The Battle for Brisingamen

Story Empire Roadshow Featuring Harmony Kent

Thanks for visiting today! Join me in welcoming Harmony Kent, one of my fellow contributing authors from Story Empire. Also, welcome to a lot of new visitors today from various other blogs and groups including those from Story Empire and Harmony’s followers. Take it away Harmony!

Hello, everyone, Harmony Kent here. Welcome to my tour stop on the Story Empire Roadshow. First of all, I would like to give PH a huge thank you for hosting me today. Yesterday, I opened my part of the tour with why I write, and today, am talking about what I write. Because I have so many books published, I have broken this topic into two posts. So, come and find me on tour tomorrow for the next installment. And, remember, throughout this week, I shall be offering Kindle deals on some of my books, so keep checking in for details of which books and when the discounts are happening. The most prolific commenter at the end of the tour will get to choose ONE copy of any TWO of my ebooks!

What I write (part one)

A firmly established mulit-genre author, you’ll not pin me down to any one thing. I’ve written various fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. Read on for more details on my books. My book trailer videos can all be found on my Amazon author page and my website.

My first book, The Battle for Brisingamen, is traditional fantasy fiction.

There is a World not too Far Away …

Beneath the north sea a land of magic lies undetected. The lives of many are drawn inexorably closer together in a race against time, as both energy companies and evil beings attempt to destroy the magic which is protecting not just this land but all worlds. The unwitting protagonists have no idea of how suddenly and irrevocably their lives are about to change.

It is a race against time to try and recover the lost necklace, Brisingamen, which holds the ancient power of the Goddess Freya, and to prevent the undersea drilling from taking place. Are Aart, Matthias, Gemma and Dirck up to the challenges they now must face?

Here there be Dragons, and all manner of Creatures …

My second book, The Glade, is somewhat scarier and falls with the Mystery/Thriller genre.

“Readers who like to curl up during the long winter evenings and feel the delicious chill of fear running up and down their spines need only turn to The Glade to have all their expectations fulfilled.

“The Glade is a horror story in the mould of Stephen King, and rendered the more so by its faint echoes of Pet Cemetery and the even stronger resonance of the pervasive malignancy of It.”—Review by Brian O’Hare

This gripping, edge-of-your-seat mystery/thriller will have you thinking twice about booking that idyllic cottage in the country. Nothing in this woodland paradise within the Forest of Dean is what it seems. 

The Wenstrops have it all: health, wealth, and happiness. Until everything falls apart. Helen gets arrested for murder, and yet is either unable or unwilling to give a defence. During her detention, vital evidence goes missing and tensions run high.

Meanwhile, in the woods, malignant forces gather power. 

My third book, Elemental Earth, takes us back to Fantasy Fiction, but this time, for the Young Adult readers. Of course, it suits those ‘older’ readers who remain young at heart!

“You turned the god of gnomes into a garden ornament?” 
Sarah looked closely, but couldn’t tell if her dad was annoyed or amused—perhaps he was both …
Whilst 15 year old Sarah may be struggling to regain her feet, after being ripped from her everyday mundane life and ending up in a whole new dimension, she still knows how to have a bit of fun along the way. The Earth Elemental isn’t the only one whose feathers she manages to ruffle, and it’s only been four days. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing, and big trouble is brewing. She soon has a lot more to worry about than what happened to her phone or iPod, or even how much of an idiot Caleb obviously thinks she is.
Elemental Earth is the first book in The Mysteries series, and is aimed at Young Adults. Even if you’ve already reached an age where the young ones might call you ‘old enough’, if you’re still young at heart then you’re bound to enjoy these books just as much as the next—err—younger adult.
Age aside, perhaps we should be more worried about what further havoc Sarah’s antics might be about to wreak on the universe as we know it? We’d probably all be sleeping a lot more soundly if she’d only stuck to applied maths and the odd pillow fight. But no, sadly the lure of the proverbial rabbit hole proved just a tad too much. And now she’s taken the plunge, there’s no turning back. 

My fourth book, Polish Your Prose, leaves the world of make believe behind, and instead, takes a look at the mechanics of writing.

“This book is a mine of useful information. It’s concise and easy to understand. You don’t have to wade through pages upon pages of chatter; Harmony Kent gets straight to the point. ” — Michelle Abbott, Romance Author

“If the complexities of grammar and punctuation sometimes confound you – this gem of a book is for you. This is a guide I’ll be dipping into over and over.”–Wendy Scott, Fantasy Author

Polish Your Prose is a powerful new guide that gives essential editing tips for authors.

Lots of books have been written on the art of writing, and here—at last—is a guide that will teach you the essential techniques of editing your own book. This will help you turn a promising manuscript into a published novel. And, it does this without the jargon. You don’t need to know all the grammatical terms in order to make use of this book. You don’t need to know the definition of a split infinitive, a comma splice, or a ‘to be’ verb, as this manual explains these in detail in easy to understand terms, and a lively and engaging style.
Chapters on Passive Writing, Tense, Point of View, Dialogue, and other techniques take you through the same processes an editor would go through to polish and perfect your manuscript. 

