Blog Tour: The New Emperor’s Concerto by Hazel West

Hey guys! So today (a day late… oops!) I’m participating in the blog tour for Hazel West’s new book, The New Emperor’s Concerto. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Hazel on some projects lately, and I’m excited to read more of her writing! You can check out the full official tour schedule hereAlso, her short story prequel for this book, The Butler’s Story, is free on Amazon this week during the tour, so go check it out! Also, make sure and go to the bottom of this post to read an excerpt from the book. Now, on to the post!

Synopsis

The year is 2228 and the world is on the cusp of World War Four. London is rife with anarchists and secret plots. It looks like dark days are coming for the British Empire. Darker than any that have been seen for decades.

But luckily England has some help.

Sir Lysander is the King’s Righteous Man-and all that entails. He’s the king’s right hand, and a red one at that, the man who stands in the shadows and does what needs to be done for the protection of his country.

Eidolon is a phantom, the anarchist group Apophis’s top retrieval expert. They need something, he gets it, no matter the consequence. Even though he’d secretly prefer to be in his flat with his cat and a good book.

They’ve been butting heads for a while, but in times like these loyalties are known to change and right now, any help is good help. They just didn’t count on being the only thing standing between England and the start of the next world war.

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Author Bio

Hailing from Purgatory (aka, Florida) Hazel is an indie author, book wyrm, and coffee connoisseur. She typically enjoys writing books with an unconventional flair, probably with a bit of folklore and mythology, most definitely with a lot of siblings or brothers-in-arms. When she’s not writing, she manages an Etsy shop, drinks a lot of coffee, listens to music, haunts conventions, or just holes up like an eldritch horror and binges her favorite shows—for inspiration. If you meet this rare creature on the street, she has been known to respond to the offer of coffee and old bookstores. But it’s probably best you try to contact her online first.

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*Anyone who donates or subscribes to Hazel’s ko-fi this month will be able to see an exclusive sneak peek of the next book in the Concerto universe, Requiem in Red.

 

Live Chat 

Hazel and Claire are doing a live Q&A on Thursday (tomorrow!) so be sure and check that out on Instagram!

 

Instagram Photo Challenge and Giveaway

Speaking of Instagram, there’s also an Instagram Photo Challenge going on!

The winner gets a signed copy of the book or the awesome swag pack below! Along with that, you can also enter this giveaway to win the same goodies.

Tour Schedule

Monday 4/20
Tuesday 4/21
Wednesday 4/22
Thursday 4/23
Friday 4/24

 

Excerpt

This was one of the labs, he saw instantly as he entered, long tables filled with glass and metal, beakers and vials, and things he couldn’t guess the use for. He could see some glass on the floor, but no sign of life.

He stalked into the shadowed room, his dark clothing keeping him hidden save for the metallic glint of the king’s crest he wore on the breast of his waistcoat, telling of his occupation. That, however, was enough for the second man in the room.

A ghostly shape appeared out of the shadows with a roundhouse kick, slamming the gun out of Lysander’s hand.

He leapt back, regaining his footing, and blocked the next punch thrown at him with his forearm, before kicking out and gaining a grunt as his heavy boot connected with his opponent’s hip.

“Intriguing,” Lysander said mockingly. “I was told you were a ghost and had begun to believe it myself with all the times you’ve evaded me in the past. But it seems you are only a man of flesh and blood like all of us. What a disappointment.”

A wicked smirk appeared on the face of the other man as he ducked backwards into a beam of ambient light from a skylight. A shock of unnaturally white hair fell over his pale eyes, giving him an otherworldly look despite his obvious corporeality. He gave a small bow.

“What a shame that I must disappoint one such as yourself,” he said. “I must say I am honored that King John would send his very own lapdog after me.”

Lysander lunged forward, and the other man skipped aside as if made of the shadows that crowded the majority of the room. Lysander stumbled into a metal table in his haste, hearing lab equipment crash to the floor. He cursed, wishing he’d had the foresight to bring his night vision gear. He heard a chuckle and spun around to see his opponent standing on another table, a gun in his hand. Lysander marveled at how he had gotten up there so fast and seemingly without any trouble. Perhaps he was a ghost after all.

“So sorry to cut this short, old chap, but I really must be going,” the pale man said and reached up.

Lysander dove for his gun on the floor, only to hear a shot ring out, and send his own weapon skittering across the floor. He leapt back and spun around, seeing the other man grabbing hold of a line with an automatic winch. He saluted Lysander as he was lifting off the floor and through the broken skylight.

