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Book Excerpt from Shawndirea

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Book Excerpt

Sunlight filtered through the leafy canopy. Several birds flew low across the stream and through the trees. Seconds later two yellow butterflies glided to the edge of the far bank and landed. A larger butterfly caught his attention. At first glance he thought it was a giant swallowtail, but instead, it turned out to be an oversized tiger swallowtail.

Ben’s fingers tightened around the net handle. He pushed himself to his feet. He stepped lightly and headed toward the stream to get a better look at the butterflies. Near the bank, a blur of metallic bluish-green streaked past him.

“Damn!” he said, watching the zipping wings catch the breeze and glide.

With incredible speed, it darted up, down, left to right, and along the stream’s edge. Perhaps the sweltering heat or near dehydration was playing tricks on him, but he was almost certain glittery dust trailed behind it.

Ben hurried after the butterfly, a prize unlike any other in his collection.

Few butterflies in this part of Kentucky had such metallic colorings. One he thought of immediately was the White M Hairstreak, but this one was too large and flew much swifter. Another butterfly with similar colors was the long-tailed skipper, but the sheen sparkling off the butterfly following the stream was too bright. Its flight was also more erratic. The skipper stayed near gardens, and he doubted any strayed this far into the woods since the larvae food plant was the leaf of various beanstalks.

Ben realized he had just discovered something new. Excitement shot through him.

He hurried along the stream and jumped over a fallen tree. His sudden pursuit had not gone unnoticed. The iridescent creature darted downward and swept through the tiny branches of a shrub. But Ben moved faster.

As the beautifully winged specimen shot through the other side of the bush, Ben arced the net sharply and captured his prize. The end of the net pulled and stretched while his captive struggled to fight free.

Quickly, Ben clamped his fingers near the end of the net, but by the time he did, the struggling ceased.

He opened the net and looked inside. His eyes widened.

“What the hell?” he asked.

At the bottom of the net lay a gorgeous creature, but not what he had expected to capture. Her wings were tattered, frayed. Unconscious, he hoped, but he feared she might be dying or already dead. Broken scales and wing fragments covered her nearly nude body.

His excitement of the chase suddenly turned to regret and dread.

A faery?

Ben dropped to his knees and gently set down the net.

“God,” he whispered. “I hope I didn’t kill you.”

 

Shawndirea

Shawndirea PB2Title: Shawndirea

Author: Leonard D. Hilley II

Genre: Fantasy

Often the smallest unexpected surprises garner the most demanding dilemmas, which proves to be the ordeal that entomologist Ben Whytten faces. While netting butterflies to add to his vast collection, he mistakenly sweeps what he thinks is the most spectacular butterfly he has ever seen into his net. Upon examining his catch, Ben is horrified to discover he has captured a faery and shredded her delicate wings into useless ribbons. Devastated, Ben vows to take Shawndirea back to her realm, Aetheaon; but he discovers that doing so places their lives into immediate danger. To get to Aetheaon, they must pass through a portal rift deep inside the haunted cavern, Devils Den. Once they cross the rift, Ben enters a world where mysteries, magic, betrayal, and power struggles await. He must adapt quickly or die because Aetheaon is filled with enchanted creatures and numerous races where chaos often dominates order. And since Shawndirea’s destined for the throne of Elvendale, opposing dark forces plot to prevent her from ever reaching her kingdom again. The faery’s magic isn’t enough to fully protect them, so he must trust other adventurers to aid them during their journey.

Author Bio

IMG_0042Leonard D. Hilley II currently lives in the mountains of Kentucky with his wife, Christal, and their two children. He is the author of The Darkness Series–Predators of Darkness: Aftermath, Beyond the Darkness, The Game of Pawns, and Death’s Valley.

Links

Book link: http://www.amazon.com/Shawndirea-Chronicles-Aetheaon-Book-One-ebook/dp/B00KYTQWUY

Blog link: http://deimosweb-hilley.blogspot.com/

Twitter: @Deimosweb

Facebook Author Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Leonard-D-Hilley-IIauthor-page/157289854329916?ref=hl

Shawndirea is available via Kindle Unlimited as well.

Giveaway

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Book Tours: Book Excerpt from One Wish

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“Just another distinction between us and the humans,” Aunt Tilda mused softly, almost to herself. “We were once immortal. Then more and more they broke the rules, got involved with the humans, and produced children with scrambled up DNA, like you and me. It’s a recessive gene, you know— it only shows up every so many generations in the families that carry it. The last time it showed up, was me. There has never been another, until you.”

