Blog Tour Spotlight: Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen

Today I’m bringing attention to the book Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Patrick Samphire. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

Length: 365 Pages
Genre: NA Fantasy

After a violent storm destroys her ship, Isaura Johansdottir knows better than to hope she’ll be rescued from Eisland’s vast Failock Sea. Adrift and alone, her plans to start over lost, it’s a tragic conclusion after the disastrous end of her marriage—until she’s saved by Leonel, one of the merfolk, a creature long believed extinct. In repayment for her life, Leonel enlists her help to investigate the Failock’s mysterious and deadly plague of squalls. But when Isaura discovers Eisland’s ruthless new Lord commands the storms, her life will be in more danger on land than it ever was at sea.

As guardian of the Fathoms, Leonel must find the cause of unnatural storms ravaging the tidal currents and destroying the sea life. There are rumors of dark magic stirring in the Orom Abyss, the resting place of old, vanquished gods who tried to submerge the land millennia ago. Yet without proof, no one in King Ægir’s court will listen to him. And if it’s discovered he broke the Blue Laws to save a shipwrecked landweller, he might not survive the consequences.

As storms spread, Leonel and Isaura uncover secrets as forbidden as the bond that grows between them. Betrayal lurks in the restless sea, and when ancient powers lay siege to Eisland’s coast, the truth may be drowned along with everything else

About the Author

A child of two cultures, this hapa haole Hawaiian girl is currently landlocked in the Midwest. After exploring the world for a chunk of years, she hunkered down in Minnesota and now fills her days with family, fiction, and the occasional snowstorm. With a house full of lovable toddlers, a three-legged cat, and one handsome Dutchman, she prowls the keyboard late at night while the minions sleep. Coffee? Nah, she prefers tea with a generous spoonful of sarcasm.

To hear about the latest releases, giveaways, and other fun Sci-Fi/Fantasy stuff, sign up for her newsletter: http://eepurl.com/cNQ3iH

What readers have to say

The plot is woven carefully exposing you enough to certain characters so that we can look forward to reading about them in future stories. At the same time, it pays full attention to the story at hand which is mainly about two characters who find themselves alone and are genuinely looking for something good out there.

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The writing is beautiful and so descriptive to the point that I felt the sea, I was submerged in its watery beauty and cruelty. I was surrounded, felt it’s undercurrents and waves as Leonel swam and fought. The flow of the story rode along like the crest of a wave, with moments of fast paced action alongside calm stilled waters.

Hayley’s Book Room

The tension and excitement of the story builds from the very beginning and doesn’t let up. The book is so full of action that it doesn’t even seem to take a breather, and you’re constantly on the edge of your seat. It all leads to an unbelievable climax, with twists and turns that you would never expect. It’s explosive and unexpected, and so completely satisfying at the same time.

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Beneath Cruel Fathoms gave me reverse Little Mermaid but make it dark and adult vibes, and it came with a heaping dose of Norse mythology, magic, and fast-paced action on land and in the sea. It’s safe to say that I was sucked in from the very beginning! The writing was wonderfully immersive and atmospheric and was steadily paced throughout.

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The writing was engaging and well paced and the book was just so much fun! I raced through it very quickly and just had the best time reading it.

Shelves of Starlight

A touching fantasy that focuses on two characters trying to learn to open up and trust someone set against an epic backdrop of Gods battling for dominance.

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I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!

Blood of the Lost Kingdom by Kristin Ward: Tour Schedule

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

TheWriteReads‘ tour for Blood of the Lost Kingdom by Kristin Ward begins tomorrow! To help you all follow along with the tour, I’ll be listing the tour schedule (using the reviewer’s Twitter username) below along with links to where you should be able to find the posts on that day.

If you’re interested in subscribing to TheWriteReads’ mailing list for information on future tours, click here!

Tour Schedule

I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts! Blood of the Lost Kingdom is already out on the shelves! Get your copies today!

Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen: Tour Schedule

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog!

TheWriteReads‘ tour for Beneath Cruel Fathoms by Anela Deen begins tomorrow! To help you all follow along with the tour, I’ll be listing the tour schedule (using the reviewer’s Twitter username) below along with links to where you should be able to find the posts on that day.

If you’re interested in subscribing to TheWriteReads’ mailing list for information on future tours, click here!

Tour Schedule

I look forward to reading everyone’s thoughts! Beneath Cruel Fathoms is already out on the shelves! Get your copies today!

