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New Fantasy Book Releases for November 2020

Welcome to my blog series featuring a roundup of select fantasy books of all sub-genres that are published this month.

Looking for new fantasy books to read? Keep reading to see what’s new this month, in order of release date.

This month we’ve got a variety of sub-genres: Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Fairytale, Paranormal, and more. Content ratings are given by the author. This post contains affiliate links.


Release date: November 1, 2020
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy/ Arthurian
Content rating: PG-13

How can my magic defeat a goddess?

I’m an immortal magician who only wants a peaceful life with his fiancée. My elemental nemesis was soundly beaten—so I thought—but now she’s back and plans to reign over all humans in the guise of a resurrected Aztec deity.

She will do anything to sway her followers.

Every day, more people are drawn to her earth-worshiping cult at the cost of their lives. Can I stop this self-proclaimed goddess before the entire city is under her dominion?

I am Merlin—but I need to be more.


Release date: November 6, 2020
Sub-genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Content rating: PG- 13

The end is here.

Satinka and her friends have finally made it to the Five Stars of the North.
There is nothing left but to rescue Memnyir and face Sunne in a battle to the death.
In this thrilling conclusion, the team confront Sunne and Āni in a fight they know could cost their lives. The Age of Mankind is tested, and the battle of gods and dragons commences.
One way or another, the War of the North will be won, and the fate of the world decided.


Release date: November 6, 2020
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy
Content rating: PG-13

Following a narrow escape from the secret world of warring shapeshifters, Ellie St. James works at building a new life under an assumed identity—until Carter Ballis, head of security for mob boss and shifter leader Sean Costas reenters her life, bringing the perils of his job with him. This time, it’s not just Ellie’s life at stake, but Carter’s too, as Sean’s rivals close in on them both. Far outmatched, Ellie refuses to crumble when it comes to protecting those around her. However, when a partial translation of the magical Stones of Fire, coupled with a terrible misunderstanding, thrust Ellie into the gravest danger she’s faced yet, even the Talos himself may not be able to reach her in time…


Release date: November 10, 2020
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy
Content rating: PG

In the battle to save the world, things have taken a fatal turn.

The elite mages have succeeded in getting ahead of Kashmeru’s shadow army, but now the power has shifted, and the good guys have taken a hit. It’s up to Jae and the rest of the crew to outwit the Pishacha and take back what they’ve lost.

Loyalties are tested and resilience pushed to the limits, as the war continues between the divine and evil.


Release date: November 11, 2020
Sub-genre: Steampunk/Gaslamp Fantasy
Content rating: PG

An invention gone wrong. A city buried in snow. And she only has ‘til Christmas to make it right.

Aurelia Sundon has an idea for a brilliant invention that will ensure her family’s financial future. But the elite inventor’s guild has imposed a ridiculous deadline for invention applications: Christmas Day. With only four days until the deadline, Aurelia thinks she can finish it in time.

Until her old love Frederick Grandville steps back into her life when he enters the competition with his own invention. Frederick could be the downfall of Aurelia’s career. Again. But when his invention goes out of control, the wondrous snow it brings down on the ever-sunny city of Soldark turns into an outright blizzard.

With a broken promise between them, she’s not so sure she wants to help him. But the clock is ticking, the snow is getting deeper, and Aurelia must find a way to team up with her rival or risk losing her one chance at a better life.


Release date: November 15, 2020
Sub-genre: Upper Young Adult
Content rating: PG-13

When a heist goes terribly wrong and the binding spell holding 17-year-old Neva’s powers at bay is shattered, the half-human thief knows she’s in trouble.

Neva has always hidden her Da’Valian heritage while working risky jobs to make a name for herself and serving at her family’s tavern, but she won’t be able to hide much longer. She can either risk the safety of those she cares about or seek out her mother’s people to gain control over her emerging powers.

The Da’Valia are beautiful, brutal creatures created by the god of war, and the austere Da’Valian soldier Astiand reluctantly agrees to take Neva to his clan under his protection. She makes unexpected friends, including the handsome fighter Emiliand, and a new enemy in the clan’s ruthless leader.

Spying on her guardian, the sly heroine quickly discovers just how deep she has stumbled into a dangerous, developing clan feud.

Will she be able to embrace who she is in time to keep her loved ones safe?


Release date: November 17, 2020
Sub-genre: Steampunk Paranormal Romance
Content rating: PG-13

The Gateway has opened…The Witches have come

Akira Renée is screwed. Everything that she’d been trying to stop from happening has happened and there’s no turning back. She is now the most wanted witch of the Scarlet Court and has become a beacon of both power and poison.

On the hunt for the Three Relics that could save her and her people, Akira must also outrun the Damned Witches who seek to claim her and her soul. And time is running out.

With the help of Kaden Starling, a handsome Fae warrior who makes her heart race and thoughts blur, Akira struggles to keep a clear head, whilst she tries to save the city from the brink of destruction.


Release date: November 19, 2020
Sub-genre: Fairytale/Dystopian
Content rating: PG-13

A savior has awakened. But she might just doom them all.

After Aurianna foils a deadly plot to destroy the capital city, the people believe she has fulfilled the prophecy and prevented the civil war.

However, when Aurianna returns home to the future, she realizes her attempts to thwart the catastrophe failed. Nothing has changed. Yet despite everything, the Arcanes still insist the prophecy is woven into her destiny.

