Today I am so pleased to welcome Dion Marc to Joyfully Jay. Dion has come to talk to us about his latest release, Leonidas Nightshade and the Amethyst School for Spellcasters. He has also brought along a great giveaway. Please join me in giving Dion a big welcome!

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Exclusive Excerpt

Blood clung in thick, wet clumps to my midnight-black fur as I dragged the heavy bear carcass into the open. The beast’s flesh would be tough, but it was a shame to let it go to waste. I had managed to drain every last drop of the brown bear’s blood, without sustaining any injury, and my thirst was finally quenched for now. 

The trick to hunting such a large creature was to attack from on high, to swoop down and deliver a deadly bite that would leave the prey helpless. As I looked to the sky, the moon shone down on me with an eerie light, casting deep shadows across the forest floor. Its song of sleepy renewal hinted that it was time to return to the school before the morning light came. 

Letting out a weary sigh, I started my descent down the rugged mountain slope, weaving my way through the thick bushes of Buddleia and Oleander that grew protectively around me. Even in these lands, where the watchful gods ruled supreme, I could find shelter from their piercing gaze. 

Being larger than the average wolf, my agility was far swifter, and my power far deadlier than almost any other. As I leaped over fallen trees and bounded across the undergrowth, the trees cast flickering shadows on the forest floor, creating ghostly visions of monsters long forgotten.


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A chance encounter with the horned god of the forest leaves its mark on Léonidas Nightshade in more ways than one. Within days Léonidas is torn from his normal rural home and plunged into a new world of magic where he’s forced to come to terms with the truth about his parents and about himself. Half-spellcaster, half-fae royalty, he’s sent to hone his magical craft at the Amethyst School for Spellcasters. But being god-touched makes Léonidas stand out amongst his peers from his very first day, but not in the way he had hoped. What promised to be a chance to learn the magical arts becomes a battle for self-acceptance.

With the help of new-found friends Tamara, Coco and Aamin, Léonidas begins to find himself but is puzzled by the brooding gaze of Atticus Valor, Prince of the Vaewolves – is it love or hate in his eyes? Can Léonidas eventually find the space at the Amethyst School to grow into his magical powers or will the dark forces that covet them conspire against him? And as the predators close in, will he have enough strength to fight them?

Léonidas Nightshade and the Amethyst School for Spellcasters is the first book in a new LGBT YA Dark fantasy series by Dion Marc. Magical realms, queer male leads and high fantasy combine to form the detailed world-building that Marc’s fans have come to expect. Fast-paced action, the turmoil of coming-of-age, and the age-old struggle between good and evil make for an unputdownable story that is set in the 1950’s. Join Léonidas in his epic battle to fight those who would crush not only his body but his spirit as well.


Dion Marc photoDion Marc is a bestselling Scottish Australian author who lives and breathes queer art. When he’s not busy writing, painting, sewing, or dancing naked under the moon, he’s practicing Hellenistic polytheism and spreading love with one hug at a time. But beware, if you offer him tea without a biscuit, you’ll have committed a heinous crime!

Dion’s work is as diverse as his interests-from Harry Potter to Moulin Rouge, Hamilton, Netflix series, feature films, and beyond! With over 12 years of experience in the industry, Dion’s creative genius knows no bounds.

You can join in on the fun and follow his adventures on Instagram @Author.dionmarc. Don’t miss out on the ride!

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