Cover Reveal: A Kingdom of Death and Despair, by Whitney Dean

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A Kingdom of Death and Despair
(The Four Kingdoms #3)
by: Whitney Dean
Expected Publication Date: June 27th, 2023
Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Romance
Publisher: Phantom House Press

Darkness doesn’t die.

Once upon a time, there was a half-witch of three who walked on the land where creatures roamed free.

Once upon a time, there was a prince of one who danced with the waves under the sun.

Once upon a time, there was a prince of two who hid amongst the shadows where fear only grew.

But when time became impatient, a prophecy was conceived of twins born of darkness, who would live their lives aggrieved but coupled with their misery was the answer all sought but the question remained, which one would be left to rot?

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Previous Books in Series:


A Kingdom of Frost and Fear
(The Four Kingdoms #2)
Publication Date: December 6, 2022
Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Romance

Tropes: Arranged Marriage, Forced Proximity, Hidden Identity, Chosen Family, Dark Magic, Grumpy/Sunshine, Dual POV

After years of wondering where she came from and what her story was, Raven received the answers she had been craving: she has a family and is the true heir to the throne of Seolia. But the answers she so hopelessly sought only bred more questions. As she digs deeper into her past, she wonders if maybe she should have stayed hidden in the shadows, safe from the pain and agony of knowing her happily ever after may not be so happy after all.

Zeke had been right all along: she hates him for what he’d hidden from her. Now, with Raven desperate to learn who she is, he’s desperate to win her back. But while still holding secrets of his own, doing so will come at a price he may not be able to pay.

And all the while, magic is slowly reawakening in the realm of The Four Kingdoms and not a soul is prepared for the new black magic Raven is now in possession of.

This is book two of an epic dark fantasy adventure series and contains scenes of graphic and mature content. Reader discretion is advised.


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A Kingdom of Flame and Fury
(The Four Kingdoms #1)
Publication Date: May 26th, 2022
Genre: Dark Fantasy/ Dark Romance

At ten years old, Raven was mysteriously willed to be the next ruler of Seolia, a kingdom nestled within the realm of The Four Kingdoms. Orphaned as a baby, she has spent fifteen years ruling over a kingdom she believes she did not earn all while hiding secrets: she possesses dark magic and she thirsts for blood. Now at almost twenty-five years old and with a sudden addiction to stealing life, Raven must fight through her new procured darkness to save her soul, but when a mysterious stranger arrives in her kingdom, she starts experiencing vivid dreams that detail who she truly is. As she slowly starts to unravel her story, what she uncovers at the end of the spool will change the course of her life and her kingdom forever.


About the Author

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Whitney was born in Fayetteville, Arkansas and raised in Allen, Texas. She resides in a quaint little town in Arkansas with her husband and two children, along with her labradoodle, Simba.

Her love of reading came from the Harry Potter series when she was seven years old, and frequent trips to the most magical place on earth. Because of it, the fantasy realm has taken up residence in her brain for a very long time.

While her writings include real-life pain and angst, she is a fan of happily-ever-after’s and always strives to bring that forth in her stories.

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Spotlight: A Deal with Darkness, by Alexis L. Menard

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We are thrilled to share A Deal with Darkness by Alexis L. Menard with all of you! This vampy fantasy will keep you warm during the long dark months of winter! 

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A Deal with Darkness
(Eternal Night #2)
by Alexis L. Menard
Publication Date: November 10, 2022
Genre: Dark Romance/ Dark Fantasy

Before the Eternal Night or the Huntress, there was a deal with darkness.

Isoldra Maan is drowning in debt, specifically over 250 souls deep. As a Hound for the diabolical yet irresistible Lord of Lost Souls, she’s been stuck serving the fallen god and hunting his contracts in order to be free of her own. But when Haalarcus strikes a bargain with a divine, he places her freedom finally within reach.

A dark power threatens the integrity of the realm, splitting open the world and starting a series of plagues that force humanity to point fingers at the heavens. Isoldra reluctantly agrees to work with the divine who turns out to be the self-righteous watcher, Evander, in order to track down the heretic causing all this, but the simplicity of this bargain complicates when the stakes become much bigger than her freedom.

An evil has awakened. A darkness unleashed. When death is not the end, how far will she go for a love crossing realms, lifetimes, and the very concept of mortality?

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A Night of Wings and Starlight (Eternal Night #1)

Breaking the curse will risk her heart, her life, and the future she never thought possible.

Before Arya was Chosen, she knew nothing of what lay waiting in the eternal night—certainly not alluring yet arrogant winged Watchers, a cursed queen, nor the possibility that she could be more than a runner, carrying messages through the vampyre-infested wastelands of Valdihr.

But the biggest surprise waiting in the dark is the brazen Watcher who sparks her heart and calls her a Huntress.

A hundred years shrouded in darkness and Arya is the only one who can finally bring back the dawn. With a blessing that marks her for death and an infuriatingly tantalizing man at her side, Arya must embrace her calling and her courage in order to face the danger lurking in the shadows. Because the night holds more than just secrets, and the monsters are closer than she realizes.


