Thursday, October 27, 2022

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Stairway to Heaven (Ballad of Fallen Angels #2) by Alex Stevens

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Stairway to Heaven by Alex Stevens. This book tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as a character bio. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $50 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Stairway to Heaven
Series: Ballad of Fallen Angels #2
Author: Alex Stevens
Publication Date: September 14th 2022
Print Length: 206 pages
Genre: Supernatural Thriller
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Corporal Jack Graven should be dead. Murdered by a vengeful angel at his own father's funeral, Jack is resurrected and returns to life carrying a terrible secret: he is the Archangel Gabriel reincarnated.

Jack's not the only one with secrets. His older brother, Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Graven "Demon of Kyoto", has just inherited his father's fortune and legacy as Lord of War, with no intention of stopping there: Tyler will someday rule the world.

The brothers reunite their elite military unit, “The Four Horsemen,” with Tyler’s longtime flame Colonel Diana Levitas and the mysterious Lance Corporal Jin Xialong. Together they seek to uncover the truth of Jack’s past life and propel Tyler to his impossible destiny.

Thrust into a supernatural war, the Gravens find salvation through the Black Muramasa, a cursed black katana and the only weapon that can destroy immortals. As they uncover more mysteries behind the ancient blade, they come face to face with the Devil himself, but in the most familiar of faces. Their pasts, presents, and futures all linked, the Four Horsemen must end the war once and for all to survive with their souls intact. Failing could mean the end of the world.

A follow up to the explosive first book in the Ballad of Fallen Angels series, “Sympathy for the Devil,” Book 2 is an action-packed, gun-slinging adventure that packs the punch of a military thriller with high-stakes supernatural intrigue.

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EXCERPT:
Before the man could blink, I pulled the twin Berettas from their holsters, my fingers hammering the triggers. Time for a bloodbath.

I had died once, and it wasn’t pleasant. An angel had swooped from the sky and smashed through my chest as if it were thin wallpaper at my father’s funeral. Since then, I realized, amongst other things, that I could move with godlike speed as necessary, which saved me from anguish on most occasions. The drug dealer's trigger squeeze stretched longer than the instant it took me to draw and fire, as I rolled to the right while dodging the threat of the man’s final shots. I fired several more times before he could accomplish the same feat.

He was the first to die.

I could feel the rounds closing in on me furiously, like an angry storm of tiny projectiles absent of remorse. I leapt forward into a dive and rolled to dodge several of them, sprinting to cover behind a cluster of barrels in the room’s corner. I would regenerate if anything pierced my armor, but after taking quite a few rounds over the years I realized pain was never enjoyable. A roomful of men would soon learn a powerful lesson: everyone is a hero until it’s time to reload. Unfortunately for the amateurs before me, they had begun firing simultaneously, and thus would be incapacitated in tandem while reloading.

A few seconds could stretch into a lifetime.
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CHARACTER BIO:
Lieutenant Colonel Tyler Graven,
Demon of Kyoto (Ivan)

Tyler Graven is the first adopted child of Lee Graven. Tyler, however, considers Richard more of a father than he’s ever considered Lee, as it was Richard who first found Tyler eating garbage out of a trash can behind a restaurant in Russia. Richard would then take Tyler in, after killing Tyler’s abusive step-father. Tyler is indisputably a genius and learns everything almost faster than it can be taught. He has an eidetic memory which spans across his entire lifetime, and is able to recall any bit of information in seconds. When Richard brought Tyler to Lee Graven’s door step, Lee almost immediately decides Tyler will continue his legacy as Lord of War, and he gifts the young boy the cursed Black Muramasa. Tyler is instantly addicted to the sword and desires nothing more than training with it to defeat Richard. This training seems to come to a screeching halt when Jack is adopted. Jack becomes Tyler’s training partner and Tyler goes from student to teacher as he instructs the newest Graven on how to survive. Tyler eventually joins the Marine Corps with Jack to escape their abusive home, where Tyler becomes the fastest promoted officer in history and eventually a legend when he single handedly saves Jack from a clan of Yakuza in Kyoto, earning him the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the name Demon of Kyoto. However, later in the same deployment Tyler realizes the danger of owning the Black Muramasa when he uses it to kill an entire village in Somalia. Tyler relinquishes ownership of the Muramasa with hopes to never see it again. That is until his family is in danger of being attacked by immortals.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Alex Stevens is a Marine Corps Veteran with two deployments and a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Interdisciplinary Studies program, a unique undergraduate degree that caters to students with various interests of study. He is also an advent traveler and philosophy enthusiast who has spent a lifetime studying religions, with a focus on Non-denominational Christianity. 

Alex spends most of his time going for walks, spending time with loved ones, and when the juices are flowing, writing. Fantasy fiction is his great escape from the mundane and he likes to create fantastical realities that are blended with non-fictional people, places, and events.

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GIVEAWAY:
Alex Stevens will be awarding a $50 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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49 comments:

  1. Sounds like a wonderful read. How did you decide on the cover?

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    1. Thanks! It actually took quite a while and I used a lot of peer review from other authors and designers.

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  2. Do you think your time in the military helped your writing?

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    1. Most definitely. The first book was similar to a memoir with supernatural elements and fabrication. It also helps a lot when writing fight scenes.

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  3. I need to get out of the contemporary romance genre - help me!!

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    1. Haha, read my books!

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    2. Sorry for posting anonymously

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  4. I enjoyed reading the character bio and the excerpt, I am looking forward to reading Stairway to Heaven!

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

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    1. Thanks, you too! I hope you enjoy the novel!

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  5. I enjoyed the post. I love that you are giving Character Bios. How many books do you plan on having in this series?

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    1. Originally it was supposed to be three books. Now, I’m not really sure.

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  6. Wishing you the best in all of your success!

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    1. Thanks, Thomas. Hope you enjoy reading my works.

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    1. Thank you. Hopefully you get a chance to read it!

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  8. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Yes. It’s very easy to get discouraged in this business. I would say if you know you have a story worth telling, tell it. And if nothing else, after hiring an editor of course, self publishing is always an option.

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  9. looks like a fun one

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    1. Thanks Daniel, hope you enjoy!

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  10. Thanks so much for posting. A question for readers: who’s your favorite authors?

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  11. this is an amazing concept, and something different!

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  12. This sounds like a very refreshing book.

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  13. This looks like an interesting read. Best of luck with the success of the publication.

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  14. Sounds like an interesting book. I like the cover.

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

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  16. My brother would like this book.

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  17. What a great Supernatural Thriller to read with an "angel"! Great twist to the book!

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  18. Happy Friday! I hope that you have enjoyed your book tour as much as I have enjoyed reading about you and your work throughout this tour. Stairway to Heaven sounds like an awesome story and I am looking forward to reading it and the other books from the series. Have a great weekend!

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  20. I love the cover and book name. Good work.

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  21. The book sounds very intriguing. Great cover!

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

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  23. Have a good Halloween!

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  24. I enjoyed reading the story lines and the excerpt

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  25. What's the furthest you've ever been?

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  26. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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