Author Matthew W Harrill

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The 11th Percent. A series that you didn’t know you didn’t know…. but you should.

So I’m sat here… writing this… and I’m knackered. You see I have something in common with the writer the world will one day call ‘Bestseller T.H. Morris’ but is better known to me by his secret name….Terrick… [Note to self: Not so secret any more]. We love a bit of fitness training. Ok, so we both write horror of one denomination or another too, but the fitness is what matters. A healthy body and a healthy mind go well together see…and it is a necessary evil in The 11th Percent.

THM with his series ‘The 11th Percent’ examines what it means to have a very healthy mind. 11th Percenters have access to extra areas of the mind, allowing them to see things the normal person can not see, do things the normal person can not do…

Lucy - the ultimate 11th percenter.

Lucy – the ultimate 11th percenter.

11th Percenters got skillz….

As our hero, the very unassuming Jonah Rowe, realizes that he is smarter than the average bear, he begins to see a world outside the world of muggles. At first it is all very confusing. He gets into conversations with a myriad of interesting… shall we put it this way… ‘individuals’ and very quickly finds that life as he knew it will never be the same again. It is a classic ‘man goes on a journey’ story, except this time the journey is not necessarily a physical one, but a journey within himself. What is he? Why is he? What can he do with the he that is he?

Well fortunately for us all, Jonah is not alone. He embarks on his quest with a collection of little friends. Bulbasaur… Charmander… Squirtle… Oh! Hang on…. this ISNT the Pokemon Go! addiction group meeting. Jonah Rowe finds that he isn’t alone. Every man has friends. Friends with skills. As it turns out, Jonah’s new friends are VERY skilled.

I got skillz... they're multiplying. And they're losing control.

I got skillz… they’re multiplying. And they’re losing control.

What can they do? Well each 11th percenter is affiliated with a particular aspect of the mind, or ‘aura’, demonstrated by a particular colour. The extra percent goes a long, long way for these individuals. There are a lot of colours, meaning there are a lot of skills on show. And it’s not only the heroes of the story that have access to powers.

The Bad Guy

The enemy you didn't know you knew you didn't know you knew

The enemy you didn’t know you knew you didn’t know you knew

Not only is the antagonist in the 11th percent pretty nefarious, he has minions, and they all have powers too. In any good vs evil story it helps to have varying levels of forces on both sides. I am purposefully NOT giving any detailed information away about this series because I honestly believe that you need to read this for yourself. It is a great lesson in watching not only a series evolve but also the talents of the writer behind them too.

The first couple of books finish in what I have jokingly referred to in reviews as the ‘Scooby Doo ending’, which is not in itself a bad thing, but the latter two books exhibit a much more complicated plot and honestly leave you wanting more. Inimicus (book 4) in particular had me gripped, and leaves me awaiting the rest of the series.

The Spread That Includes Inimicus

Now I’ll be honest here. There was a time not so long ago, where this series would have failed the Acid Test. There was editing that needed addressing and the version of one of the tales that was out was doing the author no credit at all. Fortunately, T.H.Morris is very sincere in his work and willing to listen to advice, and as such the issues were addressed. Never be afraid what you have written. If you do not, even if you write an absolute barnstormer of a book, people might never read it if they don’t like what came before… There is no book that cannot be improved. Ever.

The books

As such, I give you the internet blurb and links for the four books from The 11th Percent as they currently stand. This  series passes The Acid Test. What is yet to come could be amazing…

The 11th Percent

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Jonah Rowe has an uneventful life. He is always bored, can’t see the point of anything, and just wishes that something in his life would turn out right. He gets his wish in rude fashion; his uneventful life takes a turn for the weird when he discovers that he is an Eleventh Percenter, an ethereal human who can influence and interact with the spirit world. As he discovers more about his true nature, he makes new friends, learns new truths, and juggles his “normal” life with his new life in fellowship with spiritual beings.  His survival depends on his successful handling of all three.

You can get it Here

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Jonah Rowe’s life is going great. His accounting days are behind him, he has a job in a bookstore that he looks forward to each day, and he has more allies than he can count amongst his fellow Eleventh Percenters.

But when a mysterious woman suddenly invades Jonah’s dreams, warning him of danger of a chronological nature, a game of cat-and-mouse ensues that will intertwine their fates.

