Tears of a Heart by Chase Blackwood

Tears of a Heart medium sizeTears of a Heart by Chase Blackwood:  A continent on the verge of war.

A boy who is destined to become a legend.
A truth waiting to be uncovered.

A powerful coming-of-age tale of a young man destined to become one of the most powerful men Verold has ever known.

It’s a unique tale of adventure, adversity, and strength. Written with the hand of a poet and the heart of a warrior. The book’s action and depth will astound as the reader delves deeper into the masterful world painted in detailed strokes.
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Crimson & Cream by C M Skeira

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Hounded by watchmen, trolls, goblins, and a relentless bounty hunter, thirteen-year-old Jetsam dreams of the day he’ll no longer have to run for his life.  A victim of circumstance burdened with an interminable unlucky streak, each sunrise ushers in more difficulty for the resilient adolescent.  An avalanche of life-changing events forces him to boldly decide his future.

In the mountain city of Dwim-Halloe, Eidryn and Elvar were born twins to teachers at the city’s revered School of Sorcery. When the new king outlawed magic, the boys’ parents were murdered. Their deaths forfeited the siblings’ magical birthright and rendered them homeless fugitives.

Rescued by an orphan gang, the water-logged twins were nicknamed Flotsam and Jetsam. To survive as outcasts, the orphans scavenge and pilfer nightly. Their last risky foray sent them fleeing into an unfamiliar cavern. Now the brothers are lost deep underground where they encounter a strange beast that will change their lives forever and begin a harrowing journey for their ultimate survival.

Crimson & Cream recounts Jetsam’s adventurous tale of flight and discovery as the fugitive orphan unravels the tangled mysteries his tortured past while securing his tenuous future. Crimson & Cream is a classic swords and sorcery coming-of-age adventure set in a traditional fantasy world.

Reviews:From Tome Tender Book Blog:  Danger, conflict and an adventurous search for answers in a world filled with fantastical beings, kings, and magic. What better way to snag the attention of the daring inner child in all of us who dreams of living large in a world that just begs for us to conquer it? Crimson & Cream by C. M. Skiera is a surefire magnetic for reluctant YA readers.

C.M. Skiera holds nothing back as he builds his fantasy world from the caves on up as he pulls the reader through the rabbit hole and we fall into his tale. Unafraid to color darkness and pain into his story, Mr. Skiera has created a realm of possibility, daring and heroic characters that one would be proud to call a friend. He writes with a crisp style and vivid detail, until one smells the dank tunnels and gropes blindly through the dark along with his characters. Evil is evil, ominous and larger than life, but Jetsam and his “family” demonstrate that loyalty and love go a long way. Absolutely wonderful reading and the perfect cornerstone for a new fantasy trilogy!

From Amazon.com: Crimson and Cream is the debut fantasy novel from author, C.M. Skiera, and a wonderful beginning to what promises to be an exciting series.

The story begins with Flotsam and Jetsam, twin orphans nicknamed for the water they were pulled from after fleeing from the men who killed their parents. Their parents had been killed for being sorcerers after the king outlawed magic. On their birthday, they sneak onto the grounds of the king’s castle at the behest of the headstrong Jetsam, in hopes to procure fruit from the abundant orchard there. After being spotted, the twins are sent into a dangerous chase, one that serves as a catalyst for the adventure to follow.

This seemingly innocuous beginning turns into a quest to discover the secrets of the twins’ past while being hunted by a bounty hunter whose sole motivation is to cement his legacy, no matter the cost. Intense battles with trolls, being abducted by a group of men with questionable motivations, fleeing from a vicious bounty hunter, and encountering a massive beast out of legend are just a few of the exciting situations we find the unlikely protagonist thrust into. And let me tell you, it’s an intense, fast-paced ride until the end.

