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Blog Tour: ‘The Harbinger’ by Candace Wondrak

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Welcome to my stop on the launch tour for Candace Wondrak’s The Harbinger!

TheHarbinger CoverThe Harbinger (Book #1)

Genre: Reverse Harem/ Fantasy

Expected Publication Date: November 5th, 2018

Synopsis:

The rules of the Second, a list by Faith Blackwell.

One: technology doesn’t work. The Second doesn’t need electricity when it has magic. Two: don’t trust anyone. The Second’s races—the Elven, the Malus, the Ulen and the Dracon—are way too pretty to trust. Three: when someone tells you you’re the new Harbinger, believe them. Bad things happen if you don’t.

Back in the sixties, the last Harbinger permanently opened the gateways between Earth and the Second. Humanity grew accordingly. Faith is in her fifth year at the Academy, with her sight set on joining the Division, the branch of government that enforces what most law enforcement can’t, like smuggling goods between worlds. Following her mother’s footsteps has always been the plan.

Of course, she doesn’t want to follow them to a T. Her mother had awful luck with men, as did her grandma. Faith wouldn’t mind finding out what’s so special about a man that it has her quirky grandma swearing at them constantly. A field trip to the Second is just what she needs.

Being the first female Harbinger in the Second’s history and having to face down the realm’s most dangerous Dracon, also known as the ridiculously-named Dread King? Not what she needs.

Faith isn’t a hero. That sort of responsibility is not what she wants. The perks that come with it—like a sexy but infuriating Elf, a flirty Malus, and a quiet and pensive Ulen—well, maybe for them she’ll make an exception to her grandma’s no-man rule.

Maybe she’ll have them all.

The Harbinger is the first in a slow-burn, reverse harem fantasy series. Expect eventual hot and steamy scenes, coupled with the Chosen One trope, and a heroine who will reluctantly try to save a world that isn’t hers.

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Excerpt

One Elf in particular caught Faith’s eye. He stood in the front of the group, surveying each student with disdain in his deep blue eyes. His hair was a light yellow, cut short in the way that she heard was popular among Elven warriors. A bow clung to his back. He was tall; they all were. Definitely over six feet.

“This is what can be if you treat nature correctly,” the blonde Elf spoke snidely, turning to face the teacher, who was clearly the eldest of the group. “Welcome to the Springsweet of Alyna. Anything you have packed to bring will be brought across while we commence. We waste no time here. We will break off into the pre-chosen groups and start your shadowing today. Only ask of your mentor things that deal with his or her trade. Any other questions—” There was a pause as he frowned, a strange sight on such a pretty man. “—can wait until the gathering, which we will have every night. As it is the first time for some of our tutors, I expect that if they should have questions in return, you will do your best to explain. This is not a fun trip. This is a trip where we learn more about each other. Learn to live in harmony.”

Faith looked to Cara, pursing her lips. The Elf didn’t sound like he wanted harmony. But Cara was too engrossed, staring with wide eyes at the pretty specimen before them. Faith definitely had to have a talking with her as soon as she could. Cara couldn’t go through this entire trip slack-jawed and weak at the knees.

The Elf continued to explain, introducing his comrades—a mixture of beautiful men and women who didn’t look a day over thirty—who were apparently the tutors the fifth years were going to follow, depending on which thing they signed up for. Faith tuned out after he introduced the Elf in charge of the apothecary students; a pretty woman with a long, flowing dress and an equally long name that Faith would never remember, nor would she try to.

Turning her gaze back to the castle, Faith studied it more. A gust of wind blew past her, and a tingling sensation crept up her arms beneath her long sleeves. Her Victi itched, but she dared not draw attention to herself and her illegally-gotten tattoos. The Elven knew as much about Victus as any person in the Academy. Plus, with her streak, they’d tattle on her like Finn did.

A chill grew on her spine, causing her to shiver for a moment in spite of the warm, unobstructed sun overhead. Faith felt an elbow on her side, turning to attention to find that the blonde Elf singled her out.

Of course. She wasn’t even here an hour yet and she was already going to get in trouble.

“You. Repeat what I said,” he commanded, his level of sternness matched by only her mother and Tullie back home.

