Volume 1 Number 3 - May 2017.
News, Contests, Book Series Spotlight, Author Bio, Book Review, Book Spotlight (A Bond of Venom and Magic), Book Spotlight (Shadow Stalker)
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Huge News


On April 21st, Hollywood producers Michael Chamoy and Nat Mundel acquired the shopping rights to my Hell Holes trilogy with the ultimate goal of turning it into a major feature film. They are currently hiring a scriptwriter to produce the script and movie treatment based on the books over the next four to six months, after which they will pitch the film to prospective buyers such as studio execs and investors. I am particularly happy to have Mike as the producer for three reasons. First, he has experience on science-fiction movies (The Incredible Hulk) and TV series (Alphas) and therefore understands the genre. Second, he has already given me two excellent ideas for improving both the books and making the script more marketable: a way of tying the science fiction, paranormal fantasy, and horror together into a unified whole, and he opening my eyes to the value of having a primary antagonist to put a single face on the horde of nameless demons. Third, we hit it off during our initial telephone call in a collaborative way that convinced us that we can work well together. While the odds are always low that any single script will ever eventually make it into becoming an actual movie given the flood of scripts competing to be filmed, I have a good feeling about this and great hopes. If nothing else, the next year should be an interesting ride.

For the next couple of months, I am going to concentrate my writing on supporting the script writing process and making the associated changes to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below and Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. For example, I am putting together a "cheat sheet" for the Mike and the script writer on the characters, the demons, and Hell, the demon homeworld, which I hope will make it easier to capture my vision. I understand that the movie will be different than the books in terms of what's included, emphasized, and changed to fit the media of film as opposed to books. Still, I'd like to minimize the unnecessary differences between the two.

This work on Hell Holes means that I am unlikely to do much on my other book, Free and Low-Cost Marketing for the Indie Author. Although the first draft is nearly done, I am shoving back the release date to August 15th. That said, I am still looking for both beta readers and members of the book launch team. You can sign up here.

Contests and Drawings

April Winners

Congratulations to Bonnie Keck, who I have randomly selected from the newsletter subscribers as the winner of my April drawing. As soon as I receive his mailing address, I will be sending her an autographed copy of Hell Holes: What Lurks Below. Congratulations also to the five runners up (Julie Hainsworth, Greg Rudowsky, Edward Chin, Patricia Freeman, and Kim Radford) who will receive a coupon code for a free download of Hell Holes 2: Demons on the Dalton.

Ongoing Contest - Fan Art

This contest is for the best fan art related to Hell Holes: What Lurks Below or Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton. It can be any kind of drawing of a scene, character(s), or demon(s) from the books. It can be anything from a simple pencil sketch to a full-color painting.

One (1) Grand Prize: An autographed copy of each book, inclusion of your art in the Fan Art webpage of my official website, and potentially even inclusion in future editions of the books as an illustration.
Start Date: 1 March 2017
End Date: 30 May 2017

If you lack artistic talent but know someone who does, please forward this newsletter to them. The winner will be announced in the June 1st edition of the newsletter.  Good luck "And may the odds be ever in your favor.”

May Contest - Random Drawing

This will be a random drawing from this newsletter's subscriber list on 30 May 2017, so if are not yet subscribed, then you should subscribe here.

One (1) Grand Prize: Autographed copy of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton
Five (5) Runners Up: Free download of Hell Holes: Demons on the Dalton
Start Date: 1 May 2017
End Date: 30 May 2017

Book Series Spotlight

Witch Hunter Book 1: The Shadow Rises

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Witches are real, and to be blunt, they’re all black-hearted, and evil. These are not wiccans; witches are a different breed that use magic with devastating effect.

Charged with stopping the witches, taking whatever measures necessary, there are witch-hunters, all reporting to the Malleus Maleficarum Council (MMC). For hundreds of years witches have been persecuted and when the powerful Shadow Witch rises again, they have their opportunity for revenge.

The best the MMC has to offer, the talented seventh-generation witch-hunting Hunter Astley has his own part to play. In his own way.


Witch Hunter Book 2: The Shadow Reigns

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The world has been thrown into darkness by the Shadow Witch's revolution. The witch-hunters are scattered, but still strong. The race is now on to gather allies and win the war.

