Sunday, April 19, 2020

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Advanced Healing Spells (Ember Academy for Young Witches #3) by L.C. Mawson


Title: Advanced Healing Spells
Series: Ember Academy for Young Witches #3
Author: L.C. Mawson
Publication Date: April 15th 2020
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

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Keeping my head down shouldn’t be too hard… Right?

Unhappy with how everything with the Amazons went down, the Slayers are now investigating Ember Academy.

But not me. Not as long as I keep my head down.

Which would have been a hell of a lot easier if students hadn’t started dropping unconscious.

No one knows how to wake them, but I have ways to find answers that they don’t

The question is if I risk it with the Slayers watching me so closely…

Especially when it would mean reaching out to the very criminal the Slayers are trying to find.

ADVANCED HEALING SPELLS is the third book in the Ember Academy for Young Witches YA Urban Fantasy Academy series. If you love kick-ass heroines, Sapphic slow-burn romances, and magical boarding schools, you’ll love this latest fast-paced series in L.C. Mawson’s Snowverse.

EXCERPT:
We approached to see Sarah waiting outside the building, and she smiled as she saw us, holding up a bag.

“What’s in there?” I asked as I got close.

“The final ingredients I need to wake up Aaron.”

“Wait, really?”

“Yes, really. Now, come on. We shouldn’t leave him waiting any longer.”

I nodded before eagerly hurrying after Sarah and through the portal.

“We should give you some privacy for waking up Aaron,” Willow said once we were back through the portal. “Unless, of course, you want us to come with you.”

I hesitated for a moment before shaking my head. “No, it’s okay. I can do this alone.”

Willow nodded before leaning forward and giving me a light peck on the cheek.

My heart squeezed at the gesture and I wanted nothing more than to take my words back and have her at my side.

But no, it would be hard enough for Aaron to wake up anyway, he should have my undivided attention when I apologised for everything that had happened.

For my part in cursing him.

I followed Sarah to the infirmary and waited patiently as she set up the spell, which involved setting up various runes and lighting candles around the room in an odd, disjointed pattern.

It was strange, most spells liked symmetry, but this haphazard arrangement.

“You’re trying to stabilise the spell,” I said as I remembered the arrangement from Maria Brown’s book. “The spell is keeping him trapped because he’s the last component to it and it needs him to stay stable, so you’re stabilising it without him before undoing it.”

Sarah turned to me with a frown before sighing. “Of course, Maria was tutoring you, wasn’t she?” She shook her head. “I should have probably asked you for help earlier. You might have helped come to this break-through earlier. But yes, I need to stabilise the spell first, and then I should be able to shut it down without risking any harm to Aaron.

“Do you want to help me with the spell? The more power we use to stabilise the spell, the less likely it is to want to cling to Aaron. And then I’ll need that same power to undo it.”

I nodded as Sarah finished her work and then picked up a notebook and handed it to me.

“There, it’s that incantation.”

She pointed to the words, but I frowned, unable to read them.

“Oh, sorry. Doctor’s handwriting,” she said with a shrug before taking a pen and rewriting the incantation in print. “I don’t usually cast verbally, will you be fine to follow along anyway?”

I nodded. “Yeah, I don’t like casting verbally, either.”

“All right, then on the count of three, think of the incantation and that should tie us into the spell. Then we need to stabilise the missing strands.” She indicated across the room, drawing lines in the air to where other candles would have needed to be placed to make the set-up balanced. “I’ll place the remaining candles if you focus on powering the spell, okay?”

I nodded once more as I took my wand from my pocket and re-read the incantation over and over again, determined to get it right.

“One... two... three.”

On the count of three, I thought the words and immediately dropped the notebook as the magic in the room hit me like I was a lightning rod, desperately searching for the missing parts it needed to stabilise.

Sarah moved over to the missing places, lighting a candle in each spot.

With each flame, I pushed back against the spell with my own magic, gripping my wand tight as I coaxed the spell to the flame.

As I did so, the flame shot up into the air, fuelled by my magic.

The spell’s pull on me mellowed as it chased after the flame instead, settling into a more harmonious shape.

The more flames Sarah lit, the more it settled, until eventually, the spell left me entirely, happily flowing through the room without trying to draw on living hosts.

I gasped as the spell left me, gripping the edge of Mr Stiles’ bed as a wave of exhaustion almost knocked me off my feet.

“Hold on, Amelia,” Sarah said as she made her way back over to me. “This spell won’t let him go completely until we undo it.”

“And how do we do that?”

“If we extinguish the flames all at once, it should shut the spell down too quickly, robbing it of the power it needs to find a new host to draw on.”

“Right. I can do that.”

I didn’t have to think about it much, the exhaustion shutting down my ability to think straight and letting something else, something more primal, in.

I snapped my wand-less hand into a fist and a gust of air shot through the room, extinguishing every flame at once.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Some say she's an ancient creature of nightmare that was unleashed from beneath the ocean, come to devour the souls of men. Others say that she's a cosmic being from the beyond the stars that has taken corporeal form to learn our ways for some unknown end...

In truth, L.C. Mawson lives in a tower in the middle of a haunted forest, far from civilisation and is definitely (probably?) not a witch who curses those who trespass upon her land. And she definitely cannot turn into a dragon that flies over cities in the dead of night and whose cries are often mistaken for an approaching storm. Where did you hear that? That's absurd...

The only contact she has with humanity is publishing a book once a month, which is definitely just for fun and not part of an ancient contract with a trickster god.

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GIVEAWAY:
Win a $25 Amazon gift card or an eBook of Basics of Spellcraft by L.C. Mawson!


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13 comments:

  1. love the cover!!

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  2. This looks like a fun read! I like the cover art!

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  3. nice book cover and the booksounds interesting.

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  4. I think that the book cover is quite colorful and has lots of detail.

    Nancy
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  5. Nice cover. I liked the excerpt. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. This book sounds amazing! so looking forward to reading her.
    @tisonlyme143

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  7. Book Looks like a good read

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  8. This cover is gorgeous! LC, your book sounds like a fantastic read!!

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  9. Love the colors...draws my attention right away. Looking forward to reading. Thanks for the giveaway

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