Blog Tour: Edge of Death: Book Two by Joni Parker

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In this second installment of The Admiralty Archives, the warrior Lady Alexin, the Keeper of the Keys for the Elf realm of Eledon, finds herself exiled to the harsh world of near-future London. Rendered little more than a political pawn by the Elfin Council of Elders to avoid a war with the Rock Elves, she has little choice but to struggle to find her way in this strange new land. Taken under the protection of kindly mentors, Vice Admiral Malcolm Teller of the British Royal Navy and his wife, Alex brings all her skills to the fore as she uncovers a series of deadly plots.

Murder is on everyone’s mind as an underground White Supremacist organization takes aim at Admiral Teller while two wizards, resurrected from death, must kill Alex in order to survive. To make matters worse, the Rock Elves dispatch a hundred assassins from Eledon with their sole mission to bring Lady Alexin to the very… Edge of Death.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Writing fantasy novels are Joni Parker’s passion. She’s completed two series so far: “The Seaward Isle Saga” and “The Chronicles of Eledon.” Her latest series, “The Admiralty Archives, is a three-book series that begins with the “Curse of the Sea.” The second book is called “Edge of Death” and the third will be finished next year. In addition to her novels, Joni enjoys writing short stories and has contributed two stories to the anthology, “Beyond Tucson: Adventures in the Multiverse” with her writing group. Joni retired from the U.S. Navy and the Department of Homeland Security and currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with her sister.

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For more information about Joni Parker, please visit her WEBSITE, AMAZON, GOODREADS, FACEBOOK, and TWITTER.

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Chapter one

An unusual sound caught her attention and she gazed out the sunroof of the black limousine. It was a helicopter. Or a chopper. A helo—whatever they called it. Alex leaned her head back and sighed. What was it doing here? It wasn’t part of the motorcade. Over the past few weeks, she’d seen a lot of them flying in and out of Portsmouth’s Royal Naval Base in southern England. The Royal Marines had told her about them. This one hovered way too close. The pilots smiled and waved at her, so she waved back. Friendly, she thought, at first. But why were they wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day? Her instincts told her something wasn’t right. Who were these men? Assassins? Why were they waving at me? The hairs on the back of her neck rose as she thought of the worst-case scenario. The helo was going to attack them.

She nudged Leftenant Nelson of the British Royal Navy—the red-haired, fair-skinned man raised his chin, but his eyes remained fixed on the screen of his mobile. He played a video game to pass the time.

“Wait.” The young officer pushed the buttons with his thumbs and stared intensely at the small screen. The car crashed and the game ended. “Damn it!” He shook his fist and gritted his teeth. “I can’t get past this level. What in the bloody hell do you want?” He pulled his ear buds out and turned sharply; his eyes narrowed—his anger still prevailing.

“Sorry, but why is that helicopter flying so low?” Alex pointed up. She had learned one thing about the mortal world—it could be dangerous here.

“It’s just a traffic helicopter, looking for accidents on the highway.”

“So why are those men wearing sunglasses? It’s cloudy out.”

“They’re pilots—they think it makes them look cool.” He waved his hand dismissively and went back to his game.

“Good.” Alex felt relieved. Her instincts were wrong. No need to worry. This was normal. Since that night she was supposed to return home to Eledon, but couldn’t, she wasn’t quite sure what was normal and what wasn’t here in the mortal world. She relived the scene, repeating in her head on an endless loop and clenched her jaw. Lord Fissure of the Rock Elves had threatened to kill her grandfather if she tried to return home—and the sneer on his face told her that he’d won.

Chapter 2

 The man was so close she could smell garlic on his breath. Still invisible, she touched the key to his nose. He recoiled, shook his head, and touched his nose, where a bright red spot spread across his face. Then the man grabbed his chest and collapsed. Seconds later, he stopped breathing.

Oh, yeah. Alex raised her eyebrows.

The second scout called out from behind. Alex froze. As a precaution, he fired a volley of bullets in her direction, hitting the tree. Although she could feel the impact, she remained in place and uninjured. He ran up and checked on his friend, only to find him dead. Alex touched the key to the back of his head. Instantly, his face turned red and he clutched his chest and fell over…dead.