Now Aurianna must work to determine how and where the real event will occur, all while still trying to control her elemental abilities. The fate of time itself is at stake if she can’t learn to control her powers.

The timeline will be forever stuck in an endless loop.

Uncovering the shocking secrets of her own past threatens to shatter Aurianna’s already fragile balance between power and self-restraint. These secrets have the potential to rip apart her connection with the people she now holds dear.

A tragic set of events leads to a battle of wills and a horrifying revelation that threatens to destroy her heart . . . and her home.

She might be the savior. But time is literally counting on her.


Release date: November 23, 2020
Sub-genre: Mythology
Content rating: G

Zaz’s life just got weirder.

With her dad long gone and a mom who lost touch with reality long ago, all she wants to do is finish her internship and make enough to look after herself.
So when her best friend gives her a statue of justice, the last thing she needs or expects is for it to come alive.

Will she be what a goddess needs to fight evil? Or will the scales tip toward darkness forever?


Release date: November 24, 2020
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Content rating: PG-13

On her twentieth birthday, Lynnie Russell—just a little ol’ thing from down in Havana, Arkansas—falls in love under a full silver moon.
When she wakes up the next morning naked and caked in blood, Lynnie is faced with a horrifying truth. She’s death incarnate.
In a race to unearth what she’s become, Lynnie must hide her beastly thing from those she loves most. If only to keep them alive.
When an unexpected ally offers help, how can she refuse?



Are any of these on your TBR?

The Clockwork Ice Dragon is Available Now

Happy book birthday to The Clockwork Ice Dragon!

Yes, this is my second book release in two weeks. Yes, I have a problem taking on lots of projects.

But I’m really excited to share this story with you! It has a wonderful Christmas vibe coming into the holiday season, but it’s also a fun, feel-good story of an ambitious inventor Aurelia, who is just trying to work her way into the elite inventor’s guild. She has the perfect invention, and only a few days left until the Christmas deadline, when her old love Frederick shows up and throws a wrench in the works. His own invention has gone haywire, and Aurelia has to decide if she can team up with her rival in order to help him–before his invention ruins her own chances at a better life.

The Alchemyst’s Mirror is LIVE

Happy publication day to The Alchemyst’s Mirror! Now available in ebook, hardcover, and paperback.

I’m so excited to share this book with the world. It was my favorite book to write so far, and I think you’ll like it too. Petra and Maisie will be back in another Everturn Chronicles book, coming out in March 2021.

Don’t forget to check out the book’s Blog & Bookstagram Tour all week, with lots of fun things like recipes from the tea shop, interviews with me, and there’s even a giveaway for a hardcover copy.

The Alchemyst’s Mirror Blog & Bookstagram Tour

I’m so excited for the release of The Alchemyst’s Mirror on October 27th! This steampunk/gaslamp fantasy novel is the first in the Everturn Chronicles, but is a standalone story, so you don’t have to worry about cliffhangers or catching up for the next book.

Check out all the stops along the Blog & Bookstagram tour with some great features; this post will be updated daily.

10/26/2020

C.O. Bonham’s blog ~ featuring a review of the book and a recipe for chocolate strawberry scones

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“There is an alchemy of quiet malice by which women can concoct a subtle poison from ordinary trifles.” — THE SCARLET LETTER, Nathaniel Hawthorne 🌲⁣ •⁣ •⁣ Today I am so excited to be featuring THE ALCHEMYSTS MIRROR By Liz Delton, a YA steampunk fantasy about two sisters who are searching for their brother who went missing while hunting for an alchemycal artifact. Their search pulls them into a mysterious and shadowy world of alchemy and secret societies. This beauty releases tomorrow, so add to your tbr, preorder it (it’s only 2.99 for kindle!), and check it out when it releases Tuesday! 🌲⁣ •⁣ {SYNOPSIS}⁣ ⁣ A missing brother. A secret society. And a mysterious artifact that’s worth more than gold.⁣ ⁣ Petra and Maisie Everturn just want to run their family’s tea shop, but when their explorer brother Jiordan goes missing while looking for an alchemycal artifact, none of them are safe.⁣ ⁣ The sisters must enlist the help of another explorer in order to find Jiordan or the artifact—before the mysterious alchemyst society finds them first.⁣ ⁣ However, when one of the sisters stumbles into the clutches of the most dangerous alchemyst in the city, the race to unravel the clues becomes desperate. And when they discover the truth about the artifact, their quest to infiltrate the alchemyst’s secret society becomes a matter of life and death. 🌲⁣ •⁣ {BUY LINKS}⁣ Purchase on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/2TqB0Ec (clickable link in linktree)⁣ •⁣ •⁣ {HASHTAGS}⁣ #thealchemystsmirror #lizdelton #supportindieauthors #indiebooks #yafantasy #yabooks #yalit #youngadultbooks #indieauthor #bookishcandles #ireadya #yabookstagram #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #novellyyours #steampunk #thedarklibrarians #booksandcandles #book #bookquotes #booklover #books #booksandcoffee #bookaddict #bibliophile #fiestaware #bookhoarder #fallvibes #darkbookstagrams #darkvibes

