Book Promo Feature – The Gifted Ones: A Reader by Maria Romana

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome Maria Romana to the blog. She’s here to share about her book, The Gifted Ones: A Reader. If this book sounds like something that you would be interested in reading, please find buy links below and pick up a copy or two.

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go_cover1_1600x2400_loGrace Nagle has seen more than her share of tragedy in thirty-three years, but she’s finally settled into a solitary and quiet life raising her teenaged niece Ellie…quiet, that is, as long as she can keep Ellie in the dark about a certain genetic gift that runs in the family. After Ellie’s frightening encounter with the new boy in town, however, Grace can no longer hide the truth. At first, Ellie is thrilled with her new life and her new, Gifted friends, and even Grace starts to reconsider her lonely existence with so many Gifted men around. But when it becomes clear that Grace’s original fears were not unfounded, Ellie learns that “different” isn’t always better. And sometimes, it means running for your life.

The Gifted Ones: A Reader can be purchased from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iTunes and GooglePlay

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new_headshotMaria Elizabeth Romana is a second-generation Italian-American with a background in mathematics, business, and research. In other words, she’s a straight-up geek…with a side of pasta. By day, she’s all numbers, but at night, she transforms into Word Woman, writing about the same kinds of people and places and events that colored her make-believe world as a child. Maria prefers characters who are smart, sensitive, and strong-willed, but like you and me, not without flaws. As far as she’s concerned, there’s nothing more annoying than a heroine who’s too stupid to live, but one who’s Barbie-doll perfect is even worse. Maria likes to give her characters some cool mysteries to solve, crises to encounter, and folks to fall in love with, and she tries to do it all with a dash of humor.

Maria can be found on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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Excerpt:

It was now or never. Ellie opened the bedroom door wider and crept through. The sleeping woman didn’t stir. Ellie tiptoed across the room, trying not to breathe. One-quarter of the distance covered. One-half. Three-quarters, and her heart was pounding.

The sound of the other bedroom door opening sent her racing toward the door. With both hands she clawed at the various locks and latches. How long did she have before some big giant person grabbed her from behind?

“Mouse, wait! Don’t go!”

Ellie froze in place.

“Mouse, I mean, Elodie…Ellie? It’s okay, don’t run.”

Slowly, she let her hands off the locks and turned. It wasn’t so much the sound of his voice that stopped her, but the name. Mouse. No one had called her Mouse since…well, longer ago than she could remember. It was a nickname known only to her family—Mom, Dad, Aunt Grace, and…“Uncle Joe?”

A soft smile spread across the man’s face. “You do remember. I wasn’t sure you would.”

Yes, yes, it was him. Older now, a little tired perhaps, and with a sprinkle of gray around the temples, but yeah, it was Joe. She wrinkled up her forehead, tearing at the layers wrapped around those memories. Her dear Uncle Joe. He wasn’t really her uncle, of course. Lucy and Grace had only one brother, and it wasn’t Joe, and Grace had never married, but when Ellie was a small child, Uncle Joe was as much a part of their family as anyone. He had disappeared from her life, though, when Ellie was only five or six. A satisfactory explanation had never been offered, only a promise of such, “When you’re old enough to understand.” A day which had never come.

Book Promo Feature – Sora’s Quest by T. L. Shreffler

Indie Book Promo is happy to welcome T. L. Shreffler to the blog. She’s here to share about her book, Sora’s Quest and invite you to pick up a copy for  free! If this book is something that you are interested in reading, please find a buy link below and pick up a copy or two.

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1_SORASQUESTGOLDSMALL1Sora Fallcrest always dreamed of adventure, but as a member of the nobility, she learned the ways of a Lady instead. Now seventeen, she is expected to choose a husband and marry. She plots to run away, but just as she is stepping out the door, she runs into a mysterious man–and is kidnapped.

Abducted from her manor, Sora is plunged into a world of magical races, arcane jewelry and forgotten lore. She finds herself at the mercy of a dangerous assassin, haunted by an even darker past. She yearns for freedom, but he won’t let her go–not when her Cat’s Eye necklace is the only thing that can save his life.

But the necklace itself presents a problem. It is an ancient device from the long forgotten War of the Races, and its magic has the ability to steal souls. Can Sora learn to wield its power–or will the power wield her? (Winner of the SKOW 2006 Best Fantasy Award)

*Sora’s Quest is a YA Fantasy adventure written in the spirit of Tamora Pierce, Sarah J. Maas and Maria V. Snyder. Enjoy this first book in the series for free!

Sora’s Quest can be found on Amazon, B&N, Kobo, iTunes & GooglePlay

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51APZLcuvFL._UX250_T. L. Shreffler is a noblewoman living in the sunny acres of San Fernando Valley, California. She enjoys frolicking through meadows, sipping iced tea, exploring the unknown reaches of her homeland and unearthing rare artifacts in thrift stores. She holds a Bachelors in Eloquence (English) and writes YA Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and poetry. She has previously been published in Eclipse: A Literary Anthology and The Northridge Review.

