#BlogTour #Spotlight : Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont #Cupidity @lucindalamont7 @NextChapterPB #NextChapterPub @damppebbles #dampebblesblogtours

Hello readers! I totally forgot to change the date later on my calendar and again I’m posting it on different day than I was assigned to. But better late than not posting at all. I’m sharing spotlight as part of blog tour for Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont, organized by damppebbles blog tours. Check out the book details in this post.

Cupidity by Lucinda Lamont
Genre: Historical Romance
Published by Next Chapter Publishing in paperback, audio and ebook formats on 18th May 2019.

Book Blurb:

Britain, World War Two. After newly widowed Martha is invited to live with her wealthy confidante, Mae, she finds herself attracted to her husband.

Meanwhile, an escaped convict is targeting women close to Martha’s new home. After several women are murdered, they realize the danger is closer than they could have ever thought.

As Martha’s passion threatens to unravel her friendships, paths cross with devastating consequences.

About Lucinda Lamont:

Lucinda is 31 years old in lives in Hampshire. Born in Aberdeenshire, she spent the early years of her life in a small fishing town before relocating with her mother to the South Coast.

She is the middle child and only girl with four brothers.

Lucinda began her higher education in studying Performing Arts and then began a degree in Law (but dropped out). She is a qualified hairdresser but the arts always drew her back in and she took up an interest in writing which she now plans to continue to make a career out of.
 
Mother of one, a baby boy, she works part time for a Business publication and spends her spare time soaking up the Hampshire countryside and plotting her next stories.

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Author Interview : Tony Halker @tonyhalker

Hello Readers! Today, I’m happy to welcome Tony Halker, author of Displaced, for an interview. Also check out the book details in this post. I hope you enjoy the post.

Book Details:

Displaced by Tony Halker
Publication Date:
February 10th 2019
Genre: Literary Historical Fiction

Synopsis:

In a landscape of pre-history, a time of ancestor worship, young Druid priests Owayne and Nial, are tasked to travel and learn all they can of rite and rule in a world of competing tribes, unsettling technologies and priest power.

Displaced people wander the lands, forced there by conflict and hunger, where they are used to create chaos. Fertility is revered, children have value for work, in marriage, for worship and sacrifice. 
Superstition, religion and ancestor beliefs have power for good and or evil, inflicting pain or kindness and sometimes both. 
Amongst the chaos pass our two priests, seeking to learn from and influence events. A mysterious helper, Bron is with them. It is unclear whether he aids them or is simply to watch and report their actions. They love, make friends, struggle and fight to alter fate; meeting decent peoples whose belief and actions conflict with their own. They have to reconcile friendships and very different values.

These modern issues and events are played out in a landscape of our pre-history, one that we can see and touch today. 
A tribal lord resists the march of progress, fighting for values that no longer resonate with his family or clan. Battles of mind, values and technologies occur. Those who prevail ultimately determine the telling of history. 

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Tony Halker is an Indie author who has published two novels and collaborated in creating a book about deep space photography. His novels are literary fiction, concerned with modern themes, set in a landscape of our pre-history. He wants the emotion of landscape to form and influence the characters in his novels. Having worked as a geologist and in business management, he travelled extensively before making time to write. His second novel, “Displaced” was published in 2019. His first novel, “The Learn” was published by Clink Street in 2016.

1. What made you decide to become an author?

Writing found me. I realized about five years ago that I was periodically trying to write. I was creating chapters of novels that were formulating in my head. They were poorly thought out, but were going down on a keyboard and even being printed out. I kept them for a while to let them ferment or mature and then threw them away. It was re-reading and throwing some away that made me realize how much I enjoyed writing. I had a hope that I could do better and become a story teller who can engage readers while considering important issues for us all. Writing helps me rationalize my life and that of my family.

