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Excerpt: The Children of the Seventh Son by @ScottTheWriter

The Children of the Seventh Son

Excerpt: A riot in Constantinople

By Scott Bury

Andrina returned to the inner courtyard then, carrying a large bundle in one hand and dragging something else behind her in the other. It scraped along the stone floor, adding an irritating note to the clamour from beyond the villa’s walls. “Papa!” she panted, before dropping her burdens with a clamour.

Javor knelt in front of her. “Your armour, Papa,” she panted. She held his steel helmet in the crook of her arm. The bundle was his lamellar cuirass, greaves and arm protectors. But she had not brought several other essential items.

It must have taken all her strength to carry it here.

“Mauricius!” Javor called, loosening his great-grandfather’s dagger in the scabbard he always wore on his side. “Take care of Andrina.”

“I want to help you, papa,” Andrina said before Mauricius swept her into his arms and passed her to one of the slaves he had brought. She struggled until she slipped out of the slave’s arms.

Javor put his hand on her shoulder. “You can help me by staying here with the others and showing them how to be brave. Adam,” he called to his oldest son, “you help your mother stay calm.” Adam nodded and went to Calanthe, who had collapsed back onto her couch. He hugged her and wriggled to find a place to sit on her lap.

Javor picked up his helmet and the armour that his daughter had dragged in and nodded at Gaetan, who followed him to his study in the very centre of the domus. There, he quickly took out the rest of his armour. He pulled on the felt cap that went between his head and the helmet. Gaetan, flinching at every sound from the front gate, helped him with the cuirass and arm braces, then held his long sword as Javor fastened his greaves.

Taking the sheathed sword in his left hand, Javor strode down the corridor to the front courtyard. He took a firm stance in front of the little lemon tree as the pressure on the gate splintered the thick board that, held in place by iron brackets, formed a secure lock.

With a final sickening crack, the gate burst open. A group of young men in ragged tunics, shock on their faces, stood just beyond it.

“Rich man,” said the one in front. He grinned, a gap black in his teeth. He had thick black hair and blood on his cheek, dully illuminated by a flaming torch held by the young man beside him.

“I do not want to kill any of you,” Javor announced in a firm, steady voice. “But if you take one more step, I will.” He drew the long sword with a ringing sound. Under his shirt, Preyatel’s vibration decreased to a dull tickle against his chest.

The gap-toothed man stepped inside, grinning. He raised a heavy wooden club. “There are many of us, rich man,” he said, and spat at Javor’s feet. “Let us take what we want and maybe we will not kill you.” The other men behind him stepped closer, too, but not as far as their leader.

The lead man’s eyes flicked to a vase with gold leaf on its edges, sitting in a little alcove on the wall. “Take that,” he said, and a thin teenaged boy behind him ran up and grabbed it. “What are you going to do about that, rich man?” the leader teased.

Javor moved his right foot behind him, presenting a narrow target to the mob. He scanned them. A number held blazing torches, others pikes, heavy clubs or knives. None of them looked like former legionnaires.

What does a former legionnaire look like?

Shut up, brain.

The leader barked a laugh. “I knew it. Didn’t I tell you, boys? These rich men have no balls. That’s why I father all their children!” Behind him, some of the others laughed.

“Take the vase,” Javor said. “Go home. No one else needs to die tonight.”

The leader laughed, and the followers behind him echoed.

Javor stepped closer. If he leaned forward, he could sever the leader’s head. “One warning. You cannot harm me.” Preyatel thrummed against his chest in agreement. “But I can hurt you. If I have to, I will kill you. But I do not want to.”

The leader laughed again. Preyatel leaped under Javor’s shirt, hot as the torch in the hand of the man beside the leader.

Fast as flame, the leader swung his club at Javor’s head. But faster was Javor’s sword into the man’s neck. His amulet vibrated, filling his head with a keening song. Blood spurted, covering Javor’s face and cuirass. Before he could control it, his sword found its way into two of the men with torches. It sang a death song as Javor followed, dancing into the mob, led by the blade and the amulet’s direction.

When he halted in the middle of the street, the mob streamed away down the side alleys. Javor drew his breath slowly, calmly, his sword comfortable in his grip. Light from two sputtering torches on the cobblestones illuminated one side of a single face, trembling before him. Overhead, the moon filtered through smoke.

“Please,” said the half-face. The cheek below the wide eye glistened wetly.

“Go. Tell the others,” Javor said, shaking his sword.

The eye blinked, then vanished. Javor heard slapping footfalls fade into the distance.

About this book

The Children of the Seventh Son is the second novel in the Dark Age series, which began with The Bones of the Earth.

The year 600 of the Christian Era is the darkest time of the Dark Age. Young Javor the Sklavene has settled in Constantinople, the last bastion of civilization against dark forces that have shattered the Western Roman Empire.

