Sunday, 7 July 2013

Magik & Mayhem Blog Hop 15-19 July

Visit each author on the hop to win fantastic fantasy prizes. It might be an audio book, a paperback, an ebook or something totally different :)

You can enter the main giveaway at each stop too, so even more chances to win!

List of authors and books sponsoring the hop:

by John Blackport
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Available from amazon

Rick Rivoire is flush with money, women, and prospects. He protects his country as one of the Rainguns, an elite regiment of spellcasting cavalry. But the national policy drifts further and further into slavery and religious persecution, sparking rebellion. Joining the rebels could land Rick on a prison ship, in slave-irons --- or atop the same gallows where he watched his father hang.

The alternative looks no brighter. The status quo imperils Rick’s hard-won self-respect. Supporting tyranny would doom his dream to emulate the valiant swordswoman who braved a den of monsters to rescue the lonely, terrified nine-year-old boy he once was. Rick can’t stay above the fray forever. He must either defend an aristocracy whose actions disgust him --- or risk everything he has. This is the first book of The Talan Revolt. This book contains graphic violence and some explicit sex. It is intended for adults only.

Judgment Rising: The Rys Chronicles Book III
by Tracy Falbe
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Available from amazon

Continue the saga of The Rys Chronicles or join the story at this point as new threats emerge.

Shan and Dreibrand have flourished for five years as the leaders of their respective kingdoms. Allied by friendship, they greet the future with excitement and grandiose plans.

Dreibrand counts on his relationship with Shan to protect him from the encroaching Atrophane Empire.

But a greater malice than imperial ambition threatens the new lords of the Wilderness. The long dead civilization of Nufal, where Dreibrand and his wife Miranda nurture their fledgling kingdom, has not forgotten the brutal genocide of its ancient war with the rys. The ghosts of Nufal may have been extinguished but their avengers remain. Shan and Dreibrand will now battle the nightmare of their judgment rising.

The Chosen
by Annette Gisby
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Available from amazon

The neighbouring kingdoms of Oscia and Arcathia have been at a tentative peace for three years after centuries of warfare. Prince Severin of Arcathia has been brought up to put duty before all else and as the only son of the King and Queen, it is his duty to marry and produce an heir. His parents want him to marry an Oscian princess to cement that tentative peace. Unfortunately Severin isn't interested in princesses. Now, if he had his pick of princes that would be another matter.

Havyn has been a slave all his life. When his aptitude for wizardry is discovered, he finds himself purchased and freed by Prince Severin and apprenticed to the royal wizard, Ildar. His duty is to stay chaste to keep his powers strong, but his feelings for Severin sorely test his resolve.

With kingdoms at war, the throne hanging in the balance, magic in the air, and outside forces trying to keep them apart, can the two men find happiness together, or is duty more important than love?

New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer
by John Gisby & Annette Gisby
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Available from amazon

What should you do if your spouse becomes addicted to the Lord of the Rings movies and swoons at the very mention of Orlando Bloom's name? (Thud. Quick, fetch the smelling salts.)

How about taking the advice of a strange apparition that reveals itself in a dream? An apparition that looks remarkably like the director of the movies, Peter Jackson, but not quite remarkably enough to prompt legal action.

An apparition that recommends touring New Zealand in an effort to prove that its sheep pastures aren't really filled by frolicking Hobbits. Just sheep and the occasional zorbing local.

This is the hilarious tale of such a tour, featuring snow capped mountains and turquoise lakes, flightless birds and flying cattle, bungy jumping grannies and the carrot mafia, strange yellow eyes peering up from a road map and hotel receptionists always desperate to know "win you are living."

Her Master's Madness
by by J.E. & M. Keep
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Available from amazon

Forests were a mystical place. Dark or bright the people of the land knew to avoid them. For even the beautiful faerie folk of the woods were said to get up to mischief at times that cost daring explorers their life or limb.

