Thursday, March 16, 2017
EskieMama & Dragon Lady Reads New Release Spotlight w/Giveaway: Daughters Destiny by Devorah Fox & other authors
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New Release Spotlight!
Today we are spotligting Devorah Fox's
The Redoubt part of Daughters Destiny
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Part of the Daughters Destiny
Voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016. Having bested beast, man, and even his own failings, King Bewilliam has regained his throne, reunited with his sons, and restored his embattled kingdom, yet something is lacking. When a crippling famine threatens the Chalklands’ very survival, his vassals propose a risky plan to seek aid from a distant ruler. King Bewilliam strikes off on a perilous journey to the island empire of Sea Gate accompanied by a cadre of loyal knights and nobles who are unaware that the plan will reunite the king with a spurned lover.
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Q & A with Devorah Fox about Redoubt!
Tell us about The Redoubt.
“The Redoubt” was voted one of 50 Self-Published Books Worth Reading 2016.
Having bested beast, man, and even his own failings, King Bewilliam has regained his throne, reunited with his sons, and restored his embattled kingdom, yet something is lacking. When a crippling famine threatens the Chalklands’ very survival, his vassals propose a risky plan to seek aid from a distant ruler. King Bewilliam strikes off on a perilous journey to the island empire of Sea Gate accompanied by a cadre of loyal knights and nobles who are unaware that the plan will reunite the king with a spurned lover..
What initially inspired you to write The Redoubt?
Usually I find the title the hardest part of the book to write. However, this time I started with the title. I had stumbled on the word “redoubt” and wanted to use it in a story.
Also, King Bewilliam’s (aka Robin) fans kept asking about Empress Alexandra from Book One, “The Lost King,” so I wanted to see if there was a way to reunite the two.
Tell us little about the characters in The Redoubt.
King Bewilliam, a husband, father, respected ruler, and accomplished dragon-slayer, begins the series estranged from his family and his kingdom. In the course of reclaiming his throne, he discovers strengths that he didn’t know he had.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
I put an extraordinary amount of research into medieval time period in which The Bewildering Adventures of King Bewilliam are set. It’s part of the world-building that Fantasy and Science Fiction writers do. Although the King Bewilliam series is a fantasy, I want the characters’ lives to be vivid and to ring true.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
By Book Four, many of the secondary characters had developed strong personalities and were lobbying to speak for themselves. However, the entire series is told from a single character viewpoint, that of King Bewilliam. I didn’t want to switch viewpoints in the middle of a series. In concocting the storytelling contest in which each participant tells a tale, I gave the characters a chance to use their voices. Writing eight short stories and a poem in the middle of a novel allowed me to exercise a range of writing muscles.
What are your future project(s)?
Sir Maxwell, who made a surprise appearance in “The King’s Ransom,” Book Two of the King Bewilliam series, has been nagging me for his own book. He’ll probably get it. I’m also intrigued by Dame Deidre and would like to do more with her.
I have two more stories planned for Will Mansion, the main character of my recent mystery, “The Zen Detective. Fans of the thriller “Detour” want another adventure with that story’s main character, Archie Harlanson. However, currently I’m working on a police procedural that, like “The Zen Detective,” combines crime investigation and mysticism. In “Blood Guilt,” police detective Paul Toberman pursues a serial killer and while working the case he is introduced to the spiritual practice of Kabbalah.
Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers about this book/series?
I am delighted with the loyal following that King Bewilliam has acquired. Many people remark that they think the King Bewilliam stories have Young Adult appeal. I find that surprising because I wrote the books for adults and I think that the stories deal with mature topics. But the readers could be right. I remember myself as a young person reading far above my grade level and not finding much of a selection.
Now an exciting excerpt from Redoubt!
