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The Sword in His Hand
(The Darcentaria Duology #1)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 496 Pages
February 9, 2021 by Ambassador International

 

“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”

For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?

Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.

Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.

Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .

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Torsten grasped her shoulder, turning her to face him. “I am not my uncle,” he said in a gentler voice. “If you tell me what I need to know about the Outside and show me their technology, I will use it for good. I will use it to destroy all who would do evil against the Rebellion.”

“And what then?”

He stared at her.

“After you were done with Arminius and his allies, what would you do then? You will never run out of enemies, Torsten. Especially if it’s you who becomes the marque after Arminius is overthrown.”

His gaze hardened. “I want what’s best for Dalriada.”

“What you want will destroy you.”

“I’m not so weak as you suppose.”

“On the contrary,” she said, looking deeply and honestly into his face.

“You’re the strongest man I know. And that’s what makes me so afraid.”

His expression changed. He had not expected that. “Of what?”

“You have a will like iron, Torsten. Everyone bends to it, including Liadan.

But . . . ” She hesitated and broke off the sentence, realizing what she had been about to say.

“But what?”

“Never mind.” She stood, trying to get the blood flowing through her limbs.

He stood and faced her. “What, El?”

She remembered the country she’d left behind. Altars with swords instead of crosses; God’s sacred Word replaced by a book that detailed an entirely different struggle of humankind. Torchlit processions and enormous bonfires that destroyed the paper-bound admonitions of those who would protest against the coming madness. A man who thought he was a god.

She summoned her courage to speak the truth. “You can’t defeat the darkness in this world when you haven’t defeated the darkness in yourself.”


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The Secret of Fire
(The Darcentaria Duology #2)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
July 13, 2021 by Ambassador International

Only one can save them.

The Rebellion has fallen.

The door to the Outside has been opened.

And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.

But everything they have known is about to change forever.

Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.

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About the Author

Jasmine (J.J. Fischer) is living proof that it is possible to be addicted to tea and coffee simultaneously. Both made it possible for her to complete her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012.

Jasmine is married to David, and together they are the proud owner-parents of five warring pet chickens who tolerate each others’ existence—most days. When tempted away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, thinking about lasagna almost as often as Garfield the cat, and working towards her black belt in karate. She vows to one day write the perfect fight scene.

Jasmine makes her home near Sydney, Australia, where most animals want to kill you and drop bears enforce a daily reign of terror. If you’re reading this, please send help.


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One winner will receive print copies of The Sword in His Hand and The Secret Fire, a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card and a $5 discount code to Ambassador International’s store (US only)

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Book Blitz: Heavenward, by Olga Gibbs

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Heavenward
Celestial Creatures, #1
by Olga Gibbs

When angels initiate a war, humans on Apkallu die.

Deprived of human worshipping, angels resort to burning human souls to sustain themselves, when the ancient Qal of an assassinated archangel wakes up on Earth inside a human, disturbing the precarious peace.

Holding the key to all three realms, the allegiance of this archangel will mean eternal dominance in a game on a global scale.

Thrown into a battle of courts, tangled in a web of intrigues and palatial games, naïve Ariel is surrounded by powerful factions, chasing their own agendas. There’s no one she can trust; everyone stands to gain something from her death.

In the “CELESTIAL CREATURES” series you will find immersive world-building, Sumerian language and religion, re-imagined Christian mythology, new blood-thirsty creatures, plenty of sword fighting, the final grand battle and high-octane adventure throughout

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About the Author:

Olga Gibbs is a mental health expert who has experience of working with disturbance in adolescents and young people. Using her Masters in Creative Writing, she explores taboo topics such as borderline personality and social effective disorder, effects of abuse and insecure attachment in young people and the inner world which is so rarely spoken about.

She was born and raised in USSR and now lives in UK.

Olga Gibbs is also a creative writing coach and mentor.

Please visit author website www.OlgaGibbs.com for more information on upcoming books.

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Spotlight: The Talented Series + Giveaway

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Seventh Born
The Talented Book 1
by Rachel Rossano
Genre: Christian Fantasy

 

In a world where seventh born sons are valued for their strength and power, she is born a daughter.
 
Zezilia Ilar is the disappointment. Born after six brothers, she was supposed to be the son to restore her family’s prestige. She intends to remedy her shortcomings by being a dutiful daughter, marrying well and producing children, preferably a set of seven sons. But when someone offers her an alternative, she begins to dream of more.
 
In a society that worships a goddess, he follows the Almighty.
 
Hadrian Aleron, as a seventh son of a seventh son, stands to take up the second highest position in government, Sept Son. His main qualification for office is his birth. Despite preparing for this role from childhood, he does not desire what is to come. As a follower of the Almighty, he knows he will be the target of many, and his faith might eventually lead to death.
 
SEVENTH BORN is first in a series of three books.
 
 

 

The Defender
The Talented Book 2

 

Zezilia Ilar joins the sept son’s entourage as a defender. Her growing Talent ability makes her a target for the Elitists, and her gender makes people question her competence. She must protect the sept son.
 
 Any mistake could be fatal.
 
Hadrian Aleron always knew his beliefs would cause trouble, but he didn’t realize how much. Rebels are rising. He could lose his title, his position, and if he’s not careful, his life. As the assassination attempts grow bolder, Hadrian must rely upon his young defender and their shared faith in the Almighty to keep him from faltering.
 
The Defender is the second in a trilogy. Reading Seventh Born first is recommended.
 
 

 

Living Sacrifice
The Talented Book 3

 

Separated, but still joined, they strive for freedom.
 
Left behind at the sept son’s compound, Zezilia Ilar struggles with the after effects of her prolonged commisceo-link with Hadrian. She devotes herself to caring for the wounded arriving almost daily from the battlefields. Pressed to perform procedures and make decisions far beyond her training, Zez grows in confidence and skill. All the while, she wonders if she’ll see Hadrian again, fearing the worst possible news will arrive any day.
 
Sept Son Hadrian Aleron fights to bring peace to his home nation. Allied with the new high king, he and a small army of Talented struggle to retake the capital city. Elitists, though scattered, continue to pick off the strongest of his men. As he battles the remnants of the commisceo-link and tries to organize the campaign, he begins losing himself to exhaustion. Only a miracle will keep him alive. 
 
Living Sacrifice is the third in a trilogy. Reading  Seventh Born and The Defender first is recommended.
 
 

 

Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.
 
 
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