Thursday, 23 January 2014

I Read Fantasy YA Promo



Anyone feeling the January blues? Fancy grabbing some bargains to cheer you up? Enjoy a good fantasy adventure? Great! The I Read Fantasy YA promo is running from Janaury 23rd to 25th.

During that time all the books on this list are reduced to either $0.99 or free! There's also a giveaway where you can win all sorts of cool stuff. Click on the links to pick yourself up some great fantasy bargains and don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway at the end of this post to be in with a chance of winning yourself a $100 Amazon gift card!
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Everwinter by Elizabeth Baxter

Can science and magic ever exist in harmony?

The powers of old and new are on a collision course in the land of Thanderley. Ancient gods have broken free of their imprisonment and cursed the lands with a terrible winter, a scourge that is sweeping science and the new ways from the earth. In the city of Ral Tora, Bramwell, a young engineer, battles to save his home from the encroaching ice. But there will be no exceptions. The gods will reclaim what was theirs and destroy any who oppose them.

Once more, the balances are tipped. Magic and science cannot exist in peace, yet Bramwell must master both to save everything he loves from destruction.
Fated Saga Fantasy Series Book Bundle, 1-2, Awaken and Shifting by Rachel Humprhey-D'aigle
A Contemporary Young Adult + Series, fueled by Action, Adventure and the Eternal Desire for Truth...

Telepathic thirteen-year-old twins, Meghan and Colin Jacoby, have until the rising of the Blue Moon to save the life of a young man whose caravan is forced to flee through a magical portal to another world, without him.

In the process, they have a dark awakening when their typically predictable world collides with the complexities of the magical world. The twins face unimaginable dangers, thrusting them into an unexpected choice: to live as they always have or to learn the truth about their past and enter a world that is equally thrilling and terrifying.

More importantly, however, is whether they even have a choice, or will fate not only force this new magical reality upon them, but require them to sacrifice everyone they love in doing so.





Angel in the Shadows Book 1 by Lisa Grace

Fifteen-year-old Megan Laughlin has a gift--or what seems like a curse at times. Megan sees angels and demons.
Megan knows her destiny is to protect her friends against dark angels who try to sway them into situations that can destroy their lives, their souls, and their eternity.
At school, she recognizes Judas, an ├╝ber popular boy, as an evil angel hell-bent on destroying her and everyone she loves. As Judas spreads horrible rumors and overdoses two of her classmates at a rave, Megan realizes the enormity of his power. While classmates die, Megan, with the help of an angel, Johnny, and a team of friends will face the fight of their lives as they battle Judas.

Megan thinks God hasn't given her any "special" powers, but discovers she has what she needs as she confronts Judas and his seemingly unconquerable power.

























Myriad (Prentor Book 1) by Mona Hanna

The warlock Myriad has returned to exact his long-promised revenge on the Royal family. Only Kalin has the power to stop him -- but using that power shows Kalin that he is connected to Myriad in a way that he never suspected. Even if Kalin finds the strength to challenge Myriad, can he survive learning the truth about himself? A tale of Kalin learning to use the gifts inside of him, gaining the trust of new allies, and breathtaking first love.

The Necromancer's Apprentice by R. M. Prioleau
Jasmine Na’Darod lived a simple life with her parents and older sister on the family’s farm. She never strayed far from home until the ill-fated Blood Moon arose, basking the country of Caristan with a terrible, sickening drought.


When her mother falls ill, Jasmine and her family are forced to leave home in desperate search of a cure. During their journey, a series of tragic events will change Jasmine’s life forever.

With her former life shrouded and forgotten, Jasmine embraces a new path granted by an unlikely stranger, who, ironically, practices the Art of death and undeath.

As Jasmine is drawn to this enigma of a man, she soon realizes there is more to him than what she initially perceived — his true motives are beyond anything she could ever imagine…


Twin Souls (Nevermore, Book 1) by K.A Poe
Seventeen year old Alexis finds herself on the eve of her eighteenth birthday. What generally means a step into adulthood instead opens its way to a terrifying truth about not only her family, but herself. She comes from a long line of vampire hunters, and her real dad wants her to carry on the family quest. At the same time, she is falling for a new boy at school who has his own secret. He is a vampire. Alexis is forced to make a decision from which there is no turning back. - Will she deny this newly discovered heritage, or embrace it.

















