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Fantasy Promo – Ganesha’s Temple

Hello there folks.  We have got a great way to start this week on account of a promo you won’t soon forget.  We’ve had sci-fi and traditional fantasies to show off in recent days, but today’s featured book is a different animal altogether.

Primarily urban fantasy, but with healthy doses of mythology, hindu spirituality and philosophy, Rohit Gaur’s Ganesha’s Temple, the first book in his Temple Wars series, is unlike anything you’ve ever read. It is of the utmost quality, and it sucks you in right away.  Before you realized it, you’ll have flipped through most of the pages.

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“I will help you prepare yourself for the dangers that lie ahead.”

Those words and Lord Ganesha’s appearance in a dream ring ominously in fourteen-year-old Tarun Sharma’s mind as he and his family travel to a festival celebrating the elephant-headed god.

Tarun, the son of Kashmir’s chief minister, soon experiences his first taste of danger when terrorists attack the festival. He flees into the wilderness and takes shelter in a cave—where he meets Ganesha and discovers the deity needs his help.

Thus begins a journey into a mystical spirit world full of strange creatures and infused by the life-giving power of prana. Tarun must travel into the spirit world to return to Ganesha what’s his. But the clock is ticking as he struggles to avoid the evil Serpentine and races to complete his tasks. If he fails, the disastrous consequences will spill out of the spirit world and devastate the Earth.

Travel with Tarun on an odyssey of epic importance in Rohit Gaur’s Ganesha’s Temple, the first book in the Temple Wars series. It’s a fantasy adventure with a message that will inspire as a young boy discovers the strength and courage he needs to persevere.

Gaur is a serial entrepreneur, and his many successes in life have clearly been used as a model for this book—and the long-spanning brand that is sure to come from it.  With beautiful art and maps, flawless writing and a story that’s as deep as it is compelling, Ganesha’s Temple is sure to be your favorite new book.  And today, you can get this book, regularly selling for $9.99 for the low price of… wait for it… absolutely free.  Be sure to pick it up from Amazon now!

Fantasy Promo – Finders Keepers

I have a lot of respect for people who can work in the same world seamlessly.  It’s not always easy, and you see a lot of people who seem to struggle with it.  Here at Tellest, we’re lucky enough to have a synergy that’s just about unmatched, but every now and again, you’ll run into people who do it better and make you look like such an amateur.

Enter Jeremy Hicks and Barry Hayes.  They managed to create not just a written work, but a living, breathing fantasy world: Faltyr.  Not content to let that world go on uninhabited, the two chaps developed a screenplay and a book to introduce it.  Finders Keepers is the first book in the Cycle of Ages Saga, and it is a doozy of an entry point.

The team of Hicks and Hayes does a great job making their cast of characters likable right from the start.  As the story continues to unfold, it really begins to express this wonderful world that the authors have created.

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On the faraway world of Faltyr, a calamitous Mage of Moor’dru must do whatever it takes to get the secretive contents of a magic chest back home to his master. But when his disastrous nature shipwrecks him on an accursed island, Kaladimus Dor must cooperate with a motley crew of survivors, including mercenaries from the adventuring guild known as Finders Keepers, to secure their only means of escape, a powerful ship of legend. Can the contentious group of survivors find this Hallowed Vessel before they are consumed, figuratively by their own inner strife or literally by the island’s ravenous inhabitants? And what will happen if the survivors discover Dor is the one responsible for shipwrecking them there in the first place? Will they forgive him or will his actions be their undoing?

 

Obviously these two authors know how to craft an interesting, gripping story.  I can’t wait for more from them and their world.  If you’re interested in Finders Keepers, you can find it here on Amazon. For more on the world of Faltyr, visit the Cycle of Ages Saga website.

Urban Fantasy Promo – Divide and Conquer

A few weeks back, we presented you with a look at Divide and Conquer (Champions of Elonia Book 1) by Carmen Fox.  Today, we’re refreshing your memory, because it is worth the read.

With strong characters and a story that leaves you wanting more, Divide and Conquer might be your go-to book for a little Spring reading.

