Spotlight & Excerpt: The Force of Magic + Giveaway

THE FORCE OF MAGIC

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE FORCE OF MAGIC by Hunter Chadwick Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

 

Title: THE FORCE OF MAGIC

Author: Hunter Chadwick

Pub. Date: December 9, 2022

Publisher: Clarity 4 Truth Press

Formats: Special Edition Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Pages: 304

Find it: Goodreadshttps://books2read.com/The-Force-of-Magic

As long as anyone can remember, the Dominion has held the land of Cairn within its iron grasp. Using overwhelming force and powerful magic, they are seemingly unbeatable. Now the Overlord, ruler of all, is failing. He has ordered the Guild of the Helm, powerful sorcerers and magic users, to find a cure for his wasting health.

 

A young soldier…desperate to return home to help his mother on their family farm, volunteers for their experiments, with unexpected results.

A young girl…taken from her family, abused, and handed over for a life of servitude is called to join the experiments.

Can these two young heroes overcome their fears to stand against such a great evil? Read The Force of Magic to find out.

  • Blending magical fantasy adventure, with super heroes and villains, this is a fantasy story unlike anything you’ve ever read.
  • Book One of the Trilogy – Book Two is coming mid-2023 and Book Three in time for Christmas 2023.

Readers are saying:

  • A fantasy world to get lost in
  • You begin to ask yourself what a hero really is, and what you would be willing to do for freedom
  • This genre isn’t my usual choice, but I started reading and it’s gripping!
  • The story is very character driven and I want to know what happens
  • This is exceptional writing. I have to keep reading

Excerpt:

“Magic is all around us and every person has some magic and some connection to the magic of this world, but most people live their lives unaware of all of this. The average person might notice it in a feeling or a sense, like when you know that you are not alone or someone is watching you from afar. Some people use their connection for trivial things, like finding water or hunting game. They have no idea that they have tapped into the force of magic. Magic can be used as a tool, as Karven does, but that is a more difficult path. The Guild of today has chosen to try and manipulate the magic to act as they will, or at least, to attempt to do that and this is why Karven will ultimately fail at this great task he has undertaken,” Marda said.

“As to what Karven did to Trace and you, Perin…Karven didn’t do anything to you. There is a magic that lives in every person, and it is stronger in some than others. The Elixir that Karven gave you is a very old creation, dating to long before Karven and I were part of the Guild. Karven believes that he is able to alter and control this elixir, but he is no more able to fundamentally make changes to it than he would be able to turn off the sun. What this Elixir does is to take the magic that lives within a person and combines it with the fundamental desire of their heart before manifesting those two things into a physical representation. The Elixir of “Life” doesn’t grant life or extend life, but it allows the magical potential of a person to become something more, something greater. Instead of being connected to the magic of the world the way I am or other magic users are, the magic is bound up inside of you, a part of your physical essence of being. You no longer access the magic of this world through that connection, instead the force of magic lives inside of you and will from now on. You don’t possess the magic, instead, you have become it.”


Giveaway Details:

Hunter will be giving away 3 Paperback copies and 1 Hardcover edition to everyone who signs up for his newsletter. Winners drawn on December 24th.

Sign up for the newsletter and enter the giveaway here!


About Hunter Chadwick:

As a lifelong lover of books, I’ve always had a great appreciation for writers and their craft. Over the course of my 50+ years living in different places around the world, I’ve written a few things, but never took the time to sit down and try to write down any of the books I’ve dreamed up. In 2021 that changed. A new opportunity to share stories, one episode at a time, prompted me to try my hand at it.

I never could have imagined the positive response my writing received and now I’m happy to expand those stories to a wider audience to build upon what I’ve already written. Nothing would make me happier than to know that you enjoy my stories. Please find me on social media @HunterCAuthor to send me your feedback. 

About me: I grew up in the Midwest and went to a big state school known as much for their football team as anything else. I studied English Literature and History. It was there that I met my wife and we fell in love. We were married when I was in graduate school and during our first few years working after graduation, God showed us the opportunities to be involved in His work around the world.

