Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Bound By Vengeance and Mind, by Jenna O’Malley

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Bound By Vengeance and Mind

The Arsinoëphorus Alliance Book 3

by Jenna O’Malley

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Paranormal Romance

 

Happiness fades into memories.

Reunited under Nephtyri’s command, the Arsinoëphorus Alliance reorganizes against the Hunters’ Guild. Empowered by the Goddess Nephthys, she leads an attack on Ephesus with a great price. In England and France, Ian tests the strength of his new blade, but he fears one possibility: Ronan lives as the Imperial Lord Heir. Consumed with his new siblings’ needs and Aryeh’s distractions over missing memoirs, the merna king faces vengeance or capture.

Frey frets over Lee’s absence, and he struggles with a higher role in the Alliance’s military. Torn between self-medication and redemption, he learns old debts seldom disappear when accepting a fallen angel’s aid. Saving his beloved catkin binds him to his siblings, old and new—and in time to share their anguish.

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**Don’t miss the other books in the series!**

Bound by Fate and Blood

The Arsinoëphorus Alliance Book 1

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Bound by Oath and Heart

The Arsinoëphorus Alliance Book 2

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A Maryland native, Jenna O’Malley lives with her geeky husband and their beloved felines. A long-time anime fan, gamer, metalhead, history lover, and English teacher, she blends contemporary references with fantasy, history, and a dash of romance. The worlds she creates highlight issues across time, including women’s rights, the importance of all voices in leadership, LGBTQIA alliance, mental health awareness, and anti-racism.

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Spotlight & Author Interview: The Rise of Riverstone + Giveaway

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The Rise of Riverstone
by Mandy Schimelpfenig
November 21, 2021

Book Summary
Praed is a country of vast prairies and looming mountains where the elite make their homes along a mighty river. For hundreds of years, to wear the crown is to tempt fate, for in Praed, any man may become king if he’s strong enough.

Laria Audrey lives in privilege as the daughter of a famous knight, until one night she’s ripped from her bed to find that her entire life has gone up in flames. Forced to serve those responsible, Laria pretends to be deaf and mute to survive. But when days turn to weeks, Laria loses hope of awakening from the nightmare and must admit she’s truly alone.

When her sworn enemy approaches her with a shocking proposition, Laria must decide if she’ll resign herself to misery or become the hero she never believed she could be.

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Author Interview:

1. Tell us a little about how this story first came to be.
This story precipitated out of boredom. I used to clean a barn. By myself. For hours. To pass the time, I’d make up stories. Sometimes I’d write out outlines for them and that’d be all. The Rise of Riverstone persisted, and I eventually sketched out an entire story.

2. What, if anything, did you learn when writing the book?
Always delete your Google searches.
I did a lot of research because the book has a 16th century setting. From word choice to fashion to how long it takes to travel in a carriage during a snowstorm, I spent hours making sure the story remained true to the timeline. I gained a lot of respect for historical fiction authors.

3. What surprised you the most in writing it?
How often I wrote the word “that.”
I hired a professional editor and was blown away by all the extraneous words I used. It was surprising how much of a better writer I became after someone ripped my book apart.

4. If it’s not a spoiler, what does the title mean?
Riverstone is the birthplace of the heroine, Laria, and her family. Referring to Riverstone rising is akin to saying, “The Rise of Laria.” How she rises would be spoiling 🙂

5. Were any of the characters inspired by real people? If so, do they know?
Absolutely. Inspiration generally comes from real life. Laria and I share quite a few traits: our love of horses and reading, stubbornness, humor, lack of social graces, and fiery temper. Her red hair is inspired by my ginger husband. His name also inspired the name of the black knight, Risteard, which is the Gaelic form of Richard. There’s a young knight in the book that shares features of two of my sons. They’re all aware of the parts they play in the book.

6. Do you consider the book to have a lesson or moral?
I didn’t write the book to teach a lesson. If I did it would be “everybody has something to hide.”

7. What is your favorite part of the book?
If I told you, it’d be a spoiler 🙂
My favorite parts to write were the flashbacks of Laria’s childhood memories and the teasing between her and Risteard.

8. Which character was most challenging to create? Why?
The nice ones. Writing villains comes easily, but writing a character whose sweet without making them annoying was challenging. The one character fitting this bill is Mwiryn. She’s the best friend of the princess, whom Laria is forced to serve. While the princess is harsh and cruel, Mwiryn is soft and kind. I wanted her to be likable but also relatable. I didn’t want her to be too perfect, too boring. I hope I accomplished my goal.

9. What are your immediate future plans?
The Rise of Riverstone is book one in the Daughters of Riverstone series. All of the books are centered around a woman whose family line traces to the estate. I’m currently in the editing stages of book two, The Pride of Riverstone. It’s set 5 years after The Rise and is from the POV of Laria’s little sister, Ula.


