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The Devil and His Fiddle (and the original titles of my Noon Onyx books)

My guest post at SF Signal is up! And it’s a fun one: I discuss what’s up with the association between the devil and the violin; I admit I used to be a horrible fiddle player; and I share the original titles to each novel in the Noon Onyx series. Long-time followers, you may remember the original title to Dark Light of Day but I’m not sure I ever shared the original title to Fiery Edge of Steel (knowledge was a big theme in that book, remember? ;-) ) and I’m even more sure that I’ve never shared the original title to White Heart of Justice with anyone but my agent and my editor. It’s a hoot!

* John Anealio reminded me on Twitter this morning about Niccolo Paganini, the 19th century Italian virtuoso whose playing was so diabolical his audience believed he was in league with the devil. Paganini’s story is intriguing. Check it out here. But, if you do, be sure to also stop by SF Signal because Paganini’s not in my post. I discuss three other interesting connections. Paganini

Have you ever played the violin? Do you play an instrument now? Where do you think the association between the devil and the violin got started? Lemme know in the comments over at SF Signal!


One to Grow On: Noon’s Mom + Cover Lovers Chat

My blog tour resumes today with some fun posts: I’m discussing vintage gardening tools, Clash of the Titans, and Noon’s mom’s growing gifts over at Night Owl Reviews and I’m at The Reading Café discussing my covers. I know I’ve discussed them before, but I share more about the process, covers in general, and give each of my covers a “stat report.” If fantasy covers were baseball cards, click here for what would be on the back of mine. Finally, I’m wrapping up my Release Day Party at Bitten by Books. If you haven’t had a chance to stop by, there’s still time! Readers have asked TONS of terrific questions — and I’ve answered them, in great detail. Skim through for more background on just about everything or leave a question of your own!

Local Lending Libraries

And because I like to include pics w my posts… here are two for all of the book, coffee, and pizza lovers out there => Starbuck’s and Bertucci’s versions of the local lending library. I like it!

Bookshelf at my local Starbuck's -- what's missing? ;-)

Bookshelf at my local Starbuck’s — what’s missing? ;-)

Bookshelf at my local Bertucci's. Mostly children's books... so they get a pass. :-D

Bookshelf at my local Bertucci’s. Mostly children’s books… so they get a pass. :-D

Hope to see you over at Night Owl Reviews, The Reading Café, and/or Bitten by Books!


RELEASE DAY PARTY: WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE! (author chat, excerpt, contest)

Ok, you knew this post was coming, right? This is the post I’ve been working toward for… well, a year now! :-D

Release Day Party at Bitten by Books going on RIGHT NOW! => Click HERE.

The Bitten by Books contest ends at midnight CDT on 5/31/14. I’ll be over there all night and then will be checking in periodically until it closes to answer any questions and/or respond to comments. (There have been some good ones! Come add yours!)

And, probably the last time I’ll be posting/emailing these links to you for a LONG time (although they’ll be up everywhere else, of course)… Here are White Heart of Justice‘s BUY LINKS (Yay! Exciting! Buy links instead of pre-order links. Depending on where you live, you could start reading WHOJ tonight!)

Now is also a good time to thank everyone who has: been following the blog tour (resuming tomorrow); already stopped by the release party; shared, posted, tweeted or RT’d a link or sneak peek tweet; or pre-ordered the book! I appreciate the support and well wishes. Terrific participation and feedback so far. You guys are all awesome! THANK YOU!!!

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Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting…

After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

Have a great night, everyone! Hope to see you at Bitten by Books!


WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE – BLOG TOUR KICK OFF

Today is the kick off for my WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE blog tour! What does this mean?! Well, mostly it means lots of posts and prizes. Below is a tentative blog tour schedule. (The nature of blogging being what it is, I can’t guarantee that a blogger or review site will be able to post on the date listed below. Things happen. Schedules change. Glitches occur. But this is the plan.) I will do my best to add dedicated links on my WHOJ blog tour page as soon as the posts are live. Each stop on the Bewitching Book Tour will have additional chances for you to win my awesome prizes — also detailed below. There are only SEVEN DAYS left before White Heart of Justice‘s release. If you haven’t pre-ordered already, what are you waiting for?! If you have enjoyed even one blog post here, do me a huge favor and pre-order. :-) And, if you already have pre-ordered, THANK YOU!!! Early reviews and feedback have been great!! Noon Onyx fans, fantasy fans, fans of dark worlds inhabited by strong characters, monsters and magic — this one’s for you! :-D

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PRE-ORDER LINKS

Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting…

After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

Topics and Links to Live Posts Will Be Added Later

For giveaway details see below

Posts marked with an * are outside of the BBT tour

May 20 Spotlight/Excerpt

Butterfly-o-Meter Books

 

May 20 Review

Happy Tails and Tales

 

