Soul Swallowers Release Day!

After a year of writing, rewriting, rewriting again, and editing until my eyeballs shriveled, Soul Swallowers is out and about on Kindle and in print. I’m doing a Happy Dance.

 

Soul Swallowers

When swallowed, some souls gift insights, wisdom, a path to understanding. Others unleash power, proficiency with a sword, and indifference to death. One soul assimilates with ease. But swallow a host of the dead and risk a descent into madness.

Estranged from his family over the murder of his wife, young Raze Anvrell wields his fists to vent his rage. Then a chance at a new life beckons, and he retreats to the foothills of the Ravenwood, the haunt of unbound ghosts. He and his mentor build a freehold, a life of physical labor and the satisfaction of realizing a dream. They raise horses and whittle by the fire until the old man dies, and Raze swallows his first soul.

When his brother reaches out, open wounds begin to scar. But the tenuous peace won’t last. While those who rule the Vales yield to the lure of their ambitions, slavers of Ezar roam the countryside, hunting for human chattel. While one man manipulates the law, another heeds the souls of violence howling in his head.

Raze too listens to his soul’s whispers, and as danger intrudes on his quiet life, he has no choice but to return to his father’s world and join the fight.

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In this completed series, epic fantasy blends with the wisdom of old souls to create a unique coming of age story of courage and honor in the midst of evil. Slavery is pitted against freedom, anger against forgiveness, and a desire to live peacefully against the necessity to take up the sword.

It’s a story of bitter estrangement and broken hearts, of deception and unfettered ambition. For Raze Anvrell it’s a journey of violence, redemption, and his soul’s growth as he transforms from a reckless youth into a man with a rich legacy of souls.

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Thank you, my bloggy friends!

The seeds of this story started a decade ago, and with the first ten chapters written, the tale languished. In 2017, a writing prompt (from Sue Vincent) reawakened Raze, and he walked back into my life. My state of “unknowing” about the nature of the soul, and my belief in its immense beauty and potential, fed the fantastical magic of soul swallowing, and the tale began to unfold.

Many thanks for my wonderful bloggy friends who endure my discussions of the art and craft of writing and encourage my creativity. Special thanks to my beta readers Cathleen Townsend and Erik Tyler whose careful reads of the story added all the spit and polish to my prose. The book shines because of you.

I’m grateful to every reader who picks up a book and is carried away by my stories. I hope you enjoy. ❤

 

Gif credit: Reaction Gifs – Seinfeld Happy Dance

233 thoughts on “Soul Swallowers Release Day!

  1. mylilplace says:

    Congrats, congrats and congrats!!! Woohoo!!! What an accomplishment!

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  2. inesephoto says:

    Ah how wonderful it is to return to WP and find a new book here! So happy! Off to Amazon! xxxxxx

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  3. I love when a little thing like a photo, a word, or a song reignite a story we thought lost. Congratulations!

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  4. Bel says:

    I won’t be surprised if you get a movie-deal offer with your novels. 😊

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  5. Vashti Q says:

    Congratulations, Diana! Exciting times! I can relate with the eyeballs shriveling thing. Ha, ha! The book reads fascinating. I’m adding it to my TBR list. Eventually, I will read all the books I have on there. All the best with your new release! Sharing! 😀 xx

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  6. Belated congratulations, Diana! If the inside is anything like that amazing cover, I’m sure you’ve got a hit on your hands!

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  7. Congratulations Diana. Hope Soul Swallowed is a huge success. Sounds like a very fascinating concept. 🙂

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  8. I was so excited for this one!!! I can’t wait to read it! 💖💖💖🍻

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  9. How awesome! Congrats, Diana! xx

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    • Thanks so much, Lana. It’s been a pretty fun week of celebration. 🙂 Now I’m on to the next project and slogging through an outline. *Sigh*. Thanks for the visit and for putting a smile on my face. 😀 Happy Saturday!

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  10. Many congratulations on the new book, Diana. It’s wonderful reading how this story was raised from its long sleep. Gives me a lot of hope with a book I put to bed back in 2014. 😀

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    • It’s the only book that I had abandoned, and I’m so glad Sue’s prompt found it again. The story changed a lot, but it was worth it. I hope your book wakes up and gets another chance too! Have a wonderful weekend. ❤

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  11. robbiecheadle says:

    Congratulations, Diana. This book sounds awesome and one that I would really like.

