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Thursday, July 11, 2024

Shushan Portal: Behind the Hollyhock Hedge by Gloria Pearson-Vasey - Book Tour - Book Blast - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


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After her sister dies, Meara Deleaney invites her bereaved nephew, Jackson, to accompany her on a book tour to Canada's Atlantic provinces. Fearful of leaving the security of her apartment, Meara bolsters her courage by recalling the imaginary dragons she and her sister slew as children behind the hollyhock hedge.

As they travel in a motorhome from park to park and bookstore to bookstore, Meara and Jackson are unaware of the manipulating forces intent on preventing their return home. They do, however, realize they are being stalked and therefore welcome the company of another touring author, criminology professor Bartholomew Wolfe.

A long-standing professional relationship between the authors builds to romance and a persuasive invitation to seek shelter at the professor's lodge. However, to reach the lodge, Meara—now accompanied by her nephew, niece and mother—unsuspectingly travels through a portal which exits in a future dimension near a fortress.

From there, the family is escorted under guard through dangerous territory to a lodge where metaphorical dragons lie in wait, and security comes at a price.
EXCERPT TWO:

The captain of the Waterbug announced they had left the Kingdom of the Great Lakes and crossed into the Territories of the DĂșns. There the amphibious ship extended its legs and climbed an embankment where their next conveyance awaited them…

Within minutes of leaving the river behind, Gabe informed them they had come up against the invisi-barrier surrounding Ravensglen.

“As the name implies, an invisi-barrier cannot be seen, but it’s impenetrable to outsiders,” said Gabe.

They penetrated the barrier and passed through the west gate of Ravensglen, not far from the quarantine hut. The hut was a charming sod-covered cabin with round windows which Gabe opened to admit fresh forest breezes and scents.

“Are we safe here?” asked Meara, peering into the surrounding trees.

“You are completely safe within the boundaries of Ravensglen,” said Gabe.

It was then that the youngsters noticed them loping fluidly toward them.

“Look at the dragons!” shouted Penny. “One, two, three, four, five!”

“I think those are wolves,” said Jackson, his eyes widening.

By now, everyone was at the windows, peering out to get a good look at the canines. Large and magnificent, with grey coats tinted with white and buff, the wolves encircled the cabin, tails wagging and eyes bright with excitement.

Meara was mesmerized by the largest wolf, which regarded her with pale green eyes. Then it turned away and, followed by the others, disappeared into the trees.

“Even if those aren’t dragons, we could still be behind the hollyhock hedge,” said Penny hopefully.

“I believe we are,” said Meara.

AUTHOR BIO:

Gloria Pearson-Vasey weaves contemporary issues into her novels, and likes a story - be it literary fiction, historical fantasy or science fiction - to be authentic and end on a note of hope.

A member of The Writers' Union of Canada, Pearson-Vasey has also penned non-fiction books on autism and pilgrimage.

The author feels blessed for experiencing the joy and chaos of merging child raising with career, camping, travel and pets.

She lives in a picturesque Ontario town, and enjoys reading, music, country drives and time with family and friends.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2024

The Silvery Path: The Underworlds Series (Book 4) by Dennis Scheel - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!



The Silvery Path:
The Underworlds Series
Book 4
by Dennis Scheel

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GENRE:  Fantasy, Science Fiction

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BOOK BLURB:

Will it end in peace or a silvery dose of fate?

Henna’s manipulation knows no bounds,
Denida is still the object of her prophecy, while Lucifer, God, and Gabriel remain in her sights.

Having seen her son, Nina is more determined than ever to bring him back from Henna’s world of dead souls. Meanwhile, the Darkness runs rampant across the Underworlds and on Earth as Lucifer’s grief over Heavani’s death overwhelms him.

Everyone has their own goals and ends, but one thing is inescapable: the bright silvery path that Henna willed.

Can these characters escape destiny’s hold on them, or will they become pawns in Henna’s quest for revenge?

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EXCERPT ONE:

Den, Denida’s human form, trotted from his grandparent’s house with a smile painted across his face. He admired the sunny sky before skipping down the road, humming to himself.

