Spotlight – Excerpt & Guest Post: The Seven Spires + Giveaway

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The Seven Spires
by Russell Archey
GENRE: Fantasy

An incredible high fantasy adventure set in a world based on familiar fairy tales, folklore, and mythology, “The Seven Spires” is an epic story of dragons, magic, conquering evil, and discovering magnificent new places.

When a fearsome creature known as Wyvern begins terrorizing Emrallt, one of the seven realms of the continent of Septer, a group of heroes are brought together seemingly by fate to rally against him. A prince, warrior, wizard, and mysterious, sorceress-like sybil try to discover why a common maiden could be the best chance their kingdoms have against Wyvern’s growing forces that threaten to dominate each and every one of the ancient, arcane spires that bind their kingdoms, and world, together.

 

Wyvern recognized their broken language and knew that White-eye spoke of more than just a town guard or good-natured passerby. Ratlings cared little for the difference between common humans, merchants, and even nobility. It was only a difference in what goods they could pilfer; however, when a ratling described one as ‘important,’ that often meant ‘royalty’.

“The important man—what did he look like?” Wyvern asked.

The two deplorable rodents looked up at him in confusion. They looked through arms held in front of their faces as if toward off a pending strike. Wyvern leaned forward on his forelimbs.

“You said he was ‘important.’ He wore blue clothes. What did he look like? Face, hair—what?” he growled with small tongues of fire licking around his teeth.

“Also pretty, like lady!” Moss Blossom squealed. “Nice clothes! Long blue vest with another tower—different shiny stone, blue shiny stone…”

Wyvern growled in frustration. The Blue Prince of Avallonis. The little fop could bring Wyvern no end of misery; an army’s worth of misery to be exact. Especially if he had his sights set on the Maiden.

“He threatened you?” Wyvern asked of them.

“Y-yes, with sharp metal. He threaten blood,” White-eye answered. Moss Blossom nodded her head vigorously in agreement.

“Indeed, you had no choice but to flee,” Wyvern said. “But, rules are rules…” he added with menace.

 

What draws you to fantasy, and what’s your favorite aspects of it?

I’ve always enjoyed both sci-fi and fantasy, but something about fantasy has always appealed more to me. When I was younger, I feel it may have been the idea of armored knights, colorful settings, and dragons (I was definitely a boy obsessed with dragons). As I grew older I found an interest in history, from ancient times through the medieval and renaissance eras to modern times. Of course, the medieval and renaissance eras I found most appealing. This eventually grew to a love for dark fantasy and even historically-based fantasy. My favorite aspects of the Game of Thrones TV series and the A Song of Ice and Fire books are actually those that involve political intrigue and military strategy, not the dragons or wights! Fairy tale themes, such as those in the comic series Fables, and darker, grittier fantasy settings such as Excalibur, Dragon Age, and The Witcher have as much appeal to me as historical based stories like Kingdom Come (the video game). Of course, mythology stories and settings are also a huge favorite! I still love the colorful and more light-hearted settings, but all my life I’ve had some fantasy leaning or another that, really, I think is just in my DNA.

Russell ArcheyRussell Archey has been writing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. His love for narratives, world-building, and story-telling has fed into nearly every aspect of his life: from his video and board game hobbies to pressing his most cherished books onto his unfortunate children (who will, one day, read the Lord of the Rings trilogy whether they like it or not). When he’s not creating new worlds and horrifying things to threaten them with destruction, he’s bringing other author’s fantastic works to life as an audiobook narrator, spending time with his two children, and pressing his dear wife’s eternal patience with his quirky habits.

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Audio Spotlight & Excerpt: Heart’s Blood + Guest Post

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Title: Heart’s Blood

Author: Calinda B

Narrator: Alex Black

Length: 7 hours 22 minutes

Series: The Bloodstone Quadrilogy, Book 2

Publisher: Calinda B

Released: Oct. 5, 2020

Genre: Dark Fantasy

 

Magic is dark. Evil is mayhem.

I’m Siobhan Riordan, and my life is an unending nightmare.

I was living a fairy-tale, until I found my husband brutally slain. Ever since then I’ve been raising our three-year-old son on my own and just trying to get by.

But I can’t hide any longer. There’s a mysterious plague going around my town, an illness that causes people to go mad just before the end. Even worse, I’m being stalked, though I don’t know by who. Doctor Steven Breslin seems like the only one who can help, though he has secrets I’m not ready to uncover.

Then the worst happens – my son falls prey to this supernatural disease. If I don’t save him, death awaits us all.

Heart’s Blood is the thrilling second installment in the Bloodstone Quadrilogy – an exciting and steamy dark fantasy that’s dripping with horror and lust. Prepare to be on the edge of your seat as you fall into this intense supernatural world.

 

 

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A New York Times, USA Today and #1 Amazon bestselling, award-winning author, Calinda B writes kick-ass heroines who don’t know their own strength. When she’s not writing, she’s been known to fall off ice cliffs; fire walk with Eastern Europe fire officials; or wake up from a six weeks coma, wondering how she got there in the first place. She’s been stuck in currents at Deception Pass in her kayak, and loves to swim with sharks. She greets every day with gratitude and an openness to what might be around the next corner.

She’s also an EMT serving her local community as a volunteer. Her tagline is, “Let’s go save some lives!”

With umpteen books roaming the universe and more in her head, you can find her at www.calindab.com. Or, if you want to stay connected, join the exclusive mailing list! http://www.calindab.com/newslettersignup.html

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Alex Black is an articulate, engaging, and versatile narrator based in Cambridge, Vermont. He’s worked in theatre, film, audio production, and appeared on radio. As an accomplished audiobook producer with over 90 titles, he’s worked closely with independent authors and publishers.

He’s received more than 500 5 star reviews and specializes in Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Apocalyptic, Mystery & Thriller, LGBTQ+, and Memoirs.

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Reasons to listen to the Bloodstone Quadrilogy
by Calinda B

A couple of years ago, when I returned from Ireland, a place of magic, exquisite beauty, friendly people, and fascinating lore, I stumbled upon the myth of the female vampire of Waterford known as the Dearg-Due.

This myth is stated as:

“Centuries ago, in the area that is now Waterford, a young girl with beauty so astounding that men were besotted with her and women wanted to be her, was happily living day to day and had the love of a farm laborer. They made plans to marry and have children of their own.”

Her father, however, a cruel and greedy man, forbade the marriage. He wanted her to marry someone noble, wealthy, more in line with his plans. His daughter’s happiness meant nothing to him. So, he married her off to a “wealthy and notoriously atrocious” clan chieftain.

You can guess how this loveless marriage went. The young woman, whom I named Maggie in the Bloodstone Quadrilogy, sat apart from everyone else at her wedding and vowed to claim revenge on her father and her horrible husband.

After the marriage, she and her husband proceeded to live together at his home, but she was miserable, and he was miserable. Different endings have been assigned to Maggie. Some say she was killed by her husband. Some say she died of a broken heart. Still others say she simply failed to thrive and faded away.

But one thing is clear—when she died, she came back to seek revenge as a vampire.

This sounded like the perfect beginning for my tales of the Bloodstone Quadrilogy.

So, I began to write. Each time I sat at my keyboard I became immersed in Ireland. If you haven’t been there, you simply must put it on your travel list, whenever we’re allowed to freely travel again! It’s one of my favorite places on the planet.

And when I was finished, I had four fine stories filled with intrigue, humor, murder, sexy fun and romance. Yes, there’s a vampire, but there are several other paranormal creatures that you might not know about. Give the Bloodstone Quadrilogy a try if urban fantasy, a murder mystery, and romantic intrigue are to your liking.

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