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osirisbrackhaus
19 October 2017 @ 07:33 am
Our new book  is out in the wild now!

You can find "Raid on Sullin" at Amazon, Smashwords and all the other usual suspects.

If you haven't started the series yet, this is your chance to get the first book "The Relics of Thiala" cheap. We have reduced the price to 99 cents for a month.

Enjoy!

Originally posted by rynthjan at Book Release: Packmasters #2 - Raid on Sullin
 
 
 
osirisbrackhaus
28 September 2017 @ 07:53 pm
Our next book "Raid on Sullin" now has its own page on our website:

Link

And more importabtly, you can find a 20 page reading sample of it on that page.

Enjoy!

Originally posted by rynthjan at Raid on Sullin - Reading Sample

 
 
osirisbrackhaus
10 September 2017 @ 08:14 pm
In about a month, our next book will be released and today you get a sneak peek at the cover!

"Raid on Sullin" is the second book in the Packmasters series. Cat, Ana and their merry crew meet a new bestia, who you can see on the cover.



I am so happy with how she looks. Really captures the character!

And here is the book's blurb to get you curious:

The fallout of their first encounter with a real Packmaster has left Ana and her pack reeling.
So when Vandal’s bestia PI Ten shows up at the Lollipop and asks for help in finding a friend, it’s a great way for them to move forward. On top of that, Ten might just be a perfect addition to Ana’s pack even despite her being a herbivore.
However, said friend has been captured by the powerful Core World military, who are hunting down bestiae all over the galaxy. Torn between caution and eagerness to help, Ana and her pack agree to a brief scouting mission to the backwater planet of Sullin.
Of course things turn out a little worse than expected.
This time, it looks like they have bitten off more than even a carnivore pack can chew. There’s one of Ten’s old friends who might help, but that backstabbing bunny cannot be trusted - and the Core World military has deep, deep pockets…



Originally posted by rynthjan at Cover Reveal - Raid on Sullin
 
 
osirisbrackhaus
21 June 2017 @ 10:25 pm

Some of you might remember that we took a lovely vacation in France, in the Perigord Noir, last year in September. We rented a stunningly beautiful place near Cénac-et-Saint-Julien and had two wonderful weeks of perfect food and company and the most beautiful surroundings.

During the last days of that stay, I increasingly felt the urge to pour all that beauty and magic of the area into a story. A romance, of course, something historical to do justice to the rich history of the Perigord. With the river Dordogne being the dominat feature of the landscape, it was pretty obvious to me that my main character would be a fisherman - but what else? The Perigord Noir is home to some of the oldest human settlements (like the Caves of Lascaux), and almost every stage of human history has left their traces along the yellow cliffs. That was a lot of history to choose from.

In the end, I did what I usually do when I have no rational means of weighing the options. I went with something totally subjective and superficial - I picked the period in which I like the outfits best. So it would take place in the first half of the 17th century, in the time of musketeers, brigands and nobles. A certain BBC series which I adore for its look (if not the occasionally whacky plot and absurd woman's dresses) might have influenced my decision just a little bit.

One of the primary advantages of that setting was that the villages of the Perigord still look very much like they did in those days. Maybe they were less touristically developed, not as nicely renovated and a lot less squeaky clean, but the feeling of the locale would have been very close. So for several of the main locations in the book, I took my clues from real-life villages. Today I want to take you on a little picture tour through the Perigord Noir, both in real life and in the novel it inspired - 'The Blacksmith Prince' - and offer some actual visuals together with the descriptions in the book.

La Morangiasse (and its real-live inspiration: La Roque-Gageac)

Afternoon sunlight flooded the market square of La Morangiasse, gilding the stone houses that clung to the cliffside like swallows' nests. It struck sparks on the languid waves of the river, where mosquitoes played over the embankment, and the lengthening shadows brought the first relief after a scorchingly hot, late summer day.

Castelfort (and the real life Castelnaud-la-Chapelle)

Similar to La Morangiasse, Castelfort had been built against the side of a cliff, as high up as possible to remain safe in case of another flooding. But unlike their home town, Castelfort sneaked up all the way to the cliff's top, where the castle sat on its rocky promontory like a heavily armoured lookout. Also unlike La Morangiasse, this town had two market places - one down at the river, for everyday goods, and another one up on the cliff in front of the castle's main gate, surrounded by a goldsmith, two tailors, a cabinetmaker and a perfumer.

And the valley of the river itself

When Jehan turned around on the very last ledge to offer his hand to Giraud again, he almost stumbled when he caught the view that spread out in front of him. The top of the cliffs reached out of the forest, and he had an unobstructed view all across the entire valley. Roughly a hundred feet below, the vast river had turned into a glittering ribbon that curled through the landscape, lined by fields and meadows, wedged in between the cliffs on either side. In the distance to his right, he could make out the ramparts of Castelfort on their own cliff, banners fluttering lazily from the towers. Faintly, the church bells from Castelfort tolled all across the valley. He could make out the the bridge of Beronsac as a pale line across the river, straight ahead, and the dark, ragged shapes of the ruins on top of the cliffs above that. All beyond was lost in a dull green sea of trees.
“My, will you look at that...” Giraud asked, breathing heavily and yet smiling. “Now, that view alone is almost worth the trouble, isn't it?”

I hope this glimpse into the world of 'The Blacksmith Prince' has been interesting and fun and maybe I even managed to show you something beautiful and new to you.
As always, if you have any questions, just leave them in the comments.
 
 
osirisbrackhaus
19 May 2017 @ 08:36 pm
The Blacksmith Prince has finished editing and is now in production - typesetting, formatting and all those little details that turn a story into a book. And as 'The Blacksmith Prince' in many ways is a proper fantasy novel (and a proper historical romance in others), of course there is a map.

We managed to get Kosmic Dungeon, who already worked with us on 'Softpaw', to draw a map of the principal locations of 'The Blacksmith Prince'. And I have to say, I think it turned out splendidly. Here, have a look yourself:
 
 
osirisbrackhaus
15 April 2017 @ 04:09 pm
Remember back in December when we talked about our plans for 2017? Remember I mentioned a fairy tale romance which back then was still called "Fisherman"?

Well, the final title we have settled on is "The Blacksmith Prince" and today you all get a first look at the beautiful cover designed by the wonderful Lady Tiferet:

And here's the blurb:

17th century Perigord is a county of sun-drenched villages and dark forests, languid rivers and moonlit lakes. It is a corner of France teeming with spirits, dryads and nymphs, and like everywhere else, witches are burned at the stake here.

Born with the second sight, young fisherman Jehan wants nothing but to keep his head down, work hard, and stay out of trouble. Which works well enough until a suspicious string of bad luck befalls the village smith and his wife. Their adoptive son Giraud is everybody’s dashing darling, who behind his sooty smile and swashbuckling manners has buried a painful connection to the supernatural himself. Fearing that some evil is afoot, Giraud turns to the only other man in town who knows about the hidden world around them - Jehan.

Before long, they are embroiled in a quest involving brigands, witches and noble fey, while their friendship and attraction gradually shifts into something deeper. If they manage to survive ancient feuds and everyday prejudice, they might even have a chance to forge a Happily Ever After all of their own...



Release date is July 14th, but you can already pre-order the book here:
Amazon
Smashwords

Once the actual release rolls around, you will - as always - be able to get a paperback edition too.

Enjoy!

Originally posted by rynthjan at Cover Reveal: The Blacksmith Prince