He’s barely grown. Odin clenched his scepter. “We have to do it within one week.” He glared in through a window, then turned to Loki. “I’ll leave the task to you; don’t fail me.”

Loki chuckled. “Why bother? They’re lowly humans.”

“I want to expedite Henna’s prophecy. We have waited in this world long enough. This is your chance to show me that I can rely on you, Loki.”

“But what I still don’t understand is: why? Isn’t that kid Henna’s chosen one?”

Odin adjusted his grip on his scepter. “His soul form is, not the boy, but certain events must fall into place to achieve Henna’s desired outcome, instead of a less desirable one.”

“Understood.” Loki smirked.

“You must use dark magic to kill the boy’s grandmother within one week. I can’t specify how important that is.”

Loki’s eyes widened. “To frame Lucifer?”

 Odin sighed. “Aren’t you attentive today.” He leaned closer to Loki. “Correct.”

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GUEST POST:


My book cover depicts a man staring at a silver path that twists and branches in a few directions. One path leads to a divine, godlike figure. Another path leads to a devilish figure, and two paths lead beyond them, up to a pair of rainbow-colored eyes that seem to be watching over everything.

My idea for my book’s cover came to me about halfway through writing the story when I was thinking about my characters and their place in my series. My main character, Denida, has experienced God and Lucifer’s quarrels firsthand throughout the series. They are constantly advocating for him to join them as an ally, so they use him as a pawn to try to tear each other down. In The Silvery Path, their conflict escalates into a cataclysmic war, creating an unbreakable divide between them. To make matters worse, choosing one or the other will destroy the precarious balance between white and black magic, forces bigger than both God and Lucifer. Having two separate paths, one leading to each of them, is meant to show the irreparable nature of their relationship, and the unbridgeable gap between them.

More importantly, Henna’s rainbow-colored eyes loom over them because Henna, through her foresight, has fueled their divide. Her prophecy that Denida will help her get revenge on them for their past transgression against her has only amplified their mistrust for one another. Still, she plays with all the tools in her arsenal and has made strides to manipulate Denida directly to try to get him to bring about her desired end. As she abuses her ability to oversee the paths of fate by manipulating its direction with her silvery magic, all paths lead back to her and her omniscient, all-seeing gaze.


As a final note, I quite like how this is the last book in the Underworlds saga, and Denida’s on the cover to face fate once again, just like he did on the cover of my first book, No Way Back. On that cover, he is helplessly trying to reach his son as he’s disappearing through a Gate. But this time, Denida’s aware of all the larger forces at play, namely God, Lucifer, and Henna. His initial microcosm from my first book’s cover has now expanded to show his might, represented by his ability to face divine beings, and the gravity of the apocalypse he now faces. In other words, he’s no longer just a father running to save his son. He is now a being who is ready to contend with divine forces and fight the arbiter of fate herself. It’s a parallel that demonstrates his growth, and the escalation of the entities he faces. In this thrilling conclusion to the series, he must see just how much he’s grown since No Way Back if he has even the vaguest hope of combatting the new magnitude of dangers, he’s up against.

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AUTHOR BIO:


Wring about myself… oh, the horror!

As a Christmas Child, I believe magic is everywhere, especially during the winter, and I try to weave that magic into my stories. After all, my firm belief in karma and destiny has shaped who I am, so it should guide my stories, as well.

I was born and raised in Denmark, but faced many challenges during my life, one of which was my inability to write my stories in Danish! I’ve had my stories brewing in my head since I was a child and struggled for years to express them properly. After recovering from a diabetic attack that left me hospitalized, I managed to find my writer’s voice in English, and am thrilled to now have the ability to share my tales with you.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Broken Fortune by Aly Mennuti - Book Tour - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!



Broken Fortune
by Aly Mennuti

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GENRE:  Contemporary Women's Romance

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Elizabeth Sunderland—a forty-three-year-old wife and mother of two teenagers—is the oldest of five children in a blended family that never quite blended. The only thing that has held them together is the iron will of their wealthy parents: Benjamin Sunderland, a venture capitalist, and Kate Bernard, a partner of a hedge fund. Together, Benjamin and Kate create and rule over a Manhattan dynasty of which their children each bear their own unique scars.

