Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Free Read: Whispers to Mist Wisp of Fate Book One by D Fischer




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To save her own life, she must first figure out who she is.

Whispers to Mist
Wisp of Fate 
Book One
D Fischer

Description:

The Wisp of Fate series is fantasy and paranormal romance, a spin-off to both of D. Fischer's Rise of the Realms series and Cloven Pack series.

Jinx Li doesn't know who she is, or where she came from. Her memory doesn't go back past a few weeks. What she does know is how to hide from those who hunt her and how to survive on pure instinct.

When the local shifter pack, and their alpha, Jacob Trent, get involved with this mysterious and mythical woman, all bets are off. They want to know what she is, if she's a threat, and where she came from.

All jinx desires is normal life, but how can she have a normal life when everyone is trying to kill her?

Read a new chapter every Tuesday at https://dfischerauthor.com/the-blog/

Chapter Seven Releases Today

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Jasper's Quest by Blair Drake



Jasper's Quest
Finding Magic
Book Three
Blair Drake

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Magic Quest Books

Date of Publication: June 21, 2018

ASIN: B07DFQPKQ6

Number of pages: 228
Word Count: 79,800

Cover Artist: Jennifer Zemanek/Seedlings LLC

Tagline: What would you do to find your magic?

Book Description:

When seventeen-year-old Jasper Walker is caught up in a violent storm and flung off the roof of Gray Cliffs Academy along with nine of his school mates, he has no idea what is happening. Even stranger is the unfamiliar world he finds himself in. An alternate universe that reminds him of Africa, he’s startled to discover the year is 1675 and no one in the land of Ardhi has a clue about the world he came from. Then he meets Rylan, a magical healer who has been cursed by an evil king to age well past his time. If the curse isn’t broken, Rylan will die and time is running out…

Jasper is shocked to discover he’s the only one who can break the curse. He must call on his magical powers of supernatural strength and face a multitude of challenges in order to save Rylan’s life…and return to Gray Cliffs Academy.




