#BlogTour “Awakening the Trinity” by Brittany Elise

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In the seventeenth-century, an all-powerful witch called Rionach the Dark ruled the Celtic nations with an army of enslaved werewolves. In order to restore balance between Light and Dark, the Trinity of Light was summoned to vanquish the Dark Witch and end the Battle of the Dark Ages.

Seventeen-year-old Quinn Callaghan lives in the small, rustic town of Silver Mountain. Its location may be rural, but it is home to an ancient pine forest that surrounds a supernatural hotspot–a nexus of raw and powerful energy.

When a charismatic witch from Ireland, and a mysterious guy with a secret of his own are drawn to the area, Quinn finds out that she inherited her rare abilities from a revered ancestor. Could it be that she shares a bloodline with the Original Trinity? Nearly 300 years later, the Darkness is returning to Silver Mountain, and the Trinity must stop it.

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Meet Brittany Elise

Brittany EliseWhere are you from? I’m from a small town outside of Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Married with children, pets, or annoying roommates? I am married, but the only children I have right now are of the fur-variety. I have two German shepherds, two cats, and a rabbit.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid? I’m traditionally published with Black Rose Writing, out of Texas.

How long have you been a writer? Gosh, that’s almost hard to say, specifically. I’ve been writing since I was a little girl, so I’m tempted to say my whole life. Haha.

My love for writing began at a very young age–way before I could even type on a keyboard. I was always writing short stories and poems with a fan club of one (my mom.) I never stopped writing, but I don’t think I believed in myself enough to actually pursue it as a career. When I enrolled in college, I took as many creative writing classes as they offered and ended up graduating with a degree in photography and minoring in English. I enjoy art in all its forms, but writing has always been my first love. Even when I was pursuing other careers, writing was always my go-to comfort. I later became an animal obedience instructor and met a children’s author through my dog training. She helped me get my foot through the door, so to speak, and I haven’t turned back since. During the day, I manage an FBO at my local hometown airport, and by night, I dive into my writing with my husband and my four-legged children by my side.

How long did it take you to write your first book? If you don’t count editing time, I can usually knock out a novel (raw, rough draft) in about four-five months. It depends on what I’m writing though. My first book took me several years to complete because I was never satisfied. Truthfully, there are still things I would change if given the chance to go back. I think it’s the curse of the artist.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre? I love, love, love all things supernatural. I have the most fun writing  it. YA supernatural fiction is my favorite to write, but I dabble in all forms of fiction.

What’s your favorite genre to read? Supernatural/Romance

What are you reading now? Hailey Edwards wrote a series called The Beginner’s Guide to Necromancy. I read the first four in a total of three days, and I’m anxiously awaiting the fifth. She’s phenomenal. Those stories are phenomenal.

Favorite beverage to read with? Tea and honey.

Where do you get the most writing done? Most of my writing gets done in the early morning. Especially on the weekends I don’t have to work. I’ll curl up with a blanket in the kitchen chair, and my cat, Boo, will sit on my lap while I write.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it? Honestly, I don’t “live” on social media, but I adore Instagram. Namely because of the photographs. That being said though, it would be impossible to do what I do without social media, so I’m immensely grateful for it.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest release? Who’s your favorite character? This is kind of strange to admit, but the inspiration actually came from a song by Aqualung called Strange and Beautiful. I probably live in my head more than I should, and I’m always inventing little scenarios or playing out scenes in my head. I listened to the lyrics and immediately developed this idea that started out as something small, and later became Awakening the Trinity. My favorite character in this book is Wren. He was so much fun to create, and I think he’ll speak to the heart of every high school girl who has had a crush on the “dangerous” boy.

What’s your next project or release? I’m actually working on the prequel to this novel, and also the sequel simultaneously, so I haven’t decided which will be released next, but I’m aiming for next fall. Maybe sooner depending on how editing goes!

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#AuthorSpotlight – Sunayna Prasad, author of “From Frights to Flaws (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions Bk1)”

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Sunayna PrasadThank you for spending a little time with us here on the blog today, Sunayna!

Where are you from?

Long Island, New York

Married with children, pets, or annoying roommates?

Not married, used to have guinea pigs, but no more pets now. I live with my parents.

Are you self-published, traditional, or hybrid?

Self-published.

How long have you been a writer?

Since I was in my teens.

How long did it take you to write your first book?

Several months. I wrote my first full-length novel in third grade.

Pantser or Plotter?

Most definitely a plotter.

Have you ever taken the NaNoWriMo Challenge?

Nope.

What’s your favorite genre to write or do you only write in one genre?