Who is this mystery woman, and why does she believe that both she and Jonah are in danger?

Will Jonah find all the answers?

Will he be able to protect this woman and himself?

Most importantly, will he be able to do this before time runs out?

The second installment of The 11th Percent Series brings back familiar faces, while also introducing new ones.

A race against time ensues, spirits abound, and enemies appear in the unlikeliest of places as this new breed of ghost story continues!

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Front Cover-Lifeblood

Jonah thought he had The 11th Percent figured out.

There was more to life than he’d thought, spirits were real, and he had access to ethereal powers. He got that.

But he hadn’t expected this. This was one threat too many. One revelation too many.

He wasn’t prepared for ethereal creatures who threatened the body and the mind.

Jonah is the only thing in the way of the town of Rome being bathed in lifeblood. And the worst part of it is that his survival hinges on his confronting the one thing he never thought he’d have to.

His past.

The new breed of ghost story continues in this multilayered book that introduces new allies, unearths old secrets, and presents fresh threats!

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Front Cover-Inimicus

“Scius is the obvious enemy. Inimicus is the enemy that you don’t know you don’t know. The one you’d never see coming in a million lifetimes.”

That was what Jonah was told.

And now, he knows Inimicus is in the game. His unseen enemy is prowling through the shadows, making moves that no one can predict or prevent, and armed with a weapon more dangerous than any ethereal blade or staff: anonymity.

Jonah thought he had ventured into uncharted waters before, but the past was nothing compared to this. In the past, the enemies were known. Now, no amount of power can help you fight an enemy that you “don’t know you don’t know.”

In this latest installment in The 11th Percent Series, loyalties will be tested. People will lose sight of what’s truly important. The line between friend and enemy will get blurred. And the question everyone’s mind is also the same one that holds the difference between victory and downfall: Who can you trust?

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I was asked to answer 20 questions by my brother in writing Terrick Heckstall. Here you go! Any more questions, I am always available for interview!


Let’s give those readers a little insight into ourselves and our writing! Let’s Play 20 questions Author edition! Answer the 20 questions below and let your readers into your world!

1.)What is your Author name?

Matthew W Harrill
2.) What is the first book you ever published?

The Focus Stone – Book 1 of The Tome of Law fantasy series that I never finished. Let’s face it, that series was not my voice.

3.) What is your publiversary? (The day you released your first book)

No idea. I released that one sometime in the early 2000’s when publishing was completely different to now.
4.) What is your favorite book you’ve written thus far?

Hellbeast: The ARC Chronicles part 3.
5.) What book took you the longest to write?

Fantasy books aside, all of my books take about the same time to create.
6.) How long did it take you?

A year. 6 months plotting. 6 months writing.
7.) What kind of music (If Any) do you listen to while you write?

In the office, many variations of dark ambience. On the bus, whatever’s playing on my phone.
8.) Who is your favorite character from any of your books?

I love all my creations equally. They all have an important role to play, be it a one line cameo or a thirty chapter headlong rush into madness.
9.) What are you currently working on?.

The first book of my next series ‘The ARC Legacy’, called Thornfalcon.

10.) Do you have anything you snack on while you write?

And get my keyboard dirty? Not likely.
11.) What is your favorite quote or line from one of your books?

‘Demons don’t always hide in the dark…’
12.) Are you a self published or traditional published author?

13.) What is your writing inspiration?

The voices in my head tell me that they will drive me mad if I don’t release them in word format. I live in fear of the voices. Imagine what it’s like when I have several stories going on at the same time…. It can get quite crowded.

14.) What genre do you write?

At the moment adventure horror
15.) Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes. I have to sacrifice a live chicken and sing my national anthem backwards before I sit down to write a single word. Fortunately I work out a lot, so the chicken comes in handy for protein.


16.) Do you have a specific place you write or time?


Lunchtimes in the office and on the bus commuting to and from work.
17.) Do you have any advice for inspiring writers?


Don’t give up, even if what you’re writing is rubbish. It is still practice. Learn. Do courses, read books, sign up to writing newsletters. If someone offers you constructive criticism on your work and it makes sense, apply it straight away and not just into future works. If you leave it for the future, people reading your work might never make it to the improved story after they read the poor first effort. And when sacrificing chickens, make sure to wear plastic sheeting.
18.) What are your writing goals? If any?


