Monday, February 18, 2019

Book Blast and Giveaway: The Mage Tales Prequels (Books 0 - II) by Ilana Waters

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for The Mage Tales Prequels by Ilana Waters. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to check out the other stops on the book blast here for more excerpts. Enjoy!
Title: The Mage Tales Prequels (Books 0 - 2)
Author: Ilana Waters
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Suspense, Paranormal
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From USA Today bestselling author Ilana Waters:

Vampire. Witch. Hero. Monster.

Titus Aurelius is all of these things. Ever since he rose from the ashes of ancient Pompeii, this former Roman general has fought for survival.

A few millennia later, bloodseeker Titus isn’t looking for trouble—just a quick meal. But when his path crosses the witch Abigail’s, that plan gets shot to Hades. They find out the Paranormal Investigation Agency (PIA) is plotting something monstrous—something that involves exploding gas mains, lethal bird-shifters, and sadistic vampire minions.

Will they uncover the PIA’s murderous secret before every supernatural in its path is destroyed?

And what is Titus and Abigail’s connection to the mage who, almost twenty years later, is exiled to a paranormal boarding school? Can this mage solve a mystery concerning a stolen potion and ghostly figure before students—including him—wind up dead?

Together for the first time, the Mage Tales Prequels: Books 0-II are action-packed, edge-of-your-seat suspense stories shot through with a megadose of snark. If you love authors like Kevin Hearne, Lev Grossman, and Ilona Andrews, give these a try! This box set contains one novella and two full-length novels:

When Darkness Falls
Blood and Magic
Mage Lessons

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Excerpt from When Darkness Falls:
I am dying, I thought, in wonder. After all these years . . . this is what it feels like. Pompeii is dying, and she is bringing me with her.

It took all the strength I had just to keep breathing, to draw myself up to the podium, clawing at its sides. Even then, I was too weak to stand. I didn’t know if my feeble grip would hold the chalice. Still, I reached for it with outstretched fingers. One of them hit the cup, and the chalice shook violently. My eyes bulged.

No!

I saw the chalice go over the other side of the podium. I squeezed my eyes shut, and with the last burst of magic I could muster, pulled it back within my grasp. I barely managed to wrap my fingers around the stem. I didn’t so much lift the chalice to my lips as I let the liquid spill over them. I fell backward and onto the floor, the now-empty chalice clattering next to me.

I remember thinking it would taste like wine.

I’m sure you all know how vampirism works by now. A vampire drains your blood and replaces it with their own. Then, you’re essentially immortal—ageless, and frozen in time. Of course, it would have been helpful to have this information before I drank from the chalice.
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About the Author:
Hi! I'm Ilana Waters, USA Today bestselling author of the Mage Tales.

I write urban fantasy for those who like it fast, funny, and fierce. If you're into cross-blended creatures (think witch-vampire hybrids and half-breed mages) and supernatural ass-kicking, I'm all over that. Ditto if your book turn-ons are equal parts creepy and action-packed (think ancient cities and crypts combined with beheadings and bombs).

Sign up for my newsletter here, and I'll give you a free book.

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Giveaway:
Ilana Waters will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the book blast. Be sure to leave a comment every day at a different blog to increase your chance of winning. You can find a list of participating blogs here. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

87 comments:

  1. I appreciate you taking the time to give us a great book description and giveaway as well. Thank you so much!

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    1. Hey James--thanks for your compliments on the description! I do hope the books piques your interest. And good luck in the giveaway!

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  2. Thank you for another great book introduction!

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    1. LOL--I hope if you pick up the set, Kate, that you find the books as great as the introduction! :-D Thank you for your interest.

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    2. Thank you & I do hope Mage Tales does really well for you!

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  3. Sounds like a great read.

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  4. These all sound amazing! I think I am going to have a hard time putting them down.

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    1. Haha--not to brag, but you wouldn't be the first one . . . ;-)

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  5. Love the covers! Sounds like a great read!

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    1. Thanks! They're only a hint of what's inside . . . ;-)

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    1. Thanks! You can start with the prequels, or Book I of the "regular" series (The Age of Mages).

