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review 2019-04-02 10:55
New Release Review! The Night House by J.C. McKenzie!

 

 

Good Morning Readers! Today, I am sharing a fascinating fantasy romance with you - The Night House by J.C. McKenzie! Enjoy and don't forget to add The Night House to your shelves!

 

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What would you pay for your freedom?

 

Caught by a powerful lord from the alternate realm of Arkavia, Taya’s offered the chance to avenge the dead, save her home world, and win her freedom.

 

Her days of stealing supplies and surviving among the remnants of Earth are over, but can she afford the price of Lord Thane’s deal?


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This standalone fantasy romance is an exhilarating and stunning read that readers can’t put down! The characters are powerfully strong and demand attention from the very beginning and readers won’t be able to get enough as their romance burns slowly getting hotter and hotter which works great for this brilliant and creative world. The story is kind of an alter-realm invasion story that masterfully blends familiar story elements with unique elements in a bubbling cauldron of intensely suspenseful & emotionally gripping events while the setting of which is a sort of a historical world full of magic adds to the ambiance of the story although the story can’t really be labeled as historical because it feels more like a futuristic or apocalyptic setting.

 

The fast pace ensures that readers never have a chance to become bored and steadily builds adrenaline pumping expectation throughout the story as Taya and Thane strive to uncover the culprit behind a magical conspiracy. While the romance may not be the biggest part of this story, there is an HEA and readers can’t help but be awed by the female heroine, magic filled swords and the gratifying blend of elements that makes a wonderfully entertaining reading experience.

 


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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/44093216-the-night-house

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/the-night-house-by-j-c-mckenzie

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1042896

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=lrSMDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=jc+mckenzie+the+night+house&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiE-v-lvZrhAhUMZKwKHQzNDQsQ6AEIKjAA

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/the-night-house-j-c-mckenzie/book,14001131

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon US: https://www.amzn.com/B07NKSTLKF

 

Amazon print: https://www.amazon.com/Night-House-J-C-McKenzie/dp/177522516X

 

B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130552752

 

GPlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/J_C_McKenzie_The_Night_House?id=lrSMDwAAQBAJ

 

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1452124216

 

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-night-house-1

 

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J. C. McKenzie is a book-loving, gumboot-wearing, unapologetic science geek. She's the author of the Carus Series, an urban fantasy five-book saga published by the Wild Rose Press. Born and raised on the West Coast, J. C. sets the majority of her books in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Canada. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance with sassy heroines and brutish, alpha-type men.

 

 

 

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/author/jcmckenzie


Blog: http://jcmckenzie.blogspot.ca/


Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/JCMcKenzie


Twitter: http://twitter.com/JC_McKenzie


Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/j.c.mckenzie.author


Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/j.c.mckenzie


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The Romance Reviews: http://www.theromancereviews.com/jcmckenzie


Manic Readers: https://www.manicreaders.com/JCMcKenzie


Book Gorilla: http://www.bookgorilla.com/author/B00J9S1JI6/j-c-mckenzie

 

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text 2019-03-29 11:00
Blog Tour & Giveaway! Umbra (Dimension Drift #.2) Christina Bauer!

 

 

 

http://xpressobooktours.com/2018/11/08/tour-sign-up-umbra-by-christina-bauer/

 


Hello, Readers! Today, I am sharing a young adult dystopian fantasy with you – Umbra by Christina Bauer! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

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Umbra 
by Christina Bauer
(Dimension Drift Prequels, #2) 
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: March 26th 2019
Genres: Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

 

Synopsis:


A prequel novella to the new series from USA Today’s ‘must read YA paranormal romance’ author, Christina Bauer.


One day, eighteen-year-old Thorne will be the Emperor of the Omniverse, the single being who rules countless worlds. Trouble is, his father Cole–who’s also the current Emperor–is a sadistic freak.


In fact, Cole won’t even keep his promises to the very humans who got him his throne.


Thorne won’t stand for it. He decides to travel to the human world and make good on his father’s promises. What he doesn’t count on is falling in love….


