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Release Blitz: The Muse by Emma Scott

The Muse | Emma Scott

Angels & Demons #2

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Release Date: January 8th, 2023

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Cole Matheson didn’t expect the road toward being a successful painter would be paved in gold, but he hoped there’d be a few less potholes. Insidious self-doubt that whispers that he’s no good, talentless, hopeless has him on the brink of despair. Maybe it would be better to just give up.

A midnight visit by a beautiful creature of darkness changes everything…

Ambrosius Edward Meade-Finch surrendered to the underworld centuries ago after knowing only pain and suffering during his short life. Now, Ambri makes humans dance on his strings, feeding on their desire for his own pleasure. But his liege lord questions his loyalty and commands him to bring a pure soul into their dark realm.

Cole Matheson seemed like an easy mark, but Ambri didn’t count on his goodness or the depth of his generous spirit that wants Ambri just as he is. And Cole never expected to find in Ambri a muse who unlocks his talent and who might also be what his lonely heart has been searching for. Something fragile yet powerful grows between them, and the possibility of soul-deep love hangs in the balance, if only they have the courage to reach for it.

But fairy tale endings don’t come without a price. The dark forces Ambri answers to have been promised a soul, and they’re coming to collect…

The Muse is book two in the Angels and Demons series but can be read as a standalone.

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About The Author

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Emma Scott is a USA Today and Wall St. Journal bestselling author whose books have been translated in six languages and featured in Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

She writes emotional, character-driven romances in which art and love intertwine to heal, and in which love always wins.

If you enjoy emotionally-charged stories that rip your heart out and put it back together again, with diverse characters and kind-hearted heroes, you will enjoy her novels.

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What a wonderful mix of historic, paranormal and contemporary this book is!

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh, this book is clever.

Not only is it a beautiful romance, filled with all the multitude of emotions that drive it, but it also uses a couple of famous historical events to centre its exploration of the demonic doubts and fears which drive people into despair and self-defeating behaviour.

The author’s note is profoundly moving (it comes at the end) and that itself also delivers its own message, that of unbelievable loss but also of incredible strength and tenacity.

I didn’t read the first in the series as it was an MF romance but I didn’t find myself lost at any time. There’s a glossary which explains the who’s who of the ‘Other Side’, Emma’s version of the space occupied by both the denizens of Hell and also the angels of Heaven.

She uses the trope of the struggling artist to perfection here and in Cole, has created a wonderfully compelling man who legitimately has a heart the size of the ocean just waiting to pour out his love to someone who will treasure it.

Ambri, oh my lord, Ambrosius Edward Meade-Finch is sinful perfection. A demon of want and need who’s seen his ‘best friend’ in so much as a demonic entity can have them, break free of his immortal life and return to the woman he loved and lost centuries earlier.

But that’s brought a whole host of pressures on his shoulders, resulting in the need to corrupt a human and drive them into the arms of one of the Dukes of Hell.

With a very deft hand, Emma draws the two together and then lets the narrative unfold as each discovers the small things about the other which leads to feelings developing.

I think the thing I loved most about this book was that I honestly couldn’t see how it was going to work out. There seemed to be an obvious way, but then that was canned emphatically and I was racing my way to the end to get satisfaction.

And satisfied I was, more than in fact, because the ending is a brilliant way to draw these two fractured lives together and I was impressed with the use of some dramatic license that felt completely earned.

I’m not sure if there will be any more in this series, but I truly hope writing it helped Emma put some of her own demons into submission.

#ARC kindly received from the author via Valentine PR. I’m voluntarily leaving a review.

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Release Blitz: Edge Lines by Ava Marie Salinger

Edge Lines | Ava Marie Salinger

Fallen Messengers #3

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Release Date: February 18th, 2022

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The Gods have come to San Francisco…

Cassius Black and Morgan King’s trip to Ivory Peaks to uncover clues about their past takes an unexpected turn when a rift materializes and war demons attack the capital. Having saved one world by the skin of their teeth, they return to Earth, only to find it has been rocked by ominous quakes bearing a close resemblance to the phenomenon that nearly destroyed the Dryad kingdom.