Alex stripped a Kevlar vest off one of the men, sliding it over her head and noticed the tattoos on his neck—lightning bolts and the Celtic cross, symbols of the 23rd Infantry, the white supremacists. The same group who’d tried to kill the Admiral before. She grimaced and stashed their handguns in her waistband, then grabbed the assault rifles and an ammo belt. With the rifles safely over her shoulder, she returned to the stone wall and tossed the key near her pouch to become visible once more.

Leftenant Nelson turned to her. “Where’d you go?”

“I got some weapons from those men on the left.”

“Alex, tell me what you’re going to do before you do it.” The Captain’s voice growled low and his eyes narrowed.

Alex ignored him—he would have just told her, ‘no.’ He didn’t believe in her magic. She pulled the pistols from her waistband and took off the Kevlar vest. “Admiral, put this on. It’s body armor.”

“Excellent, but does it come in another color? Black hasn’t been so lucky for me.”

Chapter 3

“I’m fine, Millie. It’s been a tough morning. On the way back from Portsmouth, we were attacked by some men from the 23rd Infantry. They’re getting more daring, I must say.”

“God, no! Malcolm, were you hurt?” She looked him over.

“No one on our side was hurt, thanks to the young lady I brought along.”

“Who?”

“I told you about her when I called. She helped us recover those men from the naval exercise I was in charge of—Hunter Dawn 2031.”

“Yes, but you told me she was going back to wherever she came from. Didn’t they show up?”

“They did, but she wasn’t allowed back.”

“Why not?”

“Well, it’s hard to explain. She wasn’t allowed back because of…the Rock Elves. She’s a Water Elf and they claim that she’s been a lethal threat to them.”

Millie stared at him; her dark brown eyes wide. “She’s dangerous? And you brought her here? Why didn’t you tell me?”

“I wanted to tell to you in person.”

“Malcolm, what are you saying? I’m confused.” She sat back and stared at him.

He squeezed her hands in his. “Let me start over. Do you remember I told you about the young girl who brought the sailors home in a wizard’s ship?”

“Yes, of course. She was arrested and put on trial but you had the Ministry drop all the charges.” Her eyes grew large. “Why?”

“It’s the same girl. She’s the reason why I went to Portsmouth.”

“What?” Her eyes flashed with anger.

“It’s not what you think, Millie. She told me that the sailors were going to arrive in Portsmouth on the fall equinox and once they came back, she could go home.”

“You just said they came back.”

“They did, but she wasn’t allowed to leave.” He took another deep breath. “She’s a real Elf, Millie. She doesn’t understand our world, even though she’s already stopped four assassination attempts on me, if you include this morning.”

“Malcolm, I’m not naïve. Tell me the truth.”

“I am. Please just meet her and let her stay here for a while. She’s due a lot of reward money and once she gets that, she can find a place of her own. Please, Millie. She saved my life. It’s the least I can do.”

Millie’s eyes filled with tears. “Oh, Malcolm. I don’t know.”

The Admiral embraced her.

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Blog Tour: Julian Fox: The Dream Guardian

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Julian Fox: The Dream Guardian

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E. J. Miranda

It is said that dreams are just that: only dreams. But believe me, this is not always true. Some dreams are as real as the dreamer.

Thanks to their dreams, dreamers can receive the special visit of eternal wisdom that has inspired the creativity of great inventors, scientists, musicians, and even writers throughout the ages.

This creative wisdom is not always the type that appears to the eager conscience. Sometimes, a Defiler, a destroyer of dreams, is the one who tries to appear before the dreamer. These creatures were once humans, but they allowed their pain and desire for revenge to take over and seek the same miserable fate for the one who dreams.

You must not fear — Dream Guardians, also known as Kelsdrant, will always protect the one who dreams, even with their own life. They are people of flesh and bone, just like you and me, or at least they are on Earth.

The following story is dedicated to the fun, extravagant, and enlightening life of Julian Fox, the Dream Guardian.

