Cover Reveal: Maiden by Teresa A. Harrison

Maiden | Teresa A. Harrison

The Lightwalker Series #1

Published by: Acorn Publishing

Publication date: October 13th 2018

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Marta and Jayme are childhood friends with different beliefs. Marta dreams of becoming a healer. Jayme has been schooled by the black-coats, a group of priests who claim women are inferior, and he fears Marta is jeopardizing her eternal future.

Despite a heated debate over Marta’s soul, Jayme betrays her to the priests. The consequences of this betrayal change Marta’s life forever and sends Jayme on his own journey.

After a brutal massacre, Marta awakens deep in the forest overcome with grief for her lost sisters, but the world will not let her rest. The tragedy has changed her.

She hears the call of nature, eventually steering her toward a small cottage in the wilderness. There she learns of nature’s magic and what it means to be a LightWalker.

The path is there for her to follow. If she’s strong enough to embrace it…

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Teresa (McPeek) Harrison grew up in Decatur, Illinois. After graduating from Eureka College in Eureka, IL, with a BA in Speech and Theatre, she moved to Granby, Massachusetts where she married and started a family and was actively involved with the local community theatres for several years.

When her son was young, she helped start a Community Playground project. Over the years, she was a Girl Scout leader and a den mother for her son’s cub scout troop. Teresa also helped start a new community theater in Granby. She directed musicals for four years and produced four additional musicals for the eight years she was involved.

After 13 years as an Assessor in Granby, she knew she needed to do something different. She went to work at Earth Spirits in Sturbridge, MA. She wrote a monthly newsletter, worked in the shop and helped develop their online presence. As sometimes happens, after many years, she and her son’s father divorced.

Teresa was brought up Catholic in a time and place that encouraged individual thinking (the 60’s). She enjoyed the prayers, rituals and singing in the choir. However, because of her Catholic education, she knew there was more to discover.

Eventually, she became interested in all faiths and how they played out in an individual’s life. She spoke with others and read extensively about the 5 main religions and their offshoots and various other spiritual paths. Her path led her to go inside and find her personal truth, beginning a journey of nearly 40 years.

She is a Reiki Master, a BreathWork Facilitator, an herbalist and a teacher. She has done an extensive study of Reincarnation, Universal Laws, Aromatherapy, Yoga, Meditation and many other topics of interest.

In 2000, while on a spiritual journey to Sedona, AZ, she met her husband, Glenn. They realized they had something special, but did not know how this new relationship would survive. After all, they lived on opposite edges of North America.

They did figure it out and a two-year cross-continent romance began. When her son left for college and she finished her Master’s in Public Administration, Teresa joined Glenn in Southern California. Her son and daughter-in-law, who live in the Greater Boston area, have given them two beautiful grandchildren.

They both love to travel, and on a cross-country trip in 2003, they made a stop in Sedona for an overnight on their way to Santa Fe, NM. They decided to look at some real estate while there and never made it to New Mexico. They now live in the beautiful Red Rock country of Sedona, AZ, sharing the land with a herd of javelina, three large mule deer bucks, three ravens (more or less), various coyotes several quail families, packrats and assorted lizards.

Teresa has been reading and telling stories her whole life, and now she is writing them down.

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Book Blitz: Splash by M.E. Rhines

Splash | M.E. Rhines

Mermaid Royalty #3

Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Publication date: June 12th 2018

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Fawna is happy with the new life she has made for herself on land.

She has her child and her youngest sister Pauline by her side — plus an amazing new human boyfriend named Randy.

So when an old friend from Atargatis shows up, she immediately feels the weight of everything she stands to lose. But the news can’t be ignored – there’s been an attack on their kingdom; her aunt Myrtle is dead and her mother is missing.

Angelique, their middle sister, is now ruling a kingdom to the north, leaving Fawna as the only royal left to help save Atargatis. Torn between responsibilities in two different worlds, the decision is made for her when the powerful sea witch who attacked the kingdom also takes Fawna’s son.

Now she has no choice—to save her life on dry land, she’ll have to dive back into the ocean…

The final instalment in the beloved Mermaid Royalty series, Splash is a heart-pounding fantasy romance that will have you feeling like you need to come up for air!

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ME Rhines a southwest Florida native currently living in North Port with her two beautiful children and a third, much larger child whom she affectionately calls husband.

She writes young adult paranormal romance to feed her belief that fairy tales are real and nonsense is necessary.

You can visit her on most major social media sites. She also writes adult romances under her edgier alter-ego, Mary Bernsen.

