Milo James Fowler has organized a blog book raffle, which I’ve decided to participate in. Each Friday in December, you can enter to win an ebook copy of both MATCHBOX GIRLS and INFINITY KEY. For those stopping by for the first time, MATCHBOX GIRLS and INFINITY KEY are contemporary fantasy novels.
Marley Claviger is just trying to get her life together. Stumbling into an ancient conflict between celestial forces is going to make that a whole lot harder…
When Marley wakes up to a phone call from a pair of terrified children, she doesn’t expect to be pulled into a secret war. She rescues them from an empty house and promises to find their missing uncle. She even manages to feed them dinner. But she barely feels competent to manage her own life, let alone care for small children with strange, ominous powers…
And when a mysterious angelic figure shows up and tries to claim the girls, it all falls apart…
Plagued by visions of disaster, Marley has no idea what she’s gotten herself into, but she knows one thing: magical or not, the kids need her.
As her best friend is pulled into the supernatural underworld, Branwyn isn’t about to sit on the sidelines. Unfortunately, Branwyn is decidedly mortal, and in the supernatural underworld, humans are weak and helpless, no better than toys, tools and prey. But she isn’t having any of that. Branwyn wants to face the world on her own terms, mortal or not.
When she strikes a bargain with an imprisoned faerie, Branwyn thinks she’s found the solution. He’ll teach her magic and she’ll use that magic on his behalf. It’s a great deal, until she discovers what the faeries really want from her: there’s a door that only she can open…
I’ve offered a variety of ways to enter. Please do! Oh, and the ebooks won’t be subject to DRM so if you’re not that interested, you can gift them to a friend. You can also check in again next Friday to enter another round!
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I just finished the main part of the third Awakening game, The Goblin Kingdom. Much to my surprise, it had an actual plot! The previous two games really were more of ‘explore a setting with a bit of a backstory to it’. This plot did not try for fully voice-acted NPCs, thank God, and the ‘cut scenes’ were narrated rather than acted.
The plot was simple but definitely there. It had a mild surprise at the end, even, and it laid down lots of foreshadowing for the next games (I assume). Gameplay-wise, it had more complex hidden object scenes, with more work required than just clicking the object. Once I had to put objects back! And I really liked a scene where I had to find locations through a telescope– that was a presentation I took special note of because it has so much potential.
In Moonfell Wood, the menu-accessible minigame was a solitaire-style card matching game like Mahjong. I like Mahjong. In The Goblin Kingdom, it was a tangrams game, which I find a lot less fun. I only skipped a sliding tile puzzle, which I really hate, but I kept being tempted on the tangrams.
Now to finish the epilogue and, eventually, move onto Skyward Castle.
I just finished Awakening: Moonfell Wood yesterday evening and moved directly onto The Goblin Kingdom (a Collector’s Edition this time!)
Moonfell Wood continued the pretty imagery and interesting puzzles. The plot was so thin as to be summed up by a series of four paintings and while the climactic Big Reveal as presented by the Witch you spend the game searching for was neither climactic nor a Big Reveal, I didn’t mind too much. Nice scenery and very little horrible voice acting made up for a lot and at least the lack of a big Reveal gave me the opportunity to fill in my own gaps. I was delighted to move onto Goblin Kingdom, which is very much a ‘next chapter’ rather than a ‘next story’. (And it’s already had narratively interesting puzzles!)
A few quick notes so I at least have something down. I’ve barely had any fun time to myself lately and tonight I stole some time from the Senyaza stories to goof off.
I started a Mystery Case Files weeks ago and found it… dull, mostly. I think it was Dire Grove but I can’t be bothered to double check that.
Tonight I started European Mystery: Scent of Desire, mostly because I like scents. But it turned out I wasn’t in the mood for goofy unintuitive puzzles combined with melodramatic music (really? I’m supposed to use the knife to cut down the chandelier in the girl’s bedroom so I can get a rope to do what?) and surreal but boring cut scenes. Still, I’ll probably give this one another chance, just like I’ll theoretically go back to the MCF game.
Instead I went onto the next Awakening game, Moonfell Wood. Ahhh. Now that’s the style of hidden object game I’m in the mood for. Cute baby dragons, fairies, pretty moonlit forests. I’m stopping relatively early in only because I have to go to bed.
Infinity Key is now officially available in fine online retailers and also from the Candlemark & Gleam website! I’ll get some permanent links up on the sidebar (or maybe a book page?) soon.
Really, I should have had everything ready to go, but I have been SO BUSY finishing Senyaza 3 and now working on revisions for Citadel of the Sky. I have some short deadlines and a ton of work to do, but I’m hoping to be able to take December 15-Jan 1 off. It’ll be bliss!
Hi there! If you were waiting until the last minute to get in on the Infinity Key pre-order Kickstarter now is the time! It closes this evening. We’re at almost 1000% funding and all those backers have unlocked many, many short stories– 4 for basic backers and an additional 5 for mid-tier backers. If you haven’t read Matchbox Girls yet, you can pick that up as well, while also getting a handful of other pre-order bonuses. Please do check it out; it’s a real bargain at this point if you think you’ll eventually want the book.
If you purchased a physical copy of Nightlights from Amazon, you can now get the ebook version free via Amazon’s Matchbook program. I realize this may be slightly less exciting for Nightlights than it might be for other books (since you can always read Nightlights for free on this website) but hey.
There’s about one week left on the Infinity Key Kickstarter. That also comes with a bundled copy of the ebook.
The baby’s grandma gave him a Curious George Halloween book. He was so excited he almost climbed out of his crib for it. Now he gets to lay in bed and read just like his big brother, and boy is he. And that means I should get back to work on Senyaza #3. I want to submit it by Nov 5, when I will move on to revising the Harlequin projects. It’s going to be a busy year.