What a beautiful historical romance! A lovely cover and wonderful excerpt with a giveaway! So thrilled to be part of the tour today. There is something incredibly extra romantic about this book. This post is… More
September 3-7, 2018
Today is my stop of the blog tour for Brenda Drake and her third book of the Fate Series. There is a wonderful guest post from the author, a fabulous giveaway and links to all books in this magical paranormal romance!
Seeking Fate (The Fated #3) by Brenda Drake
Publication Date: September 3, 2018
Publisher: Entangled Teen Crave
Fate changer Daisy Layne is nervous about searching Europe for a firstborn son doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday. But she’s the only one who can save him. No pressure or anything. She needs the help of guide Andrei Vasile, who she’s been talking to online for two years. Still, meeting him in person…that’s a whole different story.
Andrei is determined to keep Daisy safe, even if touching her could kill him. At least, that’s what his family has told him about fate changers like Daisy. She’s strong and beautiful, and it’s his job to keep her alive. Unfortunately, what she doesn’t know could kill her.
Save a life. End a curse. And never, ever get too close…
Aster Layne believes in physics, not psychics. A tarot card reading on the Ocean City Boardwalk should have been a ridiculous, just-for-fun thing. It wasn’t. Aster discovers she has a very unscientific gift-with a simple touch of the cards, she can change a person’s fate.
Reese Van Buren is cursed. Like the kind of old-school, centuries-old curse that runs in royal families. Every firstborn son is doomed to die on his eighteenth birthday-and Reese’s is coming up fast. Bummer. He tries to distract himself from his inevitable death…only to find the one person who can save him.
Aster doesn’t know that the hot Dutch guy she’s just met needs her help-or that he’s about to die.
But worst of all…she doesn’t know that her new gift comes with dark, dark consequences that can harm everyone she loves.
There’s something strange about the Layne sisters, and Wade Diaz wants nothing to do with them. Especially the one who ripped his heart out and set it on fire before tossing it in the garbage several months ago. Iris. He can’t even think her name without unconsciously rubbing the spot in his chest where she left a gaping hole. But now her sisters are claiming some evil spirit is after his soul, and Iris is the only one who can save him. Well, at least his heart would stop hurting, right? Didn’t sound so bad.
Iris Layne has always been the sweet sister. She’s kind to everyone, including her best friend Wade… Until she makes a horrible mistake and breaks his heart. All she wants is to go back to before ‘the dumping’. Of course, Wade would rather see her in hell first. But then Iris touches her sister’s tarot cards and unleashes an evil curse intent on playing a deadly game where no one Iris loves is safe, especially Wade.
How do you convince someone they need your help when you’re the one who hurt them most?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brenda Drake grew up the youngest of three children, an Air Force brat, and the continual new kid at school. Her fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. With kids of all ages populating Brenda’s world, it was only fitting that she would choose to write stories with a bend toward the fantastical for both younger readers and the young at heart. And because she married her prince charming, there’s always a romance warming the pages. Her favorite books are The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Kings Row by Henry Bellamann, and Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins. When she’s not writing, she hosts workshops and contests for writers such as Pitch Wars and Pitch Madness on her blog, and holds Twitter pitch parties on the hashtag, #PitMad. In her free time, Brenda enjoys hanging out with her family, haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops, or just reading someplace quiet and not at all exotic (much to her disappointment).
Thank you Brenda for your guest post today!
Guest Post by Brenda Drake
If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing…
Starting out as a new writer so many years ago, I would just write and see where the story took me, creating characters and worlds as I went. Sometimes it worked out, sometimes I’d get stuck not knowing how to finish the story. Now that I work on deadlines most of the time, plotting out a story has really helped me to stay on track and get the book done on time. I don’t do a really detailed plot. It’s more or less a graph; a road map. I still like letting the story lead me to places I couldn’t imagine going before I got into the characters and their world, but the overall plot remains the same. If I knew back then, when I was just starting that plotting was fun and made writing easier, some of those cool ideas I had wouldn’t have ended up in my unfinished work folder on my computer.
How do you write? Are you a plotter or a pantser?
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From the front cover to the back and every page in between, it is the prettiest little book I have ever held. The gorgeous pages are filled with short and dynamic verse creating a beautifully illustrated poetry collection. If you have not read Wilder Poetry, I highly suggest you do. I first borrowed this book with Kindle Unlimited and immediately, I wanted to own a copy to carry with me always. When I purchased the book, I received the kindle edition for free.
It is a very small book and fits nicely in my bag. I tote it around everywhere. It is just something I enjoy looking at and the words are incredibly moving.
Nocturnal is a collection of words and imagery inspired by darkened skies and sleepless nights. It is a journey of healing and self-discovery whether love stays or leaves. it is dreaming with your eyes wide open while the rest of the world is hiding.
and when they ask me,
are you afraid of the dark?
i will remind them that
there’s nothing to fear
when the night is a reason
we can see how honest
while the rest of the world
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How it made me feel.
