Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
My lovely host Monica La Porta asked her lovable beagle Nero to choose a winner - the results are posted on Monica's site now - Nero doesn't look terribly impressed! Are you a winner? Find out now by zooming over to Monica's site - but be warned - you'll lose your heart to Nero!
There's still three more signed paperback copies of "The Griffin Cryer" to be won from Dody, at "Treasured Encounters", JB at Brook Cottage Reviews, and the lovely Charlie Plunkett's site.
We're coming to the end of an amazing free promotion, and achieved the top ten across three continents, and five countries. Mostly due to some amazing support from friends and friendly readers who helped spread the word over the world wide web. You each deserve a personal mention, but I'd fill up everyone's time line naming all the wonderful people who have helped this promotion soar, so instead, this badge is for you - wear it with pride - and my sincere thanks!
Can I tempt you into downloading a free ebook copy, or entering a free contest to win a signed paperback of "The Griffin Cryer".
Still hesitating, not too certain if you want to go on flying with the griffin riders?
Let my good friend and talented writer Dody persuade you, with this wonderful tribute to griffins:
OH TO MEET A GRIFFIN!
‘Why a griffin,’ a friend asked, imagining griffins in flight ~
‘Aren’t they too fierce, so often prone to bite?’
I laughed at those words, my heart bursting for her to see ~
The griffins that come from Ella Earth are gentle as can be.
A griffin’s wings are gossamer, delicate yet full of strength ~
Catch thermals so effortlessly, barely flapping their full length.
Griffins soar with neck curled, wings unfurled –what a sight ~
Like magnificent sailboats who tack against a wind’s might.
The air turns warmly humid when a griffin is about to land ~
His wings tuck behind talon-like forelegs that are so very grand.
When a griffin views his rider, a hoarse bellow blasts all around ~
His land-gait is sweetly comical, oddly shuffling when on the ground.
Two short velvety sugar horns protrude from equine head ~
The texture of skin though it seems rough is oh so silky instead.
It feels so unbelievably satiny when a griffin’s fur you stroke ~
His ‘happy sound’ will make your heart get caught up in your throat.
My friend began to jump around and grab my hands in glee.
“I want to see a griffin!” she said, “You’ve made them real to me.”
“Take my kindle and open to menu,” I answered in happy sigh.
“‘The Griffin Cryer’s’ Balkind takes you on a most extraordinary ride!”
Copyright 2013 Doreen 'Dody' Cox. Reproduced here by kind permission of the author.
After reading Dody's inspirational poem, I want to rush off and download a copy of "The Griffin Cryer" – if you've been inspired too – here's the link: The Griffin Cryer
This is a free download of the ebook, if you'd like the paperback, it's also available for $9.99, or around £6.50.
Win a free signed paperback by visiting any or all of these wonderful sites:
Monica La Porta fellow indie author and talented artist; Brook Cottage Books where you can find some superb book reviews & book news; Treasured Encounters where you can find more of Dody's inspirational poetry, and learn about her heart warming memoir "Adventures in Mothersitting; and Charlie Plunkett of "True Diaries" and "100 Little Words on Parenthood" fame.
Leave a comment and your name's entered into the hat! Couldn't be easier – and if you click on the tweet or facebook buttons at each site, you can share with all your friends. The free ebook offer and free to enter contests are available until midnight 30th March, be sure to add your name to the entries!
Today is launch day for the paperback edition of "The Griffin Cryer" and to celebrate, the ebook version can be downloaded for free! There are also free to enter contests to win a signed copy over at Monica La Porta's site, Brook Cottage Books, and Dody's Treasured Encounters.
I'm tremendously proud of this little adventure, although I can't claim too much credit. I've been aided and abetted by Dody, Dan and my own two young adults all of whom volunteered to beta read, while Stephen Spencer ran a critical eye over drafts, and Jenny Worstall provided invaluable advice on the musical scenes. For the first time ever, the story seemed to write itself, with unexpected themes on bullying, freedom and self belief emerging. After recruiting Charlie and Jenny to proof read, I crossed my fingers and uploaded "The Griffin Cryer" to Amazon's virtual shelves.
