Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Stricken

Happy Tuesday, lovelies!

I'm a few pages shy of finishing revisions for Stricken (yay!) so I thought I'd share another little teaser with all of you.

Aubrey swallowed. "I'm sorry," she whispered, cracking her eyes open to look at Killian.
He stood several feet away, seemingly torn between coming closer to comfort her and staying where he was. Remorse and regret filled his eyes, spilling over into his torn expression.
"I didn't mean what I said. I'm just scared," she said. "Everything is changing and I don't know why or how I feel or what to do."
"That's what life is, Aubrey," he responded, his expression shifting from remorse to sympathy. "It changes. You change."
"I wish it'd stop for a minute and let me catch my breath," she muttered, swiping at the tears on her cheeks.
Killian laughed, his voice bouncing back to her in melodic echoes. The tension between them dissipated and he stepped closer once again. "Trust me, time standing still isn't all it's cracked up to be."
"What's it like?" she asked as he leaned back against the side of the car.
"Living forever?" he asked, a small smile on his lips.
Aubrey nodded.
"Lonely." His smile faded.
"You've never had a girlfriend?" she asked, feeling her cheeks heat with the question.
Killian shook his head again. "It's not like that for us."
"Oh." Aubrey turned that over in her mind. "Do the Fallen marry?"
"Not like you mean. When an angel falls in love, a bond grows between him and his mate. It never goes away." His eyes were wide and serious as he stared at her. "Even if his mate does."
The way he looked at her so earnestly, so… sadly… stole her breath. She felt as if he were trying to tell her something. Something that terrified her and didn't terrify her enough.

xoxo,

FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fall into Fantasy Tour: The Darkness and Light Series by @KLSchwengel


Welcome to the Fall Into Fantasy Tour, where we are keeping your mind off any end-of-summer blues and welcoming the cooler weather by introducing you to some incredible fantasy reads to curl up with and giving you plenty of chances to win awesome prizes!

Week 1: The Darkness & Light Series
Book One: First of Her Kind
Book Two: Emergence
Book Three: Edge of Darkness (Release date 2015)


It seems everyone wants to dictate what Ciara does with her life: Serve the Goddess, destroy the Goddess, do as you promised your aunt -- all Ciara really wants is to keep the two magics she possesses from ripping her apart.

And that's not going to be easy.

Not only is her earth magic in complete opposition to her other power, blood ties pull her in divergent directions as well. And then there's Bolin, the man sworn to protect her. There's no denying the growing attraction between them, but is it Ciara he wants, or her power?

None of which will matter if Ciara can't overcome her fear and learn how to use her gifts. No one knows the depths of the ancient power she possesses, or what will happen if it manages to escape her control. Will she lose herself entirely? Or be forever caught between Darkness and Light?

Buy the e-book: Kindle Nook
Or the paperback: Amazon  Barnes & Noble


The battle for Ciara's power has drawn the full attention of the Emperor and the Imperial Mages, forcing Bolin to put duty above safety and take her to Nisair. It won't be an easy trip, even with an Imperial escort and a Galysian elder accompanying them. Especially since Donovan has found himself some new allies, one of who wields a dark magic that has literally gotten under Bolin's skin.

For Ciara, coming to terms with the increasingly tangible manifestation of her power could destroy her. Even if they make it to Nisair--something that grows more unlikely by the day--there is no surety of safety for Ciara, or any of them. Not with Donovan willing to gamble everything to achieve his goals, or Bolin's uncharacteristically reckless behavior, the result of which is the attention of something that has everyone worried.

Loyalties will be tested, lives will be lost, and no one will emerge unchanged as they find things are not always so clear on the line dividing Darkness and Light.

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Or the paperback: Amazon  Barnes & Noble



ABOUT K.L. SCHWENGEL

K. L. Schwengel lives in southeast Wisconsin on a small farm with her husband, a handful of Australian Shepherds, Her Royal Highness Princess Fiona the Cat, and assorted livestock. Growing up as the youngest of nine children, and the daughter of a librarian, Kathi spent many hours between stacks of books, and secluded away in dusty archives, drawn to tales of medieval heroes and conquering knights. With so many characters and ideas spinning in her head, she had to get them onto paper or risk what little sanity she possessed. She has been penning wild tales of magic and mayhem as long as she can remember, but opted to follow her artistic muse first. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and spending many years working as a freelance artist, grocery clerk, art teacher, graphic designer, stable hand, advertising account coordinator, dog trainer, and process technician (among other things) she answered the call of her writing muse. When not writing, Kathi trains and trials working Australian Shepherds, still paints, dabbles in photography, graphic design, and anything else creative her assorted muses send her way.

Connect online at…

Blog  Facebook  Pinterest  Twitter  Amazon Page  Goodreads


Want to get involved with the Fall Into Fantasy promotional tour?
  • Don't forget to join us at the Facebook party here
  • If you are interested in joining up as a blogger, you can always sign up here. We are happy to welcome more bloggers into the fold as the promotion continues. 
  • If you are an author or blogger and want to sign up to help with the party, please fill out this form.

xoxo,

FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Announcing the Fall Into Fantasy Tour! 8/25 - 12/15


It's August, and that means Fall is almost upon us! To celebrate the cooler weather and keep your mind off any back to school blues, we've put together the Fall Into Fantasy Tour. This tour celebrates the wonderful fantasy books that you can dive into--right now!

