Spotlight & Excerpt: Realm of the Banished, by Jennifer M. Waldrop

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Title: Realm of the Banished
Author: Jennifer M. Waldrop
Series: Skyborne Series Book One
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
Publisher: July House Publishing
Pages: 252

Vera was anointed as the Chosen One at the onset of her training.

She would be their hero, the one who would retrieve the ancient relic capable of ending their banishment and returning the Skyborne to their beloved home realm, Idia.

Yet ten years later, her powers never fully developed as expected.

And to them she was a tool, she was expendable.

But Vera’s fortitude proves to be undefeatable.

Once free from the confines of a life shrouded with secrets and manipulation — she faces a new challenge — one with consequences that are far more lethal.

Unrest permeates the territories. Regent Karish’s handsome son is out for revenge and a new enemy is breeding an aerial army capable of blocking the Skyborne from their source of power.

Vera is torn between accepting her fate as the hero and losing the freedom she fought so valiantly to attain.

Find out what path she takes in Realm of the Banished, a captivating new adult fantasy adventure!

Content/Trigger Warning: Includes strong language, physical violence, consensual sex, and sexual assault.

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Next to a steaming pool just a few feet ahead lay a crossbolt. I tilted my head to the side, examining it as if it were a piece of art. The feather fletchings were Darius’s colors. Red for blood and black for the ember. I only understood after I’d seen it.

I was supposed to be focusing on something.

Reality slammed back into me. I shook off my haze. I almost laughed as I snapped my eyes up to look at them.

What were they going to do if they killed me? Enter the Swath to retrieve the ember?

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What inspired you to write this book?

I was actually on a major book hangover from reading Throne of Glass series and ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas and I was also experiencing major burnout from running a small business, needing some creativity in my life. See, I have a fine arts degree and thrive in a creative space, but I’d ever only written for college/masters level course work, though I did oddly enjoy that. It took me realizing that I’d always told myself stories – I know that sounds cheesy, but one day it occurred to me to start writing them down. I decided that writers became writers by writing. I woke up with Nayla’s story marinating in my head. I felt really connected with her character and her realm, and saw a really expansive character arc that I could create a new adult fantasy story around while sprinkling in themes and subverting tropes I felt were much needed in the genre. Anyway, that is how the Skyborne and Realm of the Banished was born.

About the Author:

j.m. waldropJennifer M. Waldrop Jennifer is an artist, small business owner and author of the new novel Realm of the Banished. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a minor in Art History from the University of Central Oklahoma. Jennifer enjoys creating and paints with that same imaginative stroke throughout her writing. When she’s not writing, you might find her whipping together her favorite dark chocolate mousse, power walking a beach in a tropical destination, or lost in the minutia of one of her excel spreadsheets. Jennifer lives with her husband and two dog children in Oklahoma City.




Book Blitz: Aofie’s Quest + Giveaway

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This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for Aofie’s Quest by Angela J. Ford. Aofie’s Quest is a New Adult Fantasy Adventure book with Celtic mythology, strong heroines, magical weapons, mythical beasts, gods & goddesses and a slow burn romance.

Don’t miss the tour wide giveaway! One lucky winner will win digital copies of Angela J. Ford’s Night of the Dark Fae series. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.

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Aofie’s Quest (Gods & Goddesses of Labraid #1)
By Angela J. Ford
Genre: Fantasy Adventure
Age category: New Adult
Release Date: March 26, 2021

A warrior princess with a dire future embarks on a perilous quest to regain her fallen kingdom.

Eighteen-year-old Aofie’s Mor is an outcast princess, hiding in the sacred forest of the centaurs. She’s spent her life training for one purpose: to take back her kingdom from the angel of death.

When she comes of age, the centaurs prepare her to reunite with the humans. However, on the morning of her departure, she learns a horrific truth that leaves her questioning her true identity.

Frustrated, but taught not to question the will of the gods, Aofie travels deep into perilous lands in search of her birth mother. Along the way she accidentally frees a dangerous goddess, befriends a mysterious iceman, and meets a magic-wielding nymph.

But threads of betrayal and corruption run deeper than Aofie imagined. As she faces trials and tribulations, she begins to question everything she’s assumed to be true. Caught in the ultimate war between good and evil, Aofie must make a choice about her future.

Will she have the strength and courage to take back her kingdom? Or will she turn her back on fate and choose her own destiny?

Welcome to the land of Labraid, a war-torn world where demons rise and the gods and goddesses toy with the desires of humans.

Aofie’s Quest is a dark and exciting fantasy adventure. If you like fierce heroines, treacherous royals, mischievous immortals, wild plot twists and Celtic Mythology, buy Aofie’s Quest today.


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Aongela J. FordAbout the Author:
Angela J. Ford is a bestselling author who writes epic fantasy and steamy fantasy romance with vivid worlds, gray characters and endings you just can’t guess. She has published 14 novels, 6 short stories, and sold over 32,000 copies.

Angela is also a Co-Founder of Booksniffer. A new app for book lovers, plus an effective way for authors to market their books to new readers.

She enjoys traveling, hiking, and playing World of Warcraft with her husband. First and foremost, Angela is a reader and can often be found with her nose in a book.

Aside from writing, she enjoys the challenge of working with marketing technology and builds websites for authors.

Angela is passionate about helping indie authors succeed and co-hosts a podcast called Indie Author Lifestyle.

If you happen to be in Nashville, you’ll most likely find her enjoying a white chocolate mocha and daydreaming about her next book.

Author links:
Indie Author Lifestyle podcast
Marketing for Authors website

There’s a tour-wide giveaway. One winner will win digital copies of the Night of the Dark Fae series by Angela J. Ford.
You can enter the giveaway here or use the rafflecopter below:
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Cover Reveal: The Dark Queen, by M. Dalto

The Dark Queen
by M. Dalto
(The Empire Saga #4)
Publication date: TBA
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult

For centuries, the Empire has been enslaved to an infallible, revered Prophecy—one that controlled their every thought and action, banishing those who questioned its integrity while promising to bring a time of peace and tranquility to those who followed blindly and believed unconditionally.

But the Prophecy is flawed.

Amid broken promises and mournful lamentations, fates are changed and dreams are destroyed.

When an ancient force resurfaces and threatens to destroy all they know, new alliances are formed as the heirs to the Empire’s throne struggle to put aside personal differences for the good of their realm.

Before it’s too late.

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Author Bio:

M. Dalto is a bestselling New Adult author of adventurous romantic fantasy stories, having won a Watty award for excellence in digital storytelling for her debut novel, Two Thousand Years, in 2016. She spends her days as a full-time residential real estate paralegal, using her evenings to pursue her literary agenda, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, and drinking coffee. She currently lives in Massachusetts with her husband, their daughter, and their corgi named Loki.

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