Today marks the official kickoff of the The Lost Sentinel Book Tour presented by Storytellers On Tour, and throughout the week we’ve got a great lineup helping us spotlight this incredible Epic Fantasy tale! The Lost Sentinel is the first installment of Suzanne Rogerson’s Silent Sea Chronicles series, which can now also be found in the Silent Sea Chronicles Box Set! If you’re a fan of fantasy with a healthy dose of intrigue, this may just be the series for you. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what our hosts have to say in the coming days, so be sure to keep an eye out for some incredible content.
Suzanne was kind enough to stop by to chat about what led to the creation of this book, her favorite books, and what lies ahead for her, so keep scrolling for the tour schedule, more info about the book and box set, and the interview.
We’ve enlisted a group of wonderful and talented bloggers and Bookstagrammers to help us feature The Lost Sentinel. This is what we have going on, so make sure to check out each and every one throughout the week for some brilliant content, including reviews and more.
SEPTEMBER 6TH–THE WELCOMING
Whispers & Wonder
Woven From Words
The Book in Hand
The Writer’s Alley
Out of This World SFF Reviews
I Can Has Books?
Bri’s Book Nook
SEPTEMBER 12TH–THE ENCORE
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The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel.
The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.
Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic but when her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of the exiles and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Tei joins the exiles search for the new Sentinel – the only person capable of restoring the fading magic. But mysterious Masked Riders are hunting the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Against mounting odds it will take friendship, heartache and sacrifice to succeed, but is Tei willing to risk everything to save the island magic?
Follow Tei’s journey through the magical land of Kalaya and the Astral Plane in The Lost Sentinel – Book 1 in the Silent Sea Chronicles.
What Reviewers are saying:
‘…this story bowled me over, it was an absolutely outstanding epic fantasy and the kind of writing fantasy authors should be aspiring to.’
‘…Suzanne Rogerson can certainly make you forget time… A super start to what is going to be a sensational story, just make sure you are part of it from the beginning’
‘THE LOST SENTINEL contains plenty of action, intrigue, and challenges throughout, making this a thrilling fantasy adventure… it whisked me away to someplace magical, alluring, and dangerous.’
The Box Set
Tei has magic in a world where people like her are persecuted and forced into exile. Whilst fleeing their home, her father is attacked and his deathbed confession reveals a dangerous secret that will change her life forever.
Tei’s homeland, the magical island of Kalaya, is dying and without a Sentinel to restore the magic, it’s only a matter of time before all life is wiped out.
She must join the exiles in the search for the lost Sentinel, but they are not the only ones after the missing guardian. Sinister Masked Riders are on their trail and time is running out.
Tei must risk everything she loves to save Kalaya, but is she ready to make that sacrifice?
1396 pages of magic, adventure and intrigue.
This epic fantasy box set contains:
The Lost Sentinel – Book 1
The Sentinel’s Reign – Book 2
The Sentinel’s Alliance – Book 3
Meet The Author
Suzanne lives in Middlesex, England with her husband, two children and a crazy puppy.
Her writing journey began at the age of twelve when she completed her first novel. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave Suzanne the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Now an author of four novels including the recently completed Silent Sea Chronicles trilogy and a Czech translation of her debut, Visions of Zarua, Suzanne hopes the dreaded ‘W’ word will never rear its ugly head again!
She loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
Suzanne collects books, is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles and old ruins whilst being immersed in the past. She likes to combine her love of nature and photography on family walks, but most of all she loves to escape with a great film, binge watch TV shows, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
Thanks so much for stopping by for a chat, Suzanne. Since we already have your official bio, care to tell us about yourself in ten words or less?
Obsessive author who can’t function normally without writing every day.
What’s a day of writing like in the shoes of Suzanne? Do you have any quirks, routines, or rituals?