2. Can you tell readers little about your book? What they can expect from the book?

I hope “Displaced” is an enjoyable, intelligent, sometimes challenging novel that has us consider important issues for our world through the eyes and minds of characters we can like and identify with. It is set in all of our history, which gives me more freedom to be controversial. Though the book considers difficult issues for our time it has an uplifting and positive theme. I hope the front cover image projects that.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I needed a canvas to tell a modern story of people like all of us. I enjoy walking where our ancestors walked and lived and were shaped by the kindness or harshness of the landscape in their time. I like writing about that landscape. A beautiful view is a set of emotions that make and influence us. I have tried to place people like us with modern issues of family, tribe, love, religion and abuse of power, in that place and to weave a tale around them.

4. What sort of research did you do to write this book?

I tried to understand the names and make up of ancient deities of natural things, streams, rivers, trees and mountains. I looked at folklore and festivals passed down to us that seem to remember those beliefs. I walked to and visited ancient monuments and artefacts. Those things stimulated in me a view of what the people may have been like; those who found time to create and enjoy beauty many years ago as they fought to survive and prosper for themselves and their families. I did some research as to how ancient artefacts were made.

5. Who are some authors that inspire you?

I read many different types of books and am inspired by so many of them for different reasons. While I like a well told story, I also want a book to make me think and pull at my emotions. I am reading a book called The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng. It is the second time I have read it, it travels well. I also recently read Warlight by Michael Ondaatje. Last year I read a wonderful book called, “A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Trowles; this had wonderful characterization and optimism in difficult times.

6. What type of characters do you love and hate to write? Your favorite quality in protagonist.

I want a protagonist to be thoughtful, intelligent and self-aware. I am a little afraid of making my narrative voice that of a woman. I have read some books recently where someone has tried to put themselves in a head very different from their own and it does not always work. My favorite qualities are intelligence and empathy. I hate bluster and macho action without thought.

7. What was your favorite chapter (or part) of writing this book and why?

There is a chapter that is really about the landscape and its part in the novel. It is called, “Battles Between Land and Sea”. I am an ex geologist and I think of this chapter as my indulgence. I was able to write it quickly. The land and sea are imbued with personality and power and wish to defeat each other. My novel is not a fantasy in any way, though some may say that by giving, sea, rocks and land life I have let more than nature in.

8. What was the hardest part of writing the book? Was there anything that you deleted or altered?

The hardest things is working on voice to make a character consistent and someone whom a reader can engage with and want to hear more about and from. I continually change many things. Everything!

9. What are your most favorite and least favorite thing about being an author?

My favorite thing is being free to write and allowing my mind to create worlds and characters that are from my imagination. I can give myself a licence to make the world as I want it to be, though I rarely do so. My least favorite thing is that when I am on a roll and writing I often let my coffee go cold. It does not taste as good after I microwave it warm!

10. Do you have any writing rituals?

Coffee. I also often walk in the countryside before starting to write, especially if I am finding it hard to move a novel on. I often know something does not work, but not why or what the solution may be. Walking and talking can get me moving on. I also try to read every day when I am writing.

11. What is the next project you’re working on?

I have two novels on the go that are completely different from my previous novels. I am trying to write about the present time, that means my imagination has less licence. I tried this once before and went back to the freedom of the setting of “Displaced”.

12. And the last one, Top 3 tips for aspiring authors.
  • A novel is a marathon. Keep going and drink coffee.
  • Trust yourself; believe in yourself.
  • Edit, edit and edit and then ask someone else to edit.

How can readers discover more about you and you work?

Website: http://www.tonyhalker.com
Blog: http://www.tonyhalker.com/blog
Facebook: @tonyhalkerauthor @learnorfade
Twitter: @tonyhalker
Goodreads: Tony Halker
Instagram: tonyhalker2
Book Links: (Amazon): https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1794683453

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#promo #authorinterview : This Time by Azaaa Davis @azaaadavis

Hello Readers! Today I pleased to share author interview with Azaaa Davis, Author of This Time- a very interesting Urban Fantasy, paranormal novel. I hope you enjoy reading about book and author in this post.

Book Details:

This Time (Book 1)
Author: Azaaa Davis
Series: Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter
Published October 1st 2018 by Camp-Davis Productions
Genre: Urban fantasy / Paranormal

Synopsis:

Legendary demon hunter Nadira Holden paid the ultimate price to end the war between demons and hunters.

