Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: The Songs of Fate (War of Fate Saga #1) by K.W. Hall

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Songs of Fate by K.W. Hall. This blog tour was organized by Author Marketing Experts. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a fantastic guest post from the author. There's also a giveaway specific to this blog to win a $10 Starbucks gift card and a premium box of swag. Enjoy!
Title: The Songs of Fate
Series: War of Fate Saga #1
Author: K.W. Hall
Publication Date: April 22nd 2022
Print Length: 423 pages
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
For the past three years, Charlie has fought against the power growing inside her—the strange sparks of light are painful but brutally intoxicating. Just like her dreams of a gray-eyed warrior.

After fighting an unknown creature while hiking, Charlie is aided by a friendly stranger, Logan. But Logan is not who he pretends to be…

When Charlie discovers her dark dreams are not just fantasies but linked to missing men in San Diego, she delves into a world beyond her own—a world of darkness, love, and war… The War of Fate.

The frigid waters cooled my fevered skin and soothed the aching burn deep in my mind. Gentle currents tugged me deeper into the darkness, blanketing me in its icy depths.

My body stilled as I waited. My raven locks ebbed freely through the water, blending with the current until they were one and the same.

I recognized him before I saw him.

He lurked behind the cobalt blue veil of ocean. His perilous warmth reached my body before he extended his hand to me. His palm was embedded with an onyx black symbol. It pulsed with power—a strength that called to me. I paused and looked into his eyes.

His eyes were not just gray. They illuminated the darkness, glowing like liquid silver, twisting and raging in a deadly storm.

I could almost taste the intoxicating notes of citrus and nectar that lingered on his tongue. My hand twitched with the anticipation of touching him again, but with his kiss came so much more.

I swallowed quickly. My throat constricted at the memory.

The water tugged at my clothes. My shirt clung to my shoulders and swayed around my abdomen. The water weighed me down.

Every time we met he seemed closer, more familiar, more dangerous.

I reached for him, craving the sight of his eyes as much as his treacherous kiss.

His bronzed arms were streaked with white scars up to his neck. He came closer, not yet within reach, but I could view a thick brand cut into his bare chest. His torso was lean. His arms appeared to have been sculpted from black obsidian.

I licked my lips. Fear coated my tongue. I couldn’t be here again… I had to escape. I struggled, my hands slicing through the water, kicking away from him.

I knew what he would do.

Gray Eyes continued to grasp for me as the water pulsed around him.

I couldn’t look away from the strange marking on his palm. The lines were sharp and intricate, melding and swirling together. They looked ancient and threatening, like the man that was before me.

I thrashed in the ocean.

He was now only a whisper away from gripping my arm. His opposite hand held a dagger, slightly eclipsed in the murky waters. The knife was long and wicked, forged with a golden-tipped handle and strange markings etched down the blade.

I couldn’t control my movements. My body was not mine anymore.

His hand wrapped around my forearm, and I felt like I was being ripped apart. White lightning struck behind my eyes. My body went still. The pain was ecstasy. I was drawn to him without my consent by a force I couldn’t fight.

He dropped his chin, and his lips brushed mine. A slight kiss. Barely a caress.

Oh yes… this was what I wanted.

His temptingly warm lips whispered foreign words before returning to mine. The sweet taste of his mouth fought for supremacy against the burning in my mind.

I could feel myself lean into his kiss. My hands went to touch him, to sweep the black hair away from his face. I wanted to see the face of the man who had haunted me for years. I had tried so many times, but the darkness always veiled his face.

His arm snaked around my back. His blazing palm pressed me closer to his bare chest, and I kept reaching for him. I needed more. I wanted more.

The cold edge of the blade glided up my arm. The dagger’s edge brushed over my delicate skin. He stroked the tip over my shoulder, teasing me with the blade.

