The Avant Champion: Rising
by C.B. Samet
An EVVY award-winning epic fantasy adventure. When Marrington Castle is overtaken by a dark and ancient evil, Abigail Cross finds herself in the precarious situation of protecting Queen Rebekah. Charged with a quest to summon the Avant Champion, can she save the kingdom or doom everyone to everlasting devastation?
I could hear the confused murmurs of the drivers. Then, the dismissive humphs presumably accompanied by dismissive shrugs.
The carriage began to move forward again, encroaching on some dreadful fate. Even as the lanterns around us illuminated once again, I felt engulfed in numbing darkness.
The Queen gazed impassively forward, then with a faint disinterested yawn, spoke. “I think we’ll take a walk for the remaining distance. I’ve not stretched my legs all night.”
One of the guards snapped his fingers, and the carriage halted.
Walk? Out there? With those things?
Despite my quivering knees, I followed the Queen out of the carriage. I had been conditioned over the last several months to follow orders, so it was less of a struggle than it might have been.
When the guards began to follow us, she stopped them with a faint flick of her wrist. “We’re on the castle grounds. We’ll be safe here.”
I wanted to contradict her but my throat seemed to have convulsed shut, the way vocal cords spasm when liquid threatens to erroneously enter the windpipe. It was all I could do just to breathe.
They bowed and climbed back into the carriage.
Floating in a world of confusion, I walked beside her stiff figure. How could we possibly be safe? I started to turn, wanting to look back and see Paul safely sitting in his carriage, though I knew he wasn’t there.
“Don’t,” she snapped in a hushed tone. “Your brother is dead now, and you will be as well if you let on that you saw anything.”
I stiffened, focusing on putting one foot in front of the other while the starry night spun dizzyingly around me. “I don’t understand, mum,” I managed to whisper.
She pursed her lips disapprovingly. “It’s obvious we’re under attack. They are already on the grounds.”
Welcome! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.
I’m a writer and a mother. I love action and adventure be it fantasy, thrillers, or romance. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one’ (–Robin Reed). My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.
Is a single title, or part of a series?
Here is the complete series:
Book 1: The Avant Champion ~Rising~
Prequel: Malakai ~an Avant Champion Story of Malos novelette~ (best read after book 1)
Book 2: The Avant Champion ~Honor~
Book 3: The Avant Champion ~Ashes~
Book 3.5: Brothers’ Bond, a novelette
Book 4: The Avant Champion ~Conquest~ (available for pre-order)
Book 5: coming 2020
Please share your setting for The Avant Champion – Rising.
The Avant Champion series takes place in a fictional fantasy world of ten continents. Our heroine lives on Crithos and gazes on a sky of one sun and two moons. The world is as diverse in climates as it is in species—humans, giants, brownies, and more.
Who are you favorite authors, book/series?
I read many genres, but I’ll specifically list fantasy/paranormal here. My favorite series is Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files. I love his mix of action and humor. I also enjoyed one of Robin Hobb’s trilogies last year. I’m currently reading Miranda Honfleur.
If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?
Nora Roberts. She writes such an array from romance to thriller (JD Robb) to romantic suspense (Shelters in Place, Come Sundown) to paranormal romance (Year One). Last I read, she’s published over 200 books!
Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time?
I have two boisterous boys I play tennis and board games with. I also have a full-time non-writing job (at least, fictional writing isn’t a component of it) so my “special things” are the fictional books I make time to create.
What is the one thing that you would tell an inspiring writer to do?
Write every day and read every day. Both will improve your skills and get you to a gratifying “THE END”.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Christina is a writer, mother, and pet lover.
“I write seeking to create riveting action and intrigue with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.”
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Goodreads Author page https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6012528.C_B_Samet
Buy Links: The Book is FREE during the tour
GIVEAWAY INFORMATION and RAFFLECOPTER CODE
C.B. Samet will be awarding an Avant Champion tote bag, world map (11×17), prequel novelette, and bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.