#BlogTour The Necromancer’s Daughter by D. Wallace Peach #fantasy #dragons #magic

I’m so excited to participate in the blog tour for Diana’s new release, and it’s always a pleasure to host her. Make sure to read my review of The Necromancer’s Daughter at the bottom of the post.

A healer and dabbler in the dark arts of life and death, Barus is as gnarled as an ancient tree. Forgotten in the chaos of the dying queen’s chamber, he spirits away her stillborn infant, and in a hovel at the meadow’s edge, he breathes life into the wisp of a child. He names her Aster for the lea’s white flowers. Raised as his daughter, she learns to heal death.

Then the day arrives when the widowed king, his own life nearing its end, defies the Red Order’s warning. He summons the necromancer’s daughter, his only heir, and for his boldness, he falls to an assassin’s blade.

While Barus hides from the Order’s soldiers, Aster leads their masters beyond the wall into the Forest of Silvern Cats, a land of dragons and barbarian tribes. She seeks her mother’s people, the powerful rulers of Blackrock, uncertain whether she will find sanctuary or face a gallows’ noose.

Unprepared for a world rife with danger, a world divided by those who practice magic and those who hunt them, she must choose whether to trust the one man offering her aid, the one man most likely to betray her—her enemy’s son.

A healer with the talent to unravel death, a child reborn, a father lusting for vengeance, and a son torn between justice, faith, and love. Caught in a chase spanning kingdoms, each must decide the nature of good and evil, the lengths they will go to survive, and what they are willing to lose.

Diana’s Bio:

A long-time reader, best-selling author D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life when years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books. She was instantly hooked.

In addition to fantasy books, Peach’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of the arts in her local community, organizing and publishing annual anthologies of Oregon prose, poetry, and photography.

Peach lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s rainforest with her husband, two owls, a horde of bats, and the occasional family of coyotes.

Amazon Author’s Page: https://www.amazon.com/D.-Wallace-Peach/e/B00CLKLXP8

Website/Blog: http://mythsofthemirror.com

Website/Books: http://dwallacepeachbooks.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Dwallacepeach

Purchase Links:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

CA: https://www.amazon.ca/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach/dp/B0B9FY6YZJ

IN: https://www.amazon.in/Necromancers-Daughter-D-Wallace-Peach-ebook/dp/B0B92G7QZX

My Review:

This isn’t my first rodeo with this author’s books. I know to expect writing that reads like prose, beautiful imagery, and top-notch world-building. My expectations were exceeded.

Diana’s done it again. She’s created wonderfully flawed characters who wormed their way into my heart. I cheered for them, nearly cried (seriously, I was close to needing a tissue), and sincerely hoped Teko found a good woman to make strange or magical babies with (you need to read the book to understand, but I promise you’d wish the same for him). It began with Barus, a disfigured orphan taken in by a healer, and then he held the door open for the rest of them (Aster, Joreh, and Teko especially) as they entered my heart. The father/daughter relationship and incredibly strong bond between Barus and Aster is one of my favorite things about this novel. The author certainly knows how to place her characters between a rock and a hard place, and she forces them to make gut-wrenching decisions. Each had their share of difficulties, but I felt Joreh in particular grappled with his beliefs.

There’s no shortage of deadly battle scenes between warring countries and tribes and a bloody struggle for power after the king is assassinated. And dragons! Somehow I missed in the description that they’d be a part of the story, but as a dragon lover I was thrilled and intrigued by Aster’s unique connection with them and how that factored into her identity.

The Necromancer’s Daughter is an exciting adventure filled with magic, epic battles, strong friendships, warring kingdoms, and a bit of romance. Find yourself a comfy chair to curl up in, make sure you’re not interrupted, and then fully immerse yourself in this world.

The Colony Series Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who entered to win signed copies (US only) or ebooks (international) of The Colony Series! Between all my social media I counted the number of comments and entered the total into a random number generator and the winner is – Leslie from Books Are The New Black!

Leslie, please email me at tpolen6@gmail.com – and congratulations!

