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The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past

by Andy Peloquin

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A faceless, nameless assassin. A forgotten past. The Hunter of Voramis–a killer devoid of morals, or something else altogether?

(The Last Bucelarii–dark fantasy with a look at the underside of human nature)

Title: The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past
Author: Andy Peloquin
Publication Date: March 31st, 2017
Paperback Price: 15.99
Digital Price: 3.99
Pages: 400

Bucelarii 3 SmallThe Hunter, legendary assassin of Voramis, has a purpose: protect Hailen, the boy he rescued from a demon in Malandria.

He joins a caravan in the hope of safe passage across the Advanat Desert. Yet he cannot outrun his enemies: the Illusionist Cleric on a holy mission to capture him, the bloodthirsty raiders out for blood and gold, and the Abiarazi, demons who masquerade as humans.

Every step north reveals who he was before becoming the Hunter, unlocking the truth about the woman who haunts his memories.

Fans of Joe Abercrombie, Brandon Sanderson, and Brent Weeks will love the Hunter…

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Guest Post:

The Art of (Hopefully) Writing a Book Blurb

Want to make a writer cringe? Speak the two words that they hate most of all: book blurb.

Book blurbs are THE WORST! They’re bloody hard to write, and the fact that they’re so important—after all, they’re what sell the book on first glance—makes them even more dreaded. Most writers (myself included) would rather lose our favorite typing finger than have to write another book blurb.

Why is a book blurb so hard?

Basically, you have to write 100-150 words about a 60,000 to 130,000-word novel that summarizes the main theme and plot points of the book WITHOUT spoiling anything. You have to make it interesting enough that people will want to read it, yet concise enough that it’s a quick read. It’s probably the single most challenging part of the book-writing process.

I have written precisely five book blurbs to date, and I’m happy with all of them. However, it took A LOT of work to refine them from my original creation. By no means have I mastered the art—I know I’m going to struggle with every book blurb I write from here on. However, here are the things that help me to write a good book blurb:

Start off with the character – The first sentence of the book should always introduce the character by name, as well as who/what they are. For example, a line from the blurb for the third book in my The Last Bucelarii series:

“The Hunter, legendary assassin of Voramis, has a purpose”

I assume that everyone who’s read Books 1 and 2 will know who/what the Hunter is. But I have to also write the blurb for new readers. By using that qualifier “legendary assassin”, I pique new readers’ interest and make them more likely to take a second look.

Introduce the problem as early as possible – The sooner you can tell the reader of the danger/s your character/s face, the better. From the book blurb for Blade of the Destroyer:

“Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.”

That showcases the Hunter’s primary problems: the voices in his head and his need to kill. Those are the PERSONAL problems that make for the true journey—the journey of your character. Story is secondary to character. Use the character’s problem to help the reader connect with your character before they ever open the book.

Give them action – People want to know at least some of the thrilling highs and chilling lows of your book. Give it to them in a few short, snappy sentences. From the book blurb for Gateway to the Past:

“Yet he cannot outrun his enemies: the Illusionist Cleric on a holy mission to capture him, the bloodthirsty raiders out for blood and gold, and the Abiarazi, demons who masquerade as humans.”

This single sentence introduces the three main obstacles he’ll face in the book. Notice the dramatic words used: outrun, enemies, holy mission, bloodthirsty, gold, demons. These are all bold words that will arrest the attention of those reading.

End with the real hook – The ending of the blurb is the hardest part. Some people like to ask a question:

(From Blade of the Destroyer:

“The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?”

Some people like to use it to connect the book to the overarching theme of the series:

(From Lament of the Fallen):

“His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.”

Either way, that last sentence has to get the reader thinking about what the book could offer them. If they’re thinking, they’re more likely to turn the first few pages and give the book a chance. With a killer blurb, a great cover, and an addicting opening scene, you have everything you need to get people to buy/read your book!

 

The Author:

Andy Peloquin: Lover of All Things Dark and Mysterious

Picture1I 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!

