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Category Archives: Fantasy

Fiction set in an imaginary universe, often with magic or supernatural characters or themes.

 

Gallowglass by Jennifer Allis Provost @parthalan #RLFblog #urbanfantasyWelcome Jennifer Allis Provost author of Gallowglass, a new urban fantasy.

Why did you write this book?

I originally set out to write this book almost ten years ago. I was researching Celtic myths when I came across a book written in the seventeenth century called The Secret commonwealth of elves, Fauns, and Fairies, which was notorious because the author—one Robert Kirk–had supposedly angered the fairies by revealing their secrets, so they captured him and imprisoned him in a tree. (For real. Go ahead, Google it. I’ll wait.)

Anyway, I couldn’t stop thinking about Robert, wondering if he was really stuck in the tree or if he got to wander around Fairyland, and eventually I decided that he’d become the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin, her gallowglass. And here we are today.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Who is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own)?

Does R2D2 count?

What are you working on at the moment?

I’m finishing up the sequel to Gallowglass, Walker, and working on the fourth installment of my epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan. I’ve also got a Secret Project brewing, which has supernatural elements I’ve never worked with before. Exciting times!

What books will we see from you in coming months?

Walker (Gallowglass #2), Golem (Parthalan #4) and the aforementioned Secret Project.

Please tell us about your latest book.

Genre urban fantasy, paranormal romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Karina didn’t set out to free the Seelie Queen’s gallowglass. Now she’ll do anything to keep him.

After Karina and her brother, Chris’s, lives fall apart in separate yet equally spectacular ways, they leave New York behind and head to the UK. Karina buries herself in research for her doctoral thesis, all the while studiously not thinking about the man who broke her heart, while Chris—who’d been a best-selling author before his ex-fiancée sued him for plagiarism—drinks his way across the British Isles.

In Scotland, they visit the grave of Robert Kirk, a seventeenth- century minister who was kidnapped by fairies. No one is more shocked than Karina when a handsome man with a Scottish brogue appears, claiming to be the Robert Kirk of legend. What’s more, he says he spent the last few hundred years as the Gallowglass, the Seelie Queen’s personal assassin. When they’re attacked by demons, Karina understands how dearly the queen wants him back.

As Karina and Robert grow closer, Chris’s attempts to drown his sorrows lead him to a pub, and a woman called Sorcha. Chris is instantly smitten with her, so much so he spends days with Sorcha and lies to his sister about his whereabouts. When Chris comes home covered in fey kisses, Karina realizes that the Seelie Queen isn’t just after Robert.

Can Karina outsmart the Seelie Queen, or is Robert doomed to forever be the Gallowglass?

Publisher Bellatrix Press
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Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

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Today’s featured book is The Rose Hunter, a Victorian Fantasy Romance by Ciara Gold.

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Lucian Willshire is plagued by thoughts of a fae world and the disappearance of his aunt some nineteen years past, but when his friend drags him back to Hamingjur Castle, he stumbles into Alfheim Haven once more where mystical beings become more than a distant memory.

Lyerra Ahdia is baffled by the sudden emotional changes she’s experiencing until she discovers she’s the only witch to suffer “the change” since her mother stole the Rose, a special talisman with the power to perpetuate life among those in her coven. Tasked with finding and bringing the Rose home, she begs Lucian’s help in navigating the human realm. Against his better judgement, he agrees.

Though neither set out to find anything except the Rose, fate has other plans. Will love be more elusive than hunting the Rose?

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About Ciara Gold

Ciara wrote her first “under the bed” book at twenty. Another fifteen years passed before she bravely attempted another, but she’s been happily writing ever since. A true Renaissance woman, when she’s not penning lively stories, she’s reading, sewing, painting, camping, sailing or dancing. At the moment, she’s currently helping hubby build a cabin so she can add construction worker to the list as well. A recent empty nester, she and her soul mate currently live on a modest plot of land surrounded by trees, a pond, an array of wildlife and seven barn kitties.

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Once known as the infamous hacker Artemis, Amy Wilson now
works in a coffee shop. With only months until the end of her probation from
working in the technological industry that she loves, Amy is determined to keep
Artemis dead and buried.
When incidents similar to the ones Amy did start occurring, all fingers start pointing in Artemis’ direction, including three people that want
Artemis to come out of retirement.
Quail City’s superheroes Dark Master and Calypso aka as
multi-billionaire Noah Adams and his assistant Vanessa London know Amy’s
secret, and also know that she is being set up. Having spent months in a
flirtmance with Amy, they are tired of waiting and want both her and Artemis in
their bed.
Hinderer wants to hold technology hostage, but in order to
do so he needs Artemis’ assistance, and he will use any methods necessary to
gain her cooperation.
Genre Romance/ Fantasy Erotic
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

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New York Times Bestselling Author Izzy Szyn was born in May
of 2014 when a friend dared her to write. Born and raised in Detroit, Mi. Izzy
now lives in Oklahoma City with her furchild Misty, the friendliest Chihuahua/Terrier
you will ever meet. Izzy currently works in a call center, where she writes in
between phone calls. She loves to keep in touch with her readers.

