Spotlight & Giveaway: Crystal Awakening, by Andrew Rowe & Kayleigh Nicole

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Crystal Awakening
by Andrew Rowe & Kayleigh Nicole
Publisher: ‎Podium Publishing
Publication Date: ‎November 29, 2022
Language: ‎English

A team of adventurers enters an epic trial of wits, magic, and monsters in this thrilling new fantasy series set within the Arcane Ascension universe.

Parties attempting to claim the treasures of the Tortoise Spire of Dalenos are usually composed of six professional climbers. But following a near-disastrous climb, Team Guiding Star Legacy finds itself two challengers short. With Nieve as the frontline fighter, Sage as the strategist, Lani as the healer, and Emiko as the spellcaster, they need a couple powerful allies to round out the squad.

The first new recruit, Hane, is a fighting and stealth specialist, while the second, Aldis, has quite the talent for teleportation magic. Though their individual reasons for scaling the spire vary—wealth, fame, favor—the team’s shared goal is thus: fight, win, ascend, and repeat. All in the hopes of one day making it to the top, where the goddess awaits to grant them the objects of their deepest desires.

To achieve this goal, they must master escalating levels of fire and ice, dangerous creatures, and confounding illusions. Whether facing a threat to their bodies, their magic, or their minds, each of the climbers accepts the risks. And bending the rules is part of the challenge. Some call this cheating; others call it winning.

But no test is ever straightforward. Because Guiding Star Legacy is being judged, and their next contest is one they aren’t meant to survive. Ascend or fall, the quest is only just beginning.


Shattered Legacy is a collaboration with Andrew Rowe and his Arcane Ascension series and is traditionally published through Podium Audio. This series is a journey around Kaldwyn as a team of professional climbers embark upon a quest given to them by an unusual being. While it’s not entirely necessary to have read Andrew’s Arcane Ascension series to enjoy Shattered Legacy, knowledge of Andrew’s established world definitely gives a deeper understanding of the magic system, religion, and regional politics on the continent of Kaldwyn. For readers just beginning to explore Kaldwyn, a special introduction has been included (written by Andrew Rowe) to best explain the magic and environment of this unique setting.

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Andrew Rowe was once a professional game designer for awesome companies like Blizzard Entertainment, Cryptic Studios, and Obsidian Entertainment. Nowadays, he’s writing full time. When he’s not crunching numbers for game balance, he runs live-action role-playing games set in the same universe as his books. In addition, he writes for pen and paper role-playing games.



Lifelong nerd and fangirl Kayleigh Nicol earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Animal Science at Cal Poly Pomona, California. After years of volunteering at zoos and aquariums in California, Kayleigh now works at a therapeutic horseback riding center in Long Island, NY. When not taking care of her own menagerie of rescued animals, she enjoys watching anime, playing video games and reading as many fantasy books as she can get her hands on.


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Spotlight & Excerpt: The Force of Magic + Giveaway


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE FORCE OF MAGIC by Hunter Chadwick Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!



Author: Hunter Chadwick

Pub. Date: December 9, 2022

Publisher: Clarity 4 Truth Press

Formats: Special Edition Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: Goodreads

As long as anyone can remember, the Dominion has held the land of Cairn within its iron grasp. Using overwhelming force and powerful magic, they are seemingly unbeatable. Now the Overlord, ruler of all, is failing. He has ordered the Guild of the Helm, powerful sorcerers and magic users, to find a cure for his wasting health.


A young soldier…desperate to return home to help his mother on their family farm, volunteers for their experiments, with unexpected results.

A young girl…taken from her family, abused, and handed over for a life of servitude is called to join the experiments.

Can these two young heroes overcome their fears to stand against such a great evil? Read The Force of Magic to find out.

  • Blending magical fantasy adventure, with super heroes and villains, this is a fantasy story unlike anything you’ve ever read.
  • Book One of the Trilogy – Book Two is coming mid-2023 and Book Three in time for Christmas 2023.

Readers are saying:

  • A fantasy world to get lost in
  • You begin to ask yourself what a hero really is, and what you would be willing to do for freedom
  • This genre isn’t my usual choice, but I started reading and it’s gripping!
  • The story is very character driven and I want to know what happens
  • This is exceptional writing. I have to keep reading


“Magic is all around us and every person has some magic and some connection to the magic of this world, but most people live their lives unaware of all of this. The average person might notice it in a feeling or a sense, like when you know that you are not alone or someone is watching you from afar. Some people use their connection for trivial things, like finding water or hunting game. They have no idea that they have tapped into the force of magic. Magic can be used as a tool, as Karven does, but that is a more difficult path. The Guild of today has chosen to try and manipulate the magic to act as they will, or at least, to attempt to do that and this is why Karven will ultimately fail at this great task he has undertaken,” Marda said.

