Monday, June 14, 2021

Book Blast and Giveaway: Dutybound (Light Wings Epic #1) by Mark Aaron Alvarez II

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Dutybound by Mark Aaron Alvarez II. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blast for more content. Enjoy!
Title: Dutybound
Series: Light Wings Epic #1
Author: Mark Aaron Alvarez II
Publisher: Books Fluent
Publication Date: June 22nd 2021
Print Length: 308 pages
Genre: Epic Fantasy
The world was their creation until they sought to destroy it.

Dutybound is the story of Terestria and its Virtues, heirs of nobility forced to face the Sins of their forefathers and bring their world from the brink of Darkness. Among them is Lucia Sanoon, High Maiden to the province of Moz and chosen of the Light Wings. The ancient relic, bestowed upon a long-forgotten civilization by the Light itself, was forged to harbor the Light's essence if ever Terestria's balance were threatened by the Darkness' desire to corrupt the Light's most-prized creation, Life. If successful and the long-standing covenant between the Light and its Protectors were ever to be broken, the Darkness would be free to roam Terestria and reclaim the land it had a hand in creating, bringing death and destruction to every corner of the world.

But as long as there is Light, there is hope. With the help of the Light Wings and its power, Lucia must heed its call to assemble the Light's Virtues and lead them into battle against the very Sins that seek to destroy their world. But finding the four will not be easy, for much of the knowledge is lost and the understanding of one's own morality is the only key to unlocking the power each of them holds within.

A story of faith and morality, Dutybound will lead you through a journey of self-discovery as our heroes face conflict from outside and within themselves. Duty, desire, envy, hope, hate, love, pride, and temperance all are challenged within this series in an epic tale that is sure to have you pondering your own true nature.

Ara grasped her blouse. This deepening wound tore at her chest, as though she knew this whole time that it would be here that her heart would break.

“Lady Ara,” called her loyal maid, Amelia, so struck with concern that the wrinkles in her forehead seemed to suddenly age her ten years. In her eyes was a clinging intuition.

Ara sensed her concern, as if the maid already knew, but spoke anyway. “He’s gone.”

“The master?” asked the maid.


“My lady,” Amelia said with grief before bringing her eyes back to Ara.

There was then a lull as they both thought. The maid’s stare grew distant as Ara let out a faint whimper, breaking the still silence.

Finally, Amelia asked, “May I ask why the master left?”

Ara’s insides shuddered. “He fears of . . .” She hesitated, looking at the letter, fully dazed, unable to grasp the idea of its true meaning. It was as if something hid beneath his words, something he was not telling her. Memories flashed through her mind, and her chest tightened. It couldn’t have returned. It was her prayers that had saved them. It was her strength, her power that had defeated it in the first place. Could it still exist somewhere, outside the reach of man? “He fears of its return.” She felt the warmth of her tears beneath her eyes once more, while the maid’s face paled, her own fears apparent in this revelation. The war was supposed to be over.

Amelia wanted to release tears of her own. But still, she held an unchanging sternness of stone, something unbreakable, showing a strong sense of obligation and duty, no matter the adversity. She had to be strong for the lady even though she could not be strong for herself. “Lady Ara, I’m terribly sorry. Lucia . . .” Her concern for the child shone within the sparkles of her green eyes as she uttered her name. “Should I go to her?”

Ara looked up at her, her amber eyes still wet with tears. Despite the circumstances, she released a slight smile, remembering her daughter. “Yes, please. Thank you.”
Mark A. Alvarez II is a Hispanic-American born in Houston, Texas. He’s a graduate of Texas State University, where he studied public relations and mass communication. He was an apprentice at the NEW Apprenticeship where he was certified in digital marketing. 
He is the CEO of Light Wings Promotions LLC, a digital marketing and creative branding agency in San Antonio, Texas, where Mark currently resides.

Mark Aaron Alvarez II will be awarding a $15 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 book blast each day. Enjoy!
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  1. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 

  2. I love the fascinating cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. This sounds quite interesting. I love the character and place names especially Terestria

  4. This sounds like a very good book.

  5. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

  6. Epic Fantasy - that sure catches my eye!
    And what an amazing cover.
    Thank you for sharing this.

  7. thank you for a chance to win!

  8. Sounds great, I like the cover.

  9. Your reading seems very interesting, I will take it into account.

  10. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

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  11. Nice fantasy to read on the summer days.

  12. Great cover! I'm looking forward to reading this.

  13. I like the colors of the book cover. The blue with the silver and the black is very stunning.

  14. How long was the writing process?

    1. The book was 10+ years in the making! Thanks for commenting!

  15. This sounds like a great read. Nice cover!

  16. I don't think I've read anything from the Epic Fantasy genre before. It sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. This sounds like a very interesting book with lots of fun details.

  19. "Dutybound is the story of Terestria and its Virtues, heirs of nobility forced to face the Sins of their forefathers and bring their world from the brink of Darkness."

    This sounds like a heavy plot. Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. Sounds like an interesting read.

  21. This book sounds like a good fantasy book.

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

  23. "Among them is Lucia Sanoon, High Maiden to the province of Moz and chosen of the Light Wings."

    Sounds fantastical. Thanks for the giveaway!

  24. I hope you are getting some rain - we are not.