Book Blitz & Excerpt: The Crucible Kingdom, by Blair Bancroft

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The Crucible Kingdom

by Blair Bancroft

Sci-Fi Fantasy, Sci-Fi Paranormal, Sci-Fi Adventure/Romance

Published: April 14, 2022

Publisher: Kone Enterprises

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In this spin-off of the Blue Moon Rising series, the Crucible Kingdom, an obscure planet far, far away, is suffering from an ancient curse—periodic bouts of violent storms, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis, and wildfire. To break the curse, a widowed duchess and a starship captain from the disintegrating Regulon Empire (which her ancestors fled centuries earlier) are forced to work together. Although the duchess grudgingly concedes that the captain is highly capable in emergencies, she scorns the idea that a hard-headed Reg who does not believe in the power of sorcery can be helpful in ending the curse. And then the captain comes up with an idea no one thought of, setting off a quest that turns out to be as dangerous as the curse itself.

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THE CRUCIBLE KINGDOM – EXCERPT

“Command, Command,” Ryn called, “Yindan exploding. Repeat, Yindan exploding.” He paused, craning his neck to look toward their rear. “The whole fydding side of the mountain is collapsing, cloud rising. Black, roiling . . . Dimmit, that was lightning!” Ryn steadied his voice to captain mode, continued his narration. “We’re red-lining it out of here, but it’s right on our tail— Omni!” he breathed. “It’s leveling trees like toothpicks.” For Alora’s ears alone, he added, “Max it, Duchess! Show me this toy can out-run what’s chasing us.”

It was as if they were flying in a vacuum—no sound from explosion or thunder, but the sky darkened around them, leaving only a small blue patch in front. Alora, fingers white-knuckled on the steering stick, attempted to blot out all thought of the monster looming on their tail, but mind over matter refused to work. She could feel the target on her back, the force of the blast aimed straight at them.

Ryn was alternating his communication with Command with private words of encouragement that somehow rang false. Even though they’d kept a respectful distance from the volcano, their head-start was slim. But every kilometer they traveled toward home would lessen the force of the blast. So, keeping a wary eye on the instrument panel—how long could her precious baby keep up this pace?—Alora pushed their speed to faster than a PCC was ever designed to travel.

“Fyddit,” Ryn muttered as more flashes lit the gloom.
“The lightning’s gone weird. Pink and purple.” A short pause, and he added, “A story to tell our grandchildren, right?”

The PCC wobbled as air whooshed out of Alora’s lungs. He could make jokes at a time like this! Or maybe it wasn’t a joke, just an attempt to reassure her they would survive this. Have a real marriage. Strange as it was, it helped.

“Good,” Ryn muttered a few minutes later. “Passed the half-way mark. Blast shouldn’t be too bad at forty kliks.” But after another look over his shoulder, he did a swift recce of the forest below. Shouting over the now audible roar that was about to engulf them, he pointed toward the right. “There! That break in the trees . . .”

Alora followed his direction, even as his tone sent a warning shiver up her spine. They weren’t going to make it. Ryn was looking for a clearing . . .

“Give me the stick!”

No question which one of them was stronger. Alora gladly gave up control. A rushing stream with a slight clearing on either side, came into sight just as, thirty kliks from home, they lost the race. The forefront of the explosion, armed with ash, pumice, blocks of lava, snow, ice, and chunks of rock, sent the PCC into a spin. As hard as Ryn fought the onslaught, it was like an ant fighting a giant. Their world no longer silent, the PCC went down in a barrage of sound, from the bangs and thuds of the lethal contents of the black cloud to the ugly crack of a wing sheared off by a tree, the whomp of the undercarriage hitting the ground, skidding, bouncing, grinding to a stop. The noise finally settled to near silence, leaving only the soft hiss of falling ash that was already beginning to envelop the plane. And the unconscious occupants inside.


About the Author

Blair Bancroft is the award-winning author of fifty novels. Although best known for books set in the Regency period (Gothic, Historical & Traditional), she also writes Contemporary Mystery and Suspense, with a Medieval Young Adult and a Steampunk thrown in for good measure. Her awards include a RITA nomination and winning the Golden Heart (Romance Writers of America). “Best Regency” from Romantic Times magazine. “Best Romance” and “Best Young Adult” from the Florida Writers Association. She is also the author of Making Magic With Words, a 200,000-word book of advice on Writing and Editing.

Blair considers being able to create people, even whole worlds, from the imagination a never-ending joy. She is an “out of the mist” author. One of her favorite sayings: “I can hardly wait to sit down to my computer each morning and find out what my characters are going to do next.”

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Spotlight, Excerpt, & Guest Post: The Prince + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE PRINCE by Antony Soehner Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure  to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: THE PRINCE (Prince Theo Saga Book 1)

Author: Antony Soehner

Pub. Date: April 12, 2022

Publisher: Roll15 Publishing LLC

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 226

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&NiBooks, KoboTBD, Bookshop.org

 

Destiny will always test the greatest of leaders.

“Theo never imagined life outside the king’s castle. But when the queen’s funeral reveals the king’s true colors, Theo must rely on his sister, her allies, and his friends to get him to safety. With the help of mercenaries and the native tribes of the plains, Theo must learn to face his destiny and open his mind to the diverse world he’s been thrown into.”

The Prince is a High-Fantasy Adventure and the first book in the Prince Theo Saga by Antony Soehner. A multi-layered story about a young prince who discovers the diverse, fantastic world around him as he escapes his abusive tyrant father, King George. Finding himself in the care of a native tribe thought to be the enemy, Theo begins his long journey of growing and healing from the traumas he faced back home.