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A Few of My Favorite Things:

Favorite Books:

      The Gentlemen Bastards by Scott Lynch, The Stormlight Archives by Brandon Sanderson, Sherlock Holmes by A.C. Doyle, Warlord of Mars by E.R. Burroughs

Favorite Songs:

      Wrong Side of Heaven by Five Finger Death Punch, Prayer by Disturbed, I’m an Albatraoz by AronChupa, Look Down from Les Miserables, Shatter Me by Lindsay Sterling and Lizzi Hale

Favorite Movies:

      300, Red Cliff, Shoot Em Up, Love Actually, Princess Bride

Favorite Comics:

      Anything with Deadpool, Wolverine or Doop in it

Favorite Foods:

      Hot Wings, Meat-Lover’s Salad, A good sandwich (made by me), Yaki Soba, Sushi

Favorite TV Shows:

      The Flash, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hawaii Five-0, Brooklyn 99, Firefly (too soon!), The Last Ship, The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones

 

Other Books in the Series:

The Last Bucelarii (Book 1): Blade of the Destroyer

The Hunter of Voramis is the perfect assassin: ruthless, unrelenting, immortal. Yet he is haunted by lost memories, bonded to a cursed dagger that feeds him power yet denies him peace of mind. Within him rages an unquenchable need for blood and death.
When he accepts a contract to avenge the stolen innocence of a girl, the Hunter becomes the prey. The death of a seemingly random target sends him hurtling toward destruction, yet could his path also lead to the truth of his buried past?

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The Last Bucelarii (Book 2): Lament of the Fallen

The Hunter of Voramis is no more.
Alone with the bloodthirsty voices in his head, fleeing the pain of loss, he has one objective: travel north to find Her, the mystery woman who plagues his dreams and haunts his memories.
When he stumbles upon a bandit attack, something within urges him to help. His actions set him at odds with the warrior priests commanded to hunt down the Bucelarii.
Left for dead, the Hunter must travel to Malandria to recover his stolen birthright. There, he is inexorably drawn into direct conflict with the Order of Midas, the faceless, nameless group of magicians that holds the city in a grip of terror. All while struggling to silence the ever-louder voice in his mind that drives him to kill.
From feared assassin to wretched outcast, the Hunter’s journey leads him to truths about his forgotten past and the Abiarazi he has pledged to hunt. His discoveries will shed light on who he really is…what he really is.

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An Excerpt from The Last Bucelarii (Book 3): Gateway to the Past:

The Hunter peered out from behind the silent wagon. Good. No sign of Kellen or Graden. He’d have to keep an ear out for the caravan guards, but he should have plenty of time. The patrol had a lot of ground to cover.

Grunting, he shifted the heavy load on his shoulder and darted out from the row of shelters, hurrying toward the outcropping of boulders he’d chosen specifically for his task. He ducked behind the boulders and hurled his burden to the ground. A grunt and muffled cry came from the bundle, and something squirmed within.
He’s coming to. Good timing.

The Hunter pulled back the canvas, and moonlight shone on Rill’s pale, sweat-soaked face and wide eyes. Blood oozed from a wound on the bald man’s temple. The Hunter hadn’t bothered to be gentle.

“W-What?” Rill’s eyes darted around, and his gaze fell on the Hunter. “What is this?”

The Hunter struck the man hard. “Justice.”

Rill made to cry out, but the Hunter stuffed canvas into his mouth. “Ironic, isn’t it?” His fingers twitched a corner of the thick cloth. “You spend every waking hour stitching up canvas. Fitting that it will serve as your funeral shroud. There was more than enough of it around your area to wrap you up.”

The bald man’s eyes widened, and he mumbled something through the mouthful of fabric.

The Hunter shook his head. “Better you don’t speak. Nothing you say can change what’s coming. Best you die with a bit of dignity. Watcher knows you had little enough while you lived.”

Soulhunger, sensing blood, pounded louder in his mind, and the demon added its eager demands.

“I never understood men like you, knocking around your women.” He squatted on his haunches. “Just doesn’t make sense.”

Rill tried in vain to shout through his gag.

The Hunter narrowed his eyes. “Did you know there is a special hell reserved for your kind? Those who take advantage of the helpless.”

He slipped Soulhunger from its sheath, and held the glinting blade before Rill’s eyes. “You may tell yourself she belongs to you, you can do whatever you want.” He leaned forward, and his voice dropped to a low growl. “Just because you can, that doesn’t mean you should.”

Rill’s eyebrows shot up, and his expression turned pleading.

The Hunter shook his head. “Save your excuses for the Long Keeper. You’ll be with him soon enough.”

With a vicious smile, he drove Soulhunger through the canvas and into the man’s chest. The gag muffled Rill’s scream, but the dagger’s shriek echoed in his head with mind-numbing force. Soulhunger’s gem flared, red light bright in the darkness. The Hunter grunted as a finger of fire etched a line in his chest. Power coursed through him, setting his muscles twitching, flooding him with life, and pushing back the voices in his mind.

Slowly, the brilliance leaking from the gemstone faded to nothing, and Rill’s screams of agony and terror fell silent. The Hunter basked in the stillness of the night. A soothing breeze washed over him, the chill soothing the burning of his new scar. Glorious silence echoed in his head. The voices had been sated. He had peace, for a time.