But what's a tour unless we are giving away free stuff? That's right! Each week, we will be giving away some awesome prizes from the author being featured. And to wrap things up at the end of the promotion in December, we're going to have a huge Facebook party all weekend long featuring these authors and more!

Want to get an idea of what is ahead? Check out the calendar below!

August 25th: The Darkness & Light series by K.L. Schwengel
  


September 1st: How to Date Dead Guys by Ann M. Noser



September 8th: The Undead: Playing for Keeps by Elsie Elmore 




September 15th: Shadows of Serenity by Marsha A. Moore
 


September 22nd: The Curse Merchant by JP Sloan
 


September 29th: The Ragnarok Prophecies by Ayden K. Morgan
   


October 6th: The Daath Chronicles by Eliza Tilton
 


October 13th: The Heirs of War series by Mara Valderran
 



October 20th: Salvation by James Wymore




October 27th: Strings by G. Miki Hayden

 



November 3rd: The Shadow Series by Anna Hub
 


November 10th: Between by Lisa Swallow



November 17th: Darkness Watching by Emma Adams

 


November 24th: Bound by Kate Sparkes
 


December 1st: The December People series by Sharon Bayliss
 


December 8th: The Disciple series by L. Blankenship



December 15th: Evensong by Krista Walsh
 


Don't forget to join us at the Facebook party here! And be sure to check out these awesome blogs that will be hosting the tour for us:


Bilbo's Book Ends
Katie's Stories
Book Crazy Gals
CoffeyAndBooks
Read Me
Kelly P's Blog
SW Fairbrother

Want to get involved with the Fall Into Fantasy promotional tour? 

  • If you are interested in joining up as a blogger, you can always sign up here. We are happy to welcome more bloggers into the fold. 
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  • If you are an author that wanted to take part, be sure to add Mara on Twitter or Facebook to hear about other promotions you can get involved with.
xoxo,

FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cover Reveal! Deceptive Cadence by @KatieTeller1 #newadult

Hello, lovelies!

I'm very happy to be taking a moment away from the festivities in Houston to help reveal the beautiful cover for Katie Hamstead's soon to be released new adult romance, Deceptive Cadence!

Cadence awakes in a hospital to find her husband and daughter dead, killed in an earthquake. So when her guardian angel appears and offers her a chance to go back in time with all the knowledge she has, she accepts, desperate to prevent their deaths.

She shoots back eleven years to her fourteen-year-old self, and faces high school all over again. She is determined to do everything better, including preventing the loss of her best friend and not dating any of her original, drama-inducing boyfriends. Her main focus is on her future husband, who she won’t meet for several years.


But James Gordon crosses her path. While she wishes to remain single, the bad boy pursues her. He threatens to disrupt everything that is to come as she begins to develop unwanted feelings for him, and distract her from her original goal: to save her future family.

Isn't the cover just gorgeous?! You can find Deceptive Cadence on Goodreads.

About the Author:

Born and raised in Australia, Katie’s early years of day dreaming in the “bush”, and having her father tell her wild bedtime stories, inspired her passion for writing.

After graduating High School, she became a foreign exchange student where she met a young man who several years later she married. Now she lives in Arizona with her husband, daughter, and their dog.

She has a diploma in travel and tourism which helps inspire her writing. She is currently at school studying English and Creative Writing.

Katie loves to out sing her friends and family, play sports and be a good wife and mother. She loves to write, and takes the few spare moments in her day to work on her novels.

You can learn more about Katie and Deceptive Cadence on her website, or on  FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.


xoxo,


FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Myth or Monster Monday: Cerberus

Hercules and Cerberus, Photograph by Maria Daniels.
Cerberus, offspring of Typhon and Echidna, was a massive three-headed dog with a mane of snakes and a serpent's tail. In Greek and Roman mythology, Cerberus guarded the entrance to the Underworld, allowing the deceased to pass through the gates. A few brave souls, like Orpheus, managed to sneak past Cerberus into Hades after lulling the beast to sleep, but no spirits were allowed to return to the upper world on his watch.

When Hercules went mad at the hands of Hera and murdered his sons and wife, he sought penance. The Oracle at Delphi informed him that he should report to King Eurystheus to serve for twelve years. Hercules was advised that, during this period of service, he should undertake any task the King wished. Hercules initially completed ten tasks, two of which were deemed invalid by the King for various reasons (in one, Hercules intended to accept pay for the completion of said task, and the other was completed with assistance). As a result, two new labors were set, the final of which was to capture Cerberus.

Hercules proceeded to sneak into the Underworld in search of Hades to ask Hades if he could borrow Cerberus for a bit. Hades agreed on the condition that Hercules capture the animal without weapons. Hercules was cool with this condition. Within short order, he overpowered Cerberus and dragged him back to Eurystheus.