Traditional publishing again. But not small publishers.
19.) What authors inspire you and your writing?


I don’t seek to be like anybody else. There will be comparisons. There always are. I don’t mind that as it can be quite flattering, but I never set out to be ‘the next Koontz’ or something like that. As such, any inspiration would have come from people like my mentor David Farland pointing me in the right direction around writing, not telling me to write like a specific person or in a specific style.
20.) What will be your next release? If you know and when?


My next work ready for release will be a supernatural whodunit called ‘The Eyes Have No Soul’ which could be broadly described as ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ meets ‘Relic’.


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Dogfight – Put to The Acid Test

When someone asked me if I wanted to review some dogging I nearly missed a step, spat out my coffee, choked AND fell over. It’s not normally the case that you get to see such public displays of … how shall we call it… ‘affection’. Yet we are an interesting folk here in the West of England… it’s not all that surprising they might be selling tickets. However, my fears were allayed when it was pointed out that in fact it was a musical, and it was called Dogfight.

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Dogfight – When and where.

We had the pleasure of seeing Dogfight in the Rondo Theatre in Bath. While not down in the centre of the city, this theatre still gives the fan of Amateur Dramatics plenty of opportunity to get lost in small, winding roads, looking for parking spaces in the oddest of places. It’s a small place, seating not more than a couple of hundred people (if that). The atmosphere is cosy and you are right in amongst the action when the play gets going. Seating is nice enough. I’m well over 6 feet tall and I had plenty of space (tip: go for Row E).

The theatre was also decorated with raised radiators……

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However, a word of caution if you get the munchies and feel like going for a ‘Billy Burger’ over the road. It’s not what one might call the most sanitary of places. Judging by the state of my stomach after a Hawaiian Kangaroo Burger, I would stick to beef. If I was reviewing that joint for The Acid Test it would be an ENTIRELY different review….

Dogfight – What is it?

Boy – do the webpages like going into great and elaborate detail regarding the plot. In essence it’s a romance centered around a game played by US Marines, the aim of which is to go dancing with the ugliest girl, and win the competition after all have been judged.

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In the case of this particular dogfight, the protagonist Eddie Birdlace starts to realise the effects of this game on the women involved and regret his part in the game, falling in love with his ‘date’ . That is very high level. For more information, have a look here.

Dogfight – The Cast

Eddie Birdlace – Matthew Graham
Rose Fenny – Hannah Long
Bernstein – Sam Cochrane
Boland – James Sellick
Marcy – Rachel Bosomworth
Fector – Matthew Knowles
Stevens – Pip Knowles
Gibbs / Lounge Singer – Mark Sellick
Peggy – Jane Morgan
Mama – Jessica Withers
Pete  – Jason Lemoir

Directed by Alison McCausland with music directed by Lauren Davies

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Dogfight – Did it pass the test?

You know, I am continually amazed by the creative way small spaces are utilised by drama productions in order to entice the suspension of disbelief in the audience. It was colourful, and the stage was well-used by the cast A few cleverly-placed props were all that was needed to turn a dance floor to stairs to a bedroom. In so close an atmosphere it is very easy to forget you are looking at the portrayal of characters by people, some of whom you may already know from elsewhere.

This cast, in my opinion, did an awesome job of bringing Dogfight to life.  I laughed, I got caught up in the story, I enjoyed the songs. Where the occasional word was missed from the dialogue, I was a lot more forgiving because of this. Going in to Dogfight with reservations (I thought the premise for the story was quite frankly, mean), it was lovely to see that I was able to find so many positives to dispel those reservations. In essence I came out of the play feeling a lot better about life.

The main characters were played very well by Matthew Graham and Hannah Long, the growing relationship between Eddie and Rose very believable. I very much enjoyed the relationship between ‘The three bees’ – Birdlace, Bernstein and Boland. James Sellick was a formidable presence as Boland, bossing most of the scenes until he met his match in hooker ‘Marcy’, played with needle-sharp comic timing by Rachel Bosomworth.

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I also very much enjoyed the relentless enthusiasm and blissful innocence of Sam Cochrane’s Buddy Holly-esque (and VERY shiny-teethed) Bernstein, as well as the very straight-faced waiter played by Jason Lemoir. I could go on about every single member of the cast as well. It was a very well put-together production that had me entranced from start to finish, believing in the characters. Well done all. Your Dogfight was great. Acid Test passed.

