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Fellow author and cake lover!

My friend, Claire Buss, author of The Gaia Collection, releases the final book in her trilogy today. Be sure to pick up the series!
Not only is she a great author, but her blog is fantastic! Stop by and say hello.
Blog: https://www.butidontlikesalad.blogspot.co.uk

The Gaia Solution, book 3 of The Gaia Collection

The Blurb:

Kira, Jed and their friends have fled New Corporation and joined the Resistance, but their relief is short-lived as they discover how decimated the human race has become and learn of an environmental crisis that threatens to destroy their existence. Kira and Jed must travel up the mountain to the New Corporation stronghold, City 50, to bargain for sanctuary while Martha and Dina risk everything to return to City 42 and save those who are left. With the last of her reserves Gaia, the fading spirit of the Earth uses her remaining influence to guide Kira and her friends but ultimately, it’s up to humanity to make the right choice.

More about The Gaia Collection series

The Gaia Collection is Claire’s hopeful dystopian trilogy set 200 years in the future after much of the planet and the human race have been decimated during The Event, when the world went to war with high-energy radiation weapons. In The Gaia Effect, Kira and Jed Jenkins – a young couple who were recently allocated a child – together with their closest friends, discover Corporation have been deliberately lying to them and forcing them to remain sterile. With help from Gaia, the spirit of the Earth, the group of friends begin to fight back against Corporation eventually winning and taking over the governance of City 42.

In The Gaia Project, Corporation fight back under a new, more terrifying organization called New Corp and Kira, Jed and their friends end up fleeing for their lives trying to find a safe place to live. They travel to City 36 and City 9 in vain and must go further afield.

In the final book, The Gaia Solution, the main characters have ended up with the Resistance and not only do they have to deal with surviving against New Corp but an extinction environmental event is looming on the horizon and they’re running out of time to save what’s left of the human race.

Book Buy Links

The Gaia Effectmybook.to/gaiaeffect

The Gaia Projectmybook.to/gaiaproject

The Gaia Solutionmybook.to/gaiasolution

What Readers Say

Praise for The Gaia Effect, winner of the 2017 Raven Award for best sci-fi/fantasy book

‘A story filled with emotion, angst & hope’

‘Brilliant post-apocalyptic science fantasy’

‘Wonderfully written, with a warm friendship at its heart’

‘A fantastic debut novel’

Praise for The Gaia Project

‘A fantastic read from start to end’

‘Great book, thought-provoking read’

‘Mums are the heroes of the story and it’s the relationships that make it all work’

About the Author

Claire Buss is a multi-genre author and poet based in the UK. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for over a decade but never felt quite at home. An avid reader, baker and Pinterest addict Claire won second place in the Barking and Dagenham Pen to Print writing competition in 2015 with her debut novel, The Gaia Effect, setting her writing career in motion. She continues to write passionately and is hopelessly addicted to cake.

Social Media Links

Facebook: www.facebook.com/busswriter

FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/BussBookStop

Twitter: www.twitter.com/grasshopper2407

Website: www.cbvisions.weebly.com

Blog: https://www.butidontlikesalad.blogspot.co.uk

It’s Alive!!! I mean – Live!

Good morning lovelies! Give me a sec while I get another cup of coffee.

As intended – and even on schedule – Elemental’s Domain is live on Amazon. So is the paperback edition for this of us who need to have the book in our hands.
This book finishes AJ’s battle against Jack’s hideous plans and leaves her broken, with tons of questions about who she is. I rewrote several parts of this book way too many times and have tons of guilt over some of the things I put her through.
But she’s a strong young woman who ends this mess with people who love her. Truly love her. And that’s where Book 4 picks up.
But this post is about Elemental’s Domain. More to come on Book 4….later!

Get your copy of Elemental’s Domain today and make sure you’ve read the first two books before jumping into this one.
Magister’s Bane – Book 1 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV
Vampire’s Crucible – Book 2 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W7DDK6J
Elemental’s Domain – Book 3 – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07X1V7956

I really thought at some point my life would be my own, that I’d gain a little control over the chaos. I desperately hoped allies would be allies and enemies would be obvious. No such luck.
When I’m forced to ally with Braden, the man I hate more than anyone else, I only do so out of desperation. But I couldn’t see a way to win without Braden’s help, especially once my father showed up. Another man who was supposed to love me but decided my death was better. As if nothing else could go wrong.
And where were my elementals in all of this? Weren’t they supposed to be keeping me from making stupid decisions? Decisions that could affect the outcome of the battle against a crazed vampire. They’re conspiring with an enemy I didn’t know existed.
In the midst of a literal whirlwind, I’m forced to choose between the life I want to keep and the one everyone else needs me to embrace. Can I put aside my selfish desires and sacrifice everything to protect the supernatural community? Maybe it won’t matter in the end.

