Thursday, September 17, 2020

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Queen's Ascension (Blood Prophecy #3) by Barb Jones

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Queen's Ascension by Barb Jones. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a great guest post from the author. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Queen's Ascension
Series: Blood Prophecy #3
Author: Barb Jones
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication Date: August 17th 2020
Print Length: 236 pages
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
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When the darkness was compelling and the heart knew no bounds, was there really a right choice? 

With Michael's life hanging in the balance, Amber had a choice: save her star-fated love or keep on the crusade to unite the magical community. For Amber, her fate was sealed even before her birth and it was her destiny to fight the great battle ahead of her. But, when it came to her heart — her friends, her great love — Amber's torn. Not only was she the Queen, but she was a human in every sense of the word. She was vulnerable. And so the very people — Chloe and Michael — that gave her strength, quickly became her weakness. It wasn't her fault she loved too much, was it?

Nevertheless, the Tall Dark Man had set a plan in motion that could threaten the very existence of the Blood Prophecy. Would he gather his dark forces and succeed in destroying Amber once and for all? Or, would she assemble her powerful friends and save the world?

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EXCERPT:
One night when he was making his rounds in the forest to see if he could find any scraps tourists left behind when camping, he heard a soft whisper.

“Briar….”

He stilled at the sound of his name, and turned around to see no one or nothing in sight.

He was alone.

In the dark.

So, he crouched down and continued to shine the flashlight.

“…Hexham.”

He stopped once more and looked over his shoulder. His forehead crinkled with lines of confusion. “Hexham? Who the hell is Hexham?” His voice was thick with an English accent.

The bodiless voice laughed, and the closer he listened, the more definite the voice became. A woman’s voice spoke to him loud and clear, as if she were standing right in front having a conversation with him.

Briar’s voice quivered, partly from fear and partly from fascination. “Who are you? Where are you?” He shined the flashlight but saw nothing. Complete darkness and trees, that was it.

The woman’s voice laughed mockingly in return. “Who I am is not important—for now. But I am everywhere and nowhere, all the same.”

As the voice spoke, Briar felt a sense of ease overwhelm his body. The fear and anxiety dissipated. For the first time in his life, he felt like he belonged, truly and deeply, just by the sound of her voice.

“You do belong. We are family, a family of witches. The most powerful to have walked the earth. We lost you, but now you are found.”

He looked out to no one in particular, but his shock was evident. “Witches? That’s ludicrous.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I was born in Hawaii, a place rich with culture and storytellers. As a little girl, scary tales about vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and witches were my favorite kind — much to my mother's dismay.

The scarier, the better.

My love for the supernatural never went away, even after moving to Seattle, far from Hawaii's majestic beaches with unusual colors. Nothing compares to the landscapes of Maui, Lanai, or Oahu. But somehow, Seattle stole my heart anyway. It became the place where my love for stories took on a new form, in a book of my own: The Adventures of Little Arthur and Merlin the Magnificent. This book is for kids who love stories, just like I did.

Then I had an idea while sleeping.

One night, my mind began to work overtime. In a dream, I saw a unique storyline involving all the races and an epic battle of good versus evil. It was a modern day plot with a three thousand year old prophecy, The Blood Prophecy. I finished the first book in 2014, The Queen's Destiny. Two years later, I released The Queen's Enemy. The last book in the series, The Queen's Ascension, released on August 17, 2020.

Today, I live in Florida with its beaches and sunshine. But I'm still a Seattle girl at heart. And so all my stories take place in the Northwest.

I always keep to my roots when I write.

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GUEST POST:
- Who or what is your writing muse?

Some people tend to think that their muse has to be something so tangible like a person that they can talk to or get inspired by. To me, my muse is a part of who I am that needs nurturing, cultivating to be creative. I tend to think that my muse needs a good night’s sleep, plenty of food and water (which is part of my healthy eating habits) and going to the gym. Sometimes, when I feel restless, my muse may need to take a walk outside, even a run. In some ways, I think of me as my muse in terms of inspiring my creativity.

If I know my muse is content, then my creativity flows. But if I feel that muse is restricted or restless, I must do something to nurture it, bring it back to its happy place. I believe in cultivating my mind and body to keep my muse happy. This means, learning new things. Learning about nature, living, being part of the world as these things inspire my creativity. But what happens if my muse is in a slump, for example? It simply means I need to look at “self care” to restore my muse’s health. If I need to take a break, I take a break. If I must lay around on the couch one afternoon to just rest, then I do so. I am a firm believer in the mind, body, soul connection. So does my muse.

But why am I my own muse? I think its because of the creativity that I have. For it to flourish and grow, I have to take care of me. But when I am in my office, my muse loves music. I must have music but only in my office. Sometimes my muse needs other people to draw energy from. This is my muse.
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GIVEAWAY:
Barb Jones will be awarding a $15 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 at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
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44 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me here today!

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

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    1. Thank you! Steven is my artist and does all my covers and images

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  3. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  4. Haunting cover, thanks for the review.

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  5. I like the cover. It has very nice artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  6. I love the cover artwork. Beautiful colors. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  8. Spooky book cover, but also very beautiful.

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  9. Thanks for sharing your great  book and for the giveaway too.

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  10. I've never heard of this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. It's the Blood Prophecy series. Would you like to get started on it?

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  11. I think that the cover of your book is unique and a bit mysterious.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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

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    1. I love the supernatural. I grew up in Hawaii and we even lived in a house that was haunted. I love making the characters be anything.

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  13. How long did it take you to write it?

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    1. This one took me a bit - I went through 6 different endings before I found the right one. A little over 4 months from start to finish.

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  14. It sounds like an interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  15. I've never read Paranormal Fantasy before. It sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Great cover, sound like an intriguing book.

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  17. WOW!! she has this book down, what an amazing cover and can't wait to read her.
    @tisonlyme143

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  18. This sounds so good can't wait to read it!

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  19. Paranormal Fantasy - this so interests me!
    The cover is excellent!
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  20. I love the cover. The artwork is amazing.

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  21. sounds so awesome!

    mia2009(at)comcast(dot)net

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  22. Looking forward to starting this series from the beginning!!

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  23. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  24. I like the cover. It's really eye-catching.

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  25. The book cover is very cool looking!

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