Spotlight & Author Interview: The Prince + Giveaway

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Title: THE PRINCE (Prince Theo Saga Book 1)

Author: Antony Soehner

Pub. Date: April 12, 2022

Publisher: Roll15 Publishing LLC

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 226

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Destiny will always test the greatest of leaders.

“Theo never imagined life outside the king’s castle. But when the queen’s funeral reveals the king’s true colors, Theo must rely on his sister, her allies, and his friends to get him to safety. With the help of mercenaries and the native tribes of the plains, Theo must learn to face his destiny and open his mind to the diverse world he’s been thrown into.”

The Prince is a High-Fantasy Adventure and the first book in the Prince Theo Saga by Antony Soehner. A multi-layered story about a young prince who discovers the diverse, fantastic world around him as he escapes his abusive tyrant father, King George. Finding himself in the care of a native tribe thought to be the enemy, Theo begins his long journey of growing and healing from the traumas he faced back home.

Content Warnings: Abuse(Physical, Mental), Fantasy Violence


Author Interview:

1. Tell us a little about how this story first came to be.
“The Prince” has a fun backstory when it comes to its inception. Originally titled “My Pandemic Project,” I started writing Theo’s story at the end of March 2020. I was in need of an escape from the anxieties of what was happening in the world around me and with a few scenes playing on repeat in my head, I sat down and began spilling out chapter after chapter. Eventually, I found the external issues and concepts that fit my story and I knew they would find the proper voices within my characters. My goal has always been to create conversation either positive or progressive with this book.


2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
When writing the second and third acts of the story, I did a lot of research and studying on Native American traditions. I wanted to create characters who properly represented their real-life counterparts and stayed true to my own personal experiences. The lessons of community and stewardship for the world they live in have carried past my writing and inspired me to take up gardening as a way to lessen my own carbon footprint. Although a small gesture in the greater scheme, I’ve learned new ways to look at life and nature.


3. What surprised you the most in writing it?
I was very surprised by how my characters developed. When I write, I let my characters take control of their own story and I merely translate. But it was the dynamics and relationships they blossomed that surprised me. Especially the relationship between Theo and Jeb. Originally, the bard halfling was only meant to be a single-use comic relief to get Theo and Oli to the next stage of their journey, but something along the way changed and now Jeb is a main part of not only book one but book two as well.


4. What does the title mean?
The title is very straightforward. Theo is The Prince of the story and it’s about his journey. Although it is completely unrelated, when I discovered the Renesaunce era book titled “The Prince” by Niccolo Machiavelli, I knew it was a title I wanted to maintain for my own story of a young royal’s world perception being turned upside down.


5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
The character Ta’goda was inspired by someone who was in my life at a very pivotal and monumental time. Although they don’t know it and I’m not sure if they ever will, that brief time they were around really changed my perspective on the world. They taught me things about life I had never realized or expected to be important and many of the lessons they taught me I reflected in the lessons Ta’goda teaches Theo.


6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
This book is meant to be layered with lessons and morals that reflect our own complicated world. Some are more blatant and obvious while others are subtle and nuanced. The biggest lesson I wanted to portray was facing, questioning, and opposing abusers. Theo and Alice’s father, King George, is meant to be an unredeemable, narcissistic scumbag. He abuses his family, his power, and his people. The lesson comes in how Theo reacts. They’re small moments but the weight they carry protects those around him from being abused. He refuses to stand by and watch. He would rather throw himself into danger to protect those he loves. Even if he fears the consequences, speaking up is the strongest thing anyone can do.


7. What is your favorite part of the book?
My favorite part comes during the third act of the book when everything that was once peaceful is shattered in a fiery battle. Theo and Rhan are returning from a private moment away from the celebrations only to find the camp asunder and in flames. The moment comes when Rhan is reunited with her father, Chief Ta’goda, in the heat of an intense battle. It’s a small and brief moment between bouts of chaos that I always felt really captured Ta’goda’s biggest strength. Not just his physical prowess but his ability to care and love those he holds closest to him while his own life is in danger


8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
At first, I want to say Ta’goda or Rhan, but the deeper I think about it, Oli, Theo’s friend and protector, was and is the most challenging to create. He was the first character to put himself into the story. His introduction and background spawned by complete accident. There was something missing from the story and when he appeared, I knew he would stay. Four books later, he is still challenging me to tell the best story I can! I can’t wait for readers to see what he has developed into.