May 21 Interview

Books Direct

 

May 21 Spotlight

Bookin’ It Reviews

 

May 21 Spotlight

Deb Sanders

 

May 22 Guest Blog

Magic and Mayhem

 

May 22 Spotlight

Coffee Break

 

May 22 Spotlight

Cherry Mischievous

 

May 23 Guest Blog

Christina McKnight

 

May 23 Spotlight

Shut Up & Read

 
* May 27 RELEASE DAY PARTY!
Bitten By Books
Separate Giveaway: $50 Amazon eGift Certificate
 

May 28 Guest Blog

Night Owl Reviews

 
* May 28 Guest Blog
SFSignal
 

* May 28 Guest Blog

The Reading Café

 

May 29 Spotlight and Review

What the Cat Read

 

May 30 Interview

CBY Book Club

 

May 30 Spotlight

Melissa Stevens

 

June 2 review 

Tynga’s Reviews

 

June 3 Guest Blog

Preternatura

 

June 4 Guest blog

Addicted 2 Heroines

 

June 5 Interview

JeanzBookReadNReview

 

June 6 Interview

Fantasy Book Addict

 

June 6 review

Leeanna.me

 

June 9 Spotlight

3 Partners in shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

 

June 9 review 

Babel at Tower of Babel

 

June 10 Spotlight

On the Broomstick

 

June 10 Spotlight

Fang-tastic Books

BBT TOUR-WIDE GIVEAWAYS

You may recall I mentioned earlier that, because this is the third book, I really wanted to HAVE FUN with my blog tour prizes. Each of the prize packs were inspired by a scene from one of the books.

The Dark Light of Day prize pack was inspired by the scene where Noon and Ivy get ready for the Barrister’s Ball. The Fiery Edge of Steel prize pack was inspired by the scene where Noon and her investigative team have dinner on the deck of their dahabiya just before reaching… well, I know many of you have read it, but if not, I don’t want to spoil it! :-)

  • $50 Amazon eGift Certificate (or bookseller of winner’s choice) (international)
  • 5 copies of White Heart of Justice (or an earlier book in the series, winner’s choice) (international so long as Book Depository ships to your address)
  • Dark Light of Day themed prize pack (includes signed copy of book and other awesome goodies; see below) (US only)
  • Fiery Edge of Steel themed prize pack (includes signed copy of book and other awesome goodies; see below) (US only)
  • White Heart of Justice themed prize pack (includes signed copy of book and other awesome goodies; see below) (US only)

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. 18 and over. For official rules, please see my Giveaways page.

DARK LIGHT OF DAY

PRIZE PACKDark Light of Day Prize Pack

  • Signed print copy of Dark Light of Day
  • Handmade bookmark with charm
  • Natural Face Paint Kit
  • Orange Silk Flower Hair Clip
  • Atomic Fireball Candies
  • Signed copy of galley pages of scene that inspired prize pack
  • Approximate value: $40

FIERY EDGE OF STEEL

PRIZE PACKFiery Edge of Steel Prize Pack

  • Signed print copy of Fiery Edge of Steel
  • Handmade bookmark with charm
  • “The Queen of Flowers” T-shirt Tank Top
  • Set of three Silver Glass Mercury Votive Holders
  • Petite Pear Candies
  • Signed copy of galley pages of scene that inspired prize pack
  • Approximate value: $40

WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE

PRIZE PACKWhite Heart of Justice Prize Pack

  • Signed print copy of White Heart of Justice
  • Handmade bookmark with charm
  • White Crystal Headband
  • Vintage Star Pin
  • White Chocolate Meltaways
  • Signed copy of galley pages of scene that inspired prize pack
  • Approximate value: $40

White Heart of Justice Banner

Now go forth and share, pre-order, comment, enter to win, etc.! Good luck and thank you to everyone who has followed me on this journey so far!!

Oh, and stay tuned… I have one more post today… (I usually don’t do two posts a day, but you’ll see: it’s worth getting two posts/emails from me!)

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!


Disney World: Magic for Everyone!

Last week, we went to Disney World in Orlando, Florida. It was fantastic! My husband and I have been before, once after I graduated from law school and a second time when our girls were still young enough to want to do Bibbity Bobbity Boutique and the character breakfasts. Each trip we’ve done both new and favorite things. Below are my thoughts on Hollywood Studios’ and Magic Kingdom’s rides and shows. Next week, I’ll do another post on the other two parks and, after that, a third and final post with some Disney odds and ends. If you’ve been to Disney, tell me your thoughts in the comments, or if you plan on going in the future, lemme know what you’re most looking forward to!