Blog Tour Spotlight: Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire

Today I’m bringing attention to the book Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

Length: 462 Pages
Genre: Fantasy

It was only supposed to be one little job – a simple curse-breaking for Mennik Thorn to pay back a favor to his oldest friend. But then it all blew up in his face. Now he’s been framed for a murder he didn’t commit.

So how is a second-rate mage, broke, traumatized, and with a habit of annoying the wrong people, supposed to prove his innocence when everyone believes he’s guilty?

Mennik has no choice if he wants to get out of this: he is going to have to throw himself into the corrupt world of the city’s high mages, a world he fled years ago. Faced by supernatural beasts, the mage-killing Ash Guard, and a ruthless, unknown adversary, it’s going to take every trick Mennik can summon just to keep him and his friend alive.

But a new, dark power is rising in Agatos, and all that stands in its way is one damaged mage…

About the Author

Patrick Samphire is the author of the adult fantasy novel SHADOW OF A DEAD GOD, as well as the middle grade novels SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB and THE EMPEROR OF MARS. He has also published around twenty short stories and novellas.

Patrick has been writing stories since he was fourteen years old and thought it would be a good way of avoiding having to sit through English lessons at school. He was absolutely convinced that he would be famous by the time he was eighteen, but sadly, even infamy has eluded him.

He lives in Wales, surrounded by mountains, with his wife, their sons, and their cat.

When he’s not writing, he designs websites and ebooks.

What readers have to say

Shadow of a Dead God introduces the major characters whom we can assume will feature in subsequent books in the series. It is well crafted and quite funny. I thoroughly enjoyed it and would love to follow more of this unique character.

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Shadow of a Dead God by Patrick Samphire reads like the best urban fantasy out there. The twist? It’s set in an original, high fantasy world with dead gods, ghosts and fascinating magic. Samphire manages to balance the world building and the suspense of the ever-escalating murder mystery perfectly.

FanFiAddict

The magic system was very impressive and I could actually picture how it was working based on the descriptions in the book, in addition, I really liked the political landscape of Agastos and how it all fed into the plot too.

Shelves of Starlight

I do love a fantasy that has some complex politics going on in the background and this novel had that in spades. It certainly added to an already pretty fascinating and well-paced plot. I found myself completely caught up in the story and was sad when it was over!

Kerri McBookNerd

Shadow of a Dead God was a fabulous way to spend a snowed-in weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to all fantasy fans who like a little murder mystery added into their stories.

Sue’s Musings

The worldbuilding and magic system was very well done. Agatos is a dark and gritty place, filled with mysterious creatures, magic, and divided by social status and unique customs and language, that was easy to envision thanks to Samphire’s deft and descriptive writing.

Before We Go Blog

I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!

Bookish Scenarios Book Tag

Hello everyone! I was tagged by AndOnSheReads back in October and I’m finally getting around to doing this. Thanks so much for tagging me!

This tag was started by LindsayHeartsBooks on YouTube.

You have to get rid of all your books and you can only keep ONE from each of these genres: Contemporary, fantasy, nonfiction and one other of your choosing. What books do you keep?

Omg this is so difficult. I’m going to go based off of my initial gut feelings.

Contemporary: I’m going to assume this has to be straight up contemporary and not like a contemporary horror or contemporary mystery or something. I’ll probably go with Anxious People, which is one of the best books I’ve read. I wasn’t much a fan of the Netflix adaptation though.

Fantasy: I really want to say The Name of the Star because it’s the book that I’ve read the most amount of times in my life, but I don’t think it’s classified as a fantasy. I’ll go with The Raven Boys.

Non-Fiction: I don’t really read non-fiction books, so this is kind of a difficult choice. Am I allowed to choose a text book? I’d probably want to grab a random graduate level book on number theory if so.

Wildcard: I’m going to choose House of Leaves for this one specifically because I know that each time you read it, it’s an entirely different experience. On top of that, there’s a bunch of hidden messages/codes throughout the novel so I think it would keep me busy for a long time.

You’re at the book store and you can hear a teenager telling their mother they don’t like to read, but their mother insists they pick something. You walk over and recommend a book you think is great for people who aren’t big on reading – what book is it?

If I hear that someone isn’t big on reading, especially if they’re a teenager, I’d probably recommend a graphic novel first. I read a lot of manga before I really got into novels. One of my favorite series is Case Closed, so I might go with that.

