Monday, June 10, 2019

NBtM Virtual Tour and Giveaway - The Avant Champion: Rising (The Avant Champion #1) by C.B. Samet

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual tour for The Avant Champion: Rising by C.B. Samet. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a soundtrack for the book and a recipe for pan-pan, a flat bread mentioned in the book. There's also a tour wide giveaway. Be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more. Enjoy!
Title: The Avant Champion: Rising
Series: The Avant Champion #1
Author: C.B. Samet
Publication Date: July 25th 2016
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adventure
An EVVY award-winning epic fantasy adventure.

All things considered, it was a good day to die . .

When Marrington Castle is overtaken by a dark and ancient evil, Abigail Cross finds herself in the precarious situation of protecting Queen Rachel the Fourth. Her journey to safety quickly transforms into a quest to save Queen and country. Charged with finding the artifacts to raise The Champion to defeat the world’s most powerful enemy, Abigail finds herself traversing the perilous continent—from the roaring waterfalls of Aithos to the scorching heat of the Optato Desert to the freezing fog of Mount Karn… Will Abigail succeed in uniting the kingdom and summoning the Avant Champion to save them all?

I could hear the confused murmurs of the drivers. Then, the dismissive humphs presumably accompanied by dismissive shrugs.

The carriage began to move forward again, encroaching on some dreadful fate. Even as the lanterns around us illuminated once again, I felt engulfed in numbing darkness.


The Queen gazed impassively forward, then with a faint disinterested yawn, spoke. “I think we’ll take a walk for the remaining distance. I’ve not stretched my legs all night.”

One of the guards snapped his fingers, and the carriage halted.

Walk? Out there? With those things?

Despite my quivering knees, I followed the Queen out of the carriage. I had been conditioned over the last several months to follow orders, so it was less of a struggle than it might have been.

When the guards began to follow us, she stopped them with a faint flick of her wrist. “We’re on the castle grounds. We’ll be safe here.”

I wanted to contradict her but my throat seemed to have convulsed shut, the way vocal cords spasm when liquid threatens to erroneously enter the windpipe. It was all I could do just to breathe.

They bowed and climbed back into the carriage.

Floating in a world of confusion, I walked beside her stiff figure. How could we possibly be safe? I started to turn, wanting to look back and see Paul safely sitting in his carriage, though I knew he wasn’t there.

“Don’t,” she snapped in a hushed tone. “Your brother is dead now, and you will be as well if you let on that you saw anything.”

I stiffened, focusing on putting one foot in front of the other while the starry night spun dizzyingly around me. “I don’t understand, mum,” I managed to whisper.

She pursed her lips disapprovingly. “It’s obvious we’re under attack. They are already on the grounds.”
Headstrong (Trapt)
Bring Me to Life (Evanescence)
Whatever It Takes (Imagine Dragons)
Into the Ocean (Blue October)
Broken (Amy Lee/Seether)
The River of Dreams (Billy Joel)
Hero (Chad Kroeger)
You Gotta Be (Des’ree)
Warriors (Imagine Dragons)
Who Wants to Live Forever (Queen)
Sail Away (David Gray)
In the novel, Abigail makes reference to pan-pan, a delicious, butter, flaky flat bread (compare to chapati or naan). Here’s a recipe:

• 3 cups all purpose flour
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 tablespoon or oil
• 1 1/4 cup warm water

• Place flour in large bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt.
• Add water and oil
• Mix and then knead to form soft, sticky dough
• Place dough ball on floured board and kneed for ten minutes.
• Add flour as needed while kneading keeping dough soft and smooth
• Divide into 6-8 pieces and roll each into a circle (1/4 inch dough thickness)
• Oil and warm stove top pan or skillet.
• Cook for 2-3 minutes, rotating on each side until golden brown
• You can lightly season with flavors of your choice (garlic, basil, etc) or serve plain
Christina is a writer, mother, and pet lover.

I write seeking to create riveting action and intrigue with female heroines. I love the quote, ‘She needed a hero. So she became one.’ My novels have empowered women overcoming powerful obstacles and the strong men who support them.

C.B. Samet will be awarding an Avant Champion tote bag, world map (11x17), prequel novelette, and bookmark (US ONLY) to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. Be sure to follow the tour and leave a comment on a different blog stop each day to increase your chance of winning. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. I love a fantasy that comes from a different culture

  2. My Mom always made this bread when we were growing up. She always spread on some butter and then sprinkled on cinnamon sugar.

  3. Awesome excerpt; thanks for sharing!

  4. I am going to try your recipe sounds good. The book sounds like a really good read.

  5. Thanks for hosting this

  6. Intriguing excerpt, thank you for sharing.

  7. Question: Who are the heroes in your life that have inspired you to write about and create heroes?

  8. mmmm hungry. off to get breakfast.
    sherry @ fundinmental

  9. Sounds good

  10. Great giveaway! I can't wait to read this book.