Deception by Stacy Claflin
Alexis Ferguson thinks she has everything figured out, but has no idea how wrong she is. Set up on a blind date, she meets a gorgeous stranger and feels that she’s known him her entire life, but she has never seen him before.

He awakens in her long-forgotten dark memories, and now she must face the one who ordered her death years ago. Will she learn to use her strange new powers in time to save herself? Will she let him help her? Should she trust him?





The Five Elements (The Alchemancer: Book One) by Scott Marlowe

Aaron--scholar, alchemist, and sorcerer's apprentice--wants nothing more than to study his tomes, perform his experiments, and spend time with his closest friend, Shanna. Substitute the occasional romp about the city for the books and plenty of games of crutchit for the smelly alchemicals, and Shanna is just fine with that too.

Their routines--and their lives--are thrown into chaos when an elemental attack is launched against their home. Aaron thinks Shanna killed, while Aaron himself is forced to flee for his life. For Shanna, who survives that fateful night, the greatest adventure of her life is about to begin. Only the worst of nightmares awaits Aaron: pursued by dwarves, hell hounds, and a demon who will not stop until he is dead, the only thing keeping him alive is his own resourcefulness and an eslar mercenary whose reputation as a killer might make him the worst threat of all.

Though Aaron and Shanna travel different paths, their purpose is joined when they individually learn of the mysterious Fifth Element. Shanna sees it as the final piece in the puzzle that is her destiny. To Aaron's logical mind, it is an impossible ambiguity. Whatever the answer, the Fifth Element draws them back together and into a final confrontation not as allies, but as adversaries.
Elei's Chronicles (Books 1-3) by Chrystalla Thoma
In a world composed of seven islands in the middle of the ocean, the all-women Gultur race rules. Parasites create new human races, decimate towns and cities, killing the repressed mortals.


Rex Rising (Book 1):
Elei, a young aircar driver, leads a peaceful life until a mysterious attack on his boss sends him fleeing with a bullet in his side. Pursued for a secret he does not possess and with the fleet at his heels, he has but one thought: to stay alive. His pursuers aren't inclined to sit down and talk, although that's not the end of Elei's troubles. The two powerful parasites inhabiting his body, at a balance until now, choose this moment to bring him down, leaving Elei with no choice but to trust in people he hardly knows.
It won't be long before he realizes he must find out this deadly secret – a secret that might change the fate of his world and everything he has ever known – or die trying.



Gift The Destroyer by Jeroen Steenbeeke

One man will devastate the world, and one warrior from the future must stop him.


Arek is destined to turn the world into a desolate wasteland, draining the life out of everything on the planet. Future warrior Brenor must cross the Forbidden Lands to reach him, but no one's ever returned from such a journey. Only farm girl Lianna's powers can help him. First, he must convince her he's from the future not the madhouse, and that she can control her Gift, the Destroyer's mastery of the elements.

But a predator stalks them, hungry for the energy Brenor's journey from the future unleashed. If Brenor and Lianna can't escape him, their mission will end before it's even begun.



Girl With Flying Weapons by Aya Ling

Most people know Hong as a soft-spoken servant girl who works at the governor’s house.

Few know her as a skilled martial artist who trains in secret by a blind assassin.

When the governor’s son, who has a crush on her, is accused of murder, Hong risks not only blowing her cover, but also her own life when trying to discover the real killer.
Girl with Flying Weapons
 
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

What fantasy creatures will be popular next?


To celebrate the release of the latest Hobbit film, come and join the blog hop to win books with a fantasy or supernatural slant, a box set of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books, as well as an amazon gift certificate. Very handy for your holiday shopping! Don't forget to visit each author's blog during the hop, where you will also have the chance to win an individual prize from each author.

Join the blog hop here: Fantasy blog hop

I was going to talk about the first Hobbit film today. But, I've changed my mind. Thinking about the Hobbit made me realise that hobbits are one of the few original fantasy creatures I can think of so I thought I'd do a post about it.

Right, hands up who’s not read the Twilight series? Anyone? Come on, there must be someone somewhere who didn’t give in to all the hype (unlike me, much to my eternal shame). It seems that everywhere you look these days there are books about teen vampires, werewolves or angels. Heck, they now even have their own section in my local bookshop!