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You’re not feeling yourself and need a pick me up. Which book do you read to put yourself in a good mood?

The Name of the Star is my go to comfort read. I’ve read it probably around 6+ times (though most of those rereads were via audiobook), so I’d probably put on the audiobook for another good reread session.

You go back in time for a day to your teenage years. What book would you most likely have caught yourself reading?

I’m going to say Twilight because I was obsessed with that book during my freshman year of high school (I’m sorry!).

Your friend surprises you with a four day trip and you have one hour to pack. Which book do you bring to read on the way?

Why do I only get to bring one book??? I need like 4! I guess I’m currently trying to make it through Dune so I’ll go ahead and say that book.

Your house has been robbed! Don’t worry – everyone is safe but your bookshelf has been raided. What’s the book you really hope is safe?

I don’t know if I’d overly worry about one specific book, but I do know that I would be upset if it were any book that I have personalized specifically to me. I have a few books that were mailed to me directly from the author so they have a dedicated signature/note at the front. I would hate to lose any of those.

Your friend borrows a book and returns it in awful condition. Do you A) Just pretend you haven’t noticed, B) Ask them to repurchase it, or C) Secretly do the same thing to something of theirs?

I would do none of these, but I guess the closest option would be (A). What I would actually do is ask them what the heck happened to the book and see what the explanation is. The friend may even offer to repurchase it at that point, but if they don’t then I’d probably just try to get a new copy at some point myself.

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Blog Tour Review: Lemon Drop Falls by Heather Clark

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

A powerful story about love, grief, and healing.

Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours and Heather Clark for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary ARC and media kit!

Book Information

Genre: Middle Grade General
Publishing Date: February 15, 2022

Brave the sour to taste the sweet.

Morgan is devastated by her mother’s sudden death. Before, Mom’s amazing organizational skills kept the family on track, and her bowl of lemon drops was always on hand to make difficult conversations easy, turning life’s sour into sweet. After, there’s no one to help Morgan navigate her new role caring for her younger siblings, her worries about starting junior high, and her increasingly confusing friendships. All she can do is try to fulfill her mother’s final request: Keep them safe, Morgan. Be brave for them. Help them be happy.

When Dad insists on taking the family on their regular summer camping trip, and Morgan’s efforts to keep her promise to Mom seem doomed to fail, Morgan’s anxiety spirals into a panic attack, and Dad treats her like she’s impossibly broken. Unable to share her fears and needs with Dad, and desperate to prove she’s got the strength to hold the family together, Morgan sets off alone to hike a flooding canyon trail. But somewhere on that lonely and dangerous journey, Morgan will encounter the truth about the final words her mother left her, the power in finding her own voice, and the possibility of new beginnings.

Content and Trigger Warnings

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

About the Author

Heather Clark grew up near the Rocky Mountains of Canada, then followed the mountain range south, to her current home in Utah, where she lives with her husband and three children who inspire the books she writes. Heather’s work as a writer, photographer, and teacher helps her see the beauty and unique value in every person. After dealing with her own childhood anxiety and OCD, Heather is passionate about representing neurodiverse children powerfully in fiction. When she’s not working, you can find Heather camping, hiking, boardgaming, or reading and celebrating books at MGBookParty.com. You can learn more about Heather and her books at HeatherClarkBooks.com. LEMON DROP FALLS is her debut novel.

Author Links:

Review (no spoilers)

This book was nothing short of amazing. If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here.

Lemon Drop Falls is an incredibly powerful middle grade novel about a 12 year old girl struggling to survive after the unexpected death of her mother. It has major themes of anxiety, loss, friendships, and grief, so though I would highly recommend this book, I do so with the caveat that you should expect to be emotionally devastated at times, particularly towards the end of the book. (I know I was a hot crying mess towards the end).

There are so many important messages that Heather Clark managed to get across in this novel, but I think the one I loved the most was the emphasis on how a good relationship must involve healthy and open communication. The title and base plot of the story comes from Clark’s own family tradition of sharing “lemon drops”, i.e. difficult conversations with each other that may start out sour, but will ultimately end up sweet. I absolutely loved this idea and can imagine that by adding literal lemon drops to the mix, a good amount of children would probably enjoy it as well! The only way that we, as people, can learn to live harmoniously with each other is if we’re allowed the space to share our experiences, thoughts, and emotions. Lemon Drop Falls does an excellent job at expressing this message.