Content Warnings: Abuse(Physical, Mental), Fantasy Violence


Excerpt:

Chapter 17 “Man in the Mask”

The prince started to crawl to his feet but something grabbed him by the ankle. He fought and struggled against the binding but it overpowered him. Theo was dragged through the dirt and left at the feet of the wandering third figure.
Panicking, Theo slashed with the saber still in his hand. The being shot their hand out and caught the silvery blade in their palm.
A flame roared nearby, illuminating the figure. Theo saw a man with ash-grey skin and long white hair beneath a dark cloak. He wore a black mask that covered the top half of his face revealing only his eyes and mouth.
The man knelt down next to Theo and reached into the breast of his cloak. He slowly produced a thin, smooth, black wand and pressed one end forcefully underneath the prince’s chin.
“Here’s the deal, Your Highness,” the man’s icy, emotionless words sent goosebumps down Theo’s back, “you’re going to come with me. I will bring you back to your father and we will act like none of this ever happened.” He twisted the end of the wand with the tips of his fingers and it pinched the skin on Theo’s chin. “If—” the man emphasized, “you give me any difficulty, I will paralyze you with a bolt of lightning through your brain, leaving you barely alive.” He pressed the wand further into the prince’s jaw.
The man looked away from Theo and over to the three slowly moving bodies trying to get back up. An evil grin crawled beneath his mask and he carefully pulled the wand off Theo’s chin. Pinching it between his thumb and first two fingers, he pointed it at Ta’goda.
“I’m going to let you ponder my instructions,” the man said greasily, dropping the saber’s blade. “I have more orders to fulfill.”
With a flick of his wrist, a bolt of white lightning exploded from the end of the wand and struck Ta’goda’s shoulder.
It sent the chief, a towering orc of muscle, flying through the burnt husks of homes he once protected.
“I hope you don’t mind, Your Highness,” the man jabbed, “it’s just business.”


Guest Post: Author’s Dream Cast:

Theo: Timothee Chalamet
Oli: Dev Patel
Alice: Florence Pugh
King George: Adam Driver
Queen Maria: Evangeline Lily
Jeb: Oscar Isaac
Nila: Sofía Vergara
Rhan: Hannah John-Kamen
Chief Ta’goda: Jimmy Smits
Chief Nat’an: Anthony Ramos
The Masked Man: Jason Issacs
James: Robert Pattinson


About Antony Soehner:

Raised on a healthy diet of geek and pop culture, I have come to share my love and appreciation for role-playing games, geek culture, and fantasy adventure. If it’s random comic book fact, Star Wars trivia, or just the measly obscure movie reference, I’m there! 

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1 winner will receive an eBook of THE PRINCE & a $10 Amazon GC, International.

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Release Blitz, Excerpt & Giveaway: War, by Sienna Moreau

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War

The Four Horsemen, Book 2

by Sienna Moreau

The Red Rider’s time has come, but a forbidden love may keep him from answering the call.

As the second Horseman of the Apocalypse, War is tasked with fueling the flames of the destruction caused by his brother, Conquest. But War is hiding something—a connection he’s carried forever … one that will change everything.

Uriel, the Archangel of Diligence, must defeat War and stop the Apocalypse from coming to fruition. He won’t allow anything to throw him off the course he’s chosen for himself, especially not a smart-mouth Horseman who’s his polar opposite in every way. Fire and ice were never meant to fall in love.

When Uriel and War are thrown together by circumstances beyond their control, they are forced to confront a past they’ve both been running from. Faced with challenges, betrayal and the war brewing between the Heavens and Hells, they have a choice to make. It isn’t only the bond between them at stake; their very existence hangs in the balance.

Uriel must decide what side of the fight he’s on … and War must decide what he’s willing to give up for an Archangel’s love.

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“I’m not one of your servants. If you bite, I’ll bite back,” War promised. Uriel leaned in until their breath mingled. War glanced down, lust swirling in his gut. What would he taste like? Would he be cold? If War turned up the heat in his body, would they even each other out? Would Uriel kill him if he tried to find out? “I’m not afraid of you, War. You and your brethren are a pathetic leftover of a world long gone.” “Fuck you,” War snarled. He knocked the dagger from Uriel’s hand, and it dug into the earth between their feet. He twisted Uriel’s opposite wrist painfully, forcing him to withdraw from War’s pants. “My brethren and I show you mercy when you don’t deserve it.” Uriel’s face twisted into an ugly rage. “What do you know of mercy? You’re the embodiment of War. Mercy has no place with you.” “I know it better than you or the rest of your puppets ever will. You sit at the feet of your master like good boys, but the wings you cherish so much are the only angelic thing about you.” War fisted his hand in the top that he had given Uriel—for protection he would never be worthy of. “I saved your ungrateful ass, and all you can do is spew your righteous filth at me. I should have left you there for the Demons to pick clean.” “Go to hell,” Uriel said coldly. War shoved Uriel away from him. No amount of physical perfection could ever hide the unpleasant personality this Archangel exuded. His hatred was unbecoming of a Being from Heaven, but Uriel cloaked himself in it and always had. War hadn’t been lying; he should have left Uriel there to be dragged below and tortured for all eternity. If it wouldn’t upset the balance so completely, he would have been tempted. But even War wasn’t interested in having an Archangel chained in the depths of Hell. The power exchange it would create would be tipped too far one way, and the result wouldn’t be a war: it would be a massacre. That’s not the only reason. War ignored the thought. He had no other reason to protect an Archangel who wanted him dead and buried forever.

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About the Author:

Sienna Moreau is a dark MM romance author who likes to let the darker side of life come out to play. If you’re looking for morally grey characters, snark, mayhem and steamy situations then you’re in the right place.

Sienna lives in rural Australia and when not writing can be found feeding her zombie obsession or playing video games.

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