#Extract from King of the Asphodels by David Jordan #Fantasy @daverayjord

Today I have an extract from King of the Asphodels, a fantasy novella written by David Jordan.

When she had hung up, he sighed with relief. It was good to know that he wasn’t alone. But when he looked around him, he was suddenly struck by how empty the apartment was. He began to feel himself being pulled down into the void again. Julia was gone. Without a trace. Not even a whisper.

He got up and went to the kitchen. He opened a cupboard and took out the envelope and the coin Foster had given him. He sat down at the kitchen table and inspected them. He was tempted to open the envelope and see what the magician had written but he remembered the warning. Besides, he probably wouldn’t be able to decipher it if it was written in the same language as the words that were written on the envelope itself. It looked and sounded Irish, but it made no sense to him.

Cuillog do Garadh ag Grainneach Cernnach

Maybe it was a different kind of Gaelic. Manx or Cornish or something. Or maybe it was Old Irish. Whatever it was, he couldn’t make head nor tail of it. He spoke the words aloud to the silence and was answered with silence. But there was a slight tingling sensation in his body. It started in his chest and spread out to the tips of his fingers and toes.

He suddenly became awed by his surroundings. By the sheer isness of everything. The breeze coming in through the window, stirring the curtain. The scent of air freshener. The giant Watchmen poster in the living room. The African tribal mask. The luxurious brown leather couch. Everything seemed to be calling to him, in a chiming, singsong kind of way. He became aware of a symphony of sensations. It suddenly occurred to him that God was a symphonaire, sternly writing away. Writing out the soundtrack to our lives, and it was such a joyous thought that it made him smile. And amidst all these instruments, all these vessels of the divine, was a place of calm and quiet. And a peace so profound it made him want to cry. And he wondered if Julia was there. And if she was, maybe she was here with him now, too. ‘Julia?’ he said softly. There was a sudden gust of wind at the window and the curtain moved with a whisper.

But that was all. 

John Thomond has made a deal with the mage, Jack Foster. In return for directions to the Underworld, and the means to bring back his dead wife, he must become the magician’s apprentice. In the Underworld, Thomond is guided by the spirit of the great Bluesman, Robert Johnson, who sold his soul to the Devil to become the ‘King of the Delta Blues Singers’. As they travel through Hades, Johnson shows Thomond some of the sights the Underworld has to offer and Thomond also learns the principles of magic. Eventually, newly empowered, he makes it his business to free the soul of the Bluesman, but there are hazardous consequences, in both the Underworld and the world above…

King of the Asphodels is a novel concerned with many things: power, music, magic, myth. But at its heart it is a book about friendship and freedom.

About the Author

I’m writing out of Cork, Ireland, where I was born and bred. As well as writing fiction and poetry I play the bass guitar. Steve Harris from Iron Maiden is my bass god. My favourite author is either WB Yeats or James Joyce – I can’t decide which, but I also love popular fiction, especially dark fantasy: Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King and Alan Moore are all huge influences on my writing.

I love to quote. My current favourite quote is by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche: ‘You need to have some chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.’

I love dogs, the great outdoors and coffee. My favourite film is A River Runs Through It. My favourite song is Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix.

Author links ~ Website | Twitter | Facebook

#GuestPost by Laura Briggs #Author of The Cornish Key to Happiness #PublicationDayPush @rararesources @PaperDollWrites

For this publication day push, organised by Rachel’s Random Resources, I’m delighted to welcome Laura Briggs with a guest post.

First of all, here’s what the book is about…

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The Survivors by @janeharperautho #ContemporaryFiction set in Tasmania #MurderMystery #TuesdayBookBlog

Author: Jane Harper

Narrated by Stephen Shanahan

Published: September 2020 by Hachette Audio UK

Category: Contemporary Fiction, Murder, Mystery, Audiobook Review

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Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences. The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal town he once called home. Kieran’s parents are struggling in a community which is bound, for better or worse, to the sea, that is both a lifeline and a threat. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

The Survivors is a story of family, secrets, lies and friendships and takes place in the small, fictional coastal town of Evelyn Bay in Tasmania. Kieran, along with girlfriend Mia and baby daughter Audrey, have returned to their home town from Sydney, in order to help Kieran’s mother pack up and move his father to a nursing home in Hobart. 