Resurrected in present-day New York, many years have passed, everyone moved on without her, and the demons she once battled have made peace with humans. Nadira no longer has a purpose here. Dying again might be her ticket back to that “next life” she experienced.

Except humans are disappearing, and Nadira’s father is one of the missing. Feeling a strong obligation to find him before sorting out her own fate, she begins investigating. 

She won’t rest in peace unless she can prove the demons are behind the disappearances. But Nadira is running out of time. The darkness within her is causing her to lose her humanity while the rest of mankind is on the verge of enslavement to the demons they now worship.

Fight with Nadira in a new urban fantasy series that combines monster-slaying action, family drama, and simmering romance. Experience why not even death can stop her. 

Book Link:

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About Author:

Azaaa Davis is writer of urban fantasy novels. She fell in love with reading as a high school freshman and continues to read, write, and draw today.
Her background in social work helps her portray realistic characters in otherworldly—and sometimes terrifying—situations. A New York native, Azaaa currently lives in New Hampshire (USA) with her husband and daughter.
Azaaa debuts with This Time, A Nadira Holden Novel, about demon hunters, family ties and the magic of love. Azaaa is working diligently to finish writing more fantasy novels while raising her daughter. Her next book is expected to be released in early 2019.
You can know more about author and book on her website – https://www.azaaadavis.com

Interview:

Many thanks to author for taking the time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview.

1. What made you decide to become an author?

Reading a fantasy novel at age fourteen changed my life. It sparked my imagination and inspired me. I developed my love for reading, discovered my love for writing and remembered my love for drawing. Reading helped me dream big and create amazing opportunities for myself. I hope my stories encourage a love for reading in others.

2. Can you tell readers little about your book? What they can expect from the book?

This Time is book one in the Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series. It’s a fresh urban fantasy novel is about a resurrected demon hunter and those who love her. Nadira is a strong woman of color facing many moral dilemmas. Some will love the action and monster slaying. Some with like the complicated relations filled with drama and angst. Others with like the simmering romance.

This Time will appeal to fans of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Underworld’s Death Dealer Selene, Succubus Georgina Kincaid and Vampire Executioner Anita Blake.

3. How did you come up with the idea for your book?

I wondered, “what if the hero already made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat evil? Then, the hero is called upon to do it all over again when evil resurfaces.” I wanted to explore a hero’s motivations and limits.

4. Tell us about your journey to publication.

I’m an independent author meaning that I publish my own books. I hire professional cover artists and editors. I use software to help draft, edit and format my books. Then I implement my marketing strategy which includes paid advertising and cross promotions with other authors in my genre. There is a lot of up front cost and time that goes into publishing a book once it’s written. I appreciate being indie because I set my own pace and I have complete creative freedom. As a new mom, I need the flexibility of creating my own deadlines. It’s thrilling to know that the mistakes and accomplishments are my own.

5. Who are some authors that inspire you?

Juliet Marillier, author of Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) and Jacqueline Carey, author of Kushiel’s Dart (Phèdre’s Trilogy #1). Two amazing fantasy writers in an league of their own.

6. What type of characters do you love and hate to write? Your favorite quality in protagonist.

As a female, I push myself to write authentic dialogue for my male characters. I often pause and ask myself, “would a guy really  say or do that?” I don’t hate it, but it can be hard.

I love to write tense scene be it from anger, suspicion, desire or conflict.

My favorite type of protagonist is a good person with flaws. I don’t like main characters that have no moral compass or ethical boundaries. I also don’t want to read about main characters that cannot lose.

7. What are your most favorite and least favorite thing about being an author?

I love the feeling of accomplishment when I write the last words of a story. I also love seeing positive reviews of my books. I want to know that people are enjoying the stories I’m telling.

I dislike not having more time to write. Some days I’m too tired to write when I finally have a spare moment after 9 o’clock at night.

8. Do you have any writing rituals?

I try to write often and so that means writing where every I am when I have a free moment. I’ve written on long car trips to see out of town family. I’ve written while my daughter is taking an afternoon nap. Mainly, I write at night in my PJ with classical music and a mug of lukewarm coffee.

