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Blood Prophecy: Queen's Ascension by Barb Jones - Book Tour + Giveaway


Blood Prophecy: Queen's Ascension
by Barb Jones


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GENRE:   Paranormal

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BLURB:

When the darkness was compelling and the heart knew no bounds, was there really a right choice? With Michael's life hanging in the balance, Amber had a choice: save her star-fated love or keep on the crusade to unite the magical community. For Amber, her fate was sealed even before her birth and it was her destiny to fight the great battle ahead of her. But, when it came to her heart — her friends, her great love — Amber's torn. Not only was she the Queen, but she was a human in every sense of the word. She was vulnerable. And so the very people — Chloe and Michael — that gave her strength, quickly became her weakness. It wasn't her fault she loved too much, was it?


Nevertheless, the Tall Dark Man had set a plan in motion that could threaten the very existence of the
Blood Prophecy. Would he gather his dark forces and succeed in destroying Amber once and for all?
Or, would she assemble her powerful friends and save the world?


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EXCERPT

Malakai, Seattle, Present Day 

With the betterment of both Michael and Rae, Malakai was glad that they were well and fine;
nevertheless, he needed some time to decompress. All the magical commotions that had occurred
were too overwhelming for him. He needed some sort of release. 

He enjoyed the brisk jog in the park, as he cut through the sharp wind of the cold night.
But this did nothing to lift his spirits. He was happy that Amber’s smile finally met her eyes.
That was all he’d ever wanted for her: happiness, that’s it. There was nothing more he could ask for—
she was his priority. Yet, in the back of his mind, as in his heart, he couldn’t help but believe the
ancient legend that he’d heard so long ago was the certifiable truth,
as it was written in Eschmun’s scroll. 

…her fate is tied to the true alpha of the wolves. A blood drinker will stand formidable,
but it is the nature of the child to call upon the true alpha and bring him to the queen’s inner heart.

Could this be the truth? he often wondered as he traveled the world collecting artifacts and evidence
supporting this notion. Yes, he’d crafted a reliquary, quite accidentally,
and people assumed it was to keep the magic insulated, away from the humans.
But that wasn’t the case, at least not for him.  He so wanted to believe, just from the sheer fact that
it was said in the scroll. But Malakai was a man of logic, driven by cold hard data.
Although wanting to romanticize that his destiny was tied with Amber’s, he needed confirmation.
He wanted validation for the strong emotions he was feeling.

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW
1. What is the first book that made you cry?
When I was about 12, I read “Ordinary People” by Judith Guest.  That was the first time I read a book that talked about a family’s pain and struggle with the loss of a son.


2. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?

It really depends.  I can be a perfectionist, so that hinders me in taking more time.  From start to finish, it took me about 8 months to write Queen’s Ascension but that was because I was working a lot and I redid the ending about 6 times.


3. What are your top 5 favorite movies?

Sound of Music
Grease
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Dracula


4. Tell us 10 fun facts about yourself!

1.       I’m an adrenaline junkie. 
2.       I tend to be a gym rat.
3.       I have a really cool fascinating heritage on both parents’ side.  My mother grew up in Germany during World War II and my father’s side was Hawaiian/Filipino.  I am Royal Hawaiian.
4.       I can be a nerd!  So are my kids.  They are extremely gifted.
5.       As soon as traveling is safe, the next trip is to Scotland.  Romania will be upcoming too. 
6.       I live by a motto (and raised my kids this way) – to live by honor, integrity, respect, trust, loyalty and perseverance.  It helped mold me into the person I am today.
7.       My favorite animal is the tiger, preferably a white tiger.
8.       I wanted to be an astronaut, growing up.
9.       I love to cook and bake.  I can make some amazing dishes.
10.   I’m a personal fitness trainer and nutrition coach in addition to everything else.



5. If you could live in any time period, what would it be and why?
I would have to say I would really love to live during the time of King Henry VII.  I wouldn’t mind King Henry VIII either but the way Henry took the Crown to begin the Tudor line is absolutely one of my favorite historical moments.  He pledged to marry a York, should he win and he did marry Elizabeth.  A lot of people don’t realize that he wanted to avoid wars at all costs and restored stability to England after the war.  He even was thrifty in his spending and preferred to create new revenue streams.  To me, it was the foundation of a significant change in English History.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

I was born in Hawaii, a place rich with culture and storytellers.
As a little girl, scary tales about vampires, werewolves, angels, demons, and witches were my favorite
kind — much to my mother's dismay. 
The scarier, the better. 
My love for the supernatural never went away, even after moving to Seattle,
far from Hawaii's majestic beaches with unusual colors.
Nothing compares to the landscapes of Maui, Lanai, or Oahu.
But somehow, Seattle stole my heart anyway. It became the place where my love for stories took
on a new form, in a book of my own: The Adventures of Little Arthur and Merlin the Magnificent.
This book is for kids who love stories, just like I did. 
Then I had an idea while sleeping.  
One night, my mind began to work overtime. In a dream, I saw a unique storyline involving all the
races and an epic battle of good versus evil. It was a modern day plot with a three thousand year old
prophecy, The Blood Prophecy. I finished the first book in 2014, The Queen's Destiny.
Two years later, I released The Queen's Enemy. The last book in the series, The Queen's Ascension,
released on August 17, 2020.
Today, I live in Florida with its beaches and sunshine. But I'm still a Seattle girl at heart.
And so all my stories take place in the Northwest. 
I always keep to my roots when I write.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloodProphecyBooks/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Blood_Prophecy1
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebloodprophecy/


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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION
Barb Jones will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn
winner via rafflecopter during the tour.




16 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me here today! I’m excited to share Blood Prophecy with the readers!

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  2. I love the book cover. Did you help design it?

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    1. Not at all! I have an amazing artist who does my covers and I give total shout outs to him all the time! He takes a limited description (because I want him to be completely creative) and like magic, he transforms my words to art. His name is Steven J. Catizone.

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    1. Thank you. This is probably one of my favorite books I've written so far. I've also recently announced the upcoming Book 4: Rise of the Hunter for this series.

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  4. This has a great cover and I'm excited to learn about this Tall Dark Man

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    1. He is one of my favorite characters to write. I really enjoyed creating and bringing him to life.

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  5. Love or destiny interesting choice. I like the cover and the genre is one of my favorites. Thanks for the chance. It sounds good.

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    1. You might enjoy the series! Reach out to us and we can help get you started in the series.

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  6. The cover looks so pretty, this sounds great!

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  7. I like the book cover and synopsis, this sounds like a great read. Thank you for sharing your author interview and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work

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  8. I appreciate getting to hear about your book. Thank you for sharing!

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  9. Barb Jones 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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