The coil of Robin’s anxiety wound tighter with every passing moment. Here he stood, without a crown, without a sword, without his horse. He had been in this position before. Sir Howell’s suspicions came back to him. What if James was not the friend he appeared to be but a spy, a traitor?In the distance a small yellow light at shoulder height winked from left to right. Drawing closer it grew larger. Robin made out that it was a lantern held aloft by a rider. A guard come to arrest him? The emperor come to challenge him?The rider proved to be a woman astride Hope. Empress Alexandra.The gate guards bowed and almost too late so did Robin.“No page, Your Majesty? No soldier as escort?” asked one of the guards.“We are not going far,” the empress replied. “This stable boy will accompany us.” To Robin she said, “Come with us, lad. You are to deliver this horse to a dweller in the city.”“Yes, Your Majesty,” Robin said, silently congratulating James on his quick thinking.Empress Alexandra dismounted. As her cloak swirled about her, Robin thought he made out the tip of a broad leather scabbard. They traded horses and walked through the gate. It was all Robin could do to keep from breaking into a gallop.They did not blaze down the track quite like Thurston the Conqueror and Queen Chelie in Dame Deidre’s story but kept to a trot until they crossed the viaduct. Empress Alexandra swept aside her cloak. From a bulky leather belt encircling her hips hung a long scabbard. She unbuckled the belt and handed it to Robin. “James said you were not to leave Sea Gate without this.”Robin strapped on his sword. James, we apologize for ever doubting you.They cantered through the city of Sea Gate. Then, trying to outrun the rising sun behind them and flee under the cover of the thinning darkness, they took off at a gallop.Charger was worthy of his name but Hope needed rest. Robin looked about in the dawn light. “If I’m not mistaken there is a stream around here.”Empress Alexandra surveyed the landscape. “I believe you’re right.”They tramped through the underbrush until they found a creek. Robin pulled a flask from his rucksack, watered the remainder of the wine in it, and passed it to Alexandra. He tried not to stare at her face which was both flushed with exertion and mottled with bruises. He looked away. “Is this not just about where we met years ago?” he asked as she sipped. “You were out fighting a dragon. No, I stand corrected: a wyvern.”Alexandra chuckled and handed back the flask.“Are there still dragons around?” he asked.“Not here.”“Just back at the fortress,” Robin said, his ire mounting.Alexandra narrowed her eyes at him.Robin squared his shoulders. “All right. Tell me. How did that happen?”Alexandra sighed and paced in a small circle. She threw up her hands. “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”“You were lonely. No one could blame you. I’m sure your subjects wondered why it took so long for you to remarry.”“Yes, that was it. I felt ... I wasn’t getting any younger. The empire ... yes, it was growing. But with each passing year it was just getting harder and harder to manage on my own.” She stopped and faced him. “No, that’s not true. I had no problem being empress. I had vassals on whom I could depend. I had loyal friends. It wasn’t the same as when Emperor Merek was alive but what he and I had built was thriving. In preserving his legacy I felt a sense of accomplishment. Connected to him, still.“And then there was Gilbert of Blackstone.” She sighed and shook her head.“I’m sorry,” Robin said. “You don’t have to tell me.”“No, I want to. I want to understand it myself. He pursued me. Quite relentlessly. It was flattering.”“And you fell in love.”“I thought I did.” She shrugged. “Now I have come to see that I fell in love with ... being the object of his affection.” Alexandra kicked at a chunk of bark. “As it turned out it wasn’t me he wanted, it was Sea Gate. The mines at Blackstone had played out, you see.”So James had said. “Avaricious bastard coveted your wealth.”Alexandra shrugged. “Not for himself so much but for Tegen. And now instead of the object of the emperor’s affection I am simply an object.”“All right. That explains the marriage. What about this?” He took her chin in his hand and tilted her face up. “How did this happen? You are Alexandra, the Empress of Sea Gate.”Alexandra turned her face away. “At first I thought that it was my fault, that I had angered him somehow. By the time I realized that no, he was simply a brute, it was too late. Where would I go? How could I leave? I am, as you said, the Empress of Sea Gate.” She looked about and spoke so softly Robin could hardly hear her. “Now what am I going to do?”“We will find my men.” With the growing light they would be rising, preparing to break camp and continue home. By now they would be missing their king. Would they set out to search for him or stay put hoping that he would rejoin them? “We will regroup and then we will take action.”“So you have a plan?”Robin grinned and shook his head.“You sneaked into Sea Gate Fortress and carried off its empress and you don’t have a plan?”Robin shrugged. “That was my plan."
