Saturday, August 24, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: A Drop of Magic (The Magicsmith Book 1) by L.R. Braden

Title: Drop of Magic
Series: The Magicsmith Book 1
Author: L.R. Braden
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
Publication Date: July 31st 2019
Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance 
The war isn’t over . . .

With the world clinging to a fragile peace forced on the Fae by humanity after the Faerie Wars, metalsmith Alex Blackwood is plunged into the world of the half-fae who traffick in illegal magical artifacts. Her best friend’s murder and his cryptic last message place her in the crosshairs of a scheme to reignite the decade-old war between humans and fae.

Worse, violent attacks against her and the arrival of a fae knight on a mission force Alex to face a devastating revelation of who and what she is. To catch a killer, retrieve a dangerous artifact, and stop a war, Alex will have to accept that she’s an unregistered fae “halfer” with a unique magical talent—a talent that would change everything she believes about her past, her art, and her future.

Her world is crumbling around her, and Alex will have to decide who to trust if she and the world are going to survive.

“A Drop of Magic is a damned fun and original read, with sass, action, hot men, and a whole lot of magic.” —Diana Pharaoh Francis, author of the Diamond City Magic, Magicfall, and Horngate Witches series

Born and raised in Colorado, L. R. BRADEN makes her home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains with her wonderful husband, precocious daughter, and psychotic cat. With degrees in both English literature and metalsmithing, she splits her time between writing and art. A Drop of Magic is her first novel.

- Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.
Maybe it’s because I don’t like being told what to do, but I don’t think any book is a must read. I think of books as get to read and supposed to read. A get to read book is one that I pick up because it looks fun or intriguing, and I keep turning the pages because it holds my interest. But not all people will be pulled in by the same books. Some people hate reading drama. Some people hate reading fantasy. Some people hate reading historical fiction. So to say a book must be read feels like pushing it into the supposed to read category. What I can say is that if you like fun, fast, fantasy stories, I think you will want to keep turning pages in A Drop of Magic.

- Have you written any other books that are not published?
Yep. I’ve written a total of five books to date. Three are in the Magicsmith series and will be published shortly. The other two are young adult stories, one of which is done and waiting for me to pay attention to it, and the other of which is still a draft that needs some work.

- Advice you would give new authors?
Writing is not a sprint, it’s a marathon. Pace yourself and remember to take breaks when you need them. Otherwise you won’t reach the finish line.

- Describe your writing style.
I generally have an idea of what scene or scenes I hope to write when I sit down at my computer. Then I just start typing and see where I end up. Sometimes everything goes smoothly and I hammer out scene after scene and I love them all. Sometimes I agonize over a single scene for hours and never seem to make any progress. Either way, I let the story shift and change as I write because sometimes things don’t come together until I’m mucking about in the details.

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  1. Looks like an interesting read and I like the cover too. Good luck on the rest of the tour! :)

  2. I find the cover fascinating! Alex has such a beautiful & mysterious look on her face!

  3. Wonderful cover!! Looks interesting.

  4. What authors do you enjoy reading?

  5. the book cover is great and the book sounds wonderful.

  6. It sounds like a great book, love the idea.
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  7. Looks good. Thank you for this chance to win. 1cow0993(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. Looks like #1 in a series of really good books!