Umbrae Blog Tour

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Hi all! Today, I’m featuring an excerpt from Umbrae, which is the third book in Debbie Manber Kupfer’s P.A.W.S. Saga. This title was just released on March 1, so happy book birthday, Debbie! Debbie is not only a fellow writer but one of my clients. I had the pleasure of editing this book, so I know you’re going to love it! Now, on to the excerpt!

 

UMBRAE – INTRODUCING FINNY THE WERECAT

When she opened the door, Finny walked in complaining to herself. Miri lowered her mental shield so that she could talk to the cat without changing form.
“How long were you going to leave me out there?” complained Finny. “It’s hot and I’m hungry!”
Miri looked around her room. There was a small package of sponge cake on her desk that the Rabbi’s wife had left her on Friday just before Shabbat.
“Do you eat cake, Finny?”
“Well, it’s not my favorite, but if you insist.” The cat jumped up onto the desk and sniffed the package of cake, then nudged it with her paw. “Come on, Miri, some help over here.”
Miri chuckled as she opened the package of cake. She broke the cake in half and offered Finny one half while she munched on the second.
“That’s not fair,” moaned Finny. “You took the bigger piece.”
“Well, for one, it’s my cake, and two, you said you didn’t even like it that much.”

 

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The Other Queen Cover Reveal and First Three Chapters!

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Dear readers,

It’s my absolute pleasure to share with you the cover of my second book–sequel to The Other Inheritance–The Other Queen!

Preorder is available now and at the special price of $.99 for an ebook. I’ve included the link below along with the first three chapters

Preorder link:
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The Other Queen
Rebecca Jaycox

Chapter 1

“John, you’re not eating. Is the wild boar not to your liking?”

The polite voice coiled around him like a snake before it squeezed. John glanced up from his plate and met the cold, gray eyes of Andrius Drake, fear shivering through him. He immediately stabbed his fork into the meat wishing it were Andrius’ heart.  Spices flavored the succulent boar, but it tasted like ashes in John’s mouth. He quickly swallowed and nodded at the dark mage.

“It’s delicious,” he mumbled, lowering his eyes. He felt the iciness of Andrius’ stare sweep over his face. Sneaking a quick glance out of the corner of his eye, he saw Arlene tense, her spine ramrod straight. The utter stillness of the dining room pounded against his eardrums.

“I’m glad you’re enjoying it. I would hate to think you felt I wasn’t properly caring for you,” Andrius said, sipping the amber liquid in his crystal goblet.

John choked back the words rising in his throat. Hatred pulsed inside him. He shook his head, not trusting himself to speak.

“We don’t feel that way at all,” Arlene interjected, and John looked at her gratefully. She pasted a sickly smile on her face; the expression made her resemble a possessed doll.

Andrius leaned back in his chair, swirling the liquid in his goblet. The soft sloshing seemed vulgar in the silent room. He studied Arlene, who was carefully watching a point over the dark mage’s shoulder. John took another bite of his food, observing them both beneath his lashes.

“You’re not drinking,” Andrius said, sipping from his glass.

John stiffened, his hand clenching his knife. He turned to Arlene, who had frozen in her seat. She reached out a shaking hand and took a drink from her water goblet.

“There,” she whispered, setting the goblet back on the table.

Andrius smiled at her, a gentle smile that made John’s stomach churn. “Water isn’t what you want. Drink the brandy, Arlene. It will help you forget, about Reggie, about John, about me. Escape for a little while.

Special Guest Author, Andy Peloquin

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Vicious, ruthless criminals are made, not born. Child of the Night Guild—an insight into the transformation from innocent child to thief and killer.

Child of the Night Guild (Queen of Thieves Book 1)
“They killed my parents. They took my name. They imprisoned me in darkness. I would not be broken.”
Viola, a child sold to pay her father’s debts, has lost everything: her mother, her home, and her identity. Thrown into a life among criminals, she has no time for grief as she endures the brutal training of an apprentice thief. The Night Guild molds an innocent waif into a cunning, agile outlaw skilled in the thieves’ trade. She has only one choice: steal enough to pay her debts.
The cutthroat streets of Praamis will test her mettle, and she must learn to dodge the City Guards or swing from a hangman’s rope. But a more dangerous foe lurks within the guild walls. A sadistic rival apprentice, threatened by her strength, is out for blood.
What hope does one girl have in a world of ruthless men?
Fans of Sarah J. Maas, Scott Lynch, and Brent Weeks will love Queen of Thieves…

Buy Links:
Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/Child-Night-Guild-Queen-Thieves-ebook/dp/B01N1TC3VW/
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Bio:
Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist–words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I’m also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion, race, or lifestyle–it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

Website: http://www.andypeloquin.com
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AndyPeloqui
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andyqpeloquin

10 Things You Need to Know About Me:
1. Hot wings, ALWAYS!
2. I never forget a face, but rarely remember a name.
3. I’m a head taller than the average person (I’m 6′ 6″)
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Cover Reveal for Umbrae!

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It’s here and it’s beautiful! The long awaited cover of Umbrae (The P.A.W.S. Saga, Part 3) created by the ever awesome Rachel Bostwick.

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So what’s it about?

Step into the Shadows of Umbrae …

Miri’s world at P.A.W.S. in St. Louis is falling apart. First, Danny is accused of stealing her opapa’s charm. But before he can defend himself, he mysteriously disappears. Miri seeks Josh for help and advice, but he too has gone missing.

Then Lilith has a vision – Miri dragged away by wolves. Miri needs answers, answers that she feels sure are hidden in the blank pages of the book of Argentum.