Main Street

HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS

Hollywood Studios Sorcerer's Hat

The Sorcerer’s Hat

In the past, the Magic Kingdom has been my favorite park but for this trip, Hollywood Studios was. Why? Well, it’s a park devoted to MOVIES for one thing AND my kids were finally tall enough to ride all the fun rides. Also, in fairness, it was probably also my favorite park this time because we stayed there the longest and saw a lot. We stayed for dinner and ended the night with the amazing Fantasmic show, a twilight show starring Mickey and all of the other Disney characters with music, fireworks, lasers, stunts, and boat floats.

RIDES

DorothyThe Great Movie Ride

  • Ride Story: Tour Hollywood’s movie sets. Includes sets inspired by Aliens, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and The Wizard of Oz.
  • Ride Thrills: It’s a tram tour through faux movie sets. But if you love movies like I do, it will be entertaining.
  • My Take: Ride this first, as an introduction to the park. The line queues through a full-scale reproduction of Grauman’s Chinese Theater where you can view props, set pieces, and movie memorabilia. These change so the lobby is kind of like a temporary movie museum exhibit. At the end, there’s a fun “celebration of movies” montage.

Rock n Roller Coaster

  • Ride story: You are a passenger in a stretch limo on LA highways heading to an Aerosmith concert.
  • Ride thrills: 0-60 mph start, loops and a corkscrew. One of the fastest and loudest rides in all of the parks.
  • My take: FUN! We rode it twice.

Hollywood Tower HotelTower of Terror

  • Ride Story: Tour the “infamous” Hollywood Tower Hotel, a fictional hotel supposedly favored by LA’s rich and famous until lightning struck it in 1939. You are introduced to the hotel, its last inhabitants, and the creepy backstory by Rod Sterling of Twilight Zone fame as he welcomes you to the 5th Dimension.
  • Ride Thrills: You and your party get in an elevator (albeit one where you sit down and buckle yourself in with a seatbelt) and take a haunted house type ride up to the 13th floor where 5 unlucky souls disappeared from the very elevator you’re sitting in. And then the fun begins — it turns into one of those “big drop” rides.Thunderstorm outside of Tower of Terror
  • My take: AWESOME!! I rode it twice and my kids rode it three times. It continues to be their favorite ride in all of Disney World, which is interesting since they think the Double Shot in Ocean City, NJ is boring (see how much story matters?! :-D ) The fact that the ride was inspired by the Twilight Zone TV show is brilliant. And how lucky were we that our Fast Pass time happened to occur during a giant thunderstorm? When the elevator doors opened to the outside, the view was almost surreal. Instead of an azure Florida sky, there was a deluge of rain and thunder. We plummeted toward the ground amidst a lightning storm. Walt Disney himself couldn’t have designed a more authentic backdrop.

AT-ATStar Tours

  • Ride Story: Explore a galaxy far, far away! :-) This ride is based on the Star Wars movies.
  • Ride Thrills: It’s a simulator ride, but it’s manageable if you suffer from occasional motion sickness.
  • My Take: Loved it. Simulator rides can be tough for me but this was fine and fun. There are over 50 different story combinations with new destinations and characters each time so I would have loved to have ridden it again if we had gone back to the park on a different day. (Riding a simulator ride twice in a row would have been hard for me).

Toy Story Midway ManiaMr Potato Head

  • Ride Story: Tour Andy’s room, listen to an Audio-Animatronics Mr. Potato Head introduction, and then get ready to shoot!
  • Ride Thrills: You sit in a car and are powered around to shoot at all sorts of different Toy Story themed screens. Great for people who like games where you shoot at targets.
  • My Take: It was fun. I was slightly suspicious of how the scoring worked since my husband and I (who were in separate cars) had the EXACT SAME SCORE. Coincidence? I think not… but maybe we’re just that good. :-D

Toy Story

The Writer's Stop at Hollywood Studios

The Writer’s Stop at Hollywood Studios Books, Pastries, and Coffee!

SHOWS

Voyage of the Little Mermaid: Cute. My youngest’s current favorite character is Ariel. (Surprising, right? Since more recent characters like Merida, Anna and Elsa are so popular right now. I think it’s because Santa brought her a mermaid fin this year. ;-) )

Miss Piggy FountainMuppet Vision 3D: Worth seeing if you like the Muppets and just because it’s neat to see how Disney takes its shows off-screen so that the theater itself becomes part of the show. Tip: Don’t throw your sunglasses in the 3D glasses recycling bin! :-D (My MIL did and we spent a few moments post-show digging for them).

Fantasmic! => Fantastic! If you go to Hollywood Studios and can stay until this show, see it! My MIL bought light-up, battery-powered mouse ears for my girls right before the show from a kiosk outside of the amphitheater. When the ears went dark just before the show, it kinda creeped me out because it made me realize (yet again) just how “soup to nuts” Disney really is. I thought it was almost too big brother-ish that the park could control my girls’ mouse ears so as to not interfere with the light and laser show. Little did I know! The “Glow with the Show” ears were dark only for a dramatically timed few moments. They then lit back up throughout the show, timed with the music and color-coordinated with the lights. You be the judge… creepy or not? I decided to embrace it and go with the crazy insanity of it all. After all, it WAS pretty cool to see ALL of the other kids’ mouse ears synchronized with the show.