One thing that really struck me with Crimson and Cream is the massively emotional whack over the head that C.M. Skiera introduces fairly early into the story(sorry, not going to spoil anything here). Although the story doesn’t quite reach the same level of emotional impact afterwards, the scene is bold, and is plays a pivotal role in character growth throughout the book.

The story is very well written and plotted. C.M. Skiera has a wonderful talent for description and dialogue, and his characters are unique and interesting. The story introduces several original concepts, though also treads familiar fantasy ground, mostly in Tolkienesque fashion(completely meant as a compliment). Though having Book One included in the title of this book, you can’t help but be a little disappointed as the last page ends, leaving many unanswered questions. Hopefully we won’t have to wait long for the answers!

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C.M. Skiera grew up in Michigan and now lives in California with his wife and two rescue Chihuahuas. He works as a professional environmental engineer to pay the bills and has been writing since the mid 1990s. Crimson & Cream is his debut epic fantasy novel. He started writing Crimson & Cream in 1999, and after lots of twists and turns, 13 drafts, plenty of rejections, the arrival of the 21st Century and the advent of online self-publishing, the ebook was self-published on Smashwords and Amazon.com in August of 2012. C.M. Skiera is currently finalizing Mirrors & Mist, book two of The Oxbow Kingdom Trilogy.

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Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum by Yvonne Hertzberger

Back From Chaos: Book One of Earth’s Pendulum

Back From Chaos - smallBattle and bloodshed have upset the Balance, crippling the goddess Earth’s power to prevent further chaos. Unless it is restored more disasters will ensue: famines, plagues, more unrest and war.
Four chosen: Lord Gaelen of Bargia, Klast, his loyal spy and assassin, Lady Marja of Catania and her maid Brensa. Each is unaware of the roles they must play in restoring that Balance.
Most important of these is Klast. It is he who must rescue the kidnapped maid, he who must unmask and bring to justice the traitor who threatens all their lives. It is also he who must deal with the scars from his tormented and abused past before he can accept the final part he must play in Earth’s recovery. But he is a most reluctant and unlikely hero and time is short.
Reviews:
One minute I’m reading the book, the next I’m scrambling to make sure I downloaded the second novel. Thank God I had. Yvonne Hertzberger has a wonderful talent about her, able to create a world that doesn’t need all that much explanation to understand, and a solid plot built around characters rather than something catastrophic like many of the popular dystopian novels lining bookshelves these days. Earth, the Mother, is out of Balance and it’s up to a spy with no emotion to save her by saving a maid, Bensa, whose been brutally raped. Playing in the background is the coming-of-age story of Lord Gaelen, whose suddenly found himself ruler of Bargia by the double death of his father and elder brother, and Marja, Lady of the conquered kingdom Catania.
Their joining is looked on by some with hope. But for another, it’s a different story-one that could spell disaster and death not just for Bargia and Catania, but for the Earth as well.
Political intrigue, romance, magic, what more could anyone ask for?
I found myself falling in love with each of the characters. Especially Klast and Brensa. Both are so flawed, so perfectly damaged it makes for a beautiful love story that had tears welling.
The book zips along wonderfully, making for a quick but satisfying read. I think the only real trouble I had was getting used to the author’s writing style. It is much more direct than I’m used too and very formal. However, once I was five chapters in the narration flowed more easily until I had to force myself to put my iPad down to sleep.
The author should be proud, and congratulated for a very well written first novel that makes the reader want to do nothing else but pick up the second and get to reading! http://www.amazon.com/review/RFF484OK5ETK5/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B006112JPG
Well written with characters you can really care about. When a writer can make me cry, I’m THERE. Klast and his tightly contained emotions is a wonderful character. He performs duties he abhors, but he does them willingly due to loyalty to the lord he serves–often at his own emotional expense. Watching the well-scripted changes in this character is enough, but there is Marja–strong and educated for a woman of her time; Gaelen–too soon in life brought to power and never having time to grieve his losses, he wears his mantle well. How does a new lord bring two formerly warring communities together under that mantle and the price he pays to do it are so well written you won’t want to put this one down. I finished it at 3 a.m. this morning and wish there had been even more. http://www.amazon.com/review/RHR25I4Z3P4WA/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B006112JPG