Excerpt:
Whumph!”
Jasper Walker landed on the hard ground with a thud and groaned from shock. Winded, he gasped for breath, wincing at the stabbing pain knifing through his chest. He forced himself to breath more slowly, easing air between his clenched teeth. Gradually, the pain subsided and he breathed normally again.
He struggled to his feet, grateful to discover he hadn’t done any serious damage to his body during the fall. Apart from sore muscles, he didn’t feel any different than before.  And then he looked about himself in growing confusion. There was one big difference – his surroundings.
Where am I?
He stood near the edge of a thick forest. Tall trees stretched upwards, blocking a portion of the sky. The sun hung low to the horizon, painting the ground with violet shadows. The night would soon be upon him.
He drew in another breath. The air was hot and humid and felt heavy in his lungs. The snow that gathered earlier on his clothes had already melted, leaving him uncomfortably damp. He took a few steps forward and then turned around, not knowing which way to go. If he turned right, he’d end up deeper in the forest. To the left, was an open plain.
Which way?
And then came a haunting cry, the same anguished plea he’d heard through the storm. Shivers coursed up and down his spine. He couldn’t tell if the cry was human or not, but it was definitely from something in a great deal of distress. His instincts kicked in, and he headed away from the forest in the direction of the sound. Across the plain, through a stand of trees, hurrying now. The cries grew louder and with them other sounds joined in. Laughter reached his ears, sounding incongruous alongside the painful pleas. He crept closer, his heart thumping.
Taking cover behind a large baobab tree, he discovered a natural clearing among another thin clump of trees. Shadows stretched long, dark fingers across the ground. Peering into the dimness, he swallowed a gasp. A group of people, made up of men and women, boys and girls surrounded an old man who lay in the dirt. The man was curled up in a fetal position with his hands covering his face.
Jasper watched one of the male spectators lash out with his foot and connect with the old man on the ground. A howl of pain went through the victim. He curled up even tighter, whimpering.
The crowd laughed even louder. “Ye call yerself a healer! Ye say ye’ve saved so many of us over the years. Why don’t ye get up and save yerself!” another man in the crowd jeered.
“Yer a has-been. No good to anyone, or anything. Yer time is over, old man,” another tormentor mocked and aimed another vicious kick at the victim.
Rage surged through Jasper at the injustice of the scene unfolding before him. A defenseless old man was being persecuted for no good reason. It was something he couldn’t tolerate. It reminded him of some of the younger students at the Gray Cliffs Academy who found themselves the brunt of jokes from older kids. Jasper had a reputation as someone who stood up for the underdog. Now he burned with the need to do something to assist the old man who lay helpless on the ground at the mercy of the cruel crowd.
He took another moment to look around him and did a rough head count of the spectators gathered around. He was outnumbered by far, and a sizeable portion of the mob were full-grown men. Jasper was tall for his age and physically fit, yet he was no match for the men who made up the crowd.
Still, he couldn’t sit there and do nothing. The man on the ground was crying in pain. Then he saw three of the boys pick up large rocks and aim them toward their victim. Before he could fully process what was happening, the boys hurled their missiles. They landed with remarkable accuracy, thudding against the man’s head and shoulder and back. Each time, the man cried out.
Unable to hold back another moment, Jasper burst out from his hiding place, his fists clenched.
“Stop!”
The spectators gasped collectively in surprise. The ones with their backs to him turned around. All of them took a step back. He glared at the gathered crowd, his breath coming fast. Adrenaline surged through his veins. They stared at Jasper in shock. He understood their reaction.
Every member of the crowd, including the man on the ground, was dressed in funny garments, like something he’d see on an old-fashioned movie based in ancient times. The coarse homespun fabric looked something like burlap. The men wore tunics that hung loosely from their frames and fell past their knees. The women wore long dresses made from the same material.
He looked down at his school uniform – the navy-blue blazer, white shirt, blue-and-maroon school tie and gray pants. His lace-up school shoes were still shiny. He’d polished them only that morning. It felt like a lifetime ago.
“W-who are ye?” one of the male adults of the crowd demanded.
The man was broad across the chest, with arms as thick as tree trunks. Jasper trembled inside, but forced himself to maintain eye contact.
“My name is Jasper Walker. Who are you?” he stated clearly.
The man gathered himself together, and when he spoke again, his voice was loud and firm. “I’m Baron Drakor. What is yer business here?”
Jasper took a few more steps forward. Most of the crowd drew back. Baron Drakor remained where he was. Jasper narrowed his gaze at the man, and then pointed to the figure on the ground. “That man is a friend of mine. I demand you release him.”
Drakor’s face split into a wide grin. Huge guffaws filled the air. His whole body shook with mirth. Many in his crowd of supporters began to laugh. He crossed his arms over his powerful chest and stared hard at Jasper.
“A friend of yers, you say? How could that be? This man has lived in my village since I was born. I know every inch of this land and everyone in it, and I’ve never set eyes on ye.”
Jasper thought fast. He had no idea where he was, but it was obvious he’d been thrust somewhere far back in time. He could hardly admit he was a school boy snatched from the twenty-first century. They’d think he was crazy and might turn on him next.
No, he had to continue with his bluff and pray they set the old man free. It was his only hope. He glanced down at the victim and saw blood running from a wound on his face. Jasper’s anger surged inside him. Once again, his hands clenched into fists.
Refusing to be intimidated by Drakor’s glare, Jasper shrugged. “Perhaps you’re not as widely traveled as you have people believe.”
The crowd sniggered. Drakor’s face turned red. He turned angry eyes on Jasper. “How dare ye!” he spat. “I am the King’s representative. No one, and I mean no one, speaks to me like that!”
Without warning, the man lunged at Jasper and knocked him off his feet. Caught unawares, Jasper fell hard. Once again, the air was knocked out of him and he wheezed and gasped for breath. The crowd erupted into laughter. Anger and embarrassment burned on Jasper’s face. Anger won out. He surged to his feet, his fists at the ready.
Drakor laughed even harder. “Oh look, the young pup wants to fight me! How about that?”
The laughter of the crowd grew louder and Jasper understood why. Drakor was a mountain of a man. His heavy black beard and narrowed black eyes made him look even more menacing. Jasper glared at his opponent and at the same time tried hard to stem the trembling that had started in his body.
“Come on, then! Let’s do it,” Jasper urged before his courage gave out.
Drakor shook his head in surprise. He chuckled. “Don’t be stupid, boy. I’d knock yer head off. Now, go home to yer mother and leave us to finish our business. If ye turn and leave right now, I’ll forget yer impudence.”
Jasper turned his gaze on the old man who still lay curled up on the ground. One of his eyes was swollen shut, but he looked at Jasper out of the other one. Hope and desperation warred in the old man’s eyes. Tears leaked down his cheek. Jasper saw he was the man’s only hope. If he turned his back on him, the old man would surely be stoned and beaten to death.
“Come on, boy. It’s none of yer business. Go back home to yer momma, where ye belong.”

