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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The Sword Bearers, by Monique Rockcliffe

The Sword Bearers Book One

Perhaps the most beautiful cover on the site, South Africa's own Monique Rockcliffe's epic fantasy series "The Sword Bearers" is available at the Independent Paperback Gift Shop. 

Exquisitely produced and with a calming, soulful cover, Monique's epic tale would make a fantastic gift for fantasy fans this coming Autumn and Christmas period.


"I'm a fantasy author living in South Africa. My debut novel, The Sword Bearers, is an exciting fantasy adventure that travels across time and space with a vivacious, talented, powerful female hero to lead the way! The Sword Bearers is the first of a series of four books, a truly epic fantasy tale. The Sword Bearer's Journey is Book 2, and Book 3 is to be published soon!

I also have a desire to write Sci-Fi and horror, along with urban fantasy added into the mix!

Stay tuned for short stories published through Kindle soon!"

Monique Rockcliffe

Monique also constructs a well written and often inspirational blog on WordPress. Here's a sample of her work.

Extract from "Sword Bearers" Book 1
"The malevolence radiating from him was beginning to make her feel ill, and it took every scrap of will power she had not to reveal what she was thinking and feeling. She had an idea this was not a u’man man standing before her but something much worse. 
So, this was the creature that had finally seduced her son, and this was most probably the immortal Namic had told her about that appeared to be the leader of her enemy. She studied him carefully and he bore it with a contemptuous smile playing around his mouth. She refused to be baited and kept quiet, waiting with a pounding heart to hear what he’d say next. Movement at the throne room’s huge double door where guests usually entered caught her eye, and she looked past Malis to see who it was.
“I have brought someone with me that I’m sure you will want to see,” he said with great amusement.
Raising a hand without taking his burning eyes off her the throne room doors flung open and at least fifty armed u’mans and aliens came flowing into the room. Between two of the men they half-dragged, half-carried Jaryth, and Ahloren finally dropped her mask and reacted as any mae would at seeing her son so hurt.
Malis smiled wickedly. “Ah yes, it is he, Ahloren. A little worse for wear, but still alive.”
Monique is a resident of Johannesburg in South Africa which, unusually, enjoyed snowfall today. It is currently winter in South Africa. Some might say that's the same season as the UK, but it will always be somehow more beautiful.

Back garden of best selling author's residence in Cape Town. Probably.

Facts about Johannesburg

There is only one other city on the continent that is bigger than Joburg, and that is the bustling metropolis of Cairo in Egypt. 

Johannesburg is the second biggest city on Africa.

With the rich archaeological site known as the 

Cradle of Humankind 

on the outskirts of the city, it’s not surprising that 40% of the planet’s human ancestor fossils have been discovered in the Jo’burg area.

Astonishing Egg Fact
It takes one-minute longer to boil an egg in Johannesburg than it does in the coastal cities of Cape Town and Durban. This is because Joburg is 2000m above sea level, and the air is not as dense.

Johannesburg plays host to hugely popular 
horse racing at Turffontein racecourse.

Turffontein Racecourse in Johannesburg, one of the most beautiful in the world.
Oh...and the South African cricket team are doing rather well against the English this year.


Contact Monique On:

Buy "The Sword Bearers" Book 1 and Book 2 (Kindle)

or at The Independent Paperback Gift Shop on Facebook.

Monique also has 1300 Twitter Followers apparently. That's quite a lot. 

I know nothing about such new fangled phoney type things so I shall leave you to find out how to follow her. Details and a prominently displayed TWITTER button can be found on her blog.

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