Sam never discovered who killed the woman found in an empty Alabama field in spring of 2069. She doesn’t even know which version of herself she buried under a plain headstone.

When Mac suddenly disappears, Sam realizes she is going to once more be caught up in a silent war she still doesn’t fully understand. Every step she takes to save Mac puts the world she knows at risk, and moves her one step closer to becoming the girl in the grave.

Download Decoherence as an e-book today for just $3.99

 

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