The guffaws and jeers of the crowd filled Jasper’s ears. For a fleeting moment, he thought about turning away and leaving them to it, but then he saw the poor man who cowered on the ground, and he couldn’t do it. With a surge of determination, he tightened his fists and charged.

About the Author:

Blair Drake believes in magic, especially the magic of stories with fantasy, adventures, romance, action, and surprises. She has loved writing and living in the stories of the Finding Magic series and is so excited to share the quests of the Gray Cliffs Academy students with her readers.

When she’s not writing about magic, she’s reading about it. Her influences are Cassandra Claire, Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, Garth Nix, and many more.

In the mortal plane, following the lure of magic has drawn Blair into strange and wonderful adventures from Australia to New York City, with many stops in between. She currently lives near Denver. Her very favorite spot is a red loveseat in her office, frequently shared with two cats, an outnumbered Dalmation, and occasionally her bewitched husband.

She might have gone to a school similar to Gray Cliffs Academy and would love to go through a magic portal. In the meantime, she’s creating her own in more books of magic.









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Monday, July 30, 2018

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Frenchman Street by Suzanne Johnson



THE FINAL BOOK OF THE SENTINELS OF NEW ORLEANS SERIES

Frenchman Street
Sentinels of New Orleans
Book Six
Suzanne Johnson

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Publisher: Suzanne Johnson

Date of Publication:  July 24, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9968220-4-6
ASIN:

Number of pages: 352
Word Count: approx. 99,250

Cover Artist: Robin Ludwig Design Inc.

Book Description:

The uneasy truce between the preternatural species of New Orleans has shattered, with wizards and elves, shifters and vampires—not to mention the historical undead—struggling for ultimate control of the city, including the humans who still think they’re atop the food chain.

They aren’t, however—and the Summer Prince of Faerie wants them to know it.

Stuck in the middle? One unemployed wizard sentinel. For DJ Jaco, war makes for strange bedfellows as she finally embraces her wizard-elven heritage and strikes a deal with the devil so she and her ragtag band of allies can return to defend her hometown. After all, when the undead French pirate Jean Lafitte is the mayor’s newest consultant, things could go horribly wrong.

War is coming to New Orleans in time for Mardi Gras, with the elves and wizards lined up on opposite sides, the shifters with a new leader, the vampires promising loyalty to the highest bidder, and the soul of the Crescent City resting on the outcome of the civil war going on in Faerie between the rival princes of summer and winter.

Mardi Gras Day is approaching fast, and the line between friends and enemies grows thin as DJ tries to stave off open warfare on the St. Charles Avenue parade route.

Laissez les bons temps rouler…but be careful, or the good times might roll too close for comfort.