If you’re looking for something to read over the long holiday weekend, this is the last day to purchase Subject A36 (The Colony #1) for $0.99 at Amazon HERE It’s a great time to dive into the series if you haven’t yet!

Subject A36 Only $0.99! #booksale #dystopian #scifi #giveaway

For the next three days Subject A36 (The Colony #1) ebook is available for only $0.99! With The Insurgent (The Colony #2) releasing last week, this is a great opportunity to get started with the series. To buy your copy go HERE.

As a reminder, I’m also giving away signed copies of both books (US only) or ebooks (international). For a chance to win, go HERE and leave a comment. The winner will be announced Friday, May 27th – good luck!

If genetic engineering could guarantee you and your family perfect health and unparalleled beauty, would you pay top dollar for it? Would you kill for it?

Residents of the Colony would. And do.

Only the Insurgents can stop them.

Seventeen-year-old Asher Solomon is a premier operative with the Insurgents. He and his team have rescued countless hostages, saving them from painful deaths in Colony labs as desirable genetic traits are stripped from their bodies.

He’s also suffered more losses than anyone should have to.

Then Asher gets intel that might give his people the upper hand. The Colony is searching for Subject A36. If the Insurgents determine the subject’s identity first, they might be able to turn the tide of the war.

Asher and his team embark on their riskiest mission ever, and the stakes have never been higher. But even if he survives the physical dangers, the devastating secrets he uncovers might destroy him.

Interview with Shelley Wilson @ShelleyWilson72, Author of The Last Princess #YA #TheLastPrincess #Vikings #NewRelease #BHCPress #TuesdayBookBlog

Welcome author Shelley Wilson to the blog! Her latest novel, The Last Princess, releases today, but it’s not only her book’s birthday – it’s also Shelley’s 50th birthday, so it’s a double celebration! Just take a look at that stunning cover. And who doesn’t like a good Viking tale?

Shelley is an English multi-genre author. She has written nine young adult/middle-grade supernatural, fantasy, and historical novels, a children’s meditation book, and six motivational self-help titles for adults.

She is a proud single mum of three and lives in the West Midlands, UK. Shelley loves travelling in her VW camper searching for stories. She also enjoys paddle boarding, Tudor and Viking history, supporting Leeds United, and obsessing over to-do lists!

Her latest book, The Last Princess, is out on 24th May 2022, published by BHC Press Books.

What is your writing process like? Are you more of a plotter or a pantser?

I’m a plotter! For years I operated in the pantser zone and wondered why I never finished anything I started, and then I took part in my first NaNoWriMo and read how outlining helped other writers.

I thoroughly enjoy the process of plotting and planning while still leaving plenty of wiggle room for those unexpected plot twists, and my writing output has increased. Instead of filling notebooks with ideas that never see the light of day, I now write and finish my books. The Last Princess is my sixteenth published title and I have a duology waiting in the wings for release dates.

Plotting has been instrumental in my productivity.

Have you ever travelled as research for your books?

Since buying my camper van I’ve been all over England, Scotland, and Wales searching for stories and researching for my books. It’s one of my favourite perks of being an author.

The Last Princess is set in Northumberland in the UK, so I took a couple of trips up to Bamburgh, Lindisfarne, and Alnmouth to get a feel for the area. It’s a beautiful part of the country and I loved using this setting in my book. It’s also partly set in Hedeby (now part of Germany), but due to a global pandemic, I had to do that research online!

The duology I recently completed is set in Whitby, North Yorkshire and I had a fun week exploring the area as part of that research.

Standing in the same spot your character stands is a special moment and I love reading back over specific scenes as I can almost smell the sea air and hear the waves.

Are any of your characters similar to you or anyone you know?

All my main characters are young girls who lack confidence but learn to believe in themselves and find inner strength. Yes, I guess they are similar to me. They are what I wished I’d been like at sixteen or seventeen. I was well into my forties before I found my courage!

I watch my daughter and her friends and marvel at how switched on they are. These girls know their own minds, support and empower one another, and don’t stand any nonsense. I want my characters to be like them. They also navigate worry, anxiety, and the usual coming-of-age pitfalls, but they deal with it much better than I ever did at their age.

