Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Excerpt Tour and Giveaway: God of Summer by Kat Chant

Welcome to my stop on the excerpt tour for God of Summer by Kat Chant. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an exclusive excerpt from the book as well as the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the rest of the stops on the tour for more exclusive excerpts. Enjoy!
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Title: God of Summer
Author: Kat Chant
Publication Date: September 12th 2022
Print Length: 380 pages
Genre: Dark Paranormal Fantasy
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Back in the Bronze Age, Angus McCraggan sacrificed his life to break the Celtic curse laid on his kind. He failed. Millennia later, he returns to modern Ireland to find his people have become feral, vengeful shadows. With his hollow hill now packed with tourists, he uses his power to keep his past hidden.

Until an American calls him out.

Since a banshee attacked her as a teen, Erin De Santos has been tormented by dreams of a boy she’s never met. Armed with a new identity, she returns to the Emerald Isle determined to face her nightmare. But her discovery turns fatal.

When the banshee strikes again, Angus surrenders his heart—and his hope of freeing his people—to save her. With his life now hers and his curse descending, Erin must make a terrible choice: kill her savior or share his doom.

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EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT:
“You’re siding with him.” Gorge rose in his throat. “Several millennia to plot and scheme and this is your solution?” He shook his head. “I’ve had seven years living in this world, reliant upon those Manann considers our enemies, and they do not deserve this.”

“We cannot allow you to forsake your duty just because you would prefer to forget your past.”

“Forget?” Angus returned to his feet, the better to loom. “What happened feels like yesterday to me. And yet I can forgive those who played no part in our fate save to inherit what their ancestors took.”

“And so, after drinking yourself senseless, you betray your kin and destroy our hopes by wedding the O’Neill girl in front of witnesses with the Sight?”

“Caer shredded her soul, Bree. On my watch in a territory I defended.”

“Which justifies your decision?”

“I was no more going to restore a crazed killer with my heart than I’d offer it to you. I thought we had that long established, my sweet sister. If anything, I’d expect you to be grateful you’re spared the trauma of me marrying you.”

“It would be a trauma for you, too.”

She turned from him to look toward Newgrange. The rear of his monument, lacking the white quartz façade, could have been an ordinary hill.

He shook his head though she couldn’t see. “Not once you Chose me. You forget I held our father in my arms, covered in his blood. I know exactly how much he continued to love my mother even after she called for his death.”

“You shared your weak and broken heart with a dead woman. How can I explain what you’ve done so you understand?”

Breda’s voice licked at him with the low, intense heat of a furnace, each word a flame. As if he didn’t know he’d restored Erin to life by usurping rights that were not his and abdicated his responsibility to his kin by giving his heart.

“Perhaps use small words when you tell me.”

“Telling you teaches you nothing! I once thought as you did. To bridge our peoples, I saved a soul. The price I asked was so small: to be a friend to one in need. It proved too much to ask of an enemy. If you do not fulfill our Lord’s task, then he will use my act of mercy to betray us both, you thick-headed, noble-hearted fool.”

Her posture straightened and her expression grew distant, as it did when she drew on her authority as the Lady of the Land, the Bantiarná na hÉireann. “I grant you until summer’s peak to guide your people into the light and restore them to flesh, Óenghus Óg who some call Angus McCraggan. Should you fail in the attempt, or attempt to fail, then my Chief’s curse will fall on you in full.”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kat Chant is an award-winning writer. A bookworm who grew into a history buff, she swapped beaches for castles and moved from Australia to the UK. When studying medieval history, she fell in love with a lad from Ireland…and fell in love with his country, too.

She and her family live in the heart of Ireland, surrounded by fields in forty shades of green.

Kat is a keen cook and often experiments with traditional farmhouse foods such as making bread, cheese, jam and liqueurs. She also decorates the occasional cake.

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GIVEAWAY:
Kat Chant will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

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

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69 comments:

  1. Good book for Fall reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  2. Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Heather. I hope God of Summer brings back happy memories of your visit to Ireland.

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    1. You're welcome! Yes, I loved Ireland when I went. Such a beautiful country <3 Thanks for stopping by my blog. =)

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  3. love the cover, congrats on the release

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    1. Thanks! It was so exciting to hold it as a 'real' book. (It got printed out a LOT as a manuscript.)

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    1. Nothing is as fun to write as cursing a character with his worst nightmare. I hope it's just as fun to read.

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  5. What an interesting storyline - I need something different! Thanks!

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    1. I've made a particular effort to twist the ending while still having a HEA. Hope you enjoy it!

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  6. The cover guy is the best. oooh la la

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

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  8. What kind of beverage do you like to keep on hand while writing?

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    1. I should say Irish whiskey, right? (Sometimes that's true: my favourite is Writer's Tears, a triple-distilled, copper pot, single malt.) Mostly, however, it's herbal tea / tisane.

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  9. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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    1. Thanks for your support across the tour, Sherry.

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  10. I am so loving the cover of this one sounds amazing.
    heather hgtempaddy@hotmail.com

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  11. Dark Paranormal Fantasy - Love this genre along with the cover!
    Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Ghouls and beasties and ghosts... along with hot guys that go bump in the night!

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  12. Do you ever read your own books?

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    1. More times than I can count! Once you've written the first draft, there's re-writing and polishing. Then you start edits and you re-read for each of those. Then there are galleys to proof for typos, etc. I had three of those just for this one book!

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  13. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Keep at it and learn your craft. I highly recommend joining a writers group/organisation in your chosen genre.

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  14. The book sounds interesting, email> r.d1@myfairpoint.net

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    1. I hope readers see a side of Ireland they never knew.

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  15. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read book and series for me. Thank you for sharing the author's bio and book details

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  16. this sounds like a wonderful book

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  17. Love the cover, enjoyed the excerpt, God of Summer sounds like a great book for me!

    Thanks for sharing it with me and have a marvelous day!

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

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  19. Where is your favourite place to shop?

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    1. Online! I live in a super rural part of Ireland and the real shops are miles away.

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  20. sounds like a fun one

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  21. That is a sexy cover!

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    1. Thanks Marisela. Kris Norris really found a guy with soul.

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  23. Where is your favorite place to write?

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    1. I love writing in cafes but these days I'm pretty much stuck in my very cute, book-lined office.

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  24. What author do you most admire?

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  25. congrats on the book, best wishes on the tour

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  26. Thanks for hosting this giveaway and for a chance to win a $25 Amazon/Barnes & Noble Gift Card. I must admit that I have never read a Dark Paranormal Fastasy novel before, but as the saying goes, “Never, Say Never”. This novel does sound interesting and I am going to read it. Thanks again.

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    1. I'm delighted you're giving it a go. Be sure to let me know how you find it!

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  27. The fantasy book sounds fun to read. Thank you for introducing it.

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  28. Happy Friday!

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  29. The guy on the cover is hot. This sounds like my kind of book. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  30. Hot, time-travelling guys ~ sounds good to me!

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  31. Have you ever been to a GLBT+ pride parade?

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  32. Sounds like a good book. And the cover is wonderful! Thank you for sharing

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