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Today’s tour hosts are Marcie at To Read or Not to Read and Kelly at Kelly Smith Reviews. Go and take a look at the great features these ladies have put together for the tour, including a review for Wizard of Ends, Book 2, and a guest post from me. Comments are welcome, as always!

To celebrate this month’s release of the first two books in Wizard of Ends, I’m giving away Books 2 and 3 in the Legends of Origin series (Book 1 is permanently free). The offer is valid for today only, so grab your copies without delay! (Discount codes below.)

In his search for the origin of the human race, Liam MacAskill travels to another planet and comes face to face with the Devil himself. He’s driven to claim sanctuary from the monks and nuns at Tridor Monastery, where another stranger to the land lies in a coma.

Liam teams up with Arthean, a Tridorian monk with a dark past and a heart of gold. At first glance, the two seem to be polar opposites, but are they really that different? Together with the monk’s Ilanenorian friends – a strange race of people who live above the clouds – Liam continues his search for the source of everything, which he believes will be found in the Garden of Origin. However, Sah, the power-hungry ruler who hunts Liam, searches for the garden, too. The race is on to see who will get there first and if Liam can survive long enough to fulfil his goal.

On the run, with traitors in their midst and death-breathing dragons on their tail, it’s anybody’s guess if good will prevail or if the amnesiac Devil who possesses Liam’s friend, Joshua, will gain the upper hand. Will Liam find the Creator he seeks? Will the Ilanenorians’ Earth Magic and the winged ryokin’s aid be enough? Will Liam be enough?

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Legends of Origin, Book 2, Orion's HarvestersTwo months after Liam MacAskill’s return to Earth from Tridor Monastery, a portal opens in Orion’s Nebula, and a continent-sized spaceship emerges. It heads for Earth, where it hovers over Africa. Shortly thereafter, a second alien species comes through the portal. Then impossibility becomes reality – the second species steals Earth’s sun.

The first species, the T’Acan – or Harvesters, as some call them – seem friendly enough, but Liam suspects they are omitting something about their reasons for visiting Earth, which seem lame to him. It doesn’t take Liam long to discover what… They have to be stopped, but how to stop an invincible enemy?

Air force and military attacks have no effect on the T’Acan spaceship, but Earth has a secret defence not even the military are aware of – a powerful weapon that harnesses ley line energy, kept hidden by warrior monks since humanity’s beginnings. It could save Earth when even nuclear weapons would fail… but will it be enough to drive the T’Acan harvesters away, and will the untested weapon work the way they hope?

Will Liam succeed in aiding the warrior monks’ efforts, or will he merely create more casualties? Is Liam’s friend, Jack, right to distrust the little blue alien they meet on the T’Acan ship, or is Liam’s trust going to be betrayed again? As Liam races against time to warn Arthean that Tridor’s Earth may be in the same danger, even he isn’t sure he’ll make it in time.

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Legends of Origin, Book 3, Creator SpeciesLiam and Arthean are trapped on a Harvester spaceship, hunted by the crew, when the rescue mission to save the mysterious Lenora Fairen goes horribly wrong. The ensuing events bring to light some disturbing information about the Harvesters – and their creators – and cause Arthean’s previously unfaltering faith to waver.

Information is scarce about the Vorsors, the species that created the Harvesters. However, the fact that a species as aggressive and bloodthirsty as the Harvesters are afraid of them is reason enough to worry Liam and his friends.

Unlikely allies are formed and new enemies made as Liam and Arthean embark on a new quest – saving their galaxy from the Vorsors.

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I hope you enjoy Legends of Origin. Please don’t forget to leave a review if you have time; I appreciate it.

Are wizards and magic up your alley? Take a look at my new fantasy adventure series, Wizard of Ends:

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JUST RELEASED! Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature – ONLY 99C FOR TODAY ONLY!

