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Demon Rising Book Tour & Giveaway

Demon Rising
by DeAnna Browne
Genre: Adult Urban Fantasy
 
Some sacrifices cost more than death…
Thirty years ago, dark magicians unleashed new power on the earth fueled by
demons. Governments toppled, millions died and magicians ended up on
top of the food chain.
Twenty-four-year-old Becca survives these dangerous times by relying on her wits,
her fists, and the limited goodwill of her boss, a local crime lord. When
news comes of a fire back home and the family she left behind dead,
she realizes her dark past has finally caught up to her.
On the hunt for her missing sister, she must rely on Darion, a
treacherous ex-boyfriend with ties to the local coven for back-up.
Problem is he’s a pyromancer that can’t be trusted, especially
with her heart. Will she escape the sticky web of treachery and
deceit with her sister and her heart, or will she sacrifice it all to
save another?
Becca’s forced to navigate a dangerous web of deceit and must decide what
she’s willing to sacrifice to save her sister.
An enthralling new voice gives us a magical world where love leads to dark
decisions.” ~ Jami Gray, award winning author
“…extremely well written, filled with wonderful characters, strange happenings,
and face paced action. I, for one, found it very hard to put down. I
can’t wait for the next book in the series.”
~Taylor Jones, reviewer

The tattoo on Becca’s neck prickled as she walked the crowded path to work. Searching for the possible source of magic, she continued forward, with coffee in one hand and the other resting by the knife at her waist.

She moved amid a throng of people, shuffling along the worn walkways. Heavy clouds were scattered across the sky, while dilapidated buildings surrounded them, a haunting reminder of what once was. A young man pushed past Becca, dressed in blue coveralls. He must be heading to the line. The tattoo on Becca’s neck prickled as she walked the crowded path to work. Searching for the possible source of magic, she continued forward, with coffee in one hand and the other resting by the knife at her waist.

The warehouse traveled up twenty stories high, the tallest building in town with a large fountain in front. It must have once been a beauty. Now the fountain, covered in graffiti, ran dry and the boarded up windows could barely keep the wind out.

A familiar, lanky guard stood watch on the side of the road. Could he have been the source of the magic warming her tattoo? He scanned the crowd with a demon dog at his side, a German shepherd with unnaturally large black eyes.

Turning forward, she let her dark hair fall into her face, not wanting to draw his attention. She stepped past the guard undisturbed. She could handle herself with the guards, but her boss, Nikko, constantly nagged her about keeping a low profile.

The crowds pressed together, and a large man knocked into Becca’s side, tripping her. She stumbled, spilling the remains of her coffee all over her black jeans. Someone swore as the crowd surged forward, and she stepped to the side.

At five-foot-five, she was on the small side, but strong enough to cause pain and scrappy enough to avoid it when she could. The crowds weren’t her problem, though. That would be the presence behind her, causing her tattoo to burn.

 
 
DeAnna Browne graduated from Arizona State University with her BS in
Psychology. She finds it helps to corral those voices in her mind and
put them to paper. Her debut novel, A DEMON RISING, came out in
August 2017 with Black Opal Books and book two in the series, UNHOLY
SUNDERING, is due out 2018. An avid reader and writer, she has a soft
spot for fantasy with a touch of romance. Despite her love for food
and traveling, she always finds her way back to Phoenix, Arizona with
her husband, children, and pet dog.
 
 
 
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Twilight Court Series Book Tour & Giveaway

Fairy-Struck
Twilight Court Series Book 1
by Amy Sumida
Genre: Urban Fantasy RH Romance
 

From the Award Winning author of The Godhunter Series comes an exciting
new Urban Fantasy series!

Would you like to hear a real fairy tale? A story about the war between us
and them. A war which led to a truce and a truce which led to the
creation of a secret society. There are councils you know nothing
about, councils of fairies and of humans who write laws which govern
us both. Laws you also know nothing about, yet you are held
accountable to them. If you break these laws, the Wild Hunt of Fairy
will come for you, but don’t worry too much, it’s hard to break laws
concerning things you don’t believe in. Fairies tend to break the
truce more than humans and that’s where I come in. I’m part of a
military force which monitors the Fey. When they cross the line we
extinguish their light… permanently. I’m Extinguisher Seren Sloane
and I can tell you a real fairy’s tale, if you’re brave enough to listen.
This is a slow building Reverse Harem series–multiple men with one
woman. The series becomes RH in book 6.
Fairy-Struck is free every 10th of the month!
 