Elizabeth has been trying to keep the family together since she was ten years old, hoping to convince everyone they have more in common than just their fortune. This stance will be put to the ultimate test when Kate dies with one final request: that the family travel together to the island of St. John and spread her ashes in the ocean. However, Kate’s plan to fix the family will involve more than just a family trip to the sea.

As the hidden secrets and quiet betrayals built up over thirty years begin to ripple and crash like the ocean surrounding the sinking family, Elizabeth not only faces each of her sibling’s personal inflection points—moments that could lead to reconciliation or ruin—but she has to face her own demons that have laid dormant. What happens next will shock Elizabeth into recognizing a reality she had no idea existed.

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EXCERPT ONE:

“Dad,” I say, tapping him on the shoulder. “I wanted to ask you something while we’re still alone.”

“What?” he answers, already annoyed before the question passes my lips.

“Did Kate give you any kind of…reason why she wanted us to come here?”

“Elizabeth,” he says. “I told you. She wanted her ashes spread.”

“But I mean…why? Why would she even want to do that? Why wouldn’t she want an actual funeral? Why wouldn’t she want everyone to be there to say goodbye.”

“I can’t answer that for her,” he says. “But maybe she can.”

“How?” I say, more lost than before. “Can you for one second stop being cryptic?”

“She left us all a video to watch together.” He takes his eyes off the path for a second, looks back to see my reaction. “That’s where we’re headed now.”

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AUTHOR BIO:


Aly Mennuti has always had two passions: philanthropy and literature. She satisfied one of those by being an executive at an international nonprofit consulting firm and has helped a diverse range of high-profile clients reach their philanthropic goals.

However, she's always had a desire to express herself creatively and carve out her own role as a writer in a writing family. Finally, upon turning 40 (and with two children hitting their teens and deciding Mom is really uncool and not needed to hang out with anymore) she had the time and head space, to tell her first story.

Broken Fortune is her second novel. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Nicholas Mennuti, a novelist and screenwriter and their two children, Charlie and Lilly.

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Thursday, June 27, 2024

The Big Comb Over by J.P. Rieger - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


The Big Comb Over
by J.P. Rieger

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GENRE:   Family Satire; Farce; Magical Realism

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Three nephews and three eccentric uncles.

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It’s 2050 and Robbie Elders has all but forgotten about his oddball, religious fanatic uncle, tim tim. He’s taken up the latest fad, genealogical research based solely on DNA. But Robbie’s “inconclusive” DNA results are unsettling. He crashes back to his childhood, back to his world of comic books and tim tim.

I opt for posh and London” declares Lady Florence Stour. It’s 2019 and time for a Royal Wedding. Robbie’s uncle, Stef, is engaged to Lady Florence, a distant member of the British royal family. Stef’s Baltimore clan have been invited, but Robbie’s mom and dad can’t attend. They’ve entrusted Robbie and big brother, Doyle, to their mom’s two eccentric brothers, uncles Roy and Roland. Roy, a weathered waterman with a severe Baltimore accent, lives for Maryland blue crabs. Roland, a mildly hypochondriacal actor, lives to survive the Karens he unavoidably encounters. And then there’s Desales, Roy’s smart aleck, teenage son. He lives to prank. They’ve descended upon London. What could possibly go wrong?

Meanwhile, tim tim has been coaching Robbie on “the mission.” A silly religious fantasy according to Robbie’s atheist parents and the therapists. Or perhaps not? Things are not always as they appear in The Big Comb Over.

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EXCERPT THREE:

He was thinking that the man’s accent could be Irish. But more Cockney, almost. Odd. He saw the man thrust his hand forward.

“Name’s Roy.” He shook Roy’s hand, earnestly.

“Name’s Dixon. Pleasure to meet you.” He glanced over at Roy’s suit. “Nice couture! A refreshing play on seersucker! ‘Maison Dixon’ is mine. Curious to hear about yours!”