I always peer sideways at reviews, a little anxious of what readers might have to say – however, since its release, "The Griffin Cryer" has gained forty reviews in America (ave. 4.7 stars), sixteen five star reviews in the UK, and one solid five star review in Germany. It's hard for any writer to be objective about their own work, so confirmation that "The Griffin Cryer" did deliver an entertaining worthwhile read was more than welcome. I've been overwhelmed by some of the comments left by readers. From short sweet reviews, to longer more in depth critiques, "The Griffin Cryer" seems to be connecting on more levels than expected. As I mentioned before, this story wrote itself, and fellow indie authors generously shared their expertise with critique, beta reading and proofreading. I've also had some marvellous support from so many fellow book addicts, both here in the UK and in the States, and lately Europe and India. I hoping to reach the top twenty in genre in the free download charts – be ace if we made it happen in four continents.
"The Griffin Cryer" is suitable for young and old adults, and recommended reading for all those who've ever dreamed of flying on the back of a griffin. You can download a copy for free from Amazon onto any smart phone or ereader, or of course, the good old fashioned kindle! If you have a moment or two to spare, I'd be grateful if you could like, share or tweet this post and help spread the word about this promotion.
Happy World Tolkien Day everyone! Thanks to my good friend, and fellow book addict Ao Bibliophile for the head's up. I wanted to share one of my favourite Tolkien quotes:
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
I hope everyone's getting ready for their great escape tomorrow - when you can download your free copy of "The Griffin Cryer" and escape this world for spell or two with Frankie and her griffin!
Our facebook event is going great guns – I say 'our' rather than 'mine' as I've had so much support from friends old and new. If you haven't yet joined in the fun, here's the address The Griffin Cryer Paperback Launch and Free eBook Giveaway. – please bring your friends: there's some great flash fun giveaways, with top indie authors donating free ebooks and other great prizes. If you're not on facebook, there's still plenty of free contests to enter. Signed paperback copies of "The Griffin Cryer" can be won at the brilliant Brook Cottage Books site, and my friend, the lovely and very talented Monica La Porta's site also has a copy to give away. Monica and her equally talented friend Alessandro Fiorini designed the beautiful cover of "A Ripple in Time", and today only you can enter and win your own signed copy of this time travel romantic adventure, which one critic compared to "A paranormal Sophie's Choice." You can find details on how to enter and win on facebook, however, if you don't have a facebook account, just leave a comment on this website, and your name will be entered. The winner of this very special prize will be announced after mid-day tomorrow.
"The Griffin Cryer" will be FREE to download from 26 - 30th March from Amazon - here are the links once again:
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk
I'm incredibly proud of this young adult adventure fantasy, which has received forty reader reviews on Amazon's .com site, (ave. 4.7 stars), sixteen five star reader reviews on .co.uk and a thrilling five star review on the .de site. Please if you have a spare moment(!) take the time to spread the word about this free promotion, with your friends and fellow book lovers. You can do this just by tweeting this post! Thank you <3
This is our very first book trailer ever! The voice you'll hear reading the introduction to "The Griffin Cryer" belongs to #1 son - I don't usually boast about my boys - they're both fine young men, and their achievements are their own, nothing to do with me. But on this occasion, I'm overcome with pride and just have to show off!
"The Griffin Cryer" will be FREE to download from 26 - 30th March from Amazon - here are the links:
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk
Canada: Amazon.caIndia: Amazon.com
If you're on facebook, please come along to the main event - "Griffin Cryer paperback launch & free giveaway"
I'd love to see you there! To win a free signed copy of "The Griffin Cryer" drop by Monica La Porta's fantastic site, and the wonderful Brook Cottage Books also have a signed copy to giveaway.
The story behind "The Griffin Cryer" is a simple one: I wanted to explore my conviction that each and every one of us have a special talent, all we need is a little more belief in ourselves to perform wonders. Although very few of us will discover an ability to summons a griffin, complete with its rider! However, as the story progressed, an unexpected theme emerged: Freedom. Frankie Shaunessy's twin brother Michael is in a coma, consequently she has built an emotional wall around herself. The griffin's rider is captured and held in a physical prison, while Michael is trapped inside his own body. Ultimately, Frankie and the griffin rider will become each others' salvation; and this becomes fairly obvious to readers early on in the story. However, as one reviewer noted: "Frankie is a fun character who grows exponentially within the scope of the story-line. There are certain elements (from which) that the reader can anticipate the end result ... but the journey is the point and Hughes gives us a compelling progression."