Back when I was in high school, I read the Christian novel The Shack, a story about one man’s journey to overcome the grief that threatens to drown him after his young daughter goes missing. Lemon Drop Falls had a very similar feeling to it but without the religious undertones. Yes, this is a story about grief and loss, but it’s also a story about perseverance, friendships, and healing.

Bookish Boxes and Buzzwords Tag

Welcome back to the blog! Today I’m doing another book tag that I was tagged in by And On She Reads. Thank you, Erika! Be sure to check our her blog if you haven’t already!

Your go-to genre or favourite type of book:

My go-to genre is probably new adult or adult romance. Strangely enough, though, I often don’t rate the ones I read very well. I just default to it when I’m looking for something fun or quick to read.

Retellings you are drawn to:

Most of the retellings that I’ve read are traditional (Disney-ish) fairytale retellings. I have read a few that were retellings of past books/plays or myth retellings but I think the fairytale retellings are more mainstream. I wouldn’t say that I’m particularly drawn to any type of retelling.

Lifestyles or careers of the book characters:

This isn’t a question so I’m not sure what this is supposed to mean. If it means lifestyles or careers of book characters that I enjoy reading, then I think I enjoy reading about college students or adults who don’t have their lives together and are working a normal 9-5 job that they may or may not hate.

Places or settings you are drawn to:

I guess I kind of answered this in the previous question about college students and 9-5 workplaces. On top of that, I am a fan of books where woods or forests are heavily featured, either in a magical way or a spooky way.

Relationships you enjoy reading about:

I love when books have healthy relationships (of any type!). So many books rely on miscommunications or toxic relationships to run their plot and I’ve grown very tired and frustrated from reading so many of these. In particular, books with strong sibling and/or parent dynamics are some of my favorites.

Buzzwords in the title of the book

I don’t think I have any specific buzzwords that draw me to be a book BUT I love a good pun. Usually the worse the pun is, the more I’m intrigued by the book. I’m looking at you romance and cozy mystery books.

Things on book covers that draw you in:

Illustrated covers that are cute really get my attention. I’m also very much drawn to books that have very pretty flower/nature designs. Here are some examples of what I’m talking about.

Non-fiction buzzwords or a non-fiction area you are drawn to:

I don’t read much non-fiction, so this is a hard one. I think that of all the non-fiction genres, I’m probably most interested in True Crime and Memoir. Here are some of the non-fiction books I’ve read.

Medical conditions of characters:

I’m happy to read any medical conditions, provided that they are accurate represented. This often means that I prefer to check beforehand whether or not the book is #OwnVoices. Too often abled authors will write about disabled characters with incorrect information or misrepresentation.

Time of year, or time in history / future that you are drawn to:

I’m actually a huge fan of contemporary novels in this aspect. I don’t tend to like historical fiction novels and though I do read some futuristic plots, I’m only drawn to them if they are about a dystopia. So I would say either contemporary or dystopic/apocalyptic future.

BONUS #1:  Any other bookish boxes or buzzwords not already mentioned:

I’m not sure what “bookish boxes” means but there haven’t been any questions about specific tropes so I’ll talk about my favorite tropes! I’m a big fan of both hate-to-love and friends-to-lovers despite them being kind of opposites. I’m also drawn to books about workplace romance. In terms of non-romance tropes, I’m a fan of the boarding school trope. I absolute HATE love triangles.

BONUS #2:  What bookish boxes or buzzwords turn you away from a book?

Books with cheating turn me off immediately. In fact, I recently got one book in a subscription box where the blurb basically describes the plot as a happily married woman realizing that maybe she wants to cheat her husband and I was like SOLID NOPE and jokingly told my partner the book was going straight in the trash. I’m still trying to figure out what to do with it lol.

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Subscription Spotlight: Deadbolt Mystery Society

Hello everyone! Today I’m bringing attention to a non-bookish box that I only recently subscribed to: Deadbolt Mystery Society. If you want to take a look at my last product spotlight post, you can check out my post about Bubbles & Books here.

What is Deadbolt Mystery Society?

You can visit their website for more info, but I’ll try to give you the basics.

Deadbolt Mystery Society is a US subscription service that sends you a packaged mystery every month. In each box, you’ll receive several papers and a few small props that have puzzles for you to solve. Many of the papers have QR codes that will link you to password-protected websites. You’ll need to put together the clues that you get from the box materials in order to figure out what each password is to move you further along.

