Spotlight & Excerpt: I Am Not Your Chosen One + Giveaway

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Book Title:  I Am Not Your Chosen One

Author: Evelyn Benvie

Publisher: Mischief Corner Books

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Release Date: June 14, 2022

Genres: High Fantasy Humor, M/M Romance, Demisexual romance

Tropes: Refusal of the Call, Slow Burn Romance

Themes: Found family, self-acceptance, finding home

Heat Rating:  1 flame   

Length:  102 000 words

It is the first book in a new series and does not end on a cliffhanger.

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Magic in Allune is dying.

The stars and the goddess call out for a Chosen Hero to save it.

Unfortunately, all they get is Kell.

 

Blurb 

IKell Hồ Sinh Porter is twenty-six years old and desperate to leave his unhappy life and his dead-end town. One night his wish is granted by a mysterious voice—though not in any way he would’ve imagined—and he finds himself in the semi-magical land of Allune where everyone thinks he’s the “Chosen One.” Kell politely disagrees, and absconds from his duties. On the search for an adventure that doesn’t come with world-saving responsibility attached, he’s joined by companions. Every adventurer needs them, but his turn out to be Ansel, a sheltered fallen angel, and Fre, a half-orlk who wants to be a hero.

Destiny, bad luck, and the gods conspire against him. The Dawn Goddess wants him to take up his Chosen One mantle, which Kell is sure means becoming cannon fodder in an ancient divine war. The Lich King’s demonic minions carry out sporadic attacks in an attempt to kill him and prove he is not the Chosen One. Temperamental elves, talking stars that aren’t all that helpful, image-conscious demons, maddening pieces of prophecy that everyone thinks Kell should already know, and his growing feelings for Ansel all mix in a frustrating stew as Kell tries to juggle his feelings, his duties, and all the things trying to kill him. No one asked him if he wanted to be anyone’s Chosen One, and he can’t begin to understand why he was chosen. Kell needs to figure out who to trust and how to forge his own path before it’s too late for Allune and for him.

 

 

Excerpt 

Kell woke up slowly. Awareness filtered back to him in pieces. Rough wood under his palms. The warmth of the sun on his skin. The low, tumbling murmur of gathered people. Something weighing hot and heavy against his ribcage. The scent of fresh baking and old sweat mixing on his tongue. He wrinkled his nose and blinked his eyes open.

He was lying on a platform near the middle of town, judging by the smell and the noise. That wasn’t necessarily troubling in and of itself. But the sky …

It was blue, yes, and the sun was midmorning high and bright enough to make his eyes water. But there were stars speckling the sky all above him, little pink pinpricks of light dusting what should have been a solid-blue backdrop. Kell stared at them hard for a long moment, then closed his eyes again.

Weren’t dreams supposed to end when you woke up? What was this, a dream within a dream?

Whatever it was, he didn’t feel up to dealing with it right now.

Apparently the world wasn’t going to give him a choice. Someone nudged at his leg, gently at first but with increasing insistence.

Someone, Kell thought, with perhaps an edge of bubbling hysteria, or something. He giggled a little, biting his lip to keep the sound in. God, what is with me?

Maybe he had heat stroke. It was unusually warm out now for only being March.

What had happened last night? Fuck it. He didn’t remember getting drunk enough to pass out in the middle of the street. He didn’t remember planning on drinking at all.

A throat cleared above him, polite but impatient. Oh, well. Time for him to get up anyway before he got cited for public drunkenness or whatever. Kell made an effort to lift his head, but it was hard, and he was tired, and staying here a little longer couldn’t hurt, right?

Was public drunkenness even a real crime?

“Oh for the love of Skuache …” someone muttered, and then Kell found himself being gripped firmly on either side and hauled upwards. He let out a yelp of surprise, flailing around as strong arms did their best to hold him steady. The world spun as he opened his eyes, and it took a moment to get his feet under him. He staggered a bit, keeping his eyes trained on his feet for balance until he felt he wouldn’t fall over at any moment. Not that his rescuers had any intention of letting him go any time soon, with the way they held onto his arms just this side of too tight.

Shouldn’t have wished for the cops last night if this is where it gets me.

“Really, goddess,” the person continued to mutter. They sounded close. And important in a kind of college professor way. The kind used to lecturing and looking down on failing students. Kell dubbed him Professor Throat Clearer and entertained a brief image of a stuffy man in tweed giving lectures on how to properly interrupt conversation with discreet noises. It sounded like a fun class. Kell would have taken it.

“I have faith in your efforts, I truly do,” Professor Throat Clearer continued, speaking low and to himself. “But I swear, these Chosen get worse every time.”


About the Author  

Evelyn Benvie is the wooly jumper in a family of black sheep. Both a cynic and a romantic at heart, she writes diverse poetry and queer-positive spec-fiction with strong characters, quirky romances, and (almost always) happy endings.

​Sometimes she’ll try to be funny, to varying results.

 

Author Links

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Spotlight & Author Interview: The Prince + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE PRINCE by Antony Soehner Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

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: Shadow Bound Souls + Giveaway

SHADOW BOUND SOULS

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the SHADOW BOUND SOULS by Steven Rudy Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway! Link in bio.