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Release Blitz: Twenty-One Arrow Salute by Kasia Bacon

Twenty-One Arrow Salute |Kasia Bacon

Order Series #2.5

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Publisher: Self-published

Cover Artist: Ying Draws

Genre/s: NA Fantasy

Length: 23 000 words/ 100 pages

Release Date: June 11, 2018

Other stories in the series: The Mutt #1, The Highlander #2

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An archer’s heart is a hard target to hit…

Verhan Tŭrryés of Black Mountain is a handful.

Freshly enlisted in the Highland Regiment, he does all he can to steer clear of responsibility and commitment. Just not his cup of mead, that. Loose of tongue and even looser of morals, he rarely misses an opportunity to get into trouble—and into the other archers’ knickers, too.

In a unit composed almost entirely of Dark Elves, Hernan Seinnés, with his green eyes and auburn hair, is an outsider. When Verhan, up the creek again, is blackmailed into helping Hernan, he never expects to fall for him. But during the long hours spent training Hernan for the Honour Guard, feelings strike the Highlander right in the heart—and with the force of an arrow.

Unversed in relationships, Verhan finally plucks up enough courage to tell Hernan how he feels, only to drive the Asirhwӱnian away instead.

If Verhan can swallow his pride, he might get one last chance to show Hernan what he means to him—and maybe this time he can hit the mark.

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Taking a step too wide, Hernan faltered at the very end, finishing the last form at the wrong angle. The error turned his stance rigid, his poise evaporating before my eyes.

“Not bad. For an Asirhwӱnian,” I grinned and winked. “Let’s repeat it a few more times without stopping. I want to try something. Close your eyes and picture the forms in your mind. I’ll be behind you, guiding your steps, alright?”

Hernan nodded.

Slowly, I approached him from the rear and placed my hands on his hips.

That first time I touched him, my heart downright assailed my rib cage, beating out a rhythm violent enough to cause me internal damage. To my dismay, I felt more riled up by that innocent contact than the last time I had my trousers around my ankles and a bulky sergeant pressed against the wall. Silently swearing, I tried shutting down those thoughts and refocusing.

And so we moved in a half circle, gliding through the air, in tune with one another.

The sweet spiciness of his scent reminded me of darhê. Hyperawareof the warmth emanating from his body, I lost all sense of time. It might’ve been a few minutes or an hour before we came to a stop.

As if bewitched, both of us remained still. It was Hernan who eventually turned his head to the side. He looked up at me over his shoulder.

The air seemed to shimmer around him, the edges of my vision distorted. I took in his smooth, flushed skin embellished with a few freckles. His slightly parted lips, plump and rosy. His wide, pale eyes, as green as a forest fern. All the colours that defined him filled me with a sense of wonder.

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A linguist and an avid reader with a particular fondness for fantasy and paranormal genres, KASIA BACON lives in London with her husband. When not tearing her hair out over a translating project, she writes stories about the shenanigans of emotionally constipated assassins and sexy Elves.

Otherwise, she can be found shaking her loins at a Zumba class, binging on anime or admiring throwing knives on Pinterest. She has a mild coffee and lemon tart addiction. A lover of MMA and Muay Thai, she also enjoys nature and the great outdoors.

She dreams of becoming independently wealthy, leaving the city and moving into her wooden mini-manor—located in the heart of stunning forests resembling those of the Elven Country depicted in her tales.

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Book Blitz: One True Love by Linda Kage

One True Love | Linda Kage

Publication date: June 6th 2018

Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance

Custom demanded that Prince Urban get a love mark tattooed to the side of his left eye as an infant, just like the rest of his people, but to him, the stupid things have only brought on the scorn of his father, the misery of his siblings, and caused his entire kingdom to go broke from fighting so many wars over the irritating ink stains.

When Urban’s sister must travel to Donnelly, the kingdom within the sand, for her arranged marriage to align two realms, he goes with her. But he no sooner steps foot inside their castle than his mark starts itching like a son of a bitch, telling him his one true love is near.

It just figures, though, that the woman meant for him is completely forbidden. Now he must decide if he should ignore the persistent mark, telling him she’s the one, in order to avoid a possible war between kingdoms, or if he should discover whether she’s worth risking everything for so they can be together.

Either way, his life gets sucked into chaos with threats of beheadings, dark magic lurking, castle traitors scheming, and sword fights eminent.

Who knew one little tattoo could cause so much trouble?

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Linda is a contemporary romance author from the midwestern USA, where she lives with her wonderful husband, daughter, and nine cuckoo clocks.

