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A #WyrdAndWonder Top Five Saturday | Top Five Secrets of Travelling within the Verin Empire | Guest Post featuring William Ray who wrote the uniquely fantastically clever “Shadow Debt” (Tales of the Verin Empire, Book Three)

Posted Saturday, 15 May, 2021 by jorielov , , , , 0 Comments

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#TopFiveSaturday is a meme hosted by Devouring Books

The blogger has been on a bit of a hiatus, thereby this respun meme was inspired by the book blogger who originated a theme base Top Five meme! Usually the host will suggest a theme wherein bloggers can list books associated with the theme they feel honours the topic of choosing their Top Five for that Saturday. I’ve decided to go a different route this Saturday by featuring an Indie Fantasy author’s series.

I asked a dear friend, Louise @foxesfairytale (hostess of @Mythothon) to help me find a Top Five meme and I was grateful she knew about #TopFiveSaturday! I might have to participate once the host of this meme resumes her themed schedules.

Jorie’s topic for William Ray:
Top Five Secrets of Travelling within the Verin Empire 📖🦎

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!

As you know, I positively love Indie (Press and Publishers) and Self Published Speculative Fiction storycrafters who are giving me wicked good literary wanderings within Cosy Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy.

I’ve been sitting on this lovely guest post by Mr Ray since I originally hosted his blog tour with Storytellers on Tour – a blog touring company whose championing Indie Storytellers and giving us all a lovely chance to feature their collective works. I originally hosted a Top Ten Tuesday respun meme for him and this guest post was kicked out during the tour, as I knew I wanted to showcase him during #WyrdAndWonder.

We’ve amassed our largest gathering of adventurers this Wyrd And Wonder – we’re 100x strong this year, imagine!? And, next year is our 5th Year!! I know a lot of adventurers are seeking series and novels to put on their TBR and I’m hoping the Verin Empire might tempt you to add it to yours! I, for one am trying to source copies of the novels myself through my local library – including submitting a purchase request this May to see if I can start reading them myself.

I am hoping you will feel a part of this world, as you take a sneak peek of it through the illustrative artwork and the cheekiness of the humour which you can see through how Mr Ray approached writing this guest post! Welcome to your #TopFiveSaturday welcoming you into the Verin Empire!

Brew yourself a cuppa and let’s go on a Wyrd And Wonder adventure!

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A #WyrdAndWonder Top Five Saturday | Top Five Secrets of Travelling within the Verin Empire  | Guest Post featuring William Ray who wrote the uniquely fantastically clever “Shadow Debt” (Tales of the Verin Empire, Book Three)Shadow Debt
Subtitle: A Tale of the Verin Empire
by William Ray

Glynn Sorley is sheriff of Keat’s Field, a tiny settlement in an otherwise lawless frontier. With the discovery of diamonds, her town is flooded with fortune-hunters looking to strike it rich. It’s also a target for competing colonial powers, savage goblin tribes, and outlaws.

A rustler on the run from the law stumbles across his father’s mysterious legacy – a weapon of immense magical power. He uses it to ravage across the territory as the notorious outlaw Gentleman Jim.

But the weapon’s power comes at a terrible cost, and Keat’s Field may just have to pay the price…

This third Tale of the Verin Empire returns us to the world of Gedlund and The Great Restoration. It explores a frontier trapped between competing nations, where goblins reign and a lone sheriff fights to keep the peace.

Drawing inspiration from L’Amour’s Comstock Lode, Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, and our own late 19th century, Shadow Debt continues William Ray’s bold, critically acclaimed reinvention of classic fantasy in a world of memorable characters and unique perspectives, and features sketches from acclaimed illustrator Tom Parker.

