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Evolved Publishing Goes to Supanova 2016 in Sydney

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Evolved Publishing will be exhibiting at Supanova 2016 in Sydney—come by stand 1615 to visit us! We’re located in the Dome, just follow the wall around to the left as you come in the main entrance.

We’ll be offering a selection of speculative fiction books by Evolved authors at prices from 15—45% below retail, including titles by:

  • Barry Metcalf
  • C. L. Roberts-Huth
  • Ciara Ballintyne
  • D. Robert Pease
  • D T Conklin
  • David Litwack
  • Jeff Altabef
  • Lane Diamond
  • Marlin Desault
  • Michael Dadich
Here’s a couple of the titles that will be available for sale:

  • Wind Catcher by Jeff Altabef (45% off retail)-Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense. When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her. All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
  • In the Company of the Dead by Ciara Ballintyne (25% off retail)-Only a fool crosses a god, but Ellaeva and Lyram will do anything to get what they want. Chosen as a five-year-old orphan to be the Left Hand of Death, Ellaeva has nothing to call her own—nothing except a desire to avenge her slaughtered parents. Her duties leave her no time to pursue the man responsible, until both her work and revenge lead to the same place—the lonely castle where Lyram Aharris is serving out his exile after the murder of his wife. Lyram is third in line for the throne, and when the castle is unexpectedly besieged, he fears his prince means to remove him from contention for the crown permanently. Ellaeva’s arrival brings hope, until she reveals she has not come for the siege, but instead she hunts the castle for a hidden necromancer dedicated to the dark god of decay. Within their stone prison, Ellaeva and Lyram must fight to save themselves from political machinations and clashing gods. But as the siege lengthens, the greatest threat comes from an unexpected quarter.
  • Broometime Serenade by Australian author Barry Metcalf (35% off retail)-SOC agents (offshoot of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) Martin and Claire pose as new arrivals in Broome, attempting to merge with the locals in an effort to solve a baffling case and bring the killer to justice. Lulled by the soporific influences of the sun, sand and surf—known by the locals as the ‘Serenade of Broome’—time seems to have no meaning for the two agents, and the investigation drifts from one location to another as they follow a trail of bodies designed to confuse and distract them from their real business in this tropical paradise. Little do they know their every move is being watched by an enemy who is both ruthless and deadly, a powerful, sadistic enemy who enjoys toying with others’ lives before despatching them in the most horrifying manner imaginable. As the clues lead them first one way then the other, they fall deeper and deeper into the trap set for them. By the time they uncover the truth, they will begin to doubt everything they know and face their greatest challenge to date.

Australian Evolved author, Ciara Ballintyne, will be on the stand all weekend to sign copies of her new release, In the Company of the Dead.

We’ll also be welcoming as our special guest, independent Australian author Dionne Lister, who will be signing copies of her books all weekend.

Stop by to pick up a free short story, guess how many Smarties and M&Ms are in our jar for your chance to win, and peruse almost 30 different titles available at exclusive show prices.

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Epic Fantasy Saga, Shadows of the Realm by Dionne Lister, on Sale Jan 8-22!

Shadows of the Realm

Shadows of the Realm is an epic fantasy for teens and adults. Join Bronwyn and Blayke, two young realmists, and their animal companions, as they are forced to leave the only home they’ve ever known to undertake a dangerous journey towards Vellonia, city of the dragons.

The gormons are invading, slipping through the corridors between realms, and they want blood, lots of Talian blood. Will the young realmists learn enough of the Second Realm magic to prevail, or will everything they love be destroyed?

The first book in The Circle of Taliaseries is on sale from the 8th to the 22nd of January for the bargain price of $1.99 on Smashwords and Amazon. Grab it and escape into an original and enchanting world filled with mystery, danger, dragons and adventure; you won’t be sorry!

Dionne Lister is a Sydneysider (for our overseas readers, Sydney, Australia) and she is currently studying an associate degree in creative writing.  When she’s not writing, she’s trying to keep fit or she’s on Twitter. Dionne co-hosts a hilarious podcast called Tweep Nation, which can be found free on iTunes, and Club Fantasci, a speculative fiction online book club. 

You can download Shadows of the Realm free at Amazon and Smashwords

Interview with Dionne Lister, Author of ‘Shadows of the Realm’

Dionne Lister
Today I’m welcoming Dionne Lister to Flight of the Dragon. Dionne has just self-published her debut novel Shadows of the Realm and I’ve invited her here to talk a little about herself and her work.

Dionne is aSydneysider (for our overseas readers, Sydney, Australia) and she is currently studying an associate degree in creative writing.  When she’s not writing, she’s trying to keep fit or she’s on Twitter. Dionne co-hosts a hilarious podcast called Tweep Nation, which can be found free on iTunes. 


