Monday, 29 April 2013

Hope's Reign

Selina Fenech is one of my favourite creative minds of today. Her fantasy artwork first captivated and inspired me at age 12, and now almost a decade later I still follow her endeavours. So I was so excited when, a few years ago, she announced her debut fantasy novel, Memory's Wake. I read it as soon as it was released and it remains one of the best indie books I've ever had the pleasure of falling into.
The sequel, Hope's Reign, is due out in early May, and I've got butterflies again - I really can't wait to read it! The cover was revealed today and all I can say is WOW. As with Memory's Wake, Selina's magical artwork graces the outside, and I'm looking forward to the new batch of illustrations that will be inside! There's also a blog tour of Memory's Wake, and a giveaway going on for the release - check out the link below to see what's on offer!
Hope's Reign
10TH MAY 2013

Born in 1981 to Australian and Maltese parents, Selina lives in Australia with her husband, an unnamed cat, and a lorikeet who’s far too clever. During her life Selina has found ancient Roman treasure, survived cancer, had knights joust at her wedding, been mugged for doughnuts and eaten every bizarre and wonderful food put in front of her. And now, she’s also written and published a novel.

It’s an undeniable truth that Selina Fenech has been lost to the realms of fantasy since she first laid hands on books. Faced with overwhelming heartache that our own world wasn’t so full of magic and adventure, Selina did the only thing she could. She began creating her own worlds of magic by painting and writing.

Then one day, the other children told her that books weren’t cool. Selina turned away from books and writing and submerged herself in her visual art. She became a successful fantasy illustrator, supporting herself with sales of her art that now have a worldwide following. Australian readers will recognize Selina’s fairy and fantasy artwork from bookmarks available in most major Australian bookstores. But the desire to tell stories remained. Because books are cool. Don’t let anyone ever tell you otherwise.




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