Mackenzie Flohr’s New Release of The Rite of Wands

Hello, fellow book lovers!

I wanted to tell you about Mackenzie Flohr’s new book, The Rite of Wands!

Coming March 10, 2017

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A Young Adult magical fantasy!

Book Description

One boy…one Rite… And a world of deadly secrets that could change the course of history—forever

And so begins the tale of Mierta McKinnon. When a horrible fate reveals itself during his Rite of Wands ceremony, he must find a way to change not only his destiny but also the land of Iverna’s.

Forbidden from revealing the future he foresees to anyone, he is granted a wand and his magical powers, but still must master the realm of magic in order to save himself and those he loves.

But Mierta is not the only one with secrets…especially when it’s impossible to know who to trust.

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Excerpt

“Mierta!” Mortain shouted at the top of the stairs, hearing nothing but his own voice echo. Watching smoke drifting out of the open doorway, Mortain took in a deep breath and tried to slow down his heart. The aroma of acrid chemicals and burning flesh filled his nose.

“Mierta!” he shouted again. “Son, you all right?” He listened, hearing nothing more than what sounded like gasping breaths.

“Father,” Mierta mouthed in response to Mortain’s calls, unable to produce any sounds as he dropped to one knee. His heart was pounding. Each pulse matched the ache he felt in his temples. A deep burning pain seared through his chest every time he took a breath. It was like he was slowly being strangled and there was nothing he could do to stop it. The inside of his nose felt charred and his throat felt like he was swallowing tacks. He blinked, his eyesight blurring, the pain beginning to overwhelm him. Nausea built in his throat and droplets of sweat slid down the side of his face. He wished he could do anything to end the torture. He could not imagine dying would be much worse.

Mierta attempted to stand and tried to get away from the workbench. He managed a few staggering steps before his body was drained of all energy. He watched puffy white circling clouds fill his vision before everything was replaced by darkness.

Mortain felt his stomach drop at the sound of something breaking. “Mierta!” he screamed, racing down the stairs. “Mierta, answer me!”

When he reached the bottom, Mortain abruptly stopped, taking in the horrific scene before him. His son was unconscious; lying sprawled out on his back. What remained of a small culture tube lay shattered next to him, and chemicals dripping from a workbench bubbled and fizzled as they made contact with the hardwood floor.

Acidum salis, he thought, his eyes widening.

Mortain raised his arm to his mouth, careful to not inhale any of the smoke that was filling the room. He trembled as he came closer, observing the damage that had been done to the left side of his son’s face.

The skin was mostly raw red with patches of peeling burned black skin hanging off his face. Blood was seeping from some of the deep crevasses caused by the acid. Most of the damage was confined to the cheek and jaw area. His eye was spared any damage.

“Oh, my dear Lord,” he uttered, fear filling his heart. “My poor boy! What have I done?”

Buy Link!!!!

http://www.bhcauthors.com/Books_Flohr_Rite_of_Wands.html

 

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About the Author

 

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Mackenzie Flohr grew up in the heartland of America, chasing leprechauns and rainbows and dreaming of angels. Her parents nurtured a love of fantasy and make-believe by introducing her at a very young age to the artistic and cultural opportunities that the city of Cleveland had to offer.

From the time she could hold a pencil, Mackenzie was already creating pictorial interpretations of classic stories, and by the age of nine, she and a childhood friend were authors and reviewers of their own picture books.

While following her love of adventure, Mackenzie found a second home, the Beck Center for the Arts Children’s and Teen Theater School. It was there that a world of wonder was only a script and a performance away.

Yet it wasn’t until she was on a trip to Indiana, viewing a Lord of the Rings exhibit, that the innermost desire of her heart became clear to her. She wanted to write a fantasy of her own, one that could inspire imagination in others and lead them into a magical world of their own making. She hopes The Rite of Wands will do just that.

New Release of Lu Whitley’s BloodLoss

Hello, fellow book lovers!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you in on some exciting news. Today, Lu Whitley’s BloodLoss is available! This novella is a prequel to the Fraktioneer Series. For those of you who read BloodMarked, this is a must read!

