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Friday, October 2, 2020

BLOOD PROPHECY: QUEEN'S ASCENSION - Barb Jones Book Spotlight + Guest Post



 

Blood Prophecy: Queen's Ascension

by Barb Jones

 

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Queen's Ascension (The Blood Prophecy, #3)

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 One:

 

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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Topic: What’s our Favorite Dish?

In addition to being an author and many other things, one thing I love to do is cook and bake.  There’s a certain flair about cooking that really gets me excited about things.  It might be the spices, the color patterns of food, or just that I love to be in the kitchen.  You might say “I live in the kitchen about as much as I live in the gym.”  And if you really know me, I do live in the gym.  I’m there each and every day.  I don’t miss a beat.  To make matters even more funny, I have about 5 different memberships to gyms AND I have my complete home gym.  But, the kitchen is one of my favorite places in the house.

Why?  As I mentioned, it could be the spices, the colors of food, the fact that I am absolutely creative in everything I do.  But, I wanted to share with you about my love of cooking and baking.  Imagine a dish of beef and vegetables.  Sounds ordinary, right?  Maybe at this very minute, but let me take you on a journey of making it.  Give it a try.  And no, its not a recipe but I can provide it if you ask.

You have a piece of beef tenderloin.  It looks ordinary.  Plain.  Not much flavor to it, right?  But now, rub a little salt on it so it can soak in.  Now, let’s add a little spice.  The spice of life!  Add a little Turmeric and Worcester Sauce.   Do you feel it coming to life?  That’s the excitement that I begin to feel when I cook.  Look at those vegetables.  Sure, the bell peppers are just sitting there.  Same with the onions and the carrots.  But look at the colors.  The red, green, orange, yellow and so forth.  It will bring the meat to life.  All you have to do is add a little of this, a little of that.  Once you put the colors together and start sautéing it, the flavors blend together.  As something is being created in your kitchen and you smell that aroma of life, it’s hard not to get excited.  Now, you’re getting hungry!  Adding the meat is like adding something big to your life.  Almost like writing a book, buying your first house.  Anything.  That’s the zest for life that you are feeling and all from cooking a dish.  Everyone has a zest for life, it might be a little tougher to find nowadays with the way things are in the world but it’s deep inside you.  You just have to find it.  Maybe a little cooking will help? Or reading? Or calling a friend.  Anything.  While we can’t all hang out the way we want, the way we used to, life is still happening around us.  It’s precious and waiting for us to return.

 

 

 

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.

 

Website: https://www.thebloodprophecy.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BloodProphecyBooks/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Blood_Prophecy1

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebloodprophecy/

 

Amazon Buy Link: https://www.amazon.com/Queens-Ascension-Prophecy-Barb-Jones-ebook/dp/B08DKK66PM

Barnes and Noble Buy Link: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/queens-ascension-barb-jones/1137386713?ean=2940162985693

 

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