M.S.Fowle weaves a fantastical tale about a kingdom bereft of magik—ruled by a monarch who cannot see beyond his thirst for power. He searches for the Sire, the creator of all magik and in his quest unleashes terrible cruelty on his subjects. War rages and the people of the land live in fear. Magik is prohibited; those found practicing are captured and punished. Here the select few enforce their rule on the laity, to subdue and control them. Amongst this chaos rises a story of faith, friendship, loyalty and …. well magik.
I liked the author’s writing style – the flow is smooth and effortless, though at times I did find it a bit grand in some portions. I had to stop, take a breath and go over the lines a couple of times to let them sink in before I continued further.
The characters are very endearing especially the twins. As you read through you will definitely fall in love with Claire and Walter. They fight yet they stand by each other. They will make you laugh, cry, bite your nails in fear for their lives. You will find yourself enjoying their adventures and little skirmishes.
The end was not surprising yet I was disappointed by the quick closing and felt that it was a bit rushed. It kind of broke the flow that the author had maintained through the earlier chapters. But let’s be honest I was also sad that the story ended.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book and do hope there are more adventures of Walter and Claire and we read them soon. I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Today, I would like to join in with MizB in her Wednesday musings and answer her three questions –
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?
My answers to:
What am I currently reading?
I’ve just started reading this one. Seems interesting. Let’s see how it goes.
What did I recently finish reading?
I found this book truly good. Will be sharing my review soon.
What do you think you’ll read next?
Honestly…there are too many books and too little time. My to-read list is growing day by day and as I usually pick a book at random, it’s difficult to name one. That said, I do have my sights on the First Series by M. S. Fowle and Valley Walker by T. W. Dittmer. I have been meaning to read these for a long time now. Hopefully next week…
If you like, you too can join us 🙂 Just leave a link on MizB’s blog . Let’s spread the word and see what everyone is reading these days. Who knows, maybe you’re own work may come up on someone’s reading list. 🙂
My book – Missing Mandy – celebrated its first year of publication this January. The entire journey, from the first idea to its present form has been such an awesome learning experience and I would like to thank all my ‘virtual’ friends for their support, sound advice and encouragement in making it such an exciting one.
Two years back, I had a story to tell and my mom encouraged me to write it down and share it with others. I started scribbling it in March, 2011 and had completed it by May, 2011. I realized that there were too many problems in it and I spent the rest of the year, rewriting major sections and smoothing out the sharp edges. When I published it in Jan 2012, it was in a better form than the original version. Reviews came in and I found that it was badly edited and the cover was not creating the buzz that I had wanted. There was still a lot of work to be done. I promised myself that I would edit the book and create a better, more professional cover.
I know it’s been long overdue, but I am happy to say that I have successfully edited Missing Mandy and would like to present to you the new book cover–
The making of this cover was like a big project for me–getting the right images, refining the main concept and learning the technical know-how of creating a good book-cover. There are so many people out there, who have been instrumental in making this possible for me – from stock providers to those who shared tutorials on digital art. A heartfelt thanks to all of them and a big hug goes out to all the stock providers on deviantart.com for the wonderful images and textures. Without their stocks, the cover would not have been possible. Lots of love to–
Go visit their galleries! You will find some amazing stuff there.
A special thanks to our very own Mel, for her support and guidance in creating this book cover. Without her, I would have been still struggling with it. So, thank you so much, Mel. 🙂
Missing Mandy has been revamped, though I must admit there are no new chapters in the book, no major changes in the events and it is still a short story. You might still find scope of changing so much in it, if you look at it without any emotional baggage (that I have). I might go back to it after a couple of years and think over it, but for now I like it the way it is and I believe that people should read it the way I had initially intended.
So go check out Missing Mandy!!! Maybe download a sample or buy the entire book. Read it. If you like it, gift it to your friends or family. And, come back and tell me about it. Would love to hear what you think.
I hope you bid 2012 goodbye with heartfelt thanks and brought in the New Year with pomp and joy. Let’s work towards meeting our resolutions at least this year 😉 and make the best of 2013.
