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The Irish Readathon Announcement | #TheIrishReadathon ~ All of March 2018 | @Aoife_Lawlor


Are you planning to participate?

What: The readathon aims to encourage people to read books written by Irish authors and celebrate the brilliant literary past and present of the country.


When: All of March

Video Creator: Fred Weasley Died Laughing





Challenges:

1. (Leanne’s challenge): Read a book by an Irish author published in the last 10 years 2. (Stephen’s Challenge): Read an Irish classic (or modern classic) 3. (Jessica’s challenge): Read a book by a female Irish author 4. (Aoife’s challenge): Read a book based or focused on an event in Irish history
Bonus: read a book with green on the cover




My TBR: Well, what I am going to try to read this month

1. Emma Donoghue: Astray
2. Oscar Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray
3. Maeve Bincy: A Week in Winter


4. Colum McCann: TransAtlantic

Bonus: Alister McGrath: Darkness Shall Fall



The Irish Readathon TBR & Recommendations #TheIrishReadathon




Author Q&A ft D. Lieber | THE EXILED OTHERKIN Book Tour | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Fantasy Romance

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Name Before the Masses Tour for THE EXILED OTHERKIN by D. Lieber, a fantasy romance available now from Black Rose Writing.

D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) 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 by clicking the banner.




The Exiled Otherkin

by D. Lieber

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GENRE: Fantasy Romance
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BLURB:

Exiled from Faerie when her father dies, half-Fae Ember is surprised by how much the human realm has changed since she was there last. She takes a dangerous job on a merchant airship, hoping a life on the move will keep her well-hidden. Sure, she misses her brother, but years of apathy have numbed her emotions.
When the optimistic and naïve Reilley follows her, it’s annoying to say the least. But when she starts feeling responsible for him, long-stifled emotions crack the ice around her heart.
Faeries, pirates, and traveling players meet in this steampunk fantasy adventure as Ember tries to cope with feelings long forgotten and a past that pursues her.

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EXCERPT:

Clutching my new tambourine, I walked to a clearing to have more room to dance. Reilley grabbed the drum and started a beat. Like before, I moved to the rhythm. This time, my red skirt danced with me, and I shook my tambourine appropriately. We discovered that as long as I let Reilley choose the pace, we could improvise an entertaining performance.

We fed on each other’s energy and ended at a natural breaking point, exchanging smiles as the last beat echoed off the trees.

“You’re enchanting,” Reilley complimented smoothly.

“I’m only expressing your music and following your lead.”

He flushed with pleasure at the high praise.

“Could you do me a favor?” I asked him.

He nodded.

“Would you unplait my hair? It should be dry by now.”

His eyes gleamed like I’d given him a gift, and I turned my back to him. With long, deft fingers, he gently unbraided my hair. Undone, he ran his hands through the soft waves to separate them. I shivered.

“Thank you,” I whispered.

As his hands gently stroked the dark locks, I became aware that we were very alone. We’d been alone before, but this time was different. An air of anticipation settled between us. His hands stilled. Neither of us knew what should happen next, and the pressure quickly became uncomfortable.


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
The Exiled Otherkin (and all of my books for that matter) are aimed at new adult audiences, though I do have a lot of readers older and younger than that. I say new adult because my books have sexual content. I would say if you are a fan of faerie stories or steampunk, then this book is for you. If you like strong female characters and recognize that male characters don’t have to be overly masculine, then you will like this book. If you like fast-paced adventure stories sprinkled with magic and romance, then you will like this book.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?
So the protagonist of the story is an exiled fae. I stumbled upon the term otherkin a few years ago. It’s an interesting subculture where people identify as not entirely human. Generally, they believe themselves (or their souls) to be “mythical” creatures, such as, elves or fairies. Well, since Ember is a half-fae, I thought that this term would certainly apply to her. I didn’t go into the otherkin belief system in the story. I just used the term.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular design?
My cover art was designed by Dave King. He’s the graphic artist with my publisher, Black Rose Writing. We wanted the cover to say this book has faeries and steampunk. I think he did that rather well.