Since 2000, we’ve lived outside of the United States, having many amazing experiences and meeting people from around the globe. My experiences traveling and my background in counseling are highly influential in my writing.

Once again, thank you for being my reader! It is my privilege to share my stories with you. 

Find all of Hunter’s links here.


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/5/2022

Mythical Books

Guest Post/IG Post

12/5/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Excerpt

12/6/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Excerpt

12/6/2022

@jaimerockstarbooktours

IG Post

12/7/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Excerpt

12/7/2022

The Momma Spot

Guest Post

12/8/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Excerpt/IG Post

12/8/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Excerpt/IG Post

12/9/2022

YA Books Central

Guest Post/IG Post

12/9/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Excerpt

Week Two:

12/12/2022

Nagma | TakeALookAtMyBookshelf

IG Review

12/12/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

12/13/2022

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Review

12/13/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review

12/14/2022

Ashe_and_ink

IG Review

12/14/2022

Kim”s Book Reviews and Writing Aha’s

Review/IG Post

12/15/2022

More Books Please blog

Review/IG Post

12/15/2022

@allyluvsbooksalatte

IG Review

12/16/2022

Emily Ashlyn

IG & Facebook Review

12/16/2022

@thebookishfoxwitch

IG Review

 

Spotlight, Excerpt & Interviews: I Walk With Monsters + Giveaway

CHILLING HOLIDAYS

I WALK WITH MONSTERS

Title: I WALK WITH MONSTERS: The Complete Series
Authors: Paul Cornell & Sally Cantirino (Illustrator)
Pub. Date: April 20, 2021
Publisher: Vault Comics
Formats:  Paperback, eBook
Pages: 128

Find it: Goodreads, Book2Read

 

In her past, the Important Man took away Jacey’s brother. Now Jacey has David, who is sometimes a monster. Together, they hunt those who prey on the vulnerable. But the Important Man is still out there.

MONSTERS WALK BESIDE US ALL, AND SOMETIMES LURK WITHIN.

In Jacey’s past is the Important Man who took away her brother. Now Jacey has David, who sometimes transforms into a terrifying beast. Together, they’ve found a way to live–and to hunt, sniffing out men who prey on the vulnerable. But Jacey and David are about to run into the Important Man again.

From Paul Cornell (Wolverine, Doctor Who, Elementary) and Sally Cantirino (Human Remains; Door to Door, Night by Night; Last Song, We Have To Go Back) comes a haunting story about the monsters that walk beside us all, and sometimes lurk within.

Collects the complete six-issue series.


Praise:

“Really looking forward to it.”   – Neil Gaiman (The SandmanAmerican GodsAnansi BoysGood OmensCoralineThe Graveyard Book, and more)

Named one of “The Best Comic Books and Graphic Novels of 2021” – Thrillist

“Like many of the best horror stories, I Walk With Monsters forces us to ask what it really means to be a monster, and whether it’s ever possible to escape from the realm of the monstrous. Equal parts character study and gory thrillride, this comic left me both disturbed and desperately eager to see where the story goes next.” Charlie Jane Anders (All The Birds in the Sky; Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Lambda Literary Awards)

‘Tender and terrifying, deeply horrible and deeply human, ‘I Walk With Monsters’ is Cornell at his finest- and his finest is very dark indeed. Which is surprising, because he seems like such a nice man.’ Louise Penny  Award-winning author (Armand Gamache murder mystery series), State of Terror (with Hillary Rodham Clinton), columnist, journalist, and screenwriter


Sample Page:


Interview with Paul Cornell & Sally Cantirino:

PAUL CORNELL – I WALK WITH MONSTERS – writer

  1. What Winter holidays do you celebrate in December and January … and how do you celebrate them?

We celebrate Christmas, with hampers and dark beer and chocolate oranges, but mainly, since my wife is a vicar in the Church of England, she celebrates by getting completely exhausted with Christingle, Midnight Mass, etc.  This year she’s had to move Nine Lessons and Carols so as not to clash with the World Cup Final.  It’s all go here at the holidays, let me tell you.