Roy felt a bit confused. He had already introduced himself. He figured maybe those white things were hearing aids. And he had a crazy name. “Ya said yours is Mason Dixon?”

“Yes!”

“Like your Mason-Dixon line?”

“Well, thank you, Roy! Which particular line do you favor?”

Roy felt confused again. “Favor? Well, I was thinkin’ of the long one? The old one?”

Bertram nodded, knowingly. Nice to know the “Smart Man” line was still revered. Teddy had been encouraging him to drop it. “Yes, Smart Man, a long and successful line.”

Roy nodded. “Why, thanks, Mr. Dixon. But I would reckon everbody ’roun here’s heard of it. Don’t take too much brains. Historical, like.”

“Brilliant! Thanks, Roy. That’s my job. To keep those lines out in the public’s mind.”

Roy scratched at his rusty beard stubble. “So, like, ya do surveys, still? Ta mark the lines?”

“Well, certainly. But those are a little old school. We don’t always attach a survey to each line we produce. We get things done more with social media. Influencers, mainly. Good judges of the zeitgeist.”

Roy was thinking that surveyors setting lines without surveys didn’t sound very safe. And he wasn’t sure about the rest. “Ya done anything here in Bawlmer? Any new ones?” Roy had been shopping at that new supermarket in Middle River. He wanted to make sure the building was safe. He was hoping Mr. Dixon’s company was not involved.

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GUEST POST:

What Kind of Writer Am I?

Isn’t there a song, What Kind of Fool Am I? Well as the saying goes, “No fool, no fun.” That’s me. I’m primarily a humor writer and happy to act as your designated fool! I enjoy farce, satire and generally absurd humor. The Big Comb Over hopefully ticks all those boxes. The Big Comb Over is a family farce with a little fantasy thrown in for fun. I’m also a mystery and crime writer and love mixing a little dark humor with those genres. The Case Files of Roderick Misely, Consultant, Clonk! and my as yet unpublished Sunscreen Shower all fall into the mystery/crime fold.

I’m a writer influenced by my many literary heroes. One of my favorite writers was Charles Willeford. He was an existential humorist and social satirist. Self-taught, he wrote true ‘pulp’ fiction to survive in the 1950’s but slowly began to refine his craft. His characters were often misfits and sociopaths. His humor was definitely ‘black.’ He once told an interviewer, “Just tell the truth, and they’ll accuse you of writing black humor.” He had a hard time finding publishers and frequently worked with small, niche publishers. He finally found success in 1984 with the publication of Miami Blues, featuring police detective Hoke Mosely. His publisher begged him to do a ‘cop series’ featuring Mosely, but Willeford hated the idea of becoming a ’serial’ novelist. To shut the publisher up, he wrote a sequel featuring Hoke Mosely, where Mosely goes on a demented killing spree, murdering his own family. Obviously, this was not quite what the publisher had in mind. That ‘sequel’ was never published. Ultimately, Mosely did relent and published three other Hoke Mosely novels, all of which are wonderful.

Alexander McCall Smith is another favorite. If you haven’t read the Detective Varg and the Von Igelfeld series, you are missing out. In Varg, Smith gently lampoons Swedish manners and mores and in Von Igelfeld, intellectual German academics. But I doubt that his Swedish or German readers feel offended. He lampoons in a loving, respectful way.

Kurt Vonnegut is also a hero. Vonnegut is the dean of absurd, existential social satire. Whenever I’m feeling a little depressed, I just reread God Bless You Mr. Rosewater and feel better.

Naturally, I love reading the mystery and crime genre, too. I’m sure I’ve read all of Elmore Leonard and Agatha Christies’ novels. More currently, I’ve enjoyed reading British cop mystery novelist Susie Steiner. Her three Manon Bradshaw novels are masterful. (Very sadly though, she passed away in 2022.)