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🍂 G I V E A W A Y 🍂 . . Happy Monday Beans!! It’s another dreary day here in PA so I’m going to make a big pot of beef stew and cuddle up with AGGGTM (which I’m really enjoying). I’m also feeling a bit blah today, idk if it’s allergies or what but I just feel like I need to relax a bit! BUT I am hosting a giveaway for the book in this picture so keep reading to enter!! 😍❤️ . . 🍂 A missing brother. A secret society. And a mysterious artifact that’s worth more than gold. 🍂 . . 🍂 GIVEAWAY 🍂 – One hardback copy of The Alchemyst’s Mirror by Liz Delton . . 🍂 TO ENTER 🍂 – Must be following Me (@nightc0urt ) and @lizdeltonwrites – Like, comment, save & tag 1 friend! . . 🍂 EXTRA ENTRIES 🍂 – Share in your story for 24hrs and don’t forget to tag me & @lizdeltonwrites so we will see it! – You can share every day until the giveaway closes . . 🍂 RULES 🍂 – Giveaway will be ending Oct. 30th at midnight EST – Winner will be picked by me at random – US ONLY – Must be a public account so I can verify entries – 16+ or have parental permission! – not affiliated with Instagram . . 🍂 I will leave the synopsis down in the comments for you & and link on my link tree for those who want to see what this book is about! It’s also worth mentioning that the preorder price is only $2.99!! May the odds be ever in your favor ✨ 🍂 . . QOTD: what do you do to pamper yourself or help yourself feel better? . . #alchemystsmirror #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookworm #booklover #booksofinstagram #booksofig #igreads #bibliophile #yalit #yabooks #yabookstagram #bookblogger #readersofig #readersofinstagram #mybookfeatures #instabooks #bookishlove #bookishlife #ireadya #lizdelton

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L.M. Durand’s Book Blog- Interview

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𝗤𝗢𝗧𝗗: 𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗿𝗲𝗮𝗱? 𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝗼 𝗳𝗮𝗿?⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ Today, I’m excited to feature this gorgeous book, 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗔𝗹𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗺𝘆𝘀𝘁’𝘀 𝗠𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗼𝗿 𝗯𝘆 𝗟𝗶𝘇 𝗗𝗲𝗹𝘁𝗼𝗻. To celebrate tomorrow’s release, the author answers a few questions for us. ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ➡️𝘊𝘩𝘦𝘤𝘬 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘭𝘰𝘨. 𝘓𝘪𝘯𝘬 𝘪𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘣𝘪𝘰.⬅️⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 𝘼𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙖𝙫𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚 𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙩 𝙞𝙨 𝙖 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙚𝙧𝙥𝙩, 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙞𝙡𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙥𝙧𝙚 𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙤𝙛𝙛𝙚𝙧.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 𝗔𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗢𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟳, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 𝗦𝘆𝗻𝗼𝗽𝘀𝗶𝘀: Petra and Maisie Everturn just want to run their family’s tea shop, but when their explorer brother Jiordan goes missing while looking for an alchemycal artifact, none of them are safe.⁣ ⁣ The sisters must enlist the help of another explorer in order to find Jiordan or the artifact—before the mysterious alchemyst society finds them first.⁣ ⁣ However, when one of the sisters stumbles into the clutches of the most dangerous alchemyst in the city, the race to unravel the clues becomes desperate. And when they discover the truth about the artifact, their quest to infiltrate the alchemyst’s secret society becomes a matter of life and death.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ 𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘓𝘪𝘻 𝘋𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘰𝘯, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘨𝘪𝘧𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘦 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #lizdelton #thealchemystsmirror #yafantasy #yafiction #booksofinstagram #bookworm #bookaddict #bookaholic #lovereading #bookphotography #yalovin #igreads #yabookstagram #ireadya #yalit #yabooklover #yareads #bookstagram #bookworm #iheartyabooks #lmdurand ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

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10/27/2020

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If you could cast any spell, what would it be for?⁣ ⁣ First thing I’d do if I had access to ANY type of magic is get my house to start pulling its own weight and start cleaning itself 😍 Do you know how much extra time I’d have? Seriously though, where’s a fairy godmother?⁣ ⁣ A HUGE congrats to @lizdeltonwrites on her new release THE ALCHEMYST’S MIRROR! This #beautifulbook just released today. ⁣ ⁣ ✨✨✨⁣ ⁣ A missing brother. A secret society. And a mysterious artifact that’s worth more than gold.⁣ ⁣ Petra and Maisie Everturn just want to run their family’s tea shop, but when their explorer brother Jiordan goes missing while looking for an alchemycal artifact, none of them are safe.⁣ ⁣ The sisters must enlist the help of another explorer in order to find Jiordan or the artifact—before the mysterious alchemyst society finds them first.⁣ ⁣ However, when one of the sisters stumbles into the clutches of the most dangerous alchemyst in the city, the race to unravel the clues becomes desperate. And when they discover the truth about the artifact, their quest to infiltrate the alchemyst’s secret society becomes a matter of life and death.⁣ ⁣ You can grab a copy here:⁣ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08FXTF81C⁣ ⁣ *****⁣ #newrelease #kindlebooks #alchemybook #bookrelease #bookbirthday #newbooks #readerlife #cozylife #readergram #bookworm #lovetoread #cozyvibes #mybookfeatures #prettybooks #simpleandstill