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  12. rijanjks says:

    Congratulations on the birth of a new baby, Diana!

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    • Thanks so much, Jan. It was a fun launch and now the less-fun of marketing starts. Lol. And it does feel like a new baby…. or maybe a teenager that I finally kicked out of the house! Have a great day and Happy Writing!

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  13. How cool! You are going to be reading my book while I’m reading yours! It’s on its way to me now. ps love the cover and description

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    • Thanks so much, Ellen. That’s fun to think about, isn’t it? Your book is next on my list. 😀 I had a fun launch, and of course, now the marketing work starts (not nearly as exciting). Hope you have a great day and Happy Writing!

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  14. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Congratulations, my dear friend! I’m joining you in a happy dance as I can relate to “writing, rewriting, rewriting again, and editing until my eyeballs shriveled”. And at last, the book is out. Love the creative process. ❤

    Now comes a crisis, I still have to finish The Rose Shield Tetralogy, what a reader to do? 😀

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  15. Sarah says:

    Many congratulations, Diana! And you’ve absolutely deserved this happy dance! 😄 putting this straight to my TBR list and in my Amazon wish list. 😊

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  16. How out of this work fabulous. Much success dear friend. A beautiful book! 🌹

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  17. This book sounds fantastic! Congratulations!

    Now please tell me that souls taste like chicken.

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  18. Annika Perry says:

    I fear I am a bit late for the celebratory dance, Diana!! I will do a tiny bop by myself. 💃I am SO HAPPY for you and congratulations on your latest book!! 🎉🍾 Well done to Cathleen and Erik for all their superb help and also kudos to Sue for unintentionally rekindling your interest in Raze and the book.

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    • Thanks, Annika. No such thing as late to the party. I’m still dancing, but maybe not quite so frenetically. Ha ha. And I don’t know any of us who can do this without the inspiration and help of friends or this lovely community of writers. Thanks for the tiny bop and huge happiness. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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      • Annika Perry says:

        You’re very welcome, Diana! How true that none of this writing business would be possible without the support and inspiration of friends. I gave a talk/interview yesterday to a group of over 40 (I thought it was going to be 14!) and I sang the praises of the encouragement and inspiration I received here from so many and said my first book would not have been written if it wasn’t for so many’s persistence!! I am forever thankful & grateful. Wishing you a lovely rest of the week too and glad you’re still so excited and happy about your latest book venture! Enjoy!

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  19. Just started this book. The ‘About this book’ summary has me addicted already!

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  20. Fantastic achievement, Diana. Huge congratulations on your new release. I hope it does very well. 🙂

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  21. Cheers to you, Diana! Wishing you continued success! 🙂

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  22. Indira says:

    Congratulations. Wish you all the best for its success.

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  23. Indira says:

    Very interesting Title. Would love to read it.

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  24. That’s amazing!! Wishing you all the success 👍

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  25. you are a genius Diana, thank you for letting us know.

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  26. Wow congratulations! You should be dancing and singing! YEAH!

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    • I have been, Lynn. Now my feet are sore and I need a back rub. Lol. It’s always a thrill to press that publish button. You shall see. 🙂 Thanks so much for the cheers and the congrats, my friend. ❤

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  27. Woot!!! I know it’s as much a relief as a celebration… at first. But I hope you’re just all out celebrating now, Diana. What a tremendous accomplishment. I love the concept of this series. It’s so fresh and imaginative. Congratulations! Huge hugs!

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  28. memadtwo says:

    Congratulations and celebrations are definitely in order

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  29. bpsenapati says:

    Congregations Diana for such a beautiful book. One small suggestion, one USA dollar is almost 70 in Indian rupees, so price of your book is showing too high in Amazon.in, please try to keep your book price under one dollar in Amazon.in. So it’ll affordable for Indian reader.

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    • Thanks for the compliment, Bibhuti. I didn’t realize that the cost is so high in India. Usually I put in the US price and Amazon does all the calculations. I wasn’t aware that I could price it differently in different countries myself. I’ll take a look at that. Thanks so much for the tip. 🙂 And thank you for the cheers. It’s been a busy and fun couple of days. Happy Writing, my friend.