Glowing Mickey Ears

“Glow with the Show”

MAGIC KINGDOM

My second favorite park this time was the Magic Kingdom. It’s a massive park and super crowded. Even when there’s not a parade going on (which happens pretty frequently), the streets and sidewalks feel like a packed bar.

The only thing that makes it okay is that there are no cars to worry about and everyone is in a good mood. Sure, people look exhausted and weary at times, but not as much as you’d think considering the heat and long lines. The vibe is very friendly. Everyone who works there is unbelievably helpful and everyone you bump into is unbelievably apologetic. If you’ve ever elbowed your way through a crowd at a concert or sporting event or walked along the streets of New York… well, it doesn’t feel like that, which is nice.

Disney is an expert in transportation and the logistics of moving insanely large groups of people from one place to another without chaos. During our trip, we rode in planes, trains, and automobiles… as well as busses, ferries, ATVs, trams, golf carts, and the monorail. But the lack of chaos and everyone’s I’m-on-vacation speed means getting anyway takes FOREVER. Think of going to Disney like you do home improvement — everything will cost 3x as much as you think it should and everything will take 3x as long as you plan.

boats planes and trains

RIDES

Haunted Mansion

  • Ride Story: Take a “Doom Buggy” ride through a haunted estate.
  • Ride Thrills: Good, plain haunted house fun for everyone. There are ghosts, ghouls, and a graveyard but there are more smiles than scares.
  • My Take: An older ride with sentimental appeal that my family loves because we love haunted house rides.

Space Mountain

  • Ride Story: A journey to the edge of the galaxy and back.
  • Ride Thrills: Not quite as crazy as the rock n roller coaster at Hollywood Studios but a very decent coaster ride. No loops but lots of fast turns in the dark make-believe world of space!
  • My Take: I’d never ridden Space Mountain before. Don’t know why I didn’t the first time I visited and the second, it was closed for repairs. So I was glad I had the chance! It was fun. We rode it twice.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

  • Ride Story: You’re on a runaway train traveling through a haunted mine.
  • Ride Thrills: As coasters go, this one’s pretty tame. A few dips where your stomach drops and a few turns where your smashed into the person sitting next to you.
  • My Take: It’s okay. Once is enough but we rode it twice. :-)

Splash Mountain (Are you sensing the mountain theme?)

  • Ride Story: Based on the 1946 Disney movie Song of the South. You glide in a hollow log on a bayou past Br’er Rabbit, Br’er Fox and Br’er Bear.
  • Ride Thrills: One 5 story drop with a watery splash at the end.
  • My Take: I’ve never been a fan of Br’er Rabbit. Log flume rides can be fun though. Sit in the back and wear a rain jacket if you don’t want to get wet! (If your phone isn’t in a LifeProof case, put it in a Ziplock before you go to the park).

PARADES AND FIREWORKS

Festival of Fantasy

This was a terrific parade! (We also saw some of the Animal Kingdom parade, which made us appreciate the spectacular grandeur of Magic Kingdom’s Festival of Fantasy parade). There were tons of floats featuring many of Disney’s biggest characters. Even the newer ones like Merida and Anna and Elsa had their own floats. Everything was timed with the music, which seemed to play from everywhere when the parade went by. Each float had a handful of performers — singing, dancing, and doing stunts. But the pièce de résistance was the brand-new-this-spring magnificent Maleficent float. It’s a HUGE steampunk inspired dragon, complete with a spinning wheel and real fire in its belly.

Disney also puts on a “Wishes Nighttime Spectacular” fireworks show every night at 10:00 p.m. Worth watching at least once per visit. It’s like a Disney vitamin. :-)

So those are my 2014 thoughts on Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Magic Kingdom. What about you? Have you been to either of those parks? What did you think? What are your favorite rides and shows? Are you planning on going to Disney World this year? Lemme know in the comments! Next week, I’ll load up some pictures from Epcot and Animal Kingdom. After that, I’ll post my thoughts about where we stayed, the water parks, and a few other bits and pieces. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Mickey Lawn


Noon Onyx Series: Chance to Win a $25 eGift Certificate to a Bookstore of Your Choice

Roxanne Rhoads of Bewitching Book Tours helped me to organize a promo blitz featuring the first two books in my Noon Onyx series, DARK LIGHT OF DAY and FIERY EDGE OF STEEL. What the heck is a promo blitz? Well, I thought it would be a fast, fun way to remind people of the first two books in the series before the third one arrives in stores next month.