Good writing is nothing without good editing. Learn the secrets of good editing and writing with this essential author reference, which offers so much more for so much less.

As promised, one of my books, Polish Your Prose, is on a Kindle Countdown Deal for today only. Grab it for just 0.99! Amazon US and Amazon UK. Offer ends at 11:00 pm local time.

My latest book, Moments, is available on pre-order on Amazon. Pre-order HERE (US) and HERE (UK). This is a collection of short stories and poetry that touches upon death, grieving, war, fresh starts, hope, courage, change, choices, and encouragement. Take a moment to delve into tales from the dark side, have fun with fantasy, dabble in dystopia, and court danger in a little science fiction.

I’d love to hear what some of your favourite reads are. Thanks so much for stopping by!

My website/blog: http://harmonykent.co.uk

My twitter handle: @harmony_kent

My Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/HarmonyKentOnline

My Amazon Page: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U and https://www.amazon.com/Harmony-Kent/e/B00CO0AR7U

Harmony sure makes the literary rounds! Be sure to check out Polish Your Prose and Moment as well as all of Harmony’s other books via her links. You can view the Story Empire Roadshow tour schedule for today and all week. Also, please make sure to leave comments below so you can be in the running for Harmony’s prize at the end of the week! Thanks for visiting today and have a fun week!

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Fantasy Genre Happenings & Recent Interviews

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Ryan Doughan was recently interviewed in Fantasy Authors Unplugged

Probably the biggest news of the last week involving the fantasy genre was that Christopher Lee passed away. If you haven’t read his bio it’s quite a list of accomplishments in a lifetime spanning 93 years.

The latest book by Terry Brooks, The Defenders of Shannara: The Darkling Child, came out on 6/9. I’ll read it soon and hand out my review but I do like the cover. Also, the Shannara TV series is set to premiere soon (listed as July on IMDB) and includes John Rhys-Davies in the cast. For those interested fans, Allanon is played by Manu Bennett.

As noted in last week’s review post, an unpublished story by J. R. R. Tolkien was bought by – and will presumably be published soon – by HarperCollins. It’s good to see that the scion of the fantasy genre is still having fiction published.

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Finalist for the International Book Awards

Here’s a list of recent authors interviewed for Fantasy Authors Unplugged:

Looking for more new fantasy releases? Here are a few listed on Goodreads. See you over there!

Book Cover Green Top & Bottom Cover - CopyJust as a point of my own news, I’m putting the finishing touches on The Bow of Destiny right now. The target date for release is 9/30 and I’ll appear in a large blog tour for Indie-authors entitled Brain to Books as the end of August. I’ll release free, related stories in August and September. If you would like to keep up with my events please sign-up on my email list to receive updates. Currently, The Bow of Destiny is with my beta readers who are giving it the once-over for feedback.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my Contact page for that information. I’ve updated the site with a new landing page starting today but you can still view the News page for announcements. As part of the changes, new email subscribers will receive my free new guide, 15 Must Have Apps for Self-Publishing Authors. Sign-up today! I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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Fantasy Authors Unplugged – Featuring: Harmony Kent

This is continuing feature on Archer’s Aim – Fantasy Authors Unplugged. I hope to frequently share an interview with a fantasy author. If you have authors to suggest and/or questions you’d like to see answered then leave a comment or send me an email. If you are a fantasy author and would like an interview please let me know and we’ll plan one that fits your schedule. Today I’m interviewing Harmony Kent, a British fantasy author who has also written in a few other genres.

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Q. What’s the plot of your latest fantasy novel?

 

Elemental Earth Cover for KindleA.My latest fantasy novel is a Young Adult fantasy, and is the first in what will be a series. In Elemental Earth, we are introduced to 15-year-old Sarah, a teen with a rocky home life, and on the fringe of things at school. She has become disinterested, disillusioned, and angry. On a personal level, she is attempting to work out who she is, and what her relationship to her life is, as well as having to deal with her feelings of inadequacy.

Everything is mundane until a new girl shows up at school: Imogen. It’s hate at first sight, and when she sends Sarah notes that disappear as soon as they’ve been read, Sarah just gets more annoyed. Who is this girl, and what does she want with Sarah?

When she meets a boy much older than her, she agrees to go on a date with him out of a sense of rebellion. But he isn’t all he seems, and she ends up being kidnapped. The rescue party isn’t what she expects: a platoon of earth gnomes.

Garl, the king of the gnomes, has to be my favourite character. He has sass in buckets, and I love him to bits. He plays a pivotal role in bringing Sarah out of herself and helping her to adapt to her new life in an alternate realm of reality. Sarah continues to rebel, and resists the role everyone seems to be trying to pin on her. Meanwhile, her best friend is missing and big trouble is brewing. If only she’d stuck to applied math and the odd pillow fight.