You can purchase a one-time box if you want to just try it out, but there are also 4 subscriptions options if you’re looking for something more long term. I’ll list the prices (not including shipping) below.

  • Month-to-month: $26.99
  • 3 month prepay: $75.99
    • $4.98 savings from month-to-month
  • 6 month prepay: $146.99
    • $14.95 savings from month-to-month
    • $4.99 savings from 3 month prepay
  • 12 month prepay: $283.99
    • $39.89 savings from month-to-month
    • $19.97 savings from 3 month prepay
    • $9.99 savings from 6 month prepay

Their website recommends 1-4 people working together on one box and gives an age recommendation of 13+. Each box is a standalone so it’s not like other subscriptions (i.e. Hunt a Killer) where you need to wait for multiple boxes to complete the story.

Socials

The Deadbolt Society is active on several social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Facebook

Their Facebook is probably the most useful of their social platforms because it is there that you can find a community of fellow subscribers to work with. Should you find yourself stuck on any of the puzzles, you can always check The Deadbolt Society’s website for the official PDF hints, but you are also encouraged to join the Facebook hint group for collaborative work with actual human beings.

Rob and I have personally never used any of the hint files nor the Facebook group, but I can imagine that we’ll eventually need a hint one of these days!

Instagram

You can find updates about boxes and limited time deals on the company’s Instagram page. Occasionally they have contests on there for their followers to have a chance to win fun prizes.

Twitter

I was honestly shocked to learn that The Deadbolt Society has a Twitter that is still active! So many subscription boxes that I subscribe to have Twitter accounts that haven’t been active for years. It seems weird to be that these companies wouldn’t use Twitter since I consider it one of the best platforms for getting out updates quickly and efficiently.

My Opinion

The background story for how I learned about this box is actually kind of interesting. My partner and I used to subscribe to a similar mystery box called Sleuth Kings (you can see my spotlight for that here). Last year, however, the person behind Sleuth Kings announced that he was no longer going to be continuing it on a monthly basis. We had already bought up all of the Sleuth Kings archive, so with no new boxes coming in, we were out of options.

Something that I began noticing, however, was that my neighbor downstairs had started receiving Hunt a Killer boxes every month. One day when I ran into him by the elevator, I decided to ask him if he would recommend it since we were on the market for a mystery subscription box. He basically said no (LOL) and recommended that we try this one instead! Long story short, we decided to try it, and we love it! We have officially found our new mystery subscription box and couldn’t be happier with our neighbors suggestion.

The boxes are standalones—which I love—and they each have a fun storyline that adds to the atmospheric feeling of the mystery. I should warn you though that some of the storylines are particularly gruesome/tragic, so I wouldn’t recommend this for children.

Unboxing Photos

Here are some unboxing photos I’ve taken of the boxes we’ve worked on so far! If you’re interested, I hope you’ll check them out!

#TheWriteReads #BBNYA #BlogTour Review: Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key by Estelle Grace Tudor

Rating: 4 out of 5.

A fun MG fantasy that you’re sure to enjoy

Thank you so much to The Write Reads and Estelle Grace Tudor for allowing me to be part of this experience and also providing me with a complimentary eARC and media kit!

Purchase this book (affiliate link): Amazon

About the Author

When not searching the backs of wardrobes for Narnia, the bottom of the garden for fairies or exploring yet another Castle, Estelle can be found with her nose in a book or a pen in her hand.

Having previously worked at Cardiff Castle, she now writes full time while looking after her four children.

She lives on the beautiful South Wales coast with her husband, children and crazy dog.

Review

Book CWs

For a list of warnings, tropes, and representation for this book, check out its page on BookTriggerWarnings.com.

Premise

One tiny discovery can have enormous consequences…

Almost 10-year-old Octavia Bloom is looking for adventure, but when it comes it’s in the shape of a tiny fairy door.

Dragging her reluctant sister and cousins into the mystery, Octavia discovers her family are hiding not ONE but TWO life-changing secrets.

Why is her mother searching for an elusive flower? And does she have what it takes to reunite her fractured family?

Octavia’s certain the answers lie behind the fairy door, if only she could just find the key…

Bravery, secrets & magic intertwine in this fantastical adventure

Review (No Spoilers)

I’m not much of an MG reader, but I’ve very much been trying to change that. Over the past year or so, I’ve been reading a lot more MG novels, mostly fantasy for some reason, so Octavia Bloom and the Missing Key really fit in with the rest of my recent reads.