“The… humans?” Till’s head swam. “You speak of humans as if they’re something you and I are not. If we’re not that, could you explain to me exactly what you think we are then?”

“Fairy Godmothers, dear.” She said it casually, without ceremony.

Till slid down the wall and sat on the floor. “I’m sorry, but did you just say…”

Aunt Tilda sighed. “What I am about to tell you won’t be easy to accept, Till. I can only hope that in the days ahead that you will be able to come to terms with what it all means. I hope it will bring you some comfort, finally understanding why it is that you’ve always been different,” she explained. “I’m a Fairy Godmother, Till, and so are you. Well, not quite yet… but the process has already started, and your adult traits are beginning to show up. Things you may have worried weren’t normal about yourself… like the insomnia. All easily explained, because they are all a part of who you are meant to become.”

Till laughed out loud. “You mean, like in Cinderella… that kind of Fairy Godmother?”

“Well, we tend to dress a little more stylishly and have better hair, but yes, like that.” She saw how troubled Till was by this revelation. “Are you all right, dear?”

“Am I… am I all right?” Till exclaimed. “She tells me I’m some sort of fairy human hybrid and then she asks me if I’m all right?” She scrambled to her feet and started for the door. “Aunt Tilda, I don’t mean any disrespect, but you are sincerely freaking me out right now, and I think I need to take a walk.”

“But we’ve so much work to do, and not much time left.”

“I know, I know… you keep telling me that.”

“There’s a package from the lawyer that you need to look at. I’ve taken care of everything already, but you need to—”

“I really need some air… I’m sorry.” Till dashed for the nearest door, which happened to be the one to the back porch, and ran outside without her coat.

It was snowing, coming down in a flurry that made it difficult to see the sky. She fought to catch her breath, tilting her head up toward the faded image of the sun as it tried to break through heavy clouds. It only succeeded in sending down a few thin, bright shafts.

She felt sick, and yet something about what the old woman was saying did not feel crazy to her anymore. That part was beginning to worry her more than anything else.

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Title: One Wish – The Of Stardust Collection

Author: February Grace

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Two books, one unforgettable romance!

Till Nesbitt had no idea what she was getting into when she learned the truth about her future from her Great Aunt Tilda: that she was destined to become a Fairy Godmother, because the skills were written into her DNA.

Faced with a whole new world of rules to navigate and a heart full of confusion, will Till be able to live for her work, or will her partnership with sweet, handsome Gus Duncan lead to her downfall?

Author Bio

5820076February Grace is a writer, artist and poet who lives somewhere that is much colder than she would like most of the time.

She sings on key, plays by ear, and is more than mildly obsessed with music, clocks, colors, and meteor showers.

Her poetry, prose, and/or flash fiction have appeared in The Rusty Nail Literary Magazine, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and Rose and Thorn Journal. Her work can also be found in the following anthologies: Poetry Pact Volume One, Anything Prose…And Poetry, Too! and Orange Karen, Tribute To A Warrior.

GODSPEED, her debut novel, is a labor of love she refers to as “Literary romance with steampunk embellishments.”

Her second novel, OF STARDUST, is a modern, romantic fantasy tale. IN STARLIGHT is its sequel.

Links

Website: http://februarywriter.blogspot.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5820076.February_Grace

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FebruaryGrace

Twitter: @februarygrace

 

Purchase links

Booktrope Publishing: http://booktrope.com/book/one-wish-the-of-stardust-collection/  

Amazon (US): http://www.amazon.com/One-Wish-Collection-February-Grace-ebook/dp/B00L3H572U/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1404995027&sr=8-4&keywords=one+wish+collection

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/one-wish-february-grace/1119775249?ean=2940149806836&itm=1&usri=one+wish+collection

Book Excerpt from Rocket Ship

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RS_FrontCover_8_5_v3_AZTitle: Rocket Ship

Author: C.O.B.

Genre: YA Fantasy

Lincoln and Gary are best friends planning a simple trip to the night rock in the sky. However, they quickly find out that “easier said than done” is far more than just an outdated adage; it is a reality, for the dreamers face obstacle after obstacle in trying to gather the materials they need to build their ship. Not only that, but when their plan is discovered, their two-man field trip becomes much more than that. Now, the captain and the general will have to lead a rescue mission, one of far greater importance than they ever imagined. What would you do? Save only yourself or risk it all to save the lives of others as well as your own?

Rocket Ship is the miraculous, thrilling story of two friends, a tale of two hopefuls, two dreamers, two rescuers and the extremes they go through to save one another and others like them, before the world they live in destroys them all.

