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Blog tour: Heir to the Darkmage

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Heir to the Darkmage Ambition drives her. Danger thrills her. But magic always has a price. Twenty years have passed since the Darkmage was destroyed and the war between mages ended. For Lira Astor, the single living heir to the Darkmage, escaping her name is impossible. People still fear what is long dead, and they see in her the rise of another dangerous mage with deadly ambition. Desperate to claw her way free of her grandfather’s shadow, to make her own name amongst the world of mages, Lira is willing to do whatever it takes. Even if that means joining the secretive rebel group looking to restore his vision. Survival is a lesson Lira learned early and often, yet when she is abducted and held prisoner in a deadly game of cat and mouse, she finds herself facing a nemesis she may be no match for. Forced to band together with unlikely allies who challenge everything she believes about what it means to be a mage, she will have to rely on every bit of ruthlessness she possesses. Because

Heir to the Darkmage

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Heir to the Darkmage by Lisa Cassidy 3 out of 5 Synopsis Ambition drives her. Danger thrills her. But magic always has a price. Twenty years have passed since the Darkmage was destroyed and the war between mages ended. For Lira Astor, the single living heir to the Darkmage, escaping her name is impossible. People still fear what is long dead, and they see in her the rise of another dangerous mage with deadly ambition. Desperate to claw her way free of her grandfather’s shadow, to make her own name amongst the world of mages, Lira is willing to do whatever it takes. Even if that means joining the secretive rebel group looking to restore his vision. Survival is a lesson Lira learned early and often, yet when she is abducted and held prisoner in a deadly game of cat and mouse, she finds herself facing a nemesis she may be no match for. Forced to band together with unlikely allies who challenge everything she believes about what it means to be a mage, she will have to rely on every bit of

Threadneedle

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Threadneedle by Cari Thomas 4 out of 5 Synopsis Within the boroughs of London, nestled among its streets, hides another city, filled with magic. Magic is the first sin. It must be bound. Ever since Anna can remember, her aunt has warned her of the dangers of magic. She has taught her to fear how it twists and knots and turns into something dark and deadly. It was, after all, magic that killed her parents and left her in her aunt’s care. It’s why she has been protected from the magical world and, in one year’s time, what little magic she has will be bound. She will join her aunt alongside the other Binders who believe magic is a sin not to be used, but denied. Only one more year and she will be free of the curse of magic, her aunt’s teachings and the disappointment of the little she is capable of. Nothing – and no one – could change her mind before then. Could it? Review Anna has grown up fearing her non-existent magic, waiting til the day it can be officially bound by the Binders. Her

Death's Legacy

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Death's Legacy by Dennis K. Crosby 5 out of 5 Synopsis Twenty years ago, Reaper of Souls Kassidy Simmons battled Azra-El, the Angel of Death and won—or so she thought. Now, a number of strange and unexplained deaths are afflicting Kassidy’s quiet New York town. She wishes she didn’t care. But she does. Her empathic abilities are expanding beyond her control, and the intense emotions are tearing apart her relationships. They’re also degrading the magical wards put in place to protect her from other Reapers and the even deadlier Wraiths—onyx-eyed henchmen of Azra-El. ​Allied with her longtime mentor and a college professor with ties to her past, Kassidy learns that the untimely deaths are regenerating Azra-El, and that the only way to stop him is with the Scythe of Cronus, the legendary weapon of the God of Death. ​To save her loved ones and reset the natural order, Kassidy must journey home and confront a past she’s been running from for two decades. She’ll face-off with enemies, ol

Blog tour: Strictly on Ice

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Strictly on Ice When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face ... Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go. When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s desperate for cash. What she didn’t count on is the drama – not only is she partnered up with infamous love rat rugby player Jamie Welsh, but one of the judges is none other than Alex Michaelson himself. As the show progresses, will Katie be shown the hard way, once again, that romance on the ice should remain strictly off-limits? Purchase Links UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B08T9VL7KG US - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08T9VL7KG ~Review~ Author Bio  Helen Buckley lives in Bedfords

Strictly on Ice

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Strictly on Ice by Helen Buckley 5 out of 5 Synopsis When falling in love comes with the risk of falling flat on your face ... Former Olympic skating champion Katie Saunders is well known for her ‘ice queen’ persona in the press. On the face of it, perhaps Katie should have forgiven her former skating partner and ex-boyfriend, Alex Michaelson, for the accident that shattered both her ankle and their Olympic dreams – but she just can’t seem to let it go. When Katie reluctantly agrees to take part in a new TV skating show, it’s only because she’s desperate for cash. What she didn’t count on is the drama – not only is she partnered up with infamous love rat rugby player Jamie Welsh, but one of the judges is none other than Alex Michaelson himself. As the show progresses, will Katie be shown the hard way, once again, that romance on the ice should remain strictly off-limits? Review 'Ice Queen' Katie gets roped into a new celebrity ice skating show where her ex is on the judging pan

#IndieApril Guide for Authors

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#IndieApril Guide for Authors In the spirit of #IndieApril I am sharing a few tips for new authors, or authors that feel like they've yet to make traction. I've pulled together some tips. Many of these are basic and easy to do, and I just want to show authors that it really is worth doing these little things. I will also try to include budget options for each tip (where applicable), because I definitely didn't have any spare resources when I first published. A bit of background - I am the UK fantasy author K.S. Marsden. I have ten books published, and a reasonable income from them. I am also a prolific reader and reviewer (hence this blog). I read up to 100 books a year, and try and promote as many authors as possible. Which means I'm part of your target audience, and can give advice from both sides of the book industry. 1. Cover 2. Online platforms 3. Reviews 4. Newsletter 5. Advertising 1. Does your book look the part? Now, be honest with me, and with yourself. Does y