Author Bio
Mandy received her B.S. in Zoology from Washington State University and an A.S. in Veterinary Technology from St. Petersburg College. Clearly her life goals were not geared toward a career as an author. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician specializing in small animals. When she’s not saving lives, she’s weaving tales of strong women using their intelligence to pursue incandescent happy endings. The Rise of Riverstone is the debut novel in her Daughters of Riverstone Series. She lives on the Washington Coast with her husband and their four children. Besides leaning uncomfortably over a computer screen, Mandy enjoys camping and hiking with her family, reading, and wearing out her dogs on the beach.

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Cover Reveal & Excerpt: She’s the One Who Scares Us All + Giveaway

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She's the One Who Scares Us All - S.R. Cronin
S.R. Cronin has a new historical fantasy coming out (The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters book 7), and we have the cover reveal: She’s the One Who Scares Us All.

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Iolite, the youngest of seven sisters, was born a frundle, a rare condition that makes her both shunned and feared in Ilari. This has made her family doubly protective of her, even though she only wants to live a normal life and have the sorts of adventures her sisters do.

Although frundles suffer from some physical and emotional challenges, they also have valuable powers that no one discusses. Iolite learns more when she forges a connection with a roving army on horseback from far away Mongolia. She soon learns that the adventure-loving men she enjoys riding with in her visions are planning to invade her homeland.

When the Mongols send envoys to discuss terms of surrender, Iolite goes into a trance and serves as translator. Her family fears for her, knowing such trances can damage a frundle’s health. But her own people become a more serious threat to her when a secret cabal inside of Ilari’s army contrives to imprison Iolite and force her to become on ongoing source of information.

How much does a daughter of the realm owe her country? Iolite has plenty of time to ponder the question trapped in her cold dark cell.

What she does once she is freed will determine the fate of her people.

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About the Series

The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters consists of seven short companion novels. Each tells the personal story and perspective of one of seven radically different sisters in the 1200s as they prepare for an invasion of their realm. While these historical fantasy/alternate history books can be enjoyed as stand-alone novels, together they tell the full story of how Ilari survived.

Which sister saved the realm? That will depend on whose story you are reading.

How do they do it? Each sister offers surprise information on why this didn’t go as anyone planned.


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Excerpt

“What’s your name?”

I didn’t know whether to answer the stranger or not. We seemed to both be in jail, yet I had no idea why. He wore well-tailored clothes on his tall, thin frame, so other than looking like he could use a good meal or two, he appeared refined.

“What are we doing in here?” I said.

“Ah, yes. That is the question. You’ll figure it out in time.”

We stared at each other between the thick metal bars. Me annoyed. Him amused.

“Iolite. My name is Iolite.”

“Really? Another one named for a stone? Your parents certainly lacked imagination, didn’t they?”

I said nothing. I’d learned long ago that engaging in meaningful conversation with the people in these dreams was pointless. I avoided it.

I already knew I’d meet this man eventually. If my previous dreams were any indication, he’d look the way he did here but he’d speak for himself, not echo my thoughts. We might find ourselves in jail when it happened, but more likely it would just feel like a jail to me. I’d probably meet him at a time when I felt confined by circumstances. Sadly, my dreams conveyed more about my future emotions than they did about any future reality, making their information hard to use.

“I’ve had enough of this,” I said to him. “I’m going to wake up.”

He shrugged. “Suit yourself.” Then he chuckled. “See you around.”

He kept laughing at his own witticism until he went into a fit of coughing and I woke up grateful to be in my small cot. Many of the girls at the school shared rooms with others, but I was allowed to sleep alone. At times like this, it was a blessing.

I pulled the blankets closer around my body trying to stay warm, thinking I didn’t mind the physical oddities life thrust upon me when it made me a frundle. Okay, my short stature was sometimes a nuisance but I rather liked my silver hair. I found my purple eyes attractive, too, though plenty of others averted their gaze rather than look into them. I always wondered what they feared.

My dreams, however, did present an actual problem. They had started a year ago, and happened more often now, leaving me wide awake in the middle of the night filled with questions. I kept both the dreams and the questions to myself. I knew people didn’t mind frundles, as long as they stayed in the background and caused no trouble.

The only troublesome ones were the ones who had the dreams. Or worse yet, the dreams and episodes.

But I wasn’t that kind. Not yet. Not as far as anyone knew.

Because I’d never had a single episode. For you can hide the dreams, but there is no way to hide that.


Author Bio

S.R. Cronin
Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and now writes a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. The synopses of her books makes it obvious she is fascinated by people achieving the astonishing by developing abilities they barely knew they had.

She’s made a lot of stops along the way. She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. She’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up fine, both despite how odd she is.

These days she lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she also answers a hot-line, does things to improve her writing, and volunteers for the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) of which she’ s proud member.

It is her life’s dream to tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.

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