Dogfight – Any Other Business…

I have two points to pick up on that really have nothing to do with the production that merit note.

  1. Pokemon Go! The cast were ADDICTED. The audience were RIVETED when they weren’t lapping up the visual feast in front of them. pickings are very good if you are after electric/metal types such as voltorb or electobuzz.
  2. I witnessed a conversation during half time between two drama students (one a future mega-hipster) where the hipster-in-waiting was bestowing his great knowledge and experience (he was maybe 18 or 19 at the most) about how you only need to work hard enough to scrape in to university on the grades you need, NOT work hard to get the most out of your schooling. What utter bilge. The conviction with which the greatest of future bohemians was delivering his worldly view was really dismaying. Work hard, kids. Work your asses off. Never settle for ‘just’.

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Indie Pride Day is here! Being an indie author has changed my life. I’m proud to be a part of this hardworking, passionate, giving community of authors and friends. In celebration, all three books in The Crown of Stones Trilogy will be on Kindle Countdown. FOR ONE DAY ONLY, each book will be only .99! Journey into a dark world of magic, addiction, obsession, war, deception, love, and loss—nearly 1500 pages of adult epic fantasy—for less than a cup of coffee!

All 3 books will be .99 each on 7/1 (and part of 7/2) for Amazon US & UK.

Book 1 will remain at .99 until 7/6

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From a land long-divided by prejudice and fear, comes the story of Ian Troy, a magic-user bred for war. Reviled for their deadly addiction to magic, Ian’s people suffer in slavery. Drugs suppress their wills and their magic. Their once great empire lies buried, lost beneath the sand and a thousand years of secrets—until Ian unearths the Crown of Stones. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian wields the circlet’s power and brings peace to the realms, but at a terrible price.

A decade later, scarred and guilt-ridden, Ian has rejected his heritage and his magic. Old enemies have resurfaced and new ones have risen to seize the Crown of Stones. Unwittingly drawn into the conflict, Ian’s addiction reawakened.

Caught in a web of obsession and lies, Ian returns to the past to save the future in a time-spanning journey fraught with loss, betrayal, torture, friendship and love. His beliefs and convictions, his knowledge of magic and history are challenged as Ian unlocks the mysteries of The Crown of Stones. Despite devastating personal consequences, he clings to a hope for peace. But how much is he willing to sacrifice? How much burden can he carry? And how far can a man fall before he can’t rise again?

To purchase The Crown of Stones books in either paperback or Kindle, visit C. L. Schneider’s Amazon Author page  or

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Helldat is different. It is bigger. It is sometimes a whole day long. No longer 15 questions about what someone makes of MY work  along with the usual favorites, now we have taken it up a notch. The Helldat takeover event focuses on one main author, each of the other takeover guests pointing the attendees via games or just plain url links to information, web sites, twitter etc, regarding the main author. The aim is to increase awareness of one particular person and in dong so, make the event co-operative.

Helldat – what you can do.

Go here to see the next Helldat, an event featuring the adult fantasy novelist Jennifer Sage, and here if you fancy joining an event, as we have spaces open on April 10th, as an event that’s part of the Brain to Books cyber convention.

If you want a Helldat done for you, just get in touch with me, on facebook would be the best place. I’m easy enough to find. Sometimes, if my son isn’t too busy, we will even knock up a promo video for you!



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Schneider reveals all….

The Crown of Stones by C.L. Schneider: Magic-Borne Cover Reveal

He’s paid for his addiction. He’s been scarred by his spells. He’s borne magic’s weight, its pleasure, and its guilt. But will he surrender to it when the realm needs him most?

Magic-Borne, the final installment of my epic fantasy trilogy, The Crown of Stones, is almost here! The Crown of Stones follows the trials of Ian Troy; a man struggling with an inborn addiction to magic in a world where magic is reviled, not revered.

The cover of Magic-Borne was designed by artist Alan Dingman.