Wielding two special weapons made from the Bones of the Earth, Javor has become the favourite monster-killer of the secret Gnostic Order. As his young family grows, he is sent to distant, exotic lands to eliminate threats and learn more about why the earth is intent on destroying humanity.

Every mission seems to bring more questions than answers—until he finds the greatest danger comes not from forces from beneath the surface of the world, but from the very civilization he has been defending.

Pre-order now from Amazon for just 99 cents US.

Read more about The Dark Age series.

Read reviews on Goodreads.

Follow the latest announcements about The Children of the Seventh Son and the Dark Age series on Scott’s blog.

About the author

Scott Bury can’t stay in one genre. After a 20-year career in journalism, he turned to writing fiction. “Sam, the Strawb Part,” a children’s story, came out in 2011, with all the proceeds going to an autism charity. Next was a paranormal short story for grown-ups, “Dark Clouds.”

The Bones of the Earth, a historical fantasy, came out in 2012. It was followed in 2013 with One Shade of Red, an erotic romance.

He has several mysteries and thrillers, including Torn RootsPalm Trees & Snowflakes and Wildfire.

Scott’s articles have been published in newspapers and magazines in Canada, the US, UK and Australia.

He has two mighty sons, two pesky cats and a loving wife who puts up with a lot. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Off to enjoy the holidays!

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I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season and getting a little time off to spend with friends and family! I’m off most of the week to spend time with my hubby and kids, so no other blogs this week, but thank you to all my readers for your support!

If reading is in your holiday plans, I have a gift for all my readers! Grab a FREE copy of one of the books below on Smashwords using the promo code paired with each one.

What Had to be Done: ZN49G

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The Oblivious Girl’s Handbook: BX93D

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Life & Being: NA84Z

Life and Being

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Release Day! The Ghost Host: Episode 2 #kindle #kindleunlimited #paranormal

The next installment of The Ghost Host is here just in time for the holidays!

The Ghost Host

Episode 2

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It’s bad enough that Echo already has ghosts haunting her 24/7, now her past mistakes want to join the fun and come back to haunt her, too?

Moving to Georgia was supposed to be a fresh start. So far, it’s turned out to be a fresh start at more chaos. After battling Devourers for the soul of her childhood friend, Echo learns the depth of what her abilities might cost her. She’s always been pretty good at failure, which is concerning when the fate of the spiritual world is suddenly in your hands.

If that isn’t enough pressure already, Echo’s personal life is a mess. She and Malachi are both freaked out by her ability to control him and have no idea whether their relationship was ever based on more than their bond as Medium and Keeper. Kyran is keeping his distance from both of them to keep from doing something stupid, things are still tense with her parents, college is proving more than she bargained for, Agent Morton is doubting her stability and brings in his son Griffin to help keep her grounded-which only causes more problems between her and pretty much everyone, and Echo gets pulled into her first case: a young boy whose mysterious injuries and claims of monsters in his dreams has everyone baffled and terrified of what it might mean if he isn’t lying.

Oh yeah, and a past mistake Echo thought had already been dealt with is back to settle a score. It can’t get much worse than that, right? Except, for Echo, things can always get worse.

Buy now for $0.99 or read FREE on Kindle Unlimited

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Secrets and Shadows Box Set is here!

Are you ready?

ss-17The Secrets and Shadows Boxed Set is a compilation of TEN not to be missed Young Adult Paranormal, Fantasy and Science Fiction full-length novels that will have you turning the pages faster than ever before.
Packed with fairies, witches, shifters, ghosts, space soldiers, aliens, deadly magic, gritty dystopian worlds, complicated relationships, and the ultimate swoon worthy love interests, follow ten badass heroines with remarkable powers and gifts as they face extraordinary challenges and decisions with potentially deadly consequences. They will stop at nothing to protect everyone and everything they love. They are fierce!
With over a million words and more than 700 combined four and five star reviews, this is your ultimate young adult collection of mesmerizing paranormal, action-packed urban fantasy, enthralling time travel, gripping dystopian and captivating space operas from 10 Award Winning, New York Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling authors!
Check out this epic line up and secure your Limited Edition copy today!

The Ghost Host – DelSheree Gladden
Everyone thinks Echo Simmons is crazy, but being The Ghost Host isn’t just a YouTube hoax like people think. It’s the only way to control the ghosts haunting her…at least until the FBI shows up asking questions.

Waken – Angela Fristoe
The people of Everod have been waiting for Janie and if she hopes to survive she’ll need to confront who and what she really is.

The Midnight Society – Rhonda Sermon
Witness protection has a protocol for every threat – except magic.ss-3d-box-set

The Other F Word – Susan Stec
Even with wings you can’t fly away from fate.