Today’s tour hosts are Katharina Gerlach and Kelly Smith. Katharina is sharing a guest post from me about modern science and ancient magic – one of my favourite topics – and Kelly’s Wizard of Ends review blew my mind. I visualise what I write. It plays in my mind like a movie and I write it. To have a reviewer who doesn’t know that say it was like a ‘mini-movie in your mind’ is one of the biggest compliments I’ve ever received. Also take a look at Carlyle Labuschagne’s review of Book 1 – another lovely review!

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Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature has just been released! Today only, readers can purchase Dark Creature for only 99c! From tomorrow, it will be $2.99, so grab it today!

 

Wizard of Ends, Book 2_BlogEscorted by soldiers of Ends, Lashlor sets out to find an old flame, Rune Arcana, the only person who can help to remove the curse placed on the Queen of Ends. Lashlor believes that Rune currently resides in the Mountains of Eclador – a place from which no one has returned in all of recorded history. She could refuse his request. She could be dead. Lashlor and his companions could meet the same fate.

If they do not brave the mountains, however, Queen Narraki will remain in the form of a rabid creature of darkness… forever.

Forever is a long time, and King Lanaran fears the Wizard of Ends will not return. Ignoring Lashlor’s advice not to meddle with the curse, Lanaran employs other magic users to attempt to undo the dark magic.

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Extract from Wizard of Ends, Book 1 by Vanessa Finaughty

Today’s tour host is Nicholas C. Rossis, who will be sharing a guest post from me with five tips for new writers. I hope the tips help some fellow authors.

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Wizard of Ends, Book 1
Extract

Time seemed to slow and the scene grew hazy. Lashlor blinked. He sensed it. Without doubt. Assassa and Thorona were afraid of him. They must perceive the magic flowing through his veins, but a sorceress as powerful as Assassa had no reason to fear a lesser wizard like him, who’d had almost no practice at magic in recent years. Thorona’s magic was weak, so she would give him no trouble, but Assassa…

Lashlor took a sharp breath of fright as Thorona flicked an energy bolt at him. Chilling war cries filled the air as Lashlor flung up his hands in reflex. An arm’s length from his face, the bolt vanished with a pop. Something yelped and a woman shrieked. Lashlor turned to the sounds. Captain Amkesh had wounded a beyeni and the king struggled on the ground, trying to hold back the beyeni straddling him. The wounded beyeni’s eyes filled with hate and it leapt at the captain, who also fell. Both the queen’s guards were down, one already dead. She cast panicked glances between the king and beyeni as she backed into a wall.

It was now or never.

Lashlor took a steeling breath.

Ignoring the survival instinct that urged him to flee, he focussed on the thunderclouds Assassa had conjured. A teal mist dropped down like a curtain, falling between Queen Narraki and the three beyeni that advanced on her. The first creature reached it and sniffed, drawing back with a yelp as its nose came into contact with the magical mist.

That should keep those beyeni busy for a while.

Lashlor clenched his hand and made a vicious twisting motion, and the beyeni that ripped chunks out of the unconscious – or dead – king slackened and fell on top of its bloody victim. A similar motion saved Captain Amkesh from certain death just as a beyeni sank its teeth into his neck.

Something tickled Lashlor’s arm and he turned his head to look. Thorona stared at him, disbelief warping her aura. A beyeni limped away, towards its mistress, its tail between its legs. A glance around showed no other magic users. Who, then, had cast the spell to protect him from the beyeni’s attack? Clearly, someone so powerful that even a beyeni was afraid to anger whoever it was – and he hadn’t thought it possible for a conjured creature to disobey a command or feel fear.

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Get Alianne Donnelly’s The Royal Wizard for FREE – TODAY ONLY!

Today’s tour host is Juneta at Writer’s Gambit. Juneta will be sharing an author interview with me – hop on over and take a look.

Smashwords author Alianne Donnelly has joined the Wizard of Ends party! For today only, you can download The Royal Wizard from Smashwords for FREE!

Grab it while you can! Enter the code XV26R on check-out to claim your 100% discount.

