Monday, August 25, 2014

New Reviews, Up-Coming Appearances, and more!

Hey everyone, hope you're all well! :-)

It's been a while since my last post, but I've been damned busy - and enjoying it! :-)

First off, some great new reviews from fellow authors:

David John Butler, author of numerous books including the awesome-looking Hellhound on my Trail (which I've had lined-up for a while, just need to make time to READ it!), posted his review of Betrayal's Shadow on his blog and on Amazon; do check out what he had to say - his remarks definitely made my year!

Next up, fellow South African author Melissa Delport gave Betrayal's Shadow a read and sent me the coolest late-night message I've ever received - her review still rocks, though! :-)  

"I have always been a fan of SFF, although Epic high fantasy is a bit of a stretch. Simply put, I like my books simple. Until I read Betrayals Shadow." Check out the rest of her epic review here. :-)

(click here to order Nerine's latest novel)

The next kickass review landed TODAY, and is the first time my work has been reviewed in the newspapers - Nerine Dorman's review of Betrayal's Shadow was published in today's edition of the Pretoria News, and I'm over the moon; here's an excerpt:  

"De Burgh throws readers into the thick of things -a quality I appreciate- considering the fantasy genre's tendency to indulge in exposition."

The biggest news concerns events coming up in September and October - here's the details:

I'll be traveling down to Cape Town for this year's Open Book Festival, which means 5 days of excellent literary events, including a panel in which I'll be chatting to Raymond E Feist, Mike Carey and my publisher, Marius Du Plessis, about how much we love our jobs. :-)

That panel will be on the 18th of September, at the Fugard Theatre, and I cannot tell you how excited I am for this! Do be able to sit down and chat with Mr. Feist and Mr. Carey is a serious honour - everyone who reads Fantasy has either read or heard of Magician, the book that kicked off Pug's epic adventures, and as for Mr. Carey, you've either read the Felix Castor series or the book that's been making a huge impression on readers, 'The Girl with All the Gifts'. So, I'm terrified and elated. ;-)

Make sure that you organize to join us at Open Book - you can download the full program at the site right now.

Update on Book 2: I've been having awesome sessions these past two weeks and the book is on track for a end-November hand-in; if you've been following my Facebook Page and Twitter account you may have seen some cryptic updates... ;-)

A short story I wrote will also be published in the print- and kindle-editions of a great new anthology (edited by Roy C. Booth) and published by Indie Author Press; the story's title is The Bell and you can pre-order your copies on Amazon right now! Print edition is launching on the 1st of September and the Kindle edition with go live on the 1st of October! :-)

I mentioned an event for October too, I know - I'll make that awesome announcement soon. :-)

So, until next time,

Friday, August 8, 2014

"Meet My Main Character" Blog Tour

Afternoon! :-)

Monique Snyman, fellow South African author (her work includes Charming Incantations: Enticed, Charming Incantations: Sanguine, and much more) tagged me for this post. :-)

Since I've got more than one 'main' character in Betrayal's Shadow I'll focus this post on the prequel for The Mahaelian Chronicle, which has one primary protagonist and one primary antagonist. :-) The focus of this post is a character named Ordaefus.

1. Tell us a little about this main character. Is she fictional or a historic person?

Ordaefus is a fictional character and an Elvayn – Elvayn are non-humans capable of what humans would call sorcery or magic, and Ordaefus is well-respected among his people. He's a thoughtful man, dedicated completely to his people and their ideals … which is one of the reasons for the conflict he finds himself at the centre of in A Song of Sacrifice.

2. When and where is the story set?

The tale takes place on the central continent of the Elvayn world - the Elvayn live in beautiful, sprawling cities and have reached a pinnacle, in terms of their civilization and society, but the status quo is being strained by an approaching conflict.

3. What should we know about him?

Ordaefus only wants what's best for his people, and that means accepting change - he is not a violent man (none of the Elvayn are, in fact), but change affects everything...

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Elvayn are capable of manipulating or changing the energy-memory of anything around them - basically, they have the power to change a thing's molecular structure, making it into something else. For thousands of years the Elvayn have practiced Wielding - changing, for example, a rock into a chair; but it's when Ordaefus discovers Singing -changing that chair back into a rock once, say, the chair is no longer useful or needed- that his brother, Mahaelal, protests. Mahaelal sees Singing as heretical and does not want to accept the changes that Singing will bring into Elvayn society, and he decides to stand against his brother, intending to keep his people safe and un-changed.

5. What is his personal goal?

Ordaefus' goal is to help his people understand that Singing can lead to great and positive change, and when the conflict erupts, pitting him against his brother and the Elvayn that agree with his brother, Ordaefus' goal becomes helping his people to remain free.
6. What are the titles of your novels, and where can we read more about them?

'A Song of Sacrifice' is the prequel, set thousands of years before the first novel in my trilogy, Betrayal's Shadow. It is published by Fox & Raven Publishing and can also be ordered online via Amazon or Exclusive Books. I'm hard at work on the second book (title yet to be revealed).

7. When can we expect your next book to be published?

I''ll be completing and handing in Book 2 by November this year, and that will hopefully lead to a pub-date of around March / April in 2015. :-)
OK, Tag time!

Monique has already tagged excellent South African storytellers (check out her post here), so here are my picks - definitely worth a look! :-)
Devlin Chase,
Angela Meadon,
Sergio Pereira,
Suzanne Van Rooyen,
Cat Hellisen

Until next time,