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Monday, April 6, 2020

Sellsword’s Oath by Gail Z. Martin - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Gail Z. Martin and her new book, “Sellsword’s Oath”!  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 $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Gail and to increase your chances of winning!

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

Sellsword’s Oath
by Gail Z. Martin


GENRE: Fantasy



Buddy flick epic fantasy! The second in the Assassins of Landria series from the award-winning, bestselling author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst and The Chronicles Of The Necromancer books!

Wandering mystic Yefim Makary, known to his followers as the ‘Witch Lord’, disappeared before he could be accused of inciting dissent against King Kristoph. His supporters among the disenchanted aristocrats who weren’t arrested have fled or died by their own hand. The king is happy to put the matter behind him. Yet Burke, the commander of the elite King’s Shadows, doesn’t believe the threat is over, and he assigns his two most troublesome, rule-breaking—and successful—assassins to ferret out the real threat and put a stop to Makary’s plots.

Joel “Ridge” Breckinridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard rose through the ranks of the Landrian army together, from teenaged conscripts to seasoned fighters. Together, they became the most feared team of assassins in Landria, surviving longer that most in their profession by virtue of excellent fighting skills, legendary bravado, peerless strategy, and an uncanny synchronicity.

As the threads of a new plot come together revealing disloyalty among the priests and generals, Ridge and Rett once again find themselves on the run, hoping they and their allies can figure out the Witch Lord’s latest scheme before it costs them their lives—and the king his throne.



“Nice shooting,” Ridge said, reaching for the wooden cage attached to his saddlebag that held a carrier pigeon. He opened the cage door, setting the bird free, knowing it would fly back to the closest king’s garrison with a note telling the guards where they could retrieve the bodies of the smugglers and proof that the assassination had been completed.

“Thank you. It was a rather satisfying outcome, if a bit showy,” Rett replied with a grin.

“Burke will have our guts for garters for the explosion,” Ridge warned, swinging up into the saddle.

“How long do you think we can get by with being the guys who saved the king?” Rett mused.

“Not nearly long enough.”

The two friends bantered the whole way back to Caralocia, taking a different route than the way they had come. Anyone watching would have seen two gentlemen out for a ride, although the truth was far darker. As King’s Shadows, elite assassins loyal to King Kristoph, Joel “Ridge” Breckenridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard had become something of a legend among those privileged to know of such things. Everything about them defied convention, much to the annoyance of some of their fellow assassins.

In a business where most Shadows operated as loners, Ridge and Rett had always hunted their quarries together. Their friendship and absolute loyalty to one another was equally uncommon, given their business. But Ridge and Rett had formed a bond back in the orphanage when they were just eight and ten, and it had carried them through those days of hardship as well as their climb through the ranks in the army. Along the way, they’d made plenty of enemies, both among the traitors and criminals they hunted, and, by their outstanding success, within the ranks of their allies.

“How much dirt do you think Henri’s been able to turn up on those counterfeiters?” Ridge asked as they rode along a quiet stretch of highway. He might appear relaxed to anyone who happened by, but both men remained alert, knowing that they were never truly safe.



Five Ways to I Connect with Readers—And Why it Matters

I’ve been writing epic and urban fantasy for over 13 years now, and as Morgan Brice, I also write urban fantasy MM paranormal romance. Connecting with readers—both in person and online is essential for me.

I am very active lot of social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, some online video). I have two very active reader groups on Facebook (Shadow Alliance for the fantasy stuff and The Worlds of Morgan Brice for the romance) where I do my best to post and interact every day. I also post about books and events on my main profile. But I also post pictures of my dogs, vacation photos, and repost a lot of pictures of pretty places, funny things and cute animals. The majority of the posts aren’t about my books—they are about other things we might have in common, so we can build a relationship with each other.

Under normal circumstances, I attend a dozen or more conventions during the year. At some of them, I have a table in the vendor room where I sell books. I’m always on panels, talking about different aspects of the genres, or about the craft and business of writing. Sometimes the panels are just for fun, and other times they’re advice about becoming a writer. In both cases, readers in the audience get a chance to see me in action, and if they like what they hear, they might stop by the table and buy a book, or connect with me online.

My newsletter is an essential reader connection. Social media sites could disappear tomorrow, but my newsletter list would remain a way I can always let my readers know about new books, what’s coming up, and where I’ll be.

Takeovers and launch parties are a lot of fun, because I get to visit other authors’ groups and they get to visit mine. I have fun introducing my readers to other authors, and I love when I get to meet the fans of my author friends. We always have a good time, play some games, and win some prizes. It’s a great way to make new connections.

I’ve also just started a new online Facebook group ‘convention’, ConTinual. ConTinual is a way for readers, vendors and performers to connect online without the costs or concerns of travel. It’s new but growing, and we’re adding new content and guests every day. It’s also a great place for me to share video readings from my books, giveaways or special sales, and to do some virtual ‘panel’ discussions on fun topics.

Those are my big ways of connecting, but I’m always on the lookout for new ideas. Readers are my favorite people!



Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, SOL Publishing, Darkwind Press, and Falstaff Books. Recent books include Witch of the Woods, Sellsword’s Oath, Inheritance, and Night Moves. With Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of the Spells Salt & Steel, Wasteland Marshals, Joe Mack and Jake Desmet series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance including the Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series. Recent books include Loose Ends and Unholy.






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

  2. Are you doing any writing while in quarantine?

  3. Great post - sounds like a good book!

  4. Thanks for the great excerpt! Looks like an exciting book!