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VBT – BLOOD PROPHECY: QUEEN’S ASCENSION

Blood Prophecy: Queen’s Ascension

by Barb Jones

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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

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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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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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY

Barb Jones will be awarding a $15 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/28e4345f3482

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Author Interview

Tell us about you as a person.

I tend to call myself a “closet nerd.” It’s a term I came up with because well, I am nerdy but I don’t always show it. It really comes out though, when I talk about random, out of the ordinary facts. I’m also an adrenaline junkie, fitness fanatic. But probably the number one thing about me is being a mother. I have two fantastic teens, ages 19 and 15. I have never experienced some of the challenges that parents face – my kids don’t party, don’t get into trouble, you name it. Both are so studious that no matter how much I begged her to go, my 19-year-old chose to miss Prom and study for an AP exam. She graduated high school at age 15 and did the whole 4-year course study in 2. Other than that, I am part Hawaiian, Filipino, German, Jewish and a few other things. The Hawaiian part is what I am truly studying right now in greater detail than ever before.

If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?

If I could spend the day with him, it would be the artist Diego Velazquez. He painted Las Meninas in 1656 and that is one of my most favorite pieces of art. He was probably the most famous painter during the Spanish Age. That particular painting is what people often think of as the Infanta Margaret Theresa, but that is speculation, while some people hold it to be true. His use of color, realism and all – I would want to spend a day with him and learn about the emotion that goes into his paintings to bring them to life.

What’s the story behind your latest book?

Well, originally this was going to be the final installment of the Blood Prophecy series but I couldn’t end it. The characters have been growing and preparing for this battle and once the battle ended, along with my fans’ input, I wanted them to live and fight another day.

What is your writing process?

I write anytime something comes to mind. It does not matter where I am. If it hits me, I begin writing but if I am in my office and writing, I must listen to Nickelback.

Tell us about your main character.

Amber was born human, though she didn’t learn until later that her mother is a witch and her father is a werewolf. She learned through her dreams of a destiny that awaited her. She was born over and over to unite the races and bring the world together. Having been abandoned as a child and eventually adopted, she learned about what it means to have a family, through adoption and with her friends. She became a vampire and learned her destiny after she was turned. From there, she embarked on a journey that gave her an amazing sense of strength, unity and more.

If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.

For Amber, I would be honored if it was Lauren Ambrose. If you haven’t seen some of her roles, she has this “air about her” that makes her relatable. But, I was impressed when she played Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady on Broadway.

What are you working on next?

I am currently already on Chapter 3 of Book Four: The Rise of the Hunter, the next in the series. I am wrapping up a couple of novellas from the series as well.

What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?

Find a way to connect with your readers, get to know them.

What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?

I would have to say any book by Lee Child. He is one of my favorite authors and I have read all of the Jack Reacher series. I am looking forward to the next one with his brother taking over.

Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?

I can bake and cook very well. I enjoy it and like to be creative in the kitchen.

You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?

I would have to say the power of premonition. I would love to be able to see things in the future, not everything, but get little glimpses.

List 5 things on your bucket list:

  1. Going to Scotland as soon as it is safe to travel again (It’s already booked, I just keep moving it out due to things right now)
  2. Would like to really explore and learn more gourmet cooking (with a healthy flair to it)
  3. I’ve thought about opening my own fitness center with tailored cooking classes, etc
  4. I plan on my retirement cruise around the world
  5. Planning to really tour and study the history of Romania

Where can readers find you on the web?

Twitter is Blood_Prophecy1

Instagram is thebloodprophecy

www.thebloodprophecy.com

www.facebook.com/bloodprophecybooks

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