 
Link to the whole Series:
 
Pixie-Led – Book 2
Raven-Mocking – Book 3
Here There Be Dragons – Book 4
Witchbane – Book 5 
Elf-Shot – Book 6
Amy Sumida is the
Internationally Acclaimed author of the Award-Winning Godhunter
Series, the fantasy paranormal Twilight Court Series, the Beyond the
Godhunter Series, the music-oriented paranormal Spellsinger Series,
and several short stories. Her books have been translated into
several languages, have made it to the top sellers list on Amazon
numerous times, and the first book in her Spellsinger Series won a
publishing contract with Kindle Press.
She was born and raised in
Hawaii, and brings her unique island perspective to all of her books.
She doesn’t believe in using pen names, saving the fiction for her
stories. She’s known for her kick-ass heroines who always have a
witty comeback handy, and her strong, supporting male characters who
manage to be sensitive and alpha all at once.
All she’s ever
wanted to do, since she was a little girl, was to write novels. To be
able to do so for a living is a blessing which she wakes up thankful
for every day. Beyond her books, she enjoys collecting toys, to keep
herself young, and cats, to keep herself loved.
 
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Moribund Book Tour


Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Monster House Books
Publication Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 291
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About the Book

Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school. Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.

If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other.

High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth alt-rock star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.

Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.

With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.

Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.

Excerpt

In this scene, the dark Fae princess-assassin Euphoria discovers that Syl, the girl she’s been crushing on is really the fair Fae sleeper-princess she’s come to murder.

***

Syl’s the seventh and last sleeper-princess. I can feel it in my bones, in my blood. But most of all, I feel it in my heart—the truth of her. Not to mention she can see through Glamouries and she can read my aura.

She’s the last sleeper-princess all right—sweet, innocent, pure. A beacon of white flame against the crushing darkness.

I am that darkness. And I should not be anywhere near her.

Famous last words, Roue. I couldn’t stay away from her if all of UnderHollow depended on it.

Come to think of it, it probably does.

But Agravaine’s plan is garbage. Infecting the previous six sleeper-princesses with Moribund, blowing their fuses and draining them of their life-forces, even their blood.

All that, and the hearthstone is no more healed than when we began.

Without it, my world is doomed.

It might be emo, but I fight with myself anyway as I head down the hall, away from Syl, dodging students and trying not to look back over my shoulder. I’m taking her to Homecoming. And on the heels of that, The exact opposite of staying away from her. Plus, it’s a bad idea for her to be at the Homecoming concert, in the audience, under Agravaine’s scrutiny.

But back there, looking into those stormy grey eyes, I was captivated. That spark that flares between her and me whenever we touch… It burns me too.

I couldn’t deny her anything.

Truth is, I’ve missed her. The way the long winter misses the summer.

Okay, that was definitely emo.

I go to my locker. Fiann tries to meet me halfway, but one look at my grim-dark glare, and she finds something else to occupy her attention. Good girl. I thumb open my locker. I never use the padlock. No one would dare put shaving cream all over my stuff.

All over her camera and everything. I just don’t get it. Dark Fae and fair Fae might want to kill one another, but we never stoop to such petty bullying. And while I like a lot of things about humans, the mean-girling is not one of them. I’m glad Syl’s not like that.

Syl…

A pang of guilt seizes me. I didn’t realize keeping my distance would be so hard on her. Time passes differently for Faekind in UnderHollow. In the blink of my eye, a hundred years might pass in the mortal realm. I was trying to protect her. By hurting her? Good going, Roue.

Gah! I grab my trig book. I’m so torn. Stay away from her or keep her close?

It was only one day that we spent together. One day. Why do I feel so connected to her? And her to me?

Because one second, one minute, one day can change your life.

It changed mine.

And that’s what decides me. Right here and now, standing in a high school hallway, I decide. I failed to protect the six sleeper-princesses.

Now I vow to protect the seventh.

As much as I don’t want to admit she is the seventh, her words come thundering back. “I can see your aura.” I slam my locker overly hard. Why did it have to be her? Because you always fall for the wrong girl, Roue. In my heart, from the very beginning, I’ve known who she is—what she is.

The same way I know what I am. Her Huntress, her executioner.

No. Not this time.

This time, I’ll save her.

Where to Buy

Goodreads / Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / iBooks

About the Author

Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance–where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.

She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she’s clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.

She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.

GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.

Connet with Genevieve

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Giveaway

Elf Tiara & Ear Cuff Set
Sun & Circuit Board Pendant
Leather Elf Arm Cuff
Copy Of Moribund, Either eBook Or Print

 

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The Dragon in the Garden Book Tour & Giveaway

Genre: Epic Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication Date: February 19, 2016
Pages: 272

 
There is magic beneath the mundane and in The Dragon in the Garden, Siobhan
Orsini witnesses it all. No lie can fool her, no glamour or illusion
can cloud her Sight. She sees through them all and wishes she could
close her eyes. Returning to face her past, Siobhan inherits her
grandparents’ house in California’s wine country. She encounters
a talking dragon, a hot fallen angel, a demon lord, a Valkyrie, and,
oh yes, her ex-boyfriend. And that is just in the first twenty-four
hours.

It’s time to find out why she has this power.

Siobhan seeks out the Oracle and learns that only her Sight can help
mankind navigate the travails of an ancient war. Our world is the prize
in a battle between the dragons, who would defend us, and Lucifer’s
fallen angels, who seek to take the Earth for themselves. Using her
gift, she will have to make a choice that will decide humanity’s
future.

