Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: The Assassin's Legacy (Minte and Magic Adventure #2) by D. Lieber

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for The Assassin's Legacy (Minte and Magic Adventure #2) by D. Lieber. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a Russian tea kit. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: The Assassin's Legacy
Series: Minte and Magic Adventure #2
Author: D. Lieber
Publisher: Ink & Magick
Publication Date: October 12th 2021
Print Length: 353 pages
Genre: Urban Fantasy Adventure
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He hasn’t been Aleksandr Sergeyevich Volonov, legendary monster-hunting assassin for ten years. Now, he is only Sasha, charming deckhand on a merchant airship so recently destroyed by pirates.

All he wants is to find another job and keep moving. But that simple plan is thwarted when his sister sends an assassin to murder him. His only choice is to return to Saint Petersburg and renounce his claim to his family’s title.

Trapped by his late father’s machinations, Sasha finds himself surrounded by death threats, engaged to a brutal villainess, shadowed by his cheeky assassin, and forced to lead the organization bent on eliminating all supernatural creatures from the Russian Empire.

As he struggles to keep hold on the man he is, Sasha must face who he used to be in this modern steampunk fantasy adventure full of folklore, banter, and artifice.

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EXCERPT:
The cold wind off the Gulf of Finland seeped into my soul, greeting me like a mother’s caress. I had left the pleasant autumn of the west behind. Nothing warmed the heart quite like the promise of a Russian winter. Sighing, I smiled to myself and strolled in the direction of the river. A line of small steamboats with black and yellow striped canopies patiently waited on the river’s edge. Their smoke stacks, which stuck up through the canopies, puffed white water vapor, telling us they were ready at any time.

After we’d hopped into a taxi, I asked the driver to take us to Volonov Manor. We chugged up the Neva, and I watched the grand palaces and mansions drift by. I could still remember the names and faces of their boyar residents, those I’d grown up with. Their salons and drawing rooms, the many balls and parties, the dinners and concerts: the gilded façade that was my youth. I also remembered their cellars and basements: prisons for the creatures of the night, poor souls who were only kept alive to torture for information and study to find better ways of killing others of their kind.

Of course, not all of the noble families were members of the Ubyzniki, just the trusted few. Five families, still favored by the empress, made up the Ubyzniki. Five families with their many branches filled the ranks of “monster” hunting assassins. They lurked in forests, alleys, and ballrooms alike, stalking their supernatural prey and keeping the unknowing citizens of the Russian Empire safe. I scoffed at their hypocrisy, their righteous hubris, as all the contentment I’d felt upon landing in Saint Petersburg drained out of me.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
D. Lieber is an urban fantasy author with a wanderlust that would make a butterfly envious. When she isn’t planning her next physical adventure, she’s recklessly jumping from one fictional world to another. Her love of reading led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.

Beyond her skeptic and slightly pessimistic mind, Lieber wants to believe. She has been many places—from Canada to England, France to Italy, Germany to Russia—believing that a better world comes from putting a face on “other.” She is a romantic idealist at heart, always fighting to keep her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds.

Lieber lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cats (Yin and Nox). 

Published Works:
Conjuring Zephyr June 2016
The Exiled Otherkin (Minte and Magic Adventure #1) November 2017
Intended Bondmates (Intended Fates #1) June 2018
In Search of a Witch’s Soul (Council of Covens Noir, #1) March 2019
Dancing with Shades (Council of Covens Noir, #0) August 2019
Once in a Black Moon March 2020
A Very Witchy Yuletide October 2020
The Treason of Robin Hood March 2021
The Assassin's Legacy (Mine and Magic Adventure #2) October 2021

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GIVEAWAY:
D. Lieber will be awarding a Russian tea kit which includes a podstakannik and glass, tea, jam, and spoon to one randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!
(US only.)

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

83 comments:

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    1. Thanks for the question, Deborah. The writing process for this one was pretty long because I kept starting and stopping. After the first few chapters, I stopped so I could go to Russia for research. So all-in-all, I'd say it took about a year and a half from first words down to final edits.

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  2. This sounds like a fascinating and exotic book that is well worth reading!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  3. Thanks so much for having me on your blog!

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  4. Thank you so much for hosting! Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Thanks for the question, Jamie! I have tons of advice for new writers haha. But two things I think are the most important for everyone (because I'd give different advice depending on the person). 1. Write. Finish that book. You’ll never be an author if you don’t complete your work. You can do it. I believe in you! 2. Develop a thick skin, she says to herself as much as you. Seriously though, you need to take rejection as part of the process. It sucks. There’s no way around it. It’s going to hurt every time. But it is inevitable. Don’t lose hope. And remember, if no one wants to take a chance on your brilliant creation, you have tons of self-publishing options. I know, I know. It’s so much better to have someone pay you to publish your book, but do some research and give it serious thought. Different routes work for different writers. And if you do go the self-pub route, for goodness' sake, HIRE AN EDITOR! That is the most important thing you can do to ensure the success of your work. Hope that helps!

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  5. How did you choose what genre of book to write ?

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    1. Thanks for the question, satkins. I started writing urban fantasy with romantic twists because those were the stories I enjoyed reading the most. But a lot of times I start with a genre I'd like to explore. For the Minte and Magic series (The Exiled Otherkin and The Assassin's Legacy), I wanted to write a modern steampunk book with faeries. I wanted that mashup of genres. And then The Assassin's Legacy just sort of spun out from there when I gave a side character from The Exiled Otherkin his own story. Or like with In search of a Witch's Soul, I wanted to write a noir. Or with A Very Witchy Yuletide, I wanted to write a Pagan holiday romance. I just sort of get into moods and want to try my hand with that type of story, or live in that type of writing space for a while. Sometimes it's more craft based, like with The Treason of a Robyn Hood. I took a lot of the romance angle out of it because the story needed to be focused on other threads; the message was getting muddled and lost. So sometimes it's my mood, and sometimes it's what the story needs to be the best it can be.