“I love how Bauer manages to add some awesome new world building to each of her books.”– Woven Magic


This new series is perfect for: fans of urban fantasy, action and adventure, cool science, evil corporations, forbidden romance and hot new classmates who may or may not be aliens.

 

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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42194682-umbra

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/umbra-by-christina-bauer

 

Riffle - https://www.rifflebooks.com/books/1042886

 

GBooks - https://books.google.com/books?id=3S5KDwAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=christina+bauer+umbra&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjQ2KHC-ZnhAhUjja0KHdPuA84Q6AEIKjAA

 

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AVAILBLE in print or ebook

 

Amazon: https://books2read.com/u/ba0DvP?store=amazon


B&N: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/umbra-christina-bauer/1127939176?ean=9781945723384


iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/umbra/id1345628781?mt=11&ign-mpt=uo=4


Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/umbra-5


Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Christina_Bauer_Umbra?id=3S5KDwAAQBAJ


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Tour-wide giveaway (INTL)


⦁ Copy of Umbra (print or ebook) & more!

 

(this giveaway is set up and managed by author, not Xpresso Book Tours):

 

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Christina Bauer thinks that fantasy books are like bacon: they just make life better. All of which is why she writes romance novels that feature demons, dragons, wizards, witches, elves, elementals, and a bunch of random stuff that she brainstorms while riding the Boston T. Oh, and she includes lots of humor and kick-ass chicks, too. 

 

Christina graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with BA’s in English along with Television, Radio, and Film Production. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband, son, and semi-insane golden retriever, Ruby.


Be the first to know about new releases from Christina by signing up for her newsletter: http://tinyurl.com/CBupdates



Stalk Christina On Social Media – She Loves It!

 

Blog: http://monsterhousebooks.com/blog/category/christina

 

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

 

Twitter: @CB_Bauer

 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christina_cb_bauer/

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christina-bauer-481b12139/

 

Web site: http://monsterhousebooks.com/authors/cbauer

 


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review 2019-02-27 10:30
Release Week Review! Hardest Fall (Dominion #2) Juliette Cross!

 

 

Hello, Readers! Today, I am sharing the release of an apocalyptic war between angels and demons in the 2nd book of the Dominion series by Juliette Cross! Enjoy and don't forget to add Hardest Fall to your shelves!

 

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The tattooed demoness, Bone, doesn’t like anything except the magical weapons she makes. But she has hidden talents few know about. When I was brought to her near death, she used her Seraph song to manipulate flesh and bone to save me. But she wasn’t happy about it.

 

Now I must return the favor. Even though she refuses to take sides in the apocalypse, there’s one job she’s not willing to do for the demon prince Rook. If she doesn’t, her head will end up on a spike. Of course, but I will do anything to protect this fierce woman—and not just because she saved me.

 

So now we’re both off to kill a demon—or three—and possibly save the world.

 

 


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The apocalypse has never been so appealing nor has it been as exciting as it is in this newest Dominion novel. Bone and Xander are two strong, captivating characters that demand readers’ attention as they try to get along long enough to discover just what the demon prince, Rook is up to. Their mission however is hampered by the sizzling chemistry that burns hot between them and which readers can feel flowing from the pages as Bone struggles to remain indifferent and neutral which has lots of turbulent emotions flowing throughout this rocking romance.

 

The fast pace of this story ensures that readers remain glued to the pages as the thrilling suspense builds and adrenaline pumping action draws readers deeper into this exciting and dangerously alluring apocalyptic world. There is certainly never a dull moment to be found as surprising twists keep everyone hopping and exciting events takes readers on a thrill ride as Bone and Xander set off to kill a demon or three and possibly save the world as they know it. This series is a brilliantly creative world of a war between angels and demons in an apocalyptic setting that readers can easily imagine, so beware that reading this story will take readers on an exciting journey from neutral territory, to the light side and the dark side, on stage and to a masquerade ball that readers don’t want to miss.