Promoting books is a tricky business. No one wants a novel shoved beneath their nose. And yet if authors don’t present their work to readers as an option, how will readers know about it? Sure, there are bookstores and bestseller lists. There are conferences and conventions, signings and readings. We have publishers and publicists. There are myriad ways in which our work can be offered as a viable choice to would-be readers. But for today, it’s all about blitzing the backlist!

Fiery Edge of Steel -Dark Light of Day Banner

So how does it work?

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, my guess is that you love books. The owners of the blog sites below do too. Visit their sites. Check them out. If you’re not already following them, consider following them. Each site should have a link to the Rafflecopter form where you can enter to win the $25 eGift Certificate I’m giving away. The randomly selected winner gets to choose the bookstore. For the complete rules, see my Giveaways page, but in a nutshell, here’s the deal:

  1. Void where prohibited
  2. No purchase required
  3. Open to international participants 18 and over with an email address where an electronic gift certificate can be sent
  4. Odds of winning based on number of entries
  5. Sweepstakes ends at midnight EDT on 4/27/14
  6. I’ll announce a winner (first name and last initial) here in the comments by 5/5/14

What else can you do?

  1. Share this post or a link to any of the other posts at the stops below.
  2. If you haven’t already read DARK LIGHT OF DAY or FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, consider buying and reading them (there’s still time to read the first two books before the third is released! :-) )
  3. If you have read them, but haven’t yet reviewed them, post a review.
  4. If you haven’t already, consider pre-ordering WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE.

PARTICIPANTS

Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Leeanna.me

Tower of Babel

 

Crazy Four Books

 

Urban Fantasy Investigations

 

Shut Up & Read 

 

Books & Tales

 

3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!

 

Melissa Stevens

 

Sapphyria’s Book Reviews

 

Pembroke Sinclair

 

Share My Destiny

 

Library Mistress

 

Mila Ramos 

 

Corazones Literarios

 

The Snarkology

 

Aly’s Miscellany

 

Paranormal Romance Fans for Life

 

Laurie’s Paranormal Thoughts and Reviews

 

Fang-tastic Books

 

Roxanne’s Realm

 

CBY Book Club

 

Clutter Your Kindle

 

Eclipse Reviews

Thank you!

Thank you to all of the blog hosts above who reviewed and/or spotlighted the books! Thanks to each and every one of you for doing all that you do to support me, other authors, bookstores, and books in general!

If you’ve already ordered and pre-ordered the books, THANK YOU!!! I really do try to make the promotional side of this business as fun as possible. For my upcoming White Heart of Justice blog tour, I’ve picked some fun blog topics to discuss. I’ve also put together some unique SWAG packs to give away and I’ve scheduled some more interviews, which will hopefully give me a chance to answer some interesting questions. But I also don’t want to neglect the personal side of this blog during the next two months. On Friday, I’ll post pictures from my two favorite Disney parks. So stay tuned!!! :-D


Goodreads #Giveaway for DARK LIGHT OF DAY #UF #SFF #Fantasy

Jill Archer's Dark Light of Day

To kick off the upcoming release of the third Noon Onyx novel, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, my publisher is doing a Goodreads giveaway for the first book in the series, DARK LIGHT OF DAY. If you haven’t yet read a Noon Onyx novel, this is the place to start! Check it out here and feel free to help me spread the word about the giveaway (US only; 15 copies; ends 4/23/14).

 

Also, just saw the RT Book Reviews review for WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, which is terrific:

urban fantasy, dark fantasy, fantasy, White Heart of Justice, Noon Onyx, Jill Archer, cover reveal, cover artArcher’s Noon Onyx series continues to be an original and compelling tale of what happens after Lucifer’s army triumphs at Armageddon and a new demon-based society is formed. Already an oddity because she has waning magic rather than the usual feminine waxing magic, Noon Onyx is determined to control her own future – but the cost could be higher than she suspects. Kudos to Archer for creating such a compelling heroine and mythos! (4 Stars)

RT Book Reviews, June 2014

Archer w Mouse EarsYou may have noticed how quiet I was last week. We went away for the first part of Spring Break. These pictures give you a hint about where we went. :-D We had an amazing time. I hope to load up more pictures and do a post about our trip later this week. Fiery Dragon

I’ve also got some other neat things planned for the upcoming week: a guest blogger on Tuesday; a one day promo blitz for my first two novels (including a giveaway) on Wednesday; and some information about a fun Twitter contest I’m doing to help get the word out about the Noon Onyx series on Thursday. So stay tuned…

I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring. If you celebrate Easter, have a happy one!


Page Proofs for White Heart of Justice: Sneak Peek at Prologue and Page 1

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Page proofs for
WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE
(Most of those stickies are notes for me,
not typos!)

