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Interview with S.J. Hartland, Author of The Last Seer King


I’m pleased to bring you this interview with S.J. Hartland, author of The Last Seer King (Book 2 in the Shadow Sword Series).


-Vincent Lowry



1) What is your author name and in what state do you live (or country if not in the US)?
S.J. Hartland. I’m an Aussie author and live on the Darling Downs, Queensland. Qld is the “Sunshine State,” but the Darling Downs is high up, cold in winter and one of those rare Australian places that really has four seasons. At the moment, it’s still winter and the drought is ongoing, so it’s a bit miserable. Bring on spring!
2) What is the title of your newest book and what is the genre?
I’ve just brought out the second in my epic fantasy Shadow Sword series, The Last Seer King. 
3) What is the book about?
The series follows a young warrior bonded to ancient gods who knows his fate is to die young in a malign battle against an inhuman foe. But fate has something far more lethal in mind. 
The second book is a blend of dark magic, obsession, betrayal, dangerous prophecy, and the forgiveness found through friendship. It’s about how secrets give others power over us.
4) Where did you come up with the idea?
In The 19th Bladesman, the first in the series, the initial idea was, what if you had to kill a stranger to save someone you love, but the person you had to kill protected the realm. It moved on from there. 
5) How long did it take you to write it?
I wrote the first three together over eight or so years. I wasn’t sure where I was “at” with them, or whether they were any good, or even if I could write, so I approached an amazing mentor, Dr Kathryn Heyman of the Australian Writers Mentoring Program. She was incredible. I’m a journalist, and Kathryn taught me what journalists don’t know about writing a novel – turns out, that’s quite a bit. 
The third is about to be edited, so hopefully it is out early next year. 
6) Did you learn anything from the project?
Where to start! Almost at once, I knew I wanted to go “indy.” That meant learning where to find an editor, a cover designer, how to market etc etc, or at least try to market! I’ve taken some of Mark Dawson’s courses and they’ve been really useful.  
7) Do you have an author website and/or blog?
8) Do you have any success tips to pass on to fellow authors? How about any great editors/cover artists?
I’ve been really happy with Red Adept for editing, love the covers Deranged Doctor does for the series, and I’d be lost without Jason and Marina of Polgarus Studio for formatting.  
9) What genres do you like to read? Are you open to reading new authors and reviewing their work?
I love fantasy, obviously, but sometimes I just crave a thriller or a cozy mystery. I read less than I should these days; balancing a full-time job with writing after work is a bit crazy. 
10) What is your favorite book of all time and why?
I’m not sure I can pick one. I love Dune and Michael Moorcock’s Elric series, as well as Australian author CS Pacat’s Captive Prince series. I devoured Gregg Hurwitz’s Orphan X series. He managed to make me care what happened to the main character after two pages. There’s such a vulnerability to Evan (Orphan X) that I love being in that world. 

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Interview with Yza Dora, author of Secrets of Ravenstone!

Hello, today we have an interview with Yza Dora, author of Secrets of the Ravenstone.


-Vincent Lowry

Where did you come up with the idea for the book?

I originally came up with the idea for the series from a crazy dream I had. Sorting out the details of it and piecing them together, it was totally different from what’s published now. But after constant editing, revising and polishing the story, it finally came down to the current piece. The characters are the same but tweaked a lot to fit in with the current Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance genre. I want them to feel as real as possible so readers who are following their journey, can, in some ways, relate to them and their struggles. My mom; who is my ghost writer because she doesn’t want to be categorized as co-author, has helped me greatly from the beginning!

Is your book part of a series?

Yes, Secrets of Ravenstone is part of a series. Books 2 and 3 are in the full editing process, with book 4 not even in the beginning stages yet, other than just ideas that are scratched on every kind of piece of paper, even napkins, tucked away in a file folder. Guess it’s true what they say about authors in that aspect; we do scribble on anything. I also have 3 books in mind for future projects; ones of which that in way, coincide with this series but have no affiliation with them. They’re basically back stories into a few characters mentioned throughout the current series. What can I say, I’m busy and take my writing seriously. My book covers of which I have designed personally by my own hand without the fancy software, have been created for those future stories.

How have sales been?

Now, as far as my selling success? That’s tricky. I’ve received a few scattered sales here and there on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, but since Amazon has changed their reviewing policy so it seems, it makes it difficult for reviewers and readers to make their reviews. So, most of my success believe it or not, has come from Inkitt. A free platform where I’ve received most of my best reviews! Being self-published is hard at times, especially when it comes to promotion because let’s face it, you’re doing it all on your own and of course, you’ll be convinced by coaches or other authors to pay for their services in that field. Instagram and Twitter offers the best promotional style for me, since I’m active on those 2 specific media profiles. I’m also a blogger and reviewer of TV and movies, having my own blog as well, so things gets busy for me in between writing and being a personal caregiver, caring for my mom and 2 other senior patients. And to handle the stress sometimes, I manage to squeeze some game time, playing my favorite series; Assassin’s Creed! Oh, yeah!

Any final comments:

A little extra detail, if you need it, but I live in Las Vegas, NV with my mom, 2 cats, 2 pigeons, 2 fish and a dog. Yes…I have quite the zoo happening in my home, haha! But they offer, in their own little ways, comfort.

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The Last Seer King by S.J. Hartland



A rich tapestry of dark magic, obsession, dangerous prophecy, and the forgiveness found through friendship.

An ancient king returns…

For centuries, Roaran sought redemption. Now he can vanquish a tyrant and save a realm in chaos. But only if he cuts his last ties to humanity. Only if he returns to the one place that he swore he’d never dare go again…

A leader arises…

Slaver, raider, and warlord, Dannon wants to believe in something beyond killing. His yearning will take him on a deadly path to his destiny… that he’s fated to put aside all he believes in and fight a war he can’t win.

A warrior in chains…

A prisoner in the Icelands, about to be auctioned to the highest bidder, Val Arques has just one chance to escape and find Kaell before it’s too late—win at his captor’s dangerous psychological and sexual game or reveal the secret that will destroy him.

A prophecy unfolds…

As for Kaell… fate isn’t quite done with him yet.

For the darkness taking over the kingdom can’t be defeated by the sword, only with the heart.

In a world of poetry and song, but also treachery, betrayal, and bloodshed, the second volume in the raw and breathtaking Shadow Sword series will enthrall fans of Game of Thrones and Prince of Thorns.




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