Spotlight & Excerpt: The Sword in His Hand + Giveaway

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The Sword in His Hand
(The Darcentaria Duology #1)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 496 Pages
February 9, 2021 by Ambassador International

 

“One is an opportunity. Two is a threat. Three is an invasion.”

For hundreds of years, strange things have been washing up on the shores of Darcentaria. But when a young foreign woman named El is found unconscious on the beach amidst the burning wreckage of a strange metal craft, the villagers of Odessa are immediately suspicious—is she an agent of the Dalriadan Empire, their cruel oppressors for as long as they can remember? Or does she come from the Outside, the vast and legendary lands beyond their borders from which no man or woman alive has ever returned?

Torsten Eiselher, a talented young swordsman, has spent the last nine years of his life wrongfully imprisoned by his uncle, the Empire’s ruler. Betrayed and deceived at every turn, Torsten has survived by keeping a firm grip on his sword—and by staying well away from anything to do with the Outside. But when his young sister is murdered, Torsten finds himself irrevocably drawn to El despite her Outsider heritage—and he begins to question everything he has been told about her world.

Intrigued by the existence of a powerful and dangerously advanced world within his reach, the Empire’s ruler, Jurien Arminius, launches a hunt for El and the two Outsiders that arrived with her—the ones who could help him win his war against Torsten and the rebellion that threatens to topple his Empire.

Suddenly, Torsten is forced to choose between defeating his long-term enemy or saving the woman he has come to love . . .

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Torsten grasped her shoulder, turning her to face him. “I am not my uncle,” he said in a gentler voice. “If you tell me what I need to know about the Outside and show me their technology, I will use it for good. I will use it to destroy all who would do evil against the Rebellion.”

“And what then?”

He stared at her.

“After you were done with Arminius and his allies, what would you do then? You will never run out of enemies, Torsten. Especially if it’s you who becomes the marque after Arminius is overthrown.”

His gaze hardened. “I want what’s best for Dalriada.”

“What you want will destroy you.”

“I’m not so weak as you suppose.”

“On the contrary,” she said, looking deeply and honestly into his face.

“You’re the strongest man I know. And that’s what makes me so afraid.”

His expression changed. He had not expected that. “Of what?”

“You have a will like iron, Torsten. Everyone bends to it, including Liadan.

But . . . ” She hesitated and broke off the sentence, realizing what she had been about to say.

“But what?”

“Never mind.” She stood, trying to get the blood flowing through her limbs.

He stood and faced her. “What, El?”

She remembered the country she’d left behind. Altars with swords instead of crosses; God’s sacred Word replaced by a book that detailed an entirely different struggle of humankind. Torchlit processions and enormous bonfires that destroyed the paper-bound admonitions of those who would protest against the coming madness. A man who thought he was a god.

She summoned her courage to speak the truth. “You can’t defeat the darkness in this world when you haven’t defeated the darkness in yourself.”


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The Secret of Fire
(The Darcentaria Duology #2)
By J.J. Fischer
Christian Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 352 Pages
July 13, 2021 by Ambassador International

Only one can save them.

The Rebellion has fallen.

The door to the Outside has been opened.

And the one who opened it—Jurien Arminius—is now the most powerful man in Darcentaria.

But everything they have known is about to change forever.

Separated by Arminius but fighting to get back to each other, El and Torsten encounter unlikely allies that reveal stunning truths about each other, the Outside, and the very beginnings of Darcentaria itself.

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About the Author

Jasmine (J.J. Fischer) is living proof that it is possible to be addicted to tea and coffee simultaneously. Both made it possible for her to complete her Bachelor degree in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2012.

Jasmine is married to David, and together they are the proud owner-parents of five warring pet chickens who tolerate each others’ existence—most days. When tempted away from the keyboard, she enjoys reading, thinking about lasagna almost as often as Garfield the cat, and working towards her black belt in karate. She vows to one day write the perfect fight scene.

Jasmine makes her home near Sydney, Australia, where most animals want to kill you and drop bears enforce a daily reign of terror. If you’re reading this, please send help.


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Spotlight & Excerpt: Inventing Vivian + Giveaway

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Inventing Vivian
(The Blue Orchid Society #2)
By Jennifer Moore
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
June 7, 2021 by Covenant Communications

 

Ladies of London’s High Society are known for their social graces and poise. Vivian Kirby boasts neither of these enviable qualities, though she does offer impressive conversation on chemical compositions. Unfortunately, it appears that not many men want a brilliant wife. So it is that Vivian finds kinship with a group of young women who embrace each other’s differences: The Blue Orchid Society.

