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Spotlight featuring Geoffrey Saign’s Magical Beasts series (Guardian, the Choice #1 and Guardian, the Quest #2) w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #fantasy #YA @geoffreysaign

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Geoffrey Saign will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.  Book one is on sale for $0.99, book two is also on sale for $2.99. 

 

A demon haunts Samantha Green’s dreams.
And she fears it’s coming for her…

When wildlife prodigy Sam and her crush—quirky handsome Jake—are attacked by a dragon assassin, Sam discovers her secret past. A past connected to a supernatural giant cat and a glowing faerie.

Sam is quickly pulled into a high stakes battle for the world. Everyone, including a creepy ancient villain, wants her supernatural staff, which she doesn’t know how to use. Sophisticated ninja dragons, a kong-sized gorilla, and mysterious beasts offer help—but are they friends or enemies? Sam has a big heart, but will her love for all creatures tear her life apart?

To survive the hardest choice she’s ever made, Sam will have to unlock the hidden power inside her.

Ready or not, Sam is about to find out if she has what it takes to be a guardian…

Guardian: The Choice is the new exciting start of a magic-filled fantasy four book series starring a powerful heroine, a tough brawny hero, and a slew of not-so-friendly magical beasts.


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Sam and Jake must capture a magical golden dragon—or Jake dies. Can Sam can save the man she loves? And will she have to die to do it?

But everyone wants the golden dragon, including the powerful Evil One, who has been hiding for centuries and has sworn to destroy all of life. No one can be trusted. Death Matches and ancient secrets test the guardians as never before.

Sam fears that whatever she does, she won’t be able to save Jake…nor stop the Evil One.


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IAN BOTY awards = Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards

CHOICE won the Young Adult category.

Guardian: The Choice was selected as Finalist in “Fantasy,” and “Young Adult” category winner!

And Guardian: The Choice was selected as the “Outstanding Young Adult” category winner!

Read an Excerpt from Guardian: The Quest

“Manticore,” I murmur. “He’s beautiful.”

“Do you need glasses, Sam?” Jake shakes his head.

“Well, he is,” I insist. “If you ignore that we have to fight him.”

“You’re right! Why didn’t I see that?” Jake flips a hand. “He’s kind of beautiful in a I’m going to tear you to pieces and chomp your limbs off kind of way.”

“Hello!” I say loudly. “We’re your friends!”

The manticore keeps walking and snarls at me.

“You do have a way with wild animals!” Jake winks at me.

“Shut up. We could die here you know.”

“Good point.”

The beast is a deformed Lesser which must have been away from KiraKu’s water and air too long—even longer than Biggie, given the mutation it went through. Lessers are the basis for all mythological creatures in human legends, but the ones we’ve met so far were able to talk with reason. This creature appears disturbed, with no visible vulnerabilities. Worse, I don’t want to kill it. It makes me even angrier at Kert.

Uncle Biggie calls in his singsong voice, “Be nice now, wittle kitty. All’s gonna be okay now.”

The manticore stops and snarls, wagging its head as if to shake Biggie’s soothing voice out of its ears. Several years ago I watched Uncle Biggie calm down a whole warehouse of nervous wild animals in minutes, so I’m hopeful.

About the Author:

Geoffrey Saign’s love of wildlife led him to write the award-winning fantasy series, Magical Beasts. He often experiences the magic of nature and wildlife while hiking and swimming. He has a degree in biology and has assisted in field research on hummingbirds and humpback whales.
Geoff loves to sail big boats, hike, and cook—and he infuses all of his writing with his passion for nature. As a swimmer he considers himself fortunate to live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, Minnesota. See what he’s up to at on his website.

Website: https://geoffreysaign.net/magical-beasts
Twitter: https://twitter.com/geoffreysaign
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/geoffrey.saign
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/755980.Geoffrey_Saign

Guardian: The Choice is on sale for $0.99 during the tour:

Guardian, The Choice: https://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Choice-Magical-Beasts-Bookebook/dp/B07V651Z6B
Guardian, The Quest: https://www.amazon.com/Guardian-Quest-Fantasy-Adventure-Thriller-ebook/dp/B07Z2FFXP2/ref=sr_1_3

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Excerpt, Giveaways

Spotlight featuring The Devil and Dayna Dalton (a Bulwark Anthology, Book 9) by Brit Lunden w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @britlunden #fantasy #paranormal #romance

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Brit Lunden will be awarding a $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Reporter Dayna Dalton’s reputation has been ruined since birth. The daughter of wild child, Becky Dalton, is expected to follow her mother’s footsteps; never given a chance to prove she’s different. Dana’s been in love with Clay Finnes since she was a teenager. Her unrequited love for Sheriff Finnes leaves her empty. He’s happily married and unavailable. Instead, Dayna finds herself stuck in the revolving door of bad relationships. But this is Bulwark, Georgia, a town where strange things are always happening. Dayna is doomed to this loveless life until she can find someone who will appreciate the depth of her character. Can she overcome her fears and look beyond her own perceptions to accept a greater love?

