Birthday Blog Blitz for Visions of Zarua by Suzanne Rogerson #GuestPost @rararesources #FridayReads

I’m delighted to be part of the birthday blog blitz for Visions of Zarua, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

Suzanne Rogerson tells us about Visions of Zarua’s unexpected route into traditional publishing….

First let me share a little of the history behind Visions of Zarua. It’s my debut novel, though I do have a couple of unsuccessful fantasy attempts hidden away. Back in 2013, I submitted it to a few agents and a publisher. Without finding any success with them, I decided to use a critique service to see where it was going wrong. The critique was spot on with the various issues in the book and I rewrote it into its current form.

Rather than go through the submitting process again, I decided it was time to be confident about my book and self-publish it. I felt Visions was ready, but I hired an editor first who worked her magic and knocked 10k off the word count!

I finally self-published Visions of Zarua 3 years ago on 16th November 2015.

On 3rd January 2018, I received an email asking if I owned the rights and if I’d be interested in having a Czech translation of Visions of Zarua. I was sceptical receiving such a request out of the blue. I asked a few questions and did some research before I finally allowed myself to believe it was genuine. I sent them the manuscript as requested and heard no more.

I chased it a week later, to ensure my email had been received and was told the chief editor was reviewing the book and I should have an answer the following week. Then followed a difficult few days of waiting.

I remember walking back from taking my daughter to school one morning and checking my emails on my phone. There was the offer email!

I must have looked crazy walking along with a huge grin on my face and I think I went into shock because I was shaking.

Again it seemed so unreal, my book being translated into another language and being on sale alongside some of my heroes; Robin Hobb, J K Rowling…

It felt like a dream, which swiftly turned into a bit of a nightmare. Without an agent I had to negotiate the contract myself. There’s the time difference between the UK and Prague, language barriers and the fact that everyone is so busy in the publishing industry that it can take days for the relevant department to respond. There were hopes to use my original book cover, which also held up the contract signing. It turned out the image rights could only be held by one party so eventually it was agreed the publisher would provide their own cover.  Four months after the initial enquiry, we were able to complete the paperwork.

The day I received my signed contract by recorded delivery was amazing. Then followed another wait to receive my royalty payment. Seeing it in the bank made it all real and was the final proof I needed to know everything was going ahead.

Now I have a long wait for Fall 2019 when Visions of Zarua’s Czech edition is due out. It will be part of the publisher’s new edition – World Contemporary Fantasy for young and adult readers.

The last I heard Visions was with a translator. Now the book fairs etc have calmed, I hope for an update soon and can’t wait to see the cover they choose.

I have loved self-publishing and being in charge of all the decisions and not having to wait on others, but it does feel kind of wonderful to know that someone out there believes in my book enough to invest time, money and resources into translating it.

Another bonus – next year I will finally get my holiday in Prague. I can’t wait to take a selfie with my book in an actual bookshop!

As you can see Visions of Zarua has taken an odd route into traditional publishing. I’m so grateful to the publisher Albatros Media and its imprint Fragment for taking a chance on my book.

I feel more confident about the future of Visions of Zarua. Who knows what new and exciting adventures are ahead!

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About the Book

Two wizards, 350 years apart. Can they save the realm of Paltria from Zarua’s dark past?

An ancient darkness haunts the realm of Paltria.
Apprentice wizard Paddren is plagued by visions of a city on the brink of annihilation. When his master dies in mysterious circumstances, the Royal Order of Wizards refuses to investigate.
Helped by his childhood friend, the skilled tracker Varnia, and her lover Leyoch, Paddren vows to find the killer.
The investigation leads Paddren down a sinister path of assassins, secret sects and creatures conjured by blood magic. But he is guided by a connection with a wizard from centuries ago – a wizard whose history holds the key to the horror at the heart of the abandoned city of Zarua. Can Paddren decipher his visions in time to save the Paltrian people from the dark menace of Zarua’s past?

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About Suzanne

Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her hugely encouraging husband and two children. She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.

Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes. She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.

Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of all she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.

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The Things We Learn When We’re Dead by Charlie Laidlaw ~ A New Beginning #Fantasy @claidlawauthor #FridayReads

Author: Charlie Laidlaw

Published: September 2017 by Accent Press

Category: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review

The Things We Learn When We’re Dead is about how small decisions can have profound and unintended consequences, but how we can sometimes get a second chance.

On the way home from a dinner party, Lorna Love steps into the path of an oncoming car. When she wakes up she is in what appears to be a hospital – but a hospital in which her nurse looks like a young Sean Connery, she is served wine for supper, and everyone avoids her questions.