“Welcome, welcome, here’s my boring introduction. Don’t worry, though, I promise things’ll get funner around here, starting when I leave, because I bring a foul attitude anywhere I go,” Faith rattled off, which admittedly was probably not the best thing to do. Around her a few of her classmates laughed.

“Ooh, a funny one. I pity the tutor you’ll be spending the next seven days with.”

Faith would’ve given him the finger, but she wasn’t certain that he’d know what it meant, so she settled with a shrug.

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About the Author

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Hey guys! I’m a writer, an office worker, a wife, a mother to two dogs and two cats, and half of a strange pair of young adults who flip the houses they’re living in with the goal of having no mortgage (so that I can eventually focus on my writing career!). Needless to say, I’m busy.

Still, I somehow find time to write, to read, and to enjoy life. Wish there were more hours in the day, really!

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Book Review: ‘Rogue’ by Tonya Coffey

Title: Rogue (A Valkyrie Tale Book 1)

Published: 29th January 2017

Author: Tonya Coffey

Facebook: www.facebook.com/coffeytonya

Twitter: @coffeytonya1

 

Synopsis:

Clytie, a Valkyrie, finds herself questioning Odin’s orders when Psyche comes for a shape-shifting panther, Storm. He rescues Clytie from a giant and something inside of her changes. A spark ignites; triggering an emotion Valkyries are forbidden to experience. Following her new feelings, she turns her back on all she knows to be with Storm. However, she knows it’s only a matter of time before Odin puts a price on their heads.

Odin furious with his Valkyrie for disobeying him, and proving the Well right, accepts the War is coming and Clytie will be the goddess who dethrones him, unless her sister stops her first.

 

Review:

Goes down as another off my 2018 Bookworm Bingo Challenge – A book with a beautiful cover. Well it is purple and that’s my favourite colour so kind of gives it an edge. Warriors, wolves, shifters, gods of war and Valkyrie’s alike must come together to fight the battle that’s brewing. Odin must be stopped and it looks like they are just the ones to do it.

Clytie seems to have gotten herself in a bit of a tricky situation right from the get go. Luckily it seems that a black panther shifter, Storm, is there to help, seemingly having an overwhelming urge to protect her. Thing is he gets hurt and is near death, near enough for Psyche, Clytie’s sister, to come to take him to be a part of Odin’s army, something Clytie feels compelled to stop. Seems they both want to protect the other but have no idea why. Fate has pulled them together but will it keep them together? Odin might have a few words to say about that.

Clytie knows the moment her sister tells Odin of what she has done the whole of Asgard will come for them. Her sister included, the one she will need to watch out for the most. She might now be a rogue but she’s one with a panther shifter on her side so that has to count for something, right? He’s saved her life in a battle so it’s only fair she save his. Almost like ‘tag you’re it’, next time you save me.

The connection between them is so strong and neither can deny it for long. When the running danger comes too close the heat rises to the surface. A kiss to connect but in the process brings a storm in itself. Clytie was once told of a story about the Valkyrie of the earth – the ultimate Valkyrie. Fearing she is part of it, and not knowing the whole story, she runs from the one person she needs most. She is their goddess, their savior and it’s something she can’t run from.

Seems Psyche has her own protector in Borea, who inadvertently gets himself in hot water so feels the need to protect her from what’s coming. He knows she will follow Odin’s orders but will her love for her sister stop her from completing the mission? Seems when you go out of your way to stop a prophecy from coming true you end up creating the reason for why its meant to happen in the first place. Something Odin should think on with what’s to come. Those who serve must follow orders but what happens when they know they shouldn’t? A battle is coming but which side will come out on top?

Two prophecies for the price of one. Not only was an ultimate Valkyrie promised but also the shifters were told of a great Alpha from Storm’s pride that would lead them. Two prophecies coming together to create the ultimate power couple? A storm is brewing, quite literally, and it’s my favourite colour – purple! What’s not to love?

Interesting mystical world you are thrown into with this one. A journey like none other that is full force forward right from the get go. Fate and prophecies will not be denied and those that go against them will soon see the error of their ways. A battle might be won but the war is still to play for. With Storm by Clytie’s side they can do anything. Let the journey continue.