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Blurb:

Join your favorite Book Boyfriends, Jaromir Ragnarsson & the ever-wonderful Stein, nearly 400 years before the events of BloodMarked (The Fraktioneers #1) in this all new prequel novella! Cursed to live in the shadows, Jaromir Ragnarsson wanders the world, searching for a sign. What he finds wasn’t exactly what he had in mind. Nearly four hundred-fifty years after a fateful meeting with a Wyrd woman changes his life, Jaromir is no longer alone. His adoptive son is the light of his long life, and he believes he will do anything to keep him safe. When that belief is tested, will he have the strength to do what is necessary? Even if, no matter what he chooses, he loses?

Sounds great, right! Well, it’s available in paperback on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/BloodLoss-Fraktioneer-Fraktioneers-Lu-Whitley/dp/1523417161/

If you’re interested in starting a new Paranormal Fantast series, grab BloodLoss, and follow it up with BloodMarked!

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Blurb:

Her nightmares are real, and they’re out for blood.

Greta Brandt’s life is run of the mill, except for the nightmares – violent dreams of creatures that wear the skin of the people around her… and him, the man with the golden hair and incandescent red eyes.

After 800 cursed years, Jaromir Ragnarsson has finally found the violet-eyed woman with the star-shaped birthmark of the BloodMarked: Greta Brandt. But he’s not the only one who’s been searching for her.

When terror strikes close to home, Greta must finally accept her role in a world she thought only existed in her fevered dreams, putting her wavering trust in the one man who knows the full truth about her fate.

Available on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/BloodMarked-Fraktioneers-Book-Lu-Whitley-ebook/dp/B00U5BQA58/

 

Spotlight on Mistral Dawn: The Book Garden Tour

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Mistral Dawn Author Spotlight & Giveaway

Today, I am spotlighting a friend on her blog tour sponsored by The Book Garden. She is a wonderful person who has given me much help during my first year of writing. Her name is Mistral Dawn and she currently has three books out in a fantasy series. Currently, I am reading the first one, Taken By the Huntsman, and I have reached about 70% of the way through it. I feel I should give some of my impressions about the book as they will do nothing but compliment her spotlight.

Taken By the Huntsman is the first book in a long time on the subject of the Fae that I can say I enjoyed. The story is great, so far, and I’m impressed with the characters. The one that stands out the most for me is Cassie. She is a strong, independent female who desires to maintain her independence and usefulness after she is kidnapped by the Huntsman. She isn’t a bubble-headed woman who just bumbles through the story. She moves with intent and makes an effort to really learn about her surroundings and try to find her place in her new environment. Almost immediately, she takes to learning how to speak the language. I was quite impressed with her to say the least. The huntsman was equally impressive as he held aggression, compassion, devotion and duty in equal balance, which I find very appealing in a character. The story didn’t delve into gratuitous sex, which I was delighted with. I have read many series like this where sex was the focal point. Mistral was able to infuse it in the story to show the huntsman’s desire for Cassie without turning the story into porn.

So there are my thoughts on this series so far. I will give my full review on it once I am finished, but for now, I am happy to spotlight…

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Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who currently lives in the SE US.  She moves around quite a bit, and has lived on both US coasts, but somehow never in the middle.  When she isn’t writing fantasy, romance novels or impersonating a graduate student, she rescues cats and kittens out of her home.  Please spay or neuter your pets! :-)

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Series: Book #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
PublicationDate: September 9, 2014

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Discarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life. Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a Fae, hundreds of thousands of years old, who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.
While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her heart.
Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?

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Series: Book #2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
PublicationDate: September 9, 2014