The eighth and final child of dairy farmers, she was forced into having a vivid imagination if she ever wanted to do something one of her siblings hadn’t already tried.

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Cover Reveal: Second Star by J.M. Sullivan

Second Star | J.M. Sullivan

Published by: Bleeding Ink Publishing

Publication date: March 5th 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Peter Pan has never been one to follow the rules. Abandoned as a child, he was adopted by the renowned Captain Hooke to join the crew of the starship Jolly Roger.

But when Peter finds out that the elegant Captain is not as upstanding as everyone believes, he has no choice but to sabotage the ship, alienating him from the crew, the fleet, and the only family he’s ever known.

Wendy Darling has worked her entire life to rise through the ranks of the prestigious Londonierre Brigade. Now as a Captain, she has everything she’s always wanted, including a ship and crew of her own.

But when the Brigade receives a strange transmission from the legendary James Hooke, lost a hundred years earlier in uncharted space and presumed dead, Wendy is willing to risk it all to rescue her hero from the planet known only as Neverland.

But there is more to Neverland than meets the eye, and more to Hooke than what was written in history books. When Wendy crash lands on the ominous planet, she quickly discovers Neverland’s dark secret; a malevolent being known as The Shadow that’s looking for a host body to escape its eternal prison.

To fulfil her mission, Wendy must decide whether to trust the dashing Hooke or the mysterious Fleet mechanic who goes by the name of Pan – and she has to decide quickly…

Before the darkness consumes them all.

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An avid reader and hopeless fangirl, J.M. Sullivan shamelessly fantasised that this was, in fact, her AUROR bio, but has since determined AUTHOR bio to be the next best thing.

An almost Arizona native, she was raised in Phoenix, but when asked, she will tell you her formative years were really spent in the land of make-believe, where she passed countless hours with her favorite characters in their own worlds, Wonderland included.

Eventually, society informed her that she had to grow up, so she experimented in retail, music, and business careers before realising her passion for kids. She now works in Abu Dhabi as a middle school science teacher who fosters a love of science, literature, and learning in her students.

Although known to dabble in adulting, J.M. is a big kid at heart who still believes in true love, magic, and most of all, the power of coffee. When she isn’t busy writing or caught in a daydream, she spends her time at home with her husband, their two cats, three kids, and a whole lot of madness. And she wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Another fabulous instalment in The Order series

Twenty-One Arrow Salute (The Order #2.5)Twenty-One Arrow Salute by Kasia Bacon

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

She does it again. Okay this one is a bit longer than the usual 5k mark, but even so, the world building and scene setting is beyond brilliant.

Verhan is a loveable arse, arrogant as only a young man with the world at his feet can be, a study in contrasts to the quiet and shy Hunan.
When he’s given the task of helping his fellow archer with an important task though, he finds there’s a lot more to the other man.

Kasia imparts the usual snark and humour into this Order short story and she had me nearly choking on my tea at one point.

The opening to this one is epic as well, I was almost crying with laughter and I can’t wait for the next visit to this wonderful world.

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Cover Reveal: Magic Harvest by Mary Karlik

Magic Harvest | Mary Karlik

Published by: Ink Monster LLC

Publication date: September 18th 2018

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Young fae girls are disappearing.

Layla has never belonged to the fairy realm – at least, half of her hasn’t. She’s never known anyone with human blood, not even her father.

When she was three, the dragon Fauth attacked the fairy festival, murdering her fae mum & stepfather. Frankly, some fairies think she should’ve been eaten too.

As she grew, despite being called names like “fuman” for being a half-blood, she’s discovered that being half-human isn’t terrible. She may lack magic, but she is immune to iron sickness, and she can wield a sword with elven skill.

Magic in the human world is disastrous.

Sixteen years later, when Layla’s half-sister is kidnapped and taken through a portal to the forbidden human realm, Layla rushes to the rescue. She’s older and stronger, and she’s not about to let her last living family member be taken from her without a fight.

Only someone who belongs to both worlds can find the truth.

The portal spits her out in the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, but neither her sister or the kidnapper are anywhere to be found. Stuck in a world she only knows from school books, Layla forges unlikely alliances to find her sister. As she becomes tangled in the dark world of fairy trafficking, magic harvesting, and murder, Layla will have to find the strength within if she is to survive and save her sister.

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Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna’s home, trying to open the door to Narnia.

She didn’t find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.

You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as “100% solid storytelling,” and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a “lovely story about growing up.”

She digs deep into her Scottish roots – there is magic there, she just knows it – for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.

She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye.

Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.

Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA’s national convention.

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