Yet within the bounds of the forests themselves lay depths that even the wood nymphs and fairies knew to avoid. Dark places, tainted by wrongdoing and ill-will that polluted the land.

And so begins Her Master's Madness. The faerie Lhea can't help but be drawn into his intricate music and dark ways. Yet when the trap is sprung, will she truly pay the highest price?

This dark fairy tale novella contains a twisted romance, domination, submission, and horror. Over 23k words.

Wings of Shadow
The Underground Trilogy Book 1
by Anna Kyss
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Available from amazon

In the struggle for survival...

Meghan's graduation gift is one that any eighteen-year-old would dream of: traveling abroad to England. Her journey turns into more adventure than expected when Meghan meets the mysterious Kiernan and is introduced to a strange society hidden beneath the streets of London.

The fittest win out at the expense of their rivals...

When Meghan's life is threatened, she flees the city and seeks sanctuary in a distant village--a place unseen by human eyes for over one hundred years. Not knowing if anyone can be trusted, Meghan tries to determine who is friend, who is foe... and who has captured her heart. Meanwhile, a battle for survival brews all around her.

Seeking a Scribe
by Marsha A. Moore
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Available from amazon

The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her. 

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.

Yseult: A Tale of Love in the time of King Arthur
by Ruth Nestvold
Book 1 of The Pendragon Chronicles
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Available from amazon

For the price of a truce, Yseult is sent to a world where magic is dying - to marry the father of the man she loves.

Marcus's son Drystan would have saved her from a loveless marriage, but with her relatives being held hostage, Yseult cannot endanger them and must go through with the wedding. The tragic love story of Yseult and Drystan plays out against the backdrop of a violent world threatening to descend into the Dark Ages - only Arthur's battles to push back the Saxon hordes can save what is left of civilization. With her background, Yseult could act as a bridge between the old age and the new - but will the price be too high?

Yseult is a retelling of the tragic tale of Tristan and Isolde, a story older than Romeo and Juliet or Lancelot and Guinevere; an Arthurian romance with roots going back far into the realm of legend and the undying tales of King Arthur.

A Girl and Her Monster
Rune Breaker #1
by Landon Porter
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Available from amazon

There is a legend in the world that tells of a weapon sought after by only the most wicked of souls. Passed down through the years since before the coming of the gods, it grants its master the power to conquer and rule. The Rune Breaker.

After decades of dormancy, it just found a new master in Taylin, an escaped slave, who stumbled upon its resting place and found it bound to her will. But as it happens, the Rune Breaker is really a person: the shapeshifting master and dark mage, Ru Brakar, who has been cursed to serve whoever finds him since prehistory.

Taylin refuses to keep a slave, but an accidental order to Ru lands them both flung far into the future, where they must rely on one another and their new allies to brave a world alien to both of them and the attentions of a foe who stalks them in hopes of gaining access to a power beyond the gods.

Collects the first book of the web serial novel, Rune Breaker by Landon Porter with cover art by Clay Kronke.

In the Arms of the Dark Elf
by Willo Nonea Rea
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Available from amazon

A near brush with death finds Marla in the arms of the Dark Elf Toke, but his past swiftly catches up with him when his clan calls him back into the fold, and his relationship with Marla is tested by group traditions Toke once tried to escape unsuccessfully.

This complete 56k word (244 page) paranormal romance contains each episode of the 'In the Arms of the Dark Elf' trilogy.

Caitlin's Book of Shadows
by Juli D Revezzo
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Available from amazon

Something terrifying stalks Caitlin and her beloved Trevor. Something the bits and pieces she left claimed she had to make sense of--or so legend says. When the curator of their collection finds Caitlin's long forgotten diary, she wonders will it tell the whole tale? Will it tell why Caitlin seemed so determined to tell the difference between reality and nightmare even as she continued the fight to defend her family from evil? Will it explain why she thought her world twisted? If she really became a witch?

Perhaps the answer lies between the lines of her story, one of lessons, struggles, and the hopes she carried like a warrior's shield.

