Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: The Splintered Crown (A Tankards and Heroes Novel) by Larry N. Martin

Title: The Splintered Crown
Series: A Tankards and Heroes Novel
Author: Larry N. Martin
Publisher:  SOL Publishing
Publication Date:  April 25th 2019
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Adventure Quest
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A medieval fantasy with a party of adventurers all ready to make a name for themselves and earn some gold.

Tankards and Heroes is set in the city of Kortufan, where spies, assassins, mercenaries, arms dealers, rebels, smugglers, and informants do dirty deals dirt cheap.

The Poxy Dragon is a rough bar outside the worst part of the medieval Silk Road. It takes serious courage just to walk into the place, not only from its reputation but because of the rough clientele, questionable food, awful beer, and abysmal hygiene. Lots of taverns in Kortufan are home to ruffians and illegal dealings, but the Poxy Dragon is the proving ground for heroes - with a cemetery out back for the ones who don’t make the cut.

Lady Leota, the resident demigoddess at the Poxy Dragon, sends would-be heroes to different realms on quests. Once committed, there is no turning back, and if they want their reward, every party member must return through the portal – dead or alive.

“As if this job could get worse,” Kieron Lucero muttered under his breath. His companion, Mitchell Calderon, grimaced in agreement.

“You there! Guards! Get into place and watch the cargo. I’m not paying you to gossip.” Alphonse, the overfed merchant who had hired them for this job, glared at them. “There are brigands in these woods. I need you to stay sharp!”

Kieron and Mitchell had worked lousy jobs before. Kieron’s military background, along with his impressive height and strong muscles, made him a natural sell-sword – despite having the face of an angel, curly brown hair, and blue eyes that won over the ladies.

Mitchell’s past was more brawler than soldier, but even those who didn’t guess that he was a wolf-shifter knew to keep their distance. They took one look at his muscular build, slate gray hair, and yellow eyes, and knew a predator when they saw it.

Jobs had been scarce, and money tight. Normally, Kieron and Mitchell could pick and choose. But lately, with the bad harvest and some unrest to the north, caravans and traveling merchants weren’t plentiful. He’d been too quick to agree to the job and let down the people depending on his judgment. There would be time to berate himself for his mistake later. They’d signed on without asking enough questions, and this is what it got them. Trouble.

Alphonse reminded Kieron of a slug, all the more so once he and Mitchell discovered what the cargo actually was.

People. They’d been hired by a fawking slaver.

Kieron’s molars ground together. As soon as he and Mitchell had found out, they’d made plans. But as Kieron knew well from his time in the army, things could—and did—go wrong, even with the best strategy. And what the two of them had dreamed up didn’t come close to being anyone’s “best” plan. On the other hand, it beat the shite out of the alternatives.

Aside from Kieron and Mitchell, their party included Alphonse, the wagon driver, two other guards who had probably been hired out of an alley behind a local tavern, and the hapless prisoners in the wagon. Alphonse, Kieron, and Mitchell rode their own mounts. The other guards either rode with the driver of the wagon or walked beside it.

Kieron had stolen a look inside and counted five men and women, likely bought from the debtor’s prison in Kortufan. The wagon that carried them was a big wooden box with a single, barred window. A heavy lock secured the door. Kieron had listened for the drag and clink of manacles, relieved when he only heard the shuffle of feet and low voices.

The Rhone Forest cut a swath across the kingdom of Trinadon, impossible for travelers to avoid. The steep Shahoran Mountains and the white-capped rapids of the mighty Tellgran River restricted the paths of the highways that cut through the forest.
Larry N. Martin is the author of the new sci-fi adventure novel Salvage Rat, and the new portal fantasy series, The Splintered Crown, A Tankards and Heroes novel. He is the co-author (with Gail Z. Martin) of the Spells, Salt, and Steel: New Templar Knights series; the Steampunk series Iron & Blood; and a collection of short stories and novellas: The Storm & Fury Adventures set in the Iron & Blood universe. He is also the co-author (with Gail) of the Wasteland Marshals series and the Joe Mack - Shadow Council series from Falstaff Books.

The Joy of Adventure
By Larry N. Martin
Today is a good day for an adventure. Retrieve a splinter of a broken crown from a dangerous realm and, if you survive, the reward is enough gold to set yourself up on a country estate, out of the squalid city, where you and your friends will never be hungry again. Sound like fun?

The Poxy Dragon tavern is a gateway to dangerous quests and amazing adventures, a proving ground for heroes. Demigoddess Leota sends would-be heroes on their way, offering them a chance to make their wishes come true—if they succeed and return. Those who don’t make it are buried in the cemetery behind the tavern.

The regulars in the Poxy Dragon take bets on the parties of adventurers, wagering on whether or not they’re likely to survive. But when Kieron and his found family of misfits show up to prove their worth and build a future for themselves, even Leota doesn’t know whether they can beat the creatures and challenges that await them. Welcome to a fast-paced medieval fantasy with a party of adventurers all ready to make a name for themselves and earn some gold.
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39 comments:

  1. I think it fits the title perfectly!

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  2. That's quite an expression on the cover, lol. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Love the cover and sounds like a great read.

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  4. The cover is definitely eye catching.

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  5. The cover looks scary but would be fun to read.

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  6. An expression of power on that cover

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  7. Great excerpt & cover. Thanks for sharing it.

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  8. cool book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  9. Congrats on the release & thanks for the chance!

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  10. Why does your cover hero looks like he's pain?

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  11. No questions - the cover is interesting

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  12. I love the detail on the cover. This sounds like an exciting read!

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  13. the cover looks really great!

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  14. Sounds like a good read

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  15. This sounds like a great read and the cover looks great!

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  16. Seems like an interesting story.

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  17. I like the cover-thanks

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  18. This looks awesome! Great cover! I added it to my Amazon shopping list, haha.

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  19. WOW this looks amazing, love the cover and the title

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  20. Super cool cover! I am looking forward to this epic adventure/fantasy read.

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  21. What do you think of the book or the cover?
    its a very cool cover the guy looks looks a bad-ass wizard.


    Do you have any questions for the author?
    what actors could play the party in a real life movie version????

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  22. Looks like they are well written and deep characters. Interesting cover art!

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  23. I like the cover. Very cool looking.

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  24. Looks great! My husband and son will love it! Thanks for the giveaway )

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  25. very Fierce look on his face! great cover art!

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