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Today’s featured book is The Keeper of Moon Haven by Ciara Gold.

Genre Victorian Fantasy Romance

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
On the southern fringes of the Mendip Hills sits the Castle Hamingjur,
an abandoned structure most fear haunted. Yet, on the rare occasions when the Hunter’s
Blue Moon occurs, the Keeper occupies this mysterious castle where he guards the
bridge to Alfheim Haven.
Noreen Willshire discovers more than fairytales hidden between
the pages of Beletania’s diary. She opens the ancient book and finds a bridge to
a Faery Realm where all manner of mythical creatures reside. In her naïveté, she
summons the Keeper before his scheduled time in the human realm. In that brief moment,
the mysterious wizard touches her soul with more than magick. She promises to return
the diary during Mefylleth, a
time when the barriers between the two realms melt away, but danger stalks her path.
Torn between her desire to make a new life for herself in America and her growing
love for the Keeper, she must bridge the gap between magick and time to follow her
heart.

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About the Author

Ciara wrote her first “under the bed” book at twenty.
Another fifteen years passed before she bravely attempted another, but she’s been
happily writing ever since. A true Renaissance woman, when she’s not penning lively
stories, she’s reading, sewing, painting, camping, sailing or dancing. At the moment,
she’s currently helping hubby build a cabin so she can add construction worker to
the list as well. A recent empty nester, she and her soul mate currently live on
a modest plot of land surrounded by trees, a pond, an array of wildlife and seven
barn kitties.

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Welcome Jennifer Allis Provost author of Rise of the Deva’shi,
a new fantasy romance.
Why did you write
this book?
There’s no better way to put it–I had to. The main
characters in this book–Latera and Aeolmar–are the first characters I created
with the intent of writing a book. Their current incarnations hardly resemble
the rough sketches and outlines I started out with; like any good characters,
they told me their story, and I just wrote it down. They were full of
surprises, but the core of the story, and their strong relationship, remained
the same.
What is your favorite
genre to read?
Fantasy and romance
Who is your favorite
character from fiction (not including your own)?
Jamie Fraser from Outlander
What are you working
on at the moment?
I’m working on the sequel to Rise of the Deva’shi, Golem,
and a new paranormal romance set in Scotland, Gallowglass.
What books will we see
from you in coming months?
Changing Fate (contemporary romance) releasing March 28,
2017
Gallowglass (paranormal romance) releasing June 6, 2017
Golem (Parthalan #4) (fantasy romance) September 2017
Please tell us about
your latest book.
Genre Fantasy, romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
A stolen girl. A legendary champion. A plan that might
destroy Parthalan once and for all…
Aeolmar, First Hunter of Parthalan, leads a solitary life.
Having long since abandoned his quest to kill Mersgoth–the demon that murdered
his family–Aeolmar moves through his days with cold efficiency. Everything
changes when he leads a training mission in Brennus, where he’s attacked by
Mersgoth himself, and saved by an unlikely heroine.
Latera, first born and heir to Gannera’s throne, is
kidnapped and left for dead in Parthalan’s vast forests. A lone human amongst
Parthalan’s fae, she makes a home in Brennus, and lives a quiet life–until she
finds herself defending a wounded First Hunter from a clutch of demons.
Back in Parthalan, Harek warns Asherah of something called
the deva’shi–a warrior loyal only to the demon lord, Asgeloth. Both Aeolmar
and Latera suspect that there is more to this deva’shi than what Harek has told
them, but before they can learn the truth, Parthalan’s borders are attacked.
Will Aeolmar and Latera be able to stop the deva’shi in time, or is it a
distraction to hide Harek’s true plans?

Rise of the Deva’shi

Book three of the Chronicles of Parthalan
Publisher Bellatrix Press

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Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and
elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had
read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library).
An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The
Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her
urban fantasy, Copper Girl. When she’s not writing about things that go bump in
the night (and sometimes during the day) she’s working on her MFA in Creative
Nonfiction.
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Today’s featured book is Essential Magic by Cara McKinnon.