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The Summer Court is in an uproar. The king has just been executed for unpardonable crimes, and the queen is prostrate with grief over his loss. This leaves the Summer kingdom bereft of true leadership; a problem which is compounded by the fact that the laws of Fairie require balance to be maintained by having a male and a female ruler for both Season Courts at all times. Uaine, the Summer prince, is the only one who can put things right, but he is without a mate. Knowing that he must take a bride quickly, for the sake of his people, even though he is struggling with his own feelings of pain and anger over his father’s treachery, he goes for a walk in a forest near the palace to try to clear his head and determine how best to choose a female to rule beside him.
While walking Uaine discovers a human female running loose in Fairie, which is against the most basic tenets of Fae law. Furious at one more problem he must deal with, he takes her prisoner and locks her in the dungeon; only to discover later that she is his soul-mate. The magical bond between them means they are meant to be together forever, but humans can’t feel the magic of Fairie. Will Uaine be able to win her heart and convince her that she can trust him to keep her safe from all the dangers of Fairie…including himself?
Roni is a human con woman and petty thief. Having run afoul of the local crime syndicate in the city where she is staying, she finds herself running for her life. Trouble is no stranger to her, but when she falls through a hole in a wall and finds herself in a world with carnivorous trees and rocks that eat people she realizes she may have found more of it than she can deal with. Rescued/arrested by the prince of the Summer Court, it doesn’t take long for her to formulate a plan to use him to get herself home.
Unfortunately for her, she soon finds that her heart, which she had thought long ago turned to stone, has begun to feel the love she has been playing at. Will she be able to overcome a lifetime of caution and allow herself to follow her heart? Can a criminal love a cop?

Excerpt from Bound By The Summer Prince:

Roni lay with her head pillowed on Uaine’s shoulder, and his arm around her.  Just the feel of his body next to hers was enough to bring carnal images to her mind.  Tilting her head up, she looked at him and gave him a wicked smile.

Laughing at the mischief in her expression, Uaine said, “And just what might you be thinking?”

“Would you like me to show you?”

“Hmmmm…I don’t know.  That’s quite a look of deviltry in your eyes.”

“Ha! Coward! You can dish it out, but you can’t take it?”

“Ah, how could any male refuse such a challenge?” He smiled. “Do your worst, my love.”

Sitting up, Roni pulled her shirt over her head and wiggled out of her pants.  Wearing only her lacy bra and panties, she got up onto her knees and put her hands on her hips, looking at the prince appraisingly.

Uaine just lay back, with his arms crossed behind his head, and cocked an eyebrow at her.

Grinning, she grabbed his shirt and yanked it over his head, so it covered his face.

He started to sit up. “Hey!”

She put a hand on his chest and pushed him back down. “Uh, uh, uh! Stay where you are.”

When he had subsided, Roni kissed his exposed neck, and down to his collarbone. Uaine’s breathing deepened, as she slowly made her way down to his chest.  Running her fingers lightly over his body, she traced the outlines of his muscles.

Gently plucking at his nipples with her fingers, she kissed her way down his chest to suck the right one between her lips.  While her right hand played with his left nipple, her left hand slowly trailed down to cup him through his pants.  He bucked into her hand, and moaned as she began to caress him.


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Series: Book #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
PublicationDate: February 25, 2014

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Jillian knows something bad is going to happen! She has been a loyal adviser to the throne and friend of the queen, Briallen, for thousands of years, and now Roni and Uaine’s wedding and coronation are to take place in just a couple days. The Summer Court will have a new king and queen, who, it is hoped, can repair the damage and heal the schism the late king created.
But Jillian can’t shake the feeling that trouble is brewing. Many of the Summer nobles aren’t happy about the changes that are taking place in the Summer Court, and many of the other Fae just aren’t too sure about having a human on the throne…even if she has been blessed by the goddess. When Angelica, the leader of the Pixies, comes to her with news of a plot to murder the prince and princess, Jillian’s suspicions are confirmed. Will the two of them be able to unravel this conspiracy in time to save the royal couple? Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in Fairie be lost forever?

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A Review of The Dragon and the Apprentice by Sully Tarnish

I recently finished an excellent fantasy story called, The Dragon and the Apprentice by Sully Tarnish, which is sure to delight readers of all ages. It’s the first book in the Chronicles of Sir John the Worm Series. It’s a whimsical tale with robust characters and a plot full of shenanigans. The story takes place in the English countryside, in the time of knights and kings, of course, which lends a magical backdrop to the tale. The characters are highly likable, and you can’t help but giggle at their constant need for to be proper, even when scheduling duels. The story follows the rocky friendship of Sir John the dragon and Palomides and their never-ending desire to best each other during their annual contest. The result of one such battle leads them to make a most unusual wager. The rest of the story follows them on their quest to find the perfect apprentices, though not without difficulties.