Chosen – Laxmi Hariharan
His family is being held to ransom by a deadly mastermind.

Sunset Empire – Melissa Eskue Ousley
She may be guilty of arson, but she didn’t kill the burned girl haunting her.
When Elyse is haunted by vengeful ghost lurking in the tunnels under Astoria, she discovers her family may be responsible for a fire that nearly destroyed the city, as well as mysterious disappearances spanning hundreds of years. Helping her uncover the truth is Phantom, a boy with a hidden weapon and a dark heritage of his own, that could turn him from friend to hunter.

The Retreat – Kelly St. Clare
Earth was ruined. Humankind destroyed. And it’s old news.

Swords & Stilettos – Kristin D. Van Risseghem
Seventeen-year-old Zoe must devise a kickass plan to thwart evil or watch the world burn.

Saven Deception – Siobhan Davis
The truth doesn’t always set you free…
In a futuristic undersea city, Sadie falls hard for captivating Logan – only to discover he comes from another world! Romance and intrigue combine in this addictive page-turner.

Talented – Sophie Davis
As an exceptionally powerful mental manipulator, seventeen-year-old Talia Lyons can read and control the thoughts of others. In Talented, the first book of her epic story, Talia inhabits a pounding, siren-ready world as she trains to become a highly specialized covert operative.

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Free Books Anyone?

We’re coming up on summer, let’s get to reading! 

I’ll be sharing my official summer reading list recommendations in the next few weeks (There are some awesome books on it!), but until then, you’re more than welcome to grab one of these FREEBIES and share them with your friends. All of them. Seriously. 

Not sure where to get them? 
Well, here are the links!

Invisible

(working on Kindle, they’re slow. Right now it’s only .99)

Inquest

Escaping Fate

Wattpad (full book will be up this month)

Wicked Hunger

Twin Souls

Happy reading everyone!

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Meet the Characters Kickoff!

Welcome to the Meet the Characters Blogfest!

Readers, get ready for a whole month of some of the most interesting, hottest, attention grabbing characters in today’s YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal fiction! 

All month long I’ll be introducing readers to amazing characters through character bios, artwork, interviews, and contests. Check out the schedule below from what you’ll find each day this month. 

That’s Not All…

We’ll be having some fabulous contests, each of which has it’s own giveaway. Readers will get to vote on the characters, and one lucky voter in each contest will win a copy of the book the Winning Character comes from. The character giveaways will include: 

Hottest Guy Contest (10/4)
Feistiest Girl Contest (10/11)
Cutest Couple Contest (10/18)
Steamiest Couple Contest (10/25)

There will also be one MAIN GIVEAWAY starting today where 1 LUCKY WINNER will win a prize pack of 40 books from some of today’s hottest new authors. Additional winners will be chosen to receive runner-up prize packs as well. Scroll down and enter below! 

SO, WHAT CAN YOU FIND EACH DAY?

10/2 — Character interviews with Zadie Stonebrook (My Sister’s Reaper – Dorothy                      Dreyer), Tizzy Donovan (Laid out and Candle Lit – Ann Everett), Kristi Becker (A              Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord), Zander Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden), 
10/3 — Character Bios from Kristi Becker (A Plain Wish – Cyndi Lord), Bryan Sullivan                    (Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi Lea Ryan), Brandon James (Love and Other Games – Aria                  Kane
10/4Hottest Guy Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/7 — Character Surprise Posts from authors RH Ramsey and DelSheree Gladden
10/8 — Character Artwork from The Other F Word (Susan Stec) and Wicked Hunger                    (DelSheree Gladden), The Grateful Undead (Susan Stec)
10/9 — Character interviews with Kate Everett (A Slight Change of Plan – Dee Ernst),                  Jean (In Polester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty), Ben (Twenty-Five – Rachel                    Hamm), Vanessa Roth (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/10 — Character Bios from Kassia (Ice Magic), Maze (The Ballerina and the Fighter –                    Ursula Sinclair), Lucien (Smoke, Wings, and Stone – Marijon Bradley)
10/11Feistiest Girl Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/14 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Kara Leigh Miller, Sharon Kleve, Linda                  Budzinski 
10/15 — Character Artwork from On a Wing and a Dare (Linda Ulleseit), Invisible                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/16 — Character interviews with David Corbin and Jon Reyes (Sign of the Throne –                    Melissa Eskue Ousley), Rosie (In Polyester Pajamas – Catherine Dougherty),                        Ketchup (Wicked Hunger – DelSheree Gladden)
10/17 — Character Bios from Nadia (love and Other Games – Melinda Dozier), (Karin Rita                      Gastreich), (HL Carpenter)
10/18Cutest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/21 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Stephanie Wardrop, Lucy Crowe, Ana                    Blaze
10/22 — Character Artwork from Haunting Joy (Lena Goldfinch) and The Destroyer                        Trilogy (DelSheree Gladden)
10/23 — Character interviews with Rachel Blackstone (The Reluctant Medium – GG                        Collins), Nell (The King Series – Tawdra Kandle), Arcadia ( Arcadia’s Gift – Jesi                  Lea Ryan), Olivia & Mason (Invisible – DelSheree Gladden)
10/24 — Character Bios from (Karin Rita Gastreich), Sam and Cole (Fate War: Alliance – EM                    Havens)
10/25Steamiest Couple Contest (Stop by and vote for your favorite!)