  1. What traditions are old family traditions?

Our son leaves out a mince pie for Father Christmas and a carrot for Rudolph by the chimney, and gets a stocking full of presents.  We decorate as well.  The halls get decked.

  1. What traditions are ones that YOU’VE started?

We take our son to the local Arboretum, where every year they have a gorgeous festive trail of lighting effects and bouncy young actors playing elves.

  1. What sort of activities during the holidays are your favorites?

I love seeing our son get excited on Christmas Eve.

  1. What activities do you like the least?

Because of my own past, I’m not one for big Christmas meals with extended family, so I duck out of those as soon as I can.

  1. What are your favorite holiday memories from adulthood?

I love festive gatherings with friends, either in the real world or on Zoom.  So many great parties.  And there are various writers’ get-togethers I go to every year, some of which are dear to my heart.

  1. What are your favorite holiday foods?

I love mince pies, and those sandwiches made up of all the bits of Christmas lunch that are left over.

  1. What makes these Winter holidays so special for you?

It’s the winter feast, the light in the heart of darkness, and that’s a very numinous thing for me.

  1. Anything else you’d like to talk about that is holiday-related?

Every year I do the 12 Blogs of Christmas on my website, paulcornell.com, where, from the 13th December, I post a new piece every day.  Check it out!

The Winter Holidays and with Paul’s characters

  1. How do your book’s characters celebrate the holidays? Do they celebrate with family & friends?

There aren’t really any left for them to celebrate with, and if there were they wouldn’t want to see them all.  Of course, the found family father and daughter combo at the heart of this book have each other, and I’m sure they celebrate beside their tents, out there in the woods somewhere.  I have a feeling David sneaks into a midnight mass somewhere, shaped like a dog, but doesn’t stay to the end.

  1. What do they eat?

Whatever they can afford or steal or scavenge.  I think a ‘dog’ running off with a turkey would be hard to intercept.

  1. What do you think they’d like to do?

Probably something that didn’t remind them too much of the past.  David would try to give Jacey some sort of celebration, and she’d go along with it ‘just to make him happy’ but secretly appreciating it.  There would definitely be presents.

  1. If your book’s characters visited during the holidays, how would you celebrate with them?

I’d really want to take care of them, so lots of food and the opportunity to talk.  I’d make sure Jacey knew where all the exits were and that she could leave whenever she wanted to.  It would actually take a lot of effort to make those two comfortable, but I’m there for that therapy.

  1. Would your character like to say anything to readers for holiday cheer?

David: ‘I just want to say sorry.  Or not.  You know, I do what I do to… terrible men… to make sure what happened to her doesn’t happen to-‘

Jacey: ‘It’s meant to be a festive greeting, asshole!  Can we not mention that we can kill serial killers?!  That’s not really very… holly and candy canes and whatever else… people… do.’

David: ‘We do that stuff too.  You get all that stuff.’

Jacey: ‘I don’t want to talk about that.  You just tell them… happy holidays or whatever.’

David: ‘Happy holidays from all of us… out here.’

Jacey:  ‘We had to clean up for this?’

***

SALLY CANTIRINO – I WALK WITH MONSTERS – artist

The Winter Holidays and with Sally’s characters

  1.   How do your book’s characters celebrate the holidays?

I don’t imagine Jacey growing up celebrating Christmas. David might have celebrated Christmas or Hanukkah (or both, depending on his family’s background! We don’t really discover that much in the series).  I feel like they would be the type to say “we’re not celebrating, we’re not doing gifts” and then end up giving each other a gift anyway. Maybe they’d hunker down at a movie theatre for the day and sneak into as many movies in a row as they could, and order an extravagant amount of take-out that night. On New Years Eve they’d get some fireworks and shoot them off at midnight.

