Today I am so pleased to welcome Eden Winters to Joyfully Jay. Eden has come to talk to us about her latest release, Mage Bond. She has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!

 

A Whole New World (Or is that realm?)

Hi, y’all. I’m author Eden Winters and delighted to be here at Joyfully Jay Reviews. This site is near and dear to my heart, as Jay and her team of reviewers were among the first sites to recognize my work, and I sincerely appreciate their years of support.

I am an author totally controlled by a somewhat bratty muse. This means I write whatever my muse dictates, be it romantic suspense, sci-fi, paranormal, fantasy, contemporary, you name it. As long as (at least) two men fall in love, the muse is happy.

Some of you may know that I’m in the habit of buying eye-catching premade book covers and using them as inspiration for stories. One in particular caught my eye a few months ago: a hot-looking fantasy guy with a wicked smirk and a dragon.

I mean, hot-looking fantasy guy with a dragon? How could I resist?

The idea for The Realms was born. Not exactly a series, but several stories based in the same universe. Hot fantasy guy’s name? Prince Wycke, known far and wide as Wicked. The novel? Something Wicked. Initially, the idea came to me about the magical and human realms. In Something Wicked, the story crosses over between the two; however, many more realms are intimated. We find mages, elves, trolls, dragons, familiars, and all kinds of magical folks in the magical realm. In the human realm, we discover that magical beings escaped to places like Asheville, North Carolina, USA, during a great war and live hidden in plain sight.

Well, more stories are coming within The Realms, as each tale seems to spawn another. Some are interconnected, some not, and most will be standalone stories, with the only similarity being that they take place in one or more of the realms.

While Something Wicked has humorous moments— I.e., a smart-mouthed familiar—the next The Realms book is more serious. Places from Something Wicked are mentioned, but only in passing. Mage Bond occurs in the magical realm’s history in another country. There is mention of magical beings, but the only ones we meet on page are mages and other-realm creatures—in a time and place where mages are sentenced to death.

Mages, pirates, and mysterious beings, anyone?

Mage Bond is now available at Amazon and on KU.

What’s next for The Realms? A follow-up to Something Wicked, called Something Faire, takes place mainly in the human world. The estimated release date is January 2023. Then, The Last Pirate, a pair of mermen stories, and possibly a gargoyle tale. Now that The Realms has pulled me in, I won’t be escaping anytime soon.

I hope you’ll share the journey.


Blurb

A long-ago meeting sets fate into motion…

As captain of the city guards, Martin protects E’Skaara by day. At night, he creeps in shadows to defend the citizens from predators most cannot see. He’s escaped from his past as a mage-born lad who’d nearly destroyed a village in self-defense. The three things he can’t so easily elude? Rage at a deity who condemns mages to death, memories of a pirate who saved him, and the magic he must conceal.

Tavernkeeper Peter keeps secrets. Secrets that can get him killed: his desire for men, a pirate past, and magical abilities. He should run from the one place mages cannot be safe, but yearning for a lost love binds him to where they shared their last kiss, waiting for one more glimpse of a dear face.

When dark forces reunite them, the magic both men try so hard to hide might just be their salvation.


Bio

You will know Eden Winters by her distinctive white plumage and exuberant cry of “Hey, y’all!” in a Southern US drawl so thick it renders even the simplest of words unrecognizable. Watch out, she hugs!

Driven by insatiable curiosity, she possibly holds the world’s record for curriculum changes to the point that she’s never quite earned a degree but is a force to be reckoned with at Trivial Pursuit.

She’s trudged down hallways with police detectives, learned to disarm knife-wielding bad guys, and witnessed the correct way to blow doors off buildings. Her e-mail contains various snippets of forensic wisdom, such as “What would a dead body left in a Mexican drug tunnel look like after six months?” In the process of her adventures, she has written over twenty gay romance novels, lost count of novellas and short stories, has won Rainbow Awards, was a Lambda Awards Finalist, and lives in terror of authorities showing up at her door to question her Internet searches.

When not putting characters in dangerous situations she’s cosplaying for children’s charities or hanging out at the farm being a mother, grandmother, and vegetarian.

Her natural habitats are coffee shops and on the backs of motorcycles.


Giveaway

Eden has brought a copy of Mage Bond to give away to TWO lucky readers. Just leave a comment at the end of the post to enter. The contest ends on Saturday, July 23rd at 11:59 pm ET.


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  • Readers may only enter once for each contest.  Duplicate entries for the same giveaway will be ignored. In the event of technical problems with the blog during the contest, every effort will be made to extend the contest deadline to allow for additional entries.
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