 

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Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28764747-hardest-fall

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/hardest-fall-juliette-cross/book,13998433

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/books/hardest-fall-by-juliette-cross

 

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Romance.io - https://www.romance.io/books/5c72432d01dbc864fb9a9ef8/hardest-fall-juliette-cross

 

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Hardest Fall is the 2nd book in the Dominion series

 

Author - https://www.juliettecross.com/dominion

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/237514-dominion

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G5K8LZJ?ref=series_rw_dp_labf

 

 

 

.5 The Deepest Well
1 The Darkest Heart
2 Hardest Fall

 

 

The Dominion Series is the sequel to The Vessel Trilogy

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/135347-the-vessel-trilogy

 

AUTHOR - https://www.juliettecross.com/the-vessel-trilogy

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

Entangled - https://entangledpublishing.com/hardest-fall.html

 

AMAZON: https://goo.gl/b8rZGo


BARNES & NOBLE: https://goo.gl/5Wpd45


KOBO: https://goo.gl/Zczasg


iTunes: https://goo.gl/pyvm9G


GPlay - https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Juliette_Cross_Hardest_Fall?id=ERmGDwAAQBAJ

 

 

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Juliette lives in lush, moss-laden Louisiana where she lives with her husband, four kids, and black lab, Kona.

 

Multi-published author of paranormal and urban fantasy romance, she loves reading and writing brooding characters, mysterious settings, persevering heroines, and dark, sexy heroes.

 

From the moment she read JANE EYRE as a teenager, she fell in love with the Gothic romance. Even then, she not only longed to read more novels set in Gothic worlds, she wanted to create her own.

 

 

 

 

Website - http://juliettecross.com/

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7795664.Juliette_Cross

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/juliette-cross

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/juliettecrossauthor

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/Juliette__Cross

 

Pintrest - http://www.pinterest.com/crossjuliette/

 

Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/Juliette-Cross/e/B00MQ18Z1W/

 

 

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Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpts! The Seidr Cycle series by Angela B. Chrysler!

 

 

https://www.silverdaggertours.com/

 


Happy Hump Day, Readers! Today, I am sharing a high epic fantasy series – The Seidr Cycle by Angela B. Chrysler! Enjoy and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

 

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The Seidr Cycle Book 1
by Angela B. Chrysler
Genre: High Epic Fantasy


A great power has awakened within Princess Kallan.
To keep the princess hidden, she is taken to Alfheim; her abilities suppressed and her memory erased.


Years later, Kallan inherits her father’s war, and vows revenge on the one man she believes is responsible: Rune, King of Gunir. But soon, a twist of fate puts Kallan in protection of the man she has sworn to kill, and Rune in possession of powers he does not understand.


Lost in the world of Men, the two must form an unlikely alliance to make their way home and solve the mystery of their past - and of the Shadow that hunts them both.

 


Praise for Dolor and Shadow:
"...a sweeping, epic novel... highly recommend it to all fantasy lovers." - Erin S. Riley, author of Odin's Shadow


"Angela B. Chrysler has brought world building to breathtaking heights with ‘Dolor and Shadow’" - Jay Norry, Amazon Review


"This is book one in a set that has the potential to become timeless" - Timothy Bateson, Amazon Review


*****

 

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43562840-dolor-and-shadow

 

 

 

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The Seidr Cycle Book 2

 

 

War rips across the land of Alfheim.


As the Fae gods draw near, Queen Kallan’s strength is tested.


She follows King Rune, but the Shadow Beast caged within Rune’s body is writhing in hunger. Kallan’s newest companion, Bergen - the legendary Berserk - is determined to end the conflict in her life.


As the three come together, the truth buried in the past resurfaces. Now, Kallan must master a dormant power... or watch her kingdom fall to the Fae, who will stop at nothing to keep their lies.


*****

 

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43562856-fire-and-lies

 

 

 

https://youtu.be/6hTuUKOjih8

 

 

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AVAILABLE in print or ebook

 

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VXB916Y

 


 

Amazon – https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FKK7XK4

 


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Think back to the oldest era your mind can fathom, back beyond everything we can remember, when gods were still men who had not yet lived the deeds that would deify them.” Gudrun’s aged gold eyes peered from behind her curtain of long, silver hair. “Think back before the time when the Aesir and the Vanir were still men who had settled here on ancient Earth, ages before their war.”