Just turned in the corrected page proofs for White Heart of Justice! As I mentioned after turning in reviewed proofs for Fiery Edge of Steel, this is a great moment for authors. It means, from my end, the book is FINISHED! Sure, there are all sorts of things that still need to be done, but most of them concern promotion — ways to get the word out about the book. So…

What can readers expect from White Heart of Justice?

If you liked the first two books, Dark Light of Day and Fiery Edge of Steel, expect to see more of the same blend of magic, deep, dark worldbuilding, romance, and action/adventure with a whiff of mystery, all told in a youthful first person voice (except for the prologue, which is told from a certain someone’s point of view ;-) ). That said, Noon is not as inexperienced in this third book as she was at the start of the series. (But that’s half the fun of reading a series, right? Getting to see how a character grows and changes over the course of the novels.)

In White Heart of Justice, readers will also get to see more of Nightshade (Noon’s tall, dark, and handsome healer brother), Aurelia (Noon’s somewhat enigmatic, always intense, sometimes aloof mother), and Karanos (Noon’s at times distant, often imposing Demon Council executive dad), as well as some other favorites. :-D

You’ll also get to see a new type of magic… and Noon using waning magic in a different way than she did in books 1 and 2. And, of course, there will be new beasts, new demons, and new places — both on and off campus — to explore!

Sneak Peek at Prologue and First Page

Clicking on the pictures should enlarge them enough to read. If you like what you see, please pre-order and/or add it to your Goodreads shelf! Links are below.

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White Heart of Justice
Prologue i

White Heart of Justice, Noon Onyx, Jill Archer, fantasy

White Heart of Justice
Prologue ii

White Heart of Justice, Noon Onyx, Jill Archer, fantasy

White Heart of Justice
Page 1

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Since Lucifer claimed victory at Armageddon, demons, angels, and humans have coexisted in uneasy harmony. Those with waning magic are trained to maintain peace and order. But hostilities are never far from erupting…

After years of denying her abilities, Noon Onyx, the first woman in history to wield waning magic, has embraced her power. She’s won the right to compete in the prestigious Laurel Crown Race—an event that will not only earn her the respect of her peers but also, if she wins, the right to control her future.

However, Noon’s task is nearly impossible: retrieve the White Heart of Justice, a mythical sword that disappeared hundreds of years ago. The sword is rumored to be hidden in a dangerous region of Halja that she is unlikely to return from. But Noon’s life isn’t the only thing hanging in the balance. The sword holds an awesome power that, in the wrong hands, could reboot the apocalypse—and Noon is the only one who can prevent Armageddon from starting again…

Interested in reading more about

White Heart of Justice?

  • Click here for my post on the revision process and to read about what the other racers’ targets are.
  • Click here for my cover reveal post, which has my thoughts on all of my covers, including my favorite — White Heart of Justice!

Thanks to everyone who has supported this series! I hope you enjoy reading book #3 as much as I enjoyed writing it!


Epic Fantasy Romance Author Marsha A. Moore on the Fifth Element

Marsha A. Moore recently published the fifth and final book in her Enchanted Bookstore Legends series, Quintessence. She’s here to tell us a little bit about both the book and the alchemical element it was named after. She’s also offering the chance to win one ebook set of the entire 5-part Enchanted Bookstore Legends series and five ebook copies of Quintessence: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Five. Welcome, Marsha!

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The Exalted Power of Quintessence

Barbaric Dark Realm warfare threatens to overtake all Dragonspeir lands, including the Alliance. Lyra McCauley, the fifth Scribe of the Alliance, finds herself in a desperate competition to gather four missing keystones. Those amulets of the four natural elements guarantee victory for the side possessing them. The Dark Realm’s alchemist, Eburscon, beats her to finding the water gem, the Pearl of Pendola. Three more keystones remain: the fluorite containing earth energy, the moonstone of the sky, and the fiery, dangerous Emtori Ruby.

The powerful gems, stolen centuries ago, channel astral energies and can restore much-needed Alliance power—the last hope. The wizard, Cullen, who is Lyra’s beloved, relies on Alliance magic for his immortality and will perish if the land falls to the Dark Realm.

Lyra must use her rare magical energies of quintessence to guide her to the hidden keystones before her opponents, who plan to destroy the Alliance, or to claim the power of quintessence for themselves.

So what is Quintessence, and how will it help Lyra?

It’s an alchemical term, referring to the fifth essence or element, ether, the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies. The other four natural elements are air, fire, earth, and water. This fifth element is superior to the others. It is the divine spark hidden in all things, the reflection of the Celestial Fire. Quintessence is formed by the perfect balance of the four natural elements. The harmony of the fifth power is an exalted state.

The number five was considered very lucky and extremely sacred by ancient magicians. Lyra McCauley is the fifth Scribe of the Alliance, from a long line of strong female ancestors who were her predecessors in the role. As the fifth Scribe, Lyra is destined to connect to the master power of Quintessence.