Read an excerpt from Chapter 4

“The devil is in the details.”

It was a steady beep that woke her. Dayna struggled to open her eyes. Her lids were heavy, as if they had been glued shut. She panicked for a minute, thinking she might have died and they had sealed her eyes. She lifted a hand to rub her face and felt the tug of something tethering her. She pulled, then moaned from the sharp pain near her elbow.

Brisk hands tucked her arm under a sheet next to her side. She turned to find Jenna Finnes adjusting an IV line.

Their eyes met, and Jenna said in a flat tone, “Don’t yank the IV out.” She walked over to a whiteboard, erased someone’s name, and printed her own, her face grim.

Dayna cleared her throat. Before she got any words out, Jenna spoke without turning around. “They brought you in last night. Minor abrasions. Sprained ankle, nothing serious.” She turned around, and her face held no warmth. “Whoever you were rolling around in the woods with left you there.”

“I wasn’t…” Dayna coughed. Her throat hurt when she spoke. Jenna poured her a cup of water.

“Whatever.” Clay’s wife shrugged. “You were out for a long time. There’s a bump on your head, but the CAT scan was negative.”

Dayna took the water with one hand. The other cautiously touched a tender bump on the side of her skull.

“When can I get out of here?” Dayna asked.

“They’re not going to let you drive home, not that your car is here anyway. The doctor will give you more information when he stops by.” Jenna walked toward the door.

“Jenna,” Dayna called after her, “who brought me in?”

“Sherry and Terence found you.” Jenna answered without looking at her.

Dayna could feel hatred emanating from the rigid stance of the nurse’s body and closed face. She could not stop herself from calling her name again. “Jenna?” Jenna turned, her eyes unfriendly. “How’s Clay doing?”

Jenna pulled open the door and left without another word.

About the Author:

Brit Lunden is a prolific author who’s written over 50 books in assorted genres under different pen names. Bulwark was her first effort in adult fiction and was chosen by several of her fellow authors as the basis for a new series, A Bulwark Anthology. Using her characters, they are creating new denizens in spin-off stories to this bizarre town. Brit Lunden lives on Long Island in a house full of helpful ghosts.

Website: https://www.britlunden.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/britlunden
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17077291.Brit_Lunden
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/britlunden

The book will be $0.99 during the tour

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Devil-Dayna-Dalton-Bulwark-Anthology-ebook/dp/B07YJ38S88

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Excerpt, Giveaways, Interviews

Interview of Erin A. Jensen featuring the book, Benevolent w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @ErinAJensen #fantasy

Benevolent

by Erin A. Jensen 

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

A story about the purpose of life, the healing power of fandom, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Tormented by the in-crowd at school on a daily basis, there were two things that gave fifteen-year-old Abigail Perkins the strength to keep going—her best friend, Danny Cobb; and her favorite television show, Supernatural. But the night Danny’s mother calls to say that his battle with cancer is nearing its end, and the doctors don’t expect him to live through the night, even Supernatural can’t dull the ache in her heart.

Devastated by her impending loss and crushed that Danny’s mother won’t allow her to visit him one last time, Abigail crawls into bed and cries herself to sleep that night; and she wakes to find Supernatural’s most endearing angel standing at the foot of her bed.

Told from Abigail’s perspective as she nears the end of her long life and revisits the moments that defined it, this story was inspired by the deep connection that Supernatural fans feel with the show’s beloved characters, and the show’s miraculous ability to help its fans through troubled times.

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Excerpt Two:

I flashed him a sympathetic smile. “What are you thinking?”

“I have never understood why humans are so moved by music,” he muttered as his eyes searched mine.

“Music is the closest thing that we have to magic,” I confided in a reverent whisper, “because it has the power to anchor us to a moment in time.”

His half-smile conveyed a heartwarming mix of curiosity and affection. “How so?”

I felt my face flush a shade darker as I grinned at him. “When we hear a song from our past, it conjures up all the old sensations that we felt when we first heard it.”

He eyed me with a perplexed frown as he took a step toward me. “How can a combination of man-made instruments and human vocal chords wield that sort of power?” 

“I can’t explain it with words,” I whispered, “It’s something that you just have to feel.”

He stood there staring at me with that puzzled expression on his face as I stepped closer and carefully inserted the earpiece in my hand into his left ear, so the music connected the two of us, just as surely as the cord connected the earbuds in our ears. “Maybe you’d understand what I mean if you danced to the music.” 

“I don’t dance,” he muttered as he watched me begin to sway to the beat.

I smiled at him as I took his hands in mine and moved his arms in time with the music, like a puppeteer pulling a life-sized marionette’s strings. “Anyone can dance. You just have to let go and let the music guide your movements.” 

A skeptical frown spread across his face as he watched me, but he let me direct his movements nonetheless. He was stiff and awkward at first but as the music grew louder, he seemed to find the rhythm. “These words are nonsense,” he muttered.