Other reviewers have remarked on the sweetness and believability of the griffin, Balkind. I have to agree with them, Balkind is the sweetest griffin in this world or any other, and I sincerely hope you'll take time to make his acquaintance soon. The Griffin Cryer will be free to download as an ebook from 26 - 30th March - please drop by the Facebook page event and be sure to invite all your friends!
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"The Griffin Cryer" will be free to download from Amazon, from the 26th March - 30th March so everyone's a winner! However ...the winner of our recent St Patrick's Day giveaway of a personalised signed paperback copy is (drum roll!):
Mr. B H, of Canada with second prize going to Miss J D from the US.
To celebrate the release of "The Griffin Cryer" in paperback, we're having a kindle ebook free promotional run. You'll be able to download "The Griffin Cryer" free from the 26th March.
There's a facebook event going on right now - and swag to be had! So come along, invite your friends and join in the fun! Here's the address:
The Griffin Cryer facebook event.
Although St Patrick hasn't been formerly canonised by the Roman Catholic Church – yet – that doesn't stop him being one of the most popular saints in the world today. Neither is St Patrick Irish; his birthplace is generally believed to be somewhere near Glasgow, Scotland. Sometime in the year 405 AD, Patrick was captured by Irish raiders at the tender age of sixteen. According to hagiography, he spent the following six years in captivity, until, inspired by a dream, he escaped. There's obviously a lesson there for all dreamers!
Almost two decades later, Patrick returned to the Emerald Isle, and as we all know, cast out all the snakes in Ireland, and converted the chieftains and their followers to Christianity.
According to legend, St Patrick even met with the two old Fenian warriors, Cailte and Oisin. At this time, the pagan warlords were around 900 years old, with St Patrick a mere 700 years old. Together the three elders embarked on a tour of Ireland. As they pass specific sites, Cailte narrates the myths and legends associated with each place name, and over two hundred anecdotes of the past are shared. This collection of heroic lore has become known in modern Irish as Agallamh na Seanorach. In the words of St Patrick's guardian angels, these memories of ancient Ireland "will delight noblemen of later times who might listen, and should be written on poets' staves, and in learned men's libraries."
St Patrick is neither Irish, nor officially a saint. But as a young man, he followed his dreams, charmed everyone he met, and made a lasting contribution to literature. It's easy to see why he's the patron saint of Ireland!
Latest review on "The Griffin Cryer:
All readers' feedback is cherished, but in my view, this latest review of "The Griffin Cryer" is especially sweet:
" There is a unique sense of place in "The Griffin Cryer." Frankie is very clearly English and speaks in an appropriate slang for her region. Her specific dialect may throw readers off for a moment but in this global age, a reader will not take long to adjust.
"The Griffin Cryer" was a good book. Frankie is a fun character who grows exponentially within the scope of the story-line. There are certain elements that the reader can anticipate the end result from introduction but the journey is the point and Hughes gives us a compelling progression. Frankie has a good parent and step-parent that are willing to stand beside her though they have their own worries and problems. She has friends that she never realized she had ... and a boy she never thought she could have.
The baddies are a bit brutal in this novel though no more so than in the Harry Potter series (though in a vastly different way). If I were to give this novel to my 11-year-old to read (and we have talked about her reading it), I'd want to discuss the baddies with her. I think the level of violence is suitably appropriate for someone 13+ when children understand that this is just a novel and that sometimes people are just horrible jerks but this is fiction so rarely to the extent we see in the work. That said the baddies, though exceptionally well-written, are not the point of the story. The point seems to be a beautiful progression within Frankie herself. (T Dewhirst Avid Reader).
As always, many thanks to everyone who takes the time to comment, on Amazon it really does help other readers find good books!
Wren Prenderson; "A Ripple in Time" best hero.
"The Griffin Cryer" best Urban Fantasy. Thank you to the hard working judges and everyone who voted at the eFestival of Words, organised by Julie Dawson, of Bards & Sages.
A Raucous Time, A Ripple in Time, and The Griffin Cryer. Thank you to Julie and her hard working panel of judges and reviewers.
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