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Earlier this week, I dusted this thing off to post on here with a guest blog from Timber Phillips, which if you missed don’t worry, you can always find a way.

Since this time, we have officially launched! And if you want a copy of this mighty tome, you may find our characters slinging various spells at a rate up there with any of your other shopping deals this weekend.

But once more, we have a guest post, in the form of long-time friend and fellow writing type D. A. Lascelles. You can catch his own posts on the Lurking Musings site, when he’s not round here for tea, virtually or otherwise. Anyway. *drumroll*…

Tell us about yourself!

Hi, I write as D.A Lascelles and I am a lapsed romance writer. I started out writing with the BBW Romance Writers group and had my first novella, Transitions, published in 2012. This was a paranormal Romance with an ancient ghost, a boy and a very clever and strong willed student called Helen who you will get to meet if you read this anthology. I’ve also published a collection of shorts (called Lurking Miscellany) which also feature characters from my story in this and a fantasy called ‘Gods of the Deep which has no relation to The Elementals. However, it does feature Rachel Drake and Lady Catherine who you may recognise from Out of this World Alphas.

 I live in Manchester in the UK. I also dabble in photography and, on occasion, I have been known to indulge in some teaching.

This anthology is all about elements. Which element or elements are dominant in your story?

In this story no single element is particularly dominant. The elementalist is someone who talks to all four of them pretty much all the time and they like to help him out. Though, I guess in one critical scene his control over fire is very important, but you would have to read the story to find out how.

In the Elementalist character, I was exploring an idea I have been playing with for a while, particularly in Lurking Miscellany, about elemental magic and environmentalism and things that can taint the earth, water or air and what the manifestations of those elements might think about that.

Author! What’s YOUR element of choice?

The reason why I made my elementalist character a wielder of all four is because I actually cannot choose one over the others. I see any elemental theory of magic as being about balance and and control so to use one to overwhelm the others defeats that purpose. Though I am reminded of the XKCD cartoon which riffed off The Last Airbender and introduced Mendeleev – bender of all 118 elements.

Yes, I studied science at university. Why do you ask?

How did you find your way to this anthology?

I got involved with one of the previous anthologies – Out of this World Alphas – and had such a great time with that I signed on for this one too. Though I struggled for a long time to get a story idea down that I was happy with. Then, one day on a train, I sat down and started to write and by the end of the journey I had the first scene where Ash visits Helen in her new office. And the way this story ended, there is room now for another sequel that I am currently pondering…

Author! You have just been imbued with the power of your choice of ONE of our anthology elements. Which do you go for and why? What might you enjoy do with your powers?

The two powers I would like from my story are not elemental based. I’d love Ash’s ability to change form and manipulate perceptions using glamour. It is also hinted (more in Transformations in Lurking Miscellany than here) that Helen has an incredible will power – she is very difficult to fool with mind control or illusions and can often think her way out of problems really easily.

However, if I had to choose an elemental power it would have to be the ability to control the weather, which I guess is mostly Air and Water. The recent bad weather in the UK has absolutely nothing to do with this decision nor does Manchester’s reputation as a very rainy city…

Finally, a question for one of your characters. What’s going on in this story?

Helen: *sighs*Look, do you know how difficult it is at the moment? I have a PhD viva in a couple of months I have to prep for, and we just had this awful time at the archaeological site where we were confronted with this…

Tina: Shhh, spoilers.

Helen: What do you mean, ‘spoilers’?

Tina: I mean, we can’t tell them big secrets about what happens in the book.

Helen: But, look, he asked. He sat there, with his note book, looking so journalistic, and outright asked us what goes on in this book. How am I supposed to do that without mentioning the…

Tina: Ah! Stop it. *waggles her fingers* No one likes spoilers. You wouldn’t like it if I told you how your favourite TV programme ends.

Helen: My favourite TV programme is that documentary about the death of Julius Caesar I watched last week. I think the whole world and anyone who has ever seen a Shakespeare play know how that one ends. Anyway, it can’t be spoilers, it has already happened. We lived through it.

Tina: Yes, but they haven’t read about it yet.

Helen: Who are ‘they’? And why are you waving your hands around at empty air like you are at a very slow rave?

Tina: *sighs* I’m doing a fourth wall break. You know, like Deadpool.

Helen: Who?

Tina: Never mind.

Interviewer: So, what can you tell my readers?

Helen: Well, there’s some fascinating archaeology, a bit of Latin, a really interesting library and an excellent example of a Roman fortress that demonstrates some fascinating principles of bronze age archi…

Tina: You aren’t selling it, Helen. You have to mention the magic, the weird mind stuff and the sex scenes otherwise they won’t bother to read. Oh, and Simon, you have to mention him.

Helen: I was hoping to avoid thinking about him for a while, actually. I’m in a weird place with him at the moment. And what do you mean ‘scenes’? There was only one sex scene.

Tina: *shrugs* At least your love interest doesn’t change appearance at will and have a really complicated family of creepy fae.

Helen: You met Ash’s family?

Tina: Not yet, I think that’s planned for the sequel. I caught a look at the author’s notes yesterday. They weren’t very well secured. Or neatly written. Or at all coherent, really.

Helen: The sequel? Is that where we deal with… well, you know… HIM… properly?

