Epic Fantasy Excerpt – Reign & Ruin



Today we have the blog tour of J.D. Evans’ Reign & Ruin, the first in her MAGES OF THE WHEEL Series!

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Title: Reign & Ruin 

Series: Mages of the Wheel, Book 1

Author: J.D. Evans 

Genre: Epic Fantasy 




About Reign & Ruin: 

“All magic is beautiful,” she said, “and terrible. Do you not see the beauty in yours, or the terror in mine? You can stop a heart, and I can stop your breath.”

She is heir to a Sultanate that once ruled the world. He is an unwanted prince with the power to destroy.
She is order and intellect, a woman fit to rule in a man’s place. He is chaos and violence and will stop at nothing to protect his people.
His magic answers hers with shadow for light. They need each other, but the cost of balance may be too high a price. Magic is dying and the only way to save it is to enlist mages who wield the forbidden power of death, mages cast out centuries ago in a brutal and bloody war.
Now, a new war is coming. Science and machines to replace magic and old religion.
They must find a way to save their people from annihilation and balance the sacred Wheel—but first, they will have to balance their own forbidden passion. His peace for her tempest, his restlessness for her calm… 

Night and day, dusk and dawn, the end, and the beginning.    




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Excerpt

“Do you know why mages of the Sixth House are called death mages?” he asked, disappointed when she slid her arm free of his. The coolness of her demeanor and her magic were calming, quieting the restlessness that plagued him. 

“It seems obvious, which suggests to me that I am mistaken,” she replied, examining his face for some clue to the answer. He suspected she was capable of divining a great deal simply by someone’s expression. Air mages. 

“If you believe it is because the Sixth House and destruction are synonymous with death, then yes, you are mistaken. In ancient days, it was common to employ Sixth House mages as executioners. It was a kinder death to have your heart stopped by their magic, or sleep that became death, than to be hanged, or burned alive, or beheaded. It began as mercy,” he said, trying to keep the resentment out of his voice. 

Her soft gaze and rapt silence made him want to bolt. He was not accustomed to that kind of focus. Most people in Sarkum knew he was a Sixth House mage, and a powerful one. They didn’t look at him directly, as if that would somehow unleash his magic. 



“But, as things often are, it was taken out of context. They began by calling only those employed as executioners death mages. Eventually it spread to encompass the entire Sixth House.”

“I have never heard that,” she said, sadly. “I have studied everything I can find, which is not much. Many of the texts were burned after the Sundering. The entire palace library was almost lost.” 

“A historian and a student of law. Admirable.” He grinned to disguise the depth of the emotion behind the comment. “Now I have shared a fact. So, it is your turn.” It would be an easy and pleasant thing to stay exactly where he was, conversing with her for the rest of the day. There were so many questions her statements raised. The most burning of which was why she was studying the Sixth House. If it weren’t for the half dozen of her attendants watching with razor-sharp concentration and trying to appear as if they were not, he might try and coax her to walk with him longer. 

“I am not a Veritor,” she said, “and am glad for it.”

“It could be a powerful tool and weapon to have that capability at your disposal,” Makram said. 

“As with a blade, the edge can cut the wielder just as easily as the opponent.” There was a tone in her voice, a distracted kind of cadence, that suggested she had seen such an occurrence. Her father?

“A wise point,” he said, his admiration and curiosity rising with each word she uttered. 

“In my case it is the lack of that magic that cuts. Every past generation of Sabris have born a Veritor. Neither I, nor my cousin, are one. Some consider that an omen.” She spoke with words devoid of emotion, but her hands tightened together. 

“An omen of what?”

“The end of the Sabri Sultanate.”


About the Author: 

J.D. Evans writes science fiction and fantasy romance and is the author of the novel, Reign & Ruin. After earning her degree in linguistics, J.D. served a decade as an army officer. She once spent her hours putting together briefings for helicopter pilots and generals. Now she writes stories, tends to a tiny human, knits, sews badly, gardens, and cultivates Pinterest Fails. After a stint in Beirut, J.D. fell in love with the Levant, which inspired the setting for her debut series, Mages of the Wheel.

J.D. currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, though she will always be a Montana girl at heart.

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Title: Shameless Desires

Author: Sedona Venez

Genre: Contemporary Romance MFM 

Publication Date: October 24th, 2018

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I’d never imagined that being posed, ordered, and held would feel this good. 

Until now, I’d never found the right lovers to coax out my hidden, dark desires.