Of all of the recent MG fantasy novels that I’ve read, however, Octavia Bloom was probably the one with the best/most detailed world-building. We follow the story of a young 10 year old girl named Octavia as she, her sister, and her cousins, discover a hidden magical world in their house and decide to explore it. Soon after, they learn that their abilities to traverse this new dimension could be the key to breaking their family’s curse.

Not only was the plot of the story unique and a lot of fun, but it was also full of great moral lessons, wonderful family dynamics, and a bunch of super cute creatures 😍. You can’t help but root for Octavia as she and her family work together to complete their quest. There was also a healthy dose of hilarity included that provided me with many much needed laughs.

If you’d like to follow along with the rest of the tour, you can find the tour schedule here!


I received this book to read and review as part of the 2021 BBNYA competition and the BBNYA tours organised by the TWR Tour team. All opinions are my own, unbiased and honest.

BBNYA is a yearly competition where Book Bloggers from all over the world read and score books written by indie authors. If you are an author and wish to learn more about the BBNYA competition, you can visit the official website http://www.bbnya.com or twitter @bbnya_official.

The sign-ups will soon be open for the 2022 BBNYA competition, be it for authors to enter their books, or for bloggers wanting to be part of the new panel, so keep your eyes peeled!!


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Blog Tour Spotlight: The Broken Heart of Arelium by Alex Robins

Today I’m bringing attention to the book The Broken Heart of Arelium by Alex Robins. I’ll take you through the blurb, about the author, and a few tour excerpts! If you’d like to follow along with the tour, you can find the full tour schedule here.

Premise

Length: 232 Pages
Genre: Fantasy

None can resist the ravages of time. Knowledge is lost. Memories fade.

But some things must never be forgotten.

Over 400 years ago, twelve great warriors united the beleaguered armies of men and scoured the war-torn lands of evil, pushing the enemy back into the underground pits and caverns from whence they came. To ensure their legacy, each of the Twelve founded fortress monasteries to impart their unique knowledge of war and politics to a select few, the Knights of the Twelve.

But now the last of the Twelve have long since passed from history to legend and the Knights, their numbers dwindling, are harbouring a dark and terrible secret that must be protected at all costs.

Merad Reed has spent half his life guarding a great crater known as the Pit, yearning for some escape from the bleak monotony. Then the arrival of Aldarin, one of the few remaining Knights of the Twelve, sets off a chain of cataclysmic events that will change Reed forever.

To the north, Jelaïa del Arelium, heiress to the richest of the nine Baronies, must learn to navigate the swirling political currents of her father’s court if she hopes one day to take his place. But the flickering flames of ambition hide the shadow of an even greater threat.

And deep within the earth, something is stirring.

About the Author

Alex Robins was born in Norwich, England back when it was still trendy to wear lycra tracksuits and bright pink headbands. Norwich School Library was where he first discovered his love of reading, an old converted undercroft packed to the rafters with books. The first fantasy series he read was The Dragonlance Chronicles by Margaret Weis & Tracey Hickman, quickly followed by The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and David Eddings’ The Belgariad.

At the age of twelve Alex moved across the channel to Nantes in France. Speaking very little French, the first few years were difficult and sometimes lonely as he scrambled to get a grip on the intricate grammar and vocabulary of the French language. His taste in books branched out from epic fantasy to science-fiction, mysteries, thrillers, and historical fiction, but he always came back to his favourite fantasy authors when looking to escape the outside world.

After degrees in agronomy, project management, and computer sciences, Alex founded his own company dedicated to online voting. He met his wife during a game of badminton and they spent several years getting trounced in various regional tournaments before getting married. Alex now lives in the sunny Loire Valley in western France, surrounded by imposing castles, sprawling vineyards, and two children. After reading fantasy books for the last thirty years he decided to write one. The Broken Heart of Arelium is his first novel, and the first in the War of the Twelve series.

What readers have to say

Alex paints a vivid picture of the world and it made every location very easy to imagine, the world of Arelium is an intriguing one to say the very least.

The Swordsmith

The Broken Heart of Arelium is the first book in an epic fantasy series full of amazing world-building, memorable characters, politics, betrayal, and action. Even though this isn’t my usual genre, it was easy enough to read, and I read the entire book in a day.

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