Is it three days or four? Does today count?

On Monday, September 16, Vampire’s Crucible will be released on the unsuspecting. Or maybe not so unsuspecting. I’ve only been talking about it for months. But it’s happening!
From now until Saturday, September 21, Vampire’s Crucible (the eBook version) will be discounted. Be sure to get your copy before it goes back to regular price.
For those of you who prefer the feel and smell of a physical book, the paperback edition is available now.
As always, please leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.com. Your opinion really does matter!

Audible is now a thing!

A few months ago, I learned one of our friends does voice acting as a hobby. He already has several local commercials, radio ads and YouTube stuff. My immediate response was, “How cool is that?” I love his voice, always have, and voice acting is perfect for him. What does my mind wander to next? An audio book. My audio book. Yep!

Light’s Dawn: A Novella is now on Audio. Get your copy today!
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WC3QMCF/

Prequel to Light’s Rise

It’s time!

I feel a true sense of accomplishment today. I’ve finished a project which has consumed the last several months of my life, and it feels really good! While I thoroughly enjoyed writing the Light in the Darkness Series, this one has stolen my heart. The characters grabbed hold of my imagination and refused to let go. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.
All of them will be available on Kindle Unlimited when they release.

Magister’s Bane releases today, August 13, 2019.
Vampire’s Crucible is on pre-order to release on September 16, 2019.
Elemental’s Domain will release mid-October.

For those who are wondering, it doesn’t end with Elemental’s Domain. More to come after I catch up on my housework, yardwork, and everything else I’ve ignored.

A distraction or obsession?

Finally, I’ve turned my distraction into something beautiful. You remember that little mage I keep complaining about? The one who kept me from finishing Watcher’s Reckoning on schedule?
The first three books in her series are done, almost.
The first book is on pre-order. So technically done.
The second is being picked apart by my lovely editor, Hannah.
And the third is waiting for me to complete my fourth personal edit before I send it to Hannah.
I have to admit I’ve been obsessed with the little mage, Alisandra, or AJ as her closest friends like to call her. Her story has played tug-o-war between my heart and imagination for months. I can’t wait to share it with you.
Yes, I know….”Show me cover already and give me a link!”
Your wish is my command.
Link to Magister’s Bane – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V261CSV

Watcher’s Reckoning is LIVE!

It’s official! Watcher’s Reckoning, Book 2 of The Watcher and the Sentinel series is now live on Amazon and free to read on Kindle Unlimited.
Link to your copy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S8YLRQL
It will be $0.99 until July 4, 2019, with similar discounts at all Amazon stores (UK, CA, AU, etc).


I’ll be pausing Darian’s story for a while to work on my newest series, totally unrelated to the Council of Light.
The Call of Elements Series starts with Magister’s Bane, which I hope to release in August. I’ve had so much fun writing this series and so far the initial feedback is exactly what I wanted. Excitement!
Stay tuned for more on the Magister’s Bane.

The next new release!!

Here it is! The pre-order link anyway…. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07S8YLRQL

I struggled writing this book. It closes so much of the story that started with Light’s Rise. While it provides new opportunities for some of our characters, others are left behind in a river of heartache. I have to be honest. I cried a lot during the last half of this story and almost stopped writing several times. But it needed to be told and our heroes needed to find balance.

Watcher’s Reckoning – Book 2 of The Watcher and the Sentinel Series.

After a harrowing battle to save the world, humanity only wants peace. But demons don’t know the meaning of peace.

Sara’s transition into the Council of Light ensured their victory against Zar’Asur, but she still has a lot to learn about the Council and their eternal enemies. She splits her time between training for her new role as Sentinel and building a home for the survivors suddenly flocking to her farm. Even her short exposure to the demonic armies leaves her worried about their next move.