Ash: Can’t we have a rest before we do any more really dangerous stuff? I’m sick of running around woods chased by an insane Elementalist.

Simon: Oi, who you calling insane? And what’s this about love interests?

Interviewer: Excuse me, I’m fairly sure I only asked for one person to answer this question….

Helen: Yes, me. So, there’s Roman stuff, Archaeology, some Elemental magic…

Ash: Some faerie magic too…

Helen: Yes, that too… Something dark buried in the heart of Manchester we aren’t supposed to talk about because Tina says so, and probably a bunch of other things I’ve forgot to mention. Now, can I please just get back to my work? Did I mention I have a viva in a few months?


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Timber Phillips

Hi all! I haven’t posted on here in long enough that there was an entire update in the time it took me to post again next. But if you haven’t heard already, I have some new writing about to be released for the first time in…well, you can probably tell because it was the last time I posted about such on here. As it’s part of an anthology – this one in fact:

And so, without further ado, I shall get straight into it with my first guest! Take it away, Timber…

Tell us about yourself!

Hi, I’m Timber Philips, and I write romance rooted in fable and fantasy. I was born in the magical land of the Pacific Northwest, and I’ve lived here all of my life. I’m especially drawn to writing new twists on rarer or little-known Welsh and Irish myths as that’s the majority of my genetic makeup. I’m also trying to branch out into other fables, but try to stay away from the more popular and well known fairy tales as I don’t find them challenging enough.

This anthology is all about elements. Which element or elements are dominant in your story?

For my story, I focused on the element of water. I have a tough, bounty hunting water witch with the ability to scry out her quarry at will. She has a bevy of other water related powers, but you’re just going to have to read Like Water to Stone to find out what they are.

Author! What’s YOUR element of choice?

Technically I am an air sign by birth, but I have always had a major affinity for water. In fact, according to my mother, it was my first word!

How did you find your way to this anthology?

I’ve written for Knox Publishing at least twice before. The first piece was for last year’s Halloween time anthology, Immortal Lust, which happened to be about Vampires. Then again for this Halloween time’s anthology, Romanticizing the Gods, where I focused on the little-known Irish God of the Sea, Manannán mac Lir in my story The Lightkeeper’s Daughter. In fact, that anthology is still available right now. You should check it out in addition to The Elementals. Come to think of it, both of the anthologies I’ve written for for Knox Publishing this year have been water-centric in their own ways. I really do have an affinity for water!

Author! You have just been imbued with the power of your choice of ONE of our anthology elements. Which do you go for and why? What might you enjoy do with your powers?

That’s a tough one, it really is. In my world of elemental witchcraft, each element has their own micro-chasm or niche of latent ability. Earth witches are healers by nature, able to sense out what is wrong with a person just by being near them or with a simple touch. They use plants and herbs as medicine and imbue their healing magic into tinctures and teas. Being a sort of healer has always appealed to me, though. So, I think Earth might be the way to go. You can read more about it in the first Witches of Loving book that’s been out for a while now. It’s called Love Springs Eternal.

Then there are the Air witches. They have the power to see what is and what was. Meaning they can glimpse things going on in the present and with a simple touch of an object, gain impressions as insubstantial as air from them. Seeing where they have been and into the hearts and minds of those who have come in contact with them. It makes my air witch Blyn in the upcoming second book in my Witches of Loving series invaluable to the police and the FBI. With a simple touch of the evidence, she can lay out precisely what happened – see the whole crime. A very useful skill to have.

Fire witches have the ability to see what is, what was, and what could be… they can also communicate beyond the veil to those that have gone before meaning they can be strong and powerful mediums. My fire witch is actually male and a blacksmith, bending the fire to his very will. he is incredibly powerful, frightening, and dangerous to the point his government of origin are very hands-off and want nothing to do with him, declaring him America’s problem now.

Finally, Water has the ability to scry out what is and what could be. A few drops of consecrated oil in a puddle, they can share their visions with those around them making them very effective bounty hunters and skip tracers. Which you will definitely get more about in my story Like Water to Stone in The Elementals anthology!

Finally, a question for one of your characters. What’s going on in this story?

Ha, ha, ha! According to Ashlyn, “A lot of s^#!” She’s trying to make it through the untimely death of her twin sister and prove to her boss, Hatchet, that she has what it takes to go solo on a fugitive recovery operation. Unfortunately, what she does off the clock is casting her abilities in serious doubt with her boss and so, he’s saddled her with a partner for this latest recover mission and Ash? She doesn’t like it one bit.

Thank you, Timber! And if you want to get in early, you can pre-order here; , with an official release on November 28th! Stay tuned for more guests very soon!


It’s been another long, hard scrap, but the world can now get its hands on the second installment of the Grenshall Manor Chronicles! Primal Storm is now on sale, in paperback and e-book formats as linked below.

Even if you haven’t read Oblivion Storm, you should be able to hop on to the new story. It’s a different journey, for sure, but expect some familiar faces and a bunch of new ones. If you want to know a little more about the background behind it, I wrote a guest post for my publisher’s blog page just a few days ago.

I’ll be back with a lengthier post some time when I’m fully recovered from all the last minute work, but for now, I’m just sitting around, excited to see how you all get on. Until then, take care, and stay tuned! This is going to be a busy year. 

See some reviews of Oblivion Storm for yourself!

Primal Storm on sale now!

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