He straightened and stared down at the bundled corpse. Perhaps the Long Keeper will have mercy on you.

An image flashed through his mind: a pitiful figure huddled at the entrance to Rill’s tent, covered in filthy rags and reeking of blood and coitus. Rill’s desire to punish Gwen had made it easier for the Hunter to slip in, knock the fat bastard out, wrap him in his own canvas, and slip out unnoticed. The man’s absence wouldn’t be discovered until morning. Few would care.

He took a deep breath, relishing the cool scents of the desert at night. He would wait a few minutes until he was certain Graden and Kellen had passed, then he would dispose of the body, bury the canvas, and slip back into camp. Without the voices shrieking and pleading in his mind, he might even be able to catch a few hours of undisturbed sleep before the morning breakfast bell.

Tonight would be a good night.

 

Unsevered by Traci Sanders

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A gripping story of love found, lost, and rediscovered in a magical way.

 
unseveredJewel has met the man of her dreams … the one person with whom she’s meant to spend eternity. Harley is charming, charismatic, and although he can’t carry a tune in a bucket, he’s the most gorgeous man she has ever laid eyes upon—especially in his U.S. Air Force uniform.

Just days after the couple returns from their honeymoon, Harley is called to active duty in the Middle East. Jewel is heartbroken but determined to adapt to her new life as a military spouse and support her husband. Her plan is short-lived when Harley is killed in action just days after his deployment.
Unable to cope, Jewel withdraws from her family, friends, and the world around her, until Harley visits her with a message from the beyond.

Will Jewel surrender to the dark side to be with her true love, or will she discover that sometimes people are put in our paths for reasons beyond our understanding?

Genre: Romance, Supernatural

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“Five stars have never made me feel like this. Where are my Kleenex?” Allaina Daniels

 

 

Excerpt:
My mind returns to the moment and I scold Harley’s apparitional presence for lying to me. “You told me we’d be together forever. You told me that’s what the sign meant.”
“I did say that. But it didn’t mean we’d be together forever in the physical sense; just that we’d always be in each other’s hearts.” His voice lowers and adopts a serious tone. “But there is one problem.”
“What problem?”
“I am kind of stuck right now.”
“What do you mean stuck?”
“Well, I was supposed to move on to my afterlife, but I can’t do that until you let me go.”
“But how do I do that?”
“I can’t answer that for you. It’s something you have to discover for yourself for me to be able to complete my journey. I’m sorry you feel like I let you down, but I did what I had to do.”
A long pause cuts through the air for a moment. “I don’t blame you, Harley. I know you didn’t choose to leave me. I just miss you. Why can’t I see you?” My voice keeps cracking as I wipe my tears for the umpteenth time.
“You’ll see me when the time is right; when you are ready. And you won’t be able to see the gift I left you until the time is right either.” He was still surprising me, even in death.
“I’m ready! What is it? Please, I need something to hold on to.”
“When you are ready to see it—and me—you will.” He was beginning to sound like a broken record. “I have to go now, but I will be watching over you always. Please be kind to yourself and don’t do anything else to endanger your life. Live. Be happy. Fulfill your destiny. And remember, I love you.”
“I love you too, baby. Don’t go.” My voice is brittle, fading.
He doesn’t respond.
“Harley?” I call out his name until my throat becomes scratchy and my voice is almost absent.

“Harley? Harley? Come back. Please don’t leave me again.”
There’s no reply.
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The Author:

traci headshotTraci Sanders is a multi-genre, multi-award-winning author of nine published titles, with contributions to three anthologies.

An avid blogger and supporter of Indie authors, she writes parenting, children’s, romance, and nonfiction guides.

traci sHer ultimate goal is to provide great stories and quality content for dedicated readers, whether through her own writing or editing works by other authors.

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Hey, guys!

This is my final post to share with you all.

It’s been a blast! Thank you so much to those who followed this tour, commented and shared my posts, and read/purchased my book. I truly appreciate you taking a chance on my writing, and I hope it lives up to your standards.

Just a little recap, in case you missed my bio and intro in previous posts. If you’ve already read this part, feel free to scroll down the page to the good stuff. 🙂

In case you missed the first stop on my tour, here’s a small recap. If you’ve already read this, feel free to scroll down this page to the good stuff. 🙂

I’m an author of romance, children’s, and nonfiction titles. I’m also an avid reader and huge supporter of other authors through a site I founded called Readers Review Room. Be sure to check it out whether you’re an author looking for promotion, or a reader looking for a great book.

p2I’d like to leave you all with a final thought today. Are you with someone who lights up your life? Someone who makes your toes curl at a single touch?

