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Friday, March 27, 2020

Lumina by Paddy Tyrrell - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Paddy Tyrrell and her new book, “Lumina”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Paddy and to increase your chances of winning!

This book is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

by Paddy Tyrrell


GENRE: Epic Fantasy



A generation designed by sorcery to destroy your people. Two races mired in conflict. Can a pair of outcasts unite them against an enemy who would enslave them all?

The birth of ‘bronzite’ babies in Lumina heralds the onset of war. The people take fright at the golden children and banish them from the land. A dangerous move. King Zheldar, commander of the black dragon, is attacking Luman borders. If he wins bronzite support for his army of monsters, Lumina is lost.

Davron Berates cannot share his people’s hatred of the children and, on discovering he has a bronzite brother, sets out to find him. At his side travels Chrystala. A bronzite, she has twice his strength and three times his determination.

When the black dragon kidnaps Chrystala, Davron is faced with a terrible choice: save his friend or save his nation.



“We go.” Teibera padded to the mouth of the cave. “Meet cubs.”

He raised his head, ears back, closed his eyes and howled a message into the hills. Two white shapes flashed in the distance. The first to arrive shuddered to a halt on sight of the stranger. He was larger than she had ever imagined a wolf could be. Tall and strong, he panted from the race and sized her up with eyes of chestnut brown. His nose twitched to catch her scent.

“Ice, eldest son.”

With a flurry of leaves, a second snow-wolf appeared. Salazai’s heart stopped.

“Wow, you’re beautiful,” she whispered.

“Smallest daughter, Sapphire,” Teibera said proudly. Amber eyes, tipped with snow-white lashes, stared at Salazai. The young wolf’s face was as delicate as the seed puffs that floated in the air around her, her nose black and shiny with health. Her fur was white, only the ears laced with a fringe of gray.

She stared at Salazai and asked, “Our pack?” Salazai glanced at Teibera, who gave a short bark of acknowledgement.

“Yes, Sapphire, your pack,” Salazai said.

The snow-wolf padded forward and licked her legs. Salazai put out her hand, and Sapphire held it gently between her jaws. Salazai stayed calm. It seemed easy to give this animal the trust she begrudged her own people. The wolf released her hand, sniffed her clothes, and licked her face. With her finger, Salazai touched a mark that hung like a black teardrop beneath the snow-wolf‘s eye.

Teibera barked. “Sapphire small, pack rough. Teach fight. Heart of lion.”



Bring on the boo’s! Everyone loves to hate the villain!

There are three main villains in Lumina but the one who fascinates me the most is Jaldeen, Lord Cantrek, who is scribe to the Kuhlan King. Ostensibly a gentle man, his magic strips away the veneer of weakness to reveal the powerful sorcerer he truly is. 

He is a complex man with a sarcastic bent. We know from the start he is a bit of a coward, not only terrified of the demon who owns him – which is fair enough – but also of Xeralith, the Black Dragon, and his master, the Kuhlan King.  Yet when the vampire bats attack in the desert he stands alone against them, though all around him are cringing in fear.

He’s a sneaky villain and a cynical one. He likes to hide who he really is or what he’s thinking. So he fools Salazai into believing he is her friend, and he even cons the king, hiding from him a death threat from the demon.

What makes him so evil? It’s not just that he sets his assassin to kill innocents or befriends Salazai knowing he will later murder her. The sheer nastiness of the man becomes clear when he forces Naldan to slice off a guard’s tongue. Then we have him torturing the kidnapped Chrystala, deceiving the bronzites, and finally setting out to massacre them with his army of monsters.  

Despite this, he is one of my favourite characters to write. I have always enjoyed the dryness of a villain like Alan Rickman in Die Hard. Not that Jaldeen is quite so sexy! I also wanted to show the weakness that often underlies badness. It makes a contrast to the evilness of the king who never doubts himself or his right to do what he wants. Jaldeen is both victim and villain, trying in vain to control his masters while ruthlessly destroying any pawns in the game.



I was raised in Kent, the garden of England, and lived in an Oast House whose round rooms were once used for drying hops. Must be why I’ve enjoyed a drink ever since!

At university, I fell in love with medieval French writing, discovered The Gormenghast Trilogy, and became hooked on fantasy.

I have sailed down the Yangste, survived an earthquake in Cairo, and picnicked in the Serengeti. My travels for work and pleasure have inspired my fantasy world. I now live in France with a naughty Australian Labradoodle, a jealous cat and a squash mad husband. Our two huskies, Ice and Sapphire, are sadly now gone but are transformed into wolves and immortalised in my book. Lumina is my debut novel and the first in a trilogy.





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  1. Paddy ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thank you so much, Ally, for your welcome and for hosting me on this tour!

  3. When you have many readers in your family, it's always great to hear about a  book you think they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Are you finding more time to write due to everything going on with the Caronavirus?

    1. I am and at the moment I'm working on a novella prequel which deals with the story of Salazai's mother and why she abandoned her baby. We have been in lockdown for 12 days now but have been blessed with lovely weather to help us keep cheerful. Then my heating broke down yesterday morning - could be a challenge to get it mended! So I might be writing in a coat.