It got me wondering what kind of creature will be popular next. Now that the Twilight series has ended have vampires had their day? Are we sick of werewolves and angels? Is another fantasy creature waiting in the wings to take up the mantle? Well, some are mentioning that it’s going to be mermaids. When I read this, my mind immediately turned to images of Ariel from The Little Mermaid. And of course, all the songs started running through my head, “under da sea, under da sea, darling its better down where it’s wetter, take it from me!” Ahem. Anyway. Moving swiftly on.



If you look at all the popular series of the last few years, the fantastic creatures in those books are human in some way. Vampires are humans turned immortal blood-suckers. Werewolves are humans turned scary doggy, mermaids are humans with, well, tails. What we don’t see are books centred on completely non-human creatures. When was the last time you read a book where the central character was a goblin? An ogre? A troll? There are, of course, exceptions to this rule (Stan Nicholls’ Orcs series springs to mind) but even these creatures are given human characteristics. This makes perfect sense of course. After all, readers want characters they can identify with. It’s easy to identify with a boy going through school and falling in love for the first time, even if that boy is a sparkly 100 year-old vampire.


Was it Tolkien that started our obsession with these human-type creatures? The elves in LOTR are humans with all the bad bits taken out. Beautiful, powerful, immortal. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to be an elf given half the chance? So perhaps this is where it all started. Just one more thing to blame Tolkien for.


 
One of the key things in recent stories is that these fantastic creatures are usually able to interact with the human world, be it through going to school, living in normal towns and cities etc., but how will mermaids, who live in water, do this? I will be interested to see what new slant writers are able to put on this. There are some hugely talented writers out there and I’m sure they will be able to surprise me.
 

Can anyone think of a creature that’s not yet had their popularity stint? How about banshees? Nymphs? Or why don’t we go the whole hog and fall in love with talking lions again?

Don't forget my competition! You can win yourself two free ebooks (The Last Priestess and The King's Mage from my The Songmaker fantasy trilogy). Leave your name and contact email in the comments section!

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Monday, 9 December 2013

Fantastical Blog Hop December 10th-13th


To celebrate the release of the latest Hobbit film, come and join the blog hop to win books with a fantasy or supernatural slant, a box set of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit books, as well as an amazon gift certificate. Very handy for your holiday shopping! Don't forget to visit each author's blog during the hop, where you will also have the chance to win an individual prize from each author.

Join the blog hop here: Fantasy blog hop

To kick it all off, tomorrow I’ll be discussing the first hobbit film, the highs and the lows. Be sure to check back!

And of course, I’ve got some goodies to give away too! I’m offering an ebook copy of the first two books in my fantasy trilogy, The Songmaker. See below for details. To enter, leave a comment giving your name and email (which won’t be used for any other purposes). If you’d like an extra entry (and to get a free copy of my short-story collection), sign up for my newsletter too! The link is in the top right corner!

Enjoy!
 

 

The Last Priestess, Book 1 of The Songmaker

There is a name that is uttered only in whispers. The Songmaker. A ruthless rebel mage, he is bringing civil war to the once-peaceful kingdom of Amaury, enveloping all in a tide of violence.

For Maegwin, a tormented priestess, the path forward lies in forgiving her temple's enemies—but she dreams only of revenge. For Rovann, a loyal mage haunted by his failures, salvation might be found in the unthinkable: defying the very king he swore to protect. If they are to succeed they must form an unlikely alliance. For someone must stand against the Songmaker. Someone must save Amaury from his dark designs. But first, they’ll have to learn to trust each other.

And so a magical fantasy of darkness and redemption begins.
 
 

 
The King’s Mage, Book 2 of The Songmaker
The Unraveling has begun. The barriers that separate the Seven Realms are breaking, threatening to send Chaos ripping through the universe, to the ruin of all.

In the kingdom of Amaury, the Council of Mages desperately tries to halt an army bent on sacking the capital. But how do you halt an army led by the dead?

In the west, Rovann, First of the Council of Mages, and Maegwin, priestess of Sho-La, set out on a desperate mission to save the Seven Realms. But beset by enemies on all sides, they’re not sure who to trust—least of all each other.

And in the center of this web waits the Songmaker, a shadowy figure whose final plans may hold the key to the salvation or destruction of creation itself.

