#BlogTour: The Guardian by J.L. McFadden @JamieLeeMcfadde @UFBooks #GuestPost

I’m so pleased to welcome J.L. McFadden to my blog today, he has written a post about himself and his life with his family as an ex-pat American for us today as part of the blog tour for The Guardian which is book one in The Guardian series.

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John a young man from Detroit realizes he has a special bond with a vampire, which gives him special abilities and makes both of them a target; the ancients will stop at nothing to destroy him and his relationship with this unbridled female vampire. Will John’s new found abilities be enough to save her and her coven?

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I have decided to go a bit outside of the conventional blog post and actually talk about myself. Not as an author or about my works, but rather, what sort of makes me a bit unusual. Plus I feel it might give the readers a bit of a better idea of who I really am.

I am an American citizen that has been living overseas for almost a decade. A year and a half ago I was blessed with a little son,  so I have had my eyes opened even more to how things are different in the culture here than back home, and I do mean you realize a lot more when a child is involved.

There are always a difference in the upbringing of a child, even if you had been raised in the same town as your spouse, and doubly so if you grew up with different native languages.

Dave’s mother and I come at loggers heads from time to time but mostly move past it pretty quickly. We are both hard headed people, so this comes and no easy feat, especially since neither of us has a subservient bone in our bodies. Me mostly being Scots-Irish and she being Ukrainian and Russian we both don’t know how to back down from principle; despite all of this we have a very happy baby boy. She and I have had a lot of talks and had to come to an understanding of each other’s reasons.

We have faced some backward bias, mostly from my side of the family, but our son never realizes what has happened. I knew this was coming; even with one of my books, I had people use it as a chance to show their social phobias about Lithuania. The saddest part of one of that situation is the author of the nasty letter proclaimed on her own site that she had a diploma is Sociology. Maybe that was the most humorous part.

Living overseas has not just opened me to another culture and language, it also opened my eyes to a lot of things in my own culture that I had taken for granted. For the longest time, people would have a million questions for me. Some of these questions I had to think about, research, and reflect on later on.  I believe most of us are guilty of this. Ask anyone in any city, “What is there to do?” Most likely they will respond, “Nothing.” Even in this city, people tell this to outsiders and if I have time I will tell the visitor about the parks, amusement parks, and what other spots would be interested in.

I have to admit that it is nice to have been forced to take a step back and really look at what is in my home country. I realized how many things I just simply had not taken notice to and should have. Some are great things, some are not so good, but all in all, it is a little disheartening to realize how many things I had not paid attention to.

One of the best things is watching my son get to experience the holidays from both his mother and me. He gets to have Christmas on the 25th with his American family and once again on New Years with his Ukrainian family. The holiday is celebrated a bit different: Different fictional characters, so he is growing up with Santa Clause and Uncle Frost and his Grand Daughter. Easter on most years are on different days, but this year, it fell on the same date. Here they don’t really color eggs. The parents may color them red and put some sort of graphic on it, but it is not a family event like in America. They do not hide the eggs. We do. Also, the Easter basket with candy and a toy is a strange idea to people here, but Dave’s mom helped me put his together. The largest challenge I face here is spreading Halloween enough to my neighbors to him a good night of trick or treat when he gets a bit older. For the record, Halloween is my favorite holiday. I have a lot of fond memories of dressing up and going to Parker P.A so we could be in the Halloween parade and party at the Fire Station. Children of all ages taking part in games and seeing who had the best costume for their age groups. Other times remembering my older cousins taking me trick or treating in their town. As you can see, this is one thing I desperately want to give my son.

Dave understands us both and speaks to us in our native languages. Dave’s mother only speaks Russian to him (our city speaks Russian) and I only speak English to him. The t.v is mostly Ukrainian and he responds to the cartoons and laughs at the funny stuff. Thus far, he seems to not have an issue with any of the three languages he is surrounded with. His aunts and uncles call him on Facebook Messenger, and at times he calls them, sometimes at times that are really not convenient for them. I am hinting at it being somewhere after 1 pm and my son has gotten his hands on my phone. I feel he is too young to fly. I know a lot of children fly younger than him, but I would rather wait until he is old enough to know why he has to sit still. My son is very active.

We are still torn about where to raise him. Here he has a lot of little cousins and he really loves his grandma. I parents past a while back. Not just countries but where at in the U.S. or Ireland. I spent a lot of my adult life in Los Angeles and Hollywood and a have become closer and closer with my friends and distant family from Ireland.

