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Trilogy book tour @jackiegamber Reclamation #review @7thstarpress

 Special Trilogy Virtual Tour

Authors:
Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock
Featured Books:
Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon Series
H. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Triad

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I’m really pleased to be taking part in this book tour for trilogies by authors Jackie Gamber and H. David Blalock. The Angelkiller Triad and Leland Dragon Series are from publisher Seventh Star Press and available now. I’ve got a review to share for my stop on the tour of Reclamation the final book in the Leland Dragon Series. Thanks to Jackie, David and Seventh Star Press. My reviews of books one and two can be read as well. Redheart and Sela are great reads and is a series I enjoyed.
Jackie Gamber

JackieGamberBWAbout Jackie Gamber: As an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart and Sela, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

Find more about Jackie and her work on her web site / twitter / goodreads

Review
The final book in the Leland Dragon series was a great ending to the series. A series that can be enjoyed by all ages. The beginning had me confused as I hadn’t read book two in about a year so some moments had me wondering who was who and what was what, reading the series in order is recommended. That being said once I got beyond a certain point the familiar entertaining storyline that I had come to enjoy sucked me in and away it took me. I enjoyed Sela and her families story, her growth and discovery that she was more than dragon or human and spreading her wings actual and otherwise was such a pleasure to read, Jackie really makes you get behind the characters and you support them and cheer them on wishing them the right path to safety for themselves, for dragons and for Leland province. I enjoyed this book in the series as well as the previous two, I highly recommend this series to those who enjoy fantasy and coming of age stories.

Another trilogy from Seventh Star Press is written by H. David Blalock, I’ve read book one in the series and loved it. You can find out more about him and his work online
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BlalockBookOne_AngelkillerCoverH. David Blalock’s Angelkiller Book Synopsis: Why do bad things happen to good people? Simple. In the ancient war between the Angels of Light and Darkness, the Dark won. Now it is the job of an undercover force simply known as The Army to rectify that.

Using every tool available, The Army has worked to liberate our world from The Enemy for thousands of years, slowly and painfully lifting Mankind out of the dark. On the front of the great Conflict are the Angelkillers, veterans of the fight with centuries of experience.

Jonah Mason is an Angelkiller, and his cell is targeted as part of plot to unseat a very powerful Minion of The Enemy. Mason and his troop are drawn into a battle that stretches from real-time to virtual reality and back. The Conflict is about to expand into cyberspace, and if Mason is unable to stop it, The Enemy will have gained dominion over yet another realm

Tour Schedule and Activities
9/8 SpecMusicMuse Review
9/8 The Rage Circus Vs. The Soulless Void Multi-Blogger Interview Part 1
9/8 Horror Tree Guest Post (Blalock)
9/8 Elizabeth Delana Rosa ~Book Lover & Creator of Worlds~ Guest Post (Gamber)
9/9 Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post (About Gamber)
9/9 I Smell Sheep Interactive Thread with Jackie and Dave
9/9 Armand Rosamilia, Horror Author Guest Post (Blalock)
9/10 The Southern Belle from Hell Art of the Angelkiller Triad (Blalock)
9/10 Bee’s Knees Review Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 Blog of Sheila Deeth Guest Post (Gamber)
9/10 The Official Writing Blog of Deedee Davies Multi-Blogger Interview Part 2
9/10 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More Jackie Gamber Interviews H. David Blalock
9/11 Seers, Seraphs, Immortals & More H. David Blalock Interviews Jackie Gamber
9/11 Workaday Reads Guest Post (Gamber)
9/12 Vampires, Witches, & Me, Oh My! Guest Post (Gamber)
9/12 Trip Through My Mind Multi-Blogger Interview Part 3
9/12 Beauty In Ruins Guest Post (Blalock)
9/13 Jess Resides Here Review
9/14 Willow’s Author Love Guest Post (Blalock)
9/14 Fantastical Musings Multi-Blogger Interview Part 4
9/14 Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post (Gamber)
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Amazon Links for Redheart, the First Book of Jackie Gamber’s Leland Dragon Series:
Kindle / Print Version

 

Reclamation by Jackie Gamber Leland Dragon Series #booktour

The Leland Dragon series means a great deal to me. When book one came out I was contacted by the publisher Seventh Star Press asking me if I wanted to review. It was the first time I had been asked to review by a publisher. I felt like I had hit the big time as a blogger and by saying yes I got to meet so many wonderful authors at SSP. Back when I reviewed I also got Jackie to write a guest post it was one of her awesome book tastings. A tea drinker, Jackie matches teas to books. She kindly did the same with the second book in the series and now here we are at the final book.