Be prepared, dear reader. It is time to dream, laugh, reflect, and even maybe cry.

Welcome to the Land of the Wise Dreams. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

J. Miranda is an avid reader, an enthusiastic traveler, and a passionate author. Her great sense of humor and love for nature have granted her a rebellious writing style: her approach describes the adventures of life, but in such a way that each reader can have an individual take on the matter. Her inspiration comes from her curiosity about other countries’ cultures and peculiarities. A few countries in particular which spark her curiosity are Colombia, Italy, Costa Rica, England, Belgium, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. Her favorite places to visit are historical sites and museums, locations that allow her to explore important and even overlooked details. She currently lives with her husband in Colombia, but frequently travels to Houston to visit her daughter and son. E.J. Miranda has a degree in tax accounting, but she prefers interacting with people to calculating their taxes. To learn more about her life and work, visit www.ejmiranda.com.

Excerpt: The Fox Family

There is no perfect family. This is a universal truth, but if the imagination of a pair of mischievous minds is added to reality, the result can be an explosive combination that shuts the door to normalcy.

Sonia and William’s marriage is an example of how patience can be extended to the absolute limits. After all, parental love can only tolerate so much nonsense from the ingenuity of their children, especially when they happen to be Julian and Nicholas Fox.

This outlandish story begins at the crazy end of a pleasant vacation. The two brothers, Julian and Nicholas, were enjoying the afternoon heat near the banks of the river that crossed their ranch. They lay in the shade of an enormous tree, listening to the torrent of water as if it were a magical lullaby.

Julian, the eldest, was twenty-one years old. He had just completed his university studies and the memories of experiences with his classmates were still fresh in his mind. Nicholas, the youngest and last of the two children, was twenty years old and he was still studying in college.

They stayed silent for several minutes with their eyes closed, hoping that a miracle would occur and the family vacation would continue for a while longer. But, resigned to returning home in just two days, they decided to make the most of nature’s sweetness.

Nicholas broke the peaceful silence to make an interesting proposal to his brother.

“Hey, Jul! What do you think about the idea of staying another week? We just convince Mom and that’s it. You know that Dad will take our side.”

A slight smile crossed Julian’s lips before he gave his opinion. “Sounds good to me Nico, but when you talk to Mom, even though I support you, I’d rather stay at a safe distance in case she decides to give you one of her maternal speeches about missing classes.”

Nicholas opened his eyes and sought some kind of solidarity in Julian’s face, but Julian was resting peacefully. Annoyed by this, Nicholas closed his eyes in surrender, and told his brother:

“You’re right, I would suffer an eternal telling-off. But, who could blame me? I think we’ve regained our sanity here. We’re almost like angels—no fighting, no insults, and no jokes or pranks.”

He quieted immediately, and bit his lip, feeling sorry for what he had said, but it was too late. Julian’s beautiful gray eyes had become large and full of rage.

Nicholas’s last remark felt like an unpunished mocking memory to Julian. His heart raced and started running towards the inevitable. He felt like demanding they forget about this shameful situation, and even more so, requiring a fair rematch to Nicholas’s last prank. Shrewdly, Julian cautioned self-control to his heart to avoid hinting its intentions to his recently condemned brother.  He mastered his instincts and decided to wait. The gray gems hid again, and a slight sideways smirk appeared on his lips, presaging the beginning of a new battle between the brothers.

Nicholas closed his eyes so Julian wouldn’t see the nervousness erupting in them. He knew he had awakened a sleeping monster and, from that moment on, he should be careful.

For more information about E. J. Miranda visit her WEBSITE, GOODREADS, and AMAZON.

 

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Reader Appreciation

Thank you to everyone who was able to take advantage of the special, limited release of The Rise of Nazil box set! In appreciation to my readers, the complete trilogy was available for only .99. I’d received numerous queries regarding a box set, but I didn’t expect to reach #1 bestseller internationally. So, thank you for spreading the word and continuing to enjoy Faélondul!

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Although this special campaign has ended, I’m considering making the trilogy available again next year.