As you may have figured out most of my thought process is about my son. Might be why I have been writing a lot more for a parenting website than my books lately. Get Connect Dad has been a great outlet for me, but I have crawled back into the writing world. I am thankful for my travels and interactions for they have made it easier for me to write characters that have different backgrounds. As anything else in a writer’s world, my son has added another dimension to how I look at my stories.

I am hoping you all enjoyed this little look into my life. And I hope that you enjoy my books.

J.L. McFadden

About J.L. McFadden

J.L McFadden is an American author that has an European writing style. He is an avid traveller and linguist that uses alot of his experiences in his fictional novels. He also enjoys sports and takes part in international martial communities. McFadden is a paranormal romance author that has a way of spinning tragic romance into stories that stays with his readers.

    

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TitleThe Guardian
SeriesGuardian #1
Author: J.L. McFadden
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 31 March 2013
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 147
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#BlogTour: Grim Remains by Eli Celata @Celata_E @UFBooks #GuestPost

I’m so pleased to welcome Eli Celata to my blog today, she has written a post about worldbuilding for us today as part of the blog tour for Grim Remains which is book two in the Warlock of Rochester Series, you can grab book one, High Summons, here.

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Sometimes the fairy tale’s end is just the Grimm beginning.

Mammon’s summoning turned Rochester into a beacon for the denizens of Hell. As demon activity increases, Jon settles in for a new academic year, and Jordan moves in as the city’s protector. Unfortunately, the young warlock of Rochester might not be around long if the Devil’s marine legion has a say. Havfine, demonic mermaids, don’t often leave deep lakes and ocean waters. They’re better known for drowning mortal sailors than hunting magic users, but something has sent them upstream from Lake Ontario. When three orphans vanish from a magical sanctuary in Toronto, their caretaker – the Wizard Monday – dredges up a part of Jordan’s and Jon’s father’s history that Jordan would have rather forgotten. In this race against the Bane of Hamelin, more than three souls may be on the line.

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World building isn’t a one-size fit all. Of course, fictional characters are – in themselves – a sectionalized perspective of a world. Sometimes towns are formed. Maybe even an entire country. Alternative historical facts for historical fiction where people are reinvented. Romances and supposition abound!

For me, I generally like the world changing, not the people. I also like to start out in a “real” moment. If I can set my readers into a nice contemporary time with a seemingly normal narrator, I’m pretty happy. Of course, with both HIGH SUMMONS, its sequel, GRIMM REMAINS, and my upcoming paranormal romance, there’s some pretty overt tells that this is a fantasy.

I’ve tried to go the whole Tolkein route. I’ve made a language. There’re four books in it, and somehow, creating a world that intimately has gotten too personal, which is rather counterproductive for an author.

Really, my best world-building moments stem off odd dreams and forcing myself to ask – “What if?” even to the most absurd lengths. Of course, there hasn’t to be a flow of logic for me. If one new modification doesn’t build off the first, it’s just a random hotpot of shit. It’s problematic as a serious tone in a nonsensical novel is really hit or miss.

In the end, writing is subjective. Build a world that you want to explore, and there’s a good chance others will want to be there too.

Good Luck.

About Eli Celata

Eli Celata was born in Rochester and is currently attending Binghamton University as a doctoral student.

    

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TitleGrimm Remains
Series: N/A
Author: Eli Celata
Genre: Urban Fantasy | Paranormal
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 17 April 2017
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Other Formats: eBook
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#BlogTour: Reborn by Jane Ederlyn @ediojeda @UFBooks #Review #Giveaway

I am pleased to be a part of this blog tour organised by Ultimate Fantasy Books. Today I’m reviewing this novel by Jane Ederlyn and there is also a tour-wide giveaway at the end of the post which I wish you luck with!

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Marie Josette d’Orgemont, cousin to Louis XVI, watched in horror as a rogue creature took her husband’s life before turning on her. A powerful vampire swept in and spared her life, but she never suspected surviving meant immortality or the price she’d have to pay to protect her surviving son.

Centuries later, in Miami, with her family on the verge of extinction, Marie is preoccupied with the continuation of her human bloodline. When she meets sexy and persistent Odin Ulfsson, his icy-blue gaze and burning touch are hard to resist. Will a forbidden romance with the Nordic werewolf be the key to her happiness, or will it set in motion a wrath that endangers not only her last human heir but her entire existence?