Excerpt:

I turned to glare at the unicorn. It was hanging around for some reason.
            “Can you talk? If not, what are you waiting for?” I made a shooing motion. “Go home to your whack-job master.”
Because we needed to find out how it got to our remote beach in the Beyond.
“I’ll find a rope—maybe we can make a halter,” Rene said, walking toward the house.
Jean also seemed to have had his fill of unicorn wrangling. “Bah. I shall depart for Old Orleans, Drusilla. There are people with whom I must discuss matters of import, and perhaps I might discover the truth about Christof.”
            Fine. Leave me with the merman and the unicorn.
            He turned and walked into the transport, disappearing in seconds. He hadn’t removed his boots, but he had held his pistol out of the water. The pirate had his priorities straight.
            “Here is my message.”
I whirled to look at the unicorn, who was now doing his best Mr. Ed impression.
            “I knew it.” That freaking unicorn could talk; he’d been waiting to get me alone.
I held up the elven staff, and the unicorn had the good sense to back up a couple of steps. I slipped my left hand into my jeans pocket, fingering a couple of potions I’d cooked up in this rustic paradise using a generator-powered hot plate and my own blood. My physical magic wouldn’t work outside the human world, but my potions and charms were fine. The staff worked everywhere.
“Okay, start talking, horse.”
            The unicorn managed to look offended. “Here is my message,” he repeated. “His Royal Majesty Florian will be crowned King of Faerie and of All Species of Earth and Beyond in two weeks. You are—”
            “Wait.” I shook the staff at him, and sparks flew out its tip. “What do you mean, ‘King of Faerie and of All Species of Earth and Beyond’?”
What in the name of Merlin was that madman up to?
            The unicorn tossed his head and looked even grumpier. “Here is my message,” he repeated for the third time. “His Royal Majesty Florian will be crowned King of Faerie and of All Species of Earth and Beyond in two weeks. You are invited to attend and pledge fealty at his coronation in New Orleans at the apex of the celebration the humans call Mardi Gras. Should you die before the appointed time, this invitation may be considered null and void.”
            And with that, the unicorn turned, took a big, steaming dump on the sand near my feet, and made to trot back down the beach from whence he came. I flipped the lid off one of the charms in my pocket, chased him down the beach, and tossed it on him. I only hit his tail, which, considering it was a freezing charm, only made said tail freeze at a ninety-degree angle.
            “Stop, unicorn, or I’ll toast your rump like a potroast!” I yelled, aiming the staff. I sent a warning zap of fire onto his rump. My aim had improved a lot in months since I’d blown up my own SUV and burned down half of Six Flags New Orleans. I’d had lots of time to practice.
            Unfortunately, the shot only made the unicorn fly into a gallop. I had no choice but to run after him and hope I could keep him in sight by moonlight.

            

About the Author:

On Aug. 28, 2005, Suzanne Johnson loaded two dogs, a cat, a friend, and her mom into a car and fled New Orleans in the hours before Hurricane Katrina made landfall.

Four years later, she began weaving her experiences and love for her city into the Sentinels of New Orleans urban fantasy series, beginning with Royal Street (2012), of which Frenchman Street is the sixth and final book in the story arc. She also has written Pirateship Down and The Consort, both set in the Sentinels world, and the standalone Christmas in Dogtown.

She grew up in rural Alabama, halfway between the Bear Bryant Museum and Elvis’ birthplace, and lived in New Orleans for fifteen years, which means she has a highly refined sense of the absurd and an ingrained love of SEC football and fried gator on a stick.

She can be found online at her website or her blog.

As Susannah Sandlin, she writes multiple award-winning paranormal romance and romantic suspense, including The Penton Vampire Legacy paranormal romance, suspense duology The Collectors, romantic suspense series, the Wilds of the Bayou romantic suspense series, and the standalones Storm Force and Chenoire.

Suzanne currently lives in Auburn, Alabama, where she works as a full-time author and copyeditor.