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🎃𝐀𝐑𝐂 𝐑𝐄𝐕𝐈𝐄𝗪🎃⁣ ⁣ “𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘣𝘦 𝘢 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘬𝘦𝘦𝘱 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘯𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘦𝘭𝘴𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯. 𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘵𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶—𝘴𝘰 𝘭𝘰𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘴 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘥𝘰𝘯’𝘵 𝘭𝘦𝘵 𝘪𝘵 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳 𝘺𝘰𝘶.” ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ The Alchemyst’s Mirror by @lizdeltonwrites tells the story of two sisters whose dogged search for their missing brother leads them into a world of alchemy, secret societies, and adventure. The Alchemyst’s Mirror was actually a pretty fun read. From the beginning, the plot gets rolling and doesn’t stop for the entire novel. The pacing in this book is really good, and I found Maisie and Petra’s desperate quest to reunite their family to be a narrative that was super compelling and engaging. I loved how the bond between sisters is truly the heart of this book. Maisie and Petra would do anything for each other, and seeing their relationship was really rewarding. I thought the plot and the different factions wanting the Alchemyst’s Mirror was really well-thought out and intriguing. The Alchemyst’s Mirror is a delightful steampunk fantasy about the lengths we will go for family and power. ⁣ ⁣ Thank you @lizdeltonwrites for the ARC and swag!⁣ ⁣ 𝐐𝐎𝐓𝐃 Favorite fall hot drink? ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #bookstagram #bookstagrammers #bookworm #booklover #bookdragon #bibliophile #bookaholic #readersofinstagram #readerlife #bookish #bookaddict #ireadya #igreads #instareads #bookcommunity #bookobsessed #amreading #bookphotography readersrejoice #spookytime #halloween #tuesday #thealchemystsmirror #newreleasetuesday #lizdelton #arcreview #steampunkfantasy

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⚗️Alchemyst’s Lab ⚙️ • • Hello there my spooky, Bookwyrms! I am so thrilled to be featuring @lizdeltonwrites new book The Alchemyst’s Mirror for today’s #clocktobereadathon prompt. The theme is Magical Objects and the firs think I thought of was the Philosopher’s Stone. Red Stone Necklace from @sweetmelissasgiftsetc. • • • The Alchemyst’s Mirror was officially published just yesterday! I was so excited when I received my bookstagram tour package. It includes an exclusive tea blend called Brass Breakfast, an exclusive book mark made by the author and of course the book itself. I absolutely love the cover design and the color scheme. Of course it’s steampunk af and I look forward to reading it soon. I just been so involved with reading spooky books this month I couldn’t squeeze it in but I will definitely read this in November! • • • Also some shop news from @orderofchaospins. She will no longer be producing any Harry Potter inspired designs due to WB cracking down on fans selling thier art based on the series. So that means once her poster designs sell out the will not be returning. Link in my bio use code CLOCKWORK15 to save! • • • Question: What are some of your favorite magical objects? Can be from any book or show or video game. Please just let be know what it’s from wan what it does. TIA • • • Answer: From the Wizarding World I really love the Ravenclaw Diadem before it was turned into a Horcrux. Having seemingly infinite wisdom sound amazing but also a bit unsettling. • • • • #thealchemystsmirror #lizdelton #steampunk #steampunkstyle #steampunktea #steampumkin #yareads #yabooks #yabookstagram #bookish #bookdragon #bookwyrm #booklover #bookreader #sweetmelissagiftsetc #orderofchaospins #enamelpins #spooky #spookyvibes #spookyseason #bookmark #newbook

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10/28/2020

Podcast Interview and Post on The Plum Report

Paws4Thought Blog Feature by Debbie Manber Kupfer

10/29/2020

Book Review of The Alchemyst’s Mirror from The Plum Report

Interview on the Lands Uncharted Blog

10/30/2020

Random Interview with H.L. Burke – with recipe for blueberry white chocolate scones

11/1/2020

Selina J. Eckert’s Blog – with a recipe for Cucumber tea sandwiches

More stops to be added as they become live!

Final Stop: The Launch Party on November 10th

New Fantasy Book Releases for October 2020

Welcome to my new blog series featuring a roundup of select fantasy books of all sub-genres that are published this month. Looking for new fantasy books to read? Keep reading to see what’s new this month, in order of release date.

This month we’ve got a variety of sub-genres: Steampunk, Mythology & Mythical Creatures, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult and more. Content ratings are given by the author. This post contains affiliate links.


Chaos Looming (The Legion of Pneumos Book 1) by H.B. Reneau

Release date: October 1, 2020
Sub-genre: Young Adult
Content rating: PG-13

Build more than you break. Heal more than you destroy. 

But what if chaos can’t be tamed?

For centuries, the Legion of Pneumos has lurked behind the seat of power in Loren. To preserve order across worlds, they are charged with battling chaos in all its forms, no matter the cost.

Keira Altman, the newest Legionnaire, has spent years perfecting the art of wielding pneuma and channeling order out of chaos. Ripped from her own world and into one she barely understands, the only thing Keira knows for certain is that she has a purpose. Now, if only she knew what it was.

Yet when word arrives that the Regio lies on his deathbed, Keira’s new world begins to crumble around her. As the specter of a peasant uprising looms large, and political maneuvering threatens to unravel the fabric of society, Keira realizes that her only hope of avoiding the coming turmoil may lie in the very institutions she’s fought so hard against. But can she master the forces of chaos without losing herself to the chaos within? And what if the price of order proves too high to pay?


