FROM BLOOD AND ASH <— HUGE SURPRISE NEW BOOK RELEASE by author Jennifer L. Armentrout (one of our HUGE early indie favorites!!!) and she’s just released a fantasy romance that’s got a side of forbidden love!!! YES PLEASE! 😀
Susan: Such a great book. I loved every moment of it.
Grey: Oooh, yes, please!!!❤️
Andrea: 😍 what an awesome giveaway! There’s so much awesomeness in this one post I can’t even handle it!
Sarah: From Blood and Ash has become my new favorite by far!
Rachael: I absolutely love Jennifer Armentrout and am dying to read her new book!!!
Kimberly: I bought and finished From Blood and Ash the first day it came out, and I have the BIGGEST book hangover ever. It was such an incredible read and is not only one of my favorite JLA books, it’s one of my all-time favorites now.
She’s today’s newsletter sponsor and her publisher (The Blue Box Press) have sent over an excerpt, some fun stuff about the book, plus we’re having a giveaway!!!
When I start reading a book, I want to be swept away, captivated, shocked and messed up in the best way possible from. From Blood and Ash is all of that. If you love forbidden romance, this book is for you. If you love snark, this book is for you. If you love action and intrigue, edge of your seat moments and being caught off guard by what you’re reading, this book is for you. And if you’ve been missing… vampires in your life, this book is for you.
She also posted a bit of personal tidbit about it, on her Facebook page:
SURPRISE! FROM BLOOD AND ASH IS AVAILABLE NOW!
Four years ago, I had this idea for a fantasy. I tinkered with the idea, here and there. Actually created an outline. Character bible. Location bible. I even drew a map. It was terrible. For a lot of those years I was afraid to actually sit down and write it. I’d never written a high fantasy before. What if I couldn’t do it? What if my readers were like nope? But the story stayed with me. Then, I was talking to an author friend of mine about books of the heart, and I realized that this idea was a book of my heart.
So, I sat down and finally wrote FROM BLOOD AND ASH. This is the first book I’ve ever written that came out exactly how I saw it my mind. There was no way I could wait for a year or more to share it.
Enter Blue Box Press, and the amazing team of Ladies—Liz Berry, MJ Rose, and Jillian Stein. This was a huge book to fast track through edits—over 170,000 words, over 600 pages. But they did it. Then Hang Le created a cover that absolutely blew me away. Since January, we planned on releasing FROM BLOOD AND ASH the Tuesday after ApollyCon. Although ApollyCon had to go through some significant changes, we didn’t want to postpone FROM BLOOD AND ASH.
This book has been four years in the making, and I believe now more than ever, books can provide a much needed escape. With all of that being said….
So what’s it about?
Captivating and action-packed, From Blood and Ash is a sexy, addictive, and unexpected fantasy perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas and Laura Thalassa.
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.
She also talks about it in this video:
I am thrilled to have a very special surprise release today and I’d love to tell you more about it!
In this video, I talk with Blue Box Press co-owner (along with Liz Berry and MJ Rose) Jillian Stein about the book and give information on a very special gift with purchase promotion which includes a special From Blood and Ash bookmark and a limited edition temporary tattoo featuring commissioned dagger artwork!
This is Jennifer’s playlist while writing FROM BLOOD AND ASH:
- Mr. Brightside – The Killers
- The Hand That Feeds – NIN
- Coming Undone – Korn
- Heavy in Your Arms – Florence and the Machine
- Stand by Me – Ki: Theory
- Freak On a Leash – Korn
- Story of My Life – 1 Direction
- I Am The Storm – Ramin Djawadi
- Hunger of The Pines – alt-J
- Carrion Flowers – Chelsea Wolfe
- Everybody Knows – Sigrid
- If I Had a Heart – Fever Ray
- Castle (The Huntsman, Winter’s War Version) – Halsey
- Running Up That Hill – Placebo
- Spoils of War, Pt. 1 – Ramin Djawadi
- Hunter (featuring John Mark McMillan) – RIAYA
And you can read the first three chapters for free here.
And now… an excerpt:
From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – excerpt
Snapping out of my stupor, I whirled to face him, the hood of the cloak remaining in place as my hand went for the dagger. I looked up…and then up some more.
Oh, my gods.
