Monday, August 1, 2022

Book Blitz and Giveaway: Storm and Flame (Enchanted #1) by Mallory Wanless

Title: Storm and Flame
Series: Enchanted #1
Author: Mallory Wanless
Publisher: Enchanted Publishing
Publication Date: September 22nd 2022
Print Length: 346 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

Elena has always been a disappointment. Her magic is practically non-existent and now, on her sixteenth birthday, she is expelled from magic school by the strict headmistress–also known as her mother. Cast out into the world of the magically inept with only her familiar for company, Elena feels lost and alone until she meets a strange boy in the woods.

Quinn is a thief, a hunter, and a hothead. His unexpected friendship with Elena awakens a fiery side in him–quite literally–and uncovers new and surprising magical abilities. Except men aren’t supposed to be capable of magic.

With Quinn’s help, Elena carves a safe new life as a barmaid, but when she is attacked, her powers awaken with shocking ferocity. Elena’s explosion of magic creates a power surge that attracts the attention of magical investigators, sent to uncover and contain the source of the power surge.

But the awakening of their powers kickstarts an ancient prophecy. Will they be able to escape those that hunt them? Can they fulfill the prophecy, destroy the turmio and save magic from being destroyed once and for all?

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When you grow up in an orphanage, you learn to read people pretty quickly. When you grow up in an orphanage run by an abusive drunk and his neglectful wife, you learn that everyone is full of sh*t and you have to fend for yourself if you want to survive. The former enabled Quinn to do the latter. Reading people helped him find good marks, then he and Lyra would rob them blind. Lyra was quick and clever, like most foxes, but she was special. She could start fires with the flick of her tail, which came in very handy when you needed to distract a mark to pickpocket them, or on cold nights when you didn’t have an actual roof or walls to protect you from the harsh frost seasons. He’d learned long ago that they had to take care of themselves. That meant doing whatever it took to survive.

Q didn’t like looting corpses, but he wasn’t above it either; sometimes they had the best sh*t. When he saw her lying there half-curled against the cold, on the side of the road just outside the Dark Woods, he couldn’t pass up the golden opportunity. She had a whole bag of who-knows-what lying next to her. It could just be food, but it could be decent enough stuff to sell or use themselves. Even if it was food, he and Lyra weren’t exactly feasting these days. Besides, she was dead. What did a dead girl need with whatever was in that bag?

“Lyra, you know the drill,” he whispered. As a fox, she was innately adept at sneaking, which was why she always made the initial approach. They’d tried other ways when they first started out on their own, but this was by far the most effective. Q sat back, partially hidden behind an old oak tree, and waited.

As Lyra crept closer, he could feel her heart rate slow and her senses heighten. She was inches from the corpse when he felt a violent shock, as though he’d been struck by lightning. He cried out, as did Lyra, before nearly blacking out. Q pulled himself from behind the tree, barely able to crawl to his knees before a second, more powerful blast struck them and he keeled over completely.
Mallory Wanless lives in Texas with her husband and their two young boys. She spends her days homeschooling and full-time parenting. Her nights, and any free time she manages to carve out during the day, are devoted to reading and writing.

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  1. very nice cover, this sounds really interesting

  2. Looks like a great fantasy with a great cover

  3. Sounds like a great Young Adult Fantasy story. I like the cover.

  4. I love anything to do with magic and fantasy. This book sounds awesome.

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

  6. David HollungsworthAugust 1, 2022 at 6:21 PM

    This book sounds very interesting.

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

  8. after reading the book excerpt I was hooked-thanks

  9. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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

  11. Sounds fascinating.

  12. Thanks for the great blurb and excerpt. The book sounds intriguing. Great cover.

  13. What a great genre title and cover!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  14. Nothing like a fantasy book with a strong female at the center.

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

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  16. Seyma Bennett ShabbirAugust 8, 2022 at 4:56 PM

    I love magic stories!! This sounds amazing!

  17. Storm and Flame sounds like an interesting read. Best of luck with the success of it.

  18. The book detail sounds amazing.

  19. looks like a fun one

  20. My daughter would enjoy this book.

  21. Sounds like a great read. I enjoyed the excerpt