And what mystery fan does not love Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes?  And of course, let’s not forget Edgar Allan Poe who invented the “detective mystery” genre featuring his detective C. Auguste Dupin. Poe’s Purloined Letter is a personal favorite. Although not a Dupin story, The Gold Bug is one of the most clever and engaging mysteries ever written. My first novel, The Case Files of Roderick Misely, Consultant, featuring a young lawyer wannabe with questionable scruples, is something of an homage to those writers. Of course, Poe took fantasy and horror fiction to new and extraordinary places, too.

Well, that’s what kind of writer I am. If you enjoy any of those writers, check out my books, too!

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AUTHOR BIO & LINK:


J. Paul (J.P.) Rieger is a born and bred Baltimorean and mostly retired Maryland attorney. As such, he’s well acquainted with the quirkiness and charm of Baltimore’s unique citizens. He’s author of Clonk!, a police farce set in Baltimore and published in 2023 by Apprentice House Press (Loyola University-Baltimore). He’s also author of The Case Files of Roderick Misely, Consultant, a mystery novel featuring a wannabe lawyer anti-hero. The Big Comb Over, a slipstream comedy of manners featuring three nephews and their three eccentric uncles, is Paul’s third novel. Paul is married and lives in Towson, Maryland.

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Cargo of Bones by Z. Lindsey - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


Cargo of Bones
by Z. Lindsey

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GENRE:   Fantasy

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Devil bureaucrat Essie Darkenchyl and her friends barely survived the jungle, but now they're going straight to Hell--AKA her hometown!

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EXCERPT ONE:

“What’s happening now?” Two Rabbit shouted.

“Looks like some kind of sheep,” Merritt said.

Essie’s eyes shot open.

“Sheep?” Two Rabbit asked.

She still couldn’t move. She was staring at the sky again. Purple storm clouds.

“Essie?” the doctor asked. “Are you awake? You hear me? You’re bleeding to death! For Aro’s sake, let down that shield or aura or whatever you’re projecting.”

He was just out of sight. They were all out of sight. Essie desperately tried to sit, but it only made the storm clouds choke in on her faster.

“Whoa!” Connie said. “Those are some mean sheep.”

“Sand sheep?” Boon asked.

Their voices made her head throb. She tried to follow, but couldn’t. It sounded like nonsense.

“By Aro—the sheep stepped on that guy’s crotch!” Merritt shouted. “Please don’t say we’re being rescued by sheep.”

“That’s if they don’t attack us, too,” Boon said.

“Holy Mother,” Two Rabbit said. “I’ve never seen a sheep spit like that.”

“Ohhhh.” Essie smiled as much as she could. “Llamas.”

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GUEST POST:

When it comes to worldbuilding in fantasy novels, I often hear folks say they don’t know where to start. They’re not sure how to connect the neat ideas they have in their mind into a tangible world. As an anthropologist and a lover of the complexities of human cultures, I’ve thought a lot about how to create fictional cultures, and my answer may be surprising: Don’t start with the culture.

Instead, start with the characters. Understanding the story, you want to tell will help build the world. Understanding your character will help you understand your world better. If your character is a cynical young warrior who has seen too much bloodshed in her short life, what were the power structures like that allowed her to be so hurt? If your character is an immigrant gnome trying to start a shop in a bustling elf city, how do folks in the city view immigrants, and not just how do they view them, but what events led to them viewing immigrants that way?

If you build your world in relation to your characters, you’ll be less likely to fall into the trap of info-dumping. Character-focused worldbuilding means you understand the world close to your character better than the world far away. In turn, when you explore your world for your readers, you’ll reveal details that are relevant for the story and the character.

I always focus on my characters’ opinions about places they’re visiting. Answering these questions helps to build an organic world that doesn’t seem like a copy-pasted version of Middle-Earth or that sort of thing.

I also tend to shy away from too much research for my book. Organic knowledge is better. If you happen to be reading a neat book about, say, the ancient Egyptians, feel free to drop aspects of it into your fantasy novel. But researching ancient Egypt for your novel doesn’t always work out. That’s because the depth of information out there about subjects like ancient Egypt is far bigger than what you’ll ever need for a fantasy book. You won’t be an expert but a novice, and that will show up in your worldbuilding.

