Happy Release Day! The Scion by Guy T. Martland

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The Scion by Guy T Martland

The aliens from your nightmares are coming. The colonies of Earth are next. And it looks like nothing can stop them.

A blue star, a dying friend, a kidnap and the dusty contents of an old room: Septimus Esterhazy’s life is about to change. As he blows cobwebs from the manual of an old spacecraft, hidden for decades, a Pandora’s box creaks open.

Little does he know that the universe’s very nature is being threatened by a powerful alien race. Nor does he know that he is somehow involved with why the Wraith, destroyers of worlds, are coming.

The self-proclaimed ‘Protectors of the Known Universe’, the Sassrit, are trying to do everything they can to thwart a Wraith attack.  But time is running out and resources are stretched.

A Sassrit agent, one of the shapeshifting Jarthiala, is recruited to help. The path he follows leads to the doorstep of a planet called D, an Earth colony, above which a blue star hangs, its light reflected in the eyes of Septimus below.

This is a journey which will change Septimus Esterhazy forever. It will make him question his nature.  He will uncover secrets about his family that have lain dormant for years.  And it will test the loyalty of those closest to him.

But first he has to watch his best friend die.

The Scion by Guy T Martland is available on Amazon:

www.amazon.com/The-Scion-Guy-T-Martland-ebook/dp/B0100U7ROG/

www.amazon.co.uk/Scion-Guy-T-Martland-ebook/dp/B0100U7ROG/

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Siren’s Kiss by Margo Bond Collins ~ This is Not a Love Story ~ Paranormal Love Wednesdays Blog Hop #PNR

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Welcome to the July 1 Paranormal Love Wednesdays Blog Hop!

This week, I’m sharing some of the great promo images for Siren’s Kiss, coming out on August 25 and currently available for pre-order for only $.99 on Amazon Kindle! So check it all out below, then HOP to the rest of the fabulous participating authors in this week’s blog hop!

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Her kiss might save the world . . .

Unless his kiss kills her first.

It’s been almost two thousand years since the mer-shifter Skyla walked the streets of Athens—not since her heart was broken by a human man and she exchanged the land and sky for the ocean depths. Ever since, she has lived in the underwater ruins of Atlantis, studying with the priestesses of the goddess Amphitrite, refining her mermaid powers and ignoring her human half.

But her studies are interrupted when she is called upon by Poseidon himself to investigate rumors that the world above is being polluted by the magic of creatures from another realm—and worse, that the ocean kingdom of the mer-people might be next.

When her inquiries in modern-day Greece lead her to an American detective asking similar questions, Skyla realizes that the magical problem she’s been sent to research is bigger than she anticipated—and that one human’s kisses might be more dangerous to her, and her world, than she ever could have imagined.

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Siren's Kiss Promo 1: This is not a love story.

This is not a love story.

It’s been over two thousand years since I walked these shores, and even then, the man who broke my heart was centuries gone, sailed away into death—the last journey into yet another land where I will not follow.

Truth be told, though, he left me long before he died, gone away to rejoin a wife he hadn’t seen in twenty years, to reclaim a rocky, wind-swept island for a son he barely knew.

Gone home, to spin stories about his absence like his wife spun his death-shroud—picking out the stitches at night and reweaving them anew to postpone the inevitable moment when the stories wear thin and you find the monsters have been in your home all along, posing as suitors who would win your heart.

The poets lie, you know. They say our songs seduce the sailors, draw them into the ocean to drown.

But if the ocean sings to them, it is not our doing—no more than the earth’s call to us is theirs.

And Odysseus never tried to resist.

On the cliff above the Theatre of Dionysus, the Parthenon loomed, its marble columns partially obscured in scaffolding. The last time Skyla had been here, when the marble seats of the open-air amphitheater were new, she watched the Oresteia trilogy—tragedies to the Athenians surrounding her, but too far from reality to be anything but comic to Skyla. Agamemnon had been a monster, a tyrant of a man who murdered his daughter for the joy of killing, a sacrifice to the gods of power and control. When his wife Clytemnestra killed him in return, other women did not blame her. Their house fell, but it was not of her doing.

But the memories of men are short, and the stories they share shift and change, like the ocean’s surface.

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About the Author

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Margo Bond Collins is the author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance, and paranormal mysteries. She lives in Texas with her daughter and several spoiled pets. Although writing fiction is her first love, she also teaches college-level English courses online. She enjoys reading romance and paranormal fiction of any genre and spends most of her free time daydreaming about heroes, monsters, cowboys, and villains, and the strong women who love them—and sometimes fight them.