4.5 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘DarkSkull Hall’ by Lisa Cassidy

Title: DarkSkull Hall (The Mage Chronicles Book 1)

Published: 4th December 2016

Publisher: Tate House

Author: Lisa Cassidy

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Lisa-Cassidy

Twitter: @LCass_writes

Instagram: www.instagram.com/lcasswrites

 

Synopsis:

Dive into the first book of epic young adult fantasy series The Mage Chronicles…

DarkSkull Hall. Secretive, gloomy and wreathed in magic. A place where young men and women with magic are turned into mages… if they survive the training.

When Alyx Egalion is sent there just after her sixteenth birthday, she despairs. Nobody at DarkSkull cares that she’s the daughter of Rionn’s most powerful and wealthy lord, or that she’s practically betrothed to the future king, her best friend Cayr.

Trapped there by her father’s order for a full year, all she wants is to get back home to Cayr and her friends. Yet surviving DarkSkull is no easy task, and unable to access her magic, Alyx has nothing but her growing friendship with a handful of DarkSkull’s other misfits and her own wits to rely on.

And the longer she spends at DarkSkull, the more she discovers about the terrible secrets that hide her true past—secrets that challenge everything she’s ever believed in. Outside DarkSkull, the shadows are gathering and a long held peace begins to crack… could Alyx’s long-buried magic be the one thing that saves them all?

Book 2 of The Mage Chronicles – Taliath – is available at thbooks.press/TaliathUS.

Book 3 of The Mage Chronicles – Darkmage – is available at thbooks.press/DarkmageUS

 

Review:

Mystery and magic coming together to create an interesting adventure for Alyx – not that she really wants it. Just give her time though, she’ll soon show everyone just what she can do.

Alyx was separated from her brother and mother at the age of five all in the name of protecting her. From what she has no idea, she just has to trust that her father and his powerful friends (Astor her godfather and the kings lord-mage along with the king himself to name a few) will keep her safe from dangers that circle. The thing is she has no memory of any of this, so it could come back to haunt her and her father. Safe for a time in Rionn maybe but you know is soon to change.

Alyx seems to have had a life of luxury with growing up in Rionn. Doesn’t hurt that her best friend Cayr just happens to be the Prince. Things are changing between them though, playing alone at five is one thing but now they are older people are going to talk. Stolen kisses from newfound declarations should have been the start of something great but when the new lord-mage Casovar comes to town he causes her world to be turned upside down. And that’s not the only thing to worry about with the uneasy truce between Rionn and Shivasa on thin ice. The only way to protect Rionn is to have powerful mages keeping a watchful eye, but new mages have been few and far between.

Seems Alyx has always had the potential to become a mage – not that she knew – as her mother was one and when Casovar sees her he sees potential. To become a mage she needs to be sent to DarkSkull Hall and well if the king has ordered it there is nothing her father can do to stop it. The trip to get there is over land near enemy borders and even with 20 warrior bluecoat guards you know trouble to going to follow them. She’ll give them a year to see if her magic comes out, if not then she can come home, but she needs to at least try. So Alyx, along with a set of twins, Finn and Dawn, are off to DarkSkull Hall. Dawn’s power has awakened so its good odds Finn’s will too, whether they want their gifts is another matter entirely.

The journey there might at first seem to create the most trouble and danger when they get into the disputed area but that will soon be a thing of the past. They get a bit too close to comfort to the Lord of Widow Falls – claimed to be a mad old man – but instead encounter his son Ladan. His men might have got them out of a sticky spot but he has a mysterious air about him. The fact he wishes to go to DarkSkull Hall with them to train causes a bit of concern. What are his true motives? Is he really just trying to protect her? Didn’t take me too long to figure out who he might be, well written all the same.

Now this is a school where titles mean nothing so Alyx is going to have to learn things the hard way. Let’s see how she gets on – not well I’m thinking. Alyx, Dawn and Finn are the new kids on the block and will have to work together to make it through. Let’s see if they can make some new friends, and not enemies, along the way. Master Howell, Brynn and Tarrick would be a good start. Fengel and Galien on the other hand would be a no. Starts to get going a bit more when they are actually at DarkSkull starting their training. Alyx may not think she has magic but I’m guessing it’s going to come out in a big way just in the nick of time. Bullies are one thing but are they the only threat that’s coming her way? Who is really on her side and who is looking out for themselves? With memories taken I wonder if she can create a spell to get them back. They could fill in a lot of blanks.