1. Royal WizardThe kingdom of Wilderheim stands bastion between the world of humans and the Otherlands. It is ruled as much by people as it is by creatures Other and as such, it must always have a wizard at the right hand of its king. Nico has seen three generations of rulers sit the throne; he knows he will not see the fourth. Desperate to find a worthy apprentice, when Nia appears like a godsend in his path he wastes no time taking her under his wing as his last sworn duty to the young king Saeran.

But Nia and Saeran have many trials ahead of them. With destinies converging toward an inevitable battle for power, countless lives hang in the balance, including theirs. As love brings them together, so strife tears them apart and as the balance between justice and magic shifts, the royal wizard and her king get caught in a maelstrom of colliding forces. Nothing is ever as it seems with a trickster hiding in the shadows. When the gods begin to play, mortals tremble…

Happy reading, and please don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoy the book :)

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Should Children Be Exposed to Fantasy and Magic?

Today’s tour host is fellow fantasy author TC Southwell, with a guest post from me about healing magic in today’s world.

Don’t forget that today is the last day you can get Michelle Louring’s The Angel’s Voice, Books 1 & 2 for FREE! See here for coupon details.

Now, on to children, fantasy and magic…

magic_blog2Here’s a topic that’s close to my heart. It’s not something I’ve been terribly vocal about – because how can you have an opinion about what children should or shouldn’t be exposed to when you have none? Now that I have a baby daughter, however, I feel the need to contemplate this topic and, unlike before, society ‘allows’ me to share my thoughts. Like most parents, I want only the best for my daughter and do not want to hold her back in any way. Rather, I want to enable her to achieve what others believe to be impossible.

Over the years, I’ve often heard parents object to movies and books like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, Alice in Wonderland and even the old TV series, Adventures of the Gummi Bears. Some parents will not let their children near anything that contains magic, seeing magic as evil and ‘of the Devil’. There was a time in my distant past where I might have agreed with this belief. Luckily for my baby daughter, that time has long past.

Religion and fantasy do not have to oppose each other. After all, magic is merely science we have not yet discovered the workings of… isn’t it? Ancient humans would have seen electricity as magic, along with planes, TVs, radios, telephones, dog whistles and many other things we take for granted today. Thus, logic dictates that, instead of seeing magic as bad, we should see it as a means of teaching our children that anything is possible if they put their minds to it. To do otherwise would be to stifle our children’s creativity, hold them back intellectually and teach them that unexplained phenomena should be feared and avoided.

Don’t you agree that there is already too much to fear in this world? Why add another, unnecessary, fear to give our children nightmares?

If you still aren’t convinced, here are 10 ways in which magic and fantasy can benefit children – and adults:

1. Fantasy opens the mind to enable readers to view the world through different eyes. This can be compared to ‘thinking outside the box’, something that can put one ahead of the pack.

2. Fantasy is able to address complex moral issues without being offensive or confrontational.

3. Fantasy enables one to escape the real world for a time, something we all need to do from time to time, regardless of our age.

4. Stories whose main characters are powerful magic users teach that there are choices to be made in life and, sometimes, negative consequences to our actions. Since fantasy stories are generally not set in the real world, this allows children to learn the lesson without creating a real-world fear.

5. Studies have shown that a large number of the world’s geniuses invented make believe worlds in childhood games. These studies suggest that fantasy worlds bring out one’s intelligence easier and better than stories set in the real world.

6. Fantasy aids the development of the imagination and reveals new insights – again, things that can put one ahead of the pack and result in solutions to real-world problems. Imagination is imperative for higher intelligence.

7. Fantasy helps young children to distinguish between what’s real and what isn’t.

8. Fantasy often leaves one with a feeling of hope, allowing people to conceive a better future.

9. When children play-act parts of their favourite stories, they usually choose to be the good guy, thereby acting out good morals and ethics – good preparation for similar real-life situations.

10. Everyone knows how important it is to read. Children who read a lot tend to have a better command of language, and, when it comes to exciting fantasy filled with magic and new fantasy creatures, one rarely has to beg a child to read. Instead, you might find your young one reading quietly somewhere (instead of getting up to mischief, which is often the case when they go quiet).

