Monday, October 20, 2014

HEIRS OF WAR, CROWN OF FLAMES by Mara Valderran Tour Stop! Check out the except and Giveaway!

The NA fantasy series Heirs of War has taken Wattpad by storm with over one million reads, and the second installment has arrived. Catch up on Heirs of War (#1) for just 99 cents now!

Heirs of War #1:

When seventeen year-old Zelene finds herself thrust into a world of magic and prophecy, she discovers fighting destiny might not be the toughest battle she has to face. Now she must join with three other girls, complete strangers linked only by blood relation, to fight a war they know nothing of and rescue the twin sister she's never met.

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The adventure continues with Heirs of War, Crown of Flames...

Heirs of War, Crown of Flames
Heirs of War #2
Mara Valderran
Cover Art by Gretchen Byers

Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen's dungeon, but danger isn't far behind them. The guilt of his past weighs heavily on Alec’s shoulders, and his secrets only push Ariana further away. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

The world appears to be going on regardless of the risks Ariana faces. The Duillaine insist that they are doing everything they can to find Ariana, but their actions betray that claim. Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival and Terrena’s betrothal than rescuing Ariana.

Well…not everyone.

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.

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"You don't understand, Isauria. Their lives have to be about you—the Duillaine. You have to be protected."
"My life isn't worth any more than Liam's or any of the other Cynewards.”
Bianca stopped Isauria's walking with a touch of the arm that slid down to squeeze her fingers. "It is. It's worth more than mine or anyone else's. I know that's hard for you to understand, but it is something you must get used to. Many people would give up their lives to see to it that you are safe. Many will."
Isauria cast her eyes to the ground, feeling her face warm with emotion. "I don't want that," she said softly. "I can't even stand the idea of Liam being miserable because of me. I definitely don't want anyone to die because of me. It isn't right. None of it is. It isn't fair to trade my life for anyone else's or my safety for Liam's happiness. He'll never fall in love, never have children…from what you've told me he won't even grow old."
"That's true. Most Cynewards die of natural causes shortly after their wards do. It's only in your death that the magic binding them to you and keeping them alive releases them."
Isauria started walking again, focusing her attention on her younger sister. "They've been through a lot together. You can't just break that kind of bond."
"You seem to speak from experience. I've never thought to ask you if you left someone behind in Dhara that you cared for."
"Oh, no. I've never been in love. I've never even been on a third date." She could tell from Bianca's silence that she was confused at the terminology. "That's how you measure the seriousness of a relationship in Dhara. You go on a first date, then a second, then a third, and then maybe you call it a relationship. I never got past date number two."
"You probably didn't find any of the men in Dhara suitable because you didn't belong there.”
"They didn't really find me suitable was more the problem," Isauria explained, her freckled cheeks darkening at the subject. "I never really fit in there."
"Then the people of Dhara must not be very smart," Bianca said haughtily. "You are extremely beautiful and kind. They would have been lucky to have you."
Isauria’s cheeks reddened. She had always considered herself to be plain at best, with her pale and freckle-ridden skin and gangly limbs. "I bet you say that to all your patients."

Bianca lowered her head and then glanced up at her. "Actually, I probably shouldn't say that because you are still my patient." She bit her lip with an edge of nervousness at the blush of Isauria's cheeks. "I should probably get back to my other patients."

Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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Tuesday 10/14Wednesday 10/15Thursday 10/16
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Friday 10/17Saturday 10/19Monday 10/20
Emma Adams (Interview)Laveda Kasch (Excerpt #1)Eliza Tilton (Excerpt #2)
Elsie Elmore (Interview)Jessa Russo (Excerpt #3)
Cait Spivey (Guest Post)Shooting Star Book Reviews (Excerpt #4)
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Tuesday 10/21Wednesday 10/22Thursday 10/23
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Friday 10/24Monday 10/27Tuesday 10/28
K. L. Schwengel (Guest Post)Katie Teller (Interview)Priya Kanaparti (Guest Post)
Charity Bradford (Excerpt #5)Sharon Bayliss (Review)
Vicki Trask (Review)
Sarah Anderson (Interview)

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