“Back when the Earth was new?” Kallan asked, looking up from the vellum scroll before her on the table. The tips of her tapered ears poked through the brown hair she had tied back to avoid the candle’s flames.


“Was it?” Shadows flickered over Gudrun’s face and shelves full of jarred things. All sorts of unusual jars of powders and exotic roots had been crammed into every available corner. Dried herbs hung from the crossbeams. The light from the candle and small hearth fire mingled and added a heavy thickness to the room that smelled of boiled heather and sage. “The Earth was still very old by the time the gods found it,” Gudrun said. “By then it was already ancient soil, which stirred beneath their feet.

Can you see it, Kallan?”


The girl closed her eyes, an iridescent blue like the lapis stone, and thought back to the earliest memory she could recall, back before the Great Migration, when the gods lived in the Southern Deserts and the Land of Rivers. Back before the Great War between the Aesir and the Vanir.


“I can,” Kallan said.


The old woman kept the dry sternness in her voice. “These are the antiquated stories that predate the empires of men. We have studied the Vanir and their ways, their medicines and herbs. Now think of the gods of our gods, the gods so old that we have forgotten. The gods our gods once taught to their young. And think of their ancient stories and their myths, the legends they once revered before they themselves became myth. And think of everything now lost to time.”


Kallan nodded. “I see it.”


“The Seidr is older still,” Gudrun said. “Like veins, it flowed from the Great Gap, spreading through all elements of the Earth, stretching out, threading itself into the waters, the air, and earth.”


Kallan opened her eyes as she drew the connection to the tri-corner knot enclosed in a circle hanging from the chain on her neck. Gudrun smiled, confirming that Kallan’s conclusion was correct.


“Your mother’s pendant,” she said. “Na Tríonóide: the three united. The Seidr fused itself to the elements, until it lost itself inside the Earth, becoming a part of it, flowing with the waters, churning with the soils, and riding on the wind through the air. The Seidr is still there sleeping, waiting for us to remember.”


Kallan shifted forward in her seat.


“When the Vanir found the Seidr, they recognized it. In secret, they honed it and mastered it. They hoarded it, keeping it concealed from the Aesir.” Sadness hovered in Gudrun’s tone. “Afraid the Aesir would learn of their treasure and exceed them in power, the Vanir refused to divulge their secret.”


“What happened to the Vanir?” Kallan asked.


Gudrun visibly fought back the bitter sting of tears. “They died.” Her voice was low. “Doomed to be forgotten, and living only within the ancient stories now nearly extinct.”


Kallan bit the corner of her lip as if biting back a question.


“Deep within the earth, beyond the sea to the west, they met their end,” the old woman continued. “Some say they perished far beyond the western-most reaches of the world where the beginning formed. There where the Seidr emerged from the life source and fused to the elements and life itself. The Seidr now resides dormant in all of us. However, for most of us, it sleeps, available for the host to use, but never awakened, its keeper unaware of its presence.


“But don’t think its power is lost,” Gudrun said. “Even dormant Seidr, ripped from its host, will destroy the life line that has formed around it. It lies sleeping within every man born to Midgard. Just as the races of Men have it, we elves have it—”


“Elves?” Kallan repeated.


“Alfar,” Gudrun clarified, forgetting the word was foreign beyond the Ocean Isle where she had lived for the past three hundred years. “The Dvergar, the Svartálfar. Even the Ljosalfar—”


“They have it?” Kallan interrupted. “King Tryggve?”


Gudrun nodded. “King Tryggve and King Eyolf—”


The name of her father sharpened Kallan’s attention. “Father has it?”


Gudrun continued, not daring to encourage the princess’s interruptions.