 

Two women. One prophecy. Zero places to hide.

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Flung from her mundane Seattle existence into a world of magic, scientist Lea struggles to make sense of a destiny she doesn’t want. The moment she finds comfort in the arms of a man who appreciates her inner nerd, a new magic sweeps the realms.

Nieve, Lea’s instructor, may be seasoned in the art of war, but she’s clueless when it comes to romance. To save her world, she allies herself with her enemy, a kindred warrior soul, who leaves no doubt he’s after more than her cooperation.

As each tick of the clock swallows another person’s memory, Lea and Nieve will do anything to hang on to theirs, but betrayal drives a wedge in their friendship. Can they reconcile and rally the troops before the magic wipes out their pasts?

 

If you’re interested in Fox’s work, check out her website.  If you want to just get right down to it and pick up her novel, head to the Divide and Conquer Amazon page.

Fox also has a trailer up for the book that you can check out if that’s your thing.

Horror Book Promo – Death of the Body

We’ve got a new treat for you today, in the form of a Horror book promotion for a real up-and-comer.  Rick Chiantaretto has developed a truly interesting story about a return from death.  His Crossing Death series has expanded, with the second book releasing this month, to high appraise already.  And with a fan base as fervent as his, you know it’s a story worth paying attention to.

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I grew up in a world of magic. By the time I was ten I understood nature, talked to the trees, and listened to the wind. When the kingdom of men conquered my town, I was murdered by one of my own—the betrayer of my kind. But I didn’t stay dead.

I woke to find myself in a strange new world called Los Angeles. The only keys to the life I remembered were my father’s ring, my unique abilities, and the onslaught of demons that seemed hell-bent on finding me. Now I must learn who I really am, protect my friends, get the girl, and find my way back to my beloved hometown of Orenda.

 

This is the kind of book that speaks to me – it’s magical, intense and mysterious.  Rick’s first book in the Crossing Death series, which is currently free, can be found on Amazon, here.  You can also find out more about Rick and his books on his website.

Fantasy Book Promo – Not Where I Wanna Be

Every once and a while, you get a curious opportunity to experience a new story.  When you first happen upon it, it might not seem real – is it satire?  There’s no way that the author could possibly be so exuberant in their expression.  But that’s just what you get from Sarantos, a singer-songwriter from Chicago who determined that he wanted to work on a companion novel for his music, something that he is more passionate about than most people are about anything.  Not Where I Wanna Be is filled with emotion – most of it wholesome and beautiful.  And while it is atypical throughout, it clings deftly to that old cliche not to judge a book by its cover.

 

This is the story of Sarantos’ fantastic journey. Come along for this unusual adventure and prepare to be surprised at every turn.

 

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In this fiction/fantasy book, Sarantos is a young human male born on Earth, but currently residing in the home of Wallis on the world of Yarrowtopia. He is 30 years old with dark curly hair and a sensitive nature. He writes lyrics and plays guitar. He is being taught by Wallis on the skills of using magic, which he converts into lyrics and sings his spells like a bard of old. He started a band in this new land. He is in love with Leigh and is best friends with Brad. He has traveled from where he didn’t want to be to where he wants to be via a message from a dream. Mika, rescued him and brought him to a world where he found his one true love, Leigh. He loves singing and enjoys his band while still appreciating the luxury of a shower on his new world, which he incorporated to work with the help of Wallis. Little did he ever realize the adventure of a lifetime that would unfold…

 

Sarantos is an absolutely prolific artist.  If you’re interested in following someone who refuses to let his fans down, you can find his website here.  He also has a YouTube channel that is updated on a 16regular basis.  And last but not least, arguably the reason you came here, the link to his book, here.

 

Fantasy Book Promo – Rainbow Gardens: A WWII Historical Fantasy

Well look at that.  Two great period piece fantasies back to back, and they couldn’t be more different.  When you typically think of fantasy, your mind doesn’t race to World War II (unless maybe you’ve been watching Outlander).  But to some, creativity just sticks out at you, and it becomes a story that needs to be told.