Author Bio

Rocket Ship is C.O.B.’s first young adult novel, but his third book overall. His first book, Hope(less), was a literary fiction about the journey a young couple endures for love. C.O.B.’s second book was a collection of works that included poems, short stories, and even a heartwarming tale told via screenplay.

Links

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Promo videos about the book:
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Book Excerpt

Fully armored and protected, Crystal Tiffany is ready, a warrior. She runs. She looks behind her as urgency and concern grows on her face. She looks forward, digs deep within for a bit more energy, and finds it in desperation to continue running with haste.

Suddenly, a sparkling white horse, a stallion, gallops from behind, racing up to the warrior’s right. Crystal Tiffany extends her right hand and grabs hold of the horse’s long, flowing mane. She pulls herself up, mounting the creature with ease, strength, and rhythm. “Faster!” she yells. “I need you to go faster!!”

The sparkling white stallion obeys and begins galloping even harder, going even faster.

She then snaps her right arm behind her back, and more stars crystallize. Crystal Tiffany removes a sword from its sheath. The star-formed handle is golden, but the blade consists of the brightest stars in existence; it is white, like a strike of lightning. Crystal Tiffany lifts her right arm higher and higher. She then swings the arm down, slashing her sword across its back. A shrill scream fills the sky, and something golden and glowing falls from its grasp. The stallion gallops past it. The warrior pulls back on her stallion’s mane, forcing him to turn around. She hops off the horse and screams. She screams and yells again, as loud as she can. She must let it know she is here, that she is not afraid, so she emits her most vicious war cry. She was not running; no, Crystal Tiffany was giving chase.

She chases the giant, the monster, the entity, the beast comprised entirely of dark matter—the darkness of the sky, the evil of the Earth caused by all the wrongdoing, that which oozes up from the surface of the decrepit planet and creates acid rain that destroys all beneath it. This dark matter, the giant menace, has eyes that swirl inward, a vortex of a black hole. Its pupils glow, two twinkles, as if there once existed a light of hope and goodness there; clearly, that light was sucked inside the wickedness and now just falls and keeps falling endlessly, a reminder of the hollowness it created, the hollowness it is. The monster’s eyes are hypnotic, however; if anyone stares into those eyes in fear, that one’s soul will be devoured. Above those eyes are thick, charcoal-gray brows that flow upward, the stuff of smog and smugness.

The beast looks backward in search of the object it dropped, then quickly glances forward and lets out a deafening, horrific growl at Crystal Tiffany. It bears its black mouth, flaunting its ominous, jagged, metallic teeth. The animal then flashes the talons that make up his hands: sharpened, long, metallic claws instead of fingers, so deadly sharp and glowing silver.

They charge, running toward one another at the speed of vengeance.

“I’m not afraid of you!” Crystal Tiffany screams as she runs.

Promo Post Liminal Lights

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Liminals_BookCoverVER2Title: Liminal Lights

Author: J.M. Bogart

Genre: MG/YA Fantasy

What if faerie magic is real?

Nadia discovers an ancient truth hidden by Liminals, coveted by Shadow Monsters, and protected by humans.

Somewhere, between faerie legends and story books, lies the truth to magic. It grows in children, matures, and is eventually captured by Liminal beings. These small, faerie-like creatures harvest and manipulate it, crafting it into the talents and skills inherent in humans. The rest, they keep for themselves in an effort to sustain their own life forces.

The human race is evolving, forcing Bean, Pritt, and Tissa to find new ways of harvesting human magic to save their own kind. Nadia’s power, found in her talent as an artist, is the last hope for these Liminal beings who find themselves caught between light and shadow. Liminals aren’t the only ones after her magic, so are the creatures who lurk under the bed, hide in the darkness, and go bump in the night.

This is the first book of a trilogy.

Author Bio

Photo_JMBogartJ.M. Bogart believes there’s a spark of magic in every person, regardless of age or background. Her upper Middle Grade novels are written with bright and imaginative youth in mind. She hopes to provide fun and appropriate content combined with challenging language and concepts for readers drifting in those precocious middle years.

Ms. Bogart spends her days writing, editing, and caring for her very busy family. She used to dream of the day when Mary Poppins would swoop in to help with the children, but now that they are older she wishes those chaotic days filled with giggles and sunshine hadn’t disappeared quite so fast. You can follow J.M. Bogart on Facebook, Twitter, and her blog.

