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Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 2: Sisters of the Blood

Earlier this week, we looked at the works of L.E.Parr once again. We’ve seen her debut book in the Fariidinus series, Wings of the Exile, a few times.  Over the next couple of days, though, we’re going to be exploring beyond that first book, and delving into the deeper reaches of her tales.

We’ve looked at Sisters of the Blood before as well, but this book is our feature today.  It follows closely behind the original book, and portrays the fairy Kirin as a worthy adversary to the evil Highmother.  It introduces new allies and explores more of the Heartland.

 

Kirin and Stone have returned to the Heartland where she has been given sanctuary by the wyrMaster in the Red Valley. Her unprecedented return from exile has polarized the great Houses and enraged the evil HighMother. A divided Heartland quickly becomes embroiled in a fiery civil war with Stone leading the combined armies with their new ally–the winged telepathic bloodcats. Kirin becomes the deadly weapon she was resurrected from exile to be.

This is still just the beginning of our talks about the Parr’s books and the Fariidinus series.  If you liked Wings of the Exile, you’ll love returning to the Heartland to read Sisters of the Blood.  Check it out on Amazon today!

 

Science Fantasy Promo – Chaos (un)Controlled

Hello there folks, and welcome to another visit from the Otherworld.  It’s been just over a week since our last visit elsewhere, but we’re lucky enough to have the work of an excellent storyteller up here on the site today.

Chaos (un)Controlled is a book filled with gorgeous prose.  The author, Tael, uses words like paint, and this debut novel is a lovely canvas.  If you’re given the opportunity, just read the preview on the book’s Amazon page, and you’ll be hooked.  It’s a sturdy tale, too, with enough content inside that you’ll enjoy the value.  At the same time, though, you’ll wish you were given more time inside the life of protagonist Rixa Storms, as the pages seem to fly by.

Self-contained Rixa Storms can’t wait to escape the pressures of her mother’s religious, controlling thumb. Fleeing to college seems to be her only escape route, until she stumbles upon an opportunity to learn a unique power in a world called University Heights. But this unexpected ‘freedom’ she thinks she’s achieved holds a murky truth below its polished surface, and Rixa uncovers oppressive secrets the school has kept buried for years. As real and surreal worlds collide, and the pressure reaches a dangerous boiling point, Rixa realizes she may need to reassess what is truly shackling her—or risk being consumed by her awakened abilities.

This debut from author Tael is incredible, and well worth your time. If you’re familiar with Lev Grossman’s the Magicians (either from the books or the television show), you’ll likely enjoy Tael’s take on a world just out of reach of our own.  The author is a huge pop culture appreciator as well, and it blends well into her writing.  If you pick up Chaos (un)Controlled, you won’t be disappointed.  Why not check it out on Amazon today?

Fantasy Promo – Fariidinus Book 2: Sisters of the Blood

Welcome back to the Otherworld folks.  Whether you’re interested in far-off worlds, or the places that surround us, we bring you amazing stories and the talespinners that craft them.

Today, we’re happy to bring you back one more time to the hidden world of the Heartland here on Earth.  It’s here that fairies roam and do battle to protect their way of life, all beyond the veil of what we can see.

Sisters of the Blood is the continuation of the Fariidinus series, written by L.E.Parr.  Where Wings of the Exile saw the heroine of this series finding the strength and confidence to return to the Heartland, this book finds her turning herself into a powerful weapon to use against the evil Highmother.

Kirin and Stone have returned to the Heartland where she has been given sanctuary by the wyrMaster in the Red Valley. Her unprecedented return from exile has polarized the great Houses and enraged the evil HighMother. A divided Heartland quickly becomes embroiled in a fiery civil war with Stone leading the combined armies with their new ally–the winged telepathic bloodcats. Kirin becomes the deadly weapon she was resurrected from exile to be.

We’re so thrilled to be able to talk about another one of Parr’s books.  Fariidinus is a wonderful series, and the second book is just as enjoyable as the first.  If you’re in the market for a series that puts a focus on just how deadly something beautiful can be, the Fariidinus books won’t steer you wrong.  Check out Sisters of the Blood on Amazon now!

Also, don’t forget to take a look at our promo for the preceding book. We called Wings of the Exile a debut release that introduces you to a world the author is passionate about—and you’ll end up loving in no time.

Finally, if you want to see just how prolific Parr is at her writing, you can take a jump over to her website where you can see all the released and upcoming books she’s been working on.  Let’s hear it for this hard-working storyteller!

Fantasy Promo – The Carver’s Problem

Add one more stop to the Otherworld train. After a month-long sabbatical to do some Tellest promoting of our own, it’s nice to be visiting other people’s worlds. We’ve been delivering some great promos to you this week, representing a couple different fantasy locales.

