May 11, 2013
Ever wonder what it was really like in the cavalry? My guest today at Horses in Fiction knows, because he really was a cavalry scout, using horses to outwit the enemy. Go check it out!
March 16, 2013
Wolfsongs 2, in which my story "Wolf Dreams" appears, just won the 2013 EPIC award for best anthology! Woohoo! Congratulations to the editor, M. H. Bonham, and to Wolfsinger Press.
March 4, 2013
A new Horses in Fiction post is up on my blog today, helping you horse-deprived writers out there keep from committing an equine faux pas that will set your savvier readers snickering.
February 3, 2013
Find out how the Masters of the Elements series came to be today at Dawn's Reading Nook! Every book has its inspiration; today I'm talking about what inspires me.
January 18, 2013
My short story, "The Fixer," is out in The Mystical Cat anthology. Gabrial Luz has a pretty good life "fixing" things for people, until a panicky demon demands he "fix" the five-year-old Antichrist's head injury before Satan finds out about it.
December 15, 2012
A nice review of Windrider, Book 2 in the Masters of Elements, from Science Fiction and Other Oddyseys.
December 3, 2012
A nice interview with me today over at the Blog Ring of Power.
October 26, 2012
I've just been notified that Firedancer has been named a finalist for the 2013 EPIC eBook Award for Fantasy. Woot!
September 30, 2012
The slow and quiet change of seasons is noted in my blog today. See where I'm at with Seaborn and life in general!
September 22, 2012
A new Horses in Fiction post is up at my blog today to help you figure out how far and how fast your hero can ride. Please don't fall into the "horse as machine" trap...
September 5, 2012
August 21, 2012
The Pen and Muse has posted a kind review of Firedancer today, though they did call it science fiction instead of fantasy. It could be soft SF, I suppose...
August 19, 2012
Many thanks to everyone who voted for Jetta for Best Hero/Heroine in the e-Festival of Words Awards. She won!
August 14, 2012
There's still time to vote for Jetta in the Best Hero/Heroine category of the eFestival of Books Best of the Independent Press awards. If you liked her grit and determination, go vote!
August 9, 2012
Women don't come stronger than Jetta, so is it possible for her to find love, and how? I blog about it at Ravencraft's Romance Realm today.
Book 1, Masters of the Elements
(finalist, 2013 EPIC award for Fantasy)
Book 2, Masters of the Elements
Falling to Eternity
No Man's Land anthology
An Infinity of Moments
On Spec Magazine
Beneath Ceaseless Skies
Who Mourns for
Wolfsongs 2 anthology
(also nominated for an EPIC award)
Gears and Levers anthology
The Mystical Cat anthology
(Masters of the Elements, Book 3, Spring 2013)
to the official website of S. A. Bolich. The hot news today is that my first
novel, Firedancer, is a finalist in the 2013 EPIC eBook Awards in the
Fantasy category. Stay tuned! The winners will be announced in March.
Firedancer is the first, stand-alone book in the "Masters of the Elements" series. Old Man Fire, firstborn of the Earth Mother's children,
has been imprisoned at the heart of the world for eons, forever crawling up thin veins of windstone in an attempt to break free and take
vengeance on the Mother and the Fire Clans she created to control such incursions. But the ancient power of the Firedance seems to be
failing, and Jetta ak'Kal, a Dancer tragically touched by fire, is the one tasked to find out
Hateful Fire, temperamental Wind, and restless Water are the living elements
this series is built around. Come explore how a world survives when the very
elements it depends on have their own agenda...
Sheshan ak'Kal has sung to Wind all his life--but he never learned the eerie songs of Wind's angry sister, the Hag. And when the Hag killed his love, she killed his songs, as well. Now she is threatening the hard-won peace and fragile new love he has found with the most unlikely of women. Forced to a journey he does not want to make, Sheshan finds himself pursued by a host of evil memories and a keening, impossible note he does not want to hear...and must learn to sing, or it will kill everything he loves.
Reviews for Windrider
"...brilliant characters and fascinating culture..." Science Fiction and Other Oddyseys
"I was given a copy of the first book in this series, and loved it so much I came looking for this one as soon as I heard it (was) out. The characters are consistent and interesting, and the world building is top-notch. The author has created a unique and consistent magic system which doesn't unbalance the rest of the society, which is no mean feat. I'm looking forward to the third book in the series." (Smashwords)
"It is a fact that many second of a series books just don't live up to the expectations of the first. Windrider is definitely not one of those books. Every bit as engrossing and hard to put down as the first, the story is rich in detail and vivid in the pictures it paints in the reader's mind... I can't wait for the next installment." (Amazon)
"This was a wonderful follow-up to the first book in this series (FIREDANCER)." (Goodreads)
"...a fine fantasy series full of engaging people in a vividly realized setting. I highly recommend it." (Goodreads)
Jetta ak'Kal, once the most talented Firedancer in all the clans, is haunted by the memory of a failure that took the life of her beloved. Asked to protect a village that has never known fire, she must battle both their prejudices and her growing certainty that her enemy— the Ancient, the living, elemental fire—has learned to think. And the Dance that controls it is failing...
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Reviews for Firedancer
"If you are looking for an original, magical science fiction, then you will have to read Firedancer. Bolich brings her originality and depth into her characters." (The Pen and Muse)
"This book was nearly impossible to put down, with compelling characters
and such an original concept that I was driven to discover more about
"...marvelous fantasy adventure, outside the usual boxes."
"What a fascinating book! Tightly written, it dips and dives into the
recesses of the mind like one of those worms in sci-fi thrillers that
gets into your brain through the ear canal and then takes you over."
"Firedancer almost caused me a sleepless night. I just had to go on reading about what happens to Jetta and the friends she finds..." (Smashwords review)
"...a really satisfying read, smoothly written, with beautiful descriptions and a main character who is fun to spend time with." (Goodreads review)
"...fascinating, poetic, and entirely convincing..." (Amazon review)
Scraggy the hangman made a bargain with a witch to get a magic rope that ensures he'll never hang an innocent. But surely it can't be right about the newest sinner who's been brought to justice.
Reviews for Who Mourns for the Hangman?
"The writing is amazing–instantly captivating, utterly mesmerizing, and one-hundred-percent haunting." (Rites of Romance Reviews)
"...an imaginative dark fantasy that is sure to thrill all who read it." (Novel Musings)
"The touch of the paranormal adds to the eerie atmosphere as WHO MOURNS FOR THE HANGMAN? is nothing short of superb." (Debbie Wiley at Book Illuminations)
"Once you finish the story you will feel like you have stepped out of an old folklore dark tale." (The Horror Press)
The Mystical Cat
An anthology of all things feline. This fun collection includes my story, "The Fixer." A demon hiding from Satan, a damaged Antichrist, and a cat...nothing is as straightforward as it looks, and Gabriel Luz must make a fateful decision.
"Gears and Levers 1" is available in ebook format at all major outlets.
Gears and Levers
"Gears and Levers 1", the first in a series of steampunk anthologies of the same name, runs the gamut from fantasy to hard-core gadgetry. There's something for everyone here if you like the whole idea of steampunk and all its possibilities.
"The Mystical Cat" is available in ebook format at all major outlets.