This has been quite the journey with many adventures and I’ve enjoyed it so much. Jackie is a lovely lady and her books are entertaining and yet noble, kindhearted message YA reads. The kind you want young people reading but are fun reads for us adults. I appreciate Jackie being on again and I hope to feature her work in the future. I will be buying Reclamation as soon as I can. I’ve got the signed and numbered hard cover editions so I look forward to adding the final one to that set. My reviews of Redheart and Sela

Jackie Gamber

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Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.

All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.

Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.

Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.

War is here.

The stakes?

Perhaps the whole world.


Jackie Gamber

BookTasting the Leland Dragon Series by Jackie Gamber

 

For those who know me, it’s no secret I’m a tea fanatic. And since I’m also a bibliophile, I realized long ago that a book and a cuppa, together, is just about the best combination since sugar and cocoa beans.

I’ve spent a lot of time sampling Darjeelings, Assams, Oolongs, Ceylons, you name it; in leaves or knots or bricks or pearls; unique and traditional Estate teas, as well as new-ish teas that aren’t really teas, such as Rooibos and herbal tisanes (Oh, what a hardship!). And I’ve done a lot of reading (I make such sacrifices)! I love the classic science fiction novels, but I’ll read just about anything – and I’ve come to discover I’m pretty darn good at pairing just the right tea to enhance or complement my current reading selection.

For example: “Frankenstein” and maple tea; “We” and ginger peach green; “Island of Dr. Moreau” and Yorkshire gold; “The Hunger Games” and berry/oolong. It’s a fun challenge, and once I got started, I began to discover all sorts of things about teas and books I’m not sure I’d have found any other way.

Did you know one of the components in “old book smell” is the fact that lignin, the thing that helps prevent trees from weeping, is a polymer closely related to vanillin? Aging pages break down and release the scent, among other interesting chemical comfort-inducers.

It took someone asking me to booktaste my own works to encourage me to being searching for a tea for “Redheart”, book one of the Leland Dragon series. It turns out, the tea works well with the whole series, “Sela”, book two, and most recently, “Reclamation”, book three. The tea is Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, found easily online (www.englishteastore.com) or at Barnes and Noble, where they sell Harney and Sons teas.

The real key is in the preparation. Steep it a good five minutes, at the least, and add a dollop of cream and honey. It’s a brewsome blend of the best of sweet fantasy literature, with a cinnamon sting of dragon flame.

But that’s not all. I’ve got something extra to share with Jess and her readers, especially for the “Reclamation” tour! In honor of the fact that, contrary to some people’s belief, plenty of grown-ups read YA fiction, I have an adult beverage version of booktasting for my Leland Dragon series, too!

Thanks to John Hartness (www.facebook.com/JohnHartness?fref=ts) for helping me discover this gem at our shared BookTasting/Liquor and Lit panel at a convention.

Take a cup of the same Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, add the cream and honey per usual, but then also add a healthy splash of amaretto liqueur (we used Disarrono). Voila! The drink we dubbed Dragon’s Breath; the adult version of the Leland Dragon series booktasting.

I haven’t figured out how to get the drink as a standard choice at any local watering hole, but it’s certainly worthy! Give it a try (if you’re 21 or older, of course) and see if you don’t think it’s a real treat.

And sip while reading! Double the pleasure, double the fun!

Jackie_author-2Jackie Gamber is the award-winning author of many short stories, screenplays, and novels, including “Redheart”, “Sela”, and “Reclamation”, Books one through three of the Leland Dragon Series. For more information about Jackie and her mosaic mind, visit http://www.jackiegamber.com

 

And meet Jackie elsewhere on the world wide web at:

Publisher / Facebook / Amazon / Twitter / Facebook Author Page

 

 

Cover reveal – Reclamation by Jackie Gamber

Jackie Gamber

 

I’m so pleased to share the latest and final book in the Leland Dragon Series by author Jackie Gamber. This soon to be released book is one that I’ve been eager for since reading book one way back when. More info to come once released

 

Leland Province remains in danger. The sinister Fordon Blackclaw has returned from the shadows to strike at the heart of neighboring Esra, killing its Venur and making clear his intentions to retake what was once his: Mount Gore, seat of the Leland Dragon Council.

