Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Blade and Soul by C.M. Estopare - Book Tour + Giveaway

Blade and Soul
C.M. Estopare
Publication date: June 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy
To defy gods, she will sacrifice all.
After the death of its duchess, Safrana is in turmoil. Two equally powerful families vie for power, quickly turning the beautiful citadels of Safrana into a hellish warscape. While, on the outside, there is a desperate search for the one true heir to the throne. The one man who could stop an encroaching civil war and force the citadels into peace.
But he is no where to be found. Presumed dead. While a threatening war looms over Safrana, promising to tear it apart.
Thrust into a political world which only buys and sells in blood money, with an impending civil war at hand, Marceline Brandy is called to take charge of a peace effort in a foreign city. But nothing is certain in this world rife with political strife. Everything must be questioned, even a push for peace.
Desperate to complete her mission, Marceline soon finds herself tangled up in the strange political affairs of an arrogant woman with dangerous ties to the long lost heir of the Safranian throne. But there is another, more powerful presence that lurks on the borders of Safrana’s imploding government. A presence that would stop at nothing to see Marceline and her allies fail.
Seized by a foreign city she is sworn to save, she has few to turn to for help. The list of allies she could count on is cut short by corrupt patriotists hungry for war and livid at the mere notion of foreign driven peace. Months pass as Marceline heads this peace effort, but the fiercer she works the more dire the situation becomes and time is running out.
A war looms, one that promises to destroy Safrana, as mythological creatures rise from ancient graves. The fiends intent on absolute destruction.
Is this an all-out test of Marceline’s strength and will?
Or, are the gods themselves against her?

Excerpt
Silence hung like a dead man.
    Until they heard footsteps from outside. Rushing up the corridor.
    “I hear metal. Plate.” Gerard said, pressing his ear to the antechamber's rickety door.
    Marceline snatched the badge from the floor. She shoved it into Remy's face, “This is your last chance.” she hissed, “This the sigil of the group that sent you?”
    The badge was gold. A seven-pointed sun blazed in its center.
    Remy coughed. Scarlet trailed from her lips, “Assassins—cannot go to the afterlife. The Fates will not allow you into the underworld, Marceline...” she shook her head, “...whatever...duty you have to the Bann and to the Masters...” Remy met Marceline's eye. Spat blood from her distended lips, “...is it worth your soul?”
    Marceline's grip tightened around the badge.
    Knuckles battered the thick door of the main chamber outside.
    Lucius opened the antechamber’s door and entered the main chamber.
    Outside, the door to the main chamber sprung open.
    Six men entered.
    “You've no time left.” Lucius whispered, his voice sharp, “Silence her.”
    Marceline stiffened. She knew what that meant.
    Remy's eyes wouldn't leave her. They stared—determined, “Take the badge,” she breathed, “Join us.”
    Tossing the needle to the ground, Marceline grabbed Remy by the throat. Pressing her thumb upon Remy's largest vein, blood throbbed beneath her grip as she ventured one last look into Remy's hard eyes, “Sleep.”
 


Author Bio:
C.M. Estopare is a full-time author, avid yoga enthusiast, and veteran of the United States military. She is the author of HEARTFELT SOUNDS, a young adult coming of age fantasy about the enthralling power of one young woman’s voice.
KINDRED SOULS is a three part epic and dark fantasy series hitting Amazon and Kindle Unlimited beginning in February 2017. The first book, WINTERSKIN, debuted February 9th, 2017. The second book, BLADE AND SOUL, debuts June 30th, 2017. Be sure to mark your calendars!
When not writing, C.M. Estopare enjoys reading about the fantastical worlds in the minds of others. She also enjoys playing around with her puppy, Duke, and adventuring with her husband.

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