Spotlight & Giveaway: Guardian’s Legacy, by Darren Simon

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Guardian’s Legacy

The Last Princess of Latara Book 3

by Darren Simon

Genre: YA Epic Fantasy Adventure 

Fourteen-year-old Charlee Smelton is a Guardian, a path forced upon her by fate. She’s come to accept this fact after fighting to save Earth, the world she thought was her home, and the magical world of Janasara, the true home of her bloodline.

But the fight is not over.Once more, Charlee must stand against not only her great aunt, the sorceress Theodora, but also an ancient evil—the Brotherhood—seeking to be reborn and to conquer worlds. If she is to save the universe, she’ll have to put her faith in the last person across the dimensional divide she would have turned to for help—a person who knows the truth about the cursed medallion that calls to Charlee.
A war is coming, and her very soul is on the line

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Guardian’s Return

The Last Princess of Latara Book 2

A month has passed since fourteen-year-old Charlee Smelton discovered her magical abilities and faced her great aunt, Theodora, in a life or death struggle to protect Earth. A month has passed since she tricked Theodora back across the dimensional gateway that brought Theodora to Earth. Since then, Charlee—now fully aware that she is part of a noble bloodline from another world…another dimension…has grown stronger in her magic, aided by her protector, a shapeshifter sent to Earth to protect her.

But the terrible dreams won’t stop.

Theodora lives, and if Charlee’s dreams of death and fields of spilled blood are true, her great aunt has avenged herself on that world across the dimensional divide.

Charlee knows what she must do. The fight is not over. She must travel across the gateway to the home of her ancestors and face Theodora one more time. But doing so may cost Charlee more than her life. The same medallion her great aunt desires so much—a medallion Charlee possesses—could make her just as evil as her great aunt.

Can Charlee stave off the twisted tendrils of the medallion long enough to defeat Theodora—for good—or will evil consume her? Can she even survive so far from home? Her only hope may rest in the Lord of the Dragons, but that beast turned his back on her grandfather long ago…

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Guardian’s Nightmare

The Last Princess of Latara Book 1

Charlee Smelton is an average thirteen-year-old girl struggling to adapt after her family moves to San Francisco. She thinks her biggest obstacle is facing the bullies who brand her a nerd and a dweeb. She’s wrong. Her life is about to change—for the worse.

First, she receives a gift of the ugliest, most old fashioned bike she has ever seen. Try as she might to ditch it in the city, she just can’t seem to escape that very mysterious two-wheeler. Then come the visions of a world across a dimensional divide, a princess in fear for her life and a dark knight pursuing her.
Are they just dreams or something more?
For Charlee, everything she ever thought she knew about herself soon crumbles as she starts down a path to discover her true self, and she will need that hunk-of-junk bike more than she could ever imagine. Without it, she might not be able to find the hero in herself—the hero she must become to save her friends, family, her city—the world—from an evil only she can defeat. An evil she allows into this world.

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Like many writers, my journey to become an author began with a love of reading, and I have my grandmother to thank for that. When I was eight or nine, she gave me a paper bag filled with comic books from the 1960s and ’70s. Comics became a big part of my life. I would save my weekly allowance to buy the most recent editions of Batman and Superman. Then, growing up in the ’80s, I began to read Choose Your Own Adventure books from the world of Dungeons & Dragons. And that led me to the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. But my path to become a writer was firmly set after I saw the movie Ghostbusters in 1984, just prior to my freshman year of high school. I was in awe the way the writers came up with words that made people laugh so hard, and I knew right then I wanted to write. I immediately went home and wrote my version of Ghostbusters II. More importantly, I took journalism in high school, and continued to study journalism in college. After a wonderful career as a newspaper journalist, and a secondary career as a college English professor, it was time to rekindle my love for fiction. I knew I wanted to write fantasy, like Tolkien, and I wanted to write for middle grade and young adult readers to inspire them the way I was inspired by the books I read. I hope young readers–and even older ones–enjoy my work. Thank you for checking out my author page, and keep reading, no matter what you love to read. To learn more about me and my writing, visit my website at www.darren-simon.com.