Genres: Fantasy Fiction, Blackpowder Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Gaslight Fantasy, Paranormal Urban Fantasy, Noir Crime Drama, PI (Private Investigator)

Places to find the book:

Add to LibraryThing

ISBN: 979-8681940616


Also by this author: Shadow Debt (Guest Post)

Published by Self Published

on 17th September, 2020

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The stories of the Verin Empire:

Gedlund by William RayA Case of Eager Heirs by William RayThe Great Restoration by William RayShadow Debt by William Ray


Illustration Credit for Book Covers: Ramona Marc

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Gedlund (book one) : Blackpowder Fantasy

A Case of Eager Heris (short story) :
Gaslight / Urban Fantasy | Private / Noir Detective

The Great Restoration (book two) :
Gaslight / Urban Fantasy | Private / Noir Detective

Shadow Debt (book three) : Weird West | Western Fantasy

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Top Five Secrets of Travelling within the Verin Empire

William Ray's Verin Empire illustration provided by Storytellers on Tour and is used with permisison.
William Ray’s Verin Empire series illustration provided by William Ray
and is used with permisison. Art Illustration Credit: Tom Parker.

Martin’s Guide — Touring the Frontier

Readers wishing to venture into these strange lands can find them chronicled in Tales of the Verin Empire, by William Ray.

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Posted Saturday, 15 May, 2021 by jorielov in Blog Tour Host, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Book Spotlight, Bookish Memes, Fantasy Fiction, Indie Author, Storytellers on Tour

#WyrdAndWonder #BookMail | We’re Going On An Adventure: Celebrating my book gifts to ring in Year 4 of @WyrdAndWonder!

Posted Sunday, 2 May, 2021 by jorielov 9 Comments

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Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!!

You might have noticed the ‘changing of the guard’ via my Twitter feeds – wherein I took off the notation about I heart 🎧📖 and replaced it with @WyrdAndWonder🧙‍♀️!! As well as switching out “Jorie, the Joyful Tweeter💜🦝 for Jorie | #WyrdAndWonder🧙‍♀️📖!!! I decided to get started a bit early on this week in getting everything situated for the start of the event I LOVE co-hosting with Imyril and Lisa every May and October!!

May is when we all go a bit wild over our mutual love of FANTASY and this year, wells, you could say I’ve gone to the MOON in my ambitious reading goals but rather than fully disclose what those are going to be – I’ll be sharing them book by book as I chase after my favourite subniches of Fantasy, tuck into my comfort reads of Middle Grade & Young Adult Fantasy and move outside some comfort zones when it comes to Adult Fantasy, too.

Right now, I’m celebrating the fact its MAY

and this is the MONTH of #WyrdAndWonder!! Won’t you join us?!

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Fantasy truly is much more than a genre – it is an exploration of hidden worlds & themes which are universally appealling to a wide audience – crossing through all boundaries and uniting everyone together who finds a niche of Fantasy their jam. This is why we wanted to create a happy space to celebrate this wicked wonderful section of Speculative Fiction – to find the joy in what others are finding for themselves & uniting together to highlight every which way to Sunday Fantasy gives us a burst of #randomJOY and lifts our souls!

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Welcome to *Wyrd & Wonder*

Imyril, Lisa and I have delightfully planned a wicked #awesomesauce month of FANTASY celebration for you! This marks our 4th Year co-hosting #WyrdAndWonder and we couldn’t be happier knowing so many lovely bookish spirits are joining us again for this event!! It truly warms our hearts as it started off as such a humble event and now has become a beloved anchour to @SciFiMonth – wherein every May as a community we celebrate Science Fiction and every May, we celebrate Fantasy. Imyril and Lisa run #SciFiMonth but I’ve been truly blessed by their friendship as we’ve co-founded and run #WyrdAndWonder together.

You’ll have to let me know if you’re participating this year with us during #WyrdAndWonder in the comments below this post! Be sure to share a link to your most recent post for the event and I’ll happily be visiting with you soon! I might have even found your post before you found mine – as one of the joys for me as a co-host for the event is getting to travel through the book blogosphere and spend time with everyone. I love the diversity in our choices of subniches of Fantasy as much as which authors and stories are giving us wicked good selections of the genre itself.

