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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Guest post by Author Amre Cortadino

Today I have author Amre Cortadino who has kindly written something for my blog. Her book Valley of the Shadows: Kingdom of Hillael is out now on and Barnes and Noble and is a historical fantasy adventure. Check it out as it sound like a great read!

So everyone please give a warm welcome to Amre!

After writing papers and reading children's books for many years, I sat at the computer one day and, literally, two months later, all 500+ pages of "Valley of the Shadows: Kingdom of Hillael" were completed. See what happens when a parent says, are you daydreaming again? HA! I hope my book inspires an adventure in every reader; I also hope it inspires every dreamer to write.

Published by Merry Heart Ink, the first in a series of fantasy novels involving adventure, mystery, drama, and romance has been released.

Portland, OR – Valley of the Shadows: Kingdom of Hillael, captures the essence of today’s struggles: fear, uncertainty, and betrayal. In this novel, the ageless theme of good versus evil is as current as a page from today’s news.

Cousins Claire and Barloe had almost forgotten the enchanting adventures their Aunt Mim told them of as little girls. Her tales always began with, "Long ago in a faraway land..."

…A priceless treasure, meant to forge an accord between the kingdoms of the KinKades and the Kaebreans, was taken. Betrayed, the enraged KinKades warred against Kaebrea and slaughtered its inhabitants. Though victorious in battle, the KinKades failed to recover their cherished offering. Their consuming hatred eventually transformed the KinKades into a secretive, mythical, feared society – the Shadows. Bordering both countries, Hillael vowed to remain neutral and accepted all survivors. Secure within a prosperous nation, life in Hillael flourished. But now, conspiring to become King of Hillael, the ambitious, self-serving Rokhana forms an evil pact with the Shadows. An epic battle of good versus evil begins as Prince Gildeon ascends to the throne of Hillael.

Paraphrasing a portion of the beloved 23rd psalm, King Dantekar passionately proclaims: “...Never fear evil... Never. Conquer. Rise above.”

Affectionately known as VOTS, this intriguing fantasy novel is being sold on Amazon in paperback and eBook versions, and eBook on Barnes and Noble. A pdf and audio version (in the author’s voice) will be sold at the website given below. ...get VOTS!

Amre Cortadino, the author’s pen name, pays homage to her rich heritage. Her paternal grandmother (Corti) raised 12 children during the depression (her husband passed away shortly after their last set of twins was born). Amre’s maternal grandfather’s name, Palladino, was altered at Ellis Island and is therefore lost to history...

For Amre, growing up in small town America during the 1950s was a magical place to learn and draw from. Amre has been blessed with the beliefs, values and drive that come from sitting on the front pew of a small church in an even smaller town in NJ. One of three children born to a milkman and an accordion teacher, from large Italian families, God, family and friends were the mainstay of existence. Throughout grammar school and high school, every occasion had been celebrated by parades, school plays, Sunday School picnics, and tons of family. Married 30+ years, with four children and two grandchildren, Amre infuses her faith, friendships, humor, previous business and life experiences in her passion for writing. Some of Amre’s previous opportunities include home-schooling her four children, one of whom is autistic/pervasive developmental disorder; medical transcription; a bachelor’s degree in health science; and certifications and service as a childbirth educator (ICEA) and lactation consultant (IBCLC). Keeping chickens is also one of Amre’s pastimes.

For more information about Valley of the Shadows: Kingdom of Hillael, please visit For interviews and book signings, please email Amre at

Thank you Amre and Good Luck with your book!

Monday, 29 October 2012

Images For New Novel 2

So I know I should be editing and re-drafting my new book as it is being released very soon and I'm already putting together cover reveals etc but after the day I had I wasn't able to face it. The thought of trawling through page after page was too much and because I knew i wouldn't be able to concentrate it seemed pointless. Instead I decided to edit some more images that helped inspire me with locations for the book as it was a much more relaxing task. 

* I own all the rights to these images so please do not use or copy them without my permission. Thanks :)

Saturday, 20 October 2012

First Draft Complete!

  Today I spent at least twelve hours writing. To begin with I told myself that I wasn't allowed to eat lunch until I had completed at least one chapter, which worked out well as I was over target by the time I became hungry. After that I just couldn't stop.

Everything was just flowing easily and I couldn't find a suitable place to stop so I just kept writing and writing. I had five chapters left to write this morning and I had planned to write one everyday over the course of the week. Owell my plans have now changed...

I finished the last line in the first book of my new series two hours ago! I am really excited about this book and can't wait for it to be released. I do however now have to go through the process of editing, cover design, description writing etc some of which I don't mind but others I can't stand. 

Other than that I am now waiting for the document to print. "Page 1 of 356..." This is going to take a while and I really should sleep. 

Thursday, 18 October 2012


Today I wrote 2 chapters, leaving me with only 5 more to write and therefore the first draft will be finished soon as I am going to be writing none stop for the next few days! I also scheduled one one guest post, sent out three and received four books to review. Overall I've had a very busy day and I'm now relaxing with a hot chocolate, my cat and spending time looking through some photos I have taken and edited in the past few years.

I love photography and find it is a great way to de-stress, relax and just get out of the house for a bit. Due to the fact I live in the country-side it is easy for me to wander off around fields and stay out for hours (if the weather allows me) as in the spring/summer everything looks especially nice. Also I love walking through the woods that surround my house during the autumn as with all the leaves changing colour it looks really pretty. The peace helps me to gather my thoughts and come up with new ideas as well.

As I have nearly finished the first draft of my new book, I thought I would share with you some of the pictures that I have used to partially base settings on.

So here are a few:


*I own all the rights to these images, please do not copy or use any of these images anywhere without contacting me first and gaining written permission. Thanks.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Paperback - The Flawless/Giveaway

Three review copies and many painful hours later I have finally managed to get the cover to fit on the book. I have finished the formatting and had to re-do the cover but The Flawless (The Wanderer Trilogy #2) is now available in paper back!

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.

Including descriptions of:
Heart Search: Lost (book 1 in the Heart Search Trilogy) - Carlie M A Cullen

Touching Smoke - Airicka Pheonix

Blood is Darker Than Water - Sait Clair Blood Descendants #1 - Beverly Toney

Also for a chance to win both of my books enter the giveaway on this amazing blog!

Monday, 1 October 2012

Free Book!

As promised, this week I am giving my debut novel The Sheol (The Wanderer Trilogy #1) away for free on Smashwords! 

There is no limit to how many copies I'm giving away, just simply enter the coupon code when purchasing it:


I hope you all enjoy it when you get a copy 

Some Praise for The Sheol

"The story line was well thought and intriguing! The Sheol had a good pace through out the book and it was kind of hard to put it down."

" I liked her badass character"

"Different and nail biting"

"A unique and original story that took me on an un-predictable journey as the story keeps you guessing all the way to the end."

"not your typical ghost-hunts-his-girlfriend-story! It does have a twist and I love that!"

"The supernatural part to the story gave me a unique spin on a story that I thought I knew before I read it."

"It’s a good piece of action and I could almost picture it like a movie."

"I'd seriously try to check this book out if you like the supernatural/action types of books."
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