Thursday, August 20, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Key to All Things by Cindy Lynn Speer

Welcome to my stop on The Key to All Things by Cindy Lynn Speer. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Be sure to stop by the other blogs on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Key to All Things
Author: Cindy Lynn Speer
Publisher: Dragonwell Publishing
Publication Date: July 25th 2020
Print Length: 377 pages
Genre: Fantasy Romance
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Every day, Lady Avriel hears the bards sing about the greatest love story of all times, a heartbreaking romance between a human nobleman, Captain Edward de Vere, and the beautiful Queen of the Fae, who shattered his heart when she abandoned him to accept her throne. Avriel secretly longs for the sad and romantic captain as she works as a double agent, serving at both human and fae courts to keep the peace between the two kingdoms.

But for three hours every night she remembers a completely different world, where the greatest love story is a lie, and Edward belongs to her. She believes this reality to be the true one, even if no one else does. The world has fallen under a spell, and it is up to Avriel to find its source and undo it.

To set things right, Avriel must face the all-powerful Elder Fae and confront the darkest powers that rule her destiny – only to learn that if she proceeds, her actions will bring chaos and open her kingdom to destruction. Is this a choice she is willing to make to bring her love back?

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EXCERPT:
The Dragon Room was near the old gates. Many years ago this was the main palace entrance, away from the open front of the river. Envoys and courtiers alike once had to travel around a grand sweep of the road that was now the gardens. The architecture here looked older, marble giving way to wood paneling, wood giving way to stone. Some attempts, here and there, had been made to bring the interior up to modern tastes. But by the time Avriel got to the former front gates – tall, elaborately carved dark oak and iron panels opening into a hall with a sweeping double staircase – it was evident that the palace decorators had given up on the idea of change.

She looked down into that grand hall as she passed, running her hand along the ornate stone railing. The doors to the outside had not been opened in so long that the hinges and bolts looked rusted. They were closed and locked tight the day the dragon egg was carted into the main hall and up these stairs, to be stored securely behind another set of massive wood and iron bound doors, which she approached now.

A pair of King’s Guards kept stations on either side of the door. The one on the left gave her a smile of recognition and bowed his head. His partner regarded her more suspiciously, probably checking for weapons. The heat that came out of the room was intense. It hit Avriel full in the face as she stepped in. She took a deep breath, the hot, damp air settling into her lungs.

The egg was centered in a pool of light, and it shimmered oddly, changing colors – more like a large opal than a carrier of life. Like all things made by the fae, the eternal light pouring over the egg seemed purposely designed to make everything it touched more beautiful.

Avriel walked around the egg. Its slightly translucent sheen made her fancy that she could see the dragon inside, curled up around itself, waiting to rise. But she knew that was only a trick of light.

As she circled, she noticed a man seated on one of the two benches in the depths of the room. Her breath caught as she came to a stop near him. Edward de Vere, former Comte, former husband of the Queen of the Fae. The one Catherine betrayed for the sake of her power, thus ending the greatest love story of all times.

Oh, dear.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Cindy is the author of the Amazon bestselling The Chocolatier’s Wife, and it’s sequel, The Chocolatier’s Ghost, among others, including the brand new Key to All Things. She loves reading, taking road trips, hiking, pretending to garden (really, I need to feed my poor tomatoes) and sword fighting.

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GUEST POST:
- What do you believe is the greatest love story ever, either real or fictitious and why?

This is one of the most perfect questions for this blog tour, because that was what inspired the book in the first place.

I often mention Lady Hawke. I should probably watch it again – I have no watched it in years and I am often saddened by how many older movies really don’t stand up as well. (I.E. the relationships are toxic and hell.)

For those of you who have not watched the movie, the plot is simple – Etienne de Navarre (played by Rutger Hauer at his most swoon worthy. Oh, did I have a crush on him) is a handsome mysterious wandering knight, whose only companions seem to be his magnificent horse, and a hawk. He ends up rescuing a thief and the thief joins him.
At night, Etienne disappears, and in his place is Isabeau d’Anjou, played by Michelle Pfeiffer, whose companion is a wolf.

It turns out (spoilers) that the two lovers have been cursed by an evil Bishop, that neither of them can be in human form at the same time. So, during the day, Isabeau is a hawk, by night, Etienne is a wolf. It makes for some lovely moments. Sometimes Etienne’s angst has a wry turn to it, pain covered by self-mockery.

What makes it great is that no matter what – they stick together. They protect each other. They don’t have much hope that they will actually be together (Isabeau seems to have more faith than Etienne) but they remain there for each other. When their chance comes…an eclipse when it is neither day nor night…they both fight in their own way. Isabeua is not a powerless coward. Sometimes Etienne is a little proud, but he is essentially decent. You want them to win.

And if there is ever a version of the movie where they don’t, well. I shall be very cross. But that is where the seed for the book came in. I thought…what happens if there is this great love story that everyone hears about and everyone loves and thinks is going to last forever…but it doesn’t?

And that was how I started the Key to All Things, exploring that dynamic. I did not like early drafts, and scrapped them (Maybe, it is possible, that my main character was named Etienne. Maybe.) because I did not like how pathetic it risked making both characters. But I figured a way. Hopefully, if you read the book you will agree. 😊
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GIVEAWAY:
Cindy Lynn Speer will be awarding a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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47 comments:

  1. Thank you for the wonderful post! I love how things are in boxes...that is super clever.

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  2. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

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  3. Sounds like a wonderful book I'll enjoy reading!

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  4. looks like a fun one

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  5. This looks like a fun book! I'm sure I will enjoy it!

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  6. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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    1. When things work out in the story...the first draft is kind of just getting it all down, and getting to the end -- and then you are like, OK, I need to do x...and you see that you already prepared the way and everything makes sense and it's awsome.

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  7. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting. :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I feel very lucky about the cover. :D

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  8. Nice cover. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thank you! He did some of my other covers, too. I love his work.

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  10. Lovely cover.. gets me interested in your book....

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    1. I am so glad! It is always a relief when a cover does its job. :D

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  11. The cover of your book is highly detailed and attractive.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Thank you! David Howard Johnson is super talented!

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  12. What a lovely cover! This book sounds fascinating! I cannot wait to read more!

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  13. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Awesome cover graphics. Thank you for sharing

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  14. The cover art seems appropriate for the book. Good job.

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  15. Thank you for sharing the excerpt. It sounds interesting.

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  16. I like the cover! Thanks for the chance!

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  17. The book cover is very cool and the story sounds really good!

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  18. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  19. I enjoyed reading the interview

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