9. What is the next project you’re working on?

I have an outline for book three in the Nadira Holden, Demon Hunter series and will working on this book for the remainder of the year. Other than that, I have an exclusive, original paranormal romance story I write for my patrons on Patreon.

10. And the last one, Top 3 tips for aspiring authors.

  • Read often and try branching out of your comfort zone. More and more aspiring writers are not reading. This is scary to me. Reading increases knowledge, sparks creativity, fuels motivation and guides the technical aspects of writing. Writers must read. And, I’m on the fence about whether listening to an audiobook counts as reading.
  • Try outlining your story. Write one sentence for each act. Then write one sentence for each scene. You may have twelve or fifty scenes.  Then go back and turn each sentence into a paragraph. Already, you word count is up and your story is taking form. Don’t be afraid to hope around. Then go back and turn each paragraph long scene into a page. And that is one way to grow your story without becoming frozen by a blank page. 
  • The more you write the easier it gets. So, write as often as you can until you are able to achieve the good habit of writing daily. Those that write three to five times a week even if its for small amounts of time might progress faster than someone who maybe writes one day a week for hours. Why? Because the story they are telling is fresh in their mind and their word count per writing session has gradually improved.

Author Links:

Website: https://www.azaaadavis.com

Blog:  https://www.azaaadavis.com/blog

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/azaaadavis

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/azaaadavis

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40778146

Lnkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/azaa-a-davis-22387a177/

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#booktour #excerpt #Lovebooksgrouptours : Seven Deadly Swords @Suttope @Kristell_Ink ‏

Today I’m pleased to be part of blog tour for Seven Deadly Swords by Peter Sutton, organised by Love Books Group. Check out book details and excerpt in this post.

Blurb:

For every sin, a sword

For every sword, a curse

For every curse, a death

Reymond joined the Crusades to free the Holy Land from the Saracens and win glory for himself. Instead, with six others, he found himself bound under a sorcerer’s curse: the Seven Sins personified. Doomed to eternal life and with the weight of the deaths he has caused dragging his soul into the torments of hell, Reymond must find his former brothers-in-arms and defeat them. Riding across a thousand years of history, the road from Wrath to Redemption will be deadly…  

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Excerpt:

Avignon, France, 2012

Reymond hummed Alouette and sharpened his sword; this time the priest would die first. The rain hammered relentlessly upon the roof of the people carrier. He’d never got the hang of identifying machinery: it smelled new and it was red. He glanced out of the window into the night, seeing nothing, remembering deserts. His hands worked, a slow circular motion, comforting. He’d long since discovered that poetry and song soothed the constant rage. What was keeping Fisher?

Muscle memory took over and he contemplated the coming violence, the necessity of it. The priest had drawn him in, initially. It wasn’t his fault, as such, but he held a fair measure of culpability. This time Reymond would end it. This time.

He was aware that he smiled grimly. How many times had he sworn that this time would be different, the last? He glanced back out the window. Avignon. So near where it had all started. Seat of popes. A fitting place to find the priest. The car was parked next to an ancient wall which stretched down the road to the priest’s door. Where Fisher had gone some minutes ago. The priest would have had the dream, Reymond would be expected. Or one of them would be expected anyway. Dreams and portents, curses and sorcery. Reymond spat on the blade. This time he’d end it.

The sliding door of the car rattled open. Fisher, despite his bulk, and age, moved quietly: military training honed through many years of covert operations. Reymond raised an eyebrow at the Englishman who nodded and moved off, his yellow-white hair a flag in the dark. Reymond dropped the whetstone into its velvet bag, jumped out of the car and splashed through the wet clay mud covering the road to catch up with the larger man.

Once the big man was close enough for Reymond to see Fisher’s cauliflower ears he asked, “And?”

“He’s still there.” The Merseyside accent seemed out of place here in France.

The priest’s house was modest, a window onto Passage Saint Agricole, a door on Rue Felicient David. A courtyard interior. Sand-coloured stone. The priest’s church, Saint Agricole, a short walk away.