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I almost didn’t read this book, I found the cover off-putting and even now having read the book I find it hard to relate the cover to the book. Luckily, I did choose to read the book letting my curiosity sparked from the book blurb override my scepticism from the cover.

Marie was cousin to the French King Louis XVI, one night her life was torn apart when the Husband she adored is killed in front of her and she is drained to the brink of death by the same attackers. Saved by a powerful vampire who rushes in to save her she has lived centuries ensuring her family line is safe and now protecting the latest member of her bloodline Abby.

When she meets Odin, a viking cum Werewolf (I mean seriously, swoonville!) things get interested as she starts feeling things she hasn’t felt since her Husband died centuries ago. As Odin brings members of his pack, including the rather adorable, Egon, in to help protect Marie and Abby from unknown dangers the book develops into a race against time.

I found Marie quite a cold character and I loved that Odin was so forward and warm, he brought out a warm human side in her that she either wasn’t prepared to show or didn’t realise she had otherwise. Odin was a strong capable character who knows what he does and doesn’t want, he’s a capable leader and knows where the line is between reckless and necessary.

Despite this being their story the parts I loved most in this story and what I look forward to most in the second book is the story around Egon and Marie. There’s a strong sense of connection between these two which is such a pleasure to read and follow. Egon was by far my favourite character and I could happily read a whole book focused on this man.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable paranormal romance that I highly recommend.

With many thanks to Jane Ederlyn and Ultimate Fantasy Books for the eARC so that I could honestly review this novel.

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About Jane Ederlyn

Jane Ederlyn is the alter ego of a writing duo from South Florida.

Jane, a registered nurse by day, by night lives to create havoc and conflict in their stories, relentlessly strategizing ways to kill off one more character.

Ederlyn, a cruise-line professional by day, by night loves to plot meticulous happily-ever-afters for the hero and heroine, often battling Jane to save her favorites.

They can usually be found at their favorite Barnes & Noble sipping lattes and pondering “what ifs?” or at the mall shoe shopping.

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TitleReborn
SeriesPrincess of the Blood #1
Author: Jane Ederlyn
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 October 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 322
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#BlogTour: Souls Discovered by Miranda Brock @Miranda_Brock1 @UFBooks #GuestPost

Today I’m pleased to welcome Miranda Brock to BrizzleLass Books as part of the Ultimate Fantasy Books blog tour for Souls Discovered. Miranda has written a great post about writing fight scenes, and us fantasy fans love fight scenes don’t we? This is a great post so do go read it!

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Spin away with young Autumn as she finds a seemingly innocuous gold necklace on her family’s farm and inadvertently uncovers her destiny as “The Keeper.” Autumn’s discovery of the necklace activates “The Window” and alerts both good and evil forces to her whereabouts. Autumn is pulled from everything she knows, and is tossed into a life of unknowns. Enigmatic enemies called Dehmons hunt her at every turn, and if captured the very world she lives in will fall into destruction. With the help of seven Searchers Autumn must learn to use the power she has been given before it is too late. Will she choose to follow the dangerous destiny thrust upon her? Will she be able to withstand the temptation of a relationship that could jeapordize everything? Most importantly, will Autumn be able to find the strength within herself to fight the dead-eyed evil Dehmon souls?

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En Garde!

I love reading a good fight scene. I love writing a good fight scene even more and my novels are full of them.  Writing an epic battle is a great deal of fun but it’s far from easy. Having a fight scene that is both gripping and easy to follow does present some challenges and it’s important to remember some key points.

Firstly, you need to have a specific goal in mind. While the good guys fight the bad guys and the good guys have a hard time but eventually win is an admirable and time tested way to go, it’s very general. Before I write a battle scene I ask myself, what is the point of this fight? Is it to capture an adversary to try to get information? Is it to obtain a new weapon from the enemy, or retrieve something that was stolen? Is it simply to survive? Having a specific goal will make it easier to direct the fight scenes, instead of just having a bunch of people slashing away at each other just for the sake of fighting.

The scene. Make it different and unique. Every one of my fight scenes is different from another. I’ve had fight scenes in places as simple as a large field, to as complicated as starting in a parking garage and ending up on top of a tall building. Changing it up gives you a chance to work with different aspects and will keep the reader interested. Obviously, a fight in a field would be easier than a brawl in a parking garage. It isn’t only the place you need to think about. Is it sunny out? Hot? Rain would make the ground slippery and deep snow would make it difficult to maneuver. Adding these elements will give your fight scene tension and added challenges for your characters.