It is completely comforting. The same feeling as snuggling in a blanket on a chilly night. Sometimes I can not sleep and the thoughts that go on in my head are not reasonable or sensible, to probably anyone but myself. These poems give a nod to those night dreams and visions. Reading these poems was a lot like turning on a light in the dark. Even with a light, the dark still empowers and over shadows everything. The darkness is there but the light makes it tolerable. The absolute beauty of this book made me want to stay safely snuggled in my blanket, in the night and in these pages.
Not darkness, not light, perhaps something in between, and is claimed by the darkness… as theirs. Though being saved by the light, that which is saved must in turn save the world.
One man’s choice to love a son… a son that is not really his. A legacy, a Nasharin legacy, is truly dying out. It is the father’s hope that the legacy will live on in this baby. Though the baby does not really belong to him, he believes. As the baby grows into a young man, father and son will stand together in battle. The father will teach and the son will experience lessons that test his wills. Strength, maybe even his level of light against his level of darkness, is tested. They are not on the side of the dark and they are not on the side of the light. Therefore, they belong to neither and they are feared by all. It is that which is not understood completely that is feared the very most.
This choice, a choice to save a baby and to love that child will one day be questioned. Many will be massacred with the very survival of that one, the one that is deemed the guardian. The one to save the world.
I absolutely loved reading this series. When I first read Prophecy of the Guardian it was a five book epic fantasy series. At that time I wrote reviews for each book individually. It is now available on Amazon as a trilogy, three books in one. Prophecy of the Guardian/The Coming of the Light/Piercing the Darkness set. It is presented as one book so I am going to narrow my review to a solid review for the entire series.
This epic fantasy is action packed, all the way through. Definitely a power house for fantasy lovers. It has plenty of dark magic, tons of bloody battles, and even some seductive tones.
The chosen one faces his destiny with tribulations that at times favor Homer’s Odyssey and Iliad. While reading I also felt it resembled Lord of the Rings especially due to its epic length. I can not stress enough how well detailed the story and characters are. Nothing is ever lost in the pages. The timeline is incredible and every aspect continues to build. Wonderful and fascinating!
It is involving, meeting the chosen one as a baby, watching him grow as a young boy into an adolescent, learning to fight, learning who he is, and learning to love. There are many secrets that unfold and characters to meet along the way. From witches to elves, to gnomes and trolls there is sorcery and magic around every turn. The creatures met along the way are descriptively colorful and incredibly likable. Even the darker ones! Well, there are some gross ones too as I think of it. You’ll see!
As a side note, J.W. Baccaro does not hold back in his details of war and how brutal the effects are on the people and the land. He sets his world in a beautiful background, so exquisite and then details the destruction during bloodshed and battle.
I’m usually not into a lot of battle stuff. This series however carried so much with it, more than just a battle book. The action was absolutely a big part of the story and without it, the fantasy would not be the epic level that it is, of course! But, there is also the magical side, the mythical and mysterious wonderment. The creatures are so desirable and they stayed with me as I read the story. The colors of the world are so vivid. And actually the magical aspects are my favorite parts of all.
How it made me feel.
The first time I read the first book of this series was back in 2011. I had just started reviewing. A paperback copy came to me in the mail. It was absolutely thrilling to get that package. At the time I had been suffering from depression and my father had died and I was still grieving. I needed something to shift my thoughts. Reading was what I needed. I could not have picked a better book to read. It was fun, accelerating, thrilling and so freaking magical. I loved it and I loved how it lifted me out of my low place. I had drifted into the fantasy of the book and out of my sorrow. And, for me that rocks! I believe that is what makes a book wonderful when it takes you away from reality and you can not stop reading the pages.
Since first reading his series, Jason and I have chatted a little back and forth. He has written guest posts and interviews with me. He is a wonderful human being with a big heart. I am certainly a fan of the man and he is on my favorite authors list. I hope he writes a lot more fantasy novels. Currently, I’m reading The Tree of Damnation and part of me wants to say, it is even better than the first!
This is a great epic fantasy series and I highly recommend this to everyone especially those that love battles, magic and all that goes into beautifully descriptive fantasy worlds. Prophecy of the Guardian is for mature reading and Tree of Damnation is adult reading.
About the Author
J.W. Baccaro is the author of the Guardian Series and the Tree of Damnation. In his free time, he enjoys literature—fiction and non-fiction, playing electric guitar, and thinking how to intertwine his thoughts about the world’s myths, legends and distinct truths into his next novel. He is a lover of animals and loves to hear from his readers. Feel free to email him at firstname.lastname@example.org He lives in upstate NY with his wife Melissa, his son Alexander, his German Shepherd and his two cats.