Where did your love of reading/storytelling/writing/etc. come from?
My love for writing certainly stemmed from my love for reading. But I also found the written word to be empowering when I was overwhelmed growing up. As far as where my love for reading came from? I guess it’s just been there as long as I can remember. Strangely enough, I wasn’t a huge fantasy fan as a child. I preferred to read the classics. Even though I was the same age as the characters when it came out, I didn’t even read Harry Potter until I was in college. I can’t remember the first fantasy book I read, but I do remember that it was Pillars of the World by Anne Bishop that got me hooked.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
Going to my website is the best way to find out about my books (www.dlieber.com). I have a contact page, and you can sign up for my newsletter. I also have links to all of my social media pages. You can connect with me on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dlieberwriting), Twitter (www.twitter.com/AuthorDLieber), Google+ (www.google.com/+DLieber), Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15163863.D_Lieber), and Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/dlieberwriting/).


What can we expect from you in the future? What are you working on now?
I have a paranormal romance coming out June 21, 2018 entitled Intended Bondmates. Here’s the blurb:
No one said guarding a faeling from bloodthirsty vampires would be easy. In fact, Runa trained all her life to protect her intended bondmate, Konner, until he could awaken his full magic.
She was looking forward to her time with the young fae until tragedy shattered her plans. For the last thirteen years, she’s been bound with Mikhail. Neither of them was happy with the arrangement, but she never thought he’d request to unbind from her early.
When all hope of Runa fulfilling her rite and joining werewolf society is threatened, Konner comes through and agrees to become her bondmate.
But Konner hasn’t forgiven her for abandoning him. And Rowan, bound with Konner’s brother, is hostile toward the fellow werewolf who left him to protect two faelings alone.
As Runa tries to make up for her past betrayals, forbidden thoughts and urges imperil all of their futures.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Share it. Talk about it. Put a review on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads. And if you really love it and want to promote it, you can join my literary street team. There’s a description and signup form on my website at www.dlieber.com/street-team.

Do you have any tips or advice for other writers trying to get published?
If you’re trying to get an agent or publisher, check out Writer’s Market (www.writersmarket.com). You can subscribe to their online database, which has a list of agents and publishers. It’s even searchable by genre.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John), retired guide dog (Samwise), and cat (Yin).

Links:
Website: www.dlieber.com
Google+: www.google.com/+DLieber    


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GIVEAWAY:

D. Lieber will be awarding a fancy homemade bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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A Choice of Crowns by Barb Hendee | Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents Historical #Fantasy


Readeropolis is pleased to share A Choice of Crowns, an historical fantasy novel available now. It is book two in the A Dark Glass series.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the $20 Amazon GC giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).

A CHOICE OF CROWNS

A Dark Glass Novel Book #2
by Barb Hendee
Genre: Historical Fantasy



Olivia Geroux knew her king was reluctant to marry her, whatever the negotiations had arranged. But she never expected to find handsome, arrogant King Rowan obsessed with his stepsister instead. And before she can determine what course to take, she overhears her greatest ally plotting to murder the princess.

Olivia must act quickly—and live with whatever chaos results. As the assassin hunts his prey, a magic mirror appears to show Olivia the three paths that open before her . . .

If she hesitates only a moment, the princess will die—and she will become queen.
If she calls for help, she will gain great power—but she must also thrust away her own happiness.

If she runs to stop the murder herself, she will know love and contentment—but her whole country will suffer.

As she lives out each path, her wits and courage will be tested as she fights to protect her people, her friends, and her heart. And deciding which to follow will be far from easy . . .



THROUGH A DARK GLASS

A Dark Glass Novel Book 1


On her seventeenth birthday, Megan of Chaumont discovers she’ll be sold as a bride to the brutish Volodane family—within hours. Her father grants only that she may choose which one of the ruthless, grasping lord's three sons she weds:

Rolf, the eldest: stern, ambitious, and loyal?
Sebastian, the second son: sympathetic, sly, and rebellious?
Or Kai, the youngest: bitter, brooding, and proud?