The Black Dragon’s Dark Realm has mounted attacks so strong, the good Alliance is nearing defeat. Thousands of innocent lives are in danger. Astral connections, stolen centuries ago, are desperately needed to restore magical strength to the Alliance. Both its Guardians and residents now look to Lyra and her new powers of Quintessence to save them.

In this final book of the Enchanted Bookstore Legends, I visually illustrate when Lyra embraces her innate tendency toward Quintessence, by changing the light of her aura and the powerballs of aura she fires in battle from golden to violet in color. Historically, a violet hue has been used as a symbol of spirituality, corresponding to the divine spark of Quintessence.

So what happens when Lyra unlocks this Quintessence power?

She first encounters this difference when engaged in an aerial dragon battle with the Dark Realm, which is led by the evil alchemist, Eburscon. Previously, her powerballs lacked precise aim. To steady her shots, she often needed to borrow power from her beloved Cullen, the Imperial Sorcerer of the Alliance. However, the precision of her new Quintessence powers are exacting, unmatched by any allies or enemies. The quantity of Quintessence aura she compresses into her usual size powerball make her arm ache after just a few throws from the rush of power passing through her extremity. This takes her by surprise!

Upon realizing Lyra has gained control of her Quintessence, the evil alchemist, Eburscon, schemes and plots to steal that power so he may rule all of Dragonspeir. As one of the most learned men in the land, he is a formidable adversary. If he succeeds in taking Lyra’s Quintessence for his own use, the Dark Realm will overtake the good Alliance. Its residents will be killed or enslaved, Lyra will be left comatose without her aura, and her beloved Cullen will perish without the Alliance magic he relies upon to maintain his immortality. The risks are huge. Find out if Lyra will be able to master her new power in time to block the attacks of evil on her, Cullen, and the Alliance—in Quintessence: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Five.

Thank you, Jill, for hosting me today!

References:

Real Alchemy by Robert Allen Bartlett, Ibis Press, 2007.

The Complete Book of Amulets and Talismans by Migene Gonzalez-Wippler, Llewellyn Publications, 2009.

More About the Enchanted Bookstore Legends Series

epic fantasy romance, Marsha A. Moore, Enchanted Bookstore LegendsThe Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from 1200 to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.

Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her. epic fantasy romance, Marsha A. Moore, Enchanted Bookstore Legends

When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is 220 years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.

More About Marsha

epic fantasy romance, Marsha A. Moore, Enchanted Bookstore LegendsMarsha A. Moore is an author of fantasy romance. Much of her life feeds the creative flow she uses to weave highly imaginative tales. The magic of art and nature often spark life into her writing, as well as watercolor painting and drawing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in 2008, she’s happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors. Marsha is crazy about cycling. She lives with her husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking her kayak out for an hour or more is a real treat. She never has enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical! She’s been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and recently completed a year-long Kripalu-affiliated yoga teacher training program. The spiritual quest of her yoga studies helps her explore the mystical side of fantasy.epic fantasy romance, Marsha A. Moore, Enchanted Bookstore Legends

Marsha can be found online here:

Clicking on the covers will take you to their Amazon pages. Click here for the Rafflecopter link to enter to win one complete set of the Enchanted Bookstore Legends series and one of five ecopies of Quintessence. Good luck! Thank you and best wishes, Marsha!


Lee Roland’s Vicious Moon: Excerpt and More Chances to Win Tour Giveaway

*If you’re looking for my NAmazing Adventure post, click here. Now on to today’s post…

The cover for Lee Roland’s Vicious Moon caught my eye and I thought I’d check it out. Recently released (July 2nd), it’s the third book in her Earth Witches series. Lee is currently on tour with Paranormal Cravings Book Tours. Below is more info and a chance to win all three books in the series (btw, I’m loving the cover of Viper Moon too!). Congrats to Lee on her new release!

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 Excerpt from Vicious Moon

Nyx is on the run from the Sisters of Justice

The Sisters had caught me on the highway north of Redding three hours ago, and run my car off into a ditch.  I escaped into the Shasta National Forest on foot.  I had no idea how they kept finding me.  I’d thrown every hiding and cloaking spell I knew at them.  No matter what road I took, they were eventually right behind me.  It was as if I had a GPS tracker on my ass—or my car.  That couldn’t be because it was the first thing I checked.

Running away had often been an important facet of life.  I had run away from my home in the Southern Georgia Swamp ten years ago when the leaders of my coven pressured me to take a bunch of vows and become a true certified witch.  And they wanted me to find a suitable man and produce little witch babies.  I didn’t want to be a witch, or at least their kind of witch, and I certainly wasn’t then, or now, a high-quality candidate for motherhood.