Do you expose your children to fantasy and why/why not? All comments are welcome, even if you disagree with my viewpoint.

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Wizard of Ends’ King Lanaran Dragonsbane: BIO

Today’s tour host is Alex James, with a guest post from me about the magic of the Ancient Egyptians. I hope you enjoy the read!

King Lanaran Dragonsbane – biography

King LanaranKing Lanaran Dragonsbane is one of the main characters in the Wizard of Ends fantasy adventure series. He rules the Land of Ends with his beloved wife, Queen Narraki Dragonsbane. He has practically wiped out poverty and hunger in his kingdom, and has the people’s utmost loyalty in return.

Lanaran is not the power-hungry ruler most of the other lands’ rulers are, and can be quite humble at times, but he will go to almost any length to avoid giving in to blackmail and allowing his kingdom to fall to tyrant rule. He is more tolerant than any of the other kingdoms’ kings; however, should his patience be tested too far, he will not hesitate to have the offender executed if the offence is bad enough and could be considered illegal.

Lanaran is an excellent swordsman, loves his wife above all else, enjoys red wine – perhaps a little too much at times – and likes to spend his free time out in nature, enjoying the peace and quiet such solitude can bring.

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Michelle Louring’s Double Book Giveaway for Fantasy Readers!

Today’s tour host is Diantha Jones at DJ’s Book Corner. Head over to Diantha’s blog to read an author interview with me.

In celebration of the Wizard of Ends virtual book tour, for the next three days only, Michelle Louring is giving away the first two books in her epic fantasy series, The Angel’s Voice. This is the first time Book 2 is available for free, so grab it while you can!

I haven’t read any of this series yet, but I’ve already downloaded my free copies, because the books look super interesting! Here’s a little about each book to whet your appetite:

For nearly 6 years, Selissa has lived an almost peaceful life at the temple, but she has no memories from the time before the priests took mercy on her. All she has from her past life are a strange symbol on her back and fearful dreams.

It’s only when the mysterious traveler Alassane arrives at the temple that her lost memories come back to haunt her.

 

 

 

Selissa hardly thought her life could become any more complicated, but the gods seem to have developed a sadistic fondness for proving her wrong.

A request for her help with solving a series of mysterious attacks at one of the temples seemed fairly simple. But everything suddenly becomes far more complex when Selissa is told who she needs to protect from the unknown assailant.

 

 

To get both these books for free, use the following codes on check-out at Smashwords:

The Angel’s Voice, Book 1: Resounding Echo – GIVEAWAY CODE: FH27E
The Angel’s Voice, Book 2: Silent Sound – GIVEAWAY CODE: EN84L

Coupons expire: 20 October

Please don’t forget to leave a review if you enjoy the read – it helps new readers find authors they’re likely to enjoy, and thus helps authors to gain new readers :)

About the author:

michellelouringWayward Dane, writing epic fantasy in English!

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5 Magical Ebook Covers

Today’s tour host is Daniel Marvello, who will be sharing a guest post from me about the magic systems in Wizard of Ends. Pop over to Daniel’s blog and take a peek.

Since Wizard of Ends is all about magic, I decided to share five magical ebook covers with you today, all of them with the word ‘wizard’ in the title.

What’s more, in celebration of Wizard of Ends, two of these books will be FREE on Smashwords during the tour! Take a look at our itinerary to find out when you can grab the free books offered by authors Alianne Donnelly and Simon Ludgate.

Click the covers below to go to each book’s page, where you can read the write-up and a sample.

1. Royal Wizard2. Eye of the Wizard3. Shattered4. Wizard Warrior

5. Accidental Wizard

If you read any of these books, please consider leaving a short review – I’m sure the authors will appreciate it, and your opinions are of value to other readers too.

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Get Sorcery & Subterfuge for FREE for TODAY ONLY

Today’s tour host is Louise Blankenship, who will be sharing an author interview with me. Hop on over there and take a look – comments welcome!