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However, I’ve decided to discount my newest high fantasy, Kurintor Nyusi and the science fantasy romance, Rites of Heirdron duology for only .99 the entire month of August! Of the eleven novels I’ve written thus far, Kurintor Nyusi is my favorite. Now is the perfect time for you to discover why.

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New Release: After Gardens by Katharine Coldiron

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After Gardens

by: Katharine Coldiron

Maya, a weekend at a hot springs with her boisterous friend Rhondey is just what she needs to move forward after her divorce. For Rhondey, it’s an opportunity to help Maya cut loose a little, shed some of her inhibitions. Maya doesn’t see the need to shed anything, and she’s not looking for a teacher. But the more Maya clings to her privacy, the more difficult it is for her to recognize her true teachers…and the right moment to step free.

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Katharine Coldiron’s work has appeared in Ms., the Times Literary Supplement, the Rumpus, the Manifest-Station, horoscope.com, and many other places.

Find out more about Katharine on her WEBSITE, TWITTER, FACEBOOK, and GOODREADS.

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So, you like free books?

Today is your LUCKY day!

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As a thank you to my readers and all epic fantasy lovers, you have the opportunity to receive either The Rise of Nazil, Kurintor Nyusi, or Rites of Heirdron absolutely FREE! That’s right. Whether you love gritty epic fantasy, high fantasy, or science fantasy romance, I have a novel that will titillate your literary senses and keep you turning pages.

Not into ebooks? Well, I have a special bonus for US residents. Two lucky readers will receive a signed paperback of one of the titles listed above.

What’s the catch? There isn’t one. All you have to do is like and share my pinned twitter and FB posts. That’s it. On Monday, June 24, 2019 I’ll use an online picker to select ten amazing winners.

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.99 Epic Fantasy Trilogy!

An amazing DEAL to usher in the summer!

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With a break in my convention schedule, I’ve decided to offer my award-winning epic fantasy trilogy at a HUGE discount. For a limited time, The Rise of NaziL complete epic fantasy trilogy is only .99! That’s The Rise of Nazil,Seed of Scorn, and Piercing the Darkness all for less than a bottle of soda. If you’re ready to find out what all the buzz is about, click the link below and grab your copy now!

FREE copies of Kurintor Nyusi that I’ll be gifting to my avid fantasy lovers this month. This isn’t your parent’s fantasy. Kurintor Nyusi is a phenomenal tale with intriguing characters that will captivate you from start to finish.

Not only am I practically giving an exceptional fantasy trilogy away, I also have ten (10)

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Blog Tour: The Sanctity of Sloth by Greta Boris

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About the Book

Ten-year-old Brian McKibben is a wanderer. Eight months ago, he wandered into the street and was hit by a truck. Olivia Richards, his newly divorced mother, was accused of neglect by Child Protection Services. She’s doing her best to prove them wrong. Essential oils, a consultation with an herbalist, and an airtight schedule are only some of the things she does to keep Brian safe and help him heal from brain damage caused by the accident.

Her carefully laid plans begin to unravel when it becomes apparent Olivia’s CPS caseworker isn’t the only one watching her. The walls of her Pilates studio seem to have eyes, especially at night. Cryptic messages of death and danger begin showing up in strange places. Someone is stalking her.

Who can she turn to for help? The authorities would inform CPS, and she might never be free of the county’s intrusion in her life. She suspects her ex-husband of using scare tactics to regain custody of their son. Her new relationship is complicated and old suspicions haunt the young mother.

About the Author

Greta Boris was raised in Greenwich Village, New York by an opera singing, piano playing, voice coach and a magazine publisher. Her original life plan was to be a famous Broadway actor, singer, and dancer, but when she moved to Laguna Beach, California, she changed her plans due to the commute. Today she writes to inspire, entertain, motivate, and so she can afford nice wine.

For more about Greta, please visit her WEBSITE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, GOODREADS, and AMAZON.

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Book Excerpt: 1

The person, if it was a person—it could have been a large dog, she hadnʹt gotten a good look—lay unmoving where theyʹd left it. Her heart thudded in her chest. What should she do?

