Monday, 13 May 2019

New Release. Healing Glass by Jackie Keswick

Healing Glass
  
A Gifted Guilds novel
by Jackie Keswick




 Genre:                  M/M Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
·         Length:                 87k
·         Publisher:           Self-published
·         Release Date:    13th May 2019

Blurb

A dying city.

An ancient, forgotten accord.

And two gifted men caught in a web of greed and dark magic.

Despite belonging to different guilds, glass master Minel and warrior captain Falcon are friends. Their duties keep them apart, but when Minel falls ill and chooses death rather than the only known
cure, nothing can keep Falcon from his side.

As their friendship grows into more, old wrongs and one man’s machinations threaten the floating city and leave both Minel and Falcon fighting for their lives. Can they learn to combine their gifts to save the city and its magic, or will everything they know and love perish before their eyes?

Healing Glass is an LGBT fantasy adventure with its head in the clouds. If you like medieval backdrops, impressive world-building, three-dimensional characters and a touch of magic, then you'll love Jackie Keswick's socially-conscious adventure.

Buy Healing Glass to visit the floating city today!

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Introduction

Thank you for hosting me on your blog, Cheryl. I’m delighted to be here to talk about my new release, Healing Glass. It’s a fantasy novel about a glassmaker, a warrior and a city in the clouds… and since I’ve not written fantasy in a while, getting the story ready for release caused me some sleepless nights.

As writers, most of us worry whether the stories we’re creating are good enough. That’s a theme that runs through Healing Glass, too. It’s a world where some people have special gifts, and gifted children start their apprenticeships when they’re ten years old. They become journeymen at sixteen and they learn and practice for years after that on the road to become craft masters. 

One part of becoming an artist is about learning the craft. The other part is talent, inspiration and confidence. And in Healing Glass, one of the characters has been a glassmaker’s apprentice for years. He knows his craft, but he’s convinced himself he has not enough talent to ever become a master, and he doesn’t listen when his master or even his friends and family tell him otherwise.

That lack of confidence isn’t just holding him back when he makes glass. It actually leads him onto a path that threatens the floating city and the three Gifted Guilds, and forces Minel, the glassmaker, and Falcon, the warrior captain, to risk everything they have and are to stay alive and save their world. It won’t be an easy journey, and they’ll have their own moments when they feel they’re not good enough - very much like the rest of us.

And like most of us, they’ll help and support each other. After all, that’s what friends are for.

Excerpt

The tiny plate of glass could change the workroom’s atmosphere in the time it took Wark to draw breath. It hung on a thin chain just off the largest window. Intricate and delicate like fine lace, it glowed in all the colours of the rainbow and hummed with power. The ornament had been in his workroom for ten years, a gift from Minel on the day Wark had become a councillor.

Wark had touched the small item and all joy over his achievement had drained from the day. Because Minel, barely a third into his apprenticeship, had crafted something so wonderful it had left Wark speechless. The glass was exquisite, carefully made and coloured, and the wash of delight Wark felt when he touched it spoke of more than craftsmanship. Minel had every right to be proud of his work, but instead he’d apologised for the simple design of his gift.

Wark had wanted to shove his fist down the boy’s throat. He’d trained for more years than Minel had been alive. He’d worked and studied, and he’d never produced anything even close to the beauty and power of that small ornament Minel had gifted him.

If he needed a reminder that he would never be what he’d so desperately desired, he just needed to look at Minel. That awkward, skinny boy with his coltish legs and too-large eyes would grow into a glass master who created pieces that left people speechless. It was all Wark had ever wanted to do. And he was just not good enough.

Buy Links  

·         Payhip Store: (this offers a lower price than mainstream retailers) https://payhip.com/b/uPRI
·         Books2Read – universal link:  books2read.com/HealingGlass
·         Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R44YVB8/
·         Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07R44YVB8/
·         Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07R44YVB8/
·         Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B07R44YVB8/
·         Amazon DE: https://www.amazon.de/dp/B07R44YVB8/


Jackie Keswick Author Bio and Social Media Links


Jackie Keswick was born behind the Iron Curtain with itchy feet, a bent for rocks and a recurring dream of stepping off a bus in the middle of nowhere to go home. She's worked in a hospital and as the only girl with 52 men on an oil rig, spent a winter in Moscow and a summer in Iceland and finally settled in the country of her dreams with her dream team: a husband, a cat, a tandem, a hammer and a laptop.

