Monday, September 14, 2020

Bewitching Book Blitz Ashes and Blood by Katie Zaber #fantasy #giveaway

Ashes and Blood
Dalya Series
Book One
Katie Zaber         

Genre: Fantasy
Date of Publication: May 13th 2020
ISBN:  9780463801024
ASIN:  B087YJ8W87
Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 121,760

Cover Artist: Agata Bukovero

Tagline: Trapped in another world—what would you do?

Book Description:

“I’ll start at the beginning. Long ago, before roads, before we built structures, before medicine was discovered, before the government was created, before man gained any knowledge, there were The Five. Independent from each other, The Five had a mutual respect for one another. They knew their roles in the world and their duty. They were gods…”

An adventure begins when an otherworldly tree captures the attention of Megan and her friends. The environment morphs around them, transferring them to an exotic planet. Stuck in a rural town still maimed by the plague, a chance encounter with a familiar face gives Megan and her friends some security during their adjustment period.

While settling into new, promising lives, they are attacked and stalked by planet Dalya’s humanoid inhabitants, who focus on Megan. One dark night, after an epic, magical attack, the Fae King’s knight is sent to fetch Megan. When she wakes up a prisoner, she learns that there is much more to this strange world, and it is oddly more like her own than she ever would have expected.

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Excerpt 4

The past stings.
I haven’t spoken about my family for years. Knowing that they are alive and remember me brings back too many partial, bittersweet memories. It hurts to think about them. I can’t picture their faces. It makes me sick not to be able to recall Mary, Emily, or my mom’s faces. I can remember most of their characteristics: hair, skin color, and eyes, but I can’t visualize their actual faces. A hard puzzle to put together that grows harder by the day.
It’s all the small details, their freckles and beauty marks. My mom and sister looked a lot alike. They could be twins if not for the twenty-three-year age difference. Both have long, curly strawberry blonde hair, bright green eyes, and their faces are covered in freckles. I used to tease my sister when we were kids. I nicknamed her Spots when she was in elementary school. Funny how I can remember that, but I still can’t picture her face.
My ex-girlfriend Mary, damn she was hot. At least that’s what my memories tell me, though I can’t recall why. I can’t remember any detail of her face, but I can remember she was short, had tan skin, chestnut hair, and was full of energy, a cheerleader. We didn’t date too long, but I had a huge crush on her senior year of high school. We dated right after Valentine’s Day. I remember a couple dates, but they’re more like fuzzy pictures rather than memories.
Those were the good times, hanging out, sneaking beers under the bleachers, watching the cheerleaders practice, bounce, and stretch. Joking with the guys, smoking joints, not having a care in the world.
It was only four months later when Brian, Dave, and I went camping. Damn, I’ve been here too long.

About the Author:

Katie Zaber knows the best way to decide who is cooking dinner is with a Nerf gun fight in the living room. Her boyfriend is an exceptional cook. When she isn’t baking, going to wine tastings, or reading, she’s busy planning her next trip to Six Flags Great Adventure or Long Beach Island, New Jersey. As a child, her mother would read stories about Atlantis and other fictional places that she dreamed of exploring, fueling her love of history, adventure, and fantasy. After spending her days working in a coffee shop, she moved up the ladder getting an office job where she unfortunately was involved in a filing accident. Unable to move, bored out of her mind, and desperate for entertainment, she turned to her imagination and began writing. These days, she finds herself captivated by her many projects and enjoys quiet nights at home.

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