Signing books and meeting lots of fantastic fans was great during my visit to Evesham Medieval festival. It made me think about the first chapter of the next book in the Joshua Appleby series. Joshua and Milly are descended from a long line of ancestors with powerful Earth Magic. For the last few months I have been thinking if I should write a book on part of this history or instead have a prelude as way of an introduction to the families power. It maybe that I do both! The first chapter is a bit of history where the family come from, namely Malemsebury. In 1672 Malmesbury had its own witch trials. The trials took place in Salisbury and were the forerunner of the Salem which trials. So mixing history with the Appleby story seems a great idea.
Book Release this morning was amazing. Old Bell Hotel in Malmesbury, Wiltshire for a coffee launch of the book. It was an amazing start for the launch of the book, it was wonderful to meet fans of my books. A deal on the ebook is available thought March 2022, and a double deal on the paperbacks too!
Joshua Appleby and the ruby dragon is finished! Really excited as the reviews have been great. Lots of magic and adventure, some red herrings along the way!
Its been an amazing experience working with artist Claire Baker. She has designed the cover for the second book in the series. Really stunning design. On top of that, she had redesigned the first book, Joshua Appleby and the flaming sword.
Joshua Appleby and the ruby dragon is released on the 4th of March 2022. You will be able to get your copy from this website.
This is a fantasy adventure set in a small town in 1960s England. It’s a magical adventure, as well as a portrayal of life in England at that time. In this world, magic talents exist but are rare, and are kept hidden to protect magic-users. Joshua and his family are dealing with the fact that he is developing the ability to use earth magic. Meanwhile, they’re involved in helping the church put a historical sword on display, and trying to stop a dark adversary from stealing it. Each magic-user is assigned a magical animal companion, invisible to non magic-users, to accompany them through their magical training and life. Joshua is paired with Prudence, a clumsy hare with a big heart, while they both receive oversight from Sylvester Bluesky, the wise old magical wolf who’s paired with Joshua’s mother. This book has a good plot and a good set of characters. That said, I liked the peaceful tone of the story, as well as its placement in a less technological but still accessible period. It also sets up a world with a lot more adventure to come. The magic use is not heavy-handed, so it blends very well into a world that’s unaware of magic-users. Which, of course, sets it up to suggest that magic could exist in our world today! This is a good book for anyone who loves magical adventures.
Joshua Appleby’s dreams are part of his entrance into the world of magic. Dreams have always had a fascination for me. Why do we dream what we dream? Why do we have nightmares? Why do we remember some dreams yet not others? Here is a video introduction about Joshua Appleby’s dreams.
Its been an exciting few days with the release of Joshua Appleby and the flaming sword as both paperback and ebook. After an internet book launch, I signed some copies and sent them to my readers. It is a little strange not being able to interact with your audience face to face. To the rescue the internet! As part of my blog on my website, I am doing video snapshots of the characters in Joshua Appleby and the flaming sword. This weeks character is Sophia. She is an Elder of the Earth Magic council. She not only has the gift of Earth Magic, but she is a Seer. There are some interesting depths to her character which come from her family and her sensitivity to certain types of magic. Sophia has a pivotal role in the story so not going to give too much away about her.
See you next week! You can buy my book on Amazon, just go to the book page and press the right button for your area. Enjoy the read. Kim