I woke filled with the dreadful certainty that I was not alone. Blinking, I tried to see around me. In the faint light, I discerned the shape of a man sitting in a chair by the window. I started to cry out when I realized a faint, growing luminosity filled the room. It came from me. I glowed with a silvery light. A slender illuminated cord came off me, traveling upward. Pulses of energy flowed along the cord away from my body, leaving me drained and weak. Movement seemed incredibly difficult, impossible. As my eyes followed the shining strand aloft, I saw in sick horror that some kind of creature hovered above me.

I couldn’t figure out at first if this dreadful phantasm actually lived. Fragile, paper-like skin covered its skeletal frame. She? He? I couldn’t say, but the thing’s emaciation made it difficult to tell if skin actually covered those bones. The thing appeared all cheekbones, its features shrunken and shriveled. The being possessed wild, wispy hair so white it shone in the shimmering glow projected from my body. The strands floated in all directions around the apparition as did its robes, more rags than clothing. I was grateful for anything shrouding any part of the wraith-like figure.

I’ll never, for all my days, be able to explain the dread radiating from its presence. The sensation came from the thing’s eyes. They burned with an electric red, yet, this flame burned in a cold fire, devoid of any warmth or compassion. Though it wore a humanoid form, nothing remotely human emanated from it.

I drew in a breath to scream for Daisy, Turel, anyone. More than anything I wanted to call for help, to be as loud as possible. Instead, I whimpered. No other sound came. The thing turned its withered head to the man in the chair. “Abraxas, it speaks. Never do they talk.”

“That’s because they usually don’t wake up and even if they did, they couldn’t see you,” explained the man named Abraxas. “This one is special.”

“Yes,” it rasped. “I see it is. I like it, so delicious, my ducky.” The thing’s voice rasped as thin and emaciated as its form. The death rattle sound of those words conjured nightmares from the dark corners of my mind, places where nameless terrors lurked, and my fears scurried like beetles under a rock. The faint smell of death and decay clung to the air around us.

“What are you?” I managed to whisper. My voice sounded faint, a breath, nothing more.

The thing floating over me cackled, an insane, evil sound. “Now it speaks to me. I love its fear. See it? So pretty, wants to run and hide, but can barely move.” It drifted an inch or two closer to me and I cringed, but couldn’t look away; it’s hellish eyes consumed me. “Soon it will never move again. Never, ever move, little pig.”

 Where to Buy:

Amazon * Apple * Kobo * Nook * Smashwords

 
 
Erika is a sixth-generation San Franciscan of Irish descent. She attended
the University of California at Davis and completed degrees in
Medieval History and Biological Sciences. A lifelong lover of books
and a scribbler of many tales from a young age (her first story was
completed at age five) she turned to writing full-time in 2011.

On a personal level, she loves spicy food, twilight, dark chocolate (with
sea salt-yum!) and nickel slots at Vegas. Erika lives for time with
friends, a nice glass of red wine, “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” &
“Doctor Who” and good conversation. Her favorite things to do are
running, cooking, reading, needlework, gardening… and of course,
writing. Erika’s music of choice is heavy metal. To pick her out in a
lineup you should know that she is very short, fairly loud, and has
dark eyebrows. The rest, as her hero Anne McCaffrey once said in her
bio, “is subject to change without notice”.
Erika resides in Northern California with her incredibly hot husband, their
three amazing kids, and their chocolate Labrador named Selkie. To
reach Erika regarding her books, wine recommendations, or to debate
which Iron Maiden album is the best (clearly, it’s Brave New World)


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Handbook for Mortals Book Tour

 
Genre: 
Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Geeknation Press
Publication Date: August 15, 2017
Pages: 448
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About the Book

Zade Holder has always been a free-spirited young woman, from a long dynasty of tarot-card readers, fortunetellers, and practitioners of magick. Growing up in a small town and never quite fitting in, Zade is determined to forge her own path. She leaves her home in Tennessee to break free from her overprotective mother Dela, the local resident spellcaster and fortune teller.

Zade travels to Las Vegas and uses supernatural powers to become part of a premiere magic show led by the infamous magician Charles Spellman. Zade fits right in with his troupe of artists and misfits. After all, when everyone is slightly eccentric, appearing ”normal” is much less important.

Behind the scenes of this multimillion-dollar production, Zade finds herself caught in a love triangle with Mac, the show’s good-looking but rough-around-the-edges technical director and Jackson, the tall, dark, handsome and charming bandleader.

Zade’s secrets and the struggle to choose between Mac or Jackson creates reckless tension during the grand finale of the show. Using Chaos magick, which is known for being unpredictable, she tests her abilities as a spellcaster farther than she’s ever tried and finds herself at death’s door. Her fate is left in the hands of a mortal who does not believe in a world of real magick, a fortuneteller who knew one day Zade would put herself in danger and a dagger with mystical powers…

Handbook for Mortals is the first book in the series of this urban fantasy, paranormal romance series by author Lani Sarem.