Seer’s Sight (Tales of Tuatha Book 1) by Whitney McKinnon

Release date: October 9, 2020
Sub-genre: Epic Fantasy/ Mythology
Content rating: PG

A phantom rider in the night. A magic bracelet hidden below the earth. An alabaster throne in a fiery palace.

If you stumble upon a well-kept secret in the woods, you can bet that life is bound to become…well, otherworldly.

Sage Sallow is a quiet girl with a mission. Determined to solve her brother’s mysterious disappearance, Sage soon discovers more than she could have ever dreamed of in the off-limits woods behind Manorport Academy.

But when a seance goes awry one stormy Halloween night, dark gods arrive with an agenda of their own. And portals that were once closed are now open. It’s up to Sage and her magical new friends to find her brother— and to save more than just one world.

Magic? Easy. But when you’re the owner of a powerful torc with godlike powers, things can get a little complicated.


Dragon Prince (The Royal Quest Series Book 1) by Ashley McLeo and Kelly N. Jane

Release date: October 13, 2020
Sub-genre: YA/NA Urban Fantasy, Mythical Creatures
Content rating: PG

Violet is crazy.

At least the chatter inside her head makes her think so.

She’ll follow her mother into a padded cell and live out her days lost in her own world.

When the voice of a man with intriguing cabernet eyes enters her mind, she gets drawn into danger. And he has some news for her—she’s not crazy.

She’s supernatural.

How does the mysterious stranger know this about her? He’s a dragon prince, and he needs her assistance.

War looms in Rone’s homeland. He’s the only chance the dragons have to survive, but only if he secures his precious cargo in time.

Violet is the key to saving his race. He doesn’t know how, but he can’t deny the connection between them. And neither can she.

But when the supernaturals who rule the human world catch wind of a dragon in their midst, they want Rone gone—no matter the cost.

Can they evade other supernaturals and fulfill Rone’s mission? Or will Violet and Rone die trying?


Key of Magic (The Key Collector Book 1) by Laurel Night

Release date: October 14, 2020
Sub-genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Content rating: PG-13

A magical key, a sassy mouth, and wicked ninja skills have made me a legend among thieves.

I can unlock the past and steal anything, anytime, anywhere.

But solving my father’s murder? Two years later I still have zero leads.

Thanks to my father’s debt, The Thieves’ Guild has me working shady jobs that bring me no closer to the truth. Instead, I’ve got my hands full with dangerous magical artifacts and my ex-turned-rival who is desperate to see me fail.

Nineteen years in this world of magic and thievery have taught me to trust no one. But I can’t do this alone, and if I don’t figure out who spilled my father’s blood, there’s a good chance I’ll be the next one to turn up dead.

The clock is ticking, and the only thing I can’t steal is more time.


The Cup and the Prince (Kingdom of Curses and Shadows) by Day Leitao

Release date: October 15, 2020
Sub-genre: Young Adult
Content rating: PG-13

One prince wants her out. 
Another wants her as a pawn. 
Someone wants her dead. 

Zora wants to win the cup and tell them all to screw themselves.  

Yes, 17-year-old Zora cheated her way into the Royal Games, but it was for a very good reason. Her ex-boyfriend thought she couldn’t attain glory on her own. Just because she was a girl. And he was the real cheater. So she took his place. 

Now she’s competing for the legendary Blood Cup, representing the Dark Valley. It’s her chance to prove her worth and bring glory for her people. If she wins, of course. 

But winning is far from easy. The younger prince thinks she’s a fragile damsel who doesn’t belong in the competition. Determined to eliminate her at all costs, he’s stacking the challenges against her. Zora hates him, hates him, hates him, and will do anything to prove him wrong.  

The older prince is helping her, but the cost is getting Zora entangled in dangerous flirting games. Flirting, the last thing she wanted. 

And then there’s someone trying to kill her. 


Amasai Rising (The Amasai Rising Trilogy Book 1) by Stevie Rae Causey

Release date: October 15, 2020
Sub-genre: Coming of Age
Content rating: PG

Finding out you’re a princess destined to stop a war sounds great, until it actually happens.

Running isn’t new to Azlana. She ran from the harsh words of the kids back home. She ran from certain death when she fled the human city as heir to the elven throne.
“It only makes sense to run again.” The Darkness whispers to her when she’s swept away to a hidden school and thrust into a role she doesn’t understand.
And that isn’t all this new voice brings. Images of death fill her dreams until she can’t tell where her thoughts end and The Darkness begins. What if its showing her the future of her kingdom?

She has to run to save everyone she loves.
But if she runs, she dooms them to a war that may never end.

If she doesn’t assume the throne and unite elves and man, war will end magic forever.
But if she stays, the Darkness may overcome all.


Tompkin’s School: For The Resurrected (A Supernatural Academy Trilogy Book 3) by Tabi Slick

Release date: October 20, 2020
Sub-genre: Dark Fantasy
Content rating: PG

A boarding school at war. A cursed book calling her name.

As supernatural forces of the Transitioned World prepare to unleash havoc onto the grounds of the boarding academy, Izara and Kain find themselves pulled in opposite directions.

But time is running out. Every second, Credan’s power grows from within his grave threatening to possess them entirely.

Will the twins be able to conquer their inner demons before the final battle crashes down on them killing everyone they know and love?


The Alchemyst’s Mirror by Liz Delton

Release date: October 27, 2020
Sub-genre: Steampunk / Gaslamp Fantasy
Content rating: PG

A missing brother. A secret society. And a mysterious artifact that’s worth more than gold.