As shy, horrified Megan flees the welcome dinner for her in-laws-to-be, she finds an enchanted mirror that will display how her life unrolls with each man, as if she were living it out in a breath. But there is no smooth “happily ever after” in her choices.

Deaths and honors, joys and agonies, intrigues and escapes await her in a remote, ramshackle keep, where these rough but complex men reveal one side and then another of their jagged characters—and bring forth new aspects of Megan, too. But the decisions of one teenaged marriage-pawn reverberate much farther than any of them have guessed . . .




Barb Hendee is the New York Times bestselling author of The Mist-Torn Witches series. She is the co-author (with husband J.C.) of the Noble Dead Saga. She holds a master’s degree in composition/rhetoric from the University of Idaho and currently teaches writing for Umpqua Community College. She and J.C. live in a quirky two-level townhouse just south of Portland, Oregon.


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Scribes by James Wolanyk | Book Tour | Silver Dagger Book Tours Presents Dark Fantasy

SCRIBES by James Wolanyk is on virtual book tour. The dark fantasy stops at Readeropolis today. Be sure to enter for a chance to win the $10 Amazon gift certificate giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post). 




SCRIBES
The Scribe Cycle #1
by James Wolanyk






Pawns in an endless war, scribes are feared and worshipped, valued and exploited, prized and hunted. But there is only one whose powers can determine the fate of the world . . .

Born into the ruins of Rzolka’s brutal civil unrest, Anna has never known peace. Here, in her remote village—a wasteland smoldering in the shadows of outlying foreign armies—being imbued with the magic of the scribes has made her future all the more uncertain.

Through intricate carvings of the flesh, scribes can grant temporary invulnerability against enemies to those seeking protection. In an embattled world where child scribes are sold and traded to corrupt leaders, Anna is invaluable. Her scars never fade. The immunity she grants lasts forever.

Taken to a desert metropolis, Anna is promised a life of reverence, wealth, and fame—in exchange for her gifts. She believes she is helping to restore her homeland, creating gods and kings for an immortal army—until she witnesses the hordes slaughtering without reproach, sacking cities, and threatening everything she holds dear. Now, with the help of an enigmatic assassin, Anna must reclaim the power of her scars—before she becomes the unwitting architect of an apocalyptic war.





James Wolanyk is the author of the Scribe Cycle and a teacher from Boston. He holds a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts, where his writing has appeared in its quarterly publication and The Electric Pulp. After studying fiction, he pursued educational work in the Czech Republic, Taiwan, and Latvia. Outside of writing, he enjoys history, philosophy, and boxing. His post-apocalyptic novel, Grid, was released in 2015. He currently resides in Riga, Latvia as an English teacher.




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Check out THE TRUTH INSIDE by Trish Edmisten | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents #NewAdult #Romance

Have you read THE TRUTH INSIDE by Trish Edmisten? Check out out an except of the new adult romance below. 

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This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Trish Edmisten will be awarding a $20 Amazon/BN to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


For as long as he can remember, Nate’s dreamed of being an MMA fighter. Nothing is going to stand in his way and no one is going to distract him. Everything is going according to plan when Natalie comes along. Even though he wasn’t looking for love, Nate can’t help falling fast and hard. Smart, sweet and supportive, she seems too good to be true, but it’s actually the other way around. Nate isn’t good enough for her, and he’s keeping a secret that will change everything between them. One day, she’ll see the truth inside of him. Until then, Nate’s determined to keep Natalie in his life for as long as he can.

Enjoy an Excerpt

“You really think I’ll win?”

Natalie gave him an incredulous look. “You know I do.”

“I’m asking your opinion as a serious sports analyst and not my girlfriend.”

