Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Book Blast and Giveaway: Ashes and Blood (Dalya #1) by Katie Zaber

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Ashes and Blood by Katie Zaber. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to check out the rest of the stops on the book blast for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Ashes and Blood
Series: Dalya #1
Publisher: Smashwords
Publication Date: May 13th 2020
Print Length: 261 pages
Genre: New Adult Fantasy
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I’ll start at the beginning. Long ago, before roads, before we built structures, before medicine was discovered, before the government was created, before man gained any knowledge, there were The Five. Independent from each other, The Five had a mutual respect for one another. They knew their roles in the world and their duty. They were gods…

An adventure begins when an otherworldly tree captures the attention of Megan and her friends. The environment morphs around them, transferring them to an exotic planet. Stuck in a rural town still maimed by the plague, a chance encounter with a familiar face gives Megan and her friends some security during their adjustment period.

While settling into new, promising lives, they are attacked and stalked by planet Dalya’s humanoid inhabitants, who focus on Megan. One dark night, after an epic, magical attack, the Fae King’s knight is sent to fetch Megan. When she wakes up a prisoner, she learns that there is much more to this strange world, and it is oddly more like her own than she ever would have expected.

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EXCERPT:
Today has been a whirlwind, and I’m not looking forward to tonight. I’m positive the elite members of society will flaunt their latest ensembles. A competition among the wealthy to win a proverbial pat on the back for the best dressed. A sport for the rich. They won’t work up a sweat—that’s for the poor. Instead, they compete with wits and money. Women prancing around wearing cage ball gowns, adorned with priceless jewels. Their main goal is to uncover juicy gossip while competing for the wealthiest bachelor. Men swirling this world’s version of expensive scotch talk business and watch women swoon. It can’t be very different from Earth’s aristocratic affairs, not that I ever attended. Movies and the internet displayed enough information to know what to expect.

I had assumed it would be a rather humdrum affair, but my opinion changes quickly, standing before the colossal golden doors. Realization hits me. I am so naïve.

It feels like I’m walking into a fairy tale, but the darker Brothers Grimm version.

Beautiful, handcrafted, golden double doors depict a grand party. Intricate artwork chiseled into the doors displays two long banquet tables of food, roasts on fancy platters, piles of vegetables, and dainty desserts. Between the buffet tables, people adorned with masquerade attire dance. They wave, inviting everyone to the party. Guests laugh, drink, and enjoy themselves under the watchful king. The artwork depicts the king having fun, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he studies everyone, meticulously watching individuals, judging their personality, appearance, and demeanor while in his presence. A crooked smile peels his lips back—it hints at his sly and cruel nature. I can’t help but look at the doors and realize this is a perfect portrayal of what awaits me.

Instead of a warm welcome, it’s a stern warning.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Katie Zaber writes new adult fiction. With multiple projects spanning from being transported to an alternate universe, to past lives, reincarnation, and trapped souls, to prophesied pregnancies—there are more stories to tell. She lives in North New Jersey with her boyfriend.

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GIVEAWAY:
Katie Zaber will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment on a different blog participating in the book blast each day. Good luck!
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35 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing your book with us. I always look forward to finding out about another great read.

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  2. How did you come up with the title of your book?

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    1. There is a significant event that has an incredible impact on Megan's life. That scene inspired the title. :)

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  3. Good morning, thank you for hosting today :)

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  4. What do you like to do when you are not writing?

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    1. If I'm not in my recliner reading, writing, watching TV, or playing video games, I'm baking.
      I love to bake breads & desserts. There are days when I spend the whole day in the kitchen, listening to 90's music, singing on the top of my lungs with flour up to my elbows :)

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  5. I love the cover and the excerpt was very good.

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  6. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  7. What was your most challenging aspect in writing this novel?

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    1. The hardest part was editing. It's hard to criticize your own work and after reading the same chapter repeatedly, it's hard to notice little errors. But I found Susan, from West of Mars Editing and she is fantastic. She made the whole editing process easy and fun. :)

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  8. What's your favorite part of the writing process?

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    1. Writing. I can zone out for hours, losing track of time. There are many days, that my boyfriend has to remind me six or more hours have gone by and I need to get up and stretch.
      If the hours fly by and I'm lost in dialogue, I'm having fun. :)

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  9. Sounds awesome! Thank you for sharing!

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  10. Sounds great, love the excerpt!

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  11. This really sounds like a book I’ll enjoy. Can’t wait to read. Thanks for being an author and sharing your stories with the world

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    1. Thank you for being a reader. I hope you enjoy it :)

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  12. I love the cover. The colors are beautiful.

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  13. I love this cover.. so pretty..

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  14. sounds like a fun one

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  15. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. Sounds great and I love the cover!

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