Wednesday, January 6, 2021

NBtM Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: The Seven Spires by Russell Archey

Welcome to my stop on the NBtM virtual book tour for The Seven Spires by Russell Archey. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a guest post from the author. There's also a tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to follow the rest of the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Seven Spires
Author: Russell Archey
Publication Date: October 13th 2020
Print Length: 426 pages
Genre: High Fantasy Adventure
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An incredible high fantasy adventure set in a world based on familiar fairy tales, folklore, and mythology, "The Seven Spires" is an epic story of dragons, magic, conquering evil, and discovering magnificent new places.

When a fearsome creature known as Wyvern begins terrorizing Emrallt, one of the seven realms of the continent of Septer, a group of heroes are brought together seemingly by fate to rally against him. A prince, warrior, wizard, and mysterious, sorceress-like sybil try to discover why a common maiden could be the best chance their kingdoms have against Wyvern’s growing forces that threaten to dominate each and every one of the ancient, arcane spires that bind their kingdoms, and world, together.

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EXCERPT:
“Jormungandr!” one of the warband cried out.

The creature was above ground, slithering across the sand effortlessly with its large and jagged scales. Coarse frills fanned from its neck. Its scale-covered muscles propelled it across the desert as though it were water.

Its roar was shrill and terrifying. It launched itself from the ground and toppled one of the warband who had managed to reach his stallion. Horse and rider were both taken by its horrible maw. The jormungandr spun about as it bit down on the warrior and his horse, disorienting them. It returned to the earth by way of the sinkhole it had created and the rider and his mount were never to be heard from again.

The Prince listened in terror to the eerie silence that fell. They had all climbed atop their stallions; looking and listening for any sign of the creature. Their swords and axes were drawn, but the men were visibly shaken by such a horrifying beast.

“What can be done against them?” the Prince whispered. It was in part to himself, and in part a question to the Warrior.

“Siege weapons,” the Warrior said glibly in response to the Prince. “Or the magic of the Red Wizard. A better question would be ‘why is it gone?’”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Russell Archey has been writing since he was old enough to hold a pencil. His love for narratives, world-building, and story-telling has fed into nearly every aspect of his life: from his video and board game hobbies to pressing his most cherished books onto his unfortunate children (who will, one day, read the Lord of the Rings trilogy whether they like it or not). When he's not creating new worlds and horrifying things to threaten them with destruction, he's bringing other author's fantastic works to life as an audiobook narrator, spending time with his two children, and pressing his dear wife's eternal patience with his quirky habits.

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GUEST POST:
- If you could be any kind of class in a fantasy novel, what would you pick and why?
If we’re going full fantasy and throwing all perceptions of myself out the window, I’d go for Mage Knight, Spellsword, Eldritch Knight, or what have you.

I’ve always liked the idea of being able to talk with and deal non-violently with other characters in a fantasy world, but not afraid to let my weapon do the talking if need be! The concept of a dexterous, intelligent sword-fighter who uses defensive magic and offensive enchantments to augment his martial ability has always intrigued me. You’re going to get into a sword-fight? Typical. Wait—this guys got some kind of fuzzy aura around him…and is his sword on fire, now? This class wouldn’t be able to study enough to become a truly potent mage, nor an unmatchable duelist, but by combining two talents they become a force to be reckoned with.

This opinion is derived, of course, from the fact that all that awesomeness rolled up is far away from my real self—but this is fantasy we’re talking about. If I went with a class more akin to my own nature, I’d easily be the barkeep; and I’m ok with that.

Funny enough, there’s nothing even remotely resembling a Mage Knight/Spellsword/Eldritch Knight in The Seven Spires. Maybe in my next book!
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GIVEAWAY:
Russell Archey will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. To increase your chance of winning, leave a comment at a different stop on the tour each day. Good luck!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

116 comments:

  1. abfantom@Yahoo.comJanuary 6, 2021 at 9:21 AM

    I like the cover. It has wonderful artwork.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  2. I love the cover and the excerpt.

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  3. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  4. Sounds like a good book. I like the cover.

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  5. This sounds so good thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thank you all for the great compliments! If you read it, I hope it lives up to expectations!

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    1. I have writer's block a LOT, but the best way I've found to deal with it is to write through it. Even if it's a little bit a day. If you have writer's block to the point you just can't seem to get anywhere on what you're working on, start another book or short story, so long as you keep writing!

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    1. This book took me a bout a year, but it was also one of my first!

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  9. David HollingsworthJanuary 6, 2021 at 7:32 PM

    How did you come up with the story?

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    1. I wanted to write something that wasn't just a fairy tale, which are usually short, but an epic fairy tale. I love mythology, fables, and folk lore, so I wanted to write something that combined those and had a lot of symbolism.

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  10. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

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  11. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  12. I love the cover! The colors and graphics are great.

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

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  14. What do you do when you feel lost?

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    1. When writing? I just keep typing. I may need to revise the sections I completed on those days more, but I keep going!

      If I feel lost emotionally? Psychologically? Professionally? I take a day to breathe, maybe I don't get as much done that day, or even anything, but the next day I plan on how I can move forward and what can I do to try and make progress...but I guess that could work for writing, too!

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  15. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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  16. I think this cover is perfect for this fantasy read. I enjoyed reading the excerpt

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  17. This sounds like a great read - beautiful cover!

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  18. This read could really get my imagination going!
    And I love the cover.
    Thank you for sharing the review.

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  19. Very artistic cover.. really like it.....

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  20. How has quarantine affected your writing?

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    1. Not much, really! I've worked from home for several years now, so my schedule has remained pretty much the same. Although, the cancellation of conventions and author signings is really unfortunate.

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  21. What a fun adventure book. The cover reflects the genre.

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  22. I think that the cover of your book is unique and colorful.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  23. The cover is great and the book plot sounds very exciting.

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  24. Ah, my favorite...well, I'd have to be that person and ask which genre, because I have several! In fantasy? I feel like I have to say "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy because it was so influential on fantasy in general as well as myself.

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  25. What was yr favourite book as a kid?

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    1. As a kid, "The Transall Saga" by Gary Paulsen. It's the book that actually turned me into a reader.

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  26. How do you stay awake when you want to sleep?

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  27. Have you ever written a six word story?

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  28. Do you have a favourite snack that fuels your writing?

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  29. It's great hearing about new books when you have a family who loves to read. Thanks so much for sharing your book.

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  30. What was your most exciting writing moment?

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  31. What question would you ask an author if you had to think up a question to ask them every single day for the rest of your life?

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  32. What's your main character doing today?

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  33. Do you listen to music when you write?

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  34. I like the book cover and the book sounds like a great read.

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  35. What was your favourite book as a kid?

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  36. What are yr writing goals for this year?

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  37. Do you worry about what other authors think of yr work?

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  38. I do like the cover and would really enjoy reading it too.

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  39. What's your advice for new writers?

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  40. This book is a definate read for me-thanks

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  41. Have you ever won a blog giveaway?

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  42. The book sounds very interesting and I do like the cover too.

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  43. Have you ever had sleep paralysis?

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  44. What was your proud accomplishment as a writer?

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  45. What is your hometown's creepiest story?

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  46. When was the last time you donated to charity?

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  47. How many books do you read in a year?

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  48. This book sounds so interesting. I love the cover too.

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  49. looks like a fun one

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  50. How many books have you started and have yet to finish?

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  51. Author who is your favorite writer

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  52. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting!

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  53. My daughter cwould enjoy this book

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  54. LAST DAY
    Thanks for the contest.

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  55. I love fantasy stories like this.

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