Please welcome this week’s guest to the Showcase.
Hello. My name is Claire and I am addicted to cake. I also write humorous fantasy stories, among other things, would you care for a cuppa and a chat?
That’s how I’d greet you in real life if I could. I believe everyone would benefit from a nice sit down with a non-alcoholic beverage of their choice and a yummy slice of cake. Imagine what the world would be like. But enough about unattainable goals, let’s talk about books, specifically my books.
Thanks to the lovely Richard, I have the opportunity to tell you all about my Roshaven books. So far there are three books in this humorous fantasy world with plenty more to come. I have been heavily inspired by my adoration for Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld so if you enjoy that sort of irreverent observational humour in a magical fantasy setting then this is the place for you. I’ve also been likened to Douglas Adams and Piers Anthony – high praise that I can’t quite believe!
My Roshaven stories follow the adventures of Chief Thief-Catcher, Ned Spinks and his right-hand sprite, Jenni as they fight crime and attempt to keep the peace in the small empire of Roshaven.
Chronologically, the first book is The Interspecies Poker Tournament as those events happen before The Rose Thief but if you want to read them in the order they were written then go for The Rose Thief first.
Here’s the blurb for The Rose Thief:
Ned Spinks, Chief Thief-Catcher has a problem. Someone is stealing the Emperor’s roses. But that’s not the worst of it. In his infinite wisdom and grace, the Emperor magically imbued his red rose with love so if it was ever removed from the Imperial Rose Gardens then love will be lost, to everyone, forever. It’s up to Ned and his band of motley catchers to apprehend the thief and save the day. But the thief isn’t exactly who they seem to be, neither is the Emperor. Ned and his team will have to go on a quest defeating vampire mermaids, illusionists, estranged family members and an evil sorcerer in order to win the day. What could possibly go wrong?
The Rose Thief has just been re-published as a second edition and has gone wide which is indie author speak for it now being available not only on Amazon but also on Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, WH Smiths, Waterstones and a plethora of alternative online sites as well as requestable in print at your local bookshop – it has an ISBN! Here is the universal link for The Rose Thief – https://books2read.com/u/bQaxw6 – and because I am a giver, you can read the first chapter for free on my website: https://cbvisions.weebly.com/the-rose-thief.html
The second book in this world is called The Interspecies Poker Tournament and while The Rose Thief is a full- length novel, this is a novella. The whole idea came about from a throwaway comment made by Ned during The Rose Thief and was so much fun to write, I can’t even! Let’s just say there was a research poker game with several stuffed teddy bears and things may have gotten a little out of hand. I have to stop and give a shout-out to the very talented cover artist who created both The Rose Thief and The Interspecies Poker Tournament and that is Ian Bristow. He is an incredibly talented artist who completely gets the characters in my fictional world plus he is a great indie author himself and he writes and plays music as well.
Here’s the blurb for The Interspecies Poker Tournament:
Ned Spinks, Chief Thief-Catcher, has a new case. A murderous moustache-wearing cult is killing off members of Roshaven’s fae community. At least that’s what he’s been led to believe by his not-so-trusty sidekick, Jenni the sprite. She has information she’s not sharing but plans to get her boss into the Interspecies Poker Tournament so he can catch the bad guy and save the day. If only Ned knew how to play!
The Interspecies Poker Tournament, Case 27 of The Roshaven Files, is a humorous fantasy novella following the adventures of Ned Spinks and Jenni, a prequel to The Rose Thief. If you loved Terry Pratchett’s Discworld, you’ll love Roshaven.
At the moment The Interspecies Poker Tournament is only available on Amazon, but I am hoping to go wide in the near future. The link to buy a copy is mybook.to/ISPT.
The other exciting piece of news about these two books is that there will be an audiobook joining the ranks, probably next year (2020) and I’m super excited about this project because I will be doing the narration in my soon to be built audio booth. Provided the advice and tips I’ve been given about audio blankets and bulldog clips work!
Now, I did mention there were three books in this humorous fantasy world at the moment and the third is a short story called Ye Olde Magick Shoppe.
This is a free short story that you can download at Prolific Works and you don’t have to do anything – there’s no catch, no sign up to an author newsletter, just a free story for you to read and hopefully enjoy. Here’s the link: https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/E5IFHgWh
I really hope you will take a moment to explore the world of Roshaven and maybe dip a toe in the vampire-mermaid infested waters – don’t worry, Jenni will look after you. Probably. As always, if you do read one of my books, please do consider leaving a review on either Goodreads or Amazon or both. I really, really appreciate it and I’d love to know what you think.
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