Petra and Maisie Everturn just want to run their family’s tea shop, but when their explorer brother Jiordan goes missing while looking for an alchemycal artifact, none of them are safe.

The sisters must enlist the help of another explorer in order to find Jiordan or the artifact—before the mysterious alchemyst society finds them first.

However, when one of the sisters stumbles into the clutches of the most dangerous alchemyst in the city, the race to unravel the clues becomes desperate. And when they discover the truth about the artifact, their quest to infiltrate the alchemyst’s secret society becomes a matter of life and death.


The Shifters’ Revenge (The Eulogimenoi Series Book 2) by Maria Vermisoglou

Release date: October 31, 2020
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Content rating: PG

The stakes are higher than ever…

As I recover from my last trial where I was confronted by the darkest creatures in history, I hoped things would return to my normal, peaceful life.Not a chance.With my return to Oklealia academy and the arrival of a new headmistress whose inhuman ways turn the academy into a jail, my plate is full enough, but signs of an upcoming threat awaken my fears once more.

Time is running out— for me and the world. When the final battle arrives, will I make the right choice?


Are any of these on your TBR?

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To celebrate the release of my two upcoming steampunk stories, I’ll be hosting a virtual book launch party via Facebook Live! Join us Tuesday, November 10th at 8pm EST for giveaways, tea drinking, book reading, and more fun.

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Book Spotlight: Ashen by H.L. Burke

Today I’ve got a closer look at a brand new book by H.L. Burke: Ashen. It’s a Cinderella retelling with a unique perspective that I’m excited to share with you!

Stealer of warmth, bringer of death. What if Cinderella had a secret that kept her locked away?

Unable to make her own body heat, foundling Lizbete survives in the tavern kitchen, drawing warmth from the fires, the sun—and sometimes, other living beings. Her days are spent cooking alongside the tavern owner and avoiding the suspicious gazes of the villagers in her small northern town. While she quietly longs for the handsome Brynar, she knows she has no chance with the mayor’s son, even if he invites her to the First Frost festival.

When sudden earthquakes strike Brumehome, blame falls upon Lizbete, and not even her friendship with Brynar can protect her. She finds shelter in the dangerous caverns of nearby Ash Mountain. There she discovers mysterious people with her same ability to draw heat—and a fiery doom in the mountain that slowly awakens with every quake.
Now the festival Lizbete thought to avoid is her only chance to warn the villagers. Yet even with Brynar at her side, can the strange girl dubbed the Ash Lizard hope to save the town that fears her?

A rugged YA Cinderella retelling set in a fantasy world with light steampunk elements.


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About H.L. Burke

Born in a small town in north central Oregon, H. L. Burke spent most of her childhood around trees and farm animals and was always accompanied by a book. Growing up with epic heroes from Middle Earth and Narnia keeping her company, she also became an incurable romantic. Her obsessions include dragons and tales about inner beauty and character overcoming extreme circumstances. Married to her high school crush who is now a US Marine, she has moved multiple times in her adult life but believes that home is wherever her husband, two daughters, and pets are.  

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New Fantasy Book Releases for September 2020

Welcome to my new blog series featuring brand new fantasy releases! Each month I’ll be doing a roundup of select fantasy books of all sub-genres that are published that month. Love checking out new books? Keep reading to see what’s new, in order of release date.

This month we’ve got a variety of sub-genres: fairytale retellings, urban fantasy, royal fantasy, young adult, contemporary, and fae. Content ratings are given by the author.


Realms of Fae and Shadow (Anthology)

Release date: September 15, 2020
Sub-genre: Fae
Content rating: PG-13

Enchanted forests.
Deadly bargains.
Welcome to the magic of Faerie.

Realms of Fae and Shadow is a breathtaking fantasy anthology featuring eight exclusive tales. Discover magic, romance, and betrayal as you lose yourself in the faerie world…

Can a human girl rescue a cursed fae prince before she’s shackled to a dull mortal life?

When the heir to the Unseelie Court is confronted with an unsettling fate, does he embrace the dark magic of the crown or turn his back on duty forever?

A fae princess is set to inherit a kingdom… only to discover devastating secrets lurking beneath the legacy of her throne.

Experience these stories (and more!) unfold as you journey through a portal to Faerie where danger meets beauty and the darkest shadows face the light.

If you love brooding royals, glittering courts, and fierce heroines, then you’ll adore this dazzling selection.

REALMS OF FAE AND SHADOW is a limited edition collection featuring stories by:
Stacey Trombley
Kay L Moody
Clarissa Gosling
Tessonja Odette
Joanna Reeder, USA Today Bestselling Author
Alison Ingleby, USA Today Bestselling Author
Valia Lind, USA Today Bestselling Author
Hanna Sandvig


A Wild Conversion
(More in Heaven and Earth)
by Katherine Gilbert

Release date: September 15, 2020
Sub-genre: Time Travel

In a town where magic rules, how do you keep it from destroying everything precious?

Salem, Massachusetts is more famous for its hysteria than its magic, but on the other side of the bespelled barrier, witches do exist, an entire community where those with the most magic wield the most power.

Emma Goodwinter has lived there all her life but has always questioned the way things are. Now a young witch of 50 on the brink of converting into her full sorcerer’s powers, she has no idea that those questions will be turned into outright rebellion, all brought on by the arrival of an unscheduled steam train.