“As do the reindeer that migrate across the valleys of King Raum in the north and the elk birds that fly across the southern realms of King Gardr Agdi. The sea worms that swim, and the pines that grow tall in these lands. However, among us all, Men and the three races of the Alfar, only a rare handful are still aware of its existence. Of those precious few, only some can waken it. Fewer still can wield it.”


After concluding her lecture, Gudrun spoke faster, more sternly, leaving behind the mysticism of the storyteller.


“To wield the Seidr is to pull on the lifeline that has formed within the confines of your center. To master the Seidr is to pull on the threads that have woven themselves within the elements. Find it!”


As if suddenly aware of the stuffy room, Kallan narrowed her eyes to better see the Seidr that was somehow there suspended in the air. This time, Gudrun’s smile stretched across her wrinkled face.


“Start small,” she said. “The Seidr around us has not conformed to the order of a path and goes where the elements take it. Try to find the Seidr within you, at your center. That is where it sleeps. That Seidr will know you and be the first to obey you.”


Slouching, Kallan nodded and closed her eyes, then changed her attention to the center of her body.


“Once you master your own Seidr, you can reach out to the Seidr in others. It won’t be as willing to obey as your own, but it too has adapted to the confines of a living being.”


Kallan opened her eyes, eager to collect the knowledge that always seemed to pour out of Gudrun. “Is it within the fire you summon?”


The old Seidkona shook her head.


“Fire is not an element, but a reaction, like when the cook blends stews or when I mix spells.”


“Like bubbling water or brewed tea?”


“Exactly,” Gudrun said. “Fire is only present when other actions bring it out, whereas soil, wind, and water are always there, maintaining a permanent state that defines the Seidr.” As she listed each element, Gudrun pointed to each point of the pendant hanging from Kallan’s neck. As she finished, she traced her finger around the circle enveloping the knot. “The elements don’t require fuel. However, Seidr is living. It is a life form made of pure energy. Compress enough Seidr, and it will release heat. Compress it more, and it will become hot enough to produce flame.”


“And hotter still produces your lightning.” Kallan grinned.


“Exactly.”

 

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At the farthest ends of Midgard, where Alfheim begins, the Fae goddess Fand gazed upon Kallan’s fair city. Lorlenalin. The White Opal. The Dokkalfar citadel.

Humming a ditty, she collected her skirts and idly glided through the wood surrounding the city. Like threads of gold, Seidr flowed from the tips of Fand’s fingers. It flowed down her gown and branched across the first autumn frost glistening in the moonlight as if the Fae gods themselves had emerged from Under Earth and touched down on the lands of Midgard. Like veins, the Seidr webbed a path to the city. The life she found there was strong, but hollow with grief for their missing queen. Fand called the Seidr back, and she smiled.

Memories of the dead never survive the ages. It was only a matter of time before the Dokkalfar forgot their precious queen.


“This won’t be too hard.”


Fand took a step and strips of leather wove themselves around her bare foot. By the time she took a second step, she wore a pair of fine leather boots. Her gowns of Under Earth reknitted themselves into something simpler, but just as suggestive. Just as inviting. The gems she wore to ordain her bodice became grains of golden sand that vanished with the wind. Her cheekbones rounded out. Her pearlescent skin darkened to look more like a daughter of Alfheim than the pale, jeweled complexion of a Fae goddess of Eire’s Land.


Fand pushed a hand through her raven black hair, sending strands of Seidr streaking the black and changing it to a pale blond by the time her fingers reached the tips.


By the time Fand stepped into a beam of moonlight where the Dokkalfar guards could see her, all that remained of her original appearance was the stunning rings of gold Seidr that encircled her pupils and the mesmermizing smile that arched her red lips.


By dawn, only two would remember the name of Kallan, Daughter of Eyolf, Queen and Lady of Lorlenalin.


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Angela B. Chrysler is a writer, logician, philosopher, and die-hard nerd who studies theology, historical linguistics, music composition, and medieval European history in New York with a dry sense of humor and an unusual sense of sarcasm. She lives in a garden with her family and cats.

