Thursday, November 16, 2017

Dark Winds Rising Comes Out December 5th!


My sequel to the Queen Branwen Series, Dark Winds Rising, comes out with St. Martin’s Press next month! Although you can preorder it now, my novel will be available on December 5th. In addition, I’m kicking off my book tour on December 10th!

I’m super excited be to sharing the next installment in Branwen’s journey. Below is a brief blurb about my new novel. And for those of you in California, I hope to see you on my tour, thanks!

Queen Branwen finds her world once again turned upside down as Pictish raiders harry the shores of her kingdom. Rallying her people once more, she must face her most dangerous foe yet, the Queen of the Picts. Ruthless and cunning, the Pictish Queen turns the Welsh against each other in a bloody civil war, and Branwen must attempt to stop her before her country threatens to tear itself apart. All the while Branwen is heavy with child, and finds her young son’s footsteps dogged by a mysterious assassin. Branwen must somehow defeat the Picts and save her people before the Pictish Queen and a mysterious assassin threaten to destroy their lives from the inside out.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Dragonella

Today I'd like to share some info on the release of a new book by friend and fellow blogger Elizabeth Varadan! Elizabeth's new picture book, Dragonella, for ages 7 and under, has just been released in paperback and e-book formats via Belanger Books. Below is a brief blurb about the book.

Dragonella is the only dragon at her new school. Other students - trolls, griffins and ogres - are frightened when she breathes fire. The teacher isn't happy when Dragonella's laughter melts the filing cabinet. But when Dragonella's flames save the day during the class party on Legend Day, the teacher and other students learn they shouldn't be quick to judge someone who is different.

You can learn more at these following links:

Amazon, paperback and ebook: 
Elizabeth's Blogs
http://victorianscribbles.blogspot.com/
Twitter and FB

Links to Elizabeth's MG mystery:  Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls

Hope you enjoy it! :)



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Guest Post from Nick Wilford, Speculative Author


Take it away Nick...

Hi Mark! Thanks for offering to help out with my blog tour today. I’d like to share an excerpt with your readers, which shows the moment when my protagonist Wellesbury joins forces with his “partner in crime”, Ezmerelda.
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Wellesbury found it hard to concentrate at school that day. It all felt more and more pointless; he knew everything and would get top marks anyway. He found himself examining every surface, looking for any sign of imperfection. There was none. What was life like in his new friend’s world? Children dropping dead left, right and centre. He couldn’t even begin to imagine what it was like, and in their first chat they had barely scratched the surface.
     At lunchtime he avoided the company of the guys – he couldn’t be bothered to deal with Hedgeson, and didn’t want the subject of Salvo’s eyewitness account of the outsider to come up again, in case he let something slip – so he went to the library. Although a flawless outcome in examinations was guaranteed, such extra study was logged and went on his school record. That was the sort of thing that would really help him land a job just that bit better than his peers.
     Wellesbury sat down at a computer terminal and accessed the infraweb. His fingers hesitated above the keys for a few moments. All computer activity was recorded and undeletable. They would know he had been looking up strange words. Whatever “they” meant – the school? The government? How would he be able to explain such activity if questioned?
     Well, it was a life-or-death situation. He had to start somewhere. He performed a search for “dizeese”. Nothing came up. Then – what were the people called that Mallinger thought could help him? “Docters.” Nothing.
     He had no clue where to begin to help his friend. At a loss, he slumped back and rubbed a hand over his face.
     “You look worried,” said a sweet-sounding voice.
     Wellesbury sat up with a jolt and looked around. There was Ezmerelda, a few desks away, sitting hunched over her studies. He’d been so consumed with his own thoughts that he hadn’t noticed her upon entering. That was a good indication of how preoccupied he was, as she stood out from the rest of the crowd as different somehow. He liked her – she was a bit of a loner as he could sometimes be, and those emerald eyes dazzled him every time.
     She glanced up from her own terminal and gave him a smile that, though small, ignited something in his soul. He smiled back, and waved awkwardly.
     “Want to tell me what’s up?” she asked.
     Wellesbury opened and shut his mouth a couple of times. It was unthinkable to tell someone in the class where he’d been, and he didn’t want any further ridicule, especially from someone he admired.
     Her face creased up in apparent amusement at his floundering, and she said, “Okay, I’ll put you out of your misery. I know where you were this morning.”
     “What?” He looked around quickly to ensure they were alone, then scooted over to sit in the chair next to her. “How...?”
     “Oh, yes. I hear things, you see. I’d already heard about the visitor, of course... that’s pretty common knowledge now. Then I heard my dad talking about you before school. I think you did something really great, Wellesbury.”
     Leaving aside the wave of wellbeing that enveloped him upon hearing these last words, Wellesbury said, “Your dad?”
     “He works for the government. It’s all hush-hush, of course, but he doesn’t keep it a secret from his own family. He doesn’t talk about anything with me, because I’m just a kid –” she rolled her eyes – “but I overhear him and Mum talking plenty. Mostly him ranting and raving. You weren’t painted in a favourable light, I’m afraid to say.”
     “You probably shouldn’t be telling me this,” said Wellesbury in a lower voice, looking in the opposite direction furtively. He remembered the conversation with the warder. “They could be recording this.” Hang on, why hadn’t he thought of that before he went to talk to Mallinger?
     “Oh no, there’s no bugs in here,” she said. “Maybe in the future, more places will have them... but at the moment, the conversations of children aren’t considered important enough to warrant the cost of listening to.”