 **This is a side (or supplemental, if you will) story in the Antique Magic series, a companion to The Artist's Inheritance (Antique Magic, Book One).

Aundes Aura
The Válkia Chronicles
by Ryan Sullivan
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Available from amazon

Saera is afflicted. Seven years ago, while venturing into a cave behind a waterfall with her brother Eoin, she unwittingly absorbed the Aura of Aundes, the Goddess of Light, who cultivates war by making men blind to one another. Their father, the village blacksmith, languishes in the dungeons for refusing to fight in the Duthonian army, so the siblings must fend for themselves, begging for coin by day and stealing into houses for food by night.

Meanwhile, the power-hungry Church Regency prepares an army for an all-out attack on neighbouring kingdom, Meira. When the Aura reveals itself within Saera, the Regency pursues her relentlessly. She and Eoin take flight and with the help of Faine, a mysterious traveller they happen upon, they elude their pursuers. Making alliances they would never have dreamt of, they find themselves swept up into a struggle against the kingdom they once called their own.

Boreal and Jon Grey
Season 1 Box Set
by Chrystalla Thoma
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Available from amazon

Centuries ago, they nearly conquered humankind. But their Gate to our world closed, leaving them out. Now the elves have found a way back.

Ella Benson, agent of the Paranormal Bureau, fights the Shades when they cross into our world, keeping everyone safe. But increasingly dangerous creatures are slipping into her city, her work partner has just gone missing, and a mysterious – and, quite frankly, hot — guy saves her life. His name is Finn and, as it turns out, he’s a natural when it comes to fighting the Shades.

When the Gates between the worlds start opening and the elves make a comeback, Ella needs a new, temporary partner. Enlisting the mysterious Finn is a no-brainer, until she realizes he is guarding dangerous secrets of his own.

Together with Finn, and the fate of the world on her shoulders, what’s Ella to do but grab her weapons and figure it all out, one way or another.

Warning for profanity and adult sexual situations.

The Lost Secret of Fairies
by Tiffany Turner
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Available from amazon

Wanda had always read about adventure. Now she was in the middle of one. The World of Fairies is real, and she is their new Crystal Keeper, human caretaker to the World of Fairies. But the Fairy World is in trouble. The fairies are falling ill from the pollution that ravages the world above. Wanda has to find the key to their cure, before it is too late.

But like in all adventures, there are a few unanswered questions to solve. What has happened to the old Keeper? What are Germites? And can Wanda get used to her cat giving her backtalk while trying not to get grounded for helping the fairies? Join Wanda on her adventure, while she finds out that sometimes the best solution to a problem is the one you find within yourself.

Main Prize Package:

One lucky winner will receive all of the following. Visit all of the author's blogs for more prizes and more entries for the main prize package! Please note you must be over 18 to enter this giveaway.

Ebook Yseult by Ruth Nestvold
Ebook bundle Season 1 Boreal and John Grey by Chrystalla Thoma
Ebook bundle Dark Elf by Willo Nonea Rea
Ebook Caitlin's Book of Shadows by Juli D. Revezzo
Print book Raingun by John Blackport
Ebook Aundes Aura by Ryan Sullivan
Ebook Seeking a Scribe by Marsha A. Moore
Ebook Her Master's Madness by J.E. & M. Keep
Ebook Wings of Shadow by Anna Kyss
Ebook A Girl and Her Monster - Rune Breaker #1 by Landon Porter
Ebook Judgement Rising by Tracy Falbe
Ebook The Chosen by Annette Gisby
Ebook New Zealand with a Hobbit Botherer by John & Annette Gisby
$60 Amazon Gift certificate

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  1. My favourite fantasy book ever has to be Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals. Even though I hate football usually, Pratchett's fantasy world of mayhem and mishaps mixed with the social commentary of the world of English football had me in stitches all the way through!