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BBNYA Semi-Finalist Spotlight: The Oracle Stone, by Talli L. Morgan

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This year, the Book Bloggers’ Novel of the Year Award (BBNYA) is celebrating the 50 books that made it into Round Two with a mini spotlight blitz tour for each title. BBNYA is a yearly competition where book bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors, ending with 15 finalists and one overall winner.

If you want some more information about BBNYA, check out the BBNYA Website or take a peek over on Twitter: @BBNYA_Official. BBNYA is brought to you in association with the @Foliosociety (If you love beautiful books, you NEED to check out their website!) and the book blogger support group @The_WriteReads.


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The Oracle Stone
by Talli L. Morgan
Publisher: Self-Published
Length: 485 Pages
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adventure
Age Category: Upper Young Adult, New Adult
Date Published: 1 February 2021

Jekku Aj’ere can see everything from the start of time to the end, and it’s an agonizing curse. His only chance to bargain for freedom is to find the Oracle Stone, a magic artifact that was split into four pieces and hidden centuries ago.

Lilya Noor wants to forget her past and be immortal, so she agrees to a blood oath that will grant her eternal life if she delivers the Oracle Stone to her Master of Magic. Failure is not an option, but what if the stone offers a better deal than simple immortality?

Vaeltaja Ievisin has one chance for redemption: the Second Savior. Presenting the Savior and the lost Oracle Stone to his gods will end his banishment, but the Savior isn’t at all what Taja expected, and neither is the stone. And how much is forgiveness worth, anyway, when the gods are never satisfied?

There are higher powers at play, and Jekku, Lilya, and Taja must pull themselves together or risk losing their magic and their lives to the vengeful spirits trapped in the stone. But it’s hard to prevent a magical catastrophe when you can’t trust anyone, including yourself, and certainly not the gods.

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Author Bio

Talli L. Morgan Author PhotoHailing from Upstate New York, Talli L. Morgan is the author of the Windermere Tales series. When they’re not buried in books — their own or someone else’s — Talli hangs out on Twitter and co-hosts a Q&A chat for writers. And if you can’t find them there, they’re probably hiding in the corner of a library.

Find Talli on Twitter @TLM_writes and on Instagram @tallimorgan.books.

 

Spotlight & Author Interview: A Crown Forged By Victory’s Consequence + Giveaway

A CROWN FORGED BY VICTORY'S CONSEQUENCE

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the A CROWN FORGED BY VICTORY’S CONSEQUENCE by Marlayna James & Aaryanna Abbott Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: A CROWN FORGED BY VICTORY’S CONSEQUENCE
The Blackened Tablet Series, #1

Author: Marlayna James & Aaryanna Abbott

Pub. Date: January 3, 2023

Publisher: Friends with Pens Author Group

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 438

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

 

The Blackened Tablet Series is an epic fantasy quest story with corrupt politics, wondrous magic, and illicit encounters in a supernatural world where no one is safe.

Three hundred years ago, the sacred tablet granted by their god, Jezabet, turned black, and eight kingdoms broke free, plummeting into the bottomless sea. There was no warning, and no one knows why.

Now, a strange illness plagues Aldersward. Crowned Prince Aedyn’s sisters, Achelle and Annora, his father, and countrymen are desperate and grief-stricken. All hope is lost…

Until someone dreams, and Aedyn leaves behind his mistress and his betrothed to cure their nation. He enlists his friends; a brazen playboy, a gentle strongman, and an ancient mentor. Together, they set out on a perilous journey-few believe they will survive.

This isn’t a fairy tale-s3x becomes currency, murder is ordinary, and love doesn’t conquer all.

Everyone loves a hero-good triumphs evil. But few dare to question how victory ripples into consequences. Explore this exciting concept in the Blackened Tablet Series.


 Serious Truths

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? Why?

Marlayna: I only write under pen names. I see how Erika’s life has changed with fame, and I don’t want it. I also suffer from a disfiguring skin condition and am embarrassed, so I don’t use any true images of myself.