This time, we’re visiting a more urban location, courtesy of B. L. Brooklyn and her Carvers series.  This deliciously dark fantasy series is two books in, and we’re taking a look at The Carver’s Problem today. Carvers are a mixture of a selection of dark, occult beings that you’ll know from all the classic horrors and magical tales, but Brooklyn brings it to a point that is  entertaining as it comes.

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Cort’s free after ten years of torture from a psychotic Carver. Now he is trying to put himself and his wolf back together one piece at a time. The only problem is he has no control over his wolf and he fears that one day someone, possibly his unwanted fairy roommate, will trigger a flashback and push him further into a mental abyss.

Trish has a pet that she’s raised for three years, assuming it was a homeless wolf-pup. Today his werewolf brother and a few members of his old pack have come to claim him. . . and that’s only the beginning to her problems.

This second book in the Carvers series is a great follow-up, and proof that the author loves the world and the characters that have been crafted.  It’s only a matter of time before a third book comes out, so it’s a great time to get started.  You can pick up The Carver’s Problem on Amazon here.  Don’t forget to get started with the original book as well!

Fantasy Promo – The Defiled and the Second Son

Well hello there, fans of fantasy.  It has been a tremendously long time since we’ve been able to line up a visit to the Otherworld.  Since we ran the latest Kickstarter, it’s been almost nothing but work, work and more work.  But we were able to step away and get back into other fantasy authors work in a big way.

That “big” isn’t just a randomly chosen word, by the way.  B.J. Leonard’s The Defiled and the Second Son is a huge volume, and her debut novel.  Leonard hits all the right beats as well.  The romance is sure to appeal to fans of the genre, introducing several suitors for Elan without making her appear trashy.  It also perfectly balances the line between fantasy and reality, giving the tale a genuine feel.

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River Jamison is nothing more than Elan Taylor’s new landscaper until he begins showing up in her life…everywhere.

He’s incredibly beautiful, wields shocking powers, and claims she’s in peril.

But she’s ignoring him.

River’s agenda to win her over conflicts with Sky, the handsome new teacher at school, and Bay, an attractive barista at the local coffee shop. Independent and realistic, Elan is suddenly overrun by mesmerizing charm. These men are pictures of perfection, but something isn’t right. The strange coincidences and unexplainable events keep piling up.

Time is running out for Elan to decide what to believe, whom to believe, or if she believes anything at all. If only one wrong turn didn’t bring such devastating consequences…

An urban fantasy romance, this massive book is sure to appeal to fans of sweeping epic fantasies.  Leonard knocks it out of the park with her debut title, and considering its depth, you really don’t find this kind of value that often.

If you love the sound of The Defiled and the Second Son, pick it up on Amazon today.  For more from B. J. Leonard, head over to her website!

Urban Fantasy Promo – Order of Vespers

Hey there folks.  It’s a beautiful Monday… although a bit muggy on the east coast where I am.  Perfect weather for curling up on the couch inside with the air conditioner blasting and a book in my hands.  I’m leaning toward urban fantasy a little more this week.  Still trying to figure out that one magical way to link Tellest with present day Earth.

In the meantime though, all you fans of contemporary fantasy might be interested in Order of Vespers, the new book from author Elyse Reyes.  It’s dark and gritty, moody in just the right way, and it’ll leave you scratching for more.

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Jasper Andrews is in over her head. God and the Devil have disappeared from Earth, leaving humanity without hope. Il Separatio, the Entity of Neutrality, tries to restore peace through the intervention of its children, the Order of Vespers. They are tasked with maintaining the balance between light and dark, ensuring that no faction becomes too powerful. They think Jasper is the key to harnessing the power of Il Separatio, protecting the Vespers and maintaining the balance.

Eighteen-year-old Jasper Andrews finds herself drawn into this superhuman world when a freak explosion exposes her to groups interested in secret abilities. When her family is killed under unbelievable circumstances, Jasper is the only suspect. She flees police custody and heads to New York City to lose herself in the crowds. Jasper wants revenge, but being chased by the police and superhuman bad guys slows her down. While she’s in hiding Jasper becomes more volatile; she begins manifesting traces of her siblings’ abilities and begins to lose control. The Order of Vespers has decided she’s too dangerous and too important to leave unguarded and capture her. Before she can escape, the killers strike again, this time taking children directly connected to the Order. Jasper is forced to choose between her vendetta and the lives of the Vespers and humanity.

If you’re interested in a great urban fantasy thriller, you need look no further than Order of Vespers.  Reyes delivers a great story that stands well enough on its own, but it clearly displays Reyes’ ability to craft a story with a lasting impression—so much so that you want to see it continue.  If you’re ready to jump into Order of Vespers, be sure to pick it up on Amazon!