All around, the land grows weaker and weaker. Leland, once thought saved by Kallon Redheart, is without purpose, and within its borders, Murk Forest, a place of mystery and danger, has driven its inhabitants to seek aid. Esra is in flames, and the Rage Desert grows. Dragon and human alike struggle to find their way, and the wizard Orman can sense that there may be more at stake than the affairs of dragons.

Hope remains, yet it is not without obstacles. In Esra, Sela, the daughter of Kallon and Riza, found the well, a source of life, and made herself whole again. But her homecoming is not what she had imagined.

Old wounds buried deep must reopen if life is to continue. Dragons, humans, wizards, and shape shifters are all at risk as the peace between dragon and human has finally been broken.

War is here.

The stakes?

Perhaps the whole world.

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Jackie_authorAs an award winning author, Jackie writes stories ranging from ultra-short to novel-length, varieties of which have appeared in anthologies such as Tales of Fantasy and Dragons Composed, as well as numerous periodical publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, The Binnacle, Mindflights Magazine, Necrotic Tissue, and Shroud. She is the author of the fantasy novel Redheart, and writing an alternate history time travel novel. She blogs professionally for English Tea Store.com, where she reviews classic science fiction and fantasy novels and pairs them with the ideal tea-sipping companion.

Jackie is a member of the professional organizations Science Fiction Writers of America and Horror Writers Association. She was named honorable mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, and received a 2008 Darrell Award for best short story by a Mid-South author. She is the winner of the 2009 Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award for Imaginative Fiction for her story The Freak Museum, a post-apocalyptic tale that looks closely at perceptions and outward appearances and how they affect the way we see ourselves. Jackie Gamber was co-founder and Executive Editor of Meadowhawk Press, a speculative fiction publisher based in Memphis. One of their novels, Terminal Mind by David Walton, won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Award in 2009. Jackie also edited the award winning benefit anthology, Touched By Wonder. She has been a guest lecturer at Memphis Options High Schools, and is a speaker at writers’ conferences from Michigan to Florida. Jackie is also the visionary behind the MidSouthCon Writers’ Conference, helping writers connect since 2008.

Find more about Jackie and her work on her web site / twitter / goodreads

Seventh Star Press free book week

Seventh Star Press will be offering a ton of their books free this Christmas week. Are you getting a kindle for Christmas or giving one? Fill that awesome new toy with a ton of free books.

I’ve read all but one of these books and highly recommend getting them all if you don’t have them already. Enjoy the free reads and have a bookish good Christmas

From December 24-28th, SSP has an open house on Amazon Kindle including all of its authors who have eBooks available!  Many genres and styles available!  All books include cover art and interior artwork   from the award-winning artists Matthew Perry and Bonnie Wasson! The free books include the following (along with additional titles available for sale from each author):
SpookHouse
Spook House by Michael West (horror, a Harmony, Indiana Novel.  Other Harmony Indiana tales include the novel Cinema of Shadows, and th…e short stories Goodnight, and For the River is Wide and the Gods Are Hungry.  Michael’s urban fantasy series The Legacy of the Gods includes Book One, Poseidon’s Children)
http://www.amazon.com/Spook-House-ebook/dp/B009SS33VS
Redheart
Redheart by Jackie Gamber (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Leland Dragon Series.  Book Two, Sela, is available) http://www.amazon.com/Redheart-Leland-Dragon-Series-ebook/dp/B004VFNJIA
obsession
Haunting Obsession by R.J. Sullivan (Paranormal Thriller, A Rebecca Burton Novella.  Also available from R.J. is Backstage Pass, a Rebecca Burton Short Story) http://www.amazon.com/Haunting-Obsession-ebook/dp/B008Y2SVS4
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The Brotherhood of Dwarves by D.A. Adams (YA Fantasy, Book One of the Brotherhood of Dwarves Series.  Book Two, Red Sky at Dawn, Book Three, The Fall of Dorkhun, and Book Four, Between Dark and Light are also available) http://www.amazon.com/The-Brotherhood-of-Dwarves-ebook/dp/B0076OCAKG
Angelkiller
Angelkiller by H. David Blalock (Urban Fantasy, Book One of the Angelkiller Triad.  Book Two, Traitor Angel, is also available) http://www.amazon.com/Angelkiller-The-Triad-ebook/dp/B006CR84AI
Overkill
Overkill by Steven Shrewsbury (Sword and Sorcery, a Gorias La Gaul Story.  Other available Gorias La Gaul tales include the novel Thrall, and the short stories Author and Finisher of Our Flesh, Beginning of the Trail, and Insurmountable) http://www.amazon.com/Overkill-ebook/dp/B007X0G9IW
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Crown of Vengeance by Stephen Zimmer (Epic Fantasy, Book One of the Fires in Eden Series.  Book Two, Dream of Legends, and Book Three, Spirit of Fire, are also available, as well as the short stories set in the same world, including Lion Heart, Land of Shadow, and Into Glory Ride.  Stephen’s urban fantasy series, The Rising Dawn Saga, includes Book One, The Exodus Gate, Book Two, The Storm Guardians, and Book Three, The Seventh Throne, as well as the short story set in the same world, Temples Rising.)http://www.amazon.com/Crown-Vengeance-Fires-Eden-ebook/dp/B0039PU8EQ
The seven titles spotlighted above are free on Kindle the entire week from Monday through Friday!