Thanks for joining us today, Dionne, to talk about your new book Shadows of the Realm and your life as a writer. I’m always fascinated to learn more about the way others write. Do you write an outline before every book you write? 

Never. I have an idea in my head about where I want to end up but I never know how I’m going to get there.

I used to write like that but I confess the lawyer in me overpowered the creative and now I outline like mad. There is something very free about writing the way Dionne does, though. What authors have influenced your writing?

Stephen King and David Eddings. I just love how you get totally swept away in their worlds. I used to love being scared as a teenager and David Eddings writes characters you care about and uses humour, which I like.

We have that in common! I love them both, although I don’t think I write like either. I still find David Eddings very funny. Have you ever hated something you wrote? 

Ha, ha, yes. I tried to write a romantic short story once and it was an absolute disaster – it made me cringe.

Everything I wrote before about 2005 makes me cringe, so if that’s all you’ve got, you’re doing well! Can you tell us who designed the cover for Shadows of the Realm?  

You gave me a few questions to choose from but I had to answer this one. Robert Baird is an Australian artist who does sci fi and fantasy art. He has done the most amazing cover. We picked a scene from near the end of the book and the cover he has done has exceeded my expectations.

I love the cover, and as you know, I am SO stealing him if/when I ever need a cover done. Did you learn anything from writing your book and, if so, what was it?  

The most valuable lesson. That we are not born as amazing, bestselling authors. It takes a lot of work and then some. I’ve enjoyed the process and become a better writer as well. The only scary thing about this lesson is that you know if you keep writing, the book you write in a year will be much better than the one you published today, but there’s comes a time you have to let it go.

Ah, yes, letting go… Let me know how that works, will you, I have some trouble with it. What was your favourite chapter or part of Shadows of the Realm to write and why?  

Without giving too much away, there’s a chapter that has horror and gore, and I loved writing that. It actually scared me so I had trouble going to sleep that night; it creeped out Tonya, my editor, as well. After I wrote it I was thinking, “where did that come from.” I imagine it was from reading too much Stephen King as a teenager.

Crivens! I’ll have to keep an eye out for that one! Is there anything of you in any of your protagonists, do you think? 

Yes, he, he. One of the main characters, Bronwyn, has trouble forgiving people after an argument. I used to be a grudge holder, but I’m not so much now. A lot of my characters try to see the funny or positive side to a situation and that’s something I usually do.

I think if I said there was anything of me in my protagonists I’d frighten a few people. It’s great you can say you’ve moved on from your characters’ flaws! Do you have a day job you do as well as writing? 

Yes, I write and edit content for websites and edit books.

Every writer’s dream day job! OK, now we’re going to ask a few fun questions, so bear with me if these seem a little out of left field. If you were a tree (or animal) what kind of tree (animal) would you be? 

I know it’s not very original, but I’d be a Siamese cat – elegant and pampered whilst being able to leap tall fences in a single bound.

Pfft, you don’t always need to be original to be cool! What would I find in your refrigerator right now? 

Fruit, veges, biscuits, yoghurt, eggs, milk, easter eggs – my fridge is bursting at the moment and there’s probably only one mouldy thing in there!

Easter eggs! You still have Easter eggs? I’ll be round in just a minute…  OK, last question before I raid your Easter egg stash – what is the last book you read? 

Wanting by Richard Flanagan. I had to read it for Uni and I enjoyed it.  It’s not normally a book I would look for but that’s what uni is about, expanding your mind.

Is that what uni is about? Uh, yes… of course. Well that’s the last of our questions, any last words you’d like to share?

Just wanted to say thank you so much to my wonderful friend Ciara, for having me as a guest and to let everyone know that she gave me wonderful feedback which made my book a lot better than it would have been.

Aww, thanks Dionne. I don’t purport to be perfect or a brilliant writer, but what goes around comes around and I try to help out other writers as and when I can. 

Shadows of the Realm is available as ebook and paperback here at Amazon. 
About the Book: Bronwyn and Blayke are two strangers being drawn into the same war. Their world is facing invasion from the Third Realm. While they move unknowingly toward each other, they are watched, hunted, and sabotaged. When the Dragon God interferes, it seems their world, Talia, will succumb to the threat. Can they learn enough of the tricks of the Realms before it’s too late, or will everything they love be destroyed?

The young Realmists’ journey pushes them away from all they’ve known, to walk in the shadows toward Vellonia, city of the dragons, where an even darker shadow awaits.

If you’d like to know more about Dionne, you can find her here:

Twitter: @DionneLister
Blog: www.dionnelisterwriter.wordpress.com 

Dionne and I are both entered in the Best Australian Blogs 2012 Competition, dionne for her blog DionneLister – Writer and me for both Flight of the Dragon and Somebody Has To Say It. If you like this blog, or Somebody Has To Say It, or Dionne’s blog, we’d be eternally grateful if you’d be so good as to stop by and vote here.

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