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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for MAGIC FORGOTTEN by Jack Hillman, an urban fantasy available now from Running Wild Press. The book is on sale for $0.99.

Jack Hillman will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

Be sure to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found at the bottom of the post.



Magic Forgotten

by Jack Hillman


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GENRE:   Urban Fantasy


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BLURB:


Magic Forgotten is an Adult Urban Fantasy set in Eastern PA. It is the story of a paraplegic, freelance writer who has withdrawn from the world only to be dragged back out by the appearance of two strangers in his back yard.  They are a Sidhe, the old elves of England, and a human wizardess, a captive of the elf, and they are here to take over the world. The writer and the wizardess have to stop the elf from achieving his plans.


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EXCERPT:


Dan gripped the rails of his chair with both hands, holding himself upright by what little strength remained in his body. The cold touch of the steel tubing seemed to give him energy and he looked up at Baraz.


“What is it you need?” he asked, weakly. The stones permitted this question, perhaps because it was a benefit to Dan’s master. “I can find anything here faster than any visitor. You need me alert and conscious. To get what you need.” Each phrase was a strain to speak, without direction from Baraz.


“We have found what we need, cripple,” Baraz answered. “By now, Thook has discovered the way into the place where they grow the gems we seek.” He stood, pointing to the computer as if the gems were there for display. “That place grows gemstones, an amazing skill I must learn for myself. Two stones of the proper design, placed together inside a spell Thook will prepare, will open a doorway from my world to thine. The light of the sun will rip through the veil and provide the path for my queen to come back to her power.”
“You want laser crystals,” Dan exclaimed, the logo now making sense to him. He had seen it before, in an ad in the employment section of the local paper. SolarTech grew laser crystals for industrial use and they were looking for good employees to work in the labs and clean rooms of their facility. “This has got to be the strangest quest I ever heard of,” he mumbled. “You look like a reject from a sword and sorcery movie. Playing with laser crystals, no less.”


“Enough,” Baraz shouted. “Thy place is to obey, nothing more.” He stepped forward and pointed the ax at Dan. “I could dispense with thee now, but that would require another tool in thy place. But soon, fool, thou wilt be as worthless as thou appear. Then I will deal with thy insolence.”


Dan snapped. Baraz was within arm’s reach. Uncaring of the pain caused by the stones on his wrists and forehead, Dan gripped the shaft of the ax. More due to Baraz’s surprise than any martial skill, Dan jerked the ax free, spun it in his hands and swung at Baraz’s stomach. The blade sheared through the tunic, grating on the mail beneath. Dan spun the shaft in his hands, tangling the tunic around the ax-heads and pulled, dragging Baraz to him.



The book is on sale for $0.99.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
The intended audience are adult level readers of fantasy. This book is a new twist on stories of Elves and where they went after they left England about four hundred years ago.  The magic they used and taught to some humans has brought them back to Earth but they plan on causing problems. The character are real people (Even the non human characters) and  it’s a story about how people deal with problems they face.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
I kicked around a lot of ideas about titles and finally decided on something simple that explained what the story was about.  People on Earth have forgotten about magic and now it’s coming back and causing problems. As the series continues other aspects of magic become relevant and are addressed.


Who is your favorite character from your book and why?
Probably Dan Braden, the main protagonist.  He and I share a wide range of physical limitations and still manage to get stuff done as needed.


What other books are similar to your own?  What makes them alike?
The Elves in LA books by Mercedes Lackey (i.e. Born to Run, Wheels of Fire, and others) as they also have elves (Sidhe) in a modern setting doing things with regular people. And the conflict of not all elves being nice guys, just like some people, plays a big part of the story.


Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
It comes from too many years sitting in hospitals and trying to stay occupied and sane while I waited for doctors to fix things (not that they always did fix things.). It was either read books or make models and models are more expensive that a trip to the library.


Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
Like most writers, I have a wide range of skills. I am a martial artist and hold a black belt in Okinowan karate and kobudo, I’m a swordsman with almost any blade from short swords up to hand and a half blades (Two handed blades are just too long to handle well.) I have acted in a wide range of plays (Including some I wrote), make jewelry, am a woodcarver, herd cats and try and keep my wife happy.  I think that makes for a pretty full life.


What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
For this book it was probably researching ley lines and where they are located. I found out that no two maps of ley lines agree and they are all over the place.  So I just put them all over the place in my novel.


How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I can be reached directly at JHillwtr@aol.com, or through my website at www.JackHillman.com


Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Just my appreciation for the opportunity to visit here and hope that all your readers keep on helping to keep books alive.


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


A lifelong Pennsylvania resident, Jack began a love of books sitting amid the mystery of hospitals and medical paraphernalia. Mythology of all cultures and a fascination with martial philosophies led to King Arthur, the knights of the round table and an array of science fiction and fantasy authors that had a strong impact on his life.


Real life got in the way of a writing career to start, but thirty years in the life and medical insurance field led Jack to a job as a stringer for local newspapers and writing for medical and insurance journals. In addition to years in the insurance field Jack also has fifteen years experience as a journalist and freelance writer, and has even won a Keystone Press Award (1998) for his journalistic efforts. Jack has written on a wide variety of subjects and keeps his hand in medical and insurance matters on a daily basis.


In addition to newspaper reporting and magazine articles, Jack has written articles for a variety websites--some under his own name and some as a behind-the-scenes contributor. Jack's first short fiction piece, a novella, was serialized in an old BBS site in 1992, with the first hard copy magazine story arriving in 1993. Four dinner theater plays written by Jack have been produced and performed for local theater in Eastern Pennsylvania. His novels are now coming to light with the release of There Are Giants In This Valley published by Archebooks Publishing.


With experience as a journalist, short story writer, playwright and novelist, Jack often speaks at writer's conferences, to writer's groups and to school gatherings. If you are looking for a speaker on esoteric subjects, Jack probably has something tucked away in a folder for the occasion.


He lives in eastern Pennsylvania with his supportive wife, a squad of feline editors, and an array of edged weapons to inspire his works.

Updated on December 22, 2015 by Jack Hillman



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GIVEAWAY:


Jack Hillman will be awarding a $10 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


a Rafflecopter giveaway


TOUR PARTICIPANTS
October 23: Lisa Haselton's Reviews and Interviews
October 24: Christine Young
October 25: Danita Minnis
October 26: Laurie's Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews
October 27: The Avid Reader
October 30: Independent Authors
October 31: The Kronicles of Korthlundia: A Window into Fantasy
November 1: Kit 'N Kabookle
November 2: BooksChatter
November 3: Books, Dreams,Life
November 6: T's Stuff - review
November 7: Readeropolis
November 8: Sharing Links and Wisdom
November 9: It's Raining Books
November 10: Long and Short Reviews

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9 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

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  2. congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  3. I love fantasy sci fi books. I can't help wishing magic existed.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the excerpt & interview, I enjoyed reading them!

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  5. Thanks so much for the chance at winning this great giveaway

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  6. Congrats on the tour and I'm wishing you much luck and success!

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  7. What's next? Do you already have another book in the works?

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