This is the beauty of #WyrdAndWonder itself- of being able to escape into the realms of Fantasy and seek out the fantastical – however which way that might personally appeal to the reader and the seeker! Let us help you adventure with us whilst seeing what you’ve decided to read, listen or watch throughout May! I hope some of the authors I’ve read and reviewed over the years have sparked a curiosity in you to seek out yourself and likewise, I know I’ve been wicked inspired throughout the years to seek out new authors myself.

I’ve technically hidden the list of stories I’m reading this year for #WyrdAndWonder – its actually in plain sight but you’d have to understand my method of organisation as a book blogger to find it! Laughs with mirth. I’ve gone to the moon with ambition this Wyrd And Wonder. I’ve had such a hard luck year with reading, I’ve nearly slated the entire month free of blog tours in order to soak into the Fantasy stories I’ve been dearly wanting to read for quite a few years now. Quite a large number of these stories are off my backlogue as well and others are simply taking me by surprise for having a stop-gap in reading a series for two years! Two in particular really shocked me that its been such a long while since I’ve gushed and blogged about their series — just another sign that sometimes we don’t realise how stressful our lives are outside of our blogs.

I don’t know about you but I can’t wait to see which become my #unputdownable reads this May as much as I can’t wait to see the worlds & characters these authors have created for us. It goes without saying, nearly all the stories I’ll be reading this year are by either Indie Authors and/or Self-Published Authors. The two terms are sometimes interchangeable but I’ve tried to separate the two to reflect an Indie Author is independently published by a publisher or press outside of Major Trade.

Whether this is your fourth year or your first, we welcome you to #WyrdAndWonder! Join us as we dip our bookish hearts into this region of Speculative Fiction which gets us wickedly giddy with expectations and imaginative blissitudes!

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Posted Sunday, 2 May, 2021 by jorielov in #WyrdAndWonder, Bits & Bobbles of Jorie, Blogosphere Events & Happenings, JLAS Update Post, Jorie Loves A Story, Twitterland & Twitterverse Event

The #UnconquerableRAL | a readalong for the @SciFiMonth community : hosted by @joriestory feat. “Unconquerable Sun” by Kate Elliott

Posted Sunday, 11 April, 2021 by jorielov , , 10 Comments

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A new month : A new readalong!

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Remind me again,
where did jan-March go?

seriously – how is it april already!?

#WyrdAndwonder is next month!

Fun Stuff for Your Blog via pureimaginationblog.comYou might have remembered me mentioning hosting this lovely RAL several months ago – especially as I hosted a poll via @joriestory! I wanted to gauge everyone’s availability and try to host this readalong during a month most of us would feel READY to dive into Ms Elliott’s wicked wonderful gender-swapped adventure! Be sure to scope out my initial thoughts about this novel and how it made my Top Anticipated Reads for 2020 List!

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NOTE: dates removed – this is now an OPEN ENDED readalong due to health issues!

Most likely this will run concurrent to #WyrdAndWonder – stay tuned!


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welcome, welcome!

Hallo, hallo #SciFiMonth community!

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For me, I will admit I’ve gone through a lot of transitions and health afflictions already this New Year, 2021 – to soak into UNCONQUERABLE SUN this April & May (as yes, sadly, I’m a full week late starting us off – forgive me!) is a wonderful BLESSING! Because of the fatigue I’ve experienced whilst overcoming a bout of vertigo and intensive seasonal allergies I’ve been muddling through since February; I’ve given myself a break on trying to digest this novel ONLY by the lovely hardback copy my Mum and Dad gifted me – instead, I am also borrowing the audiobook via my regional library. I knew this was going to be a challenging read for me and I’d like to give myself the best chance at experiencing it to the best of my abilities without letting my recent afflictions stand in the way.

Thereby, the chapter breakdowns for this readalong were happily given to me by Imyril @imyril – bless her! – whilst, the discussion questions will be generated by me as I move through the book itself. I had planned to begin reading this lovely earlier in the year – but such is life, sometimes our plans are put aside and we get to experience a RAL right alongside those who join us for the community aspect of reading a novel together!

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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • #UnconquerableRAL

Posted Sunday, 11 April, 2021 by jorielov in Blogosphere Events & Happenings, Sci-Fi November