Author D.M. Cain book release!!!

My dear author friend DM Cain has a new book release in the series The Light and Shadow Chronicles and it’s another beauty!

If you’re interested in the darker side of fantasy, this book is just what you need. And the best part is, they can all be read as stand alone books!

In her own words:

I’m so excited to share with you the cover for my upcoming release, Origin of Shadow! This novella is part of my epic, immersive fantasy series The Light and Shadow Chronicles. The series is centered upon a centuries-long war between two armies and each book focuses upon a character within the timeline. This novella gives the origin story of one of the armies – The Brotherhood of Shadow. The complementary novella entitled Genesis of Light is already available in ebook, paperback and audiobook.

The official release date for the book is 23rd Novmber. In the meantime, if you haven’t read the others in the series yet you can get them here (though reading these first isn’t required to understand Origin of Shadow):

A Chronicle of Chaos – The Shield of Soren – Genesis of Light –

Origin of Shadow BLURB

“Vincent Wilder.” The voice broke into his thoughts, everywhere and nowhere at once, deafening, yet somehow a whisper. “Are you ready to learn the truth?”

As heir to a notorious crime syndicate, sixteen-year-old Vincent Wilder is determined to live up to his father’s intimidating legacy, and expand his violent empire. The Wilders have terrorised the city of Pabell for decades and Vincent knows the business inside and out (and has dirtied his own hands more times than he dares to count.)

But no matter how ready he thinks he is, nothing could have prepared him for life at the helm. His father was a man of many things, but secrets wasn’t one of them, or so Vincent had thought. The deeper Vincent gets into his leadership role, the more terrifying and inexplicable skeletons he uncovers.

With the threat of a revolution, a mysterious and intrusive voice in his head, and a long-lost history he had known nothing about, is he really up to the challenge?

You’ve read the Children of Light’s origin story, now experience the same events from a different perspective with this prequel novella from The Light and Shadow Chronicles.

Origin of Shadow EXCERPT

The ticking of the timepiece was far louder than it should have been. Every innocuous click of the hands reverberated around the room. Sixteen-year-old Vincent Wilder stood perfectly still, making sure his chin was raised and his expression stony. He tried to hide the fact that his fingers twitched nervously behind his back. This meeting needs to go off without a hitch. There’s so much resting on it. He made an effort to narrow his eyes and puff out his chest, hoping his young frame was imposing.

A single drop of sweat trickled down his forehead, running a sticky trail across his skin. He wanted to reach up and wipe it away, but didn’t dare draw attention to the fact he was perspiring. If they saw it, would they take it as a sign of weakness? So he did nothing and let the salty drop work its way down his forehead, running into his dark eyes. He blinked to clear the drop, but his vision blurred and his eyes itched. He could hold off no longer and was forced to swipe at his eyes with a hurried hand.

His eyesight cleared and he took the opportunity to glance down at the table and the people sat around it. A couple in their early forties sat on one side, close together, huddling for comfort. Their eyes were strong and defiant, the woman’s in particular. Her hands were flat on the tabletop, and she leaned forwards, speaking with determination.

The ashen-faced man beside her was silent. Despite the stony expression on his face, Vincent could see the man’s hands trembling.

Across from them sat Franco Wilder, Vincent’s father. Once, he had a thick shock of dark hair, long and wild, draped across his shoulders. That was how Vincent always pictured his father, but the figure that sat before him had changed drastically in the past few years. As soon as Franco’s hair had started thinning, he had shaved the lot, and the bald head made the most terrifying man Vincent had ever met even more intimidating.

Franco’s posture was rigid and unmoving, a coiled snake waiting to lunge. The dark eyes that had chastised Vincent since childhood were now zeroed in on the couple before him. His father’s fingers were locked together tightly, but Vincent knew that it would only take a split second for Franco to wrench the knife from his concealed thigh pouch. Vincent’s muscles too were primed, ready to propel him into a fight. Never relax around Franco Wilder. He’d learned that very young.


D.M. Cain is a dystopian and fantasy author working for Creativia Publishing. The Light and Shadow Chronicles series features a range of books which can be read in any order. The series instalments to date include A Chronicle of Chaos, The Shield of Soren and Genesis of Light.

Cain has released one stand-alone novel: The Phoenix Project, a psychological thriller set in a dystopian future. The Phoenix Project was the winner of the 2016 Kindle Book Review Sci-Fi novel Award.

Cain lives in Leicestershire, UK with her partner and two young children, and spends her time reading, writing, reviewing and indulging in geek culture (Marvel, Star Wars, Harry Potter, FinalFantasy).


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A Chronicle of Chaos – The D.M. Cain interview!

October 23 is the day. The day A Chronicle of Chaos will be available to the world. This is the first book in The Light and Shadow Chronicles, though you can read them in any order you like, with the exception of the final book.

