Julia Hughes - writing thrilling adventures - time after time after time.
New classical cover of "The Griffin's Boy" adapted by Laura Wright LaRoche of LLPix.com, from an engraving (now in the public domain, see above license) by Gustave Dore.
"The Griffin's Boy" will be published on 15th December by TalonPublishing.com.
The Flying Book Tour commences December 10th - 18th.
Have a book blog? Want to host? I'd love to drop by your place!
There's an out of this world unique prize giveaway for your readers, and a special prize draw for tour hosts only. In keeping with the classical theme, there are ten fridge magnets/pendants of Tenniel's illustration of the gryphon from "Alice in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll, waiting to adorn your fridge!
Shot an email across to Mervyn@talonpublishing[dot]com or comment to join in the fun, and for free entry into our Flying Book Tour host only contest.
As "The Griffin Cryer" is a young adult fantasy, and since I have two young adults in the house, both sons were bullied into reading one of mine for the first time. Comments like "I can't believe you wrote this" and "this is quite a good story" (said in tones of disbelief) were duly ignored. But then the eldest took my kindle to read the last few chapters at work (he wasn't skiving – they have regular breaks)! A lifeguard at his pool approached him and asked if he could see how the kindle worked – they're still a little bit of a novelty here in the UK! "Sure" #1 son said, handing the kindle over to his colleague. Within ten minutes his colleague had devoured the last few chapters, and handed back the kindle remarking "That's not a bad book". "Not bad" said #1 son. But he must have secretly been proud of his old lady, at any rate, he reported the "not bad" comment back to me. I choose to think that any "not bad" book might also be described as "good"!
Happily, my advance readers enjoyed their review copies, and "The Griffin Cryer" already has two glowing reviews on the "product page" – but as always the opportunity to download a sample and decide for yourself is available free of charge – so if you fancy a flight of fantasy on the back of a griffin, why not check out the links below, and you can judge for yourself!
"The Griffin Cryer" (£2.05) can be sampled on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
The ancient Maya civilisation calculated the passing of time differently to our present Western society; as our calendars end on the 31st December each year, so their calendar ended on 12th December 2012. (Or 21st December 2012 – depending on which website you visit).
12/12/12 is a very attractive number though, and staying with ancient civilisations, the Greeks regarded the number three as the 'perfect number'. One and two make three, so this special date can also be read as 'three threes.'
An auspicious date then in anyone's calendar. To celebrate the world not ending on that day, "The Griffin Cryer", a new fantasy will be published.
So, 12/12/12 won't be the end of planet Earth, but the beginning of the chronicles of Ella-Earth – our world's twin. If you can persuade a friendly griffin to fly you between parallel universes, you'll find in that world, our own planet is referred to as "Ella-Earth" and has a mythical status. With that thought, somehow the whole world seems a little more magical.
Wishing any readers of Mayan descent a Happy New Year – I hope you celebrate in style – and for all readers, there's an open invitation to join Griffin Post on facebook – where you can help celebrate the birth of a new era.
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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