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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

More 5-star reviews for Companion of Darkness :)

For authors, especially indie authors, reviews are like fine food and wine. We don't need them to live and survive on, but they are a welcome treat when they come along.
So, when two 5-star reviews for the same book arrive within a day or two of each other...well, I'm metaphorically stuffed to the gills.

Here's what people are saying...

"A wonderfully written book of fantasy! Full of twists and turns, magic and mystical creatures. Love, hatred, jealousy and pain. It all flows through the pages as you read. The author did an amazing job of world building and character development. I was pulled in from the first page to the last page. And I did not want it to end! I can't wait to read the next book! I highly recommend this book to all fantasy lovers."

"You ever finish a book and want to pull a Misery, kidnap the author and force them to write the next book in the series? Asking for a friend. :) Seriously, I can't wait for the next installment in this series. What a beautiful and at the same time terrible world Mr. Rutherford has created. This novel is filled with emotion: love, hate, pity, angst, wonder. Name it, it's likely in there somewhere. A gift for any fantasy fan. I highly recommend!"

Free now on Kindle Unlimited and paperback, and coming soon on audio.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

What is the Neverwar?

The Neverwar is, and always has been, the battle between Light and Darkness. 

Legend says that the Great Maker created the world of Sanctuary at the end of the first age, when all reality was consumed by the gods themselves during the Chaos Wars.

The legend goes on to tell how that at the end of the war, only two beings remained. The Great Maker, and the Great Destroyer. The Light and the Darkness. The final battle took place on the single surviving world of Teralia, the source of the magic that had been the cause of the war between the gods in the first place.

Light prevailed, but at great cost. While Darkness was defeated it was not destroyed, so Light used the last of its consciousness to create Sanctuary, and set into motion the creation of the Never. Over the ages, the realities were reborn, while the Darkness remained imprisoned on Teralia.

But come on, let's face it, the Darkness was never going to give up, was it?

To answer this question, I need to ask another. What is the Never?
Well, the Never is...complex.

No, no. Much more complex than this. This is like comparing a child's drawing to a 3D sculpture. No, the Never is everything. All of the reality we are in right now, plus all the other infinite realities possible.

I based it loosely on the 'multiverse' theory being bandied about, that each decision we make results in a fracture of the timeline to create another universe...and that's sort of what it is.

For instance, one day you choose to wear red instead of blue, and someone who loves the color red notices you as you cross the road. You talk, end up getting married, perhaps, but end up breaking up because 'something' isn't right. The path created by the red/blue choice then blends back into another reality in later life. 

You might divorce the guy wearing the red matching tie, and meet the guy you'd passed on a crossing wearing the blue. The Never draws love to love.

But it's not that simple. Ha! Told you it was tricky ;)

In the Never, time can flow differently in one thread of reality from another, so time travel 'is' possible, though frowned upon. 

There is one constant. The world of Sanctuary, a planet that sits at the center of the Never. All paths begin and end here, and its inhabitants, known as The Walkers, are the only beings capable of navigating the myriad threads of the Never. Sanctuary is a hub of trade and commerce, but by its very nature a terrible danger. What if you ran into a past or future version of yourself while visiting? Might be fun, right? What if you told your past self not to take a certain job offer in your own past. You hated that job. Telling him not to take it might be a good idea, right?

Then you get back to your own reality and find the wife and children you loved have never existed. Well, the woman probably does, somewhere, but your kids were never born because you'd met her at the place of work you'd told your past self to avoid.

Thankfully, this is the sort of thing the Walkers are good at. Sanctuary is so vast, and the artificial intelligence of the computer network so efficient, that this will never happen.

It's like one huge, mammoth, vast, bigly...struggling to come up with more lol...well-oiled machine. 
Unfortunately the same can't be said for events that happen outside.

This is where the Neverwar is fought. 

Beside the Walkers, who might be described at the administrators of the Never, are the Liberi, the police, or warriors, who battle anyone who tries to disrupt the balance.

They seek out and destroy the followers of the Darkness, whose relentless attempts to return their god threaten reality, while at the same time seek the one being prophesied to defeat the Darkness once and for all.

Also my Chaos Wars series, which tells the story of the aftermath of the original Chaos War.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Your next Epic Fantasy read

Within beauty, lies darkness.

With the mighty race of dragons bound to the Eldar, the magical world of Teralia struggles under the boot of Eldar tyranny.

Jesaela, a young faerie, is chosen to enter the shining Citadel to serve as prized companion to a girl she's never seen: Lyssa, the Eldar princess.

She doesn’t want to leave her forest home, but defiance will bring the king’s dragons to turn her home to cinders.

Given no choice, Jes goes to the magical Citadel; a glittering jewel from a distance, a den of darkness up close.

Can she find the spell to free the dragons from the Eldar? Or will the darkness spread to consume the world?

Companion of Darkness is book one of a new series set in the Neverwar universe. Suitable for young adults of all ages.

Get it HERE for less than half price on pre-order now, while you still can!

Saturday, 25 November 2017

The reviews!