Even after twenty-something years together, and three kids, my husband still has this effect on me. Thank God for that! I see my friends and family living their lives with people they simply tolerate, or have become complacent with, and it truly breaks my heart.

What’s the point of sharing your time and your life with someone who doesn’t “get” you, who doesn’t set your soul on fire? Someone you think about first thing in the morning, and last thing at night. Someone you miss when he or she is not around. Someone you can’t wait to hold the next time your eyes meet.

If you do have this person in your life, be sure to cherish him or her, because we never know when our last kiss will truly be our last to share.

This is a story of love found, lost, and rediscovered in a magical way. Sometimes people are put into our lives … to teach us how to let go. Make sure you’re giving your time and love to someone who’s worth holding on to.

May you find the kind of true love that everyone deserves … the kind that’s forever Unsevered.

Thanks to Maia for setting up this blog tour, and to Rainne for hosting me here today. I truly appreciate the chance to share my work.

You can find any of my books on Amazon at this link: 
https://www.amazon.com/Traci-M.-Sanders/e/B00BA9VUUY

Traci M Sanders

 

Previous Guest Post Tour Stops:

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Also by Traci Sanders:

When Darkness Breaks

when darkness breaksLocal news anchor, Amber Woods, seemed to have it all – a thriving career, two beautiful children, and a doting husband named Drake. Life was perfect…until her world was turned upside down in one fateful night. While the incident caused Amber to renew her priorities; Drake was unable to deal with what happened, and sank into a deep depression laced with infidelity and alcohol. Hoping a change of scenery would salvage her quickly deteriorating marriage, Amber agreed to move to New York; but it didn’t take long for her to discover that the past is not always left in the past. Can Amber save her marriage without losing herself along the way? What will she do when darkness breaks her will to keep trying?

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“A real and authentic romance” M. Abbott (UK)
“Heavy Subject Matter, Hope Filled Message” T. Dearen
“A short and engaging read” H. Kent

 

 

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Our Books Are Not Free

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Guest post by Rose Montague, writer of Urban Fantasy/Young Adult books with a lot of humour and just a touch of romance.
Rose has worked both in a library as well as several bookstores. She lives in Elon, NC.

 

by Rose Montague:

It started with a bit of a rant with my post on Facebook:

“Free, Free, Free…

I see it in my emails, on twitter, on my Facebook newsfeed, 20 free books, 400 books at 99 cents, sign up and get free books, enter to win 47 free books, 36 authors giving away eBooks at this event. I’m not participating, sorry.

How about a fun read at a reasonable price? That sounds like a good plan to me.”

Thirty minutes later, I added this in a second post:

“I’m thinking about doing an event called OUR BOOKS ARE NOT FREE.

No giveaways, no prizes, no incentives other than meeting authors and readers, learning about their books, and supporting authors that want to sell their books. I wonder if anyone would like to participate and I wonder if people would actually attend the event?

If you are interested, please comment below. If I get enough authors/readers I will host the event……”

It sounds like a simple concept. Selling books without giving away your livelihood. Actually asking people to buy something. Having enough confidence in your writing to believe that people would buy your books without you having to giveaway more than you would make from selling a book.

I was absolutely floored by the response I got to the idea of this event. Within a day I had over 150 comments with both authors and readers that said they would participate. I was shocked to see how many authors not only agreed with the concept, they also felt like the plethora of free books out there is hurting the Indie Author Community as a whole. The readers indicated they wanted to support authors by buying books at a reasonable price. They didn’t need incentives to do so. Our books were good enough, on their own, for them to spend a few dollars on a book.

The next day I created the event, stretching it out over five days, the last four days going from 6:00am to 11:00pm in thirty minute slots just to accommodate all the authors that wanted a slot. Those slots filled up in less than two days and I now have a waiting list of authors wanting a spot. As of the time I wrote this post there are 560 people coming to the event with three weeks to go yet.

I hope you would consider coming as well. Show your support of the Indie Author Community buy buying a few books at a reasonable price and meet new authors and readers that share your enthusiasm for books.

Go here to join the event…..

https://www.facebook.com/events/206705409792190/

 
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#TheBookies: A Hashtag Game for Bookworms

~Guest post by Phillip T. Stephens

 

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It doesn’t matter if you’re a hashtag game fan, or you’ve never played. #TheBookies (@BookieWordGames) offers bookworms a Twitter playpen to launch verbal jousts, puns and tongue twisters. Readers meet Indie Authors face-to-face and authors find new followers for their books.

