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Monday, February 10, 2020

VBT: The Kronicles of Korthlundian by Jamie Marchant



The Kronicles of Korthlundian
by Jamie Marchant

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GENRE: Epic Fantasy

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BLURB:

Magic, love, hate, torture, heroes, and a story that will never stop blowing your mind!” Cheree~For Love of Books


The three volumes of The Kronicles of Korthlundia plus The Ghost in Exile: A Korthlundian Kronicle brought together for one low price. In addition to the novels, the collection features several bonus short stories, previously available only to members of my readers’ club.


The Goddess’s Choice--In a world where the corrupt church hides the truth about magic, the fate of the joined kingdom falls on the shoulders of two young people from opposite ends of the social hierarchy.


Crown Princess Samantha’s life begins to fall apart when she starts seeing strange colors around her potential suitors. She fears that she’s going insane--or worse that she’s defying the Goddess’s will. Robrek is a lowly farm boy with incredible magical powers. He has been biding his time waiting to get revenge on those who call him a demon.


Thrown together by chance, they must overcome their differences to fight their common enemy Duke Argblutal, who, with dark magic, is slowly poisoning the king’s mind and turning him against his own daughter. Time is running out for those chosen by the Goddess to prevent the power mad duke from usurping the throne and plunging the joined kingdoms into civil war.


The Soul Stone-- A match made by the goddess is threatened by an Ancient Evil.


As Samantha and Robrek prepare for their marriage and coronation, they are met with opposition on all sides. Not all believe that the peasant sorcerer is worthy to be king, and the young couple must perform delicate political maneuvers to prevent the joined kingdoms from breaking apart.


As the church splits over opposition to their union, an unseen force is poised to release an ancient evil that was last defeated a thousand years ago. When the Soul Stone is broken free of its bonds, all life in its path succumbs to its power. How much will the new royal couple have to sacrifice to free the joined kingdoms of its evil?


The Ghost in Exile—A special Kronicle outside of the series that tells the story of Darhour. The novel takes place at the same time as The Soul Stone. The Ghost is going to hell. Not even the goddess can forgive his sins: assassin, oath-breaker, traitor (an affair with the queen earned him that title). No one can ever learn the princess is his daughter. To keep this secret, he flees to the land that turned him from a simple stable groom into an infamous killer.


His mission now? To find evildoers and take them to hell with him. But when an impulsive act of heroism saddles him with a damsel who refuses to be distressed, her resilience forces him to question why he really ran from his daughter.


The Shattered Throne-- Queen Samantha’s spirit brightens as the festival of renewal approaches. The Ancient Evil that drained life from the land has been destroyed, and life is returning to the joined kingdoms. The birth of her heir gives her even more reason to celebrate. But a coup orchestrated by the unlikely alliance between a freedom-loving count and a fanatical church shatters both her plans and the ancient throne itself.


With her infant daughter missing and death and destruction spreading, Samantha finds herself faced with an impossible choice: save her daughter or her people. Already torn between a mother’s love and her duties as a queen, Samantha learns that an even greater danger threatens: the goddess herself is fading. What sacrifices will Samantha have to make to stop an evil god from taking Sulis’s place?

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EXCERPTS 
Excerpt Two:

At bedtime, Alvabane sat at her dressing table brushing her long hair. It had once been a bright, rich red, but it had dulled with age and was now mostly grey with only a few strands of color to remind her of what once had been. It seemed a metaphor for her life—small flashes of color to remind her of her once bright purpose.

One of those flashes, Erick, set her nightly goblet of fortified wine next to her hand. She needed the strong alcohol to dull the pain of her joints so she could sleep. She turned to thank him, but the words died on her lips as she saw the reproach in his eyes. Alvabane turned back to her mirror. Tonight was the night of the new moon. She should have been preparing to perform the rites of the dark gods, not preparing for bed. “They have forgotten us,” Alvabane said. “The Soul Stone does not live.”

Erick made a mewing sound, reminding her what he’d sacrificed to serve her and the dark gods. She herself had cut his tongue from his mouth when he came to her as a ten-year-old child. He had surrendered it stoically.