Following Zade through the trials–and romance–of finding her own place in the world, readers will identify with their own struggles to fit in, reflected in the fantastic, yet mundane world of Zade’s life.

Handbook for Mortals is in development as a motion picture set to debut in 2018.

Excerpt

“Hopefully I wasn’t interrupting something important,” Mac said, with no attempt at feigning actual sincerity. I could tell he didn’t care that he had interrupted, or that he had been rude.

“Just kindness.” I responded. I don’t think he expected my answer to be truthful, and he looked taken aback. He had probably expected me to say “Oh, no worries! Nothing important.” He made no comment, but backed off a little. When he continued talking, he had a bit less snap in his voice.

“I’d like to schedule a crew call for you once your contract has been signed. You, me, and all of our techs, so we can go over your trick and map out how it will be safely implemented into the show.” He knew that calling what I had done a “trick” instead of an illusion I would take as a slight. It’s sort of like telling someone who had just won an Olympic gold medal and was proudly wearing it around their neck, that their necklace was cute. Mac kept incessantly tapping his Sharpie on the side of his clipboard and shifting his weight between his feet.

I stood up slowly and calculated, looking him square in the eye, which probably surprised him a bit since he was at least six feet tall. I’ve always enjoyed the luxury of being a tall girl. I’m five foot nine inches and so while I don’t usually tower above any guys I know, I can definitely look them directly in the eye. Most girls who at five feet five inches (which, I believe, is an average height for a woman) have to look up. My height was an advantage that I never took for granted and here, again, I was happy that I didn’t have to look up to him—figuratively or literally. In heels I could even be as tall or taller than him and I’ve always loved that part about being the height I am. I half smiled and slowly spoke, “Maybe you misunderstood. I don’t show anyone how it’s done. That wasn’t just for the audition. I handle this illusion on my own.”

Mac held still for a moment, and then glanced up from his clipboard, looking irritated. He pursed his lips and flared his nostrils. The tapping stopped. He dropped the clipboard from his stomach and held it in his hand while pointing his finger directly in my face. “Listen, lady, I don’t know who else you worked for, but we don’t do that Lone Ranger stuff around here. I’m the technical director and in charge of everyone’s safety, no matter how stupid you want to be. You do what I say, and I keep your pretty self from getting hurt. Got it?” I’m fairly certain he growled at me as he spoke.

Myriad thoughts ran through my head and I’m pretty sure several seconds passed in silence as we stared each other down. I could feel my hands tightening into fists. I really did want to punch him. I could see it happening. I’m not strong by any means but I’m also not a wimp. I wouldn’t have broken anything, but he would have been bruised and sore. I quickly ran through the possible outcomes of punching the technical director on my first day of work. It didn’t really seem to be the best idea.

I leaned into him so closely that it might have looked like to an outsider that I was about to kiss him. I huffed a little and my words were slow and deliberate. “I understand this is your job and all, but I don’t think you’re listening to me,” I hissed. I tapped his chest with my finger and he jolted a bit at my touch. He looked at me like I was speaking some kind of foreign language.

“I’m not listening? Lady, you need your ears cleaned,” he snarled back. He turned around to walk away, as if that was the end of our conversation. If he was trying to piss me off more, it was working.

I grabbed him by the shoulder, stopping him in his tracks and swinging him around to face me. My face had flushed and I’d raised my voice to a full yell. “And you need to get some manners. I’m not showing you how it’s done, okay? If we have a problem I can go to another show where the technical director doesn’t have a God complex. I’m not a girl who needs a knight in shining armor.” I was practically snarling at him.

Mac gritted his teeth and looked like he might hit me, but I knew that wasn’t really an option for him. Guys like him didn’t hit women, no matter how mad we made them. He laughed loudly. “Ha! Good luck finding a Technical Director who will treat you like the princess you clearly think you are. If I found you locked in a tower, I promise I’d leave you there.” Mac whipped around again and this time saw Riley, who had been standing just a few feet away from us the whole time. Riley was pretending not to be paying too much attention, but you could tell that was all he had been doing. I couldn’t blame him. Mac glowered at Riley and barked, “Where’s C.S.? Riley, go find Charles. Now!”

“On the move,” Riley replied with a nervous, almost panicked look on his face as he ran off to the side and disappeared.

Where to Buy

Handbook Series | Amazon

About the Author


Lani Sarem always wanted to work in the entertainment industry. She began acting at age 3 and continued to act and perform through her early years. Lani started writing scripts when she was 11 and over the years has done everything from writing, acting, band managing and helping start and work festivals. She’s managed bands like the Plain White T’s and Blues Traveler and toured with everyone from Ryan Adams to Gnarls Barkley. Lani has appeared in films like Mall Cop 2 and Jason Bourne. Make sure to catch her in her latest film Trailer Park Shark on the Syfy channel this July as Roxy.