authorphoto2-1Bio:
Yvonne Hertzberger lives in Stratford, Ontario with her spouse, Mark. She calls herself a late bloomer as she began writing at the ripe age of 56. Her Fantasy/ Magic Realism trilogy, ‘Earth’s Pendulum’ has been well received and she is working on a new novel not related to the trilogy. She loves to sing, garden and spend time with like-minded people and family.
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Witch-Hunt by Wendy Scott

witchhunt finalA cauldron of trouble is brewing in Valloaria …

Me sister loved me. I could see it in every worry-etched line on her face. I rested me hand on hers, looked her eye to eye, and said, “If it was one of ye bairns, ye’d go too.”

She held me gaze for a moment, and then nodded. “What will ye do?”

“Find Adorabelle and bring her home.”

“But what will ye do if the witches won’t allow it?”

I hauled the small sack I’d previously packed onto me back and me muscles groaned, but I ignored the pain, squared me shoulders and headed out the door. “I willna be asking them.”

Sabrina and Lauren’s tales entwine – linked by blood and magic. Sabrina, a newly fledged healer, is thrust out of her sheltered life at Mistress Florisah’s healing school after the destruction of the witch-ancestor portraits. An anti-witchcraft militia is poised on Karthalon’s borders threatening full scale genocide, unless Sabrina, the last of Lauren’s bloodline, can destroy the Lodestone, and restore magic to Valloaria, but the Lodestone is buried deep within the heart of the Order’s headquarters. Sabrina struggles to accept this suicide mission, and is distracted by her inappropriate affection for Micah, a prospect monk. Lauren’s ghost haunts Sabrina’s dreams as her diary reveals the tragic events behind Lauren’s actions. With invasion imminent, Sabrina embarks on her quest armed only with a sliver of the Lodestone, and Lauren’s diary but how can a lone girl prevail against an army?

Praise for Lodestone (Witch Hunt)

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“I couldn’t put it down!”

“A real witches story for real witch/fantasy lovers. Loved it!”

“Spellbinding!”

The Witch-Hunt Series.

Contains adult themes.

http://www.wendyjscott.com

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http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lodestone-Witch-Hunt-ebook/dp/B00AMQX7DO

SONY DSC  ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.
Wendy writes fantasy, children’s and romance novels.
One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!

Please visit http://www.wendyjscott.com to learn more, read Wendy’s blog or to leave her a message. She loves hearing from readers.

 

VORTEX: Return of The Effra by Lindsey J Parsons

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On a night when prophesies stir, an outraged dragon vents his anger, Damian is ripped from everything he knows and Sam’s nightmares become real…
Sam isn’t enjoying university life, she’s disillusioned with her course and having second thoughts about her future. It doesn’t help that she keeps having a scary, recurring nightmare and when she thinks things couldn’t get worse a creepy man follows her back to her room.
Damian is unique, he has silver eyes, horns and wings, he is also being visited by a ghost girl. She looks so sad and frightened he feels compelled to help her, but the night her reaches out to save her from a dragons fiery breath he gets ripped from his life, his world, from everything he knows.
Now it’s Damian who’s lost in an unfamiliar world that’s devoid of magic and full of strange monsters, his only connection with home is Sam, who he recognises as the ghost girl. Sam has to put aside her fear and disbelief in Damian’s explanations about himself to try and help him find his way home.
But in a world without magic is this possible?

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Author Bio

 

Lindsey J Parsons was born in Stratford upon Avon and grew up in nearby Solihull. She now lives in a crumbly old farm house in a small village in Warwickshire with her three children and an assortment of animal friends. She enjoys reading, writing, horseback riding, archery and looking after the numerous animals that live with her.