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  30. Kay says:

    I’m very excited for you! Everyone loves a good launch, and I feel like this will be one. Just a side note, for some reason your blog post has this nice white background I can read, but your homepage only has the picture of the tree and I couldn’t read anything on there. It may be my browser (Firefox), or there may be something glitching on your website, I don’t know but I just wanted to warn you if someone else came here and couldn’t read about your great books.

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    • Hi Kay. Thanks so much for the note on the background! I wonder what’s up with that? I’ll have to check it out. You’re the first who’s mentioned it so maybe it’s a glitch (fingers crossed!). Thanks for the cheers on the launch. It’s bee a couple fun days and hopefully more to come. Have a great week, and thanks again for the note. 🙂

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      • Kay says:

        I hope it’s just a weird thing that happened to me, for your sake. Website bugs are such a headache to work out, so I hope you don’t have one! Hopefully this will only build even more momentum over time for you 🙂

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        • I changed the background and lowered the pixel count of the book image a little, so hopefully it will load better – if that was the problem to begin with. Thank you, again, for the kindness of letting me know. ❤

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  31. Mae Clair says:

    I’ve been offline enjoying a long weekend, but I pre-ordered this and it showed up on my Kindle, all ready for reading. I’ve have two other books to finish in a trilogy I’m reading and Soul Swallowers is next. I’m so looking forward to escaping into your magical worlds.

    Happy, happy day to you!! I’m doing a happy dance right along with you. Congratulations!

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  32. C.E.Robinson says:

    Congrats Diana! So happy for you. Enjoyed reading about your writing journey! Your books sounds like a great fantasy epic read. The cover draws you in! Happy writing! 📚Christine

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    • Thanks, Christine. I’ve been enjoying the cheers and kind encouragement. I hope that readers enjoy the story in its final form. I’ve started mulling ideas around for the next series. The fun never ends. Have a lovely week ❤

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  33. Reblogged this on Art by Rob Goldstein and commented:
    New from Myths of the Mirror

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  34. Wonderful news, Diana! We all join you for a dance party!

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  35. tomstodulka says:

    Congratulations. What a wonderful achievement.
    All the best
    Tom

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  36. dgkaye says:

    So happy for you Diana. And I loved the story about when you first began the book and the inspiration that followed to continue with the series. Isn’t creative inspiration the bomb when it hits! 🙂 ❤

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  37. Widdershins says:

    YAYYYYYY!!! … ** waves arms like Kermit and runs around in circles** … may it sell like hotcakes! 😀

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  38. Jina Bazzar says:

    oh wonderful news! Congratulations. your muse must be so proud of you.
    I’m also the type who saves unfinished stories here and there in hope i’ll pick them up someday and turn them into a book.
    And yours sound like a great epic.
    I’m happy for you.

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    • Thank you so much for the kind comment, Jina, and the congrats! I’m still grinning. 😀 This was my only backlog, so from now on, I have to yank new things out of the brain. I wish I had a few stories kicking around! Have a wonderful week and Happy Writing! ❤

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  39. Val Boyko says:

    Wonderful Diana! I am so excited for you 💕💃🏻💕

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  40. Chuck says:

    Loved the cover and the title. You almost don’t need a description to sell.

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    • Thank you, Chuck, for the wonderful comment. I worried a bit that the title may evoke thoughts of horror, which this isn’t. But the cover hopefully reinforces the fantasy genre. I’m so tickled that you stopped by. Have a great week. 😀

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  41. Reblogged this on Colleen Chesebro ~ The Fairy Whisperer and commented:
    I’m thrilled!! Guess what everybody, D. Wallace Peach has a new book out. Stay tuned… I’ll be reviewing this soon! Congratulations, Diana. ❤

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  42. Congratulations, Diana!!! This is so exciting – I am so unbelievably happy for you! You are such an inspiration to me and countless others. Hope you are celebrating the hell out of this achievement! You deserve it. CAN’T WAIT TO READ IT!! 🤗❤️👏

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    • I have been celebrating, Tanya. Lots of Happy Dancing – getting my exercise these days! Thanks so much for the kind words and enthusiasm, my friend. If you get a chance to pick it up, I hope you enjoy! ❤ Have a wonderfully sweet week.

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