I think about writing pretty much 24 7. I have notes all over my desk that I try to keep in some sort of order by making lists every day. I’m usually editing something or listening to audio chapters. Most days I have several projects on the go either drafting, editing, proof reading or marketing.
Give us an idea of how The Lost Sentinel came to fruition.
It started as a few scenes that somehow merged into The Lost Sentinel and grew into a trilogy. I had these characters in separate situations; a young woman stuck in the woods with her dying father, two heroes taking a woman to the mountains where she would be safe from whatever was hunting her, a woman who could see spirits being hunted and murdered. I remember having an epiphany on my 30th birthday, these three ideas were meant to be together. Tei, Rike and Garrick were born, and I’ve never looked back.
Can you share with us something about The Lost Sentinel that isn’t in the blurb?
Tei’s story is filled with heartbreak and suffering but she’s a fighter, one who doesn’t realise her own inner strength.
Was there any specific research you’ve done or inspiration you’ve pulled from for The Lost Sentinel?
I had to research sailing ships, sheep, barren islands, seaweed, where you find a horse’s pulse, how to treat burns and broken ribs, herbs for healing, hardy plants and trees that could survive on barren land. The list of strange information that helps build the world of Kalaya and the surrounding islands could go on a bit!
What comes first, the plot or the characters?
Always the characters. They arrive on the page and I write about them until a story emerges.
Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? If so, who? What about them sets them apart from all the others?
Garrick is my favourite from the trilogy. He is a larger than life character, full of heart and love. He is a real hero and he seems to be the favourite of most of my readers too.
What do you think makes a good story?
Characters the readers can care about, fall in love with, cry with, laugh with. I always think if a book can make me cry, then it’s a good story.
Is there one particular book you hold dearest to your heart?
That is a really hard question. David Gemmell’s books are special to me as he’s the main reason I started writing fantasy and he’s the best at writing characters. I don’t have a favourite book or one I will re-read every year, but I loved his Troy series, Rigante series, his standalones, White Wolf… actually lets just go with any of Gemmell’s books!
Writing can be a stressful pursuit. Do you have any tips for aspiring authors?
There are always so many things to think about so keep track of them by making lists. But then use those lists as a guide to help you through the day and don’t worry about sticking to them rigidly.
Always have pen and paper to hand for those moments of inspiration you can’t afford to miss.
Don’t beat yourself up about being perfect first time, writing needs lots of editing and polish to shine.
Ok, let’s see what kind of person you truly are.
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee, but not too strong and I prefer decaf.
Winter or Summer?
Summer as I hate the cold.
Physical books or Ebooks?
Both, I’m usually reading a book in each form at the same time.
Mountains or Oceans?
Beer or Wine?
Wine, even though it gives me a hangover.
Books or Movies?
I really love both so I can’t choose.
Cowboys or Aliens?
Cowboys I suppose. Aliens scare me.
Pie or Cake?
100% Cake! Especially my own almost healthy carrot and courgette cake.
Rural or Urban?
Rural, I would love to move to the countryside.
Work hard or Play hard?
Work hard as long as that work is writing.
Thank you again for taking the time have a chat, Suzanne. Tell us what lies ahead for you!
I’m really excited that the audiobook for The Lost Sentinel will be released very soon. George Ellington has done a wonderful job bringing the characters to life. Hopefully, work will commence on book 2 soon.
On the writing front I have a new fantasy trilogy planned. It has been delayed with the pandemic, but I’m hoping to publish book 1 early in 2021.
I’m also planning to publish a series of romance novellas. And I’m co-authoring a spy book with a writing friend. There is never a quiet moment in my head!
That’s all I got for ya! Be sure to keep an eye on the official The Lost Sentinel tour page over at Storytellers On Tour (https://www.storytellersontour.online/2020/08/04/tour-schedule-the-lost-sentinel-by-suzanne-rogerson/) to see what the other bloggers and Bookstagrammers have to say!
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Thanks very much for running the book tour. There were some great posts and reviews shared last week.