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  6. Cover looks awesome! Excerpt is intriguing. Great work!

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  7. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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  8. I have never used a Russian Tea Kit before!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Well...it's more like a kit I cobbled together. But it does have some of the components. Good luck in the drawing! What's your favorite way to take tea, Nancy?

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  9. I'm looking forward to reading this book. I have family living in Russia (a few aunts and uncles I have even met when I was a child), and love all things paranormal. I also love Russian tea! Good luck to all in the contest.

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    1. So glad to hear from you, neednap! I tried my very best to get all the cultural and folklore stuff right for this book. I even had a Russian sensitivity reader (Hi, Oleg!) check everything from language to folklore for me just to be sure. I hope you will enjoy it. How do you take your Russian tea? Good luck in the giveaway, and a big здороваться to your family!

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  10. Do you have a nickname? How'd you get it?

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    1. A nickname? In my regular, not author life? That's an interesting question I've never been asked. haha. Yes, but it's just a shortened version of my full name, nothing special.

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  11. Thanks for answering my question. Knowing that you went to Russia for research while writing The Assassin's Legacy makes me want to read it even more.

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    1. Yay! I'm always happy when my extra effort adds to reader enjoyment. I hope you like it!

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  12. Sounds like an interesting read. Looking forward to reading the book.

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  13. I would so love to read this one and I love the cover too.
    heather hgtempaddy@Hotmail.com

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


    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  15. DO you have a favorite flavor of tea to drink with your own Russian Tea Kit?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I am not even close to a Russian tea expert. And, unfortunately, while I was visiting, I didn't get a chance to try authentically made Russian tea. I don't have all that fancy equipment at home, like a samovar. But I do have my own little podstakannik and glass. If I'm playing make-believe and trying to make tea the way my online research says Russians sometimes drink it, I usually make strong Assam tea (because it is plain and black) and sweeten it with strawberry jam. ��

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  16. It sounds very descriptive with that seeping and caressing cold wind!

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    1. Thanks, John! Glad it's giving you that real-feel setting.

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    1. 1995 Matchbox orange Pontiac GTO Judge #70 ��

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  18. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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    1. You are really making me think about my life, Jamie. haha. Favorite Halloween candy? Hmmm anything with chocolate. I can't choose. But I can tell you what it isn't for sure: candy corn!

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  19. The blue color on the cover really matches the fellow's eyes and makes them stand out!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Absolutely. My cover designer did such a good job. Shout out to Maria!

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  20. Have your extensive travels helped you in writing your books- if so how much has it helped

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    1. Absolutely, satkins! In fact, the last few times I've travelled out of country, I did so specifically for book research. Seeing the setting in real life makes a huge difference for me in being able to portray vibrant sensory experiences for my readers.

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  21. Do Russians eat anything when they drink their tea?

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. So, like I said, I didn't get to actually attend one. But I did do research for the tea scene in my book. Looks like fairly average things: cookies, biscuits, tarts, etc. Though I'm sure some of their flavors are pretty exciting for us. I mean, they have crab and sausage flavored potato chips (the sausage in particular were amazing), so yeah.

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  22. When did you last pull an all nighter?

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  23. If you could live anywhere that you have traveled-where would it be ?

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    1. Ooo that's a fun question. I'd have to say Alberta, Canada. I went there to research for my time travel romance Once in a Black Moon. It was absolutely breathtaking!

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  24. Tonight the low temperature is supposed to be in the 40's. I bet a glass of Russian Tea would hit the spot!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Indeed! I just harvested some spruce needles from my tree today, and I've heard that tea made from them is high in vitamin C. Perhaps I will try some of that later when the temps drop, or maybe I will make potpourri. Who knows?

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  25. Reading your book with a glass of hot Russian tea by my side sounds like a great plan for a chilly day!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Oh, it is! And since you're so into tea, I've made a blog post with a tea recipe from the book.
      https://www.dlieber.com/post/tea-recipe-from-the-assassin-s-legacy

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  26. With the weather getting cooler, our thoughts turn to warm beverages and reading exciting books!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  27. Do you wear glasses? What do you frames look like>?

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  28. It would be fun to drink hot Russian Tea with a friend.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  29. What is your favourite part of fall?

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  30. Reading about your book and the prize made me remember an old non-authentic recipe for Russian Spiced Tea made with Tang, iced tea mix, and some other ingredients!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Haha that's funny! I've never heard of that.

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  31. A cup of hot tea and a great book are comforting in a cold day.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  32. Cheers to discovering books and authors who are new to me!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  33. I love the curved handle on the Russian tea glass!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  34. Do you still have your wisdom teeth/

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  35. I think the tradition of drinking Russian tea is fun and charming!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  36. Cheers to reading lots of great new books!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  37. What do you like to watch on Youtube?

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  38. The character on your cover has very handsome blue eyes!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  39. Cheers to the last day of October!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  40. What did you do for Halloween night?

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  41. What's crazy court case you've ever heard of?

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  42. Finland sounds like an interesting country. Might be fun to learn more about the culture.

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  43. Have you ever punched someone straight in the face?

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