Monday, April 16, 2018

A Bloodline’s Echo by M. R. Pilot

A Bloodline’s Echo
The Avadi Series

Book One

M. R. Pilot

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

Date of Publication: December 29, 2017

ISBN: 1976766052

Number of pages: 330
Word Count: 98K

Cover Artist: Illustration - JDSarte
Typography - Rebeca

Tagline: A missing father. A handsome stranger. A feud within the Avadi. Cori will find out who she is in this tale of romance and adventure.

Book Description:

Eighteen-year-old Cori has been tucked into a corner of Verbena her entire life. With no memory of a father and an abusive mother, her escape came in the form of living and working in her town’s inn, a place that happens to be owned by her best friend. Cori was all but resigned to the uneventful and dutiful life as a barkeep.

That is, until a hooded stranger showed up—just in time to witness an incident Cori herself cannot believe—and changed everything. Now Cori must leave Sagebrush, the only place she has ever known, setting off to discover love, adventure, heartbreak, and more about herself and the world she lives in than she could have ever imagined.

Excerpt 2:

peeking through branches illuminates his face, allowing me to examine his
features. I thought it was odd that he kept his hood up, even inside the Oak
Hand. Aside from hardened lines drawn by worry, his face holds youth. He can’t
be much older than I am.
He looks to the
side as if considering his response, his hood falling back a bit. He has light
freckles splashed across his cheekbones, long fair eyelashes and a square,
chiseled jawbone. When his hazel eyes return to me, they flicker with
“Am I following
you? Hmm. I don’t think so. Is the moth’s intent to follow the flame? I don’t
know that either. But I can understand why the moth is drawn in by the flame.
It’s intriguing, isn’t it? How something with the potential for such
destruction can dance around with the innocence of a child?” he asks, his eyes
lighting up and widening. “From the looks of it, you’re trying to run away from
your discovery. You can’t—you carry it with you. May I ask where you’re
By now his hood
has fallen to his shoulders and, even in the dark, I can tell his hair is a
short, untamed crimson. This strange encounter is not what I expected from this
still nameless, shadowy figure.
Resigned, I
shake my head and sigh. “I’m looking for something I lost long ago, something
that went in this direction. Who are you?”
He doesn’t bear
an emblem, but I hadn’t pegged him for a trader anyway. He smiles and reaches
out a hand in greeting. “I’m Rylo. Corinth, right? Although the dark-haired
gentleman, perhaps your male counterpart, called you something else. What did
you lose, a pet? I’m good with animals. I can help you find it.”

I grip Rylo’s
hand. We both pause momentarily, assessing the situation. The contact generates
heat far too quickly, and I break the connection. 

About the Author:

M. R. Pilot is an avid reader, coffee-drinker and animal lover. When she’s not cleaning teeth, she’s partaking in Alaskan hikes, watching anime, relentless page-turning and/or keyboard clicking. She loves to talk about any of those things for an indiscriminate amount of time—feel free to reach out if you do, too.

Interview with M. R. Pilot
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
    Everywhere! Be it music, the way the sunlight reflects off an object, a gentle caress, emotional memories… I think that if you’re looking for inspiration, it’ll hide, point its finger and laugh. Music is a big one but it’s also the most unpredictable. I never know when a lyric will take hold of me and fill me with a sentiment—probably one that wasn’t even intended by its writer.
How did you do research for your book?
    Since it’s fantasy, a lot of it was pure imagination, but I did watch instructional videos and things when it came to subjects that relate to the modern world—like mounting a horse or how to hold a small wooden instrument.
Do you have another profession besides writing?
    I do! I clean teeth. I have trained in just about every dental specialty during my time in the Air Force, but these days it’s all scraping calculus and what-not.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
    That very much depends on the duration of my trip! I’m fascinated with the medieval era, but I know it wasn’t a cushy life. Even so, I’d love to be able to observe an authentic experience in that time—but not torture.
What is your next project?
    Continuing this series is an ongoing, outrageously fun project! But it’s not the only one. I’m *very* close to completing my first draft of an urban fantasy tentatively titled The Curse of Luma. The second book in The Avadi Series will hopefully be ready and in reader’s hands before 2019 😊

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