Funny how much she changed but didn’t realize until she went home. What she liked to do and talk/gossip about now bores her. She just wanted her friends from school. Expect a big blow out with her father when she demands some answers. A little slow to start but picks up more when Alyx has been at the school a while. Twists and turns along the way. Secrets and lies mixed with mage magic. The place she doesn’t want to be at might just be the place she’s meant to be to find her true self.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from Tate House Books for my honest review.

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Book Review: ‘The Killing Grounds’ by Simon Corn

Title: The Killing Grounds (The Assassin Series Book 1)

Published: 1st April 2016

Author: Simon Corn

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SimonCornAuthor

Twitter: @si_corn_author

 

Synopsis:

Alara has only one choice to make, kill or be killed. Assassins are waiting in every shadow and she needs to finish in the top five in her class or she will be retired to the mines with the rest of the failures. Lord Osari, the most deadly assassin in city has chosen her as his apprentice and she intends to live up to his standards, no matter the cost. But when Lord Osari goes missing in action, Alara finds herself alone in a nest of young assassins, and with no one to trust she will have to retire them all and rescue her Lord by herself. After all, assassins have no friends. Her story takes her on a roller-coaster journey where she finds both good and evil lurking in the hallways of the rich and powerful families and three mythical dragon statues that hold everything together. But where there’s power there’s politics and with politics there’s greed and in the middle of it all stands the Assassin’s Guild, The Killing Grounds!

 

Review:

An interesting fantasy thriller read that is going to keep you guessing throughout, especially when it throws in a few twists and turns along the way.

The world changed after the ABC wars, which affected the Poles, shifting them so it changed how the world, and everything in it, worked. Holes in ozone layers appeared, magnetic waves started altering satellites, TV, Internet, radio and even animal populations who used them to survive suffered. Everything was thrown into chaos. These changes however brought with them gifts, something happened to the people who survived – they started to get powers, magic – they became Artists. A gift or a curse? There are always two sides to everything.

Now in this new world if you do something wrong you are retired to the mines. Retired as in dead to be brought back to work. Well for some anyway, others I’m guessing would just stay dead. This would be the job of an Assassin. Osari, a high level Guild Assassin, knows trouble is brewing and it starts with the arrival of Alara, his new spotter – someone who has to see the kill so he can get paid. She might have gone to him to be his new spotter but it seems he wants her to be his apprentice instead. Something to do with a tale long told to him about how he may have to rely on a stranger with certain gifts. Training begins at the Killing Grounds, where not everything is as it seems.

Now the Quartermaster at the Killing Grounds is someone you don’t want to mess with. He is the person that bounties of people to be taken out go to, all having committed a crime of some sort. He also seems to be a powerful Artist – side note mind tricks can be painful so Alara better watch out. He has some sound advice for when she starts training, inside the walls she’s safe but out she’s fair game. Every other apprentice in the Killing Grounds is an enemy and would try to kill her first chance they get. She needs to watch her back with the path she has chosen. This training school is a bit different with how you pass. It’s large at 32 and with the instructors wanting it to be cut down quick things are about to get dicey. Only top 5 will go into the Guild to become Assassins, so to get there a lot of others are going to need to go and by go I mean gone for good.

Now this is one class you don’t really want to be making friends. Gideon seems pleasant enough but whether he’s friend or foe only time will tell. He is the A1 for the group, top of the class. Black, A2, is very standoffish but could come in handy when trouble arises. They definitely have a bit of a rivalry complex with each other. There are only 3 other girls for Alara to contend with, Lucinda being the only one of note to worry about.