No fight scene would be complete without some amazing weapons but choosing your weaponry takes some careful and thoughtful planning. A massive battle-ax sounds amazing and deadly but you can’t take a battle-ax and stick it in the hands of a fourteen-year-old girl; it would be too heavy. One of my characters, Finlay, yields a battle-ax and I make sure and mention his well-muscled arms and shoulders.  Guns are great for distance but in a close-up battle you would risk shooting your companions. A katana is a timeless weapon. However, it is best for slashing, not stabbing. Do your research! I’ve spent countless hours researching weapons, how they work, stances, and moves. Knowing how to use the weapons in your writing will make it more realistic and interesting for the reader.

Speaking of realistic, keep facts in mind when writing a fight scene. A battle is tiring. If your character is still fit as a fiddle after an hour-long battle, something is wrong. You need to add details like burning muscles and sweat to keep your fight real. While a person getting stabbed in the leg and continue to valiantly fight with the blade still embedded may add some great flair in a movie, it may not be quite realistic. How deep is the knife stabbing? Is it slicing through more muscle with each step, or wedging against a bone? Your character would be in a tremendous amount of pain, and likely wouldn’t be fighting for long.

My last bit of advice would be to keep the outcomes of your fight scenes balanced. If your protagonist is always losing, that’s discouraging to the reader, and your characters! On the other hand, if your protagonist is constantly coming out on top you lose the chance for your character to learn and grow. Writing both wins and losses for your characters will keep your readers wondering with each battle, what’s going to happen?

And now, to arms!

About Miranda Brock

From an early age Miranda Brock has always loved fantasy and adventure everything. Since she doesn’t live in a world of enchanting powers, mythical beasts, and things unbelievable she has decided to write about them. (Although, if you happen to see a dragon flying around, do tell her.) Born in southern Illinois, where she still resides with her husband and two children, she grew up running through the woods, playing in creeks, and riding horses. What started out as writing poetry grew into short stories and eventually led to her first novel, Souls Discovered. Miranda lives in the country where she finds inspiration in the simplicity and beauty around her. With the help of a ridiculous amount of coffee and some good music she writes whenever she gets a chance.

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TitleSouls Discovered
Series: N/A
Author: Miranda Brock
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 5 January 2015
Review Format: N/A
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Pages: 424
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#ReleaseDayBlitz: Darkstorm by M.L. Spencer @MLSpencer1 @UFBooks

I love the look of Darkstorm, which makes it a real honour to be part of the release day blitz, organised by Ultimate Fantasy Books, for this dark fantasy novel by M.L. Spencer! This spotlight post gives you all the info you need on the book along with the usual buy links!

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Faced with an imminent cataclysm that will destroy the magical heritage of their people, a conspiracy of darkmages resolves to open the gateway to Hell. The only mages who stand a chance of opposing them are Sephana Clemley and her acolyte, Merris Bryar, along with their protectors, Braden and Quin Reis: two brothers with a turbulent past and a caustic relationship.

Will Braden and Quin be able to protect Sephana and Merris long enough to prevent the unsealing of the Well of Tears? Or will they fall victim to manipulation and become darkmages themselves?

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About M.L. Spencer

M.L. Spencer grew up on the works of Steven R. Donaldson, Stephen King and Frank Herbert. She wrote her first novel-length manuscript at thirteen. Her debut novel Darkmage won the 2012 IndieReader Discovery Award for Fantasy. She was also awarded 1st Place Prose in in the San Bernardino County Writing Celebration.

Ms. Spencer lives in Southern California. By day she works as a biology teacher; by night she sweats over a beaten-up keyboard. She is now in the process of expanding the Rhenwars Saga into a trilogy.

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TitleDarkstorm
SeriesThe Rhenwars Saga #1
Author: M.L. Spencer
Genre: Dark Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 19 January 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 304
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#BlogTour: The Oracle by K.S. Marsden @KSMarsden @UFBooks #GuestPost

Today I’m pleased to welcome K.S. Marsden to BrizzleLass Books as part of the Ultimate Fantasy Books blog tour for The Oracle, the second book in her Enchena series. She has written a great post on making fantasy a reality for the blog today so do dig in and enjoy. There is also a giveaway at the end of the post.

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After a brief respite, the Gardyn rebels have returned to fight the tyranny of King Hrafn and Prince David.