About Essential Magic

Genre Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A woman driven to excel. A man ashamed of his past. A desire
that could lead them to bliss…or peril.
Etta Mae Cook, a mountain witch from Appalachia, arrives in
London in 1895. Her goal: to study magic. But she steps off the train and into
a dangerous world of politics, decadence, and power. Queen Victoria, the Prince
of Wales, and the Fay Clan are waging a silent war. In the balance: the future
of spellcraft in the kingdom. Etta’s lineage and magical power make her an
asset – or a threat – to all three formidable forces.
Her choices skew when she meets Malcolm Seward, a mage of
the Fay Clan. He once held a prominent role in society, but a tragic mistake
forced him to flee into obscurity. His attraction to Etta draws him back into
the fray, but though she’s drawn to him in return, she didn’t come to England
for desire.
Despite her intentions, their passion flares, and Malcolm
falls for her. Now, Etta must choose: love, or ambition? Either path could mean
the renewal — or the destruction — of British sorcery. If she follows her
heart, will she doom their magic?

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About Cara McKinnon

Cara wrote her first fantasy romance at the age of six,
about a unicorn couple that falls in love and has adventures (there is also
pie). Now she writes about humans falling in love and having adventures, but
she can’t quite stop including magic. She loves history and historical romance,
so she decided to set her books in an alternate Victorian era where magic is
not only real, but a part of everyday life. Cara attended the best genre
writing school in the world, Seton Hill University, where she received an MFA
in Writing Popular Fiction and found her writing tribe. She lives on the East
Coast of the US with her husband, two kids, and an oversized lapdog named Jake.

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Cover Love includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the author. Today’s featured book is Cry Me a River by Livia Quinn.
About the Book
Title Cry Me a River, Destiny Paramortals, Book2
Genre Urban fantasy
Author Livia Quinn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG
Mayberry or Middle Earth? – The Paramortals have a saying, “One meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.” Our new sheriff said it differently, “Paramortal, my A$$!”
My name is Tempest Pomeroy. For nineteen years I denied my heritage, until my brother’s genie bottle went missing. Time is running out for River, and the attraction that was growing between me and Sheriff Jack Lang derailed after a series of shocks sent us both reeling, and he got his first glimpse of my Paramortal “talents” – a few measly bolts of lightning aimed at his—in his general direction. In the course of the investigation we’ve gonr from attraction to suspicion, support to friendship, romance to oh-my-god-get-away-from-me revulsion.
Jack’s an ex-Navy pilot. He says he wants to know “everything”. My ex-lover, but after we answer Jack’s questions, he’ll either join us, or grab his daughter and take the first jet out of Middle Earth.
He might help me save my brother and discover the whereabouts of my parents, but he probably won’t still want to take me to the Mardi Gras ball, once he knows “everything”. There’s a lot of everything.
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About the Author
Hi, I’m Livia Quinn, a DC native living on the bayou. With a life long fascination (read that: phobia) of storms, and living in Louisiana where severe weather is a part of life, it was only natural that it would play a big part in my world. My former jobs as a mail lady, computer trainer, plant manager, professional singer, business owner and salesperson have stocked my brain full of quirky characters and I can’t wait to share them with my readers.
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Meet Sorcha Fay from A Theft of Magic.

Author Bio

Cara McKinnon wrote her first fantasy romance at the age of six, about a unicorn couple that falls in love and has adventures (there is also pie). Now she writes about humans falling in love and having adventures, but she can’t quite stop including magic. She loves history and historical romance, so she decided to set her books in an alternate Victorian era where magic is not only real, but a part of everyday life. Cara attended the best genre writing school in the world, Seton Hill University, where she received an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction and found her writing tribe. She lives on the East Coast of the US with her husband, two kids, and an oversized lapdog named Jake.

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Title A Theft of Magic
Genre Fantasy Romance
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A woman sworn to truth. A man who deals in lies. A passion lighting the way to love…or loss.
At the behest of the Duchess of Fay, Ronan McCarrick, thief, smuggler, and Irish revolutionary, travels to the Isle of Skye, the domain of Sorcha Fay. She is known as the Seeress of Skye, an elusive figure who rarely leaves the island. Ronan’s arrival triggers one of her defensive spells, incinerating his clothing and everything he’s carrying. Including the letter that would have told Sorcha why he has come to Skye.
Despite an instant attraction to the naked and furious Irishman, Sorcha believes that Ronan is an interloper who has been attacking her wards for months. Even when part of his story is confirmed, she still mistrusts him. But when she discovers that two powerful objects are missing from the Fay vaults–someplace he couldn’t have been–she’ll need his help to steal them back.
If he doesn’t steal her heart first.

