Thursday, July 13, 2017

Benediction Denied Book Tour and Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card

Benediction Denied
A Labyrinth of Souls Novel
by Elizabeth Engstrom
Genre: Epic Fantasy

While hydrologist Adam Swan is engaged in humanitarian efforts to bring water to a small, isolated village in the Congo, he is kidnapped by rebel thugs and thrown into a makeshift prison. He is left to die—or worse—if his ransom is not paid. In a surprising series of events, Adam escapes his brutal captors into an underground labyrinth where reality and sanity no longer rule.

Armed with a limited amount of magic which he does not understand, he survives by employing it boldly, recklessly, desperate to return to the village above, homesick for Minnesota and normal life with his wife and daughters.

Tested to the extreme limits of his endurance, Adam navigates the labyrinth with only the company of his past behavior, the baffling magic, and the seductive temptation to succumb to the mysterious and merciless gods of the underworld. The consequences of his actions, past present, and future, take him to the brink of death—and beyond.

A fun, fast, thrilling ride by veteran author Elizabeth Engstrom, inspired by Matthew Lowes’ Dungeon Solitaire: Labyrinth of Souls card game.

**If you buy the paperback, you will receive the ebook free!**

An Excerpt from Benediction Denied

Jolmy frequently spoke of the dark magic and its connection to the underworld. Adam listened with half an ear as Jolmy talked about the underworld gods.

“There is one big one. One big guy,” Jolmy said. “He is the king of the underworld.”

Adam kept working, cementing PVC pipe joints together.

He didn’t approve of that talk, didn’t believe in magic or underworld dark gods, and didn’t particularly want Jolmy and his family to be telling these tales to his girls.

“He like white meat,” Jolmy said, and then laughed. “He would eat you for a snack.” He cut another length of pipe, checked the plans laid out on a sheet of plywood on sawhorses, and measured it again, just to be sure.

“Superstition,” Adam countered.

“He has helpers. A queen and servants. Plenty servants to do his dirty work. They torment. Torment is what they do.” Jolmy stopped sawing and turned to look at Adam. “They rule the sun and the moon.”

“Now you know that’s not true.”

“Not this sun and moon. The underground has its own sun and moon. And stars. And Justice! Yes, oh yes, they have their own systems of justice. They would have such fun with you.”

Adam gave his best disapproving look.

Jolmy put his head back and laughed so hard he had to wipe his eyes. Then he went back to sawing pipe. “Yes, oh yes,” he said. “They would have such fun with you. You best stay above the ground.”

“I intend to.”

Elizabeth Engstrom is the author of fourteen books and has over 250 short stories, articles, and essays in print. She is a sought-after teacher and keynote speaker at writing conferences, conventions, and seminars around the world. She has a BA in Literature/Creative Writing, and an MA in Applied Theology, both from Marylhurst University. Her most recent nonfiction book is How to Write a Sizzling Sex Scene, and her most recent novel is Baggage Check, a thriller. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her fisherman-husband and their dog where she is on the board of directors for Wordcrafters in Eugene. She teaches the occasional writing class, puts her pen to use for social justice, and is always working on her next book.

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  1. This read sounds so good. I'm interested in how he obtained this magic that is helping him thru the maze

  2. Thank you for the excerpt and giveaway.

  3. Love your work. God jrs0350 @-yahoo dot com.

  4. Thanks for the opportunity to win! Always interested in stories involving magic!

  5. I love this book, thanks for the offer!

  6. The book looks great-thank you for the giveaway!

  7. This looks like a winner! I really like the cover art too!

  8. The cover artwork reminds me that I want to relocate to Holland and move into an abandoned windmill.

  9. The excerpt sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. I would really enoy this book I am sure.

  11. Thank you for the excerpt.

  12. Looks like an interesting book.
    Thanks for the contest. 
    slehan at juno dot com

  13. Thanks for giving me a chance to win. I love reading books.

  14. What an interesting author...and she teaches writing! "How to Write a Sizzling Sex Scene"? Good for those who have dabbled in writing of their own, I'm sure! ;)

  15. This looks like an interesting book, I'd love to read it.


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