Samantha, Jillis and Tobias will have to find their place in the new vision of Enchena; but first, they have to risk everything to make it real.

New allies will rise, as the past plays a huge part in the future; and an Oracle must be brought, to guide them all.

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Making Fantasy a Reality

“Well, Captain Rian, half of Enchena are convinced that I am a deity; and the other half know that the current heir to the throne is from another world. Not to mention, that everyone knows King Hrafn brings people back from the dead on a daily basis. So really, I think two-hundred-year-old-royal-Gardyn-sympathisers isn’t much more of a stretch.”

One of the things I love about reading (and writing) Fantasy books, is that there is no limit where your imagination can take you.

Your story can have any character you care to create; any setting; time period; magic, etc.

You are asking your readers to believe in something completely made up. Whether it is a creature or species that lives alongside humans; or a completely alien world; you want to encourage your readers to suspend their disbelief and join the adventure.

Ask readers what they like about their favourite Fantasy books, and most will say how real it is. Readers want something immersive, they want a world or society they wish they can be a part of. For that to happen, it has to make sense.

Established Creature/World etc

One option is to use something that is already established and has its own rules.

Let’s use vampires as an example.

If you want to write something quite light involving vampires, take the popular rules that absolutely everyone has heard of: drinking blood; immortal; burn in the sunlight; a stake to the heart kills.

All you have to do is mention “vampire” and most readers automatically accept those four rules.

As a writer, if you are happy with those rules, you can work them into your story to show how your character approaches them. Are they blood-thirsty or hate being leeches? Are they depressed with immortality, or gods above mere humans? Whatever you decide – STICK TO YOUR RULES.

If you want to write something more intense and with extra depth, there is a plethora of vampire lore across the many fields of books, films, historical studies and myths.  Have at it!

Will your character be related to Vlad the Impaler, with all his violent tendencies? Will your vampires take after Bram Stoker’s Dracula, with the ability to control the mist and fog and enchant young women? Will they be the ugly, demonesque enemies from Buffy? Or will they be glittery vegetarians, as shown in Twilight?

There is no wrong answer, this is your creation. Again, I would caution – STICK TO YOUR RULES.

New Creature/World etc

Another option is to use something that is entirely your own creation.

The perks of this includes no limits on your imagination, so if you want a pink flying rhino called Steve, that likes to knit, that’s fine. If you want a world made purely of volcanoes and fire-creatures, go for it!

You just have to understand that this all exists outside the everyday reader’s knowledge base. You can’t take for granted that the readers know that Steve the pink rhino will only eat cucumbers, and the fire-creatures suffer from hay fever. You can design any rules that you want for your characters, as long as you STICK TO YOUR RULES.

As long as you treat your fabrications with respect, so will everyone else.

Rule building

Whichever route you take, and whatever fantastical element you decide to use, there are four little tips I would give:

1) Establish your rules

A lot of writers remark that they get lost in their own world – this is a good thing! If it doesn’t feel like a real, tangible world for the writer, how is the reader supposed to believe it?

Personally, I would recommend writing down all the background information in a notebook. This works equally well for an in-depth research into the life of Vlad the Impaler, and keeping track of all the nuggets of mythology that interest you; or for Steve the pink rhino and all of his favourite stories.

You might never include the information in your published work, but it’s this background that will give your stories a sense of reality.

2) Make your rules fair

Also known as “give your character a hard time”.

Nobody wants to read about a character that cheats all the hard bits of life. How are readers supposed to get excited and root for a person who glides through the story because all the rules benefit them?

Likewise, it’s hard to really feel the tension and danger your hero might find themselves in, if said hero has X ability that means he’ll always win. It just wouldn’t happen in real life, and as I always say – life would be dull if it were easy.

It might be tempting, to make a rule that will automatically benefit your character, especially if you’ve written yourself into a corner and can’t see any way out without introducing a new rule. That’s the quickest way of a potentially great scene making a reader feel cheated.

I recommend sitting back and trying to come at it a different way. You might surprise yourself!

3) Remember that your readers don’t know your rules

After you’ve spent months, or even years, with your new world, it almost feels like a second home. You know it inside out, you know the background and circumstances behind every relationship, political tension, and story.

Please, please remember that your reader does not.

Try not to jump straight into the deep end without a few clues to guide your readers along.

