Saturday, 15 December 2012

Tour: Circle of Witches by Margaret Frazer

Circle Of Witches by Margaret Frazer

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Also available at iBookstore, Kobo, Google Play, and 
online bookstores everywhere.
 What It's About!
Her mother had always been afraid. That's what Damaris remembered. From 
the time she was a little girl until the day her mother died, she had seen the fear in her eyes.  
But now she understood. Now she was afraid, too. 
 Young Damaris wanted more than anything to be happy at Thornoak, the 
ancient manor owned by her aunt and uncle. Adventuring through the wide, 
open beauty of the Dale in the company of her rambunctious cousins she 
rediscovered a joy she had thought lost with the death of her parents.  
And in the deep, storm-tossed eyes of Lauran Ashbrigg she was surprised 
to find an entirely new emotion.

But even under the warm and inviting sun, Damaris is chilled by the 
undeniable fact that the family which claims to welcome and love her is 
hiding truths from her: The truth of the Lady Stone. The truth of the 
Old Ways. The truth of moon and star and witchcraft.

The truth of her mother's death.


"Exquisitely written, the novel offers a brilliantly realized vision... 
Suspenseful from start to surprising conclusion, this is another gem 
from an author who's twice been nominated for an Edgar." - Publisher's 
 "Love the passionate attention to detail in character, custom, and 
setting, and the sympathetic creation of believable people and events. 
Essential." - Library Journal of New York 
“A lovingly told story, rich with fascinating description. Ms. Frazer 
provides a real treat for lovers of all things.” – Toby Bromberg, 
Romantic Times 
 "The writing is seamless... Rich period detail, canny characterization, 
and a lively plot should endear her tales to anyone..." - Minneapolis 
Star Tribune 
“Mystery… Suspense… Frazer executes with audacity and ingenuity.” – 
Kirkus Reviews

"Weaves a budding romance and a grand, unrequited passion with a bold 
and dangerous plot... Great fun for all!" - Alfred Hitchcock Magazine 
 "Frazer's books will be among those I read as soon as I see them." - 
Houston Facts 
Twice nominated for the Minnesota Book Award.
Twice nominated for the Edgar Award.
A Romantic Times Top Pick.
A Herodotus Award Winner.

Visit Margaret's Website

Margaret Frazer is the award-winning author of more than twenty 
historical murder mysteries and novels, including the Edgar-nominated 
Sister Frevisse and Player Joliffe series. She makes her home in 
Minneapolis, Minnesota, surrounded by her books, but she lives her life 
in the 1400s.

"Over the years I’ve had a rag-tag of various jobs, including 
librarian, secretary, reseacher for a television station, gift shop 
manager, and assistant matron at an English girls’ school. Married once 
upon a time but not anymore, I have two well-grown sons who become 
uneasy if I read books about poisons at the supper table and refuse to 
turn their backs on me when I say I want to try something I might use in 
a story. When I write, I want to delve as far inside the perceptions of 
my characters as possible, to look at their world more from their point 
of view than from ours, because the pleasure of going thoroughly into 
otherwhen as well as otherwhere — the chance to move right away from the 
familiar into a whole other way of seeing and behaving — has always been 
one of my own great pleasures in reading. As a writer I deeply want to 
give that same pleasure to others."

Book Blitz Tour

Snow White Sorrow (The Grimm Diaries #1) by Cameron Jace

Publisher: Akmal Eldin Farouk Ali Shebl
Release Date: February 2013
Pages: 384
Order Now: Book Depository|Amazon

What It's About!

What if all you knew about fairy tales was wrong?
Sixteen year old Loki Blackstar is no Prince Charming. His mother is a ghost. His only friend is a red Cadillac that talks to him through the radio. He looks like an Angel but acts like jerk. No wonder he has been banned from Heaven, which is the least of his troubles. Loki needs a job to pay for school and support himself.

Still, Loki has a rare gift: He is a Dreamhunter. One of the few in the world who can hunt and kill immortal demons in their dreams so they never wake up again.