Bookies Logo Take a look at this weekly game, sponsored by Authors Professional Coop in partnership with IndieBooksBeSeen, and you’ll find a new weekly passion. @stephens_pt (me) posts the topic immediately after the previous game and once a night for the following week.

Players tweet all day Wednesday. I declare the winner at 6:30 pm EST and e-mail an eBook by a Coop author to the winner.

 

Join the #TheBookies a hashtag game for bookworms every Wednesday. The moderator @stephens_pt highlights his favorites starting at 4:30 pm EDT, and announces a winner at 6:30.

 

Booking #TheBookies

When I suggested that the Facebook group #AuthorProfCoop (Author Professionals Coop) promote their books with a hashtag game, I was surprised to discover how few writers actually played hashtag games on Twitter. After all, writers make a living from verbal jokes and puns, right?

If you’ve never played a hashtag game, the rules are simple. The moderators post the hashtag. The players respond with a joke, and often a related pic.

For instance #MyWorstNightmare might prompt:

  • My ex returned and now she’s pregnant
  • Mother called and said she’s coming to visit
  • The election’s over and (Trump or Hillary) won
  • I dieted for three straight months and gained ten pounds

or a simple image

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In the case of #TheBookies, this doesn’t mean players can’t stray from books with their entries, but the judge prefers entries that play on fictional characters and titles. (More about the judge later). Past games included:

  • #FastFoodActionThrillers
  • #DrunkTweetsFromOz
  • #FairyGodmotherBadAdvice
  • #RomComWesterns
  • #ShakespeareAfterHours
  • #2016ScarlettLetters

Here are some of the Tweets from #FastFoodActionThrillers:

  • Dial M for McDonalds
  • The French Fry Connection
  • Midnight in the Olive Garden of Good and Evil
  • 007: For Your Fries Only
  • Men in Baby Back Ribs
  • True Fries

 

I’ve heard every excuse in the book not to play, and most of them revolve around not knowing what to say.

You’re readers and writers. Words are in your blood. Even so, here are some things to remember:

  1. Don’t know any detective novels? (Or Sci Fi, or fairy tales?) Do what you did in school when you partied instead of studying. Google. “What are the most famous detective novels?” “Who are the most famous fictional detectives?”
  2. Don’t worry about the rules. Hashtag games don’t have rules. Seriously. Don’t know any novels? Tweet movies and TV shows. In a recent serial killer installment #SerialKillersInTherapy (I’m Okay, You’re Delicious), players tweeted real serial killers.
  3. Check out other hashtag games. Download the Hashtag Roundup app. It lists dozens of hashtag games you can play besides this one just to see what others are doing (with a lot more players than we have).

My favorite games are: @FriMemeGirls, a meme spoof, on Friday Nights at 9pm EDT and @HashFakeFacts, a liars game, at 1 pm EDT on Sundays.

 

Ignore the man behind the curtain…

Yes, currently I’m organizing, running and judging the event. I never intended it to happen that way, but as often happens with volunteer organizations, if it’s your idea, you get to run with it.

That being said, if I didn’t feel that this was a real opportunity to introduce readers to writers, I wouldn’t invest my time.

 

Why should readers play?

You’ll get to read humorous tweets about your favorite books and characters and meet new authors who play regularly, such as Les Lynam, author of the Time Will Tell series, Karina Kantas, author of the, Karina Kantas, author of the Outlaw Series, Elizabeth Newton, author of Riddle, and Jessica Wren, author of Ice.

You can enjoy a hashtag game targeted at books and book readers. If you follow me on Twitter, you can even DM me with suggestions for game names. Best of all, of course, you earn a chance to win a book by some of the best indie authors writing.

 

Why should Indie Authors play?

This is a great chance to promote your books by interacting with players. I follow a number of players and they follow me back. They get all of my feeds and book promotions.

The game offers more promotional opportunities, however. Every game links players directly to the #AuthorPromoCoop and IndieBooksBeSeen Facebook page. If you have a book promotion you want players to see, or if you want to run a promotion for the game, join the group and post the promotion on the site.

You can also contact me directly and offer your book as the prize for a game. I will add a direct link to the title’s Amazon page at the beginning of every game, and mention your name and the title when I award it at the end of the game.

Currently, I select the titles for prizes and pay for them, so who gets promoted is up to me and who I happen to feel like giving away that day (and it might be one of my books if I’m cash poor). So you’re wasting a shot at getting your name out there by ignoring this opportunity.

I’ll see you on Wednesday’s.
~Phillip