I would definitely recommend getting some readers (these can be beta-readers, friends, or random people) that have no knowledge of your work, and see how easily they grasp the story. I know this is common practice for a lot of writers as part of their editing process, but it’s best to check how it is received by laymen.

4) Stick to your rules

You’ve picked these rules, now stick to them.

There may come a point in your writing where you realise a rule just doesn’t work for your story or hero. That’s fine, you can cut it or change it, just make sure you everything you have already written is edited to meet this new rule change.

There is nothing worse than reading a story with one set of rules, which jumps to a new set, with no warning or explanation.

About K.S. Marsden

Kelly Marsden grew up in Yorkshire, and there were two constants in her life – books and horses.

Graduating with an equine degree from Aberystwyth University, she has spent most of her life since trying to experience everything the horse world has to offer. She is currently settled into a Nutritionist role for a horse feed company in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.

She writes Fantasy stories part-time. Her first book, The Shadow Rises (Witch-Hunter #1), was published in January 2013, and she now has two successful series under her belt.

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This is a great giveaway, there are 5x ecopies and 1x signed copy of The Oracle available in this tour-wide giveaway. Head to Rafflecopter to enter! Good Luck!

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TitleThe Oracle
SeriesEnchena #2
Author: K.S. Marsden
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 1 January 2017
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 222
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#BlogTour: Dark Promise by Nikki Landis @landisnikkiauth @UFBooks #Review

Today I’m pleased to welcome Nikki Landis to BrizzleLass Books as part of her blog tour for Dark Promise which is the first book in the NightWalkers series. Below you will find my review of the book and there is also a giveaway where you can enter to win the chance to win one of five ebook copies! Good luck!

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A love story between two people who live in two very different worlds; is it right to keep a promise when it hurts the one you love? Can the darkness survive in the light?

Mare’s life is in danger. An unknown enemy seeks to destroy her, only months after her mother’s brutal death. Andre stumbles upon her attack, saving her life, immediately drawn to the innocent beauty. Against all odds they seek to find the truth, all the while fighting their mutual attraction, until their passion can no longer be contained.

Mare latches onto Andre, attracted to his fierce determination to protect her. Andre’s dark promise, hidden in his heart, becomes his only objective. Can he save her in time? Or will he be lost, forever damned, in his pursuit to have her, at any cost?

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Review

Andre is a vampire, but not just any vampire he’s one of the elite, from a royal line. He does his best not to mix with human’s seeing them as little more than vermin. Then he catches the scent of Mare one night, a human woman in danger, after he saves her from an attack he feels drawn to her and from here things get weird and complicated for him.

I haven’t read a paranormal romance in a while so it was nice to brush off those vamp cobwebs and dive in and this was such a good book to do it with. Nikki Landis wastes no time in heating up the tension between our characters and the sexual tension is at full heat within a few pages. Now those who are adverse to insta-love are going to have issues with this book but bear in mind it’s a paranormal romance and things start to make sense the further into the book you get. I always dive into these books with an open mind and that’s definitely the case here.

As for characters I loved them, they aren’t perfect, they don’t fawn over each other (because that really does drive me a bit nuts) but they argue and butt heads as they try to find common ground to come together. Andre’s old fashioned, protective nature versus Mare’s modern, strong willed woman was at times funny but also left you wondering if they could work through their issues.

I also absolutely loved Mare’s brother and really wish we had seen more of him. I felt he added a great dynamic to the story and was willing him back onto the page when he wasn’t around!

The book ends with a gasp out loud cliffhanger meaning that I really hope the story of these wonderful characters is continuing in book two!

A huge thanks to Nikki Landis for an eARC of this novel in return for my honest review.

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About Nikki Landis

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Nikki Landis is the award winning author of over a dozen novels, mostly in the romance genre. She grew up sneaking her mother’s romance novels intrigued with the characters, the stories, and the historical settings from authors that have greatly influenced her writing like Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, and Bertrice Small.

She is also a fan of the classics and adores Jane Austen. Books like The Chronicles of Narnia, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit have shaped and molded her vision of fantasy and inspired it, contributing to her popular series The Fight for Light novels.

Nikki holds two degrees, in Dietetics and Nutrition, and her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Wellness. She’s a wife and mother, spending her free time reading, writing, and enjoying the outdoors.

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TitleDark Promise
SeriesNightWalkers #1
Author: Nikki Landis
Genre: Paranormal Romance | Vampires
Publisher: Dark Arrow Publishing
Publication Date: 23 July 2016
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: 251
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