She says:

“When I’m not writing and looking after my children, then I love to go for a ride on my horse in the woods near my home. I never tire of riding up there, the trees are so beautiful and there’s so much wildlife to see. If I’m not riding, then archery’s my next big passion, not that I’m any good, but keep practising!”

Lindsey started writing in 2009, on a complete whim and completed ‘Vortex’ her first novel and the first book in a trilogy called Return of The Effra, eighteen months later. She is now working on the second book ‘Wicked Game’. She has also completed a handful of short stories which have been included in three anthologies.

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The Queen’s Blade (Book 1 in The Queen’s Blade series) by TC Southwell

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A doomed kingdom, a young queen’s sacrifice and a killer who will bring an empire to its knees… In a world where men share kindred with beasts, an ageless seer predicts a child who will end the Endless War. One man is the instrument who will change fate. He will usher in a time of strife and pain that will live in legend, and forever bear his name… the time of the Queen’s Blade.
Review from Vanessa Finaughty:
Blade is my favourite type of hero – reluctant! He has a nasty past he’d rather forget, but can’t, and prefers to be left alone to his own devices, never allowing anyone too close to him. The good nature he was born with, however, seems to win out where the important people are concerned – those who truly care for him despite his ugly attitude towards and treatment of them.

I recommend this entire series to anyone with an imagination, particularly if you love animals and seeing bad guys suffer.

 

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TC SouthwellT. C. Southwell’s bio

T. C. Southwell was born in Sri Lanka and moved to the Seychelles when she was a baby. She spent her formative years exploring the islands – mostly alone. Naturally, her imagination flourished and she developed a keen love of other worlds. The family travelled through Europe and Africa and, after the death of her father, settled in South Africa.

T. C. Southwell has written over thirty novels, ranging from fantasy and science fiction to romance and adventure, as well as five screenplays. Her hobbies include motorcycling, horse riding and art, and she is now a full-time writer.

Trading OHM by Matthew Van Vlack

image001When an ancient artifact is stolen from the Vatican a series of unlikely cosmic events occur and suddenly the fate of all humanity comes to rest in the hands of five Los Angeles stoners — like literally, dude!

These reluctant heroes were chosen by the Virgin Mary herself, and entrusted with the Augur, the world’s most powerful object. It’s been stolen from a secret vault beneath the Vatican, by a magical thief hired by the Holy Mother and the Norse god Odin.

When the Augur suddenly activates itself everyone from Homeland Security, to paramilitary Jehovah’s Witnesses, to Seventh-day Adventists, to a gun-toting Templar priest from the Vatican, descends upon an L.A. medical marijuana dispensary called O.H.M. looking for it. Terrified, confused and maybe just a bit stoned, our unlikely heroes must unlock the secret of the Augur before all Hell really breaks loose.

Trading OHM is the first part of the Augurspell Mystery, a satirical urban fantasy epic that challenges modern man’s terror of a self-made Armageddon. No political, religious or social institution is left unscathed by the unleashing of the enigmatic Augur and the hapless heroes, dictatorial villains and questionable protectors who cross continents, timelines, basic human decency and every government on Earth, to save humanity from the one force against which it has absolutely no hope…itself.

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TRADING OHM (ISBN: 978-1-62212-283-7) is now available for $21.97 and can be ordered through the publisher’s website: http://sbpra.com/MatthewVanVlack or at http://www.amazon.com or http://www.barnesandnoble.com.

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Contact your representative with the ISBN for purchase. Wholesale purchase for retailers, universities, libraries, and other organizations is also available through the publisher; please email bookorder@aeg-online-store.com.

image002(1)About the Author: Matthew Van Vlack weaves a modern-day fairy tale like nothing else you’ve ever read before. As the Brothers Grimm in their day, this urban fantasy throws aside any preconceived notions of politics, government, morality and who truly holds the power in society. Trading OHM will challenge what you believe while making you laugh as hard as you can.

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