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Interview with C.B. Samet, author of The Avant Champion: Rising w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #Fantasy #Free Book

The Avant Champion: Rising

by C.B. Samet

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GENRE: Fantasy

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BLURB:

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?

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Excerpt Two:

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.

Paul?

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”.

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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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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.

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Excerpt from Soul Dark: Chosen, a YA Modern Day Fantasy by Reddy & Wade w/a rafflecopter giveaway! #YAFantasy @keysmomma @AuthorELR

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War is coming between Lukas’ Goddess and an ancient Demon Lord. But the death of his parents shakes his faith, and with the loss of his remaining family it is shattered. Blinded by rage, Lukas turns away from his friends and trains under a deceptive, yet formidable master to hone his magic and prevent the demon’s final objective–obliteration of all life on earth.

War begins! A forged weapon, Lukas rejoins his friends and sets after the Demon King. From a hidden crypt, where evil lies waiting, to the Iowa countryside, they battle to prevent the end of all they know. Lukas must overcome his doubts and allow the Light to work through him–to defeat both the foe of his Goddess and a new more familiar one.

Soul Dark: Chosen is a coming of age tale in the modern-day world when a war between ancient deities and demons culminates in a winner-takes-all battle that could determine the fate of all mankind.

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Helen shook her head and wiped away perspiration from above her glasses; she was most uncomfortable so near the altar. “The last guardians of their tribe formed a peace with the ancestors of our Druid clan and together they tried to destroy it,” she continued, as if she hurried to share her tale before changing her mind. “When that failed, the wisest and most powerful of our two tribes dream quested within, to the other side. They were like you, Lukas—they were bruadaraiche—those who dream.”

Lukas regarded the altar one last time, lost in thought, redoubling the mental shields between himself and the near-physical malice that exuded from the ancient religious relic. He had never felt, nor even suspected anything so evil could exist—let alone, hidden in a quiet corner of his family’s farm. Why here? Why us? He wondered. What was so special about the trees in our grove? Or was it all just by chance? The way his parents and grandparents had raised him left no room for belief in the coincidence, which left him with one final thought. What force could affect the matriarch of his family so—a woman who for as long as he could remember met every problem head on—what could leave one such as her trembling and quaking in fear?

“The greatest powers of their day and not a one survived that perilous journey,” Helen whispered, revealing an amulet she wore, covered with the same imagery and artistry as your family’s forearm tattoos. “And as darkness fell over the prairie one last time, this—all of it—became our secret to guard until the end of days or until we are no longer capable.”

Lukas regarded the glowing tattoo on his own forearm, the shimmering amulet his grandmother wielded, and the archaic, shadow painted altar. Two poured warmth, however feeble, into the bin and the last, it drank it away. He heard a buzzing sound, not in his ears, but rather in his thoughts; his life had gone without warning from melancholic to deadly. “But how can we know when—”

“There are no certainties, Lukas, there never are,” Helen interrupted brusquely, “but now understanding that such a darkness exists, it knows of you, and now you must learn to defend yourself… And those closest to you from its many forms.” She offered him her arm, signaling it was time to move on—to step away from the overbearing gloom.

Lukas hooked his arm with hers and led her back outside into the frigid night that seemed somehow much warmer than the area within the bin. He slammed the door behind them with a thought and bid the chains and locks to rattle back into place and in almost an afterthought, he extinguished the sconces. He chose not to mention that during their visit it seemed as if the shadows had moved, almost in time to his thoughts, or his thoughts in time with them. No sense in having her doubt his sanity, or at least not as much as he already did.

In their absence and the sudden blackness, a red-hot glow radiated from the altar and the echo of a growl spun throughout the bin. The first visible twisted hint of life from within the altar, and in their hurry to distance themselves from its alien, cold touch, they both missed it. I saw it, as did the Other, and it was at night, when he was strongest. I cried and screamed, but he only laughed, and that frightened me more than whatever mystery dwelt within the altar.

About the Author: E. L. Reedy was born and raised in Iowa, where he devoured tomes of fantasy, sci-fi, and young adult novels as a child. In his free time, he is an avid gamer (D&D and Pathfinder). He has traveled the world as a soldier in the U.S. Army, and now lives in Iowa, where with his writing partner, he continues to pen works in the realms of Fantasy and Horror in the Young Adult Universe.

A. M. Wade was born the only girl in a family with five boys, she readily escaped into fantasy, sci-fi, and other fiction novels. Having traveled through most of the US, she enjoys using scenery and characteristics of the different states in the story adventures she created for the little ones in her family. Now, she writes sci-fi, fantasy and horror with a lifelong co-conspirator.

Together: Having lost many friends, associates, and even children from our home town over the years to suicide, they wrote their first novel, Upon Broken Wings. Told from the point-of-view of a young witness, the story teaches that suicide is not an end to suffering, but rather the beginning of unimaginable pain for those left behind and that there is always hope if we choose the path of life.

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Spotlight featuring The Sixth Key – love on a magical planet by Sue Perkins w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @SuePerkinsArthr #fantasy #romance

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Kidnapped, taken to another planet – how much worse can Riley’s life get?

The kidnapper is her boyfriend Jothur and Sacral is his home planet. The castle inhabitants are psychic, mainly telepaths, and they are at odds with the Mutes in the forest. The psychics’ plan is to discover how Riley blocks her thoughts. This will help them completely eradicate the Mutes who are a mixture of free telepaths and non-telepaths.

Riley seeks help from the Mutes and meets Tynan, their leader. She hopes he will help her escape the tests the telepaths want to do. Instead she discovers the magic of Sacral is dying due to an imposter being on the throne.

Riley and Tynan work together to discover the real king and place him on the throne. Part of the plan relies on Riley returning to the castle to delve for more information. Will she survive or will her mind be torn apart by the tests?

 

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On the far side of the room, Riley noticed a large carving on the wall. She crossed the room and examined the two panels, each depicting life on Sacral. At the top of each panel, identical carvings caught her attention. A long-tailed bird flew out of high-reaching flames. The carvings reminded her of a phoenix rising. This did not help her find clothing for her body. Riley looked at the panels again.

I wonder. Could they be doors? It’s a good way to keep them from destroying the beauty of the room.

The panels had no obvious way of opening – no handles, no indents in the appropriate places to provide finger holds. A push and a pull nearly broke her already short nails. The doors remained stubbornly closed.

Tears pricked Riley’s eyes. How could she appear at her best before the king, not to mention Jothur, without any clothes? These had to be doors to a clothes cupboard. There weren’t any other options in this room.

“Think Riley, think. What other ways are there for doors to open?”

Various ideas came to mind and she tried them all to no avail. What had Jothur told her about his planet? ‘…ruled by magic instead of science….’ In desperation, she cried out “Open Sesame.” To her surprise, the doors swung open to reveal a walk-in closet and dressing room.

About the Author:

Sue Perkins emigrated to New Zealand in the 1980s. A few years later she took a creative writing course, then started writing novels and short stories. Despite rejections from several publishers, Sue persevered and in 2006 she won the Pacific Region of the Commonwealth Broadcasting Short Story Competition. The following year her first romance novel was published.

In the intervening years, Sue has had ebook and paperback novels published for middle grade, young adult and adults, mainly in the fantasy genre. Dragons and magic are her favourite subjects in fantasy, but ghosts are also making their appearance in her young adult books.

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