 

In 2014, Ms. Chrysler founded Brain to Books and the virtual trade show, Brain to Books Cyber Convention. A passionate gardener and incurable cat lover, Ms. Chrysler spends her days drinking coffee and writing beside a volume of Edgar Allan Poe who strongly influences her style to this day. When Ms. Chrysler is not writing, she enables her addictions to all things nerdy, and reads everything she can get her hands on no matter the genre. Occasionally, she finds time to mother her three children and debate with her life-long friend who she eventually married. Her writing is often compared to Tad Williams. Her influences are Edgar Allan Poe, The Phantom of the Opera, and Frankenstein.

 

Angela also loves writing, cats, reading, knitting, gardening, Tai Chi, Yoga, meditation, coffee, BBC, baking, cooking, dancing, singing, anime, and smiling.



Website - http://angelabchrysler.com/

 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/angelabchrysler

 

Twitter - https://twitter.com/abchryslerabc

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/abchrysler/

 

G+ - https://plus.google.com/+AngelaBChrysler

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/Angela-Chrysler/e/B00VXX0JDQ

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13818332.Angela_B_Chrysler

 

 


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Book Tour & Giveaway with Excerpt! Shadows Of Atlantis: Awakening by Mara Powers!

 

 

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Welcome to Sunday, Readers! Today I am going on tour in Atlantis while exploring Shadows of Atlantis: Awakening by Mara Powers! This fantasy is on sale for only 99 cents! Enjoy & don’t forget to enter the giveaway!


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ABOUT THE BOOK

 

 

Shadows of Atlantis: Awakening
by Mara Powers
Genre: Fantasy

 

"...had me turning the pages obsessively from the very beginning." Readers Favorite.

 

Enter the legacy of the legend...
Brigitte has been chosen to renew the treaty between Atlantis and the ancient bloodline of Lemuria. As an emissary of nature, her betrothal would ensure the continued function of the Crystal Grid, the life source of the ten kingdoms of Atlantis. But as Brigitte prepares to leave from her home in the magical Dreamvale, her people are attacked by a storm of shadows. Now she is running for her life.

 

Upon her arrival in the ruling city of Atlantis, she meets D’Vinid, a dejected musician who lives the quintessential Atlantean lifestyle of revelry, escapism and apathy. Under the eclipse of a sacred festival, they are swept into an attraction they cannot resist. Their union may protect humanity from its worst enemy - the shadows of Atlantis. But there is one problem, this man is not her betrothed.

Brigitte soon discovers that the corruption of the Grid could very well be the Grid itself. Citizens have neglected to attend the rituals required to charge the crystals with their psychic emanations. Some have fallen prey to an epidemic called “the madness”, caused by shadowy parasites that feed off human suffering. But as nature always strives toward balance, the crystals have activated a genetic upgrade among the people. The youth have begun to express supernatural powers. Could it be that D’Vinid and Brigitte are meant to be leaders among the awakened? And if so, why does it seem impossible for them to be together?

A mysterious tale of romance, seduction and betrayal that reaches just enough into the modern mind to ask - will we learn the lessons of Atlantis?


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Atlantis: From Utopian Allegory to Underwater Fantasy Kingdom


“…there occurred violent earthquakes and floods; and in a single day and night of misfortune… the island of Atlantis disappeared in the depths of the sea.” -Plato Timaeus/Critius


The world over has been wondering why Hollywood keeps churning out the same stories. We seem to be trapped in the endless cycle of reboots. But let’s face it, Joseph Campbell had it right when he created his treatise on the “monomyth.” The point is, all stories are recycled over and over, and appear behind many facades. In my biased opinion, Atlantis is the most fascinating reboot of all. Just like all stories, it is transformed almost every time it is told. We all know the game of telephone. It’s when you start a statement and pass it to someone else, and they pass it on until eventually it changes as everyone uses their own words to communicate the statement. I think you catch my drift.