Jackie loves unexpected reunions and second chances, and men who don't follow the rules when those rules are stupid. She blogs about English history and food, has a thing for green eyes, and is a great believer in making up soundtracks for everything, including her characters and the cat.
And she still hasn't found the place where the bus stops.

For questions and comments, not restricted to green eyes, bus stops, or recipes for traditional English food, join her in Jackie’s Kitchen on Facebook or find her in all the usual places:

Newsletter: eepurl.com/ctY9RD



Thursday, 11 April 2019

Why I Am So Bad At Blogging 3 - Crafts

This is the third installment of my "Why I Am So Bad At Blogging" series. You will notice they are currently the only posts on my blog, but more about that particular situation next time. It's the reason this post is short.

As someone with autism, I have certain "special interests". You've already seen two and this post will cover the third (although there are more little ones and, of course, writing is the biggest). You should notice a theme running through all my interests, and that is creating things. This interest is the most overt in that respect as it looks at my crafts. I'm piling quite a lot under this one, so bear with me.

My biggest love in this section is, of course, my art, of which I enclose a selection below. It's been my second love (next to writing) for a long time and I can't see my interest waning anytime soon. One of my biggest regrets is that I don't have the skill I would like, but it brings me joy and that's the most important thing. I usually paint with acrylic on canvas.








The second part of this category is my cross stitch. I don't actually have any photographs of this as I tend to give it away a lot. Here is a selection of what cross stitch looks like. I have done them all myself but these are not the actual ones I've done. The one I'm working on at the moment is the dragon.







Then there are the soft toys








And finally just general stuff







Monday, 25 March 2019

Why I Am So Bad At Blogging 2 - Online Gaming

As I said in the first post of this kind I have been looking at why I am so bad at blogging. Not the content, which is a matter of opinion :D, but the frequency. Apart from the obvious - life (and laziness) I have realized that I have many procrastination crutches/distractions, and being the sharing kind, I thought I would share some of my favourites.

This time, let's look at some of my favourite online games. These take up by far the most of my time that isn't spent on writing and working. Oh, and real life...er...maybe. It's funny because my son is a gamer as well, and although it is far too embarrassing to play with your mother, there have been many times when we've sat at opposite sides of the room playing separately. Of course, this might be an autistic thing as my daughter pointed out when we were out at dinner recently and all three of us were absorbed in our phones. After all, once we've caught up with each other's lives what is there to talk about? Aspies are not generally enthusiastic about small talk. If it's not relevant there's no point.

The Sims 4




I remember when my daughter got The Sims when it first came out. She was obsessed with it. I was far more interested in building and decorating houses, and she was obsessed with making people and micro-managing their lives.

I then forgot about The Sims until a friend talked about playing Sims 3 and I took a look. By this time, Sims 4 was out so I got the base game and started to play. Oh my goodness, how wonderful! I struck out with expansions and before long was totally hooked. The difference is amazing.

Not my Pictures





My Pictures









I still like making and decorating houses but now that my characters can be gay and have Woo Woo I have, shall we say, other interests.

Minecraft

The online version of Lego. What more can I say? Yes, there's a game to it, if you want it. You can fight zombies and get blown up by creepers, but if you just want to create things free from monsters, you can. You can dig caves, and build cities, follow tutorials to make the most beautiful structures and watch hosts of YouTube videos to give you ideas. I like to follow tutorials myself to bring the pictures in my head to life - kind of.






World of 

The third and final game I'm going to share, although far from the only game I play, is World of Warcraft, which is an MMORPG (Massively multiplayer online role-playing game). What this means, for those who have no idea what I'm on about, is a game where the player controls a character they create and go out adventuring in a fantasy world full of quests, monsters and all kinds of weird and wonderful things. It's basically an online Dungeons & Dragons game gone mad.

You can play solo or in a group, explore dungeons and go on raids. You can fly, ride a horse with flaming hooves and meet up with life sized talking pandas. (you can even play as one)

As well as the gameplay, there is a whole body of lore, both within the game and in accompanying books and even a film. I can get lost down this particular rabbit hole for hours.