I enjoy writing in fantasy, but I also write realistic short stories. I also wrote my science-fiction short story.

What’s your favorite genre to read?

I enjoy fantasy as well.

What are you reading now?

A few different books. But I am not consistent.

Favorite beverage to read with?

Probably tea or coffee.

Where do you get the most writing done?

A café or library. Home is where distractions are.

Do you have pets who “help” or inspire you?

Nope.

Totally addicted to social media or could you live without it?

Beyond addicted.

What’s the inspiration behind your latest release? Who’s your favorite character?

Harry Potter was a huge inspiration source for the content and events in this release. My favorite characters are Alyssa, the protagonist, and her godfather, Alex.

What’s your next project or release?

I will update the sequel, Wizardry Goes Wild and release the third installment hopefully this summer 2019.

Do you have any advice for new authors?

Yes, find the method that works for you and write what you love.

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Many thanks to Sunayna for spending a few minutes with us today. Keep scrolling to check out her newest release, From Frights to Flaws.

About the Book

Title: From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Originally published in 2013, the book has been updated to its full potential with edits, while keeping the story line the same.

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules. But Alyssa discovers something she has never thought existed before… magic. A wicked sorcerer hunts her down. He kidnaps her from her ordinary New Jersey town to Yanowic, an enchanted island in Fiji.
Alyssa is trapped in the country due to a giant shield covering it. She must defeat dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and enchanted technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?

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Author Bio

Sunayna Prasad has published a few books between her late teens and her mid-twenties. She has won a Pacific Book Review Award for her novel, Wizardy Goes Wild, which will return as a new edition, like From Frights to Flaws. Sunayna also has a blog on different creative and entertaining topics, including writing and fiction. It is called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.

Aside from writing, Sunayna also likes to cook, do art, and watch videos online. She graduated from college in May 2017 and is looking forward to writing more as well as securing a graphic design job in the near future. Sunayna lives on Long Island, NY.

 

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#BlogTour “From Frights to Flaws, 2nd Edition (Alyssa McCarthy’s Magical Missions Book 1)” by Sunayna Prasad

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About the Book

Title: From Frights to Flaws

Author: Sunayna Prasad

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy

Originally published in 2013, the book has been updated to its full potential with edits, while keeping the storyline the same.

Twelve-year-old Alyssa McCarthy longs for a better life. She lost her parents at age seven and her aunt at nine. Her uncle also enforces unfair rules. But Alyssa discovers something she has never thought existed before… magic. A wicked sorcerer hunts her down. He kidnaps her from her ordinary New Jersey town to Yanowic, an enchanted island in Fiji.
Alyssa is trapped in the country due to a giant shield covering it. She must defeat dangerous creatures and the evil wizard in order to leave. But with sorcerers and enchanted technology getting in her way, can Alyssa succeed?

 

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Author Bio

Sunayna Prasad has published a few books between her late teens and her mid-twenties. She has won a Pacific Book Review Award for her novel, Wizardy Goes Wild, which will return as a new edition, like From Frights to Flaws. Sunayna also has a blog on different creative and entertaining topics, including writing and fiction. It is called “Sunayna Prasad’s Blog”.

Aside from writing, Sunayna also likes to cook, do art, and watch videos online. She graduated from college in May 2017 and is looking forward to writing more as well as securing a graphic design job in the near future. Sunayna lives on Long Island, NY.

 

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“Bobby and the Monsters: (Picture book for kids age 2-6 years old)” by Marie Blair

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Bobby and the Monsters: (Picture book for kids age 2-6 years old, Rhyming book for kids age 2-6 years old, nice story to help children to overcome their fears and start to sleep in own bed)

by Marie Blair, Viktoriia Mykhalevych (Illustrator)

Genre: Children/Growing Up/Fantasy & Supernatural/Boys & Men

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“Bobby,” Mom said, “it’s time to sleep
and dream of things that are nice —
kittens and puppies, new toys, ice cream,
and pie, but just one slice!”

“But, Mom, I’m scared to go to sleep,
monsters are here every day.
One always makes a lot of noise
and never goes away.”

One evening Bobby confessed that he is afraid to sleep in his bed. It is a quite often situation for little kids. Their vivid imagination creates a genuine fear about what is waiting in the darkness of the room. Bobby’s Mom treats with understanding to his feelings and peculiarly calms him. She makes up a story that makes her son smile and ready to sleep.

What is this story about? Just start to read now, and you’ll know it.

This cute little story will entertain children and make a good time with parents before sleep.