  1.   If your book’s characters visited during the holidays, how would you celebrate with them?

I would make a big, home-cooked meal of winter comfort foods, and send them back out into the world with hand-knit gifts to keep them warm.

  1.   Would your character like to say anything to readers for holiday cheer?

Sometimes the family you make is better than the family you’re born into- spend the holidays with whoever makes you feel the most loved and cherished.


About Paul Cornell:

Paul Cornell has written episodes of ElementaryDoctorWhoPrimevalRobin Hood and many other TV series, including his own children’s show, Wavelength. He’s worked for every major comics company, including his creator-owned series I Walk With Monsters for The Vault, The Modern Frankenstein for Magma, Saucer State for IDW and This Damned Band for Dark Horse, and runs for Marvel and DC on Batman and RobinWolverine and Young Avengers. He’s the writer of the Lychford rural fantasy novellas from Tor.com Publishing. He’s won the BSFA Award for his short fiction, an Eagle Award for his comics, a Hugo Award for his podcast and shares in a Writer’s Guild Award for his Doctor Who. He’s the co-host of Hammer House of Podcast.

Hometown: Gloucestershire, UK

Website | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads

About Sally Cantirino:

SallySally Cantirino is a comic artist and illustrator currently based in New Jersey. She has been self-publishing comics and zines since she was a teenager. Her recent comics work includes I Walk With Monsters and Human Remains for Vault Comics,  “The Final Girls”, “Last Song”, and “We Have To Go Back”. She has also done artwork for World Champ Game Co and bands like La Dispute and Murder By Death.

Website | Twitter | Instagram | TikTok | Goodreads


Giveaway:

1 winner will win finished copies of every book featured in the CHILLING HOLIDAYS from VAULT tour, US Only.
1 winner will win eBooks of every book featured in the CHILLING HOLIDAYS from VAULT tour from iBooks, International.h

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Ends January 17th


Tour Schedule:

Week One:

12/5/2022

Mythical Books

Feature HUMAN REMAINS/IG Post

12/6/2022

Sadie’s Spotlight

Feature I WALK WITH MONSTERS /IG Post

12/7/2022

Lady Hawkeye

Feature SHADOW SERVICE /IG Post

12/8/2022

Author Z. Knight

Feature RESONANT EXCERPTS/IG Post

12/9/2022

Two Chicks on Books

Feature THE PLOT/IG Post

Week Two:

12/12/2022

Book Sniffers Anonymous

Feature THE AUTUMNAL /IG Post

12/13/2022

A Dream Within A Dream

Feature HEATHEN

12/14/2022

The Momma Spot

Feature THE RUSH

12/15/2022

Jazzy Book Reviews

Feature BLEED THEM DRY /IG Post

12/16/2022

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

Feature ROCKSTARS

Week Three:

12/19/2022

Nerdophiles

Review

12/20/2022

Bookdreamr

Review/IG Post

12/21/2022

the book near me

Review/IG Post

12/22/2022

GryffindorBookishNerd

Review/IG Post

12/23/2022

Brandi Danielle Davis

IG Review/TikTok Post

Week Four:

12/26/2022

Never
Hollowed By The Stare

Feature- Heathen

12/27/2022

Ohyouread

IG Review

12/28/2022

See Sadie Read

Review/IG Post

12/29/2022

@froggyreadteach

IG Review

12/30/2022

A Blue Box Full of Books

IG Review/LFL Drop Pic

Week Five:

1/2/2022

The Litt Librarian

Review/IG Post

1/3/2022

The Book Countess

Review

1/4/2022

Lifestyle of Me

Review

1/5/2022

@shangread_la

Review/IG Post

1/6/2022

OneMoreExclamation

Review/IG Post

Week Six:

1/9/2022

Books and Zebras

Review/IG Post

1/10/2022

The Real World According To Sam

Review/IG Post

1/11/2022

@enjoyingbooksagain

IG Review

1/12/2022

Vamplit

Review

1/13/2022

Two Points of Interest

Review

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