Spotlight, Excerpt & Author Interview: Blood and Chaos + Giveaway

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Blood and Chaos

Blood and Chaos – Book 2
by Nicole Sallak Anderson
Genre: Historical Fantasy


The second chapter of Lord Ankhwenefer’s story is one of love, betrayal, and death. The world needs to know this forgotten king’s tale so that the ghosts of the past may finally rest.

Prince Ankhmakis has left his beloved Natasa for war and treacherous obstacles block his path to becoming Egypt’s last native king. He is the warrior that the men revere, and his orders are followed without question. He is strong and powerful with Natasa on his side, and the fear that breeds in those around him is more dangerous to Ankhmakis than the swords of the Greeks.

Natasa has risen higher in the mystic arts than any priestess before her—and she is in more peril because of it. All she desires is to assist her lover, Ankhmakis, in his quest to take back Egypt from the Macedonians once and for all, but his jealous queen, his plotting brother, and the truest evil in the world want nothing more than to be rid of her.

Natasa and Ankhmakis fight not only against the Greeks but also those at court who will do anything to see them both dead. Together, Ankhmakis would become a great general and Natasa the mystic healer who saves him. Apart, they may not survive.

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The prince of Behdet gazed across the Nile River at the city of Panopolis, its bonfires flickering like beacons in the dark night. A hot wind caressed his sunburnt face. He turned to see his enemy’s army spread out before him, torchlights zigzagging across an island downriver like ants on honey, protecting their city with their mighty arsenal of archers ships. He wanted control of the island, needed it, if he were ever to return home to his lover’s arms.

“This war is taking too long,” he hissed under his breath.

“My lord,” Min, his personal guard, answered. “It has been a year. It took our greatest ancestor, Pharaoh Amhose I, nineteen years to banish the Hyksos filth from our lands. Prior to his victory, his father and grandfather also battled for independence. Their line of kings fought for over thirty years to take Egypt unto back unto native hands. Our war is young. Be patient.”

Ankhmakis turned to his friend and captain, his lips curled. “I don’t want this to take three generations, Min. I will not leave this task to my heirs. I will march upon Alexandria and kill Ptolemy IV with my own hands. We should at least be to Memphis by now. Instead we’re in Panopolis, held back by their army. For the second time, the Inundation is at our backs. If we don’t hurry, we’ll be trapped here when the river floods. Such a failure can’t happen again.”

Author Interview:

Q. What are four things you can’t live without?

A. Chocolate, wine, my husband, and beautiful shoes.

Q. What is your favorite television show?

A. Letterkenny. If you don’t know of it, you should.

Q. If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be?

A. King Arthur. Why? His story is the great myth of the European world. The mysterious king that no one’s sure was even real. The ruler of Camelot and thus England’s heart. There’s something about being a character that didn’t exist yet has been embedded into the threads of a major culture. I would have loved to have held court with my knights of the round table—his is a story of honor and friendship as well as betrayal and magic. Doesn’t everyone want to be king of such a glorious kingdom?

Q. What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?

A. The final novel in my ancient Egyptian trilogy, Civilization’s End, will be out in October. It’s both exciting and sad to end a series like this. Exciting because it’s my favorite book I’ve ever written and I can’t wait to share it, but sad because I’ll miss Ankhmakis and Natasa now that the work is done.

Q. What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?

A. I love Tolkien, Stephen King, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and I will read anything by JoJo Moyes. It’s a strange mix of writers; I love Tolkien and Bradley for their world building, King for his ability to make horrible things happen to normal people. His character development is pitch perfect. Moyes is the best romance writer of our times. Simple plots with twists you should see coming and likeable heroines paired with men I can’t help falling for. She keeps my rather tragic soul from falling too far into darkness.

Author Bio

AuthorImage_NicoleANicole Sallak Anderson is Computer Science graduate from Purdue University, and former CTO for a small Silicon Valley startup, turned novelist, speaker, and blogger, focusing on the intersection of technology and consciousness. Her essays range from AI and Zen to direct democracy to the loneliness of modern parenting — featured as a top twenty story on Medium. In addition, her work on Universal Basic Income has been included on 2020 presidential candidate, Andrew Yang’s, website.

Her latest project, The Song of the King’s Heart Trilogy, is a series about the last native Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt and his quest to take back his ancestral kingdom from the Ptolemaic Empire. The first two installments, Origins and Blood and Chaos, are available on Amazon. The last novel in the series, Civilization’s End, will be released October 2021. You can keep up with all her latest writing on her website or by following @NSallakAnderson on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Medium. Feel free to contact her, she almost always answers to any query or comment!


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Book Blitz & Excerpt: The Secret of Drulea Cottage + Giveaway

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

The Secret of Drulea Cottage
by Claire Kohler
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Briony Fairborn, a midwife in eighteenth-century Scotland, comes from a family shrouded in scandal. Left with only one friend after her mother’s death, she has little hope of gaining any others, let alone finding a husband. Instead, Briony tries to live a quiet life and avoid her neighbors’ ridicule as much as possible.

But things in Everton take a drastic turn when a storm brings foreigners to the village docks.