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In one fell swoop, the resistance was shattered. Lives were taken. Hope was lost. Peace slipped like grains of sand through his fingers. So did the Crown of Stones. Now, forced into hiding, Ian Troy grapples for a way to save the realm—and free its people—from the sadistic clutches of Jem Reth; Mirra’kelan’s new self-appointed emperor. Plagued with the knowledge of a tragic future, he strives to influence events and save those he cares for. But his magic has betrayed him, and Fate has other plans.

Scarred by the crown, hindered by the transformation spell contained within, each cast brings Ian one step closer to becoming more beast than man. Each move brings the death and destruction foretold in his vision inexplicably nearer. With Langor on the brink of war, and King Malaq’s plan for peace hanging in the balance, Ian returns to the ancient past; seeking an end to the eldring spell and a means to thwart Jem’s growing domination. What he finds there sets off a chain of revelations that leads Ian places he never thought to go.

Entrusted with the future of his race, Ian becomes the linchpin for lasting change. But how much weight can one man carry? And how much is he willing to sacrifice in the name of peace?



Haven’t read book 1yet? There’s still time to dive into the adventure before book 3 is released!

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To celebrate the cover reveal, Magic-Price and Magic-Scars are both on Kindle Countdown from 1/28 to 2/4. Download Magic-Price (book 1) for only .99 & Magic-Scars (book 2) for $1.99!

Book 1                                                                                                           

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Book 2  

Magic-Scars Kindle

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Visit my Website for excerpts, teasers, reviews, and more!


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C.L. Schneider is a self-published author of adult epic and urban fantasy. The first two books in her Crown of Stones trilogy, Magic-Price and Magic-Scars, are available on Amazon. The third installment will be released in February 2016. She is currently working on Nite Fire, an urban fantasy featuring a shape-shifting dragon hybrid named Dahlia Nite. C. L. Schneider lives in the scenic Hudson Valley of upstate New York with her husband and two sons. She spends her days torturing characters, overdosing on coffee, and daydreaming about the zombie apocalypse.



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The Eye of Mares Blog Tour

To celebrate the release of the second installment in the Rise of the Elohim chronicles, the Eye of Mares is going to blog hopping like a headlining rock star, multiple showings for over the course of two weeks, with a new page shared with each appearance, continuing from where the last one went off and today I get to host the latest page:


The Eye of Mares – Part 14


…master, as they were both the student. They continuously learned from each other in every sparring session, and each lesson brought them closer as friends.

“How about we skip the warm-up and get right into it?” Zach questioned, wanting to up the ante.

“As you wish,” Jasmine answered.

With a quick wave of the hand, she conjured up a tornado of considerable size and fury.

“You’re on!” he shouted, accepting the challenge as the tornado advanced upon him.



****Here concludes todays Page****



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!


****Book specifics****

Author: Rocky Rochford

Illustrator: Ashleigh Longman

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. 

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Rocky Rochford Biography

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 and novellas such as:

London Calling

London Calling – a Deep Water Novel (Spy Thriller)

Don’t Even Blink – Part of the Don’t Turn Around Trilogy (Horror)

Wait and Bleed – The Don’t Turn Around Collection (Horror collection of the entire Don’t Trilogy)

And now The Eye of Mares – Book 2 of the Rise of the Elohim Chronicles (Illustrated YA fantasy adventure)



Other works released by him, are a number of short stories pertaining to horror, paranormal and romance, as well as other works released as part of an anthology:

The Devil You Know (Paranormal short)

Salt in the Wound – Part of the Entwined Saga (Paranormal short)

The Food of Love (featuring Him & Her) – An Anthology by Solstice Publishing (Romance filled Anthology)

Him & Her (Romance Standalone release)

Don’t Say A Word (Horror)

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Volume II (featuring The Devil Before) – An Anthology by the Solstice Shadows (Paranormal themed Anthology)

Awethology Dark (featuring Ghosts) – An Anthology by the #Awethors (Adult stories pertaining to a darker theme)

The December Awethology Dark Volume (featuring Seven Years Bad Luck) – An Anthology by the #Awethors (Adult stories pertaining to a darker theme, set around December)


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Rochford writes a little something for everyone, so if Mares isn’t your cup of tea, you can guarantee one of his many other works certainly is!

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The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain


The brand new edition of dystopian, psychological thriller The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain will be re-released on December 11th. Originally published in May 2014, this new Booktrope edition has had a complete editing overhaul plus a stunning new cover design.