With the help of Lilith, she travels to the ancient city of Safed. There, with the aid of a mystical rabbi and an outspoken werecat, her omama’s story is slowly revealed. And Miri uncovers something else, a world hidden deep beneath our own – the labyrinth of shadows also known as Umbrae.

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Coming soon in paperback!

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Cover Reveal!

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Ta-da! My beautiful new cover for “The Other Inheritance” is here. I’m so thrilled to show this to you all as it came out just the way I wanted it to. Reggie and Asher look stunning as do their two worlds. Thank you Molly Phipps and Aelurus Publishing! While I did like my previous cover, I never felt like it fit the story the way this one does. I hope you all love it as much as I do!

Popular Character in Peril

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There comes a time in every writer’s life when you decide to put a popular character in mortal peril. In my case, I’m putting the most popular character in my trilogy in some serious shit. I realize this might (will) make some readers mighty unhappy. I might get some pitchforks thrown at me through social media. But the thing is, it’s necessary. This incident is the catalyst on which the third act relies on. This incident forces my heroine to make a choice that is going to have major consequences and also reveal the depth of her magical badassness. And I didn’t say this beloved character was going to die. I follow the Joss Whedon school of thought: why go for the kill when you can go for the pain. And don’t we all love a hero who overcomes tragedy and triumphs? Isn’t that why we get attached to characters? Because we feel their pain and recognize their struggles and want them to prevail.

So go forth, brave writers. Tell the tale that needs telling. Make us feel all the feels. The story is better for it, and so are we, the reader.

Author Insanity and snippet!

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Well all, the end is near! Not the end of the world (although watching the presidential debate made me very uncertain), but the end of my first draft of The Other Inheritance 2. After nearly two years of writing the damn thing (that’s a term of affection, I assure you), I finally see light at the end of the tunnel. Unfortunately, instead of progressing, my writing habits have regressed. For a while, I could only write on paper and then have to retype all my work into a Word document. Insane, no? But it was the only way I could work. I thought eventually I would return to the keyboard and be able to bang away on the keys again. Eh, not so much. Sometimes, I’ll sit down at my computer and write a few paragraphs–a page if I’m really luck–but I’m still avoiding my Mac.

Now my writing habits have gotten even stranger. Instead of just writing in a notebook, I’ve found that I want to write at 11pm while I’m in bed on my Notes app. At least I can just email the text to myself, but seriously, how annoying is this habit? I’ve written a few pages on my Notes app at a time and that ain’t easy folks. On a positive note, the book is getting done, so I’ve decided not to fight the insanity but to embrace it.

And your reward for listening to this rant is a little scene from TOI 2. Names have been changed to protect the innocent and avoid spoilers. Enjoy!

They wrapped their arms around each other, and she promised herself that she wouldn’t cling to him when he let go. He kissed her a final time and nodded, eyes shiny. She blinked a few times and nodded back, forcing her arms to release him. He bounded up the loading ramp and onto the ship. He turned at the railing, leaning against it so he could see her. Reggie felt (blank’s) presence at her back, and John looped an around her shoulders. She was beginning to hate that lump that seemed permanently lodged in her throat. She refused to let the last image Asher had be of her blubbering like an idiot. Rhys walked down the plank and stood on her free side.
“He’ll be all right. Now smile and wave farewell,” Rhys said. “Even if you don’t mean it.”
The sigils on the ship lit up, emitting a soft glow.

I’m back!

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After a woeful and unforgivable absence, I’m back to haunting my blog. I’ve had a lot of changes in my life since February, and I hope these changes mean I can focus on writing more. Cross your fingers!

The good news is I’ve officially written over 45K words on my new novel, which is the sequel to “The Other Inheritance.” I can finally see the end of this book tunnel, and maybe if I work my booty off, I might get out an end-of-year release. I’m looking for a Christmas miracle, people.

In other good news, I’m editing novels for indie authors. I find this so enjoyable. Editing makes a sharper writer, and we all need to improve. Writing is a journey, and we writers hope we get better along the way.

As usual when I’ve been gone a long time, I’ve been traveling. This absence is no different. I recently spent three weeks in Greece! I spent a week in Athens and two weeks on the island of Paros. I love Greece and am grateful that I’ve gotten to journey there every year this past five years. I promise there will be pics to come!

My summer has pretty much rocked! How has yours been? Love to hear what everyone has been up to!

New Year’s Resolutions and Other News

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Well, we can talk about the elephant in the room. I clearly suck at blogging. I mean suck. I disappear for months at a time, and I don’t call or write. I have no real excuse except that life continually gets in the way. The end of the year was especially busy for me as I was planning events for work and getting ready to go to Hawaii. And yes, no sympathy there as I did get to spend the holidays in paradise. Hawaii was pretty awesome. Is is the land of lush vegetation and rainbows. And rain. There’s a lot of rain. I spent two days in Honolulu and eight days in Maui. I made the mistake of staying in the jungle in Maui, which sounded way cool on paper, but remember the rain? Boy, was there a lot of it! Once we got out of the jungle, we would drive into sunshine and perfect beaches. (The we in this scenario is my husband). I swam with sea turtles, and I’m very certain tiger sharks as turtles are their favorite food.

Now on to more important things like New Year’s resolutions. This year, no matter what, I will finish the sequel to “The Other Inheritance.” It is literally the only resolution I have because, let’s face it, it’s a doozy. From fighting writing’s block and fatigue, it’s been a real struggle to get this book done. I honestly think it will be a better book than the first, with some twists and some surprises, but I just need to get that story on the page!

What are your resolutions?

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