Rather, pluck from things you already know. Today, some folks critique the adage “write what you know” because fantasy is outlandish and unreal by its very nature. But don’t just write what you’ve experienced, but use all the knowledge you already have while writing. If you’ve read original Middle Ages Robin Hood stories, you haven’t met Robin Hood, but you sure know him, so he’d be a great candidate for your fiction.

My current novel, Cargo of Bones, takes place in an age of exploration-style world, with big sailing ships and shady quasi-governmental mercantile organizations. I picked that because that’s an era I’m familiar with. I wrote about the colonization of Yucatan for school, and while I do live in the area, a lot of what I know of that era is what I’ve read about. There aren’t a lot of pirates in Mexico today, but that doesn’t mean I don’t know a thing or two about pirates--enough to put them in my book, for sure.

Cargo of Bones finds the heroes in the desert. They have to go to the hometown of the main character, who’s based on my wife. So naturally, there are some elements of Laredo, Texas in there. I’ll spoil a big joke: Many people think Laredo is dangerous, thanks to false media narratives. But if you’ve lived there, especially before the recent arts explosion, you’d probably be more likely to call it boring. The city of devils in this book is similar. Despite their magical tasks, their daily life is fairly mundane.

But it is a fantasy book, right? I can do whatever I want, so there are also llamas. There are no llamas in Laredo, or at least not naturally. I’m sure one weird rancher has some llamas. But I was studying childhood in ancient Andean cultures while working on the book, and looking at cute llama sculptures. I wasn’t living in the Andes or anything, but I was already familiar enough with those cultures to imbue my fictional culture with some traits like chicha beer and pillowed stones without having to do outside research.

This doesn’t mean I never do research for my books. My Google search history is the typical author search history: “What do you call the bottom of a ship? What causes bioluminescence? How big is a Brigantine? Is an arrow in the lung fatal? What cute animals live in the desert?” But I don’t do comprehensive research for my books.

While writing, you might think, as I did, “Hey, the mountains these people live by feel pretty similar to the Andes; why don’t I stick some llamas here?” And once you’ve thought that, you might have to Google, “How far can a llama spit?” And I’m fine with that.

But if you decide to have an Incan-style fantasy world, so you watch a Nat Geo documentary about Andean people for reference, you may end up inserting harmful stereotypes or foolish-sounding misunderstandings into your work. I know the rallying cry of a certain type of fantasy writer is, “I can write what I want!” What they don’t realize is that stereotypes aren’t just offensive--they’re eye-rollingly dumb to the folks who recognize the stereotypes. Dumb is something writers typically don’t want to be called.

If you’re thinking, but I haven’t studied ancient cultures! What can I do? I’d say if you want to be a fantasy author, study some ancient cultures! Not because you need to, but because if you like reading fantasy, you’ll probably find info about ancient people interesting.

Even if you haven’t studied ancient cultures or visited ancient ruins, you’ve probably got some similar knowledge you can use. If you like to cook, make up the food culture you want to see. If you row, drop your characters in a city of canals. If you like to do makeup, describe how your main character’s makeup fits in with or defies cultural expectations. These are all examples of “writing what you know” in worldbuilding.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Zac Lindsey is an anthropologist and a linguist who focuses on the Maya people of Quintana Roo. Since childhood, he's had a not-so-secret love of weird, silly, and well-structured fantasy. When other people's parents were reading them picture books, his mom was reading him Terry Brooks. He typically writes hopeful and character-driven fantasy.

Today, he lives in Quintana Roo, Mexico with his wife, daughter, and various stray cats.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

A Troubled Heart by Tricia McGill - Book Tour - Blurb Blitz - Giveaway - Enter Daily!


A Troubled Heart
by Tricia McGill

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GENRE:   Historical Romance

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Unsure of his real past or name, Finn O’Connor thinks he was born in Ireland and taken from his mother as a baby by a gypsy woman. As a toddler, an English woman then took him to London. About ten he fled to join a gang of boys who survived by their wits on the streets. Five years later, he was arrested for a minor crime and transported to The Colony of New South Wales for a 10-year term. In 1846 as transporting of criminals neared an end in NSW, he was moved to the infamous penitentiary at Port Arthur in Van Diemen’s Land.