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The book will be available to buy from a wide range of digital and paperback distributors, including Amazon:




Author: D.M. Cain

Title: The Phoenix Project

Genre: Psychological thriller/Dark thriller/Dystopian

Book Content: Occasional adult language, graphic violence, and mild sexual content.

Original Cover Design from the first edition: 

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How can you fight to the death, when you’ve given up on life?


A thought provoking and compelling dystopian world that will change the way you view justice…


A man fights for life—and redemption—in D. M. Cain’s riveting re-released novel, The Phoenix Project.


Britain has descended into chaos as violence and terrorist attacks seethe across this once-peaceful country. Outraged by the steady stream of lawlessness, citizens demand a harsher penal system, and the Phoenix Project is born.


In prisons across the country, inmates fight to the death in a weekly bloodbath while the nation cheers them on.


Raven Kennedy, a prisoner who has never forgiven himself for his unspeakable crime, struggles against his own guilt and self-loathing. But even as the real war wages on within himself, Raven is forced to battle some of the prison’s most ruthless killing machines. Can he survive long enough to unravel the anger and regret that shackle him—and one day find the forgiveness he seeks?


‘The Phoenix Project by D.M. Cain is a superbly written debut, soaked in tension and intrigue,’ Jack Croxall, author of the ‘Tethers’ trilogy.


An interesting fact about The Phoenix Project: The horrifying ‘dark room’ in The Phoenix Project (a pitch-black sensory deprivation cell) was inspired by D.M. Cain’s visit to the Terror Haza in Budapest—a museum dedicated to the fascistic and communistic regimes that operated from the building. In the cellar of the Terror Haza are the old cells used to imprison and torture inmates. D.M. crawled inside a very low cell and shut the door, casting herself into total darkness. It was terrifying and claustrophobic, and she only lasted five minutes in there!


D.M. Cain Biography


D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for US publisher Booktrope. She has released three novels: The Phoenix Project – a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future, Soren – a middle-grade fantasy, and A Chronicle of Chaos – the first in a dark fantasy series. She is currently working on the next novel in the series, ‘The Shield of Soren’, and a novella to accompany it.


D.M. Cain is also a member of the International Thriller Writers and is one of the creators and administrators of the online author group #Awethors. Her short story ‘The End’ was published in Awethology Dark – an anthology by the #Awethors.


Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK, with her husband and young son, and spends her time reading, writing and reviewing books, playing RPGs and listening to symphonic metal.


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Beauty and the Beast – Loves Bet Productions

beastie! Scared the kids, but it's just Ben!

beastie! Scared the kids, but it’s just Ben!

As busy as I am, I haven’t had much time for blogging lately other than to promote my fellow authors and their magnificent works. This was a blog I have been looking forward to writing since this time last year.

I reviewed an amateur dramatic production of The Wizard of Oz by the theatre group Loves Bet, and boy did I enjoy that. This year we had a pantomime production of Beauty and the Beast, or ‘Bella and the Beastie’ for copyright purposes, and it was eagerly anticipated by myself, my seven year old daughter and most of all by my wife who has been listening to me go on about how good Oz was all year. She was NOT going to miss this one.

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Now intended or not, Beauty and the Beast was fully interactive, since due to EVERYBODY now having phones with access to the internet, we were having Pantomime banter with the cast before the show started.

Ohhhh no we weren’t….

Ohhhhh yes we were!

So here’s a shout out to the entire cast:

narrator 1: Katie Sharp

narrator 2: Linda Bowden

evil enchantress: Rachel Bosomworth

crew member/chorus: Shirley Mundy

rose: John O’Mahony

baston: Mark Sellick

bella: Sophie Gideon

la footh: Charlotte Hendy

dame fanny haddock: Olly Brooks

hogsworth: Natalie Smith

candle: Tina Stewart

cup: Kirk Clifford (Excellent Head acting)

mrs trots: Isabella Cosh

beastie: Ben Lea

Kirk shows how to get a'head' in life...

Kirk shows how to get a’head’ in life…

Loved it.