James Malone’s Rainbow Gardens is that kind of story that needs to be told.  It’s helps to tell an important part of American history, and it also slides in an appropriate amount of fantasy that gives it just the right flavor.  It all stems from a basic thought: After the Japanese Internment, can Harry Shikita ever forgive the trolls who put him there?

 

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The descendants of Cain are trolls. The kind that turn to stone. They live among us, craving forgiveness, knowing that their hereditary stain can never be removed–at least, not until their own Redeemer comes.

They think they’ve found him. His name is a Harry Shikita, a Japanese-American immigrant to Minnesota in the 1920s. But Harry knows nothing about trolls. All he wants is the American Dream: a successful business, to become a member of the Rotary–a good ol’ boy. He spends decades building Rainbow Gardens, Minnesota’s first and best roadside resort for motorists.

But the 20s and 30s are a tough time to be a “Jap” in America, and it only gets worse after Pearl Harbor. Innocent of any wrongdoing, Harry finds himself interned for the duration of the war–and his business in tatters.

Can Harry find a way to forgive his adopted country? And in so doing, can he become the trolls’ bridge to God’s Grace? The answer lies within the neon paradise of Rainbow Gardens.

 

James is no stranger to the written word, having experiences in advertising, communications and public affairs.  You can download the eloquently crafted Rainbow Gardens from Amazon, here.

 

Fantasy Story Promo – Tale of a Silver Lion: Refuge Ending

When you write your first story, it really is a magical feeling.  I don’t want to remember a time when crafting a world, or developing a character wasn’t in my life.  It’s an addicting process, perhaps only rivaled by the first time that you actually put your story out there for others.

Tale of a Silver Lion: Refuge Ending is Gene Herington’s first published tale, and it begins an ambitious written universe known as the Stonemaster Series.  You can tell that there’s a lot of thought that goes into Herington’s work too, as he effortlessly crafts a tale for his hero, Pencheval.

Landing squarely in high fantasy, Herington makes it known that he is familiar and comfortable in the genre.  Moreover, he balances his prose with action and a building story, bits of humor, and overall he leads through to a fun adventure.

 

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Pencheval had traveled to the Emerald Refuge to get away from the life of a Silver Lion Adept. Being part of a guild of mercenaries and bounty hunters was wearing hard upon him. But he quickly found the slower pace of contemplation in the quiet valley dull, and accepted the contract he should not have taken.

It seemed easy enough work for one skilled in sword and magic. All he had to do was accompany a patrol and assess a threat. Instead, he found a scourge strong enough to lay waste to the Emerald Refuge, and it will take everything he has to even survive the night.

 

This first foray into the writing game has definitely stoked my interest in Herington’s work.  My hope is that we get to see more from the Stonemaster series soon.  If you’re interested in Tale of a Silver Lion: Refuge Ending, check it out on Amazon.  As of this writing, it is part of a free promotion for two days!

 

Fantasy Book Promo – Trapped in Glass

Ladies and gentlemen, we are back in full force today, live (sort of) from the Otherworld.  I’m always happy to have a new story to act as the herald for, and in this case, I’m excited to introduce you to Trapped in Glass, a fantasy novel from Robert Vincent.

Robert’s work is one that I’m a very big fan of.  That might be because it reminds me in some ways of my work.  I do think that he captures action incredibly well, and it is that talent that leads the beginning of Trapped in Glass to capture you so efficiently.

Let’s let Robert’s work grab your attention for a moment:

 

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King Rolt has cast his poison daughters across the realm. With skirmishes on the Greenlyn border, Denwar preparing for battle, and Ralvek being drawn into the fray – his daughters need only play their parts and Migorill will become the sole power in the land. That is, if everything proceeds as planned… Unfortunately for Rolt, the loyalties of blood are not as strong as he had hoped.

Elizabeth, his second daughter, is determined to put the schemes of her father to an end. She has thrown her lot in with Adric, a Greenlyn Corporal, in an open declaration against her sire. He has seen the strength of Migorill’s royal line, and if they should fail, Elizabeth will bring the fight to her father with her own two hands.

Like father, like daughter.