    Although I have to say that in terms of more serious fantasy novels I'm sorely tempted by Runebreaker's synopsis here! What a great sounding story.

  2. I really enjoyed a series of fantasy books by Piers Anthony that were full of word play and puns. I wonder if I would like them as well now.

  3. Pierce Anthony just added a new one to one of his series. I think it was through the looking glass I honestly can not remember!
    My favorite of all time though were the Ravenloft series and Dungeon and Dragons books from the 1980's.

    1. Oh, I loved Dungeons and Dragons too, went through quite a few of them as a teenager :)

    2. Congratualtions, Silvia, you've won the main giveaway :)

      I'll let the other authors know so they can send you your books. Look for your amazon gift card soon too :)

      Take care,

  4. My favorite fantasy were always the Pern novels :)

  5. My all time favorites fantasy still remain the Pern books I cried the day Anne McCaffery died

  6. There's so many to choose from but one that always sticks out at me is Eragon.

  7. Hard to pick, but the Percy Jackson series stands out.

  8. I really don't have a favourite as I have just being introduced to the genre.

  9. My favourite fanasy book Lüxs Series.

  10. My favorite book... is from my childhood. It was a series of magical books Serendipity(sp) and Flutterby my favorite from that series! That started me on the love of magic; fae;

  11. favorite fantasy?
    that's a hard question, I'm currently enjoying the magicians series by Lev Grossman.
    and if I have the time, and am in the mood, I can really enjoy China Mieville's books.

    when I was a kid I cut my fantasy teeth on CS Lewis's Narnia and the Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper and I love almost anything by Patricia C. Wrede

  12. The neverending story..My first fantasy book many years ago
    Greets from Germany

  13. AWESOME giveaway!

    I LOVED the Immortals series by Tamora Pierce. It's a young adult (I think) series that I read when I was, well, a young adult, and I absolutely LOVED it! The books include Wolf Speaker, Wild Magic, The Emperor Mage and I'm sure others. Just a good mix of magic, action and suspense!

  14. My favorite fantasy read is Stephen King's Dark Tower series.

  15. I have so many fantasy series that I love but for today my all time favorite is Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series.

    Thank you for the giveaway.


  16. I don't have a favorite fantasy series yet. I've just started reading this genre.

  17. I don't really have a favorite. Not sure what all I have read in that genre. Nothing sticks out, I'm bad with genres, I just read :D

  18. There are two fantasy series I've read and really liked The Drakon series by Shana Abe, and The Seven Realms series by Cinda Williams Chima. One is about dragons (people who turn to dragons and smoke) and the other has wizards, princesses,and a clan whom are a little harder to explain.

  19. TOUGH. Well--realistically--either "The Sword of Welleran & Other Stories" by Lord Dunsany or "The Wood Beyond the World" by William Morris. Oh, but George MacDonald demands mention, too...! >.<

    Dunsany is always good, but he can also be brilliant, and I think "Sword of Welleran" really shows him at his very best... well nigh consistently. There are several genuinely stunning short stories in this collection of incredibly dreamy and mesmerising tales.

    Ignoring the man's many other remarkable accomplishments, William Morris's romances contain some of the most beautiful prose I have ever read. Imagine a novel-length fairy tale with poetic and enchanting language and a dollop of Medieval conventions, and you'd get "The Wood Beyond the World." It's little wonder that most of the fantasy greats cite this novel as a great inspiration.

    The good news is that all the books I've mentioned are in thee public domain, and can be downloaded in just about every ebook format for free from Project Gutenberg, and some of them are available as free audiobooks from Librivox. I really cannot recommend those two books highly enough. :P

  20. I don't have a favorite one, because there are soooo many I like :) Right now, I'm into urban fantasy and books with faeries in them (must be because of True Blood).

  21. I have so many but Lord of the Rings will always be my absolute favorite. It was the start to my love of fantasy.

  22. It's hard to choose but if you twisted my arm ;) I'd say the Elric series by Michael Moorcock is my favorite fantasy series.