So don’t forget to go check out the other posts in the tour, the giveaways, and of course the book itself! Have a wonderful day my friends, and if you’ve made it this far down the post, I offer you virtual cake as well!

Want Some Free E-Books?

Well, hello, everyone! It’s nice to (virtually) see all of you in all of this craziness. With schools moving online, work canceled, and various levels of quarantines going on, I’ve found myself with a bit of extra time on my hands, and I know a lot of other people have, too.

Because of that, this week, the e-book versions of all of my books will be FREE on Amazon!

Monday/Tuesday: Twinepathy

Wednesday/Thursday: The Villain Who Saved Christmas

Friday/Saturday: Lightporter

All Week: Paralyzed Dreams

My whole goal in writing and publishing these books has been to share clean, fun, uplifting books, the kind of books that I want to read. So share this deal with your friends and family, especially those who might need a fun read, and enjoy them yourself if you haven’t already! If you haven’t already followed my Facebook page, I’ll be posting reminders when each book goes on sale.

The Villain Who Saved Christmas Release Day (Eeek!!)

GUYS! The Villain Who Saved Christmas is now up on Amazon!!! I’m so excited for you guys to read this short story. If you have a chance, you should definitely check it out. I’m also looking for more reviewers, so if you’d be interested in that, let me know!

The Villain Who Saved Christmas is only $0.99, and Twinepathy is now free, for only a few days. So be sure to check that out, and let your friends know, too! If you’ve already read Twinepathy, I would love for you to review it on Amazon. It only takes a few minutes, and it really helps out a lot!

And speaking of reviews, here are a few for The Villain Who Saved Christmas! These guys are awesome, so make sure to go ahead and check out their blogs, and you can see more reviews on Amazon and Goodreads, too.

The Page Dreamer – Deborah O’Carroll

Lit Aflame – Julia

Pause for Tales – Jes Drew

More to be added soon!

Are you excited about the release? What’s your favorite Christmas book or movie? Comment below! I’d love to talk to you!

Exiles (Ilyon Chronicles #4) by Jaye L. Knight – Release Blitz And Author Interview

Hullo, everyone! I’m here today with an author interview with Jaye L. Knight, in celebration of the release of book 4 in the Ilyon Chronicles!!! I’ve sadly gotten a little behind in this series, but I’m looking forward to catching up at some point in the future. 😀 On to the post!

Author Interview

C.B.: Starting off with a tough question! Which of your characters in the Ilyon Chronicles has
been your favorite to write?

Jaye: Jace! I love Jace. Jace is my precious. Jace will always be my precious. 😀 But that’s
probably pretty obvious to most of my readers. So I’ll make this more interesting and go beyond
the obvious. I also love writing Daniel. He always takes over his scenes. And then there’s Kaden
too. Really, it depends on the day and the scene. Most of the characters have been favorites to
write at one time or another.

Which of the books in the series was easiest for you to write, which was the hardest, and
why?

Looking back now that I’m on the very last book (which is being a royal pain in the
neck), I think Resistance was the easiest. When you first start a series, you have so much
excitement and it’s all so new and awesome. And you’re so pumped about it and anxious to get
to the next books. That really helps propel you forward. Six books in and six years later, you
can’t help getting a little bit tired and looking toward the finish line.

What is one piece of writing advice you would like to give to young aspiring authors?

Just write. Don’t get hung up on trying to get it right in the first draft, just get that story
on paper. You can always fix things later, but a blank page won’t get you anywhere. The best
way to learn is through practice, and the more you can write, the better. So go for it and don’t
worry what that first draft looks like.

Where do you get most of your story, plot, and/or character ideas?

Lots of places. It can be books, movies, music . . . pretty much anything. Ideas for Ilyon
Chronicles came from DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul, Robin Hood, Gladiator, The Hunger
Games, The Mentalist, Thor, and a commercial for a TV show called Unforgettable, among
many other things. I can pick up bits and pieces of ideas from just about anywhere.

You’re stuck on a deserted island! What person, what food, and what one other object
would you want with you? Why?

Is this person fictional or non-fictional? 😉 For non-fictional, I’d have to go with someone
who was good at surviving like Les Stroud or Bear Grylls, because, I mean, that would be
obvious. I do want to actually survive. But as for fictional person, well . . . Aragorn. Yeah, I’d
feel pretty good about my chances of survival with him. 🙂 For food . . . I guess something
imperishable, and it would have to be gluten free since I’m allergic to wheat (so imaginative,
lol). And object . . . something to write on, whether some sort of electronic device with unlimited
battery or a ginormous notebook. ‘Cause a writer’s gotta write. 😀

This was such a fun interview to do! I had no idea about all the different shows and books that inspired the Ilyon Chronicles! 

