Epic Fantasy Giveaway!

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I’ve teamed up with 20+ fantastic authors to give away a huge collection of Epic Fantasy novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS a brand new eReader to the Grand Prize winner!

You can win my novel Kurintor Nyusi, plus books from authors like DK Holmberg, Resa Nelson, Craig Halloran, and more — just by following me and other great Epic Fantasy authors on BookBub!

Enter the giveaway by clicking here 👉 bit.ly/epicfantasy-jan2019

Good luck and enjoy!

Book Tour: Penchant for Vengeance

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Robert Downs

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Robert Downs aspired to be a writer before he realized how difficult the writing process was. Fortunately, he’d already fallen in love with the craft, otherwise his stories might never have seen print. Originally from West Virginia, he has lived in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, and now resides in California. When he’s not writing, Downs can be found reviewing, blogging, or smiling. To find out more about his latest projects, or to reach out to him on the Internet, visit the author’s website: www.RobertDowns.net. PENCHANT FOR VENGEANCE is his fifth novel.

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Excerpt

Traffic was light—Charlottesville, Virginia, despite being a college town, had a curfew—the morning was dark, and a light mist filled the air, adding drops of water to my bright yellow 1974 Camaro. I took the back roads, rather than using US 250 to reach the downtown mall, with Regal Cinema located near the center, off Main Street. I reached the scene in less than ten minutes, including parking, without using a siren, or running a single red light. The body, however, wasn’t nearly as successful as I was.

“Can’t you guys pick a more reasonable hour?” I asked. “Crime should wait until at least nine o’clock.”

“Why don’t you get your butt out of bed like everyone else?” a cop said.

The man didn’t look familiar, nor did his crew cut, wide shoulders, and pressed uniform. His face lacked wrinkles, and his scowl provided more menace than a rabbit with a semi-automatic weapon.

“I did. I’m here, aren’t I?”

I’d flashed my shield to get in, and now I wanted to flash my nine-millimeter. The early hour meant a yawn preceded one hand wrapped around the thick neck of my competition. I preferred reasonable solutions since reasonableness was all I had left. “What do we know?” I asked.

“We know you don’t belong here,” Nelson Rivers said.

Like his name implied, he preferred headlocks to handshakes and shaved heads over full-haired ones. He and I had respectfully disagreed on multiple occasions, so often I couldn’t remember the last time we’d ever agreed on anything other than the day of the week. He had hands the size of pencil sharpeners, and he pushed more buttons than he allowed pushed in return. What he needed was a little less mouth and a lot more action.

I ignored his comment. Ignorance was a hard emotion to pin down, but it seemed to rear its ugly head quicker than the other ones. And crime scenes brought out a special kind of ignorance. I had a few emotions left in my system, despite the hour, and I wanted to save them for the victim, who appeared about my age.

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The body was bent like a pretzel. Wounds that were possibly from a knife or a whip slathered the body from the neck to the pubic region, deep enough to resemble tattoos. Some were spaced closely enough to disfigure the top half of the body, rendering an exact age nearly impossible. A crime of passion entered the forefront of my mind, and it clung to the roof of my mouth. The victim probably knew his killer intimately, or was, at the very least, an acquaintance.

The wounds stood out for me: a multitude of lacerations that made me unable to look away. When I scanned below the belt, I noticed the mutilated genitalia, rendering the man much less of one. I didn’t like the look of the scene, with the body splayed at an obscene angle, dropped right outside the glass front doors of Regal Cinema to render two of the doors nearly impassable. It resembled something. I just wasn’t sure what. I’d probably blocked it out of my mind, being that I frequented this particular cinema and watched more movies than I cared to admit.

I hoped it never came back, the thought I had blocked. It always did in the end. That was what hurt the most: Movies exacerbated the oddities of life.

Killers were usually born not made, but sometimes, it was the other way around.

The victim’s hands were positioned above his head, forming a triangle, as if he prayed in death to some higher power. Positioned that way by the killer, his hands rubbed up against each other, his head tilted slightly upward. The wounds to the victim’s hands told me he had put up a struggle, knowing that death was inevitable, yet he had wanted to live all the way to the end. But it wasn’t enough. It often never was.

The lack of blood told me the victim wasn’t killed here, and other than a nude body covered in wounds and dried blood, like strokes from a brush, with his hands pointed toward the sky, there were no other obvious signatures. His head was shaved with only a small area of stubble on his chin. His height and weight fell in the average region, his eyes were black, and his lips formed a permanent grimace. He had defensive wounds on both his wrists and the back of his hands, and his skin was as white as a first-floor apartment.

“Who’s the victim?” I asked.

“Victim’s name is unknown, until we run some tests,” the ME said. “Other than being male, and probably between thirty-five and forty years old, I’m out of guesses.”

Addie Ferguson, the ME, had a knack for guessing ages, along with her serious attention to detail. A short woman, with a few extra pounds she could never seem to get rid of, she preferred ankle-length skirts, black boots, and blue blouses.