The basic premise of this myth lies in its precautionary tale. It is the story of paradise destroyed under the weight of man’s arrogance. Make sure and check out my previous post about Atlantis’s journey through time. In the beginning, Atlantis was an infallible Utopia that crumbled under the weight of its own hubris. Plato depicted a warlike naval power that explored and conquered far beyond its reaches. But the gods became angered at their arrogance and punished them, sending a massive flood to swallow them into the ocean. It’s been compared to the flood myths, Noah of the Bible being one of them, but that’s a huge tangent.


It has been argued whether Plato recorded fact or fiction. His account was a dialogue between his teacher, the philosopher Socrates, and an Athenian statesman named Solon who had discussed the myth with Egyptian priests. Some say he created the first science fiction, meant to illustrate the warnings of human advancement. Others say the account was true. There was a statesman named Solon who had been to Egypt. He had conversed with scholars from the Library of Alexandria, which was, at the time, somewhat like the internet, a cache of all human knowledge. But Murphy’s Law set in and the library was destroyed, along with all our history, and all our accumulated knowledge. D’oh! So, from then on, anyone’s guess was as good as… well, yours or mine.


Utopian fiction came from the writings of Plato, and as such, throughout the ages, Atlantis appeared to illustrate the potential of humanity, and how our darkness taints it. “Throughout the ages the Utopias reflect the anxieties and discontents amidst which they were produced. They are, so to speak, shadows of light thrown by darknesses. The more disturbed men's minds are, the more Utopias multiply.” This quote by H.G. Wells shows what I have set out to accomplish by resurrecting the art of Utopian Fiction. A Utopia creates a model that asks the question, “what if?” and then fills in the other half of the sentence with an aspect of society that could be missing or added to make it ideal.


My question is: what if Atlantis was real? And what if it was more advanced than we could possibly imagine? And what exactly was the arrogance that made it fall? Yes, I have boldly steered the myth back toward its origin. Popular fiction has transformed Atlanteans into an evolved race of fish people who live underwater in the ancient ruins of its above-water past.


Don’t get me wrong, I love what it has become. However, is a straight up fantasy more valuable than the moral allegory? Probably not. The new release of Aquaman is breathtaking, and its ultimate value, besides being great entertainment, is that it has brought Atlantis to the forefront of pop culture. Whereas before, Atlantis has been swimming in the waters of our collective subconscious, now it is everywhere. I would dare to postulate that Atlantis will be its own genre soon enough, just like zombies or vampires. But how did this vision of a populated underwater city come into being?


It was Jules Verne who brought Atlantis into the new science fiction genre of the late 1800s. From there it evolved. While Verne depicted it as underwater ruins, this vision of a lost civilization captured the rising modern mind, and Atlantis began to tumble through various incarnations.


The next fiction book to become world famous was entitled Atlantis. Written by Gerhart Hauptmann, it was released in 1912. The author subsequently received the Nobel prize for literature that same year. It was essentially the story of the Titanic. Oddly, the actual tragedy of the Titanic happened that same year. This was said to be a coincidence.


In 1913 a Danish silent film of the same title was released based on the book. Like the Titanic of our time directed by James Cameron, it was the most expensive production ever made. It was criticized because it used the Titanic tragedy as entertainment, but after that, the name of Atlantis was associated with the Titanic for a number of decades. I believe the reasoning for this lies in the foundation of the myth itself. Hauptmann’s book was named Atlantis for philosophical reasons. The title was based on a dream sequence in the book which was the only reference to it.


But there is a real correlation between Atlantis and the Titanic. That being, the arrogance of man thinking he is greater than nature. When they built the Titanic, they said she was unsinkable. It was that very arrogance which actually caused her to sink. The same is true of Atlantis. When man reached the pinnacle of existence, it was their overblown confidence in the pinnacle that would be his downfall.


L’Atlantide by Pierre Benoit was published in 1920. This transformed Atlantis into a civilization hidden in the Sahara Desert. Several films were made based on this book, the first in 1921. This same story was rebooted in America in 1932 under the title Queen of Atlantis. Both were shot in the Sahara and made a huge wave among cinema fans of the times.