Training is hard enough but when word comes of Lord Osari’s early retirement Alara she knows she needs to watch her back, as danger might be coming from more than just her classmates. She might be catching up in the credits to go up in rankings but still has a way to go. When the council send members to ask questions about who could have retired Lord Osari, as it might be someone from her class, she knows she needs to find out too. She starts by finding his death stone within the Assassins vault. Each apprentice gets one, half to stay with you and the other for the vault, and only when you have been retired will it die. When she sees his still have life in it she knows he has been taken. She just needs to figure out by whom, how to get him back and how it’s linked to her. Is there anyone she can trust to help? Something has been set in motion; she just needs to figure out what before the danger gets too close.

Alara, Black and Lucinda are a team to be reckoned with. But are they really ready? Graduation is deadly but what follows is about to get worse. A twist at the end you won’t see coming. Whose side will our 3 assassins fall on and who really has Lord Osari? Answers entwined in this fast paced thriller read.

4 out of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review.

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Book Blitz: ‘Blood Moon – Part 1’ by S. Yurvati

Title: Blood Moon – Part 1

Chroma Crossing Chronicles Book 1

Author: S. Yurvati

Genre: Fantasy / Romance / Women’s Fiction

Recommended for readers ages 18+

 

 

About the Book:

Hunky pheromone-laden-man meets pretty accident-prone female—it should have been a love story with a happily ever after ending. However, when the bored deities choose Candy and Thorne for an amusing game, the gods and goddesses put forth sets of circumstances that can tear the couple apart and wound them deep within their souls.

With her father’s sudden demise, Candy finds she’s inherited funds and a house in beautiful historic Savannah. Not only can she now afford to go to the Savannah College of Art and Design, her future as an artist looks promising. But unfortunately, her step-mom and her disturbing son Todd reside in the main house.

When Candy gets her first commission for a life-sized portrait of a beautiful woman from a rather unsettling man, she soon questions what had seemed coincidental. Candy is a modest female who has always found solace in her artwork, whereas her widowed step-mom, Cherry Ann, considers physical pleasure and money as her measures of worth.

As Candy pursues her art, Cherry Ann pursues a new lover who expands her world of sexual gratifications far beyond past parameters. Cherry Ann finds her new risqué sex life to be addictive and doesn’t recognize the danger of the man she’s invited into her life.

After surviving a couple of ‘accidents’, Candy realizes someone apparently wishes her harm. When she’s chased (by the one thing she fears most) Candy accidentally, or so it seems, crosses into a new dimension. She finds herself in an unknown wilderness with a curious terrain that is void of color. The landscape looks like an old sepia photograph, hardly the Savannah spring day she’d left behind.  As Candy stumbles through the wild terrain, an intriguing hunter comes upon her. His presence makes her girlie parts beg to become ill behaved, and before she knows it, her hormones are arguing with her strict moral compass.

 

Praise for Blood Moon:

“Blood Moon is the perfect example of fantasy writing at its best… a multifaceted read which keeps reads involved, intrigued, and happily challenged by a myriad of subplots and characters. Blood Moon is anything but formula writing, and the very things that makes its nature elusive is the strength that sets it apart from most fantasy, romance, or other genre productions…. Suffice it to say that readers of fantasy, romance, intrigue, and women’s fiction will find much to like in the complex Blood Moon. It excels in many surprising twists and turns as Candy and Thorne face their flaws, weaknesses, dreams, and a danger that ventures into paranormal realms.” – Diane Donovan, Midwest Book Review

 

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Amazon – UK / US

 

About the Author:

S. Yurvati has always loved reading and writing. She began putting her thoughts and imaginings on paper during her childhood and continued through college years. She began writing Blood Moon back in her college days, but after graduating from CSUN with a Master’s Degree, she had to work on earning a living and had to put her writing on hold… After three decades of working in the medical world, her husband convinced her to retire and take the time to write. That led to the beginning of Chroma Crossing Chronicles and her first book: Blood Moon. The series includes: Blood Moon (Part 1 and Part 2), followed by Book 3 Dragon Tear, and Book 4 Infinity Link. S. Yurvati is currently working on the fifth and final installment of the Chroma Crossing Chronicles series.

S. Yurvati lives in Texas with the love-of-her-life husband. They have been happily married for going on 44 years.

Social Media Links:

Website: www.syurvatiauthor.com

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Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/author/show/15055586.S_Yurvati

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