Physician Dr. Frederick Everly is used to his mundane life in 19th-century Boston, but when the train he is in derails and he must confront evil magic to save an infant’s life, he’s suddenly thrown into a confounding world almost a century and a half away from where he started.

Drawn to this unwilling time traveler from the start, Emma quickly realizes that Frederick, too, is becoming a sorcerer. But his is a wild conversion, entirely untrained–the type which legends say can only lead to madness or death.

Quickly discovering themselves in a life-and-death struggle with Frederick’s all-too-magical, and far too malevolent, family, Emma and Frederick must help him survive his conversion and find a way to fight the conspirators, all while facing terrifying new truths about Emma’s past. But how will two unconverted sorcerers stop a conspiracy which began before their births and has already infected the lives of four different generations?


Essentia
(The Pearl Wielder Trilogy Book 2)
by Hannah Reed

Release date: September 16, 2020
Sub-genre: Young-Adult Contemporary Fantasy
Content rating: G

Mer. Magic. Adventure.

After escaping from Rushton, April is ready to fight for peace.

However, in the wake of the tragic death of Queen Freya, the Royal Family is tearing at the seams. The Queen’s secrets threaten to unravel the family when they need to come together to stop the impending war.

Legged terror attacks plague the ocean and in retaliation Kayla plans to weaponise April. To keep the mer’s hope for peace alive, April flees.

Following her pearl visions, time is running out for Princess April Meridia to unravel the pearl secrets and gain control over her powers so she can stop the impending war between the mer and the legged.

With new secrets, new characters and new problems this epic page-turning sequel will not disappoint.


The Dead Daughter
(The Cursed Kingdom Book 2)
by Aimee Shaye

Release date: September 19, 2020
Sub-genre: Royal Fantasy
Content rating: PG

She was born an ill-fated princess. She was destined to be a savior.

Princess Kumud Maudlin of Treoles is a rescued prisoner of her own castle after twenty-three years of seclusion. Now that she has a second chance of life, thanks to her rescuer–and sister-Queen Aymeri, she must learn to speak with her words and control the wayward magick inside of her.

Meanwhile, the evil Empress Dimia is advancing toward Treoles with a vengeance for the magick guarded by Kumud’s sentinel sister, and ruler of Treoles.

Will Princess Kumud control her magick and help Treoles retaliate or will Treoles fall before it even stands a chance?


Brand of Magic
(Redferne Witches Book 1)
by KM Jackways

Release date: September 21, 2020
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy
Content rating: PG-13

An empath witch should be able to keep everyone happy, right?

Hazel has put magic and men out of her mind. A break-up meant her own thoughts were bad enough, without sensing everyone else’s emotions too. The ghost in the attic and her sarcastic dog familiar would be way too much to explain to any partner.

Instead, Hazel put all her energy into her job promoting the city she loves – Dunedin, New Zealand. And she is pretty good at it, too. When her neighbour, Joel, needs her expertise to save his woodworking business and stop the sale of his family land, she can’t resist getting involved. But the more time they spend together, the more stubbornly locked away his thoughts are.

Then her powerful aunt is attacked, and Hazel has to find a way to get through to her and discover who or what is behind it. It seems as if her psychic powers are the key to everything.

Can she bear to let magic – and love – back in?

A contemporary witchy fiction story – with a dash of romance!


Vampires and Werewolves
(GRIMM Academy Book 2)
by R.L. Medina

Release date: September 21, 2020
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy
Content rating: PG-13

A promise made in blood cannot be undone….

Those are the words that have royally effed up my entire life. The promise my mother made to the coven before she died and the one the witches are hell bent on me fulfilling. They think they own me.

Nobody, I repeat, NOBODY owns me.

Not the GRIMMS who want me to be their obedient little soldier. If they knew who I really was, I’d be next on their hunting list.

Certainly not the coven who has some crazy agenda to use me as a pawn against the GRIMMS. They already have the shifters on their side, and now vampires. These witches want a war. Supernaturals against humans, you know, the usual story.

I don’t want any part of it. I just want my freedom.

To get it, I’ll have to make a deal with the werewolf mafia so they can help me locate the only thing more powerful than both the witches and the GRIMMS—a wizard. When their help leads to a vampire attack, a dead witch, and a dead end, Javi and my friends (including the infuriatingly hot and cold Grayson) swoop in to save the day.

But can I risk their lives to save my own? When they find out my real identity, will they still be on my side?

I’ve already lost my parents, I can’t lose them too.

Vampires and Werewolves is the second book in an upper YA Urban Fantasy/Paranormal academy series set in the Inner World universe filled with snark (sometimes swearing), lots of supernatural beings, and a low steam romance.


The Hunter and the Mage
(The Raven and the Dove Book 2)
by Kaitlyn Davis

Release date: September 21, 2020
Sub-genre: YA Fantasy
Content rating: PG-13

Return to the world of The Raven and the Dove, where winged people rule the skies, a lost kingdom lives at sea, and two star-crossed lovers hold the fate of each in their palms. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo!

A mage written in prophecy…

When Lyana wakes in the Sea of Mist, adventure is the first thing on her mind. But between her unruly new magic and an unyielding young king, the world below comes with more responsibility than she ever dreamed. An entire civilization exists within the fog, and its survival depends entirely on her. 