"What if?" Those two words all too easily send Devorah Fox spinning into flights of fancy. Best-selling author of an award-winning literary historical fantasy series and several thrillers, she also penned Mystery Mini Short Reads and contributed short stories to popular fantasy anthologies. Born in Brooklyn, New York, she now lives on the Texas Gulf Coast with rescued tabby cats ... and a dragon named Inky. Visit the “Dee-Scoveries” blog at http://devorahfox.com.
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Call to Honor: A SEAL Brotherhood Novel, #1
by Tawny Weber
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Tawny will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit GoddessFish.com to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.
“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing— Diego’s honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers...and only one woman has them.
Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger’s path.
IT PAYS TO be a winner.
And Diego Torres was a big believer in winning.
But it was the winning that he liked.
The thrill of testing his skills, pushing his limits. Of knowing he was better than his adversary.
Yeah. He liked knowing he was the best.
He didn’t do it for reward.
Especially not when the reward came by way of the pomp and pageantry of a ceremony like today. Standing onstage in front of the various platoons that made up SEAL Team 7, listening to Admiral Cree pontificate was a pain in the ass. What made it worse wasn’t the couple hundred sets of eyes inspecting him or the discomfort of his dress whites, too tight across the shoulders.
It was the damned shoes. Diego’s toes pinched in the mirror-bright black patent leather, begging him to flex. He didn’t, of course. Not while standing at attention. But damn. Give him a pair of combat boots any day.
As the sun baked through his cap and the heat of the morning swirled around, he wondered what yahoo had decided to hold this ceremony outdoors. And why it felt so much hotter standing in the San Diego sun in whites than it did in the Afghan desert in full combat gear. Probably because combat gear fit him better.
Diego had spent a large portion of his life fighting over the wrong things. He’d fought over turf.
He’d fought over gang colors. Hell, if the mood struck, he’d have fought over just how blue the sky was. It’d taken a bullet barely missing his heart to clue him in to the fact that maybe the things he was fighting over simply weren’t worth dying for.
Q & A with Tawny Weber
What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?
What a great question?! I’ve been very blessed to have some great people in my life. My family, especially my husband and kids, are the absolute sweetest. I think one of the sweetest things that happens to me as an author is when I get a card from a reader about my books. It's amazing to hear that they like them enough to write, or to hear how slipping into one of my stories has made some difference (even if only for a few hours of relaxation) in their life. It’s the most amazing feeling!
How would you spend ten thousand bucks?
Books!! Books, books and more books. I’d love to do a year of reader events, traveling to various fun conventions like the RT Book Lovers Convention, Lori Foster’s Readers Get Together, the Fresh Fiction Readers and Rita's and, Barbara Vey’s Reader Appreciation Weekend. I’d bring all of those books to share at the events. I’d love to meet up with readers and hear about their favorite stories and characters.
Where do you get your best ideas?
Most of my best ideas show up just before I fall asleep. Which is frustrating, since I’m usually too close to sleep to write them down. I often tell myself I’ll remember when I wake up. And actually, a lot of times I can pull the idea back to the surface when I meditate. I’d like to say I meditate daily for peace of mind and spiritual growth. But really, its because I’m fishing for those lost ideas.
What comes first, the plot or characters?
I’m a character driven writer, so the characters are always first. I usually come up with a question next – a what would happen type of question that plays off the character’s issues and challenges. For instance, in CALL TO HONOR, the idea for Team Poseidon came first. I knew they’d be a special, elite team of SEALs who’d spent years making themselves into the best of the best. The story question they inspired was, ‘what could bring them down?’ From there, the betrayal was born. Which meant that Diego Torres had to have the first story since he was the one man on the team that had the most to prove.
What does your main character do that makes him/her special.
I’d have to say that being a Navy SEAL makes Diego Torres pretty special. But if that’s not special enough, he’s also a member of Team Poseidon, an exclusive, elite team of Special Operatives. Diego grew up on the streets of Los Angeles, a second generation gang banger who’s father was killed in prison. Despite his mother begging him to go straight, it wasn’t until he was shot that he gave in to her fear and got his life together. He joined the Navy at eighteen, and spent the next twelve years serving his country with the same unquestioning loyalty he’d learned growing up in the street gang. Brotherhood is everything to him. Which makes things all the harder when that brotherhood is betrayed.
