Friday, August 14, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Warrior's Progeny (The Heaven & Earth Series #2) by Jeny Heckman

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for The Warrior's Progeny by Jeny Heckman. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt and a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: The Warrior's Progeny
Series: The Heaven & Earth Series #2
Author: Jeny Heckman
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: July 27th 2020
Print Length: 424 pages
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Colton Stone is a newly traded tight end whose reputation is as battered as his football helmet. When he receives a vacation invitation from his new teammates, he accepts. There he collides with Dr. Lillian Morgan, a pediatric cardiovascular surgeon, and doesn't know what to think.

A widow with two children, Lilly travels to Kauai to attend the wedding of a friend and witness the union she lost three years prior. When she meets Colt, she struggles between letting go of her perfect past for an uncertain future.

Strange events begin to occur, out of the realm of normal consciousness. Black energy touches their world and the couple become pawns of the immortal Greek gods. Is the love between them real, or part of a larger prophecy?

Lilly looked down at the football, lying prone and guilty in the sand, as realization hit her.

“Oh my God, Que! Are you okay?”

She examined Que’s head and neck checking for injuries, with rapid authority. A small goose egg already formed just above her right temple. A tiny cut opened in her eyebrow, from her broken sunglasses now laying in the sand, causing a small bead of blood to well up.

Used to the recklessness of her son and his friends regarding the sport, Lilly turned, gearing up for an impressive tongue lashing to teenagers.

“What in the hell...” she bellowed, turning around and smacking her face into the sweaty muscular chest of a massive redhead. Refusing to let the fourteen-inch height difference and the hundred and sixty pounds of additional weight intimidate her, Lilly balled her small fists on her hips, shifted her gaze up, and narrowed her eyes.

“What in the hell is the matter with you? You’re on a crowded beach with a bunch of young children and families. You’re a grown-ass man. Can’t you catch a football?” When he stared down at her in fascinated disbelief, she continued. “There is a wide-open park just over there,” she said, stabbing her finger in the general vicinity. “Maybe you and your little friends”— she looked over at all the massive men in his group, but continued undaunted—“should go over there and pull your heads out of your asses.”
Award-winning author, Jeny Heckman, was born in Bellingham, Washington, and was the youngest of two daughters. She met her husband, Jeff, in August 1992, and eloped three months later, at Magen’s Bay, on St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.

She wrote her first book, the Catch, in a few short months but took several years before she gained the courage to self-publish it at her son’s urging, and her love for writing began.

In 2018, Jeny knew her next project would be a series that showed adults could have adventures in the paranormal-fantasy genre too. So, she created the Heaven & Earth series, a story of doomed Greek gods and their only salvation, their modern-day descendants. Her first book of the series, the Sea Archer, was immediately picked up by the New York publishing house, the Wild Rose Press, and won, “Best in Category” from the 2018 Chanticleer International Book Awards.

In the year 2020, Jeny released, Dancing Through Tears, a short story from the anthology, Australia Burns: Volume Two, highlighting the Route 91 massacre from the perspective of one family at the concert, and at Mandalay Bay. She also intends to release, the Warrior’s Progeny, and Dee’s Cornucopia, in 2020, continuing the Heaven & Earth Series.

Jeny lives in Washington State with her husband of over twenty-eight years.

- If you could be anybody in Greek mythology, who would you be and why?

Fun question! Okay this is hard because they all have so many fun things about them. I would probably go with Hermes.

Hermes, is the messenger of the gods, as well as god of travelers, commerce, boundaries, roads and is a psychopomp or someone who escorts newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife. Not only does he travel everywhere but he’s also A LOT of fun and known as the divine trickster. Footnote: He’s got wings!

In terms of personality and drive we are similar in that I love to travel. I could loosely be described as a messenger through writing, and I am a volunteer and vigil member of Hospice. So, I could be considered someone who escorts the passing of souls.

I’m not a huge trickster but I did tell my husband, Jeff, I would pick his customer up for him at the airport once, then told him I forgot. I did pick up the customer and we were all in the car on speakerphone, as the customer pretended to be absolutely irate! Jeff was pretty mad until he found out we pulled a fast one on him.

Oh, yeah, I also like to shop so have the commerce one covered too! Hermes was quite precocious as a child and I was as well. My best friend and I discovered an area behind the house in the blackberry bushes, when I was around six or seven, where a snake had a bunch of babies. He and I scooped them up and proudly showed them to my mother in the kitchen, she screamed and I dropped them all over the floor.

I think Hermes is largely overlooked because he’s quiet in his intelligence, but he is and astute observer and remembers everything. Being able to go from place to place, including the underworld and back would be really interesting work!

Now, I’m fascinated to know who you would choose, if you could be a god or goddess for the day?

Zeus: King of the Gods; God of the sky, lightning, thunder, law, order, justice
Hera: Goddess of marriage, women, childbirth, and family
Dionysus: God of the vine, grape-harvest, wine-making, wine, fertility, ritual madness, religious ecstasy, theatre
Ares: God of violent war
Aphrodite: Goddess of love, beauty and sexuality
Hephaestus: God of fire, metalworking, stone masonry, forges, the art of sculpture, technology and blacksmiths.
Demeter: Goddess of the harvest, agriculture, fertility and sacred law.
Hestia: Goddess of the hearth, home, domesticity, virginity, family, and the state
Athena: Goddess of wisdom, olives, weaving, and battle strategy
Artemis: Greek goddess of the hunt, the wilderness, wild animals, the Moon, and chastity
Apollo: God of oracles, healing, archery, music and arts, sunlight, knowledge, herds and flocks, and protection of the young
Hades: God of the underworld, the dead, and riches.
Poseidon: God of the sea, storms, earthquakes, horses
Hermes: God of Boundaries, roads and travelers, commerce, athletes, shepherds. Psychopomp and divine messenger.

Thank you to All the Ups and Downs for hosting me today and thank you to the readers for following me on my tour! Today is the last day, I can’t believe it! It’s also my dad’s birthday today, so Happy 77th Birthday Papa Andy!
Jeny Heckman will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour.
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  1. Congrats on this tour and thanks for the opportunity to read about another great book out there to read. It helps out so I can find books I know my family will enjoy reading. Thanks as well for the giveaway.

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book. I love the excerpt.

  3. I've enjoyed the tour for The Warrior's Progeny - thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way!

  4. Thank you Peg! Do you like Greek mythology? I hope you give it a try and let me know what you think!

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

  6. Thank you ATUAD, for having me on today! I really appreciate it!

  7. I would find this book interesting.
    The cover is amazing!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

  8. Thank you Barbara! I appreciate the comment! I hope your day is going fantastic!

  9. I like the cover. It has nice artwork.

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    1. Thanks Sherry, give it a try and let me know what you think!

  11. looks like a fun one

    1. Hi Daniel, thanks for stopping by! Give it a go and let me know what you think!

  12. the cover is stunning, i love the peacock feathers. The book sounds great too of course!

  13. Thank you! Debbie Taylor did both this cover and the first book, The Sea Archer. I agree she is very unique and talented!

  14. The book cover looks really awesome and this sounds like a great read!

  15. The excerpt is awesome.. It leaves you wanting more!

  16. Thank you Yellowlabs and Mya, it's a complete privilege having you join me today!

  17. The cover of your book is attractive and striking in design.

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  18. I love your concept for this series. I've always had a fondness for stories involving the gods.

  19. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.