Monday, July 22, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: Birth of the Bacchae (Immortal Relics Book 1) by Stephanie Mirro

Title: Birth of the Bacchae
Series: Immortal Relics Book 1
Author: Stephanie Mirro
Publisher: Tannhauser Press
Publication Date: June 27th 2019
Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy 
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"Vampires, Immortals, Bacchae—they’re all the same. The name may change, but their appetites never do."

Ever since archaeology student Serafina Finch found an ancient Roman amulet on a dig in Italy, she's been having dreams. Strange dreams that leave her with an eerie sense of foreboding. But between a busy college schedule and a boyfriend she's hoping to marry, she doesn't have time for strange.

Then a mysterious cult takes an obsessive interest in the artifact. Serafina finds her life in chaos as she's thrown into the supernatural world, where Immortals and witches alike claim ownership of the amulet. Her amulet.

As her connection to the amulet grows, she discovers a dark secret about her past. Serafina realizes she must protect the powerful relic at all costs--even if it means losing one of the people she loves most.

“Invisible. Powerful. Immortal. We are Bacchae.”

BIRTH OF THE BACCHAE is a New Adult Urban Fantasy novel exploring the origins of vampire lore in a modern setting. Where do the stories come from? How were vampires created? Do they still exist today?

Lorenzo narrowed his eyes and leaned forward. An aging, musty scent wafted off of the older man, along with a thick layer of cologne.

“Do not play games with me, girl. You will not like losing.” His face contorted with a snarl and his eyes flashed red, as if he suddenly wore a hideous mask. It was startlingly familiar, like how Octavia looked during her late night visit to her sister.

Sera jumped back, the arm of the couch stopping her from going any further. “What the hell was that?”

The sound of fabric ripping filled the air as his nails dug into the couch. He growled, low and menacing.

“I’m-I’m not playing games,” she managed to stutter as she cowered before him. “I assumed you had stolen it.”

Did his eyes really just do that? Are the dreams driving me crazy?

Lorenzo stared at her, his eyes red-rimmed and burning. He flew to his feet before she could blink and confronted Solomon. “Why did you bring her to me? Did you not think to check before you wasted my time?” he yelled up at Solomon’s face.

“FIND IT!” He upended the conference table, chairs flying in all directions as he stormed his way out of the room, not waiting for a response. His howls of frustration echoed down the hall.

Sera stared with wide eyes at the table, a solid oak table that must have weighed several hundred pounds.
Stephanie Mirro's lifelong love of ancient mythology led to majoring in the Classics in college, which wasn't quite as much fun as writing her own mythology stories as she did as a child. But that education, combined with an overactive imagination and being an avid fantasy reader, resulted in a writing career.

Starting her days with coffee and ending them with wine means Stephanie can usually be found juggling household chores, keeping the kids alive, and trying to write, edit, publish, and market the stories that haunt her dreams.

Born and raised in Southern Arizona, Stephanie now resides in Northern Virginia with her husband, two kids, and two furbabies. This thing called "seasons" is still magical.

- What are your top 10 favorite books/authors?
Neil Gaiman, Anne Rice, Jacqueline Carey, Stephen King, Charlaine Harris, Anne McCaffrey, Tamora Pierce, L.J. Smith

- If you could have been the author of any book ever written, which book would you choose?
Is it too obvious to say Harry Potter? J.K. Rowling captured the hearts of MILLIONS of people around the world and created a world and cast of characters that help real kids get through their own tough times. It would be my ultimate dream to be able to speak to readers that way.

- Advice they would give new authors?
Just finish it. It’s the advice I received from my mentor, Martin Wilsey, in my writing group, and it’s the advice other successful authors have given as well. You can’t edit a blank page. Don’t worry about how it sounds while you’re writing it. Write crap. Write “he did this, then she said this.” Whatever it takes to finish. Once your story is written, that’s when the real magic happens.

- If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Sit down, shut up, and write. (i.e. stop making excuses!)

- What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Oh, this question is fun. As a female, it can be difficult to write men as they are instead of how I want them to be.

- How long on average does it take you to write a book?
1.5 months for the first draft. Although technically it’s over ten years because I started a million times before this last year. One year ago, something just clicked in my brain, and I sat down and wrote my book. Sounds easy, but the 15 years before that were frustrating as hell. It was just my time.

- Do you believe in writer’s block?
Yes and no. I don’t think I’ve experienced true writer’s block to be able to say whether it exists or not. But I’ve gotten stuck many times. I’ve been in slumps or not known where to take a scene or wanted to throw my computer across the room. I even avoided writing a scene for months because it would mean the book was finished-finished. But I find the best solution to those issues is to focus my time elsewhere: I write another story I’ve been dying to dive into; I work on marketing/social media tasks (like this!); I read a book in my genre or on writing; I watch YouTube videos from other authors, learn from the masters on MasterClass, or watch a TV show. If I’m dying to finish something but I’m feeling stuck, I’ll print it out and edit on paper. It’s amazing how such a simple thing can trick your mind into making magic.
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38 comments:

  1. I am enjoying these tours and finding all the terrific books my family is enjoying reading. Thanks for bringing them to us and keep up the good work.

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    1. Thanks so much!! Glad to hear they're both catching your interest :)

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  3. I like the cover and it looks like an interesting read.

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  4. I love this book cover it looks great.

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  5. The book sounds very good and the cover is so eye catching.

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  6. Great cover! It def draws me in. Thank you

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  7. I like the cover. Definitely look good and interesting.

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  8. Cover and excerpt look great!

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  9. The cover is amazing. The color makes it stand out.

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  10. The cover looks fab! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. I really like the cover art. I'm intrigued about the amulet and look forward to reading.

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  12. It seems like a fascinating story.

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  13. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  14. Love the cover sounds like a great read.

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  15. I like the cover-thanks

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  16. I think the cover is great and that it shows the setting of the book using an ancient backdrop.
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  17. I enjoyed the archaeology theme!

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  18. Sounds like a very interesting book!

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  19. The cover is beautiful! Thanks for the chance!

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  20. I like the cover, sounds like an interesting book.

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  21. I cant tell if those are mens or womens lips.

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  22. I think the book cover is a great fit for the genre!

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  23. I think the book cover is a great fit for the genre!

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  24. I think the book cover is a great fit for the genre!

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  25. The cover is very eye catching.

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