#ThorsDaySmile – #amlaughing – #humor

Every other ThorsDay is #ThorsDaySmile time, so here are a few Signs
of the Times to make you laugh. Hope some of them are new to you!

And here’s a cat, because, hello?  CAT!

And last, another one of THESE, because … well, no real reason,
except that I’ve loved every caption I’ve seen added to these pics!
Now on that note, I am outta here!
Keep smiling, folks!


#GuestDayTuesday – #CoverReveal & More! – Deborah Jay

Back to our regularly scheduled #GuestDayTuesday again, so please help me welcome my friend, Deborah Jay, to The Write Stuff this morning. Debby has a whole bunch of exciting things to share with us today, and I know you’re going to enjoy it all! Take it away, Debby–you’re on!


Hi folks, and many thanks to Marcia for inviting me to be her guest today.

I’m really excited to bring you not one, but two cover reveals.

I adore my original cover for THE PRINCE’S MAN (Book #1, The Five Kingdoms), but books #2 & #3, and now #4 (more below!) have been created by awesome cover artist Ravven, ( Portfolio: Art – Ravven ) and I’ve felt the need for some time now to get her to produce a matching cover for book #1–and here it is!

Buy The Prince’s Man HERE

Isn’t that just gorgeous? And now it matches the others, which is going to be even more important soon, because, ta-da! I’ve finished writing #4, THE PRINCE’S HEIR, which completes this story.

I set out to write a trilogy, but the story kept on coming, and expanded to 4 sizeable books (well, they are epic fantasy, after all, so epic size is sort of expected). And so, it’s with a mix of satisfaction and sadness that I bring the tale of this set of characters to a close.

If you’re a fan, though, never fear, there will be more Five Kingdom books and novellas to complement the main story, and I already have an outline for a new trilogy, featuring the next generation.

If this is your first introduction to the series, here’s a short blurb for The Prince’s Man.

Think James Bond meets Lord of the Rings…

Rustam Chalice, gigolo and spy, loves his lifestyle just the way it is, so when the kingdom he serves is threatened from within, he leaps into action. Only trouble is, his spy master teams him up with an untouchable, beautiful aristocratic assassin who despises him.

Plunged into a desperate journey over the mountains, the mismatched pair struggle to survive deadly wildlife, the machinations of a spiteful god – and each other.

Magic, intrigue, and a pinch of romance collide in this captivating fantasy adventure!


And so, to the main event!
Seen first here, on The Write Stuff, the new cover of book #4,

Here is the (working) blurb for THE PRINCE’S HEIR
(Soon to be Released)

Marten’s reign balances on a blade’s edge. Chel’s Casket, symbol of his right to rule, is missing. Can master spies, Rustam and Risada, recover it before someone notices its absence and questions Marten’s sovereignty?

But when Queen Betha is kidnapped, it becomes apparent something far more sinister is behind the theft. The contents of the casket contain instructions to raise the demon god, Charin. Would anyone dare use them, when the likely outcome is war between the two halves of the deity?

And if they succeed, will any mortal survive?

Here’s is a brief, light-hearted, excerpt from before the main action kicks off.

With her head full of plans and schedules, Risada returned to her office to find Rustam marching impatiently back and forth before her desk.

“You’ll wear tracks in the rug if you keep that up,” she said. He returned a lopsided grin.

“It’s my daily exercise, don’t you know? Since becoming the spy master’s assistant I’ve grown lazy, and my belt is too tight.”

“Then we should do something about that,” Risada agreed with a straight face. To her eye, Rustam had never looked better. “We can’t have our favourite dance master getting fat.”

“Goddess!” Coming to a standstill, he mimed a swoon. “I’d better get back to my practice routine; I can hardly remember the last time I danced, and if you expect me to woo all these women into pillow talk, I need to be on top form.”


Thanks so much, Debby, for letting us be the first to get the word out. It was great having you share your good news here, and folks, trust me. This is a series you really want to check out. I know I’m very much looking forward to seeing how it all wraps up, myself!  Congratulations, Debby! And here’s to many, many sales ahead! ❤

Author Deborah Jay

Deborah Jay writes epic fantasy and urban fantasy featuring complex, quirky characters and multi-layered plots – just what she likes to read.

Fortunate enough to live near Loch Ness in the majestic, mystery-filled Scottish Highlands with her partner and a pack of rescue dogs, she can often be found lurking in secluded glens and forests, researching locations for her books.

She has a dream day job riding, training and judging competition dressage horses and riders, and also writes books and magazine features on the subject under her professional name of Debby Lush.

A lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy, she started writing her first novel aged eight, and has never stopped. Her first published novel is epic fantasy, THE PRINCE’S MAN, first in the Five Kingdoms series, and winner of a UK Arts Council award. #2, THE PRINCE’S SON and #3, THE PRINCE’S PROTEGE are both available with the concluding book in the quartet, THE PRINCE’S HEIR, due out in 2021.

Her first urban fantasy, DESPRITE MEASURES, about a Scottish water sprite, is the opening novel of the CALEDONIAN SPRITE SERIES. The companion short story, SPRITE NIGHT is available FREE on most ebook retailers.

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#ReblogAlert – This Week on #StoryEmpire

Been a crazy busy week, complicated by everything from doctor’s appointments to major computer problems, and the difficulty of putting together a PowerPoint program for my Saturday talk amid it all. BUT. Here I am! Still at it, with things looking more hopeful for the week ahead. And I’m very happy to say, I’m able to do both of my weekly roundup posts today. First, here are the links to all three of the terrific posts over on Story Empire. If you missed any of these, do stop by to check them out. Always good stuff going on over there!

MONDAY: Throwing SHADE at Your Sentences is a wonderfully helpful post by Staci Troilo. So much to learn from this one and you can check it out HERE

WEDNESDAY: Five Ways to Know You are Doing Good Work on Each Writing Session by John W. Howell is exactly what it sounds like. A list of ways you can evaluate if your writing session is working as it should. Check it out HERE.

FRIDAY:  Character Types: The Extrovert byJoan Hall. It’s always a good idea to understand the personality type of your characters. Joan has shared some very interesting tips HERE.

Yet another week of wonderful posts on Story Empire. If you’ve missed any of these posts, do yourself a favor and head on over to  see for yourself how much you can learn there!