The Five Furies of Heaven – Out Now

Hello!

I know it’s been many moons since I posted on this blog, and perhaps longer since I posted about fiction here, but I wanted to say that I have a new release 🙂

 

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If you’ve already seen me posting about The Five Furies of Heaven on social media then you can just click on the image to choose a retailer 🙂

If all this is new then I’ve included a blurb below for a bit of context! This story is the start of a new series, separate from my other ongoing novels. Half-jokingly I refer to this story as a bit like D&D + the Tom Hanks film Big!

Fighting the insect hordes of a malevolent God isn’t easy when you’re a young man with no special talents.

While searching an old temple Kilek and his friends stumble across the Goddess Avendria who transforms them into heroes – all grown up, with weapons, magic, and skills.

But when she gives Kilek nothing at all – nothing except the impossible task of saving the lands – he must fight bitter doubts. Worse, a dark prince is massing his armies and more, agents of other Gods have been set loose in the world.

Only the long-lost dragons can turn the tide but Kilek must find them before it’s too late.

And somehow, he has to do it all without divine intervention.

 

Thanks to everyone who helped me with The Five Furies… – especially to my editor Amanda and Rebekah for the cover! (Oh, and the paperback is due next week.)

I’d also like to thank the readers who write to tell me that they’ve enjoyed my other stories over the years – I hope this one is worth the wait too 🙂

 

Ashley

 

PS – I hope to have some new poetry news (and poetry too) mid-year but I’m not sure of the timing just yet.

Book of Never Playing Cards – Out Now!

Hello! It’s been a little while since I posted here, and this one’s a fiction update actually – but there’s a poetry one right around the corner 😀

Today I wanted to mention that I have a deck of cards project based on some of my fiction and it’s out now, they’re based on my Book of Never-themed playing cards! You can actually grab one direct from the manufacturer already, the deck will contain:

  • Standard 54 card deck (the four suits + two jokers)
  • Glossy finish
  • Custom design for background and pips
  • Portrait-style character art for ‘royals’ by Lin Hsiang, the artist who does the Never book covers

I’m very happy about these being ready to share – it’s been nearly a year to the day since I first e-mailed Lin about creating the art, so it’s exciting for the project to come full circle now 🙂

 

I’ll have a few decks here with me soon but they’re more expensive for me to ship from Australia – though I’m still happy to do it, of course, if anyone would like me to. I had considered signing a few… but it’d be impossible without ruining the art. Maybe the box? I dunno – what would be better is if I could get the artists to sign, since they’ve done the real work here, but that could be tricky in terms of logistics.

In any event, if you are keen to order a set of cards they’re around $20 from the manufacturer (as per the link above) before shipping. (It’d be more like $30-50 w/shipping if you ordered from me, depending on how far away you are from Australia.)

If you do decide to order a set I hope you enjoy the art – there’s a fair few character images that I haven’t shared yet, but you can see the previously shared ones in this newsletter. Shawn T King who handled the design came up with going with silver and gold for the suit colours, to better contrast with the dark ‘regular’ card backgrounds, and I’m pretty thrilled with how everything looks! (Below is just an overview of the colour, the suits don’t mix silver and gold within themselves of course)

(On a bit of a side note, I’d love to know how fast the shipping tends to be if you get a deck, or what you thought about the art, so please feel free to send off a quick e-mail if you get the chance!)

 

Until later in the month!

Ashley

 

The Yellow Butterfly & Other Stories – Out Now!

Long time no post here, but I’m back today to share a new release 🙂

The Yellow Butterfly & Other Stories is a collection of short fiction that brings together some of my previously published and unpublished stories from the last 5 years or so. Here’s the blurb:

 

Leap into worlds like and unlike our own

A creepy restaurant stalks its customers, steampunk slaves find a new home in the Australian desert, storybook characters come alive to make deals with the Roman God of Sleep and in the future, a synthetic society suffers dark consequences of endless augmentation… all these stories and more lurk within.

A collection of short fiction featuring steampunk, cyberpunk, fantasy and even a little horror!

 

It’s currently available across a wide range of retailers as an ebook for $2.99 and as a paperback for around $15-$20 or you can enter a Goodreads Giveaway for a chance to win a print copy right here 🙂

 

‘Crossings’ Giveaways

Crossings (a dark fantasy) is in production as I type and will be on sale in October, so I wanted to open a few giveaways during the lead up – you can check out the details below 🙂

crossings - ebookIn the Australian bush, wildlife ranger Lisa Thomas must uncover the truth behind a giant white kangaroo and the strange deaths connected to it, while dealing with the return of her abusive ex, Ben, whose rage is quickly growing out of control.

Giveaways!

I’m offering 3 ways to win a copy during the lead up to the release of Crossings:

1. Visit Goodreads and add the book to your ‘to-read’ shelf and you’ll be automatically notified when the Goodreads Giveaway goes live. (This one opens in Nov.)

2. Visit the ‘newsletter’ sign-up page in the top right of the site and that’s it – you’re in the running to win an e-copy of Crossings and you’ll also receive the eBook for A Whisper of Leaves upon sign-up. (The newsletter comp will be announced in Oct.)

3. Visit the Crossings page and check out chapter one (or click here, it’s probably quicker) and answer a simple question:

What does Lisa find on her doorstep?

Once you find the answer, just let me know by leaving a comment on this post OR by sending me an e-mail to mountain0ash[at]gmail[dot]com. The first two people to answer will win a print copy of Crossings 🙂

Print Edition of City of Masks Available!

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Ok! Last post from me about this for a while, but right now, proofed and live on Amazon, waits the print version of City of Masks, my first novel!

You should be able to order through bookstores at this point too – so please ask if you’re interested, as I’d love to know what stores plan to charge etc 🙂

In the meantime, if you’ve got an Amazon account, you can order right now, here and here:

US
City of Masks – Print Edition

UK
City of Masks – Print Edition

But be warned, if you’re shipping to Oz it will be quite expensive, so I’ll let everyone know when there’s a special deal or if something changes. (I’ll be getting some stock of my own to sell, so that’s in the pipeline too.)

Hope you like it!

(E-book available too)