Can I Have A MP3 Player In My Medieval Fantasy Novel?

Because, if I could, the whole of Aramoor would be filled with the likes of Panic at the Disco.

My Kings would lead their processions with songs from Fall Out Boy, and rebellions would be lead by 30 Seconds to Mars!

Although, a particular one could only be led by the goddess which is Pink!

So, below, is a list of songs that currently inspire me to keep writing, and some have even inspired major story lines, as well as characters.

One song in the list below actually inspired a whole other story – or novella – about a certain person who only has a little bit of ‘air-time’ in the main quadrilogy, but their so desperate for their story to be writfen that I can’t not write it!

It’s gonna be a different take on the war Aran and Lauryn are facing, and I think, it’s gonna really help to set the scene (or expand it at least) and look at things from a different angle!

A Tale from Aramoor

Control – Halsey
Castle – Halsey
Mad Hatter – Melanie Martinez
Believer – Imagine Dragons
Thunder – Imagine Dragons
Whatever it Takes – Imagine Dragons
Sucker for Pain – Imagine Dragons
Young and Menace – Fall Out Boy
Last of the real ones – Fall Out Boy
Champions – Fall Out Boy
Centuries – Fall Out Boy
Firestone – Kygo
Emperors New Clothes – Panic at the Disco
This is Gospel – Panic at the Disco
I See Fire – Ed Sheeran
Heathens – 21 Pilots
Pompei – Bastille
Things We Lost in the Fire – Bastille
What About Us – Pink
Say Something – A Great Big World
Walk on Water – 30 Seconds to Mars
Edge of the Earth – 30 Seconds to Mars
Up in the Air – 30 Seconds to Mars

It will probably be added to as life goes on, but, for now, these are the songs I love because they helped to inspire me to write about this whole world, and I can never thank them enough for what they’ve done for me!

Anyhow, I’d love to hear what sound track you would pick for your novel! Or, if any of your characters have a sort of theme song!

Anyways, next Wednesdays blog post will be the start of my 12 Days of Blogmas, which I’m so excited about! But in the mean time, I’m hoping to have an unboxing of the November BookBoxClub out this Friday! It was a gorgeous box and I can’t wait to show it to you guys!

And, as always,

Just Keep Writing!


Sebastien de Castell’s New YA Series Brings The Results With Spellslinger

Magic may be a con game, but Sebastiens de Castell’s Spellslinger isn’t!


Spellslinger is a new young adult fantasy series with tricks, traps, magic, lots of laughs and a talking squirrel cat! And, was recently the featured read in the Book Box Clubs Wizards at War May Box (Unboxing here)! It scores a 4.17 on the goodreads website!

Set in the same universe as Sebastien’s Series T’he Greatcoats’, but on a different continent, we follow Kellen, our young protagonist, a Jan’tep initiate who must prove his worth as a mage as he approaches his sixteenth birthday, or, live his life as a Sha’tep servant!

The only problem is, Kellen doesn’t have any magic!

So, with the introduction of the witty and mysterious, red headed argosi wanderer, Ferius Parfax, who just so happens to be in the right place at the right time to save Kellens life, may be his only way to escape his fait! And, add in a cunning, manipulative, arrogant, but adorable squirrel cat Reichis, and perhaps you have a whole bunch of unlikely heroes ready to take on the world!

I’ll be honest and say it’s not a book I would usually pick of the shelf. The cover is obviously beautiful, but it probably wouldn’t have found itself in my TBR pile! I’m glad it did though (thankyou book box club). It was so easy to read and so humorous that I’m surprised I’d never heard of the author before. I think I found my new favourite author.


However, there are a few things that didn’t necessarily put me off, but might be a problem for some. This book does lack a bit of world-building at the beginning, with more being diversed further in to the story, but in all honestly, I didn’t need it. I got so infused with Kellen, his witty argosi wanderer and assholish squirrel cat that it wasn’t really necessary. I think it also leaves a lot to your imagination, meaning that everyone can have a different experience with this book. For me, I think this is a great thing!

Another downer is all the different titles and names that just made my head hurt at first. I don’t really like books that make up all these weird names and words and such, but I loved the story and the characters so much that it didn’t matter in the end. I understood who was who and that was enough for me!

Despite all that, it is written beautifully by Sebastien, in a humerous style that had my sides hurting and looks of crazyness from the other people in the room. I haven’t had a book that’s made me laugh this much in a while, so will definitely go on to read Sebastiens Great coat series whilst I wait for Shadowblack to come out in October.

If your looking for a little bit of magic, loads of laughs, some beautifully written characters and a new obsession with squirrel cats, then read this book, use your imagination and fall in love with the world that Sebastien created!

Here’s some links for you to get started on your journey in to a world of magic and tricks!

Look at Sebastiens website here

Buy the book here

Pre-order the second book here (because you’ll want to)

Buy the first in ‘The Greatcoats’ Series Traitors Blade here