New enemies will arise; loyalties will be pushed to the limit. And an important question will be answered: can a witch-hunter that practices magic ever be trusted, or will he be persecuted?

It is said that 'love conquers all', but this twisted love must stay secret, locked away with the past.


Witch Hunter Book 3: The Shadow Falls

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Hunter Astley has always known that he is different: being a witch-hunter that can use magic has sealed his fate.

He must destroy the Shadow Witch once and for all, with the help of some unlikely allies.

We delve even deeper into the world of the Malleus Maleficarum; into myth, rumor and history that refuses to stay in the past.


Author Bio

K. S. Marsden

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life - books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.


Book Review (4.5 Stars)
The Witch-Hunter trilogy is a great example of a tale of star-crossed lovers, and like all such tales, this is not a story that ends with "And they lived happily ever-after."  George "Hunter" Astley is a seventh-generation witch-hunter, who has been raised to believe that all witches are inherently evil, while Sophie is the exceptionally powerful Shadow Witch, who has been brought up with the responsibility of freeing witch-kind from their millennia of oppression by the witch hunters and to take revenge for her grandmother's murder at the hands of Hunter's grandfather. In spite of having apparently every reason to hate each other, the two fall in love but part ways before Sophie gives birth to Hunter's son. Like many divorcing couples, they both feel that they are in the right and justified in keeping their child from the  other parent. Too much is at stake in a world at war, and neither is able to give up core beliefs for the sake of their child.

Although neither Hunter nor Sophie is quite human, the authors have written the chief protagonists of these books with very human emotions and weaknesses, making them believable characters that you hope will somehow overcome the forces that seek to tear them apart. Without ever becoming preachy or overtly moralistic, the books provide several stark examples of the dangers of prejudice and the evil that can result when people view others in terms of their differences rather than their similarities.

Peopled with witches, witch-hunters, wiccans, normal humans, and a most unusual demon, the world the authors have created is both interesting and believable. My only real gripe (and the primary reason that I couldn't quite force myself to give the series a full 5 star review) is that the military ended up fighting with nothing more than rifles and pistols, when the witches used magic to eliminate all technology involving electronics. Surely, the Army would have also fought back with mortars, mines, and hand grenades.

This weakness aside, if you are into books mixing the paranormal and apocalyptic with lots of interesting characters, many of whom having a "Game of Thrones" lifespan, then you need look no further than this series. Try book one and you will likely find yourself doing what I did, buying each subsequent book as soon as I finished the previous one.


Book Spotlight

A Bond of Venom and Magic
Book 1 of The Goddess and Guardians
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A breathtaking fantasy romance, the first in a sensational new series by British author Karen Tomlinson.

Magic awakens. Darkness stirs. The Wraith Lord is hunting.

The war raging in the South seems a remote danger for seventeen-year-old Diamond Gillon until her home is brutally attacked by the Wraith Lord’s monstrous hunters. Catapulted into a terrifying new world where legendary beasts arise, magic is condemned, and half-blood fae like her have no rights, Diamond is inexplicably drawn to her saviour. But Commander Hugo Casimir is a ruthless elite guard owned by a cruel, immortal fae queen who will murder her own people for magic.

As she sinks deeper into Hugo’s world, Diamond’s circumstances become ever more perilous, for the Queen desires her magic and covets the very same prize as the Wraith Lord. To discover who she truly is, Diamond must escape the Queen’s clutches—before her fate, and that of The Eight Kingdoms, is sealed in shadow and chaos.

Will Hugo prove to be her friend, her protector, or an enemy not worthy of her trust?

A Bond of Venom and Magic is an epic fantasy tale, ideal for mature Young Adult readers. Fans of Sarah J Maas and Leigh Bardugo will love to discover this spectacular new world steeped in dragons, monsters, and armoured winged warriors.


on sale for $0.99 until June when 2nd book is released. A Bond of Blood and Fire (book 2) is on pre-order offer of $0.99. Release date 11th June.

Book Spotlight

Shadow Stalker: The Beginning of the End (Episode 19)

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Auren is coerced into returning to the Dark Isle, but when Makari is betrayed and forced into hiding, she knows she can’t stay. Will Kado stand in her way?

Personal Recommendation
I love this series, although it is not for the faint of heart. There were episodes of torture in previous episodes.
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