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Stewart Hotston Joins Phantasia with his Wonderful Novel…

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31st October 2016 | Worldwide

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Dave de Burgh and Andrew Angel are  said to be delighted at this acquisition. It’s good for Tickety Boo Press and good for Phantasia, its fantasy imprint. They said in chorus. “Stewart Hotston has written a tale of mythic depth and keen insight – worlds open up beneath his pen, and readers are sure to be ensnared; get ready to lose sleep and be late for work!”

BIO

Stewart Hotston is a writer with a number of short stories to his name. He is also the keeper of story and world building on Age of Ascent, a massively multiplayer space combat game due for release in 2017 from Ilyriad. His first novel, A Family War, the first book of The Oligarchy, was published in May 2016. The sequel, A People’s War, is due for release in late 2016. When he’s not writing he’s passionate about Historical European Martial Arts, particularly rapiers, side swords and their companion weapons and takes every opportunity he gets to have a good fight.

Blurb for Dreams of Darkness

Millennia ago, man walked the Dream with creatures now dimly remembered in myths and legends. Then came the Darkness, for which all believe man was responsible. To defeat it, man was banned from the Dream, cast out into the world of dumb matter.

Chris Elkin knows nothing of this – he’s more concerned with failing his degree, being dumped by his girlfriend and losing access to the inheritance left to him by his late mother. When his mother’s best friend gives him a stone with a hole in it everything seems to change. Suddenly he’s being forced from his home and discovering that if he doesn’t deal with his mother’s legacy, both worlds will go to war.

On the edge of the Dream, Maela, a Fae ambassador, finds humanity flouting the ban. She travels home to warn her people but her news is not welcome. Maela is sent to determine if man truly is to blame for the Darkness and if he is, to unite the Fae in a war against all mankind.

Shaal, an ancient fox spirit, is a survivor who mourns the loss of his lover in the last war. He still haunts the shattered lands where they once lived. Stumbling across a deliberately forgotten memory. Shaal wants to return home and use its power to restore his land. Instead he finds the Fae want what he has and will sacrifice thousands to get it.

Chris, Maela and Shaal converge in a climactic battle against those forces who would wipe out mankind to stop the Darkness.  Even if they win, shadowing the edges of their confrontation, the Darkness is plotting its first moves.

Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy spread across our world and the world of the Dream, that place where all our myths, all our legends are real. It is the first book of a new Epic Fantasy series, The Fox’s Hope and asks, if all our dreams are true, what would happen if our two worlds collide?

Super short blurb:

Dreams of Darkness is an epic fantasy where twisted myths and legends crash headlong into the life of a failed student, Chris, who discovers he’s the one they’re all expecting to save their world from the rest of us.

Genres:

Epic Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Dark Fantasy

Martin Owton joins Phantasia…

Solitary Knight Guarding the Castle Battlements… with his dualogy, the Nandor Tales. The first book Exile will be published in the spring.

Martin is Married, and his educational background got him a M.A (Hons) University of Cambridge, PhD  at the University of Southampton. He’s currently a senior research scientist with Lilly Research (UK)

He returned to writing in 1995 after a number of years wasted with rock bands.

Martin has published approx 25 short stories. Best sales – Black Gate #9 and forthcoming, Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine #49, SFF.Net anthology ‘Age of Wonders’, 2 stories in translation to Nowa Fantasyka (Poland).

The ‘Exile of Darien’ is his first completed novel and it facilitated representation from Ian Drury at Sheil Land Accociates who is still his agent .

Martin is also publicity Officer of the T-Party Writers Group; London’s premier SF/F writers group and a reviewer for Infinity Plus website (www.infinityplus.co.uk)

Here is the blurb for Exile.

“The Exile of Darien’ is a fast-moving tightly-plotted fantasy adventure story with a strong thread of romance

Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword. Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King. There Aron must face his father’s murderer before risking everything in a fight to the death with the deadliest swordsman in the kingdom.”

New Acquiring Editor at Phantasia

PhantasiaAs you know Tickety Boo Press is being split up into four Imprints. I am delighted to announce that Andrew Angel has been appointed acquiring editor to our fantasy Imprint, Phantasia. And as all you scholars should know Phantasia is Latin for fantasy.

We are looking for 4-6 quality novels in the next 12 months so keep an eye out for submission guidelines which will appear here soon.

Welcome aboard Andy and I hope everyone likes the new logo!