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Shades of Avalon Release Day!

Congratulations to Carol Oates on today’s release of Shades of Avalon, the sequel to Shades of Atlantis.

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It’s live today… here!

Synopsis: Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of the beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright. 

When Caleb, his sister’s mate, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, the prime suspect is the last remaining member of the overthrown corrupt Guardian Council. 

With the discovery that an old acquaintance has been keeping secrets and the future Ben was so sure of shifting before his eyes, the situation becomes more complicated, the ransom for Caleb too high.

In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the magical old ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur.

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Having read both books and experienced Ben’s self-discovery in Shades of Avalon, we can tell you this story plays out like a movie! So, for us, there isn’t anyone we’d rather envision as the lovable Ben Pryor than Liam Hemsworth. Just the thought of Liam in this role adds to the magic of the character and brings this story to life just a little bit more!

kinopoisk.ruAhhh…see? Magical!

If you haven’t read either, we highly recommend reading both books and ordering today via Omnific’s special Tax Day promotion!

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Fabulous Prizes? 

Then don’t forget to enter the author’s blog tour giveaway here!

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Goodreads: Shades of Atlantis

Goodreads: Shades of Avalon

Thanks to Traci (@OmniTraci) with Omnific, we will be officially participating in Carol’s blog tour on April 18th with a review and other interesting tidbits to share!

Please plan to join us then!

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Shades of Avalon Cover Reveal

Some things in life will always be worth the wait. 

As a book lover, when you find that you are a fan of a particular story, its characters, & its author, then a book’s sequel is definitely worth waiting for! 

It’s finally here! A double reveal for the Shades series by Irish author Carol Oates. And as blog hosts, we strong-armed Carol and her publisher, Omnific, into giving us a glimpse of her newest book, due out soon! But beware…if you haven’t read Shades of Atlantis yet, the sequel’s synopsis and excerpt will have **spoilers**

First let’s take a look at the new & improved cover of Shades of Atlantis:

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Ooh! Isn’t it striking? Those of you who have already read Carol’s book will recognize that this is Triona Pryor, a seemingly ordinary young woman with a plan to go out into the world and bravely live her life, only to realize her bloodlines have predestined what kind of world she and her brother Ben will be exposed to and forced to face.

Synopsis:

Since the death of their parents, Triona Pryor and her brother, Ben, have lived with their aunt and uncle in Camden, Maine. Now in her senior year of high school, Triona loves her family and friends, but she has always felt that she didn’t quite fit in…in Camden, or anywhere else.

Enter Caleb Wallace, the devilishly handsome man who has recently moved to Triona’s small town.

While their attraction to each other is instantaneous, it also proves to be dangerous…and deadly. When tragedy strikes, Triona flees to London for solace and to start her life anew. It’s there she discovers from an unlikely source that her family has been keeping secrets from her – secrets about not only her birthright, but her ultimate destiny as well.

Armed with this knowledge, Triona finds herself thrown into a whole new world and into a battle to save the lives of everyone she loves.

And presenting the sequel, Shades of Avalon:

SOAvalon_CoverOoh! Now isn’t this intriguing and mysterious? Carol sets up an interesting turn of events here! While the first book is told from Triona’s perspective, the sequel does something unexpected and picks up with the story continuing from Ben’s perspective. The cover suggests events will force Ben to be embroiled more deeply into the new, perhaps darker, world full of mystical legends and magic. The excerpt below suggests he’ll discover more about who he is and his place in his new world.

Synopsis:

Ben Pryor grew up as an average kid in Camden, Maine, unaware of the supernatural storm brewing in his Celtic blood. However, at nineteen, as the last born in the royal line of the beings that once ruled Atlantis, Ben has eagerly embraced his newfound abilities and birthright.

When Caleb, his sister’s mate, goes missing under suspicious circumstances, the prime suspect is the last remaining member of the overthrown corrupt Guardian Council.

With the discovery that an old acquaintance has been keeping secrets and the future Ben was so sure of shifting before his eyes, the situation becomes more complicated, the ransom for Caleb too high.

In the sequel to Shades of Atlantis, Ben will delve deeper than he ever imagined into the magical old ways of the Guardians, the secrets of Excalibur, and the truth behind the legend of King Arthur.

Shades of Avalon Excerpt:

“I have no idea what my blood can do,” I conceded.

“What?” Amanda tilted her head, intrigued.

“Oh, nothing much. Just something the crazy, old coot Merlin said.”

I left the three of them and approached the edge of the lake, careful not to slip on the mud. Nothing says regal confidence like sliding on my ass. I planted my feet and threw my shoulders back, expanding my chest. I had no idea how to do this. Did I simply ask, or was there a specific command? I decided to wing it and hope.