After defeating demons that emerge from a crevasse in San Francisco, Cassius and Morgan rescue the Wild God Pan from the bottom of a rift with the help of Victor Sloan and the city’s otherwordly. But instead of thanking them, Pan makes a startling demand: rescue his lover and prevent the Spirit Realm from being destroyed, and he will reveal the truth about who Cassius and Morgan are.

Help comes from an unexpected source when a pair of Reapers visit the city and Cassius, Morgan, and Victor soon go hunting for a missing deity who may hold the key to saving all the realms.

Can they free the immortals from their prisons and find the powerful artefact that can bend the mind and will of even a God? Or will the enemy who has long manipulated them from the shadows win this war and destroy everything they have come to care for?

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The wrath of a God can destroy worlds.

The words resonated in Cassius Black’s mind as he fought the unearthly powers lashing at him. Ice and snow wreathed the air in a violent storm that sought to sap him of his will and freeze his limbs. Frozen grass crunched under his foot when he took a step forward, the smell of winter a clean, cold scent sharp enough to bite. He gritted his teeth and forged ahead.

To fall now would mean the destruction of this world and the annihilation of countless others.

Light flared on Cassius’s flesh and armor as he called upon his demigod powers, the divine energy melting the frost creeping along the metal and piercing the shadows suffocating the space around him. He could sense Morgan King in the distance, the angel’s soul core a point of heat that echoed with his own across the thick, white veil separating them. The demigod’s black wind and Dryad magic made the air howl as he held back the God screaming at them.

There was another with him. A man Cassius had thought he knew better than most. A demon whose true powers had finally manifested during this battle.

Victor Sloan was more than he had claimed to be, just as Cassius and Morgan were. Whether this was by design or by omission was still unclear.

One thing was certain though.

Whatever twisted fate had connected Cassius and Morgan before the Fall, Victor had played a part in it. Just like that time under the cathedral in San Francisco, when the man who had manipulated Chester Moran into tearing the Nether open had revealed his hatred for them and given them a glimpse of their pasts, but they had only seen a fraction of the truth.

Cassius scowled.

Now’s not the time to dwell on that! I need to see this through or there won’t be a future left for us to find that bastard and get the answers we need!

A shape finally loomed out of the tempest. It was a giant oak tree, one that soared some two hundred feet above the ground and bore roots that meandered deep into the sacred forest.

A figure stood beneath it.

The demigod glowed with the fury of winter, his eyes cold and unseeing. The radiance emanating from his body and the divine weapon he wielded on his head barely held the darkness swathing him at bay.

Cassius looked up, his preternatural sight piercing the inky squalls shrouding the land in eternal gloom. His heart thumped heavily against his ribs.

The sky rippled far above the frozen branches of the oak tree, the boundary protecting the realm he stood in splintering under the power of the Frost Crown. The ground cracked beneath his feet.

Cassius’s alarmed gaze found the comatose demigod once more. He focused on his body, knowing he had only one chance at this. A glimmer emerged, one that flickered in and out of sight.

Let’s hope I’m right about this!

A shape loomed out of the storm. It grabbed the frozen figure bearing the Frost Crown before he could react, its colossal arms closing tightly around him.

“Now, Awakener!”

Cassius clenched his jaw, closed the distance to the captive demigod, and stabbed him in the heart with the weapon bequeathed to him. At the far end of the meadow, beyond the angel and the demon restraining him, the Wild God bellowed in rage and despair.

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About the Author

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Ava Marie Salinger is the romance pen name of an Amazon bestselling urban fantasy author who has always wanted to write scorching hot contemporary and M/M urban fantasy romance. In 2018, she finally decided to venture to the steamy side.

NIGHTS and TWILIGHT FALLS are contemporary M/M romance series written as A.M. Salinger. In 2021, she launched FALLEN MESSENGERS, her first M/M urban fantasy romance series written as Ava Marie Salinger. When she’s not dreaming up hotties to write about, you’ll find Ava creating kickass music playlists to write to, spying on the wildlife in her garden, drooling over gadgets, and eating Chinese.

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To celebrate the release of Edge Lines, Ava is giving away:

A Signed paperback of Edge Lines, (Open Internationally)

A Cassius Black Chibi Travel Mug

A Morgan King Chibi Fridge Magnet

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