Urban Fantasy Promo – Hedge Witch

Hello folks, and welcome to another day here where we visit the Otherworld.  We’ve had a great time bringing your attention to other great fantasy stories, and today will be no different.

Simon Kewin presents the first book in his The Cloven Land Trilogy with Hedge Witch. And it immediately becomes a page-turner.  Every step of the way, you’re interested in the drama that surrounds protagonist Cait, who learns more about what she is and what lies in store for her.

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Two worlds, one nightmare…

Fifteen year-old Cait Weerd has no idea the undain are hunting her. She doesn’t know the vile creatures need her blood to survive. She doesn’t even know she’s a witch, descended from a long line of witches. Cait Weerd doesn’t know much, but all that’s about to change.

At Manchester Central Library, she’s caught in the crossfire between the witches and the undain, two worlds fighting for an old book. Cait takes the book and is told to run, hide the book or destroy it. The undain’s secrets are buried in its pages, and they want it almost as much as they want her.

The fate of two worlds is at stake. Along with definitely-not-a-boyfriend Danny, Cait has to decide what to do: run, fight, or hope it all goes away.

But then Cait learns who she really is, along with the terrible truth of what the undain have been doing in our world all this time.

It’s no surprise that Hedge Witch is practically universally loved.  It’s received a fair share of good reviews, and it’s sparked two sequels (and a prequel)—the third book arrives on June 21st!  To celebrate, this second book in the series has a very attractive price right now: it’s just 99 cents through the 26th of June!  If you’re interested in what Kewin has to say, you can check out his website here.  And since there’s no time better than now to do so, pick up Hedge Witch from Amazon today!

Urban Fantasy Promo – Exoden by Jeron Ricks

If you listen to my podcast, Everything is Awesome, you know that I’m a big fan of indie–no matter the form. Jeron Ricks is one of those indie guys you should be paying attention to. A shy kid growing up in Idaho, he was always fascinated with books. A good story is a great way to escape the stress of the real world. After years of living the typical young adult life, he was finally inspired by his brother to write his own story–thus the world of Exoden was born.

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Jeron connected to his characters from Exoden on such a deep and personal level, that he found it difficult to leave them when it came time to prepare it for release. However, his perfectionism pays off–when reading the story, you feel like you are living within the world of Exoden, right along with the characters.

In the beginning God created man in His own image and His own likeness, including having a measure of His power. Adam and Eve had this power and when they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden they named the land Exoden. Mankind lived on Exoden wielding God’s power and ultimately abusing it, superstitiously calling it magic. To humble man God called on Noah to colonize a new planet which he called Earth where people no longer held God’s power, but the people of Exoden still held it…

Brooklyn is your typical high school senior and book nerd until a new high school librarian reveals that magic might not belong in the fiction section after all. The librarian tells of another world where people wield magic and Brooklyn just might belong there, but he must leave everything he knows behind if he wants to find out.


Find out more about the world of Exoden here.

Click here to purchase your copy of Exoden TODAYAlso, this book will be on sale for $.99 from June 2nd, 2016 to June 4th, 2016!

Stay tuned, as we are currently conducting an interview with the author, Jeron Ricks!

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 – The Cursed Princedom

We’ve been making a few different stops in and around the Otherworld.  Recently, we were even up in space.  Let’s get down to business again, though, and get a little closer to a classic fantasy.

The Realm of Arkon series has a touch of that, but with a huge twist: everything you see is happening in a game world.  If you’re familiar with Sword Art Online, or even just the concept of living a life that’s indistinguishable between reality and virtual reality, The Cursed Princedom and the series it belongs to is sure to pique your interest. You see, G. Akella has a knack for putting together a world within a world, where failure has the ultimate cost.  He’s also got credentials in spades for making a world like this.  A consummate gamer, he’s spent his time making sure the world he creates has logic and immersion.  If those sound like something you’d be interested, take a deeper look…

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A new update arrives to the ultra-popular online game, Realm of Arkon. With Patch 17, the level of immersion experienced by players in their gaming capsules has made virtual reality indistinguishable from the real world. But every gamer’s dream becomes a nightmare for Roman Kozhevnikov after he gets confined to Arkon against his will. And not just to Arkon, but to its deadliest zone–Demon Grounds. Playing, or rather living as his character Krian, it’s not just about survival for Roman. He longs to exact revenge for his banishment to the virtual world where the sensation of pain has reached one hundred percent…

Though Patch 17 was Akella’s first book, you have nothing to fear. His passion shows through both titles, and this sequel is a worthy successor to the introductory tale.  If you’re interested in a story that throws a normal person into a dangerous situation, now’s the best time to pick up the Realm of Arkon series.  Don’t forget to pick up your copy of The Cursed Princedom from Amazon today!