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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Chandelier by Michael Leon - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Chandelier

by Michael Leon

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GENRE: Sci-Fi / Fantasy Romance

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BLURB:

CHANDELIER is the genre-bending sci-fi/fantasy-romance novel follow up of Michael Leon’s 2019 fantasy-romance book, PHANTOMS. A century has passed since the fabled Phantom ruled the Garnier Opera House. Technology has advanced, and AI has evolved beyond human knowledge. They reside in a virtual Earth, free from the ravages of an environmentally damaged Earth where humans and post-humans live under AI’s qualified governance. CHANDELIER follows one AI sentient’s journey, Benny, whose loyalty for a famous opera singer, Madame D’Arenberg, sets him on a dangerous course, entangling him in The Phantom of the Opera’s deadly web.

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EXCERPT ONE:

A human whistling sound, distant but growing louder permeated the chill of the room. An unearthly chilled breath wafted over his face. He opened his eyes and looked up to its source, but he was alone, until light formed on the wall behind Gaston's bed. Shapeless light swirled as if blown by that same breeze. The foggy disturbance slowed, allowing the swirling shape to take form. It was human but completely covered in black, bar the shape of a smooth ghost-like face. As the contours sharpened he realised it was a mask. Was he looking at the phantom? If he was, Gaston's stories had all been real!

Fear gripped him to the seat. He wanted to flee but dared not move. Before the apparition suddenly looked Flynn's way, turning his fear to terror.

"Who are you?" He asked feebly, but the apparition remained silent.

Flynn went to stand but a second shape appeared from behind him. A man dressed in white walked toward Gaston's bed, making no sound as it glided across the room. Both apparitions studied the body for a time, ignoring Flynn before vanishing through the bedroom wall, leaving Flynn alone. He immediately stood and left the room, fearful they may return, not daring to look back. Whatever he witnessed, he didn't wish to see again. Flynn was a scientist who staunchly refuted Gaston's ramblings about ghosts as the product of a vivid imagination. They had spent many years arguing over their existence. Perhaps this was his friend's final wish, to show him that everything he had written and said was true.

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GUEST POST:

World Build

(Part Two - 2021AD)

This week we look at the world of one of the characters from Chandelier. The storyline crosses two centuries, the 21st and 22nd. There is the world of Erik, the modern-day Phantom of the Opera and Benny's world one hundred years in the future.

Today we look at Erik, introduced in the first novel, Phantoms, as the head of security in the Garnier Opera house.

In the prequel, Erik Destler, a latter-day Phantom of the Opera, sets out to take over and rule the Palais Garnier, with La Divina - the Diva Carlotta Caccini, as his queen. However, he is seemingly thwarted by an ethereal presence, the original Phantom of the Opera. Most of the novel, Phantoms, is set in the famous Paris opera house, amidst the staging of Verdi's Macbeth.

Erik joins with Carlotta, the most famous Diva in Europe, to control the Garnier, terrorizing the cast and crew, even resorting to murder. In addition, they plot to remove Carlotta's understudy, Christine, a bright new star of the opera world. But ultimately, Erik betrays Carlotta and saves the rising star before fleeing the Garnier as the police close in on him with investigations about a murdered ballerina.

In Chandelier, two years have passed since Erik escaped from the French police. He fled to Como in Italy, where he undertook surgery to change his appearance and start a new life and allow him to return to re-take the Garnier. But an earlier nemesis, Philippe D'Arenberg, has other plans, leading to a deadly fight to the death, affecting all those around them, and changing the course of Christine's life.

A hundred years on, Christine, now a centenarian referred to as the Diva, is assisted by a humanoid, Benny, to prepare for her final performance, setting in place a chain of dangerous events, once again entangling her in the Phantom’s deadly web.

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AUTHOR BIO:

Michael Leon is an explorer, writer and author of the new novel, Sentient. Professionally trained in international trade, Michael has spent the last decade reading and writing SFF novels about new worlds to be explored in the future. His latest work, Sentient, imagines Earth in the year 2120. His next novel, Chandelier, will be released in 2022. Michael has travelled extensively around Europe, walking the paths of his characters, from the famous European opera houses in Phantoms to the mountain tops of Switzerland in Emissary.

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CONNECT WITH MICHAEL:

Website:

https://www.michaelleon.com.au

Blog:

https://michaelleoncommentspage.blogspot.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/michael.leon.39501

Twitter:

https://twitter.com/michaelleon0433

Goodreads Author Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5369984.Michael_Leon

Goodreads Book Page:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/59613841-chandelier

Amazon Author Page:

https://amzn.to/323p2Zd

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GIVEAWAY INFO:

Michael will be awarding a $50 Amazon or Barnes of Noble Gift Card (Winner’s Choice!!!) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.


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14 comments:

  1. Thanks to Fabulous and Brunette for hosting this stop on my tour!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Glenda! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  3. Sounds like an interesting book.

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    1. Thanks Kim! It’s Phantom of the Opera with a sci-fi twist!

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  4. Thanks Sherry! Chandelier will be released in early 2022!

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  5. I enjoyed the guest post and the excerpt, Michael and Chandelier sounds like a great sci/fi read for me and I like the cool cover! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a happy & successful New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Bridgett. Chandelier will be released soon! It is the follow up to my earlier book, Phantoms. I hope you get the time to read both! I'd value your feedback!

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