When Loki is sent to kill a sixteen-year-old vampire girl the locals call Snow White Sorrow, he is pulled into a magical but dangerous world. The locals believe the monster to be Snow White.

The real Snow White... living in the ruins of an ancient castle in a small town. She is described as horribly beautiful, terrifyingly enchanting, and wickedly lovely.

What he finds instead is a beautiful monster girl filled with rage and hurt, who has an epic untold story to tell of things such like why the Brothers Grimm altered the fairy tale, who the Evil Queen really is, where the mirror came from, and who possessed it.

Snow White has killed every person who has dared come near the castle where she once lived with the queen. Mysteriously, she lets Loki live, and whispers two words in his ears; two words that will change his life forever.

Excerpt from:

Dear Wilhelm Carl Grimm, 

She is not that giddy, naïve, and helpless princess she pretends to be. Please don’t let her fool you with her innocence if you see her sing to the birds in the forest. Resist her charm from bringing joyful tears to your eyes, and shield yourself from her devious beauty before she deceives you into wanting to kiss her awake. It'll  be a kiss of death. Your death. That’s how she fooled the Huntsman, Prince Charming, and me, her birth mother. 
I still remember the original script of the fairy tale, the one you wrote in 1812. It clearly stated that she was my own flesh and blood daughter. I don’t have the slightest idea why you altered it fifty years later. 
What was the point of turning me into an evil, narcissistic, and heartless stepmother, blinded by jealousy and envy of the young princess? 
For years, I have been looking forward to telling you the truth about her, but you were impossible to reach. 
I am glad I found your brother, Jacob. He told me that you wanted to tone the stories down so children could sleep better at night, instead of having nightmares about the Queen who sought to eat her daughter’s heart and liver. 
Shame on you, Wilhelm. 
You, of all authors, knew why I wanted to kill her. My actions were justified. I was trying to save my kingdom from her wrath, before everything we loved was destined to an end. The same way you had to rewrite the true fairytales after cursing us, so the War of Sorrows would end forever after. 
Night after night, and year after year, parents fed their children false bedtime stories, until your lies grew into inescapable memories. Your happily ever after lies, Wilhelm, shaped the so called fairy tale world. 
I wondered why you didn’t burn the original scripts, instead of rewriting them. You must have figured out that sooner or later someone would dig up the truth and expose you. Altering it was the smarter solution. You let children believe that the bites were resurrecting kisses, and that torturing glass coffins were made for sleeping beauties, waiting for a prince to come and kiss them awake. 
A wise man once said that the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he was someone else. You did the same with us, Wilhelm. You turned us into pastiches of the immortals that we really are, and made it harder for us if wanted to persuade the world otherwise. 
I know that you did it to save us from her. And I appreciate how you concealed our real names, or we would have ended up like Rumpelstiltskin, tortured by those who knew of his real name. 
But sometimes, I can’t help but wonder why no one ever questioned why I was called the Evil Queen, and why I was never given a real name in the books. 
Was I so superficial to the world, so stereotypical and mundane? Why was I treated as if I were the monster of the week? 
You know what I think? I think that the world never got the time to hate me. It just wanted to hate me long before it met me. 
If I tell those who detest me about the true nature of their little princess, would they ever care about me half as much as they care about her? 
I know that deep inside, they adore me. They like the way I talk, walk, dress, and even the way I kill. 
They are just afraid to admit how much they love me. I am the Snow White Queen, strong enough that I don’t need anyone’s pity or love, because I am loved by the greatest and most majestic heart in the world: 

 Cameron's Website/Goodreads/Twitter/Facebook

 Wonderlander, Neverlander, Unicorn-chaser, enchanter, musician, survived a coma, & totally awesome. Sometimes I tell stories. Always luv the little monsters, I write young adult paranormal romance, urban fantasy, and science fiction, mostly. The Grimm Diaries series is a seven book saga that deals with retellings of fairy tales from a young adult POV - it connects most of the fairy tales together and claims to be the truth about fairy tales. I live in San Fransisco and seriously think circles are way cooler than triangles.
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