“Oh, well, if you’re asking me to be a serious sports analyst, then no, you have absolutely no chance,” Natalie joked. “You do know why Davis is called ‘The Machine’, don’t you?”

Nate pretended to look thoughtful. “Um, because he’s in good shape?”

“I’m afraid not, sweetie.” Natalie shook her head as she gave him a pitying look. “It’s because when he goes on the offensive, he unleashes one punch after the other until he takes his opponent out. Punches in bunches.”

Nate laughed. “Punches in bunches, is that the Dr. Seuss school of commentary?”

“Yes, it is. I actually took a class on it last semester.”

“I’m guessing you passed.”

“I got an A without even trying and I’m not lying. I’m good at school. I think it’s cool. No matter the class, I always pass.”

Nate was laughing so hard, he couldn’t catch his breath while Natalie sat across from him wearing a smug grin. Damn, this girl was perfect.

About the Author: Trish Edmisten is the author of several novels, including Extraordinary Will, a Reader Views Literary Award Winner. Her work has appeared in Writer’s Journal, Creative With Words and A Long Story Short. Besides being an author, she holds a degree in criminology. Trish lives in Fresno, California with her husband and their teenage daughter.

Links:

Website: http://www.trishedmisten.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TrishWritesRomance
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trishthewriter
Twitter: http://twitter.com/trishthewriter
Blog: http://trishthewriter.blogspot.com

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ICE ON THE BAY by Dale E. Lehman & Kathleen Lehman | Goddess Fish Promotions Presents Mystery

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for ICE ON THE BAY by Dale E. Lehman and Kathleen Lehman, a mystery available now from Serpent Cliff.

Dale E. Lehman will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN 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 by clicking the banner.




Ice on the Bay

by Dale E. Lehman


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GENRE: Mystery


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BLURB:


The forecast: Record cold. The crimes: Colder still.

A saintly young veterinary technician disappears on Christmas Eve, leaving behind only a broken window and smears of blood on his clinic's back steps. Two years later, his disappearance remains a mystery. A home in an exclusive area burns to the ground, mirroring fires ignited the previous year by an arsonist who now sits in prison. Is the new fire a copycat, or has the wrong man been convicted? A criminal with a long list of enemies is shot dead, and not even his friends are sorry. While temperatures plummet, cold cases collide with new crimes, and somewhere a killer with blood as icy as the waters of the Chesapeake Bay watches and waits.


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EXCERPT:

Without bothering to thank Peller, Dibble ate half of his sandwich before asking, "What do you want?"

"Same as you. To know why your house was torched."

"Seems obvious to me. Sergeant Montufar said arsonists get their kicks from setting fires."

"Sometimes. Not always."

Dibble maintained focus on his food. Peller took a long pull on his soda and waited patiently for him to answer, but no answer was forthcoming, so he decided to shake things up a little. "You don't think it was random, Mr. Dibble."

Dibble looked up sharply.

"Tell me I'm wrong.”

"I . . . I don't know."

Peller settled his drink in the cup holder and gazed at the trees, stark in their winter slumber. "Sergeant Montufar told me a story. Last year, an arsonist torched three houses. We caught him and sent him to prison. A set of fingerprints lifted from a mailbox near the street gave him away. The investigator might not have thought to check for prints there, except one of the victims remembered receiving a juvenile sort of warning in her mailbox. At the time, she took it for a stupid teenage prank. Fortunately she remembered it, and told the investigator about it.”

Dibble, his mouth drawn into a tight line, looked out the windshield as though studying the woods, but Peller knew he was seeing a ghost from his past. "What's your point, Lieutenant?"

"Anything, even something that seems unconnected, even something that seems stupid, could be important. And to be perfectly frank, I think you know what it is. Why don't you tell me about it?"


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AUTHOR INTERVIEW:


Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
"Ice on the Bay" takes place during an unusually cold winter in Maryland. That winter was real. In 2014, the region experienced below normal temperatures over an unusually long period of time, resulting in extensive ice coverage on the Chesapeake Bay. One day when I was driving over the Francis Scott Key Bridge on my way to work, I saw the ice covering the water below. It was the first time in nearly 20 years here that I'd seen that. I thought "Ice on the Bay" would may a great title for a novel. Then I just had to find a story to fit it.