“As to what Karven did to Trace and you, Perin…Karven didn’t do anything to you. There is a magic that lives in every person, and it is stronger in some than others. The Elixir that Karven gave you is a very old creation, dating to long before Karven and I were part of the Guild. Karven believes that he is able to alter and control this elixir, but he is no more able to fundamentally make changes to it than he would be able to turn off the sun. What this Elixir does is to take the magic that lives within a person and combines it with the fundamental desire of their heart before manifesting those two things into a physical representation. The Elixir of “Life” doesn’t grant life or extend life, but it allows the magical potential of a person to become something more, something greater. Instead of being connected to the magic of the world the way I am or other magic users are, the magic is bound up inside of you, a part of your physical essence of being. You no longer access the magic of this world through that connection, instead the force of magic lives inside of you and will from now on. You don’t possess the magic, instead, you have become it.”

Giveaway Details:

Hunter will be giving away 3 Paperback copies and 1 Hardcover edition to everyone who signs up for his newsletter. Winners drawn on December 24th.

Sign up for the newsletter and enter the giveaway here!

About Hunter Chadwick:

As a lifelong lover of books, I’ve always had a great appreciation for writers and their craft. Over the course of my 50+ years living in different places around the world, I’ve written a few things, but never took the time to sit down and try to write down any of the books I’ve dreamed up. In 2021 that changed. A new opportunity to share stories, one episode at a time, prompted me to try my hand at it.

I never could have imagined the positive response my writing received and now I’m happy to expand those stories to a wider audience to build upon what I’ve already written. Nothing would make me happier than to know that you enjoy my stories. Please find me on social media @HunterCAuthor to send me your feedback. 

About me: I grew up in the Midwest and went to a big state school known as much for their football team as anything else. I studied English Literature and History. It was there that I met my wife and we fell in love. We were married when I was in graduate school and during our first few years working after graduation, God showed us the opportunities to be involved in His work around the world.

Since 2000, we’ve lived outside of the United States, having many amazing experiences and meeting people from around the globe. My experiences traveling and my background in counseling are highly influential in my writing.

Once again, thank you for being my reader! It is my privilege to share my stories with you. 

Find all of Hunter’s links here.

Tour Schedule:

Week One:


Mythical Books

Guest Post/IG Post


#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog



Two Chicks on Books




IG Post


Sadie’s Spotlight



The Momma Spot

Guest Post


Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post


Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt/IG Post


YA Books Central

Guest Post/IG Post


A Dream Within A Dream


Week Two:


Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review



IG Review


Books a Plenty Book Reviews



A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review



IG Review


Kim”s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s

Review/IG Post


More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post



IG Review


Emily Ashlyn

IG & Facebook Review



IG Review


Spotlight & Giveaway: Dusk Upon Elysium, by Tamel Wino

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Dusk Upon Elysium

by Tamel Wino

Genre: Dark Dystopian Fiction


From the award-winning creator of Ékleipsis comes a dystopian narrative of affliction and obsession.

The world as we know it is forever lost. A deadly virus has scourged the planet and ravaged billions. Under the harsh ruling regime, survivors were “cleansed” and confined to isolated units, perpetually tormented by hunger, desolation, and desperation.

Among them is Geoff, a researcher for the trailblazing Paradiso, an authority-regulated virtual-reality program that allows users to momentarily escape their waking lives via implanted chips. He is devoted to perfecting the system—a vessel to preserve future hopes and dreams, where immense worlds prevail, brimming with vast possibilities.

But before long Geoff finds himself thrusted into the darkest recesses of these alternate realities, where he must confront not only his past but persevere against the unknown, fighting for his very existence.

Is all this magnificence just a grandiose illusion? Could there ever be salvation from the living hell into which mankind has plummeted?

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Tamel Wino is a Canadian award-winning, dark fiction author from resplendent British Columbia whose works focus largely on degeneration of sanity and morality. He studied Health Sciences and Psychology, which only furthered his interest in human nature.

With inspirations including Clive Barker, Chuck Palahniuk, Cormac McCarthy, Stephen King, Margaret Atwood and Edgar Allan Poe; Tamel’s expositions are strongly grounded in traditions of dark fiction. Yet, with his bold narrative voice and incisive plot construction, Wino is paving a new movement within the space.

When he’s not reading or scribbling away on his laptop, Tamel loves listening to jazz, rewatching good ol’ classic shows and traveling.

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