NaNoWriMo – Day 15

Well… we’re at the halfway mark, and today you should hit 25,000 words if you’re on target. If, however, you’re like me and nowhere near that, then here’s some inspiration to drive you to new heights!

 

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“Create your own world, make your own rules.”

NaNoWriMo – Day 1

It’s that time of year again, National Novel Writing Month.

For those that have never heard of it before, it’s a challenge to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Now, I’m the sort of person that tends to struggle a little with motivation, so throughout November, every few days, I am going to post inspirational quotes. I got these in September from various authors attending the British Fantasy Convention in York. So, to kick things off, here’s the first one.

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If you want to get involved – visit the website: www.nanowrimo.org

Huw the Bard Launch!

If you’ve been following my blog over the last few days, then this is the day you’ve been waiting for! On Friday I posted the cover reveal and an excerpt for brand new book Huw the Bard by Connie J. Jasperson, and on Sunday I posted a review of it, (one plus side to being an editor – I see these things BEFORE they launch!)

But today, is the official launch, today the book goes LIVE!

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Blurb

Huw Owyn is the last true bard in Waldeyn.

 

Fleeing a burning city,

Everything he ever loved in ashes behind him,

Penniless and hunted, no place is safe.

Abandoned and alone, eighteen-year old Huw the Bard must somehow survive.

 

It’s two-hundred leagues to safety,

And then two-hundred more.

 

A lot can happen to a man on a journey like that.

 

 

Buy it now on Amazon: http://smarturl.it/HuwTheBard

 

 

Review of ‘Huw the Bard’ by Connie J. Jasperson

For those of you who saw my post on Friday, I recently proofread a book called Huw the Bard, for my good friend Connie J. Jasperson. Now, before this book gets launched TOMORROW, I have a little treat for you!

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‘Huw the Bard’ by Connie J. Jasperson

Book Review

The youngest master in the Bards Guild, eighteen-year-old Huw Owyn is at the top of his craft. But the artists’ quarter catches fire, forcing Huw to flee the burning city. The turmoil and panic involved in the spread of the fire is portrayed extremely clearly, and you sympathise with all those caught up in it.

The action at the start of the book sets up everything that is to follow. We see Huw’s pain, and grieve with him, at the loss of the rest of the Bard’s Guild – including his own father, the Guild Master. The pain is very real, and while I was proofreading this book, I occasionally had tears streaming down my face. We feel his anger when he learns it wasn’t an accident, and his terror of being discovered as he tries to escape. It’s a 200-league walk, as the crow flies, to the one place he might have a friend, though the path Huw must take is anything but straight and he must face many hardships along the way.

Throughout his journey, we watch Huw grow from a young, vain man used to being the center of attention, into a courageous man who finds he is capable of far more than he ever believed possible. The way Mrs. Jasperson does this is so life-like, you often expect him to leap off the page. But her amazing characterisation isn’t limited to the main protagonist, the vast array of supporting cast have all received the same attention to detail; regardless of how much time the reader spends with them, you immediately get a sense of who they are.

Although this sounds like a ‘journey of self-discovery’, it is far more than that. There is enough adventure spread throughout to satisfy all but the most bloodthirsty of readers, while not being too gory for those that aren’t partial to violence.

Now, of course, this is a fantasy book, so where would a review be without at least mentioning some of the weird and wonderful creatures Huw encounters on his journey into the wild northlands, the one possible place of safety for him. I could talk about the stupendous firedrake, which is pretty much a small version of a mythical dragon, or the ginormous wood-wraith which looked like an extremely tall tree unless you saw the eyes, or maybe even the fire-sprites. They may not be all that large, even look quite cute, but they’re viciously lethal – so venomous that you have to wash a sword in water at least two times before it is safe enough to sheath after killing one.

There is a wide spread of diverse issues addressed in this story. From murder and rape, to treason, and even homosexuality – all are handled with the utmost delicacy by Jasperson so you know exactly how her characters feel about each of them, as well as society’s view, through the eyes of Huw and the narrator. The author has hit the perfect balance in every aspect of this book. I can’t wait to see what else is in store in the rest of the series.

A superb 5 STARS from me!

I hope this has whetted your appetite ahead of the launch tomorrow. Come back here in the morning to find the links to this amazing novel on Amazon!