On a different subject, one of the key crimes in the novel is an arson. That was pulled from my previous Howard County Mystery, "True Death," in which a couple of arsons are mentioned. At that time, they were simply background crimes being worked by another detective. I had no plan for bringing them to the fore, but now they figure as backstory for one of the main crimes in "Ice on the Bay." Something similar happened before. In "The Fibonacci Murders," I had mentioned that Rick Peller's wife Sandra had died four years earlier in a traffic accident. I later realized I could use that as a springboard for further exploration of his character, and in "True Death" turned that traffic accident into an unsolved hit-and-run.

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
Nothing too strange, really. I've looked up a few police-related details, some stuff about opioid medications, and information on firearms. (I always worry about who's looking over my shoulder and what they are thinking when I'm doing that!) I probably use the internet more for researching locations than anything else. I can't travel around a lot, so I use Google Earth to learn about many of the physical locations I use in my novels.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies?
I'm an amateur astronomer and a bonsai artist in training. The latter means I've been trying to learn the art through my local bonsai club, although for the past few years I've had little time for it. I've worked astronomy into my novels in small ways. In "The Fibonacci Murders" the planet Venus has a small but important role. The subject of light pollution comes up in both "True Death" and, slightly more significantly, in "Ice on the Bay." I'm toying with introducing some bonsai into a future novel, possibly through a son of mathematician Tomio Kaneko, who played an important role in "The Fibonacci Murders" and has cameo roles in the other two novels.

What can we expect from you in the future?
The next Howard County Mystery is in progress. I've also completed a science fiction/humor novel called "Space Operatic," featuring an opera company trying to make it big on the fringes of the solar system but running afoul of corporate power struggles, espionage, insurrection, and a horde of savage mercenaries. (I mean, really, how hard can it possibly be to stage a production?) Finally, I'm working on a crime/humor novel featuring a husband and wife team of thieves hired to steal, of all things, a silver statuette of a pine marten, a European weasel. "Weasel Words," it's called, and I'm having more fun writing that one than just about anything else I've ever written.



What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
It's tough for a new writer to get noticed, and triply so for independent authors or authors published by a small press. Readers who enjoy our work can help greatly by taking a few minutes to write a review on Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, etc., and by spreading the word about our work to friends, family, and your social networks. You can also register on our author websites and sign up for our newsletters. I do an allegedly weekly newsletter, although I often don't get it out that frequently. In it, I update you on my recent blog posts and offer material that I don't post anywhere else.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
For readers: Give indie authors a try. I'll grant you that it's a mixed bag, but some of us—myself included—endeavor to read and give honest reviews of indie works, so you can use those as a guide to finding the best. Also, remember what I said above: leave honest reviews to help other readers and to promote those writers you like.

For writers (especially indie writers): Don't rush to publication. It takes practice to do anything well, and writing is no different. The first novel you write might not be worth publishing. That's okay. Learn from it and make your next effort better. Keep doing that until you write something truly publishable. Find honest beta readers to give you feedback before you publish. A writers' group can help with this. Friends and family can, too, if they are not afraid of hurting your feelings, but beware of glowing praise from those close to you. And most of all, have fun writing!

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Dale E. Lehman is a veteran software developer, amateur astronomer, and bonsai artist in training. He is the author of the Howard County Mysteries series (The Fibonacci Murders, True Death, and Ice on the Bay ). His writing has also appeared in Sky & Telescope and a couple of software development journals. With his wife Kathleen he owns and operates One Voice Press and Serpent Cliff. They have five children, five grandchildren, and two feisty cats. 


Author Links:
Author website and blog: https://www.DaleELehman.com


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GIVEAWAY:

Dale E. Lehman will be awarding a $10 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.
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