10/28 — Character Surprise Posts from authors Susan Stec, Shauna Roberts, Lisa                          Cresswell
10/29 — Character Artwork from My Sister’s Reaper (Dorothy Dreyer), Twin Souls                            (DelSheree Gladden)
10/30 — Character interviews with Nathan Shaw (Reflection – Kim Cresswell), Nia (In the              Winds of Danger – Linda Ulleseit), Jayden or Marsh (dark Night of the Soul – EM                Havens)
10/31 — Winner’s Announcements!!!

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FAN MAIL!!

INVISIBLE is having a great time on Wattpad right now!

It’s up to just over 300,000 reads, which is awesome!

I’ve had so much fun getting to interact with the Wattpad readers and hearing what they think of Mason and Olivia’s story. What a great group of readers!

One of those fabulous readers, Jayne (Wattpad tag @TheLonelyDarkness) created this fan cover for INVISIBLE and I wanted to share it with every one!

If you want to check out INVISIBLE for yourself, stop by Wattpad today!

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Olivia’s best friend is not imaginary. He’s not a ghost, either. And she’s pretty sure he’s not a hallucination. He’s just Mason. He is, however, invisible. When Olivia spotted the crying little boy on her front porch at five years old, she had no idea she was the only one who could see him. Twelve years later when new-girl Robin bumps into the both of them and introduces herself to Mason, they are both stunned. Mason couldn’t be more pleased that someone else can see him. Olivia, on the other hand, isn’t jumping at the chance to welcome Robin into their circle. Jealousy may have something to do with that, but honest fear that Robin’s presence will put Mason in danger is soon validated when a strange black car begins showing up everywhere. The race to find out what Robin knows in time to protect Mason from whatever threats are coming becomes Olivia’s only focus. 
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FAN MAIL!!!

One of my current projects, INVISIBLE, is currently being featured on Wattpad

In the first week, INVISIBLE has received over 60,000 reads from the amazing Wattpad members and lots of great comments and messages. One of those fabulous comments was from BruisedDreams, who created this unique banner for Invisible. 

This is how BruisedDreams pictured Olivia and Mason at five years old when they first found each other…when Olivia spotted him crying on her front porch…when no one believed her that he was real because she was the only one that could see him. He wasn’t her imaginary friend, he was her best friend, and still is. 

I love the banner, BruisedDreams! Thank you so much!

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Meet the Characters Blogfest

Get ready to meet some fascinating, fun, steamy, and scary characters!

This coming October I’m hosting the Meet the Characters Blogfest! 

Readers will get the chance to meet the characters in some of the hottest new YA, NA, Romance, Horror, and Paranormal books. 

Authors get to share there characters with readers who are hungry to find a great new author and characters they can get caught up in! 

Readers…mark your calendars for a month long party!

You’ll get to know characters through character interviews. Find out the answers to questions about your favorite characters! Want to know what your favorite character looks like? We’ll have character artwork revealed! Want all the details about that swoon-worthy character you can’t get out of your head? Check out character bios! 

Authors, get out your pencils and laptops and start writing!

Sign up to share your characters through interviews, bios, artwork, and more. Get creative! That’s what authors are good at right? If you have a guest post that will highlight your characters, my readers would love to see it! 

Let readers get to know the stars of your book. Make them fall in love with your characters so they can’t help but run out and grab their story! Making a personal connection with readers is the best way to spread the word about your books, so sign up today to participate!

CONTESTS!!!

Because everyone loves winning great prizes, I’ll be hosting several fun contests during the blogfest where readers will have the chance to win paperbacks, ebooks, and loads of swag. 

Meet the Characters Blogfest Main Giveaway

Enter to win a prize pack of great books! Rafflecopter entries will be available every day, so stop by as often as you can to earn more entries. 

Hottest Guy Contest
Feistiest Girl Contest
Cutest Couple Contest
Steamiest Couple Contest

Vote on which character participating in the blogfest should earn the title! Your vote enters you to win fabulous book swag and a copy of the book the winning character stars in. 

Where do you sign up to be a part of the Meet the Characters Blogfest? 

Click here to visit the SignUp Genius page.