Yes, the reviews keep on coming, and so far everyone has LOVED Treaters. Here's the latest 5-star review:

"Treaters - What an amazing read this is. It's one of those rare books that you want to gallop through but really don't want to reach the end. C.J. Rutherford has skillfully created an apocalyptic 'End of the World' novel that subjects the reader to one suspenseful scene after another. Despite the mayhem generated by the monsters known asTreaters, a love story also unfolds between Jaz an ex marine and Jennifer a young terrified girl he finds sheltering in a diner.
Now what amazed me was the fact that this story was written by an author born and living in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The novel is actually set in the U.S.A. Now any author will know that you write about what you know and it wasn't until I was well into the book that I realised that the writer was not an American. Full marks to Rutherford for his research and attention to detail.
I also have to mention the epilogue...OMG! I wasn't expecting this. To learn what the Treaters actually were, knocked me for a six. I can't wait for the next in the series. Get writing Mr. Rutherford.
A well earned FIVE BIG STARS."

I'm incredibly humbled that anyone would take the time to write anything about my books, never mind something as amazing as this. I get a real buzz, knowing I've written something that gives a reader a little bit of enjoyment.
That said, reviews are an authors currency. They lend your book more worth, and make themrise above the other millions of books on Amazon. 
So, if anyone has read Treaters - or indeed any of my other Tales of the Neverwar books - please, please, PLEASE, leave a review.
Even if it's one sentence saying, 'I loved this book.' Maybe it'll be a sentence saying, 'I hated this book.' That's okay too, though I'd rather you tell me WHY you hated it. I'm not one of those authors who ignore negative reviews, as long as they're constructive.
But seriously, thank you from the bottom of my heart. And Claude's hearts. He said to pass on his thanks as well, even if each good review threatens his teapot. 

Until next time...love you all!

Friday, 10 November 2017

Well, it's been over a week since the release of Treaters, and it's been an odd sort of week.

After the hype of the lead up to the launch, it's all gone incredibly quiet. It's almost as if one of the kids has left for college, sort of empty, you know?

I know the audio version of Treaters is in the works, but I find myself wondering what to do next...then I chuckle inwardly. It's not as if I haven't got enough on my plate.

Besides real life - you know that thing where you leave the house, do stuff, and come back and your kids take all your money? - I've got book stuff to do.
There's books two of the Treaters series which I haven't started yet. Then there's book one of my space opera, which I've barely began. Hmm...I sense a pattern developing here ;)
Now for some good news...yeah, right :P

Companion of Darkness was almost done at 70k words, until those nasty, wilful characters decided otherwise. Perhaps another 25k words will shut them up, but you know characters ;)

But the most exciting news is something I just decided to embark on.
Not many of you know that I wrote a short prequel to the Tales of the Neverwar called Lost in Times.

 It tells of the time when Derren and his twin, Krista, travel back in time to Nazi Poland, and end up in Auschwitz. I haven't plugged it too much as frankly, I'm not 100% happy with it.
Hopefully that's about to change. I've pulled it down from Amazon for a rewrite. No, it won't be a full novel rewrite like Treaters, but I plan to go into the history of Derren and his band of misfits before they meet Katheryne and Perri in book one of the Tales of the Neverwar. I haven't decided how far back into their history to go yet, but I hope to include Toshi and Laren, and a few others who had walk-on parts in TOTN.
Hopefully you'll like it :)

Friday, 22 September 2017

A cover reveal, and a pre-order special offer

Greetings, humans

Claude the imaginary dragon here again, with some news about CJ Rutherford's new release.
Normally I wouldn't blow his trumpet, due to the risks of any praise causing his head to swell,
but now that I have invested in some industrial strength shock absorbers I think it should be safe.

So, first of all, let me share the cover, designed by the incredibly talented Christian Bentulan.

When the world ends on Halloween night, Jaz, a retired US Marine, thinks it’s all over. His friends, his family…they’re all gone. He’s alone and on the run.

He encounters Jennifer, a 19-year-old waitress hiding in her dad’s roadside diner, and together they begin a desperate dash to the desolation of North Dakota, as far away from the slaughterhouses of the cities as they can get.

Their imagined safety doesn’t last long, as Jaz and Jennifer realize the attack was just the first strike in a battle that has raged since the dawn of time.

The book is due for release on Halloween, but you can pre-order it now for the special pre-launch price of just $0.99 HERE.

Alternatively, you can sign up to receive an Advance Review Copy (ARC). You will receive a free copy of the ebook, and one lucky person will win a signed paperback. We will also be giving away ten copies of the audio version when it is available.
The link to the form is HERE.

Friday, 18 August 2017

So, do we all agree Trump is an idiot?

So, apparently twump is attacking any Republican who mentions him by name in a critical manner.
In another twist, Republicans have now decided to use 'code words' to identify twump, so as to not attract his ire. Unfortunately, twump's lawyers are way ahead of them and have demanded all social media sites hand over details of any user that mentions the following.
Trump is a prick.
Twump is a twonk.
45 is not the answer to the question of the life, the universe, and everything.
Trumplethinskin is...well, I'll let you think about this one.
That orange jerk in the White House.
Piss-stained orange snowflake...my personal favourite.
The list is long, and frankly, undistinguished, but twump's lawyers are confident that they can figure out a way to tell the Tangoman that he's won, while paying off anyone who actually grants him time of day to get annoyed.