I froze, utter shock rippling through me, shorting out all common sense when I saw his face in the soft glow of the candlelight.
I knew who he was, even though I’d never spoken with him.
Everyone in Castle Teerman knew when the Rise Guard arrived from Carsodonia, the capital, a few months ago. I’d been no different.
I wanted to lie to myself and say that it was due to his striking height, placing him nearly a foot taller than me. Or it was because he moved with the same inherent, predatory grace and fluidity that belonged to the large, gray cave cats that normally roamed the Wastelands but that I had seen once in the Queen’s palace as a child. The fearsome, wild animal had been caged, and the way it continuously prowled back and forth in the too-small enclosure had equally fascinated and horrified me. I’d seen Hawke pacing in the same manner on more than one occasion, as if he too were caged. It could’ve been the sense of authority that seemed to bleed from his pores even though he couldn’t be much older than I was—maybe the same age as my brother or a year or two older. Or perhaps it was his skill with the sword. One morning while I stood beside the Duchess on one of the many balconies at Castle Teerman, overlooking the training yard below, she’d told me Hawke had come from the capital with glowing recommendations and was well on his way to becoming one of the youngest Royal Guards. Her gaze had been fixed on Hawke’s sweat-slick arms.
So had mine.
Since his arrival, I’d found myself hidden in the shadowy alcoves more than a few times, watching him train with the other guards. Other than the weekly City Council sessions held in the Great Hall, it was the only time I saw him.
My interest could simply be because Hawke was…well, he was beautiful.
It wasn’t often that could be said about a male, but I could think of no better word to describe him. He had dark, thick hair that curled at the nape of his neck and often fell forward, brushing equally dark brows. The planes and angles of his face made me yearn for some talent with a brush or a pen. His cheekbones were high and wide, nose surprisingly straight for a guard. Many of them had suffered at least one broken nose. His square jaw was firm, and his mouth well formed. The few times I’d seen him smile, the right side of his lip curved up, and a deep dimple appeared. If he had a matching one in his left cheek, I didn’t know. But his eyes were by far his most captivating feature.
They reminded me of cool honey, a striking color I’d never seen before, and he had this way of looking at you that left you feeling stripped bare. I knew this because I felt his stare during the Councils held in the Great Hall, even though he’d never seen my face or even my eyes before. I was sure his regard was due to the fact that I was the first Maiden in centuries. People always stared when I was in public, whether they were guards, Lords and Ladies in Wait, or commoners.
His stare could also just be a product of my imagination, driven by my small, hidden desire that he was as curious about me as I was of him.
Perhaps it was all those reasons why he caught my interest, but there was another one that I was a little embarrassed to even acknowledge.
I’d purposely reached out with my senses when I saw him. I knew it was wrong to do when there was no good reason. Nothing to justify the invasion. And I had no excuse other than wondering what often made him pace like a caged cave cat.
Hawke was always in pain.
Not the physical kind. It was deeper than that, feeling like chips of sharp ice against my skin. It was raw and it felt never-ending. But the anguish that seemed to follow him like a shadow never overwhelmed him. If I hadn’t prodded, I never would have felt it. Somehow, he kept that kind of agony in check, and I knew of no one else who could do that.
Now for the giveaway!
1.) We’re giving away a Dark Nights swag pack (which includes a 1001 Dark Nights limited edition coloring book, colored pencils, and promo booklet & bookmark). AND including a copy of THE PRINCE (another book by Jennifer)!!
2.) I also received this amazing swag kit (and the HUGELY THICK print book) of “FROM BLOOD AND ASH” and I’m giving it away here too! Wanna see? ➔➔➔➔➔➔➔
How to enter for a chance to win one of these two prizes?
Just leave a comment below (and better yet, if you have one, tell me your favorite fantasy romance OR forbidden love story), and by 10pm EST, Sunday April 5th, 2020, I will randomly select two lucky commenters as the winners.
The winners will be contacted and will have 48hrs to respond confirming their mailing address, so if you are picked, do not delay or you will lose your chance. The Dark Nights swag pack & “The Prince” book will be sent to one winner by the publisher, and I will be sending MY “From Blood and Ash” kit to the other lucky winner.
US ONLY for now on this one (but we’re going to have an international giveaway for ebooks in just a few months).
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