Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Knight of Wands Book Tour: An Exciting Excerpt

Susan Heim on Writing is pleased to be the first stop on the book tour for Knight of Wands, by SM Blooding! Read on to find out more about this exciting book, as well as an exclusive excerpt!

Knight of Wands
by SM Blooding
Book 2 of the Devices of War Trilogy
Genre: New Adult Fantasy Steampunk Adventure
Publisher: Blooding Books

Return to a world of mind-blowing visuals, heart-stopping action, and ships that sail the skies.

Nix, Queen of Wands, has exactly what she wants -- Synn El’Asim, the greatest Mark the world has ever seen. Even though she bound his soul to hers, he is not easily controlled. If she wants him, she must do the one thing that pains her most: let him go and give him what he desires -- peace.

Armed with a treaty bearing Nix’s seal, Synn sets off to bridge the gap between the world’s two reigning tyrants -- the Hands of Tarot and the Great Families. He struggles to trust Nix as he fights for control of his soul. He’s going to need every ounce of restraint when dealing with his mother, leader of the Great Families. She will not give up her power without a fight. Nix will honor her treaty only if Synn agrees to become her knight. His mother refuses to sign the peace agreement if he falls into the queen’s control.

Frustrated, Synn does the one thing neither woman saw coming. He invites all the tribes, currently voiceless in the war between these two ruling tyrants, to partake in the treaty negotiations. All they have to do is prove their worth in his Peace Games. As Synn’s influence and subsequent power grows, a new fight begins.

Who will control Synn’s League of Cities? Can he protect more people as a leader of the Great Families, or as the Knight of Wands?

An Excerpt from Knight of Wands:

Nix turned at the window. The large asteroid, Festos, shot orange highlights off her dark hair cascading down her back in heavy waves. She looked younger, freer.

What was I even doing here? There was no way I could talk her into peace.

She flicked her hand at Varik, an obvious dismissal.

I didn’t think my heart could race any faster as I watched him leave.

Her gaze caught on something before she focused on me again. “An intelligence officer, I see.”

I had no idea what answer she was looking for, so I provided none.

“We have our own intelligence.” Her expression softened as she lowered her gaze, walking toward me with sultry intent, her steps quiet on the cool tile. “I can offer you several, if that is your wish.”

“My wish is to leave,” I ground out quietly. “As you know.”

“Why?” She stared at my chest as though she could see my Mark.

“What do you hope is going to happen here, Nix?”

She closed the gap between us. She’d removed her crown, but not her diamond-studded claw. She traced the Mark under my shirt and vest.

I gritted my teeth and stood my ground.

“I want you back, Primus.”

Revulsion and desire warred inside me. My lip curled as I pushed her hand away. “My name is El’Asim.”

“If you want the knighthood and your peace, you will accept my name.”

I didn’t answer, my jaw clenched.

Her eyes widened. “How did you break my bond?”

I hadn’t. I simply had control of it now.

She took a step closer and whispered against my lips. “You are mine, Synn Primus.”

“No, Nix. I’m not.”

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Fall of Sky City

Fall of Sky City, Book 1
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Praise for Fall of Sky City

Wow! What did I just read?? The story was deliciously complex, full of fear, wonder, magic, gadgets, gizmos, one heck of a psycho Queen and wonderful friends. Every character brought something to the story, each with a unique personality that came to life through the book, each with their own fears to overcome. Victoria Limbert

I love the world Blooding has created. She managed to create it in a way that it combines specs of all my favorite movies, books, etc. It’s a mixture of young adult fantasy, steam punk, dystopia, sci-fi, paranormal and even some tiny bit of romance. Fall of Sky City is a diverse book that is intense, a little bit violent, and a whole lot of awesome! I look forward to reading the next book of the series! Unputdownable Books

SM Blooding is a new author to me, but this is definitely not the last book I’ll read by her. Synn El’Asim is a powerful character -- the reader sees him grow from a young man who has not yet come into his power to a strong man who is courageous enough to fight for what he believes in -- his family and his people. The world-building Ms. Blooding does is nothing short of remarkable. A world composed of flying ships, ice worlds, danger, and intrigue. My World of Dreams

This book is action-packed and intense. You feel like you’re part of the drama. This story is intense. The action is perfectly paced. I had trouble putting the book down. I really felt for Synn from the very beginning. He goes through so much. As soon as he gets his mark, he is plunged into one situation after another. Queen Nix, who is horrifying by the way, pushes Synn to new levels, in more and more diabolical ways. With the help of friends and family, Synn becomes a strong leader. Waiting on Sunday to Drown

I’m amazed at the world Blooding has created and built. It has Sky, Land, and Water Cities. These cities each have their own technologies, language, and a whole different way of life. These worlds remind me a lot of Avatar the Last Airbender and Star Wars, which I both loved wholeheartedly. Bahrain Newspaper Article Review

Meet the Author:

SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet -- unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very ... slow ... conversation.

She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. Yes. She has stories. She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue!

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