Connect with Lani

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Featured Author · Spotlight Interview

Featured Author: Chrys Cymri

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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: March 31, 2016
Pages: 230
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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: December 2, 2016
Pages: 234
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Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: April 12, 2017
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Interview

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I currently reside in England but have travelled widely and in my time I’ve lived in the USA and Wales. My first career was in financial services, but in 2003 I left my well-paid job to train to be a Christian minister. I’m a priest in the Church of England and I’m in a full-time training role, with a bit of input into an urban church. Previously I served in a small village church. A bit like Penny White…

My main hobby is photography, and I love to travel. My most interesting trip was to North Korea in August 2016. You can read about that on my travel blog, www.travellinghopefully.co.uk

 

What inspired you to write?

When I was seven years old I had a vivid dream, and I wrote it down. From this, I discovered that writing (when going well!) is a bit like dreaming while awake. A film plays in my mind, and I try to capture it on the word processor.

 

What inspired your novel?

Some years ago I decided to try my bishop’s patience by asking him whether Holy Water, blessed by a female priest, could harm a vampire who didn’t accept the ordination of women. His response was ‘Only you would ask that!’ A few months later I found myself wondering, what if he’d answered differently? And out of that came the Penny White novels.

 

What is the genre?

Urban fantasy. The main human character has an ordinary life in England (as a female Church of England priest) but has stumbled across a parallel fantasy world, Daear. The parallel country to the United Kingdom is called Lloegyr.

 

What draws you to this genre?

The contrast between the ordinary and the extraordinary. I can well understand why Penny longs to be more involved in the fantasy world, particularly when her life in England seems so, well, ordinary.

 

How did you develop your plot and your characters?

I usually know the start of a story, and how it’s going to end. Sometimes I struggle a bit in the middle and I find myself making lots of notes. The characters simply surprise me. Sometimes I feel like I’m simply the channel through which they are speaking. A few are loosely based on people I know.

 

What inspired your protagonist?

Penny loves science fiction and fantasy. So stumbling upon a world which has dragons, gryphons and unicorns initially seems like a dream come true. As she discovers a darker side to this fantastic world, she becomes inspired to help.

 

What inspired your antagonist?

My books don’t have so much an enemy as those of opposing viewpoints whose backgrounds leads to them making decisions which affect the protagonist. In the first Penny White book, ‘The Temptation of Dragons’, a dragon family is opposed one of their own who decided to become a monk and, later, form a relationship with a human woman. This went against their sense of honour.

 

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

There is a budding romantic triangle for Penny. She’s met a police inspector, Peter, who loves ‘Doctor Who’ as much as she does, but there’s also a darkly handsome dragon, Raven, who is keen on her. I found it difficult to make Peter’s character interesting enough for him to be real competition to a dragon!

 

What was your favourite part of your book to write?

I loved a scene at the end, when Penny is riding on a dragon with a small snail perched at the front, giving them directions. The image makes me chuckle.

 

Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?

My role as a minister takes up plenty of time (I only get one day off a week). So writing is something I do on evenings and my days off.

 

What are you currently reading?

A fantastic piece of fan fiction set in the ‘Dragonriders of Pern’ universe. It’s online only and called ‘Dragonchoice.’ The writer’s ability to write dialogue, action scenes, and characterisation exceeds many of the official novels.

 

Who would you say are your favourite authors?

Patricia McKillip, Ayn Rand, Ben Aaronovitch, James Herriot, Katherine Kurtz

 

How about your favourite books? What would be your top 5?

The Riddle-Master Trilogy by Patricia McKillip

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

Dragonchoice by Faye Upton

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

 

What are your future projects, if any?

I’m currently writing the third book in the Penny White series (the second, ‘The Cult of Unicorns’, was published December 2016) and I have plans for at least seven in the series. After that, I plan to return to a science-fiction series which I’ve started and need to finish.

 

What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?

I can be contacted via my website, http://www.chryscymri.com. Anyone who signs up for my newsletter list (I send out an email around four times a year) can choose a free ebook copy of any of my books. I also have a Facebook page and I’m on Goodreads as well as other social media sites.

Here are all the links:

www.chryscymri.com

https://www.facebook.com/chryscymri/?ref=bookmarks

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1076161.Chrys_Cymri

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChrysCymri

http://chryscymri.tumblr.com/

 

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Write, write, write. And accept criticism, because it will come and you can learn from it. Make friends with other writers. Other pointers can be read on my website.

 

Thank you to Chrys Cymri for sharing a lovely interview. Since I interviewed her, she has published a new book in the Penny White series. I have made sure to add that for all of you who are seeking a new urban fantasy read! – Leticia

 

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Nightlord Series Book Tour & Giveaway


Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
Publication Date: April 2, 2017
Pages: 1103
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It’s not easy, being King. You can’t always rule a kingdom and still do what needs to be done.
Eric–or King Halar, also known as the Demon King–has more than enough problems without the crown.
But quitting the job of King isn’t easy, either–unless you want to be beheaded. Most people regard that as an unsatisfactory way to quit. Even vampire lords tend to be cautious about guillotines. A King who loses his head has a real problem… or none at all.