The antagonists are a culmination of all the playground and office bullies I’ve had the misfortune of meeting over the years. The saying ‘be careful or you’ll end up in my novel’ is so true!

I think all authors are influenced by the people they meet in life whether the experiences were good or bad.

If you could spend a day with one of your characters who would it be?

Solveig! She is a shield maiden who trains Edith to fight in a Viking army. I had a clear image of what she looked like in my mind and found myself smiling whenever I wrote her scenes. Solveig has an ‘I don’t care’ attitude but deep down she is fiercely loyal to her friends.

There is a back story that shows the reader why Solveig is so closed off, but you do get to see her true warmth and humour. She would be a fascinating character to spend the day with.

Do you celebrate when your books are published?

I am a nightmare when it comes to celebrating. A few years ago I was on a radio show where the host asked me what I’d done on publication day and my answer was ‘a big grocery shop!’ We giggled about it off the air and she made me promise to at least buy myself a bunch of flowers.

Publication day of The Last Princess is going to be very different though as it’s also my 50th birthday. I’m not sure which I’m most excited about, to be honest, but there will definitely be cake!

I am getting better at celebrating my successes these days and look forward to holding a copy of my book in one hand and a mocktail in the other. I’ll be sure to share a photo on social media as proof.

The Last Princess, is out on 24th May 2022, published by BHC Press Books.

The Last Princess Blurb

Northumbria, 866 AD

Edith still has much to learn about the art of ruling a kingdom, but when her family is murdered, she’s faced with the challenge of staying alive. 

As a young woman in Anglo-Saxon England, Edith finds it hard to be heard above the Eldermen who are ripping the kingdom to pieces, but nothing can prepare her for the arrival of the pirates and the Vikings. Torn from her homeland and sold into slavery, she’s determined to survive at any cost. 

Finding allies in the unexpected and enemies closer to home, Edith clings to her dream of returning home one day to reclaim her throne and to exact revenge on those who harmed her family.

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Connect with Shelley:

Author website: https://shelleywilsonauthor.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FantasyAuthorSLWilson/

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/ShelleyWilson72

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Early Praise for The Last Princess:

This fast-paced historical novel builds on an obscure Anglo-Saxon king’s life to tell an empowering tale of a girl’s journey to fully embrace a new world, a new culture…as she grows into her own as a warrior. Edith’s fierce and often violent quest for revenge is juxtaposed with lovely, life-affirming moments of friendship and love in an engaging first-person narrative.” – Kirkus Reviews

I LOVED this quick fantasy read. I can’t wait to share with my students once I get a copy.” – Dawn, Teacher & Goodreads Reviewer

WOW! I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but this wasn’t it! This story is absolutely amazing.” – Rebecca, Goodreads Reviewer

Hugs of Thanks, Moving, and #Giveaway

Deep appreciation to everyone who helped share the news about the release of The Insurgent last week! Getting up that morning at 4 am, driving to the airport, being on a plane for two hours, then loading a UHaul didn’t leave me much time to do a lot of publicizing, so a big hug of thanks to all of you! It’s always nice knowing others have your back when you can’t be there.

Speaking of moving, it’s done. Again. Once everything was loaded, there were only inches to spare in the UHaul. How did Son #2 accumulate that much stuff in one year? Anyhoo, we spread out a thirteen hour drive over two days, hubby drove the UHaul, and our son and I took turns driving his car. I came to the conclusion a person could drive for days and never make it out of TX. Seemed like it went on forever! But we all made it home safely, and that’s what’s important. Hubby and I counted – this is the ninth consecutive summer we’ve moved one or both boys. May be we need to start charging?

To celebrate the release of The Insurgent (The Colony #2), I’m offering a giveaway! Signed copies (US only) or ebooks (international) of the duology to one lucky winner! All you have to do is comment on any of my social media (here, Twitter or Instagram @tpolen6 or Facebook at Teri Polen, Author) and a random commenter will be chosen Friday, May 27th. Good luck and have a great week!