On the day Finn received his papers of freedom an accidental meeting brought him into contact with 20-year-old Esther Blythe. Born in Surrey, England, genteel Esther is kind and caring. As a 4-year-old her parents brought her to Van Diemen’s Land where her Papa, a doctor, took on the task of providing medical aid to the prisoners at the Port Arthur penitentiary and its surrounding area. Sadly, both parents were killed in an accident, leaving Esther with no option but to work as a governess/nursemaid.

For reasons that even she did not comprehend, Esther took ex-convict Finn under her wing when they met outside the penitentiary hospital. Could be she saw a fellow lonely soul who simply wanted someone to have faith in him. Life seems to take a turn for perhaps the better from then on, but will these two lonely people overcome many obstacles to find the happiness they seek together as they face an uncertain future.

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Esther sat with her head on her bent knees, staring at the flames before her. Luckily the rain had stopped as dawn crept nearer. One of the troopers had managed to get the small fire going using the flint he carried. After the two men had rummaged about in the ruins of the kitchen they returned with the blackened kettle and a couple of tin mugs. Pike, who was the youngest and had the very small makings of a moustache, said, “We carry tea and usually have our billycan with us, but as we were only on a short survey looking for any runaways, we carried just the bare supplies.”

He now handed her a mug of the brew, which was at least hot. “Thank you, this is lovely.” Esther hoped that when someone returned with supplies, they at least carried milk and porridge and perhaps some bread and cheese.

As he walked away to join his mate who was again sorting through the rubble that had stopped smouldering, Finn sat beside her and sipped on his drink. “How do you feel?” Giving her a thoughtful glance, he rubbed at his chin. “What a mess. Can you believe the woman would do such a thing?”

“Never in my life. I knew she was desperately unhappy of course, but how she could take a blade to her husband and then take her own life is a tragedy far beyond my understanding. You have probably seen more insane people than I have.”

“A few in my time.” With a shrug, he stared into his mug. “Most go crazy after spending a time in solitary with little food and no light.”

A thought occurred to Esther as her tummy roiled at the thought of the suffering of those folk, plus what she guessed might be hunger pangs. “I guess if they do not return later with supplies, we can always go over to the farm.” She nodded in the general direction of where she knew Nellie often went to collect milk, butter, and cheese. “I expect the farmer and his wife will be wondering at the flames they must have seen rising.”

As the words left her mouth, a wagon came trundling towards them. As it neared, the driver, a man that Esther had seen a few times, waved his hat as he stared at the ruins of the cottage. “What in the Lord’s name happened?” he asked as he pulled the horse up and jumped down. “The master sent me across to see what was amiss.”

Pike came over and put a hand up before asking the man’s name and what farm he had come from. Without too many details he then explained some of the happenings of the night, leaving out the murder and suicide. “Go back and tell your master that we would be grateful if he could supply us with a few necessities like milk and bread and perhaps he might have some fresh meat. When our Lieutenant returns, he will arrange payment.”

Nodding enthusiastically the man gave the ruins another quick glance, and then shook his head in Esther and Finn’s direction before climbing aboard and urging his horse into a near gallop.

“Would you like me to heat some water for you, Miss? Perhaps you might like to wash the grime off you,” Pike said as he sent Esther a smile. “It’s good luck that the well is still in working order.”

Esther returned his smile. “That would be lovely. How very thoughtful of you. I suppose I am looking as grimy as all you men are.”

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Award winning author Tricia McGill was born in London, England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. Horses and dogs feature largely in her books. She’s had a succession of dogs in her lifetime and a few horses along the way.

The youngest in a large, loving family she was never lonely or alone. Surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer? The local library was a treasure trove and magical world of discovery through her childhood and growing years. Tricia is a dreamerwho still dreams every night; snippets from those dreams have translated into ideas for her books.

Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart. Tricia finds the research entailed in writing historicals and her other great passion, time-travels, fascinating.

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