Sunday, November 6, 2022

Blog Tour and Giveaway: A Light in the Window (Charm Wars #2) by Dan Lutts

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for A Light in the Window by Dan Lutts. This tour was organized by Lola's Blog Tours. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book. There's also the tour wide giveaway for a chance to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
Title: A Light in the Window
Series: Charm Wars #2
Author: Dan Lutts
Publisher: Castine Press
Publication Date: October 14th 2022
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy

ALYSE DEJUNE FLED Caldon to avoid becoming a pawn in her matriarch’s attempt to have the Dejunes remain a powerful First Family among their noblesse allies. She intends to seek refuge at her uncle’s legionary camp deep within the forest-covered wilderness of The Marches while he tries to patch things up between her and their matriarch. But even the best of plans can go awry, and Alyse’s does when she is captured by brigands. She believes they intend to hold her for ransom but soon learns they have a worse fate in store for her.

RILL LARKIN FINALLY achieved his lifelong goal of becoming a mage even though he alienated his family and his best friend in the process. Now a mage serving the powerful Estati Family, he is part of a search party that intends to find Alyse and bring her back to Caldon—by force, if necessary. But Rill didn’t anticipate having to deal with a band of brigands who vastly outnumber his small group of pursuers or with a brigand leader who loathes the Dejunes. Those miscalculation have horrible, life-threatening consequences for Rill.

As Rill’s condition got worse and worse each day, a dark cloud of depression hovered over Alyse. Even though she knew applying healing hands wasn’t working, she used that magic on Rill anyway, each time praying to the One Goddess and begging that She intervene. But if the One Goddess had heard, She was refusing Alyse’s fervent requests. Jenna and Dorn expressed their concern every time Alyse came out of his bedroom. Sometimes after she answered, Alyse caught them exchanging that same silent message.

This morning, despair settled heavily in her chest as she left Rill’s bedroom. After closing the door, she leaned against it, buried her face in her hands, and sobbed. Dorn had just come in from the field to fetch something, Jenna was spinning wool, and Serin was carding wool to separate the fibers so Jenna could spin them. Jenna motioned for Serin to leave, then crossed the rough-hewn floorboards with Dorn to where Alyse was weeping.

Jenna put an arm around Alyse’s shoulder. “He’s gettin’ worse?”

Alyse looked at their blurry faces, and her throat thickened. “He’s dying, and there’s nothing I can do except watch him die.” She drew in a huge, ragged lungful of air. “It’s only a matter of days before . . .” She slumped against Jenna. “If only Priestess Sybil were here. Or Kendra. They’d know what to do. But me . . . I don’t. All I can do is watch him die.”

Sobs racked her body.

Gently, Jenna wiped tears from Alyse’s cheek. “He means a great deal to you, don’t he?”

“We’ve been through a lot together.”

“Do ya love him?”

Alyse pulled back, and her tear-drenched eyes popped open in surprise. “Love him? No. But there’s a . . . a connection between us. Between me, him, and his family. I think maybe the Five Sisters wove all of our tapestries together for some reason. But whatever that reason is, the Sisters don’t care about it anymore.”

Dorn frowned at his wife. “I think it’s time.”

Jenna nodded.

Alyse sniffed and wiped snot from her nose. “Time for what?”

Dorn motioned to Jenna. “You tell her.”

Maybe it’s time we visited Twalla,” Jenna said.

“Who’s that?” Alyse asked.

Jenna hesitated, then glanced at Dorn who motioned for her to continue. “A strenga.”

Alyse’s stomach lurched violently in horror as she stepped back and bumped against the latch on the bedroom door but was oblivious to the metal digging into her spine. “A strenga!”
Dan Lutts author bio
Dan Lutts, the author of Charm Wars, was brought up in Quincy, Massachusetts, and began addictively reading Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman comic books at an early age, much to his mother's distress. In junior high school, he switched to reading science fiction novels. While in high school and college, he wrote science fiction short stories.

Dan taught history and archaeology in high school for ten years. After being laid off because of budget cuts, he used his love of writing to retrain and became a software technical editor and writer. He worked for several computer companies, taught technical writing at the college level, and worked as a freelance writer. Now, combining his love of history and writing, he works at a World War II museum doing research and writing.

Dan loves to read and has varied tastes, including Young Adult, historical fiction, mysteries, 18th-century sea epics, and history. He especially enjoys Young Adult fiction and decided to try his hand at it. Charm Wars, Dan’s first novel, is the result.

Dan lives in rural Maine with his wife, Lisa. When he’s not working or writing, Dan can be found reading, making and shooting medieval arrows with his longbow, or playing with his dog and two cats—all rescue animals.

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  1. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  2. Love the sound of the book! Best of all the first book in the series is on sale.

  3. I became a big fan of Dan Lutts’ work just this year. He really inspires you with his strong, female characters!

  4. I love the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this is a must read book and series for my teen-aged grandchildren and I. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details and for offering a giveaway

  5. I love the cover of this one and it sounds super good.
    heather hgtempaddy

  6. Sounds like a great read. Thank you! :)

  7. Do you have any advice for new writers?

  8. I plan to get book 1 as soon as pay day gets here!

  9. How long does it take to write a book?

  10. Sounds interesting! Thank you for sharing your book!

  11. This sounds like a great book. I like the cover and excerpt.

  12. Looks like a great book

  13. Love when I find authors who have lived a life outside of writing. I think it often enhances the writing to be able to draw from your own experiences or put yourself in someone else's mindset via seeing it out in the real world.

  14. This sounds like an interesting book! Thank you for sharing!

  15. I'm really looking forward to reading this book and sharing it with my granddaughter.