Introducing Sorcha Fay

Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! We’re happy to have you here today.
Name: Sorcha Fay
Age: 26
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Fay House, Skye, Scotland
Profession: Caretaker of Fay House
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Human
Describe your body and build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars.
I’m very short and very curvy. I curve out far more than I curve in! My hair is light blonde, with a streak of silver/pearl color that everyone in my family gets when they’ve used magic long enough. I’m very pale, as you might expect from a blonde, with pale blue eyes. I’ve been told they look like a summer sky.
Who is the significant other in your life?
The only significant thing in my life at the moment is Fay House. But I recently met a man named Ronan, and if I can trust him…
Please tell us a little about yourself.
I’ve spent nearly all of my life in the Highlands and the Isles of Scotland. I am in charge of Fay House, the ancestral home of my clan, but the rest of the family only comes here once a year, so most of the time I’m alone with my small staff and the tenants. Like most of the members of my clan, I can do magic, and I am known for having frequent visions of the future and very strong magical intuition.
On what special skills do you rely?
My magical intuition provides me with extra information about people and situations. I can usually tell when things are about to go wrong, although that doesn’t mean I can do something about it!
Are any of your skills a source of pride or embarrassment, and if so, which ones and why?
I have frequent visions of the future, and coupled with my intuition, I’ve been given the nickname the “Seeress of Skye.” But I dislike that name, because I can’t control my visions the way true Seers can. The visions come at their own whims, and are about wildly different things. Sometimes they give warnings, or show me scenes from my own future, but most often they are of distance times, places, and people.
What is your family like?
My family is big, loud, and rambunctious. It is always a bit of a shock when they descend on me at midsummer and stay for two weeks, or when I travel to a gathering for a marriage, birth, or funeral. But though I do miss them when they aren’t around, I prefer my solitude, quiet, and peace.
Are you involved in your community?
Very much! Our family owns all of the land in the vicinity, including the town, so everyone nearby is a tenant of Clan Fay, and a nominal member of the clan, though not everyone has sworn oaths to Le Fay, our chieftess. As the representative of the clan on Skye, I settle disputes, collect rents, and oversee any needed improvements or repairs. I am also the strongest mage in the vicinity, so if anyone needs a spell cast, they come to me.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you most want it to be, and why?
I would like to know who my father is. He was out of my mother’s life before she knew she was pregnant, and she never told me his name, or where I could find him. I don’t even know if he’s still alive.
If you could make any one thing happen, what would it be?
I would have the solicitors who manage Fay House’s finances actually open the pursestrings and allow me to invest in improvements to the house and grounds. At the moment, I am only allowed enough money to cover repairs and upkeep, but the house is in desperate need of modernization and renovation.
When (if) you lie or are upset, what gives you away?
It is very difficult for me to lie. When I try it, I am usually stiff and awkward about it, and stumble over my words. I also flush easily with my pale skin, and lying makes me feel embarrassed, so even if I manage to get the lie out, my cheeks and throat give me away.

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Today’s featured book is Secrets of the Hollows, a novel within the Name Your Demon Boxed Set by Nicole Morgan and others.

About the Book

Title: Secrets of the Hollows (Name Your Demon Boxed Set)

Genre: Paranormal, UF Romance
Author: Nicole Morgan
Book heat level: PG 
Xavier Currington has spent his entire life hiding from the secret of his family. Being the leader of the Hollows, he lurks behind the shadows of the crime riddled Los Angeles streets.
Finally free of her abusive stepfather and drug addict mother, Elizabeth Hawthorn is faced with new fears. While working to get herself out of the flea bag motel she’s been forced to call home, she is offered a chance to make nearly triple her wages waitressing in one of the top gentlemen’s club in the area.
When Xavier first sets his eyes on Elizabeth he can’t help but pull himself out of the shadows. Her beauty calls to him, but her innocence is what brings him closer. As she falls in deeper with danger, Xavier is faced with the choice of continuing to hide, or saving her before it’s too late.

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Nicole Morgan is a multi-published author of erotic romantic novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with a good old-fashioned whodunit. While she’s written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more often than not be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve.
From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.
Nicole currently lives in the Rocky Mountain region where she continues to gain support and inspiration from life’s everyday blessings.

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Today’s featured book is Dragon Tears by Laurel Richards.

About the Book

Title Dragon Tears (Elementals #2)
Genre Urban Fantasy / Paranormal
Author Laurel Richards
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
After losing his parents and suffering abuse at the hands of his human stepfather, Matthew Drake has lost his grip on reality. He is well aware that there is something wrong with him, but he must stay on the move to keep ahead of his past. Wandering the streets of Paradise City, Matthew uses his power as a Fire Elemental to avoid or kill those who threaten him.
It isn’t until Lucius Brant, a powerful healer and fellow Fire Elemental, enters his life that Matthew starts to feel like he can think more clearly. But Lucius isn’t the only one taking an interest in him. A killer is on the loose somewhere in the city and is trying to frame him. Can Matthew trust Lucius to heal his mind? Can he find out who the real killer is and clear his name? He has to survive long enough to find out.

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Laurel Richards is a fiction author with a passion for shifters, space travelers, and other memorable characters. She has gathered inspiration from lots of different sources throughout her life and is here to share her imagination through storytelling. Laurel writes sci-fi/fantasy, paranormal, and funny mysteries, with various degrees of romance mixed in. You can find Laurel at http://www.author-laurelrichards.com.

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