The water moved, and I imagined liquid eyes watching me. Butterflies tumbled in my stomach. I rubbed my palm across it in a vain attempt to allay the movement. It didn’t work and my apprehension grew. I framed the words in my mind as Emma nodded, straining the bowstring a little more. I took the action as assurance she had my back. She was just a kid and yet probably braver than me.

“You wish to entreat us, Blood of Danu?” Ripples spread out across the glassy surface of the lake from the base of the pillar. If I wasn’t mistaken, the tone of the voices verged on arrogance.

“No,” I boomed. “I don’t entreat you. I am Benjamin Alexander Pryor. I am the last born in the bloodline of Dagda and descendant of the goddess, Danu. I command you to return the human known as Arthur Pendragon to this world immediately.” 

Author Bio:

Carol Oates came into the world on Christmas morning, in an elevator. Raised just across the street from the childhood home of Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, it was only a matter of time before Carol’s love of all things supernatural would emerge. She began experimenting with fiction at school and keeps the notebook containing her first unpublished novel in her desk drawer. Over three decades later, all her stories still begin life scrawled on paper. When not writing, Carol can be found exploring history with her son. Luckily, he shares her love of old buildings, castles, and tombs.

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Goodreads: Shades of Atlantis

Goodreads: Shades of Avalon

Giveaways:

Omnific and Carol have graciously set up some very nice giveaway prizes for our readers:

1. E-pack of Shades series provided by Omnific

2. Print copy of the original Shades of Atlantis, Collector cards, & a Newbridge Silver bookmark

3. Print copy of the original Shades of Atlantis & Collector cards

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Three fabulous prizes. Three lucky winners.
Just click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter. Best of luck!

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We just wanted to take a minute to say thank you to all of the blogs who helped spread the word about today’s cover reveal and signed up to participate! Each blog will be featuring a giveaway, so readers can blog hop and enter multiple contests. It’s always good to show your support of an author by leaving a review on Amazon or Goodreads!

Special thanks to Traci from Omnific and, of course, our friend Carol Oates for letting us help promote Shades of Avalon. Wishing you blockbuster success with this next installment once it is released!

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Upcoming: Two Cover Reveals, One Series!

Would you like to join us?

We’re looking for book bloggers who would like to join us in revealing the new cover for the upcoming Shades of Avalon, by Irish author Carol Oates, the sequel to her debut novel, Shades of Atlantis published by Omnific.

Carol knows that we are big fans of her writing and immensely enjoyed Shades of Atlantis  *beams with pride* from the very beginning! We’ve shared this book with others in our real lives and her story has been well received! As far as we’re concerned, her sequel –due out April 15th–is highly anticipated. 🙂

Now we know, usually on this blog there’s a recurring theme that we like to talk about books that were previously fanfiction or books that are heavy in the erotica department. Carol’s books are neither, which is okay because we like to consider ourselves diverse here, too! Carol’s Shades series is paranormal romance in the new adult realm with Carol’s beautiful writing lending itself to a mix of mature characters that appeal to mature readers (like us!) as well as young adults! So far…the story has that  whole ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ concept when innocent characters suddenly find themselves up against dark forces, with a destiny love story or two (or three?) mixed in. Who doesn’t enjoy stories of this genre?

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As an added bonus, Carol and Omnific have decided to revamp the cover of Shades of Atlantis as well!  We always thought the original cover (seen above on the book shelf) was pretty and really set a tone for the Irish setting & myths found within the story, but times they are a-changing and we’re proud to have been blessed with some luck of the Irish that will allow us to help usher in the changes.

Won’t you please join us?!?!? C’mon, it’ll be fun!!

If you would like to be part of this double cover reveal on March 26th with us, simply sign up using this Google form!  Bonus: There will be giveaways for both your participation and your readers! 🙂

And for our blog readers w/o blogs, we insist that you join us on March 26th for the cover reveals, giveaways, and hopefully an exclusive interview with Carol! Did you know that even if you don’t know her writing (yet, that is…) you may know her work? In addition to writing, Carol is very talented at designing book covers, fan art, and even videos for other authors you probably know! Yep, she’s very supportive of her contemporaries, who will tell you that when it comes to her depicting their characters or stories, she always gets it right. One of her most recent projects she worked on was a book trailer for fellow Omnific author, Debra Anastasia, who has so much good to say about her!

 “Carol Oates is a stunning writer and a fabulous artist. Her keen eye has been integral in so many of my projects!! She is a genius.” -Debra Anastasia 

Here’s where you can find more info on Carol:

Twitter  | Blog | Amazon

Sincerest thanks to Traci from Omnific and Carol for getting us involved!

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