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#Extract from Celts and the Mad Goddess: The Deathless Chronicle 1 by P.C. Darkcliff #Historical #Fantasy @P_C_Darkcliff

Today I’m sharing an extract from Celts and the Mad Goddess, courtesy of P.C. Darkcliff. First of all, let’s see what the book is about…

When the raiders chase her into a swamp, Rawena falls into the furry claws of Goddess Pandemia. Despite her murderous instincts, Pandemia lets Rawena live—and turns her into a pawn in a mad game.

Only Garux, a warrior who has rejected Rawena for her younger sister, knows how deadly the game is. With the cards stacked against him, he must defeat the jealous Rawena and the cunning Pandemia… while fighting foreign invaders and traitors within his tribe.

Will Garux and his allies prevent a disaster that could wipe out everyone in Bohemia and perhaps the whole world? Purchase Celts and the Mad Goddess now to find out.

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#BlogTour #BookReview ~ Boomerville at Ballymegille by @CarolineJames12 #Boomervilleisback #BoomervilleatBallymegille @rararesources #FridayReads

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Boomerville at Ballymegille, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

My Thoughts

Boomerville at Ballymegille follows on from the first book, The Best Boomerville Hotel, which tells of Jo and Hattie realising their vision of a holiday retreat in the Lake District. The hotel is aimed specifically at people of a certain age, and offers various courses and treatments for those who want to experience new things and perhaps find inspiration and creativity.

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#ThrowbackThursday ~ The Fallen Agent (Jess Albion #1) by Oliver Tidy #Thriller #Suspense

Today I’m looking back at The Fallen Agent which was released in October 2017.

My Thoughts

Jess Albion, ex MI5, was convicted of murder and sentenced to ten years imprisonment when an assignment went wrong. The father of the murdered man, Amir Bashar, an Albanian mafia boss, wanted revenge. He sent two assassins to the cell of the imprisoned woman. Only it was the wrong woman. The real Jess Albion had been spirited away to the other side of the world, under a new identity. Amir Bashar is angry, feeling the British justice system has let him and his son down, and is threatening a terror attack on London unless he’s told where Jess is. Jess’ colleagues take the decision to give her up as collateral damage.

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#BlogBlitz #Extract ~ Diary of a Prison Officer by @JosieChanner ~ ‘friendship, finding love and fighting discrimination’ @rararesources

Welcome to my stop on the mini blog blitz for Diary of a Prison Officer, courtesy of Rachel’s Random Resources.

I have an extract to share, but first of all let’s see what the book is about.

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#Extract from 42 Million to One by @halmalchow #Political #Thriller Inspired by Real Events @mindbuckmedia #TuesdayBookBlog

Today I’m delighted to share an extract from 42 Million to One courtesy of Camylle Fleming from Mindbuck Media

“They say truth is stranger than fiction. But when fiction is this true, it’s the best of both worlds. 42 MILLION TO ONE is really gripping, really important (especially now), and really good.”
— Jonathan Simon, author of CODE RED: Computerized Elections and The War on American Democracy

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#Spotlight Feature #Extract ~ Dear Child by Romy Hausmann #Psychological #Thriller @Flatironbooks

I’m delighted to be joining the blog tour for Dear Child, courtesy of Claire McLaughlin of Flatiron Books, with a spotlight post.

About the Book

In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee–but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena,” who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.

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Pivotal Decisions (Moonlight and Murder #2) by @reily_garrett #RomanticSuspense #FridayReads

Author: Reily Garrett

Kindle Edition

Category: Crime, Romantic Suspense, Book Review

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Sabine’s early morning hike ends with discovering her friend sitting in a chair by the canal and gazing at the sunrise. Peace and serenity pervade, except, he’s dead.

To discover the how and why of his death, she must first survive the shrewd killer intent on removing human collateral and regaining lost technology.

Pivotal Decisions, the second book in the Moonlight and Murder series, is set the Florida Everglades. A horrific murder brings back the characters from A Critical Tangent along with several new and engaging ones. Like the first book, the story revolves around current technology, this time the theme is virtual reality.

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