His lips hovered over mine as the silver edge continued its path up my body. My tongue swept out to his lips on its own volition. He withdrew his mouth from mine and firmly held the tip of the blade over my heart…
K.W. Hall made the leap into romance writing at the beginning of 2021. She hasn’t looked back after leaving her career as a registered nurse to pursue her dream of writing steamy romance novels. In her previous life, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Belmont, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Alabama, and a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology from Auburn University. After years of searching, she realized creating new worlds of romance and adventure was her calling.

Raised as an Army brat, K.W. lived all over the southern United States during her childhood. She currently resides in Honolulu, Hawaii with her own warrior husband. When not reading or writing, she can be found running the sandy beaches of Oahu. Okay, that wasn’t completely truthful. More likely, she is staring at the waves with a drink in her hand.

Eir (Island of Mercy)
by K.W. Hall

Charlie enters a world of war and darkness. In this world, there is a reprieve, a sanctuary from the war. Unknown to many others fighting the war, there is a land of hope—the world of Eir. Eir translates to Mercy, and it truly is for many. It is a world of refugees who survived the war, but their home worlds were destroyed. This land of Eir is not only a place of solace for the refugees but also the warriors who protect it. Eir is one of the best kept secrets in the War of Fate.

When writing The Songs of Fate, creating and describing this secondary world of Eir was extremely rewarding. I drew inspiration from the Hawaiian islands I currently call home. The black sand beaches of the Big Island have always fascinated me. The stunning black beaches were created by the volcanoes of the island. On Maui, Red Sand Beach will take your breath away. Hike a little further on Maui to the towering forests along the Road to Hana and see trees with bark-like rainbows. Explore even more and find sacred pools with hidden waterfalls. These islands of majestic and lush mountains with crystal-clear oceans have been a constant place of serenity, an escape from a fast-paced life for me. And I wanted to share a piece of it with the rest of the world.

Like the Hawaiian islands, Eir is a place the refugees and warriors wish to protect at all costs. They do not want the land changed by the darkness that is ravaging other worlds. The parallels remain true between fiction and reality—both Hawaii and Eir are most beautiful in their natural and wild form. The sanctity and union of man with the land is also something I tried to represent throughout The Songs of Fate.

While the island of Eir has different races from various worlds across the universe, all come together with a common understanding of what war is, and what life is. The refugees of Eir feast, dance, and love openly without restrictions of what certain cultures dictate. When war, violence, and death are a constant threat, how do you live? That is the question these refugees have found the answer for: love.

The refugees of Eir love often, love freely, and love like it is their last day. Despite different races, creeds, home worlds, and sexual orientations, they find their own way of loving and living together. Even in the darkest times, when you have lost everything—your home, your family, your world—time, love, and a land of solace can heal these wounds.

In The Songs of Fate Charlie finds herself hiding a secret, torn between love and duty in this paradise. Even though her heart is split in two, the island of Eir, like my Hawaiian home, has a way of healing even the most desperate. But for Charlie the question remains—on an island of Mercy—how do you save yourself?

I am interested to hear your thoughts about what is your solace or your place of retreat from the crazy world.
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  1. Thank you the beautiful feature and the opportunity for a guest post. I’m excited to share my romantic fantasy “The Songs of Fate” with the rest of the world! Sending my love from Hawaii,
    —K.W. Hall

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

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

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  4. Congrats on your new release.

    Looks like a good read.

  5. I like the excerpt and cover. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I like the excerpt and think this sounds like a good book.

  7. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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

  9. You are a new author for me- after reading the excerpt I would like to read this book-thanks

  10. The book sounds very intriguing. Love the cover!

  11. I like everything about this book - genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  12. Luv finding new interesting books / authors, Thank you

  13. Do have a favorite writing pen?

  14. The Songs of Fate in the Series War of Fate Saga #1
    by author K.W. Hall sounds like a book that many people would enjoy reading.

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  15. Can’t wait to read this! Sounds so good! Thanks for sharing!

  16. I would love to read it sounds like a book I would enjoy.