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  8. Aren't the magenta & black great together? Very atmospheric!

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    1. Haha--I always thought of it as "purple-ish," but you're right: "magenta" is a much better description!

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    1. What are you waiting for? Get it now while it's on sale! :-D

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  10. thanks for hosting, the book sounds very interesting

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    1. The set will only be on sale for a short time, so pick it up if you want to know more! :-)

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    1. Thanks! Let me know what you think if you read it!

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  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks! I hope you pick it up while it's on sale. :-)

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  13. Loved the excerpt. Adding this to my must-read list. Thanks!

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    1. Awesome! I love being part of people's TBR's. :-D

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  14. Sounds great! Congrats on the book.

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    1. Thank you! It was a lot of hard work, but it's all worth it if people enjoy them.

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  15. Thanks for this beautiful books giveaway of agc

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    1. Thank you! If you did, you'll probably enjoy the rest of it! :-D

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  17. The Mage Tales Prequels sounds like a great book, love the pretty cover

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    1. Thank you! I hope you find the inside just as pretty. ;-)

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  18. Thank you for the excerpt.. you are a brand new author for me and now I have to read your books!

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    1. Yaaay! I'm so excited! I hope you have as much fun reading them as I had writing them. :-D

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  19. hi this looks awersome! thanks for sharing~!

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  20. I thank that my book turn-ons are equal parts creepy and action-packed so I'm excited to start reading your works.

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    1. Heh-heh . . . glad I could "turn you on" to them, Katie! ;-)

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  21. I wonder what it must feel like to read all these comments about one's 'baby'?

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    1. Well, as long as they're positive, it's great! :-D

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  22. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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    1. You're very welcome! I hope you check out the set, and good luck on the giveaway.

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    1. Thanks, Bridgett! I may be prejudiced, but I have a feeling the book is even better . . . ;-)

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  24. Who is your favorite character from your book? Congrats on the release. Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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    1. Thank you! If I had to pic a fav, I'd go with Titus. Try out the book--maybe he'll be your favorite character too!

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  25. I am looking forward to reading this series. I like the beautiful book cover.

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    1. Thank you! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it. :0)

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  26. Ilana, has anyone ever told you that you've a lovely smile? I can't help but smile back at your picture!

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    1. Awww . . . thank you!! That pic is from about 10 yrs. ago, LOL. Glad it made YOu smile!

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  27. I love reading vampire /supernatural books but it can be hard to find new ideas storylines etc Reading the excerpt grabs my attention exploding gas mains, lethal bird-shifters, and sadistic vampire minions. Sounds so intriguing cant wait to read :)

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    1. Fantastic! I hope you find it every bit as exciting as you'd hoped. I love adding new spins to old storylines.

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  28. I'm always on the lookout for a new good book, thanks for the review!

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    1. Thanks for reading it! I hope you enjoy the book. :-)

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    1. Hey, good question! I don't, actually. Only if I'm on a deadline, most of the time.

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  30. Sounds like a good book, thanks for the chance.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! If you do give it a read, I hope you like it. :-)

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  31. Sounds awesome! Good luck on the tour and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Thank you so much!! Good luck to you as well on the giveaway!

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  32. looks like a fun one

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  33. Best of luck with the publicity tour!

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  34. What author do you most admire?

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    1. Too many specific ones to name, but in general: anyone who was to struggle to write the book and get it heard. That pretty much means ALL authors!

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  35. Do you write more in bad weather or sunshine?

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    1. TBH, it doesn't matter. Writing has to get done, no matter what they weather! ;-P

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    1. Thank YOU, Katrina, for your interest! Best of luck to you.

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  37. Congratulations on your new release and thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Thank you so much, Judy! Good luck with the giveaway!

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  38. These both sound like awesome reads. Great covers!

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    1. Thanks, but . . . covers? There's only 1 cover--it's a box set of three books.:-) Anyway, if you read any, I hope you like them!

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  39. Who is your favorite author of all time? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

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  40. I love the look and the great color of the books.

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    1. Thanks so much, Stacey! DerangedDoctorDesigns are my cover guru's. :-)

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