 

Robert has been working on Trapped in Glass for a long time.  That kind of patient craftsmanship is what makes the book a fun, engaging read.  This decade-in-the-making story is well worth a look, and comes from an author who is well-read, and very interesting.  If you’re interested in the novel, please check it out on Amazon.  And for more information on the author, visit Robert’s personal website.

Fantasy Book Promo – Saphora vol. 1: Retention

How cool would it be to be a superhero?  How amazing would it be to fly from one point on the Earth to another?  Saphora by Jaz Johnson entertains these thoughts, but it also goes behind the curtain, and shows the struggles of the person behind the powers. You see, Saphora is not entirely unlike our favorite Kryptonian. Jettisoned from her planet, her true origins are lost to her.  She has found peace on Earth, except for the encroachment of Tebias, who seeks to return her to her ancestral home.

Johnson has lovingly crafted a story for Saphora, and one that seems eager to continue being told.  She’s even got a second character from her Athena universe who is making waves.  Her words will explain the beginning of the saga better than I could:

 

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Launched from an escape pod by the hands of her desperate mother and queen of the Kiran kingdom in attempts to save her only child from an approaching war, our protagonist Saphora finds herself on Earth, plagued with amnesia. Taken in by an ordinary woman, Saphora attends therapy in attempts to regain her memory. All while constantly discovering new abilities. But she wasn’t the only one to visit Earth. A man has been sent from the enemy lines to assassinate Saphora while she is vulnerable. But handicapped as she is, she fights back, learning that she is the only thing standing in the way of the kingdom falling. With the costs mounting, can Saphora find a way to save the planet that fostered her and her kingdom?

 

If Saphora sounds like the kind of heroine that you can get behind, check out the first book in the series, Retentionhere.  And for more from the prolific Miss Johnson, including her stellar books, check out her website.

Fantasy Book Promo – The Cult of Yex Saga – Part I: Second Cataclysm

Phew, that title is a mouthful!  It feels like it’s been a while since we talked about a book from Otherworld (though it’s only been 10 days).  Luckily, we’ve got a whole series to talk about today!  The Cult of Yex Saga, a highly ambitious epic fantasy that’s been crafted lovingly by two authors (a first for our promos) is what’s on the table today.

At least three novels deep, the series is a must-read for anyone who has grown to love epic fantasy.  Folks, this is the kind of story that has been brewing since the turn of the century, and that can only mean good things.

 

In Second Cataclysm, Jason F. Smith and C. Parker Garlitz have launched a revolution in epic high fantasy. Four brave heroes from the desert city of Demon’s Bluff find themselves in a desperate race to foil the reemergence of the ancient Cult of Yex. Cael, Needle, Brynn and Mallet discover that their destinies are inextricably intertwined and the future of their world is in mortal peril. When a massive prophesied earthquake rips their hometown, the heroes are swept into a relentless struggle against the secretive and pernicious Cult.

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The Cult of Yex Saga shatters the mold of traditional epic fantasy, elevating it to new heights of storytelling sophistication. The Cult of Yex Saga is an exquisite blend of magic and high fantasy told in the exciting style of a thriller: mystery, suspense and fast-paced action. The exciting new fantasy world is filled with compelling characters, atmospheric settings and terrifying villains. Don’t start reading unless you are planning to lose sleep and skip work. The more layers of the cult’s diabolical scheme you uncover, the more you begin to comprehend the far-reaching depths of their nefarious plot. From the captivating first page to the heart-stopping climax, the masterfully woven plot will compel you to keep the pages turning. Brace yourself: The Cult of Yex Saga is unlike any fantasy series you have ever read.

The Cult of Yex Saga is a multi-part epic fantasy series:

• Part I: Second Cataclysm
• Part II: Prophecies of Old
• Part III: Bystle Vale
• More: Coming soon…

 

I just love it when I see more coming soon.  You definitely owe it to yourself to invest some time into this new series.  You can start off by finding Part I: Second Cataclysm on Amazon.  After that, you should give a gander at The Cult of Yex Saga website, as it gives you some more insight into both the story that’s being woven, and the authors that are bringing it to life.