9. What are your immediate future plans?
Most immediate plans are to sell and promote “The Prince” at Denver FanExpo 2022 in July. This is the one and only convention I go to and is the most fun I have all year as an author. If you’re close by, I highly suggest checking out the convention and coming to meet me! I always have fun swag!

As for the writing portion, I plan on continuing along with Theo’s adventure and finding out where our Prince will end up. If this summer goes well, Book 2 should arrive early next spring! Keep your eye out for “The Admiral.”


About Antony Soehner:

Raised on a healthy diet of geek and pop culture, I have come to share my love and appreciation for role-playing games, geek culture, and fantasy adventure. If it’s random comic book fact, Star Wars trivia, or just the measly obscure movie reference, I’m there!

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Spotlight & Excerpt: Daughter of Light + Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Eileen Dreyer will be awarding a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Daughter of Light
by Eileen Dreyer
Genre: Paranormal Romance

He’s had enough…

Harry Wyatt, Earl of Hartley has enough problems trying to keep his estate solvent. What he does not need is yet another lost child showing up on his land looking for the Hartley Fairy Diamond made famous by a recent film. A fairy diamond that is no more than myth handed down by delusional ancestors and responsible for the perilous state of his finances. And yet there is something about this latest visitor, something beside her delicate beauty and troubling familiarity. Something that is compelling him to go against everything he believes to help her. To want her.

She’s on a quest…

Sorcha, daughter of Mab Queen of Fairies is on a quest. Dropped into a cold, alien world, it is her task to recover the great fairy stone that has been lost to the land of mortals, a stone whose absence has upended the balance of nature. If she doesn’t get the stone back, spring will not come. But there is a handsome mortal standing in her way. A mortal she is drawn to like no other man, fairy or mortal. A mortal who claims he doesn’t believe in her, but whose memories and fears say otherwise. A mortal with green fairy eyes. A mortal she could love, if only he weren’t mortal and she fairy.

Note: This title was previously published as Dark Seduction

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Somewhere in the town, a clock struck the hour, bonging dolefully. Harry felt each strike in his chest, counting down the time they had left. He saw the realization dawn in Sorcha’s eyes, as well. God, he wanted to keep talking, nestled together like an old married couple on a Saturday morning, unhurried and easy. He wanted to just keep holding her, here, where no one could find them. He wanted more time.

“We don’t have it, Harry,” she said, as if hearing him. “We had this, though. It will keep me, I promise. I couldn’t ask for a more perfect memory. A more gentle or considerate lover.”

“I didn’t have any violent thoughts,” he mused, surprised that he hadn’t even worried about it before now.

Sorcha didn’t move. “I’ll tell the bean tighe thank you for you.”

“That’s all it took? Some herbs?”

“A temporary measure, Harry. We have to think about getting the rest of this day done.”

For a second all he could do was hold her as tightly as he could. Damn, where had those tears come from again? Harry Wyatt never wept. Not when his parents died, not when he’d realized what kind of condition they’d left his world in. Not when his gran had lost her legs, or he’d lost his chance to spend his days wandering the moors and glens he loved so much.

“We’ll get the day done,” he said. “I have some food coming up first. You need some nourishment.”

She actually chuckled. “Sure, after the exercise I’ve just had, I should think so.”

“Will I ever see you again after this?”

She went very still. He kept his hold on her, wrapping himself around her so that he could stay skin to skin with her, as if that would imprint her on his memory any better.

“Do you think it wise?” she asked. “Since I can’t stay and you can’t go?”

He closed his eyes and pulled her head to his chest. And for a long while he just inhaled her, cinnamon and honey and wildflowers. He satisfied himself with the silk of her body in his arms. He pretended they had all the time in the world.


About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author and RWA Hall of Fame member Eileen Dreyer and her evil twin Kathleen Korbel have published over forty novels and novellas, and ten short stories in genres ranging from medical suspense to paranormal to romance. She is thrilled to have joined Oliver Heber Books to continue her Drake’s Rakes series about Regency aristocrats who are willing to sacrifice everything to keep their country safe, of which Ill Met by Moonlight is a near relative.

A former trauma nurse, Eileen lives in St. Louis with her husband, children and large and noisy Irish family, of which she is the reluctant matriarch. A seasoned conference speaker, Dreyer travels to research, and uses research as an excuse to travel. Oh, who’s she kidding? She doesn’t need an excuse. She has the Irish wanderlust and satisfies it as often as she can to the point that she has sung traditional Irish music on four continents. She also had the incredible chance to research Drake’s Rakes by attending the 200th anniversary of not only the Battle of Waterloo, but the Duchess of Richmond ball (in period attire). She has animals, but refuses to subject them to the limelight.