About the Book:

Title: SHADOW BOUND SOULS (The Luminance Saga Book 2)

Author: Steven Rudy

Pub. Date: February 1, 2022

Publisher: MysticHawk Press LLC

Formats: Paperback, eBook

Pages: 430

Find it: GoodreadsAmazon, Kindle, B&N,
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Shadow Bound Souls, blends Science Fiction
and classic high fantasy in a steampunk world.

The frontier of alchemy, magic and machines nears a breaking point.

Book two of The Luminance Saga is an action-packed sci-fi fantasy adventure, charged with a tension inherited from the epic climax of book one. Shadow Bound Souls picks up where the first novel left off, with a band of heroes stranded in a world on the brink of war.

The Sagean Lord has emerged.
While the Wrythen’s influence grows stronger, the Sagean and his power hungry acolytes, the Court of Dragons, are intent on delivering the gem of souls to the Temple of Ama; where the Sintering Fountain can transform the acolytes into Luminaries.

Meanwhile, the band of heroes find themselves separated in a world starting to tear itself apart. Having suffered a huge loss, Ellaria and Elias must escape the Mainland with the Sagean’s agents pursuing them. When Elias becomes sick, Ellaria decides to hide amongst the Showman’s Traveling Show of Wonders. But their journey is shadowed by darkness and when troupe members turn up murdered, Ellaria struggles to find the killer amongst her company.

Far away in the Warhawk Mountains, the three young rogues are stranded with the Tempest Stone. Aimless about what to do, their paths take a turn when they discover the horrifying magnitude of the Sagean’s return to power, the Scree.

Shadow Bound Souls continues the steampunk saga with a sequel that takes the plot to greater depths, while expanding upon the immersive world; with a ending that hurtles the series toward the coming World War.

The Luminance Saga
Book 1 – The Binding Tempest
Book 2 – Shadow Bound Souls

 

 

Haven’t started the series yet? Grab Book 1 THE BINDING TEMPEST in  Hardcover, Paperback, or read for FREE with a Kindle Unlimited membership!

 


Excerpt:

The three of them walked into town on foot and for the longest time, Learon didn’t see anyone around. It was beginning to feel like a ghost town. A few shapes were seen inside houses, but Learon didn’t stop until they reached the town center.

In the open green space, about fifty townspeople lingered aimlessly. Learon almost went past them to the Inn until the truth of what they were doing hit him. He realized they weren’t moving. The sight of them standing still chilled him to his bones.

“What’s wrong with them?” Tali whispered.

“I don’t know. I tried talking to a few of them and none responded. Sometimes they’ll look at you, but that’s it,” Wade said.

Learon surveyed the area and waved for the others to follow, “Come on, I need to find Rose.”

He ran over to the Inn and up the porch steps. There were others inside all in the same static state, and a foul smell of mildew and excrement made it hard to breathe. In the kitchen, the smell was worse. There he found Jema, the cook. She was standing in the darkened room with a knife in her hand. The ghosted look in her eyes was frightening. They were glossy and yellowing.

“Jema. Jema, where’s Rose?” Learon said, but there was no response. Jema blinked and seemed to be breathing, but she didn’t answer. He stepped closer to her.

“Be careful, Learon,” Tali cautioned.

Learon tried again, this time touching Jema on the arm, “Jema, are you . . .”

At his touch, she took a step forward. The sudden movement startled Tali, and she backed into some empty egg crates. Learon moved away to give Jema space. Jema slowly strode to the counter and began to chop some rotten meat on the board. Jema’s movements were almost mechanical and she did it all without registering their presence in the room.


Praise for book 1, THE BINDING TEMPEST:

“This start of a saga is difficult to put down as the readers follow Ellaria Moonstone as she fights to protect all knowledge!”– Sara Anderson, Reedsy Discovery

 

“The Binding Tempest is highly recommended reading for steampunk fantasy and sci-fi fans interested in an epic work evolving on the scale of Lord of the Rings.”– D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review

 

“Bolstered by vivid, brilliant descriptions, Rudy’s high-intensity storytelling shines, and the assured, intelligent prose allow readers to stay invested. The expert combination of immersive storytelling, strong characters, and well-woven mixture of speculative and steampunk elements makes for an unforgettable experience. A dazzling, powerhouse… Fans of intricately crafted, sophisticated high fantasy won’t want to miss this.” – The Prairies Book Review


 

About Steven Rudy:

After attending the University of Colorado at Boulder, where Steven studied architecture, philosophy and writing. He has worked in the field of architecture for 20 years designing houses, commercial buildings and working on historic preservation projects across Colorado. He is passionate about sci-fi, fantasy, the Denver Broncos, architecture, and Bob Dylan. The Binding Tempest was Steven’s first novel and he’s thrilled to bring book 2, Shadow Bound Souls into the world.

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2 winners will win a SHADOW BOUND SOULS bundle including signed paperbacks, bookmarks, a tote bag, & maps, US Only.

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2/7/2022

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