A hunter forged in blood…

Adrift at sea on a ship full of strangers, Rafe fights to cope with his new reality. He’ll do anything to return to the sky and the people he left behind. When a surprising offer comes his way, he instantly accepts, sparing no time to consider the consequences. 

Loyalties are tested and an ancient war begins anew…

With rebellion in her heart, Cassi defies her king and befriends the prince she’s been ordered to kill. Oblivious to the threat, Xander welcomes her into his inner circle, determined to rescue his mate. As one works to help and the other to hinder, an ancient enemy stirs, forcing Cassi to choose between trusting the man who broke her heart and turning her back on everything she’s ever known. 


Ashen
by H.L. Burke

Release date: September 22, 2020
Sub-genre: Fairytale Retelling
Content rating: PG

Stealer of warmth, bringer of death. What if Cinderella had a secret that kept her locked away?

Unable to make her own body heat, foundling Lizbete survives in the tavern kitchen, drawing warmth from the fires, the sun—and sometimes, other living beings. Her days are spent cooking alongside the tavern owner and avoiding the suspicious gazes of the villagers in her small northern town. While she quietly longs for the handsome Brynar, she knows she has no chance with the mayor’s son, even if he invites her to the First Frost festival.

When sudden earthquakes strike Brumehome, blame falls upon Lizbete, and not even her friendship with Brynar can protect her. She finds shelter in the dangerous caverns of nearby Ash Mountain. There she discovers mysterious people with her same ability to draw heat—and a fiery doom in the mountain that slowly awakens with every quake.
Now the festival Lizbete thought to avoid is her only chance to warn the villagers. Yet even with Brynar at her side, can the strange girl dubbed the Ash Lizard hope to save the town that fears her?

A rugged YA Cinderella retelling set in a fantasy world with light steampunk elements.


Met By Midnight
by Janeen Ippolito

Release date: September 22, 2020
Sub-genre: Fairytale Retelling
Content rating: PG

An outcast prince. A captive healer. A single night that changes their destinies.

She lives a nightmare.

As a Mender, Renna is held captive to an endless cycle of receiving and recovering from the physical ailments of others—a cycle that led her mother to an early grave. When her father becomes deathly ill, Renna is desperate to save her only remaining family. Even if it means allying with criminals and taking an illegal mission into the royal palace on the night of their greatest ball.

He’s haunted by dreams.

Unable to be Mended, Prince Jaric’s existence is a curse to his family’s façade of health and security. Marrying him off at the ball and sending him to a distant dukedom is the royal solution—but Jaric has his own plans. For years he’s dreamed of a young woman, a strong-hearted Mender he would give everything for. When she arrives the night of his betrothal, he’s determined to discover her true identity.

Met by midnight, their fates are entwined.

While escape seems the only answer, powerful forces conspire to keep Renna and Jaric within their cages. Forces that undermine the foundations of the kingdom itself—and threaten any hope of a future together.

This YA romance features Cinderella in an original fantasy world with a dystopian twist.


Guardian Prince
(Ceryn Roh Saga Book 2)
by Lauricia Matuska

Release date: September 24, 2020
Sub-genre: Epic Fantasy
Content rating: PG
-13

Sabine Rhyonselle, once a healer in the Human village of Khapor, is running for her life. Aided by a fey race she’s been conditioned to hate, Sabine has escaped the Ruddan who enslaved her. Sabine must overcome a history of animosity and lies in order to save Humanity from extinction. Now half a world away, she joins the Aethel Prince Aodhan and his companions to find the one thing that can secure Humanity’s freedom: the godson Fyrleoht. Can she get to it before the Ruddan do?


Ashes on the Earth
(Stones of Fire Book 1)
by Sarah Ashwood

Release date: September 25, 2020
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy
Content rating: PG
-13

Shapeshifters exist. Monsters are real. And no good deed goes unpunished.

Nursing student Ellie St. James didn’t mean to get involved in a war between rival gangs of shifters, but saving the life of a local mob boss’s child has dragged her into one. When Ellie’s life is threatened because of her involvement, she’s forced to go on the run, protected by Carter Ballis, head of security for the mobster’s family, and a lethal shifter himself.

Blood, fire, and warfare weren’t part of Ellie’s plans, but even if she survives, her life will never be the same. The world is more than she knew, and she’s seen too much. People capable of morphing into deadly creatures from legends and folklore around the globe are coming for her.

The cost of staying alive means trusting Carter to defend her, and he’s every bit as frightening as the creatures that want her dead…


Fall of Night
(Genesis Crystal Saga Book 2)
by Tyffany Hackett and Becky Moynihan

Release date: September 29, 2020
Sub-genre: Urban Fantasy
Content rating: PG
-13*

She’s falling apart. He’ll do anything to put her together again. 

After a brutal shifter attack, Nathra City’s Fae are driven underground, forced to become fugitives. To save them, Reagan, Tarik, and their rebellion friends embark on a mission to the Fae realm. But finding allies might be harder than they thought.

While Reagan continues to struggle with guilt and nightmares from the attack, Tarik must set aside vengeance to keep everyone alive. 

None of them are equipped to face the unknown challenges on this perilous journey. And the more they fight to stay together, the more fate seems determined to tear them apart.

Fall of Night is book two in the Genesis Crystal Saga, a New Adult Urban Fantasy Adventure Romance, perfect for fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Sarah J. Maas. *17+ recommendation

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