It’s time to sort some of these problems out, settle a few more, and kill the rest.
But at what cost?

“Knightfall” is the fourth book of the “Nightlord” series. It picks up exactly where the previous book, “Orb,” ends, and carries on with an adventure of epic proportions!

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 Garon Whited was supposedly born in either 1969 or 1970; the original birth certificate is suspiciously unavailable and other records do not agree.
After spending some years in college playing with computers, he finally joined a radical group of jellyfish herding nomads. Having fought zombie dolphins, quasi-corporeal spirits, and brain-sucking mole rats, he is uniquely qualified to write fantastic fiction. His subsequent attempts at professional salsa repairman and ley line salesman met with similar success. He claims to live in Texarkana, on Earth, but people have been known to disagree.

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Rebel Vampires Book Tour & Giveaway


Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Fantasy Rebel Limited
Publishing Date: June 17, 2017
Pages: 277
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Light lives for his vampire family. Now he may die for it.

ESCAPE INTO AWARD-WINNING URBAN FANTASY… Light – rebel, lover, anti-hero – will be burnt at the stake in fourteen days. In a hidden, paranormal London, he’s been branded a traitor and terrorist Renegade – a Blood Lifer hunter of human slavers.

Liberty is a relentless interrogator. She’s been trained to hate Renegades. Yet when her life converges with Light’s, she’s enticed by the dark and glory of his world.

Light is catapulted into a nightmare of secret research, deadly enemies and perilous intrigue. Soon he’s in a race against time to transform into the true leader vital to save his family, home and love. But will he be able to judge predator from prey?

Light must make the ultimate choice: to hide in the shadows. Or walk into the light…

Betrayal. Death. Hope. Isn’t that how all truly great stories start?

“Rosemary A Johns is one of fantasy’s greats. She’ll put you in mind of Anne Rice and leave you wanting more”–  Gothic Mom’s Reviews

“Take what you know about vampire romance and throw it away. Rosemary A Johns is not only a refreshing new voice in this genre, she excels it. Her vampires are edgy, titillating and enticing” – Rockchick Addiction Reviews

Don’t forget me…Sun entwined around me like a steel snake; her bite into my jugular was explosive rainbow end of days. I panted, squirming and gasping. Trapped in her embrace, my peepers rolled back, as I juddered. Then Sun was snogging me and I could taste my copper blood… Don’t forsake me…

I could feel the vibrations of Hartford’s anguished plea in his soulful song through every fevered atom. We curled around each other on the black cushions, which were piled on the lounge floor. Donovan was sprawled on the sofa, smoking wacky backy, serenaded by Hartford’s new routine for the club. But it was meant for him because one thing I knew..?

Love.

…Live for me…

Hartford was singing to Donovan: the dead bloke he craved to resurrect.

I twisted Sun, splaying her over the cushions. She laughed in surprise. I’d forgotten how young she still was. ‘My turn.’

I bit but gently. The moment when my fangs slid through her ivory skin was divine. Her blood was like coming home. Her body was quivering… Don’t forget me… and we were snogging, both our bloods bonded as one… Don’t forsake me… our hearts beating united… Live for me…

Crash.

Splintered door. Black balaclavas. First and Blood Lifers. Shooters.

‘Bloody down.’ I threw myself over Sun, shielding her. I couldn’t hear anything over the rat-rat-rat of gunshots. The sofa’s foam sprayed like snow.

Screams.

Christ in heaven, Hartford.

I peered up.

Dark shapes, like black ghosts, were thronging through our flat. A dozen at least.

Hartford was huddled by the wall: he was riddled with bullets. His breathing was laboured; crimson was seeping down his white shirt.

Donovan had dived from the sofa and was stroking Hartford’s cheek, snarling at the bastard, who had his semiautomatic pressed to Hartford’s forehead.

Enough was bleeding enough.

I stood up, straightening my shoulders. As if with a collective mind, the black balaclava bastards turned their shooters to point at me. Apart from the one who had his trained on Hartford. ‘Reckon there’s been a bit of a mix up, gents. So why don’t you pack up and get your arses out of here. By the way, what type of Blood Lifer brings either a gun or a First Lifer to a barney?’

‘That’d be me.’

Bollocks.

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 WINNER OF SILVER AWARD in the National Wishing Shelf Book Awards.

Rosemary A Johns is the author of the bestselling  Blood Dragons  and  Blood Shackles –  the compelling  Rebel Vampires  series. Blood Renegades is the thrilling third installment.

Rosemary A Johns is a music fanatic and a paranormal anti-hero addict who creates spellbinding worlds, thrilling action, gripping suspense and passionate romances, all uniquely told. She wrote her first fantasy novel at the age of ten, when she discovered the weird worlds inside her head were more exciting than double swimming. Since then she’s studied history at Oxford University, run a theatre company (her critically acclaimed plays have been described as “uncomfortable, unsettling and uneasily true to life”), and worked with disability charities.

When Rosemary’s not falling in love with the rebels fighting their way onto the page, she heads the Oxford writing group Dreaming Spires.

