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Travel Glasses and Insight Kindling are Readers’ Favorite winners!

This morning, Readers’ Favorite listed its 2016 award contest winners, and both books did well. Travel Glasses won an honorable mention in YA Mystery, and Insight Kindling won the bronze medal in YA Adventure! How fun is it that the award seals match the covers?

Readers Favorite winners Travel Glasses and Insight Kindling

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This honor is among several earned by titles in The Call to Search Everywhen, a YA time travel series. Visit my website to view the full list of 2016 placements and to learn more about the books.

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Wrapped in the Past—Audio Edition!

wrappedpast-desalls-audioWrapped in the Past, the tie-in novella to The Call to Search Everywhen, is now available as an audiobook. Janine Haynes brings Shirlyn Hall and her family to life in this adventure to the past.

Listen to a sample and download the book from Audible, Amazon, and iTunes. (The ebook edition is FREE! If it doesn’t show up as free in your country, please click on “Tell us about a lower price” on Amazon.)

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The Eye of Mares Blog Tour–Part 18!

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To celebrate the release of the second installment in Rocky Rochford’s The Rise of the Elohim Chronicles, The Eye of Mares is blog hopping like a headlining rockstar, with multiple showings for over the course of two weeks, and with a new page shared with each appearance. Today I get to host the latest page in the chronology.

The Eye of Mares – Part 18:

…experienced swordsman evade his attack.

The display lasted a lot longer than their previous ones had, but stopped a lot shorter than Mako expected, as Kazza walked straight into a trap set by him, but then the fight was always going to stop short. No matter how hard or clever Kazza struck, Mako was stronger, smarter and faster.

“Oh Kazza, such a simple mistake to make and make it you did,” Mako stated disappointedly.

Disarmed and eyes to the ground, Kazza knew his error. He’d overreached and dropped his guard.

“Let us see if you can redeem yourself. Do you know where you went wrong, Kazza?” Mako questioned.

“I overstepped the lunge,” Kazza answered.

“Yes, you did,” Mako concurred. He was happy with his student’s answer, but he would have more said on the issue first.

“Which caused you to what?” Kazza reclaimed his sword from the ground and put it away before he replied. “It caused me to make myself vulnerable to your counter-attack.”

“Very good, Kazza, and what should you have done?” Mako pressed.

“I should have done what you told me, when fighting a stronger and more skilful opponent. To maintain a good defence and draw them in before I make my move,” Kazzo said, recollecting the lesson.

“Exactly right, Kazza. Today’s lesson is a simple one to remember. A good swordsman is the master of their sword, but—”

“—a great one is the master of their enemies.” Kazza said, finishing one of Mako’s favourite quotes.

“Seeing as I have never said that to you myself, I guess Zach taught you one of my most used mottos,” Mako deduced.

“He may have used it a couple of times during one of our many private sessions,” Kazza answered, referring to

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Click here for a full list of stops and pages along the tour.

Be sure to check out the continuing blogs to watch the story continue, or pick up a copy direct from Amazon: The Eye of Mares – Out now!

You could even let the adventure continue and check out its prequel, where the story began and the series was created: The Spirit of Iris – Out now!

Cover Art Book 3 - The Story Continues

Title: The Eye of Mares

Series: Book 2 of the Rise of the Elohim Chronicles

Genre: Illustrated YA fantasy adventure

Book Content Rating: Suitable for ages 12 and up

Tag-line: “Darkness has many forms and Mares is its playground.”

Nearly four years have passed since Zach drew blade against the Shanzi Shimay and now the time has come for him to draw his sword once more. The Realm of Mares has fallen victim to invasion as three terrifying beasts of darkness, seek to destroy the world around them, as they await the inevitable arrival of their King.

With dark times ahead, the numbers of the Watchers on Iris has grown, as Zach is joined by seven fellow students, all too eager to prove their worth. It’s not long before the students are put to the test facing off against the Nein Navy and uncover a dark secret.

The stage is set and the Battle for Mares is under-way.

Author Shot - Rocky Rochford 2015Author Bio:

Rocky Rochford is your standard guy, if your standard guy scuba dives, partakes in underwater photographer and is a wake-boarding, adventure seeking, sword collecting, marine conservation supporter. After living life on the road and the places between, he finally settled down but not without benefiting from all the lessons life had to teach him.

Self-professed “Student of Everything, and Master of Nothing,” Rochford does not choose what he writes, but writes what chooses him, be it fantasy, crime, poetry, philosophy or even adventure. Life is a journey we all get to experience, just like a good book.

Every read into another of his typed works is another trip into the imagination of his mixed up, crazed and deranged mind and this year along those works include the likes of full novels, novellas and short stories.

Connect with him by visiting his website and following his Facebook, Twitter and Amazon pages.