#ReleaseDay The Insurgent (The Colony #2) #YA #dystopian #scifi #Giveaway #freebook

It’s finally here! A little over two years after the release of the first book in this duology, Subject A36, the sequel is now out in the world. These characters and I fought during the pandemic, but finally mended our ways, found common ground and finished their story. Some days I wasn’t so sure we’d make it, but despite all the strife, I sure am going to miss them.

If you haven’t read Subject A36 (The Colony #1), next week is the perfect opportunity to get caught up – it will be on sale for $0.99 May 25th through May 27th!

I’m also giving away signed copies (US only) or ebooks (international) of the duology to one lucky winner! All you have to do is comment on any of my social media (here, Twitter or Instagram @tpolen6 or Facebook at Teri Polen, Author) and a random commenter will be chosen next Friday, May 27th!

I’ll be slow getting to comments over the next couple days due to moving my son (flying to Austin, loading a UHaul, then driving back to KY – woohoo!), but I’ll get to everyone as soon as I can.

Sharing is appreciated!

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If a megalomaniac threatened your family, would you give up your freedom for them? Would you give up your soul?

Asher Solomon is faced with that choice. And makes the ultimate sacrifice.

Exactly as Director Silas Reeves expected him to.

Unable to live as the Colony’s premier assassin, Ash retreats to a corner of his mind, ceding control of his body to the alter-ego he was engineered to be—Subject A36. As he’s unleashed to battle the Insurgents, the only family he ever knew, the tide of war shifts in Silas’s favor.

Combined with his expansion into new territories, the director is poised to take over the world.

But the Insurgents don’t give up easily. Not on their cause, and not on their people. With the help of a few double agents deep in the Colony, they stand a fighting chance at ending Silas’s reign.

In order to shut down the program, they face almost insurmountable odds. And their most dangerous foe—their former champion turned killing machine, A36. 

The Insurgent (The Colony #2) #Excerpt #NewRelease #YA #Dystopian #NetGalley

I don’t know about you, but this week flew by for me. I was constantly busy, but still didn’t accomplish everything I’d planned. Anyhoo, it’s Friday, so that means another excerpt from The Insurgent! Release day is next week, and it’s really crept up on me. Today’s snippet is from Asher’s perspective. He’s in his private room in The Colony, and let’s just say things aren’t going his way. Everything and everyone he cares about have been ripped away. In a burst of anger, he’s trashed his room.

Asher

My legs collapsed, and I fell to my knees.  The throbbing in my head hammered against my skull.  Like my brain was trying to force its way out somehow.  It was agonizing, and my stomach twisted with nausea.  My lungs heaved, still short of oxygen.  I crawled over to what was left of the mattress and rolled onto it.   

I’m here.

Clutching my head, I searched the room for the source of the voice.  I still couldn’t see.  Someone could have easily slipped in while I destroyed the room. 

Give me control.

So close.  It was so close.  But where?

End your pain.

In my head.  The voice echoed in my head. 

It was him.  A36.

Through the crushing agony I gritted my teeth and struggled to force the word through my lips. 

“No.” 

But I felt him clawing his way out, inch by inch from the deep abyss inside me where I’d kept him imprisoned for my own sanity and the safety of others.

You have nothing left.

I squeezed my eyes shut and shook my head.  But he spoke the truth.  All that held me together were the scars of everything I’d lost.  Everyone I’d ever loved.  

And scars could be easily ripped open.

To preorder, go HERE. The Insurgent is also available for request on NetGalley through May 30th. As a heads up, Subject A36 (The Colony #1) will be on sale for $0.99 May 25th through May 27th, so if you haven’t had a chance to read it, here’s your opportunity to get started!

The Insurgent (The Colony #2) #Excerpt #newrelease #YA #dystopian #NetGalley

It’s Derby weekend! Which means a fun weekend of friends, parties, horses, and food – and Son #1 will be here. As a bonus, it’s Mother’s Day weekend so at least I’ll have one kid home. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there whether you’re a mom of children, fur babies, plants, etc.!