Directly to the cast of Beauty and the Beast: Guys you were excellent. Sophie as the aforementioned beauty has a beautiful voice, Rachel has great comic timing (when Mark isn’t going cross eyed trying to make her laugh), Ben was menacing as Beastie, Olly somehow funny and creepy at the same time as Dame Fanny Haddock [that’s a complement Olly!]. Last year’s cowardly lion (Natalie) was a giant clock (Hogsworth) and was just as awesome – you are such a funny bunch it makes me never want to go see a big production at Bristol Hippodrome ever again!

This was written and directed by the grand puppeteer herself, Rachel Bosomworth (fresh from her appearance as ‘Fake pregnant bridesmaid’ on last week’s episode of ‘Casualty’). We had the pleasure of seeing the dress rehearsal, and let me tell you that’s where the chaos really happens! Be it wig malfunctions, lines going missing, or even misbehaving plastic apples, I maintain you want to see the cast have at it before it’s all finally nailed in place.

And then there was John O’Mahony.

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A man dressed as a giant rose, whose job was to sit at the side of the stage, eat crisps and drink cider, and judging by the reaction of some of my noisier neighbors in the audience, hopefully get his kit off…one word. Antics. We could have just watched him all night, in fact I think some people did. We laughed like drains.

Not only at the rose, but at everything. Be it the intentional wrong music, or the slightly late special effects, references to other fairy tales (the wolf and red riding hood made a cameo), a level of innuendo that the little kids there would never understand, the insane level of punnage (I LOVE a good pun), Baston on a hobby horse, the narrators sat in every scene getting involved in the ‘banter’ with the characters. There’s just so much going on!

The songs were awesome, and even if some of them were losing their voices (*cough* Ben) they still belted out tune after tune. This dress rehearsal took three hours yet the time just flew by. Where else are you going to find ‘The Hills are alive’ followed immediately by ‘I’m sexy and I know it’ and then Lionel Richies classic ‘Hello’ in quick succession? Only in the mind of someone warped enough to jam those three songs in next to each other, that’s where.

Breaking news: Evil Enchantress is really Elsa!

Breaking news: Evil Enchantress is really Elsa!

Wig makes it back on.

Wig makes it back on.

I said this on Facebook, but it needs repeating. As an author, it really does leave me in awe how someone can make up a script, provide accurate direction and turn a bunch of people in to such a production. I direct my cast in text so they do exactly what I want them to do. This is a much more profound talent. I doff my hat to you, writer and director, and to you the cast for giving us three hours of hilarity. With such rich performances as this, I don’t see why I would ever need to take the kids to a big production with ‘Celebrities’ – you are all celebrities to us.

To sum up, we loved Beauty and the Beast. We laughed our arses off,  and to paraphrase one of the very naughty lines used in the pantomime…..we came last year, we came this year, and if this rich tradition continues, we are coming next year as well!

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Awethors are #Awesome

There comes a time when you have belong to this writing group that you understand two things:

  1. That you begin to use ‘awe’ instead of ‘au’ in everyday circumstances
  2. That you get enthused by the constant creativity you see around you
  3. That you WANT to get involved.

So when I had the opportunity to join in an anthology, a Christmas themed anthology, I was given the opportunity to submit a 1500 word tale of either a light or dark theme. Awethors come in two colours. We are like the Jedi and the Sith…. and I wasn’t ready to be a Jedi.

My Story

My initial thought – ‘what do I write now I have said I would?’ – was very quickly replaced by one word. Krampus. Being an awethor… sorry, AUthor of the darker side of the art, I am fairly well versed in the nasties out there, and their geographical diversity [that means they are different in different countries >: )  ]. Krampus is Austrian in nature, and something  between a scallywag and some sort of dark lord. The story… well you will just have to read it. I consider it if not my best work to date, then definitely my favourite. It originally started off entitled ‘A very Merry Krampus’, but that was too obvious a title. It became ‘The Lament of Vienna’.

Now if you have never plotted out a 1500 word story before, you are in for some fun. I was plotting down to the individual sentence in some cases! I shall not be doing that for a 90k book.

The awethors have responded en masse and with enough stories, the group was able to split the stories into light and dark. As it should be. You, the reader has the choice. Do you go light and enjoy your fireside tales with a nice glass of mulled wine? Or do you go dark, spice it up and set it on fire?


You can find all existing #Awethologies here. The December Awethology comes out December 4th.

Remember, the chemical formula for gold is ‘#Awe’ – and I belong to one team and one team only…


Helly Christmas to you all..

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