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Ashes and Blood by Katie Zaber - Book Blitz + Giveaway

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Ashes and Blood

Dalya Series

Book One

Katie Zaber         

Genre: Fantasy

Date of Publication: May 13th 2020
ISBN:  9780463801024
ASIN:  B087YJ8W87
Number of pages: 260
Word Count: 121,760

Cover Artist: Agata Bukovero

Tagline: Trapped in another world—what would you do?

Book Description:

“I’ll start at the beginning.
Long ago, before roads, before we built structures, before medicine was
discovered, before the government was created, before man gained any knowledge,
there were The Five. Independent from each other, The Five had a mutual respect
for one another. They knew their roles in the world and their duty. They were gods…”

An adventure begins when an
otherworldly tree captures the attention of Megan and her friends. The
environment morphs around them, transferring them to an exotic planet. Stuck in
a rural town still maimed by the plague, a chance encounter with a familiar
face gives Megan and her friends some security during their adjustment period.

While settling into new,
promising lives, they are attacked and stalked by planet Dalya’s humanoid
inhabitants, who focus on Megan. One dark night, after an epic, magical attack,
the Fae King’s knight is sent to fetch Megan. When she wakes up a prisoner, she
learns that there is much more to this strange world, and it is oddly more like
her own than she ever would have expected.

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The past stings.

I haven’t spoken
about my family for years. Knowing that they are alive and remember me brings
back too many partial, bittersweet memories. It hurts to think about them. I
can’t picture their faces. It makes me sick not to be able to recall Mary,
Emily, or my mom’s faces. I can remember most of their characteristics: hair,
skin color, and eyes, but I can’t visualize their actual faces. A hard puzzle
to put together that grows harder by the day.

It’s all the
small details, their freckles and beauty marks. My mom and sister looked a lot
alike. They could be twins if not for the twenty-three-year age difference.
Both have long, curly strawberry blonde hair, bright green eyes, and their
faces are covered in freckles. I used to tease my sister when we were kids. I
nicknamed her Spots when she was in elementary school. Funny how I can remember
that, but I still can’t picture her face.

My ex-girlfriend
Mary, damn she was hot. At least that’s what my memories tell me, though I
can’t recall why. I can’t remember any detail of her face, but I can remember
she was short, had tan skin, chestnut hair, and was full of energy, a
cheerleader. We didn’t date too long, but I had a huge crush on her senior year
of high school. We dated right after Valentine’s Day. I remember a couple
dates, but they’re more like fuzzy pictures rather than memories.

Those were the
good times, hanging out, sneaking beers under the bleachers, watching the
cheerleaders practice, bounce, and stretch. Joking with the guys, smoking
joints, not having a care in the world.

It was only four
months later when Brian, Dave, and I went camping. Damn, I’ve been here too

About the Author:

Katie Zaber knows the best way to
decide who is cooking dinner is with a Nerf gun fight in the living room. Her
boyfriend is an exceptional cook. When she isn’t baking, going to wine
tastings, or reading, she’s busy planning her next trip to Six Flags Great
Adventure or Long Beach Island, New Jersey. As a child, her mother would read
stories about Atlantis and other fictional places that she dreamed of
exploring, fueling her love of history, adventure, and fantasy. After spending
her days working in a coffee shop, she moved up the ladder getting an office
job where she unfortunately was involved in a filing accident. Unable to move,
bored out of her mind, and desperate for entertainment, she turned to her
imagination and began writing. These days, she finds herself captivated by her
many projects and enjoys quiet nights at home.


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  1. I like the tree on the cover. How long did it take you to write it?

    1. Thank you. It took me about two years and four rough drafts before I was happy.

  2. I like the cover and the genre. Thanks for the chance.

  3. Katie Zaber is a new author to me, but I look forward to reading this. I always love meeting new authors. Thanks to this blog for the introduction.


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