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Midnight Highlander + Giveaway

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Anya Summers will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Midnight Highlander
by Anya Summers
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Xavier Campbell needs a miracle. If he doesn’t want to lose the life he’s worked so hard to build, he must get married, and quickly. Trouble is, there is no woman in his life. Not even a friend with benefits. As a regular Dom at Eternal Eros, he gets what he needs and goes home. And a wife? Hell, no. This Highlander is single for a reason. So when his entire existence threatens to come crashing down, he realizes he might have to make some adjustments…or a bargain with the she-devil who beguiles him, body and mind, from the first moment he touches her.

Emma Morton wants a man. To play with. Watch television with. Cuddle with. And yes, God help her, she wants him hard, naked, and in her bed. More than once. What she doesn’t want is complications. Expectations. She is dedicated to her work, to building her business. She’s worked too long and too hard to change her plans for something as fleeting as love. No matter how much she wishes otherwise, life has repeatedly proven that romance is a myth. Pure fairytale.

But passion? Yes. She could definitely go for a ‘Single’s Night’ of play—and release—at the infamous Eternal Eros.

After one scorching night of pleasure, a reckless bargain is made. Marriage with an expiration date. A business arrangement. Nothing more.

But what starts as a farce becomes a bit too real and Xavier realizes this is no game. Telling Emma the truth would be dangerous…especially when he realizes he is playing for keeps.

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She was in no mood to trade barbs with the beast. Xavier narrowed his gaze. She hated that the authoritarian glare on his chiseled face made flutters erupt in her belly.

“Don’t mind him, lass, my brother has always had a stick up his bum.”

She glanced at the man sitting on the barstool beside her. Jasper Campbell was the evil bartender’s younger brother. Where Xavier was stern and broody, his brother was a charmer with a winning smile. They looked alike. Both tall, brawny men with dark hair, Scottish accents, and gorgeous bodies.

She leaned toward Jasper and asked, “Did you put it there, or is the stick self-inflicted?”

Jasper barked a laugh, his cobalt gaze twinkling with mirth. “Oh, you are a spunky one. Why haven’t we ever scened together?”

“I don’t know but be careful, one scene with me, and I’d ruin you for all other submissives,” she unabashedly teased him.

“Is that a fact?” Jasper studied her with avid interest. “Perhaps you’ll pull my marker tonight, and we’ll find out.”

“Maybe.” She flirted, liking the easygoing Scot. He was dressed in a kilt like his brother, although he wasn’t as broad through the chest. “Now, I have always wondered, anything underneath the kilt?”

Jasper cast her a lopsided smirk chock-full of innuendo. “If you want to find out, just say the word, lass. We can escape now before the event begins and I would be more than happy to show you mine—that is, if you’d show me yours.”

“Macallan, double, neat.” Her drink was thunked onto the bar.

She shot a glance at Xavier. Pasting a smile on her face, she made sure her voice dripped with derision. “Thank you, Sir.”

Xavier’s face darkened, and his full lips flattened into a thin line. If only he weren’t so damn handsome. The strong, blunt lines of his face were partially shrouded by his black beard. His thick, inky brows were currently scowling at her.

Her brain seemed to be disconnected from her mouth tonight as she asked Jasper, “Is he always this grumpy?”

Thunderclouds darkened Xavier’s expression. He appeared like he wanted to throttle her at the question. She didn’t know why she was pushing the onery bartender’s buttons. She knew she was dancing a fine line, and one wrong step would give the big brute just cause to discipline her. Except, she was having fun for a change, and didn’t want to stop needling the guy. He seemed to bring it out of her with his scowls and muttered oaths. And, truth be told, she would never be a simpering, docile submissive. Emma liked challenging them because it pruned the Doms who couldn’t handle her.


About the Author:

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Anya grew up listening to Cardinals baseball and reading anything she could get her hands on. She remembers her mother saying if only she would read the right type of books instead binging her way through the romance aisles at the bookstore, she’d have been a doctor. While Anya never did get that doctorate, she graduated cum laude from the University of Missouri-St. Louis with an M.A. in History.

Anya is a bestselling and award-winning author published in multiple fiction genres. She also writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and contemporary romance under the name Maggie Mae Gallagher. A total geek at her core, when she is not writing, she adores attending the latest comic con or spending time with her family. She currently lives in the Midwest with her two furry felines.

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