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Friday, July 27, 2018

Free Book Friday Friday July 27 Wild Irish Heart by Tricia O'Malley





Wild Irish Heart
The Mystic Cove Series
Book 1
Tricia O'Malley 

Genre: PNR

Print Length: 260 pages
Publisher: Park and Stowell
Publication Date: September 12, 2014
ASIN: B00NJ0Q0SY

It is time...

An ancient book, a power untouched, and a heart unloved lead Keelin O'Brien from her graduate studies in Boston to a small village on the coast of Southern Ireland. Determined to unearth the secrets lying hidden in the enchanted waters of the cove, Keelin has little time for a surly Irishman who infuriates her during the day and haunts her fantasies at night.

Inexplicably drawn to the woman who has stepped from his dreams and into his world, Flynn fights a stubborn battle against his increasing attraction for Keelin. Forces unknown have better plans for the two.

Only the secrets of the cove can show Keelin who she really is, the beauty of her mysterious power, and a love that will break the bounds of what she knows.

From New York Times Bestselling author, Tricia O'Malley, comes a new romance series set on the rocky shores of Ireland.


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The Mystic Cove Series

Wild Irish Roots (a prequel novella)
Wild Irish Heart (the first in the series)
Wild Irish Eyes
Wild Irish Soul
Wild Irish Rebel
Wild Irish Roots: Margaret and Sean
Wild Irish Witch

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

.99 Sale Stone Song by Tricia O'Malley #StoneSong

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From New York Times Bestselling author, Tricia O’Malley, comes a riveting magickal romance set in modern day Dublin.




Stone Song
The Isle of Destiny Series
Book One
Tricia O'Malley

Clare MacBride has her life in exactly the order she wants it. In a year, she’ll have finished her geology dissertation, though she’s no closer to figuring out the answer to one question that plagues her.

Why does she feel stones pulse with energy?

A centuries-old curse, a mysterious faction of protectors, and a mythological godstone all sound like old world fairytale nonsense to Clare. It only takes one rainy evening with a silver-eyed fae and a handsome stranger promising protection to rock her world forever.

With her life plans shattered at her feet, the lines of science and fiction blur as Clare is forced to throw everything she knows about the world out the window and look deep within her heart for answers.





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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Reese's Quest by Blair Drake


Reese's Quest
Finding Magic
Book Two
Blair Drake

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Magic Quest Books

Date of Publication: June 14, 2018

ASIN: B07DFQLJCT

Number of pages: 259
Word Count: 90,650

Cover Artist: Jennifer Zemanek/Seedlings LLC

Tagline: What would you do to find your magic?

Book Description:

With only weeks until graduation from Gray Cliffs Academy, Reese has his eye on breaking free. He wants out of this school and to get away from the people who sent him there. Being summoned to the headmaster’s office was no big deal, until he and his school mates are swept away into a wicked storm that tossed Reese into an underground world full of danger and evil beings. His only hope of escaping this underground world is to learn how to harness his magnetic magic and travel through the underground city to reach a portal that will transport him back to the school.

But time is running out! With the help of Raven, a young girl who’s been trapped in that underground city, Reese must get to the portal before it closes while navigating the tunnels and minefields of the underground world and those who want them dead! Can he harness his magnetic magic when needed and use it to his advantage when needed in order to stay alive long enough to make it home?