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Alexis is a registered nurse based out of Louisiana where she lives with her husband, toddler, and two oversized dogs. She enjoys long walks through the Renaissance Fair, reading smutty romance into the dark hours of the night, and wine nights with her “Finer Things Club.” She hopes to enrich the lives of her readers with worlds they can both escape in and take with them long after the final chapter.

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Spotlight & Author Interview, The Sword & the Savage, by Elexis Bell

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The Sword & the Savage
by Elexis Bell
Dark Fantasy
Out: Dec. 6, 2022

Enemies turn to allies turn to lovers as they unite against a man bent on purifying the world of savages, but what are they willing to sacrifice to save the ones they love?

When Lessiyara saves Ronan from a crumbling cliff, she reluctantly welcomes him into her camp. But having struggled to hide her secrets even among the emotionless Vaikahlen people, she fares no chance of hiding from a Soorahk man who understands the expressions on her face.

Having trekked up the mountain to kill Lessiyara’s leader, Ronan eyes her warily. But his family and friends must be avenged, and the future of his tribe is at stake if he can’t rejoin his Sword Siblings and take the Vaikahlen leader down.

When he learns the truth of her parentage and the bruises on her back, he realizes they may have a common goal. But just as a connection sparks between them, the coming battle threatens to tear them apart. Can they save the innocent lives in the valley from a man bent on ‘purification?’ Or will they pay for revenge with their blood?

The joy of found family weighs against the need for justice in this story of survival and self-expression, plumbing the depths of the human (or… not quite human) heart as enemies turn to lovers.

Author Interview:

1. What inspired you to write this book, or how did the idea start?
Sometimes, if I can’t sleep, I imagine a character, any random character. I just make them up on the spot. Then, I just kinda… see what they do. It helps center my mind and get it to stop racing from one topic to another so I can actually get to sleep. If I like the character or the scene that I came up with enough, I come back to it the next night. Then, when I have enough, I write it.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
Mostly things about myself. I researched various healing plants and things like that, but it was more of a refresher on research for previous books. So the things I learned were mostly revelations about my own hesitation to be open with people in my own life.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?
The moment when I realized the magic in the book was alive, sentient and fully self aware, not just energy. I don’t plan my books, so things like that can just develop, gradually or spontaneously, and that was probably the biggest surprise.

4. If it’s not a spoiler, what does the title mean?
It’s kind-of a play on words, but not really. Both parts of the title can refer to either MC, depending on perspective. Ronan is a Child of the Sword (his tribe’s name for warrior), and Lessiyara is seen as a savage by her people because of her emotions and the fact that she doesn’t have perfect control over them like they do.

But her people also consider Ronan, and his entire race, savages because they embrace not only their emotions, but the fact that the magic is a living entity with a will and rights of its own. And since Lessiyara doesn’t know about that (the reason for that is a spoiler), and she can’t control her emotions to control her magic, she uses a sword to protect herself instead of forcing the magic to do her bidding.

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
Nope. I don’t typically base characters off real people. I’ve drawn loose inspiration for aesthetic for a couple characters, but they weren’t in this book.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
It’s main focus is on the importance of self-expression and letting people in, but it also looks at what is (and is not) worth sacrificing for.

7. What is your favorite part of the book?
It’s kind of a spoiler because it happens toward the end. Lol. So, I can’t really say.

My second favorite part is, and this is going to sound terrible, when Lessiyara is revealing some of what’s happened in her past to her newfound family, and she says it was better to have been beaten with the cane than the whip as the cane was more likely to break and absorb some of the force. Their shock as she said it, and her complete and total sincerity in her preference for one weapon over another, really highlighted how accustomed she was to the abuse, how normal it was to her. Not good, but normal in her life.

It really highlighted how much abuse a person can internalize, even though they shouldn’t have to, and that’s not something that’s shown often in books.

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
They all just happened, honestly. There weren’t any that were a struggle. The characters are my favorite part of writing, partly because they take over and lead the way.

9. What are your immediate future plans?
As far as writing is concerned, I’m hoping to finish this round of edits on my literary sci-fi/fantasy series, The Regonia Chronicles, soon, and I’m steadily forging ahead in the first draft of book three of my literary zombie apocalypse series, Blood is Thicker. I’m hoping to dive back into the first draft of my literary paranormal fantasy romance, A Song of Sorrow & Sirens, soon after the release of The Sword and The Savage.

Outside of writing, playing with my kitties, playing Dying Light, working in a factory, and hopefully building a greenhouse to make starting seeds easier in the spring.

About the Author:

Elexis Bell writes gritty and emotional novels. Born and raised in the midwestern United States, she dreams of a cabin in the woods rather than a house surrounded by cornfields.She loves writing well-developed characters facing real problems in vibrant, magical worlds. Armed with a degree in psychology and a rollercoaster past, she sprinkles gut-wrenching emotions over high fantasy romance, science fiction, and the occasional thriller.

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