About the Book

In the deepest bowels of hell, five demons have been summoned, their bonds to the fires of damnation severed. For the first time in millennia, they have been called to the human realm to put an end to a battle that has raged for centuries.

The Children of Light and the Brotherhood of Shadow dominate the war-torn land, each yearning to rule the planet. Now the Brotherhood has summoned the demons, a weapon that could destroy their enemies once and for all, if they can only keep them under control. Chaos, a soldier in The Children of Light, basks in the glory of being the highest ranking fighter of his generation, but his arrogance and impulsiveness prevent him from being given the opportunity to prove himself. He believes himself beyond the law, but a fateful coincidence puts him at the mercy of the demon, Anathema.

The two warriors, demon and human, strike up an intense rivalry, but their obsession to destroy one another only leads them closer together. They must decide which is more important to them – their duty or their desire.

Are you just as curious to find out more about the book and the author as I am? Then listen to this amazing interview with D.M. Cain where she gives us a peek into her way of writing, her childhood, her personal life and how The Light and Shadow Chronicles were born!

About the Author

Since early childhood, D.M. Cain has always been blessed with an over-active imagination. Stories and characters rattled around in her mind and she began to write them down in a (relatively) organised manner when she was around ten years old. Cain still has the stories she wrote as a young child and can vividly remember losing herself in a world of her own creation.

“I tried my hand at writing a variety of different tales – from short stories about daily, teenage life to horror and science fiction. As a teenager, my amazing best friend and I created a world of fantasy and wonder. We met every day and created new characters, walked for hours and simply talked through battles and events. It became our own little project, which grew and developed over three or four years into a rich fantasy world. My friend grew up and moved away from dragons and magic, but I never did. So I continued the story and it grew… and grew… and grew. The stories remained inside my head and I didn’t write them down for many years.”

Cain began to write in earnest around the age of eighteen, when she came up with the idea for The Phoenix Project. She played around with certain scenes – writing the most exciting parts – until university, friends and relationships stole her attention.

Throughout her university years, she carried on with both of these ideas – the fantasy world and ‘The Phoenix Project’, dipping in and out of the stories and characters, playing with ideas as and when they occurred to her, writing paragraphs here and chapters there. It wasn’t until she graduated and traveled to Japan to teach English that the fantasy world really began to take off.

Japan inspired Cain in so many ways and her imagination blossomed. The stories in her fantasy world stretched out to both the past and the future, and the timeline began to cover decades, then centuries and finally, millennia. She started to keep notes of the things that happened (it all became too much for her brain to keep track of!), but she rarely wrote anything as actual prose.

In 2008, Cain returned to England, depressed and dejected at having to leave the place she loved so much. She planned on keeping her head down, getting her teaching qualifications, then running straight back to the country she now called home.

“I never expected to meet Matt, the love of my life, in my dreary coal mining hometown, but there he was, dancing away with his friends in a dingy bikers pub, and he piqued my interest. He stole my heart when I discovered he was a talented writer and had actually finished two novels, where I had only dreamed of doing so.”

That was it. The challenge was on. His support and encouragement gave her the focus to write properly, and she resurrected the old ‘Phoenix Project.’

IMG_1368.JPGD.M. Cain at the launch party of The Phoenix Project

“We spent every evening writing, sharing chapters and critiquing each others’ work. It was one of the happiest times of my life. We dropped everything and traveled across Europe via InterRail – Istanbul, Budapest, Krakow… We visited 14 countries and would spend hours and hours on rickety trains trundling through Carpathian mountains or idly floating along the Rhine Valley. And it was on this journey that I wrote the majority of that novel – inspired by the majesty of the scenery and the freedom of the open road.”

They returned to England and settled into jobs. Cain became a primary school teacher, a job she adored, but which exhausted her daily. In the evenings she continued to write, and in 2011, heavily pregnant with her wonderful son, she finally finished ‘The Phoenix Project.’

“I imagined that a baby would stop me from writing, but strangely I found his little face more inspiring than any of the scenery we’d passed on our travels, and I wrote more following his birth than I did before it.”

But she had finished ‘The Phoenix Project’ – her everything, her passion in life, the book she poured my heart and soul into. Cain wanted to feel that passion again, that burning desire to delve deep into her character’s mind and tell their story.

So she began to write the fantasy world which had existed in her head for so long. And that’s how the Light and Shadow Chronicles were born. She picked a point in the centre of the timeline and focused upon Chaos – a character very close to her heart, and began to write his story. Two years later, ‘The Chronicle of Chaos’ was finished, but she had barely scratched the surface of this immense world.

Cain realised she wanted to tell the entire story, and she chose another character and began to tell their story. ‘The Shield of Soren’ is still in progress and is likely to be finished in 2015.

A Chronicle of Chaos is available for pre-order now! You can order your copy here