Abby couldnʹt leave her cell. Not without help. Her father had wanted to give her an escape hatch, but sheʹd said no. The experience had to be as realistic as possible.

If she could come and go whenever she wanted, it would defeat the whole purpose. But sheʹd never imagined something like this would happen.

Guilt and anxiety itched like a hair shirt. What on earth had possessed her to take six weeks off work to lock herself in these four walls? She hadn’t anticipated this feeling of helplessness. She’d only thought about the peace solitude can bring and her publishing goals, of course. She pushed herself off the stones, walked five steps to the other end of her enclosure, pivoted, and took five steps back. Repeat. Repeat.

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She didnʹt.

That should be engraved on her tombstone—a perfect and succinct description of her life. The number of things sheʹd left undone was staggering. She should have let Carlos know where she was going. She didnʹt. She should have said yes, or even no, to his proposal. She didnʹt. Were marriage and children going to fall into the category of things she didnʹt do but would regret later?

She should have gone away to college, escaped the small town labels attached to her family name. But she didnʹt. Sheʹd stayed, and hoped somehow her motherʹs legacy would disappear from the communal memory. It didnʹt.

Her greatest sin of omission, however, the sin that had knocked over the first domino, the one that brought the whole line tumbling down, was ever present in her mind. Sheʹd thought, hoped, and prayed that she could shed the guilt by devoting herself to this time of renewal.

But so far it hadnʹt worked.

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The irony of her position struck her. She had willingly shut herself into a room with much the same dimensions as this one. It had only one small window, like this one. It had no door, however. But even without a door, sheʹd had freedom.

The anchorites of old willingly consigned themselves to a cell which would eventually become their grave. They had a funeral service before they entered. Yet, they were freer than Abby was now, because it was their choice. Would this room become her grave?

Autonomy. Sheʹd never realized before how beautiful that word was. When one was stripped of the ability to rule themselves, to determine their own fate, didnʹt they cease to exist in some way?

Sunlight streaked the gray floor with gold. By its slant, she guessed it was at least 1:30.

She still had one hour of freedom, one hour to be Abby. She wanted to experience every moment she had left. When the sun reached her and warmed her skin, that would signal the end of her time in this new anchorhold. But she couldnʹt bear to watch the minutes move across the floor. She closed her eyes.

 

OnyxCon 2019

What is OnyxCon? The largest convention in the Southeast celebrating the impact, contributions, and presence of the African Diaspora in *REALMS OF IMAGINATION through the popular arts.

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I’ve attended OnyxCon since relocating to Georgia, and this year was no exception. If you have the opportunity, this FREE and fantastic event begins at 2:00 pm today.  So, stop by and meet some amazing creatives!

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Sitting back and relaxing with fellow author, Glenn Parris.

 

 

 

Epic Fantasy Giveaway!

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I’ve teamed up with 20+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Epic Fantasy novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

You can win my novel Kurintor Nyusi, plus books from authors like DK Holmberg, Resa Nelson, Craig Halloran, and more — just by following me and other great Epic Fantasy authors on BookBub!

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New Release: From Frights to Flaws

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About the Book

Title: From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Originally published in 2013, From Frights to Flaws has been updated to its full potential, while keeping the story-line the same.

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven, and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules, but Alyssa discovers something she never thought existed before…magic.

A wicked sorcerer hunts her down and kidnaps her to Yanowic: an enchanted island in Fiji.

Alyssa is trapped in the country due to a giant shield covering it. She must defeat dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and enchanted technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?

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Author Bio

Sunayna Prasad has published a few books between her late teens and her mid-twenties. She has won a Pacific Book Review Award for her novel, Wizardy Goes Wild, which will return as a new edition, like From Frights to Flaws. Sunayna also has a blog on different creative and entertaining topics, including writing and fiction. It is called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.

Aside from writing, Sunayna also likes to cook, do art, and watch videos online. She has graduated from college in May 2017 and is looking to continue more writing as well as hold a graphic design job soon. Sunayna lives on Long Island, NY.

For more information about Sunayna, please use the links below.

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