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#Excerpt3 “The Raygin War” by Larry Gerovac

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Author: Larry Gerovac

Genre: Science-Fiction

The Raygin War is a futuristic sci-fi story about an alien race that evolved from Carrion beetles. 25 years after first contact the aliens return with a fleet to invade human space. To stop the invasion the military puts all its hope into a single person. He’s an old school soldier who started his career as a ground pounder in the Sniper Corps. Mac has been involved in about every conflict the military has participated in. His skill as a sniper earned him the respect of every soldier who ever worked with him. He is a self-taught killer. On the battlefield he has no equal. Whether it was killing the opponent in hand-to-hand combat, killing them with a weapon, or just plain old out maneuvering them Mac was the best the military had ever seen. When the Raygin war starts Mac is forced into a leadership role he wanted nothing to do with. Will Mac’s experience and talent be enough to neutralize the alien invasion? All is not what it seems. Read the Raygin War to see if the human race will survive and remain free.

 

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Mahpee didn’t understand why the Raygin shield failed, but it couldn’t have happened at a better time. With one ion thruster still working, the big ship was trying to maneuver to Rayne. Ships that gigantic weren’t made to land on a planet. Without its shield the ship would come apart as soon as it hit the ground. Mahpee reached over and activated the graviton tracker. He took over fire control. This freed Bodaway to concentrate on maneuvering his ship for a clear shot.

The Wasp dodged a large hunk of nozzle floating in space. On the screen, Mahpee could see tons of metal floating off in every direction. Perfect, he thought. At first, we will blend in with the debris field. It might buy us an extra second or two. The graviton tracking system confirmed the cloaked ship hadn’t moved. Mahpee fired.

The Wasp’s crew watched on the view screen. The laser hit the invisible target. The cloak fluttered and disappeared leaving the ship for all to see. Mahpee had never viewed such an elegant ship. It was sleek, grey-purple in color, and it looked like a bird in flight with two small stability wings. Did the Raygin have unknown allies?

Mahpee fired the laser again and hit the now uncloaked ship but not before it launched an energy weapon at the Wasp. The sleek ship became engulfed in a flash, as the Wasp’s plasma canon hit home. The beautiful alien ship and its occupants dissolved into space dust.

The golden energy fired from the alien ship took the shape of three small rings. They behaved like a spring, collapsing in on itself over and over. It gained speed with every recoil. The Wasp turned toward the planet to evade the energy rings. The rings turned and closed in on them.

“Brace for impact,” said Bodaway.

The computer diverted every bit of energy, including life support, to the shields. The rings hit the Wasp and spread over her entire surface. The shields held but shorted out as the energy faded. Life support turned back on. Mahpee let out a sigh of relief.

As the damaged Raygin ship attempted to land on Rayne it fired a weakened bank of lasers at the Wasp. It was a last ditch effort, as the big ship sunk into the atmosphere.

A couple lasers rocked the unshielded Wasp. Mahpee couldn’t believe they weren’t vaporized.

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Larry GerovacAuthor Bio

Larry Gerovac was born in the shadows of the steel mills, oil refineries, and railroad yards of the Midwestern United States. He is a Navy Veteran and a first generation American. He writes in the genre of Science, Sci-fi, Fantasy, and Horror.

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#Excerpts “The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature” by C.E. Clayton

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Author: C.E. Clayton

Genre: Fantasy

Monsters come in many forms, and not everyone knows a monster when they see one. After three hundred years of monstrous, feral elves plaguing the island nation of Selkirk, everyone believes they know what a monster is. Humans have learned to live with their savage neighbors, enacting a Clearing every four years to push the elves back from their borders. The system has worked for centuries, until after one such purge, a babe was found in the forest.

As Tallis grows, she discovers she isn’t like everyone else. There is something a little different that makes people leery in her presence, and she only ever makes a handful of friends. But when the elves gather their forces and emerge from the forests literally hissing Tallis’s name like a battle mantra, making friends is the least of her troubles. Tallis and her companions find themselves on an unwilling journey to not only clear her name, but to stop the elves from ravaging her homeland.

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Tallis should have been more attentive to watch for birds or deer, but she could not help but brood and be distracted by her own thoughts and worries. Thankfully, Donovan could not sleep, either.

Joining his cousin, he gently bumped her shoulder as a way of greeting.

Tallis glanced at him. “It’s not fair, cousin.”

Donovan nodded. “No, it’s not.”

“I thought that coming out here … I thought I’d finally have answers and figure out who I was. But now I don’t think I want to know. I don’t think I’m going to like what we find. I just want to go home and pretend like none of this happened. I’d even marry Henrik if it meant we could all just go back to the way it was.”

