Monday, October 20, 2014

Blog Tour: Crown of Flames (Heirs of War #2) by Mara Valderran

The NA fantasy series Heirs of War has taken Wattpad by storm with over one million reads, and the second installment has arrived. Catch up on Heirs of War (#1) for just 99 cents now!

Heirs of War #1:

When seventeen year-old Zelene finds herself thrust into a world of magic and prophecy, she discovers fighting destiny might not be the toughest battle she has to face. Now she must join with three other girls, complete strangers linked only by blood relation, to fight a war they know nothing of and rescue the twin sister she's never met.

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The adventure continues with Heirs of War, Crown of Flames...

Heirs of War, Crown of Flames
Heirs of War #2
Mara Valderran
Cover Art by Gretchen Byers

Weeks have passed since Ariana and Alec escaped from Kellen's dungeon, but danger isn't far behind them. The guilt of his past weighs heavily on Alec’s shoulders, and his secrets only push Ariana further away. As they travel through unknown lands and encounter multiple threats, their biggest challenge might be trusting one another.

The world appears to be going on regardless of the risks Ariana faces. The Duillaine insist that they are doing everything they can to find Ariana, but their actions betray that claim. Despite the danger and the war closing in around them, all of Anscombe seems to be more interested in the upcoming Imbolc festival and Terrena’s betrothal than rescuing Ariana.

Well…not everyone.

Tired of waiting for the Duillaine to help her twin, Zelene starts plotting on her own and finds a surprising ally in Rhaya, even as the Cynewards prepare to make a move of their own. But Zelene’s plans go awry when she finds herself with a new ability, a mysterious new friend, and more enemies within the walls of Anscombe than she thought.

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Rhaya decided to pay a visit to Isauria after dinner. She sensed Zelene's sadness and worry over Ariana, and she had to admit that she shared it as well. It didn't feel right to have dinner parties and laugh and plan festivals when Ariana's life was still in danger.
Her concerns only deepened when she arrived at the leigheas and found Isauria's door guarded by two men. They wore identical uniforms of gold cloth and silver chain mail. She greeted them with a perky wave and made to enter, but they stepped in front of the door, blocking her path.
"Um, hi guys. I'm Rhaya. I'm one of the Duillaine, and Isauria's cousin. I'm just popping by for a visit."
"No one is allowed entry besides the paion," one of the men informed her. "By orders of the Duillaine."
"But I am one of the Duillaine," she argued. "What do you mean I can't go in?"
The men stood their ground silently, neither daring to argue with a Duillaine or disobey the orders of another. She could sense their apprehension and knew she wouldn't get anywhere with them. She mumbled her apologies and retraced her steps back to her room.
She paced the floor, worrying over their situation. Was she being naive by trusting the Duillaine? Her own mother was one of them, so she hated to think poorly of them. But at the same time, Sylvanna, Meridel, and Solanna alike constantly lied and kept secrets from them. If the Duillaine had a plan to rescue Ariana already in place, they only needed to tell her or Zelene that, and yet they refused to give them anything other than vague reassurances while Sylvanna continued to pry information from Isauria. Something wasn't right, and Rhaya started to think it might not be her lack of knowledge concerning the inner workings of the Duillaine keeping her from understanding.
She didn’t want to believe that her own mother would be party to this, would keep her away from Isauria. She left her room once more, pausing in the hallway and exchanging a glance with Raemann. He tensed, seeing her worry, but she shook her head discretely at him, noticing a servant coming their way. She put on a brave face and headed to her mother’s room.
“Rhaya,” her mother greeted brightly and gestured for her to come in. “What can I do for you, dear?”
Rhaya swallowed hard, knowing she had to ask the question even if she feared she already knew the answer. “I, uh, I went to see Isauria but there were guards at her door. They wouldn’t let me in and I was hoping you could tell them to stand down. So I can go see her.”
“What for?”
Rhaya didn’t expect that question. “Because she’s my friend, and she’s my cousin. I didn’t think I needed a reason beyond that.”
“Of course not, but these are difficult circumstances. Isauria is busy watching over Ariana all day, and that takes quite a toll on her. When she isn’t using her gift, she needs to be resting. Which we can hardly get her to do since Solanna has complained that Isauria continues to essentially shove her away from Ariana when she is trying to take over.”
"She can do that?" Rhaya was impressed, but shook it off to get back to her point. "I have a better question: Why can't I see Isauria? Where's the harm in me popping by for a visit?"
"Because Isauria needs to be focusing on finding Ariana, which you and Zelene keep adamantly reminding us needs to happen," Meridel answered with exasperation and shook her head. "Honestly, you are getting just as bad as Zelene, constantly questioning everything we do."
"How can we not?" Rhaya returned defensively. "We don't know you. Not really. Trust takes time, and we didn't exactly get the best introduction to your world or your rules…or you even. I'm sorry, but that's the truth."

Mara Valderran is an author of young adult and new adult books, but she's more than just a madwoman with a writing box. She is an avid reader and fan of all things sci-fi and fantasy. She loves roller skating and movies, though typically not together. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband and demanding cat. She hopes to one day meet Daniel Jackson from SG1, or at least the actor who played him. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, playing video games, or counting down the days until DragonCon.

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Want to follow this blog tour? Check out the calendar below!

Monday 10/13
Krystal WadeMargo Bond CollinsHere is What I Read Book Blog
Vicki TraskJessa RussoLorraine Harvey
Priya KanapartiNerd Girl OfficialTerry's Book Addiction
Ali DeanShooting Star Book Reviews
Tuesday 10/14Wednesday 10/15Thursday 10/16
Ali Dean (Review)Jan Farnworth (Review)James Wymore (Guest Post)
Terry's Book Addiction (Review)Jamie Ayres (Promo)
Friday 10/17Saturday 10/19Monday 10/20
Emma Adams (Interview)Laveda Kasch (Excerpt #1)Eliza Tilton (Excerpt #2)
Elsie Elmore (Interview)Jessa Russo (Excerpt #3)
Cait Spivey (Guest Post)Shooting Star Book Reviews (Excerpt #4)
Here is What I Read (Interview)
Tuesday 10/21Wednesday 10/22Thursday 10/23
Michael Panush (Review)Book Lover Blog (Review)Ayden Morgen (Guest Post)
Friday 10/24Monday 10/27Tuesday 10/28
K. L. Schwengel (Guest Post)Katie Teller (Interview)Priya Kanaparti (Guest Post)
Charity Bradford (Excerpt #5)Sharon Bayliss (Review)
Vicki Trask (Review)
Sarah Anderson (Interview)

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