As part of the Wizard of Ends virtual book tour, I’m giving away my fantasy short story collection, Sorcery & Subterfuge – for today only. To claim your free copy, use the code HA38K on check-out at Smashwords.

Sorcery & SubterfugeA magical sceptre that holds the power of the gods, an invisible prince, an elf with ogre genes and the ability to bend others’ minds to his will, a peasant girl turned queen, a tortured phoenix in human form, mystical fogs, dwarf pirates and majestic ryokin – sentient winged sabre tooth cats with magic flowing through their veins…

If sorcery and subterfuge get you through the night, this short story anthology is sure to spin you into a whirlwind adventure to realms beyond the imagination. Fans of the sci-fi fantasy series, Legends of Origin, will be pleased to note the inclusion of two stories featuring the series’ ryokin, along with a sneak peek at some of the series’ future characters.

If you enjoy these stories, please don’t forget to leave a review; I appreciate it :)

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Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature by Vanessa Finaughty, Chapter 1

Today’s tour host is Tracy Falbe, who will be sharing a guest post from me with three ancient Irish spells and charms. Enjoy!

As most of you already know, Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature can be pre-ordered from iBooks and Barnes & Noble, and will be released at these retailers and Smashwords next week Thursday. Here’s a sneak peek.

Wizard of Ends, Book 2: Dark Creature
Chapter 1

Bleak and foreboding, the Mountains of Eclador rose before the group of weary travellers, the darkening orange sky giving them a decidedly evil appearance. A flock of kreag, nasty birds of prey large enough to carry off a full-grown man, circled above the nearest peaks. Lashlor hoped the birds were not hungry. These mountains were cold and heartless, and showed mercy to no man or beast, and the kreag would show the travellers no mercy either if it was to ease their hunger. Exactly what made the mountains so deadly was unknown – it could be a lack of food or shelter in most parts, or the kreag or other vicious mountain animals, or it could be something more sinister. Lashlor just hoped that whatever it was, it wasn’t magical.

If they returned to exit the narrow canyon they were about to enter, they would be the first in recorded history to survive a trip into these mountains.

The sorceress they were going to see, Rune Arcana, was capable of seeing him safely home, Lashlor knew. However, he wasn’t so sure she would have the power to see thirty-six men and their horses safely out of the mountains. He supposed it depended on why exactly the mountains were so treacherous. He had told King Lanaran, but the king had refused to let him make the journey alone.

Then again, Rune might just spell his face rotten, as she had promised she would if she ever saw him again. She, like many others, had accused Lashlor of lying about being a wizard. Even at the vilest of provocations, he had refused to use his magic to prove himself honest. She had told him she would not marry a liar. He had told her he would not marry someone who thought he was a liar. The rest was history. He had checked up on Rune once or twice, not really sure why he bothered, and one of her cousins had told him about a year and a half ago that she had gone to live in the Mountains of Eclador and wanted to be left alone.

Lashlor’s thoughts turned to the herbs he still had secreted in his belt pouch. These particular herbs were only found in the Land of Ends. He had risked the dangers of the Jeltar Woods at night to get them, so he could return to his place of birth and right a wrong. He had wanted it over and done with, afraid he would lose his nerve and never return. Besides delaying his task, the delay caused by the journey to the Mountains of Eclador meant he would have to gather more herbs, for these would be dried out by the time they got back to Ends.

Lashlor was jolted from his reflections when Captain Amkesh, who rode a black stallion near the front, came to a stop. The captain turned his horse and drew up alongside Lashlor’s steed, a silver-grey mare.

“Are you sure about this?” Captain Amkesh frowned. “This place gives me the chills.”

“The chill in the air is only nature. Night will be upon us soon.”

Amkesh nodded, still frowning. “Maybe we should camp here for the night.”

“There are still two hours of daylight,” Lashlor said. “Two hours could mean the difference between life and death for Queen Narraki.”

Amkesh sighed. “You’re right, of course.” His back straightened and he ordered, “Move on!” Continue reading

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