Q. How do you balance being a multi-genre author?

 

A. Being a multi-genre author just kind of happened. I didn’t plan it. But then, I’ve learned not to spend too much time on plans: they’re just subject to change anyway. All we can do is to give life our best guess. The key is adaptation and flexibility. Going with the flow holds true in my everyday life as much as it does in my writing.

I suppose that my being a multi-genre reader has influenced my writing greatly. All of my books have an element of magic or the fantastical, except for my latest book, Finding Katie, which is my only book to date that is based wholly in what we call reality. The possible downside to being a multi-genre writer is that my readers can’t put me into any one box. However, on the plus side, they are also guaranteed surprises.

For me, the important thing is that no matter what I write, I pull my reader out of their seat and into the book. For some readers, genre is all-important, but there are more multi-genre readers out there than I had ever imagined.

Q. What are your fantasy genre inspirations?

 

A. My inspirations come from the classics such as Tolkien’s The Hobbit and Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern. I also fell in love with Guy Gavriel Kay’s The Summer Tree when I read this as a young woman (yep, I can just about remember then!) Basically, anything with magic in, or an alternate reality, piques my interest. Any book that allows me to forget I’m reading is an inspiring read. Lately, my top genre has become science fiction and dystopian fiction … especially when the book has elements of the two. I do have to confess to being a fan of the Harry Potter books (ahem); but no, I won’t admit to how many times I’ve read them

Q. Are any of your fantasy characters inspired by anyone in real life?

 

A. Characters in my books tend to be an amalgamation of lots of folks in my life. I haven’t, as yet, based a character on one person in particular.

Q. What’s the name of your latest project?

 

A. The name of my latest project is When Shadows Fall, and it is to be a sci-fi/dystopian novel.

Q. How have you changed as an author since you first self-published?

 

A. My writing voice is much stronger. I am much more confident than I ever was. Since I published my first book, I have undergone a steep learning curve in all areas of self-publishing. One thing I hadn’t expected was how much I would come to enjoy designing book covers and making book trailer movies.

Q. What are your most and least favorite activities as an author?

A. My least favourite activity as an author is the marketing and sales side of things. It just is not my forte at all. My favourite activity is writing when the characters have taken me over and invaded my mind. When that happens, they write the book and I just follow along for the ride. Of course, it’s not always so easy, but that’s when it feels truly great. I think the plot twists in The Glade take the readers so much by surprise, because they took the author by surprise too.

Bio:

Author photoIndie Author Harmony Kent has written a number of books. The Battle for Brisingamen, her first novel, is a work of fantasy fiction and was approved by Awesome Indies within weeks of its release. Her second book, The Glade, shows her equally at home in the realms of mystery, suspense and thriller – with a dash of magical realism. This book has also been approved for the Awesome Indies List. The Glade was awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion in July 2014. Harmony’s third book (Elemental Earth) is Young Adult Fantasy Fiction, and was published 31st July 2014. With more books already in progress, she is well on her way to being a firmly established multi genre author. As well as being an avid reader and writer, Harmony also offers editing, proof reading, manuscript appraisal and beta reading services.  As well as reviewing and supporting her fellow indie authors, Harmony works hard to promote and protect high standards within the indie publishing arena. She is always on the look out for talent and excellence, and will freely promote any authors or books who she feels have these attributes.

Well, that’s the official biography… Harmony also has violent tendencies and forced me to add a not quite so official version…

Harmony Kent is famous for her laughter, and has made quite the name for herself… she’s also, um, a writer… and fairly well known for that too. She lives in rural Cornwall with her ever-present sense of humour and quirky neighbours. She is single and not admitting to her age.

Here are ten things she thinks you ought to know about her …

  1. Born in 2013 (at least the author was …)
  2. Really boring
  3. Has absolutely no sense of humour
  4. Biographer is a compulsive liar
  5. Reads … a lot
  6. Writes … even more
  7. Completely sane(in)
  8. Neighbours are nuts
  9. If you’re feeling extra brave she’s around
  10. Online …

You can connect Harmony and view her books via the following social media and book links:

Website  Twitter  Facebook  Goodreads 

Amazon US Author Page  Amazon UK Author Page  4Wills Publishing Author Page: 

Thanks to Harmony for being featured today in Fantasy Authors Unplugged. Please take some time to visit this award-winning author’s pages to learn more about her fantasy books. If you’re a fantasy author and would like to be interviewed for “Fantasy Authors Unplugged” just contact me via email or one of my social media channels and we’ll set one up.

Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments section. I’d also love to connect with you over social media so check my contact page for that information. See the News page for announcements and remember to sign-up to receive news and posts by email. I’ve added a new sign-up tab on my FaceBook page to simplify the process. New followers can download The Black Bag via free coupon today! Also, the cover of my book, The Bow of Destiny, was revealed recently so take a look.

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