While the plot is entertaining, it’s the characters that drew me into the story. Sir John the dragon, with the help of his trusted companion Squire Shallow, cause plenty of chaos all over the countryside, with finesse, good manners, and a plethora of high-brow vocabulary. No matter what the dragons’ may be up to, Squire Shallow ensures that the proper rules of conduct are adhered to, as they are sensible dragons. Palomides is the most unusual wizard I have ever encountered, being fashionable, over-confident, and resourceful. He has a knack of using unorthodox methods of accomplishing his goals, which can sometimes get him into trouble.  All of the characters, both major and minor, added to the whimsy and snarky touch that makes this story so delightful.

I will confess, I’ve left out much about this story so that I don’t spoil it for anyone but trust me you will love it! If you’re into proper dragons, eccentric wizards and a basketful of hare-brained ideas, then grab a copy of The Dragon and the Apprentice. However, be forewarned, the book ends with a cliffhanger of sorts, and I am happily waiting for the next installment.

Note: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

You can pick up a copy today: http://www.amazon.com/Dragon-Apprentice-Book-Chronicles-John-ebook/dp/B010Y07ZJ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1442363270&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Dragon+and+the+Apprentice

Happy Reading!

Regina

Mistral Dawn’s Cover Reveal of Intrigue In The Summer Court

Hello, everyone!

I am blogging a cover reveal for the lovely Mistral Dawn. Her book is called Intrigue In The Summer Court. Below is her release, so without further ado, Mistral Dawn!

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Hey, Everyone!!! 🙂

I revealed the title at my Facebook party last Saturday but have you been wondering what the cover of Intrigue In The Summer Court would look like?  Well, here it is!!!! 🙂

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Julie Nichols is the talented artist who created it, and I, for one, think she did a totally awesome job!!!! 🙂  If you’re interested in seeing more of her work, you can find her here:

www.juliemirishkanicholls.wordpress.com

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

Her prices are very reasonable.  For ebook covers that the author provides the stock photos for and just need her to manipulate the photos and paint over small parts, she only charges $20!  To include a wrap-around cover that can be used for a paperback, she charges $30.  And for custom-painted covers (like the one above) she charges $100, and as you can see they are well worth the price!! 🙂

For people just looking for decorations for their home or desk, she is working on a new Amazon store (she says it will be like Etsy) where she will be listing her work for sale soon.  In the meantime, you can find her books here:

http://www.amazon.com/Julie-Nicholls/e/B00Q5JJF10/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Did I mention she’s also an amazing novelist?  A woman of many talents!! 🙂  The easiest way to contact her for custom artwork is through Facebook. 🙂  And besides being wildly talented, she really is a gem! 🙂

So…would you like to see the synopsis for Intrigue In The Summer Court???? 😉  Here it is:

Jillian just knows something bad is going to happen!  She’s been a loyal adviser to the throne and friend of the queen, Briallen, for thousands of years, and now Roni and Uaine’s wedding and coronation are to take place in just a couple days.  The Summer Court will have a new king and queen, who can hopefully repair the damage and heal the schism the late king created.

But Jillian just can’t shake the feeling that trouble is brewing.  Many of the Summer nobles aren’t happy about the changes that are taking place in the Summer Court, and many of the other Fae just aren’t too sure about having a human on the throne…even if she has been blessed by the goddess.  When Angelica, the leader of the Pixies, comes to her with news of a plot to murder the prince and princess, Jillian’s suspicions are confirmed.  Will the two of them be able to unravel this conspiracy in time to save the royal couple?  Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in Fairie be lost forever?

Huh, sounds pretty dire, what do you think? 😉  Would you like to read some excerpts?  Check these out! 🙂

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/breaking-news.html?spref=tw

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/guess-whos-on-guestlist.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/uh-oh-what-trouble-are-these-two-up-to.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/a-sinfulsundays-excerpt.html

http://mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/2015/07/shortstory-update-excerpt.html

And don’t forget to stay tuned for the release announcement!!!! 🙂  Coming Soon! 😉

Thanks for stopping by!

Mistral