 

If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

Marlayna: Keep writing. Don’t give up. I always wanted to be a writer but was told I couldn’t be, and so I gave up. I wish I hadn’t.

 

What’s your favourite under-appreciated novel?

Marlayna: The Pride of Hannah Wade by Janet Dailey. It’s an amazing read which was ahead of its time. 

 

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Marlayna: Yikes. A dozen half-finished. A single unpublished. Unwritten—too many. The Blackened Tablet Series By Aaryanna Abbott will be 9 or 10 books (2nd book is written). Annora has a short story playtime Restless Bean Series with over 200 titles already chosen. Achelle has 2 books which are half-written. I have the second book in the Sugarverse Series completed but not published.

 

What does literary success look like to you?

Marlayna: A readership of a few thousand who enjoy and discuss my work.

 

What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

Marlayna: I think it is determining their reactions. Sometimes, I will bounce a scene off of a male friend or family member, and their reaction is much different from what I have written. I will go back and rewrite it.

 

What did you edit out of A Crown Forged By Victory’s Consequence?

Marlayna: When I finished the first draught, it was 187K words. Published, it is 157K words. I edited a ton of extra words which weren’t needed. As far as scenes, I removed a few scenes between Aedyn and Achelle. They didn’t add to the story. My orphanage—is what I call my deleted scene doc, is where I put my killed darlings. I’m fortunate enough that I hold no harboured feelings for my words—this can be a struggle for some writers—and so I easily delete the fluff.

 

How do you select the names of your characters?

Marlayna: First I find images which fit my imagination, then I open it next to a baby name website and read until something sticks.

 

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

Marlayna: I do. I love them all. I want to thank every reader with a comment, but this is discouraged in the writers’ community, so I don’t. BUT I really want to!!


 

About Marlayna James:

Marlayna lives in Canada where she writes romance, erotica, women’s fiction, and fantasy. She loves video games, TV, reading, and writing.

About Aaryanna Abbott:

This is another of my pen names. For every pen name, I use a different part of who I am. I imagine this is how she looks.

What’s this part of me like?

I was a daddy’s girl. The very epitome of spoilt.

I love to be wild and crazy—experience everything the world has to offer. I’m adventurous and my carefree disposition is contagious.

I’m loyal to a fault and don’t care what expectations or labels society has bestowed upon me. I believe one’s truth is more valuable than anyone’s perception.

This part of me writes for escapism—to be free of my mundane day to day and live in a magical world almost as real to me as earth. Except in my imaginary world, I control all things and it pleases me to no end.

Do you know how happy you would be living there?

Find all of Marlayna James & Aaryanna Abbott’s Links HERE- https://friendswithpensauthorgroup.com/letshookup/


Giveaway Details:

5 winners will receive an eBook of A CROWN FORGED BY VICTORY’S CONSEQUENCE, International.

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Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/1/2022

Mythical Books

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12/2/2022

The Momma Spot

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12/3/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

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Week Two:

12/4/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

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12/5/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

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12/6/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

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12/7/2022

Lady Hawkeye

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12/8/2022

Books and Kats

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12/9/2022

Living in a Bookworld

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12/10/2022

Two Chicks on Books

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12/11/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

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12/12/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

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12/13/2022

Books With A Chance
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12/14/2022

Nerdophiles

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12/15/2022

The Book Countess

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12/16/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

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12/17/2022

Fire and Ice

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Week Four:

12/18/2022

Rajiv’s Reviews

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12/19/2022

More Books Please blog

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12/20/2022

Forthenovellovers

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12/21/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

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12/22/2022

OneMoreExclamation

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12/23/2022

The Girl Who Reads

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12/24/2022

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12/25/2022

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12/26/2022

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12/27/2022

the book near me

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12/28/2022

@froggyreadteach

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12/29/2022

Emily Ashlyn

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12/30/2022

@booksrn_rashi

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12/31/2022

Lifestyle of Me

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