Other Books (Women’s Fiction):

Money, Masks & Madness (2013): http://www.amazon.com/Money-Masks-Madness-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B00CCH5IIS

Reflections (2012): http://www.amazon.com/Reflections-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B009JUQ30S

Remember Newvember (2011): http://www.amazon.com/Remember-Newvember-Jennifer-Bogart-ebook/dp/B0052UAG70

Links

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JenniferBogartAuthor

Twitter: @JenniferBogart https://twitter.com/JenniferBogart

Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JenniferBogart/posts

Blog: http://jenniferbogart-author.blogspot.ca/

Publisher Website (Morning Rain Publishing): http://morningrainpublishing.com/project/liminal-lights/

Book Excerpt from The Taming

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We’re hosting an excerpt from MG novel “The Taming”, which is currently on tour with Enchanted Book Promotions. Enjoy!

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There they were, right in the middle of one of the murkiest, eeriest, creepiest and darkest swamps in all the Refuge. It was pitch black, and yet the old mole could see his friend’s tiny face as if it were noon on a fair day. It was bright and glowing. At that moment the mole knew his hunches were right—something special was indeed happening.

About The Book

tamingcoverJPGLargeTitle: The Taming

Author: Atticus Krum

Genre: Middle Grade

A forbidden journey. A secret agenda. A mysterious object.

When Thutter McClutter, a young Glade-dwelling shrew, willingly decides to break the ancient Code and cross into the shadowy darkness of the great Woode, he is certain that seeing the mysterious Solkreat is the goal. But as he and his friends near the curious Creature, an altogether different agenda is exposed. One of his fellow adventurers wants the magic hogseye. However, the powerful and wicked Beastmonger also covets the enchanted object, and he will stop at nothing to get it—not even murder.

A story of true friendship, lasting faith, and willing sacrifice, The Taming is the first installment of the Refuge Chronicles—an adventurous trilogy about a young shrew, his newly-discovered purpose, and the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness.

Author Bio

Krum5Atticus  never intended on becoming a writer; however, he eventually would come to realize that Magic’s stories were meant to be shared. He now spends most of his time putting pen to paper readying the tales he’s collected for publishing. Mr. Krum resides on a small farm in the Midwest with Albi, his albino ferret. He travels only when absolutely necessary. He does not care to be photographed and almost never smiles. What’s more, he dresses almost exclusively in black. He says that the latter is for simplicity sake, but those who know him are certain that he is just color blind. To learn more about Atticus, please visit his website: www.atticuskrum.com.

Links

Publisher:   www.huntlyhouse.com

Author Website:   www.atticuskrum.com

Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgqmQ1PIrXdgNMyYSWGq6FQ

Buy the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Taming-Atticus-Krum/dp/0988534916

Book Excerpt from Crossing Forbidden Lines

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We’re hosting an excerpt from coming-of-age fantasy novel “Crossing Forbidden Lines”. Enjoy the excerpt.

Book Excerpt

Excerpt from Chapter Two of CROSSING FORBIDDEN LINES

Blood filled the trench and Olchemy got out of there—and in the nick of time, for the axe which must’ve chopped off the Giant’s head crashed into the spot Olchemy just abandoned. Were the Titans still alive after all? When he looked across the valley, he soon found out.

Yes, they were and so were the Giants, all coming out of hiding while the flood passed. It would be easy to tell them apart. Giants always stood between twelve to fifteen feet tall, wore simple ragged garments, and looked either grumpy or slow-to-wit. Titans stood fifteen to twenty-five feet, wore beautiful, clean loose clothing and carried a look of nobility…Though this same nobility seemed to have been lost over the years, being replaced by rage. In fact, both races were once said to be peaceful, caring and possessing of magic, especially the Titans.

It is told this grace fell during the end of the Second Age and their hearts began to slip, driving them into madness. No one could remember why. Some say they disliked the changes of the world and others said the Dark put a curse on them. Whatever the reason, one thing seemed sure, this happened the same time the Wizard Crystals and their Guardians disappeared—leaving not a trace. An era shrouded in mystery indeed.

While Olchemy waited for another battle to erupt, he soon noticed theses two opposing races were not fighting anymore, but working together, focusing on something else—something from above.

There he was, just as Olchemy feared, the High Wizard Levieth, sitting upon his Wyvern. A fearful fifty foot long dragon creature, having a dark-brown and gray body, orange eyes, huge leathery wings with a long tail carrying a deadly stinger. Hovering in the air, it roared sounding like ten angry bulls.

The Giants and Titans let loose a storm of arrows and javelins, all racing toward the evil in the sky.

