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Mages Unbound by Laura Engelhardt - Book Tour + Giveaway


Join us for this tour from Nov 18 to Dec 22, 2018!

Book Details:

Book Title: Mages Unbound: Book 2 of the Fifth Mage War Series by Laura Engelhardt
Series:  Fifth Mage War Series
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 480 pages
Genre Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Laura Engelhardt
Release date:  Nov 2020
Content Rating: PG-13 + M for battle sequences, bad language including F-words, and adult-themes mildly referenced. Euphemisms are used in lieu of graphic descriptions of sex/violence. There is NO sexual violence or child abuse.

Book Description:

It’s ironic to find out your whole life has been a lie when you’re married to a truth-teller.
If only Mary could find some humor in it. She’s drowning her sorrow in vodka and song when a surprise visit from her youngest sister jolts her into accepting the magical reality hidden from her for fifty years.  
Mary’s epiphany can’t come soon enough because her fresh start may be the only thing that can save her siblings and the world from an utter melt-down.
As the two Bant sisters grapple with sirens, faeries and the FBI in America, their brother is trapped in a high-stakes game of mage politics in Australia. Meanwhile, middle-sister Amy’s malfunctioning mage-sight forces her to seek help from the very same mages who tricked her once before.

Can Mary pull herself together in time to rescue her family from the coming war?
Mages Unbound is a paranormal women's fiction novel, told from the perspective of the Bant family members. This is Book 2 in the Fifth Mage War Series, a magical epic about sirens, fae, and family ties. 

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Book Details:

Book Title: Sirens Unbound: Book 1 of the Fifth Mage War Series by Laura Engelhardt
Series:  Fifth Mage War Series
Category:  Adult fiction (18+), 548 pages
Genre Paranormal Women’s Fiction
Publisher:  Laura Engelhardt
Release date:  July 29, 2019
Content Rating: PG-13 + M for battle sequences, bad language including F-words, and adult-themes mildly referenced. Euphemisms are used in lieu of graphic descriptions of sex/violence. There is NO sexual violence or child abuse.


"Loved it! Members of the Bant family become entwined in an upcoming mage war in this epic urban fantasy novel about sirens, fae, and family ties." -- Michelle Hogmire, Reedsy Discovery

"a unique take and meshing of different established ideas... Sirens that feed and aid? Fae trapped in England as a prisoner camp? Mage's getting optical surgery for magick sight? I really loved the combination of ideas and I thought they all worked together surprisingly well ... I found myself immersed in watching the fae emerge and interested in Amy's work. I appreciated not being talked down to on either side, as a reader. Some writers over-explain or use too much jargon. This was just the right mix for me. And the descriptions placed me in each scene. I'd definitely buy this." -- Mel Candea, Ink & Insights

 

 


Book Description:

Amy’s day starts with three things: Coffee, breakfast, then brains. In that order.
Relax, it’s not what you think. She’s just your everyday neurosurgeon who can fix everyone’s brain but her own. It doesn’t matter if she has fifty years of life experience and regularly works with mages—she’s still a mundane.

She’s turning fifty, and her last achievement was what, ten years ago? She’s not sure if anyone even remembers it.

Determined not to be a one-hit-wonder, Amy jumps head-first into a new opportunity. Literally.
Some people have affairs to deal with a midlife crisis—Amy has brain surgery.

The results are even bigger than her career ambitions, and Dr. Amy Bant will need the help of her siblings to survive what comes next. Cordelia, an agoraphobic underwater photographer, Thomas, a playboy with a Brazilian tourism business, and Mary, a choir director with a truth-teller husband are all keys to unlocking secrets a whole lot closer to home than any of them could have realized. 

Turning fifty doesn’t have to be mundane—not when you’re in the Bant family!
Sirens Unbound is a paranormal women’s fiction novel told from each member of the Bant family. This is Book 1 in the Fifth Mage War Series, a magical epic about sirens, fae, and family ties.
 
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Author Interview
Q: One of your characters is a singer, do you listen to music while writing?
A: It's too distracting. If I start playing anything, I stop writing to listen to it. But when I sketch out my scenes, I often go for a walk and listen to music. I also listen to music while doing research — often when I'm looking to create a feeling for a scene, I'll listen to different genres of music to see what fits best. I'm rather eclectic in my taste, and listen to everything from rap to jazz standards to pop to country to opera.