Saturday, 16 March 2019

Why I Am So Bad At Blogging 1 - You Tube

I have been looking at why I am so bad at blogging. Not the content, which is a matter of opinion :D, but the frequency. Apart from the obvious - life (and laziness) I have realized that I have many procrastination crutches/distractions, and being the sharing kind, I thought I would share some of my favourites.

Today, I thought I would share some of my favourite YouTube channels. None of these involve books or writing at all, which may be part of my problem, but they are wonderful distractions and I have learned so many things, including how to work out exactly what I want to happen when I die. Yeah, I still kind of have an obsession with death. I blame my mother for letting me spend so much time in graveyards when I was a child.

So let's jump straight in with Ask a Mortician.

This is the channel of Caitlin Doughty, a young mortician with her own crematorium who is looking to burst the bubble of silence that exists around the subject of death and posts videos of all kinds of things, from iconic corpses to answering questions about the life and work of a mortician. It sounds morbid, and it probably is but Caitlin is a scream and the tone is much lighter than the subject matter might suggest.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCi5iiEyLwSLvlqnMi02u5gQ



Description
Mortician in Los Angeles.
You got death questions, we got death answers.
Mortality + Culture.

www.orderofthegooddeath.com

www.facebook.com/OrderoftheGoodDeath

Another great channel is Curiosity Inc. 

This is such an entertaining channel. Alex, owner of a quirky antique shop travels to garages, auctions, abandoned shops and all kinds of places looking for treasure. He does a lot of unboxing and finds all kinds of precious things, including items that are valuable only to history. Recently, he bought a hoarder house that was literally stuffed floor-to-ceiling with boxes and "stuff". He's sweet, entertaining and respectful and I love his enthusiasm as well as learning a lot about antiques.



Description
Curiosity Inc, an antique and collectibles store, a vintage motorcycle dealer and an adventure! Always out looking for cool new finds and finding creative ways to bring new life to old stuff!


This is a great channel! Karolina Żebrowska 

It's about historical fashion with a delightful Polish lady called Karolina Żebrowska who seems to have been born into the wrong century. There are all kinds of topics, from corset design, to critique of films, to myth-busting to recreating modern memes in the style of other ages. I love her and I love the channel.






Description
[EN] just another weirdo obsessed with the past. vintage style and fashion history geek, appreciator of old things in general. 
[PL] historia mody, styl vintage, filmy i starocie. opowiadam o tym, co dawniej i pokazuję to, co dziś z tego zostało.

Then there are Shane Dawson and his friends, Ryland Adams, Garrett Watts and Morgan Adams. They're nuts and I love them. They all link together as well as posting their own things on their own channels. I'll focus on Shane's because it's the biggest and seems to be the hub for the others.

Shane has done all kinds of things from interviewing YouTube celebrities, conspiracy theories, clearing out Jeffree Star's closet, staying on haunted boats, etc. More than anything, he's down-to-earth, funny, and relatable. We see how the other half lives with no pretentiousness and a lot of fun.






Safiya Nygaard is fun. She does all kinds of crazy things and likes to dress like a bat. What more can I say? 

Although it might sound like it from the description, it's not a "witchy" channel in any way. One week she tested "home spa" products, she's investigated Japanese street fashion, tried out all kinds of online stuff and is just generally a super fun person.







Description
Double, double toil and trouble; 
New videos once a week!

I love Sims 4 and the next channel is one of the many who do game videos on Sims games, Clare Siobhan

Watching Clare is like watching a Sims soap. She's run through generations of the same family, which she started with Sims representing herself and her partner, growing up, moving out, having their own children, building extended families and having so many weird and wonderful adventures. She also does challenges and explores all kinds of things like custom content and various extensions. I'm hooked.



Description
Hi! 
I make gaming videos 🎮 The Sims 4, Pokemon and more!
Subscribe and hit the comment section to let me know what you want me to play! :D
🎮 Capture your gameplay the same way I do! 👉  http://e.lga.to/clare

The last one I'll share is one of my favourites, but I'm not going to say anything more about it, other than I've learned a lot from her. She's NSFW so fair warning. 




https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwx8uy7nxohWLwnaPocLsyg