“Have we got a time of death?”

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Virtual FantasyCon 2017

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Are you ready for the Virtual FantasyCon of 2017?

The convention last year was a blast, and they’ve really made some exceptional upgrades for year three. If you love great fantasy and sci-fi (and science fantasy), you need to check out the readers’ corner page for the VFCs. Why? Because there are tons of games, free books, giveaways, and links to all of the participating author’s pages. Do yourself a favor and check out this virtual convention!

It wouldn’t be a convention without awards! The VFCs announced their winners and I’m honored to have been nominated in two categories and won the GOLD! Check out all the winners on the contest page.

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For more information, you can visit their WEBSITE, READERS’ PAGE, and AWARDS PAGE.

New Releases!

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I’m excited to announce that the audio book for Rites of Heirdron is live on audible and the second novel Orbs of Trenihgea is available for pre-order on Amazon! It has been a busy year, but both novels released by the deadline.

 
🔗 https://goo.gl/h63DWf – Rites of Heirdron
🔗 https://goo.gl/Lsv1X6 – Orbs of Trenihgea

I’ll be having some giveaways for both the audio book and the ebook soon. If you are on Goodreads, you’ll have the opportunity to win a paperback copy of both science fantasy novels as well.

Stay tuned for more regarding this science fantasy romance duology!

Review of Rites of Heirdron audio book:

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Ahmezurhran and Adnamax await!

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Free Audiobook!

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I am thrilled to announce that Rites of Heirdron narrated by the phenomenal Victor Bevine is live on audible! To celebrate the new release, I am gifting five FREE audio books in exchange for honest reviews.

If you love Science Fantasy Romance and would like to receive a free copy, please email me at the.rise.of.nazil@gmail.com with the subject RITES. I will be using an online randomizer to select five winners.

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What is Science Fantasy?

Science fantasy is a mixed genre within the umbrella of speculative fiction which simultaneously draws upon and/or combines tropes and elements from both science fiction and fantasy. Where science fiction does not permit the existence of fantasy or supernatural elements, science fantasy explicitly relies upon them.

Blurb:

They poisoned his planet, massacred his people, and violated his mother.
Now, they’re coming for him.

A bastard prince born to a dishonored queen, Zrahnz is the last hope of a dying world nearly decimated after a treacherous interplanetary betrayal. He struggles to reclaim his legitimacy as a ruler and for his planet’s survival. But as he endeavors to unravel the manipulations of the past, a debilitating illness threatens his sanity and his life. If he cannot save himself, his planet will succumb to the corrupt intergalactic alliances aligned against them.

The irrepressible allure he feels for an Earth-born visitor, Itanya, threatens to overwhelm him, yet through her, Zrahnz discovers the secret that can ease the devastating agony of his illness. Could she be the key to his survival and the future of Triaxeyn?

With Q-1 Raydren at his side, and with the influence of the Oracles, he discovers corrupted truths and a forgotten prophecy. But he must make a crucial, life-saving decision, or else his people and everyone he loves could be destroyed.

Where will I be next?

If you are in the GA area and would like to come out and have a fantastic time, meet me at JordanCon!

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What is JordanCon?

JordanCon is a fantasy literature convention founded in honor of the late author, Robert Jordan. JordanCon features eight tracks of simultaneous programming, a Dealers’ Hall, gaming, an Art Show featuring original art by a variety of artists, and charity events benefiting the Mayo Clinic and other charities.

So, come on out to the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center April 21st weekend to meet me and other creatives at JordanCon. My vendor table will be stocked and I would LOVE to meet you.

Reminder:

The Rise of Nazil (Book 1) is still only .99! After this weekend, the sale will be over, so grab your copy today!

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Virtual Fantasy Con!

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Is finally here!

Today’s event is centered around Paranormal and urban fantasy

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What is Virtual FantasyCon?

In visiting a physical convention, each guest would come across author booths, with an author sitting on the other side. Guests would be wandering about the event in costume, celebrating their favorite characters. Perhaps giveaways would take place and panel discussions up on a stage.

Virtual FantasyCon has all of these features, but it is unique in the following ways:

You don’t have leave home to attend.
Distance is no longer an issue.
Waiting in line no longer exists.
It offers an opportunity to connect with participants and find new books and authors.
To discover new blogs to read or sign up for.
Artists will share artwork for books as well as original pieces. There will be Panel Discussions via Youtube.
Fun features, such as Cosplay, the Scavenger Hunt and Giveaways will leave you smiling!

Virtual FantasyCon features:

Author / Artist / Blogger / Book Service / Publisher Booths
Scavenger Hunt Booth
Cosplay Booth
Vendor Booth (booths relating to craft, book related items, jewellery – limited spots)
Giveaways
The Author’s Cache Booth
Panel Discussions and Meet your Author via our Youtube Channel.
A Keynote Speaker as an introduction.
And so much more!

Come out and discover some great new authors, artist, bloggers, publishers, etc! And do not forget to enter the Blog Hop Hunt!