Eurystheus was duly impressed, and quite possibly terrified of the massive beast. He fled, requesting that Hercules return Cerberus to the Underworld. Upon completion of this task, Eurystheus promised to free Hercules from his service.

Cerberus was returned to Hades, and Hercules went on to other adventures. And Cerberus went on to guard the Sorcerer's Stone and many other important things throughout the course of literature and history. ;) 



xoxo,

FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of the Witches)

Today's Myth or Monster Monday is going to be a little different. Instead of looking at a myth or a monster, we're taking a look at something that's a little of both. A real book that, for years, was used to gain false confessions and condemn accused "witches" to death with no evidence. 
Imagine for a minute that it is the 1800s (C.E.) and somewhere between “40,000 and 100,000″ otherwise ordinary people lie dead. They aren’t from the same place, or even the same time period. Their lives unfolded over the course of centuries, often never touching one another, and yet they are forever linked together.
These thousands were the innocent victims of the Inquisition, accused and condemned for imaginary crimes. No one knows exactly what caused the Inquisition to get so out of control, and perhaps that is one reason it has continued to be such a controversial subject throughout the years.
The Inquisitions originally began in France in 1184. The first of the Medieval Inquisitions was called the Episcopal Inquisition and is believed to be in response to the "Cathar heresy" sweeping southern France. It was so named because the Inquisition was led by local bishops called episcopos. Catharism was a “dualist religious movement with Gnostic elements that originated around the middle of the twelfth century” (Cathar, 2006). The Roman Catholic Church branded the Cathars as heretical and quickly moved to stamp out this movement.
During the earliest of the Inquisitions, torture and execution were not the norm. Instead, those wishing to confess and recant their heresy were allowed a month of grace and then given a light penance. By 1254 though, the accused were given no right to counsel and torture was being permitted by Pope Innocent IV.
By 1486, Heinrich Kramer had written his infamous treatise on the prosecution of witches, the Malleus Maleficarum. This book, though eventually condemned by the Roman Catholic Church in part, was used for centuries as a tool for torturing those viewed as guilty. And it didn't take much for one to be judged guilty of practicing witchcraft.

Due to hysteria and the outright fear of witchcraft, little more than an accusation was needed in many places. The Malleus encouraged Inquisitors to convince accusers to speak as informers, since 1) witchcraft was supposedly done in secret and an accuser would not have actually seen the acts, and 2) because of the perceived danger of being named an accuser. This made it far easier to condemn the accused because actual evidence was no longer needed.
Once the accusation was made, Inquisitors would sweep in to gain a confession. The Malleus Maleficarum told them exactly how to do that, starting with knowingly depriving the accused of justice by continually delaying the proceedings, stripping her naked for examination, and then binding her with cords. Once bound, the Malleus instructs the Inquisitors to "apply her to some engine of torture; and then let them obey at once but not joyfully, rather appearing to be disturbed by their duty. Then let her be released again at someone's earnest request, and taken on one side, and let her again be persuaded; and in persuading her, let her be told that she can escape the death penalty" (Malleus Maleficarum, Part 3, Question XIV).
Torture included things like tying rocks to her feet and tossing her into the lake. If she was innocent, she'd float. If she was guilty, she'd drown. You can guess how many floated. They would also poke her with various instruments, being careful not to draw blood. If she bled, she was innocent. If she didn't, she was guilty.
Those that survived the torture (those who didn't survive were viewed as having confessed by failing the tests) and confessed were then forced to confess outside of torture. If she failed to comply, the Inquisitors were instructed to bring additional torture devices to her, and inform her that unless she confessed once more, she would again be tortured. Fearing the threat of further torture, and reassured that she would not be put to death, many confessed.
Those who did were then told the only way to escape death was to accuse others. Hundreds of people took this thread of hope, accusing thousands more of imaginary crimes. And unfortunately, the thread quickly frayed beneath their fingers.
After others had been named, the accused would be burned at the stake anyway either by the same judge (Inquisitor) who convicted her, or by a ruse in which he would recuse himself and another judge would be brought in to condemn her to death.
Today, most see the Malleus Maleficarum for what it was: an instruction manual for the murder of innocent people. But the Inquisitions didn't end until the 1800s, when thousands had been wrongly convicted and killed by methods provided by the Malleus Maleficarum. Eventually, the church outlawed the book, but that didn't stop the Inquisitors from using it. Six additional printings were issue before the 1700s, each with an endorsement by an authority (such as the pope). While those endorsements are questionable at best, they did what was intended at the time, and increased the popularity of the treatise.
You can read the Malleus Maleficarum here. The various portions on gaining confessions are located in the third section of the treatise.

xoxo,

FALLThe Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is now available at Amazon Barnes and Noble | KOBO. FADE - The Ragnarök Prophesies: Book Two is available at: Amazon US | UK | DE | FR | IT | ES | Barnes and Noble | Kobo | Books-a-Million.