Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Book Tour + #Giveaway: Blade and Soul by C.M. Estopare @CMEstopare @XpressoTours

Blade and Soul
C.M. Estopare
Publication date: June 30th 2017
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

To defy gods, she will sacrifice all.

After the death of its duchess, Safrana is in turmoil. Two equally powerful families vie for power, quickly turning the beautiful citadels of Safrana into a hellish warscape. While, on the outside, there is a desperate search for the one true heir to the throne. The one man who could stop an encroaching civil war and force the citadels into peace.

But he is no where to be found. Presumed dead. While a threatening war looms over Safrana, promising to tear it apart.

Thrust into a political world which only buys and sells in blood money, with an impending civil war at hand, Marceline Brandy is called to take charge of a peace effort in a foreign city. But nothing is certain in this world rife with political strife. Everything must be questioned, even a push for peace.

Desperate to complete her mission, Marceline soon finds herself tangled up in the strange political affairs of an arrogant woman with dangerous ties to the long lost heir of the Safranian throne. But there is another, more powerful presence that lurks on the borders of Safrana’s imploding government. A presence that would stop at nothing to see Marceline and her allies fail.

Seized by a foreign city she is sworn to save, she has few to turn to for help. The list of allies she could count on is cut short by corrupt patriotists hungry for war and livid at the mere notion of foreign driven peace. Months pass as Marceline heads this peace effort, but the fiercer she works the more dire th
e situation becomes and time is running out.
A war looms, one that promises to destroy Safrana, as mythological creatures rise from ancient graves. The fiends intent on absolute destruction.

Is this an all-out test of Marceline’s strength and will?

Or, are the gods themselves against her?

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Interview with C.M. Estopare

1.   What inspired you to write Blade and Soul?
          Fantasy was lacking some awesomely bad-ass heroines, so I decided to create some. Blade and Soul is a culmination of my love of awesome action, fencing, and dragons (because who doesn't love dragons).

2.   Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in The Kindred Souls series or what you have planned for the future?

          Winterskin is the first book in the Kindred Souls series and it follows the coming-of-age journey of a shieldmaiden in a different part of the world. Right after Blade and Soul comes Firebrand—the awesome denouement to the Kindred Souls series.

          Fantasy is awesome and bad-ass protagonists with off the wall sidekicks are awesomer (totally not a word!). So, right beside Firebrand, I'm working on another fantasy series where the heroine beats back an oil tycoon (ever heard of hydraulic fracturing? Awful stuff) to save an island that's the source of Earth's magic. I've got a free prequel to the series in the works, so expect that soon!

3.   Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Blade and Soul?

          The main character is a woman who's used to handling blood money—Marceline's an assassin after all. Everything's pretty cut and dry for her until the blood is her own.

4.   You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?
          I read so much! As a kid I always had my nose in a Tamora Pierce book. I loved her stories about lady knights and female provosts. After her, Andrzej Sapkowski grew on me, author of the Witcher books. Currently, though, I read just about anything!

5.   If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?
          Do you follow Space X and our awesome race to Mars? By 2030 Space X hopes to have astronauts on the red planet. So, if I could time-travel, I'd definitely want to pop in on 2030 and see if Space X actually reaches its goal. Fingers crossed that they do!

6.   Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

Yes!! I love my puppy, Duke (though he really isn't a puppy now). My husband and I call him Duke Nukem because the moment he gets a new toy he rips it limb from limb.

He's my writing buddy too!

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.

          Thank you so much for interviewing me! Blade and Soul comes out June 30th!
          Born to wander, taught to kill; can Marceline put her knives aside to save a client who has become her friend?

          I hope you enjoy it!

Author Bio:
C.M. Estopare is a full-time author, avid yoga enthusiast, and veteran of the United States military. She is the author of HEARTFELT SOUNDS, a young adult coming of age fantasy about the enthralling power of one young woman’s voice.

KINDRED SOULS is a three part epic and dark fantasy series hitting Amazon and Kindle Unlimited beginning in February 2017. The first book, WINTERSKIN, debuted February 9th, 2017. The second book, BLADE AND SOUL, debuts June 30th, 2017. Be sure to mark your calendars!

When not writing, C.M. Estopare enjoys reading about the fantastical worlds in the minds of others. She also enjoys playing around with her puppy, Duke, and adventuring with her husband.



Mary Preston said...

Is this part of a series?

Bea LaRocca said...

Congrats on your New Release and thanks so much for sharing your words through the interview!