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Monday, January 13, 2014

{Blog Tour} E.J. WESLEY'S WINTER THRILLS AND CHILLS TOUR -- with the author's Top Ten Fantasy creatures and a giveaway!

I'm hosting a stop on  E.J. Wesley's Winter Thrills and Chills Tour for his Moonsongs Series.  This tour is running January 6-17 and consists of reviews, interviews, top tens, guest posts and of course, giveaways!  Be sure to check out the tour page for the full list of stops.

~Book 1 - Blood Fugue~

“Some folks treated the past like an
old friend. The memories warmed them with fondness for what was, and hope for what was to come. Not me. When I thought of long ago, my insides curdled, and I was left feeling sour and wasted.”

Jenny Schmidt is a young woman with old heartaches. A small town Texas girl with big city attitude, she just doesn’t fit in. Not that she has ever tried. 

Life has pummeled her heart into one big, lonely callus. She has no siblings, both parents were dead by sixteen, and her last grandparent—and caretaker—was in the ground before she turned twenty-one. She’s the
last living member of her immediate family. Or so she thinks…

“We found my ‘grandfather’ sitting at his dining room table. An entire scorched pot of coffee dangled from his shaky hand. His skin was the
ashen gray shade of thunderclouds, not the rich mocha from the photo I’d seen. There were dark blue circles under each swollen red eye. A halo of white hair skirted his bald head, a crown of tangles and mats. Corpses had more life in them.”

Suddenly, instead of burying it with the dead, Jenny is forced to confront the past. Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, she must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it.

~Book 2 - Witch's Nocturne~

After receiving an ancient tribal journal from her grandfather, Jenny is sent on a mission of discovery in an attempt to unravel clues to her family's monster hunting past. The journey becomes more than academic when she is asked to confront a coven of dangerous witches who plan to cast an insidious spell on the plains of West Texas.

~Book 3 - Dark Prelude~

Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. Unfortunately, a lot of on-the-job training is required to be a monster hunter, and unlike her computer repair business, this gig could literally kill her.

Dark Prelude finds the feisty protagonist, Jenny, searching for her best friend Marshal's missing father in the midst of a freak, West Texas winter storm. To survive the frigid night, she'll have to deal with a hated town rival, face a monstrous creature no Moonsong hunter has ever encountered before, and undo a mysterious curse. Can she keep everyone alive? If not, who will pay the ultimate price?

~Book 4: Dragon's Game~

Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. She has already faced a werewolf, witches, and a troll. But nothing could prepare her for her latest confrontation...

Dragon's Game, Moonsongs Book 4, finds Jenny out of her rural West Texas element, searching for an evil witch in an urban Houston nightclub. After attempting to help a handsome and mysterious stranger out of a jam, she finds herself on the run from a ruthless gang who are even more dangerous than they initially appear.

Forced into a twisted game of life and death, Jenny must navigate the complexity of a budding relationship, and somehow survive a night filled with unexpected horror and paranormal mystery.

Dragon's Game is approximately 14,000 words or 45 pages of humor, horror and paranormal mystery. It is the fourth volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

~Book 5- Vampire's Ball~

Jenny Moonsong recently inherited the title of "monster hunter" and an ancient tribal journal/how-to manual passed down by her Apache ancestors. Being a girl of action, she has found herself particularly capable when it comes to battling the werewolves, trolls, and other supernatural denizens lurking in the Texas night. Until now.

Vampire's Ball, Moonsongs book 5, finds Jenny and her best friend Marshal in their most harrowing adventure yet. Traveling by boat to an extravagant masquerade party located at a Galveston Island mansion, Jenny must parlay with an ancient vampire in order to secure the release of the dragon princes, Isis. The unexpected return of an old "friend" turns the evening into chaos, and leaves Jenny and company once again fighting for survival amidst a sea of supernatural foes.

Vampire's Ball is approximately 12,500 words of humor, horror and paranormal mystery. It is the fifth volume of the Moonsongs Books, an ongoing series of New Adult, urban fantasy novelettes by author E.J. Wesley.

~Moonsongs Anthology~

The Moonsongs Anthology 1 collects the first three Moonsongs books--a series of New Adult paranormal-horror-action novelettes--in one exciting volume. Follow Jenny and her best friend Marshal on their dangerous quest to unlock the secrets of her past.

Moonsongs Anthology 1collects the three previously published Moonsongs adventures: Blood
Fugue (Book 1), Witch's Nocturne (Book 2), and Dark Prelude (Book 3).

Available in print & eBook via Amazon  | Goodreads

~About the Author~

Growing up in small-town Oklahoma, there were limits on the amount and types of
entertainment at my disposal. Perhaps that’s why I set my imagination free.
After collecting degrees in psychology and counseling, life brought me to Missouri, Texas, and Northern California—where I currently read, write, and live. I fill my spare time playing video games, watching movies, planning for the zombie apocalypse, reading graphic novels, and playing with my dogs.

My passion for New Adult literature led me to producing the weekly New Adult Lit Chat on Twitter, and contributing to the NA Alley Blog. I’m also the author of the Moonsongs Books, a series of New Adult, speculative-rural fantasy novelettes.


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Top 10 Fantasy Creatures
I write urban fantasy, so I’ve always got creatures on the brain. I think it started with a childhood fascination with dinosaurs, which seemed like something fantastic to a kid’s imagination. So here are my favorites! (Some of which you can read about in the Moonsongs books.)
10. Werewolves – Primal, scary, and awesome.
9. Ghosts – I’m not sure if I really believe in ghosts or not, but I’ve experienced enough unexplained things to make my pulse rise when I think about them.
8. Dragons – Oh how I loved the Hobbit growing up. Smaug was so devilish! (And if you’ve seen the most recent Hobbit movie, I think you’ll agree.)
7. Vampires – Perhaps the most “human” thing on this list, which also makes them the most intriguing.
6. Trolls – Probably not surprising coming from an author, but many of the creatures on this list were inspired by stories. Trolls are no exception. The number of times my grandmother read “Billy Goat Gruff” to me as a child I can’t count. But I do know the troll freaked me out every time.
5. Pegasus/Winged Horse – See, not all of them are scary! As if horses weren’t cool enough, this one has wings and flies heroes around on their adventures. ‘Nuff said.
4. Basilisk – I was introduced to these via the Harry Potter series. Basically, a basilisk is a giant, extremely venomous serpent that petrifies with its gaze. What’s not to love? Thanks for the nightmares, J.K. Rowling!
3. Lamia – In legend, these are a cross between a woman (head/torso) and a lion (body). They’re known to deceive and eat children, so maybe skip them in your babysitter Rolodex. J
2. Angels & Demons – Two sides of the same ancient coin that personify the dual nature of humanity—in a very powerful and spiritual way. The ultimate good Vs evil creatures.
1. Griffin – There’s something very majestic (and slightly unnerving) about a creature that is part eagle, part lion, and (sometimes) part snake. Their image has been used throughout history as symbol of fierce nobility and courage. Something we can always use more of.


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This tour was organized and put together by CBB Book Promotions.

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