Levieth countered by thrusting his staff forward, casting a type of energy or spell invisible to the eye. Transparent, the weapons slowed their pace shining with bluish-white lights, and then changed course, plunging toward the attackers themselves, each one to its wielder.

They all ran for cover but it didn’t matter; the weapons were not free falling, Levieth controlled them by telekinesis. Wherever the Giants or Titans hid, the arrows and javelins found their ‘masters’ and slaughtered them.

Only one slipped away…A Titan, merely because he hadn’t been among those who attacked. From the very beginning of making war against Levieth he’d been climbing the steep rocky valley and finally reached the top. He stood about twenty feet tall, with long coarse blonde hair and blazing blue eyes. A mighty warrior indeed, perhaps the King, wielding a great war hammer. He ran across the desert, causing sand to spray and scatter, then leapt high into the sky toward his enemy, attempting to crush the intruding evil.

Olchemy silently rooted him on, as it seemed the High Wizard did not take notice.

But another did, the Wyvern. Then just before the Titan could swing, the Wyvern swung its tail, stabbing the Titan through the stomach with its stinger.

He roared in absolute pain from the poison. His eyes bubbled and melted, his skin turned dark green. Then his body crumpled apart entirely, the decayed pieces blowing away in the wind. All seemed finished here—the Giants and Titans obliterated.

Olchemy got down low, forcing himself between clusters of rocks where a slight opening remained, so he could still watch Levieth.

The Wyvern flew a bit higher and Levieth cast yellow lights from his staff, down across the valley, between every crack and in every hole.

Did he search for more enemies, or did he sense Olchemy’s presence? Olchemy did not know. He may have sensed him when he used levitation to avoid the rushing water in the tunnel. How foolish I am! Olchemy thought, his heart racing. If I’m discovered it’s over. I stand no chance. Please let him not find me. Not yet. Please?

Levieth continued to search through the valley, shining his lights everywhere, even against the cluster of rocks Olchemy hid under. Sweat poured off Olchemy’s brow, his hands shaking excessively.

Unexpectedly, the beams went out like a candle flame. The High Wizard seemed to give up his search…Upon his Wyvern, he flew away, heading further south.

Crossing Forbidden Lines

GS2Title: Crossing Forbidden Lines

Author: J.W. Baccaro

Genre: Dark Wizard / Coming of Age Fantasy

The Elemental Crystals were originally created to protect the earth. However, Abaddon the Demon Lord plans to use them to transform the earth into a realm of haunting darkness and witchery, forever. In Guiding The Blue Flame, a young but powerful Nasharin Warrior, Darshun Luthais is drawn to one of these magical crystals of immense power. He learns he’s the fulfillment of the two thousand year old Prophecy of the Guardian. The Wizard Olchemy informs him that he is the protector and guardian the earth has been waiting for.

With Darshun’s ability to sense the Elemental Crystals, Olchemy devises a plan to obtain them. Accompanied by a small group of companions the hunt is on, in hopes to retrieve the long lost crystals before the Demon Lord claims them. During the journey, Darshun encounters Aurora, the sole survivor of a now extinct people. He falls in love for the first time, and now resents the so-called Guardian of the Prophecy role.

Due to Darshun’s naïve spirit he’s caught off guard by Nayland, a mysterious dark warrior who confronts him about his abandonment of the quest. He reveals that he too, is a Nasharin warrior, though far exceeding Darshun in skill and power. Darshun’s father, Mirabel saves him from death at the hands of Nayland.

Outmatched and in bewilderment from the attack, a fire awakens in Darshun. He plans on reaching his father’s level of power with a journey to Shajin Island, where Nasharin Warriors train. He’ll be gone for only one day in Earth realm time, but due to the magic of the rigorous island, it will be seven long years for him. Entering the mystical realm of Shajin, he eagerly awaits its life threatening challenges.

In Crossing Forbidden Lines, Darshun faces a solemn heartbreaking betrayal by the woman he loves and is left dying from a hideous torture inflicted by the Queen’s guards. He is healed by a female Elf, Kelarin who he calls his angel.

Feeling his power to be tripled, he battles Queen Talvenya’s son and slays him. Thus, earning the Queen’s undying vow of revenge. Afterward, he faces the Demon Lord in a fierce battle which nearly kills him once again. After a mysterious Elder nurses him back to health, he returns to his father, Mirabel to help defeat the massive army of the Demon Lord.