I wanted more.  I wanted the world.  Anywhere I went though, the coven could probably find me. I solved the problem by joining the Army.  Once I took the oath to serve, even witches would have difficulty extricating me from the military’s clutches.  Oaths and vows were important to them.  After the army, I’d lived and worked abroad until I returned to the States three years ago—to California, over 2,000 miles from the swamp.

I still had no idea why the Sisters of Justice were after me.  I’d led them on an energetic chase.  The only thing I carried was the backpack containing certain life essentials that I always kept in my car.  Battle trained by the army and conflict trained by life, no one would take me down without a fight.  Given the tenacity of their pursuit, I had a feeling it would eventually come down to that fight.  And I would use all my resources, magic, training, and anything else I could dig up.  Given their official function, abilities and numbers, I would probably lose.

I made another hill at a dead run. I could feel the power of the land in these mountains, and draw upon it like fuel for a fire.  It gave me the strength to run forever—or at least until I outlasted the Sisters.  I was barely winded and pursuit fell further behind with every step.  I should have taken an overland route long ago.

Down the hill, leap over a log and—something massive slammed into my back.  It rolled me over into some brush and banged my ribs across a rock.  Then an enormous slimy mouth locked on my ankle and a large body plopped down on me.  The body farted in my face.

“Herschel!”

The ridiculous canine that had been given to me as my familiar when I was a baby had taken me down.  I hadn’t seen him in ten years.  I didn’t have time to think about how he got here.  I pounded him with my fists.  “Get off of me.”

I wrestled with him, pushing and shoving, but he wouldn’t budge.  Since he was my familiar, I couldn’t use magic on him without hurting myself.  Some witches actually had familiars that helped them use magic, not pin them down for execution.  I was so blessed.

It didn’t take long.  The Sisters of Justice were on me in minutes as I struggled.

I suddenly had my arms twisted behind my back and a beaded necklace looped around my neck—a necklace infused with a powerful spell that would prevent me from using magic to escape. They’d come prepared.  Worse, I’d been betrayed by a creature I thought was my friend.

The tallest of the women spoke.  “Nyx Ianira, by command of the Earth Mother you are ordered to come with us.  If you resist, we are authorized to bring you by any and all necessary means.”

“Bitch.  You can stick your any and all means up your ass.”

What the hell did that mean?  If I resisted?   Of course I resisted.  Adrenalin raced through my body and I fought.  “Dirty cowards. Let me show you—”

I kicked one in the knee. She danced back, but not soon enough. I know I hurt her.

More About Vicious Moon

Ex-soldier and Earth Witch Nyx Ianira is working as a PI in San Francisco when she sees the last thing she ever wanted to see: the Sisters of Justice, the mysterious Earth Witch police force.  Three Sisters, a Triad, is usually a squad of executioners.  This time, though, the Sisters mission is to capture and escort an unwilling Nyx back to Twitch Crossing, Georgia.  Nyx ran away from Twitch Crossing ten years ago to escape the stiff rules and duties of being a true witch. She wanted a life of her own. Now she’s being dragged back to her swampy hometown because another life is in danger. Her little sister is missing, and Nyx is the only one who can go to the Barrows section of Duivel, Missouri and track her down.  But the key to finding her may lie with the dark and tempting Etienne—a sinister criminal with a fearsome reputation, a ruthless attitude, and a total immunity to magic.

Vicious Moon can be purchased here:

More About Lee

Lee Roland began her writing career in middle school when she wrote a short story for her brother. He turned the story in to his teacher as his own work.  To his amazement and terror, the teacher was so impressed that she read it aloud to the class—and asked him to write another one.

Lee notes that, other than motherhood, she’s never had an exciting job.  She might have dreamed of being a lawyer, nurse or police officer, but finding the right person to share her life with changed her plans.  Her only credentials for writing are a terrific imagination, life experience and the love of words in a good story.  She reads voraciously, but particularly loves Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

Lee lives in Florida and is a full-time writer.  She is a member of RWA National and the Florida based First Coast Romance Writers.

Before being published, Lee won many RWA Chapter contests and garnered a Golden Heart nomination in 2008 with her post apocalyptic novel, LILITH’S CHILD.

Lee is the author of the Earth Witches series published by NAL, beginning with VIPER MOON in 2011.

Lee can be found online here:

The Earth Witches Series

and a Tour Giveaway

The Earth Witches, the keepers of the world’s magic, find chaos and desire in the hidden ruins of the Barrows.  Servants of the enigmatic Earth Mother, they battle men, monsters and personal conflicts to protect the world. With magic, modern weapons and strong companions, they persevere to save mankind from evil.

For a chance to win all three books in the Earth Witches series, click here for the Rafflecopter form.

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Thanks for the excerpt and giveaway chance, Lee! Best wishes for Vicious Moon and the Earth Witches series!


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