Excerpt:
He breathed deeply, and he ran past the bridge, wanting to turn back. But then the vibration in his pocket ate into his concentration and pulled his focus away from the track ahead of him and the missed opportunity to escape. Reese tried to ignore it and kept running. But the vibration grew stronger until an audible hum cut through all the noise in his head. It was so loud and the energy inside him was so strong that Reese felt as if he could shatter into a million pieces like glass.
A small whimper beside him startled him. Raven. He couldn’t see her. But he heard her quiet cry of distress. She was there in his mind, curled into a ball on the side of the track. He slowed down as he approached her.
“Keep going. Don’t stop for anything or anyone,” Endel said as he got closer to Raven. She lifted her face to him. The sun glistened off the tears on her cheeks as she cried.
“She needs me.”
“No. Keep breathing. Breathe deeply and drink it in.”
The sound of Raven’s cries weren’t in his head. They were real. He could feel her fear as if it was tangible. Suddenly she was no longer sitting on the track. She was sitting right next to him on that crate curled into a ball.
Reese opened his eyes and reared back in his seat so far he nearly fell off the stool. Light assaulted his eyes making him squint from its brightness. The room was aglow, completely illuminated up to the ceiling that towered above him. The center column was like a tornado of fire, swirling around the center and continuing up to the bulbs. One by one the bulbs exploded into a spray or sparks that rained down into the room.
Raven crouched down under the table. “Make it stop!”
“How?” Reese asked. He flew off the chair and backed against the wall. Endel stood by the column as if he were completely unaffected by the heat.
A memory that had been lost in the recesses of his mind suddenly came back with glaring clarity. He’d been in the kitchen of the small house he lived in with his parents. They’d still been together then. He didn’t remember how it started. But he remembered the electrical sockets in the kitchen sizzling and then burning. Then the toaster blew up and caught on fire. He’d been a young boy then. He remembered his father coming into the kitchen and yelling at him, while his mother was trying to calm him down, telling his dad that he didn’t know what he was doing.
Reese blinked his eyes to clear the memory and the pain of remembering it caused. He ran to the table and found Raven just as she’d been in his vision, curled up in a ball crying. She looked up at him with wide eyes as he held a hand out to her.
As his breathing calmed, the light in the room began to fade. Not completely. It was still bright enough to see far more than he’d been able to see when they’d first come into the room.
“Jeez, that was intense. Are you okay?” Reese asked, crouching down next to her when she didn’t take his offer of helping her to her feet.
Raven pointed to the cylinder in the center of the room. “You did that, Reese.”
He blinked hard and tried to focus on the bright ball in the center of the room until it dimmed enough for him to really look at it. “That thing? No way.”
She nodded.
“Can’t be. How could anyone do something like that?” Reese looked at Endel who seemed unaffected by what they’d experienced. Fear clutched him, making it hard to breathe. The lights flickered and then dimmed more.
The cylinder that had been cold and lifeless earlier was no longer the ball of fire it was when he’d opened his eyes. But it was still humming and alive with bright colors and sparks.
“I don’t know what did whatever that was, but it wasn’t me. When I opened my eyes, I thought the room was going to blow up. I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
“Nor should you have,” Endel said. “It’s not a natural thing. All living things have energy. We have many more abilities than we ever attempt to utilize, which is a shame. We are all powerful creatures. Some people have gifts. What you just witnessed, yungin’, was a gift.”
“You mean I almost blew this room up?” Reese looked around as the room slowly returned to normal. “That’s freaking awesome!”
Endel grunted. “Obviously for some people with attitude, it may be a curse. I’m still deciding which it is for you.”



About the Author:

Blair Drake believes in magic, especially the magic of stories with fantasy, adventures, romance, action, and surprises. She has loved writing and living in the stories of the Finding Magic series and is so excited to share the quests of the Gray Cliffs Academy students with her readers.

When she’s not writing about magic, she’s reading about it. Her influences are Cassandra Claire, Neil Gaiman, Rick Riordan, Garth Nix, and many more.

In the mortal plane, following the lure of magic has drawn Blair into strange and wonderful adventures from Australia to New York City, with many stops in between. She currently lives near Denver. Her very favorite spot is a red loveseat in her office, frequently shared with two cats, an outnumbered Dalmation, and occasionally her bewitched husband.

She might have gone to a school similar to Gray Cliffs Academy and would love to go through a magic portal. In the meantime, she’s creating her own in more books of magic.








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