After an extended stay in China, Lord Benedict has returned transformed to his family’s estate, where an encounter with Vivian, whose scientific knowledge he once undermined, leaves him determined to make amends. He arranges to help forward her research—anonymously, of course. Through letters, Vivian establishes a warm friendship with her secret benefactor, even as she’s unexpectedly drawn into a murder investigation that forces her to work alongside Benedict to unearth the truth. Soon, Vivian fears she may be falling in love with two men, never suspecting that they are one and the same.

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She’d agreed to attend the opera with the Blue Orchid Society ladies, knowing how Hazel loved the music, but in truth, she could hardly sit still. The thrill of her sponsorship for the exhibition

hadn’t abated one jot since Professor Wallis’s offer the day before. The moment the man had left, she’d run to her father, and in her excitement, she was hardly able to put the news into words. She’d dashed off notes to her close friends immediately after, and within an hour received four letters overflowing with congratulations.

Vivian’s cheeks ached from grinning.

Sophie leaned forward in her seat, peering down as well. “Just think, he could be here at this very moment.” She whispered the words, not wanting to disturb the others seated around them.

“If he is, I doubt he has a main floor seat,” Dahlia said in a quiet voice.

The young ladies lifted their collective gazes toward the opposite gallery, studying the faces across the hall. Among the group of women, speculation about the identity of Vivian’s sponsor had become the primary topic of conversation.

“I wonder if he’s an opera lover,” Hazel said.

“Tell us again every single hint the professor gave about your mysterious patron,” Elizabeth said.

“He is titled,” Vivian said. “That is all I know.”

“And unmarried,” Sophie reminded her. “He said so in his letter.”

“I believe the professor referred to him as His Lordship,” Vivian said, trying to recall. “But I may be mistaken.”

“You’d have definitely remembered if he’d mentioned His Grace,” Dahlia said. “Besides, I don’t know of any unwed dukes.”

“Perhaps he’s a widower,” Elizabeth offered.

“I wager he’s a kindly older gentleman who always wished for a daughter,” Hazel said.

“I imagine a quiet scholar who is timid in company and spends all of his time surrounded by books,” Dahlia said.

“Either is possible,” Vivian muttered. She continued scanning the other opera attendees. The idea that he might be sitting here in this very hall was almost more than she could take. How was she to bear not knowing the name of the person who had made her hopes into reality?

Her gaze caught on a person facing her direction, and she started. It was Lord Benedict. And he was looking straight at her.

The man’s mouth curved into a smile, and he lifted his chin in a silent greeting.


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Solving Sophronia
(The Blue Orchid Society #1)
By Jennifer Moore
Historical Romance
Paperback & ebook, 224 Pages
May 1, 2020 by Covenant Communications

 

Lady Sophronia Bremerton is a far cry from the typical debutante, but she’s the toast of London’s upper class for one simple reason: she’s a society columnist for the London Illustrated News, and the gentry loves seeing their exploits printed in the gossip pages. But Sophie has bigger plans – she aspires to be an investigative reporter. When a stuffy ballroom at yet another Season proves to be nothing more than the usual rumor mill, Sophie seeks respite in the library alongside four other young women who, for their own reasons, are also looking for escape. As the conversation turns to their secret ambitions, the women form a sisterhood and a bold plan: they will make their dreams a reality, no matter the obstacles. Thus begins the Blue Orchid Society.
Hearing of a murder in a London rookery, Sophie seizes the opportunity to prove her skills. Detective Jonathan Graham doesn’t believe a civilian, a noblewoman at that, should be anywhere near a murder investigation, but Sophie insists on helping bring the killer to justice. Her investigative prowess doesn’t go unnoticed by the police, especially Jonathan, who can’t decide whether this intrepid reporter is a thorn in his side or the woman of his dreams. But as the case grows more complicated and dangerous, their very lives – and their hearts – may be at risk.

 

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About the Author

 

Jennifer Moore is a passionate reader and writer of all things romance due to the need to balance the rest of her world that includes a perpetually traveling husband and four active sons, who create heaps of laundry that are anything but romantic. She suffers from an acute addiction to 18th and 19th century military history and literature. Jennifer has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Utah and is a Guitar Hero champion. She lives in northern Utah with her family, but most of the time wishes she was on board a frigate during the Age of Sail.

 

 

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One winner will receive a print copy of Inventing Vivian by Jennifer Moore and a $25 Amazon gift card. (US only)

 

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