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Featured Author: D.I. Jolly

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Genre: 
Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Tinpot Publishing
Publication Date: July 4, 2016
Pages: 397
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Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was born and raised in Durban South Africa. Youngest of five children (of a mine yours and ours family) I wanted to be a writer since I was Seven. Well technically anyway I wanted to be the fictional character Gabriel Knight, who was a writer. But it stuck.

Writing being a job that doesn’t really pay and one that can be done from anywhere in the world, I’ve also lived in six different countries and done more jobs than I care to think about most of the time. Currently though I live in Berlin, Germany and really like my job.

What inspired you to write?

Well as I said the desire to write was there from a young age but for direct inspiration, my first novel started out as a longwinded joke e-mail conversation. I’d kept promising to send an update on my adventures and when I finally had the time to settle down and write something out come this slightly surreal attempt at humour, detective story. Which I really like, so kept going. After not very long I realised that I had over 40 000 words so decided to push on and turn it into a full length novel. And honestly, finishing something like that and realising that you actually do have it in you is a massive confidence boost and great source of inspiration. From then on I knew that I was capable of doing it and loved doing it so I just kept on. Now I’m writing my fourth novel.

What inspired your novel?

I’d been thinking about werewolves for a while, I’d always like them and felt like they got a largely unfair deal in modern stories. Cinema particularly, love them as the monster. But I like wolves, and they’re incredibly caring and family driven creatures so the idea of a human and a wolf becoming one and being a murderous monster never really made sense to me. Then one day while waiting for my sister I started running through some ideas in my head of a boy and his sister and how they’d interact if one was a werewolf, and it was more the family secret than a horror movie. After seeing my sister I then had a nice long three hour drive where I was able to listen to loud music and take the story back to where I thought it would begin and start moving forward from there. When I arrived I had the story in my head and just needed to write it. Which took two years.

What is the genre?

Mostly Human is far more an Urban Fantasy than anything else.

What draws you to this genre?

I ended up here more on the nature of the story I wanted to write than setting out to write something in this genre.

How did you develop your plot and your characters?

I generally start with a beginning and a clear aim of where I want my characters to get to, then work out how they get there. So I knew I wanted to start my characters out as children, and to end up with a fair amount of freedom and good life style. So I started to think about how I could accomplish that, and then what they’d need to do and who they’d need to be at a younger age to make the achievements and outcomes make sense.

What inspired your protagonist?

I think most people who know me say that Alex is the me I wish I was, but I only slightly disagree. Lycanthropy aside, I always thought of Alex as the son I’d like to have. All through writing him I always thought more about how I’d feel his actions from the outside rather than what I’d do in the same situation. But that might just be the by-product of writing younger characters.

 What inspired your antagonist?

There isn’t one really, or not as a person. Most of what drives the plot and opposes the protagonist is the situation and himself, as he pushes back against the cards he’s been dealt.

What was the hardest part to write in the book?

I’ve always worried that my writing is very obvious, so I struggle to build tension for a reveal and endlessly re-write sections like that so as to not give things away too soon.

What was your favourite part of your book to write?

As bad as this might sound I really liked writing the sadder parts of the book. No spoilers but there is a part in the middle which is a very key point in driving the plot but I really set it in make it as close to reaching a cold hand into your chest to rest against you heart as I possible could.

Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?

I’m a part time writer, I’d love to be a full time writer and in my normal life I actually work in marketing for a publishing company.

What are you currently reading?

Ready Player-One – Ernest Cline
Fight Club – Chuck Palahniuk
Esper Files – Egan Brass

Who would you say are your favourite authors?

I’ve probably read more Jim Butcher than any other author and I really like his work. But I was always inspired by people like Robert Rankin, who taught me I could write about literally anything, and Anne Rice because her writing is beautiful. But a favourite? I don’t know…. Jane Jensen?

How about your favourite books? What would be your top 5?

In no particular order: (Subject to change )

The Picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
The Suburban Book of the Dead – Robert Rankin
Changes – Jim Butcher
Good Omens – Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

What are your future projects, if any?

I’m currently working on Mostly Human 2 and since the launch of Mostly Human I formed a writing club who meets once a week and read out short stories and poems that we’ve written over the week based on the chosen topic. With an aim to collect all the stories and poems into an anthology and publish that.

What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?

Facebook is the best way to do it. I have a slight presence on Twitter but things might take longer there. If anyone wants to come onto my Facebook page and say hello and have a chat I’m more than happy to say hello. Might take a while if I’m at work though.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? 

Practice, and constructive criticism. Never listen to anyone who tells you your work is rubbish without being able to explain it. That being said don’t listen to anyone who tells you they love it without explanation either. Find friends who are willing to tell you the good the bad and the ugly. Then when you calm down and apologise for punching them, go back over your work with their words in mind and really look at it.

Paintings are a single coat of paint and books aren’t written in the first draft. But you will get better with practice.