About the Book

Exiled after their defeat in Samara, the Resistance struggles to find allies in their quest to
restore King Balen to his throne and put an end to the emperor’s tyranny. When the crete
people refuse to lend their aid, Balen leads a group to Dorland to reason with them and win their
support. However, enemies prove to be everywhere, and they find themselves in a fight to keep
Dorland from becoming Daican’s latest conquest.

Back in Landale, the arrival of a new enemy forces Trask and Anne to tread more carefully than
ever. Tensions are rising, and the enemy is determined to test Anne’s loyalty and root out the
location of Trask and the Resistance once and for all.

Feeling trapped within the walls of Valcré, Prince Daniel must contend with an ever-eroding
relationship with his father. As their clashes escalate, the situation becomes potentially life
threatening when his loyalty is called into question. His sister seems bent on branding him a
traitor and actively seeking to condemn him to the fate of those put to death in their father’s new
arena. Daniel is certain his father would never execute his only son and heir but, with other
forces at work, it might not be that simple.

One small misstep could prove fatal for all.

Available now on Amazon!
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Haven’t discovered the world of Ilyon yet? Find out more at the official Ilyon Chronicles website! Plus, the first three Kindle books are on sale August 11th – 14th! You can find them on Amazon.

About the Author

Jaye L. Knight is an award-winning author, homeschool graduate, and shameless tea addict
with a passion for Christian fantasy. Armed with an active imagination and love for adventure,
Jaye weaves stories of truth, faith, and courage with the message that even in the deepest
darkness, God’s love shines as a light to offer hope. She has been penning stories since the
age of eight and resides in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

You can connect with Jaye on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Etsy. (Also, I got a Jaye’s Ranger’s Apprentice bronze oak leaf necklace for Christmas, and I absolutely love it! You guys should check out her Etsy store. 😀 )

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giveaway

Share in the excitement of the release and enter to win a themed giveaway pack! Prizes include
an autographed copy of Exiles, a pewter dragon necklace by treasurecast, and a sword letter
opener! (Giveaway is open to US residents only. Cannot be shipped internationally.) Check out the giveaway here.

Schedule

Thursday, August 10

Friday, August 11

Saturday, August 12

Sunday, August 13

Monday, August 14

Tuesday, August 15

Are you guys excited for the release of Exiles? What did you think of the author interview? Comment below with your thoughts!

100 Pages, Indie Author E-Con, and Sale!

Hello, everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve actually written a post, but I have big news!

100 pages!!!

Yup, I just hit 28,670 words in the sequel to Twinepathy, which, if you haven’t found out, is titled Lightporter. I’m not far enough along to post a blurb or a snippet, unfortunately. But I have several other things to announce!

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First, I’m going to be participating in my first e-conference! From March 20th-24th, Kendra E. Ardnek will be hosting the Indie Author E-Con. There will be tons of awesome blog posts on a bunch of different blogs, and there’s also going to be contests that you can participate in! First, there’s a writing contest, where you can write a story to fit one of the covers. There will be prizes, and if you get Best-Of for the cover, you get that cover! Go check them out and see if any inspire you. There’s even one I made! 🙂

The second Indie Author E-Con event I wanted to tell you about is the fanart and cosplay showcase for Indie books. I’m very excited about this, as it’ll give some of us indie authors a chance to see how much our readers love our books. If you have an idea for fanart or cosplay for Twinepathy or any other indie books, get started on it now! Trust me, it’ll be fun. I might even be doing some for my favorite indie books, if I have time.

And finally, as celebration for hitting a hundred pages in Lightporter, and because of the Indie E-Con…

Twinepathy is going to be on sale until the end of March! If you haven’t picked up a copy of the book yet, this is your chance! Still not sure if you want to buy it? Read some reviews on Goodreads and Amazon. If you want super detailed reviews, I’d suggest Deborah O’Carroll’s review and Christine Smith’s. They both basically wrote their own book about my book, and they’re super entertaining, so go check them out!

I hope you pick up a copy of Twinepathy and join us for the Indie Author E-Con! Comment below with random ideas for Twinepathy fanfiction, fanart, and cosplays for the E-con. I’d love to see your IDIAs!