And so the second installment of this epic tale of darkness and redemption begins.

Saturday, 16 November 2013

The Last Priestess is released in paperback!

Hello! To celebrate the release of The Last Priestess in paperback, I've got a copy to giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Last Priestess by Elizabeth Baxter

The Last Priestess

by Elizabeth Baxter

Giveaway ends December 10, 2013.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Sunday, 3 November 2013

The King's Mage is released!

Hello everyone,

All the late nights and feverish activity during October has paid off. The King's Mage, book 2 of my epic fantasy series, The Songmaker, has been released! Whoop!

Here's a preview:

The Unraveling has begun. The barriers that separate the Seven Realms are breaking, threatening to send Chaos ripping through the universe, to the ruin of all.

In the kingdom of Amaury, the Council of Mages desperately tries to halt an army bent on sacking the capital. But how do you halt an army led by the dead?

In the west, Rovann, First of the Council of Mages, and Maegwin, priestess of Sho-La, set out on a desperate mission to save the Seven Realms. But beset by enemies on all sides, they’re not sure who to trust—least of all each other.

And in the center of this web waits the Songmaker, a shadowy figure whose final plans may hold the key to the salvation or destruction of creation itself.

And so the second installment of this epic tale of darkness and redemption begins.


Chapter 1

Rovann woke with a start. Searing agony throbbed in his right arm, sending spears of fire vibrating through his body, threatening to tip him back into unconsciousness. For a moment, it consumed him. He couldn’t think straight. He couldn’t see. He couldn’t hear.

But worse than all of this was a terrifying realization that he couldn’t breathe. His lungs strained for air but it wouldn’t come. Something warm pressed against his lips, blocking his airways. Then his sight cleared to reveal a woman’s face close to his. Green eyes burned from a face covered in dirt and grime.

Maegwin.

 And her hand was clamped tight over his mouth, suffocating him.

The day’s events flashed through his mind. He and Maegwin confronting Lord Cedric Hounsey only to discover he was already dead, a revenant held in thrall to the Songmaker’s will. The betrayal in Maegwin’s eyes as he, Rovann, denied her revenge against Hounsey and then invaded her mind to seize her power to enable them to escape.

More images flickered. The storming of Carrow Crossing by Hounsey troops. His vain attempt to hold them off while Captain Tyan, Mage Syrie and the soldiers escaped. The enemy arrow that exploded through his right forearm.

Then finally the words Maegwin had whispered to him as he fell into unconsciousness.

It’s just you and me now, Rovann. And you’re all mine.

And here she was, a crazed look in her eyes, trying to smother him. A sliver of ice-cold fear stabbed through his abdomen. There was no recognition in Maegwin’s eyes. Only a raw emotion that Rovann couldn’t quite place. Covered in the blood and filth of battle, she looked like some wild she-devil dredged from an old saga.

She was going to kill him. After all they’d been through he was going to die at Maegwin’s hands. His supposed ally. His friend.

No! I will not!

Summoning his ebbing strength, he reached for his sorcery only to find it gone. Where the burning core of his power should be, there was…nothing. Emptiness.

He’d spent too much of his strength in the citadel’s defense. Idiot, he chided himself as his lungs burned and his consciousness began to fade. Now your quest is over before it’s begun.

A small, traitorous part of him was relieved. It was over. Let someone else face the Songmaker. But another, stronger part shouted in outrage that it should end like this.

I won’t allow it! he raged. I will not!

He thrashed in Maegwin’s grip, determined to break her hold.  
 
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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Ereader News Today Book of the Day: Everwinter!

 Everwinter is today's book of the day at Ereader News Today! It's available for $0.99 for a limited time only. Grab yourself a copy!

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Can science and magic ever exist in harmony?

The powers of old and new are on a collision course in the land of Thanderley. Ancient gods have broken free of their imprisonment and cursed the lands with a terrible winter, a scourge that is sweeping science and the new ways from the earth. In the city of Ral Tora, Bramwell, a young engineer, battles to save his home from the encroaching ice. But there will be no exceptions. The gods will reclaim what was theirs and destroy any who oppose them.
Once more, the balances are tipped. Magic and science cannot exist in peace, yet Bramwell must master both to save everything he loves from destruction.




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