Friday, 7 December 2012

Fated: A Timeless Series Companion Novel released!

In case you've been wondering where I've been these last few months (aside from snowed under in work), I've been working on a project with fellow author Lisa L Wiedmeier. She's the lady beheind the Timeless Series, of which the first two books, Cheyenne and Promises have been released.

In honour of the Christmas season, I have co-written a novella featuring the Timeless characters, and this is now available for ebook purchase on Amazon!


Fated: A Timeless Series novella

Callon, leader of a hidden race called the Timeless, receives a mysterious letter asking for help to protect a secret. Little does he know the secret's called Cheyenne, a human close to transforming into a Timeless being herself. But there's more to her than meets the eye, and her adoptive parents won't tell the whole truth. Determined to find answers, Callon calls on his brothers, Colt and Daniel, to help him. As they start to uncover the clues, Callon realizes he might have stumbled onto something that could change the fate of the Timeless forever...

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Spotlight: The Binding

Today I'm going to introduce you to my current novel project, The Binding. This forms part of my Chronicles of Azaria series and is the first book in the Goddess Saga.


Click on the cover to read some sample chapters...

The Binding (Chronicles of Azaria series #1) (YA Fantasy Romance)

What do you do when you can't trust your heart?

All seventeen year-old Eliza Bryant wants is to avoid a Binding—the ancient spell that forces couples into a lifelong bond. It cursed her sister, and for the last two years it’s tried to claim her, too. Her monthly hiding ritual worked brilliantly, until the night she ran into Ryan, a mysterious bounty-hunter. Now Bound to him, Eliza must spend every moment at his side, else she’ll transform into an Unbound; a lifeless husk without mind or soul.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s not looking to settle, and Eliza is dragged into his crazy life on the run. Still, she’s not going to take this lying down. Between grappling with the false feelings conjured by the spell and fleeing an unseen enemy, she plans to find a way break her Binding; a feat nobody’s achieved in two thousand years. The key to her freedom lies closer than she thinks, and it’s deeply connected to Ryan’s past.

Q&A

Q: How did you come up with the idea?
A: It was during the summer, just before I started work as a doctor. I'd just qualified and was 'shadowing' the doctor whose job I was going to take over that August. One day I was talking some blood samples to the pathology lab, when an image struck me out of the blue. It was of a girl hiding in a dark forest, because of a 'vulnerable heart'. Not in the medical sense, but in the emotional sense- she was afraid of becoming attached to someone.

I went home that day and played around with concepts, and finally came up with The Binding- a magical spell that forced people to fall in love if they experience a shared feeling at the right moment. The story's gone through some amendments since, but the basic theme is the same.

Q: How would you describe Eliza?
A: Cynical would perhaps be most accurate! Even though she's only seventeen, her experiences helping her healer father has given her a somewhat jaded look on life. She's also fiercely independent, if something of a daydreamer. And her sarcasm is formidable...

Q: So, Ryan, the mysterious traveler. Where did he come from, and what's his agenda?
A: Can't give away too much :) He's been travelling for a while, though what his agenda is remains unknown. He seems a kind and sincere guy, but Eliza is sceptical and wonders what he's trying to hide.

Q: Eliza mentions her best friend Adam a lot. Will he appear?
A: You'll have to read to find out :)

Q: Is this similar to other fantasy books already out there?
A: Yes- I'd liken it to Dragonfly, by Julia Golding. It's not paranormal, as events do not take place on Earth, and there are no supernatural races like vampires, werewolves, sirens, demons, angels etc. Perfect if you're a little bored of the typical teenage fantasy fare and want something with a new twist.

Q: There's only so many chapters on authonomy, where can I read the rest?!
A: Email me and I'd be more than happy to let you have the final chapters.

Q: When will Binding be published?
A: The official release date is 15th June 2013. Stay tuned!

Monday, 20 August 2012

New artwork!



A rework of an old picture: meet Cancer, one of the Zodiac Beasts from my novel The Zodiac Hunters!

Click here for the full size version

Sunday, 12 August 2012

In the beginning...

Hi there, and welcome to my blog! I'm Sam. By day (and some nights and weekends) I'm an overworked junior doctor, but in my spare time I love indulging in writing and drawing.

Indigo Lightning is a place where you can enjoy the various creative works I have an offer. Browse through my art, read a fanfic or two, or even delve into my novels!


Novels
Chronicles of Azaria Series:
The Binding (YA Fantasy Romance)



What do you do when you can't trust your heart?

All seventeen year-old Eliza Bryant wants is to avoid a Binding— the ancient spell that forces couples into a lifelong bond. It cursed her sister, and for the last two years it’s tried to claim her, too. Her monthly hiding ritual worked brilliantly, until the night she ran into Ryan, a mysterious bounty-hunter. Now Bound to him, Eliza must spend every moment at his side, else she’ll transform into an Unbound; a lifeless husk without mind or soul.

Unfortunately, Ryan’s not looking to settle, and Eliza is dragged into his crazy life on the run. Still, she’s not going to take this lying down. Between grappling with the false feelings conjured by the spell and fleeing an unseen enemy, she plans to find a way break her Binding; a feat nobody’s achieved in two thousand years. The key to her freedom lies closer than she thinks, and it’s deeply connected to Ryan’s past.


Timeless Series Novels
Trappings of the Heart
Another attack by the Trezes splits Callon and Cheyenne from Colt and Daniel. Will they survive the wilderness alone?

Moonlight

Forced to accept the new changes in her life, Cheyenne thinks about her circumstances and her protectors, and wonders if there's more to Callon's behaviour than meets the eye.

Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn

When Twilight Greets the Dawn, or the Reason Why Sothe Wears a Thigh Armour Plate
After the events of Path of Radiance, Sothe returns to a very different Daein. Although resistant to the new regime, a chance enounter leads Sothe to believe that there is still hope for his beloved Nevassa, in the form of a group called the Dawn Brigade.

Companions Quartet

The Leviathan's Lair
Left alone for the summer holidays, Connie thinks about her Universal responsibilities, when she is suddenly struck by a strange affliction; one that could be her undoing as she prepares to face a mythical creature long thought extinct by the Society...

The Pegasus Prince
Col’s having a bad time lately. First Mrs. Clamworthy has a fall and is admitted to the hospital, then he messes up his Society exams, and to top it off he has a serious row with Connie. Pushed into the depths of despair, Col is unknowingly falling deeper and deeper under the spell of an evil long locked away. Can Connie break the hold of the dark pegasus Stormbolt as he tries to win Col’s mind?

Artwork
Original work and fanart can be seen on my deviantart page