Monday, March 30, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Sellsword's Oath (Assassins of Landria #2) by Gail Z. Martin

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Sellsword's Oath by Gail Z. Martin. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post, and the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Sellsword's Oath
Series: Assassins of Landria #2
Author: Gail Z. Martin
Publisher: Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency
Publication Date: January 20th 2020
Print Length: 186 pages
Genre: Epic Fantasy
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Buddy flick epic fantasy! The second in the Assassins of Landria series from the award-winning, bestselling author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst and The Chronicles Of The Necromancer books!

Wandering mystic Yefim Makary, known to his followers as the ‘Witch Lord’, disappeared before he could be accused of inciting dissent against King Kristoph. His supporters among the disenchanted aristocrats who weren’t arrested have fled or died by their own hand. The king is happy to put the matter behind him. Yet Burke, the commander of the elite King’s Shadows, doesn’t believe the threat is over, and he assigns his two most troublesome, rule-breaking—and successful—assassins to ferret out the real threat and put a stop to Makary’s plots.

Joel “Ridge” Breckinridge and Garrett “Rett” Kennard rose through the ranks of the Landrian army together, from teenaged conscripts to seasoned fighters. Together, they became the most feared team of assassins in Landria, surviving longer that most in their profession by virtue of excellent fighting skills, legendary bravado, peerless strategy, and an uncanny synchronicity.

As the threads of a new plot come together revealing disloyalty among the priests and generals, Ridge and Rett once again find themselves on the run, hoping they and their allies can figure out the Witch Lord’s latest scheme before it costs them their lives—and the king his throne.

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EXCERPT:
“Moving along,” he said with a grimace, “there’s the matter of your next assignment. The Witch Lord has disappeared. We know he wasn’t killed or captured, but right now we have no idea where he’s gone. The nobles who supported him have either vanished, committed suicide, or been imprisoned for attempted treason. Some of us believe it’s only a matter of time before the Witch Lord makes another move, but until then, King Kristoph is eager to move on and put the incident behind him.”

Ridge thought the king didn’t want to look weak by dwelling on the attack. Kristoph had narrowly escaped death, and now he needed to show his enemies he was strong enough to take the matter in stride. That didn’t change the reality of Kristoph’s situation, and it presented a complication when it came to protecting him.

“Do you agree?” Rett asked.

Burke looked pained. “I serve the king, which requires doing what he asks and what he needs,” he added in a quiet voice. “So I am authorizing you to keep your ears open, but anything you find out—anything—you bring it to me before you act. Are we clear?”

Ridge and Rett nodded.

“In the meantime, I have a job for you. Those counterfeiters I mentioned before. Treason of a different kind.” He slid a folded paper across the table to Ridge.

“It’s your letter of marque to go after anyone illegally producing the coin of the realm,” Burke said. “We believe there’s a group set up near the border, where they can prey on merchants looking to exchange gold for Landrian currency. Counterfeiting is an act of violence against the king’s treasury and the realm itself. You’ll be passing as traders. Find the people responsible, destroy their forge, and end the threat. As quietly as possible.”

“Yes, sir,” Ridge replied.

“If in the course of your duties you learn more about the Witch Lord and his disciples, I’ll be fascinated to hear about it,” Burke added. “Now, finish your ale and go home. You’ll be leaving in the morning.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, SOL Publishing, Darkwind Press, and Falstaff Books. Recent books include Witch of the Woods, Sellsword’s Oath, Inheritance, and Night Moves. With Larry N. Martin, she is the co-author of the Spells Salt & Steel, Wasteland Marshals, Joe Mack and Jake Desmet series. As Morgan Brice, she writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance including the Witchbane, Badlands and Treasure Trail series. Recent books include Loose Ends and Unholy.

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GUEST POST:
- If you were a character in a fantasy novel, what would you be?
Depending on the way magic worked, probably a mage/magic user, because then I’d never run out of anything I needed! Jokes aside, it would depend on what kind of magic you might have. Although I write about several necromancer characters, it wouldn’t be particularly useful day-to-day. Much better to be able to conjure up a good meal, clean water, or a sack of gold!

Of course, magic always has a price, and depending on how the system is set up, that can be anything from a bad headache to slowly sapping your life force. Some magic systems draw magic from the world around you, or from within yourself, or from other people.

Pulling magic from other people’s energy or souls is obviously bad! Drawing from with yourself has obvious limits, because if you drain yourself then you die, or are unconscious and helpless (not good). Calling magic from the world around you would probably be the most sustainable, but what impact does it have on the planet? How much magic can be done before harm is done? Those are the kinds of questions that keep authors up at night?

I’d want to use the magic that caused the least impact to the people around me and the world itself.

That’s the fun part about being an author—I get to think through all these scenarios as I create worlds, stories and characters.
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GIVEAWAY:
Gail Z. Martin will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.d To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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61 comments:

  1. When you have many readers in your family, it's always great to hear about a  book you think they will enjoy. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Are you reading more books due to everything that is going on with Caronavirus?

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  3. Sounds like a very good book.

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  4. Sounds like a great book. I like the cover.

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  5. I really love the cover!! What are YOU reading right now??

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway and I like the excerpt. :)

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  11. What do you most enjoy about writing in this genre?

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  14. what is your favorite work you have written?

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  15. I liked the excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  19. Thanks for sharing the excerpt. Sounds interesting.

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  20. You are a new author to me.. I must check out this book.. I am so grateful to these book tours to introduce me to new authors....

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  21. What book that you've read is your favorite?

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  22. I like this cover. It reminds me of an artistic painting hanging in a museum

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  23. This sounds like such an amazing book!

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  24. I love the cover! sounds like an interesting book

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  25. Thanks so very much for Sharing!

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  26. What is the book that so inspired you, to make you want to be an author?

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  27. Where is your favorite place to read? Thank you

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  28. The cover and title really grabbed my attention!

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  29. What was your inspiration behind your cover

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    The cover is a bit ominous.

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  31. The cover is mysterious and intriguing.

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  32. The book cover looks very sinister and menacing. The excerpt is one that intrigues with various twists and turns.

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  33. The second book in the Assassins of Landria series sounds good. The cover art is frightening but eye catching.

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  38. My grandson would enjoy this book

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  40. sounds like a fun one

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  42. The cover is great. The storyline sounds like an intense read. Best wishes to the author on the series and newest release.

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  43. Sounds like a book I will enjoy!

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  44. The book cover looks really good and the story sounds very interesting!

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