With my first blog post of the year, I would also like to welcome you to my first BLOG HOP. 🙂
Let me extend my thanks to Mel, I meanM. S. Fowle, for inviting me to be part of this Next Big THING Blog Hop. For those of you who do not know her — Mel is a very talented woman. She is an indie author who has many books to her credit, all available on Amazon, including Nora’s Sun, a short story, that has received great reviews. Her latest work – The Sire, is scheduled for release this month. So watch out for more details to be posted soon.
Mel is also a fantastic digital artist and excels in creating eBook covers. So if you need one for your book, then you should go and check her site now! Connect with her through these links —
Now, to answer the questions that are an essential part of this Blog Hop. Since my forthcoming work is still in a nascent stage therefore I felt that I should write about Missing Mandy instead, which will complete a year of publication this January. So hurrah for that 🙂
It may seem a bit silly, but the idea for this book came from a dream I had–of a shack by a black lake, mesmerizing moonlight and the ghost of a young girl. I don’t know why; maybe it was an after thought of some movie that I had been watching earlier or a book I had read but the idea kind of stuck and when I decided to write my book, it seemed as right to develop on it. Of course, the final product does have some of these elements, but nowhere resembles the dream.
(3) What genre does your book come under?
Missing Mandy is a short story with elements of crime, mystery, romance and paranormal in it. Though there is no single genre under which you can categorize it, I personally feel that Paranormal Thriller defines it best.
(4) Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
Oh.. this is a tough one.
As Danny, probably Abhay Deol. He has this guy-next-door look and is intense and yet charming. Very likeable. He would be ideal to portray Danny.
As Mandy, Asin Thottumkal. Beautiful and very talented.
(5) What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Haunted by apparitions, nightmares and strange noises in the basement of his house, would Danny ever be able to solve this mystery?
(6) Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?
My book is self-published.
(7) How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I started the book sometime in April/ May 2011. The first draft was ready within three months but I spent the rest of the year in improving it and finally published it in Jan 2012.
(8) What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Actually I not really sure if there is a book with a similar story in this genre (or at least I would like to think so). There are many non-fiction books that do refer to the whole out-of-body-experience. There are equally many in the fantasy and paranormal genre that talk of the transformation of the soul through magic and teleporting, etc., but I don’t think that there is a work of fiction that gives the whole out-of-body-experience such a treatment. Of course, I may be entirely wrong about this as there are millions of books out there. 🙂
(9) Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My Mom. As she is the one who encouraged me and pushed me to complete this book and publish it.
(10) What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
My book, Missing Mandy, is about the desire to survive against all odd. It’s about belief in God, about trust and hope and reaching out to those in trouble. It’s about being human. It is a short story and as other’s have said pretty refreshing.
Unfortunately, I was unable to find authors who could take part in this blog hop. So there’s no usual list of 5 authors. If you would like to be part of this then do let me know. I will post your name here and will email the other details to you.
However , not to miss out on this opportunity, I do have some suggestions for you. The below mentioned are some other promising authors whom I follow and whose blog you can check out here:
Release Date – Coming soon in January 2013 on Amazon Kindle.
A little about the book –
“Enter a realm of magick mirroring that of Europe in the late 1930s, one illustrating persecution under an authoritarian regime, a girl’s struggle to see beyond prejudice, and a boy’s lack of faith in humanity.
The era jives with jazz and swing, while giant boats sail the sky, and war divides a great land as its king hunts down any with the gifts of magick, the Mages. Claire Royce reached her fifteen years believing Mages only wicked and selfish, but she can’t condone her king’s war. So when she sees his soldiers harassing a hungry street kid, she naturally tries to help the teen boy escape. But her deed only makes her a target. That’s when the boy miraculously comes to her rescue and saves them both with his unmatched powers as a Mage.
As young Walter Tully tries to convince Claire that Mages are not the enemy, the two soon learn that their king’s true intent is to find the most powerful Mage of all: the creator of magick, The Sire. Differences aside, Claire and Walter must find The Sire first or risk the corruption of all magick, as well as the world. They just need to stop arguing long enough to pull it off.”
M.S. Fowle was born and raised in Maine and continues to live there with her family. She started writing fantasy stories as a child, but was quickly drawn to science fiction and horror after discovering Stephen King.
Aside from writing, she also spends her time in creating digital art, especially eBook covers (including covers of all her books).