T.L. can be found on her Website, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram & Goodreads.

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Excerpt:

Blood stained his hands. Blood and flower pollen and the sickly smell of spilled perfume.

Volcrian grasped the body, crumpled in front of the apothecary, cold and limp in the doorway. Petals were strewn around the cobblestones, glints of yellow, blue and white. It had been a horrible mistake. He had warned his brother—but his brother had not listened.

He had hoped to meet him here on these steps, to convince him to leave the city, but he was too late. Etienne’s enemies had arrived first. His brother had been too friendly, spreading word of their practice to the wrong people. There were dangers in using magic, risks that one should not take, especially in a world where magic was thought dead.

“We’re the only ones who can use it, Volcrian,” his brother once said, his eyes gleaming with a passionate light. “Don’t worry! Humans are weak. It will be like the olden days, before the War, when Wulvens were powerful.”

But magic was dying for a reason….

Two days ago, a member of the nobility had bought a potion from them. A tonic to make a woman fall in love. But young Etienne botched the tonic; he had forgotten a key ingredient, and it hadn’t worked as planned.

Volcrian read of the woman’s death in the papers: a well-respected noble Lady, suddenly taken with a mysterious illness. The paper insinuated she had been poisoned. With a gut-sinking dread, he immediately realized the truth.

And, knowing the nobility, he knew there would be repercussions. He raced back to the apothecary…but not fast enough.

Volcrian’s nostrils flared as he touched his brother’s face, and then he saw the sticky red pool of blood on the ground. His brother’s blood crowned the tips of his fingers like expensive paint.

Something trembled within him, crawling from the tips of his fingers to the back of his throat. He could feel his brother’s blood like a rush of heat, an itch, a knowledge carried in his bones. On the outside he was silent, calm, still…but inside, magic surged through him, thick like black water. He was drowning in it.

Who did this?

Suddenly Volcrian didn’t see the apothecary, or the cobblestone street; his eyes clouded over, turning from ice-blue to chilled silver. A vision came to him of his brother’s final seconds. He saw the bushes across from their shop, the long stretch of paved road, a clutch of stars high overhead, twinkling in the solemn night, and then—a shadow. A knife. A face. The last image that had flashed before Etienne’s eyes: his killer.

Volcrian memorized what he saw: a man dressed entirely in black, a veil hiding the lower half of his face. A knife: long, wicked, curved to a vicious point. The man fleeing down the road.

Then the vision slowly faded, leaving him dizzy, momentarily disoriented. He blinked, his eyes dry from staring, his nose filled with the fresh scent of his brother’s blood. He glanced down at the body again and watched the slowly widening pool of blood on the ground. His brother had only been dead for minutes. It should take no longer to catch up with the killer.

Volcrian leapt to his feet. There was no time for funeral rites; he would take care of that after he took his revenge.

He took off running in the same direction the assassin had fled, racing down the cobblestone side streets. Volcrian’s body hummed with energy, with the ancient power of his race. This magic was his birthright, his heritage—his blood—more natural than learned. His eyes were lined with silver, and he could see the assassin’s trail like a bright light against the ground. It led straight and true, no alleys, no jumped fences. Perhaps the killer did not know he was being followed.

Mist rose with each breath he took. Volcrian passed scores of sleeping houses. The only light was from the moon overhead. Faster. Faster. There was a beast inside of him roaring to be released, tearing up the ground in fury. If the assassin got away, it would be the worst disgrace, a complete dishonor, a final insult to his Wulven kind.

Suddenly the city gates rose before him, giants in the night. Two guards stood silently outside the gates. Yet the blood-magic resonating in his veins said that the killer had passed this way. His eyes flicked to the left, where a dark alley cut between the houses. He saw a large stack of crates leaning against the wall.

Volcrian ran into the alley and up the pile of crates, then leapt over the wall, landing smoothly on the ground. He stumbled slightly, unprepared for such a long drop. Then he paused in the darkness. No human would have been able to hear, but he had Wulven ears: keen and pointed. He noted a disturbance in the forest, felt the path that the assassin had taken, and followed.

Book Promotion – The Genesis Equation by Peter J. Maher

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Book Promo Feature – Blood, Sweat and Oil by Conrad A. Carrasco

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Book Promo Feature – Waking the Wild by Nadia Hasan

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Book Promo Feature – Zeus Is Dead: A Monstrously Inconvenient Adventure by Michael G. Munz

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Book Promo Feature – Juliana (Vol. 1: 1941-1944) by Vanda

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Book Promo Feature – Loose Ends (Magnolia Series Book One) by Taylor Dawn

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Interview of Samuel Morningstar, author of Sex, Death, and Rock ‘n Roll / Dirk Garrick Occult Detective #4

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Interview of Christopher Clark, author of The Humming Blade

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