James Derry

Fantasy Authors Unplugged: New Release from James Derry

I’m excited about this new release from James Derry since I’ve enjoyed all the books in his previous series, Idyll.

This new book is his first foray into fantasy entitled, Myths of the Fallen City (Groundbreakers Book 1). Here’s the blurb:

The land of Embhra is ruled by magic—and it’s ruining everything.

Gods and sorcerers jealously hoard their power, and innocent people everywhere are suffering for the cause of those who wield magic. Sygne and Jamal are hoping they can change that. She’s a scientist. He’s a former soldier and aspiring poet-singer.

With her brains and his bravado, they might just make a difference. It also helps that they are on course to find a primordial Ancient One that might hold the key to changing the entire world. Not so helpful: both a war goddess and a love goddess want to see them dead!

The ‘Scientician’ and the Singing Swordsman begin their first groundbreaking adventure in this short-length novel.


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I’ve already started and found it interesting. Looking forward to the rest of the book to see how this pair fare in Embhra against powerful enemies and the problematic magic.

About the Author

James Derry has been writing or drawing stories since the day his parents let him borrow a ballpoint pen. That’s when he created his first magnum opus in blue ink: a comic-book parody of Ghostbusters called ‘Roastbusters.’ Hey, he was ten.

He studied art in college (The University of Georgia), and eventually his aspirations shifted from being an illustrator to being a graphic designer. He returned to writing ten years ago after meeting his wife. He currently resides in Atlanta and spends large chunks of his free time working on (and reworking) a variety of fiction projects.

Connect with James Derry at his website.

Read It? Loved It? Review It! Share It! Find Author Support at RRBC

rave-reviews-badgeI love a good book, especially in my chosen genre of Fantasy/Sci-Fi. If I read a book and love I often share my reaction to it with a review. I’ve discovered several good books from little-known authors over the last few years and I love to support them. Why? Well that review is very important to the author.

But there’s something else I like to do: share it further. Authors need reviews from their readers AND they extended support on social media. Sometimes I will post my review from Goodreads on my blog for added exposure. But I’ll also share it on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and other places. Recently, I’ve started adding these books to appropriate lists on Goodreads so these authors gain even more exposure.

However, there’s also another way to gain even more support: join an author/review organization. My choice is Rave Reviews Book Club where I’m in my second year as a member. As part of my membership, I read a minimum of 4 books during the year from the club catalog and provide a review. We also have our own growing internet radio network, “Rave Waves” on Blog Talk Radio where club members are interviewed on several shows throughout the course of each month.

But there’s more to Rave Reviews Book Club. We also support one another over social media, especially with our #PUSHTUESDAY feature on Twitter. We also find lots of other ways to support one another. Take a look at what this club offers. Why not give it a try? I’ve found more than one good fantasy or science fiction in our club catalog and there are many other genres represented. What’s best is that we all support one another no matter what genre we like. Not an author? No problem, we have reader-members too! If you join today, just tell them P. H. Solomon sent you!

One of my recent club reads was James Derry’s Idyll. I liked it so much that I’ve added it to lists on Goodreads. Here’s my review of Idyll on Goodreads:

IdyllIdyll by James Derry
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Idyll is the story of two brothers who set out from their remote home in search of the father while caring for their mother, stricken by a mysterious illness named “The Lullaby”. Set on the terra-formed planet, Idyll, author James Derry unfolds a story fraught with tension for characters, Walt and Samuel Starboard as they travel across their rugged planet after having been self-quarantined for several years. Along the way, these brother will discover the secrets of the dangerous disease suffered by their incapacitated mother as well as all that has befallen their fellow colonists on Idyll.

Derry weaves an entertaining tale that encompasses elements of science fiction, western, dystopian and several other genres into a complex alchemy of story-telling. Mystery and terror abound for the characters as they travel and discover all that has happened to their home during their isolation. Abounding with twists and turns that grips readers, this book is a must read. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to more from the author in the future!

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IMG_4154-EditAbout the Author

P. H. Solomon lives in the greater Birmingham, AL area where he strongly dislikes yard work and sanding the deck rail. However, he performs these duties to maintain a nice home for his loved ones as well as the family’s German Shepherds. In his spare time, P. H. rides herd as a Computer Whisperer on large computers called servers (harmonica not required). Additionally, he enjoys reading, running, most sports and fantasy football. Having a degree in Anthropology, he also has a wide array of more “serious” interests in addition to working regularly to hone his writing. The Bow of Destiny is his first novel-length title with more soon to come.

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