Author Bio

Me_and_AlexJ.W.Baccaro is the author of the Guardian Series. In his free time he enjoys literature—fiction and non-fiction, playing electric guitar in the heavy metal band Rigor Hill, Consciousness and NDE studies, and thinking how to intertwine his thoughts about the world’s myths, legends and distinct truths into his novels. He lives in upstate NY with his wife Melissa, his son Alexander, his two German Shepherds and his three cats.

Links

http://www.guardianseries-jwbaccaro.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/JWBaccaro/184531844916499?ref=hl
https://twitter.com/JWBaccaro
http://jwforbiddenrealm.blogspot.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=df-L6u1zvpo

Buy a copy of the book on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Crossing-Forbidden-Fantasy-Sorcery-Guardian-ebook/dp/B00FP53P5W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1396442861&sr=8-1&keywords=crossing+forbidden+lines

Giveaway

 There is a tour-wide giveaway for a $50 amazon gift card, and .pdf copies of the books in the series.

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Promo Post The Books of Ascension

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Zenith – The First Book of Ascension

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Imagine

A mountain so great it takes a year to travel from base to summit

A sun so powerful it drives you into madness if you look at it

An ascent so vital it determines the fate of the world

A summit so precious it holds the key to the divine

The world of the great Mountain is unstable. Giant pillars erupt from the surface and yawning chasms form unpredictably underfoot. Since the Maelir first stood on its slopes in the distant past, they have sought to still its anger and control its power. Each year, twin brothers are chosen to make a perilous journey to the summit. If they survive they will be witness to Zenith, and the secrets will be revealed to them.

When Atreu and Teyth embark on their Ascent, their Talismans lead them onto conflicting paths that will ultimately set brother against brother. And this time the Ascent itself is in peril as unknown forces that have long craved the power of Zenith will stop at nothing to make it their own even if it means destroying the very thing that sustains all life the Mountain itself.

Equinox – The Second Book of Ascension

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The Keep

The most beautiful city on the great Mountain

The pinnacle of Maelir culture

The home of the Inner Sanctum

The place where secrets hide

 

The fate of the Mountain hangs in balance at the time of Equinox, and even the Keep can no longer remain untouched. The Maelir are desperate to defend it, the Faemir to demolish it, the windriders to claim it. But unknown to them all, a dark force has already emerged from the chaos to seize power.

As Atreu and Verlinden strive to decipher the power of the Talisman that has defined Atreu’s Ascent, Teyth and Valkyra are locked in a desperate battle that neither of them can win. At a time when darkness and light are in perfect equilibrium, when Maelir and Faemir must find a way to break the deadlock and avoid annihilation, the world’s fate lies in the Book of Ascension.

Eclipse – The Lost Book of Ascension

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What happens if after the winter solstice, the days keep getting shorter?

And shorter?

Until there is an eternal night?

What happens as the darkness grows?

And the creatures of dusk take control of the Mountain?

And the quest for the third Book is the only hope?

The Mountain is in its death throes as the Nazir send their wraiths to finish what the dusk-rats and grale had begun. Soon there will be no daylight to protect the Maelir and Faemir, and with each twilight there are fewer places to hide. Will the Mountain finally collapse under its own instability or will Atreu and Verlinden’s descent find the words of salvation in the Lost Book of Ascension?

Author Bio

Dirk Strasser photo 2Dirk Strasser has written over 30 books for major publishers in Australia and is an Active Member of the SFWA. He has won multiple Australian Publisher Association Awards, a Ditmar for Best Professional Achievement, and has been short-listed for the Aurealis and Ditmar Awards a number of times. His short story, “The Doppelgänger Effect”, appeared in the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, Dreaming Down Under. His acclaimed fantasy series The Books of Ascension – including Zenith and Equinox – was originally published by Pan Macmillan in Australia and by Heyne Verlag in Germany and has been re-published by the Macmillan Momentum imprint, this time including the “lost” third book. His fiction has been translated into a number of languages. His short stories include “The Jesus Particle“ in Cosmos magazine, “Stories of the Sand” in Realms of Fantasy, and “The Vigilant” in Fantasy magazine.  His most recent sale was “The Mandelbrot Bet” to the 2014 Tor anthology Carbide Tipped Pens, edited by Ben Bova and Eric Choi. He founded the Aurealis Awards and has co-published and co-edited Aurealis magazine for over 20 years.

Links

The Books of Ascension trailer

World of Ascension

www.dirkstrasser.com

Twitter: @DirkStrasser

Dirk’s Blog

Dirk’s Facebook Page

Buy the books!

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