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Angel Knights Book Tour & Giveaway

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Genre: 
Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: May 8, 2016
Pages: 44
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Michael and Claudia’s decision to move back to Crossroads was to keep their children safe, but they can’t escape who they are. Their children, Zachary and Lucia, were destined to be demon hunters—Venators. From the age they were able to hold a sword, they were trained to become the best and to ensure they would become leaders one day.

All is peaceful throughout the land until the Fallen and demons’ presences were felt in the between and on Earth. As the Venators investigate these locations, they will quickly learn how dangerous their lives are. Hearts will be broken. Teammates will lose their lives. And they will face obstacles which will test their faith.

As danger grows, the fear of fallen angels and demons regrouping has the Divine Elders on pins and needles. Now, Zachary and Lucia, along with Uncle Davin, must prepare themselves—mentally and physically—to live on Earth to investigate where the focal point of evil resides before it’s too late.

**Strongly recommended to read before the rest of the books!**

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Genre: 
Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: March 22, 2016
Pages: 328
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*** SILVER AWARD WINNER 2016–YA FANTASY–READERS’ FAVORITE INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARD***

A page turning mystery with a supernatural twist that entertains to the last page! ~InD’tale Magazine

When teens go missing in Hawaii, a group of demon-hunters—half human and half angel—disguised as high school students, must leave Crossroads, the place where they reside. In a race against time, they uncover the mystery connecting the missing teens, which dates back to the era of the Knights Templar. However, when they discover one of the Templars passed down a book containing all the secrets and codes to finding a particular treasure, they soon realize this forbidden treasure needs to be found before Cyrus, the lord of the possessor demons, acquires it—a treasure which been safeguarded and hidden from him.

There is only one problem: the pages containing the clues leading to the treasure is missing. When the first page is found, Cyrus threatens to kill more descendants of the Knights Templar if it is not given to him by Friday the thirteenth. In the midst of threats and discovery, the demon-hunting angels find they are not alone when supernatural beings begin to reveal themselves. Can they put their differences aside and work together to solve the Knights Templars’ cipher? As they astral travel to the past, they witness a lot more than they have bargained for. And some things are better left unseen.

Though it seemed impossible, in no time he stood in front of me. He appeared like a ghost, then became translucent, and then took on the form of black mist outlining the shape of his face and body. The beauty and the mystery of this supernatural being hypnotized me. As his entity flickered in and out, a soft wind lightly tousled my hair and caressed my body. To my surprise, an incredible warmth filled me. I gasped, unsure of what to do. I should be deathly afraid of the unknown, but I wasn’t.

His stare never faltered. It reached to the depths of my soul as he breathed in the air of my existence, and I his. He smelled like a mixture of sweet coconut and the freshest greens of nature. As his lips moved closer to mine, a cool mist floated out of his mouth, then back in, and I felt my body levitate, feeling weightless as a withered leaf falling from a branch swaying with the autumn wind.

Eli’s dark, menacing eyes told me he was dangerous. Something wicked ran in his blood. I sensed it with every angel instinct in me. Yet, at the same time, I sensed something good. How could I feel both at the same time? Then a strong urge forced me to close my eyes. When I opened them, he had vanished. He was sitting with his back to me again, as if what I had experienced was only a figment of my imagination. What the heck just happened?

“Lucia? Are you okay?” I heard Jack’s voice, snapping me out of my trance.

“Jack? Did you see? Was he just…?”

Jack had no idea what I meant. I stopped asking him questions, realizing some kind of supernatural activity had happened. Stunned by how easily Eli had controlled me, he was…what?

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Genre: 
Urban Fantasy
Publication Date: October 26, 2016
Pages: 278
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Above a small hill lay a home.

And green men peer out under the dome.

Thirteen crisscrossing arches behold,

with angels singing must be told.

Cubes like teeth thus showed,

pierce one and the door shall glow.

Part the sea like Moses,

to see the bundle of red roses.

Only then you shall see,

what is destined to be free.

Eli, Lucia’s half-demon love interest, has been stabbed with a true-cross dagger and captured by Cyrus, master of the possessor demons. The Chosen Knights must work together once again not only to save Eli, but also to decipher a clue to find the second missing page of Jacques de Molay’s journal. Meanwhile, Uncle Davin informs Crossroads’ Divine Elders of the danger ahead and learns there is much to fear. Countless children are being taken from all over the world to be turned into demons. Michael, one of the Divine Elders, has no choice but to intervene. The Chosen Knights track down Mortem, the demon who is the key to finding Cyrus, and learn they must travel deep into the pit of a Hawaiian volcano. When they astral travel to the past in search of a clue and follow Jacques de Molay to Rosselyn Chapel in medieval Scotland, what they find will rewrite history.

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International Bestselling Author Mary Ting/M. Clarke resides in Southern California with her husband and two children. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Writing her first novel, Crossroads Saga, happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she once had as a young girl. When she started reading new adult novels, she fell in love with the genre. It was the reason she had to write one-Something Great. Why the pen name, M Clarke? She tours with Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book-No Bullies Allowed.

 

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