Nor had I found anyone worthy of initiating me into their world of pleasure, pain, dominance, and submission. At least, not until now.

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The safe, sensible, boring Keira, who never took risks or tried anything outside her comfort zone was gone.

I’ve finally found a place where I truly belong—with my two lovers and our shameless desires. 

This mfm romance is all about her – no m/m. As with all my books, this standalone is safe, with no cheating, and a HEA guaranteed.


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USA TODAY Bestselling Author Sedona Venez lives in New York City with her hot ex-military hubby–hooah–and their fur babies. She loves writing sizzling, sexy intricate stories about strong but broken characters who push limits, overcome their fears, and risk it all for love.


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I blinked and then blinked again. “What the hell does meeting me have to do with anything?” 
“Everything,” he drawled while giving me a long, thoughtful stare. 
I frowned. “Everything? And what is that supposed to mean?” 
“Darling, you do have a lot to learn.” He narrowed his eyes, and a bad-boy smile lingered on his lips. “Thinking about it, it might be an exciting little adventure to teach you a few dirty things.” 
Oh, sweet Baby Jesus, why does everything that comes out of his mouth sound like a hot side of sin and temptation? 
Even with the curious and intrigued side of me urging me to raise my hand while shouting, Sign me up for your kinky adventure package, please, my rational are you fucking kidding me side vetoed that shitty idea before it could even take root. 
Keira, it’s time to put this mysterious bad boy firmly in his place. 
With my heart pounding so hard that the racing rhythm distracted me from the sex noises trickling through the hollow-core door, I replied, “You’re hot. I’ll give you that. But you’re also aiming way too high with me. You’re not my type.”  
He twisted his lips into a full-on grin. The fucker knew I was lying. He was blond, handsome, built like a male model with muscles everywhere. He was every woman’s type. 


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After years of study, Adria is on the verge of becoming the first female physic in Primarian history. A string of mysterious incidents has the entire Terra Nova Colony on edge, but she isn’t going to let that stand in her way and neither is Beckett Kincaid. Gorgeous, bossy, and infuriating, she thought Beck was her friend. Given what they shared, he could have been so much more. But the domineering owner of BRK Construction betrays her trust. And when Adria is sent home, delaying her dreams, if not completely dashing them, she isn’t sure she can ever forgive him.

When she’s permitted to return to the colony to complete her training, the first order of business is finding Beck, clearing the air, and finishing what they started. But after saying things in anger she now regrets, is it too late for them? Adria barely sets foot on Terra Nova when trouble finds her again. It seems the evil infecting the colony is more sinister than anyone could have imagined.

Drawn to her by otherworldly forces he can’t explain, Beck is intent on protecting Adria no matter the cost, even if it means risking his once shattered heart. With intrigue and danger swirling around them, can they defeat the insidious threat plaguing the budding colony, and with their Primarian allies’ help, preserve the only hope for his people’s survival?

About Maddie

A USA Today and #1 international bestselling author, Maddie is a lifelong reader who became a romance junkie as a teen with her first romance novel, The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen Woodiwiss. From then on, she was hooked, and gobbled up everything she could get her hands on, whether contemporary, historical, paranormal or sci-fi. If there was romance to be found between a strong alpha male, and a sassy, adventurous and ofttimes defiant yet loving woman, Maddie was all over it. As an author, she stays true to those themes writing steamy erotic romance, with a side of kink, and adding elements of intrigue, danger and suspense to her plots.

Maddie started writing as a hobby. Her stories stayed private while she raised a family and worked full time as a registered nurse. It wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to take the plunge and submit her first book for publication: Captain My Captain. She went on to publish eleven novels the first year.

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EXCERPT REVEAL

HIDDEN PAIN (Glacial Blood #5) by Anna Edwards

A howl from nearby drew his attention. Wolves, in his opinion, were very loud, but then again, he hadn’t really spent much time around shifters before, so maybe it was a common occurrence to make a din and let everyone know where you were. The leaves nearby rustled, and a group of four wolves appeared from the undergrowth. Kingsley suspected the wolf who led the way was Hunter while the other three dragged the dead body of a deer behind them.

The leader raised his head, and Kingsley could just make out in the dimness of the garden solar lights the wolf’s nose sniffing the air. The animal’s large head turned to face him, and its deep brown eyes held him in a penetrating gaze that almost had him running inside. It isn’t every day you encounter a wolf mere meters from where you’re sitting, and although he knew these were no ordinary wolves, human nature told him to run and hide.