Today’s excerpt is from Brynn’s POV. She’s Asher’s longtime girlfriend and a fierce operative. In this scene she’s on a hostage rescue mission with her team. Things are going smoothly until A36 shows up, and they’re instructed to abort immediately. Brynn sends the team ahead of her while she tries to hold off A36 long enough for them to escape.

Luci gawked at me as if I were delusional before she turned and sprinted toward Mason and Naira.  I laid down a spray of bullets in front of A36, and he diverted his attention toward me.  From the corner of my eye, I saw my three team members move in the direction of the fence.  They were easy targets.  He could probably pick them off blindfolded based on sound alone. 

A36 cast a glance in their direction, and I put a bullet on the ground in front of him to remind him I was still here.  Keeping his gun trained on me, he stepped out from behind the shelter of the Jeep door and flashed me a wide smile.  A smile I knew well.  One that lit up my world and made even the worst of days a little brighter.  Only it wasn’t quite Asher’s smile.  This one was laced with malice and challenge.  It taunted me, dared me to take the shot.  A36 slid through the moonlight quietly like the predator he was, all hard angles and taut muscles.  Gone were the sandy blond waves he’d always tied back for missions, his hair now closely cropped. 

My hands trembled as I kept him in my sights.  What was I doing?  A lethal killer closed the distance between us every second, and I stood here waiting for what?  A tearful reunion?  No matter the certainty I felt deep down that he wouldn’t harm me, was I really willing to take that chance?  I could be dead in the next thirty seconds.

He was only fifteen feet away now, gun still raised, while I remained cloaked in the building’s shadow.  “You’re not even making this a challenge.  Where’s the fun in that?” He grinned as if this gave him great pleasure.  There wasn’t even a hint of recognition in his eyes or any sign A36 knew my identity.  I was a stranger to him. 

Preorder your copy HERE.

If you’re a NetGalley reviewer, The Insurgent preapproval link is HERE.

#Excerpt From The Insurgent (The Colony #2) #newrelease #dystopian #NetGalley

Happy Friday! You know what that means – It’s time for another excerpt from The Insurgent, and today’s is from Declan’s POV. Do we trust him? Should we not?

After passing more of the shallow vessels impersonating humans, I finally reached my office, swung open the door and halted.  Hairs rose on the back of my neck.

I was afraid to move a muscle. 

To even breathe. 

Casually leaning against my desk, ankles crossed, was a dangerous predator.  He watched me intently.  Muscles rippled in his forearms as he flipped a silver dagger in one hand. 

It was Asher.  But it wasn’t. 

Sure, Ash had killed before, but it was to save hostages or in self-defense.  He’d never outright murder anyone with no justification.  But I sensed the creature in front of me was on a wholly different level.  To him, killing was the same as eating or sleeping.  It was routine, a part of life, something he did every day.  And didn’t think twice about.

A36 stood before me.

Preorder your copy HERE.

If you’re a NetGalley reviewer, The Insurgent can be requested until May 30th!

The Insurgent (The Colony #2) Excerpt! #newrelease #YA #dystopian

With The Insurgent scheduled for release May 19th, 2022, I figured it was time to get some excerpts out into the world. I’ll post one every Friday up to release (with maybe a few bonuses along the way). This excerpt is from Asher’s point of view.

Silas sat behind the desk, wearing the smug look of victory and satisfaction I’d expected from Ackerman.  He watched me closely and evaluated my every move as if I was something he was considering purchasing.  But he already owned me.  He knew it.  I knew it.

Behind him and to the left, Declan leaned casually against a bookshelf, his legs crossed at the ankles.  He met my gaze without hesitation, brow furrowed as if trying to solve a puzzle.   

This I hadn’t expected.

The night I’d mistakenly believed I was finally fleeing the Colony with my family, Anna told me to trust Declan, so I had. He’d disguised me as a corpse by loading me on a gurney and covering me with a sheet, then wheeled me to the morgue, close to the hallway where I was to escape with Anna and Brynn. 

Yet here he stood at Silas’s side.  Literally his right-hand man.

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The Insurgent is also featured at Sally Cronin’s blog today HERE. Sally is a huge supporter of indie authors and also has a long list of titles to her name – make sure to check out her collection while you’re there!