“Oh, come now, you’d be bored stiff if you married Henrik and stayed in Kincardine.”

“Maybe, but I didn’t want this.”

“I know, Tally. But the world is not obligated to care about what you or I want. I’m sorry it happened to you, but, well, if it helps, I think you’ll be able to handle it. Whatever it is.”

“But I don’t want to handle it. I just want to be normal.”

“Aye, but being normal is so dull.”

“So what? I’d rather be boring than hated and feared and treated as an outcast.”

“But this way, we’ll get to be a hero, Tallis. People would kill for the opportunity to save their country.”

“I don’t want to be their hero. I don’t want to be anyone’s hero. I just wanted the chance to be like everyone else. I wanted someone to protect me just this once. I don’t need someone to shelter me, but it’d be nice to be protected all the same. Don’t I deserve it? Strong or not, I want someone to hold me and tell me it will be all right.”

Donovan draped his arm around his cousin’s shoulder and gave her a gentle hug. “I know, Tally. And maybe one day you’ll find someone who will be able to hold you and make you feel safe and secure no matter what. But for now we have to keep going. We have to keep fighting.”

Tallis gritted her teeth. “Aye, you’re right. Thank you, Donovan. What would I do without you?”

Donovan chuckled. “Curl in a ball and try and hide, most likely.”

Tallis rolled her eyes. “Oh, right, I forgot all about running and hiding. Is that still an option?” They laughed together and passed the rest of the night in silence.

 

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Tallis realized almost too late that she had completely outrun Donovan, as her top speed was much faster than that of any normal person. She found herself standing alone at the end of the street as it opened up to show the monastery under siege.

Tallis saw herself reflected in the bright, evil eyes of the elves as they turned to regard her: outlined by the burning homes behind her, with her matching trident-shaped daggers in her hands. Her white blonde hair, flowing lightly in the hot breeze, appeared as if it were made of liquid fire itself. Her eyes like gems that held the ocean within their depths. In that still heartbeat, Tallis shuddered. She looked like a beautiful terror, and only Rosslyn and Tomas would be able to tell that she was their salvation and not the cause of their worst nightmares come to life.

As the elves broke from their momentary stupor, they ceased their attempts to enter the monastery. Hissing in unison they said, “Tallissssss,” as they pointed their sharp talons in her direction.

She could hear the faint gasp of the survivors in the monastery tower as understanding dawned upon them that this was the girl that was making history: the girl who caused the entire elven race to rise up and riot across all of Selkirk.

 

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C.E. ClaytonAuthor Bio

E. Clayton was born and raised in the greater Los Angeles area, where she attended the University of Southern California (Fight On!) for both her Bachelors and Masters, and then worked in the advertising industry for several years on accounts ranging from fast food, to cars, and video games (her personal favorite). After going the traditional career route and becoming restless, she went back to her first love—writing—and hasn’t stopped. She is now the author of “The Monster of Selkirk” series and her horror short stories have appeared in anthologies across the country. When she’s not writing you can find her treating her fur-babies like humans, constantly drinking tea, and trying to convince her husband to go to more concerts. And reading. She does read quite a bit. More about C.E. Clayton, including her blog, book reviews, social media presence, and newsletter, can be found on her website.

 

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“The Death Of Matilda Brew (Canvas Carvers Book 1)” by Maegan Alexandria

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The Death Of Matilda Brew (Canvas Carvers Book 1)

by Maegan Alexandria

Genre: Teen & YA/Speculative Fiction

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When cowardly and shy village boy, Andrew Godfrey, loses the girl of his dreams to an unexpected death, he finds her soul captured in a household mirror. In an act of desperation, he flees the town with the mirror, escaping a long lasting fear of his cold mother and a grim looking future. He eventually stumbles upon the Larouche Hotel, which bears the whispered description of being the most sinfully wonderful place around.

At first, his newfound sanctuary offers him not only a roof over his head, but pleasures far beyond those he could imagine. Soon, he begins to spiral into a world where he no longer recognizes his own reflection and, in an attempt to rescue the imprisoned soul of the woman he loves, he realizes the person he really needs to save is himself. Through the eyes of the young man, we witness the hotel patrons fall into a world where good versus evil is so entwined, one begins to look like the other.

With the aid of a mysterious man in black who keeps his cursed daughter hidden from the guests, Andrew searches for the narrow path to goodness directly in the eyes of evil. It’s up to him to secure not only his own life, but the lives of his friends that have fallen into the darkness as well.

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