The door swung open under Fisher’s meaty hand and Reymond walked in ahead of the Englishman who held the door open for him. Reymond was struck again by the fact Fisher was approaching sixty. Soon to be too old for this work. Another good reason to end it this time.

The sound of prayer drifted down the stairs as the door swung shut behind Fisher. Reymond hefted his sword and followed the chant. The stairs were narrow and slippery, the plasterwork walls cracked and scabrous. A miasma of overcooked greasy food hung heavy on the air. Reymond continued to sing Alouette.

At the top of the stairs a nut-brown door stood open a crack. Latin spilled out. Reymond tightened his grip on the sword and pushed the door fully open. The short hallway he walked through, past a tiny kitchen, ended in a left turn into a sitting room. Waist-high bookcases flanked the door and ahead was a well-used sofa of cracked brown leather. The Latin abruptly stopped.

“Reymond. And Mr Fisher. Welcome.”

“It’s just Fisher.”

The priest sat at a dining table, a bottle of single malt in front of him, empty glasses waiting. “I wasn’t sure if Fisher would be joining us.” He picked up the bottle and screwed the top off, pouring a generous measure into each glass.

Reymond’s gaze roved the room: he narrowed his eyes and tried to ignore the siren song of fury that bubbled just beneath the surface. “After everything. After…” Reymond’s hand, the one not holding the sword, made an abortive gesture. “You still believe?”

The priest followed Reymond’s eyes to where his own hand had picked up a set of mahogany beads and a silver crucifix. A simple enough rosary, well-made, expensive, but not ostentatious.

“It is ever a mystery to me that you no longer do, Reymond. You were always a great believer.” The priest picked up his glass, his finger and thumb counting beads. The glass shook as he raised it to his lips.

Fisher crossed the room and took the offered glass. With a glance at Reymond he knocked back the whisky, then sat to one side and kicked the chair opposite the priest out as an invitation to Reymond.

“You don’t think that all we’ve seen proves that He has no plan for us?” Reymond asked.

The priest shrugged. “We are what God has made us.”

Reymond barked a humourless laugh. “And what is that exactly? Father.”

“If your dreams and times in between are as mine then I think you know.”

“You know nothing,” Reymond took a step towards the table. He could feel his control slip: he bit his lip and started reciting Dante under his breath.

The priest held out the rosary. “Come, Reymond. Pray with me, like we used to. It will give you comfort, like at Dorylaeum.”

Reymond’s sword flicked out, and the beads rattled across the table and onto the flagstone floor. “It is time,” he snarled.

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#CoverReveal : Smoke and Key @KelseyJSutton @EntangledTeen

Hello book lovers! Today I’m pleased to share the cover reveal for Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton, organized by YA Bound Book Tours. I’m hope you like the cover. Check out the details below.

Smoke and Key by Kelsey Sutton
Release Date: April 2019
Entangled Teen

Summary:

A sound awakens her. There’s darkness all around. And then she’s falling…

She has no idea who or where she is. Or why she’s dead. The only clue to her identity hangs around her neck: a single rusted key. This is how she and the others receive their names—from whatever belongings they had when they fell out of their graves. Under is a place of dirt and secrets, and Key is determined to discover the truth of her past in order to escape it.

She needs help, but who can she trust? Ribbon seems content in Under, uninterested in finding answers. Doll’s silence hints at deep sorrow, which could be why she doesn’t utter a word. There’s Smoke, the boy with a fierceness that rivals even the living. And Journal, who stays apart from everyone else. Key’s instincts tell her there is something remarkable about each of them, even if she can’t remember why.

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About the Author

Kelsey Sutton is a young adult and middle grade author. She lives in Minnesota, where she received a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Creative Writing from Bemidji State University. She will soon have a master’s degree from Hamline University. Her work has received an Independent Publisher Book Award, an IndieFab Award, and was selected as a Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013. When not writing, Kelsey can be found watching too much Netflix, ordering a mocha at the nearest coffee shop, or browsing a bookstore. You can visit her online at www.kelseysuttonbooks.com, like her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

Author Links:

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