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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Key to All Things by Cindy Lynn Speer - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Cindy Lynn Speer and her new book, “The Key to All Things”!  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 Cindy and to increase your chances of winning!

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

The Key to All Things
by Cindy Lynn Speer


GENRE: Fantasy/Adventure/Romance



Every day, Lady Avriel hears the bards sing about the greatest love story of all times, a heartbreaking romance between a human nobleman, Captain Edward de Vere, and the beautiful Queen of the Fae, who shattered his heart when she abandoned him to accept her throne. Avriel secretly longs for the sad and romantic captain as she works as a double agent, serving at both human and fae courts to keep the peace between the two kingdoms.

But for three hours every night she remembers a completely different world, where the greatest love story is a lie, and Edward belongs to her. She believes this reality to be the true one, even if no one else does. The world has fallen under a spell, and it is up to Avriel to find its source and undo it.

To set things right, Avriel must face the all-powerful Elder Fae and confront the darkest powers that rule her destiny – only to learn that if she proceeds, her actions will bring chaos and open her kingdom to destruction. Is this a choice she is willing to make to bring her love back?



The Dragon Room was near the old gates. Many years ago this was the main palace entrance, away from the open front of the river. Envoys and courtiers alike once had to travel around a grand sweep of the road that was now the gardens. The architecture here looked older, marble giving way to wood paneling, wood giving way to stone. Some attempts, here and there, had been made to bring the interior up to modern tastes. But by the time Avriel got to the former front gates – tall, elaborately carved dark oak and iron panels opening into a hall with a sweeping double staircase – it was evident that the palace decorators had given up on the idea of change.

She looked down into that grand hall as she passed, running her hand along the ornate stone railing. The doors to the outside had not been opened in so long that the hinges and bolts looked rusted. They were closed and locked tight the day the dragon egg was carted into the main hall and up these stairs, to be stored securely behind another set of massive wood and iron bound doors, which she approached now.

A pair of King’s Guards kept stations on either side of the door. The one on the left gave her a smile of recognition and bowed his head. His partner regarded her more suspiciously, probably checking for weapons. The heat that came out of the room was intense. It hit Avriel full in the face as she stepped in. She took a deep breath, the hot, damp air settling into her lungs.

The egg was centered in a pool of light, and it shimmered oddly, changing colors – more like a large opal than a carrier of life. Like all things made by the fae, the eternal light pouring over the egg seemed purposely designed to make everything it touched more beautiful.

Avriel walked around the egg. Its slightly translucent sheen made her fancy that she could see the dragon inside, curled up around itself, waiting to rise. But she knew that was only a trick of light.

As she circled, she noticed a man seated on one of the two benches in the depths of the room. Her breath caught as she came to a stop near him. Edward de Vere, former Comte, former husband of the Queen of the Fae. The one Catherine betrayed for the sake of her power, thus ending the greatest love story of all times.

Oh, dear.



My Favorite Memories Spent at the Local Library

Libraries have always been special to my heart.  I remember in elementary school, looking around for books, and the librarian sharing books with me she thought I’d love.

Or in high school, mooching around the library, looking for books on Medieval times, heraldry, Egypt…checking them out and outlining them.  I remember Life on a Medieval Barony being one of my favorites.  By this time I’d decided that I wanted to write medieval fantasy, and so I felt like I wanted to study the era so I could write it properly.  This is where I also discovered and devoured Victoria Holt.

Or in university, where I worked at my first library as a student worker, and where I learned the Dewey decimal system like I knew the paths of my palm, and could find anything easily.  Where I discovered Dumas and that feeling you get where you are alone with the books, and they seem to welcome you.

Or at my full time first job (I’d intended to spend my life in libraries, I’d hoped to someday get my MLS) where I was the Interlibrary loan clerk – a job that is part detective, part diplomat.  I loved searching and finding new volumes, making connections so the students got articles for free.

Or now.  I am no longer a librarian, I am a university admin assistant.  I returned to my first university and I wander the shelves again.  The books are no longer by Dewey’s system, but by the Library of Congress.  But I still walk the shelves; they still welcome me to touch their spines and read their words.  Maybe they recognize me as a fellow – I may be made of flesh instead of paper, but I am still filled with words.



Cindy is the author of the Amazon bestselling The Chocolatier’s Wife, and it’s sequel, The Chocolatier’s Ghost, among others, including the brand new Key to All Things.   She loves reading, taking road trips, hiking, pretending to garden (really, I need to feed my poor tomatoes) and sword fighting.  You can find out more about her at the links below.











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Cindy will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Cindy ~ 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! :)

    1. Thank you so much! This post is wonderful...thank you so much!

  2. πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰ Congratulations on Your New Release, Miss Speer!! πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠ
    I wish you great success with it! I know I'm excited to read it!!
    Thank you so very much for the incredibly generous giveaway!! ❤🌹❤

    1. Aww, you are so kind! Thank you fro your lovely words. (And Please call me Cindy!).

  3. Dd you have to do lots of research for your book?

    1. Not a ton. I had questions here and there where I looked up things to make sure they made sense (mostly with the airship) but a lot of it was stuff I already knew. I did not rely on amulet magic this time (so I did not have to look up the meaning of flowers or stones as I usually need to.) so mostly it was easy. :)

  4. Good Morning! Your book sounds great and I'm glad I got to learn about it. Thank you!

  5. Thanks again for an awesome tour spot...so wonderful to meet so many lovely new people!