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#BookSpotlight ~ Violet Souls: Book 1 The Evoxian Legacies by @abbeymacmunn #Fantasy @rararesources #PubDay

Today I have a book spotlight to share, courtesy of Rachels Random Resources. Violet Souls, book one of the Evoxian Legacies, is released today on kindle. 

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#BookSpotlight ~ Bollywood Invasion by Ricardo Alexanders #Fantasy Time Slip Novel #Extract

I’d like to welcome Ricardo Alexanders as he explains the idea behind his new book…..

What if Lennon was born an Indian…

If John Lennon was born in India in 1940 with the same talent, could he still conquer the world? 

This is the very question that I kept asking myself during my writing of Bollywood Invasion. Something extraordinary had to happen if the Indian (British) Invasion was to take America by storm as the world back then was not even close to be as multi-cultural as we are today. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Elvis Has Not Left The Building by J.R. Rain #Mystery #Fantasy

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that have been waiting on the ‘to be read’ pile for however long, and are finally getting an airing.

This week’s choice is a book I couldn’t resist. It was first published in digital format in 2010 and proved to be a light, enjoyable read.

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#CoverReveal ~ The Gemini Connection by Teri Polen ~ A #YA SciFi/Fantasy #Thriller #TuesdayBookBlog

The Gemini Connection
by Teri Polen
Paperback Release Date: May 31, 2018
E-book Release Date: June 7, 2018
Young Adult > Sci-Fi/Fantasy > Thriller

Teen twin brothers Evan and Simon Resnik are fiercely loyal to each other and share an unusual bond—they experience each other’s emotions as their own and can sense where the other is.

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Bone Music (Burning Girl #1) by Christopher Rice #SciFi #Fantasy @chrisricewriter #NetGalley

Author: Christopher Rice

Published: 1st March 2018 by Thomas & Mercer

Category: Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Book Review

Charlotte Rowe spent the first seven years of her life in the hands of the only parents she knew—a pair of serial killers who murdered her mother and tried to shape Charlotte in their own twisted image.  If only the nightmare had ended when she was rescued.

Trina Pierce was abducted as a baby and spent her first seven years with the killer couple who murdered her mother. They wanted to ‘train’ her to be just like them. After she was rescued from the clutches of the serial killers, Abigail and Daniel Banning, her nightmare should have ended, but her father saw fit to exploit her experience, through the tabloid press and the movie industry. That, together with a weird stalker who admired the Banning’s, gave Trina the incentive to escape and detach herself from everything her life had been and had become by going to live with her grandmother.

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The Royal Deal (Chasing the Romantics #1) by D.G. Driver #BookReview for #RBRT

Author: D.G. Driver

Kindle Edition Published in January 2018

Category: Modern Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Romance, Book Review

A pampered princess is told she must marry a prince she doesn’t like, let alone love, on her nineteenth birthday. Desperate to find a way to stop this arranged marriage, she makes a bargain with her father. 

Princess Faith is well aware of the circulating whispers after she turned down an offer of marriage from Prince Jaeger of Aronsite. But she was determined she would marry someone of her choosing, not be forced into a union with a man more concerned with what cloak he should wear while riding than the fate of the people in his kingdom, despite her father’s displeasure. She had counted on marrying the prince’s elder brother, Mikhail, but he has been missing since a battle with the Northerners. 

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ Dead Set by Richard Kadrey #YA #Fantasy #Paranormal

Renee at It’s Book Talk began this meme as a way to share old favourites, as well as books that were published over a year ago. Not to mention those that are languishing on the to be read pile for whatever reason.

This week I’m looking back at Dead Set by Richard Kadrey, author of the Sandman Slim urban fantasy series. Dead Set is a stand alone young adult paranormal fantasy. I listened to the audiobook. 

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Year One (The Chronicles of The One #1) by Nora Roberts #FridayReads ‘As This World Ends, A New One Begins’ #PostApocalyptic #Fantasy

Author: Nora Roberts

Publication Date: 5th December 2017 by Piatkus

Category: Apocalyptic, Post Apocalyptic, Fantasy, Book Review

With one drop of blood, the old world is gone for ever. And in its place, something extraordinary begins…

They call it The Doom – a deadly pandemic that starts on a cold New Year’s Eve in the Scottish countryside. There’s something mysterious about the virus and the way it spreads. As billions fall sick and die, some survivors find themselves invested with strange, unexpected abilities.

The story begins in Scotland in the run up to New Year, with the extended MacLeod family on an annual trip to their farm. As Ross MacLeod and his twin brother, Rob, were out in the fields shooting pheasant for the pot, they could have no idea of the horror that would be unleashed that day.

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