Title: Black & White
Author: Nick Wilford
Genre: YA dystopian Series #: 1 of 3
Release date: 18th September 2017
Publisher: Superstar Peanut Publishing
Blurb:
What is the price paid for the creation of a perfect society?

In Whitopolis, a gleamingly white city of the future where illness has been eradicated, shock waves run through the populace when a bedraggled, dirt-stricken boy materialises in the main street. Led by government propaganda, most citizens shun him as a demon, except for Wellesbury Noon – a high school student the same age as the boy.

Upon befriending the boy, Wellesbury feels a connection that he can’t explain – as well as discovering that his new friend comes from a land that is stricken by disease and only has two weeks to live. Why do he and a girl named Ezmerelda Dontible appear to be the only ones who want to help?

As they dig deeper, everything they know is turned on its head – and a race to save one boy becomes a struggle to redeem humanity.

Purchase Links:
Meet the author:
Nick Wilford is a writer and stay-at-home dad. Once a journalist, he now makes use of those early morning times when the house is quiet to explore the realms of fiction, with a little freelance editing and formatting thrown in. When not working he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also the editor of Overcoming Adversity: An Anthology for Andrew. Visit him at his blog or connect with him on Twitter, GoodreadsFacebook, or Amazon.
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Friday, August 25, 2017

Revamped Website

In preparation for my upcoming release of Dark Winds Rising this December, I’ve recently revamped my website. Now both of my books will be available: pre-orders for Dark Winds Rising and Between Two Fires purchases wherever books are sold. Marknoce.com.

Apologies for being MIA online for a while. My family and I took a much needed vacation. Needless to say, we had a great time, although the kids certainly kept us on our toes. That’s why we made sure to bring the grandparents along too!

But I’m getting off topic already. Checkout my new website changes, including a new look and updated links. Thanks so much!


P.S. My youngest refuses to smile for pictures at the moment. ;)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Star Trek: Discovery

I’m a Trekkie fan, amongst many other obsessions of mine, and I’m thrilled to hear that Star Trek is finally returning to television with Star Trek: Discovery. The new show is still somewhat shrouded in mystery, but it comes out this September, and I’ll definitely be eagerly looking forward to it. I grew up watching everything from NextGen to DS9 to Enterprise, so now that I can finally watch a completely new series I’m pretty pumped!

As for the plot itself, the Star Trek franchise is playing it pretty close to the chest so far. It’ll be the first series that doesn’t focus on a captain as the main character, and it’ll feature various new species and plotlines previously unrevealed in the greater Star Trek universe. It also includes a star-studded cast with parts being played by famous actors, such as Michelle Yeoh, Sonequah Martin-Green, and Jason Issacs, just to name a few.

But don’t take my word for it. Check out the trailer and the rumors about it online. No matter what, it ought to be another fantastic journey where no one has gone before

Thursday, July 13, 2017

At the Sac State Fair This Weekend!


I’ll be at the Sacramento State Fair this weekend signing copies of Between Two Fires! If you’re in Northern California, stop on by. Even if not to see me, the corn dogs and rides are fun too;)

It’s my first year doing a book signing at a state fair, although I’ve enjoyed attending the fair for years. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes, and there should also be other authors there as well. The best part is, I’ll be in an AC building, no joke in 100+ degree weather.

I’ll also plan to be there the following Saturday as well. It should be lots of fun! Hope to see some of you there!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Kids in the Garden


We had a great 4th of July this year, and have the garden going too. What with the drought being long over in California, it’s nice to be growing tomatoes, pumpkins, and other goodies this year in the yard. I really enjoy the nice summer weather and the promise of fresh produce as the months go by.

Of course, I’m finding that kids in the garden is a delightful, if somewhat mixed blessing. They love to help out in the dirt, but sometimes they’re as much a hazard to the plants as they are to themselves. But then again, it’s all part of the fun and chaos, I suppose.

We lit fireworks in the street afterward with some friends in the neighborhood. The kids really enjoyed it. Can you guess at what point some of the fireworks went off when I wasn’t expecting it?  :)