Sara isn’t the only one forced to adjust to change. Darian finds himself struggling to let go of his leadership over the scouts he’s recruited and trained over the centuries. But his new commitment to the Watcher and Sentinel bond leaves him no choice, and he must focus on changing his fighting style to compliment Sara’s, not hinder it. Darian knows the demons will retaliate, and he and Sara will need every advantage they can get to protect humanity again.

The Council of Light isn’t prepared for the demons’ response: the emergence of the Overlords’ master. Darian and Sara are pushed to the extreme as they try to contain the demon master’s evil. This time, the price of victory is more than they can bear. Will the Council sacrifice everything to save humanity, or will they refuse to give up those they love? Find out in the next installment of The Watcher and the Sentinel.

Watcher's Reckoning-Book 2
Watcher’s Reckoning-Book 2

Happy World Book Day!

I didn’t plan my new release on World Book Day, but what a beautiful coincidence!

Sentinels Rise-ebook cover
Sentinel’s Rise- Book 1

Get your copy of Sentinel’s Rise today while it’s on sale. If you’ve already bought it, please leave a review. Reviews are so important for both the author and the reader. Everyone really wants to know how much you enjoyed the book.

Thank you for hanging in there and following me through Darian’s story.

Watcher’s Reckoning – Book 2 of The Watcher and the Sentinel will release soon. I’m targeting the last week of May or first week of June. I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, here’s a little snippet and the cover!

Watchers Reckoning ebook cover
Watcher’s Reckoning- Book 2

It’s time, my dear.

Silana’s eyes popped open and looked around her small room. The sheer curtain at the end of the bed fluttered in the breeze, revealing the dark sky beyond. The moon’s light filtered into the room casting shadows across her quilt.

“Who’s there?” she whispered.

Zar’Asur has been punished, as I promised.

Silana’s heart raced. Was she ready for this commitment? She didn’t believe the voice in her head when it told her it would remove the demon that haunted her dreams.

“Darian and Sara killed Zar’Asur,” she mumbled. “Why would I believe you had anything to do with his punishment?”

Because he is mine to punish, not the Council’s.

She quivered with the power and anger in his thoughts and pulled her quilt up to her chin. Was this Zar’Asur’s master in her head? Had she a made a bargain with something more evil than the demon Overlord that kept her captive as a child?

You haven’t forgotten our agreement, have you, child?

“The Csökkent will merely summon him back,” she replied, trying and failing to keep her voice from shaking. “When they do, he will seek revenge against me.”

He cannot be summoned back to your realm. His failures and disobedience secured his fate.

Silana gripped the edge of the blanket, her panic quickly rising as she realized her mistake. She should’ve ignored the voice that pierced her mind months ago. He promised her everything and only asked for one thing in return. She swallowed the lump in her throat. His price was too high.

“I cannot betray the Council,” she said, her voice weak with fear. “They have been my family, my support, my mentors. They’ve been everything to me.”

But they abandoned you when you needed them most. Did I not show you the way to your sister? They knew what happened to her and where she was, but they didn’t tell you until they had no other options. And what was their response when you tried to help her?

The voice knew as well as she did. They locked her out of her home. They automatically assumed she betrayed them and took away her only security.

They don’t appreciate your skills, child. You could have helped in the fight against Zar’Asur, but they wouldn’t let you. You are all but a prisoner there. Help me and I will never abandon you.

She thought about his words. Ever since the Overlords summoned her sister, Silana was isolated from every part of the battle. She offered to help Raphael and he politely declined. She begged Mikel to allow her to join one of the teams searching for survivors, but he ignored her pleas. She helped Magdelin and Donielle at the hospital until their kind eyes told her she was only in the way. She was not a healer. She was Raphael’s apprentice and should’ve been helping him. Instead, she wandered Santuario alone, feeling useless and abandoned.

I will draw you to me, child. When you find me, we will begin our journey together.

“I will find you,” she whispered. “But I will not betray the Council’s secrets, regardless of their current treatment. I agreed to help release you if you removed Zar’Asur from my life. You’ve held your end of the bargain, so I will hold mine.”

A low chuckle echoed through her mind, making her shiver. Her fingers ached as she gripped her quilt even tighter and an unnaturally cold wind gusted through her window. Invisible fingers clawed the fabric, pulling it from her grasp. She yelped as icy shards pierced her chest, burrowing towards her heart. She clawed at the skin between her breasts, crying out with pain and fear. Violent tremors racked her body and her vision clouded as unconsciousness threatened to steal her away. The first shard reached her heart and darkness took her.

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