“Shhh,” I whispered, “Don’t think. Just feel.”

He was a remarkably fast learner, but I suppose being on earth since the dawn of time had given him plenty of opportunities to watch humans dance. Once he started to feel the music, he moved with all the grace that you’d imagine an angel would.

“Hey Jude” gradually faded away until there was nothing but silence in our twin earpieces. 

We stopped moving and stood there staring at each other while we waited for the next song to guide our movements.

Welcome Erin Jensen! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself. 

Thank you for hosting today’s stop on my tour! My bio has all the standard info about me, so I guess I’ll share a few random facts that aren’t in it. I’ve been writing books for about seven years now, but for the first three years I wrote my debut novel in secret. I’m not a morning person, and I’m hopelessly addicted to coffee. I love peanut butter cups but don’t keep them in my house because my younger son is allergic to peanuts. My friends feed them to me whenever we get together at one of their houses, and I love them dearly for it. My ideal vacation involves a tropical beach and a great book to read with my toes sunk in the sand. If I ever get a movie deal for my Dream Waters books, I have loads of people who’ve volunteered to be extras. Two of my dear friends have asked to be trolls drinking beer in the tavern in my Dream World, and a fellow pharmacist asked me to promise in front of witnesses that I’d invite him to the movie premier. It feels pretty amazing to know they’ve all got that much faith in my future success!

Is Benevolent a single title, or part of a series?

Benevolent is my first standalone novel. My first three books were all part of my Dream Waters Series. This was a unique concept for a story that I was so excited to write that I took a year off from writing Book Four of the series. I’m also pretty attached to this particular story because it’s got more of me in it than any of my other books and all the net proceeds are going to Random Acts, a charitable organization that inspires and funds acts of kindness both big and small all over the world.

What were your inspirations for the story?

Benevolent was inspired by a lot of separate factors. The character Castiel on the television show Supernatural and Misha Collins, the actor who plays the trench-coat-wearing angel, were the original inspiration for the book. The Supernatural fandom also played a part in inspiring the story, and after researching guardian angels and reading that they’re most active at the hour of death, I decided to tell the story from the main character’s point of view at the end of her long life. The end-of-life scenes in the book were inspired by my time with my grandfather in the hours before his death. I know that makes the book sound depressing, but several readers have reached out to tell me the story actually brought them a great deal of comfort and hope. At its heart, Benevolent is more of a celebration of life, and using the time you have to make a difference in the lives of others, than a story about a dying woman’s final hours.

Who are your favorite authors, and books/series?

I love Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series is another favorite. Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights is my favorite classic novel. To Kill a Mockingbird is another classic favorite. I recently listened to the audiobook of Jodi Picoult’s The Storyteller (to get a feel for audiobooks before I narrated Benevolent’s audiobook), and I loved it so much that I’ve already begun listening to it over again. 

If you could have a roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

I think I’d invite the authors whose journeys have been an inspiration to me. J.K. Rowling would be at the top of that list because she started from nothing and has accomplished more than any author could ever dream of. Andy Weir has been an inspiration ever since I read that he started out publishing The Martian a chapter at a time for free on his blog. He ended up seeing his story play out on the big screen with Matt Damon playing the lead character. Stephanie Meyers’s story inspired me because she wrote Twilight without telling anyone but her sister that she’d written a book, and that turned out pretty well for her. I’d love to meet Karen Marie Moning because her Fever Series is one of my favorites, and Stephen King would get an invite because it was an interview of his that first made me consider writing a book. I could keep going. How big is this table?

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

I’m not really allowed to share that because it’d be a HIPPA violation. We hear and see plenty of strange things at the pharmacy where I work as a part-time pharmacist. In fact, I can’t tell you how many times a co-worker has said I should write a book about our experiences. Let’s just say, every time I think there’s nothing left that could shock me, a customer comes in to prove me wrong.

What is the one thing that you would tell an aspiring writer to do?

Don’t give up on your dream. Keep on writing and reading to improve your craft, and don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Even the negative feedback can be a learning opportunity if you look at it the right way. 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Erin Jensen is the Amazon International bestselling author of The Dream Waters Series. She was awarded the Bronze Medal for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Readers’ Favorite international book awards. She also received Honorable Mention for fantasy fiction in the 2018 Writer’s Digest self-published e-book awards. A part-time pharmacist and a full-time daydreamer, she resides in upstate New York with her ridiculously supportive husband, two teenage sons–who are both taller than her–and a Yorkshire terrier who thinks he’s the family bodyguard.

Website: Erinajensen.com

Blog: blog.erinajensen.com

Twitter: twitter.com/erinajensen?lang=en

Facebook: facebook.com/erin.jensen.756

 

Buy Links

 

Amazon: amazon.com/dp/B07NCFGFCV

Barnes & Noble: barnesandnoble.com/w/benevolent-erin-a-jensen/1132005681

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE

Erin A. Jensen will be awarding $50 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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