Kingsley composed himself with another drag on his cigarette. The lead wolf growled low, the corners of its mouth turning up at the edges. The other wolves then looked over at Kingsley before gathering up the freshly caught dinner and pulling it toward the kitchen. Hunter remained in the garden, his eyes staying focused on Kingsley. The wolf stalked closer to him, his stride majestic as he prowled along the rose-lined borders of the garden. Kingsley could still hear the growl reverberating from him.

When the wolf was almost at the patio area, it started to shift. Kingsley had been around shifters for a while, but he’d never seen a wolf change before. It was even more awe-inspiring than watching Zain do it: the way the fur receded and disappeared to leave human skin, the way the bones cracked and changed into a human body, and the way the face altered from animal to human. The eyes were the last things to shift, and Hunter’s deep brown eyes now in human form were staring intently at him.

“Put it out,” Hunter ordered. Kingsley looked at his cigarette, and then slowly he put it to his lips and took another long drag. He allowed the smoke to enter his lungs and numb the pain he felt. Hunter growled…even in human form, he was still intimidating. The wolf shifter then stomped forward, naked as the day he was born, and grabbing the cigarette from Kingsley, he stubbed it out himself.

 “No smoking on my property.”

“You one of those health-kick people types who don’t allow anyone else to have fun? You going to go inside next and stop the wedding guests from drinking alcohol?” Kingsley inquired, responding to the destruction of his cigarette with sarcasm.

“It’s a bad habit, and it smells disgusting. Most of the people here have sensitive noses. Smoking doesn’t do any of us any good,” Hunter replied. He was now standing in front of Kingsley with his muscular arms folded across his chest. His shoulder-length brown hair framed his face and strong stubbled jawline. As Kingsley’s gaze lowered, he could see two piercings in each of the wolf’s nipples. How did that work with the whole shifting thing? Kingsley wasn’t bisexual, he was just curious. He’d experimented with a man in his younger days, but it hadn’t done anything for him. However, staring at the dominant male who was glaring murderously back at him was stirring things down below. He didn’t need that to happen, so he quickly turned away before he found himself daring to look any lower than Hunter’s chest.

The wolf sniffed again, his nostrils flaring. Kingsley picked up his cigarette packet and made to re-enter the house.

“They shift with me…as do the piercings in my cock.”

Kingsley froze to the spot and turned around slowly. He knew he shouldn’t look, but human nature being what it is immediately drew his eyes to Hunter’s groin area, and the Apadravya piercing situated there.

“Isn’t that going to look odd if you get spotted?” Kingsley asked.

“It’s no different to a she-wolf wearing a pair of hoops. Mine are hidden beneath my fur. They’re unlikely to be seen.”

Kingsley found he was still staring at the other man’s rather large cock. It wasn’t flaccid, and that scared him. He dragged his eyes up higher to meet Hunter’s.



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Blurb:

Kingsley Ross’ life changed when his own father tortured him and left him disfigured. The human teeters on the edge of depression because he can no longer indulge in his passion of tattooing. However, when he’s bought deeper into the world of shifters, a simple request leaves him questioning everything that has gone before. 

Lily Davies is a shape-shifting brown bear. Lured into a trap and then abandoned by the malicious, Nuka Lincoln, the terrified woman puts trust in the people she was sent to destroy. She’s let nobody in before because of the scars she hides deep within from her youth. Will she allow a wolf and human to heal her? 

Hunter Windsor is wolf nobility from Kansas, for many years he’s been married to the woman he knew wasn’t his soulmate but tradition dictated he tried to make the marriage work. In the end though, he never mated with Ebony, his ex-wife and asked her to leave after his witnessed her prejudice against wild-dog, Teagan Holland. He instantly feels protection for Lily and Kingsley but can he overcome his duty as Alpha to allow his heart to find love? 

Can they find a future together when all their pasts try to pull them apart. Welcome to the bestselling Glacial Blood series, a world of shifters and witches, magic and mayhem, unforgivable lies, and unbreakable love. A world where family is born not only through blood, but bond. With plenty of the threats to come—and a secret that remains untold.

About Anna

Anna hails from the rural countryside near London.  She previously worked as an accountant, and while she still does a bit of accountancy on occasion, the majority of her time is now spent writing and looking after her family.An avid reader herself, Anna turned to writing to combat depression and anxiety after her diagnosis in 2015. She loves travel, hunky heroes with dirty mouths, demure but spunky heroines, and dramatic suspense. You will find all four woven into each of her magical stories.

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