Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Halloween ebook Treat

Hello, Razz here! Since it is Halloween, I would like to introduce new readers to SPELLFALL, the only book containing unicorns that Katherine has written so far. (She also wrote a short story about a unicorn for an illustrated pop-up title Magical Horses but that unicorn is the sweet, glittery type who goes around laying his head in maidens’ laps and getting himself caught by hunters hiding behind trees… a bit dim, in other words! As you can imagine, he’s not related to me.)

I am more like the unicorns in Spellfall, who live in the enchanted parallel world of Earthaven, which you can visit by squeezing through a small hole in a standing stone in the middle of Unicorn Wood... if you can find the wood, that is. (It's next to a new housing estate called Millennium Green, which is probably not much help unless you happen to live there.) Otherwise, you can wait until Halloween, when the Boundary between your world and Earthaven opens between midnight and dawn, and simply walk across - provided you are brave enough to face all the ghouls and ghosts coming the other way!

Anyway, these proper unicorns from Spellfall roam in herds among giant soul-trees whose leaves contain magic and are known to humans as "spells". (You might think a spell is something you mumble in Latin while waving a magic wand, but believe me that's just in a certain type of children's book and not the way things are done over here in Earthaven.) The magical soul-trees communicate using root systems, and you can travel along their bigger roots in “organazoomers”, which are pods a bit like your underground carriages, except they go much faster and you’re likely to be thrown around inside them if the trees don’t like you… which they won’t, if you happen to be a common spell-caster like the villain of the story, Lord Hawk.

Fortunately the heroine of the book, Natalie, is a soul-tree and unicorn friend, since her mother was one of the Spellmages who look after Earthaven. I say "was", since Natalie’s mother fell into a river and drowned before the book starts, though her magehound K’tanaqui survived and can talk to Natalie when she crosses the Boundary. He's a beautiful white wolf... though not as beautiful as a unicorn, naturally. He helps her find the unicorn herd, and as you can imagine unicorns are quite fierce when aroused (we don’t have horns for nothing, you know!) When Natalie and Lord Hawk's bullied son Merlin join forces to help the Spellmages save Earthaven from the spell-casters' evil plan to poison the soul-trees, the unicorns finally get to use their horns in anger.


This Halloween, you don’t have to go trick-and-treating to find Earthaven. For two days only, between dawn 31st October and midnight 1st November, you can download a copy of the Kindle edition of Spellfall absolutely FREE.

And if you miss the free download, the good news is Amazon Prime members can now borrow Spellfall for seven days from the Kindle Owner's Lending Library.*

*This ebook library is brand new to the UK this month, so be sure to tell all your friends!


Friday, 19 October 2012

Win Pendragon Legacy Books!

To celebrate his new name, Razz the Muse would like to give everyone a second chance to win copies of "Sword of Light" and "Lance of Truth".

The lovely Templar Books are running this competition over on their Facebook page. This time, all you need to do is name Rhianna's father (and that's got to be easier than naming a unicorn, hasn't it?)

Click here to enter

Good luck!


Monday, 8 October 2012

The Name!

The unicorn would like to announce that from now on his official name will be

Raziele Razorhorn Roberts (‘Razz’ for short)

Congratulations to Rebecca Leigh, who suggested Raziele. She wins a signed first edition hardcover of Lance of Truth.

Thanks also to Sapphire Ruizhen, who pointed me towards the unicorn name generator on the web, which is endless fun for your fluffy, soft-horned type of unicorn foal… I chose Razorhorn as my second name because that one never came up on the generator, not once. Sapphire wins a signed paperback of Sword of Light.

And Roberts is my last name, because I'm the muse of Katherine Roberts (she doesn’t win anything, since she wrote the books).

Finally, every unicorn needs a short name for his friends to use. Mine is 'Razz', which means Raspberry or a tease - as you know, I sometimes like to tease. (I was rather fond of Spike as well, but Katherine says that always makes her think of Hugh Grant's Welsh flatmate in Notting Hill - not the best image for a unicorn!)

Thank you to everyone who entered. I feel like a proper grown-up unicorn now.


Monday, 1 October 2012

Unicorn Names

Arianwen Serena sounds beautifully serene,
Lilac Starblossom pretty like a dream.
Azaran, Raziele and Spike are certainly strong
while Taliesin sings magical songs.
Cluny and Laxus might be clean and pure
but Hagibis is swift and sure.
Kephiso was muse of lore
But who am I, the unicor...n?

Choosing a name is difficult! But 'Reclusive Muse' just won’t work now that my publisher insists I become less reclusive, so choose I must.

Better just see what the Unicorn Name Generator says…

Berry Snowy Nostrils

Berry is a little monkey who is always getting into trouble.
He is as white as the driven snow,
and he dances in clouds of falling stars.


All the entries are interesting, so I’m going to “muse” on my name for a few days, and the winner will be announced on this blog next week. (I quite fancy more than one name, like humans have… but I'll have to see what my author says about that.)

But today is not only my name-day!
It’s publication day for Book 2 of the Pendragon Legacy Lance of Truth

You can also now get Book 1 Sword of Light in paperback and ebook

And if you want a laugh while you're waiting for me to choose my name, you can watch Katherine playing around with (what she thinks is) Excalibur in her bathroom over on Youtube. Authors, huh?


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