The Sahara Desert is of perennial importance to the Atlantis myth, which is why I believe they put it in Aquaman. Kudos to the screenwriter if that’s the case. It’s important to do ones’ research. But this subject is worthy of its own post. I started a small discussion about it here where I just brush the surface of the African Atlantis theory. The other interesting theory lies in the Richat Structure in the Sahara being the site of the original mother city.


The next transformation of Atlantis came about in 1936 when Hollywood based Republic Pictures put out a serial called The Undersea Kingdom. This series starred a Flash Gordon knock off called Crash Corrigan. It was released again in 1950, and then cut into a feature length film in 1966 under the title Sharad of Atlantis. While Crash didn’t remain in the collective consciousness, the Undersea Kingdom did. Here Atlantis was depicted as a thriving civilization at the bottom of the ocean, and here it has remained in the public eye ever since.


1941 saw the introduction of Aquaman in the DC comic books. He would carry on the undersea legacy of Atlantis until this very day. In fact, this post is dedicated to the reboot of Aquaman as it is released on the big screen. Starring Jason Momoa, who also starred in Stargate Atlantis, the DC universe has unleashed Atlantis on the world, depicting a powerful undersea kingdom with dazzling technology. The telephone game has transformed Atlantis into a world that exists alongside our own, hidden in the depths of an unconquerable terrain. The liquid inner space of our own planet holds a depth of mystery as to warrant such imaginings. And the moral of the story does carry on one of the most important aspects of the original Atlantis myth: The vast power of the ocean is not to be trifled with or ignored.


The other more famous depictions of Atlantis in modern pop culture have been few. The 1961 Atlantis: The Lost Continent, Disney’s 2001 Atlantis: The Lost Empire. The 2004- 2009 TV series Stargate Atlantis, and now the 2018 release of Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey video game features an Atlantean quest. Each have had their own pocket of fans, but none but Aquaman have remained widely spoken of.


The 1961 Atlantis was a science fiction made by director George Pal who also did War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. Though the movie is widely made fun of and could easily appear on Mystery Science Theater 3000 just because of its silly costumes, it has an Edgar Cayce type of story.

 

It’s complete with crystals and submarines, half man half animal creations, and ray guns that would eventually destroy Atlantis while the hero rescues the princess, of course.


The Disney version of Atlantis brought it to the hollow earth, and also included crystal technology. It captured the heart of an entire generation with its quirky characters and stunning animation. The mechanical leviathan of Jules Verne, and his book Journey to the Center of the Earth were paid homage, as well as the works of Ignatius Donnelley, Cayce, and the spiritualist movement of the late 1800s that resurrected Atlantis as a mystical land of advanced technology.


Despite the wandering nature of the myth, there is always a throughline. It is always a warning to be careful with great power. As the saying goes, not all who wander are lost. The time will come for Atlantis to rise to the surface once again, like the scene at the start of Stargate Atlantis when the city rises to the surface. It is symbolic of bringing the denial of our own dysfunction from the depths of self-inflicted repression.


What better way to remember Atlantis than to travel back through time and experience what it may have been like to live there? Check out my book for a journey into the legend. The word has been spreading, and its time has come. www.shadowsofatlantis.com

 


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Mara Powers is a rebel of the written word who has tackled the monumental task of recreating Atlantis. When she was 16 in Fort Collins, Colorado, she began visiting the library in search of things she couldn't learn in school. Her goal was to re-define her religion. She studied theology voraciously until she discovered the concept of reincarnation though Hinduism. It was the answer to a lifelong existential crisis that had plagued her for many sleepless nights. The study of reincarnation led her to the channel Edgar Cayce. In his many books, she found his past life readings of lifetimes spent in Atlantis. This was the beginning of a lifelong quest to unravel the secrets of this mystery. She has spent upwards of 30 years exploring the labyrinth of ancient civilizations. Her decision to turn it all into a high concept, visionary fantasy series stems from her study of the esoteric depiction of Atlantis. With the other half of her research rooted in the secular, it was the best way to illustrate both aspects of this fascinating legend. Her work is the legacy of the legend.



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