Sela by Jackie Gamber review

 

I had just finished Sela and all I wanted to do was write my review and tell everyone how much I loved Sela Redheart. Sadly nothing coherent came to mind other than gushy babble so I sat back and thought on it some. Pretty much all I can come up with still is gushy babble.

Jackie holds a special place in my heart with her book Redheart being the first that I was asked to review by a publisher. It was totally when I hit the big time. Shut up people I’m allowed to believe my own hype.

Charming, sweet YA fantasy. The kind of book someone young would love and equally loved by someone old and cranky like me. In fact the cranky went out the window and I sat there with a smile on my face.

I enjoyed Redheart very much and Sela does a great job of furthering the story while standing on it’s own. While reading I kept thinking how I wanted to reread the whole series once I had them all. I so hope the third will be coming soon. Jackie please hurry 🙂

Sela like Redheart is about a young woman on a journey of self discovery. It’s hard not to compare the two books having read the first but I can see how new readers would enjoy Sela on it’s own but really why miss out? Start the series and then finish it whole. You will not be disappointed. Jackie weaves a tale that is fantastical and yet one that has characters that pull you in and you cheer for, so easy to relate and yet be amazed by.

Redheart being my first intro to Seventh Star Press I feel almost bad saying this but I liked this one even more. I loved the familiar characters as well as the new, they all blended so well to create a tale that is a must read.

Jackie is an author under appreciated I think. She doesn’t write fluffy teen books about beautiful boys and sassy teen girls who have it all or get it all she writes instead about young people who have the strength to stand on their own feet and take what life throws at them be it a dragon sullen and withdrawn or not being comfortable in your own skin and setting out to find your way. She writes beautiful and capable characters. I can’t recommend her enough and wish everyone had a copy of her Leland series on their shelf.

Boys and girl you’re missing out on an excellent author if you’ve yet to read a Jackie Gamber novel.

Peace was fleeting. Vorham Riddess, Venur of Esra Province, covets the crystal ore buried deep in Leland’s mountains. His latest device to obtain it: land by marriage to a Leland maiden. But that’s not all.

Among Dragonkind, old threats haunt Mount Gore, and shadows loom in the thoughts of the Red who restored life to land and love. A dragon hunter, scarred from countless battles, discovers he can yet suffer more wounds.

In the midst of it all, Sela Redheart is lost, driven from her home with only her old uncle to watch over her. As the dragon-born child of Kallon, the leader of Leland’s Dragon Council, she is trapped in human form with no understanding of how she transformed, or how to turn back.

Wanderers seek a home, schemes begin to unfurl, and all is at risk as magic and murder, marriage and mystery strangle the heart of Esra. A struggle for power far older and deeper than anyone realizes will leave no human or dragon unaffected.

In a world where magic is born of feeling, where the love between a girl and a dragon was once transformative, what power dwells in the heart of young Sela?