On the night Santiago Mendes arrives, he comes with a broken ship, a broken leg, and a broken spirit that Briony finds herself profoundly drawn to. Her scarred heart slowly starts to open, and although Briony suspects he may be hiding something, she cannot help but dream of the possibility of love.

That is, until another stranger appears in town, intent on repaying a childhood debt. A dangerously handsome stranger who shows Briony that she’s even more different than she could have imagined. And that her past is far darker than she realized.

Magic, romance, and political intrigue collide as the secrets surrounding one Scottish woman begin to unravel. Secrets that she may not be ready to face.

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“Capitão! Senhor Mendes! Come quick!” A sailor appeared in the doorway, his eyes distraught. “Silva went overboard!”

“Show me!” Santiago followed the sailor out, not bothering to check if Costa came too.

A monstrous storm the likes of which he’d never seen was swirling directly above the São Nicolau. Lightning descended in vicious bolts while giant black clouds blocked out all sunlight. Waves rocked the ship back and forth, making it almost impossible to stay upright. The mainmast started to bend; it wouldn’t be long before it collapsed.

Santiago gripped the side of the ship and made his way forward—

But something hit him from behind, propelling him toward the mast—


Santiago was on his back, trying to scramble out of the way, but he couldn’t quite move fast enough. The top half of the mast crashed down, landing on his right leg.

He cried out as pain tore through his body. It was so intense that he felt his mind swimming, drifting in and out of consciousness. He tried to pull his leg out, but it wouldn’t budge.

Santiago was trapped. “H-Help…”

Suddenly a silhouette appeared directly above him. Santiago’s heart leaped—

But then a pistol was in his face. With what was left of his strength, Santiago willed his eyelids to stay open. If this is to be my final moment, I’m going to make sure I look my killer in the eye.

About the Author:

Claire Kohler grew up in Mooresville, NC, as the eldest of four daughters. Her love of stories began at an early age, and as a child, she could often be found borrowing way too many books from the library and scribbling away in a journal.

In 2016, Claire became a full-time middle school English teacher in a public school. In her second year of teaching, she also taught social studies. After becoming pregnant in 2018, Claire decided to shift careers and become an online ESL teacher so that she could also take care of her newborn at home.

She now lives in Statesville, NC, with her husband, two children, and three cats. She is also an active member of Christ Community Church Mooresville, where she often serves as a Bible study and small group leader.

Claire plans to continue creating exciting historical fantasy novels and potentially branching out into other genres as well.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: She’s the One that Gets in Fights + Giveaway

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She’s the One that Gets in Fights
(War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters, #3)
by S.R. Cronin
Genre: Historical Fantasy

Do you know what your problem is?

Sulphur knows hers. This 13th-century woman has trained as a fighter all her life in hopes of joining the army. Then, within days, both of her older sisters announce plans and suddenly Sulphur is expected to find a man to marry instead.

Is it her good fortune her homeland is gripped by fear of a pending invasion and the army now goes door to door encouraging recruits? Sulphur thinks it is. But once she’s forced to kill in a small skirmish, she’s ready to rethink her career decision. Too bad it’s too late. The invasion is coming, and Ilari needs every good soldier it has.

Once Sulphur learns Ilari’s army has made the strategic decision to not defend certain parts of the realm, including the one where her family lives, she has to re-evaluate her loyalty. Is it with the military she’s always admired? Or is it with her sisters, who are hatching a plan to defend their homeland with magic?

The problem with being a woman who fights for what’s right is that now, she has to figure out what is.

(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.)

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I came back to the farm in better spirits, although I held no hope that Coral could make good on her promise. I returned to my routine of chores and workouts and tried not to think too much about the future. Dad hadn’t returned yet, but I felt ready to face him when he did.

A few days later, as I chopped wood in front of the house, he rode up still dressed in the soft grey wools and leathers often worn by teachers, and never worn by farmers. I knew he’d want to change his clothes right away.

He must have noticed the wistful look on my face though as he dismounted because he waved for me to follow him to the barn as he tended to his horse. There my story came tumbling out for the second time. Perhaps I found it easier to tell my father the scholar than my father the farmer.

“Did you know about this sponsorship thing?”

“Sort of. I mean I had the impression it helped an applicant, but wasn’t a requirement. I didn’t mention it to you because I didn’t know where you’d get a sponsor.”

“So you don’t know anyone who could help me?”

“No, but now that we know how important it is, I’ll ask around. Maybe someone I know knows someone.” He looked dubious and I wondered if he only said it because he sensed how close to despair I’d come.

Then, one clear, cool autumn morning a few days later, three Svadlu arrived at our farm and I discovered times had changed. My worries had become completely unfounded.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Sherrie Cronin is the author of a collection of six speculative fiction novels known as 46. Ascending and is now in the process of publishing a historical fantasy series called The War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters. A quick look at 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 to writing these novels. She’s lived in seven cities, visited forty-six countries, and worked as a waitress, technical writer, and geophysicist. Now she answers a hot-line. Along the way, she’s lost several cats but acquired a husband who still loves her and three kids who’ve grown up just fine, both despite how eccentric she is.

All her life she has wanted to either tell these kinds of stories or be Chief Science Officer on the Starship Enterprise. She now lives and writes in the mountains of Western North Carolina, where she admits to occasionally checking her phone for a message from Captain Picard, just in case.

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