Do you think you have sacrificed more than I?” She turned to face him. “I performed the rites faithfully every new moon for decades. And for what, I ask you? The power of the Stone remains trapped behind the shield the demon Armunn created from his own soul. That shield can’t be destroyed. The Soul Stone won’t live again!


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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Jamie began writing stories about the man from Mars when she was six, and she never remembers wanting to be anything other than a writer. Everyone told her she needed a back up plan, so she pursued a Ph.D. in American literature, which she received in 1998. She started teaching writing and literature at Auburn University. One day in the midst of writing a piece of literary criticism, she realized she’d put her true passion on the backburner and neglected her muse. The literary article went into the trash, and she began the book that was to become The Goddess’s Choice, which was published in April 2012. Her other novels include The Soul Stone, The Ghost in Exile, The Shattered Throne, and The Bull Riding Witch. In addition, she has published a novella, Demons in the Big Easy, and a collection of short stories, Blood Cursed and Other Tales of the Fantastic. Her short fiction has also appeared in the anthologies Urban Fantasy, Of Dragons & Magic: Tales of the Lost Worlds, and Waiting for a Kiss. She claims she writes about the fantastic . . . and the tortured soul. Her poor characters have hard lives. She lives in Auburn, Alabama, with her husband and five cats, which (or so she’s been told) officially makes her a cat lady. She still teaches writing and literature at Auburn University. She is the mother of a grown son.


Email: jamie-marchant@jamie-marchant.com
Twitter: @JamieMarchantSF


Interview with Jamie Marchant

1. Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reins of the story?


Sad to say, but yes, my characters frequently hijack the story and led it into paths I hadn’t anticipated. I believe that if you create good characters, they become, in a sense, living being. Just as my son had a mind of his own and wouldn’t always do what I told him to, my characters won’t either.

2. Convince us why you feel your book is a must read.


If readers are like me, they need to care about the characters before they care what happens to them. The most intricate, exciting plot leaves me cold, if it is not peopled with individuals whose fates concern me. Almost all of my reviews mention my characters as my greatest strength. Christopher Booker’s book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories claims that there are only seven different stories we tell. While I think this is a bit reductive, it is true that it is nearly impossible to tell a story that hasn’t been told before. However, while plots may be limited, people are not. There are over 7 billion people on the planet today and untold billions who have lived, and every one of them is unique. Like living people, every one of my characters is a unique individual. They are deep, dynamic souls who live in my heart and on the page. They will continue to live within you long after you’ve completed the series. While I work hard to prefect my plots and my world building, the biggest gift I give my readers is characters they will love and love to hate.

3. Have you written any other books that are not published?


I have written a quite steamy erotic novella that I’m still deciding whether or not to publish. If I do so, it will probably under a pen name. I also wrote a novel back in high school, but it isn’t of publishable quality.

4. Pen or type writer or computer?


I always write on a computer. A pen is too slow, and I’d have to retype it anyway.

5. Anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?"


I believe the advice given by Bill and Ted in the 1989 movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure is some of the wisest, and underappreciated, life counsel I’ve ever received: “Be excellent to each other... and... PARTY ON, DUDES!” Happiness comes from treating others with kindness and respect and seeking out experiences that bring us joy. I try to convey a similar message in my own work. 
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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Jamie Marchant will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.



Follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: https://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2020/01/vbt-kronicles-of-korthlundian-by-jamie.html


18 comments:

  1. Another great book to discover. Thanks so much for sharing this with us.

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  2. I have not heard of this author. Thank you for the introduction. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. You won't be disappointed.

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  3. Thanks for hosting me. I look forward to any questions anyone may have.

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  4. I have always said that the Kronicles of Korthlundia Series has always been a favorite read for me.

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    1. Thanks. That's so nice. Have you read the last book, The Shattered Throne?

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  5. Who is your favorite character in the book?

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  6. I like series... so there is a story to follow for a while.

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  7. This sounds like a great series. Awesome cover!

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  8. Where do you get your ideas for the story lines?

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  9. My sister is excited to read it too.

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  10. “Do you think you have sacrificed more than I?--- What all did she sacrifice.. I am reading to find out.

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