I received a free copy for my honest review!
Review by Jara
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
New York Times and USA TODAY Bestselling author of more than forty books, Tawny Weber loves writing about sexy heroes, most notably her popular Navy SEALs series. Her sassy, emotional romances are filled with men dedicated to being the best—and women determined to have the best. Tawny credits her ex-military alpha husband for inspiration in her writing, and in her life. The recipient of numerous writing accolades, including Romantic Times Reviewers Choice and in addition to the NY Times and USA Today bestseller lists, Tawny has also hit the number one spot on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
A homeschooling mom, Tawny enjoys scrapbooking, gardening and spending time with her family and dogs in her Northern California home.
You can find Tawny on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
Legacy of Luck
by Christy Nicholas
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
Christy Nicholas will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC or a copy of Legacy of Hunger, book 1 in the series to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Please visit GoddessFish.com to follow the tour, remember the more you comment better your chances on winning.
Irish Traveler Éamonn loves gambling, women, and drinking, not necessarily in that order. But he’s entangled in a true mess when he falls for fiery redhead, Katie. When she’s married to a Scottish Traveler, Éamonn travels to Scotland to find her, with the help of Katie’s sister and cousin, and the magical brooch gifted by his father. Their quest takes them across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Skye, encountering war, betrayal, death. In the end, Éamonn must make his own luck.
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Éamonn paced the stall, digging a trench in the mud with his anxious footsteps. What could he offer? His family had some wealth, but a horse remained an expensive commodity. They had two work mares to pull the wagons, but nowhere near the same class as the grey stallion. Ciaran had a beautifully tooled saddle, a piece they put out in front of the booth to draw customers in. But what use would it be to a man who had no horse?
He went to find his father.
After a speedy explanation, Turlough shook his head.
“I don’t know, son. Our wealth is our music, not our coin. I don’t suppose the fact you love the girl has much weight with her father?”
“She says no. He doesn’t seem to have much affection for either girl, from what I’ve seen.”
“How about arranging a deal with the MacCrimmon lad? Convince him to back out of the deal? After all, who wants to marry a girl whose heart is already given to someone else? It is just the heart, is it not?” Turlough narrowed his eyes at his son, knowing full well his reputation with the ladies.
“Yes, Da. We’ve not even kissed yet. I swear. Da, she doesn’t even know which brother it is! If it’s Lochlann, there may be a chance. He seems a decent sort, despite all. But Donald—”
“This is a right fine mess, no doubt. Here, let’s go approach Lochlann.”
“Can… I don’t think I’ll be much help with him after that night at the dice ring—”
“No, I’ll not do this for you. Perhaps it will make you realize your actions have consequences. I will come with you, though.”
This gal is then married of the a Scottish traveler all without her consent. Eamonn now finds himself going to Scotland to rescue her with her sister, a cousin and a brooch his father gave him as a gift, hmm magical brooch as we find out.
Their journey takes them along the coast of Northern Ireland, the west coast of Scotland and lands then on the Island of Skye
The trip is not an easy one they find war, betrayal and even death. But after all the must make his own luck, and to learn how to use his power. A great story, plenty adventures and to see how it ends well you will just have to read it to find out, for I shall not tell you how it ends.
I received a free copy for my honest review!
Review by Jara
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
My name is Christy Nicholas, also known as Green Dragon. I do many things, including digital art, beaded jewelry, writing and photography. In real life I'm a CPA, but having grown up with art and around me (my mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are/were all artists), it sort of infected me, as it were. I love to draw and to create things. It's more of an obsession than a hobby. I like looking up into the sky and seeing a beautiful sunset, or a fragrant blossom, a dramatic seaside. I then wish to take a picture or create a piece of jewelry to share this serenity, this joy, this beauty with others. Sometimes this sharing requires explanation – and thus I write. Combine this love of beauty with a bit of financial sense and you get an art business. I do local art and craft shows, as well as sending my art to various science fiction conventions throughout the country and abroad.