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Happy Release Day! Shades of Treason by Sandy Williams

Shades of Treason

 

(An Anomaly Novel, #1)
By Sandy Williams
Blurb: 
Ash would have given her life to save her teammates.
Instead, they gave their lives to save hers.
Lieutenant Ramie Ashdyn is an anomaly, a person whose genetic makeup makes her stronger and smarter than the average human. She’s pledged her life to protect the Coalition, an alliance of thirteen planetary systems, but when a top secret operation turns bloody, she’s charged with treason and the brutal executions of her teammates.
The Coalition needs the information Ash’s team stole on their last mission, so they send in Commander Rhys “Rest in Peace” Rykus to get it. He’s the man who’s responsible for turning Ash into an elite soldier… and he’s a man who isn’t, never was, and never will be in love with the woman he trained. Or so he tells himself.
Ash wants nothing more than to clear her name and be the woman her former instructor wants her to be, but the enemy who killed her teammates did more than frame her for treason and murder: they telepathically silenced her mind, preventing her from saying anything that might point to the truth about what happened.
Now Ash is trapped and set to be executed, the truth dying with her. Unless she can prove her innocence. But taking that path could destroy the Coalition she’s sworn to preserve and protect…
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Excerpt
Rykus’s
boots stopped inches from her face. He stood there looming like a
behemoth-class warship bearing down on a two-seater small-craft. He’d always
had a talent for making his anomalies feel insignificant. Ash half expected him
to shove her head into the dirt again. Instead, his gaze and the weight of his
last command pressed her down as effectively as a sub-atmo fighter in a steep
climb.
“Why
didn’t you escape when you had the chance?” His hands closed around her wrists,
maneuvering them together over her head.
“Mind
being a bit more gentle, Rip?”
He looped
and twisted the cord around her swollen and bruised skin, probably in a
Caruthian lock-knot, which would be damn hard to break out of. The more she
pulled against it, the tighter it would become.
He yanked
her into a sitting position. The forest spun. She stared at Rykus’s chest until
the world settled.
“Answer my
question, Ashdyn.”
“Ashdyn?”
She laughed. “Don’t get all formal on me, Rip.”
Her gaze
rose from his chest to his eyes, and she cut off her laugh. His expression was
as dark and cold as space, but there was a hint of heat in his gaze, of
galaxies that couldn’t be seen with the naked eye. Rykus had a gravitational
pull as strong as any sun, and she couldn’t resist being pulled in by his flames.
“I should
have escaped,” she said. “I made a mistake.” A huge mistake.
“Wrong
answer.” He jerked her to her feet.
“What do
you want me to say? Sir.”
“The
truth.”
“That is
the truth.”
Rykus
still had himself under control but she didn’t. She was tired, frustrated, and
pissed off at herself, at Rykus, at the whole Coalition. She’d bled for them
all. She’d given up her free will to become a Caruth-trained anomaly, all so
she could protect it. And they believed she was working against it now. Working
with the Sariceans.
“Why did
you stay?” Rykus demanded again.
She pulled
her arm free from his grasp. “I fucking stayed because of you. Sir. Because of
the goddamn loyalty training.”
Invading
her space, he forced her to take a step back. “That training didn’t keep you
from turning against the Coalition. It didn’t keep you from shooting your
teammates and the Obsidian’s crew.”
Anger
creased his face now. It creased Ash’s entire universe.
“Tell me
how many people I killed,” she demanded. “Tell me!”
He opened
his mouth to fling a number in her face, but caught himself. The skin around
his eyes tightened then relaxed. In a voice much quieter than she’d just used,
he said, “Brookins. My XO. You shot him on your way off the Obsidian.”
It took
her a moment to figure out who he was talking about. She’d shot a total of four
people during her escape. Only one of them was likely a fatal wound—the anomaly
who’d very nearly prevented her escape.
“Well,”
Ash said, feeling some of her independence, some of her brazenness return. “If
your XO is dead, he wasn’t a very good anomaly.”
Her
fail-safe stared, unmoving, as the wind picked up, carrying the scent of smoke
and burning vegetation through the air. Her mental clock clicked to five, six
seconds before the rage melted from Rykus’s shoulders. Slowly, he shook his
head.
“Sometimes,
Ash… Sometimes I wish I’d never met you.”

 

Ash let a
smile spread across her face. “That implies you’re sometimes happy you met me.”
About The Author
Sandy Williams has lived and breathed books all her life. When she was a teen, she was always the first to finish her class assignments so that she could read as much as possible before the bell rang. Her grades didn’t suffer (much), and she was able to enroll in Texas A&M University. She didn’t sneak in novels there, but her college lecture notes are filled with snippets of stories. After she graduated, she decided to turn those snippets into novels.
Sandy writes books with high-octane action adventure infused with a strong romantic element. She is best known for The Shadow Reader novels, an urban fantasy romance series about a human who can both see and track the fae. When she’s not reading or corralling her twin boys, she enjoys playing EuroGames like Dominion, 7 Wonders, and Agricola.
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