 

Q: Do you know how the series will end?
A: Well, I know how the war will end, but not who will "win." This isn't the kind of good vs. evil conflict where one side gets to declare ultimate victory. This is the heartbreaking kind of war where everyone loses, even the "winners."

 

Q: What comes first, the plot or the characters?
A: I'm more of a character-driven writer. So start by imagining my main characters, then the kind of relationships with each other that they have. I also start imagining my world and the kind of creatures and developing a magick system. Only then does my plot start to come together. But as it does, more characters come into play and start to get developed.

 

Q: What is the most challenging book you've read this year?
A: Well, I just finished Harrow the Ninth. The author is such a fantastic writer, but this book was a hard read. The main character experienced a completely different reality from the events of the first book for the first 2/3 of the story, so I had a hard time finding an anchor. But her writing is so beautiful – she merges the visceral with the meta in such a way that's just a bit too gritty to be poetic. So I'll pick up Book 3 of her series when it comes out with the hope that she's a little gentler on her readers with that one.

 

Q: Have you ever gotten reader's block?
A: Oh my gosh, yes! That's actually why I started writing my series. I'd been in a "dnf" rut, where I'd pick up a fantasy book and put it down after 30 pages. All I was reading was non-fiction, and I missed immersing myself in a story. Finally, I figured why not try writing the kind of story I wanted to read … three years later, I've published two books in the series.

 

Q: What's the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
A: I sometimes swap my characters' genders after writing the first draft to see how they read. I reversed the "classic" gender roles for my antiheroes, Thomas and Kyoko in this series. To me, Thomas seems more like a romance novel heroine, while Kyoko comes across like the male lead in a paranormal romance. It's harder for me to empathize enough with men who follow the more traditional patriarchal version of manhood to adequately write about them. I've kept them as side characters because I don't think I can do them justice with a larger role.

 

Q: Does writing energize or exhaust you?
A: When it goes well, and I feel like I'm making progress, I get fired up! But when I'm struggling with a scene, I often leave my computer exhausted. Sometimes that's when I realize it's time to take a walk and try to work through it. 

 

Meet the Author:

An avid sf/fantasy reader, Laura Engelhardt writes the kind of book she likes to read: fantasy with intricate worlds and complex characters facing moral dilemmas. She started writing plays in college, then moved to Germany, where she continued to write while teaching ESL to executives. After moving back to the U.S., she supported her playwriting by teaching ballroom dance and working retail. Deciding that living in her parents' attic wasn't for her, Laura went to law school and then spent the next seventeen years as a lawyer and compliance officer in New York City. In 2017, she quit Wall Street and began helping people resolve disputes as a mediator and arbitrator. She now lives in New Jersey with her family.

connect with author: website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:

Nov 18 – Elizabeth McKenna - Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 18 - Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 19 Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Nov 19 - Splashes of Joy – book spotlight / guest post / author interview / giveaway
Nov 20 - Literary Flits – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 20 - I'm Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Nov 23 –Sadie's Spotlight - book spotlight
Nov 24 – Instagram.com/asreadbydanielle – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / author interview / giveaway
Nov 25 – The Momma Spot – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND
Nov 26 –The Review Crew – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Nov 30 - Pine Enshrined Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 1 – eBook Addicts – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Dec 2 – Instagram.com/asreadbydanielle – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 3 - Amy's Booket List - book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 4 – Lamon Reviews – book spotlight / author interview
Dec 4 - Locks Hooks and Books – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 8 –Amy's Booket List - book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 9 – The Momma Spot – book review of MAGES UNBOUND
Dec 10 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 10 - Gwendalyn’s Books  - book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 11 – The Review Crew – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 11 – Cheryl's Book Nook – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 11 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Dec 15 – Locks Hooks and Books – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 15 - Gwendalyn’s Books  - book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 16 – Westveil Publishing – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND
Dec 17 – Westveil Publishing – book review of MAGES UNBOUND
Dec 21 – Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of SIRENS UNBOUND / giveaway
Dec 22 - Books and Zebras @jypsylynn – book review of MAGES UNBOUND / giveaway


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2 comments:

  1. Hi Jasmine, thanks so much for featuring my book! I hope you enjoy it. Best, Laura

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